Choosing the correct vacuum cleaner can be daunting but knowing what you need makes the choice much simpler.
Once upon a time, choosing a vacuum cleaner was a fairly straightforward affair, but with advances in technology, design, and functionality, the decision is no longer as easy as it used to be. Finding your perfect vacuum cleaner doesn’t need to suck though – follow our quick guide to find the perfect model.
What sort of home layout do you have?
If you have stairs, few electrical outlets, clutter or small and medium-size rooms, then a cordless vacuum cleaner is a no-brainer. A cordless vacuum cleaner allows you the freedom to easily clean stairs without worrying about tripping on cords, and if you have small to medium bedrooms, then it will allow you to negotiate the spaces quickly and easily. Cordless vacuums are also good for cluttered homes as you won’t need to drag around a clunky corded unit.
Yet, not all cordless vacuum cleaners are the same, and testing has shown that you need to buy a high-end cordless vacuum cleaner for it to compare to the cleaning performance of a traditional corded machine. Battery runtime is also a factor here: you want a longer runtime or a model with replaceable batteries to ensure you can keep cleaning without needing to stop halfway for charging.
Do you have hard floors?
If you have marble, tiled or hard wood floors, then a vacuum cleaner that will be gentle on surfaces is a must. You should choose a vacuum cleaner that is light, so there isn’t undue pressure on the floors. A lightweight vacuum is easy to move around – if you have to push a vacuum with too much force you could scratch floors. The Gtech AirRam weighs just 3.2kg so that you can move around your home with total ease, and putting less strain on your body.
Do you have carpet and rugs?
Thoroughly cleaning carpets and rugs can be tricky – dust can accumulate under furniture and stick to the fibres. Ensuring you have a vacuum with the ability to effectively get the dirt out of carpets is important.
A cleaner with an ultra-low profile that allows you to manoeuvre under furniture is also important. The low profile and AirLOC technology in the Gtech AirRam effortlessly picks up debris as you push it forward and then locks it in as you draw back to ensure that every corner and crevice of your house is left clean of dust and dirt.
Do you want to clean more than floors?
Modern vacuums are versatile pieces of machinery and should be capable of doing more than just cleaning floors. When choosing your new vacuum cleaner, look beyond standard attachments such a crevice tool, dusting brush or upholstery brush – look for extras like car cleaning tools, the ability to pick up and withstand the strain of coarse pet hair and a design that means it’s easy to access those hard to reach places like ceiling fans. Some higher-end vacuums will also be specially designed to clean mattresses and curtains.
Do you often need to do quick clean ups?
If you have small children, enjoy cooking or baking or just like to be able to clean up messes quickly and on the go, then a compact handheld model is the best choice. The benefit of a handheld vacuum is that it is easy to bring out at a moments notice to clean up food scraps or spills. If you want versatility, consider a hybrid upright/handheld model such as the Gtech Power Floor. This model is a handheld with an attachment that turns it into a more traditional upright vacuum.
Do you have allergies or asthma?
If you suffer from allergies, then a vacuum that effectively traps dirt and has a good quality filter to suck up microscopic particles such as pollen and dust mite droppings, which can aggravate asthma and allergies, is the goal. The Gtech range of vacuum cleaners compresses debris from around your home as you clean and filters are easily cleaned to ensure irritating particles are cleared from the units as well as your home.
Do you have pets?
Pet owners deal with shedding animals and of course, odours from their furry friends. If you own a pet, you should look for a vacuum cleaner that is made to withstand the strain that coarse pet hair places on machines. The Gtech K9 range of vacuums are built with stronger aluminium parts to ensure it survives longer use than traditional vacuum cleaners. These machines have replaceable scented tabs to freshen up your home as you clean.
Whichever model of vacuum cleaner you choose, the most important things to consider when choosing the right one are the needs of yourself and your family. Reviews can help to guide you but sticking to a list of must-haves for your home will mean that you will buy a vacuum cleaner that you won’t be disappointed with.