No one loves sitting in a dirty car. Yes, your car can be messy with food boxes and personal belongs everywhere on the seats or on the floor but you still want to maintain car hygiene for sure. A car vacuum is a very cost-effective solution to make your car look nice and help you breathe healthy air.
Why not invest in the best car vacuum? It helps you easily clean dust and dirt particles in each and every corner of your car, even at the car seat areas. Mites, bacteria, other allergens and even pet hair can also be removed efficiently, which is essential for people with breathing or allergic issues. Instead of recommending you which brand or model to buy, this guide will focus on helping you select the right appliance for your requirements.
- Types of car vacuum
Car vacuums are available in two main types: (corded) professional wall-mount models or canisters and (cordless) hand-held models. You can also use your home cleaner but it is not as efficient and may cause issues rather than being helpful.
There are a lot of factors involved in your decision of which type to choose: your vacuuming requirement (just for car or not, how often and where do you intend to use it), the size of your car, portability, and convenience.
- Corded models:
They are suitable for using at home garage for cleaning not just the car but other vehicles or garage floor also.
The best thing about corded models is that they have great suction power. This means these appliances can help you finish you vacuuming task faster and more effectively they can pick up tiny and stubborn dust particles that may other be missed with those of weaker suction (aka handheld models). Also, think about how much time and energy you need to spend if you vacuum a big car with a very small vacuum cleaner.
If you intend to mainly clean up your car home, a corded car vacuum is a wise investment because it is powerful and very durable
The downside of corded car vacuums is that they must be plugged to a suitable power outlet to operate; their operating areas are therefore limited. The cord must be really long (at least 25 feet) to make sure users have no problem assessing the power source (the use of extension cords is not recommended).
- Cordless models
Cordless car vacuum excel in terms of convenience and portability. Since they run on rechargeable batteries, they can be used anywhere. Plus, they are cheaper, more lightweight and compact, which explains their popularity; just put them in the trunk or the back of the car because they surely fit there. They are really suitable for people who bring children and pets along for the ride: there tends to be a mess behind with garbage and lots of debris. People who are always on the go also prefer these models.
Since they are battery-powered, they are limited in suction power, though. They cannot operate continuously for long durations of time due to their battery life. In buying these appliances, it is essential to pay attention to charge length and battery life. Obviously, the faster the charging time and the longer the battery life, the better it is for users because no one likes having to stop in the middle of vacuuming to recharge the battery.
- Vacuum capacity
In a vacuum cleaner, the tank is the container for anything that the appliance picks up. If you forget about the capacity of the tank and just pick up whatever size you see, you may have to empty it several times during the vacuuming process. Mind you, it takes some time to remove the tank from the appliance. If you do not mind doing so, then a smaller tank is acceptable.
Look for a large tank if you want your appliance to store a large amount of dirt and dust particles: for example because your car is large. Generally, a good car vacuum is a little bit heavy (but still easy to hold) and has a large capacity.
One thing to note: how much a tank can actually hold is less than the stated capacity; plus you should never let it become too full anyway. For light vacuuming, you can choose tanks that can hold 2-6 gallon of debris. Heavier duty chores (for large messes and spills) will require larger tanks (8-14 gallon).
Vacuuming cannot be done effectively without attachments: you need to use the right attachment for the right cleaning area. For example: upholstery/carpet brushes can be used for cleaning car seats and places covered with soft fabric; a long hose/extender helps to reach out-of-reach areas (like those under the car seats); the nozzles are handy for picking dust in the corner while wide attachments assists cleaning of large floor areas and car boots.
- Ease of use and cleaning
Look for a vacuum cleaner that allows you to access its filter and dust bag easily. It is best if the filter is dishwasher-safe, risible and reusable.
- Additional Features
- HEPA filters: Pay a little more for these filters as they are more effective than regular filters in removing pollen, dust mites and other allergens in the car, which can worsen asthma or allergic reactions.
- Bagless design: this eliminates the need for frequent bag changing and buying.
- Shoulder straps: they lessen the weight/fatigue on the body and make carrying easier
- Wet and dry cleaning capabilities: these appliances can remove dust and clean up spills as well.
A high quality vacuum cleaner is always expected to perform better and last longer than its cheaper counterpart but it can cost $200 or more. Think carefully if you really need a lot of advanced features and bear in mind that the price does not necessarily go hand in hand with quality. But do not settle for cheap models that can fall apart after just several uses also.
The normal warranty for car vacuums is 1 year. You can also find higher end models that offer 2- year warranty.
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