Clean Sweep: Vacuum Cleaner Buying Guide

July 31, 2015 by Kenmore


So your vacuum cleaner just doesn’t suck the way it used to. Maybe it’s time to replace that old vacuum cleaner with a new model. Need a little help deciding which one to buy? Well, that’s what we’re here for! Here are a few things to consider when shopping for a new vacuum cleaner.

Canister or upright?
Choosing between a canister and upright vacuum cleaner is often a matter of personal preference. Still, there are some differences that may tip the scale one way or the other. Upright vacuum cleaners are all-in-one units that are easy to push around the room and can be a cinch to store since they’ll stand inside a closet. What many upright vacuums are not good at is rolling under coffee tables, cleaning under beds and squeezing into other tight spaces – although hose attachments can help solve this problem. Canister vacuums are usually better for getting into hard to reach spaces but you might find that lugging the canister behind you is more hassle than help. When making the decision between canister and upright, consider how you’ll be using the vacuum. If you’ll be cleaning stairs or reaching into tight spaces, a canister might be best for your needs. If you’re more concerned with ease of use and don’t necessarily have to contend with stairs, check out the uprights.

Bagged or bagless?
Again, choosing between a vacuum cleaner that uses disposable bags to collect the dust and bagless model that collects dirt in an onboard container is mostly personal preference. With a vacuum that requires bags, you don’t have to worry about emptying a messy, dust filled container. Everything that you’ve sucked up with the vacuum is contained within a paper bag that can be deposited directly into the garbage can. For this reason bagged vacuum cleaners are often better for those who suffer from allergies. With a bagless vacuum cleaner you’ll never be on the hook for bags but you will have to contend with emptying the dust collector.

Other considerations:
When shopping for a vacuum cleaner, think about how you’re going to use it. If you’re home is filled with carpeting, you’ll want a vacuum with a sturdy agitator brush that can pull dirt and debris from the fibers. If your home is a combination of carpeted and hard surfaces, you’ll want a vacuum that can handle both.

If you have pets, and especially pets that shed, you should also factor that into your vacuum cleaner considerations. You’ll want to make sure you choose a vacuum that has hose and brush attachments for picking up pet hair from carpets and upholstery. The Kenmore Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, for instance, includes the motorized Pet HandiMate™ hose and wand attachment that makes getting pet fur and dander off furniture and out of your car a breeze.

Whether you’re looking for a canister or upright model, shop the full line of Kenmore vacuum cleaners to find the best sucker for your needs.


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