This week on “Clean Green Talk Radio,” Leslie Reichert and I spoke about choosing the perfect vacuum cleaner for your home.  We went over ten things that you should consider before purchasing a vacuum.  Here are a few useful tips that we spoke about on the show:


  • Before purchasing a vacuum, decide what type of vacuum cleaner you prefer to use:  canister or upright.
  • The weight of a vacuum is directly related to the suction of the vacuum.  Choose between a lighter vacuum or a heavier vacuum with better suction.
  • Canister vacuums are better for cleaning hardwood floors.
  • Bagless vacuum cleaners are probably not a good idea to own if you suffer from allergies.
  • An aggressive beater bar is a great way to get rid of pet hair and dander.
  • If you have stairs, make sure your vacuum’s hose attachment can reach at least half way up your staircase.
  • A sealed HEPA system that does not leak dust out of the vacuum is a great option for people with asthma or allergies.
  • Be sure to research repair records on the vacuum you are thinking about buying.
  • Don’t just buy a vacuum…invest in one!

For more information on choosing the right vacuum, read Leslie’s blog post at

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