Other Points to Consider
Now that you know the ins and outs involved in choosing a vacuum cleaner, you’re nearly there. The last thing to consider is whether or not it’s going to suit your home and family. You can have all the features in the world, but if the cable won’t stretch the length of your living room, or if it’s no good at picking up hair from your beloved pooch, then it’s not right for you.
The size of your floorspace should have a significant impact on your choice of vacuum cleaner.
Uprights generally have wide cleaning heads, which cover a large expanse in one motion. This makes them ideal for bigger homes.
Some people find cylinder vacuums more difficult to use, since they need to be pulled along behind you. This means they’re more suited to smaller houses, where the distance you’ll need to cover is kept to a minimum. They are, however, especially useful for cleaning under low furniture.
Cylinder vacuums are more suited to smaller houses where the distance you’ll need to cover is kept to a minimum.
Cordless vacuums sometimes have a limited battery life of 20 minutes or less. Make sure this is long enough to clean all of your rooms in a single session.
If you have a larger house, you’ll pick up more dust and dirt. It makes sense, then, to choose a model with a generous bag or container capacity of at least four litres. In big rooms, a longer cable of around 10 m will come in particularly handy.
Hard floors and carpets have different cleaning requirements. Cylinder vacuums glide over wooden, tiled, and vinyl flooring with ease, but might need a turbo brush attachment for cut pile carpets.
Uprights are perfect for pile carpets, and can clean hard floors relatively well, but, you’ll need to use an attachment without a roller to prevent damaging loop pile carpets.
If your home has a mix of flooring types, an upright model with an automatic height adjust feature will let you move from room to room without stopping.
More power, and, more importantly, stronger suction, will come in useful for getting in between carpet fibres. Most vacuum cleaners have variable power levels, which can come in handy for switching between different floor coverings, rugs, and upholstery.
More power and stronger suction will come in useful for getting in between carpet fibres.
If you have steep stairs, or someone in your household is less able bodied, the weight of your vacuum cleaner will be particularly important. Stay away from cylinder designs, as they need lifting more often, and perhaps look towards a lightweight model.
Living With Allergy Sufferers
Whether it’s pets, pollen, dust mites, or asthma, allergy sufferers need to take extra care when it comes to keeping their home hygienic. HEPA and S-Class filters are proven to remove up to 99.97% of allergens.
Living With Pets
Even if your pets don’t trigger an allergic reaction, their hair can be a real pain to clean. You’ll need a vacuum with a beater brush (or a turbo tool attachment) to keep everything spick and span. Some models are specifically designed for pet owners.
If you find yourself struggling to vacuum as often as you’d like, some designs make quick mid-week freshen ups much easier. Look for a grab-and-go cordless design, or a robot vacuum which you can leave to it.
Think about how you can get the most out of your new vacuum cleaner.
If you don’t have a handheld vacuum, special tools can help you cover a wider range of surfaces with your regular cleaner. A dusting brush can be used to clean book shelves, while upholstery tools will help you freshen up curtains and mattresses. A crevice nozzle is perfect for cleaning in between stairs, reaching cobwebs from the corners of a room, or removing the thick dust from behind the radiators. Think about how you can get the most out of your new vacuum cleaner.