What you need to consider before buying a new vacuum

Whether you’re replacing a well-used device or buying your very first model, it can be tricky to know which vacuum cleaner is the perfect pick for your household.

From flooring specific brush attachments to specialist dust bags, there are countless variables which, while you might have never considered before, should be at the front of your mind when buying a new vacuum. 

So, how do you make sure your choice ticks all the boxes before you’ve tried it out? It’s easy – just take a look at our handy guide below to see how you can find the vacuum of your dreams.

Firstly, how big are the cleaning jobs?

Lightweight vacuum cleaner being used in the kitchen

Before you begin browsing new nozzles and flashy attachments, the first thing you should consider is where you’ll be using your vacuum.

For example, if you’ll be cleaning a small apartment, large (and expensive) vacuums simply aren’t necessary. Not only will they be difficult to store, they’ll also burn a needlessly large hole in your budget. In these instances, you may want to consider using a compact vacuum, such as our Multi handheld vacuum.

The Multi weighs just 1.5kg when used with a nozzle*, making it a great option for smaller homes and quick clean ups. If you think you’ll need more of a boost, the Gtech AirRam is the Multi’s perfect partner. Offering floor cleaning across a variety of surfaces, the AirRam works alongside our handheld for a complete home cleaning solution.

Which floor surfaces will you be cleaning?

If you’ve ever wondered why your new vacuum isn’t picking up every inch of debris, you might want to think about how well-suited your vacuum is to the job.

For instance, if you have a hardwood floor, keep an eye out for certain features, such as rubber/felt wheels and soft bristled vacuum heads, as they’ll be much gentler on your floors.

If you have both carpet and hardwood flooring throughout your home, look for versatile models which are built to handle both types. Our AirRam, for instance, is designed to transition seamlessly between surfaces with no settings to change.

Handheld vacuum cleans a mattress

What type of cleaner are you?

If you take immense satisfaction in seeing how much dirt and debris has been collected by your vacuum cleaner, then you should consider a bagless vacuum. These types feature transparent bins which allow you to see the fruits of your labour.

If you’re more of the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ school of thought, look into bagged vacuums. Although traditional vacuums bags used to be pretty unreliable (imagine them ripping while you’re throwing them out and being impossible to find at your local supermarket!), things are looking up. Our Pro vacuum range features triple-layered bags that are designed to be rip-resistant, trapping dirt, dust and hair around the home.

How much maintenance does it need?

Before choosing your favourite vacuum, you should always think about how much time and effort you’re prepared to put aside before, during and after cleaning.

For instance, bagless vacuums, such as the AirRam, feature bins and filters that do all the messy work for you. The vacuum’s filters only need to be cleaned every so often and, if you misplace your filter, spares are available to buy online. The bin itself is easy to clean, too, with an ejector arm that slides the debris out – this means all you need to do is give it a quick rinse and dry before using it again.

Similarly, bagged vacuums are ideal for those who don’t want to deal with fiddly filters. All you need to do when cleaning these types is lift out the full bag, throw it away and replace with a fresh one. You’ll also get a mess-free experience with bagged varieties, as all the dust and debris is handily contained with your vacuum’s bag – this means no more ‘dust clouds’, as is typical of traditional cylinders. The bags in our Gtech Pros, for instance, have enhanced dirt capacity, meaning less frequent emptying**.

Now you know what you’re looking for, have a browse of Gtech’s full range of vacuum cleaners and find the perfect model for your home.

*Weight = 1.5kg when used with nozzle. Weight varies according to the attachment being used.

**Gtech consumer product development testing, 2017.