When you are purchasing a vacuum cleaner, there are specific features that you need to carefully consider to determine which one will fit your needs the best.

Factor #1: Accessories

Second, you need to consider what type of accessories you use. Most vacuum cleaners come with both a beater brush and a crevice tool. You need to consider what type of vacuuming and cleaning you need your new vacuum cleaner to do. For example, if you have pets, you will want a pet hair tool attachment. Or if you need to clean tough-to-reach places, an extendable wand would be a must-have accessory for you.

Factor #2: Filtration System

All the dirt a vacuum sucks up stays inside of the unit due to the filtration system the vacuum cleaner uses. Without a filtration system, the dirt that is sucked into the vacuum would be expelled through the exhaust ports.

If you want a vacuum that will trap the highest amount of microscopic dust and allergens, look for one that uses a HEPA filter. A HEPA filter will help keep out most allergens. Make sure the box for the vacuum states that it uses a true HEPA filter or just a HEPA filter. A HEPA-like or HEPA-type filter is not a true HEPA filter and will not provide you with the same level of filtration.

Factor #3: Warranty

Pay attention to the warranty that is offered with the product. The warranty shows how long the company thinks the vacuum cleaner should last without breaking down. An extended warranty period also shows the faith the brand has in its product.

With an upright vacuum, you should look for a warranty period of at least three years. With a robot vacuum, the average warranty period is much shorter. One-year warranties are more common for this new type of product.

Factor #4: Brand

Finally, you need to consider what brand of vacuum cleaner you want to purchase. If you are looking for a vacuum cleaner that you know will be reliable, stick to brands you are familiar with. If you are looking for something affordable, stick to the store's in-house brand.

If you find a vacuum cleaner from a company you have never heard of before, do some research on the brand. Find out what their track record is with creating reliable products and use your research to determine if they offer a quality product.

When shopping for a vacuum cleaner, you want to make sure it has the level of suction you need to keep your home clean and the right accessories to help you accomplish this job. You also want to purchase a vacuum by a reliable brand that is backed up by a reasonable warranty period.

Contact a vacuum cleaner dealer in your area to learn more.