Sneezing, Sniffling, and Skin Rashes: How to Pick an Allergy-Friendly Vacuum That Works for You and Your Family


Do you have small children or other family members that have allergies that make having carpets or even rugs impossible?  Does pet hair seem to make your allergies worse? Are you looking for a brand-new vacuum, but don’t know where to start when it comes to carpeting and your dust and mold allergies? Look no further! Here are the best options for your allergies!

How to Choose an Allergen-Friendly Vacuum for Carpeting
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With the new, enormous market for many power tools and devices, including vacuums, it can be hard to find a definitive vacuum to meet your needs. When considering a vacuum for families with allergy sufferers, it is essential to think about your intended usage and surfaces in your house. Generally, upright vacuums work better on carpet than stick vacuums, although they can be heavy! Stick vacuums are best for small spaces, and canister vacuums are the versatile favorite. Outside of just upright vacuums, it is essential to consider all the factors that will go into your vacuum purchase. If you have allergies to dust and mold, thick carpeting, asthma, or want a hands-off approach to vacuuming, there are vacuums for that as well!

Should I Get a Bagged or a Bag-less Vacuum?

If you are allergy-prone or have small children, vacuums with bagged filters tend to be less irritating to your allergies. Vacuums with bagged filters, most of which have passed the rigorous HEPA standards, contain more allergens than their bag-less counterparts. However, bagged vacuums generally require more maintenance, can be heavy, and in many cases, are somewhat expensive.

If you have allergies, asthma, or small children, bag-less vacuums are an option you may want to avoid because of the dust kicked up while cleaning the canister. However, not having to replace the bags is eco-friendlier than a bagged vacuum, although the disposal process for the chamber can be messier than disposing of a bag.

Ultimately, the decision to go with a bagged or a bag-less vacuum is entirely your own and should rely on your individual needs, although the bagged vacuum is ideal for sufferers of allergies and asthma.

What If I Have Multiple Surfaces to Clean?

If you have thick pile shag carpeting or multiple types of surfaces to clean, vacuums that have an adjustable brush roll are optimal, allowing you to get a clean carpet as well as a fresh hardwood floor. Occasionally, too, the brush rolls will cause damage to the hardwood, making an adjustable brush roll an essential piece of a modern household. The brush roll also allows those suffering from allergies and asthma to get as deep as a clean as is necessary.  Many of the recently produced upright vacuums come with an adjustable brush roll, although some of the lower priced vacuums or some stick vacuums may not.

Do I Want Additional Tools or Attachments for My Vacuum?

Most vacuums produced in recent years come with external attachments, like the crevice tool– a small, tapered end to a vacuum that can reach into crevices under couches, between couch cushions, and around baseboards to get the almost unreachable dirt and dust particles that can cause flare-ups. But what other sorts of attachments exist, and can you get a vacuum that comes with these multipurpose tools included? Some other examples of tools include the upholstery attachment, the dusting brush, and the telescoping wand, all of which can be purchased to fit the vacuum that you decide to go with. If you want value, however, look for a combination deal with the vacuum and the tools included together. These sets come most commonly with upright vacuums, although many manufacturers produce attachments for all types of vacuums.

How Much Will A Good Vacuum Cost Me?

The price of the best vacuum for your allergies and asthma relies on the kinds of features and options you choose. Sets that come with bagged vacuums graduated power features, and adjustable brush rolls will run you a different price than a small, cordless stick vacuum that you use to vacuum the laminate floor of your dorm room. Cordless vacuums are the cheapest, running you only about 25 dollars at a minimum and running just 150 dollars at a maximum, but tend to be less effective at mitigating dust and dirt exposure. Stick vacuums are the happy medium, running you anywhere from 20 to 150 dollars. Upright models are the most expensive, costing between 50 and 400 dollars.

How Can I Get the Dust Out of My Specialty Handmade or Oriental Rugs?

Specialty rugs, like oriental rugs, for example, require a different cleaning process than vacuuming but are worth cleaning every once in a while, for your allergies’ sake. If you plan on vacuuming your oriental or even shag rugs, a canister or upright vacuum with a stocking or piece of nylon stocking stretched over the suction head is your best bet. If you have a vertical model that has this feature, try turning off the beater blades and only intake air to avoid any tangling in a shag rug or damage to an oriental rug and dust kickback. Pile rakes can be used to better comb out tangles in a shag or oriental carpet but won’t do you much good at removing any dust or mold.

Hands-Off Approaches to Vacuuming

Say you don’t want to sweat for a half hour on a Sunday morning because it flares up your exercise-induced asthma, but still want a beautiful, clean carpet. If this sounds like you, try a robot vacuum, like the infamous Roomba. Reviews and the description on the official Roomba website claim that this robotic pal can clean carpets but use at your own risk!

Do you have any vacuum recommendations for your friends that suffer from allergies, or have any tips on how to make the vacuum you have already more allergy-friendly? Drop a comment in the comments section below, as we’d love to hear from you!


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