Brush up your knowledge of this household workhorse
Vacuum cleaners are arguably one of the most frequently used cleaning tools around the home, so buying the right one does require a bit of thought.
Below you'll find several of the most commonly asked questions - along with suggested models, so you can save time sifting through all the various cleaners currently on the market. Rest assured, we have a solution for all of your vacuuming needs.
What cleaner's best for my car?
Small, light and portable, a handheld vacuum is the best option for this job. Vax H86-GA-B Gator handheld vacuum cleaner is perfect for reaching into nooks and crannies. It's lightweight and cordless, so you can carry it outside, while the built in crevice tools will efficiently pick up dry spills.
I have high ceilings: which one has an extendable hose?
The Bosch BGL3B110GB cylinder vacuum cleaner is ideal for reaching various heights and removing those hard-to-reach cobwebs, thanks to the extra long 7-metre cord. A generous 4-litre dust bag will let you clean more of your home without having to stop and empty it, while the crevice tool is great for getting into corners and along skirting boards.
I have a dog: which is best for removing hairs?
Pet owners rejoice! Dyson have taken this issue into their own hands with the DC50 Animal vacuum cleaner. Featuring Dyson’s most advanced cleaner head technology – engineered for increased dirt pick-up across all floors. The Tangle-free Turbine uses counter-rotating heads with brushes to remove hair from carpets and upholstery, so there's no brush bar for hair to wrap around. Hair and dirt is sucked in from all directions before being released straight into the bin.
For a smaller, compact version the Vax C88-AM-P Air can be easily carried from room to room, while a crevice tool works wonders to remove any stray, lingering hairs. A large 2L capacity ensures there will be less frequent emptying, and as it's bagless, all dust can be emptied away in an instant.
I have an elderly parent: which is a good, lightweight one to recommend?
A lightweight, upright vacuum tends to be best for an elderly person. The AEG AG3012 ErgoRapido vacuum cleaner weighs under 3kg and can run for up to 35 minutes before it needs recharging. The 180° head rotation provides excellent manoeuvrability, meaning the user doesn't have to strain too hard.
The Bosch BCH625KTGB Athlet cordless upright vacuum cleaner is another great option. As it's cordless, long cables don't get in the way or in a tangle.
We have hard flooring and carpets: is there an all-rounder?
The Dyson DC35 multi floor cordless vacuum cleaner is ideal for cleaning floor to ceiling, with a powerful motor that spins up to three times faster than conventional electric motors. Ultra-fine brushes remove even fine dust from hard floors, while stiff nylon bristles agitate carpet pile to dislodge and remove ground-in and stubborn dirt.
If you have a variety of bare floor surfaces in your home this Vax HF86-FM-T Floormate Trio hardfloor cleaner will vacuum, wash and dry sealed hard wood floors for spotless results. Rotating brushes gently wash and scrub sealed hard floors to remove stubborn dirt and stains, so you floors will be left looking like brand new. The HF86-FM-T also comes with a 250ml bottle of Vax Floor to Floor Hard Floor cleaning solution which will give you sparkling results.
I suffer from asthma: is there a good dust-free model?
For allergy sufferers it's important to consider what type of filter is inside the vacuum. Miele C3 Total Solution Allergy PowerLine cylinder vacuum cleaner contains a HEPA 13 filter which can retain up to 99.9% of dust particles from the air. An integrated TimeStrip will let you know when you need to change your filter to ensure you're getting the best performance from your machine.
I hate emptying bags. Which one will last longer?
Any bagless vacuum will do the job here, but one with a larger capacity is even better so you don’t have to empty the canister often either. Samsung VU10F70SHDC Motion Sync Hybrid upright vacuum cleaner features a strong 1000W motor and uses CycloneForce technology to prevent the filter from clogging and maintain its high performance. The large canister is easy to remove and empty without spillage - this way you save money on having to replace bags too.
I don't have many convenient sockets. Is there one with a long lead?
With an 11m operating radius, the Miele Compact C2 Ecoline Plus vacuum cleaner is perfect for those who need to stretch their cleaning further. An alternative, which requires no sockets (only a recharging station), is the ingenious Samsung Powerbot VR9000 vacuum cleaner. Sit back, relax and this helpful machine will do all the hard work for you.
For more help when buying a vacuum cleaner have a look at our buying guide