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suck it up

15 august 2020

dust busters

Our clients often ask us which vacuum we think is best and the brands we would most recommend. Buying a vacuum is an investment and can cost you a little more than you may think. A good vacuum can last upwards of ten years, so it's no wonder the average starting price for a good vacuum is around $500. We work with different vacuums every single day, so it's no surprise we have a lot to say about them. Here are our reviews on the most popular vacuum brands on the market.

Electrolux 

Electrolux is essentially the Toyota of vacuums; it's powerful, will never break down and it does exactly what it came to do. The good thing about Electrolux is that it has one main head that you can adjust with your foot in between carpet or hard floors, making the job as quick and easy as possible. It does come with other attachments if you prefer but they aren't particularly necessary. These vacuums are so powerful that you will see it pick up particles within a 30cm radius of the vacuum head. The head has one large opening to suck everything up which somehow never gets clogged. Can you tell we like this vacuum? It will cost you around $500, the only bad thing about Electrolux is that there seems to be less variety in recent years, with most stores usually only stocking one type of Electrolux vacuum.

miele

Miele will do the job just as well as Electrolux but is slightly more sophisticated. The main difference is that it's a lot quieter; you can talk on the phone and the person on the other end won't know you're vacuuming. There are a variety of Miele vacuums readily available at most appliance stores, either with or without bags. Both options work just as well as the other so it's entirely up to you as to which you prefer. Bagless usually means you empty the chamber more frequently which can sometimes be a bit messy but potentially more convenient. Whereas the bags don't require changing as often and ensure the dust is confined to the bag, you just have to make sure you buy enough bags when you purchase your vacuum. Miele has many attachments which you will find inside the body of the vacuum, keeping everything organised and in one place. These vacuums will also cost you around the $500 mark.

Dyson

Contrary to popular opinion, these vacuums simply don't work as well as they should. Where do we start... You have to interchange two different heads for carpet and hard floors, unfortunately they don't work vice versa. The rotating head for the carpet can't handle a whole lot, usually chewing up and spitting out whatever you are trying to vacuum up. If you see it rotating rapidly, it means that you have to take the whole head apart as everything builds up inside. The body of the vacuum is round and follows you around like BB-8 from Star Wars and constantly gets stuck around corners. The pipe is also attached off to one side which means you can only turn in one direction while you're vacuuming, otherwise it will get kinked. The absolute worst part about this vacuum is yet to come, this happens way too often and every time we curse it's name. The bin that holds the dust, has a lever for 'easy emptying' that is situated at the bottom of the chamber, this will often open without warning. So just as you've finished vacuuming, when you remove the bin to empty it, dust will spread all over you and the newly cleaned floors. It will set you back anywhere between $500-$1000, worst vacuum ever.

dyson cordless

These vacuums are a good option if you have a large house with multiple sets of stairs. Usually big staircases don't have power points nearby, so this makes vacuuming stairs quicker, easier and safer. This is also a good vacuum to keep in the kitchen to spot clean the floors after cooking, cleaning up after little kids, or just to be able to do a quick vacuum in between your regular clean. Although it can be a great accessory for day to day use, unfortunately it's not suitable to have as your main vacuum. It only picks up about 80% of particles on the floor and it can't pick up anything even remotely large. The rotating head will pick up certain things and spit them back out, often in 1000 pieces, leaving you with more mess than before. The battery will only ever last you about 30 minutes and quickly deteriorates from there usually only after a few years. Ranging anywhere from $500-$1000 you are really only paying for the brand name.

Roomba

Jokes aside, the Roomba can be another good appliance to help you with the daily dust. It won't do a thorough vacuum, but it's suitable to have as a second vacuum to keep your home tidy in between cleans. You can put it on in the morning before you leave for work and come home to a cleaner home. They are available for around $500.

For best results

We do recommend either Electrolux or Miele if you are looking to buy a new vacuum. They are durable, long lasting machines which will likely serve you for about ten years. If you are looking to save money, the cheap vacuums you can find for $100 really aren't worth it, they will end up breaking down after a few months and you will have to fork out the money eventually. Even though we wouldn't recommend it, if you do have a Dyson (no doubt it will give you trouble sooner or later) you can have them serviced, considering the price tag you may as well get as much out of them as you possibly can. Happy vacuuming!