What’s The Best Hoover for Your Needs? Use Our Handy Comparison Guide!

You know you’ve reached ultimate adulting when you get excited about purchasing a new hoover! Here at Dorset Companions, through our cleaning services, I have been introduced to a variety of hoovers. So, I thought I would put together this handy guide to help you select the hoover which will fit your needs best. This will make buying your next hoover a whole lot easier! Take a look at the best of the hoovers below:

Hoover #1: Numatic Henry Hoover

Price: 

You’re looking at the pricing range being between £115- £150. This is fairly reasonable for a hoover.

Ease of use:

9/10

Heaviness:

6/10

How well  it cleans stairs and skirting boards:

It cleans them excellently.

The attachments:

  • Soft brush
  • Concentrated long nozzle

The suction:

This is variable.

How it gathers (Bag/ Cylinder):

Henry Hoover uses a bag.  Always buy the cloth ones;  the paper ones are never very good. The cloth ones can be reused if you are clever!

Ease of cleaning:

Flick the head from brush to no brush for easy movement between hard floor and carpet.  The extra long retractable cord means you can plug it in and not need to keep moving sockets.  The long hose makes hoovering stairs a doddle. You can use the soft brush attachment for soft furnishings and skirting boards and use the concentrated nozzle for behind furniture or radiators.

Other comments:

This is the vacuum that builders use on site.  They are virtually indestructible.  However, because of the design, they do take up space when stored.  Upstairs cupboards for the win here!  Or in our house, permanently plugged in and in the way! I’m sure you will find that this is a great hoover if you are in need of one that’s versatile with its use, as well as being reasonably priced.

Star rating:

9/10 (loses a point for attractiveness or lack of)

 

 

Hoover #2: Gtech Air Ram

Price: 

Depending on the model, you’re looking at between £200-£300.

Ease of use:

10/10

Heaviness:

10/10- it’s super light!

How well it cleans stairs and skirting boards:

It doesn’t clean these at all; you would need a separate vacuum for these.

The attachments:

This has no attachments.

The suction:

It has 1 super speed.

How it gathers (Bag/ Cylinder):

It has a cylinder style ‘bin’.

Ease of cleaning:

This hoover moves from different surfaces with ease. It is super lightweight and manoeuvrable.  The handle moves flat against the suction part so it’s great for going under sofas.  It has lights across the front which help you to see when going under furniture.  The head is fairly small so it fits into smaller gaps.  Overall, it has a good forwards and backwards suction.

Other comments:

This is super lightweight and unlike other cordless vacuums, you don’t have to hold in a button to make it work.  You can remove the battery to charge so the whole device doesn’t need to be plugged in saving space. Compared to the Henry Hoover, it is very lightweight, however without the attachments it may not suit all your needs.

Star rating:

8/10 – the run time is around 40 mins on a full charge,  and you need a handheld vacuum to hoover the stairs and do other jobs around the home.  Otherwise it would be a 10!

 

Hoover #3: Dyson V10 Animal Cordless Cyclone Vacuum Cleaner

Price:

You’re looking at being set back £400- £450. However, there are other versions before this which are cheaper, but still work great.

Ease of use:

8/10

Heaviness:

8/10

How well it cleans stairs and skirting boards:

This vacuum cleans these areas well with attachments.

The attachments:

  • Flat brush
  • Small head
  • Concentrated nozzle

The suction:

10/10 on full power mode, but 7/10 on basic mode.

How it gathers (Bag/ Cylinder):

It uses a cylinder.

Ease of cleaning:

The Dyson Cordless is very manoeuvrable as it is lightweight. It’s extremely quick and easy to fit the attachments when you want to change the type of job you are doing (although you need a tool belt to carry them around!) I find it doesn’t work as well on the backwards suction and you sometimes have to go over debris a few times before it will pick up.  The cylinder is fairly small so you have to keep emptying it (otherwise the filter gets clogged up). On full power, the suction is brilliant but the battery life is short. I tend to keep popping the unit on charge whilst I’m getting other jobs done.

Other comments:

My greatest bugbear is the fact you have to continually hold the ‘go’ button. this can cause hand fatigue if you are trying to do more than one room at a time. Although the lightweight quality is attractive, you’d need to question whether the Dyson would suit all your needs, in comparison to the other hoovers.

Star rating:

8/10

 

Hoover #4: Dyson Powerball

Price: 

You’d be looking at a couple of hundred for this.

Ease of use:

7/10

Heaviness:

5/10

How well it cleans stairs and skirting boards:

It cleans these areas well using attachments for the skirtings.  Stairs, however, are more of a bigger job.

The attachments:

  • Brush
  • Concentrated nozzle

The suction:

8/10

How it gathers (Bag/ Cylinder):

It gathers using a cylinder.

Ease of cleaning:

I find the large and medium power ball vacuums very heavy to push around and on carpet, they can have such a great suction, it’s hard to get them to move!  A good size cylinder means you can do the whole house without needing to keep clearing it out.  To use the attachments, you have to detach the main hose from the body of the vacuum and I find this quite cumbersome.

Other comments:

The vacuums do have a great lead length, so you don’t have to keep swapping sockets.  I’d say they are perfect for hard floors and bungalows.  Stairs are more awkward and I find removing the pipe and using almost as a handheld, it difficult, especially under time constraints. How does this compare for you to the other hoovers above? Does it suit all your needs?

Star rating:

10/10 for suction, 7/10 overall

Happy Shopping!

I hope that this hoover comparison has been helpful for you. When reading our handy comparison guide, bear in mind what you will be needing your hoover most for, then that can help you to decide on which hoover is best to suit your needs. If you have anymore questions about my experience with these hoovers, then please do get in touch.

If you are finding time a constant obstacle when it comes to keeping on top of the housework, then I am happy to talk to your about the vast services we can provide, such as our New Mum Services, to help give you back that precious time. Get in touch today to find out more. 

 

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