Vacuum Cleaner Buying Guide

Upgrading your vacuum? This guide will help you decide which type of Vacuum Cleaner best suits you, your floors and the job at hand. From Stick Vacuums, Robot Vacuums, Carpet Cleaners to Upright Vacuums, The Good Guys has the latest technology from the best brands including Dyson, Electrolux, Miele, Bosch, Samsung, LG, Hoover, Bissel and more.

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Top 3 Things To
Consider When
Buying A Vacuum

Close up of Electrolux Robot Vacuum.

How To Choose
Right Vacuum For You

Which Vacuum Type Is Right For You?

With so many different designs and brands to choose from, it can be difficult to know which vacuum cleaner is right for you. The good news is that the various types give you different options when it comes to cleaning your floors, furniture and more. Click the 'Read More' buttons below to discover everything you need to know about each type of vacuum.

Woman using LG Stick Vacuum on hardwood floors.

Stick Vacuums

Sleek and lightweight, the meteoric rise of battery run Stick Vacuums is no surprise. Click 'Read More' for all you need to learn - from top tech to floor types.

Man using Bissell Carpet Cleaner.

Carpet Cleaners

A combination of clean solution, powerful scrubbing and vacuum suction, no stain will stand a match against a Carpet Cleaner. Learn more by clicking 'Read More'.

Man Using Upright Vacuum.

Upright Vacuums

An upright vacuum is an all-in-one unit. Featuring an upright design but a larger bin and motor than a stick vac. For many people, upright vacuums offer the best of both worlds.

ECOVACS Robot Vac docking back into station.

Robot Vacuums

The ultimate home helper for the time poor or those who would rather do anything but clean floors. Click 'Read More' for all you need to know!

Man using Hoover Pet Vac to tidy kitchen.

Pet Vacuums

Do you share your home with a furry friend? Good news. A select group of vacuums is dedicated to ridding your house of pet hair and dander - discover more by clicking 'Read More'.

Close up of Bosch Handheld Vac.

Handheld Vacuums

For smaller clean-up jobs, a handheld vacuum is quick and easy to use. Wondering if you should go Cordless or Corded? We've got you covered - click 'Read More'.

Watch Our Helpful Cleaning Buying Guides

From finding your perfect vacuum type, to robot vacuum tech and completing your cleaning suite with laundry appliances - check out our Buying Guide videos for all the tips.

"The ultimate home helper for the time poor or those who would rather do anything but clean floors, robot vacuums are a dream come true." - Nick Trajkovski, Microwaves and Floorcare Buyer for The Good Guys

How To Choose Your Perfect Match

Getting one of the biggest and most regular jobs done around the house is now a lot easier thanks to the latest leaps and bounds in vacuum cleaner technology . Upgrading your old appliance could save you precious time – and effort. Here are the features to consider to find your perfect match.

Woman cleaning vacuum filter.

Maintenance Tips & Tricks

Depending on the type of vacuum, there are some key maintenance tips you should consider to keep your vacuum working in tip top shape - click 'Read More' to find out more.

Robot Vac changing from carpet to hard floor.

Floor Type

Wondering what vacuum would be best suited to your homes floor type? Click 'Read More' for our run down!

Dyson Vacuum with Laser.

HEPA Filters

An allergy sufferers dream, find out how HEPA Filters can blitz those pesky allergens - Click 'Read More' for all your need to know.

Samsung smart Robot Vac with AI mapping.

Smart Tech

There is so much intelligent tech to decipher with Vacuums now, but here are some key things to look out from - from AI Mapping to Display Screens.

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Product Glossary

We’ll break down all the tech talk and acronyms that you need to know.


A substance that can cause an allergic reaction. Common allergens include pollen, animal dander, dust mites, and mould.

Air Flow

The force exerted by the moving air which picks up the dirt and moves it into the dustbin. This is one of the most important factors to determine the efficacy of a vacuum cleaner.


All cordless vacuum cleaners are bagless, so that dirt is trapped inside a canister and emptied into a bin. It saves the user from having to replace the bags.

Battery Management System (BMS)

A BMS is an electronic regulator that monitors and controls the charging and discharging of rechargeable batteries.


The capacity - or size - of a vacuum cleaner determines how much dust it can hold, which is measured in litres. Cordless vacuum cleaners typically have capacities between 0.3 to just over 1 litre.


High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) is an efficiency specification for filters developed by the Atomic Energy Commission during World War II to remove radioactive dust from plant exhausts without redistribution. The original specification required that the filter must be capable of capturing 99.97% of all particles as small as 0.3µm in size from the air which flows through it. In Europe, it is more common to refer to the same filter as an S-Class. The phrase is as small as means that if all particles were that small, it would still have that efficiency. Just for reference, a particle of 10 microns is invisible to the naked eye. Pollen ranges between 5-100 microns and human hair between 70-100 microns.

Microns (µ)

The measurement that is used in vacuum cleaners. The millionth part of a meter. To put this into perspective, the diameter of a human hair is typically 80 to 100 microns. The term is often used in describing the sizes of particles retained by air and water filters and for specifying particle sizes for the HEPA filtration specifications.


Voltage reflects the electrical potential employed by a motor. Typically, most motors can operate using common household current, which is 240 volts in Europe.


Wattage is referred to as the power that is pushed into the vacuum motor. The higher the wattage is, the more power and output from the appliance.