Vacuum Cleaner Buying Tips & Advice

When looking for a vacuum cleaner, it is important to note the above features to look for, however, there are other things that you need to take into consideration

Higher Wattage Isn’t Always Better!

When looking for vacuums, people seem to go for the higher wattage models, the thinking behind this is; the more power, the better the vacuum cleaner right? Wrong!

There are some great models with a low wattage but the power of suction is better and more powerful than the vacuums with a higher wattage. Take, for example the GTech AirRam, the wattage is only 100 watts, but it’s power of suction is more powerful than the Morphy Richards 732000 which has 900 watts!

What Attachments Will I Need?

When looking at an upright vacuum, your primary need would be to use it as an upright vacuum! It is important that you should also consider vacuuming things like your upholstery, the stairs, the curtains and basically anything that can get dirty / dusty within the house.

Luckily, most vacuum cleaners in today’s market do come equipped with accessories. You may have a narrow head for cleaning between the sofa cushions on in the narrow spaces between your furniture. You may also get a smaller brush attachments which would be useful when vacuuming the stairs.

What Will Be The Life Of My Vacuum?

A typical warranty that most electrical products will give you is one year. This is the industry standard. Some manufacturers boast a five year warranty – that is immediately where my attention would automatically go.

The warranty generally includes parts and labour including the motor of the vacuum. Most manufacturers will happily exchange the vacuum or repair it at no charge as long as it is within the warranty period.

Despite the warranty period, a good vacuum should easily last you around 20-30 years. This would be dependant on the amount you use it, how you take care of it (and clean it as well as emptying it regularly) and the make and manufacturer of the vacuum.

What Filter Should I Be Looking For?

If you or anyone in your home sufferers from asthma, eczema or any other dust-related allergies then a HEPA filter on the vacuum would be a good idea. You can read more about the HEPA filter here, but in short; it is an air purifier.