There are many things that you should take into consideration when looking for the best canister vacuum, chief of which will be what you plan to use the vacuum on. Do you intend to use the vacuum on just carpets and furniture, or hard floors as well? Will pet hair be involved? These questions will help you pick the right canister vacuum for you without spending too much money.
Most department stores sell canister vacuum cleaners as well as specialty vacuum stores. For the best canister vacuum, your best bet will probably be to purchase from either an online store where you can read customer reviews or a specialty store that will let you handle and play with a myriad of different models. Most specialty vacuum stores only carry one brand, however, so you will want to visit a few of them to get an idea of which brand of vacuum is going to suit you and your needs. These stores are often staffed with people that know the ins and outs of all the vacuum cleaners on their floor, and are experts at helping you select the best canister vacuum.
When it comes to vacuums, much of the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive, at least within a single brand, generally comes down to the feature set and tools included. This is important to consider because if you have no need for the various tools that the top of the line model comes with, why pay the extra money? On the flip side, if you do have a need for those extra tools, it will probably be less expensive to purchase them with the unit as one whole package than it would be to add those tools later on. Not only that, but some tools may not work with lower end vacuums, and they will also lack some of the nicer, more luxurious features of the high end models. Even if you choose to shop from a local specialty vacuum store, it would not hurt to do some research online first. Vacuum cleaners are not the cheapest of appliances, so before you make your choice, you may as well get the opinions of others. Many different websites offer reviews of various vacuum cleaners for you to peruse.
One last thing to consider – many vacuums have maintainable parts. Although these parts will allow the vacuum to last longer than some others, you do have to consider just how much you will be using the vacuum. Even the lightest, cheapest vacuum can handle a studio apartment for many years with no issues. However, the biggest most expensive canister vacuum will be more of a pain than it is worth trying to fit it into such a small place. Conversely, you will quickly burn through cheap vacuums in a 3000 square foot house, making the purchase of a more expensive and more durable machine a much better idea. Finally, no matter how big your home, if there will be pet hair involved, the best canister vacuum will be one that specializes in pet hair.