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In today's article we will tell you a little bit about hoovers; a very useful and efficient household appliance that will greatly simplify the way and manner of cleaning your home, and even entertain you.

As annoying as it is to remove dust and dirt in general in your home with the traditional ways of cleaning, the hoover will become your best ally for this, as it will do it in a much more effective and healthy way and above all saving you time.

In this guide we would like to mention and explain to you in general terms what hoovers are, how they work, what the different types are and what details and characteristics you should take into account and look for in a hoover, so that you can purchase one, making that decision like an expert.




The most important facts

  • You may have noticed that, to completely get rid of dust in your home, the traditional broom is no longer as efficient, as it not only makes cleaning tedious and complicated in some areas of the house, but can often spread dust particles around again.
  • The hoover is therefore the appliance that helps us to keep and maintain the house as clean and free of dust and particles as quickly, efficiently and comfortably as possible.
  • With the constant and accelerated advance of the technologies that have been applied to basically every electrical appliance, the variety of hoovers has been increasing in the market, until today where many models become very sophisticated and contain diverse functionalities.

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Buying guide: What you need to know about hoovers

Nowadays, it is not as easy as it used to be to choose a product you need or want, as the modernisation of products and appliances has led to a diversity of models and different types of a device with different functionalities that can complicate your buying decision.

Vacuuming the house is a matter of minutes, now you will have more time to do other things. (Photo: choreograph / 123rf.com)

What are hoovers and what are their advantages?

Hoovers are household appliances that use an air pump to suck up dust and other dirt particles from carpets, curtains, but especially from the floor. The dirt is then cleaned by means of a bag or cyclonic particle separation.

In simple terms, the device sucks air and dust inwards in the direction where the bag or filter or cyclone separator is normally located, so that the dirt is contained there, while the clean air passes through the fan and is expelled outwards without further impurities.

Having said this, we can say that a normal or classic hoover is composed of a body which includes the suction motor and the dust collector or filter; a brush; and a rigid and a flexible tube. In some more sophisticated models, a rotating brush may be included, which will require an additional motor.

Advantages
  • Cleaning tasks up to 5 times faster than with a traditional broom
  • Use does not raise dust, as it absorbs 99% of it
  • Reduces the possibility of allergies and other respiratory ailments
  • They are able to reach several places in the home with their different brushes
  • Can clean different surfaces more effectively
Disadvantages
  • Noise generates a loud noise that is quite annoying
  • Higher price than a traditional broom
  • Can weigh 10kg or more, making them somewhat cumbersome
  • Periodic expenditure on filters to ensure efficient cleaning

Sifter, upright, handheld and robot hoovers - what should you look out for?

You have probably seen hoovers of different shapes and sizes and thought that they are just aesthetic changes but that in the end the vacuuming function is the same; well that is not entirely true, as there are hoovers that are ideal for use on specific surfaces.

Knowing the most common types of hoovers that you can find on the market, you will know exactly which one suits you best and which one you will get the most out of. The difference will basically lie in the surfaces to be cleaned, the way of doing it, as well as the autonomy and noise they generate.

Sifter hoover (with or without bag). These are the best known and most widely used hoovers in the home, as they are the traditional versions that have been on the market for a long time. With very good prices and very good power, they are still one of the users' favourites.

They normally have a large body that is connected to the nozzle through a rigid tube and a flexible tube through which the dust passes and is stored in the bag or tank inside the body. As a general rule, they also include different types of nozzles for specific surfaces or areas.

Upright or broom type. This model of hoover is characterised by an elongated design resembling a broom, incorporating a small suction motor, as well as a small dust container and a nozzle at the end of the brush. They are ideal for light and fast vacuuming.

Some suppliers differentiate between the upright, using this cord, and the broom, which generally does not use a cord but a rechargeable battery. This model is also lightweight and due to its shape and absence of cable in some cases becomes very comfortable to use and manoeuvre.

Handheld hoover. These hoovers should be kept as a complement for cleaning, as they are suitable for reaching small or difficult spaces such as the car or very light cleaning such as breadcrumbs. Their size is quite small and the weight is light.

Most of them work without a cable, using rechargeable batteries, but there are models that use a cable to power them and they do not have a bag but a small tank that should be emptied after each use.

Robot hoovers. One of the latest advances in technology, with these you forget about vacuuming as once programmed it does everything on its own, plus they come equipped with sensors that detect obstacles or unevenness to avoid any collision or damage.

In some more sophisticated and intelligent versions, they can even move to the charging station when they detect that the battery is running low. It's very convenient as you don't even need to be at home if you set a specific time for it to vacuum.

Sled Upright or broom type Handheld Robots
Ideal surfaces Work on all surfaces Not recommended for curtains, furniture or tiles For difficult or small access such as car interiors Floors and carpets
Collection method Disposable paper bag or bin Tank Tank Tank
Power supply Corded Generally use rechargeable batteries, but there are also corded Battery and cord Rechargeable battery
Main advantage Good power and price Light and manoeuvrable Light and compact Works on its own
Main disadvantage Can be very heavy The charge lasts very little and the tank is very small Very short life if it is battery powered Small tank and high price

What other types of hoovers are there? - Steam and silent hoovers

In addition to those mentioned above, which are the most common and well-known, there are other types of hoovers that also enjoy a certain level of popularity. We are talking about steam hoovers and silent hoovers, which we will explain briefly below.

Steam vacuum cleaners. Also called "vaporettos" they are a revolutionary way of cleaning as they combine steam, detergent or water and suction especially for cleaning carpets, tiles and curtains. One advantage is that due to the heat they generate, they can also eliminate bacteria on these surfaces.

It is therefore ideal for deep cleaning as it disinfects and replaces the other tedious task of mopping. The disadvantage is that the tanks are still small and must be continually refilled with water and may not be suitable for as frequent use as the other models mentioned above.

Quiet. We all know how annoying the exorbitant noise generated by hoovers can be, which is why silent versions have come into being. However, this is more of a feature and not a specific type or variant of these appliances, although some suppliers do make the distinction.

It is possible that being so quiet often sacrifices the power of the hoover, although it is still possible to find models that balance both aspects in a good way.

The large number of models and sizes on offer will make sure you don't run out of yours. (Photo: Sergey Ryzhov /123rf.com)

Buying criteria

Although most of these appliances do not have major functions other than vacuuming, it is important that you are aware of some aspects that will make your hoover more efficient and thus allow you to get the most out of it. We will briefly explain the most important ones.

Power and energy efficiency

Hoovers depend almost entirely on the power they have to carry out cleaning tasks quickly and effectively, as the more power they have, the greater their suction capacity. This power is indicated in watts (W) and, with the exception of handheld vacuum cleaners, they start at around 1,000w.

There are also high power hoovers that can reach and slightly exceed 3,000 watts. It is also important that they have a power regulator and that there is a balance between suction power and energy consumption, i.e. their efficiency, which we recommend to be A or B.

Filters and bags or tanks

Depending on the models and how sophisticated they are, they can include, in addition to the normal filter, higher efficiency filters such as HEPA filters that can ensure up to 99.99% effectiveness in retaining the smallest dust particles, as well as activated carbon filters for odours.

In addition, it is important that the bags and tanks have a decent capacity because when they are small it means that you will have to change or empty them very frequently which becomes uncomfortable. We prefer to recommend bagged models, which, although they incur an additional cost, are more effective as they don't spread dust.

Corded or cordless

If you choose to buy a corded hoover, just make sure that the cord is long enough to be comfortable for you and that you can reach a larger area without having to change plugs every now and then.

If, on the other hand, you choose a cordless one, look for the one with the longest autonomy, that is to say, the one with a longer battery life than the rest, because almost always, in spite of being more comfortable for not having a cord, the battery lasts very little and you can't use it for a long time, which becomes annoying.

Safety system

Some more sophisticated hoovers have a safety system included, and this works by means of a small and simple sensor that detects when the hoover does not have a collection bag or the tank on and stops the hoover from working, thus preventing dust from entering and leaving freely, polluting the environment even more.
Noise

You may think that it is impossible to find silent hoovers, as the very action of sucking in air by means of a motor that spins the fan at high revolutions creates an inevitable annoying noise; but thanks to technological advances, there are now many models with noise reduction and others that are almost silent!

Even so, we believe that a noise level of less than 70dB is safe as long as it is uniform, and if your hoover has a speed control, you can reduce the noise level created if you are not using the maximum capacity.

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