Six of the best allergy gadgets for those pestered by pollen
Pestered by pollen or driven up the wall by dust mites? These great buys could make your life a whole lot easier.
Miele Compact C2 Allergy EcoLine Bagged Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner SBD290, £250, Debenhams
Good things come in small packages, as this petite vacuum cleaner proves.
Miele boasts that this cleaner has an effective filtration system - combining a dust bag, motor protection filter, an exhaust and a High Efficiency Particulate Air (or HEPA filter) - in place to catch 99.9% of even the smallest of irritant particles settling in the home.
The powerful suction can be used to absorb dust, pet hair and pollen on floors, tiled surfaces and carpets, and is light and quiet to use.
Bionaire BAP1700 Air Purifier, £174.99, John Lewis
At £174.99, this air purifier is a big outlay, but if allergies are getting the better of you, it could ease some of the symptoms by ridding the air in your home of irritants such as pollution, pollen, mould spores and dust.
Approved by the British Allergy Foundation, it removes nasties through its HEPA filter and pushes out cleaner air.
Cleverly, the slimline device also offers a prompt when the filter needs changing to ensure optimal filtration.
Philips FC6232/62 Dust Mite Anti-Allergen Handheld Vacuum Cleaner, With EPA Filter and UV Light, £135.34 (from £150), www.amazon.co.uk
Loathe as many of us are to think about it, dust mites often make themselves at home in our soft furniture, provoking unwanted allergic reactions from sufferers.
With this in mind, Philips has designed this mini dust mite cleaner with a 450W motor to quickly dispense with any of the blighters living in your soft furnishings.
Curtains, cushions, linen, upholstery and even teddies can be given a once over by the vacuum to keep mites at bay.
Hoover UltraMatt UV Handheld Mattress Vacuum Cleaner, £99.99 (from £149.99), www.robertdyas.co.uk
Our mattresses can be a hotbed of mite action.
A horrid thought, but one that can be tackled with the right kit and cleaning know-how.
Equipped with a germicidal UV-C lamp, this mini vacuum not only kills any critters residing in your mattress, it also gets really deep into the mattress material - or in upholstery - to deter the nasty things from coming back too.
Vax Air Stretch Pet Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner-U85- AS-Pe, £189.99, Argos
They're our best and most loyal friends, but when the dust and fur settles, it's easy to forget this and get ratty at the fur balls and hair your pet sheds and leaves to gather in your home. Here to help is this pet hoover.
With a whopping 13m cord and a 3.6m hose, it quickly sucks up any nose-tickling strands of fur in hard-to-reach corners of carpets, upholstery and floors.
Shark Klik N’ Flip Steam Pocket Mop S6001UK, £119.99, Lakeland
To make floors squeaky clean without relying on harsh chemicals, steam cleaners are unbeatable.
This one from Shark uses water to kill allergens on hard floors without further irritating those for whom cleaning products cause reactions. Simplicity is the key here, and once the tank is filled with water, just push down on the handle to start the steam.
For stubborn stains, switch to the steam blaster mode to promptly bid adieu to irritants. Best of all, the cleaning pads can be reversed and cleaned in the washing.