Five key points to choosing a vacuum cleaner

Five key points to choosing a vacuum cleaner

If you’ve been following me on social media, you will know that over last couple of weeks most of our electricals have decided to go on strike. First, there was the lawn mower, then our dishwasher died and now our vacuum cleaner has packed in. On our quest for a new hoover, I have come across a couple of models that I really like. All of them are unplugged cordless vacuum cleaners that look like they could really simplify the mission of keeping a 2.5-storey house dust free, but obviously an unplugged vacuum cleaner isn’t for everyone and you might prefer traditional models.

Whatever your preference though, there are a couple of things you should consider when choosing a vacuum cleaner:

Bag or bagless

I’m a fan of bagless vacuums as I always forget getting vacuum bags in and emptying them is really quick and simple, but and this is a big but, they don’t always perform as good as they competitors with bags. To find out, which option works better for you ask yourself, if the additional cost of vacuum bags bothers you, how important an environmentally friendly option is for you and of course, if you are happy to regularly clean filters and cylinders.


If you are looking for a light weight vacuum cleaner, then a cordless rechargeable vacuum cleaner might be the perfect option for you. They are handy for quick clear-up jobs and easy to handle, if you are cleaning more than one floor and have to manoeuvre stairways. Two points to consider: you will have to recharge your vacuum frequently and might have to make do with less cylinder space.

Upright or cylinder

If cylinder or upright vacuum, the choice is very much down to your personal preference. I’m a cylinder girl as I find them easier to handle and have the feeling that I reach awkward areas around and under furniture without any problems. Upright vacuums however offer more powerful rotating brushes, more suction and therefore great results on carpeted floors.

What’s your flooring?

The type of vacuum cleaner you buy should be determined by the main type of flooring in your house. Wooden surfaces are best cleaned with a cylinder, while cut pile carpets can be cleaned with both a cylinder or upright vacuum that have a power-brush attachment. These attachments however should be avoided completely, if you are cleaning a loop pile carpet as the rotating brushes might ruin the sensitive fibres of your carpet.

What’s your budget?

We all know that you get what you pay for, but according to independent expert and reviewer panel Which there’s no significant increase in quality once you go beyond the price point of £300, so keep that in when making your purchase.

Which hoover do you use and what made you choose it?

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  1. Amanda Mallows says

    I’m looking to buy a new vacuum cleaner and this article has really helped – a very interesting read!

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