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Aug 17, 2007
Choosing the right vacuum that will accomplish the necessary cleaning of your home can be confusing. An upright vacuum cleaner will cost anywhere from $50 for a low-end lightweight model, to over $1000 for some of the newer models with new features. There are quite a few things to look for before you buy an upright or canister vacuum cleaner.

If you have lots of flooring to vacuum you'll want a model with floor attachments that use brushes and/or an upright vacuum with metal bottom plates. Metal components in a vacuum cleaner are better than plastic but will make the unit much heavier. You can choose a lightweight or heavyweight machine.

Keep in mind vacuums will have a wide range of options and features to choose from; some have features like nozzles, extended cords and bright colors that add to the price. Some vacuums may actually put dirt back into your home. Many bagged models include a full bag indicator light to help users remember to change the bag.

Do you really need a deluxe model? Read the warranty fine print so you know exactly what's covered in the event it's defective or you need it repaired. Canister vacuums range in price anywhere from $150 to $1500.

Though they may not be more powerful, higher priced uprights have a lot of gadgets that may be handy for your home, providing you use them. Make sure attachments are easy to put together and take apart and that they stay together and are airtight. Try assembling and taking apart the attachments before you buy.

Check out the manufacturer's warranty for the new vacuum, and if your place of purchase will extend the warranty. A self-propelled vacuum cleaner may sound great, but they're actually very heavy to lift. Once you feel fully informed, if you can, go to a local store to get a look at those you've picked and try them out.

In the lower-end of uprights you will find a few models that have an additional feature, like bagless models or models with bags and a full bag indicator light. Uprights in the higher price ranges may have suction hoses that are more sturdy and crush resistant. Do you want an upright or canister?

It'll cost more buying a unit with a bag because you'll be buying bags ongoing. Always check and see how long the warranty is good for; the longer the better of course. Canister vacuum cleaners can come with a bag or be bagless.

Some vacuums will have a HEPA filter; this is always a good idea to keep your air free of the tiny particles that are stirred up when you vacuum. Look for the serial number and test results that are printed on true or absolute HEPA filters; make sure that the test results at .3 microns are 99.97 percent or above. HEPA is a type of filter that can trap a large amount of very small particles that other vacuum cleaners recirculate back into the air of your home. True or absolute HEPA filters are usually more expensive than other HEPA filters.

To receive the true or absolute HEPA designation, filters must perform to a certain standard. There are two different categories of HEPA filters that can make understanding the abilities of your filter confusing. True or absolute HEPA filters must pass a strict test to be considered HEPA worthy.

Ask your friends and associates what they use and like. Make sure you read the vacuum cleaner ratings and reviews that you can find online and offline. Make sure you add on replacement bags to your initial investment if they're required.
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For more information on saving money on vacuum cleaners and best buy shopping for vacuum cleaners online and offline go to http://www.SaveMoneyOnVacuumCleaners.com Helen Hecker R.N.'s website specializing in vacuum cleaner tips, advice and resources, including information on vacuum cleaner ratings and vacuum cleaner reviews
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