When it comes to vacuum cleaners, it’s often the case that you get what you pay for. So, buying a cheap and cheerful vacuum might seem like a great idea at the time, but it could leave you with disappointing results. Then again, you don’t want to be paying more than you need for an appliance that – ultimately – simply sucks up dirt from the floors. The trick is finding the vacuum that ticks both the effectiveness and value for money boxes. So, which brands do Aussies rate highest in both regards? Our customer ratings have the answer. Let us review the Best Vacuum Cleaner Australia models for you.
Once again, we’ve surveyed more than 1,500 households and sought out their opinions on the vacuum cleaners they’ve purchased and used in the last three years. An emerging theme from our reviews and ratings over the years is that typically the more expensive brands are coming up trumps, with Miele topping the ratings for the third year in a row. That’s a fantastic achievement in a competitive market where we’re even seeing the likes of Kmart and ALDI offering solid alternatives to the big name brands. But Aussies who own a Miele vacuum cleaner are clearly the happiest of the lot. Miele scored five stars for effectiveness, ease of use, value for money, ease of emptying and overall customer satisfaction this year.
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Canstar Blue’s 2019 review of vacuum cleaners saw 10 brands compared, rated in the following order for overall customer satisfaction:
- 1st Miele
- 2nd Dyson
- 3rd LG
- 4th Bosch
- 5th Vax
- 6th Hoover
- 7th Black & Decker
- 8th Electrolux
- 9th Kogan
- 10th Kmart
This year, Dyson, LG, Bosch and Vax achieved four stars overall, with Hoover, Black & Decker, Electrolux, Kogan and Kmart all receiving three stars. Miele was rated best on value for money, followed by Kmart. Dyson was rated best on ease of storage, ahead of Black & Decker and LG, while for battery life, Vax was the pick of the bunch, followed by LG.
These ratings are based on all types of vacuum cleaners – from small handheld vacuums for your car, to large barrel vacuums that specialise in pet hair, plus the latest and greatest handstick vacuum cleaners.
Our review provides a helpful guide as to which vacuum cleaner could be the best bet for your needs and budget. Read on for a little more detail about each brand and what you can get for your money. We’ll also name-drop some other brands that don’t feature in this year’s review but are still worth a mention.
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Miele makes cylinder vacuum cleaners (bagged & bag free models), upright vacuums and even an array of robot vacuum cleaners. Its range comes in a variety of sizes and colours to suit most domestic duties and homes. Miele is not generally known for offering gimmicky features, instead focusing on ‘tried and true’ ingenuity and German engineering, with predictably efficient results.
The Miele 10502220 CX1 Blizzard Cat & Dog Bagless Vacuum Cleaner is specifically targeted at pet owners. It features Vortex technology for powerful cleaning and a maintenance free HEPA AirClean Lifetime filter, said to retain up to 99.95% of allergens and fine dust, according to Miele. Miele’s upright vacuum range starts from around $500 and its cylinder models start at about $330, but some cost closer to $1,000, including Miele’s robot vacuums.
Miele cleaned up the competition in this year’s vacuum review, scoring five stars for overall satisfaction and the majority of other categories, except for ease of use and quietness where it received four stars.
Miele’s latest models include:
- Miele Scout RX2 Home Vision Robot vacuum cleaner: $1,699 (RRP)*
- Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat & Dog Bagless vacuum cleaner: $749 (RRP)*
- Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Bagged Vacuum Cleaner: $749 (RRP)*
- Miele Complete C3 Family All-Rounder Graphite Grey Vacuum cleaner: $549 (RRP)*
- Miele Classic C1 Junior vacuum cleaner: $369 (RRP)*
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A vacuum cleaner specialist, Dyson makes a wide range of barrel, upright, handstick and handheld models. Often, categories are further differentiated by what an individual vacuum is said to specialise in. For example, there are Dyson vacuums for allergies, and pet hair. Its barrel vacuums also boast a ‘no-tip’ feature, by using a clever rolling ball instead of wheels.
Dyson is generally seen as a premium brand, with most models costing in excess of $500, while some cost $1,000 or more! Its latest addition – the Dyson V11 – is boasted for powerful suction power and up to 60 minutes of run time, although comes with a retail price tag of $1,249.
Dyson was rated best for ease of storage, and received four stars for overall satisfaction in this year’s review. It also rated four stars for effectiveness, ease of use, battery life and ease of emptying. However, given its premium prices, Dyson scored just three stars in terms of value for money, plus quietness.
Dyson’s vacuum range includes:
- Dyson V11 Absolute Pro Handstick: $1,249 (RRP)*
- Dyson V11 Absolute Handstick: $1,199 (RRP)*
- Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal+ Handstick: $999 (RRP)*
- Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal+ Barrel Vacuum: $749 (RRP)*
- Dyson V7 Trigger Handheld Vacuum: $299 (RRP)*
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LG specialises in stick and robot vacuums, with a total of 14 models up for grabs at the time of writing. LG’s range focuses on a combination of technical excellence and user friendliness to help make cleaning easy. All units are cordless and battery powered, giving you the freedom of movement.
The LG A9 stick vacuum comes with a dual power pack, which provides up to 40 minutes of run time per battery. It’s boasted for an ergonomic design with a telescopic pipe able to be adjusted to four different lengths as well as its Opti-balanced handle.
Its handstick range isn’t cheap, priced from $699 to $1,899, which might explain why it got just three stars on value for money. However, LG was rated best on battery life, ease of storage and quietness. It received four stars for overall satisfaction as well as ease of use, ease of emptying, plus three stars on effectiveness.
LG’s vacuum range features:
- LG Powerful Robotic Vacuum R9MASTER: $1,899 (RRP)*
- LG Powerful Cordless Handstick A9ULTIMATE: $1,199 (RRP)*
- LG Powerful Cordless Handstick A9ADVANCED: $1,099 (RRP)*
- LG Roboking Turbo Robotic Vacuum VR66800VWP: $849 (RRP)*
- LG Powerful Cordless Handstick A9ESSENTIAL: $799 (RRP)*
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Another brand boasting a reputation for German quality, Bosch provides a range of vacuum cleaners, including cordless stick and cylinder vacuums (bagged & bag free units). Some common features you’ll find in its handstick line up are the All Floor High Power Brush, claimed to deliver a thorough clean, plus SensorBagless Technology, stated to continuously monitor the unit’s airflow.
The Bosch Athlet RuntimePlus stick vacuum is boasted for one the longest runtimes around of up to 75 minutes. Other aspects include Bosch’s Smart Sensor technology, which is stated to monitor airflow rates throughout the vacuum to ensure the suction performance doesn’t drop and an LED indicator to notify if the filters are clogged. All of its vacuums can be had for less than $800, with some of its models being priced as low as $299.
Bosch was rated four stars for overall satisfaction as well as for most other rated variables, except on quietness where it was rated three stars.
Bosch’s range includes:
- Bosch Athlet Ultimate BCH732KAU Cordless Vacuum: $799 (RRP)*
- Bosch Relaxx’x Zoo’o ProAnimal BGS5ZOOOAU Bagless Vacuum: $799 (RRP)*
- Bosch In’Genius Zoo’o ProAnimal BGL8ZOOAU Bagged Vacuum: $649 (RRP)*
- Bosch Readyy’y 2-in-1 BBHL2214AU Cordless Vacuum: $399 (RRP)*
- Bosch Free‘e ProPower BGL3PWERAU Bagged Vacuum: $299 (RRP)*
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Vax is a specialist in vacuum cleaners and floor care. It makes a fairly concise range of upright, cordless, barrel and handheld vacuums. Many upright models are also cordless, affording you the ability to go wherever the mess and pet hair leads you. Many of Vax’s barrel vacuum cleaners feature big wheels, making them hard to tip over, and some also feature extra accessories to help eliminate pet hair. Vax’s range on the whole can be described as simple, yet powerful.
With a retail price tag of about $300, the Vax Dynamo barrel cleaner is designed with ‘Multi-cyclonic’ technology, stated to separate and trap debris in the dust chamber for reliable suction. For a cordless stick vacuum, the Vax Blade 2 Max (VX82), features a number of accessories and has a run time of up to 45 minutes. The 2000W barrel models are available for less than $100, while most other model types are available for less than $300.
Vax was rated best on battery life but got four stars for overall vacuum satisfaction and for most other categories except for quietness, which was rated three stars.
Vax’s line-up includes:
- Vax VX82 Blade 2 Max Cordless Handstick Vacuum Cleaner
- Vax VX54 Dynamo Power Total Home Barrel Vacuum Cleaner
- Vax VX63 Blade Pet Pro Cordless Handstick Vacuum Cleaner
- Vax VX72 Power 7 Pet Barrel Vacuum Cleaner
- Vax VX60 Blade Cordless Handstick Vacuum Cleaner
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The brand that is now also a verb, Hoover makes a huge variety of bagged and bagless vacuums, plus handheld, handstick and robot vacuums. It even makes a range of cordless upright vacuums powered by lithium-ion batteries. For the really serious vacuum cleaner enthusiasts, there is also a backpack vacuum on offer to make it look like you’re operating a jetpack!
The Hoover Ultra-Light stick vacuum is boasted for its motorised powered head, stated to provide an effective clean and offering up to 20 minutes of run time. It features a motorised power head and multi-cyclonic bagless technology. Hoover prices start from about $50 for the most basic handheld varieties, while the premium bagless models cost up to $1,000.
In this year’s review, Hoover rated three stars for overall satisfaction, effectiveness, ease of use, value for money and quietness, with four stars for battery life, ease of emptying and ease of storage.
Hoover’s range features:
- Hoover Regal Premium Bagless Vacuum
- Hoover React Advantage Handstick
- Hoover Quickstick Handstick Vacuum
- Hoover Tornado Bagless Vacuum
- Hoover 12V Car Handvac
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Black & Decker
Black & Decker brings forth several cordless handstick vacuums alongside handheld and barrel vacuums at the cheaper end of the spectrum. There are also a number of vacuums specifically designed for pet owners, such as the Black & Decker 27Wh Lithium-ion Cordless Pet Dustbuster Hand Vacuum, which features a specifically designed motorised pet head with rubber tines.
The Black & Decker 45Wh 2-in-1 Cordless Multi-power Allergy Vacuum is designed for allergy sufferers. It features a Dual HEPA filtration system claimed to trap 99.92% of dust particles, plus a run time of up to 60 minutes with a charging time of 6 hours. It’s also equipped with a battery charge indicator and an LED light to illuminate the floor to help you see where you’ve vacuumed. Black & Decker vacuums can be had for around $100 to $400.
The brand was rated five stars for ease of storage but just three stars for overall satisfaction, ease of use and value for money. However, it earned four stars on effectiveness, battery life, ease of emptying and quietness.
Black & Decker’s range include:
- Black & Decker HVFE2150LB-XE Stick Vacuum
- Black & Decker PD1820L-XE Dustbuster Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
- Black & Decker PV1820L-XE Handheld Vacuum
- Black & Decker FEJ520JFSX-XE 2-in-1 HEPA Pet Stick Vacuum
- Black & Decker VM2040 2000W Compact Bagless Vacuum
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Electrolux makes a wide variety of rechargeable, canister and robotic vacuum cleaners. Most canister models feature powerful motors, as well as specialised areas of expertise, such as pet hair, tough dust, and so on. Also in the range is the ‘Silent Performer’ series, which is claimed to be the quietest series in the Electrolux range. In terms of its rechargeable range, the brand’s 2-in-1 stick models are designed with detachable handheld vacuums, ideal for taking care of small messes.
Its Pure F9 stick vacuum is the latest addition, boasted to combine the performance of a traditional vacuum cleaner with versatility. It provides up to 60 minutes of vacuuming and comes with a 3-in-1 smart tool to help clean all around the home. Models start at about $150 for the handheld varieties and around $250 for the canister vacuums, while the Electrolux PUREi9 Robot vac sits with a retail price tag of about $1,700.
Electrolux was rated three stars for overall vacuum satisfaction in 2019 and the majority of other categories, but scored four stars on effectiveness of clean and ease of use.
Electrolux’s models include:
- Electrolux PI91-5SGM PUREi9 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
- Electrolux Pure F9 Allergy Vacuum Cleaner
- Electrolux ZUS4065OR UltraSilencer Vacuum Cleaner
- Electrolux ZSP4302PP SilentPerformer Cyclonic Animal Bagless Vacuum Cleaner
- Electrolux ZB6114 Rapido Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
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Kogan provides plenty of options in the vacuum department, from cordless stick designs to wet and dry units. There are also robot vacuums on offer, including the R10 that provides up to 60 minutes of working time. It features five cleaning modes, including a mopping function and is stated to have a disinfecting UV lamp and HEPA filters.
Its T8 handstick model is stated to offer up to 30 minutes of vacuuming with a 22V battery. It features a motorised hard floor brush head as well as a roller mop brush head for carpets, in addition to a compact brush head for cleaning upholstery. Prices range from $50 to $300 with its stick vacuums being the most expensive in the range.
Kogan was rated three stars for overall satisfaction, effectiveness, ease of emptying and quietness, with four stars for ease of use, value for money and ease of storage.
Kogan’s range features:
- Kogan R50 LaserSmart Robot Vacuum with Mopping Function: $399.99 (RRP)*
- Kogan C8 Pro Cordless 18.5V Stick Vacuum Cleaner Clean More Combo: $359.99 (RRP)*
- Kogan 2-in-1 Cordless 25V Stick Vacuum Cleaner: $229 (RRP)*
- Kogan T6 Corded 500W Stick Vacuum Cleaner: $179 (RRP)*
- Kogan Mighty 2200W Cyclonic Vacuum Cleaner With Turbo Brush: $89 (RRP)*
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The cheap and cheerful department store specialising in homewares and cheap electronics has a range of vacuums for Aussie consumers to choose from. Kmart has a fairly large range of budget-oriented vacuums, with upright, handheld, bagless barrel and bagged cylinder models currently on offer. It has also branched out into the cordless stick vacuum range, boasting a maximum run time of 25 minutes with its latest addition.
Prices start at just $13 for the wet & dry handheld vac, with most models costing less than $100. Its most expensive vacuum – the cordless stick vacuum with a 6V rechargeable lithium battery – has a price tag of $149. It features a 200W brushless motor and is designed with LED light to help you see under couches and beds. You won’t necessarily sacrifice power with these cheap prices, as many models boast 2000W motors. However, you can’t expect the world, as Kmart vacuums are fairly basic in functionality and light on techy features in comparison to other brands.
Kmart vacuums were rated best on value for money in 2019, but received just three stars for overall satisfaction and all other categories.
Kmart models include:
- Kmart Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner: $149 (RRP)*
- Kmart Cordless Stick Cleaner – Black: $99 (RRP)*
- Kmart 2000W Bagless Vacuum: $47 (RRP)*
- Kmart 2-in-1 Corded Stick Vacuum: $29 (RRP)*
- Kmart Wet & Dry Vacuum Cleaner: $13 (RRP)*
Vacuum Cleaner Buying Guide
A comprehensive guide that will give you all the information you need on how to buy a new vacuum.https://www.youtube.com/embed/BO-4WsRd8oY?rel=0
Deciding on the perfect vacuum for your home can be tricky. There are a lot of styles, functions and high-tech features to choose from. So which one is right for you? This guide has been created to make your vacuum shopping experience as easy as possible. So let’s dive in!.Shop Vacuums
There are a few different types and styles of vacuums that we are going to address in this buying guide. We are sure you will find just the one to fit all of your cleaning needs.
This style of vacuum is going to be the most popular type of vacuum that can be found in many households today. It’s the best go-to vacuum for removing dust and dirt from carpeting, and is able to clean large areas of carpet quickly. They also work well on area rugs and hard floors.However, it is good to note that not all upright vacuums can be used on hard floor surfaces, since doing so might cause damage to some floors and vacuums. If this is an important factor it’s smart to do research on the brand of vacuum you are looking into, to make sure it works well on hard floors too. A brush on/off switch is recommended, as it will help protect the finish on bare floors.Some other things to look for when deciding on your upright vacuum are onboard attachment, bag-less or not, and the weight of the unit. Upright cleaners come in a variety of styles and sizes, each varying in weight. Some uprights include edge cleaning, which picks up dirt under the entire area of the head. This is a helpful feature especially when cleaning wall-to-wall carpeting. Suction control is another useful feature to look at when cleaning draperies and upholstery.Shop Upright Vacuums
Canister Vacuums are portable and easy to use. They are well suited for people who clean a variety of surfaces but are most popular for those who have little carpeting and like to vacuum their hard surfaced floors. They tend to be lighter than other vacuum designs, plus they have a highly maneuverable power head that can reach tight spots with ease.Canister vacuums have the motor and bag in a separate unit, which is usually mounted on wheels to help with maneuvering. The canister itself is connected to the vacuum head by a flexible hose. By using a revolving brush system or brush agitator, it can dislodge dirt particles from the carpet so they can be picked up easily; this comes in handy when picking up things like pet hair. Without a built-in revolving brush, canister vacuums use straight suction to clean. Most canister vacuums have a bag that needs to be replaced, however there are bag-less models available, which eliminates the additional cost of buying dust bags.Bottom line, this style is perfect for vacuuming hard-to-reach spots and furniture; it’s also great for cleaning cars and drapes as well.Shop Canister Vacuums
Handheld & Stick Vacuums
These types of vacuums are the smallest and lightest options available, they are often cordless and operate on batteries. They also offer lots of convenience when it comes to a variety of cleaning tasks around the house.Handheld vacuums are perfect for cleaning closets, vents, blinds, upholstery or car interiors, and made mostly for above-the-floor cleaning. They’re best used for tasks such as cleaning up small spills, getting cobwebs out of corners or vacuuming dirt out of windowsills.Stick vacuums are very similar to upright vacuums. The design is the same, but stick vacuums tend to be a lot lighter in weight and usually do not come with any attachments. If you have a multilevel home, a stick model vacuum is great to keep on the second floor and eliminate the need to carry your main one up and down the stairs. Not to mention, there are certain models out now which have been designed with handheld features, making it easy to clean stairs, ceiling fans and more.Shop Handheld & Stick Vacuums
Robot cleaners are completely hands-free, battery-operated vacuums. They seek out and suck up dirt, debris and dust from carpets and hard surface floors. They are a great choice for light, daily cleanings and extremely popular with pet owners, allergy sufferers, busy households, or just anyone who wants their floors to stay constantly clean.A robot vacuum is self-propelled and programmable, so you don’t have to do any extra work when it comes to vacuuming. These nifty gadgets use sensors to avoid obstacles and stairs, while smart enough to still easily clean underneath furniture. If you’re someone who simply does not have enough time to vacuum regularly, a robot vacuum can help you solve this problem.Shop Robot Vacuums
Commercial & Garage (Wet & Dry) Vacuums
Commercial and garage vacuums are often referred to as shop vacs. They offer extra power when it comes to professional-sized messes. These vacuums are the perfect type when it comes to cleaning up things such as sawdust in basements, dirt and water in garages, or any other mess, wet or dry. Many labor workers use them on job sites as they can handle that kind of debris. To choose the right commercial or garage vacuum, one must think about how they will use it and where it will be stored.Smaller models will be easier to move around, but they will not be able to handle larger messes.Shop Commercial & Garage (Wet & Dry) Vacuums
Carpet cleaners come in a variety of different styles ranging from uprights to portable spot cleaners, even smaller handheld carpet cleaners, all of which are capable of cleaning and disinfecting furniture, drapes or rugs.Even if you vacuum your carpets pretty regularly things such as dirt, pet dander, bacteria and dust mites remain deep in your carpet’s fibers. To fix this issue, carpet cleaners use moisture and heat to loosen the dirt and stains that a regular vacuum can’t suction. Not to mention, they can also disinfect carpets by killing unwanted germs. If you’re looking for a deep clean, a carpet cleaner is your best bet.Steam cleaners have become very popular in recent years because they are considered the healthy and “green” alternative to cleaning. Many steam cleaners look like upright vacuums, they have a large tank that dispenses hot water with a cleaning solution, while another tank holds the dirty water. If you or anyone in your home suffers from allergies and chemical sensitivities, a steam cleaner is a healthy way to deep clean a variety of surfaces without aggravating allergy symptoms. You and your family can live healthier and breath better by using a steam cleaner on a regular basis.Shop Carpet/Steam Cleaners
Central Vacuum Systems
Central vacuum systems are the most durable options available. Although they may be a bit more expensive up front, the lack of maintenance and longer lifespan often make up for the cost and then some. Unlike traditional vacuums, the motor and collector of a central vacuum system is installed into the home, typically in the basement or garage. From there, vacuum piping runs through walls, crawlspaces, or other out of the way areas of the home to floor or wall-mounted inlet valves in a handful of locations around the house. By attaching a hose to these inlets, like those used by canister vacuums, you’re able to vacuum all of the areas of your home without lugging around a heavy canister or upright vac. The hoses are typically 30 feet long, allowing you to vacuum multiple rooms from a single inlet. These systems also offer all the same kinds of attachments you’d find on traditional types of vacuum cleaners, from wands to crevice tools to pet brushes.Installing a central vacuum system offers a number of benefits over traditional models. In addition to their longer lifespan, central vacuum systems also provide far greater suction capabilities when compared to other types of vacuum cleaners. More powerful motors translate to greater cleaning potential, allowing you to pull more particles out of thick carpets or upholstery.
Central vacuum systems are also significantly quieter than their portable counterparts. Without the motor roaring next to you as you clean, the only sound is that of fast-moving air. Additionally, central vacs promote cleaner air quality by extracting and containing dust particles, allergens, and other contaminants, whereas other types of vacuum cleaners can end up releasing their smaller particles back into the air, often when being emptied.There are a handful of qualities to look for when deciding between central vacuum systems. First and foremost, you want to be sure to use a trusted brand. While you may save a few dollars opting for a cheap system, you’ll likely end up paying more in the long run with service calls and/or a shorter lifespan. For the best indicator of suction strength look at the Air Watts specification, with higher numbers signifying stronger suction. You also need to make sure the system offers enough suction to cover every corner of your home. Choosing a model that boasts a coverage area greater than the square footage of your home is a good idea as these numbers are calculated with perfect conditions in mind.Lastly, you’ll need to decide between bag systems, those that use filters, a hybrid of the two, or a cyclonic system.
Bagged systems use a bag inside their collector canister to contain debris. Although they don’t require outside venting, using a vent will reduce noise and odor. Filter systems similarly don’t require venting but benefit from it. These systems use one of a handful of filter types to protect dirt from contaminating clogging the motor, filing a canister or bag that needs to be emptied every three to six months. Cyclonic systems are the only ones that require outside venting. Most of the dirt is captured with the canister with a small percentage of tiny particles venting outdoors. Hybrid systems, those that use filters and bags are a great choice. They help keep the motor running clean and offer an easy to dispose of container for debris.Shop Central Vacuum Systems
Useful Features to Consider
Before settling down and picking a vacuum that will work best for you, take a look as some additional features that may be important or become important long-term:
Bag-less designs probably offer the utmost convenience by allowing you to simply detach the container unit from the vacuum. You can then quickly dispose of any dirt inside, without having to pull out and replace a bag. However, bag designs are still nice because they can usually keep dust contained a lot better, since the bag itself seals the dust away. This prevents any further messes from occurring when cleaning out your vacuum. Not to mention, if allergies are a concern the bag is definitely a smarter choice.
If you have a combination of hard surfaced floors and carpets, or lots of hard floors, a multi-surface vacuum is the best way to go. Multi-surface vacuums allow you to turn the brush roll on and off, so you can avoid scratching your hard floors when transitioning from carpets.
Filters are a must-have for anyone who is sensitive to dust or pet hair, as well as allergic to pollen. HEPA filters are considered to be the best because they remove particles such as dust, dander and allergens from the air. Some vacuum models feature a filter that needs to be replaced regularly, while some have started to include reusable filters that allow you to remove, clean and replace the same filter as necessary. Reusable filters would be the ideal kind to use, as they are a great money-saving option.Shop Vacuums
Vacuum Accessories & Attachments
If you’re looking to do more than just vacuum the floors around your home, you may need to consider certain vacuum accessories and attachments. In order to properly clean drapes, sofas and chairs, dust shelves, and get to all the nooks and cracks in your home, you’ll need the right attachments.A crevice tool is great for cleaning corners and tight spaces. A dusting brush can be used to gently dust shelves and tables, as not to scratch them. An upholstery tool is perfect for vacuuming your furniture without causing any damage. Turbo brushes can offer a deeper clean for longer carpets.
The Main Vacuum Types
There are five primary shapes of vacuum cleaners, each performing a slightly different function, although some combine those forms in order to provide more bang for your buck. Being aware of the expectations you have of your vacuum cleaner can help you more intelligently and decisively pick one of the following.
Handheld vacuums are perfect for getting those painfully hard-to-reach areas that desperately need a cleaning. The most common example for use is in vacuuming cars, since, as the name suggests, this model can be held in only one hand. Its versatility makes it a dream for suctioning up dirt and debris in a variety of tight places, but it would not serve well for general flooring cleaning, which would take a long time to clean with a handheld. This type of vacuum cleaner comes in all sorts of different forms with equally different price tags.
Canister vacuum cleaners are a happy medium between the upright model and the stick model. They are powerful like the upright cleaners, but feature a slender frame, like the stick cleaners. In this case, a separate canister is attached to a long wand which can be used to maintain not only carpeted areas but also bare flooring as well. This style of vacuum cleaner tends to be one of the most expensive options, given its technologically-forward and multi-functional design.
These cleaners are perhaps the most popular and sought-after forms of vacuum cleaners. When you imagine a vacuum cleaner or see one advertised in media, the image you picture is probably that of an upright machine. These models provide the most powerful clean-up for your house, and offer the comforting benefit of usually easy-to-understand functions and accessories, since most people have used an upright vacuum cleaner at least once in their lifetime. Most models provide settings that allow these vacuum cleaners to be used not only on carpeted surfaces but also bare floors.
While perhaps the least powerful of the vacuum models, stick vacuums have a knack for getting into narrow places and doing a tremendous job on hardwood floors, area rugs and light carpeting. This type of vacuum features a long stick-like handle and a slender construction. The slimness of this model makes it a perfect addition to any closet space, as it tucks neatly into most corners after its purpose has been served.
5. Autonomous / Robot
Robot vacuum cleaners have gained a lot of popularity in recent years, mainly due to the fact that they require little effort on your end. These vacuums are able to roam freely around your home, sucking up any small mess in its way. They not only save you time, but they are also able to reach places that larger vacuums wouldn’t be able to, such as under the couch. One main drawback of robot vacuums is that they typically come at a steep price.
Location, Location, Location
Do you have primarily hardwood floors throughout your house? Are these floors covered with area rugs, or are they bare? Is your home filled with wall-to-wall carpeting? These are considerations you must make before taking the leap and purchasing your very own vacuum cleaner.
If you have bare floors, you’re better off with models that provide a number of attachments and which don’t have quite as much heft as some of the others. Using a regular upright vacuum on flooring like hardwood poses a number of problems, which includes scratching your smooth and coveted floors and being counterproductive by scattering debris across their surfaces. Some upright vacuums do provide settings that function better on non-carpeted areas, but for the most part your best bet would be with a model like the canister vacuum, which can also take care of your area rugs if you have any. These vacuums usually come with a bare-floor brush, which makes keeping your floors squeaky clean and scratch-free a piece of cake.
On the other hand, if you have wall-to-wall carpeting, it’s definitely worth considering a model with different advantages than a vacuum cleaner suited for hardwood flooring and tiling. You won’t need to worry about scratching the surface of your carpet, and in fact, you’ll want something powerful that pulls up all the lingering debris from the carpet strands. In this instance, an upright cleaner is a great way to go. There are all sorts of extra conveniences that upright vacuums have recently come out with, including a dirt sensor which makes sure you get that last speck of grime.
Know the layout of your flooring and what sorts of surfaces you’ll be dealing with to ensure your needs will be met with your new vacuum cleaner.
To Bag or Not To Bag
The general consensus is that, whether you have a bagged vacuum or a bagless vacuum, your house will be clean either way (as long as you keep using it). However, there are a few small differences that may make or break your decision to buy one or the other.
If you or any of your family members are sensitive to allergens or have asthma, the bagged vacuum is probably more for you. Dust exposure is minimized when the bag is emptied and most bags are guaranteed to trap all but .03% of the dust and pollen in your carpeting. You do have to replace the bags on a regular basis, although these are typically available at most supermarkets.
If you are environmentally-minded and prefer to not have to deal with replacing bags, the bagless vacuum is more for you. These vacuums usually have a see-through canister which gives you perfect access to seeing how full the vacuum is, which can help you determine when you need to empty it out.