A vacuum cleaner is an important housekeeping tool that is meant to last for a long time. With the right vacuum cleaner, you can clean your home effectively and efficiently.

There are several types of vacuum cleaners: the corded, cord-free, handheld models – and the list goes on. Of the models out in the market, cord-free vacuum cleaners are known for their versatility and convenience.

When you’re checking out cord-free vacuum cleaners, here are several features to look out for.

Check out its suction power

Before you invest in a cord-free vacuum cleaner, you should check out what its suction power is like.

A vacuum with stronger suction will allow you to clean more efficiently and thoroughly. This is especially true when the suction power is coupled with the ability to pick up both dust and small debris without compromising the cleaning process.

Often, many cord-free machines sacrifice suction power because of a smaller motor, so it is important to invest in one with a powerful motor.

Another thing to look out for is the lasting power of the suction. Certain models may boast of strong suction but they may not be consistent. Some vacuum cleaners may lose suction the longer you use them.

To solve this, try looking for models that offer consistent suction power – you don’t want a vacuum that dies out while in the middle of sucking up dirt.

Dyson cordless vacuum cleaner

A cord-free vacuum cleaner such as the Dyson V8 is a handy tool to have around the house. Photo: Dyson

Is it versatile and easy to use?

Cord-free vacuum cleaners are much easier to manoeuvre compared to those that come with a cord. They’re not restricted to staying near a power outlet or by the length of a cord.

However, certain cord-free vacuum cleaners may be difficult to steer if they’re heavy or clunky. Test the weight of the vacuum cleaner to see if it’s easy for you to steer.

Many conventional cord-free vacuum cleaners retain that middle-heavy design, a hallmark of their full-sized, upright cousins. This is largely due to the use of big conventional motors, and the placement of the motor close to the ground.

Good cord-free machines offer you a myriad of solutions to tackle virtually every surface of your home, and at every angle. Consider the types of additional tools and attachments offered that will help you transform your machine from a stick to a handheld machine in a hassle-free manner.

Remember that cord-free vacuums are meant to be the versatile counterparts of regular vacuum cleaners. So if a vacuum cleaner is too difficult for you to handle, don’t compromise. Invest in a machine that has a small, yet powerful motor that will make your everyday cleaning sessions a breeze.

Can it filter and trap allergens and fine particles?

If you suffer from allergies or asthma, you’ll want to invest in a machine that offers effective filtration of allergens and fine particles.

Two-tiered cyclone technology for example, allows for fine particles as small as 0.3 microns.

HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters are great on paper, but consider whether or not the machine offers whole-machine Hepa filtration. Some machines contain Hepa filters but a lack of airtight sealing means that harmful allergens picked up will escape back into the air, potentially making your allergy symptoms worse. To counter this, consider a machine that offers whole-machine Hepa filtration.

Durability is key

Besides the performance factor, it is important that you invest in a machine that lasts. So before you jump into buying one, make sure it’s durable.

The Internet is your friend when you need to do research. Check out forums and review sites of vacuum cleaners before investing in a specific model. Other people may be able to give you an idea of roughly how tough or how long their vacuum cleaners last.

When you’re at the store, check out what materials it’s made of and if the machine is well constructed.

Some low-cost models are made from lower quality materials, which means they may not survive the years, or even months, of abuse from cleaning your home regularly.

Better machines use high-quality materials. There are even vacuum cleaners in the market that are made from the same materials used in riot shields and crash helmets.

Is it acoustically engineered?

You may have found the perfect vacuum cleaner, but then you take it home and realise that it’s a noise machine.

If acoustics are a concern, look into getting a vacuum cleaner that isn’t too loud.

A good vacuum cleaner allows you the flexibility to vacuum whenever you need to clean up a mess without the need to worry about disturbing anyone.

Thoughtful engineering will translate to better acoustics, whether it is streamlined airflow paths to reduce turbulence or acoustics materials to dampen excessive sound.

In fact, if you’re looking to buy a cord-free vacuum cleaner, check out Dyson’s latest generation of cord-free vacuums, the Dyson V8, which consists of the V8 Fluffy Pro and V8 Absolute Plus.

At the core, both are identical in form and performance but the V8 Absolute Plus comes with additional tools such as a direct-drive cleaner head, soft dusting brush, upholstery tool, up top adaptor and extension hose.

Dyson cordless vacuum cleaner

Pick up dust, debris, or dirt from your couch by easily switching to handheld mode. Photo: Dyson

The Dyson V8 models deliver a powerful 115AW of suction power, and features new fade-free nickel-cobalt-aluminium batteries that allow the vacuums to deliver more power, over a longer runtime.

They are also versatile as they can easily switch between handheld and stick modes. That means they are capable of seeing to all your cleaning needs whether it’s a quick spot clean or a full-house clean.

The V8 model also features a hygienic dirt ejector that allows you to efficiently remove dirt and dust from your vacuum in a single action. This handy feature is great as you won’t need to get your hands dirty.

The new models also have been reworked to reduce the noise generated. They now generate 50% less noise compared to previous generation machines, without compromising their suction power.

Interested in checking out the Dyson V8 models? They’re now available at major department stores. For more information, go to www.dyson.my

This article is brought to you by Dyson.