Ideal for smaller homes stick cleaners are easy to use and generally lighter than other vacuums. They are good for wooden flooring and short carpet. Often stick cleaners are cordless, making them even easier to manoeuvre around the home.
Steam cleaners provide hygienic cleaning using steam. They are highly versatile with the ability to clean a variety of surfaces including; carpets, hard floors, tiles, upholstery, windows and even ovens.
Cable length varies with different vacuum models. If you have a larger house then you should consider opting for a longer length to reduce the times you re-plug your vacuum as you clean through your house
The larger the litre capacity of the vacuum the less often you will need to empty it. Those with larger homes should opt for a larger capacity.
If your home has a lot of stairs or you find vacuuming your home quiet strenuous you should consider a lighter model or perhaps a model with longer tubes and appropriate attachments to avoid lifting the vacuum up the stairs. Cylinder and stick vacuums tend to be the lighter choice.
Vacuum power is measured in wattage, the higher wattage number the better the suction. Wattage needs to be considered more when going for a cylinder model as the dirt has further to travel to reach the bag or canister.
Bagless vacuums collect dust and dirt within a canister which you then empty with no fuss. Bagless vacuums also save you money as you won’t have the additional cost of buying new bags. Bagged vacuums tend to offer a larger capacity for collecting dirt and can be a good choice for asthma and allergy sufferers as they won’t come in to contact with any of the allergens when emptying the vacuum.
Stage filters – Filtering out the dust in stages. A typical vacuum has four stages; a double skinned bag, a filter between the motor and bag and a final filter. Lifetime filters – Lasting the entire lifespan of the vacuum cleaner, without needing to be changed. Generally lasting between seven and ten years. HEPA – The ideal option for allergy sufferers as these filters capture the smallest of dirt particles. Charcoal – Great for pet owners as these filters include an extra charcoal layer that works to neutralise unpleasant odours.
Most vacuums come equipped with accessories to make cleaning easier, certain accessories will suit different homes. When purchasing your vacuum look out for accessories that would benefit your home:
This tool is ideal for collecting dirt from difficult areas such as skirting boards and corners.
Small with bristles this tool is great for collecting dust and dirt from a variety of surfaces such as curtains and blinds.
Perfectly shaped to run smoothly across upholstered areas, effectively picking up dust and dirt gently.
The perfect solution for pet owners this high powered brush is ideal for picking up stubborn pet hair.
Long and slim this tool is ideal for reaching up high, collection cobwebs in celling corners and reaching underneath or behind furniture.
There are numerous vacuum models which have been designed especially for pet owners, these tend to be upright models. They may often have high speed brush bars and a powerful suction. It is also a good idea to look for a vacuum which has a turbo tool accessory as these are perfect for digging deep in to the carpet pile to capture stubborn pet hair.
If the majority of your home has wooden or hard flooring the best options are a cylinder vacuum or a stick vacuum. This is because these models generally do not have heavy beater brushes that can in some cases damage hard flooring. It is in most cases upright models that have beater brushes, however there are numerous upright models which now have a switch to change the brushes to be more appropriate for hard flooring. Steam cleaners are also an excellent option for hard flooring as they hygienically clean the surface with steam and bring out the floors natural sheen.
For homes with a lot of stairs or where the vacuum needs to be lifted frequently cylinder or cordless vacuums may be best suited. These vacuum types are known to be lighter, more compact and easier to transport around the home.
Steam cleaners are highly versatile appliances and can be used on a vast amount of surfaces. From hard flooring and windows to ovens and clothing, you can use the steam cleaner on almost any type of surface you can think of.
Those with bad allergies should opt for a vacuum that has a HEPA filter as they will capture 99% of allergens. Vacuums with bags are also a good choice as you won’t come in to contact with any dust which can happen when emptying a bagless model.