Whether you’re lucky enough to have cleaning help or are currently DIY, you’ll want a reliable, powerful vacuum to keep your floors spotless. And you’re not the only one. It’s been predicted that by 2020 the worldwide vacuum cleaner market will be worth US$114 billion, which is about 115.7 million units cleaning floors across the planet. Whatever your needs, there’s a model to suit; from allergy-friendly machines, to quick handstick models and robot cleaners. We visited Harvey Norman’s Flagship Super Store at Millennia Walk and checked out their extensive range… here are our top seven picks.
Allergy friendly models for heavy-duty cleaning
1. Philips PerformerPro
Philips PerformerPro is an ‘allergy safe’ bag vacuum cleaner with a HEPA 13 filter and AirSeal to capture fine dust. The filter is ECARF (European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation) certified and purifies the air of up to 99.95% of allergens from cat and dog hair, dust mites or pollen, so your home can be allergy friendly. Its 3-in-1 TriActive+ nozzle is also great for high pile rugs and little nooks and crannies.
2. Philips PowerPro Ultimate
Rather go bagless? Philips PowerPro Ultimate model is a good choice. In addition to the HEPA 13 filter and the TriActive+ Nozzle, it applies NanoClean technology that prevents the usual messy dust cloud escaping when you empty the chamber.
Squeaky-clean with a steam cleaner
3. Kärcher’s Steam Cleaner SC4 Premium
Ready to go full steam ahead? Whether in the bathroom, kitchen or lounge, they kill 99.99% of all common household bacteria on hard surfaces. The steam cleaner ensures greater hygiene and better cleaning performance than conventional manual cleaning methods with detergent. Powerful steam and diverse accessories ensure that fittings, tiles, hobs, exhaust hoods and even tiny crevices and niches are cleaned thoroughly.
Handheld models for quick pick up
4. Electrolux Ergorapido ZB3114AK
Chargeable handstick vacuums are great for whizzing around the house for spot cleans. Electrolux Ergorapido handheld vacuum cleaner ZB3114AK is a 2-in-1 design with a stick vacuum that allows you to spot clean your house or detach the main unit to become a handheld vacuum to clean up after a meal or spill. Since it’s wireless, you can access areas like stairs easily. It’s lithium battery can last up to 45 minutes. We found this model easy to manoeuvre and it’s nozzle headlights handy when reaching dark areas under furniture.
5. Dyson V8 Handstick vacuum
After greater suction power? Dyson V8 Fluffy Handstick vacuum is your answer. The unit is small, lightweight and its motor is positioned to allow balanced handgrip and smooth cleaning. This lightweight powerhouse cleans pet hair from the furniture, hard to reach cobwebs and can even dust lampshades and blinds. As it’s cord free it can be taken out to the car to blast seats, dirty boots and foot wells.
Robotic models for daily maintenance
6. iRobot Roomba 980
Want your house made spick and span by a robot while you’re out? The iRobot Roomba 980 robotic vacuum cleaner gives you cleaner floors, throughout your entire home, all at the push of a button. Roomba 980 seamlessly navigates an entire level of your home, keeping track of its location and recharging as needed until the job is done. The AeroForce™ Cleaning System with Carpet Boost automatically increases power on carpets where it’s needed most. And with the iRobot HOME App, you can clean and schedule on the go.
7. Samsung CycloneForce VR9000 PowerBot
The Samsung CycloneForce VR9000 PowerBot takes robotic cleaning to the next level. A FullView sensor accurately maps out the area, circumventing potential obstacles, while a built-in digital camera creates a map of your home and calculates the most efficient and thorough cleaning route. If you don’t want to be disturbed by vacuum noise, its virtual guard function prevents it from crossing a designated area. Larger wheels and a higher body help it to maneuver over rugs, wires and elevated floors.