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Pay attention to low wattage when buying a vacuum cleaner

You can't really save a lot with a particularly economical vacuum cleaner. That's why it's not worth replacing old, still working vacuum cleaners - even if they still have 1600 watts.

Also important: The wattage does not automatically say anything about the suction power and cleaning power of a device.

Decibel indication: how quiet is the vacuum cleaner?

Vacuum cleaners can make a lot of noise. When buying, make sure that the device is as quiet as possible. The noise level is given in decibels. We perceive every increase in sound by around 10 decibels as a doubling of the volume.

The noise level of vacuum cleaners is 70 to 90 decibels, very quiet vacuum cleaners currently reach less than 65 decibels.

Cable or battery?

Are you considering buying a cordless vacuum cleaner so that you don't have to drag the annoying cord behind you? Then you should definitely take a look at the results of the Stiftung Warentest. Accordingly, not all tested models convince in terms of suction power. In addition, some devices blow out a lot of dust immediately and the dust box is often difficult to clean. In addition, the cordless vacuum cleaners are quite loud (80 decibels) and the battery does not last long, so you have to charge the vacuum cleaner frequently.

Although they require less electricity than conventional cylinder vacuum cleaners, their cleaning quality is often not (yet) comparable with good cylinder vacuum cleaners.

Conclusion: The cordless vacuum cleaners are only suitable for quick vacuuming in between and for pet owners. The cordless ones score with a rotating brush when it comes to removing animal hair from carpets.

Dust filter as protection for allergy sufferers

For hand and cylinder vacuum cleaners, multiple filters in the form of a double-layer paper bag for the coarse dirt particles are standard. Most dust bag packs contain engine protection filters and one or more exhaust air filters. These Microfilter can hold back fine dust particularly well with the help of electrostatic charging.

In case you run into house dust allergic respond, make sure that the device has a HEPA or one ULPA filter owns. These special exhaust air filters hold back more than 99 percent of all particles up to a size of 0.3 micrometers (human hair is approx. 50 micrometers in diameter). These filters hold back tiny particles such as pollen, bacteria and excretions from house dust mites, which are responsible for house dust allergies.

A mostly existing one Filter change indicator tells you when to replace the dust bag.

Upright vacuum cleaners are specialists for households with animals

Upright vacuum cleaners have a built-in rotating brush that combs the dirt out of the fibers. They are particularly suitable for homes with pets that are losing hair. If you suffer from allergic symptoms, look for a HEPA filter.

Upright vacuum cleaners are now also offered with a dust container instead of a dust bag.

Pay attention to the weight, because upright vacuums are heavier than cylinder vacuum cleaners with sleds.

Vacuum robots: practical, but expensive

Even the best vacuum robots operated automatically / via app cannot keep up with a good cylinder vacuum cleaner when it comes to dust pickup. It's more about removing visible dirt or pet hair.

They are particularly suitable for smooth floors and rooms with little furniture, because they have to navigate through the rooms regularly and obstacles are not always easy for them to overcome.

Their performance and power consumption are rather low, even if they remain in stand-by mode all year round and are intended to be used almost every day. When making your selection, however, pay attention to consumption, suction power and volume. The price differences are significant. Compared to vacuum cleaners, vacuum robots are much more expensive.

You can also find test results at Stiftung Warentest.