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Vacuum cleaner buying guide

Check out the top five things you need to know before buying a new vacuum cleaner with this handy guide.

There are plenty of different types of vacuum cleaners available, so it’s important to know which one is right for you. We know it’s not the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon but with the right tool, you’ll be whizzing round the house in no time. We’ll explain the features you need to look out for, so choosing the perfect vacuum cleaner will be an easy decision to make.

Type of vacuum cleaner

One of the most important factors to consider is the size of your home and how much there is to clean. Cylinder vacuum cleaners are perfect for smaller households as they’re compact and easier to store. Upright vacuums, like this Dyson Lightball, are better for cleaning larger homes as they tend to have a bigger dust capacity than other models.

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Bagged vs. Bagless

Some vacuum cleaners have slightly different ways of rounding up the dirt and dust from inside your house. Bagged models neatly capture any mess in a bag to throw away, while bagless vacuum cleaners like this Miele, have a canister which empties straight in the bin. So once it’s cleaned up, you’ll be able to quickly start up again.

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Pet hair tools

As much as we love our favourite four-legged companions, it can be a bit annoying to get pet hair out of your carpets and furniture. If you’re forever cleaning up after your cat or dog, look out for a vacuum cleaner with special pet hair tools, like this one from Shark. These make short work of ground-in dirt and fur, so you won’t have to worry when they start shedding their winter coat.

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Cordless vacuum cleaners

If you want total flexibility when you’re vacuuming, it might be time to ditch the cords completely. Cordless vacuum cleaners let you move around your home freely, so you can easily reach those awkward spots in the corner or under the bed. Some models, like this Dyson V8, offer the same powerful performance as wired vacuum cleaners and can run for up to an hour, more than enough time to get the whole house ready for guests.

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Lightweight models

Hauling your vacuum up and down the stairs can make an easy chore feel more like an intense workout. Cordless models offer a lightweight solution that still give you the power you need, so you can take it around the house with ease. This model from Shark can even transform into a handheld vacuum, perfect for tackling smaller cleaning jobs without feeling like you’re lifting weights.

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