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Vacuum cleaners - corded or cordless?

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kittylester Wed 13-Feb-19 07:43:00

Advice please!

Our current Dyson is on its last legs so I am going to replace it. My dilemma is - do I choose a corded one or a cordless? And what make?

Our house is quite big with carpeted floors apart from the bathrooms and kitchen. We have 2 staircases.

I really fancy a cordless but we have 3 cats so need a powerful vacuum. The longest run time I can find seems to be 40 minutes which would not be long enough to do the whole house.

But, corded ones are so heavy for carting up and down stairs.

Has anyone got any recommendations?

Please ignore the fact that we've just had a plug put under the stairs for a rechargeable one. blush

Judi45 Thu 14-Feb-19 09:48:01

I have a Shark which comes with 2 batteries. It's very powerful, the small 'bin' gets full quickly, but easy to empty. A nuisance if anyone has long hair, the rollers get clogged up. Hand attachment good for stairs.

Gypsyqueen13 Thu 14-Feb-19 09:49:53

Personally, I think Dysons are over rated! I know I am probably in the minority but I just don’t rate them. I have a Miele and would highly recommend it. My daughter has my mother’s Miele which is 30 plus years old and it is still going strong and sucks really well still. They are both corded but have long cord and are not restrictive.

rizlett Thu 14-Feb-19 09:52:06

I've been in love with my mini dyson ball which has a cord for years but I borrowed my DIL morphy richards cordless and I'd swap in a instant. So light and easy to manoeuvre.

gillyjp Thu 14-Feb-19 09:52:48

Dyson cordless every time for me. We bought a V10 animal last September as our existing Dyson cordless was wearing out (we'd had it years). However I ordered a new battery for the old one (£60) and it is has been going a treat now. Therefore (and I think this is the solution if you have a lot of stairs - we have 4 flights and need extra battery time) I now keep the old one upstairs and the new V10 Animal downstairs so I can meet myself in the middle without running out of battery.

Yes it's a pain having to empty the bin much more often but a small price to pay for having an efficient, light vacuum cleaner that does what it says it will do. I wouldn't be without mine and would never go back to the corded machines.

Greciangirl Thu 14-Feb-19 09:54:59

Cordless, Gtech . So light, I can carry it upstairs with one hand.

Also have the hand held Gtech for furniture etc.

cornergran Thu 14-Feb-19 09:55:39

We've got both. The corded version rarely comes out of the cupboard. More than powerful enough, often too powerful where small toys are concerned. hmm

Craftycat Thu 14-Feb-19 10:00:58

No no. Sorry I meant my SEBO.
I had a Shark that was useless. I sent it back after a month.
I'm sure Buck House wouldn't have those.

icanhandthemback Thu 14-Feb-19 10:03:05

* Gypsyqueen13 *, I'm with you. I have a Miele C3 for pets and I will never go back to a Dyson again. It is light, effective and an extremely good price compared to the Dyson. I love it.

Liz46 Thu 14-Feb-19 10:04:17

We have the GTECH pair of cleaners. No problem. The little one is brilliant for cleaning the stairs and the cushions.

Craftycat Thu 14-Feb-19 10:04:45

My previous post seems to have disappeared. I was saying my SEBO pet vacuum is brilliant.
I was told it is the make they use at Buckingham Palace so must be a good make.

Gangang Thu 14-Feb-19 10:05:04

I have 2 Dysons - one corded and one cordless. The corded Dyson is used once a week and the cordless is my next best friend and used daily - I have a dog as well as three grandchildren who visit regularly- need I say more? Both Dysons are aged (similar to their owners) particularly the corded. I love my Dysons however do I replace the corded version with a more updated cordless animal version .... that is the question. Advice please.

leeds22 Thu 14-Feb-19 10:06:14

Dyson V8 Absolute - the best vacuum I've ever had.

Nelly18 Thu 14-Feb-19 10:06:29

I've got a cordless Dyson, I love it! Much easier than dragging a heavy corded vacuum around. It's quicker to use than getting the dustpan and brush out to clear up a few crumbs too! On the downside yes you do have to remember to charge it.

hereshoping Thu 14-Feb-19 10:14:22

I have a cordless Bosch athlete. I chose it because DH refuses to have his hair cut and this has special channels on the brush to help remove hair. (He retired 9 years ago and hasn't had it cut since) Also recommended by Which.
It is rather heavy to push and doesn't get into narrow areas. Excellent on large areas of carpet but not so good on lino, just pushes larger lumps of grit about.
Picks up a terrifying amount of dust.
At first I could do all of our 4 bedroom house in one go, but after two years, battery is definitely fading and can only do one level at a time.

My daughter has got rid of her Dyson cordless due to battery fading.

Next time I'm thinking of getting a GTECH bagged cordless as I'm fed up of mess of emptying chamber.

Hm999 Thu 14-Feb-19 10:19:26

I have loved my Dysons for over 20yrs, but I will not be buying another. This isn't political with a capital P, but am gobsmacked that James Dyson, who campaigned for Brexit leave, has moved the company to Singapore and entered into an EU trade agreement to make Dysons cheaper in Europe!

So thank you for all the useful information about similar products. I definitely want a cordless next, as the stairs are getting more and more demanding.

AlexG Thu 14-Feb-19 10:20:29

My husband - who runs a vacuum cleaners repair and sales shop - loves Dysons as they keep his repair trade going! Enough said........

SalsaQueen Thu 14-Feb-19 10:22:57

I've got both - a Miele corded one for downstairs, and a Dydon stick cordless for stairs and bedrooms. I have to say that the cordless is OK for picking up fluff, but for anything else (for some reason, my DGD took some sweets upstairs)it skims over the bits and merely pushes them about.

Jane43 Thu 14-Feb-19 10:24:56

Definitely cordless but I wouldn’t have another Dyson because it is very badly designed. It is a pain to empty and the filters get blocked very easily. Ours is an early model so the design may have improved. I will look for reviews of other cordless cleaners before replacing our cordless Dyson.

David1968 Thu 14-Feb-19 10:26:36

GrandmaKT, to answer your question, we've had our cordless G-Tech for at least five years now, (it's an "earlier" model) and the rechargeable battery unit is still going strong.

squirrel5 Thu 14-Feb-19 10:35:02

Shark for me,both corded and cordless ,best vacuum cleaner i have ever used.

lovebeigecardigans1955 Thu 14-Feb-19 10:44:17

I have a corded Henry which I think would be good for a large house as the cable is very long BUT not so good with the stairs. Would a smaller cordless be safer for those ?

jenni123 Thu 14-Feb-19 10:46:23

cordless definitely but do not go for the GTECH, I had the vacuum and the handheld and was not impressed at all. Yes they were lightweight but I felt, inefficient, I replaced both with a Vax and I am happy with it, mind you I have a small one bed flat so this suits me.

Juggernaut Thu 14-Feb-19 10:48:07

I love my G-tech for a quick flit around, but it doesn't deep clean.
For giving the carpets a thorough cleaning, I have a SEBO Automatic X7 Pet ePower.
It's a heavy bugger, but has extension tube and accessories 'on board', including the stair and upholstery turbo brush, which is wonderful for cat hairs!
It also has a very useful headlight so I can spot the muck easilygrin.
If it's going to be the cleaner dragging it around rather than you, I'd say definitely go for one! John Lewis have them on at £399.90, I usd my JL credit card, paid it off immediately, and got double points due to an offer, win win!

icanhandthemback Thu 14-Feb-19 10:49:19

We have a G-tech too. Brilliant but designed for smaller areas as the dust catcher is so small. We don't really use it now we have the Miele C3.

NotSpaghetti Thu 14-Feb-19 11:01:04

My son has a “top of the range” cordless Dyson (can’t remember the model). He’s not had it long but says with dog hairs it runs out of power and now wishes he’d bought a Shark which he’s recently tried at a friend’s house.
If you have a cleaner though, they probably have their own vacuum? My mother in law has had three different cleaners in the last 10 years and they all had one in the car. Maybe yours does too but just uses yours as it’s to hand?