How to choose a vacuum cleaner in 2015

Today the market presents a huge number of models of vacuum cleaners: from compact wireless to super-power, from expensive robotic models to the most affordable. How to choose a model that is right for you and will please you for many years with perfect cleanliness in the room? The answer to this question will depend on the area of ​​the room in which the cleaning is carried out, as well as on how often you spend it and how much time you are willing to spend on it.


  • Compact wireless vacuum cleaners
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Vacuum cleaners with additional cleaning functions
  • Household vacuum cleaners
    • Additional functions
  • Expert opinion

Compact wireless vacuum cleaners

These models are not very powerful and are powered by a battery. However, they also have undeniable advantages: during the harvesting you will not have to get under the feet of the power cable, and even the child will cope with the process itself. In addition, you are not tied to sockets in the apartment and you can use such vacuum cleaners for cleaning a country house, car salon or garage. The main criteria that should be paid attention are battery life, battery charging time and dust tank capacity( in many inexpensive models it is minimal, and it will be necessary to shake out dust too often).

Battery life

Depends on battery capacity and power. Most wireless models usually do not exceed half an hour( which is more than enough to clean a medium sized room), but in some cases there may be more. It should be remembered that the more capacious the battery is used in the vacuum cleaner, the heavier the whole structure will be, and seek a reasonable compromise.

Charging time

Also directly depends on the capacity: the model with the maximum battery life and will be charged more. In some cases( especially for cleaning in hard-to-reach places), it is worthwhile to take a less powerful and lighter model that charges faster and recharges it 2-3 times during the spring cleaning, and you can at this time do dusting.

Tank capacity

For wireless models, the 0.5 liter capacity is already considered large, since the volume of the dust box directly affects the compactness of the vacuum cleaners: the tank is built into the lower part or the handle, which in this case will be difficult to reach the space under the cabinet or sofa.

Robots-vacuum cleaners

These vacuum cleaners have much in common with conventional wireless models. They are compact, have a small weight and power and do not have a cable. But the robot vacuum cleaner will do all the work for you, and the most advanced models will also return to the docking station for recharging. The use of such a robot is justified if the room is not too furnished( otherwise the automation will be difficult to navigate), and also if the house does not have large pets that will surely enjoy playing with your electronic pet.

Earlier we published a rating of the best robotic vacuum cleaners.

Battery life

As a rule, it is much larger than for wireless models controlled by humans, and can be up to a couple of hours or more.

Charging time

This parameter is not as relevant as for manual models. Even if the robot vacuum cleaner is charging for a long time, in the end it will continue to work at a convenient time and without your participation.

Vacuum cleaners with additional cleaning functions

Obviously, the main task of any vacuum cleaner is to effectively clean the house of dust. However, there are contaminants that are not removed by absorption, as well as microbes against which conventional models are powerless. Those who pay much attention to the cleanliness of housing, it is worth to look at washing vacuums or vacuum cleaners with disinfectant properties.

Detergent function

In addition to dry, they are able to produce and wet cleaning. It all depends on your preferences: clean the dust, and then wipe the floor with a traditional mop with a rag, or buy an expensive washing model.

UV filter

For protection against microbes in some models, UV lamps are used. Their radiation has bactericidal properties: the purchase of such a vacuum cleaner will be justified if there are small children or people with weakened immunity at home.

Coal filter

Standard filters effectively remove ordinary dust, but are not always able to hold up its microscopic particles. Therefore, in a number of models, air that has been cleaned from large particles is additionally passed through an activated carbon filter having high absorbing properties. The presence of a coal filter is especially useful for people with allergies.

Household Vacuum Cleaners

Models of "conventional" vacuum cleaners also differ in variety and wide range in price and functionality. The main selection criteria are engine power and noise level.


The standard power for most household models is about 500-600 watts. But there are also more powerful products - for example, about 1500 watts. The power of the latter closely approaches the models that are used for industrial cleaning of premises. The choice of such a vacuum cleaner will be justified if you live in a large private house.

Noise level

Measured in decibels. The smaller this number, the less noisy the model. For household models, a "quiet" level of about 80 dB is considered.

Dust bag

Vacuum cleaners come with or without a dust bag. In the first case, the vacuum cleaner is easier to maintain, dust particles do not scatter around the apartment when cleaning the container, however you will have to buy disposable bags from time to time. If you are willing to spend a few extra minutes cleaning the vacuum cleaner and save a little, you can stop on the model without a bag.

Additional functions of

Additional functions are designed to provide convenience or improve the quality of cleaning. For example, the controls placed on the handle will allow you to turn on the vacuum cleaner and adjust the power without bending over to the body itself. It is worth paying attention to and additional accessories - coming in the kit or purchased separately. It can be a brush for removing animal hair, a narrow nozzle for cleaning in corners and under skirting boards and the like.

Vacuum cleaners for every taste are available from well-known manufacturers in Russia and abroad - Philips, Rowenta, as well as from the German company Kaercher, famous primarily for its professional cleaning products. Household models are a little inferior in reliability, however they are more compact and produce less noise.

Expert opinion

The main advice when choosing a vacuum cleaner: do not buy vacuum cleaners in markets and in little-known stores, because in case of factory marriage or rough forgery of very poor quality, you will practice proofing theorems on quality, honesty and adequate cost, that's only axiomsthe seller will be different from yours!