Vacuum cleaners are among the most essential appliances in a home. We know that finding the perfect fit for your home, budget and needs can be overwhelming, so we’ve put together a guide to the most common types of vacuum cleaners and the pros and cons of each.
Corded vacuum cleaners
Corded vacuum cleaners are one of the larger-sized options, but are still able to be packed away neatly into a cupboard or a corner. They’re an excellent choice if you have a large space to clean because you won’t have to worry about the battery running out before the job is done. They are probably the best multi-surface vacuum cleaners, performing well on hard floors, carpets and stairs. Look for models with a lightweight design, so they can be easily maneuvered around furniture and objects.
Cordless/stick vacuum cleaners
Cordless or stick vacuum cleaners run on rechargeable batteries, which makes them a great choice for those who don’t want the hassle of dealing with long cords. Generally, these models come with bins that can be easily emptied halfway through a clean. This means no more buying vacuum bags—an excellent option for the environment and your pocket.
Although these vacuums can have a smaller capacity, they make up for it by not scrimping on strength; they’re great at cleaning up cobwebs, crumbs and pet hair. Cordless or stick vacuums are ideal for apartment owners, or those who want something light and portable for everyday cleaning.
Hand-held vacuum cleaners
Hand-held vacuum cleaners are lightweight enough to hold in one hand and are designed for spot cleaning floors and furniture. They are also a convenient portable option for use in your car or elsewhere outside your home.
Although the batteries tend to be less powerful than those in stick vacuums, meaning you’ll need to charge it after a few uses, hand-held model make up for this with versatility—hand-held vacuums are great at cleaning liquid spills and usually have a boost function for extra suction power. However, these models are generally becoming less popular than their taller stick and cordless counterparts, which are also battery-operated.
Robot vacuum cleaners
Robot vacuum cleaners are the premium option. Their price can range from anywhere between around $200 to $1000, depending on the features. But if you want your home to be up to date with the latest technological advances, and want cleaning to be as easy as pressing a button, you might want to consider investing in a robot vacuum.
Robot vacuums are smart little machines that roam around your home, independently sucking up crumbs and dirt before quietly returning to their charging base. Although it may take longer for a bot to vacuum your entire home, we love the fact that it leaves you free to focus on other, more important matters than cleaning the house.
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