It is the bane of every household – and following a ruling by Brussels bureaucrats it is about to get worse.
Home owners will find their armoury in the battle against dust and dirt weakened by a ban on powerful vacuum cleaners.
Under European Commission ‘eco’ rules that will come into force next September, the power of new vacuum cleaners must not exceed 1,600 watts.
Under threat: The 2,300W Hoover Dust Manager (left), which will be outlawed by new EU regulationsand the Vax U90-MA-R (right), which outsells its rivals on Amazon.co.uk
That figure will be lowered further to 900 watts by 2017. Current cleaners boast an average of 1,800 watts.
The move angered manufacturers, who say it will do nothing to make cleaners more environmentally friendly and will simply reduce efficiency in the home.
Justin Binks, director of Sebo UK, which produces a range of vacuum cleaners, said the regulations would limit performance using ‘unrealistic criteria’.
‘If the proposed regulations come into force as planned next year, they could hugely frustrate anyone trying to clean their home,’ he said.
Critics say cleaners satisfying the new rule may use less power, but householders will have to use them for longer so they are likely to use the same amount of electricity in the long run