If your vacuum has seen better days, it may be time to upgrade. Vacuum cleaners only have a useful life of so many years. You need to think about replacing it once it gets up there in age. If you are wondering how long vacuums last, we’ve taken the guesswork out of the equation and broken down the mystery of vacuum cleaner life here.
While every vacuum manufacturer claims their vacuum will last a predetermined number of years, you may see degradation in how well your vacuum sucks up dirt and dust over time. This is a good indication you are in need of a new vacuum cleaner or at least in need of some repair work.
On average, a vacuum cleaner lasts eight years. This is a good average age to know when you need to replace your vacuum. This is not to say that if your vacuum is over eight years old and still has good suction, you can’t eke out a few more years of life out of it.
Now, how long should a vacuum last really comes down to the manufacturer of the vacuum. We already know that eight years is a good average lifespan for most vacuums on the market today. But, if you move up the quality level of your vacuum cleaner, you will see a significant increase in how long your vacuum will actually last.
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Take Dyson, for example. This is a high-end vacuum with some incredible suction power. Dyson’s claim to fame is that its vacuum cleaners never lose suction. But, does this mean you can use this vacuum for life?
Not necessarily. Even Dyson’s top flight cleaners age just like any other vacuum cleaner and as you would imagine, the technology for vacuums get better each and every year. This is a reason to upgrade.
Dyson vacuums typically see a lifespan of seven to 10 years. With regular care of a Dyson vacuum, you may be able to get even more usage out of it. Age also depends on the Dyson model you choose and how well you take care of it over the years.
Frequent use will wear down your Dyson, or any vacuum for that matter, while light use could extend its life well over the 10-year mark. In addition, the type of carpet makes a difference. Constant cleaning of thicker carpets is harder on your vacuum.
Other vacuum cleaner brands such as Kirby, which is also high on the quality scale, can last as long as 25 years. These vacuums have more durable components and can withstand the demands of frequent use.
One of the benefits of a Kirby vacuum is its metal head which can take some bumps and bruises without showing any signs of wear. You can also have your Kirby serviced, which really can make sure it stays in top form over its many years of ownership.
Vacuum manufacturers such as Miele, also have an extended life beyond the eight-year mark. Miele vacuum cleaners can last as long as 20 years, if properly cared for.
A top tiered Miele vacuum may cost more, but it is well worth it not to have to replace your vacuum cleaner several times within that time period.
Even lower-end Miele vacuum cleaners outlast the competition. This is the one brand that consistently produces machines that outlast their competition.
You’ll also see brands such as Lindhaus at the very top end of the vacuum category with machines that last as long as 20 years. Lindhaus is a brand that is synonymous with quality.
It is one many consider to be a part of the more expensive vacuum cleaners because of its top of the line quality.
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The eight-year evaluation really extends to the brands Hoover and Bissell. They provide good suction, but are lower on the scale for quality when it comes to a vacuum cleaner brand to buy.
You’ll save more money buying from these cheaper vacuum brands, but you’ll have to replace them more often, costing you more over the long run.
By the way, this doesn't mean these brands make a bad vacuum cleaner... not at all! It is only in comparing to some of the other high-end brands that we see that they don't have the same quality levels.
Now that you know how long vacuums last, you may want to consider some ways to increase the life of your vacuum cleaner to make sure you get at least those eight years out of it.
Caring for your vacuum is an essential part of owning one. It takes a little more care than just emptying the canister or bag after each use to ensure your vacuum has a healthy life.
Your vacuum most likely has a filter. This filter is key to making sure your vacuum can “breathe” or filter the air as it cleans. This prevents dust and dirt from circulating around your home when you vacuum, and it keeps the overall room clean.
When you notice your filter is dirty, it is time to replace it or clean it. This ensures your vacuum can operate as efficiently as possible.
You don’t want to run your vacuum on overload. Don’t let the canister or bag get filled beyond its capacity. This can easily clog your vacuum and cause it to lose its suction power.
Not only is this not good for the operation of your vacuum, but it will degrade its performance as you clean. Empty your vacuum cleaners’ canister or bag as needed or after each use to ensure its suction isn’t impaired.
You’ll also want to clean the motorized brush of your vacuum on a regular basis. This brush gets tangled with hair, string, and other materials that can put stress on the motor of your vacuum. Or, you can opt for a vacuum model focused on cleaning hair.
It also reduces how well your vacuum can clean and pick up this debris. Use scissors and clear the brush before it builds up and renders your vacuum useless in the process.
Be careful if you consistently are vacuuming thick carpet, and try to remove larger debris before starting. The suctino power required for cleaning these thicker shag style carpets is much harder on your machine.
When your vacuum cleaner stops working, it is not necessarily a sign that it needs to be replaced. Lost suction can mean the hose is clogged while faulty operation can mean you have a broken belt. These are both easy fixes that can breathe some more life into your vacuum.
With a little bit of effort and some care, you can have a vacuum that lasts for at least eight years or even more. Buying a good quality vacuum brand can yield you a machine that has an extended life and saves you some money on a replacement in a few years as well.
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Allen Michael is the Founder and Editor of Home Viable, a website that he started to provide readers with tips on home efficiency and automation. He draws on his engineering background combined with his family-of-four experiences for his articles.