How to select the best vacuum cleaner for your needs

Vacuum Cleaners have evolved over the past few years with the biggest change being the move from replaceable/disposable bags to canisters that need to be emptied and cleaned. The newer bag-less models save money by eliminating replacement bags, but still require filters that need to be replaced or cleaned on a regular basis for full effectiveness. Vacuum cleaners come in a variety of sizes, power, and capabilities and choosing the right vacuum cleaner for your specific needs can result in less time spent vacuuming, maintaining a cleaner living environment, and obtaining more value for your money.

Bare floors

To clean non-carpeted floors (wood, tile, ceramic, laminate, marble and slate), the vacuum cleaner should have a feature that allows the brush to be turned off and should have rollers that will not scratch the floors.


A model with an adjustable high brush for different carpet pile heights is the most effective way to quickly clean a large carpeted area. Some models have combination brushes to deeply clean carpet and a more powerful motor will generally result in greater carpet cleaning.


Some models have a detachable canister, extended hose and extra-long cord that makes cleaning stairs more convenient. Other models have cordless features to make it easy to separate a hand-held component that can help get at hard to reach surfaces.

Other Surfaces

A vacuum cleaner can be used to clean many surfaces beyond floors. Some models have attachments to clean upholstery, pet hair, ceiling fans, tops of furniture, drapery, blinds, and hard to reach corners. Thinking about the many ways that you will use your vacuum cleaner can help decide what features you want from the model that you select. Features such as detachable components, long hoses and cords and interchangeable cleaning heads can bring tremendous value to match your expected use.

Allergy Relief

While a vacuum cleaner motor attracts debris and dust, the process also expels exhaust air out into the room. Selecting a vacuum cleaner with a good seal around the motor and a HEPA filter will trap most of the dust, dander, pollen and mold spores before it is released into the air. Cleaning or replacing the filter on a regular basis while maximize the prevention of allergens being released into the air.

Quick Cleanup

Cordless models allow quick and easy cleanup since they don’t require a cord and nearby outlet. The downside is that they have less pick up power and the battery does not last that long for extended cleanup.  Stick and handheld vacuums generally are effective for quick pick of debris, but lack the power to be your only vacuum cleaner.

Robotic Vacuums

Robotic vacuums are expensive and not as powerful as upright vacuums which make them more of a gimmick that can’t serve as your only vacuum cleaner.

Find what model is best for your needs?

Metro Essentials two locations (10th Street and 3rd Street) carry a wide range of vacuum cleaners to match your cleaning needs.  You can review the full line of in stock competitively priced vacuum cleaners online or stop in to compare available models.



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