Vacuum Cleaner Vs Hoover

Vacuum Cleaner Vs Hoover

Vacuum or else

French fries or chips? Jelly or Jell-O? Vacuum or Hoover? In case you didn’t know by now, if you’re planning to fly to England any time soon, you’re going to be needing some help when getting a vacuum cleaner. Simply because you may have to ask for a hoover instead. And no, we’re not talking about Hoover.

A vacuum or a hoover?

In order to be very clear, the electrical appliance that cleans various surfaces through suction, people in North America are using the term “vacuum cleaner” (or simply “vacuum”), whereas the Britons typically use the term “hoover”.

Both words may work as verbs so you’re perfectly right to say “I just vacuumed”, “I am vacuuming”, just as correct it would be in England to say “I hoovered” or “I was hoovering”.

Due to a metaphorical extension, “hoover” also refers to “consume completely”, but you may want to use the preposition “up” in most cases.

Let’s say you’re very hungry so you may very well “hoover up your lunch”. If you’re in North America, you can’t really say that, though.

The term “hoover” isn’t used only in the UK, but also in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland too. Truth be told, it’s very common to use especially in England.

On the other hand, the term “vacuum cleaner” and its related verbs are also used outside North America so it’s quite typical to meet them. The situation isn’t the same for the “hoover” in the US and Canada, though most people are able to identify the term, in case they have some exposure to British media.

More useful tips for making the difference

So, if you’re living in the North America and meet a Brit that uses a hoover around the house, keep in mind that chances are that he may not be talking about something manufactured by Hoover.

Even though a Brit may have a Dyson vacuum cleaner, he/she is still going to tell about how he/she just pushed the hoover around”. “Doing the hoovering” may be also used when using the vacuum cleaner, so stay in put.

The little irony behind

The funny thing about all of this differences in terms that explains why British like to use a hoover and not a vacuum cleaner.

Hoover was an American brand of cleaner that came after the British invention of the vacuum. Edward Booth was the founder of the Goblin brand made in the UK (but not anymore at the moment). So, it’s funny why the Brits use the term “hoover”, when they ought to use the term “booth” instead. For the simple reason that the boots was already invented by the time hoover was born in US.

How about using the simple “vac” instead of both?


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Vacuum Cleaner Vs Air Purifier

Vacuum Cleaner Vs Air Purifier

Vacuum or else

The debate about whether you should or shouldn’t use an air purifier is still on and there are plenty of medical studies that give interesting results.

Are air purifiers efficient?

It seems that people fighting allergies, asthma or other respiratory illnesses who used portable air cleaners with HEPA filters did present fewer symptoms in time. They did experienced wheezing and coughing a lot less often, but they still had to take medication, just as much as people who didn’t use the cleaners.

So it appears that purifiers work better for removing smaller particles like smoke, as they are quite lightweight. When it comes to larger particles (dust or pollen), that are going to stay in the air longer, aren’t going to be collected very easy.  As a matter of fact, there are cases when purifiers actually made the air dirtier by stirring up dust that was already settled.

Many studies tried and failed to show that particulate matter is minimized, much less to give a health benefit in the real world.

The tests are made in the lab, whereas in the real world, there’s a poor mixing of air. Therefore, particulate matter (PM) in a room is never going to be pulled into the air cleaner. Furthermore, even if the cleaner pulls in all PM in the air now, if you’re not managing the sources of PM, the PM levels are going to rise almost instantly up to where they were before.

You may very well control the sources of any pollutants by always keeping your home clean and well ventilated. Wipe and vacuum surfaces as most of the allergens are found all around you and not that much in the air, anyway.

Are vacuum cleaners efficient for purifying the air?

No vacuum cleaner is efficient unless it has a good filter. Knowing the type of its filter is important when selecting a vacuum cleaner.

The ULPA (Ultra Low Penetration air filter) is the highest-quality filter that you may find at the moment and it’s used mostly for industrial-grade machines in various places: hospital, museums, and industrial cleanrooms. It has an efficiency rate of 99.999%.

The HEPA (High Efficiency particulate air) filters are able to block particles with a 99.97% efficiency, which is quite impressive too. A vacuum like this doesn’t come cheap, and you should pay the extra buck. After all, it’s for your own good.

If you don’t want to empty your wallet, you could also try a vacuum with micron filter that has a similar build as HEPA filters, but don’t have the same quality as HEPA filters.


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Vacuum cleaner vs Roomba

Vacuum cleaner vs Roomba

Vacuum or else

If you’re sitting on the fence and don’t know if you should step into the 21st century with a robot vacuum cleaner like the Roomba, scroll down for a “face to face” discussion on the regular vacuum and the robot that vacuum instead of you, the Roomba.

What are the best things about the Roomba?

Roomba is, in fact, a robot so you may easily set it up by pressing a button, using the remote control or an app on your phone. This means you may very well go shopping, bake something in the kitchen, and have a shower, while the Roomba cleans the house for you. Or, as much as it can anyway.

The robot vacuum features wall sensors and infrared receiver so you don’t have to worry about it bumping into any walls. The newer models even come with Wi-Fi, so talk about hi-tech.

The Roomba has a rather small footprint (smaller than a regular’s vacuum anyways) and it’s very easy to pick it up as it’s lightweight as well.

Its dust bin isn’t the biggest out there, but it’s very easy to remove for cleaning when full.

If some may worry about its battery running out, keep in mind that the Roomba finds its way back into its charger when it’s done with cleaning. So, that’s something!

Is a regular vacuum better?

Well, a Roomba can’t climb up the stairs on its own so that’s one thing to add on the downsides list. You may, however, simply pick it up and take it upstairs.

A Roomba may not be able get into the small corners nor perform very well when cleaning the couch. Let’s not forget that you can’t clean your curtains with a Roomba, but a regular vacuum sure does!

You don’t need to worry about running out of battery when using a regular vacuum, since it’s plugged it. You only need to wonder if the power cable is long enough.

The dust bin of a regular vacuum is a lot bigger so it takes a while until you have to clean it.

Time to decide: Regular vacuum or Roomba?

If you go for the portability, hi-tech features and ease of use, take a leap of faith and pay the extra-buck for a Roomba.

You may want to get a regular vacuum too as Roomba isn’t strong enough to get all the dirt out of your house. But, it does everything on its own. Almost, anyway.

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