If you ever needed to vacuum during the middle of the day, while your kids are sleeping, you know what the real value of a quiet vacuum cleaner is. This type of machines emerged around the late 90s, and evolved rapidly into a trend. Generally speaking, there are several different styles of vacuum cleaners available in shops hence it is very easy to spend a lot of money on a model that is not right for you. It is therefore very important to know how to find the perfect quiet vacuum cleaner for your needs, and this is where I come to help you out. I’ve selected 5 low sound vacuum cleaners that I believe are worth the money. Without any more ado, here’s the top:
|Picture||Brand and model||Sound levels||Best price and discounts|
|Electrolux UltraSilencer||65 db|
|Electrolux Ultra Silencer Deep Clean||61 db|
|Miele S2121 Olympus||64 db|
|Numatic Henry Vacuum Cleaner||72 db|
|Electrolux Sanitaire - Quiet Clean||68 db|
A first point I’d like to cover: the differences between international consumer markets. Europeans have many models to choose from. Companies like Bosch or Dyson decided to release low sound models exclusively on those markets. It seems that consumers from US are not attracted to products such as the Dyson DC49 or the Bosch GS-50 Power Silence. Although I would have loved to put my hands on the latter, I haven’t had the chance yet. For this reason, I’ll be leaving you with a commercial instead of an opinion.
The list I’ve put together takes into account this issue – I’ve only listed vacuum cleaners you can buy nationally. Now, let us discuss the particularities of such devices, as the ones presented above. For starters, you must know by now whether you want a canister vacuum or an upright vacuum. Upright vacuums are usually heavy, with larger capacities. They also have an electro-brush or a motorized brush bar in the floor head that works very well to pick up hair. On the other hand, canister vacuums are lighter and more compact compared to the uprights. They are usually most suitable for stair cleaning even though they often have large motors which make them less energy efficient. From the sound emission point of view, it is clear that uprights tend to produce more noise than canisters. Their built is enhancing sound dissipation, and due to the fact their motor is positioned at a higher distance from the ground, the sound can travel larger distances before hitting obstacles.
On the other hand, the type of vacuum (bagged or bagless) also counts, among many others. Bagless vacs are usually noisier, due to the fact that the motor is closer to the case of the product. Bagged units can contain sounds by making use of innovative technologies designed mainly for better filtration, but which also provide better acoustic properties.
The motor amperage is another factor that directly influences the sound produced by vacuum cleaners. The design of the appliance matters a lot both in terms of sound compensation and in terms of cleaning power. Note that higher amped vacuums are not always better; there are several lower amped cleaners which are similarly effective. The motor’s power (the number you can read from the box – i.e. 1200W) refers to the motor’s electrical current consumption, not it suction power, which is measured in AW (air watts). The performance of a quiet vacuum cleaner depends on various factors including its overall design, amount of suction it is able to produce and the airflow that it receives. If you’re shopping for a silent machine take my advice: always consider durability over price. The cleaner that you opt to purchase should come with a good warranty of at least 2 years. Apart from warranty, the brand and model of vacuum cleaner should recommend the unit as being able to last for none less than 10 years with proper care and maintenance.
Battery operated vacuum cleaners are usually quieter, due to their lighter weight and they lower power consumption. They ensure you can do fast cleanups, which is great for young energetic people. This type of vacuum cleaners are often slim and easy to store because of their smaller size. There are several factors that one should put into consideration when looking to purchase a cordless vacs. I’m not going to get into many details, just remember these vacuums are actually quieter because their motor is smaller and specifically designed to work at lower voltages. Unfortunately, not all cordless vacs are supplied with specialized attachments such as brushes, extension wands and tools which enable classic vacuum cleaner to be used easily in cleaning a variety of surfaces and reach inaccessible places. Some of their most common accessories include a powered floor nozzle, a dusting brush, a crevice tool, and upholstery nozzle and hard floor nozzle.
Of course, the quietest vacuum cleaners are the robotic models. I’ve not going to get into much debate on this subject, I’m planning to do a top 10 with the best robotic vacuum cleaners on the market in the near future, but until then, I can say the all units from Neato, Roomba and lately, Dyson, emit far less sound then their normal brothers.
In case you are in an appliance store, there are certain quick checks that you can do so as to find out if the vacuum cleaner you are considering buying is quiet enough. First, ask for assistance from department salesmen. Most likely, they will fill your head with a lot of mumbo-jumbo, so stay focused and insist on finding the sound levels produced by the unit you want to buy. If it’s not written on the specs, let me assure you, a value of 65 db should be the maximum you should settle. Most of the retailers allow you to turn the machines on right inside the testing benches. Doing this enables you to know exactly the noise level you’ll face. While doing this, you may also check the bag or canister for filters, to find out how easy it is to replace them. You should then ensure that you can get to the filters and remove them with ease. In case you are going to vacuum clean under furniture, it is important that you try laying the vacuum cleaner flat since there are some models that cannot do this.
After identifying the vacuum cleaner you want, it is essential to look at other considerations that include the types of soiling in your home; types of fibers used in the rugs or carpet; filtration, capacity, durability, ease of use, storage, performance cost and features. As you can see from my top, a perfect quiet vacuum cleaner does not always mean expensive. All the models I’ve picked offer, besides low sound levels, a good value for the price, a powerful suction ability as well a multitude of cleaning functions. In conclusion, I hope I’ve shared some light on the way engineers deal with lowering the noise in today’s vacuum cleaners, and on how you can buy a good quieter unit. I would love to get your notes on this matter, so feel free to fill the form bellow.