Vacuum cleaners are an important part of home-cleaning, but this does not mean that you cannot be frugal about it. I have learned that striking a balance between practicality and affordability is what allows me to get the best bargains when it comes to home appliances. Here, I share my thoughts on how to pick the most affordable cleaner.
These tips will help you greatly if you’re not looking to spend too much on a new vacuum cleaner, but still want one that’s pretty decent and can get the job done. Below are the features you need to look out for:
- Filtration technology
- Warranty Cover
The filtration technology used is important even when scouting for inexpensive options because this is what determines the quality of cleaning. HEPA filters are used in a wide range of vacuum cleaner brands, and are preferred for their excellence in getting rid of dirt and other small particles.
Suffice to say, they are not a prerequisite for standard cleaning, so you may want to forego their inclusion if your budget does not allow. Take note, however, that if you are allergic to dust particles and various allergens, then you definitely want to look for a vacuum with HEPA filtration.
Practicality is closely intertwined with functionality. I follow this cleaning mantra: the perfect vacuum cleaner is the one that meets your cleaning needs. In other words, just how practical is your choice going to be? Do you have a big house, or are your needs pet-focused? Do you have carpeted floors or are you tasked with cleaning hardwood floors?
The answers to these questions can act as a powerful purchasing guide for you. It will help you find a vacuum with functionality that you need, while avoiding expensive bells and whistles that you’re probably never going to use more than a few times. In addition to practicality, you will also need to consider how versatile your choice vacuum cleaner is. Can you add more attachments? What about the specifications? This is something you’ll have to consider on your own depending on what your cleaning needs are.
One of the most common mistakes homeowners make, I have realized, is to fail to factor in the cost of maintenance when purchasing vacuum cleaners. Typically, these appliances are available as either bagged or bagless. The former contain bags which have to be purchased from time to time.
While the bagless vacuums are more convenient in this regard, it is important to consider other parts that may require replacement depending on the frequency of use. These include, but are not limited to filters and dirt-collecting cups. If you do not include this, the overall maintenance will add to the total cost of your purchase and you will end up spending more than you think over time.
The longevity of an appliance is a weighty concern for most buyers looking for inexpensive vacuum cleaners. I relate to this because as a homeowner, one of my main worries is that I may have to shop for the same appliance in a short period of time. This is why I always advise shoppers to look out for the warranty cover before making any new purchase.
This will usually provide an idea of the appliance’s durability. Whether one year long or five years long, it gives me peace of mind to know that should the product malfunction, the manufacturer has provided cover for such occurrences.
There is a wide array of options when it comes to inexpensive vacuum cleaners; but do not be deceived. It’s only a bargain if the product you’re purchasing does what you need it to do. This is when you actually get value for your money. So go ahead, use these tips, and find yourself a nice and inexpensive vacuum cleaner that can handle all your cleaning needs.