What should you look for in a new vacuum cleaner? Here are a few important features that apply to most vacuums.
* '''Bags vs. Bagless'''
** Vacuums with bags may be cheaper but keep in mind you will need to continually purchase bags.
** Bag vacuums retain good suction longer if the filter or bag is dirty or full, just throw it out and put in a new one.
** Bagless vacuums can be difficult to clean. Often times, dirt and dust release into the air when emptying the chamber.
* '''Suction and Amperage'''
** What is the suction quality? Try to test the model you want in a store if you can.
** Check the number of amps. The higher the better (especially for heavy-duty jobs and thick carpets).
** Is your home mostly rugs/carpeting or hardwood? Rugs typically need a high-powered vacuum.
** Make sure to get a good filter especially if you or anyone in your household has allergies.
* '''Tools and Attachments'''
** What kinds of gadgets and attachments do you need? Do you need to clean drapes, furniture, stairs? Do you need to switch easily from hardwood to rugs and carpets? Attachments exist to meet all needs. Know what your's are.
* '''Weight, Noise and Cost'''
** Weight may not be a big factor if the vacuum is wellweight.
** Noise is unavoidable, but if you really need something quiet think about investing in a central vacuum system. (Need more info on that? Read below.)
** Expect to pay at least $100 for a versatile vacuum that will meet your needs.
** Maintenance costs vary according to how much you use the vacuum. Don't forget to include the price of bags if you need them.