The best time to buy a vacuum is during the end of February and early spring according to The Spruce.
If you’re gearing up to do some spring cleaning and your vacuum is on its last leg, this is an ideal time to shop around since most retailers are offering deals. If it’s been years since you’ve purchased a quality vacuum, you may be wondering which kind to buy along with how much money you can expect to spend.
Here are the pros and cons of some of the most popular types of vacuum cleaners so you can decide which one is best for your household.
This is one of the most common types of vacuum cleaners and a standard in many households. This type of vacuum is great for basic cleaning along with removing dust and pet hair around the house.
Popular brands like Hoover, Oreck, and Panasonic all sell bagged upright vacuums for anywhere from $150 to $350+ on average. Most of these vacuums come with their own filtration system allowing you to be able to clean the filter while changing the bag.
The major downside is that you have to buy extra replacement bags and have them on hand whenever your vacuum cleaner gets too full of dirt and other debris.
Bagless upright vacuums are lightweight and cost around the same price as a bagged upright vacuum. You may even be able to find some basic models for under $100 seeing as Bissel offers a bagless vacuum cleaner line starting at $75.
An obvious perk of having a bagless vacuum is not having to worry about changing the bag regularly. You can usually see when the vacuum is filling up all you need to do is empty the container attached and use the vacuum again as normal.
While these vacuums still have a filtration system, emptying it can still be messy as you can easily release the dust particles you just sucked up back into the air if you’re not careful.
Canister vacuums have a different shape and are often more powerful than upright vacuums. Instead of moving the whole device, you just need to move the wand to pick up dirt, debris, hair etc.
The average canister vacuum ranges from $150 – $499. While this vacuum is quieter to use and more, the person using it has to do more work to clean since they control the hose and the wand while having to drag the cannister behind them.
You may have to do a lot of bending to reach certain areas which is not ideal for your back. It’s also more difficult to store this vacuum since some assembly is required when you purchase it.
The stick vacuum is smaller than all the others and it’s the cheapest ranging anywhere from $20 to $170+ in price. There are cordless versions which cost more than the corded stick vacuum.
Still, this is a lightweight option that is a solid option to use if you have kids who will be helping out with chores or simply don’t need to do a ton of vacuuming. The motors in these vacuums are smaller so you can’t expect them to do more heavy-duty work.
Many are battery-operated and you don’t have to worry about changing bags when they get full.
Robotic vacuums look very cool and provide a hands-free cleaning experience. Most models are easy to program, can clean multiple surfaces, and are ideal for someone who’s busy and doesn’t have time to keep up with routine tidying. They are also pretty easy to store since they are so small.
Robotic vacuums are the most expensive on this list and a $300 – $800 price tag may not fit within your budget. Plus, these vacuums may still miss important spots in your home that you will have to go over manually.
Which Vacuum is Best For You?
To determine which vacuum is best for you, it’s important to consider your needs. How big is your home? Do you have pets or children? Also, are there certain benefits or inconveniences that stood out to you on this list?
Price is also a factor as you probably want to get the most bang for your buck. Luckily, you can likely find a model you’ll love at a discounted price this spring.
Make a list of your preferences and must-haves, then compare and contrast the types and models. Happy shopping!