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Choosing the Right Vacuum Cleaner

A good vacuum cleaner can make all the difference to the ambience of your home.

But there are few things more annoying than a vacuum cleaner that fails to work properly, easily making a mildly annoying activity become a laborious, time consuming chore.

Follow our guide to finding the right vacuum cleaner.

Choosing the right vacuum cleaner is more complicated than you may initially think, as there are so many new models on the market, all tailored to different types of flooring and shapes of room.

Style of Vacuum Cleaner

There are various styles of vacuum cleaners ranging from the standard upright model to specialist cylinder models, as well as custom models such as steam cleaners for heavy cleaning duties.

Lightweight vacuum cleaners are a popular choice as they are easy to carry around and manoeuvre around the house.  The suction should be as good as a larger vacuum cleaner and it should be able to pick up the dirt around your house. A good tip is to make sure this is adequate because some lack power.

A more cost effective option is a bagless vacuum cleaner as this will save you from having to purchase bags – and they are also more environmentally friendly.  These models have a plastic tube which can be detached so you can empty the contents when they become full.

There are also cordless vacuum cleaners on the market which do make hoovering easier, especially if you have a large area to cover where you need to keep unplugging the vacuum and moving it around.

The POLTI LECOASPIRA ANIMALSTEAM CLEANER is a good solid steam model vacuum cleaner.  It has a 1.2 litre capacity, 2300W power, can generate 120 degree steam and includes combined technology for variable cleaning needs.


The size of the vacuum cleaner you may require will depend on two factors: whether you have limited storage space to keep it when it is not in use; and how much carpet you need to clean.

If you have a lot of carpet running through the whole of your house, and it gets dirty quickly then the vacuum cleaner bag will need to be relatively large to accommodate fluff and dirt.

If it is too small you will have to empty it more often, which can make the chore longer than it needs to be.

A NUMATIC HET-200-22BAGGED CYLINDER CLEANER is a small, yet powerful model which is easy to store in even the smallest of cupboards.  It has 1200 watts of power, a 2.4m hose length to get into every nook and cranny, and a cord length of 10m.

Type of Carpet

If you just have one type of carpet running through your house then this makes choosing a vacuum cleaner easier.

However, if for example, your house has wooden floors in some rooms, carpet in another, you may require a vacuum that has a special function to clean wood, as some vacuum cleaners may ruin these types of floor.

Another option is to get one vacuum for one type of floor and one for the other, however this will probably work out more expensive and there are many vacuums currently on the market that can accommodate both.

For something extra special the VAX V-124HEATED CARPET WASHER is an excellent choice to rid those lingering pet hairs.

It features 3.7 litres of clean water capacity, 3.3 litres dirty water capacity, with an upholstery and stair tool with a hose.

Attachments and Extras

Attachments and extras can be beneficial for cleaning those hard to reach areas such as on top of cupboards, around skirting boards and on staircases.

However, if you have a relatively square piece of carpet that you require the vacuum cleaner for, then it is unlikely you will need these attachments.

Ensure you do not end up paying for items you do not need as they are usually embedded into the overall cost.


While you will want to get the best model for your budget, if you go too cheap, you may end up with a vacuum that underperforms and really ‘sucks’ –  but in a bad way!

Investigate how much the average vacuum cleaner costs and work your budget out around that, as a cheaper one may not last as long, meaning you will have to replace it sooner, which would cost more in the long run.

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