How We Work
Nowadays, vacuum cleaners come in huge varieties: bagless, bagless, cordless and even automatic vacuum cleaners. And those are by no means all the models that you come across at a large number of web shops. The big question remains what the best choice is for your home.
At VacuumTester we have a clear mission: to help you find the best vacuum cleaner. For this we do thorough research, we follow the latest vacuum cleaner developments closely.
At the beginning of 2021, we decided to set up an international portal to help visitors discover the best vacuum cleaner. VacuumTester is an independent platform where expert experts conduct daily research into the best vacuum cleaners on the market.
We take our research very seriously and try to make it as valuable as possible for as many people as possible. For example, in a vacuum cleaner research you will always discover the best choice for the three most popular vacuum cleaner models: the best vacuum cleaner with bag, the best bagless vacuum cleaner and the best upright vacuum cleaner.
We have designed our platform in such a way that you can also look for the best choice for specific surfaces per vacuum cleaner model: from the best upright vacuum cleaner for carpet to the best bagless vacuum cleaner for wooden floors.
How Do We Test Vacuum Cleaners
With a vacuum cleaner, there are a number of factors that are very important. For example, the suction power on specific floor types is very important to investigate. Dust emission is also an important indicator to determine whether you are making a good choice. However, factors such as mobility, noise level and weight should not be forgotten.
At VacuumTester we examine a total of eight important factors. With the help of percentages, we arrive at a final judgment, with which we can rank the vacuum cleaners within our studies. Let’s take a look at the different aspects of a vacuum cleaner that we investigate with the corresponding weighting.
1. Suction Power – 20%
The suction power of a vacuum cleaner is very important. At web shops, vacuum cleaners are often divided into suitability for specific floor types. Think of good suction power on wooden, hard or soft floors. At VacuumTester we always research the suitability for the following applications:
- Carpet – long pile and short pile carpets (rugs)
- Pet Hair – the suction power for vacuuming pet hair
- Hard Floors – the suction power on harder floor types
- Hardwood Floors – also think of laminate, parquet and hardwood floors
- Tile Floors – flagstone, tile and other stone floors
It is also important to pay attention to the included vacuum cleaner accessories, which we will come back to later.
2. Dust Emissions – 20%
A vacuum cleaner sucks up air with dust, to then filter it in the vacuum cleaner, after which the air leaves the vacuum cleaner again. With the help of filters, so-called HEPA filters, dust particles are trapped. The better the filter, the better the dust output. At VacuumTester we always check the filters present and we zoom in on the dust emissions. We base our score on:
- Existing filters – we look at which filters can be found
- Type of filters – what kind of filters are they?
- Anti-allergy – is there also an anti-allergy filter?
- Type of filtering – we check whether, for example, cyclonic filtering is used
Apart from the existing filters under the hood, we also check their replaceability. For example, are they washable, and if not; how expensive are new filters.
3. Mobility – 10%
The mobility of the vacuum cleaner is very important. Whether we are dealing with a cordless upright vacuum cleaner or a traditional canister vacuum cleaner on wheels. We look closely at mobility in the broadest sense of the word for each type of vacuum cleaner:
- Mobility canister vacuum cleaner – type of wheels, height of vacuum cleaner rod, turning radius
- Mobility stick vacuum cleaner – parking position, height vacuum cleaner, squeegee curves
We also really take the vacuum cleaner in hand to see if it ‘vacuums nicely’.
4. Noise Level – 10%
A vacuum cleaner makes noise. At least, we have never ‘heard’ about a silent vacuum cleaner. It is one of the factors we are considering. The noise of a vacuum cleaner is expressed in decibels and can often be discovered in the product description.
We have made our own scale from silent vacuum cleaners to very noisy vacuum cleaners. We actually test the vacuum cleaners with a decibel meter and then determine what kind of vacuum cleaner we are dealing with.
- < 65 Decibel – Very quiet vacuum cleaners
- 65 – 70 Decibel – Silent vacuum cleaners
- 70 – 75 Decibel – Regular vacuum cleaners
- > 75 Decibel – Noisy vacuum cleaners
To make sure we are measuring fairly, we vacuum on the recommended floor type at the highest suction power.
5. Weight – 10%
The weight of the vacuum cleaner should not be forgotten in our research on the best vacuum cleaner. For example, the weight determines how easy you can store the vacuum cleaner and how easy you can drive it behind you (sled vacuum cleaner) or lift it with you (stick vacuum cleaner).
As with the noise level, we have created a scale for different weight classes for a vacuum cleaner. Check out VacuumTester’s scale below.
- < 4.5 Kilograms – Very light vacuum cleaner
- 4.5 – 6.0 Kilograms – Lightweight vacuum cleaner
- 6.0 – 7.5 Kilograms – Regular vacuum cleaner
- > 7.5 Kilograms – Heavy vacuum cleaner
We have given the weight less weight than, for example, the suction power on specific floor types. In our opinion, weight is important, but the purpose of the vacuum cleaner – to be able to vacuum well – is much more important.
6. Accessories – 10%
What should not be forgotten are the included vacuum cleaner accessories. In particular, we are talking about additional nozzles. The possibilities for use are often considerably broadened with additional attachments. For example, a turbo brush can ensure that you can easily vacuum pet hair from the carpet and you can easily vacuum dirt between the cushions of the sofa with a crevice tool.
Many different vacuum cleaner brushes can be distinguished from each other:
- Parquet brush – soft, hairy brush, prevents scratches on sensitive floors
- Crevice vacuum – narrow mouthpiece, intended to be able to suck between cracks
- Turbo brush – often an automated pet hair brush
- Combi nozzle – a brush with several nozzles in one
- Furniture cleaner – soft brushes with which you can dust furniture
- Hard dirt brush – suitable for sucking up somewhat harder dirt
If many accessories are included, then the question remains how easy they are to store. We love integrated suction nozzles, for example on the vacuum cleaner rod, but that is by no means always the case.
7. Operating Radius – 10%
When dealing with a traditional corded vacuum cleaner, it is very important to consider the cable length. The last thing you want is to constantly have to change the plug to continue vacuuming. When we talk about the total range of a vacuum cleaner, we are talking about the vacuum cleaner operating radius.
The vacuum operating action radius is the total distance from the plug to the nozzle and gives a good indication of suitability for room sizes.
8. Price & Availability 10%
Of course, the price of a vacuum cleaner should not be overlooked when researching the best choices for most people. A vacuum cleaner can be very good, but if it costs hundreds of euros it is not always the best choice. We therefore also check whether there is still a ‘current’ price. We use our common sense for this.
It is also important to check availability. As we indicated, VacuumTester is an international vacuum cleaner portal. The survey results may vary slightly from country to country, as we want to help our readers further. We often see that a vacuum cleaner was never introduced at all in a specific country. Then it makes little sense to recommend it as the best choice; after all, you can’t buy it.
Overall Score of the Vacuum Cleaner
After testing the vacuum cleaner on all the above elements, a total score is obtained. Let’s list the various research factors with corresponding weighting once again:
- Suction Power: 20%
- Dust Emissions: 20%
- Mobility: 10%
- Noise Level: 10%
- Weight: 10%
- Accessory: 10%
- Operating Radius: 10%
- Price & Availability: 10%
By subjecting the vacuum cleaner to this weighting, we derive a grade of 1 to 10. We often recommend vacuum cleaners that score above 7 as a good choice. If a vacuum cleaner scores an 8 or higher, chances are that it will end up in the top 3 of our guides.
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