Chasing Dust Bunnies: 8 Thrifty Tips for Buying a Vacuum Cleaner

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Buying a Vacuum Cleaner

Posted: 20 July 2018

The dust bunnies are attacking the kittens and the cobwebs have infiltrated the corners, but you’re still on the lookout for that perfect vacuum.

You’re being vigilant until Black Friday rolls around . . . four months in the future.

Believe it or not, you can spare the kittens and the corners right now. Because buying a vacuum cleaner doesn’t have to be expensive. You can find the perfect fit for you and your home at a price within your budget.

You just have to know how.

Vacuum Types

Chase those dust bunnies back under the couch and ignore those cobwebs: we’re going to show you exactly what you need to do.

But before you’re sucked into the vacuum of vacuums, it’s important to understand the different forms your future cleaner may take.

There are six basic types of vacuums. Before you purchase something more expensive than you need, assess which type(s) fits the bill to make those dust bunnies go bye bye.

  1. Upright Vacuums: Although heavier than some other forms, upright vacuums are great for deep cleaning and tend to cost less.
  2. Canister Vacuums: Quieter and lighter, canister vacuums are excellent for the attachments. You can easily clean drapes, couches and bare floors. However, some users find they don’t deep clean carpets as well as uprights.
  3. Stick Vacuums: These are very light, but they don’t clean carpets well. They are made for surface litter.
  4. Hand-Held Vacuums: These provide easy cleanup for pet hair, couches or even your car. However, they take a lot more work to use on floor carpets. Obviously.
  5. Robotic Vacuums: These are for the watchers rather than doers. While convenient, they do not clean as well as upright and canister vacuums.
  6. Central Vacuums: If you want expensive, this is it. However, the convenience they afford because there’s no vacuum body to pull along can’t be beaten.

Which type is right for you? Determining this beforehand will save you several headaches down the road.

8 Thrifty Tips for Buying a Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson. Hoover. Kenmore, Bissell . . .

The list of manufacturers (nonetheless models) goes on and on.

Vacuum cleaners can cost over $1,000 for the most advanced models. Comparatively, you can also purchase an inexpensive one for about $50.

The options are endless, so what’s a girl or boy to do?

Your first step is to find out exactly what you need–and what you don’t.

1. Consider Personal Needs

Do you have pets who turn that beautiful creme chaise black? What about kids who constantly spill their juice on the floor?

Considering your personal needs is your first step in saving money. Once you determine what you’re looking for in a vacuum, it can mean savings when you go to buy.

At the very least, it’s important to know these three things:

  • Will you use it to clean mostly carpets or will it be used on other floors, as well?
  • How often do you vacuum?
  • Do you need handheld accessories for hard-to-reach places?

If you plan to stick to carpets, upright vacuums may be your best bet. However, if you plan to use your vacuum on hardwood flooring and carpeted areas, a canister vacuum may be better.

If you’re a proactive vacuum who’s constantly cleaning, a stick vacuum will work well. However, if you’re always short on time, a robotic vacuum may be the best answer.

Finally, consider the accessories or unique features you actually need. HEPA filtration is excellent for individuals with allergies and asthma, but it may not be necessary for the average Joe. Likewise, extra parts are nice if you tend to clean drapes, couches and other surfaces, but they may be over the top if you only use the vacuum on the carpet.

2. Avoid Bags

Although some folks prefer them, vacuums with replacement bags are costlier than those without in the long run. Each time the bag fills with dirt, the owner must discard it and purchase a new one.

As you can imagine, this also isn’t very environmentally-friendly.

However, these vacuums do have a huge advantage for anyone with asthma or allergies, as they drastically reduce the owner’s contact with dirt and dust.

Bagless vacuums store dirt in a plastic container within the vacuum, which allows users to simply empty out the dirt into a trash bin. However, this is impossible to do without kicking up dust. Additionally, many bagless vacuums require owners clean filters and other parts regularly.

Bagless will save you replacement costs, but vacuuming will be much dirtier work.

3. Contemplate Materials

Vacuum cleaners last an average of eight to twelve years, but if you purchase one made from more durable raw materials it will last longer. After all, if you happen to bang a metal one into something, it probably won’t hurt it.

The downside is it will weigh more.

4. Don’t Forget Cleaning Ease

Also, contemplate ease of cleaning. Canister vacuums, for example, can be taken apart and cleaned. The Strategist’s Kurt Soller points out the Miele Complete C2 can last up to 20 years because of this feature.

These vacuums have the added benefit of at-home repair. Usually, if a vacuum cleaner breaks, it’s something simple that owners could fix themselves with a little bit of research.

Vacuums that are easily disassembled for cleaning are also great for making repairs.

Furthermore, owners can do their own maintenance and deep cleanings on every part, extending the vacuum’s life.

5. Compare

Avoid making a spur-of-the-moment decision. That vacuum might look shiny and magnificent, but it also might be money wasted in the long run.

Do your research. Find out which type you need, then begin comparing prices and features.

Basically, every store that offers small appliances has product-specific store guides. It’s no different with vacuums, and you can easily access these handy guides on the store’s website.

Click here to check out one such guide on Bissell’s website. As you can see, this is a quick and efficient method to compare models.

Mosey on over to your device and take your time sifting through the different vacuums.

However, unless your heart is set on going to Lowe’s or some other store, don’t narrow your horizons. You may be able to find better deals elsewhere . . . or at a different time of the year.

6. Shop Holidays and Discounts

You don’t have to wait for Black Friday to get a brand new vacuum (although you will find great deals). In fact, spring seems to be the best time of the year to purchase a new gizmo with discounts.

After all, everyone’s partaking in spring cleaning, meaning dust and pollen will both be plentiful in homes and the outside air across America. Therefore, March through May seems to be the ideal months in which consumers can snatch up good deals on a new vacuum cleaner.

Often, new models are released in June, prompting good deals on older models. That means the Bissell you’ve been eying the past two years might finally be retiring from the “new” shelf.

Hello, savings.

If you happen to miss out on the spring vacuum fling, don’t fret. Black Friday always has excellent deals on vacuums and other appliances, and Cyber Monday isn’t far behind.

7. Check Online Giveaways

In online giveaways, stores and manufacturers promote their products by giving away stuff . . .

for free.

Usually, this involves entering into a contest or partaking in an event of some sort (often one involved with social media). It’s an easy way for businesses to market and establish brand awareness, and it’s an excellent method to win some very enthusiastic followers and customers.

Just this past February, anyone 18 and older could enter into a drawing to win a Dyson V8 Handheld Cordless Vacuum. New.

So if your vacuum hasn’t gone kaput yet, start taking a look at these drawings, contests, and giveaways. You might just win something spectacularly sucky (we mean that in a good way).

8. Refurbished

It’s the dreaded “r” word that makes many consumers cringe!

However, refurbished vacuums really can save buyers a ton of money. And “refurbished” doesn’t always mean the vacuum won’t work like it’s new. To keep it safe, always look for models that have been refurbished by the manufacturer.

These deals can save you 50% or more on a vacuum. Just recently, Amazon was selling refurbished Dyson Ball vacuums for $150. They normally cost about $400 at the manufacturer’s website.

Because refurbished products do have their failings, they are almost always offered with a full-year warranty. (If they aren’t, avoid them like a plague.) If something does go wrong, consumers will receive a new (refurbished) vacuum that will hopefully work better.

So while some may wrinkle their nose at the “r” word, perhaps they should reconsider. That’s a lot of money being kept in the wallet.

Get Down and Dirty

Don’t lose hope if the Hoover you’ve had for almost two decades sputters to a stop. There are several thrifty tricks to help you save money when buying a vacuum cleaner.

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We’ll keep our fingers crossed for you. And our toes. In the meantime, chase those dust bunnies right into your new vacuum.

They’ll never get away from you again.

Buying a Vacuum Cleaner

One thought on “Chasing Dust Bunnies: 8 Thrifty Tips for Buying a Vacuum Cleaner

  1. North American Chem-Dry

    Great tips! It’s so important to have an effective vacuum, and if you can save money while at it, even better!


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