- Small or large?
- Vacuum configuration types
- Suction power
- Vacuum bag - disposable or reusable?
- Additional Features
- Steam Vacuums
- Reverse airflow
- Power & turbo heads
- Specialised Pet Vacuums
- Shopping Checklist: Vacuum Cleaners
- FAQ - Vacuum Cleaners
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Jargon Busters: Vacuum Cleaners
Airflow: A vacuum's performance is measured in litres per second of airflow. The greater the airflow, the more powerful the vacuum will be.
Barrel: This is a specific type of vacuum cleaner. It refers to squat, compact models that suck up dirt through a hose.
Dust collector: This is the bag inside a vacuum cleaner that collects excess dirt and dust. They can be either disposable or reusable, depending on the vacuum model.
Handheld: This is a specific type of vacuum cleaner. It refers to miniature, battery operated models that can be used with one hand.
HEPA: HEPA vacuums have more powerful motors and sophisticated filters which allow them to eradicate the air particles which cause allergies.
Power head: This is a motorised attachment for barrel vacuums that helps to suck up dirt and dust particles.
Stand-up: This is a specific type of vacuum cleaner. It refers to traditional upright models that suck dust into a bag attached to the vacuum's handle.
Turbo head: This is a brush attachment powered by a vacuum's airflow. Like a power head, it helps to suck up dirt and dust particles.