Vacuum Reviews & Recommendations You Can Trust

Jessica ThompsonWelcome to Modern Vacuums where you get fair, impartial, unbiased reviews of – yes – vacuums!

I know, I know. This isn’t some cutting edge blog showing off the latest whiz bang gizmos. Although we have seen some amazing advancements in vacuum technology over the last decade (thank you Dyson!). 

My name is Jessica Thompson and I created this blog because I’ve purchased too many vacuums in my life that just didn’t work out. Sometimes they were just not very good like when I had to buy a super cheap vacuum in college. Other times they were just not the right tool for the job. Fortunately, with generous return policies I’ve been able to find the perfect vacuums for myself and hope to help you do the same.

I don’t consider myself a vacuum expert although I probably know more than most. But I’m a working mom of two and like to have a nice, clean house. So this has turned into a bit of a hobby.

Any questions, please let me know!

How I Test Vacuums

I either borrow vacuums from friends (before they use them) or buy myself and sell after testing. I don’t get any free products.

Every vacuum reviewed goes through the same battery of tests. I want to understand how they perform on a variety of surfaces, how easy it is to use, noise levels, and more. My goal is to test vacuums in an identical way so that they are easier to compare.

I test on short carpets, plush carpets, hardwood floors, and tile. I take a portion of the floor and pour my own concoction of dirt and other substances. I do two passes through the area and then draw my conclusions.

Stairs and carpets aren’t always fun so that’s part of my testing as well. I want to see how easy and effective a vacuum cleaner is for dealing with stairs.

I have two dogs and one sheds a ton. I actually accumulate that hair and use it for testing to see how long it takes to clean up and how thorough of a job a vacuum does. I’m always shocked at the variance.

I’m also giving consideration to how easy it is to use the vacuum in general. What kind of assembly was required, what’s the capacity, is it easy to maneuver around the house.

In the end, I draw my conclusions. I’m not always perfect but I do my best to give a fair and objective review.

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