Certain basic requirements need to be identified before considering features and appearance of a new vacuum cleaner. Filtration, Noise and Size are three important considerations that will affect your choice. Because of the large price difference between vacuum models, making sure that you select a vacuum that has the features you need but also fits inside your desired budget, is essential.
Filtration is an important hygiene consideration when purchasing a vacuum cleaner. A filter in a vacuum cleaner is used to filter the exhaust air. There are many different filters available on the market and it is important to be sure that the vacuum you choose has a filter which is up to your health standards and requirements. Be aware that some entry level vacuum cleaners have no filtration at all.
A common and extremely effective vacuum cleaner filter is the HEPA filter. This is very beneficial for asthma and allergy sufferers. HEPA filters trap fine particles (such as pollen and dust mite faeces) which trigger allergy and asthma symptoms. It is important that the vacuum cleaner has a fully sealed air system for the HEPA filter to be entirely effective.
Noise level is an important consideration when purchasing a vacuum cleaner for obvious reasons. It is important to find out what, if any insulation or other methods of noise reduction, a vacuum cleaner has.
If you are living in a small apartment or storage space is a concern to you then you should make sure that your vacuum cleaner is a practical size for your storage space. There are many compact vacuum cleaners available to suit this requirement.
Having a vacuum cleaner that is easy to get around is important. Maneuverability is commonly overlooked when purchasing a vacuum cleaner however it can be extremely frustrating to clean a house with a vacuum that lacks mobility. One thing to look for are wheels that have a 360 degree swivel and a long power cord (a retractable power cord can make life very easy) to give you a greater operating radius (anything above 8m is good).