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The vacuum cleaner is truly one of our best friends when it comes to cleaning.  However, with so many different models available on the market today, finding the right one can be difficult.  Below are some common questions consumers often ask when shopping for vacuum cleaners:

Which is better - a bagged or bagless vacuum cleaner?

Vacuum debris can be collected in many different ways. Bagged collection is generally by way of disposable paper bags, cloth removable bags, or cloth shakeout bags. The bagless vacuum, however, utilizes a directional air pattern to spin vacuumed dirt into a cylinder where it is later emptied. With that said, this question is difficult to answer, but it really comes down to personal preference. Many people prefer bagged vacuum cleaners because they don't make as big of a mess as emptying the dirt cup from a bagless vacuum. On the other hand, with a bagless vacuum, there are never any replacement bags to purchase. Nonetheless, bagless vacuum cleaners do utilize filters which will need to be periodically replaced. For more information on bagged versus bagless vacuums, click here.

Which is more efficient - an upright or canister vacuum cleaner?

This really depends on the type of floor you wish to clean. Upright vacuums have revolving brushes that are designed to clean mostly carpeted surfaces. Canisters and their tools are primarily used to clean a combination of surfaces or hard-to-reach spaces such as upholstery or stairs. The style you choose will depend on the type of floors you have. To choose a vacuum cleaner by floor type, click here.

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Canister vacuums are also ideal for environments such as apartments or RVs where space is an issue.  Most canisters can fit at the bottom of a closet with space to spare.

What is a HEPA vacuum cleaner and do I need one?

HEPA vacuums are vacuums that have HEPA, or "High Efficiency Particulate Air Filters." These filters can trap a large amount of small particles that other vacuums simply recirculate back into the air. In fact, True HEPA filters can remove up to 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns. As such, HEPA vacuums are great for those with allergies, asthma, pets, or respiratory disorders. Reducing harmful particles will make the air cleaner for your home's occupants, but keep in mind that HEPA vacuums are usually more expensive than standard vacuums. Decide if a HEPA vacuum is necessary for your family, or if capturing more particles is worth the price difference on the unit and filter costs. Read more about HEPA vacuum cleaners here.

How do I clean tight edges and other hard-to-reach areas?

When it comes to cleaning edges and small spaces, look for vacuum cleaners that extend out to the very end of the machine or models that include specialized crevice tools or nozzles. Examples of low-profile vacuums would be the Miele Callisto or SEBO Felix Premium.

How much should I spend on my next vacuum cleaner?

This is another difficult question to answer as there are vacuums to fit every budget. In general, upright vacuum cleaners are less expensive than canister models, and newer features will drive up the cost. For example, an upright vacuum cleaner can cost you anywhere from 50 dollars for a budget model to over 1000 dollars for some of the more advanced models. Although price may play a large part in your vacuum purchasing decision, try to choose a vacuum based on the features you need and refrain from purchasing a "disposable" model.  For more vacuum cleaner buying tips, click here.

What is a self-propelled vacuum cleaner?

"Self-Propelled" technology has recently hit the vacuum industry by storm. Self-propelled vacuum cleaners have transmissions that power forward and reverse movements more easily. As such, they are much easier to push when running. Nonetheless, they can often be heavier and more difficult to lift than non self-propelled units. If you have a single story home with mostly carpeting, a self-propelled vacuum may be something to consider. Examples of self-propelled vacuums would be theHoover WindTunnel and the Dirt Devil Vision.

What is the difference between a residential and commercial vacuum cleaner?

If you're simply vacuuming your home or apartment, chances are you won't need a commercial vacuum. Industrial vacuum cleaners are not only made better, but are also more powerful and durable as they are meant to withstand constant use in heavy traffic areas. Furthermore, the typical plastic parts you'll find in most residential vacuums will not be used in commercial vacuums. Commercial vacuum cleaners come in a range of sizes and styles to fit every type of cleaning need.Click here to see our selection of commercial vacuums.

Is there such thing as a "quiet" vacuum?

All vacuums make noise and there is no way to make a silent vacuum cleaner. There are, however, ways to reduce noise. As a general rule, the better quality the motor and the fewer moving parts, the quieter the vacuum will be. Moreover, stronger plastics and durable construction will also help with noise reduction.

What type of vacuum attachments do I need?

Most vacuum cleaners will come with standard attachments, but there are also additional parts you can purchase for your equipment. One of the most recommended attachments is a powered roller brush which is a must if you own pets. Click here for more information on vacuum cleaner attachments or here to read up on pet vacuums.

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