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How Long Do Vacuums Last?

How long do vacuum cleaners last? How long is a piece of string? Are these two questions as vague as each other? Every vacuum cleaner is created differently, whether a modern robot vacuum or classic bagless vacuum. So, it’s hard to determine exactly how long a vacuum should last. However, there are ways you can get a rough idea of how long your trusty appliance should last. 

At Briscoes, we stock vacuum cleaners of the best quality, attachments, and vacuum bags. We know a thing or two about getting the most from this household staple and ensuring it lasts the distance. This guide will cover key information so you can figure out how long your vacuum cleaner should last. Here are the main talking points: 


What affects the life of a vacuum?

Can you repair vacuum cleaners?

How to prolong the life of your vacuum

How to know if your vacuum needs replacing

What to look for in a long-lasting vacuum

The range of long-lasting vacuums at Briscoes



Let’s get started. 

What affects the life of a vacuum?

It’s fair to say that vacuum cleaners in New Zealand have changed over the years. It’s also worth noting that how we use this appliance has changed over time. So, it can be hard to come up with a definitive lifespan. However, when you look at key contributing factors like storage and maintenance, you can start to paint a picture.  

How often you use your vacuum

Just like your car, the more mileage your vacuum cleaner has, the less time it will last. Yes, proper storage and maintenance can help. However, as the appliance is used over time, it creates wear and tear to the electronics. You can’t even see many of these wires inside the equipment. 


Using your vehicle as an analogy again, regular maintenance can also affect the life of your favourite vacuum cleaner. Not only will your vacuum last longer with regular TLC, but it will also perform as the manufacturer intended. Maintenance considerations may include: 

  • Changing filters
  • Changing bags
  • Regular deep cleaning

As with most vacuum cleaners in NZ, the appliance will come with instructions for use and maintenance tips. It’s well worth following these instructions to get the best out of your equipment.

What you’re vacuuming up

Your lifestyle and family can also impact how long your vacuum cleaner lasts. For example, if you have a furry golden retriever that sheds hair all over the place, it will require more work from your vacuum. Another example is if your family wears shoes in the house. This can sometimes walk in small pebbles and other external objects that are hard to suck up. Over time, this kind of work adds up. 

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Make and model

Whether a stick vacuum cleaner that’s cordless or a classic vacuum cleaner that’s bagless, no two vacuums are the same. As well as different types, there are also many different brands and models on the market. As with many other appliances, you get what you pay for when it comes to vacuums. Generally, a more expensive model will last longer than a cheaper alternative as it’s built stronger.