If you have a large house to vacuum, or would like to vacuum the stairs in one go, make sure your new vacuum has enough hose and lead length. It's rather frustrating when your vacuum won't quite reach into the corner and you have to go back to the power point and replug into another one.
The capacity of the vacuum cleaner's dust bin or bag will essentially determine how often you'll need to empty it. If you have a large house and you don't want to be going back and forth the bin, it's worth investing in a vacuum cleaner with a bigger capacity. That said, if you have trouble lifting or manoeuvring a vacuum cleaner, bear in mind that the bigger the vacuum cleaner's capacity, the heavier it'll be.
Bagless vacuum cleaners are by far the most popular choice. Contrary to popular belief however, a bagless vacuum cleaner will not necessarily perform better than a bagged vacuum. A bagged vacuum can also be the best choice if you or anyone in the household is asthmatic or suffers with a dust allergy. Before you buy, knowing the advantages and disadvantages of bag vs bagless vacuum cleaners can ensure you choose a vacuum best for you.