CAN YOU SAVE A BUCK BY USING DOMESTIC VACUUMS FOR COMMERCIAL JOBS?
Domestic vs Commercial Vacuum Cleaners is it worth spending the money? If you plan on using the vacuum cleaner for commercial purposes then the short answer is YES it's well worth the money! Here’s why:
While you may pay less for a domestic machine, you get what you pay for and the product lifespan won’t be as long as that of a commercial vacuum cleaner. Domestic products are designed for intermittent, small area use and are manufactured to more or less be disposable in order to keep prices down.
Commercial vacuum cleaners on the other hand are built with heavy duty, frequent use in mind. Manufacturers use more robust components that can perform to a higher standard and outlast the standard domestic vacuum cleaner. A full range of parts is also manufactured to allow repairs to be made which can help to extend the life of the product should any faults or damage occur.
Firstly and most importantly if you use a domestic vacuum cleaner for commercial purposes and your machine experiences a manufacturer’s fault you will not be covered under warranty, which could end up costing you a lot of money in the long run. Terms of trade and warranty agreements dictate that when purchasing a domestic use item, it is for domestic use only (i.e. the purpose for which it was manufactured). Anything outside of standard domestic applications is deemed unreasonable use and therefore will not be covered by warranty.
If you take into consideration the fact domestic vacuum cleaners are less durable and therefore more likely to experience technical faults if used commercially, it suddenly becomes an expensive risk to take. On the other hand if you are using a commercial vacuum cleaner in a commercial application (i.e. its intended purpose) and a manufacturers fault occurs, then the machine will be repaired or replaced free of charge.
Spare Parts & Servicing
Manufacturers of commercial vacuum cleaners tend to carry a wide array of spare parts and have an extensive list of service agents. Should your machine ever need service or repair work done, you can rest assured there is a high chance your machine will be back up and running in a short period of time and at minimal cost. Manufacturer’s of Domestic vacuum cleaners operate in a more price sensitive market and so don’t bother with producing a wide range of parts or developing a network of service agents. In the case of a domestic product, if your machine has issues within its warranty period minor repairs will be carried out or a new machine will be supplied. Outside of its warranty period minimal parts are available and you may need to replace the entire machine if parts can’t be sourced.
Cost vs Use Ratio
Many people believe that because domestic vacuum cleaners are cheaper they represent better value for money, this is not always the case.
Many people believe that because domestic vacuum cleaners are cheaper they represent better value for money, this is not always the case. The Cost vs Use Ratio is calculated by taking how much was paid for a machine, divided by the number of times it was used before it died. In most cases the commercial vacuum cleaners work out as more economical as they have a longer product life span and therefore provide you with more use.
While domestic vacuum cleaners come in many shapes and sizes their applications are fairly limited e.g. dry vacuum cleaners, stick vacuum cleaners, vacuum cleaners for pet hair, vacuum cleaners for allergies and bagless vacuum cleaners. Commercial vacuum cleaners on the other hand have been designed to solve specific industry user needs. Commercial vacuum cleaners can cater to everything domestic vacuums cater to as well as more specific needs such as compact hospitality vacuum cleaners, multi-purpose wet and dry vacuum cleaners, anti-bacterial hospital vacuum cleaners, heat resistant vacuum cleaners and much more.
"At the end of the day we recommend you purchase a vacuum cleaner for the purpose you intend to use it for.
At the end of the day we recommend you purchase a vacuum cleaner for the purpose you intend to use it for. Domestic vacuum cleaners absolutely have their place in the world and their list of merits is huge, but it's all about context. By buying the right vacuum cleaner for your needs you will not only improve efficiency and get the job done faster, you protect yourself from warranty issues and save yourself money over the long run. You need to take into account all of the above, the liquidity of your business and what your expectations are for the money you spend. You can by all means use a domestic vacuum cleaner for commercial work, but then you need to adjust your expectations accordingly and be prepared for lower quality performance, a shorter lifespan and for your warranty to be made null and void.
The range of commercial and industrial vacuum cleaners out there can be overwhelming, particularly when you get down to the nitty gritty sciencey nature of it all. Airflow and depression/water lift vary according to whether fine dusts and dense waste is picked up vs large, light and bulky waste. Filtration needs to be carefully considered especially when dealing with fine dusts or hazardous substances. The size of the waste tank should also be taken into account before purchasing, if the tank is too bulky operators may struggle to move freely, if it's too small staff will waste time continually emptying it. The list of factors you need to consider goes on. Not sure which machine is right for your needs? Have a browse through our vacuum cleaner product range to get an idea of what’s available and then get in touch with a member of our sales team. We’ll walk you through the various options and help you find the right vacuum cleaner for the job.