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How To Future-Proof Your Vacuum Cleaner

June 23, 2022 - 6 min read

It might not be your favourite job, but chances are you take for granted how easy it is to do a quick zip around with your vacuum cleaner. It wasn’t so long ago that vacuum cleaners sounded like a  747 at take-off and required Arnold Schwarzenegger-esque muscles to manoeuvre them from room to room. The latest models are marvels by comparison – lightweight (or hands-free!), quiet and packed with convenient features that deliver an unbeatable clean.

The Good Guys, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this month, has been there for every vacuuming victory. That’s why you can trust our team of experts to give you the best advice when it comes to choosing the right one for your home.

Here’s the checklist of features to look for to future-proof your next vacuum cleaner purchase.

Woman using stick vacuum to clean her modern kitchen.

Robot Vacs Rule!

A lightweight, cordless vacuum makes light work of whole house cleans, but why lift a finger if you don’t have to? Wi-Fi and Bluetooth compatible robot vacuums can be operated from anywhere, anytime, through a smart device like your smartphone. Just schedule the time you want to clean, select a room (or all of them!) and let your robot vac get to work while you’re at the office. Working from home? Some will even take voice commands.

“Robot vacuums are by far the latest and most exciting advancement in vacuum technology simply because they don’t just help with the vacuuming, they do it for you,” Nick Trajkovski, The Good Guys Buyer - Floorcare.

“The level of automation and quality of the clean you can expect from today’s robot vacuums is astounding. And that will only continue to improve as the technology evolves, which is happening rapidly.

“In fact, Dyson has already patented designs that will one day allow robot vacuums to climb and clean stairs.”

Shop The Latest Hands-Free Vacuums

Bissell SpinWave Wet & Dry Robotic Vacuum

iRobot Roomba i3+ Robot Vacuum

Ecovacs DEEBOT X1 OMNI Robotic Vacuum

“Robot vacuums are by far the latest and most exciting advancement in vacuum technology simply because they don’t just help with the vacuuming, they do it for you.”

Cleaner Floors Than Ever Before

At one time, the best vacuums were those with super suction powers, but now it’s all about the filters. After all, what good is powerful suction if the dust just recirculates into the air? It’s the filter's job to trap small particles like dust, pollen and pet dander in the machine, so you can say goodbye to sniffly noses, itchy eyes and dusty surfaces. HEPA filters (short for High Efficiency Particulate Absorbing) are a favourite among pet owners and allergy sufferers as they’re certified to catch 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns.

Shop The Latest Vacuums With Top-Grade Filtration

Dyson V10 Animal Cordless Vacuum

Electrolux Pure C9 Animal Bagless Vacuum

iRobot Roomba S9+ Robot Vacuum

Automatic Emptying

A vacuum that empties itself? Finally! Top-of-the-range robot vacuums are self-emptying, travelling back to a docking station to empty debris into an attached dustbin. Barrel, stick and upright vacuums are getting in on the act, too, with shortcuts for maintenance. For example, some models boast self-cleaning filters. Any smart feature that frees you up to do the things you really enjoy is one worth investing in.

Shop The Latest Self-Emptying Vacuums

iRobot Roomba J7+ Robot Vacuum

Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat & Dog Bagless Vacuum

Ecovacs DEEBOT Auto Empty Station

Woman using cordless vacuum cleaner to clean a couch where a Yorkshire Terrier dog is sitting.

Sensor Technology

The smartest vacuums are those that can detect mess and deep clean without you having to put in extra elbow grease. Sensor technology has made this a reality. “The best robot vacuums actually use multiple different types of sensors to map your home, avoid obstacles, detect dust and prevent stair falls,” says Nick Trajkovski. “You can expect the next generation of stick vacuums to be packed with sensor technology too. Already we are seeing models that can automatically increase their suction power when sensor lasers detect a high volume of dust particles.”

Shop The Latest Vacuums With Sensor Tech

Dyson V15 Detect Total Clean Cordless Vacuum

Ecovacs DEEBOT T9+ Robotic Vacuum

eufy RoboVac G30 Verge

Do-It-All Design

Vacuums and floors, they’re made for each other! But future-proofing your vacuum means having it go the extra mile with features and attachments for cleaning beyond floors. Top of your list should be vacuums that can also mop (it’s a thing!), models that become handheld spot cleaners with the click of a button and powerful vacuums with attachments for upholstery and the car.

Shop The Latest Convertible Vacuums

Shark Corded Upright with DuoClean & Self Cleaning Brushroll

LG A9 CordZero Multi Stick Vacuum

Bissell SpinWave Wet & Dry Robotic Vacuum


With 70 years of experience, The Good Guys know everything there is to know about vacuums. Come see us in-store or online for expert advice, the biggest range and the best prices

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