Vacuum Cleaner Guide: What Every Buyer Should Consider

Looking for a vacuum cleaner guide? Use our in-the-know article to learn the key buying points you should consider with this household staple.

Vacuum Cleaner Guide: What Every Buyer Should Consider

Every home needs a quality vacuum cleaner. They help to keep every nook and cranny dust-free and with so many different options to choose from, there’s one out there to suit everyone. To find the right model for your needs, take a look at our vacuum cleaner guide. Here, we discuss the main model types and the pros and cons of bagged and bagless vacuum cleaners. Let’s start with cylinder vacuum cleaners.

Cylinder Vacuum Cleaners

Cylinder Vacuum Cleaners cleaning a wooden floor in a room with white walls

Most cylinder vacuum cleaners feature a relatively compact design. Because of this, they’re great for getting under low furniture, cleaning tight or small spaces like the stairs or closets, and making sure every corner of the house is spotless. They’re also reasonably quiet and most have a cord reach of around 7 to 10 meters from the plug.

On the downside, these models sometimes struggle with cleaning thick carpets, especially if your particular model doesn’t come with a turbo brush attachment. Some cylinder vacuums have long hoses and tubes, too, which can make them awkward to store.

Upright Vacuum Cleaners

woman holding an upright vacuum cleaner in a living room

Upright vacuum cleaners are ideal for covering large areas of carpet and rug. On most consumer tests, these models received high marks for getting fluff or hair out of rugs, so one of these could be a good choice if you’ve got pets who leave fur everywhere. Also, as these devices allow you to remain upright when cleaning, they’re great for anyone who struggles with back pain.

Unfortunately, a lot of upright vacuum cleaners are relatively bulky and struggle to properly clean small or tight spaces like stairs, under low items of furniture or in closets. You’ll need a slightly larger storage space, too.

Cordless Vacuum Cleaners

Cordless Vacuum Cleaner leaning against a white sofa

Although not as powerful as cable-powered vacuum cleaners, cordless vacuum cleaners give you greater flexibility and convenience when doing housework. They’re not tethered to a plug, so you’ll be able to get these out to do a spot of cleaning without the hassle of having to bend down and unravel cables every time you do so.

Cordless models making cleaning stairs a lot easier, while some can even be used to clean the inside of your car. That all said, unless you’re buying a top-end model, then you might struggle to get the power that other cabled vacuum cleaners have.

Bag or No Bag?

After you’ve decided on your preferred vacuum model, you need to choose between bag or bagless options. Cylinder and upright models are available in either, so let’s take a look at the pros and cons of both.

To Bag . . .

Vacuum cleaners with bags often have a larger capacity than bagless options, so it won’t need to be emptied as frequently. These are also a solid choice for anyone with a dust allergy, as the bag keeps all the dust contained and minimises your exposure to allergens.

More high-end branded bags sometimes include extra filters, too, which can prevent dust from escaping when being emptied. The only real downside is that you’ll need to purchase and replace bags, which means ongoing costs.

Or Not to Bag . . .

Bagless vacuum cleaners are generally seen as being a more environmentally friendly option than their bagged counterparts. A bagged vacuum cleaner will use hundreds of bags over its lifetime, whereas a bagless one won’t use any. On top of that, you can sometimes empty the dust chamber straight into your compost heap when you’re done with it.

Although you won’t need to buy new bags, bagless vacuum cleaners have many disadvantages. Most only have a rubbish of capacity of 2.6 litres and this is much smaller than vacuum cleaners with bags, which have an average capacity of 4.2 litres. They can also be messy to empty, as the vacuum cleaner's contents can get stuck and escape in clouds of dust and dirt. All in all, we wouldn’t recommend this option to anyone who is prone to allergies.