I wrote a post a while back about the contents of my hoover, and how once the girls are grown I will miss the glitter, sparkles, stick on gems, play sand, coloured rice, dried out worms and myriad of other vacuumed oddments that I find whenever I clean out my vacuum cleaner. One thing parenting has taught me, however, is that you need a good vacuum cleaner, and if you’re in the market for one, here are a few thing to consider.
Though there will be features that suit some individuals more than others (shape, size, weight etc), the universal requirement is a strong, effective system which leaves you with a clean and spotless home. Dyson Hoover vacuum cleaners are great appliances for ensuring that the home is free from dirt, debris, and other tiny particles, like pollen, mould spores and even bacteria that may trigger allergy attacks.
Bag or No Bag?
If you don’t need to vacuum too often, or don’t have a huge surface to cover, having to change a bag – and, of course, always having one to hand – may not bother you too much. But make sure you consider the additional cost during the lifetime of your new vacuum. As of this year, things have become even simpler, with the launch of the filterless vacuum – one less thing to worry about. With kids I seem to vacuum pretty much every day, so not having to worry about filling up bags and replacing them is great. It’s also one less thing for the landfill, so that pleases me.
[pullquote] Tim Vine scooped the DAVE award for ‘Funniest Joke’ at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival when he said: “I’ve decided to sell my Hoover… well, it was just collecting dust.”[/pullquote]
This is purely personal preference and you need to think about what works best for you (or whoever uses the vacuum the most), the layout of your home and your flooring and soft furnishings. And don’t overlook storage; you may regret buying an upright vacuum if you don’t have a cupboard tall enough to store it. Unless, of course, you plan on making it a focal point. My hoover hides down the side of my sofa so that I can grab it ten times a day and clean the latest round of play rice/glitter/magic sand.
The effects of dust, mould and bacteria, especially on allergy prone children are nothing to laugh about, so, if you think your vacuum might not be quite up to the job, check out www.dyson.co.uk for their full range and don’t leave it to the point where you’re actually just happier moving out – specially if you own your house!
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