Quality vacuum cleaner reviews can make all the difference when choosing a new vacuum. That's why it is so important to find accurate information you can rely upon to help you make an informed decision on your next vacuum purchase.
The sheer number of vacuum cleaner options available today is dizzying and can easily lead to confusion and even paralysis come decision time. You've got uprights, canisters, bagged, bagless, corded, cordless, handhelds, sticks, backpacks, robotic vacuums, central vacuums, and more to choose from.
As if that weren't enough you've got the myriad of features to learn about and decide on. Things like, do you need one with a HEPA filter or not, powered brush roll or not, one with a completely sealed system or without? All of which makes quality vacuum cleaner reviews so essential.
What To Look For In A Good Vacuum Review?
A good review is one conducted by a professional that contains as much detailed information as possible on the vacuum being reviewed. At a minimum, it should include technical specifications, an abundance of pictures with descriptions, details on the features of the machine, along with the reviewers personal experiences while using it. At its best, a review will also have an informative video showing the vacuum in action, plus comments or reviews from consumers who actually own and use the vacuum in their daily lives. The point is to give you as close to a real world perspective as possible before you commit to purchasing.
Two good resources to check out are:
- Consumer Reports - Most American consumers have heard about Consumer Reports. They've been around a long time, since 1936 in fact, and have done thousands of vacuum reviews over the years. Consumer Reports is a subscription-based service that provides their reviews for a nominal annual fee.
- Which? - The British version of America's Consumer Reports, Which? was started in the 1950's as a magazine. It provides professional reviews of mostly European vacuums and is a subscription-based service that provides its reviews for a monthly fee.
Things To Be Alert For
Unfortunately, too many review sites these days are merely aggregators of reviews gathered from other sites around the web, they don't actually use or test the vacuums they are reviewing. Some sites, like Consumer Search, are reputable and disclose up front about their methodology, but many others are not, disguising the fact from their readers and presenting the information as their own. The better aggregators, like Consumer Search, also provide insightful commentary on those results, helping the reader to better understand the information presented so as to make a clear decision.