On the hunt for a new vacuum cleaner? Here's what you need to know

A new energy label will come into effect from September, impacting the types of devices on sale

A new energy label will come into effect within the EU from September of this year and will regulate the vacuum cleaner market. This impacts the wattage and noise levels of the devices sold. 

Companies will no longer be allowed to import or manufacture vacuum cleaners with more than 900 watts of power. The new label will also ensure noise levels are restricted to a maximum volume of 80dB. Each vacuum cleaner sold will have to pass two durability tests and will have energy ratings from A+++ to G. 

Retailers may only sell non-compliant models until their stock runs out. 

Miele C3 Extreme Clean Powerline - €189.99

This is one of the most powerful vacuum cleaners on the market, with 1600 wattage. The Miele HyClean 3D Efficiency dust-bag is self-closing, meaning the dust won't escape when changing the bags.

There is no denying that this is a powerful machine. It's a little bit noisy but left surfaces in my apartment dirt and dust free. Bagged vacuum cleaners tend to be a bit heavier and there's certainly some bulk with this model.   

 

A pack of four replacement bags, plus two filters costs €9.99.

This is one of the vacuum cleaners that will no longer be available once the new label comes into effect. 

Dyson V6 Total Clean - €319

Dyson is Dyson. You may not have tried a product, but you know the brand. They are renowned for their innovative design and technology. The V6 Total Clean is unlike any other vacuum cleaner I've ever used.  

This particular model is a set up from the V6 and V6 Animal models. It includes a standard head for day-to-day vacuuming, a hard floor cleaner and has a detachable handheld unit for spot-cleaning. 

There's no cord, there's no bag and there's no hassle. 

The motor inside this unit is very powerful, meaning users only get 20 minutes of running time. It takes around 3.5 hours to charge. This may sound a bit much, but I would gladly wait the time it takes to charge for the clean it provides. Also, as someone who lives in a one-bedroom apartment, the size and storage of the V6 Total Clean are ideal. 

Advice

If you're on the hunt for a new vacuum cleaner, Category Manager for Domestic Appliances at Currys / PC World, Jaimie Cantwell had the following advice.

"The main thing to consider when buying a vacuum cleaner are the features that would benefit you the most. Do you have hard floors or carpets at home? Vacuum cleaners will often boast specific features/tools to suit certain floors. Maybe you have a pet at home and need to clean animal hair? Many vacuums have additional features to tackle pet hair.

"Bagged or bagless? Both clean just as well so it’s a personal preference. Bagless save you the trouble of changing bags but you must empty the unit yourself. Cylinder or Cordfree? Again it's personal taste, a cord free might be better for someone with back problems while cylinder could suit larger spaces."