Vacuum Cleaner Buying Guide

Vacuum cleaners sucks out the dirt and dust from hard to reach places and thus truly cleans your house. You can use vacuum cleaner to clean out stubborn dust and dirt particles that remain on the sofas, carpets, curtains and all other unimaginable places.
Different types of vacuum cleaners are required for different tasks. There are variety of vacuum cleaners available – like uprights and steam vacuum cleaners. Uprights are a good choice if you have carpeted floors. Steam vacuum cleaners have self-contained steam cleaning features, for deeper cleaning and sanitizing of your floor.


Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

Handy or Handheld vacuum cleaners are small and light vacuum cleaners and are usually cordless. Handy vacuum cleaners are used to clean nooks, corners and other such spots that a larger vacuum cannot access e.g. car seats. This can cost you anywhere between Rs 650 to Rs 2,500.

Stick or broom vacuum cleaners

These are also useful for room-to-room touch up dusting as well as car cleaning. These vacuum cleaners are the light but provide less suction. They are low powered and the dust bags need to be emptied often. These are especially designed for quick spot cleanups or dry spills, and are best used in cars and room-to-room touch-ups. They are not as light as the handy ones but are still very portable and ideal for a small home. The price of a compact vacuum cleaner ranges from Rs 2,250 to Rs 9,990.

Canister Vacuum Cleaner

Canister vacuum cleaners have the suction motor and the filtering system in a square or a rectangular container. They come with a strong suction but are much heavier, have heavy attachments and can be very cumbersome to use around. Although, they are all-purpose, they are best for hardwood and vinyl floors and thick carpets. The price range of canister is anywhere between Rs 2,690 and Rs 21,500.


  • Best rated design for allergy sufferer since hepa sealed systems are available
  • Flexible hose gives excellent versatility
  • Most suction power for carpets
  • Pushes more easily with the lightweight head as opposed to pushing the entire vacuum cleaner
  • Can get under furniture easily because head has lower profile
  • Usually has a retractable electrical cord
  • Easier and lighter to carry up and down stairs
  • Easier to vacuum stairs – a canister vacuum cleaner will often have a tool specially for stairs
  • On board tools for convenience and for cleaning special surfaces


  • Canister is behind you as you pull which some people find awkward
  • This kind of vacuum cleaner may require lifting over thresholds
  • If using powerhead, may require changing floor brushes when going from carpet to bare floor (This is not true of a canister vacuum cleaner with extra turbo head or straight suction.)

Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Canister Vacuum Cleaner

Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Upright Vacuum Cleaner

The upright vacuum cleaner offers the most power but may be heavier.


  • The vacuum cleaner is always in front of you, which some people prefer
  • Vacuum cleaner bags are usually larger and require less changing
  • Most upright vacuum cleaner models now come with a flexible hose for greater versatility
  • An upright vacuum cleaner is easy to use for hallways and large open carpet areas


  • The hose is usually short and somewhat stiff and can cause the vacuum cleaner to tip over
  • Cannot get under furniture easily (except for the Sebo X4 vacuum cleaner)
  • Less maneuverable around furniture legs
  • Does not have a retractable electrical cord
  • Harder to vacuum stairs and much heavier
  • An upright vacuum cleaner is more difficult to carry up and down stairs
  • Does not have on board specialty vacuum cleaner parts or tools for dusting crevices, upholstery and the like
  • The beater bar can damage delicate Persian rugs
  • The design is not as friendly to allergy sufferers


Cord length

This refers to the length of the vacuum cleaner cord. Its always sensible to choose a long cord; at least long enough to span your room. Otherwise, you will find yourself wasting a lot of time plugging and unplugging the cleaner just to clean one room. You might also want to keep you eye out for an automatic cord-winding feature, so that the cord is quickly and easily stored.

Dust bag capacity

Dust Bag Capacity refers to the amount of dust that can be stored by the dust bag. A higher capacity dust bag would save you the trouble of having to empty or dispose the dust bag often. You would also want to consider the dust level indicator feature that would save you the trouble of checking on whether the dust bag is full or not.

Hard bag/Bagless vacuum cleaners

Some upright vacuum cleaners and canister vacuum cleaners deposit dirt and debris into a container instead of a vacuum bag. These hard bag vacuum cleaners, also called bagless vacuum cleaners, usually include HEPA filters that more efficiently remove dirt particles, dust, pollen, and dander from the air passing through the vacuum cleaner and make a good choice for households with allergy sufferers.

Dust level indicator

It indicates the amount of dust collected in the dust bag of the vacuum cleaner and indicates when it is full.

Cleaning radius

Cleaning radius is the length between the plug and the cleaning head. This should be high so that you don’t have to stop every time and switch the vacuum cleaner to another socket every time.

Air filtration

Some vacuum cleaners come with air filters, which filters even the tiniest particles of dirt. If you have pets or suffer from allergies, you might consider vacuum cleaners with special filters.

Direct drive

Models with a direct drive beater bar have two motors – one for the suction and one for the beater bar, making the cleaning more effective.

Noise levels

You should check the noise levels – this should not be too high to disturb others.

On-board tools

Most cleaners have an on-board storage compartment, so tools for dusting and cleaning upholstery are always handy. Tools vary between cleaners, but most should have the circular dusting brush, small upholstery head and narrow pipe for reaching into crevices.

Self propulsion

Self-propelled models take the effort out of cleaning, driving the cleaner forwards or backwards as required.

Stair cleaning hose

Look out for longer, stretchy hoses on uprights and cylinders for top-to-bottom stair cleaning without changing sockets.

Telescopic extension tubes

Look for these if you want to be able to adjust the height of your cylinder cleaning.

Edge-to-edge cleaning

Vacuum cleaners should be able to clean all corners in your house .

360 swivel hose

This hose moves freely in its socket, which means that it allows complete freedom of movement and will not twist awkwardly when cleaning in hard-to-reach areas.


Regardless of what type of vacuum cleaner you choose, make sure it comes with all the various types of brushes available. The most common ones are:

Swivel brush

This cleans floors and carpets effectively as it is flexible. It can also be used for curtains.

Floor and Carpet Brush

These are for the floor and carpet.

Audio, video and computer brush

The audio, computer and video brush can be effectively used for cleaning audio systems, computers, keyboards as well as video systems.

Radiator brush

The radiator brush is used for cleaning the radiator grills, air conditioning ducts, window blinds and speakers.

All surface cleaner brush

This is used for cleaning stubborn dirt from all surfaces such as windowsills, lampshades etc.


Here too, models and brands notwithstanding, you need to ensure that the vacuum cleaner comes with the various nozzles. The most common ones are Crevice Nozzle, Upholstery Nozzle, Jet Air Nozzle and Gulper Nozzle.
The crevice nozzle is very useful for those difficult corners you just couldn’t reach like wall corners, floor skirting, corners of bookshelves, the back of a painting, car crevices, etc. An upholstery nozzle is useful for the various upholstery such as you pillow covers, curtains, bed and sofa covers. It can also be used to clean your woollen garments, suit jackets, etc.


To deep clean your carpeted floors, you need a vacuum cleaner with plenty of airflow and a revolving brush roll, which will agitate the fibres to aid in removing dirt and grit particles. Canisters with power nozzles meet this requirement, and also give a newer, fresher appearance to the carpets.
Wooden, vinyl and ceramic tile floors need a floor-brush with soft bristles and concentrated airflow to pick up small dirt and stones, which are heavy compared to their small surface areas. The dusting brush, upholstery nozzle and crevice tool used for cleaning all “above the floor” areas, as well as the floor brush and rug tool are used as attachments on the end of a hose and wands.
It is the canister vacuum with its strong suction, which does the perfect clean up job. To reach the corners of your car seats, sofas etc., which a canister can’t reach-you’ll need a Handy cleaner. These vacuum cleaners can reach around and clean corners much better. A vacuum cleaner helps you clean your house without breaking your back and hopefully, this guide will help you make a decision without breaking your head too much.

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