Best Vacuum Cleaners
While there are many types of vacuum cleaners available, only some may be suited to for your living situation. The factors most likely to influence your purchasing decision are the size of your home and the type of flooring you have. If you have allergies or pets who shed, you will want a powerful upright or barrel vacuum. Which type of filter/s you choose, and whether you opt for a model with a bag or a bin mostly come down to personal preference.
Here are the basics on vacuums. More detailed information can be found in our Vacuum Cleaners Buying Guide below.
|Type||Main Features||Best For||Average Prices|
|Barrel vacuum cleaners||Interchangeable heads for any surface. Easy to get under furniture and into crevices. Bulkiness is their main drawback.||3+ bedrooms, any carpet type, pets, multi-storey homes||$350-$500|
|Upright vacuum cleaners||Most powerful vacuum type - best for a thorough clean of any carpet or rug. Their rigid form allows mobility in spite of their weight - although stairs can pose a problem.||3+ bedrooms, any carpet type, pets, tough cleaning jobs||$400-$500|
|Stick vacuum cleaners||Lightweight, cordless, and easy to store! However, limited power means they’re best for low-pile carpets or hard floors only.||1-2 bedrooms, low-pile carpet, spot cleaning, secondary vacuum, limited storage space||$200-$350|
|Handheld vacuum cleaners||Handy to store in your kitchen or garage for small, unexpected spills, or getting dirt out of your car.||Spot cleaning, car cleaning, secondary vacuum||$150-$200|
|Robot vacuum cleaners||Automated, can extend the time between more thorough vacuums. Struggles with thick carpet.||Use in conjunction with regular vacuuming, hard flooring, surface debris||$700+|
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- Value for Money4.0 (14)
- Ease of Use4.2 (14)
- Cleaning & Maintenance 4.4 (14)
- Noise Level3.9 (14)
- Pet OwnerYes (10) · No (5)