BUYER’S GUIDE: VACUUM CLEANERS
For when you need something that really, well, sucks… our round-up reveals what’s on offer and what type is best for you
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 (harveynorman.com.au), 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 (catchgroup.com.au), 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, binglee.com.au. ‘Cyclone V10 Absolute+’ vacuum, $999, Dyson, dyson.com.au.
‘Powerstick Pro’ vacuum, $699, Samsung, samsung.com.au. Bosch ‘Readyy’y’ vacuum, $365, Winning Appliances, winningappliances.com.au.