The weather is warming up, the flowers are in bloom, and spring is well and truly in the air! And if you’re shopping for the best Vacuum Cleaner, you’ve come to the right place.
With many of us spending more time at home this year than ever before, cleaning can be time-consuming and overwhelming. And let’s face it – it’s often the last thing we want to do.
But spring is the perfect reminder to give your home a proper detox, clear out the cobwebs and prep for the warmer days ahead with a sparkling space. After all, what’s more satisfying than coming home to a clean and tidy house?
Perhaps the most important tool you’ll need to start your spring clean is a trusty vacuum cleaner. But, with so many options available from upright, barrel, stick and even robotic vacuums, it can be hard to know which is the best vacuum cleaner for you. Whether you’re looking to do a quick spot clean, or a deep spring cleanse, we’ve created a floor care buying guide to help you find the best vacuum cleaner to suit your needs!
What Do You Need In A Vacuum?
Bing Lee expert, Russell Goldberg gives his tips for buying the best vacuum cleaner. He recommends considering your individual needs before rushing into buying a vacuum cleaner. “Considering your lifestyle, the type of flooring, whether you have young children, pets or allergies will help ensure you end up with the right floor care solution.
“For example, stick vacuums offer cleaning flexibility and convenience while robots give time back to you, vacuuming and even mopping while you’re at work. A great carpet shampooer or steam cleaner will deep clean and help sanitise your home.” Russell shared.
Stick vacuums are lightweight and easy to store when not in use. Modern stick vacuums now have increased power and extended battery life, which means they are both ideal for simple spot cleaning as well as giving your home a thorough spring clean. With no power cord to get in your way, this versatile type of vacuum is great for cleaning hard to reach areas, removing cobwebs from the ceiling and more.
Handheld vacuums are a great option for spot cleaning and are best suited to smaller cleaning tasks around the home, car or boat.
Robotic vacuums are designed to help you save time and take the hard work out of vacuuming your home. Cleaning as they maneuver their way around your living spaces, they use sensors to detect furniture and many models are programmable, allowing you to set and forget. Vacuum robots can now even talk with mop robots to let them know when to start mopping!
Barrel vacuums are one of the most popular types of vacuum on the market with continuous corded power and larger dust bin. Easier to carry up stairs than upright vacuums, they are suited to a variety of flooring types, from carpets to floorboards. Typically easier to use in awkward spaces as the vacuum hose sits separately from the main unit, barrel vacuums come with additional attachments for a variety of applications.
Upright vacuums offer powerful suction, a decently-sized dust canister and are a great choice for vacuuming larger homes. Their all-in-one design is ideal for longer cleaning sessions, allowing you to remain in a comfortable upright position throughout. However they can be heavier than other vacuums which may not be ideal for maneuvering stairs.
Looking to deep-clean or shampoo?
Sanitise and deep clean your home with a carpet shampooer or steam cleaner. Great for families and cleaning up any surprise spills, steam cleaning technology uses heat to kill germs, and remove dust and dirt, making easy work of tough stains especially when it comes to carpets and upholstery. Steam mops are most effective for cleaning hard floors and offer a similar feel to a stick vacuum, while the popular and versatile hand held cleaners are ideal for hard to reach spots and furniture. Some also come with formula designed to help lift tough stains and leave your surfaces looking good as new.
Bagged or Bagless?
There are two ways that vacuums collect and store dust and dirt – in either a bag or a dust canister. Which suits you best will depend on your individual needs and preference.
Bagged Vacuum Cleaners
A disposable internal bag is used to house the dust and dirt collected by a bagged vacuum. The bags are easy to replace and act as a filter too. They are typically less messy than bagless vacuums and can be a good choice for those with asthma or allergies.
Bagless Vacuum Cleaners
With no need to purchase or replace vacuum bags, bagless vacuum cleaners are a handy option. It’s easy to tell when you need to empty the dust canister and you can easily do so over a bin or your garden. Many brands now include hygienic empty options to ensure that minimal dust is blown around to help prevent users being exposed to allergens in the process.
What About Filters?
A clean vacuum filter helps maintain suction power and reduces dust. Two of the most common types are micro filters and HEPA filters.
Micro filters are commonly found in many vacuum models and are available in both washable and disposable forms.
HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Arresting) filters are a great option for households with asthmatics and allergy sufferers as they are designed to reduce the amount of fine particles and allergens that are released into the air.
What, in your opinion, is the best vacuum cleaner? Tell us in the comments below.