The Best Time of Year to Buy a Vacuum

Smart shoppers can save big money

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To get a great deal on a vacuum, the best time to buy is... spring. However, that's not the only time of year you can find a great deal.

Why Is Spring the Best?

Spring cleaning prompts many stores to run sales on cleaning products and appliances. It often begins as early as March and runs through the month of May.

Deal-seeking consumers should keep an eye on weekly ads, and look for special promotions on vacuums during the spring. You can often find some of the best vacuum cleaners on sale, and may even be able to score a high-end vacuum for the price of a low-end vacuum.

New vacuum models are typically released in June, which is another reason you'll find good deals on vacuums in the spring. Stores need to get rid of last year's vacuums to make room for the latest and greatest models. So, you may even be able to find a deal on a floor model.

While big-box stores will have plenty of deals, don't forget to shop small, locally-owned appliance dealers, too. Some of the best 'year-end model' sales on any appliance can be found at these stores, and you can feel good about shopping locally, if you decide to give them your business.

Is There Another Good Time?

While spring is the best time to buy a vacuum, if yours is on its last leg, you might not be able to wait that long to buy a replacement. Don't worry if that's the case because November and December also happen to be good months to buy a vacuum cleaner.

November's holiday sales, including Black Friday and Cyber Monday (and the entire month of December), are a good time to look for deals on home appliances, including vacuum cleaners. Scan the holiday ads for sales on vacuum cleaners, and you're sure to find a bargain. Who knows? You may even find a holiday rebate offer to sweeten the deal further.

Buy a Quality for Long-Term Savings

Households with kids, pets and lots of foot traffic are likely to benefit from investing in a higher-end vacuum -- even if it costs more up front.

Long hair pets and dirty little feet can quickly take a toll on a vacuum, and if you settle for a cheap vacuum cleaner, you'll probably find that it breaks down frequently and needs to be replaced after just a year or two. Spend a little more on a vacuum that's designed to stand up to the types of challenges that your household will throw at it, so you don't have to spend a bunch of time maintaining and repairing your vacuum. Who knows? You may even find that a better quality vacuum cleaner lasts you a decade or more. That would certainly make up for the extra money that you spend on a good vacuum.

A Word of Caution About Buying Used

Buying a used vacuum is a gamble because vacuums are designed to pick up our everyday messes. You don't know what those messes included in the previous owner's life, and you may not know until you get the vacuum home.

Pets and cigarette smoke are two common culprits when it comes to used vacuums. Quite often, a vacuum looks clean, and may not reveal any problems when you test it out at a thrift store or a private seller's home. But, take it home, and plug it in, and you may discover odors or problems that you overlooked when you tested it, including hidden issues like a flea, bed bug or roach infestation. Yikes!

If that possibility doesn't turn you completely off the idea of purchasing a used vacuum, at least be sure to check your purchase over carefully before you pull the trigger. Because again, this is a serious case of buyer beware! If you, or anyone in your home, have allergy sensitivities, a used vacuum may not be a good idea, no matter how cheap (or free) it is.

If you do decide to save some cash by buying a used vacuum, be sure to change the vacuum bag, or clean out the canister, as soon as you bring it home, so your vacuum starts its new gig as clean as possible.