The festive season is right around the corner; and so is the cleaning involved. Whether you’ve got a small flat or a palatial home, it won’t clean itself.
Hence, what’ s needed here is the best vacuum cleaner. But how do you find out which is the best vacuum cleaner?
How To Buy The Best Vacuum Cleaner?
In this article, there are certain questions that needs to be answered by you for you to make the right decision of purchasing that perfect Vacuum Cleaner So go ahead and read on.
Question 1) Which is the best type of vacuum cleaner, cylinder, upright or cordless?
It used to be cylinders, and we still prefer that type for corded. On balance we’d usually push new buyers towards a cordless now, though…
Question 2) Do you want an even more detailed answer?
Yes, fair enough. There are longer answers to this but for most users, the best cylinder vacuum cleaners will do a great job on hard floors and an equally good job on most carpets. It’s not like the old days when all they did was suck air through a tube; they have rotating brush heads for carpet now.
Cylinder vacs are also far more handy for cleaning sofas, and other surfaces.
The best upright vacuum cleaners are perfect for one thing: cleaning large expanses of carpet, especially deep pile. They make a decent job of hard floors too, but it’s not really what they’re for.
Some, to be fair, have pull-out hoses so they can double as really odd-shaped cylinder vacs, but the form factor is not ideal for use in this way.
In terms of storage, uprights have a smaller footprint on the whole, but are taller. You probably didn’t need me to tell you that. They’re easier to store away, although cylinders can be dismantled so as to take up much less space. But that does involve dismantling them, which is a bore.
Cordless vacs are what people are buying the most of however, and you can see why. If your house isn’t absolutely huge, cordless, bag-less vacuum cleaners are perfect. Some of them even look kind of chic, so they’re a style statement. With the best will in the world, you can’t really say that about a Henry, can you?
More Insight –
Question 3) What about power and energy ratings?
The newspapers may be convinced that Europe’s energy efficiency rules mean that our houses will fill up with dust, so we all die, but this is FAKE NEWS.
The power rating does give some insight into how effective it will be, but when you consider that certain cordless handhelds with a 22v battery are able to effectively clean carpets, so long as they aren’t deep pile, you can tell that some older vacs were, if anything, unnecessarily over-powered.
Just to confuse things, some vacuum cleaners list their power in watts (W), which is how powerful the motor is; others prefer to list suction power in air watts (AW), which tells you how much suction the device delivers. Either way, higher numbers are generally better, though not the be-all and end-all as the head and engine design can make an impact too.
In terms of their efficiency, the usual F to A+++++++++ (or whatever we’re up to now) scale gives a very good idea of how eco-friendly your new vac will be in use. Even some of the best vacuums have alarmingly low eco-friendliness ratings – down into the Cs and Ds – but bear in mind that you aren’t going to be using them for massively prolonged periods of time, so you aren’t going to bankrupt yourself with electricity bills, or single-handedly cause the end of the world.
Question 4) What are other key things to consider?
Most important: the length of the hose (on a cylinder or certain uprights) and the girth of the power cord. If you’ve got a lot of space to cover or stairs to sort, especially if your house is short of power sockets, this could become a critical issue over time. Of course you could always just buy a cordless vac and never worry about that again.