MOST USER-FRIENDLY VACUUM CLEANER
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.
BEST-FOR-SMALL-SPACES VACUUM CLEANER
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.
MOST POWERFUL VACUUM CLEANER
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.