When I moved out of my parents’ place about five years ago, I got a small apartment all for myself. The plan was great, in the beginning, and that’s because I was extremely excited to live on my own and even afford a place without needing a roommate. The problem was that the apartment wasn’t particularly clean or beautiful and now that I think back to those times, I should’ve probably chosen a bit better.
The man who owned the place had little to no intention to make any improvements. He didn’t let me use his vacuum cleaner even though he lived in the same building. He grudgingly agreed to purchase a washing machine just because I was desperate and I had already gotten a job, and it was too tedious for me to go to the Laundromat every two evenings or so. I was too tired to get out of bed once I walked into the apartment.
I’m starting with this story because I want to make a point. I followed the advice of a friend and got a bulky canister vacuum because that model was supposed to be better than all the others I was considering. I hated the thing right after I set my eyes on it. It was a heavy, ugly, and noisy machine that didn’t do too much in terms of sucking the cat hair out of the carpets. It took me some time to get used to the idea that this product wasn’t usable for me, so I got rid of it and sold it for half price.
Given that the place I was living in was rather small, I soon enough reached the conclusion that what I truly needed was the best cordless electric broom. I didn’t even make a big mess especially as I was out most of the day. The rooms where I really needed the services of a stick vacuum were the kitchen, the hallway, and the bathroom. My room wasn’t particularly demanding in this sense because I had bare floors.
I settled for the Electrolux Ergorapido. Although it’s not nearly as cheap as other models, it is a 2-in-1 stick vacuum in that it converts to a handheld one that can be used in the car, for instance. That wasn’t my plan, though. I wanted to use the smaller, detachable vacuum to reach spots like my countertop. The battery lasts for just twenty minutes which might not be enough for people who want to clean the floors of their entire house. However, it was just what I needed, and I got it at the right time.
The key takeaway from this post is that you should always look at your habits, requirements, and preferences before deciding to spend over one hundred bucks on any appliance or cleaning device or machine. A canister vacuum was the wrong choice for me, but it might not be for others.