Although the basic idea of a vacuum cleaner is always the same – to suck up dirt and dust efficiently-there are many different variants. Different brands and models offer unique features, and it is essential to remember that the most expensive is not always the best!
Vacuum cleaners are equipped with the EU energy label, which shows which energy efficiency class it is in, the cleaning class for carpet and hard floors, and the noise and dust emission class. Energy efficiency is measured in A – G, and you should always make sure to get a vacuum cleaner that is as close to the A-class as possible. Avoid C-Class and worse.
New Requirements – Better for the Environment!
As of 1/9 2017, the rules for which power the vacuum cleaners should have changed have also changed, so now new vacuum cleaners may have a maximum power of 900 watts. Previously, the limit was 1600 watts, so that the new requirement will save the environment significantly. Higher power does not necessarily mean better suction power, but the design of the nozzle and the filter system also play a role. A good vacuum cleaner sucks really well, even with a power lower than 900 watts.
Anything Below 70 Db Is Relatively Quiet
As I said, different vacuum cleaners have different functions and unique properties. Think about what needs you have in your home and look for a machine that can meet those needs. Do you live big? Then it may be a good idea to get an easy-to-drive and not too heavy vacuum cleaner. Test drive it in the store and feel how easy it is to pull it around.
Can vacuuming in your home disturb sleeping, children? Maybe you want to spend a little extra money on a quiet model, preferably with a noise level around 60 dB, but anything below 70 dB is relatively quiet. However, keep in mind that the measured sound and the perceived sound do not always match! A low decibel vacuum cleaner can be perceived as loud, and a high decibel vacuum cleaner can be experienced as silent.
HEPA Filter or Not?
Are you or anyone else in the household asthmatic or allergic? Then it is extra important that the vacuum cleaner has a tight and well-functioning HEPA filter. It is a highly efficient particle filter for air and one that should be able to filter out at least 99.97% of tiny airborne particles. The HEPA filter is built into the vacuum cleaner, and HEPA-14 is the very best! For an allergy sufferer, it isn’t brilliant to settle for anything less than HEPA-13. The Asthma and Allergy Association has compiled a list of allergy-friendly vacuum cleaners.