The Ultimate Vacuum Cleaner Buying Guide

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What are the Main Things to Consider Before I Decide What Vacuum Cleaner to Buy?

Size/ Weight

If you have limited storage space or you find it awkward to use a pull-along vacuum cleaner, then maybe you could opt for a smaller handheld model or a robot vacuum! Both options are compact to store and are usually easier to manoeuvre then the larger cylinder vacuums. They are often less flexible than the cylinder options so you should consider all pros and cons before making your decision.


Vacuum cleaners can vary hugely when it comes to cost. Typically, the cylinder models are slightly cheaper. Some handheld models with additional tools for collecting pet hair, cleaning carpets and special motorised tools which will affect the price. Check with our team in-store or online if you are unsure which tools and additional features you really need.

Home Layout

The style of vacuum can vary depending on your home layout. If you live in a bungalow then any style of vacuum will work for you. If you live in a two-story or townhouse with lots of stairs, then a lightweight cordless vacuum may be the best option.

What Type of Vacuum Should I Buy?

Cylinder Vacuums

These are the traditional pull along vacuum cleaners. They are usually plug-in and have a long, flexible hose. They are often budget friendly but can be more awkward to store if you are restricted on space. They are great for larger homes as you don’t have to keep them charged.

Handheld Vacuums 

Handheld vacuums are lightweight models and are perfect for small homes or apartments. They are compact to store and are usually battery powered. Handheld models are also useful for vacuuming cars, upholstery, and stairs. You can even get special attachments for cleaning mattresses. The lightweight design makes them perfect for older family members or people with restricted use of their wrists or shoulders.  

Bagless Vacuums 

You can get handheld and cylinder vacuums which are bagless. This is better for the environment and saves you money! It also means you don’t have to worry about running out of vacuum bags.

Robot Vacuums 

The modern-day tech lover’s dream! A robot vacuum looks after the cleaning for you. Just plug in the hub and set it to clean using your smartphone app. These models are great of keeping up with day-to-day cleaning, but you may want to do your own deep clean every so often. You also need to make sure to empty the bins, these can be quite small!

What is the Best Vacuum Cleaner Brand?

There are a range of great brands to consider when you are purchasing your vacuum cleaner. These will vary on features, price, and design. You should decide your budget and what features you would like before you consider that brand might be best for you.

Some best-selling vacuum cleaner brands include Dyson, Miele, Shark and Hoover.

Maintaining your Vacuum Cleaner

Be sure to regularly clean the filters in your vacuum cleaner. Check your user’s manual to see if the filters can be removed and cleaned. This will keep your machine’s suction from reducing overtime and will extend the life of your machine. Allowing the filters to get clogged can cause unnecessary stress on the motor which can severely affect the overall life of your vacuum.

You should also try to regularly clean your brush heads, with particular attention to any rotating or mechanical heads. These heads sometimes have a spinning bar which is used to pick up hair from hardfloors and carpets. If you have someone in the house with long hair then you should regularly check the vacuum tools to ensure that no hair has become trapped. Any excess hair can cause the rotating bar to jam and not function properly. Meaning less suction and excess strain on your machine!

You should also be sure to keep your hoses and pipes clear from obstructions. If you have a sudden loss of suction, check the hose for trapped dirt and debris.