How Long Should A Vacuum Cleaner Last?

Vacuum Cleaner Last

Vacuum cleaners don’t need much attention. Just a simple maintenance, and they’ll be all good—cleaning and working as efficiently as they were when you bought them. But how long should one expect them to last? What’s the time limit attached to each one of them? Well, there are several variables that come into play when determining how long should your vacuum cleaner last.

Vacuum Cleaner Last

The first one being price

For a cheaper vacuum (any vacuum cleaner priced below $200), the average time for which you should expect it to last is one year. It may last two or more years if you’re lucky, but based on averages, one year is the time you should prepare to start budgeting for their replacement if they’re NOT gone already.

For mid-range vacuum cleaners (any vacuum cleaner costing between $200 and $600), the average time limit attached to them is 2 years for every $100 spend.

Of course, there are a few exceptions. Some machines come with loads and loads of features that may reduce the time limit attached to them. That said, we recommend that you go for a unit with fewer features if durability takes precedence over anything else.


The second variable that can help you determine how long your vacuum will be lasting is the casting. As you could have guessed, vacuums cast from metals always last way longer than their plastic counterparts.

Some would even last a decade, unless stroked with something heavy. A good example is a unit boasting an epoxy casting. Thou expensive, they have a better chance of lasting longer when compared to machines made from other materials.

Let’s not forget the fact that plastics still occur in different grades. For instance, Lexan is known to be more durable that ABS. Other factors held constant, a Lexan cast vacuum cleaner should be able to last a year or two longer than an ABC cast one.

The Shell on the Motor

Vacuum motors come in either plastic or metal shell. You might want to choose the latter if durability is what you’re seeking for in the machine you’re planning to buy. For one, motors with plastic shells have a tendency of sealing on heat, then gradually trapping off until they are completely worn out of the motor.

Metal motors on the other hand are safe because they dispel the heat, and are as such expected to buy you more few years before they can cry out loud for a replacement. With that in mind, it’s always good to inquire from your dealer about the type of shell the motor of the vacuum cleaner you’re planning to buy has before deciding on whether or NOT you’re going to buy it.

The warranty

The warranty a particular cleaner is tagged with has a lot to clue you on about the expected lifetime. A one-year warranty is pretty standard. You may want to think three or four years when it comes to choosing a machine that won’t be disappointing you at the end of the first year.

Increasing the lifetime of Your Vacuum Cleaner

Here are some simple tips and tricks that you can use to stretch the lifetime of your vacuum cleaner:

  • For bagged vacuums, it’s recommended that you be always changing the bags before they are completely full.
  • For bagless vacuums, the filters must be cleaned after every vacuum. This should help to keep the suction strong and save the motor from overheating.
  • If the cleaner arrives with a rotary bush, learn to clean it frequently to save it from wearing and jamming out of the belt.
  • Always be checking and cleaning the vacuum hoses and rods to prevent air restrictions that could end up overheating the motor and reducing the suction.
  • Learn to Clean the motor and HEPA filters after every two months, and have them replaced after every year. No filter should be used for a period exceeding 50 hours of cleaning. Durability aside, you may also want to do this for your lungs.
  • Service the cleaner at the end of every year. During this time, the vacuum should be pulled 100 percent apart and every part cleaned to remove the dust that has been accumulating in and out of the internal filters and motor since the year started.
  • Learn to pick up the large items on the floor instead of letting the machine suck them up. This could lead to blockage and as a result end up damaging the motor.
  • Always ensure the vacuum is turned off when removing the plugs from the wall.
  • Try as much as you possibly can to avoid sucking up carpet powder, plaster dust or very fine dust particles. Such fine particle can’t be stopped by filters, and may as such head straight to the motor, damaging it in the process.

The Wrap Up

With all these tips at your disposal, only you can tell how long your vacuum cleaner will last. No matter how better and expensive your machine is, flout these simple tips and you’ll have it wearing out way sooner than you anticipated.