Most people use a standard vacuum to clean dust and dirt from their homes, but if you have allergies or asthma you won’t regret buying a HEPA filter vacuum. That’s because most everyday vacuums use a rotating brush to lift dirt and debris from the floor into the air. It then sucks this mixture of dust, debris and air into the vacuum before blowing the air back out into the room.
This recirculated air can result in fine dust particles being blown around the room, causing significant problems for asthma sufferers. That’s why a HEPA vacuum is recommended for people with asthma.
How does a HEPA filter vacuum work?
Put simply, a HEPA vacuum cleaner is important for asthmatics because it filters the air before it is recycled. A HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter is designed to remove 99.7% of all particles that are 0.3 microns in size and larger from the air.
Most vacuum cleaners have a filter that removes dust from the air before recycling it, but they only collect larger dust particles. This is fine for most people, but if you are asthmatic or have an allergy to dust mites, you’ll be more sensitive to the smaller particles that a standard filter misses. That’s why you need a HEPA filter vacuum, as it’s capable of removing allergens such as dust mites, pet dander and other dust particles from your flooring and the air instead of returning them to the room.
Best vacuum cleaner
for allergies and asthma
If you or someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma, it’s a very good idea to use a HEPA vacuum. At Godfreys, we have a selection of vacuums that are fitted with a HEPA filter, including both bagged and bagless models. For asthmatics, you might want to consider a bagged vacuum, but it all comes down to personal preference.
A bagged HEPA vacuum might be optimal for you because you can seal the bag, lift it out and place it in the rubbish bin without exposing yourself to the dust particles it contains. With bagless vacuums, however, you have to open the container and tip the contents into the bin, which allows all the particles to spread through the air. This is why, when it comes to allergy sufferers and asthmatics, it’s worth considering a bagged HEPA vacuum cleaner rather than a bagless option.
Here are our picks for the best vacuum cleaner for allergies and asthma:
- Hoover Allergy Bagged Vacuum Cleaner: This vacuum has a powerful 1600-watt motor and a self-propelling power head that works well to remove embedded dirt and debris from carpets. It has a carbon and HEPA filter that effectively removes dust and allergens from the recirculated air and a hand turbo tool to pick up pet hair.
- Sauber Excellence SE-400 Vacuum Cleaner: This vacuum has a 1250-watt motor, ETI power head and advanced airflow that removes dirt, dust and allergens from carpets. It also uses Intelligence Power Control to deliver the optimal level of suction for any floor surface and it has a HEPA filter.
- Wertheim Dog & Cat Bagged Vacuum: This lightweight vacuum has a 1350-watt motor, air-driven turbo floor brush and a mini hand tool for removing pet hair on different surfaces. It features a HEPA filter and is the least expensive of these three options.
Best cordless HEPA
For quickly picking up debris and dust around your home, you might prefer a cordless vacuum cleaner that’s lightweight, simple to use, and does a thorough job. Our pick for the best cordless HEPA vacuum is the Hoover Ultra Power Stick Vacuum.
- Hoover Ultra Power Stick Vacuum: This is a high-powered, rechargeable HEPA vacuum with a 45 minute runtime, motorised power head, removable hand vacuum, LED lights and a HEPA filter. It has plenty of power to quickly remove pet hair, dust and debris from your carpets.
If you need any help deciding which HEPA filter vacuum is best for your needs, why not chat to one of our experts online or in-store today?