If you are ready to explore the many options of small vacuum cleaner models available, there are some key factors that you will want to consider before you start shopping around. You likely have some very specific needs for considering buying such a machine, and paying attention to your requirements as well as these factors listed below will help you to get the machine that best meets your needs:
- If the machine will be used for spills and small messes or for larger surface area cleaning
- If attachments are needed for your cleaning jobs
- If a cordless or plug-in model is preferred
- If a bagless or bagged canister is preferred
- What your price range is
- How much storage space is available in your home for storing your small vacuum cleaner when it is not in use
- If you have a use for a wet/dry vac or if a traditional dry vac will meet your needs
You will find that focusing your attention on these factors as you start shopping around will really help you to narrow down the options available to you and will help you to find a machine that will fully meet your needs.
Once you have your list of options narrowed down to those that best meet your needs, you will then want to take some time to review consumer reports and reviews on the small vacuum cleaner models you have placed on your short list. You likely will also want to pay attention to the warranty that comes with the models you are looking at. With how much use most vacuums get, you may find that your warranty comes in handy at some point, so you will want to find a machine made by a manufacturer that backs up its product with a strong warranty.
From that point, you can start price shopping. You may be tempted to take the most affordable small vacuum cleaner that is left on your list of options at this point, but there is one more consideration that will come into play here. That consideration is the shipping fee associated with your purchase. Some retailers do offer the incredible benefit of free shipping on your purchase while others may charge you $10, $20, or more. So clearly shipping charges for a certain model can and should play a factor in not just which model you purchase but also in which retailer you purchase your vacuum from. While buying online may tack on the additional charge of a shipping fee, depending on where you make your purchase from, it also provides you with a very convenient way to save time and money shopping for the model that is right for you and in doing a price comparison, too.
Hand-Held Vacuum Models vs. Other Models
You will find that the largest difference in the small vacuum cleaner models available is between the hand-held models and the other models such as portable canister models and stick models. Generally, the portable canister models and stick models are designed to be used for small floor surface areas. They are essentially a smaller version of the traditional, full-size vacuum cleaner models. Many people with a smaller home or apartment will opt to clean their entire homes with these small vacuum cleaner models. The stick vacuums are available in dry vac as well as wet/dry vac models, and these are used for smaller floor spaces as well. The wet/dry vac models are generally suited for hard floor surfaces in homes of all spaces.
On the other hand, the hand-held models are used for a different cleaning function. These are generally used to clean sofas and chairs, and some people will even use them to clean their car interior, too. They are also ideal for spot-cleaning jobs, such as when you accidentally spill flour on the floor while baking or when your child spills a bag of crumbly crackers or chips on the floor. Because of how very different these small vacuum cleaner models are, many people will have both types on hand to help with a variety of different cleaning jobs.