There are so many different options for vacuums out there that shopping for a new one can be overwhelming. Most vacuums are on the pricier side so you want to make sure you make the best choice for your budget. So, when faced with seemingly countless brands, models and styles, how do you know which vacuum will be the best fit for your home?

Here are four steps to help you narrow down your search on your journey to finding the perfect vacuum cleaner.

Step 1: Your Flooring Type

You want to consider what type of flooring you will be vacuuming. Do you have a home with wall-to-wall carpeting or a home with hardwood floors? Here are some things to consider depending on your flooring type:

Mostly Carpeting: homes with a lot of carpeting requires a lot of suction with a carpet-specific powerhead and good maneuverability. It’s recommended to get a vacuum with an upright style vacuum cleaner with larger rotors and electric beater bars that are equipped to separate and refresh carpet fibers.

Mostly Hard Flooring: those with hard flooring such as tile, laminate and hardwood need a bare floor brush, soft bristle tools and skid-proof wheels because they will glide easily and tend to be more lightweight as well.

Step 2: Consider Any Special Scenarios

Some special scenarios to consider are:

  • Do you own a pet?
  • Do you have any allergies or health concerns?

If you own a pet, it’s best to get a vacuum cleaner that can properly clean pet fur, and help eliminate odors.

If you have any allergies, or a family member has them, you are best off getting a vacuum that features HEPA, a filtration system the helps eliminate harmful contaminants and a unit that features an easy to empty dust bag to reduce the chances of inhaling dust with each change of the bag.

 Step 3: Budget What Is Important

While reviewing the types of vacuum options available to you, maybe one or two or more will jump out to you because of the features it might have. You might need a vacuum that can deep clean dense carpeting, or a vacuum that is more accommodating to your child’s allergies. In this case, you want to figure out what need is more important and how to budget for that specific need. Search with vacuums that meet your priorities and then budget according to the selection that you narrowed it down to.

Step 4: Educating Yourself on Quality

Some vacuums have established a reputation for being high quality, durable and innovative, so you want to pay attention to the more commonly heard vacuum brands out there because there is a reason why they are so popular in the market. So, if you are geared towards a specific type of vacuum, take the time to research the brand of vacuum and see if their quality matches up to the features that they boast.

With these four simple tips on choosing the right vacuum, you’ll be on your way to a cleaner home in no time!