Picture this: You’re running down your list of weekly household chores. Next on the list: vacuuming. You pull the vacuum out of the closet (it’s a relic), plug it in and… uh oh. You may not be vacuuming today after all. It’s time to head to the big box store to pick out a new vacuum. But not so fast.
When it comes to vacuums, product matters. And the best vacuum for your home and needs may not be available for purchase at the place where you can get a three-gallon tub of mayonnaise and an oil change.
What Really Matters?
Above all of the modern conveniences a good quality vacuum can provide, your first priority is the health of your family and the air quality inside your home. If someone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma, here are three things to consider:
Look for a vacuum that utilizes a HEPA filter.
HEPA filters (high-efficiency particulate arresting) ) are the gold standard when it comes to air filtration. Miele vacuums are equipped with HEPA AirClean filters that trap 99.9% of allergens. Having a good quality air filtration system in your vacuum and in your home can make a world of difference for allergy sufferers who need it most.
Opt for the bag.
Despite some benefits a bagless vacuum offers, the best choice for completely removing dust, dirt, and particles from your home is to purchase a vacuum that utilizes a good quality bagging system. Not only are bagless vacuums releasing dirt back into the air when you empty, but bagless canisters tend to spew particles back into the air while in use. Miele vacuums feature 9-layer, self-sealing bags that keep the dirt locked away—where it belongs.
Don’t forget the attachments.
Attachments are more than fun bonus features. A vacuum with quality attachments helps you reach dust, dirt and allergens in the most unsuspecting places like bookshelves, upholstery, beneath furniture, tops of cabinets and inside the nooks and crannies of your closets. Use your attachments to treat these areas regularly and keep dust bunnies at bay.
Consider the layout of your home and types of flooring you will be cleaning with your vacuum. Do you have lots of tight spaces to navigate? Examine the attachments to determine if they will suit the needs of your home. Do you have stairs to vacuum? Canister vacuums make cleaning stairs more manageable. Are you cleaning mostly hard surfaces, carpet or some combination of both? Determine the fiber type and pile height of your carpet and rugs before you go shopping. Using the wrong vacuum can damage the fibers leading to quicker accumulation of soils.
Vacuuming doesn’t have to be a hassle! Treat yourself to a quality vacuum that will serve you and your family well for many years to come.