• Buyers Guide

    Buyers Guide

    Deep cleaning vacuums
    The typical features with these types of vacuums
    include rotating brushes that agitate the carpet
    pile and loosen the dirt for better clean.  There
    are some models that offer a handy automatic tool
    conversion button or switch that you can push or
    flip as you move from carpet to hardwood floor.

    Hand held vacuums
    Hand held vacuums are light weight, can be corded
    or cordless, and you can even mount most of them
    on the wall if you prefer.  The performance of the
    cordless models will depend on the charge of the
    battery, as the battery power drops, so will the
    suction power.

    The two types of hand held vacuums include straight
    suction and suction with a power brush.  If you
    are considering a hand held vacuum cleaner, you
    should consider its primary purpose, if you plan
    to use it on a regular basis or occasionally on
    smaller jobs.

    Broom vacuums
    Stick or broom vacuums are great for smaller type
    apartments, quick clean ups in the kitchen, or
    a family room.  The benefit of a broom vacuum is
    the light weight.  If you have trouble pushing
    your heavier upright around, the broom vacuum
    may come as a relief.  You'll also have the option
    of getting your vacuum corded or cordless.

    They usually weight 2 - 7 lbs. and allow you to
    easily store them in the closet, as they take up a
    minimum amount of space.  For quick disposal of
    the dirt and debris, most models are also bagless
    as well.

    Wet or Dry vacuums
    The wet/dry vacuum combination may very well be the
    most versatile vacuum cleaner on the market today,
    with numerous attachments and functions it is a
    very handy machine to have around your home.  The
    canister types can vary from the smaller 6 gallon
    sizes to the larger 22 gallon sizes.

    The HP ranges as well, from 2 to 10 HP.  You should
    always try to match the size of the unit to the
    size of the job and frequency of use.

    Upright vacuums
    One of the most popular features of an upright
    vacuum cleaner is the bagless system.  In addition
    to the increased performance, there is no need
    to purchase any bags.  Emptying the canister can
    be a little dusty, although it's still better than
    messing with bags.

    Most upright models come with a standard set of
    attachments that may even include an upholstery
    tool, a crevice tool, and even an extension wand.
    A retractable cord and manual or automatic pile
    adjustments are other common features.  A HEPA
    filter is another common and popular feature found
    with most upright vacuums.

    Canister vacuums
    Canister vacuum cleaners normally include retractable
    cords.  Considering the fact that most cords are
    around 25 foot in length, this feature will prevent
    you from having to drag the cord around and
    possibly damage furniture.  A push of a button or
    a slight tug on the cord will retract it into the
    canister of the vacuum.

    The nozzle can be one of two types, nozzle or
    power nozzle.  To get your carpet as clean as
    possible, it is recommended that you use the power
    nozzle, which will agitate the carpet and loosen
    up the dirt for deeper cleaning.

    Another feature worth looking for is a suction
    control switch, as this allows you to adjust the
    flow of air for cleaning delicate material such
    as upholstery and drapery.

    When choosing your vacuum cleaner, you should always
    choose the one you like best.  The best vacuum for
    the job is the one you should choose, as things
    will work out much better that way.


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