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Things to consider when buying a cordless vacuum

Anyone who has used a vacuum cleaner before will know how much more convenient a cordless example is. Offering freedom to move without being effectively tied to a plug socket, cordless vacuums make cleaning the house far less frustrating, especially when it comes to moving up and down the stairs.

Here, we take a look at the things to consider when buying a cordless vacuum, and why this appliance is a great addition to any home.

What types of cordless vacuums are there?

When it comes to cordless vacuums there are three main types to choose from. A stick vacuum cleaner boasts great manoeuvrability, has a slender tube and is very compact, plus this design can often be transformed into a handheld unit for extra convenience too.

A cylinder vacuum looks very similar to a traditional corded vacuum with a long hose and multiple attachments, and an upright vacuum is the bulkiest option but often comes with detachable canisters.

Some cordless vacuums will have a bagless design, which can be useful when emptying, although a design with a bag might be better for you should you wish to empty it even less frequently.

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Things to look out for when buying a cordless vacuum

As with buying any home appliance, there are a number of things to consider when buying a cordless vacuum. Choosing an option which converts into a handheld unit is a great idea, as this can be used to get into hard to reach areas that cannot be accessed using the main vacuum.

This handheld option is also helpful for vacuuming your car. In addition to this, you should look into how long the vacuum will run for when charged (between 10 minutes and an hour), and how long its charging time is (from one hour to overnight).

A cordless vacuum with swappable batteries can also help with run time as you can switch out a dead battery for a charged one whilst making your way around the house. This is also a good feature as you won’t have to replace the whole vacuum when a battery stops working completely.

Dust capacity is another feature to look out for, as the larger the canister is the less often you’ll need to empty it, and a battery level indicator is really handy as it’ll prevent you from starting a job that the vacuum is unable to finish due to low battery life.

A couple of other practical things to consider are the weight of the vacuum, and whether it has the ability to stand by itself or will need to be propped up against a wall. Some models also come with a wall attachment where you can hang the vacuum to charge in a neat and convenient way when not in use.

Now that you know the things to consider when buying a cordless vacuum, you can start searching for the best option for your home.

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