Vacuum Cleaner Mistakes

With so many different vacuum cleaners available, it can be difficult to choose the one that’s right for your floor.  Choosing the wrong type of floor care machine for your home or workplace leaves your floor dirty.  Worse yet, the wrong type of vacuum cleaner may even cause damage to your surface.  Avoid these common consumer mistakes when purchasing your next vacuum cleaner.

Don’t buy a vacuum cleaner before establishing your floor care needs.

It’s imperative that you choose the right vacuum cleaner for your home or office as different types of carpet and hard floors are cleaned differently. Always keep in mind factors such as the depth of your carpet pile; your floor type; whether you have stairs, ceilings, or other difficult-to-clean areas; and whether you require allergen control. Answering these questions before making your purchase will help you in your search for the right vacuum cleaner. After all, no one vacuum cleaner is ideal for every type of situation.

Don’t get too caught up with a vacuum cleaner’s specifications.

Consumers oftentimes pay too much attention to a vacuum’s specifications and not enough attention to their individual vacuuming needs. For example, many people think buying the highest amperage will provide the most cleaning, but this simply isn’t true. These are the three most important factors that determine a vacuum’s cleaning efficiency:

  • Suction
  • Air Flow
  • Brush Roll Action

Therefore, always make sure the vacuum you are looking to purchase will perform as you expect it to before bringing it home. While a lot of extra features are nice, they may not help you effectively clean. For more vacuum buying tips, click here.

Vacuum Cleaner Buying Tip:

Figures such as amps are simply a measure of electrical current and not vacuuming performance.  Instead, the design of the entire unit, how it handles and controls airflow, and its filtration system actually determines its quality.


Don’t buy a “disposable” vacuum cleaner.

While there are vacuums to fit every price range and budget, it’s always important to ask yourself how long you want your new vacuum to last. Choose a vacuum that will last you 10 years or more, and don’t forget to look at a vacuum’s warranty. Pay attention to the vacuum’s construction and materials. Also remember that to ensure long life and proper operation, your vacuum may need to be serviced once a year.

Don’t purchase a vacuum cleaner that cannot pick up pet or human hair.

Did you know that pet and human hair is one of the most common reasons why vacuum cleaners fail? Hair can get stuck in bearings, cause a unit to overheat, and melt plastic parts. If you purchase the wrong type of vacuum, may find yourself replacing your unit every year. To help with the problem of hair, look for a vacuum that has a metal brush roll. For more information on pet hair vacuums, click here.

Pay attention to bag and filter pricing.

When shopping for a vacuum cleaner, don’t forget to check the price of replacement bags or filters, as you may find that that the value-priced vacuum cleaner you’ve purchased will cost you a lot to maintain. Check which type of bag the model that you’re considering buying uses. Some bags can be quite expensive and not very easy to find. Furthermore, some are quick to go out of stock when new vacuum models become available.

Don’t purchase a bagless vacuum without doing your homework first.

Many people think bagless vacuums are much more convenient than traditional bagged models, but fail to fully understand how they really work. Although it’s true that bagless vacuums do not require any replacement dust bags, they do utilize filters to catch smaller-sized particles that may exhaust back into a room. In order to efficiently clean, keep in mind that bagless vacuums still require frequent changing of these filters every three months to one year depending on use.

Choose a vacuum cleaner that you can easily maneuver.

If you have a one-story home that consists of wall-to-wall carpeting, a standard upright vacuum cleaner may be just what you need. However, if you have stairs or need to clean hard-to-reach spaces, you may want to look for a vacuum cleaner that is easier to maneuver such as a canister or cordless vacuum. Also keep in mind that lighter vacuums tend to be less powerful than sturdier models.

Pay attention to decibel ratings.

Let’s face it — vacuum cleaners are loud. If you are sensitive to noise or have pets, be sure to look for a vacuum that emits less noise and always pay attention to a vacuum’s decibel rating. To get a basic idea of decibel ratings, refer to the following chart below:

Source Decibel Intensity Level
Whisper 20 dB
Air Conditioner 54 dB
Normal Conversation 60 dB
Upright Vacuum Cleaner 69 dB
Large Orchestra 98 dB
Jet Takeoff 140 dB