How To Choose The Best Canister Vacuum For Your Home

I can be obsessive-compulsive when it comes to cleaning my home, so when my old vacuum cleaner finally gave out (or protested from overwork), I decided to switch to a canister vacuum cleaner.

I knew they were more expensive than the upright types, but I needed a multi-purpose cleaner that would help me deal with the different types of surfaces in my 2-story house. Plus, I had a beautiful winding staircase that was the center of my home which would be easier to clean with a canister vacuum. I considered the following factors in in helping me choose the best canister vacuum:


This is the first and most important factor to consider before even browsing the selections. Canister vacuums can set you back anywhere from $100 -$400+. Nonetheless, don’t buy based on the price range. The most expensive cleaner is not necessarily the best one.

Do Your Research

Once you set your ceiling, check out the selections in your price range. Don’t just choose the brand that you know without looking at all your choices. Read all of the specifications, features, and unbiased customer feedback on for each one. You are going to use this cleaner for a few years, so take your time before deciding.

Taking the time to read reviews on reliable sites can really help you get a good vacuum, while at the same time cutting down your cost. You can also ask other homemakers using canister vacuums about their experiences.

Know The Features You Need

Look at the engine power, usually stated in watts, and decide how much suction power you want. The higher the engine power, the more suction it can give. Also consider engine efficiency. “Green” cleaners usually have lower power consumption but can perform the same or even better than their counterparts. They also costs more.

Consider the depressions and flow rates too. If you clean a lot of carpets, look at the depression rate, which is the vacuum’s ability to create a vacuum. On the other hand, read and compare the flow rate if you’re looking for more of a hardwood floor vacuum. A useful tip is to get one with power selector – the switch that lets you choose the suction force you need based on what you’re cleaning at each moment.

Ask the salesperson about the levels of filtration. They vary from cleaner to cleaner. And if you have an asthmatic in the house, you would be better off getting one with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter.

Know Your Limitations

How much can you carry? Lift the canister vacuum to see if you can handle it. If you have a big space to clean, you’ll have to lug it around. And if you have to navigate the stairs, then make sure its something portable.

Consider the power cord as well. This is important again for cleaning large areas. The cord should be long enough to clean a room with one sweep unless you don’t mind switching from place to place.

Get one with large wheels especially if you clean a lot of carpets. Also, the wand should be telescopic so that you don’t keep bending down. The controls should also be within easy reach.

Finally, make sure that all the accessories that you need are there. Again, this depends on the house that you are cleaning, so look carefully.

Finding the right canister vacuum for your home should not be an impulsive purchase. So do your homework first before you even face a salesperson (if you plan to buy in person).