Budget Friendly Vs. Premium Vacuums: What Difference Does It Make?

Buying a new appliance for your home can be a bit daunting, whether it's a smaller appliance like a toaster or coffee maker or a larger appliance like a fridge or washing machine. Everyone wants to ensure they're buying a quality item for the home that will last and function properly, but the budget is something that's always top of mind too. Vacuum cleaners are one household appliance that people use very often, so it's important that it does a good job, but it's often hard to know if it's worth it to splurge on a premium vacuum or buy something that's a bit more budget-friendly.

Vacuums tend to stay hidden away in a closet when not in use, not front and center in a kitchen like other appliances, so while many people are willing to sacrifice on aesthetics when buying them they still need them to function. There are so many options these days when buying a vacuum, from cordless to corded, canister to upright, it's hard often to know if you're purchasing the right appliance for your needs. While you can buy a premium vacuum for as much as $1500 or more, there are many budget-friendly options available starting as low as under $100. So what difference does it make?

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Are Budget-Friendly Vacuums Worth It?

Unfortunately, there's no clear answer to this. Many budget-friendly vacuums will do the job, but they tend to not last as long as their more expensive counterparts so it's up to the consumer to do their research. Prime Reviews notes that the Bissell Cleanview Plus with One Pass, a machine that will run you about $89 on Amazon, was rated 23rd in the bagless upright vacuum cleaner category on Consumer Reports in 2016. It pointed out that this budget-friendly vacuum actually scored higher than a $450 Dyson Ball compact animal vacuum cleaner. In this case, the budget-friendly choice was a winner, but that's not the norm across the board.

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One thing that more expensive vacuums seem to excel at over lower-cost products is how easy and effective it is to use them. Home Floor Experts points out that higher cost products are often easier to manoeuver and easier to change attachments to suit different flooring types. Cheaper versions sometimes tend to be less effective when cleaning, often resulting in having to vacuum the same area more than once.

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Brand Doesn't Always Matter

Many people will assume that if they purchase a budget-priced vacuum from a reliable brand, it will definitely be a quality product, but that isn't always the case. Prime Reviews posts that not all brands who make highly-ranking more expensive products don't necessarily make equally high ranking less expensive ones. This isn't always the case, and again doing your research, reading reviews and rankings can let you know if you're buying a quality made product regardless of the brand and price.

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You Can Get Quality At An Affordable Price

While the saying "you get what you pay for" does tend to hold true with appliances, it doesn't mean you have to break the bank when buying a vacuum. Best Reviews Guide actually lists their Top 10 Affordable Vacuums and the pricing ranges from as low as $25 (!!) for their first-place pick to around $90 for a robotic vacuum.

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Pros and Cons of Budget-Friendly

Sure, the pros of a budget-friendly vacuum are pretty evident, they're easy on your wallet. Unfortunately what may save you money when purchasing the product in the short term could cost you money in the long term. Vacuum Judge points out the reason many vacuums are inexpensive is that they're made of inexpensive parts which could break down more easily and require repairs or replacements. Budget-friendly options do tend to be more portable and lightweight, making them easier to carry and move from room to room. They may not come with air cleaners like HEPA filters, but if you're looking for something easy and quick to do simple cleaning, an inexpensive vacuum may be all you need. While more inexpensive vacuums are great for a quick clean, they aren't the best however at heavy-duty cleaning or in high traffic areas.

Vacuum Judge also points out that cheaper vacuums tend to be one-use machines, meaning that you may buy one that works great on carpet but not on hardwood or tile floors, or vice versa. If you're looking for a good, inexpensive vacuum, Vacuum Judge recommends the Shark Professional Navigator Upright Vacuum Cleaner which will run you $199 on Amazon.

Pros and Cons of Premiere Vacuums

As we said, you tend to get what you pay for when it comes to vacuums, but not always. More expensive doesn't always mean a better product when it comes to vacuum cleaners, which is why it's important to do your research. Vacuum Judge once again points out that most expensive vacuums use expensive parts, but those parts will only perform properly if it's designed properly. Expensive vacuums often come with more attachments that do more around the home from pet hair removal to air filtration to digital displays. These can be great additions to your cleaning tools, or simply a waste. Many of these attachments often sit unused because there are so many.

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More expensive vacuums tend to last longer, but if they do break or require repair, the cost is typically greater than with a budget-friendly machine. More expensive machines tend to be able to work on a variety of flooring types, but as Vacuum Judge points out, they aren't always as effective as their lower-priced competitors. They recommend the Dyson line of vacuum cleaners if you're in the market for a vacuum and are OK with spending a bit more.

If you're in the market for a new vacuum you will no doubt be able to purchase a quality product at a price that fits your budget. The key is to know what you need and do your research before you decided to buy.

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