how-to-choose-vacuum-cleaner.jpgChoice is a great thing, and that’s especially true when it comes to home appliances like vacuum cleaners. But when you have a ton of choice, it can make deciding which vacuum cleaner to buy a little more confusing.

That’s the problem my parents were confronted with a few weeks ago. Back when my mom first vacuumed a carpet, canister vacuums were the only choice, and she’s been cleaning with one ever since. When her last canister vacuum cleaned its final carpet, she decided to do some looking around and was surprised at what she found.

From upright to stick to a robot that will clean your floor without you lifting a finger, there are a lot of great choices when it comes to vacuums. She had no idea which one to choose, so I told her that your choice depends entirely on your personal preferences and what type of home you’re cleaning, but to help her narrow it down, these are the points I’d look at.

Upright vacuums


Thanks to brands like Dyson, upright vacuum cleaners are a popular choice for people in the market for a new vacuum. Perfect for every space from a small condo to a big house, they’re easy to use with no bending over required. Because so many of us have carpet and hardwood or laminate floor, models like the Dyson DC66 multi-floor upright will sail straight through the house without missing a beat.

The other great feature on an upright vacuum is a detachable wand you can use to stretch up with your vacuum and remove cobwebs from your corners or dust in small spaces. If you need a versatile vacuum cleaner that will clean high and low, you’ll love an upright vacuum cleaner.

miele-canister-vacuum.jpgCanister Vacuums

They’ve been around the longest but they’ve come a long way in terms of features and pure cleaning power: canister vacuums have a long hose and a trailing canister and are great for all spaces including stairs. I’ve used both an upright and a canister on stairs, and I’d have to go with the canister in terms of how easy it is to get up and down with the vacuum.

The Miele Compact C1 Celebration canister vacuum has a powerful 1200W motor, AirClean System that filters 99.9% of fine dust and allergens, and a mini hand turbo brush so you can clean your couch in a snap.

If you’re someone who likes a vacuum that’s easy to use on floors, carpets, and stairs, the canister vacuum is for you.

Robot Vacuumsrobot-vacuum.jpg

When she called to ask about different vacuums, my mom was interested in ‘one of those vacuums that pushes itself around.’ I was pretty sure she meant a robot vacuum cleaner, and I was right, but they do a lot more than just push themselves around.

The beauty of a robot vacuum cleaner like the iRobot Roomba 761 is that it cleans your floors on its own. All you have to do is schedule your Roomba to clean when you need it or push the button and you send it on its way.

The iRobot Roomba has HEPA filters built-in so it will clean up to 98% of dirt, dust, and pet hair on the floor and in the air. Because it uses virtual walls to guide it and iAdapt Response Navigation to zero in on dirt, the Roomba will cruise from room to room, cleaning up everything in its path. When it’s finished, it heads back to its docking station to recharge so it can clean again.

If coming home to clean floors every day without having to pay a maid or lift a finger is your favourite thing, you can’t miss with a robot vacuum cleaner.

There is a vacuum cleaner for every type of home or surface, and no matter how you like to clean, an upright, canister, or robot vacuum cleaner will fit the bill. Take a look at all of the vacuum cleaners on and get ready to say goodbye to those dust bunnies.

Main image from: Angie’s List

Shelly Wutke
Editor TV & Home Theatre
I'm a Vancouver freelancer and tech enthusiast. When I'm not writing you'll find me on my farm with my alpacas, chickens, and honeybees. Visit my website Survivemag