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We pre-load the vacuum cleaners with artificial household dust, and embed sand evenly into a section of carpet before vacuuming it to a set pattern and speed. The sand collected is then weighed and recorded as a percentage of the sand applied; this is repeated twice for each vacuum cleaner and results averaged. We rate all models based on the dirt pick-up performance from carpet using the standard cleaning head.
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To test pet hair removal, we embed cat hair in the carpet and, as with the dirt pick-up test, vacuum it to a set pattern and speed. We rate the results based on how much cat hair is left behind after the test. Where supplied, the turbo brush or power head is used for this test; otherwise, we use the standard cleaning head. Pet hair for testing supplied by Woof Cat & Dog Grooming, Bondi, NSW.
Ease of use is based on how easy it is to manoeuvre the cleaner, and move the cleaning head on the carpet and under low furniture. We assess how difficult it is to empty and change the dirt receptacle; operation of the controls; and how easy the supplied accessories are to use and store.
Scores are taken from our brand reliability survey, but do not add to the overall score. The score refers to the brand, not a particular model. "Not applicable" means there weren't enough responses for that brand to get a score.
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