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Homeowner’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Vacuum Cleaner

From window cleaning to endless laundry, there is no denying that carrying out essential chores can take up much of our precious time. Time spent on household chores per adult equates to around 102 minutes per week. One way to alleviate this drain on your time is by choosing the right equipment for the task. After all, workers are only as good as their tools, a saying we think applies perfectly to household duties!

Hoovering is one of those chores that can benefit from enhanced efficiency if an informed buying decision is taken when choosing a new product. The average adult spends 237 hours a year cleaning their homes, with a large proportion of that being taken up by vacuuming. Furthermore, because vacuum cleaners are estimated to last around eight years, selecting the right product is even more important.

As experts in the evolution of floor care machines, we wanted to share our knowledge to help you select the perfect vacuum cleaner. This guide will explore the different types available and considerations you should make when choosing a new vacuum cleaner. Keep reading to help you find the perfect vacuum cleaner.

What Types of Vacuum Cleaners Are Available?

There is no denying that the market for vacuum cleaners is vast, making purchasing a product overwhelming. Choosing the right product can be broken down into two phases: Choosing the style of the model you want and matching this to extra criteria.

Below, we have gathered a complete list of the different types of vacuum cleaners you can select from, plus included some of their unique selling points to help you whittle down the ideal choice for your needs.

Handheld Vacuum Cleaners

These mobile models are ideal for cleaning smaller, harder-to-reach spaces, including cars, cupboards and underneath furniture. Most of the time, these are cordless products with a removable battery pack that should be regularly charged. The compact design is often also lightweight, meaning it can be carried out easily, making it the perfect companion for cleaning sessions.

Handheld vacuum cleaners also tend to collect any dirt in a compartment that can be emptied once full. They also have filters that trap fine dust and are simple to clean once they become dirty.

Ideal for: Vehicles, hard-to-reach places and smaller rooms.

Smart Vacuum Cleaners

Also known as robot vacuum cleaners, these innovative devices don’t need anyone to manually move them around as they navigate dirt by themselves. Round and flat in design, these models can often either be programmed with in-built buttons or controlled via a remote/smartphone app. They can be charged easily once they refresh a space, ready for their next cleaning duties.

Ideal for: Hardwood or smooth floors, large and open place spaces, office buildings

Upright Vacuum Cleaners

When you think of a vacuum cleaner, we guarantee these models are the image that springs to the mind of most people. These models get their name from the long, vertical design, which houses the filters and suction systems needed to remove dirt from flooring. They also often tilt and include removable attachments to provide different usability methods. You will also find that upright cleaners tend to be corded mostly with a cable tidying system on the back.

Ideal for: Carpets: residential properties and regular sizes spaces

Cordless Vacuum Cleaners

Last but not least, cordless designs are one of the most popular types of vacuum models. As easy-to-use models, the sales of cordless vacuums are predicted to experience a CAGR of 7.4% by 2031. Cordless vacuums run on rechargeable batteries, which means that they can be used without being tethered to a power outlet. They also often provide the option to turn the model into a handheld Hoover, providing even more functionality.

Ideal for: Carpets and hardwood flooring, use in other areas such as cars and smaller properties

What Are the Different Wattages Available for Vacuum Cleaners and Do They Make a Difference?

Like any other household electrical item, you should always pay close attention to the product’s watts. Most vacuum cleaners range from 600 to 1600 watts, determined by size and functionality. The higher-wattage designs will offer more capacity for sucking up dirt and debris, making them ideal for large spaces. However, you will still find that lower-wattage designs offer strong suction, so you can still purchase a model that fits these criteria even if you have a large space to clean.

It should also be noted that you must select a more powerful machine if you have a harder surface to deal with, such as thick carpet or rugs. Therefore, understanding the power likely to be provided from different watts when applied to various designs can help you make an informed decision.

How Much Should You Spend on a Vacuum Cleaner?

This is a unique decision as many price points offer excellent cleaning power thanks to the expansion of the vacuum cleaner market. The average cost of vacuum cleaners can range from around £40 to a few hundred. For this reason, we think it’s important to consider the model you need and the specifications it needs to cover before filtering by price. You will still likely be greeted with various options, no matter your budget.

What Determining Factors Should Be Considered When Choosing a Vacuum Cleaner?

Now that you have a good idea of the types of cleaners available and how the power is determined, there are also a few other factors we think you need to account for. These are as follows:

Special functionality needs – If you are a pet owner, have children who love treading crumbs into carpets, or even have a range of different surfaces in your home, you should select a model that caters to these needs. Certain vacuums include different attachments and rollers to provide a tougher treatment that can remove hard-to-reach elements like the ones we have listed.

Noise – Whilst most modern vacuum cleaners tend to all be united by their quiet design, not all are as silent as the rest. You should consider a quieter model if you live in a flat, work unsociable hours, have a different schedule, or even have family members you don’t want to interrupt.

Flooring type – You will find that many vacuum cleaners are supplied with different attachments to cater to flooring needs, but that doesn’t mean all are universal. For carpets or rugs, you should look for a stronger cleaner with rollers and brushes, as they are designed to agitate the surface and remove any debris. For wooden, tiled or PVC flooring, a softer suction should be used as this reduces the chance of damage through lifting. For these types of flooring, you will also need to consider some form of additional cleaning device, such as a steam mop, to create a perfectly clean end result.

Energy efficiency – Is conserving energy important to you? If so, you will want to look for an energy-efficient model that will not become a drain on your electricity. These models also tend to have a longer battery life if they are cordless and include different forms of suction power so that the amount of energy being used can be altered.

Design – Even though functionality is the most important thing to consider when buying a vacuum cleaner, so is the design. This includes the ergonomics of the handle when using, weight and overall styling to suit your needs perfectly. By selecting a design that ticks all of your boxes, you are less likely to need to spend time replacing a vacuum cleaner before the recommended time.

Ease of storage – Finally, you should consider how you plan on storing your vacuum cleaner when not in use. Not everyone has the luxury of a utility space, so it’s important to understand what area will be needed, as we are sure seeing the product out of the corner of your eye at all times is far from ideal for most. You should also consider the charging needs when considering storage, as some will need to be plugged in when not in use.

Why Is Choosing the Right Vacuum Cleaner an Important Decision?

Choosing the right vacuum cleaner is an important decision as it’s a piece of household equipment you may use every single day. With a purpose to remove dust, dirt, and debris from flooring, a vacuum cleaner also has a direct impact on the conditions of a property over time. If the cleaner is not fit for purpose, it will leave behind dirt and debris that can cause flooring to deteriorate and allergies to be worsened. Furthermore, a high quality functioning vacuum can save you time and energy by making cleaning tasks more efficient. You can also eliminate the need to spend out on multiple vacuum cleaners by selecting the right model as you can source all items in one product. From cleaning the car to freshening up a home, with the right vacuum the task can be simple.

What Types of Vacuum Cleaners Does Cleaning Solutions UK Recommend?

At Cleaning Solutions UK, we believe that choosing the right vacuum cleaner is vital. All of our carpet cleaning machines have been chosen for their improved functionality and efficient usage to take the stress out of household chores. You can also find out more by checking out other guides.

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