Vacuum Cleaner FAQ

Vacuum Cleaners Questions

We often field questions about vacuum cleaners, from the models we offer to vacuums we've never heard of! Below is a compilation of some key, frequently asked questions that can help guide your selection in choosing a vacuum cleaner that meets all of your specific cleaning needs.

Do I need a HEPA filter?

If you have allergies, asthma, COPD or any other respiratory condition, your vacuum cleaner can either be your best friend or your worst enemy. Start using an HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air)filtered vacuum cleaner, and you'll begin to notice improved air quality and a marked reduction in allergy symptoms. This is part of changing your mindset about cleaning. Instead of simply cleaning for appearances, to remove dirt, hair or dust, with a quality HEPA vacuum with sealed system, you can actually clean for your health and remove the ultra fine particles, like dander, dust, dust mite allergen and pollen that can trigger allergic, asthmatic or more severe respiratory reactions. Certified HEPA filters trap a minimum of 99.97% of all particles 0.3 microns or larger. This includes the common allergens listed above.

Miele Canister Vacuum

What is a sealed system?

Top-of-the-line vacuum cleaners like the Miele UniQ or Dyson All Floors not only have certified HEPA filters, but they also feature sealed system engineering, which means that none of the dust will leak from the machine as air passes through it.

With their sealed system engineering, 9-ply AirClean Filterbags and Active HEPA filter, Miele vacuum cleaners can eliminate up to 99.99% of household allergens.

Do I need a canister vacuum or upright vacuum?

In general, canister vacuum cleaners are more versatile, lighter, and easier to maneuver. With the right floor tool, a canister vacuum cleaners can also provide smoother transitions between different types of flooring. Upright vacuums are best suited for homes with carpet in every room or homes where there is thick or high pile carpet. Upright vacuums have long been a mainstay here in the United States and provide some of the best cleaning for carpeting areas. Some with dual motors, or the ability to disengage the brushroll, can make uprights suitable for some smooth floor cleaning as well. Beyond the predominant type of flooring in your home, the choice of canister versus upright is mostly one of personal preference.

Are vacuum cleaners with dust bags better for allergy sufferers?

Cut Away Miele FilterBagThe simple answer is "Yes". Vacuum cleaners with dust bags are generally healthier for allergy sufferers because the bag keeps the dust out of the air. However, not all bags are created equally. Some bags have large pores which allow allergens to escape the bag.

Dust bags from Miele, Electrolux, and SEBO offer high levels of filtration and allow for hygienic disposal.

However, as long as care is taken when emptying the dust bin, bagless vacuum cleaners, like Dyson vacuums, have much to offer allergy sufferers - less upkeep cost and much better than average filtration. If you have allergies and use a bagless vacuum cleaner, we recommend that you empty the dust bin outdoors. We also suggest that you either have someone else empty it for you or wear a mask.

If a vacuum cleaner has a more powerful motor, does that mean it has more suction power?

Miele AttachmentsNot necessarily. The amperage of a vacuum cleaner's motor measures electrical current, not performance or suction power. The performance of the vacuum cleaner depends on the overall design, the filtration, and the air flow. Air flow is measured in CFM (cubic feet of air per minute), and vacuum cleaners with high CFM ratings have more suction power. Dyson uses a somewhat unique measurement. They measure suction by airwatts, which is traditionally a measure of fluid flow. A few other manufacturers have adopted the use of airwatts, but in reality airflow is a difficult measure by which to compare most vacuum cleaners.

What is the difference between a turbobrush and a powerbrush?

A turbobrush is air-driven, while a powerbrush is driven by electricity (usually an independent motor in the brush attachment itself). Air-driven tools tend to be less powerful and not as effective on thick carpet.

Replace Your Vacuum Cleaner HEPA FilterHow often should I vacuum my home?

We recommend that allergy sufferers vacuum at least twice a week, but you may want to vacuum more frequently if you see dust build-up in high-traffic areas or if you have a pet.

How many passes of a vacuum cleaner does it take to clean carpet?

It takes seven or eight passes of the vacuum to effectively clean a heavily soiled piece of carpet. This number can go down depending on the model used. With some of the Miele vacuums, you can clean in two passes, but this will vary depending on how soiled the carpet is and whether or not pet hair is present. Sometimes pet hair can be stubbornly entangled in carpet fiber. Regardless, of specifics, two passes is a bare minimum when vacuuming.

What is your best-selling vacuum cleaner?

Our best-selling vacuum cleaner is currently the Miele Marin though several models are very close.
(Miele Olympus, Miele Twist, Miele UniQ, and SEBO D4)

What is your best-selling vacuum attachment?

Our best-selling vacuum attachment is currently the Eureka Power Paw. This has been a mainstay for several years, though more recently, the combined numbers of the Miele Accessory kits are quickly catching up.

Miele Marin HEPA Vacuum CleanerMiele Marin Vacuum Cleaner
With two floor tools, your choice of carpet brush, a powerful but quiet Vortex motor, HEPA filtration, 9-ply AirClean G/N filterbag and some of the best features from the new S8 line, the Marin is the perfect solution for both bare floors and carpet.
Most Popular Vacuum Attachment Eureka Power Paw Vacuum AttachmentThe air driven Eureka Power Paw is the most popular vacuum attachment we sell. While it does not fit Miele vacuum cleaners, it does fit most other major brands. Perfect for removing pet hair, cleaning upholstered furniture or steps, the Power Paw is an inexpensive home cleaning solution.
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