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Should I Buy An Upright or Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner?

This is the first question most people ask when buying a new hoover. There are pros and cons to both and it depends on your requirements.

Upright hoovers are heavier and harder to move around but many now include an extra hose for stairs and nooks and crannies. The big advantage of upright vacuums is their performance on carpet, their rotating brushes and adjustable brush height mean that they get great results fast on large areas of carpet.

Cylinder vacuum cleaners are normally lighter and more maneuverable, so if you’re not so strong or have mobility issues then an upright might be tricky to get up and down the stairs for example.

Cylinder cleaners usually have a selection of accessories and tools that fit to a long hose, this makes them particularly good for stairs, curtains and those awkward to reach places.

Upright hoovers are heavier and harder to move around but many now include an extra hose for stairs and nooks and crannies. The big advantage of upright vacuums is their performance on carpet, their rotating brushes and adjustable brush height mean that they get great results fast on large areas of carpet.

Cordless Vacuums

Cordless vacuum cleaners aren’t new, but older models were primarily intended as a second hoover to clean up minor spills and small hard to reach areas. In the last few year much more powerful cordless models, pioneered by Dyson have hit the market. While they still don’t quite pack the punch of the big uprights they are more than good enough for keeping an average house clean. Cordless cleaners are usually very light weight and maneuverable, getting them up and down stairs is a breeze and because there’s no cord to mess about with you can just grab them to quickly clean up spills. The main issues to keep in mind are battery life and capacity. If you want to clean a larger house from top to bottom in one go you may find yourself having to stop to empty the dust and re-charge.

Should I Buy a Bagless Hoover?

Bagged vacuums are usually much cheaper because of the simpler technology involved, basic bagged vacuums are the same today as they were 50 years ago. Bagged hoovers do tend to get progressively less effective as they get full, this is because the air gets sucked through the bag and as it clogs less air can flow. Bagless hoovers are more expensive, the technology is newer and although prices are coming down they’re still pricier. Bagless cleaners don’t lose power as they get full, you get 100% suction all the way. But there’s a trade off, rather than just chucking a full bag in the bin, you have to empty the dust container regularly and there are filters that need cleaning periodically to maintain performance.

If you or someone in your house has allergies, bagged cleaners are usually a better bet as less dust escapes in to the air. Look for a model approved by the British Allergy Foundation.