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Cylinder vacuum cleaners

Cylinder Vacuums

Cylinder vacuum cleaners are usually smaller and lighter than uprights, making them ideal for use in smaller homes. They can be easier to manoeuvre around your home and store when you're not using it. These vacuums can be used on carpets, hard floors and stairs, and can often clean harder to reach places easier than other vacuum cleaners.

They can be bagged or bagless, and some models are specially designed to allow you to vacuum stubborn pet hair from surfaces around your home.

Bagged Vs Bagless

Bagged cylinders tend to have a larger capacity, collecting dust and dirt in a bag, which should be disposed of when full and replaced. Some bags seal the dust away for cleaner disposal whilst some bagless cylinders use powerful cyclone technology to remove bacteria and allergens from the airflow and trap dirt in a chamber. These models are better for asthmas and allergy sufferers. Bagless cylinders are cost effective and kinder to the environment, as you don't have to replace bags which reduce the suction power as the bag fills.

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The greatest cleaning power is provided by 'no loss of suction' (NLOS) technology, which uses multi-cyclonic action to prevent the filter from clogging, keeping the suction power at its maximum. The new Dyson Cinetic models feature cyclone technology that mean no maintenance of the filter is required.

New EU energy legislation introduced on all new corded vacuums from September 1st 2014 rates each vacuum on it's performance at picking up dirt from both carpets and hard floors. A rating from A to G is given and the higher the letter, the better the performance. A low rating doesn't mean the vacuum performs poorly, in fact it could still perform better than your current vacuum!


Pet hair can not only be difficult to remove from your carpets and other areas around your house but also leave odours. Some cylinder are Pet models, which are specially designed to lift hair and fluff from surfaces. These use a combination of high speed brush bars, which pull pet hair from carpet pile, and strong suction power.

They can also include accessories which can be used to lift obstinate pet hairs from your upholstery. These are known as mini turbo tools, and feature brushes that help to lift and remove pet hair without damaging your furniture.


Most cylinder vacuums range in weight from 4.3 kg to 8 kg, which makes them easier to move around your home than upright vacuums. Their compact size is an advantage when moving them, and some include handles so you can easily carry them to where they are needed, so you can move them from downstairs to upstairs without struggling.

Many have features such as soft wheels that do not damage floors, and as the suction head is away from the main unit, it is easier to clean awkward spaces such as under furniture with legs. Longer hoses can make it easier to clean large rooms, and are useful when you are cleaning stairs, letting you leave the main unit at the bottom of the stairs.


The dust capacity of vacuum cleaners is measured in litres (l), ranging between 1 and 4 litres. Larger capacity cleaners can clean more of your home before needing to be emptied, so you don't need to empty the container as often. These are ideal for larger homes with more substantial areas to clean (Or if you just fancy emptying less often!)

But larger capacities can also mean a larger vacuum cleaner. If you prefer a smaller vacuum cleaner, it may be necessary to find a balance between capacity and size that suits your needs.


To allow you to clean throughout your home, many upright vacuum cleaners include a variety of tools that are designed for specific jobs. Many cylinders include a crevice tool that allows cleaning of hard to reach spaces such as behind and between furniture and kitchen appliances. Upholstery tools can be used to vacuum furniture such as seats and sofas, whilst dusting brushes allow delicate cleaning of surfaces using soft bristles.

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