Top down shot of AIRSTORM vacuum cleaner in use

Vacuum cleaners come in all shapes and sizes, from the traditional large upright, to cylinders and cordless models. With such a broad range of options available, which vacuum cleaner is best for your home?

Cylinder Vacuum Cleaners

A cylinder vacuum, for example the MOTION2 typically has a compact body and a large hose with a floor head attached.

This floor head can be removed and replaced by attachments like an upholstery brush or crevice tool to help access the hard-to-reach areas. A cylinder vacuum will also tend to have a large motor and a large dust container, which in turn equals more power and the ability to house more dirt!

MOTION2 vacuum cleaning up soil on carpet

This is ideal for:

  • Someone who wants an intense clean, so wants a powerful tool
  • Someone with a large area to cover, or would rather not empty the container after every clean (larger dust container is convenient)

Things to consider:

  • Larger vacuums are likely going to be heavier (though the MOTIONLITE is only 3.8kg!)
  • Remember the vacuum trails behind you as you clean, so in tight spots like corridors or small rooms this could be harder to manoeuvre

Someone easily carrying the MOTIONLITE vacuum up a flight of stairs

Upright Vacuum Cleaners

Similar to the cylinder, an upright vacuum has a large motor and dust container but it’s taller and sits vertical to the ground, like the MOTION+.

MOTION+ vacuum cleaner being used on hard floor

  • Uprights also tend to have lots of power, with the ability to house more dirt in large dust containers
  • The body, handle and floor head are integrated into one unit and gets pushed ahead of the user, so it is less likely to catch or fall over obstacles
  • The upright nature of these vacuum cleaners make them easy to store when not in use


  • Again, follows the trend of being slightly heavier (though the MOTION Pet is only 4.6 kg!)

MOTION Pet upholstery attachment being used on sofa

2-in-1/Stick Vacuum Cleaners

2-in-1 or stick vacuum cleaners are smaller in size, have smaller motors and smaller dust containers meaning they are lighter and therefore easier to manoeuvre. Examples include the AIRSTORM1 and the AIRDASH1

AIRDASH1 vacuum cleaning up soil from a dropped plant on rug

They can also easily convert into a handheld, which makes stairs, sofas and corners far easier. The ACTIVE is a great example of how easy it can be to switch between handheld and upright mode.

A 2-in-1 vacuum cleaner will suit:

  • Someone who cleans little and often; maybe you have a larger space but do smaller daily cleans
  • Anyone who would prefer to use a vacuum under 5kg, for ease of use, or to have a smaller unit to store
  • Vacuum cleaners can also be cordless which makes cleaning even easier as there is no cord trailing around after you. Charging up to full battery can take a few hours, so it’s always worth considering this factor when making a purchasing decision

ACTIVE vacuum cleaner in handheld mode cleaning cereal from sofa

Bagged Vs Bagless Vacuum Cleaners?

Whether or not you choose to go bagged or bagless is personal preference. Bagged vacuum cleaners such as the COMPACTCLEAN can be a convenient option as you can simply dispose of the bag and replace with a new one; the COMPACTCLEAN will even let you know when the bag is full.

Bagless vacuum cleaners like the MOTION2 often feature a simple one-touch release button, making the emptying process as hygienic as possible. With bagless vacuums, you don’t need to worry about having replacement bags on hand, but there’s a little more maintenance required as the dust container will need regular cleaning.

COMPACTCLEAN sitting neatly in the corner of a room

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