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Cylinder Vacuum Cleaners
- Lighter and more compact
- Ideal for stairs and hard-to-reach areas
- Usually quieter
- More reliable overall
- Can be difficult to store neatly
- Can be more difficult to control and manoeuvre
- Larger motors (can make them more inefficient)
Where will you be storing your vacuum cleaner? Cylinder vacuums may be more compact, but the hose section can be difficult to keep tidy. Ideally, look for a cylinder vacuum cleaner that comes with a side clip – this keeps the hose upright and attached to the body.
Do you have a lot of stairs in your home? If so a cylinder vacuum cleaner may be the best solution for you. Lighter than an upright vacuum, a cylinder vacuum is easier to get up and down stairs. They are also good for tackling those hard-to-reach areas.
Weight and Reach
The reach of a vacuum cleaner can range in length, anything from 6 to 15 metres. The average reach of a cylinder vacuum cleaner is 10.1m, whilst the average reach of an upright vacuum is only 8.6m. If your home has larger rooms then you may want to think about getting a cylinder vacuum cleaner.
It is also important to check the length of the power cord when buying a vacuum cleaner, to avoid the inconvenience of stopping to plug it in elsewhere.
It is often found that vacuum cleaners generally prefer one type of floor to another though most vacuum cleaners will have different settings for the different floor types. Most cylinder vacuum cleaners come with a universal floor head. A floor head has bristles, which can be lowered for cleaning hard floors and retracted again for vacuuming carpet.
These days, vacuum cleaners are usually fitted with a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter, or S-class filter. These are designed to pick up extra dirt and prevent allergens from escaping.
Unfortunately, simply having a filter doesn’t guarantee performance.
Generally, cylinder vacuum cleaners aren’t as good at picking up pet hair as uprights are. This is due to a motorised brush bar that upright vacuums use. Some cylinder vacuums do come with a full size turbo brush that will be ‘recommended for pet hair’ (such as the Miele S5261 Cat & Dog Turbo vacuum cleaner).
The wattage/power of a vacuum cleaner is often used as a product selling point, however good performance is about the design and suction. A higher wattage vacuum cleaner may mean that you are using more energy for a vacuum that may not have a great level of performance. Similarly, a vacuum cleaner marketed as "energy-efficient" may not be powerful enough to have a great level of performance. A vacuum cleaner needs power to be efficient at cleaning floors.
Some vacuum cleaners are significantly louder than others and it is worth mentioning that cylinder vacuums are usually quieter than upright vacuums. Vacuums with a lower wattage may also be quieter. It is difficult to know how loud a vacuum cleaner will be until you start using it, however the Miele S8390 Silent Solution is designed to be as quiet as possible yet still powerful.