High-powered vacuum cleaners under threat as EU considers ban, low power vacuum cleaners

A European Commission study, that is still being completed, has identified up to 30 electrical appliances to be covered by the EU’s Ecodesign directive outlawing high-wattage devices including electric kettles, hair dryers, wifi routers and smartphones The European Union is considering pulling the plug on high-wattage hair dryers, lawn mowers and electric kettles in a follow up to its controversial ban on powerful vacuum cleaners. The power of hairdryers could be...

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Vacuum cleaners: How to buy the best vacuum cleaner

Handheld vacuum cleaners Handheld vacuum cleaners are compact and convenient Handheld vacuum cleaners can help to keep car interiors clean and quickly pick up crumbs and mess around the house, getting into the gaps that a larger, heavier vac can’t access. But are they a good investment? We’ve tried out a number of handheld vacuums, including models from Dyson, Karcher and Black and Decker – go to our for all our video guides. Handheld vacuum cleaners...

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Vacuum cleaners: How to buy the best vacuum cleaner

Bagless vacuum cleaners Bagless models do away with the expense and hassle of buying packs of vac bags Choosing between a bagged or bagless vacuum cleaner model is mostly a matter of personal preference. But there are some differences that you should know about – especially if you suffer from allergies. It’s been almost three decades since Sir James Dyson first introduced the first cyclonic bagless vacuum to the world. Today, competing major manufacturers have also...

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Vacuum cleaners: How to buy the best vacuum cleaner

How to choose the best Dyson vacuum Dyson vacuum cleaners are among the most popular vacs sold in the UK. The majority of Which? members that own an upright or bagless vacuum cleaner, own a Dyson-branded vac. But if you’re in the market for a new dust-busting appliance and you’re considering going Dyson – what should you be looking out for? Below we bring you our expert Which? guide to the different Dyson vacs and features – but before rushing out to...

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Vacuum cleaners: How to buy the best vacuum cleaner

Cylinder vacuum cleaners Cylinders are lighter and more compact than upright vacuum cleaners Cylinder vacuum cleaners can be light, have a long reach and are well suited for cleaning both stairs and hard-to-reach places. But they can be a pain to store away tidily and they’re generally not as good at picking up pet hair as uprights – so do you need a cylinder vac? Cylinder vacuum cleaners are pulled along behind you as you clean. Most are provided with a...

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Vacuum cleaners: How to buy the best vacuum cleaner

Cordless vacuum cleaners A cordless vac is convenient and easy to store – but you’ll need to recharge it between uses Smaller, lighter and without the wires of a full-size model, cordless vacuum cleaners – also known as stick vacuum cleaners – can make quick work of cleaning your floors at home. We’ve looked at a number of different models includingDyson’s DC44 Digital Slim and the Gtech AirRAM. You can see all our reviews, including videos,...

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Vacuum cleaners: How to buy the best vacuum cleaner

Cheap vacuum cleaners Looking for a cheap vacuum cleaner? You’ll need to put in a little more effort than normal when you’re out shopping for your new Dyson, Electrolux, Miele or Hoover vac, but that extra sweat could help you bag that brilliant vacuum cleaner bargain. Online versus high street Online stores tend to offer cheaper prices than the high street, especially when you factor in online-only special discounts and online discount codes (see below) –...

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Vacuum cleaners: How to buy the best vacuum cleaner

Upright vacuum cleaners Upright vacuums can quickly cover large areas of floor but they can be heavy Upright vacuum cleaners are often great at picking up pet hair, quickly covering large areas of floor and often have larger capacities than cylinder vacs. But they can be heavy and difficult to clean your stairs with – so is an upright vacuum for you? Upright vacs use a motorised, rotating brush within the cleaning head to pull up dust and dirt from your floors. This...

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Vacuum cleaners: How to buy the best vacuum cleaner

Which vacuum cleaner? You can check a vac’s size and weight in the shops, but not how well it cleans Upright vacuum or cylinder? Bagged or bagless? Hoover or Dyson? Vacuum cleaners today come in different shapes and sizes, and cater for lots of different needs. To help make sense of it all, here is the Which? guide to buying a vacuum cleaner. With so many different styles of vacuum cleaners available, it’s easy to spend money on a model that isn’t right...

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Is this the best vacuum cleaner ever? It’s cordless, bagless, light as a feather and recharges like your mobile phone.

A new cordless vacuum cleaner was launched this week with the promise that it would revolutionise housework. But how does the Gtech AirRam compare to the other cleaners on the market? We asked mother-of-three (and owner of two long-haired dogs) AMANDA CABLE to put ten of the biggest sellers to the test… +7 Amanda Cable (pictured), mother of three, test drives the market’s latest vacuum cleaners Gtech AirRam Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Price: £229.95 exclusive...

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