Variety of hoover types and vacuum cleaner reviews available on UK market give consumers opportunity to choose vac which fulfills all her needs. No matter what your budget is or how big your house is you will surely find the model which suits all your need. Modern vacuum cleaners are equipped with extras such as upholstery nozzles or special brushes which let you clean any area of your home. The problem is that number of choices can be overwhelming and lead to indecision. Our buyer’s guide takes you through selection process and lists the most important features of vacuum cleaners.
What to choose: Upright or Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner?
Let's start with selecting vacuum’s type: upright or cylinder? There are really no differences in quality of different vacuums types. Upright models are easier to use and store. But they also tend to weight more than their cylinder counterparts. Many users believe they are more comfortable and easier to operate. Cylinder vacuum cleaners are lighter and easier to move around. There is no real difference in suction. Due to construction however, upright models need less power to create the same suction power as their cylinder counterparts. Cylinder models might be less energy efficient but it is not a case nowadays as manufacturers equipped their hoovers with power setting handles which help you to adjust power level to actual cleaning needs. A trick is to check vacuum’s Air-wattage instead of Wattage if possible. Air-wattage is responsible for vacuum cleaner suction and even high Wattage does not guarantee great suction power. Upright vacs are great for cleaning large areas so they might be good purchase if you live in a big house with spacious rooms. Cylinder vacuums take less space and are generally good solution for flats and smaller houses. They are handier and are better to clean up awkward hard to reach areas such as between or under the furniture. This of course depends on model as some upright vacuum cleaners have comparable maneuverability.
Bagged or Bagless?
There is a myth which states bagged vacuum cleaners are better for allergy sufferers and bagless vacs are more user friendly. As we may agree to some extend that bagless are easier to maintain we need to stress out the fact modern bagless models are allergy sufferers friendly as well. It depends rather on model than vacuum’s type. Main thing to check is how easy vacuum emptying system is. It is during emptying when allergy sufferer or asthmatic comes in touch with dust particles. The less time you spend replacing the bag or emptying dust container the better.
Bagged vacuum cleaners require changing the bag which increases maintenance costs which should be add to the price of machine. Now it is up to you to decide if changing the bag and buying bags is a hassle for you.
Vacuum Cleaners Price Range
Cylinder vacuum cleaners tend to be cheaper. However it’s not a rule. You will be able to find inexpensive yet quality upright models even from reputable manufacturers. British brand Vax, famous for affordable yet excellent vacuum cleaners offers few nicely design machines for a great price. In the other hand cylinder models can be expensive such a superb Miele cylinder machines. So vacuum cleaner price often depends on brand. However our price comparison shows that buying upright vacuum will costs you more.
Years ago there was a significant difference in prices between bagless and bagged cleaners. Nowadays bagless models are as popular as their bagged counterparts (or even more popular) so their price is often the same as bagged models. Buying bagged model mean you will have to take bags cost into consideration.
Filtration system has a crucial meaning for allergy sufferers or asthmatics. It doesn’t mean other vacuum buyers should not take filtration into consideration. Good filter prevents dust from reentering air. It determines how many dust particles will escape into the air from the vacuum exhaust. It positively affects vacuum’s longevity which in long run means money savings. Luckily good filtration system does not increase the price of a hoover significantly. There are few types of filters. The most complex one is called stage filtration system. Accordingly to its name it outs dust in stages. The number of stages or layers vary coming up to the seven in top models. HEPA filters are the most popular group and are almost a standard for most of the vacs. They are recommended as a allergy sufferers friendly filters They keep particles inside the hoover. Alternatively some vacs use S-Class filtration which is equally good for people suffering allergy. Some filters eliminate unpleasant smell. Filters such as charcoal ones are very effecting with removing strong unpleasant smells which should gain interest from pet owners. There are also lifetime filters which last for the lifetime of vacuum cleaner. Which type of filtration will suit your needs the best? Most of consumers should be happy with standard HEPA system as this is generally the best option for undecided buyers.
Additional Useful Tools
It is wise to check if the vacuum cleaner of your choice is equipped with the set of additional tools. Most vacs come with upholstery, crevice tool and dusting brushes. They help to clean variety of surfaces and flooring types. Some models are equipped with turbo brush. Turbo brush can be your life saver if you keep pet at home. Removing dog or cat hair from carpets requires powerful motor but good turbo brush can improve cleaning result tremendously.
There are plenty of tools which can be purchased separately. Generally it is wise to buy tools which will really improve your cleaning experience. Brushes for different flooring types (wooden floors, carpets, tails), stair and furniture nozzles can make a difference.
What else to consider to buy best vacuum cleaner?
There is plenty of little things to check when buying hoover. They can improve the comfort of cleaning and let you avoid being frustrated with some vacuum’s features. Some of these features can be helpful like full indicator. It tells you exactly when it’s time to empty your vac. There are more serious things to check like power cord length. It doesn’t have much meaning for flats but short cable can you leave frustrated when cleaning larger areas. Need of changing sockets might be annoying like too small bag or dust container capacity. It of course depends on your needs but if you vacuum very often better look for a capacity of 4 to 6 litres. Auto cord rewind is now a standard and I haven’t seen a model equipped with it as well as foot operated switch off (for cylinder cleaners).
Other vacuum cleaners types
Apart from traditional vacs there is a group of machines designated for special tasks. Handheld vacuum cleaners are excellent solution for car cleaning. They are comfortable and easy to operate. These lightweight models can reach all awkward areas and we all know cars are full of them. They are also great for small cleaning jobs inside the house as they pick up crumbs and dirt with ease and can be useful alternative for normal vacs. For more complete cleaning you should consider wet & dry models which not only let users to vacuum but also mop the floor or even wash the carpets. Surprisingly they are not so expensive and can help you to automate house works. Steam cleaners were created for in-house heavy-duty works but are the least popular group of vacuum cleaners.
A vacuum cleaner by the definition is an appliance that uses vacuum or partial vacuum to remove dirt, usually from carpets and floors. It was designed to eliminate the need of sweeping, as that method of cleaning occurred to be time consuming and not exactly accurate. The way that machine works is all down to physics. It all leads to the difference between pressures, which causes air movement from the higher pressure to lower pressure area. This process has a natural tendency to equalise pressures and after that moment the air movement stops. Basically speaking this would be the moment a vacuum cleaner would have stopped working. To prevent doing so, there's a need of keeping low pressure – vacuum, continuously. To achieve that there's a need to use a motor with a fan, that would force air movement in one direction.
As there's a partial vacuum produced, it's only a half of the success. Now there's a need to force that power to collect dirt. To do so, vacuum cleaners feature, basically speaking, two chambers. One of a narrow diameter while the other significantly bigger.
The first chamber is actually a hose with a tip or a tip itself. Notice that holes inside are really narrow, comparing to the body of a vacuum cleaner itself. Airflow produced by a fan in a big chamber must be equalised by the airflow of a hose. As the diameter is much smaller air flows really fast, producing a lot of suction power at the inlet. That's how all the dirt is being forced into a hose.
Now, air reaches the chamber and all of the sudden, it loses its power. It happens because when the air gets into a wide container it slows significantly down. With no speed there's no suction power, so heavier elements are separate from the airflow. Lighter ones like dust and pollen are still carried by air. To prevent them from getting back to where they came from, filters need to be used.
Basic filtration was provided by canvas, multi-use bags. As these were not the most hygienic, paper disposal bags were introduced. Nowadays they are made of three layers of paper for better filtration. In oppose to bags there's another bagless system used. The general idea is tu model airflow in such way, it throws dirt away. Most common is cyclonic or multi-cyclonic system. As those systems cannot guarantee removing the smallest elements form air - allergens, there's a need of using special HEPA filters at the outlet.
Vacuum cleaners can be divided into two general groups: cylinder and upright ones. Apart form the general designs, the features that were unique for each group, has been fading recently. Nowadays both types can use a hose, both types can be bought with a special brush in the tip. Both can feature bagged and bagless technologies. The biggest difference is in the comfort of use. Some people prefer uprights, some cylinder ones.