There are dozens of different vacuum cleaner accessories that will make your life easier. But understanding what each of them is used for can be a bit of a headache.
If you have ever purchased a new vacuum cleaner, looked in the box, and wondered what each of the 4 or 5 attachments sitting in there are for, then this review of the best vacuum cleaner attachments is exactly what you need.
Many of the extensions you will see below are standard inclusions in new vacuum cleaner purchases, these are a few that have to be purchased separately, which can dramatically add to the usefulness of your favourite vacuum cleaner.
Think about your own personal situation when choosing which extensions for your vacuum cleaner will provide the most benefit for you. Some of the standard accessories will be of no use for some people, while others will be a godsend!
Keep in mind the type of flooring you plan on vacuuming. Hard surfaces will require different attachments than soft carpet and rugs, and homes with pets should definitely have a rotating head attachment to pull the pet hair from the carpet.
Below are the best vacuum cleaner attachments that you may want to explore further, as some of them definitely will make you life easier!
Ceiling fan attachment
If you have a rotating ceiling fan you will be familiar with just how much dust can gather on top of these. They are also a bit of a hassle to clean. I used to stand carefully on a chair with a spray bottle and a rag, and give them the old fashion dusting treatment. These days, you can get a ceiling fan attachment for your vacuum cleaner meaning you can get all the hard to reach areas around your fan while standing steadily on the ground.
Some of these attachments will do both the top and bottom of the fan blades at the same time meaning you spend less time staring at the ceiling!
Pet hair drives me absolutely nuts when vacuuming. Those that have a cat or dog that leave hair everywhere will understand. I spent five years vacuuming pet hair without a rotating brush attachment. Since I discovered that you could buy a specific pet hair attachment for your vacuum cleaner, it’s no longer such a frustrating task.
With this tool, you can groom your dog or cat and gather all the hair that was due to fall onto, and stick too, your carpet and furniture.
Stair Cleaner attachment
Stairs can also be frustrating to vacuum. My house has two sets of stairs, and I also have a furry cat, so vacuuming them used to be a bit of a pain in the next. Even if you don’t have a pet, carrying a heavy vacuum up the steps as your vacuuming can become a bit tiring.
Something that making vacuuming stairs a little bit easier is a stair cleaner attachment. There are quite a few different styles and designs of these attachments. Find one that fits your vacuum cleaner, and also consider supplementing it with a longer hose so you don’t have to carry your vacuum up or down stairs with you all the time.
Anyone with blinds in their house is familiar with the amount of dust they collect. Buying a blind attachment for your vacuum cleaner lets you clean away the dust between each blind with your vacuum cleaner instead of with a rag and spray bottle. Blind attachments typically come in a small attachment with slots for each of the blinds to slide between. Before buying a blind extension for your vacuum cleaner, take a moment to look at your blinds and consider if one will be practical. For example, if there are lots of cords or connections between your blinds, it may even be more tedious cleaning them with your brand new extension than it is however you are currently cleaning them (you are giving them the occasional dust, right?!).
Hard Flooring extension
This is designed to be used on hard floors, which may include wood, lino, tiles, marble or a range of other hard surfaces. These hard flooring accessories are great for cleaning up dry mess on any surface which isn’t carpeted. I frequently use mine in the kitchen for crumbs and various food items that get dropped around the fridge, pantry, and bin throughout the week. Depending on the exact design of your hard flooring extension, you may find it is 100% useless on soft floors such as carpet, and you won’t be able to get away with just using the one extension on all surfaces (if I use my own hard floor vacuum head on carpet, I literally can’t push it along as the suction grips so strongly to the carpet making it immovable!).
Vacuum extension tubes are often alternatively called vacuum extension wands. Depending on whether you are a Harry Potter fan or not, you can refer to it as either name.
An extension tube is simply an attachment that increases your reach ensuring you can get to all sorts of hidden places that may otherwise be untouchable. I use mine occasionally to get behind the refrigerator, and to the far side underneath my bed without having to move it (a bit lazy, I know). Vacuum cleaner extension tubes simply attach to your vacuum hose, and come in a variety of lengths from any specialist vacuum retailer, or online store.
You know that area in your car, between your seats and the door, or between the seats and the centre console? It’s the area where if you are in a rush you are likely to drop your keys down, then struggle to jam your hand in the gap to retrieve them.
Well this space is also really tough to vacuum! All good car cleaning companies will have a special crevice tool to get down in this gap to suck up all the McDonalds fries you have dropped down here over the years. If you want to get this job done from home, all you need to do is buy a crevice tool extension for your vacuum cleaner.
This is simply a tool that is narrowed at one end which ensures it can get into tight places, and thoroughly clean corners of houses where dust and grime accumulates. It is also great for cleaning between sofa cushions…after to check to ensure there are no stray coins there of course!
This one sounds cooler than it actually is. It is the opposite of the crevice cleaner mentioned above. A claw attachment is generally attached to the hose, and is the shape of a wedge to allow wider areas to be cleaned in a quick swipe. I use my claw attachment in confined spaces when having the full vacuum pipe and head is too large. An example would be when vacuuming the mats in my car, of the front and back seats. My neighbour also often uses it to clean his boat’s cabin as there is no standing room, and using a larger vacuum head becomes a bit challenging while sitting down.
If you have purchased, or are considering purchasing, a vacuum cleaner that uses bags (as opposed to a bagless vacuum cleaner) you will need to keep in mind reordering bags when you are running low. Vacuum bags are reasonably cheap, so you shouldn’t let the face that they fill up and require throwing out put you off buying one. There are numerous benefits to buying a bagged vacuum cleaner, with my favourite being the ease of emptying them without causing a small cloud of dirt that their bagless counterparts create. You can either buy branded bags, or generic bags. I personally buy a new stash of bags every few months through Amazon, or by popping into my local vacuum store if I am passing by.
Some may think this is unnecessary, but a vacuum cleaner accessory guide wouldn’t be complete without mentioning vacuum cleaner accessory bags! Some models come with this directly out of the box, some retailers might throw it in free to get the sale, or you can buy them online if you really want a specific bag to keep all your handy accessories in. I personally just throw them all on a shelf next to my towels in the hot water cupboard. Others throw them under the sink with all the other cleaning equipment You might want to do the same.
Buying Vacuum Cleaner Accessories
If you read through all the available accessories above, you no doubt thought “how do I know what I am buying will fit my vacuum cleaner?”
That’s a very good question, and aside from taking your vacuum cleaner into a retailer in your city, you simply have to be vigilant and do your research before hitting the ‘Add to Cart” button.
The safest bet is to buy attachments that are made by the same brand that made your vacuum cleaner. You can pretty much be sure that whatever you buy will clip onto your vacuum just fine. Buying accessories from a different brand isn’t ideal, but if you read the instructions of your vacuum cleaner, and pull out the measuring tape to get some diameter details, you may be able to mix and match brands (not recommended).
If you are buying online be sure to check the return policy, especially if you are spending a reasonable amount on vacuum cleaner extensions. Everyone knows that sinking feeling when you buy clothes online and they don’t fit, but you can’t return them. Let’s try to avoid the vacuum cleaner equivalent of this!
In summary, you should not always just rely on using the extensions that come pre-packaged with your vacuum cleaner. There are literally hundreds of different products available online that will make vacuuming so much less tedious, and take up much less time than it currently may.
If I forgot to mention any extensions, or you have questions about buying them, please let me know in the comments below!