Buying Guides & Advice

How do you choose between a cylinder or an upright vacuum cleaner, a bagged or a bagless appliance? How do you choose the best carpet cleaner, floor polisher or steam cleaner for your needs? You can find answers to all these questions and more within our Buying Guides, with help advice on common household cleaning issues, a little fascinating history here and there, and explanations for some of the technical terms used in our industry.

Vacuum Cleaners

A guide to choosing the right vacuum cleaner

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.

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Upright or cylinder vacuum cleaners?

An upright vacuum cleaner has a vertical dustbin. In contrast, a cylinder vacuum cleaner has an almost horizontally positioned dustbin. Unknown to some, these two styles of vacuum cleaners offer both advantages and disadvantages. You should base your overall choice on the area you will be vacuuming and your individual preferences.

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Bag vs bagless vacuum cleaners?

Bagless vacuum cleaners are by far the most popular choice. Contrary to popular belief however, a bagless vacuum cleaner will not necessarily perform better than a bagged vacuum. A bagged vacuum can also be the best choice if you or anyone in the household is asthmatic or suffers with a dust allergy. Before you buy, knowing the advantages and disadvantages of bag vs bagless vacuum cleaners can ensure you choose a vacuum best for you.

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Dealing with pet hair

Having a vacuum that's specially designed for pet hair is essential for keeping the house clean and fresh, and ensuring that when you vacuum, the pet hairs and allergens are actually being picked up.

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Dust bin or bag capacity

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.

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History of vacuum cleaners

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.

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Vacuum cleaner energy label explained

Since 1st September 2014, new EU legislation requires all upright, cylinder and corded stick vacuum cleaners placed into the European Market must have an energy label to illustrate a vacuum cleaners performance against a set number of criteria.  

Learn how to read the energy label with our quick and easy guide.

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Our Royal Warrant

Hoover is proud to hold a Royal Warrant of Appointment to HM Queen Elizabeth II as ‘Suppliers of Vacuum Cleaners’

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Glossary of terms

We know that finding the right appliance for your home can be tricky which is why we've created this glossary of commonly used terms to help guide you.

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Floorcare

A guide to choosing the right carpet cleaner

We know that finding the right appliance for your home can be tricky. With so many to choose from, it’s difficult to know which option is best for you and your home. So we’d like to make it easier for you to choose a carpet cleaner with our short guide.

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A guide to choosing the right floor polisher

We know that finding the right appliance for your home can be tricky. With so many to choose from, it’s difficult to know which option is best for you and your home. So we’d like to make it easier for you to choose a floor polisher with our short guide.

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Steam Cleaners

A guide to choosing the right steam cleaner

  
We know that finding the right appliance for your home can be tricky. With so many to choose from, it’s difficult to know which option is best for you and your home. So we’d like to make it easier for you to choose a steam cleaner with our short guide.

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Ironing

A guide to choosing the right steam iron

We understand that ironing can be a chore so choosing the right steam iron will help you tackle the task in no time.  As there are so many different types of irons on the market you may be a little overwhelmed, so we want to make it a little clearer for you.

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Multi-steam technology explained

Multi-Steam is a unique and patented technology that for the first time enables you to regulate the power, direction & humidity of the steam jet with a single easy to use selector.

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