Buying a Vacuum

Mister Sweeper offers a wide variety of vacuums with many different styles and features. Most brands and models are solidly built and will last several years without maintenance problems. The choice in models comes down to your specific needs, tastes, and budget.

Major attributes to consider include:

   1. Type - Make sure you consider what types of surfaces you"ll be cleaning. Your choice of the type of vacuum cleaner will depend on it.
   2. Price - How much would you like to spend on a vacuum? Less expensive units won"t provide the longevity of the higher end units. How many vacuums would you like to own in the next 10 years?
   3. Comfort - Make sure you test drive the vacuum to see how well it handles, and how heavy it is. Is the handle comfortable?
   4. Filtration - If you suffer from allergies, consider a unit with HEPA (High Efficiency Particular Air) or S-Class (The European equivalent of HEPA) filtration.
   5. Attachments - Make sure it has the attachments you need.
   6. Noise Some people place a great deal of importance on noise considerations. To respond to this, some models have insulated materials around the motors.

Types:

Upright versus Canister - Uprights are ideal for cleaning large areas of carpets, but are awkward on stairs. Canisters are more versatile, and generally more powerful.
Stick/Broom Vacuum - Stick vacuums look like stream-lined uprights. They have less power than uprights and canisters and are ideal for people in small apartments.
Handhelds - Handhelds are very small vacuums (usually battery operated) for use in cleaning up specific spots that may be difficult to reach with other vacuums.

Other points to consider:

Motor Power (amps) Measures the amount of current used by the motor. Higher amps doesn"t mean more cleaning power. Airflow is a truer test of effectiveness.
Air Flow Usually measured in cfm (cubic feet per minute). More is better.
Filtration System The level of filtration varies from none (use a bag to collect dust) to sophisticated (filter out pollen and particles less than 100? microns). Units with better filtration systems generally cost more, but can be effective in reducing allergen in the home. HEPA and S-Class vacuums capture 99.97% of all particles and are recommended for those with allergies.
Cost Of Ownership Cost of bags and filters should be considered, as well as routine maintenance.
Construction Usually plastic these days. NOTE: There are many grades of plastics. Some units are made of the same materials as motorcycle helmets, while cheaper units tend to have plastic that is more brittle and prone to breakage.
Cord length Make sure that the cord is long enough for you to effectively clean one area of you home without having to change outlets. Cords can be up to 40 feet on some models.
Brush Agitator (roller brush) The roller with bristles under the machine that spins when the machine is on. It increases the cleaning effectiveness on carpets and is a must for removing pet hair.
Other Tools and Accessories Detachable hoses, extensions, hand turbo brushes, corner cleaners.
Headlights Some models have lights at the front of the base. Unless you live in a particularly dark home, or like vacuuming with the lights off, this feature is more of a novelty than a necessity.
Warranty Can be anywhere from 1 to 7 years for the motor and up to 10 years for the body. You get what you pay for here.

 

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