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While vacuum cleaners may not be the best gift for Christmas, you can often find good deals on them this time of year. The type of flooring you have will play a large role in determining what kind of vacuum cleaner you need. If you’re considering a new one, we’ve got a few tips on how to choose the right vacuum cleaner.

Flooring: Homes with mostly hard-surfaced floors (hardwood, LVP, LVT, laminate) have different vacuum needs than homes with lots of carpet. In fact, with a home with almost all hard surfaced floors, robot vacuums or light-weight vacuum cleaners can be good options to consider.  For carpet, all the carpet and rug manufactures follow CRI (Carpet & Rug Institute) recommendations for vacuum cleaners and those not on the recommended list often are excluded from the manufactures warranties.

how to choose a vacuum cleaner

Traffic: How much traffic does your home get? If you have kids who are constantly outside, bringing in dirt and debris on their shoes, you’ll want a vacuum cleaner that can stand up to heavy use.

Pets: Do you have pets and do they shed? If you’re constantly finding dog hair or cat hair throughout your home, consider a vacuum cleaner that not only is great for getting pet hair off the floor, but also one that has a great wand attachment for cleaning sofas, chairs, etc.

Allergies: If you have allergies, your number one priority in a vacuum cleaner is getting one with a HEPA filter. This article from Consumer Reports provides some great information on the best vacuum cleaners for allergy sufferers, including whether to get a bagless vacuum or not.

Size and weight: And finally, you’ll want to consider the size and weight of the vacuum as well. If you plan to use it on a daily basis and you don’t want to lug around a heavy vacuum cleaner, definitely make finding a lightweight option a priority!

When it comes to keeping your floors in great condition, having a reliable vacuum cleaner is a must! If it’s time to change out those old floors for new ones, come see us! We’d love to help you find the right floor for every room in your home!