Buying guides



You know it's time for a new vacuum cleaner, but which one? In this guide, we'll help you decide.


Cylinder cleaners

If you...

  • Need to clean hard floors, stairs or upholstery
  • Have a smaller home

Then consider a cylinder vacuum because...

  • They’re small, light and easy to store
  • Offer good suction, especially on upholstery
An example of a cylinder vacuum cleaner

Upright cleaners

If you...

  • Live in a home with large areas of carpet
  • Prefer not to bend as you vacuum
  • Want something more mobile

Then consider an upright vacuum because…

  • As well as suction power, upright cleaners have revolving, belt-driven brushes that help to loosen and sweep up ingrained dirt
An example of n upright vacuum cleaner

Cordless upright cleaners

If you...

  • Live in a home with several levels
  • Want something light and easy to lift
  • Live in a home with fewer plug sockets

Then consider a cordless upright cleaner (also known as a stick cleaner) because…

  • They allow you to move freely without wires
  • Each charge gives you about 30 - 40 minutes cleaning time
An example of a cordless upright cleaner

Cordless handheld cleaners

If you…

  • Want to clean the car, stairs or upholstery
  • Need something light and compact
  • Have pets or need to vacuum more regularly

The consider a cordless handheld cleaner.

An example of a cordless handheld cleaner

Steam cleaners

If you...

  • Need to clean rather than vacuum
  • Want to clean hard floors, windows and upholstery
  • Want something that’s kind to the environment

Then consider a steam cleaner because…

  • They work on most surfaces
  • Some models heat up in less than 30 seconds
  • They don't use detergent and rely purely on steam
An example of a steam cleaner

Carpet washers

If you…

  • Want to give your carpet a really deep clean
  • Want to prolong the life of your carpet
  • Want to clean upholstery

Then consider a carpet washer because…

  • They’re capable of removing dirt and debris that your vacuum can't
  • Leave carpets like new
An example of a steam cleaner

Robot cleaners

If you…

  • Want to avoid the hassle of vacuuming
  • Live in a larger home
  • Want to save time

Then consider a robot cleaner because…

  • They use an intelligent navigation systems to move around your home and detect dirt
  • You can set up your robot to clean at pre-set times
  • It charges itself
An example of a robot cleaner




  • Usually cheaper than bagless models

  • Often come with self-sealing bags for easier disposal

  • Often have higher capacity


example of a bagged vacuum cleaner



  • Easier to clean and empty

  • Tackles pet hair


  • May be more expensive upfront

  • May not be suitable for allergy sufferers

an example of a bagless cleaner


All cleaners have some form of filtration system:

examples of cleaner filters

Stage filter
Vary between 3 and 7 stages.

Lifetime filter
No need to change the filter during the lifetime of the machine – normally 7-10 years

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air)
Also known as S-Class, these retain even the smallest of allergy-causing particles. Look out for machines approved by the British Allergy Foundation.

Charcoal filter
Removes any nasty smells. Particularly suitable if you have pets.


Spotless surfaces call for the right tools. Most cleaners come with a range of attachments.

Crevice Tool


A skinny tool
with an angled tip.

Great for:

Tight spots
Skirting boards
Between sofa cushions

Upholstery Brush


A wide tool
with a lint strip

Great for:


Dusting Brush

dusting brush

Round brush
with soft bristles

Great for:

Window sills

Extendable tube

For hard-to-reach areas and high ceilings

Turbo Brush

Often powered separately, for extra suction on cut pile carpets and pet hair

Horsehair/parquet brush

For wooden or tiled floors

Steam mops

Often include washable mop pads, which can be replaced or popped into the washing machine


In order to reduce energy costs, EU law requires all vacuums to feature an energy label.

Since 1 September 2017, the energy label now includes:

  • A new maximum power level of  900W

  • A maximum noise level of 80dB

  • Ratings ranging from A+++ through to G

  • Test how resistant the flexible hose is to splitting or breaking

  • How well the motor stands up to repeated use


What are my delivery options?

Standard Delivery

Standard delivery is free for orders over £50, or £3.50 if you spend less. This can be as little as 3 working days, but you’ll be offered delivery slots at checkout.

Click & Collect

Click & collect is free for orders of £30 and over, or £2 if you spend less

Delivery by our approved supplier

Delivery by our approved supplier means the rug will be delivered directly by the manufacturer, or their chosen courier, and they will arrange delivery with you.

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  • Snip off any pills with scissors
  • Vacuum frequently to prevent shedding and shading
  • Use a humidifier or putting pot plants in water trays to avoid static
  • Leave natural carpets unrolled and left to lie flat for at least 48 hours


  • Use beater brushes on loop pile carpets. Use the suction head only


All electrical products you buy from us are guaranteed for a minimum of 2 years, at no extra cost.