You may have heard of Dyson, Bissell, and many other household vacuum cleaners before, but I bet water filtration may be new to you.
What makes a water filtration vacuum so different than other vacuum cleaners is that it uses water as a filter. The great thing about using water as a filter is that it can filter more things and not lose suction. The debris sucked up gets trapped in the water instead of getting trapped in a filter. You’re essentially water washing the air when you use these vacuums.
There is a lot of great benefits and some disadvantages of having a vacuum cleaner that uses water filtration. We want to talk about all of this and also give you some tips and reviews/overviews on some of the models we think are great.
Let’s start with the pros of having a vacuum cleaner with water as the filter.
First off you don’t need to buy bags or replacement filters as the water acts as the filter. You just empty the water outside and clean out the canister tub, and you’re ready to go. Just make sure to place only fresh water in the tank before vacuuming.
Since the water is the filter you’re just water washing the air in your home when you clean. You can even add different fragrances like these here (Amazon Link Ad) to make your home smell great. Water washing the air is what mother nature does and it works well.
Great For Everyday Spills
Being able to suck up spilled milk then vacuuming up the carpet of cereal is a huge advantage of a vacuum that uses water as the filter. You can’t do that with a typical paper filter vacuum cleaner or one that uses a bag.
Great For Allergies
If you have bad allergies, then this can be a great solution for you. The water can trap pollen, dust, and other allergens in the water when you use a water based vacuum cleaner.
No Nasty Filters
From my experiences, it seems water filter vacuums stay cleaner because you don’t have nasty filters getting clogged. Plus, you must keep the water base clean when you’re done with vacuuming, so it’s only natural to keep the whole vacuum clean.
I find vacuums that use water filtration to be simpler and more reliable as they have fewer filters and things to clog them.
These wet vacuums or water filtration vacuums often remind me of carpet cleaners, and they’re not too far off in design. I feel it’s more along the lines of a shop vacuum that has been set up for wet cleaning, but something interesting I’ve seen.
If you have kids or pets, then you’ll love having a vacuum cleaner that uses water filtration. You can clean all the messes they make along with the notorious pet hair.
The water does a great job at trapping the hair and the pet dander that goes with it.
To be the most effective at pet hair is to use a Carpet Rake (Amazon Link Ad) to brush the hair out of the carpets and then suck it up.
With all the perks of owning a water filter style vacuum, you wouldn’t think there would be any downsides, but there are.
The biggest downside is that it uses water. Yes, the biggest perk is also its biggest downside.
The water makes this vacuum much heavier than the other options so it can be harder to carry up the stairs or to even clean the stairs.
Another downside is that the water gets really nasty, but that just means its working. That nasty water has many germs and allergens in it that must be disposed of properly.
This is kind of a positive as most bagless vacuums with a filter will release the nasty dirt back into the air when you empty its canister. With a water filter vacuum cleaner, the water holds on to that dust, so it doesn’t float back in the air. I like to empty the water outside and not in any drains as you never know what you sucked up and you don’t want to clog your drains with hair and other grimy stuff.
Another downside is that these water filtration vacuums can be hard to find. You have better luck finding them online and not at your local department store. The department store wants to sell vacuums that need constant maintenance like bags so that you keep coming back to them.
The Most Popular
The most popular vacuum that uses water filtration has got to be the Rainbow Vacuum Cleaner. The great thing about this vacuum is its power, but also it can be used as an air filter too!
Here is a great video demonstrating the Rainbow Vacuum Cleaner here…
I’m more of a fan of the SIRENA VACUUM that you can get here (Amazon Link Ad). You have cleaning power of the water filtration system but at a great price if you ask me.
The Sirena is ideal for both carpets and floors and all the mess around the home.
I also want to point out Quantum Vac Pro that you can get here (Amazon Link Ad). Each vacuum has its perks and I would recommend checking out not only the products themselves but also the reviews on them too.