The history of vacuum cleaners in the UK dates back to the early 1900s. Hubert Cecil Booth started the first vacuum cleaner company in the UK, known as the British Vacuum Cleaner Company. It wasn't long however before William Henry Hoover, who had already experienced success with his vacuum cleaners in America, made headway in the vacuum cleaners market in the UK and overtook Booth.
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.
A high wattage (input power) doesn't always mean better suction because the amount of this power that's turned into air watts (suction or output power) depends to some extent on the vacuum's design and efficiency.