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Cordless vacuum cleaner

Does anyone find it helpful to use a cordless vacuum cleaner? I live on my own and even though I use a rollator I still do my own hoovering. I have a cylinder hoover and hold on to my food trolley with one hand and hold the hoover in the other. One thing that makes this difficult is that the cord keeps getting in the way so I was wondering if using a cordless hoover would be easier.

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🙂 My vacuum cleaner is an upright, heavy and unwealdy to operate😏 My skirting boards and the cleaner itself have 'war wounds'😉 But I've also previously had a cylinder. Finding a happy medium isn't easy, some cordless cleaners seem very light and don't pick up well, and some handheld cordless are simply too heavy to operate comfortably (I tried my daughters dyson)😏

Really, it's another case of trial and error. My grip isn't good now, and holding something steady can take a lot of concentration🙄 At one time I considered a central vacuum system but that would still mean being attached to a hose😉xB

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I used to use an upright Dyson Animal but got to the point of finding it too heavy to use plus cord got in the way. Now use a cordless Dyson Animal so much better for me, hold on funiture, lean against walls for steadiness even sit sometimes as we Ataxians get things done on how it is safe to do so.

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Hi. I used to use a plug in cylinder & knelt on the floor hoovering (safety!)

It's too much now, so i bought a robotic hoover for main part & lightweight hand-held cordless for edges/skirting boards. I did a lot of research & bought cheap. Yes they're not as good as corded (pick up) but far easier. I can use my rollator when using handheld device in 1 hand as it's very lightweight. It's a Beldray 22.2 volt. Does the job & I'm very particular/meticulous! 🤗

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Thanks to everyone who has replied. I am going to check out the models you have suggested.

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Try googling cordless vacuums There are several models and most of them are nice and light----far easier than the corded heavy uprights. We have got a Vax and it is so much easier. Charge lasts about 40 mins. but recharges fairly quickly

Happy cleaning !! Ted

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Love my GTECH air ram so light and easy to move can't use conventional hoovers

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Not all rechargeable vacs last 40 minutes, most barely 20 minutes. But after 15 I am exhausted. Put me on a recharge? Solved this vac conundrum by sister volunteering to bring her Dyson and use it herself, result.

Charge time versus weight might be deciding factors. Need somewhere to store rechargeable vac near a power point. Battery will need replacing after 1000 cycles or replace everything?

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Thanks for your advice. I have now got a Moby-Richardson cordless and it's much easier to use than my old corded hoover

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