Our review of vacuum cleaners takes the hassle out of choosing a machine, whether you want a cylinder, upright, bagged or bagless vacuum cleaner.
If you're looking for a new vacuum cleaner, the number of options can feel bewildering. Prices range from about £50 to more than £400, and you can choose between upright or cylinder (sometimes known as canister), bagged or bagless – plus specialist vacuum cleaners to help you cope with floorboards, pet hair, or allergy problems.
Below, we explain more about the features of vacuum cleaners.
Bagged vs bagless vacuum cleaners
There's no link to cleaning ability, so deciding between bagged and bagless vacuum cleaners is largely a question of preference.
One of the obvious advantages of a bagless vac is you don't have to buy replacement dust bags. This saves pennies and earns you some environmental brownie points.
However, emptying the dust container can be messy and it's easy to spill dust – a big problem for allergy sufferers.