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Vacuum cleaner buying guide

Type: There are several different types of vacuum cleaners to choose from. The most common are the floor vacuum cleaner, the large hand vacuum cleaner and the small hand vacuum cleaner.

  • A floor vacuum cleaner is the best choice when spring cleaning the whole house. They have good suction capacity and are easy to manoeuvre.
  • Large hand vacuum cleaners are good when only a part of the floor needs cleaning. It’s easy to bring in and out of the cupboard, but is heavier to handle because the engine and dust collection are mounted on the shaft. Large hand vacuum cleaners can be used without your back suffering too much because they have long shafts and wheels under the nozzle.
  • A small hand vacuum cleaner is smooth if you want to vacuum clean the couch or the car quickly. They have relatively short battery life which limits how much you can clean with them. In addition, you have to bend your back to use it on the floor.

Dust absorption capacity: Vacuum cleaners are marked according to how well they suck up dust on hard floors or carpets, and it’s called dust absorption capacity. The best suction effect is marked with the letter A. Manufacturers usually also label how many watts suction power the vacuum cleaners have.

Filter: A filter stops small particles from spreading in the room when vacuuming. This keeps the air cleaner and is especially good for those who are sensitive to dust or mites. The vacuum cleaners are labelled on a scale from A to G based on level of filter. A is the best. You can also look for HEPA classification. Today's vacuum cleaners should have filters labelled with E12 or better, which means they filter out 99.5 percent of all particles that have a certain standardized size. Many hand vacuum cleaners lack HEPA filters and therefore release large quantities of particles.

Noise level: Many manufacturers market their vacuum cleaners as silent. Everything is relative, so compare the noise level between different models. The noise level is measured in decibels and manufacturers must state it.

Energy class: Vacuum cleaners are labelled with energy class, where A +++ is the best. The higher the energy class, the better the energy efficiency.

Bag or container: There are vacuum cleaners with bags and without bags. Those without bags have instead a container that you need to empty and clean regularly.

Mobility: Compare the length of the hose and cord if you buy a floor vacuum cleaner. The longer the better. Also look at the construction of the wheels and if the vacuum cleaner is easy to manoeuvre.

Accessories: Many models come with a furniture nozzle and another, smaller nozzle. Other accessories that may be good are a parquet floor nozzle, furniture brush, turbo brush and a rotary nozzle for carpets. Most are usually possible to buy separately afterwards.

  • Animal brush: These are especially adapted nozzles for use on animals and remove hair and debris without the risk of getting attached to the animal.
  • The Crevice tool: A narrower nozzle that penetrates in difficult places and where a common nozzle doesn’t fit.
  • Textile nozzle: These are suitable for cleaning mattresses, sofas, curtains, stuffed furniture, car interiors and the like.
  • Turbo nozzle: Concentrates the suction power in a smaller area for a more powerful effect, and are better than normal nozzles when you want a more thorough cleaning that is more efficient on smaller areas.
  • Combination nozzle: Combines several different nozzles in the same product. For example furniture nozzle and brush nozzle.