If you’re looking for a powerful bagged cylinder vacuum cleaner that’s perfect for allergy sufferers and pet owners, then you really ought to have a close look at the Bosch BSGL5PT2GB (also known as the GL-50 Power Animal 2).
Made in Germany this cleaner weighs 7.4 kg and has a capacity of 4.5 litres, 800 watts of power and a 12 metre-long cord. It’s designed for all floor types and comes with absolutely oodles of features. You get a combination and hardwood floor head, crevice nozzle and upholstery tool, a handy HEPA washable filter, odour removal, an ergonomic grip handle, a PowerProtect dustbag to improve performance even when the bag is near full, a ProAnimal Turbo brush and plenty more besides. The HEPA filtration system in particular is useful for allergy sufferers as it reduces the amount of exhaust, while the bionic filter leaves a lovely fresh aroma.
In terms of performance you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the suction power of this model, which is quite simply brilliant. Across all surface types it exceeds expectations, and you’ll find very little escapes its clutches. It’s so powerful, going over thick carpeting can become a bit of a chore – so be warned.
The BSGL5PT2GB is pretty quiet for a vacuum cleaner, generating 79 decibels of noise. It’s a powerful unit that’s easy to manoeuvre, glides across most surfaces very effectively, fits into every nook and cranny you can think of, and is averagely energy-efficient with a ‘C’ rating. If you were to quibble it would be with its claim to excel at picking up animal hair - it doesn’t at all. It does though have A-rated performances for hard-floors and dust emission, with a B-rating for carpets.
- Powerful suction
- HEPA filters reduce allergies
- Great extra features
- Too powerful for some carpets
- Struggles with pet hair
- Quite pricey
Why you should buy it:
UK buyers will be extremely impressed with the power of this Bosch vacuum cleaner. There are some handy on-board tools and it’s great for allergy sufferers, leaving very little airborne dust.