The Endless Choices in Vacuums

How do you decide?

Hoover vacuum vintage adOnce upon a time, there were only two choices when it came to buying a new vacuum for your floors: upright or canister. Then the upright vacuum with onboard hose and tools came along. Ooooh! (To step back in time, visit the Vacuum Cleaner Museum and Factory Outlet in St. James, MO.) Today, we almost have too many options in floor care, so how do you decide what’s best for you?

Consumer Reports has a useful and extensive breakdown of vacuum types and features on their website, available without a subscription here. You must be a subscriber to access the specific brand ratings and recommendations. CR also tells a little bit about many of the major brands and the expected price range for their vacuums.

First decide which vacuum type will meet your needs:

♦  upright

♦  canister

♦  installed central vac system

♦  stick

♦  handheld

♦  or a robotic vacuum so you and your cat can mix cleaning with entertainment. (You’ve seen the videos, right?)

HenryThen decide if you want to go bagless or not.

This choice alone is responsible for some pretty heated, and humorous, online conversation. You’ll read everything from, “I hate running out of bags for my vacuum and they’re such a waste! Plus I feel a sense of accomplishment when I see the dirt cup fill up!” to “Emptying the dirt cup is so messy and bad for my allergies! Plus I never, ever, ever have to see a spider again when I suck it up. Ever!”

Having made those two decisions will narrow your vacuum choices. If you decide that a canister vacuum is the right choice for your needs, check out’s NaceCare and Clarke models. These exceptional quality vacuums are built to last. In fact, on a recent trip to London, a Speed Cleaning product user reported seeing the housekeeping crew at a major hotel chain using the NaceCare Henry Deluxe, a testament to the vacuum’s durability for sure! And while his smiling face is removable, he sure does look cheerful, doesn’t he?

[Image credit: “Hoover ad (1957)” by INTV1980 – source purchased this 1957 Hoover advertisement from ebay.. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia –]



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