powerful vacuum cleaner

Whether you’re looking for a super-powered full-sized vacuum cleaner or a cordless handheld model that you can take from the kitchen to the car, there are plenty of great models to choose from. Here we’ll explain the key features to look out for, and provide quick summaries of our in-depth reviews to help you choose the best powerful vacuum cleaner, best vacuum cleaner under 100 and best lightweight vacuum cleaner for elderly for you.

best vacuum cleaner under 100

OUR PICK OF THE BEST powerful vacuum cleaner

1. DYSON BIG BALL ANIMAL 2 VACUUM CLEANER

SPECIFICATIONS

Best for: All-rounderType: CylinderBagless?: YesCordless?: NoWeight: 7.9kgCapacity: 1.5ltrs

REASONS TO BUY

+Powerful removal of dust and pet hair+Easy to move, use and empty+Great on all surfaces including hard flooring

REASONS TO AVOID

-Quite rigorous carpet cleaning might make it hard work for someToday’s Best DealsCHECK AMAZON

For a large house with a few pets, this Dyson vacuum cleaner is simply the best vacuum you can buy. Its clever brush heads pick up all the hair our furry friends leave behind, without getting tangled up, and the motorised brush bar gets out stubborn dirt from muddy paws. 

Unbeatable suction

This cylinder model from Dyson is a firm favourite with anyone who wants a quick but highly effective clean. The pneumatic cleaner head automatically adjusts to different floor types for the most efficient clean we have seen. The vacuum is preset to easy mode with a max mode for extra stubborn dirt, but our reviewer found the easy mode was more than enough – in fact, the suction was so good that it did take a little bit more of a push over carpets. However it brought carpets up looking good as new, so you can’t complain too much about a bit of additional effort.

Great range of attachments

Stairs and furniture are easily cleaned with the right attachments. Rotating heads pick all manner of fluff and debris from surfaces and it has a turbine head for finer dust which is great for hard floors. The generous hose makes it easy to reach every nook and cranny.

Manoeuvrability

Dyson’s signature ball makes this vac very easy to move. Although it is not the lightest, the compact design means it can be carried with ease – even up and down stairs which can be tough with a cylinder vacuum. 

Real Homes rating 5 out of 5 stars

  • Buy the Dyson Big Ball Animal 2
Vax Blade 4

2. VAX ONEPWR BLADE 4 CORDLESS VACUUM CLEANER

SPECIFICATIONS

Best for: CordlessType: StickBagless?: YesCordless?: YesWeight: 3.1kgCapacity: 0.6ltrs

REASONS TO BUY

+Light and easy to move around+Great for pet owners+Works well on all floors+Gets right under the furniture+Handy for the car

REASONS TO AVOID

-A full set of tools could cost you extraToday’s Best DealsCHECK AMAZON

This cordless vacuum gets our vote for the best cordless vacuum, so we’ve awarded it with our big yellow Real Homes Love badge.

It has almost three times more suction power than any of their other cordless vacuums – it lifted everything it was faced with, even mud, when our reviewer put it to the test! 

Supreme clean

Ideal for those with pets or anyone who regularly finds hair scattered around the house, it has a special head designed to pick up every bit of dirt including leaves, bits of small paper and big crumbs. This model also have DustTracker LEDs so you can easily see what else needs a clean.

Quick and easy vacuuming

The floorhead of the Blade 4 easily rotates which means that  getting it exactly where you want it to go to is never a struggle. It’s also low enough to glide under furniture, and light enough to carry up and down the stairs. The handheld doesn’t drop is power, nor is it heavy either: it weighs just 2kg.

Cordless pro

It does the job and more, and only needs three hours to charge, after which it will run for 45 minutes. As with slightly older Vax models, additional batteries can be bought which is great if you need a longer run-time. In our opinion, this is the best cordless vacuum cleaner you can buy right now. 

Real Homes rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Buy the Vax ONEPWR Blade 4
Dyson v11 best vacuum cleaners

3. DYSON V11 ABSOLUTE CORDLESS VACUUM CLEANER

SPECIFICATIONS

Best for: Lightweight powerType: StickBagless?: YesCordless?: YesWeight: 2.97kgCapacity: 0.76ltrs

REASONS TO BUY

+Incredible power+Long running time+Easy to manoeuvre +Notifies you when it needs to be emptied

REASONS TO AVOID

-Expensive-Takes a while to charge-Not the lightestToday’s Best DealsCHECK AMAZON

This is our favourite Dyson cordless vacuum cleaner, and it scored five stars in our vacuum cleaner review, but it has narrowly missed out on our top spot for the best cordless vacuum cleaner because of that steep price tag.

It has twice the suction of the others, easily power around the whole home on a full charge and, with a long running time, won’t need recharging until you’ve finished the job.

Supreme clean

As well as high suction, the filter captures allergens with ease offering as thorough a clean as much larger vacuums. It has a good range of attachments and is well designed for the car or spot cleaning – thanks to its ability to transform into a handheld, compact vacuum – so you could happily have it as the only vac for a small household, or a portable back-up in larger homes. It will hit the floor running for up to 60 minutes, so as long as you have time to charge it (4.5 hours a pop), and its nifty LCD screen will let you know just how much running time you have left so you’re not left out on a limb.

Lightweight

Whether you have a lot of stairs or mobility issues, this vacuum is suitably lightweight. Despite it being lightweight, the power, battery and dust capacity have not been compromised. The style also means it will clean all those high up corners and crevices with little fuss.

Max power

It is great in standard mode, but you will need to switch it to max power for tougher jobs. This gives it super suction but does result in a couple of drawbacks. Firstly, it cleans so well you find yourself emptying the bin and cleaning the filter very regularly. Secondly, max power does decrease the battery life so you can only use it in short bursts. This isn’t a problem if you keep on top of grime every couple of days, but if you are more of a fortnightly/monthly deep clean kind of person, you probably shouldn’t get a cordless.

Real Homes rating 5 out of 5 stars

  • Buy the Dyson V11 Absolute
Best vacuum Shark: Shark Powered Lift Away vacuum cleaner

4. SHARK DUOCLEAN CORDLESS UPRIGHT WITH POWERED LIFT-AWAY AND TRUEPET

SPECIFICATIONS

Best for: Upright fans in a cordless worldType: Upright styleBagless?: YesCordless?: YesWeight: 5.7kgCapacity: 0.6ltrs

REASONS TO BUY

+50-minute battery life+Versatile cleaning styles+Floor illumination+Battery can be charged separately

REASONS TO AVOID

-Long hair can get tangled-There are lighter cordless modelsToday’s Best DealsCHECK AMAZON

If you want the freedom of a cordless vacuum with the power and style of your old upright, then this Shark vacuum cleaner is for you.

A new breed of cordless

Most cordless vacuums come in stick format which some people find a little hard to get used to. They might be much lighter than your average vacuum, but you essentially have to carry them like a massive handheld. If you prefer an upright – something you can push – then this will really suit you. It can also be unclipped and, as the name suggests, you lift away the dust canister for use on stairs or those hard to reach places.

The style does make the unit heavier than most cordless vacuum cleaners, but it is at its heaviest when you have it in upright mode in which case you would be pushing it anyway.

Power and charging

The battery life is on the generous side for a cordless at 50 minutes. This gives you plenty of time to whizz around and you can buy a spare battery to charge while the other is in use. The power is impressive and it is surprisingly quiet.

Dust and hair busting

It also comes with a great range of tools and has a button to adapt from hard flooring to carpet. And as the name suggests, it is designed to work well on pet hair, either with the main foot, or the attachments. Our reviewer noted that longer hair did get tangled in the brush, but it can be easily removed.

Using the boost button does shorten battery time, but for keeping on top of dirt and fluff every couple of days, this won’t be a problem. Just make sure you have a second battery charged for a deep clean. It has a light too that is great for illuminating pesky dust particles.

Real Homes rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Buy the Shark DuoClean cordless upright with Powered Lift-Away and TruePet
Best vacuum on a budget: Henry (NUMATIC HVR200-11)

5. HENRY (NUMATIC HVR200-11) VACUUM CLEANER

SPECIFICATIONS

Best for: BudgetsType: CylinderBagless?: NoCordless?: NoWeight: 8kgCapacity: 9ltrs

REASONS TO BUY

+Budget-friendly+Surprisingly powerful

REASONS TO AVOID

-A little heavy and cumbersomeToday’s Best DealsCHECK AMAZON

This vacuum cleaner is a real classic, and it’s not hard to see why. If you’re looking for the best vacuum on a budget, we recommend the Henry.

So user friendly

With specs like 620W or 1000W of power and a hefty 6 litre capacity, Henry is ever the under-rated wonder. Perfect for those who want a simple vacuum that just works and works well, it’s a name you can trust to have your cleaning done in no time. 

Expert cleaning on a budget

There is a reason Henry and his Numatic family are so widely used by professional cleaners. They can clean for hours and hours before they need emptying, and the bags are easy to fit and empty. The range or attachments is good too, so he’s an all-round brilliant buy for homeowners on a budget. Quite a few of the Real Homes team have a Henry as a second vac for the really tough jobs. Think renovation dust, giving the car a deep clean after a muddy dog walk, or filthy carpets. If you have the room, he is a great back up for the nasty jobs.

Quality

While we wouldn’t necessarily recommend him for those with mobility issues, as he can be a bit heavy to lug around, Henry is certainly built to last. This is a vac that will stand up to everything life throws at it and if you do a lot of DIY and need a heavy-duty buddy for dust busting, he’s your man.

Prefer another Henry? We have more on our Henry vacuum 2020 guide who could fit into your lifestyle just fine.

  • Buy the Henry vacuum cleaner
best vacuum cleaner: Dyson V7 Absolute

6. DYSON V7 ABSOLUTE CORDLESS VACUUM CLEANER

SPECIFICATIONS

Best for: Reaching under furnitureType: StickBagless?: YesCordless?: YesWeight: 2.321kgCapacity: 0.54kg

REASONS TO BUY

+Effective results all round the home+Plenty of attachments+Easy bin emptying

REASONS TO AVOID

-30 minutes cleaning time may not be sufficeToday’s Best DealsCHECK AMAZON

If you’re looking for a lightweight stick vac then the Dyson V7 could fit the bill very nicely indeed.

Tools and attachments

The Dyson V7 Absolute comes with a suite of attachments, including the newest attachment: the reach under tool. This creates an angle that allows the floorhead to reach far back underneath the furniture with less bending down on your part than is normally involved when you want to zap the dustballs that have found themselves a home under the sofa or bed. Very handy.

Other attachments is the mini-motorized tool, soft dusting brush, crevice tool and a combination tool.

Debris removal

Our reviewer found that this vac did a FAB job at lifting dirt and dust, and even pet hair, from carpets and hard flooring. One thing to bare in mind though is that the battery life was dramatically reduced using the max mode on the more stubborn of things to vacuum away.

Anything else?

Sure it’s not the cheapest cordless stick out there, and it may lack the extra features and running times of the top models, but it’s still a powerful vac which is easy to store and delivers impressive cleaning results.

Real Homes rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Buy the Dyson V7 Absolute cordless vacuum cleaner
Samsung POWERStick Jet cordless vacuum cleaner

7. SAMSUNG POWERSTICK JET CORDLESS VACUUM CLEANER

SPECIFICATIONS

Best for: Cordless cleaningType: Cordless stickBagless?: YesCordless?: YesWeight: 2.8kgCapacity: 0.5ltrs

REASONS TO BUY

+Quiet+Powerful suction+Plenty of tools including mop head attachments+Converts easily to a handheld vacuum

REASONS TO AVOID

-Cost-Need space by socket for charging stationToday’s Best DealsCHECK AMAZON

If you’re looking for a cordless vacuum cleaner that can stand up to any corded model, and budget allows, this Samsung vacuum is for you. It’s the latest cordless offering from Samsung can also be bought with spinning floor sweepers for an extra £50.

Alarmingly powerful and quiet

Yes, our reviewer said the suction on this was ‘alarmingly’ powerful as it sucked up dust and hair from a recently vacuumed floor that the model before had missed. It excelled on carpet where it got right into deep pile. The turbo action brush lifts every last speck of dirt and despite the power, the Samsung POWERstick Jet is surprisingly quiet (even cats are unperturbed by the noise).

Battery life

The digital display shows the power with mid, max and the minus option – this is used to reduce power for delicate cleaning. On mid power the battery lasts 30 minutes comfortably, but the battery has an hour of life when used in combination with the lower power mode. Later this year, Samsung will be making the battery available to buy separately so you can have one charged and ready to go when the other one runs out. This will make this model a viable replacement to corded vacuums for larger homes as you will be guaranteed more cleaning time.

Very easy to move, carry and use

Some people find cordless vacs a little tricky to get used to, especially if the suction is so great that it makes the foot hard to sweep over the floor. This is not the case with this model, which moves with ease – despite its strong suction. It is of average weight for a cordless vacuum with the weight towards the head, but what is really smart with this model is the telescopic pipe that can be adjusted for the user’s height. It can also be converted into a handheld which is perfect for tackling stairs, furniture and high areas.

Emptying the dust tank is a doddle. It is bagless so just detach the tank, empty over a bin, and you can even rinse it under the tap if you like. The five-layer HEPA filter means this vacuum is even suitable for homes with allergy sufferers.

Versatile tool kit – including pads for mopping and charging stand

The attachment selection is just what you need, but it comes with the added bonus of a wet brush for mopping floors. This can be used with reusable, multi-use pads for cleaning hard floors. For £50 more you can get the Samsung POWERstick Jet with spinning sweeper for buffing hard floors. With the standard model you get a combination tool, crevice tool and a mini motorised tool. There is a flexi hose too for reaching awkward spaces.

The Z Station is the POWERstick’s charging stand. It keeps your cordless tidy and upright – along with all the tools – as it charges. It is very handy but unless you have a utility room or a large cupboard with a socket inside, you will find the charging station ends up in a kitchen or hallway as it charges.

Real Homes rating 5 out of 5 stars

  • Buy the Samsung POWERstick Jet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
best cordless vacuum: Miele Triflex HX1 Pro Cordless Vacuum

8. MIELE TRIFLEX HX1 PRO CORDLESS VACUUM

SPECIFICATIONS

Best for: Busy family homesType: StickBagless?: YesBattery life: Up to 120 minutesCharging time: 4 hoursCapacity: 0.5ltrsNoise: 80dBWeight: 4kg

REASONS TO BUY

+Flexible design+Battery life+Epic suction

REASONS TO AVOID

-Heavy-Fiddly to emptyToday’s Best DealsCHECK AMAZON

This vacuum cleaner is the first (ever) cordless vacuum from Miele… If you are looking for a powerful cordless which has an incredible suction and epic battery life, then this is the vacuum cleaner for you.

What’s it good at?

This cordless vac has a3-in-1 design which will solve multiple cleaning conundrums around the home. It has three cleaning modes: compact, range and comfort, which can reach high and low to give you a result to be proud of.

It does a fab job when cleaning carpets, and our reviewer found that it worked well when tackling dust, feathers, dog (and human) hairs, too. This vac even has an automatic detection when you glide over different floor types, so it adjusts its suction accordingly.

What do we like about it?

What we like about this vacuum cleaner is that, like the Dyson, it has incredible suction power, and is achieved without sacrificing battery life. And it’s this battery life, with a run-time of up to 120 minutes, which rivals the high-end vacuum cleaners  on our list so we feel it is very well suited to large, busy family homes.

What else?

The Triflex HX1 Pro comes with three attachments; a crevice nozzle, dusting nozzle and upholstery brush, all with a home on the wall mounting unit, which covers all cleaning bases.

What don’t we like?

Although it is not the smallest capacity on our vacuum cleaner comparison, for the run-time the 0.5L the dust cylinder is annoyingly small and needs emptying far too often. The emptying action is easy enough, though, if a little stiff so if you don’t mind frequently emptying the cylinder then you’ll have no other quibbles.

Real Homes rating 4 out of 5 stars

  • Buy the Miele Triflex HX1 Pro Cordless Vacuum
Best vacuum for pet hair: Dyson Ball Animal 2 vacuum cleaner

9. DYSON BALL ANIMAL 2 VACUUM CLEANER

SPECIFICATIONS

Best for: All-rounderType: UprightBagless?: YesCordless?: NoCapacity: 1.8ltrsNoise: 80dBWeight: 7.34kg

REASONS TO BUY

+Powerful suction so great on carpet and hard flooring+Ball makes it easy to move+Long cord

REASONS TO AVOID

-Can be noisy-It isn’t the lightest to moveToday’s Best DealsUS$441VIEW AT AMAZONUS$505.99View at AmazonSee all prices (3 found)

This Dyson vac has clever brush heads which pick up all the hair our furry friends leave behind, without getting tangled up, and the motorised brush bar gets out stubborn dirt from muddy paws. Expect cleaning power comparable to the Dyson Big Ball Animal 2 above, but in an upright package instead of cylinder.

Powerful suction

This vacuum cleaner is a great all-rounder that delivers on hard flooring, carpet and stairs with ease. Our reviewer found it handled both normal and deep pile carpet, but did mention that the strength of the suction can make it an effort to push.

This vac handles mud and light debris without scattering it around, leading to a quick and thorough clean where muddy paws have been.

Tools

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 comes with a two-in-one tool for dust and cobwebs, a stair tool and a turbine tool that is tangle-free – perfect for handling all types of pet hair. The latter will help get fur (and other debris) off upholstery, too. 

Ease of use

The cleaner head reaches right to the edges of the room. It is also low profile so it fits under furniture with ease. Its telltale ball means you can manoeuvre around obstacles with ease and the generous cord (over 10m) speeds up the process as you do not need to keep moving the plug to different sockets. The handle allows for ease of use in high corners and makes cleaning the stairs an easy job.

Real Homes rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Buy the Dyson Ball Animal 2
Best bagless vacuum cleaner for Miele lovers: Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat&Dog PowerLine vacuum cleaner

10. MIELE BLIZZARD CX1 CAT&DOG POWERLINE VACUUM CLEANER

SPECIFICATIONS

Best for: Easy emptyingType: CylinderBagless?: YesCordless?: NoWeight: 8.71kgCapacity: 2ltrs

REASONS TO BUY

+Powerful bagless convenience+Great on pet hair+Handles all surfaces like a pro

REASONS TO AVOID

-Quite heavy-Expect a workout if you don’t turn the suction down on carpetToday’s Best DealsCHECK AMAZON

This vac shows that you don’t have to join team Dyson to enjoy going bag-free and it is super easy to empty. It did not score quite as highly as the Miele Complete C3 in our vacuum cleaner review, but if you don’t want to be tied to buying vacuum bags, this compact vacuum is for you.

Ease of use

As well as a great clean, this has been designed for a super easy clean, too. As with nearly all Miele vacuum cleaners the tools are stored in the body of the vac so you shouldn’t lose them as you go. While it isn’t the smallest of models (or the lightest), the unit is efficiently designed and won’t take up too much space either.

You flip the foot control to adjust the brushes and the cable retracts at the push of a button so using the machine is quick and low-labour. It works really well on all surfaces, but like other super-suction models, you might want to turn it down to make carpet easier to clean.

Pet hair and allergies

Pet hair is no problem for the Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat&Dog. And, if you have a mucky pup you will be pleased with how it copes with dried mud, too. A lifetime HEPA AirClean filter (approved by Allergy UK) makes it a good choice for asthmatics or allergy sufferers, and while a bagless model can be a worry for these users, emptying the bin was mess-free. The model also has a self-cleaning function that can be activated when you’ve tackled a dust storm. The dust tank is also an impressive size for a bagless.

Manoeuvrability

Easy to move with a telescopic tube, people with back problems won’t find this vacuum hard to use. However, it is on the weighty side, so if you have lots of stairs, you might prefer a lighter model – for a large bungalow though, it would be perfect.

Real Homes rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Buy the Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat&Dog PowerLine

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

Getting Started

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

Types

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.

Upright Vacuums

Upright

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

Canister

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

Handheld

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 Vacuums

Robot

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

Wet & Dry

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/Steam Cleaners

Carpet/Steam Cleaners

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

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/Bag-less

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.

Multi-Surface Flooring

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

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.

1. Handheld

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.

2. Canister

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.

3. Upright

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.

4. Stick

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.


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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.

Bare Floors:

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.

Carpeting:

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.

Bagged:

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.

Bagless:

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.

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