7 Questions to Consider Before You Buy Your Next Vacuum

Buying a vacuum cleaner seems like a simple purchase, but there is a lot to consider when investing in home appliances. There are different types of floors, your level of dust tolerance and the configuration of the vacuum cleaner and filtration system for starters.

Carolyn Forte, Director of Home Appliances and Cleaning Products at the Good Housekeeping Institute, offers the following important questions to ask before purchasing your next vacuum cleaner and explains why our cleaning laboratory recommends star GH Seal Miele for this household essential.

Which configuration is best for your space?

upright vacuum

Vacuums generally come in five different configurations: vertical, cartridge, handle, robotic, and portable, and each type has advantages and disadvantages.

  1. Law: It’s your standard vacuum style. Forte recommends an amount if you have wall-to-wall carpets. “They can be heavy, but they do the best job of deep cleaning carpets,” she says, noting that it’s easier to store than a can. Today’s models come with a hose and numerous tool attachments for cleaning crevices, padding and other specialty areas.
  2. Box: These vacuum cleaners have a cartridge with a hose and a rod. They are larger than vertical, but better for hard floors, stairs and under furniture. “Personally, I like a can,” says Forte, adding that this type is best if you have a combination of bare floors and carpet. Yes, upright vacuums also have hoses and accessories, but I find the cartridge easier to maneuver. They are also great, she says, if you use your vacuum cleaner to clean areas other than floors, such as door moldings, bookcase tops or curtains.

    Miele has 19 different bagged canister vacuums in a dozen different colors, and five different bagless box options.

  3. Robot: Robot vacuums are a ready-to-use style and ideal for those who hate vacuuming. “You can get out of the house or do something else while it is running,” says Forte. They are great for maintenance cleaning, but be aware that they are not well suited for deep cleaning.

    “If you have a lot of deep rugs, a robot isn’t going to really help you,” she says. “It’s better for bare soil and for picking up surface debris.” Both Miele options can be controlled by an application, and the high-end model even has a live image feed, so you can watch your robot work its magic from anywhere, if that’s your thing.

  4. Stick: For “intermediate cleanings”, such as sweeping the kitchen floor after dinner, Forte recommends vacuum cleaners with light handles, sometimes called pole vacs. But she notes that the new models, like Miele’s upcoming model, are far superior to cleaning than older stick vacuums. “People really like the idea of ​​pushing something light around, [and] technology, battery life and engine performance have all improved, ”she says. “They almost mimic the performance of an amount”.

  5. Pocket PC: These mini models are perfect for quick cleaning of surfaces, for zipping animal hair or for cleaning the car. The new Miele stick vacuum also includes a portable function.
    1. Bagged or bagless?

      vacuum stick

      According to Forte, whether you want a vacuum cleaner with or without a bag is the number one consideration you should make when purchasing a new machine.

      Bagless models are handy because you don’t have to buy bags, but you need to empty the cartridge regularly and perform maintenance on them. “If the cup fills or the filters are not clean, you will not get good performance,” she says. “While people like the idea of ​​seeing how much dirt they pick up, they’re kind of a maintenance issue.”

      A bagged model, on the other hand, is “a much cleaner system because you don’t interact with dirt,” says Forte. She unequivocally recommends a bag model if you or a family member have allergies.

      Is the vacuum sealed?

      robot vacuum

      Believe it or not, not all vacuum cleaners are sealed at their different connection points. Dust can escape from crevices and openings around the body of the vacuum cleaner, whether it is a bag or a canister. The main thing, says Forte, is to keep this dust in a vacuum. “You don’t want it blowing on furniture and floors and in the air,” she says. “If you’re going to vacuum, you might as well do it right the first time.”

      In Good Housekeeping tests, Miele vacuums are consistently ranked the best for picking up all dirt and debris and keeping them in a vacuum. “They keep the dirt inside the vacuum cleaner, where it belongs,” says Forte.

      Does the vacuum cleaner have a HEPA filter?

      Forte recommends purchasing a vacuum cleaner that uses a high efficiency air filter (HEPA), which most Miele models do. “HEPA filters trap the smallest, most microscopic particles,” says Forte. “It is the best filtration system you can have on a vacuum cleaner, and ensures that your home is as clean as possible.”

      Do you have pets?

      empty metal can

      “Animal hair is the most stubborn thing,” says Forte. “He’s stuck on everything.” Many vacuum cleaners come with special accessories with rubber bristles that remove animal hair by breaking the bonds of static electricity that cause them to stick to upholstery and curtains.

      One reason at a time Miele Dynamic U1 standing and Miele Classic C1 cat and dog tin both vacuums Good housekeeping seal is how well they remove animal hair.

      How much maintenance does the model require?

      hand vacuum cleaner

      Each vacuum cleaner requires basic maintenance. As mentioned above, bagless models usually require a little more tinkering than bagged models, since you need to clean the cup in addition to emptying it, while you can just throw a bag in the trash.

      “If you don’t empty the cup after each use or if you clean the filter or change the bag, you will compromise the suction,” says Forte. “This is how the air flows, and things are picked up.” You also want to make sure the brush roller is clean and hairless; if it is tangled and clogged, it will not work.

      Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions on how often the filter should be cleaned or changed; for HEPA filters, it is usually every six months to a year.

      How much are you willing to pay?

      If you plan to buy a vacuum cleaner for your entire home, Forte recommends buying the most expensive vacuum you can afford. With cheaper models, after a few years, the plastic can break, the parts do not fit well and the dust springs up. “In vacuums, you get what you pay for,” she says.

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