Having two dogs that shed buckets I am always on the lookout for a good vacuum cleaner. One that not only has great suction but is not too heavy and has a couple of accessories, such as hoses and brushes.
Over the years I have purchased several different vacuum cleaners and found that price does not always dictate good quality.
There are a few things you should be aware of before forking out. First you need to decide whether you want an upright or cylinder. I’ve had both and an upright is much less hard work as you just push it around the carpet. Cylinders you have to have more strength and actually ‘work’ the carpet to get the debris off.
Cylinders are easier to manoeuvre however, and can get into tighter spots. They also tend to be lighter than uprights and take up less space to store.
As for opting whether to go bag-less or not, I would always recommend bag-less. You get better suction without a bag and there’s the added expense of purchasing extra bags.
Here are the best Vacuum Cleaners suggestions:
This is a great value for money option if you are counting the pennies. Good enough suction from this lightweight machine and a nice big bin which means less time emptying it. A few cons, the cord isn’t that long (only 5 metres) and it can be quite noisy.
Good power and a large 3ltr bin capacity, this agile vacuum cleaner from John Lewis ticks a lot of boxes. Value for money, easy to manoeuvre, it also comes with a load of accessories.
Another good value machine here with a powerful motor that offers good suction and has a long hose which can reach into those hard to get to places. Lightweight, the bin is small but it does come with a 6 year guarantee.
- Zanussi ZAN7880UKEL Pet Bagless – £129.99
A light machine here that is specifically designed to pick up pet hairs as it has a mini turbo brush just for that task. Medium sized bin and no bag to change and can cope with hard and carpeted floors.
Great machine for anyone that suffers from allergens such as pollen or dust mites as this device features an Anti-Allergen seal technology that captures 99.9% of all dust inside the machine. Good suction with the additional of the powerful turbo brush that picks up the most stubborn of pet hairs.
Another model that works well on hard floors and carpets, this bagless machine is lightweight and has three different floor attachments. Good suction and a powerful motor.
Very strong suction here that practically sucks your carpet off the floor. Great for pet hairs and very quiet motor, despite the power. Quite a heavy machine, with the controls based on the handles, which some people might not like, and also uses bags.
You don’t get a better bagged vacuum cleaner than the Miele, especially when it comes to picking up pet hairs. If you have animals and you want a simple to use vacuum cleaner that does the job then this is your beast. Middle of the range price-wise, the bin is pretty large so you won’t be emptying it all the time.
Small and lightweight but don’t be fooled, this bagless upright packs a powerful punch. It also compacts down so you can store it in smaller spaces. Great suction, as you’d expect from a Dyson, has a smaller bin however so you will be emptying more frequently.
Designed to roll on a big ball, this Dyson can manoeuvre and steer easily and is designed not to fall over. Removes stubborn pet hairs and the suction is outstanding. If you can afford one of these, buy one.