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Buying a vacuum

Frequent vacuuming can help reduce household allergens that contribute to allergies. Is your vacuum doing its job or is it time to consider upgrading to a new machine?

April and May are considered to be the best months to buy vacuums, according to moneycentral.msn.com. Prices tend to come down as stores make room for new models that arrive in June. Price is important but low dust emission and pet hair removal are some of the primary considerations for allergy sufferers when buying a vacuum.

Where to Start:

Selecting the type of vacuum, whether it be bag or bag less, upright or canister models, is one of the first decisions to make. Some experts suggest individuals with allergies skip bag less features because of the mess of emptying the vacuum. Others recommend canister vacuums for allergy sufferers because they are ranked better at overall cleaning. High-efficiency particulate air filters (HEPA) can provide added filtration but still can leak dust.

Both uprights and canister models can have low emissions, HEPA filters and rate well on pet hair removal. The decision is really guided by the amount of storage space available, type of flooring and area to be cleaned, weight and maneuverability.

Upright vacuums tend to be the least expensive, good performers on carpet and easier to store. On the flip side, many weigh more than 20 pounds and are less stable on stairs. Price range $100-500+.

Good canister vacuums can clean carpets just as well as uprights, and tend to be quieter and easier to maneuver. Their two-piece design makes them harder to store but they are better at getting under furniture. Price range $150-700+.

Do Your Homework:

Do you need extra gadgets? Most vacuums come equipped with the basics that most people need. These include narrow crevice tool, small brush for upholstery and round one for dusting.

Read lots of reviews and buyers guides, such as www.ConsumerReports.org, before going shopping. Check out their ratings on dust emissions, pet hair removal, handling and reliability. Consider a vacuum’s rankings on noise. Some vacuums perform poorly when it comes to noise. Some of the highest ranking brands for repairs and reliability are Kirby, Dyson and Eureka. Try out some of the machines at stores to see which ones feel best.











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