One question I get often is “What is the best vacuum cleaner?” After all, there are so many options. The real question should be, “Which vacuum is best for your needs?” The fact is that most vacuums on the market are “good vacuums” when put in the correct setting. And further more, most of them are effective at doing what they claim to do, suck dirt.
The Best Vacuum Cleaner For Your Needs
Unfortunately we try to adjust our cleaning needs to a certain model of vacuum. While this may be necessary in some cases, there is a lot more to be said for getting the right tool for the job. Evaluating the cleaning goals, the area to be cleaned as well taking into consideration the person doing the cleaning should be factors in choosing which vacuum is best for the setting.
If you expect the vacuum to be used to perform detail edge work and or above the floor dusting, then you will need to look at a model that has on-board tools or even a back pack vacuum. If the vacuum needs to be used on different floors of a building and stairs are the only option, then the weight becomes important. Other factors such as noise level, capacity and filtration, among others impact which model is the best for your needs.
The Carpet and Rug Institute has set the standard for certifying vacuums and has done a very thorough job of evaluating most makes and models of vacuums and has developed a grading scale by which performance and safety can be evaluated. They award certification for vacuum models that meet or exceed their standards. Their website is a wealth of knowledge for choosing the best vacuum to meet many of your needs.
There are many other resources available that give ratings and reviews for vacuum cleaners. While doing your research is a great step in the vacuum selection process, there is nothing better than putting it to the test in your own environment. Every facility is different and what works for one place or person may not be what is right for you.
So Which Is The Best Vacuum Cleaner?
The best vacuum cleaner out there is the one that works for you and your staff. This may mean having a couple of different brands and types. It does make sense to stick with similar brands to streamline parts, bags and filters.
In the end, if it does not get used properly or slows down the work, then money and time are all being wasted. The cost of keeping a few additional types of bags on hand is far out weighed by the job not getting done.