Simply Her Clean Home Heroes Vacuum Cleaners 2015 D

Rowenta Silence Force Extreme Eco Intelligence, $499

This machine won us over with its user-centric design. Making adjustments is easy – just press a button or push a knob to affix and remove attachments, adjust the tube length and select the power setting. Other vacs have a brush attachment, but this one has an attached brush, so you only need to remove the telescopic tube to switch from cleaning the floor to brushing your armchair.

Electrolux Ultrasilencer Green, $369
Not only is this compact in size, it also has features that make it a natural for tight spaces: a slim nozzle that’s half the size of other vacuum cleaners’ nozzles, and a retractable handle that makes it a breeze to store. Its easy-to-fix attachments ensure you don’t have to struggle with the appliance in a small space.

Philips Performerpro FC9192, $439
It picked up cereal, talcum powder and coffee beans quickly, leaving hardly a speck behind. We were also impressed by how well its unique parquet nozzle cleaned our wooden floors – the nozzle has two round detachable and washable microfibre pads that rotate as it vacuums. Other useful features: an easy-to-lift handle at the top of the machine, and a swivel hose that makes tugging it along a cinch.

The vacuum cleaners are available at major electrical stores.