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The best vacuum cleaners for every type of job

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The best vacuum cleaners for every type of job

Keeping a clean house is the chore that never ends. Having a great vacuum that can handle it all is essential — especially if you have pets or kids. You can de-clutter, tidy, and wipe down as much as you like, but until those carpets and rugs are properly vacuumed of dirt and debris, it just doesn’t feel like a clean home.

If you haven’t bought a new vacuum in a while, you’ll be impressed at the sheer amount of tech and features that power them these days. From robot vacuums with AI to handheld mini vacuums that collapse down to store more easily, there’s a huge range available to help with your everyday cleaning tasks.

In fact, there’s almost too much choice. What you need is someone to do the hard work of researching modern vacuum cleaners to present you with all the information. That’s where we come in. Here’s what you need to know.

Corded vs. cordless vacuums — which are the best?

It’s rarely a case of which is better — more a case of what best suits your needs and lifestyle. Corded vacuums — the classic style vacuum that plugs into the wall — provide more suction power, which means a more powerful cleaning job, and have a larger capacity. That means they’re better for larger homes and houses. They are, however, heavier and harder to lug around.

Cordless vacuums are lighter, more portable, and easier to carry around the house. They also reach overhead spots and tricky areas under the furniture more easily. The other thing to note is that they have smaller capacity — usually between 0.5 and 1 litre — so are usually best suited to smaller homes and spaces, or homes with less carpets and more hard floors.

Do vacuums still use a bag?

Corded vacuums tend to use a bag, which needs changing. Cordless vacuums usually use a bin which can be unclipped and emptied much more easily. If you’re an allergy sufferer, bagless vacuums sometimes let dust to re-inter the air, both while vacuuming and while emptying the contents.

Is Dyson the best vacuum brand?

Pretty much. When it comes to the latest, most technologically advanced vacuums, Dyson is the standard to match or beat. But Dyson isn’t the only impressive brand. Shark, Miele, and Samsung offer excellent vacuums — not to mention old favourites such as Hoover and Vax. We’ve included examples from various brands in the list below.

What is the best type of vacuum cleaner for you and your home?

There are plenty of vacuum types out there, with something for everyone:

Upright vacuums — these are a longtime favourite and for good reason. Aside from being cheaper on average than most canister vacuum cleaners, uprights are great for covering large carpet areas and can clean deep using motorised brushes. On the other hand, they generally aren’t the easiest to store if you have a small space, and they require that you use a bit of elbow grease.

Cylinder vacuums — If you don’t have any carpet in your home and need a versatile vacuum that is good at cleaning bare floors and then some, you may need a cylinder vacuum. These are known to be less noisy than their upright counterparts, but can also be even harder to store since they’re bulkier and have long hose and wand attachments. But if you want something that is versatile enough to clean curtains, blinds, and spaces that aren’t on the floor — or something you can take outside to use for your car — then a canister is a good choice.

Handheld vacuums — If you want a lightweight, easy-to-store defence against messes, we strongly suggest keeping a handheld vacuum around. Although they tend to have less power than other vacuum styles due to their compact size, handheld vacuums are great for quick pick-ups.

Robot vacuums — If you want a vacuum that cleans for you, while you can just sit on the couch or go about your business, robot vacuums are the way to go. Robot vacuums use sensors, lasers, and motherboards to move around your space while you do whatever the heck you feel like doing. You may want to go with a robot vacuum if the idea of floors that are cleaned daily fills you with joy. Some can even double as mops. While you may not have to control the vacuum once it’s going manually, you do have to pick up things like socks and other small household items that can get stuck. 

What is the best vacuum cleaner?

We read reviews, we looked at customer ratings, and we compiled a list of the best vacuums based on what users have to say. We’ll tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly to help you pick out a machine that really sucks — in a good way.

These are the best vacuum cleaners in 2021.