Recently I had to buy a new vacuum cleaner. My old one has lost suction power and no matter what I tried in order to fix it, the problem didn’t go away. As I have pets, I simply cannot survive without a powerful vacuum cleaner to get rid of pet hair and other related particles, so I had to bite the bullet and get a brand new one. With so many vacuum cleaners out there, it’s never been an easy choice. Also, after having owned the last vacuum for just three years before it started causing trouble, I wanted to invest more time and effort in making sure I got the right one this time. Here are a few things I did that helped me find one I’m happy with.
Firstly, I went online and started reading reviews. I narrowed down my search to those vacuum cleaners that had plenty of positive ratings, particularly for what I was after, i.e. getting rid of pet hair in a multi-pet household. Perhaps unsurprisingly, these were all from major, well-known brands. I don’t know if this is because these brands are really better, or because people just prefer to go for a big name, so those are the vacuum cleaners that generally do well. Either way, it was encouraging.
I also went on a few consumer forums and posed some specific questions about what I wanted to know. In particular – how long does the machine last before it starts losing power, are there any known issues, etc. Then I started asking around among my friends, many of whom have pets as well. It’s not exactly scientific, but other people’s experience can definitely count for something, especially if the experience is bad in any way. Ultimately, if things are going to go wrong with an appliance, they’ll have gone wrong already for someone you either know or can get in touch with online. It actually put me off buying what I thought was going to be a really good vacuum cleaner, because I kept seeing people complaining about it. It’s a shame when you think you’ve found what you’re looking for, but better to know before you buy and end up experiencing the same problem yourself.
I actually went to some friends’ houses and tried out their vacuum cleaners for myself to see how they handle. Having a bad back means I prefer upright vacuums, but they’re not all the same, so it’s definitely worth trying a few to see which one feels the best. This may seem like a lot of work just for buying a household appliance, but a good vacuum cleaner should really last you for life and such things don’t tend to come cheap. I’m glad I took the time to do proper research and choose a reliable, long-lasting machine that does exactly what I want and stands a chance of being with me for a very long time. An added bonus is a good guarantee and customer service, in case anything does go wrong in the future.