My Vacuum Comparison Reviews

Since nobody really likes vacuuming, it makes sense that we’d at least want to make sure that our efforts produce the best possible results.  If you’re in the market for a new vacuum cleaner, it can be frustrating trying to wade through the myriad of models and countless claims made by manufacturers hoping to get their share of your hard-earned money.  Arming yourself with a little knowledge about what sets different models apart can help you make the best choice for your home and your budget.

The first thing you’ll want to understand is that a vacuum cleaner’s airflow (measured in CFM, which stands for “cubic feet per minute”) is at least as important at its motor power.  Good airflow ensures that suction stays strong and also ensures that more dust, dirt, pet dander, etc., is captured and removed.  A powerful motor with poor airflow is going to be less effective overall than a lesser motor with better airflow.  Leaks and other inefficiencies along the airflow path allow more particles to escape back into your nice clean room.  Poor airflow also means that the best suction won’t last for more than a few minutes after you power on the vacuum cleaner.  A vacuum cleaner with the highest CFM rating you can find is likely to be a much better overall performer than one with a lower CFM, no matter how great the motor is.


You also want to make sure that you look for a machine appropriate for your floors.  Vacuum cleaners designed for carpets use a roller brush to stir up particles from below the carpet’s surface.  These brush heads are less effective on bare floors (and might even scatter as much dirt as they collect) and can cause damage to more delicate flooring.  Models designed for bare floors won’t work as well on carpet because they aren’t nearly as effective at getting to debris below the surface of your carpets.  Some models offer the ability to switch easily from carpet to bare-floor mode, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding a quality model if you have both types of floors.  Visit for comparisons of some top models and manufacturers of lightweight vacuum cleaners for wood, tile, and other bare floors as well as models made for carpet.


While many vacuum cleaners today feature HEPA filters, you don’t have to have a HEPA filter to deal with most allergens.  Any filter rated for particles up to 3.0 microns or that carries a MERV rating of 8 or higher will work as effectively as a HEPA filter for most common household particles, including allergens like pollen and pet dander.  HEPA filters are definitely the better choice for removing smaller bacteria and pathogens.  If you have bare floors, removing such microbes can be done with a mop (including steam mops) after sweeping or vacuuming.  Carpets, of course, don’t typically get along with mops, so HEPA filtration is the best antibacterial option unless you steam clean or otherwise disinfect your carpets regularly.


When it comes to choosing between a canister vac or an upright, there really isn’t any functional difference for the most part.  Canister models tend to be easier to tote up and down the stairs.  Once upon a time, they were also better than uprights at cleaning stairs, furniture, and other elevated and vertical surfaces.  Today, though, most uprights come with enough attachments to handle these tasks readily.

You’ll find more cordless models today than ever before.  Cordless models can be convenient in terms of not having to worry about plugging and unplugging multiple times to get through the house, but make sure you know how long the charge will last before buying a cordless model unless you’re okay with the possibility of a dead battery before the job’s done.  You might want to consider a cordless handheld as a companion to your regular vacuum cleaner for between-cleaning messes or for use in the car.
Check out hardwood floor vacuum ratings for pros and cons of some top lightweight models designed specifically for bare floors.  You’ll find uprights and canisters, and you’ll also get more helpful tips on choosing your best fit.