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How To: 3 Key Features to Look For in Cordless Vacuum Cleaners

The home appliance market is flooded with a wide range of vacuum cleaners designed to be used on all types of surfaces. Many buyers choose the cordless portable models over corded ones as they are more convenient to maneuver and move around the house. You simply charge the machine using the charging station that comes along with the cordless product—and you’re ready to give your home a thorough weekend cleaning.

Before you purchase your first cordless vac or replace your existing machine, there are several factors to be considered before buying a cordless vacuum cleaner for your home. The most important ones are described below.

Cleaning capacity

The size of the dust canister fitted inside your vac determines the amount of dirt it can hold, which in turn determines its cleaning capacity. Because cordless machines are meant to be lightweight and easily portable, they generally come will small-sized canisters with a maximum capacity of 1 to 1.5 liters.

If you intend to use your machine for heavy-duty cleaning, you might want to consider buying a conventional corded model, as a small vac simply won’t be able to cope and will need frequent emptying. So consider the load your vac will have to bear on a regular basis and then decide which one best fits the bill.

Battery power

It’s very important for a cordless vacuum cleaner to have a long battery life. That’s the reason you’re purchasing a cordless model in the first place. How long your cordless vac will run on a single charge depends largely upon the quality and type of the battery along with the speed setting most frequently used by you.

Some poor quality products will need recharging after a mere 15 minutes—yes, you read that right—and others can run easily for about an hour. If you like to clean your entire house in one go, choose a vac that can run for at least 30 minutes on a single charge, or you will end up frustrated with the machine.

Moreover, experience tells us that for most models you should subtract about 10 minutes from the battery running time listed by the manufacturer to get a realistic figure.

Charging duration

As important as the type of battery fitted in your vac is the time it takes to fully charge that battery. Even if your machine has a very good battery, if it takes forever to recharge it will defeat the purpose of a quick-use home cleaning appliance. The docking station that comes with cordless vacuums (where you place the machine for charging) can take anywhere between 1.5 hours to 12 hours to fully charge the vac. So read up on the charging time of a particular model as this aspect does affect the usability of the product.

If you’d like to know more, the website Helpful Habitat has posted some great reviews on leading vacuum cleaner brands for home use. Do check out their site for more information on the best cordless vacuums for 2018.

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