Should the device vacuum up dust, long hair or animal hair, or ash and liquids?

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Questions to ask yourself before buying a vacuum cleaner

To find the vacuum cleaner that best suits your needs, you must start by asking the right questions about the features you expect.

Do you want a model that goes by itself?

The first question is simple. if you are looking for a model capable of cleaning without your intervention, there is only one choice: you will of course have to orient yourself towards a robot vacuum cleaner .

All types of vacuum cleaners are capable of vacuuming dust and dirt. But if you have long hair or animals that lose their hair, certain accessories are particularly useful: the turbobrosses thus make it possible to pick up hair and long hair more quickly, especially when they are trapped in the fibers of the carpet or carpet, or even on fabric furniture. Likewise, if you need to vacuum the ash from the chimney, it is better to provide a specially adapted vacuum cleaner which will not risk breaking down because of clogged filters. And if you need to suck up liquids, there are water vacuum cleaners that filter through a water tank and will therefore adapt to it without difficulty.


How to make a choice :

For a classic need (everyday dust and dirt): all types of vacuum cleaners are suitable (sleds with and without bag, broom vacuum cleaner, robot, etc.).

If you have a lot of hair or animal hair to pick up: a special pet vacuum cleaner will be more efficient thanks to its turbobrush type accessories.

If you also need to suck up liquids or very fine dust which could damage a standard vacuum cleaner, the choice of a vacuum cleaner with water filtration will be relevant.

If you want a cordless , or booster model: broom or hand-held vacuum cleaners running on batte

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ries may interest you. We also find more and more two in one models that can be used to clean floors as well as the table or the car. The overwhelming majority of them operate without bags with cyclone filtration. The performance of stick vacuums tends to improve, and as their design is attractive some choose to do all their cleaning with!

If you have little space: it will be interesting to choose a vacuum cleaner with reduced dimensions, for example a compact canister or a stick vacuum cleaner , which will be easy to store.

What types of floors are you going to clean: hard floors, or carpets / rugs?

The performance of vacuum cleaners is not the same depending on the type of floor: some are more effective on hard floors like tiles or parquet, others do better on fabric floors. The accessories can also be different: almost all vacuum cleaners are delivered with a double or triple position main brush which can clean all floors, but it may be useful to have a special brush for hard floors so as not to risk scratching the parquet, or a turbo brush to dust a thick carpet deeply eureka upright vacum.


In summary :

The vacuum cleaner you choose should be effective for all the floors in your home. Depending on the case, specialized accessories may be useful.

If you have a lot of hair or animal hair to pick up: a special pet vacuum cleaner will be more efficient thanks to its turbobrush type accessories.

What are your expectations in terms of ergonomics and user comfort?

Today we find vacuum cleaners with very good suction performance without necessarily having to break the piggy bank. Beyond 150 to 200 €, it is mainly ergonomics, manufacturing quality and user comfort that make the difference. These points are not to be taken lightly: a well thought out and well designed vacuum cleaner will be more pleasant to use, will save you time, and will have a longer lifespan (which can make it more profitable than a model with little price). The points to watch are for example:


The noise level : it is obvious, but a silent vacuum cleaner is much less painful to use than a noisy model, both for you and for the other members of the household (babies, pets…).

The ease of maintenance : this concerns first emptying the bag or dust container, which should be done regularly. Is the bag self-sealing to avoid re-emitting dust when it is replaced? Is the bin easily removed from its replacement, and do you need to put your fingers in it to remove dirt? You should also think about filters, except in the rare cases where they are maintenance-free. These small details greatly change the comfort of use.

The weight of the vacuum cleaner : you will have to drag it behind you, or even to carry it if it is a hand vacuum cleaner or broom, and a significant weight tires faster. This is even more important if you have a two-story dwelling, since you then have to carry the vacuum cleaner up the stairs.

You will find for all models tested by an opinion on their strengths and weaknesses, so as not to have unpleasant surprises.


How to choose a powerful vacuum cleaner

Once you have thought about your needs and know what type of vacuum cleaner to buy, it remains to choose the right model from a plentiful offer.


A bit of history: air flow and depression

In the past, to know if a vacuum cleaner was going to have an effective suction before trying it, it was necessary to be based on the technical characteristics which were sometimes (but not always) provided by the manufacturer.


Two of them were useful for predicting the efficiency of a vacuum cleaner: the air flow (given in liters per second, or L / s), and the vacuum (given in kiloPascal, or kPa). Ideally, there was also the useful power (in Watts, or W) which directly represents the effective suction power of the vacuum cleaner.


To know more:

Two vacuum cleaners that have the same electrical power can have a different useful power: not to confuse these indications and learn more about air flow and vacuum, you can consult our article on the technical performance of vacuum cleaners .


In summary, the air flow represents the volume of air passing through the hose, and is important for cleaning efficiency on hard floors . Vacuum represents the suction capacity of the vacuum cleaner, and is important for the effective dusting of carpets and rugs .


This information was flawed for several reasons. First, because they were often missing, since there were no regulations requiring manufacturers to measure and provide this data. Second, because these values ​​were simply declarative, and were not independently checked. It was therefore possible to doubt their reliability. Some manufacturers sometimes had these measurements carried out by an independent laboratory, but by measuring directly at the level of the telescopic tube, without any accessory installed: this artificially increased the measured values.


It was therefore difficult to compare models of different brands with each other, even when data was provided. Fortunately, the situation has changed today since all vacuum cleaners must be accompanied by an energy label which provides, among other things, an indication of their suction performance.


Energy label and dust removal efficiency

The energy label is actually more than a simple information banner: it accompanies European regulations that frame the information provided with each canister vacuum cleaner. With regard to performance, it requires an evaluation of the suction performance on hard floors and on carpets / rugs , following a rigorous test. The result gives in the two categories a score between A (corresponding for example to a collection of more than 91% of dust on carpets and carpets after 5 passes of the brush) and E (for an efficiency between 75% and 79%). Models with a rating lower than E (therefore F or G) are now prohibited: this guarantees minimum performance for vacuum cleaners sold in Europe.


The result therefore gives a reliable idea of ​​the suction performance of a model: by looking at the note on the type of soil that interests us, we immediately have clear and objective information on the suction efficiency. Since these measurements are carried out under conditions framed by the regulations, they have the advantage of being able to be compared from one manufacturer to another without risk of deception.


In summary :

The energy label provides 2 notes for suction performance: one for hard floors, and the other for carpets and rugs.

Choose a model with a good rating (ideally A, and at least C) for the floor or floors of your home.

For more information, see our article on the energy label of vacuum cleaners .

Filtration level and noise level

For canister vacuums, the energy label indicates both the filtration level and the noise level of the device.


The filtration level, which is in fact a measure of the dust re-emission rate, is based on the dust rate released into the room (and therefore not filtered) during use. To have the best rating (therefore a class A), it is necessary that less than 0.02% of the dust sucked is rejected (in other words, the filtration level must be better than 99.98%!). For this, the vacuum cleaner must have an efficient filtration system (either a bag or a cyclonic system), most often supplemented by a HEPA filter for fine dust, and also that it is “waterproof” for that the air flow sucked does not escape through interstices. In the past, we only had information on the possible presence of a HEPA filter: yet a model could have a very efficient HEPA filter, but bad seals,


For more information, see our article on HEPA filters and filtration level .


The majority of vacuum cleaners sold today have a very good rating for their level of filtration (A or B). It is an essential point for people allergic or sensitive to dust, but it is important for everyone.


Finally, the energy label mentions the sound level (in decibels, dB) measured under controlled conditions. The noise generated by the vacuum cleaner is an important factor for the comfort of use. Be aware that vacuum cleaners are considered silent when it drops below about 70 dB, the best models approaching 60 dB. Above 80 dB, it becomes uncomfortable after a few minutes. Think about it, as it can deter you from using your vacuum cleaner at full power.


In summary :

Choose a vacuum cleaner preferably having a grade of A or B for its level of filtration (especially if you are sensitive to dust).

If you are looking for a silent vacuum cleaner , look for models with a noise level of less than 70 dB.

Which vacuum cleaner for pets?

When you have pets, and in particular if they tend to lose their hair, it is necessary to vacuum more regularly. The general rules for finding a successful model remain valid, but some small details can make your life easier.


In terms of accessories, the presence of a turbobrush or mini turbobrush makes collecting hairs or long hair more efficient. If the brush has an anti-tangling device or if it can be dismantled to facilitate maintenance, it is even better.


A high level of filtration is also desirable in view of the dust which can be brought by our four-legged friends. In addition to the classic HEPA filter , some pet vacuums are equipped with an odor filter, which can be handy for quickly removing a “wet dog” smell. Alternatively and in a more original way, it is possible to turn to a water vacuum cleaner which can also ensure a high level of filtration, at the cost of a little more laborious maintenance.


Many manufacturers now offer special animal models : some are really suitable, while for others it is mainly marketing. If you are looking for this type of device, do not hesitate to consult our buying guide and our comparison of vacuum cleaners for pets.


Which vacuum cleaner to clean your car?

Unless you have an electrical outlet next to your parking space, the easiest way to clean a car is to turn to a hand vacuum . Small, light, and battery operated, they are perfect for small cleanings. They can also be used in the house, and even for cleaning floors if they are part of a 2 in 1 stick vacuum cleaner.


There are several hand vacuums for cleaning automobiles. They are delivered with suitable accessories: long nozzle or flexible nozzle to access the interstices behind the seats, or even mini turbo-brush to clean the tissues in depth. The possibility of being powered by a cigarette lighter cord is also practical so that you do not have to worry about the battery capacity.


Before buying a vacuum cleaner

Buying a vacuum cleaner is not a trivial act. Indispensable for cleaning floors and tracking down dust, your vacuum cleaner will normally accompany you for many years.


The supply is plentiful, and can leave buyers at a loss. helps you find your way: we take care of the research and the synthesis of existing information, and we can thus provide you with an objective expert opinion on the available offer. You just have to make your choice according to your need.


Which vacuum cleaner to choose?

The options available when purchasing a new vacuum cleaner are endless.


First there are the different manufacturers: the best known are Dyson, Miele, Electrolux, Philips, Roomba, among others.


Then choose the type of vacuum cleaner: canister vacuum, broom, compact, bucket, robot, as well as other more specific types: commercial, industrial vacuum cleaner, etc.


Each of these categories contains several models: with bags, without bags, with HEPA filters, without wires… The number of vacuum cleaners available is enormous.


It is easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of information available and to make the wrong choice. provides you with the synthesis of research on everything related to vacuum cleaners, and thus saves you time while avoiding a hazardous choice. Here you will find user reviews on vacuum cleaners from major brands, as well as our own review of vacuum cleaners from lesser-known brands.


Here are some first things to guide you.


To begin…

In order to make the most of the information that this site provides you with, the first step is to precisely define your need .


For example, you need to know what type of floor you plan to clean (tiling, carpet), what surface, and if you have pets in your home.


We must then compare the prices, the weight, and the flexibility of use of the available models.


The most expensive models are not always the best vacuum cleaners for all uses.


Our articles will help you select the best vacuum cleaner for you. We suggest you start with our detailed buying guide .


You can also directly consult our classification of the best vacuum cleaners by category.


Bosch – GS05 Cleann’n BGS05X240

Bosch vacuum cleaner – BGS05X240

The GS-05 Cleann’n (reference BGS05X240) is an entry-level / mid-range bagless vacuum cleaner from Bosch. It offers an attractive value for money for use on hard floors, but with a high noise level.


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Rowenta – Air Force Flex 460 RH9292WO

Stick vacuum cleaner – Rowenta Air Force Flex 460 RH9292WO

The Air Force Flex 460 “Animal Kit” RH9292WO is a high-end 2 in 1 stick vacuum cleaner from Rowenta. It works with a 21.9V Lithium-ion battery which gives it autonomy up to 30 minutes, for a charging time of less than 3 hours.


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Rowenta – Dual Force 2-in-1 RH6751WO

Stick vacuum cleaner – Rowenta Air Force Dual Force 2in1 RH6751WO

The Dual Force 2-in-1 (reference RH6751WO) is an entry / mid-range model from Rowenta. As the name suggests, it is a stick vacuum cleaner with integrated handheld vacuum cleaner. Equipped with a 21.9V Lithium-ion battery, its autonomy can reach 45 minutes


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Philips – SpeedPro Max FC6813

Stick vacuum cleaner – Philips Speed ​​Pro Max FC6813

The SpeedPro Max FC6813 / 01 is a 2 in 1 stick vacuum cleaner from Philips, with a modern design and with integrated handheld vacuum cleaner. Its 18V Li-ion battery gives it an autonomy of 45 minutes. It is delivered with a turbobrush and a mini turbobrush.


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  1. Koenig – AXO940

Vacuum cleaner H.Koenig – AXO940

The AXO940 is a low-cost bagless vacuum cleaner from the household appliance brand H. Koenig. It is the special animal version of the AXO900, equipped with additional accessories. This model is noisy but with good performance, especially on hard floors, and offers an interesting price-performance ratio.


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Rowenta – X-Pert Essential 260 RH7324WO

Stick vacuum cleaner – Rowenta RH7324WO

The X-Pert Essential 260 (reference RH7324WO) is a mid-range model from Rowenta. It incorporates the design of the high-end Air Force 360 ​​family, with more modest performance and a more attractive price. Its autonomy can reach 25 minutes.


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Hoover – Reactiv RC81

Hoover vacuum cleaner – Reactiv RC81

The Reactiv RC81 (reference RC81_RC25011) is a Hoover bagless vacuum cleaner. It is a model at a low price but with excellent cleaning performance. In addition to its main brush, it comes with a parquet brush, a special carpet / carpet brush, and a mini turbo brush for the collection of animal hair.


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Neato – BotVac D750

Neato robot vacuum – BotVac D750 Connected

The Neato BotVac D750 is an improved version of the D701, special for pets. This robot vacuum cleaner with Wifi connection still has very good cleaning performance and an efficient navigation system with maps.


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iRobot – Roomba i7156

IRobot robot vacuum cleaner – Roomba i7156

The Roomba i7156 is part of the new family of high-end i7 vacuums from the iRobot brand. It inherits the high performance of the 900 series, adding smarter movements and advanced mapping management.


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Electrolux – Rapido ZB6106WDT

Hand vacuum cleaner – Electrolux – Rapido ZB6106WDT

The Rapido ZB6106WDT is a mid-range handheld vacuum cleaner from Electrolux, which can vacuum both water and dust. Equipped with 7.2 V Li-ion batteries, it has an autonomy of 14 minutes, and recharges in 4 hours.


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Bosch – GS05 Cleann’n BGS05X240

  1. Koenig – AXO940

Hoover – Reactiv RC81