Buying Online vs In Store
If you’ve decided which vacuum cleaner you need, or you’ve shortlisted a few options, you’re a step closer to purchasing. Now, you’ll just need to price up different retailers, and decide whether you’re buying it online or in store. Read on for more advice on purchasing your brand new vacuum cleaner.
Where to Buy
Vacuum cleaners aren’t difficult to find, but with so many different models available, you’ll need to track down which one has caught your eye. Both high street and online stores offer a wide selection of models, so you’ll probably find yourself with multiple buying options. Buying online and in store each has its advantages and disadvantages.
- More convenient – order from the comfort of your home and let delivery take care of transporting the awkward item.
- A wider choice of models available.
- Easier to compare prices.
- Product reviews are available.
- Can’t get a feel for the physical product.
- You’ll need to factor delivery into the prices.
- You won’t be able to get advice from a sales person (although online guides are available).
- Need to wait for delivery – a drawback if your previous vacuum cleaner has broken.
- Arranging a return or solving issues can be more of a hassle.
Order from the comfort of your own home and let delivery take care of transporting the awkward item.
- You may be allowed to feel the vacuum’s weight, try manoeuvring it around, and see how flat it’ll lie to get underneath furniture. You could even ask if you can switch it on to hear how loud it is, and test the floorhead.
- Shop staff can answer questions and offer advice.
- Easier to return, or seek advice if you have an issue.
- No need to worry about additional delivery charges, or wait days for it to arrive.
- You’ll have to make the journey to a store, and arrange to carry the item to your car and home.
- Limited to nearby retailers, so you probably won’t have as wide a selection of models.
- Not as easy to compare prices unless you combine with online research.
- You’ll need to depend on online research for reviews too.
You’ll have to make the journey to a store, and arrange carrying the item to your car and home.
Other Tips and Tricks
Comparing online prices is much easier than doing it in store. If you have the flexibility to order from either, it’s worth checking both. Before you visit, some stores let you check prices and product stock online, saving a wasted trip. You might even be able to click and collect, reserving it online for in store collection.
Check the Reviews
Online reviews can give you a rough idea of a vacuum cleaner’s performance. While it’s important that you take them with a pinch of salt, if there are a decent number of genuine sounding reviews, they can help you make a decision.
Comparing online prices is much easier than doing it in store. If you have the flexibility to order from either, it’s worth checking both.
Many vacuum manufacturers provide a guarantee as standard, covering any faults which may arise within one to five years of purchase. Some retailers offer you the opportunity to extend this cover for longer, or to cover accidental damage too. The offer of an extended warranty may affect where you decide to buy your vacuum cleaner.