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What determines my vacuum's suction power?

A vacuum with a higher suction power can suck up more dust than a vacuum with less suction power. Makes sense. But what does the suction power tell us? How do manufacturers measure this, and what does it mean for your household? In this article, I'll tell you what to keep in mind and how to achieve to achieve the best suction power with your vacuum.

What is suction power?

A lot of people think that suction power depends on actual power. A vacuum with a power of 1,600 or 2,000 watts should have more suction power than a vacuum of 750 watts, for example. We're immediately going to debunk this myth: this doesn't always hold true, not by a long shot. In 2017, a new legislation was passed that makes it so that any new vacuums that are produced can only have a maximum output of 900 watts. This doesn't mean that these vacuums have less suction power.

What determines the suction power for my hard floor?

Suction power when vacuuming different floor types

There are different types of hard flooring such as linoleum, parquet, laminate flooring, canvas, or tiles. For hard flooring, that's firmly attached to the floor, you can use the maximum suction power. This isn't suitable for loose flooring, as you might damage the floor.

In addition, it's important that you use the correct attachment. If you want to know more about choosing a vacuum for hard or wood flooring, read our advice article.

What determines the suction power for my carpet?

Suction power carpet

Carpet can refer to 3 things: low-pile carpet, high-pile carpet, or a rug. For both low-pile carpet and high-pile carpet you should use maximum suction power. Dirt is often hidden deep inside of the fibers, which means that extra suction power is preferable. Even so, pay extra attention when vacuuming loose carpets. For these, it's important that you dial down the amount of suction power.

For carpets, it's also important that you use the right attachment. If you want to know more about choosing a vacuum for carpets, read our advice article.

Suction quality

The actual suction power depends on a lot of different specifications. To make this easier for you, we combined these specifications and formed 1 new specification: suction quality. The vacuums are divided into basic, mid-range, and top-notch suction quality. Do you want to know everything about this? Read the advice article.

Can I affect the suction power myself?

Have you noticed the suction power of your vacuum is decreasing? There are several things you can do yourself. It's important that you replace the vacuum cleaner bags every 3 months. The fuller the vacuum cleaner bag is, the less suction power your vacuum has. The same applies to the filters. Make sure to clean them once every 3 months, or replace them after a year at most. Have you already checked whether the vacuum hose is clogged? Blockages inside of the hose can drastically decrease the suction power.


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