Cordless Vacuum CleanersDoing household chores is never going to be anyone's idea of fun, but it can be made a whole lot easier by cutting out the hassle of having to lug a bulky vacuum cleaner up the stairs every week and find a plug socket within range of your target. Cordless cleaners are a much more convenient solution. As well as being much more simple to operate and move around your house, you can also reach those hard-to-get places behind furniture and in the corner of the room. You can even take them outside and use it on the inside of your car. To help you decide which one is for you, we've picked out some of the top products currently on the UK market.
Dyson V6 Absolute
As above, the idea behind an Ottoman bed is fairly straightforward. Instead of buying a bed and a separate storage unit, you're combining two pieces of furniture into one, givnig yourself somewhere to sleep and somewhere you can keep (for example) all of your clothes. Beds of this kind are a common sight in children's bedrooms, but Ottomans differ slightly from the standard design in that, instead of having a draw that pulls out or a sliding door that opens the bottom, the mattress opens upwards. This means you can fit them into even the tiniest bedroom and still access your things without having to rearrange your floot layout. Worried about the difficulty of pulling the mattress up? Don't be. Ottoman beds use a special type of hinge that pops up with a small amount of force, and then gently drops back down again once you're finished rummaging about in its belly. People of all sizes should have little trouble getting inside. A final point is that, compared to many other bed-based storage options, the Ottoman bed is much less of an eyesore. The compartment beneath is completely undetectable to anyone who doesn't know about it, and you can dress it with whatever upholstery and headboard you want. Price: £370 new, second hand options may be available in the £300 range.
Vax Air U85
The standard Ottoman bed design doesn't allow for too many design options, but there are a few different things to consider when it comes to deciding which one to buy. The most obvious is these is the space and layout of your bedroom. Whilst Ottomans don't require a large amount of room around your bed, buying one that opens from the side is a bad idea if you plan to prop it up against the wall, as there won't be anywhere for you to stand. In that case, you will need to find an Ottman which opens from the front, i.e. like a car bonnet. This isn't the optimum solution, since unless you have six foot arms you will struggle to get things stored right at the very back of the storage unit - but you can always organise the contents carefully so that the most important items are at the front. Another design option is to get an Ottoman bed which fits two separate compartments beneath the matress - one for you and one for your significant other - partitioned by a thin wall in the middle. This will help set clear spacial boundaries in terms of whose things get to go where. Price: £350 new, second hand around £300.
All of the major bedding retailers in the UK will stock Ottomans of some description, including Dreams, Furniture Village, Carpet Right and Bed Star. You can also find them at all-purpose stores like Argos and Ikea. If you keep your aesthetic demands modest (that means resisting the urge for a luxury leather headboard), Ottomans can be purchased for as little as £150 to £200 - which is really no different from any other kind of bed. More expensive options can hit the £500 to £700 range. As always, you'll want to measure your bedroom carefully and then go and see the bed in the flesh before buying. This will allow you to ensure everything fits and the quality of the material is strong and durable. Price: £125 on Amazon, elsewhere up to £250.
Dyson V7 Animal
The primary point of difference between Dyson's Absolute and Animal models is that the latter is slightly more all-purpose. You can use it on just about any floor type you need it for, and it's light enough that it can be elevated easily for use on things like stairs and even ceilings. The only snag is the cost - it's more expensive than most of the best traditional vacuums. Price: £420 new.
ILIFE A4s Robot Vacuum Cleaner
The ultimate in convenience, the ILIFE A4s Robot Vacuum Cleaner is completely automated. You simply fire it up, place it down on your floor and it will slowly and quietly go about cleaning your floor while you put your feet up on the sofa. It's not going to work as a comprehensive cleaning tool, but it's excellent at picking up loose dog hair. Price: £200 on Amazon, elsewhere up to £300.
Holife (2nd Gen) Handheld Cordless Cleaner
If you're looking for a handheld option with which you can clean the interior of your car and effortlessly get the dog hairs off your duvet at bed time, then isn't a bad shout. It fits snugly into your hand, and can go up to four hours without being charged. Price: £50.