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How to Pick a Vacuum

All vacuums are the same, I just pick a color, right? WRONG. Don't worry, it's not just you, this is a common misconception. When you walk down the aisles of any store and see so many vacuums that all look the same aside from color, what else are you supposed to think? If you need a new vacuum, there are a few things you need to determine before bringing one home and Simplicity is here to guide you.

Upright vs. Canister 

Before you really get into the nitty gritty differences of each model, you need to determine your vacuum needs. For homes with wall-to-wall carpet, an upright model is the best choice to achieve a deep clean. On the other hand, homes with mostly bare floors are best paired with a canister vacuum for the versatility of floor tools. And if your home is equipped for a central vacuum system, the attachments are similar to a canister vacuum.

If you’re going for a canister model, the next choice is accessories.
If you’re going for an upright model, the next choice has to do with airflow.

Clean Air vs. Direct Air

What does that even mean? The terms ‘clean air’ and ‘direct air’ are referring to the different types of motors systems and how motor placement in the vacuum changes the airflow.

If you or your family members have allergies or pets, a Clean Air vacuum is best for your home. Clean Air vacuums provide the utmost filtration and suction power for attachments. As you vacuum with one of these models, you’ll breathe a little easier. Clean Air models are also handy for homes with mixed flooring because they have attachments perfect for throw rugs.

A Direct Air vacuum is ideal for homes with wall-to-wall carpeting and without much use for attachments. These vacuums are lightweight with suction power dedicated to the floor. If your home has stairs or many rooms, a direct air vacuum may be a good choice for carrying around the house. **

Wait What’s Tandem Air?

Do you have a lot of carpet, AND bare floors, AND a need for powerful attachments and advanced filtration? If so, a Tandem Air vacuum is right for you. Simplicity’s patented Tandem Air Technology is our fancy schmancy way of saying two distinct cleaning motors working together to create one awesome cleaning machine. This means you get the most powerful carpet cleaning combined with sophisticated filtration and amazing suction for on-board tools. It’s the vacuum cleaner you’ve always dreamed of. Check out our Technology section to learn more about Tandem Air.

Why Does Metal Matter?

When you buy a new jacket, do you check the material? And does it matter if your new table is made of wood or plastic? Of course. The same goes for vacuum cleaners. Simplicity Vacuums have metal components in high-wear areas so they last for years to come. It just may be the last vacuum cleaner you ever buy. With metal components, Simplicity vacuums are designed to be repaired, not replaced. So our metal parts mean fewer vacuums filling up landfills.

Do you have any Bagless Models?

We believe bagged vacuums are the way to go for many reasons, but we also know bags aren't always convenient for cleaning with accessory vacuums so we make stellar versions of both. For more information on bagged vs. bagless, check out this article.

I Just Don’t Know…

Still unsure where to start? Use our Find Your Vacuum filter system, or our Retailer Locator to find an Authorized Simplicity Retailer near you and get a free demonstration. Your Simplicity Retailer is a vacuum expert who can answer any questions you may have and help you find the vacuum that’s right for you. Remember to ask about our full line of vacuums including our central and specialty selections.

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