How to Buy the Most Powerful Vacuum Cleaner

Updated February 21, 2017

A powerful vacuum cleaner might be high up on your list of desired appliances. Contrary to what you might think, the amount of power a vacuum cleaner actually has does not depend on factors such as horsepower, watts or amps. These items can help you learn more about a vacuum cleaner's electrical currents, but they will not tell you how powerful the vacuum cleaner is. However, there are some things you can look into that can help you buy the most powerful vacuum cleaner you can find.

Look at the cleaning swath. This is the area of the vacuum that will actually suck up the dirt. The larger the cleaning swath, the more powerful the vacuum will be. Upright vacuums tend to have the largest swath.

Find out how well the type of vacuum cleaner you're considering can deep-clean your carpeting. According to Consumer Reports, an upright vacuum does the best job of deep cleaning, followed by canister vacuums.

Factor in the type of surface on which you plan to use the vacuum cleaner. In general, an upright is considered more powerful when cleaning carpets, and a canister vacuum is more effective for cleaning bare floors, according to Consumer Reports.

Research the difference between bagless vacuum cleaners and those that use bags. While their power may be similar for a while, bagless options can lose power as the filter becomes clogged or if you don't empty the bin soon enough. Bagless vacuums, therefore, require more maintenance.

Look for vacuum cleaners that have a HEPA filter. This type of filter is more powerful when it comes to removing small particles, dust and debris from your floors.


Pay attention to the length of the vacuum cleaner hose attachment. A longer reach can give you more cleaning options.

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