Vacuum Cleaners & Floorcare Buying Guide

Vacuum Cleaner & Floorcare Buying Guide

Vacuum cleaners are one of life¹s essentials. But as there are loads of different types and styles of cleaner on the market we thought we'd put together a little guide telling you about all the things you need to think about before you choose. So you¹ll be able to pick the cleaner that suits you and your floor type (and your budget too!).

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Types Of Vacuum

Cylinder Vacuum

Cylinder vacuum cleaners are compact and suitable for carpets and hard floors. They are lighter than uprights, easy to use on stairs and ideal for getting into those hard to reach areas around the home.

• Easy to manoeuvre around the home, especially on stairs.

•Simpler to store

•The majority of cylinders have on board storage for the tools and accessories.

Upright Vacuum

Upright vacuum cleaners are Ideal for cleaning large carpeted areas. The floor head height can be adjusted to suit most carpet types and they are particularly good at removing pet hair.

•Easier to steer around the room.

•The beater bar enhances the cleaning performance on carpeted floors.

•Less bending down required making it ideal for users with lower back pain.

Bagged Or Bagless Vacuum

Bagged Vacuums

Bagged Vacuums are usually cheaper than bagless vacuums. Some bags are self-sealing, making disposal less messy as the dirt is contained within the bag.

Bagless Vacuums

There's no fuss with inserting fresh bags. Although the bagless technology makes the initial outlay expensive, in the long run they can be cheaper.

Filters within bagless vacuums usually require cleaning and maintaining more frequently than those used in bagged machines.

Filter Types

Another thing to consider before you make your purchase is the filter type fitted to your vacuum. All cleaners are fitted with a filtration system but selecting the filter type may depend on your lifestyle or personal requirements.

There are several filter types available for you to consider, Hepa, standard, lifetime and charcoal.

HEPA Filters - (High Efficiency Particulate Air) also known as S-Class. The Hepa filter is designed to reduce the number of microscopic allergens emitted after vacuuming. This results in a cleaner outflow of air that helps those users with asthma and similar respiratory problems.

Standard Filter - Usually fitted to those machines at the lower end of the budget. The filter type will be listed as a filtration level. Filtration levels include the filter layers within the bag as well as the pre-motor filter and exhaust filter.

Lifetime Filter - Lifetime filters will usually last the lifetime of the vacuum but do require maintaining/washing periodically.

Charcoal Filter - Usually fitted to vacuums which are ideal for cleaning up after pets. The Charcoal filter helps reduce pet odours from the pet hair as the air runs through the filter.

Vacuum Features You Should Consider

Motor Wattage and Variable Power - Normally, the higher the wattage the more powerful the cleaner. Typically vacuums range between 1200W - 2400W.

It's not just the wattage though: airflow and the design of the machine help improve the suction power as well. Upright cleaners tend to have a slightly lower wattage when compared to cylinders as the beater bar brush makes a difference during the cleaning process. Some vacuums have variable power - which is very useful when cleaning curtains or rugs, as you reduce the power the suction drops.

Air Watts - Not to be confused with "Power watts" - This is a measurement of suction power but not all models quote air watts. Typically vacuums range between 150 - 400 air watts.

Cord Length - Longer cord lengths allow more freedom to manoeuvre your vacuum around the house. Upright vacuums normally have a longer cord due to the cylinder storing the cord within the case.

Dust Capacity - Bag / Bin capacities vary between small 1.5 Ltr machines - the larger 5 Ltr vacuums. Generally, if you have large areas to vacuum then you may want to choose the larger capacity.

Weight - Extremely important if you are a less able person and find it difficult to move heavy objects around the home. Vacuum weights typically range between 4.8Kg - 11Kg.

Other Types of Cleaner to Consider

Wet & Dry Cleaners (Tub Cleaners) - Perfect for those who want to wash carpets, suck up spills and dry vacuum carpets or hard floors. Usually a more robust machine with a larger dust capacity, ideal for cleaning the car.

Carpet Washers - Carpet Washers bring the carpet back to life as the washer releases a mixture of cleaning solution and water into the carpet fibres, breaking down embedded dirt and debris within. A professional cleaning performance but without the hardship of bending and kneeling whilst cleaning.

Steam Cleaners - Steam Cleaners are a hygienic way to clean a multitude of surfaces around your home. They don't use detergents and are kind to the environment.

Handhelds - Handhelds are small, light and have the benefit of being extremely portable.

Help Lines

Supplier Helpline
Bissell 0844 8886 644
Bosch 0844 892 8979
Dyson 0800 298 0298
Electrolux 08445 614 614
Hoover 08444 995 599
Miele 0845 365 6600
Morphy Richards 0844 871 0960
Numatic 0146 026 9268
Samsung 0845 726 7864
Swan / JMB 01733 404 709
Vax 0844 412 8455

Service Guarantee

If it can't be fixed we'll replace it fast!

If the thought of expensive repairs brings you out in a cold sweat, our Service Guarantee may be the answer! From vacuum cleaners to carpet washers, we can repair or replace the faulty item quickly and easily... plus you can spread the cost of protection with your Very Account.

Available for larger electrical items.

If your purchase breaks down and can't be fixed, it'll be replaced.

Simple claims service and no callout fee.

Protection available for up to 5 years.with renewal available for appliances up to 8 years old.

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