Evaluate your needs. Make a list of the ways you will use your new vacuum and also make note of the reasons you are dissatisfied with the vacuum you are now using. This will help you find a vacuum tailored to your needs and preferences.
Determine your type. Based on your needs, you will naturally be guided to the type of vacuum you are looking for. Traditionally, upright models are best for carpets and rugs. A canister vacuum may be the right choice if you will be using it primarily on hard surfaces, though some models may be suitable for all surfaces by incorporating a variety of attachments. If you’re only concerned with quick pickup of daily debris, you may be in the market for a light duty, or hand-held vacuum.
Compare features. Consider the weight and maneuverability of each model, and keep in mind that heavy-duty vacuums are made to withstand longer use. For convenience, you may choose a cordless, rechargeable vacuum or a bagless unit. If allergens are of great concern, look at models that incorporate HEPA filtration. Special attachments offer versatility and may also boost effectiveness in picking up pet hair. Read online vacuum reviews to see what other consumers are saying about different models and features.
Shop around. Once you’ve decided on the best vacuum to purchase -- or at least narrowed it down to two choices -- do the required legwork to find the best price. Visit stores that carry the models you are interested in and familiarize yourself with the demonstration models, if possible. And don’t neglect to comparison shop online.
Get a guarantee. In the event that something goes wrong with your new vacuum, a comprehensive warranty will prove to be invaluable. Even after the warranty period expires, it is important to be able to easily contact the manufacturer for parts that may need replacing or repair.