We've officially entered spring cleaning season, so now seems like a good time to update our vacuum guide. Shopping for a vacuum can be confusing, so we're trying to make the process a little easier by providing key points on where to look and what to look for.
Many people prefer upright vacuums because they cover a larger area, they fit well in a largish closet, and they're generally the best option for cleaning carpeted rooms.
The attachment makes it easier to clean upholstery, curtains, and other hard-to-reach areas. Canister vacuums are also recommended for bare floors, since they can easily suck the dirt that collects near baseboards, but are more difficult to maneuver over a fully carpeted room.
Hand-Helds and Small Vacuums
Handheld vacuums are good for light jobs, but don't expect the coverage or power of an upright or canister. They're useful in small apartments that don't have a lot of carpeting, and they're great for upholstery or curtains.
There are TONS of product reviews and information out there on Vacuums. Here are a few good sources if you want more information and recommendations.
• Vacuum and Floor Care Stores on Marketplace
• Best Vacuum Roundup: Dyson, Miele, Electrolux, Airider...
• Vacuums on Unplggd
• Consumer Reports also does a good job with their vacuum guides.
Photo: Miele S2 Olympus