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Selecting your ideal vacuum cleaner for the home

There is a wide choice of vacuum cleaners on the market today of varying styles and designs. Prices can range from £30 to £300, and what you spend will depend on what sort of features you are looking for. This will of course be determined by how much you intend to use your vacuum cleaner and whether you have any special cleaning requirements such as the capability to remove allergen particles or clean upholstery.

Vacuum cleaner designs are either upright or cylinder designs. The main design difference between upright and cylinder vacuum cleaners is that upright vacuum cleaners have a motor fitted in the head of the machine where a fan is used to suck up air and dirt into the bag or compartment before being passed through a filter to separate the clean air and dirt. A revolving brush is also used to loosen and sweep up dirt. A cylinder vacuum cleaner relies on suction power alone and given that the dirt has to travel a greater distance through the tube they are generally more powerful.

An upright vacuum cleaner offers the user great control and is well suited to houses which have large areas of carpet since the design incorporates a brush that can help to lift dirt from them. A cylinder vacuum cleaner is easier to manoeuvre in small spaces such as stairways and has the added advantage of being more portable and suited to cleaning upholstery. A cylinder vacuum cleaner also offers greater power, making it more efficient for hard surface such as wooden flooring.

It is debatable whether or not a bagless option is more effective. Generally bagless vacuum cleaners are more expensive but over time you could save money since you don't have to replace the bags. This really depends on how often you use the vacuum cleaner although many users also find the bagless designs easier to clean and empty.

All vacuum cleaners have a filtration system but how this system operates can vary from model to model. Some designs offer a filter that does not need to be changed for the lifetime of the machine, typically in the order of 10 years. Other filters include a HEPA filter (High Efficiency Particulate Air filter) that retains small allergy-causing particles and are approved by the British Allergy Foundation. Charcoal filters remove bad smells and can be particularly useful if you have pets in your home.


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