Buyer’s Guide Vac­uum clean­ers

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Keep­ing your car­pets and other types of floor­ing clean is a thank­less busi­ness, but it can have a sur­pris­ingly big im­pact on the over­all health of your fam­ily, in­clud­ing fight­ing the snif­fles caused by al­ler­gic re­ac­tions to deep-seated dust par­ti­cles. In­vest in some se­ri­ous suc­tion power for a proper deep clean TOP OF THE PILE

Miele Com­plete C3 Com­fort Pow­erLine SGMA3, R6 999 Miele is widely recog­nised as the top-per­form­ing vac­uum-cleaner brand, and its vac­uum clean­ers don’t come cheap. The trade-off is ex­tra­or­di­nary build qual­ity, ex­cel­lent suc­tion power and a dozen small re­fine­ments, like the height-ad­justable tele­scopic han­dle, great ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity and a su­pe­rior brush mech­a­nism for all floor and car­pet types. FEA­TURES: 2 000W mo­tor, pull-along, at­tach­ments in­cluded

BEST BAR­GAIN BUY

Bosch Easyy’y BGS2UPWER1, R2 328 This is the smart buy if you want a prod­uct with mas­sive suck­ing power that is also go­ing to last more than a cou­ple of years. It sports the big­gest mo­tor of the ones in our test, with per­for­mance to match, but it’s also one of the light­est (4,7kg) and qui­etest, and has one of the most com­pact shapes, mak­ing it easy to store. FEA­TURES: 2 500W mo­tor, bag­less, pull-along, at­tach­ments in­cluded

CORD­LESS CON­VE­NIENCE

Philips Pow­erPro Duo 2-in-1 hand­stick FC6168/01, R4 299 The at­trac­tion of cord­less vac­uum clean­ers is ob­vi­ous: no search­ing for power points and no ca­bles get­ting in the way. But for all that con­ve­nience, they can’t match the power of reg­u­lar, plug-in vac­u­ums. This one has a clever mo­torised brush that deep-cleans car­pets more ef­fi­ciently. It also con­verts into a hand-held unit for clean­ing cur­tains and fur­ni­ture, but it only runs for 40 min­utes. FEA­TURES: 18V (40 min­utes’ use/ charge), bag­less, up­right/hand­held, at­tach­ments in­cluded

AVOID THE BENDS

Hoover Air Steer­able Up­right HU86-AS-ZA, R4 199 Hoover pi­o­neered the vac­uum in­dus­try. This up­right model is light (4,9kg) and easy to han­dle, and uses a pis­tol-like grip for steer­ing. The trade-off is that the en­tire body is made of plas­tic. The suc­tion head is al­most as ma­noeu­vrable as a pull-along, but there’s a lot less bend­ing down and that makes it ideal for older folks. Just park it any­where and re­sume when you’re ready. FEA­TURES: 1 200W mo­tor, bag­less, up­right, at­tach­ments in­cluded

SMALL SUCKER

Bosch Big Bag BSN1701RU, R1 519 This is the small­est and light­est (3,6kg) full vac­uum cleaner on test and still de­liv­ers enough power to clean a home with nu­mer­ous rooms. It lacks the hi-tech fea­tures of some other mod­els, but it’s got a strong mo­tor and ac­ces­sories for clean­ing up­hol­stery and cur­tains, plus it has an ex­tralarge 3 ℓ bag. FEA­TURES: 1 700W mo­tor, pull-along, at­tach­ments in­cluded

DIRTY JOBS

Kärcher WD 3 Pre­mium, R2 199 Kärcher spe­cialises in tough ma­chines that will breeze through a liv­ing room, then press on to the garage, drive­way and pa­tio. The WD stands for wet and dry, so it will suck up liq­uid spills in­doors and pud­dles out­doors, and han­dle saw­dust and gravel as eas­ily as car­pets. Dirt and de­bris are all col­lected in the large 17 ℓ stain­less-steel drum. FEA­TURES: 1 000W mo­tor, bag­less/op­tional bag, wet/dry, pull-along, at­tach­ments in­cluded

HANDY POWER TOOL

Black + Decker PV1020L Pivot, R1 399 Hand-held vac­u­ums are use­ful for clean­ing up spilled break­fast ce­real, cap­tur­ing elu­sive dust bun­nies and clean­ing cup­boards, shelves and cars. Decades af­ter it first ap­peared, the orig­i­nal Dust­buster brand still leads the mar­ket by ad­ding in­no­va­tions with­out com­pro­mis­ing on suck­ing power. Here, the nose can be ad­justed to al­most any an­gle, a small brush or noz­zle pops out the front when needed and the whole unit folds up for eas­ier stor­age on its charg­ing mat. FEA­TURES: 10,8V mo­tor (10 min­utes’ use/charge), bag­less, hand-held, at­tach­ments in­cluded

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