If you’re moving into a new place, or if your trusty old model has finally given up, you might wonder how much vacuums cost and how much you should be looking to fork out on a new one. There are ballpark estimates on what you can expect to spend, but the exact figure will depend on the specifications and features you need, so we’ve got you covered with an in-depth breakdown below.
Hours of research can go into picking the best vacuum cleaner for your home, but there’s no use scouring every model out there if your budget is very particular. Narrow things by learning exactly which type of vacuum costs what, and streamline all your options until you find your perfect vacuuming match.
Vacuum cleaner features to look for
Laurie Bilson, Floorcare Expert at Miele GB, says, “It’s important to research which features would benefit your household and decide whether paying extra for those features is important to you. For example, if you suffer from allergies or are looking to benefit from fresher air in your home, you might consider investing in a vacuum cleaner with a comprehensive filtration system. Look for models with a HEPA or Hygiene Lifetime filter which will trap 99.98% - 99.999% of fine dust and, in turn, release cleaner air back into your home.”
Buying a cheap vacuum once will be enough to put you off for life, especially when trying to clear dirt and debris from an unreliable unit.
Instead, once you’ve decided on the particular type of vacuum you need (corded vs. cordless, bagged vs bagless), then look for features that lend themselves to longevity above all else: well-engineered parts, a reputable manufacturer and retailer and features that you’ll actually use.
Models that cost more usually have additional perks to make your life easier, including LED headlights, extra tools for your car or upholstery, or a HEPA filter for allergy sufferers.
How much should you spend on a vacuum cleaner?
Reserve at least $200 for a standard vacuum cleaner with quality parts. If your budget can’t stretch beyond that, then you’ll still be able to gain a good appliance that will last as long as you keep on top of cleaning and maintenance. If you can afford it, then above the $200 mark, you can start to benefit from the additional features mentioned above. Make a list of the features you know you will get used to, and try not to get carried away with the flashy benefits you might see on higher-end vacs.
Laurie Billson agrees, saying: “Vacuum cleaners do vary in price significantly, so it can be tricky to know how much to spend on one, but generally you get what you pay for. Equally, decide if you want a corded or cordless model and ensure it comes with attachments or can be set up in different ways to suit every cleaning need. If you have pets, consider a model with a floorhead designed specifically to pick up cat and dog hair.
If you choose a cordless model, check the battery run time and whether it comes with a separate additional battery or if it is easily removable to buy another battery to extend the run time. As we all look to reduce our carbon footprint, research models from brands committed to sustainability will use quality parts designed and built to last. You don't want to have to replace your vacuum cleaner within a few years of buying it."
Paying a specialist to look at your vacuum for you can cost up to $50 an hour, but visits to a hardware shop can be limited by regular cleaning and maintenance, such as learning how to replace a vacuum filter or clean a vacuum filter. Be aware that bagged vacuums will incur extra costs due to the need to replace bags, whilst the filters on bagless models are more likely to feel strain over time and need to be replaced.
Danielle Lessing, SVP of Global Product Development at SharkNinja, explains further: “To maintain the best performance over time, routine maintenance is recommended and varies by vacuum, but almost all vacuums require regular dust-bin emptying. For example, the dust bin of the Shark® WANDVAC® System should be emptied after each use, while self-emptying models such as the Shark® AI Ultra Robot Self-Empty XL only require emptying once a month as the robot vacuum can hold up to 60 days of dirt and debris. Additionally, most models require regular filter changing around once a month”.