The Holiday Vacuum Buying Guide by Jeff's Chem-Dry in Tulsa If you’re thinking about buying a new vacuum this holiday season, you want to make an educated decision and get a good deal! There are many different types of vacuums on the market these days and they each have unique features and functions. All the options may seem overwhelming at first, so we’re going to break each vacuum down by type, feature, and cost for you!

Different Types Of Vacuums

Upright Vacuums

Upright vacuums are normally the most popular vacuum on the market. These vacuums are known for effectively removing dust and dirt from your carpet, area rugs, and hardwood floors. They typically include customizable features such as brush and suction control. Brush control is great because when you’re vacuuming hardwood floors, you can turn off the brush to protect your floors from being scratched. Suction adjustments are useful when cleaning drapes or upholstery. 

Upright vacuums tend to be heavy and bulky, so they can be difficult to carry and store.

Average Cost: $50 to $700

Stick Vacuums

Stick vacuums are usually cordless and lightweight. This makes them easy to carry and transport around your home. Stick vacuums work best cleaning light debris in high traffic areas that will be vacuumed several times per week.

Stick vacuums traditionally come with fewer customizable options and attachments compared to upright vacuums. However, many of them do come with a detachable handheld feature so you can easily clean vents, blinds, window stills, car interiors, and other hard to reach places. If you are just looking for a high powered vacuum that easy to transport and store, this may be an excellent choice. 

Average Cost: $25 to $600

Robot Vacuums

Robot vacuums are battery-powered and self-propelled, making it a great option for busy people or those who can’t push and carry a traditional vacuum. All you have to do is schedule the vacuum to clean and it will do just that. Robot vacuums have built-in sensors that keep them from bumping into furniture. 

These vacuums work best on hard floors and low pile carpet but aren’t ideal for higher pile, plush carpet or rugs. Another downside is that robot vacuums can’t travel from floor to floor in your home, so you will have to move them manually to each floor. 

Average Cost: $100 to $1,000

Canister Vacuums

Canister vacuums are created with the motor and bag together in a separate unit. This unit is normally on wheels and connected to the vacuum head with a hose.  Canister vacuums are traditionally lighter than upright vacuums and they make it easier to clean hard to reach spots. These vacuums are great if you want to maintain the power of an upright model, but with increased mobility. 

Average Cost: $50 to $800

Different Vacuum Features 

Bag or Bagless

Vacuum bags are designed to contain dust more effectively while you’re cleaning. But, it can be difficult to tell when the bag becomes full, and it can be costly to buy new bags. Bagless vacuums are convenient because you can easily tell when they’re full. Plus, bagless vacuum containers are easy to detach and empty into a trash can. 

If you’re concerned with convenience, choose a vacuum with a bagless feature. However, if you have allergies or respiratory health issues, choosing a bag model may be a better option to keep dust and allergens contained. 

Note: Vacuuming alone isn’t enough to eliminate allergens and bacteria from your carpet. You should have your carpets professionally cleaned 1-2 times a year.

Attachment Options

Will you be using a vacuum to clean many different areas? If so, look for a vacuum that includes attachments like a crevice tool to clean tight spaces, a dusting brush for shelves and tables, and an upholstery tool for furniture.

Battery-Powered or Corded

Battery-powered vacuums are more transportable, but you have to recharge them after about 20-40 minutes of use. As you’re shopping for vacuums, be sure to check out the battery life of each model as it varies between each vacuum. 

Personal Factors 

Size of home

If you have a large home with multiple floors, you may benefit from a more powerful, upright vacuum. Whereas, if you live in a small space like an apartment, stick vacuums may be the most suitable choice. 


If you have stairs in your home, you may want a vacuum that’s easier to carry from floor to floor. Stick vacuums are ideal for this.


If your home has many different surfaces like high and low carpet and rugs, hardwood floors, or tile, you’ll need a vacuum that can accommodate each surface. Look for vacuums that give you the option to select your flooring setting and for models where you can turn off the brush feature so it won’t scratch your hardwood floor. 


If you have any pets, you’ll want a vacuum designed to eliminate pet hair and dander. In these cases, we recommend choosing a vacuum model that has at least 12 amps of power and specific pet hair attachments. 

Note: Your pet’s messes and accidents could cause serious damage to your carpet and flooring underneath. Be sure to schedule a professional carpet cleaning to remove pet stains

Cleaning schedule

Do you vacuum several times a week? If so, a lightweight stick vacuum may be a great option. If you vacuum less frequently, a heavier duty upright or canister vacuum will do the job. If you’re busy or can’t physically vacuum, a robotic vacuum may be the best option. 


If you or your family member suffer from allergies, you’ll need a vacuum that’s HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) certified. HEPA certified vacuums remove 99.97% of particles from the air and are more effective than a regular filter. 

Did you know that the Chem-Dry carpet cleaning method removes 98% of allergens and 89% of airborne bacteria from your home?


If you’re living in an apartment and concerned about your vacuum making too much noise, you’ll want a vacuum with a decibel level of 60-65. Vacuums with decibel levels of 70 or higher will be much louder. 


You’ll need to consider vacuum weight if you’ll be carrying it up and down stairs. Some upright models weigh 20 pounds or more, while some lightweight stick models weigh less than 10 pounds. 

You Need More Than a Vacuum to Keep Your Carpets Clean!

We hope this holiday vacuum buying guide helps you choose the best vacuum this season. While regular vacuuming is essential, your carpets need to be professionally cleaned regularly!

At Jeff’s Chem-Dry, we can help you get your home ready for the holidays with our professional carpet cleaning services. With us, your home can become a cleaner and healthier place for your family, friends, and pets! 

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