For when you need some­thing that re­ally, well, sucks… our round-up re­veals what’s on of­fer and what type is best for you

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Does your cur­rent vac­uum suck – and not in the way it’s sup­posed to? Our ex­pert guide will give you ev­ery­thing you need to know to ind the right one

The hum­ble vac­uum cleaner has been rad­i­cally trans­formed in re­cent years, largely due to tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances. The new ap­pli­ances are lighter and of­ten cord­less. Some can be con­trolled re­motely via your smart­phone – and many are bet­ter for al­lergy su er­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to Gary Brown, se­nior brand man­ager of home ap­pli­ances at Har­vey Nor­man (har­veynor­, buy­ers are of­ten sur­prised by the choices on o er when they’re look­ing to up­date their ap­pli­ances. “If you haven’t been in the mar­ket for 10 years, you would be sur­prised how much tech­nol­ogy has changed,” he says.

When de­cid­ing on which vac­uum cleaner to buy, the irst thing you need to think about is the loor sur­face in your home. “Most Aus­tralians have, on av­er­age, two to three dif­fer­ent floor­cov­er­ings in their homes,” says Gary. “So your op­tions are to have three di er­ent machines, or one ma­chine with lots of supplied ac­ces­sories or at­tach­ments.”

Guy Po­lak, head of buy­ing at Catch Group (catch­, has his eye on suc­tion power, es­pe­cially if a house con­tains a lot of car­peted ar­eas. “To re­ally suck up all the dirt from car­pet and other fab­ric sur­faces, you’ll need a vac­uum cleaner that’s high in air watts,” he says, rec­om­mend­ing 100AW (air watts) for strong suc­tion.

Here’s our guide to the ma­jor types of vac­uum cleaners on the mar­ket and the pros and cons of each. It will put you on the right track to se­lect­ing the best one for your home and fam­ily…

Shark ‘Rocket DuoClean’ vac­uum, $299, Bing Lee, bin­ ‘Cy­clone V10 Ab­so­lute+’ vac­uum, $999, Dyson,

‘Pow­er­stick Pro’ vac­uum, $699, Sam­sung, sam­ Bosch ‘Readyy’y’ vac­uum, $365, Win­ning Ap­pli­ances, win­ningap­pli­

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