How to Get the Best Deal on a Vacuum

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Cleaning isn’t always the most enjoyable hobby, but it sure is a lot more gratifying when you know you didn’t pay top dollar for your cleaning devices.

If you’re in the market for a new vacuum cleaner, there are a few things to keep in mind for scoring a deal that will help you clean your house without cleaning out your wallet.

Get your timing right

If you’re considering purchasing a vacuum right now, you’re not alone. In fact, you — and all of your fellow shoppers — have perfect timing, as April and May are two of the best months to grab a great price on a vacuum cleaner. Shop around and you’ll discover a wide variety of discount events going on during these two months.

Here are a few retail sales on cleaning essentials that are happening now.

  • Macy’s: Save 20% to 50% on select home styles, including vacuums and steam cleaners.
  • Sears: Save up to 20% on select vacuums and floor care.
  • Lowe’s: Save 25% on select Dyson vacuums (ends May 4).

But spring sales aren’t your only option. In the event that you can’t time your vacuum purchase around spring, keep an eye out for department store “home sales” throughout the year. Another helpful tip: Many stores discount their vacuums on Black Friday, so if you can wait until then, you might score an even better deal.

Consider refurbished

If sale prices on new vacuums aren’t enticing enough for you, you could opt for a factory refurbished or used model instead. Popular retailers such as Overstock and Big Lots don’t just sell new cleaning products, but offer refurbished vacuums as well.

Just remember that although used or refurbished devices may cost less, they may also carry shorter warranty periods (or none at all), potential defects and more risks. As such, fully research any product before you make a purchase and always buy from a reputable seller.

Pick your product carefully

Finally, whether you’re buying new or refurbished, you’ll want to minimize your cost by narrowing down the right product for you. Spending more than you need to for features you’ll never use is a guaranteed way to get a bad deal.

Do your homework before you buy; check product specifications, read customer reviews and narrow down what you’re looking for in a cleaning assistant. For example, if you only need a handheld vacuum for cleaning your vehicle or other small spaces, don’t pay more for a model that’s designed to clean your whole home from top to bottom.

Now that you know how to get a great deal on a vacuum, head over to our Vacuum Buying Guide to find out how to pick the best possible vacuum model for you.

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Courtney Jespersen is a staff writer covering personal finance for NerdWallet. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyNerd and on Google+.


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