After recent experiences, I know first-hand how difficult it can be to choose a new vacuum. The process is made incredibly hard by the big brands, who refuse to just label their vacuum with its features in a way that makes it easy to compare. Instead of a HEPA filter, you have a "high efficiency full vacuum filter." Instead of a vacuum for hard floors, you have a "soft roller floor head."
Why not just make it easy?!
Anyway, I finally got around to buying my new cordless (spoiler: it's the Gtech AirRam), and I've learned a few things along the way. I thought I would write a post teaching you how to choose a new vacuum.
Step 1: Decide on Your Requirements
Do you need a vacuum for cleaning up the pet hair that's all over your sofas (thanks dog!)? Or does your home have lots of thick carpets that trap dust?
I made the mistake of trying to look for a vacuum without really thinking about what I needed. I naively thought there would be a "best" vacuum for all situations. There isn't.
This isn't really a surprise. Each vacuum has varying suction strength, accessories, on-board tools, design, capacity and more. It's impossible for there to be a best model, as it depends on what you need.
Step 2: Read Reviews
You can spend hours comparing specifications of vacuums if you want, but I find it easier to go to websites that have already done the hard work for me. This site, for example, listed the top 5 cordless vacuums, including from Dyson, Gtech and many other brands. I used the information there to make an informed decision - and it saved me hours of time.
Step 3: Look for the Best Deals
Once you've found the best vacuum, don't just rush out and buy it from the first shop or online store you find! Many companies offer discounts on their vacuums, and you can save a lot of money by waiting until yours comes on offer.
The Gtech AirRam, for example, was available for a great price on black Friday so I saved a lot of money. This is obviously only once per year, but I'm sure there are other deals and discounts throughout the year.
I hope this helps you navigate the dangerous waters of choosing a new vacuum! The good news is that I'm very happy with my decision, and I'm going to use this same process when buying new appliances in the future.