How to choose your next upright vacuum cleaner

With so many upright vacuum cleaners to choose from, you're not alone if you don't know where to start when it comes to choosing your next vacuum cleaner. By considering and keeping in mind the following main features however, you should find the decision a little easier:

Bagged upright vacuum cleaners

Bagged upright vacuum cleaners have declined in popularity in recent years but they do have many advantages. For example, bagged upright vacuum cleaners are more hygienic and suited to many asthma and allergy sufferers because they do not expose you to dust when emptying the bag. They also offer low maintenance, with little filter cleaning required.

That said, bagged upright vacuum cleaners do have disadvantages. The main disadvantage is that suction power falls as the bag fills and unless the vacuum cleaner as a full bag indicator light, it's not always easy to see when the bag is full. Bagged vacuum cleaners also require replacement bags.

Bagless upright vacuum cleaners

Bagless upright vacuum cleaners are the preferred choice for the majority of buyers because you can easily see when the dust bin is full and therefore maintain top suction by emptying the vacuum cleaner before it gets clogged. There's also no need to buy bags, which saves money and is better for the environment.

When choosing your next upright vacuum cleaner however you need to remember bagless upright vacuum cleaners do have disadvantages, such as the need to clean the filters more regularly to maintain top suction and the increased exposure to dust when emptying the bin. It's important therefore to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of both to ensure you get the best upright vacuum cleaner for your needs.

Suction power

More air watts means more suction power, so if you're looking for an upright vacuum cleaner with powerful suction, make sure you compare air watt ratings. As a guide, an upright vacuum cleaner needs a minimum of 100 air watts for the suction to be noticeably powerful.

Pet hair removal

Pet hair can be extremely stubborn so if you have pets you should choose an upright vacuum cleaner designed to remove pet hair. These vacuum cleaners will typically have stronger suction and powerful turbo brushes to remove the hair from carpet and upholstery fibres.


All good upright vacuum cleaners will come with at least two onboard tools for difficult to clean areas. The most popular tools include a crevice tool and dusting brush. Many models also come with an upholstery nozzle. Some however will even come with a separate turbo brush for removing dirt and stubborn pet hairs from areas where it isn't possible to use a full-size cleaning head.


Upright vacuum cleaners vary widely in size, from the very lightweight models to the larger models designed for large homes, so it's worth comparing sizes. The smaller, lighter models will have a smaller dust capacity and shorter cord and hose lengths while the larger models will be slighter heavy but offer more convenience with a larger dust capacity and longer cord and hose lengths.

HEPA filtration

Upright vacuum cleaners are typically available with two types of filtration: micro or HEPA. If you want cleaner, fresher air, or suffer from asthma or a dust allergy, be sure to choose a model with HEPA filtration. HEPA filters will trap small pollutants and pollen particles, such as pollen and dust mite faeces, within the vacuum cleaner rather than recirculating them back into the air.

Additional features to look for

They're only small features but anti-tip and edge-to-edge cleaning can make a big difference to your vacuuming. Anti-tip means the vacuum cleaner won't topple over when you're vacuuming with the hose. With cylinder vacuum cleaners, you won't have this problem but it's something you need to consider if you're buying an upright vacuum cleaner.

Upright vacuum cleaners with edge-to-edge cleaning have suction that goes right up to the wall or skirting board. These vacuum cleaners tend to be more expensive, but it does save you from having to round the edges with a crevice tool.

Cordless upright vacuum cleaners

If you're looking for a vacuum cleaner that will give you the ultimate flexibility, a cordless upright vacuum cleaner is the ultimate solution. With cordless vacuum cleaners you can clean in any room or area without needing to find a nearby power socket.

Buy replacement parts and accessories, including crevice tools, turbo brushes and filters for your vacuum cleaner online directly from the official Hoover Spares shop.

Hoover A2 Bagged Vacuum Cleaner
  • Double A Class
  • Allergy Care Pets Turbo Brush
Hoover A2 Bagged Vacuum Cleaner
  • Double A Class
  • Allergy Care Pets Turbo Brush
Hoover Freedom Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner
  • Quadruple A Rating
  • Detachable Multi Function Handle
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