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Aug 17, 2007
When it comes to buying vacuum cleaners, it pays to do your research online and offline too. There have been a lot of advances in vacuum cleaners over the years so it's hard to buy one that's bad or you'd be unhappy with. Shopping for a good vacuum cleaner can be overwhelming for a lot of buyers.

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. There are no standards set for sealed models. Some vacuums may actually put dirt back into your home.

It may be more difficult to find as many of the bells and whistles you'd like on the lightweight models. A good vacuum cleaner should maintain constant suction. You want to make sure to get a vacuum designed for your mixture of carpeting and hard flooring.

The lower priced upright vacuum cleaner may or may not include manual adjustment for the height of the carpet. A bagless vacuum may leak dust, dust mites, mold spores, fungus, bacteria and allergen particles into the air, so small you may not be able to see all of them but will be cheaper though in the long run, because you're not buying and using up bags. Of course you want to get the cleanest possible 'clean' for your carpets.

Uprights in the higher price ranges may have suction hoses that are more sturdy and crush resistant. A few different tools and wands may seem like a plus, but if you rarely ever use tools, they may just be an extra expense. 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.

Canister vacuums range in price anywhere from $150 to $1500. Find the extra tools and features you need, and forget about the ones you don't. The highest priced upright models may carry every available feature; they may be true HEPA vacuums.

Canister vacuum cleaners that have onboard tool storage make tools handy to reach. Find out the airwatts to get a good indication of its suction power. It'll cost more buying a unit with a bag because you'll be buying bags ongoing.

Higher priced uprights have a wider cleaning path, possibly dirt sensors, and some will be self-propelled; they may have pre-motor filters to protect the motor from damage too. Consider where the vacuum cleaner will be stored to make sure it will fit the space. Check the amps of the vacuum cleaner.

Check out the vacuums with the patented internal filtration system. When shopping for vacuum cleaners it's a good idea to take your health - (allergies, asthma, respiratory health, back health and physical health) into consideration. A bagless vacuum that uses filters may leak dust, dust mites, mold spores, fungus, bacteria, smoke particles, chemicals and allergen particles into the air, so small you may not be able to see all of them. True HEPA filters will have a serial number assigned to them if they're able to trap at least 99.97 percent of particles of .3 microns; these test results will be printed on the filter.

True or absolute HEPA filters are usually more expensive than other HEPA filters. True or absolute HEPA filters must pass a strict test to be considered HEPA worthy. Reducing or eliminating particles will make cleaner air for everyone in your home.

Choose a vacuum with the features you want without the extras you don't need. Make sure you add on replacement bags to your initial investment if they're required. Although price may play a large part in your decision to purchase a vacuum cleaner, choosing a vacuum cleaner based on the features you need or want most will help you keep your costs down, while buying a vacuum cleaner that's a good fit for your particular needs.
About the Author
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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