What Is The Best Vacuum? Part 3
In the first part of this series we learned that what kind of flooring you have matters, and that the carpeting you have in your home plays a big part in deciding which vacuum is best for your specific needs.
In the second part of this series we learned about what a vacuum cleaner can really do when equipped with the right tools for the job.
Allergies and asthma are on the rise
If you or any members of your household suffer from severe allergies, C.O.P.D., or asthma do not buy a bagless vacuum! The majority of bagless vacuums leak dust and pollutants back into the air you breathe worsening your indoor air quality. Even if you have a bagless vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter you'll still have to empty the dirt container, which results in a large cloud of dust rising to greet you. After emptying the dust cup now its time to wash your filters and play with your dirt even more, and don't forget to make sure that they have proper time to dry.
A quality high filtration bagged vacuum cleaner with a real HEPA filter will capture 99.99% of the fine dust and pollutants that go through it, not only cleaning your home, but also the air that you breathe. Vacuum bags will have anywhere from 5 to 15 times the dirt capacity than a dust container. This means that you don't have to spend time cleaning the dust cup after every use and less trips to the trash can.
Many companies today will use a high quality synthetic cloth disposable bag that will self seal when you take it out of the vacuum. These bags will filter far better than traditional paper bags and provide better performance because they allow better airflow through the vacuum. The choice is simple: save time and effort and get a vacuum with a bag that filters well and is self contained, or play with your dust and dirt every time that you vacuum.
For those that are on the more severe end of the breathing spectrum you may want to consider buying a HEPA air purifier. A quality HEPA bagged vacuum coupled with a HEPA air purifier in your home will will remove the greater majority if indoor air pollutants allowing you to breathe easy.
Is vacuuming painful?
Lifting and using a vacuum can be truly painful for some of our customers. Things like arthritis, inflammation, or joint pain can have a major bearing on what kind of vacuum you should consider buying. In these situations we highly recommend buying a lightweight vacuum cleaner. These kinds of vacuums are designed with ease of use in mind. Many of these lightweight vacuum cleaners will have the same features as their heavier counterparts while weighing as little as 4 pounds for a lightweight canister vacuum and 8 pounds for a lightweight upright vacuum cleaner.
What is the best vacuum for you?
As you can see there is no one size fits all vacuum cleaner. As with many things what works best for one customer may not work well for another; different strokes for different folks as they say. After reading through this (thanks for sticking around) could you in good conscience recommend a bagless upright vacuum to a customer that has asthma, high gloss hardwood floors, and silk area rugs? If you read through this then the answer is no. A customer that is armed with proper knowledge will make the best choice for them and should be happy with their purchase for years to come.