The Blog That Sucks: Wowcher’s Guide to Vacuum Cleaners!

Let’s face it, you can’t expect to be a bona fide domestic goddess (or god, of course) without a vacuum cleaner. Like the ironing board, tumble dryer and 7-in-one-steam mop, a house ain’t quite a home without it. But today’s brave new world of fancy futuristic cylinder vacs, cordless spaceship-like devices and annoying Dyson ads is a wee bit more complicated than back in the day, so you should probably get clued up as to which vacuum is going to work for your home. Good thing you’ve got Wowcher, huh?

Upright or Cylinder?

Upright is your bread and butter, your Nan vaccing up your Lego and the staple of every house you’ve ever lived in. It’s as old-fashioned as renting videos from Blockbuster – well, sort of. The upright vacuum, until Dyson cylinders became popular, was pretty much the floor sucker of choice for everybody in the universe. They’re often heavier and have a more restricted reach, but they generally have a bigger capacity that allows for fewer dust-caked trips to the bin. Uprights also come with an electrobrush on the floor head (a motorised brush bar, to you and me), which works pretty darn good when it comes to picking up pet hair.

Meanwhile, cylinder vacuums are the fancy-pants, super-scientific vacuums that are championed by James Dyson. Cylinder vacuum cleaners can be light, have a longer reach and are better suited for cleaning stairs and those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies, but of course they can be a bit of a pain to store away tidily (big, long nozzle and all). They don’t generally tend to be as successful when it comes to picking up animal hair, so just bear that in mind the next time the pooch decides to start malting everywhere.

Bagged or Bagless?

Much like online shopping or someone who sleeps with cucumbers on their eyes, a lot of vacuums nowadays go totally bagless, so all of the dirt is sucked straight up into a canister which can then be pulled out and dumped straight in the bin. This can be slightly problematic, however, as anyone with dust allergies or even just an aversion to accidently dropping a vacuum’s worth of dirt all over the floor will attest to. In addition, bagless vacuums generally have a smaller capacity than their bagged counterparts.

However, it’s not exactly clear cut when it comes to choosing between the two – while bagged vacuums have a bigger capacity and are easier to empty, there is the issue of cost: vacuum bags will cost a fair amount of money over time, and if you run out and the shops are shut, your spring clean will just have to wait.

Cordless or Cord?

We’re not just talking about those mini vacuum cleaners that were big in the 90s and weren’t really of much use to anyone (like Noel Edmonds, we suppose), today’s cordless vacuums are of a more practical size and can save you the bother of having to constantly unplug and re-plug you vac, depending on where you are in the house (not to mention the potential trip hazard). A lot of the time they’re pretty slim-line in shape and therefore nifty to store, but you will also be spending quite a long time charging and re-charging the thing. Something that, so long as you pay your leccy bills on time, will never be a problem for the cord option.

So there we have it, folks. We wish you all the best suck-sess when it comes to bagging the best vacuum for you!