Buying a New Vacuum

A vacuum used to be a major purchase with the intention of keeping it for many years. Manufacturers figured out they can make a lot more money if they make “throw away” machines that are more trouble to maintain than to replace. At Doc’s Comstock’s, we believe it is in the best interest of the consumer to know the costs involved in the machines they are purchasing and how to go about buying a new unit.

Air Quality – the most important feature of a vacuum is how well it cleans. And that means not only what it is able to pick up, but how much material stays in the vacuum and how much comes back out. Many vacuums are not sealed well and canister systems leak dust and allergens.

Type of Flooring – Look at the type of flooring you will be cleaning and make sure the vacuum will handle them all.

Who does the cleaning? Weight, height and maneuverability make a big difference depending on who will be doing the cleaning. A canister style can be more versatile but an upright might be better in other situations.

Purchase and Maintenance – As in many industries, the replacement parts are often where the highest margin is for the manufacturer. Some units have washable filters while others claim to be “life time”. Still others should be replaced every 6 months or more depending on usage. When looking at a vacuum, be sure to know what that schedule is, where to get replacement parts and how often they are needed.