When you begin shopping for a vacuum for your home, you will be surprised to find that many different models are offered and the features seem to be endless. You can find a variety of options from stores like Oreck and Kohl's. Finding the right one for your home can be a tough, but using the guide below will help you in making the right decision.

Upright Vacuums

Upright vacuums are usually best on carpets and they are easy to maneuver. You can find them in a variety of easy to use styles that offer features such as a reusable cloth bag, disposable bags and even bagless models. If you are concerned about dust, look for a model that uses bags; the bagless models are usually not as good at containing dust. There are HEPA filters that are offered on some bagless models that will help decrease dust particles and other allergens in the air.

Canister Vacuums

The canister style vacuum is great for bare floors and usually come with attachments that are used for area rugs and carpets. They can be useful when vacuuming stairs as they are smaller and easier to handle on the steep staircases in your home.

Backpack Vacuums

Similar to a canister vacuum, the backpack model is great for stairs and bare floors. You carry the vacuum on your back as you would a backpack. This makes it great for transporting from room to room and getting into hard to reach spots with the long hose and many attachments.

Central Vacuums

A permanently installed vacuum system is called a central vacuum and it offers an easy to use and convenient feature that allows the home owner to simply turn the system on and use the hose that extends from the main unit. There is no need to change outlets from room to room and no dealing with long cords.

Hand Held Vacuum

If you have smaller jobs that need completed in the home then a hand held vacuum cleaner may be the only machine you need. These are very handy for cleaning up spills, and using in tight spots, on stairs and even in your vehicle. They usually run off a battery that is charged by placing the unit on the charger when not in use. Most homes have a hand held vacuum cleaner in addition to their upright or canister models.

With each type of vacuum listed above there is an endless list of features that they each can offer. Attachments are the most common features and any vacuum you choose should come equipped with a hose and attachments for a variety of smaller jobs.

Other features include a full bag indicator, air freshener system, light weight and compact units, and a variety of other features that you might or might not find useful. Don't waste your money on features that you will never use or that you really have no need for; buy a vacuum that offers good suction, ease of use and the ability to handle the job you need it for.