Since the end of last year, new vacuum cleaners have had to follow strict guidelines by the European Commission relating to carpet and hard floor performance, energy use and emissions of dust.

Although there are restrictions on high powered vacuum cleaners, the overall changes have been positive, ensuring new products are better for the end consumer and that poor performing models are virtually impossible to purchase.

Many Dyson, Vax and Miele high performing models are still available to purchase, but stocks are likely to be dwindling soon. Therefore, if you want a more powerful machine, you will need to purchase one fairly quickly! That said, many powerful vacuum cleaners aren’t the best performing ones from our experience.