Vacuum cleaner buying guide

Vacuum cleaner buying guide

How to choose the best vacuum cleaner

When life gets messy, one thing that you shouldn’t have to worry about is choosing the best vacuum cleaner for your needs. However, with so many types of vacuums out there, it can be tricky to know what to look for! Lucky for you, we’ve broken down all you need to know about buying a vacuum cleaner for your home, as well as recommending our top picks from the Kobold vacuum cleaner collection so you can clean smarter, not harder.  

Types of vacuums

Cordless stick vacuums

Cordless vacuum cleaners (also known as stick vacuums) are lightweight upright vacuums that are easy to use and manoeuvre around without the fuss of dealing with cables. Cordless stick vacuums have the flexibility to vacuum different surfaces in your home, as well as the interior of cars and furniture. The portability and ease of cordless vacuums make these the most popular vacuum cleaner type for everyday cleaning. Learn more about the benefits of these cleaning machines with our stick vacuum guide.

Cordless Vacuums vs. Corded Vacuums

Stick vacuum cleaners are cord-free and are often powered by a lithium-ion that can be recharged. Cordless vacuums are known for being lightweight (around 3-5kg) and have varying suction levels, offering the freedom to vacuum wooden and carpeted floors, stairs, crumbs, pet hair, cars, furniture and little nooks and crannies.

On the other hand, corded vacuum cleaners after often larger, heavier vacuums, and are plugged into the household’s main power supply. These types of vacuums are often used for bigger cleaning jobs such as industrial level cleaning, as they have a high level of suction power and dust capacity.

Both corded and cordless vacuums can be used to clean up messes throughout the home, however many domestic users opt for stick vacuums due to their convenience and flexibility to quickly vacuum any area without any hassle.

Our recommendation

Overall, if you’re looking for the best cordless stick vacuum, we’d recommend the Kobold Cordless Vacuum (VK7). This sleek upright vacuum takes the stress out of cleaning with a long-life lithium-ion battery and powerful two-motor technology, as well as a range of vacuum attachments for every type of surface.

The Kobold VK7 is ideal for allergy sufferers due to the hygienic filter bag capturing up to 99.99% of allergens. This filter only needs to be changed every 6-8 weeks* on average, so you have freely clean without having to worry about constant emptying or blockages!

Stick vacuum in action

Handheld vacuums

Handheld vacuum cleaners are mini vacuums which are compact, lightweight, and smaller compared to traditional vacuums. These rechargeable portable vacuums are ideal to clean up small spills, crumbs and messes around your home, furniture, or car, and are a convenient cleaning companion to take on the go.

Whilst handheld vacuums shouldn’t replace your regular full-size vacuum cleaner, they are a great addition to use as a car vacuum cleaner or for those quick vacuuming jobs and getting to those hard-to-reach areas. The small size of hand vacuums also means that there is no need to find large storage spaces as these are easily tucked away out of sight! Learn more about mini vacs with our handheld vacuum guide.

Our recommendation

When it comes to buying a handheld vacuum cleaner, the Kobold VC100 Handheld Vacuum is the obvious choice. The Kobold Mini Vac has the same quality German design as the other Vorwerk vacuum cleaners, with a comfortable, ergonomic handle and modern look. And with the crevice attachment, you can easily get into any small and sensitive surface with ease. The handheld vacuum offers two powerful and reliable suction levels, and a heavy-duty lithium-ion battery to provide 13-20 minutes of suction.

2-in-1 vacuum mops

Vacuum mops are the ultimate multi-functional cleaning tool, enabling you to clean your hard floors in half the time! 2-in-1 vacuum mop combos saves you time, energy, and storage space, and are perfect for households with large amounts of wooden, vinyl, or tiled floors.

Unlike the traditional mop and bucket method which pushes around the recycled, dirty water, vacuum mops have refillable tanks and changeable cloths for effective, easy cleaning and sparkling, streak-free results.

Our recommendation

With vacuum mops becoming a must-have household appliance, there is no doubt that you will love the convenience of the Kobold 2-in-1 Vacuum Mop (SP7). Vorwerk’s vacuum mop attachment partners up with the Kobold Cordless Vacuum (VK7), offering a complete floor cleaning system.

This cordless 2-in1 vacuum mop offers a smart design, enabling you to control the cleaning modes, suction levels, and water release at a click of a button. The high-powered, lithium-battery technology provides up to 80 minutes of cleaning time from a single charge. The vacuum mop bundle comes with universal microfibre cloths to grab and hold stubborn dirt, and a concentrated cleaning agent that works with the oscillating mop head to remove bacteria without harsh chemicals.

Learn more about vacuum mops with our vacuum mop buying guide, or shop the bundle online!

Vacuum mop in action

What is the best vacuum cleaner?

Now that we’ve identified the different types of vacuums and their functions, how do you choose the right vacuum for your home? The best vacuum cleaner will depend on your individual needs, so you should start by asking yourself the following questions:

  • Do you live in a small apartment or a house?
  • What are you using the vacuum cleaner for?
  • What type of floors do you have?
  • How often do you vacuum?
  • Do you have pets?
  • Do you have allergies or are sensitive to dust?

Once you’ve established your needs, you can now compare the features and functions of each vacuum cleaner to see how they stack up. The features you should be looking out for are listed below.

What to look for when buying a vacuum

Suction Power

The performance of a vacuum cleaner relies heavily on its suction power. If you’ve predominately got carpeted or high-pile rug areas you wish to vacuum, make sure to look out for vacuums which have turbo or higher suction power settings. Most vacuum cleaners will feature around 100-200 watts, whilst Kobold’s cordless vacuum has a max setting of 230 watts.

Households with pets would also require vacuums with high suction power to remove that pesky pet hair that can get caught in carpets and other areas. However, this should be used in conjunction with effective brush heads to get into upholstery surfaces such as furniture and cars. The Kobold Cordless Vacuum Mattress and Upholstery Set (VB100) is a great option when attached to the powerful cordless stick vacuum, making it the perfect cordless pet vacuum cleaner!

Flexibility, Tools & Attachments

Modern households often have various types of surfaces and materials to be cleaned. Therefore, having a vacuum cleaner which will adapt to different uses is critical for functionality and value for money. Stick or handheld vacuums are known for their flexibility when compared to their corded counterparts, and when paired with vacuum accessories such as the Kobold Cordless Vacuum VK7 Accessory Set, you can get to all those hard-to-reach spaces such as crevices and skirting boards. For gentle, yet thorough cleaning on delicate fabrics, opt for the Kobold Cordless Vacuum VK7 Upholstery Brush (PB7). Learn more about how to use these extras with our vacuum attachments and accessories guide!

Battery Life

A long battery life is important if you live in a larger household or like to vacuum often. Most cordless vacuum cleaners with rechargeable batteries will have a runtime of around 20-30 minutes, but this will depend on the suction power/mode used. This will be enough for you to do a vacuum of a standard household before needing to recharge. However, Kobold’s stick vacuum, when used on its own, lasts up to 80 minutes of uninterrupted cleaning from just one charge! For longevity, we’d recommend making sure you can purchase a replacement battery to use after years of effective cleaning.

Dust Bin Capacity

If you’re a daily vacuum-user, then choosing a vacuum cleaner with a large dust bin capacity is important. Most cordless vacuums have around 0.6-1L capacities and should be emptied and cleaned often to prevent blockages and ruining the vacuum.

The main difference of Kobold’s stick vacuum cleaner compared to other cordless vacuum models is that it uses premium filter bags which can be easily removed and disposed without any mess.

Unlike regular handstick vacuums dust bins which use canisters to hold the collected dirt and must be emptied after each use, these vacuum cleaner bags only need to be changed every 6-8 weeks. This minimal dirt contact is great for hassle-free cleaning, especially those with allergies!

Filters & Filtration Systems

Vacuum cleaner filters are an important consideration, especially those with allergies. Without an adequate filtration system, the dust particles and dirt will simply be sucked up and back straight back out into the room. Many stick and bagless vacuum cleaner models use a cyclone filter, with a HEPA filter, whilst other filters include foam, cartridge, or cloth filters.

Kobold’s vacuum cleaners perfect for allergy sufferers as they use TÜV-Nord certified filter bags as the primary filter, capturing up to 99.99% of allergen particles, including pet hair.

Ease of Use

When it comes down to it, no matter how amazing a vacuum’s features are, if it’s not easy to use, you’re going to be reluctant to use it. Be sure to understand how to use the vacuum cleaner and take advantage of all its functions before purchasing.


Ultimately, buying a new vacuum cleaner for your home can be a difficult decision, but with flexibility, convenience, and quality design of Kobold’s vacuum cleaner collection, you can clean smarter, not harder and take your cleaning to the next level.

Still unsure? Feel free to contact us online, or view our many helpful tips, tricks, and tutorial videos!


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