Our 2019 vacuum cleaner guide outlines the different types of vacuum cleaners available in South Africa, their pro and cons, and the key points you should consider when shopping for a new vacuum cleaner.
We also highlight six examples of the best vacuum cleaners to buy in 2019, based on consumer reviews in the respective categories.
Types of vacuum cleaners
Vacuums today are available in a very wide range of makes, models and configurations. However, they can all be broken down in five main types. Each has pros and cons, and is most suited for specific purposes.
|Upright vacuums||A large floor area of wall-to-wall carpets located on one level|
|Cannister vacuums||All floor types, on stairs, and under furniture|
|Stick vacuums||Hard floors or tiles in a small living area|
|Handheld vacuums||Quick cleaning of spills and pickups on any surface, and ideal for hard to reach places|
|Robotic vacuums||All solid floor types on a single level|
The best vacuum cleaner to buy in 2019 will depend, at least in part, on the size and nature of the area you want to keep clean.
What to consider when choosing a vacuum cleaner
Once you’ve identified the type of vacuum cleaner best suited to your cleaning requirements, there are a few key factors to consider before you settle on your dream machine.
If you live in a large home, you’ll want a powerful vacuum cleaner with unlimited run time. That’ll immediately discount cordless, battery-powered models. However, if your space is limited, a smaller, less powerful vacuum cleaner that’s easy to store, may be your best bet.
Bagged vacuum cleaners require less maintenance than bagless models. Sophisticated filters trap dust and allergens more effectively but, as you’ll soon discover, they need to be cleaned more frequently than expected.
Pet hair and allergens
Pet owners or folk who suffer from allergies need vacuum cleaners with specialised allergen filters and hair removal capabilities.
Six top-rated vacuum cleaners in 2019
Here’s our selection of some of the very best vacuum cleaners to buy in 2019 in South Africa, based on available reviews and consumer ratings.
Best handheld vacuum cleaner: Black and Decker Wet & Dry Dustbuster
The Dirtbuster is a light weight, cordless convenience tool that’s as effective at cleaning up wet spills as it is dry dirt pickups. There’s a soft brush for cleaning upholstery, a squeegee accessory to suck up spills, and a wide mouth capable of handling large debris. A bagless, removable dirt bowl keeps maintenance to a minimum.
Best stick vacuum cleaner: Dyson V8 Absolute
The Absolute is a cord-free stick vacuum cleaner with dual power heads. It features a HEPA filtration system, a hygienic dirt ejector, and a convenient store-and-charge docking station. It can be transformed into a handheld dirt buster or lightweight wand designed for floor-to-ceiling cleaning. With up to 40 minutes of run time, the Dyson is the go-to cleaning guy for comparatively small spaces.
Best vacuum cleaner for allergy sufferers: Miele Complete C3 Allergy Powerline
The Allergy Powerline is a canister vacuum cleaner with an advanced HEPA AirClean filter capable of capturing fine dust particles, dander, pollen, mould spores and other allergens. A sound optimised silence system, 11 metre operating radius, and integrated accessories are among a host of great features.
Best robotic vacuum cleaner: iRobot Roomba 960
The Roomba is a high tech robotic vacuum cleaner that integrates with Google Home and Alexa to remotely clean your home. It’s three-stage cleaning system loosens, lifts and sucks deep-seated dirt from any floor surface.
It’s packed with innovative features that include a fall-detecting sensor, edge sweeping brush, auto-adjust cleaning head and dirt detection capabilities.
Best canister vacuum cleaner: Samsung VC5100
The Samsung VC5100 is a lightweight canister vacuum cleaner with a powerful motor and sophisticated pick up brush that bonds to the floor surface.
A Cyclone Force feature, with anti-tangle capabilities, means the machine never gets clogged with dirt or hair. The detachable bin is easy to clean, and the controls are conveniently located on the handle.
Best vacuum cleaner for pet lovers: Miele Dynamic U1 Cat & Dog Powerline
The Miele Powerline is an upright vacuum cleaner with a high powered turbobrush and odour naturalising filter ideal for removing pet hair.
A 14-metre operating radius, slimline design and unique double swivel joint ensures the machine is lean, agile and capable of cleaning under beds and furniture.
Why you need more than just a good vacuum cleaner
Even if you invest in one of the best vacuum cleaners to buy in 2019, it’s advisable to have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once or twice a year.
A vacuum cleaner can do only so much. It doesn’t extract deeply embedded dirt, pollen and other pollutants from carpet fibres. It can’t remove substances that have soaked into a carpet.
For all these purposes, periodic steam-cleaning is the best alternative.