Ever wonder why three different models of the same vacuum brand may look very similar, yet their individual prices tell a different story? There are many things that can influence the retail price of a vacuum and while some features may be noticeable, others are difficult to detect at a quick glance. This is by no way a comprehensive list of price factors, but more a summary of some of the key features or functions that can be responsible for a wide range of vacuum prices. Bernie Holmstock, owner of Wellington Vacuum and A1 Authorized Vacuum of Boynton Beach explains some key differences.
Vacuum Construction & Type:
The key manufacturing component in todays vacuum cleaners is plastic. However, not all plastics are created equally. As it turns out, more durable formulations of plastics tend to cost more. Another consideration on manufacturing cost is thickness. Thicker plastic materials cost more. Even though two vacuum cleaners may look the same, construction and materials can make a substantial difference in quality and durability.
While it’s difficult for the average consumer to tell the difference, your local vacuum cleaner retailer, who fixes as well as sells these modern high-tech pieces of cleaning equipment can help you choose a quality vacuum in your price range. Even some of the big testing companies get it wrong sometimes, but someone with daily hands on experience and insight can determine quality for hype with their inside advantage of working with these machines on a daily basis throughout the year.
Power Performance & Suction:
In the past, there were large differences in vacuum motor amp draw. More amps “used” to mean more power. As vacuum manufacturers caught on to consumers desire for higher amped vacuum cleaners, they found ways to lower manufacturing costs using cheap motors that drew more amps but didn’t have the same cleaning or suction power. Today, it’s difficult to find a vacuum cleaner that doesn’t boast 12 amps of power, 12 amps being the maximum draw for household appliances such as vacuums.
Suction and airflow performance are more difficult today than ever to determine for the consumer. Manufacturers make outrageous claims to “trick” consumers into purchasing inferior cleaners for the sake of profits. Once again, your local vacuum retailer is a knowledgeable source of information and can best help you choose a quality vacuum cleaner for your budget and cleaning needs.
Air Quality Features:
Another feature that is popular to day is HEPA filtration. Buyer beware. Just because a vacuum cleaner has a HEPA filter does not mean it filters well. A vacuum cleaner that forces 100% of the exhaust through the HEPA filter filters well. Leaks and escape routes for the exhaust air prior to the filter is very common in most brands that claim HEPA filtration. The reason is that to properly seal a vacuum and direct all exhaust air through the HEPA filter is very expensive. Simply placing a HEPA filter on a vacuum and not sealing it is relatively inexpensive. When it comes to corporate profits, just remember, honesty and integrity filtered through Wall Street doesn’t always lead to large manufacturers building the best filtering vacuum they can.
If you’re beginning to see a pattern here, you are correct. Most local retail vacuum stores, having serviced and repaired thousands of vacuum cleaners can tell you which vacuums are sealed well and which ones are not.
Bag vs Bagless Technology:
It’s more costly to build a quality bagless vacuum cleaner than it’s bagged counterpart. In general if you are trying to decide between a bagged vacuum and a bagless at the same price, you will get a much higher quality vacuum by going with the bagged unit.
Value for Your Money:
While there’s no guarantee that the most expensive vacuum on the market will last longer than a mid-range model, if you want a vacuum that is made of durable materials with adequate suction and power to clean your home, you can expect to pay in the higher range. How long a vacuum lasts is influenced by many factors including construction, power, use and what kind of cleaning it performs.
When budget is a consideration, look for durability and power in a moderate price range. When convenience and air quality are important, take time to review all features and expect to pay more for your vacuum purchase.
If you’re still confused, visit your local retail vacuum cleaner repair and sales center for insights and features that you may have never even considered.