9 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Vacuum Cleaner for your Home (How to Choose a Vacuum Cleaner)

Would you love to know how to choose a vacuum cleaner for your home or office? 

If that’s You, Great News!
I would show you how through an 8 Question vacuum cleaner Buying Guide that carefully breaks down all you need to know. 

Let’s Dive in,

Question1. Do I need a Corded or Cordless Vacuum Cleaner?

There are 4 things to consider here; 

  • Suction power
  • Battery Life
  • FLexibility
  • Dust Capability


Corded vacuum cleaners traditionally give stronger suction power, equalling better results on floors than traditional cordless; which reduce in suction power as the battery depletes,


High-end Cordless vacuum cleaners with high voltage lithium battery and innovative motor technology last longer (about 30-45 minutes) and give powerful suction power throughout that time. 

A great example of the High-end Cordless is the Shark Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner and a Great example of a good corded vacuum is Shark Upright Vacuum Cleaner [NV601UKT].

Shark Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner


Corded vacuum cleaners are heavier, plugged in, and moving them around requires navigating around your home or office with a power cable. 

Shark Upright Vacuum Cleaner [NV601UKT].

When doing jobs like; Cleaning your car or a spot, bringing out a corded vacuum could be a frustrating task. This makes the cordless vacuum cleaner like the Proscenic P8 Ideal for such jobs. This is because It’s lightweight, has no power cable to navigate, and can move easily around; your furniture, corners, crevices, stairs. It also converts to handheld mode for spot cleaning, which is a big help when you have kids or pets.

Proscenic P8


Corded vacuum cleaners like the Shark Upright Vacuum Cleaner [NZ801UKT]  are attached to a socket, therefore, battery life is not a concern

Shark Upright Vacuum Cleaner [NZ801UKT] 

While on the other hand, Cordless Vacuum Cleaners have limited battery life and need to be recharged for 2 to 7 hours. 


Corded vacuum cleaners hold about 2 to 3 litres while cordless about 0.6L. 

This is not a rule for all corded vacuums because corded stick vacuums also have limited dust capacity.  

Question 2. Bagged or Bagless vacuum cleaner?

This goes to how you Dispose of your Dirt. 

Both Bagged and Bagless Vacuum cleaners have drawbacks and benefits.

A Bagged vacuum cleaner like the Miele Classic has a cloth section that zips around the bag, which can be removed, and then replaced when full, while the bagless vacuum cleaner like the Philips Power Pro has a dirt chamber that’s often transparent, and can be used over and over again.

Miele Classic

Philips Power Pro

The bagged is very hygienic because it has an airtight closed bag that’s easy to dispose of, and this airtight bag keeps allergens and dirt out, making it the slightly preferred option for allergy sufferers, and those who don’t like cleaning their vacuums over and over again.

This means you won’t have to replace the filter, but you will have to replace the bag from time to time when full, making it more expensive than the bagless to maintain. 

Plus if your model gets old, finding a new bag may become harder. 

One more thing, it’s suction performance could decrease as dirt fills the bag.

Bagless, on the other hand, have become more popular because of its 

  • Improved disposal methods,
  • Less expensive maintenance, because you don’t have to replace a bag.
  • Good performance even when filling up and, 
  • Eco-friendly nature, as a result of using the same container repeatedly unlike bagged.

It’s important to note the bagless will require more frequent cleaning because you will reuse its dirt chamber.

Question 3. Upright, Cylinder or Stick Vacuum Cleaners?

Upright Vacuum cleaners like the shark lift away were more popular here in the United Kingdom. This is because of the traditional belief that the brush beating action of upright vacuum cleaners is more effective on dirt.

shark lift away

That’s no longer true because thanks to technology change the most modern cylinder and upright vacuums now have brush beating action to sweep dirt properly.

Pick a cylinder, like Henry HVR 160-11 if you,

One, Have limited storage space and live in a small to medium-sized home,

Two, need a light highly maneuverable vacuum around furniture,

Three, need to clean under furniture, clean stairs, have a mix of hard floors, carpets, and rugs.

Pick an upright vacuum like Vax Air Lift if you:

One, Have big areas of carpet to clean,

Two, have carpets in heavy traffic areas like halls, thick carpets because, they have revolving brushes that dislodge dirt and grit that is embedded deep down in the carpet, and have agitators that help dislodge trodden-in dirt, making them great for deep cleaning.

Three, need a large area done fast.

Four, don’t do much under furniture cleaning, because they are not traditionally great at that.

Vax Air Lift

It’s important to note,

Newer upright models like the shark lift away vacuums have handheld vacuum cleaning options that allow you to do jobs like under the furniture cleaning and stairs cleaning, that upright vacuums never did in the past. 

This means the difference between cylinder and upright is more blurred than ever, and many times, both can do effectively what the other was popular for.

This makes this 3rd Question important, but not a deal-breaker.

The Stick Vacuum Cleaner 

The modern stick vacuum cleaners like the  Dyson V8 actually looks like a marriage between the cylinder and upright vacuum cleaner.

Dyson V8

Designed to look like a stick attached to its storage container, it takes less space than the cylinder and still stands like the upright.

It’s modern and sleek. The stick has increasingly become a first choice option for most homes.

It can either be corded like the VonHaus Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner or cordless like the ONSON Cordless, with the massive advantage of being much lighter, easier to use and store, compared to the cylinder and upright vacuum cleaners.

VonHaus Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner

ONSON Cordless

Question 4: Do I need Hepa filtration with my vacuum?

Yes, you do, especially if you have allergies.

HEPA filters trap most allergens in the air. 

This is highly recommended for everyone, especially those with allergy symptoms.

In order to earn the name “HEPA,” the filters have to go through rigorous testing, to ensure that they can capture at least 99.97% of particulates 0.3 microns or larger. 

HEPA filters are known to remove more dust and pollen from the air than any other type of filter available, especially within vacuum cleaners.

Great Hepa Friendly Vacuums include Proscenic P8

Proscenic P8

Question 5. Do I need a robot vacuum cleaner?

This small vacuum cleaner cleans your home, without any effort from you, and can be controlled with your phone.

These vacuum cleaners are not exactly great for you unless you live in a home with mostly hard floors and no stairs. This is because they more likely lack the cleaning power of other vacuum cleaners. They are also not good with stairs, corners, and crevices, but great for everyday hard floor cleaning.

Great Options Include Coredy Robot Vacuum Cleaner, Eufy Robot Vacuum Cleaner and the Lefant M300 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Coredy Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Eufy Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Lefant M300 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Question 6. Do the accessories fit my needs?

This is based solely on your cleaning needs. You need to find the vacuum cleaner with accessories that fit you.

Good examples are; 

  • Dusting brush, for flat surfaces like a bookcase.
  • Crevice tool, for tight spots like radiators, between the sofa and vents.
  • Upholstery Tool, for coaxing dust from sofas, chairs, mattresses, and cushions
  • Extension Wand- for more reach like dusting high ceilings and corners or dust buried deep behind appliances.

Crevice Tool

Dusting Brush

Extension Wand

Upholstery Tool

Vacuum Cleaners with a great accessory package include Dyson V11, Shark Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, and Shark Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner.

Question 7. Is it Pet-friendly?

This is important because many vacuum cleaners struggle to get the fur out from carpets and upholstery.

You need to look out for a vacuum cleaner that has great powerful suction power, and a brush to stir up the carpet, these characteristics are a constant with pet-friendly vacuum cleaners.

These vacuum cleaners are mostly called pet hair vacuum cleaners, and this is mostly specified in the description and name of the vacuum cleaner.

Great options include Shark Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Gtech air ram, and Vytronix Animal 3.5L.

Shark Upright Vacuum Clean

Gtech air ram

Vytronix Animal 3.5L.

Question 8. What do other customers say about things I can’t test before use? 

No matter where you buy, there are some things you can’t know until you take the vacuum home no matter what experts say nothing beats practical everyday use by a customer.

That’s where customer reviews prove crucial. One point of caution you should note is that there are no vacuum cleaners with perfect reviews, but what you want is a vacuum that has enough good reviews to give a chance. And if not right for you, you simply return.

Here are the questions you want to be answered when you look at customer reviews;

1. Does it last?

2. what surfaces does it clean well?

3. Heavy or lightweight to carry?

4. what’s is it Floor To roof cleaning ability?

5. Is it easy to use?

6. Is it easy to clean?

7. What about the noise?

8. Is it worth the money?

9. What of its Suction power?

9. How do I know which Vacuum Cleaner to Buy?

In this article, we have pictures of the best vacuum cleaners for each category. Selecting any of the following pictured above would give you amazing results.

In Conclusion

A combination of these 9 Questions is sure to guide you on picking the right Vacuum cleaner for your needs.

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