What type of vacuum cleaner is for you?
I was given a cordless hoover as a housewarming present last year (shout out to my LOVELY parents) and it has honestly changed my life. It’s lightweight, incredibly powerful and literally cuts the time spent hoovering in half. It’s a dream and it meets my needs perfectly - but that doesn’t mean that it would suit everyone.
So, let’s talk about the type of hoover you need and the pros and cons of each one:
Upright vacuum cleaners
Pros: The most traditional and popular choice, upright vacuums are ideal for giving carpets a good deep clean. With bagged and bagless options to choose from, they’re easy to store and use.
Cons: Generally heavier than other types of vacuum, these can be a bit of a nightmare to transport up and down the stairs and don’t always give you the flexibility to get into the tight nooks and crannies without using the additional brush heads and tools.
Stick vacuum cleaners
Pros: Allowing you to move around furniture with ease, lightweight stick vacuums have risen in popularity over the years. Corded or cordless, they’re slim and great for those with limited storage space. Simple to empty, they usually have multiple power options so you can tailor the device to your needs.
Cons: Despite all their positives, some stick vacuums just don’t have the power that an upright vacuum can offer and cordless options can be limited on run time.
Cylinder vacuum cleaners
Pros: Generally smaller, lighter and more affordable than upright hoovers, cylinder vacuum cleaners are easy to move around the home and can be used on a variety of surfaces with ease. Bagged or bagless, their flexible hose design means that reaching curtains and other hard-to-reach places can be easily done.
Cons: Although lighter than upright cleaners, these models can still be hard to manoeuvre, especially up and down the stairs. Some users also find that they need to bend down more and that it takes more effort than using an upright.
Robotic vacuum cleaners
Pros: The future has arrived - robots are doing our cleaning for us! These nifty little automatic vacuums will scoot around your house to keep it dust-free with minimal effort from its owner. Usually remote controlled or programmed, they’re brilliant for cleaning up after kids or pets and getting underneath and around furniture.
Cons: As useful as they are (and totally mesmerising to watch, by the way), their cleaning power doesn’t really compare to a full-sized vacuum. As they’re newer tech, they’re expensive and must have a tidy room to clean properly.
Bag or bagless?
While bagged vacuum cleaners might seem outdated, many people prefer them as they make the job a much cleaner one. Easily replaceable, bagged hoovers are hygienic and a good option for those with allergies as they stop the dirt from being released into the air (or all over your carpet if you’re clumsy, like me) when being emptied.
Of course, there is a cost involved with replacing the bags as often as needed, which should be taken into account.
Bagless vacuum cleaners offer pretty much the opposite experience; while being cheap to maintain as you don’t have to replace the bags, they can be messy when you come to empty them. As many canisters tend to be see-through, it’s ideal for checking if you’ve picked up anything you shouldn’t have and when it’s full, but if damaged, they can be costly to replace.