A good vacuum cleaner is the staple of any healthy home. We’re often asked what vacuums we recommend to people struggling with mold illness, allergies, or chemical sensitivities so we decided to put together a small list covering a range of price options.
QUALITIES OF A GOOD VACUUM
- HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter.
- Helps to keep your indoor air clean and leaves the air cleaner than before you vacuumed.
- Completely sealed system
- This helps so contaminants don’t leak back into the space.
- Contains a dust bag to fully capture toxins.
- Without a bag, those trips to the garbage can might mean toxins escaping back into the air.
- Has a hose with a wand
- This helps you access hard to reach places
- Comes with dusting accessories
- This allows you to dust with your vacuum and not damage your furniture/walls, etc.
What’s a hepa (high efficiency particulate air) filter?
As mentioned above, having a HEPA filter in your vacuum allows for cleaner indoor air. Those with allergies or who suffer from biotoxin illness will want to make sure they’re cleaning using a HEPA filter. Otherwise, toxins that get pushed around during cleaning will just recirculate through the space making them easier for you to inhale into your lungs.
Non HEPA filtered vacuums can re-circulate up to 70% of the particulate back into the air… I mean, I love cleaning, but to know all my hard work is going to waste is upsetting!
As stated on the EPA’s website, “This type of air filter can theoretically remove at least 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, and any airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns (µm)” This means vacuums with a HEPA filter are able to capture super small particles that might get missed by non HEPA filtered vacuum.
Please note, these vacuums were found solely by our own personal research and customer reviews. We do not have professional staff testing the equipment, we simply want to give a list of vacuums that we feel meet a certain criteria while also giving people an option that fits their price range. We do believe you get what you pay for and investing in a higher price item will likely result in having the item for longer with less issues.
See below for a range of vacuums in different price ranges that meet this criteria. We encourage you to use this list as a starting point to do your own research to see if the vacuums will meet your own specific needs.
Miele C3 Marin Canister Vacuum
(for homes with hard/soft surfaces)
This vacuum has the power of a shop vac and it performs insanely well for someone who has allergies and also lives with two large german shepherds. It’s perfect for a home with or without carpet, as it comes with two interchangeable heads depending on your needs.
This is our number one choice, but I won’t lie — when I originally saw the high ticket price on this I had to come up with some reasons to justify my purchase. The thing is, when you buy this vacuum, you’ll have it forever — Miele is built to last. So think of the price as an investment that will pay itself off over time.
miele COMPLETE C2 HARD FLOOR
(for homes with hard surfaces only, no carpet, RUGS ONLY)
This is a less expensive Miele vacuum that doesn’t have the carpet attachment. This looks like it would be a good option if you have all hard floors and rugs.
kenmore elite pet friendly CANISTER VACUUM
This vacuum appears to have similar specs to the Miele vacuum above. Although it’s unsure if it will stand the test of time the way the Miele vacuum does, it looks to be a quality vacuum at a great price.
The Kenmore Elite shares similar features to Miele with on board cleaning tools, an easy to use cleaning wand (for reaching those high places), and full bagged canister with HEPA filtration (making sure those toxins are completely contained).
kenmore elite upright bagged
For a less expensive vacuum that still features a HEPA filtered system with a dust bag, the Kenmore Elite upright vacuum is a perfect fit. It comes with all the accessories to make cleaning a breeze and has a hose to help you get to all of those hard to reach places.
HOOVER WIND TUNNEL WHOLE HOUSE VACUUM
For the budget conscious, this Hoover vacuum is the best in budget on “Consumer Reviews”.
It doesn’t meet all of the criteria of a gold standard vacuum, however sometimes we need something that does the job and doesn’t break the bank! If you’re not able to get something with all of the bells and whistles, your vacuum should at least have a HEPA Filter, and this vacuum has that.
The HEPA filter still leaves the air cleaner than before, however you will want to take precautions as you dump the canister since this is a bagless model. If you’re super sensitive, I highly recommend investing in something with a bag to make sure you’re getting maximum containment – but if that doesn’t fit the bill at the moment this will do the trick.