If you have a large house to vacuum, or would like to vacuum the stairs in one go, make sure your new vacuum has enough hose and lead length. It's rather frustrating when your vacuum won't quite reach into the corner and you have to go back to the power point and replug into another one.
The capacity of the vacuum cleaner's dust bin or bag will essentially determine how often you'll need to empty it. If you have a large house and you don't want to be going back and forth the bin, it's worth investing in a vacuum cleaner with a bigger capacity. That said, if you have trouble lifting or manoeuvring a vacuum cleaner, bear in mind that the bigger the vacuum cleaner's capacity, the heavier it'll be.
A vacuum cleaner is probably the most expensive cleaning tool you will buy so it's important when choosing your next vacuum cleaner to make the right decision.
If you're confused about the difference between cylinder and upright vacuum cleaners or the benefits of bagged and bag less vacuum cleaners, our buying guide will help you choose the right vacuum cleaner for you.