How to buy a vacuum cleaner

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Vacuum Cleaner


Vacuum cleaners come in many different models, designs and sizes, ranging from small and portable to large industrial models. A regular sized household vacuum cleaner will use between 500 and 3000 watts of energy, an average best selling model will use around 1400 watts. You may want to consider your level of exposure to dust and particles in the air before you decide on the type of vacuum cleaner to settle for. Also important to keep in mind is the size of area you intend to use the vacuum cleaner.  The table below shows different vacuum types and where they are most effective.

Stick Vacuums Light and easy to maneuver. Perfect for cleaning up little dirt like crumbs, cobwebs and pet hair.
Barrel Vacuums Perfect for small homes with limited storage. Available in small, medium and large capacities for varying home sizes.
Hand held Vacuums Light enough to be held in one hand. Perfect for spot cleaning floors and furniture, and for car interiors.
Upright Vacuums Recommended for users with back problems. Very powerful suction that lifts out trodden-in dirt and stubborn pet hairs.

  Table source: Vacuum cleaner buying guide (by The Good Guys)


The type of vacuum cleaner that you buy should also depend how frequently you vacuum. If you clean often, buying an energy efficient model will definitely save you so much over the years. These energy efficient vacuums have lower power consumption and typically use 600 to 800 watts, as opposed to the high performance vacuums which could consume up to three to four times that amount of energy.

Dirt Chamber

Vacuum cleaners usually come with an attached chamber where all the dirt sucked in is kept while vacuuming. Buying a vacuum cleaner with the right chamber size for your needs will save you vacuuming time and energy.


Always remember to check for warranty. The duration of the warranty determines the confidence the manufacturer has in the product. Therefore the longer the warranty, the more confident the manufacturer is that the product is durable. Never buy an appliance with no warranty! Finally, you should buy from an authorized dealer to ensure that the warranty is valid.


There are many vacuum brands in the market. Always check for the SONCAP and the warranty (as said above). Additionally you can check our blog for reviews and ratings of appliances. Also please take our short survey below to rate your appliance and help others decide which appliances to buy.

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