Best Cylinder Vacuum 2020 – Buyer’s Guide

Cylinder vacuums are most synonymous with tackling pet hair and allergens. But even if you’ve never owned as much as a hamster and you live your life allergy-free, they could still be a really great choice for many reasons.

They can be easier to control, thanks to being a lot less bulky than uprights. They look similar to cordless vacuums, but can often be a lot better at picking up, especially from carpets and rugs. Wands are often height adjustable to make it comfortable to use and the right length for reaching up high, and twisting the wand is easy to get under chairs and around corners.

Check out our buying guide to see why they else they are so popular, and then take a look at our pick of the best cylinder vacuums before you buy.

The Best Cylinder Vacuums – Our Top Picks

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Vax Air Stretch Pet CCQSASV1P1
  • Bagless
  • Cord Length: 6 m
  • Attachments: Turbo tool, 3-in-1 tool, Combination floorhead
  • Weight: 5.5 kg
  • Capacity: 1.5L
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Numatic Henry HVR160 Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner
  • Type: Bagged Cylinder
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Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor 2 Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner
  • Power: 600 W
  • Noise level: 80 dB
  • Energy rating: A
  • Capacity: 1.5 litres
  • Filters: Lifetime washable filter
  • Cord length: 6.6 m
  • Accessories: Stair tool, Combination tool
  • Bag: No
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Best Cylinder Vacuums

Miele Blizzard CX1 Jubilee PowerLine

A lifetime filter, ability to change the power and comfort telescopic tube are just a few things which make this Miele a standout.

Firstly, there is brilliant suction. You get a floorhead especially for use on parquet flooring, so if you have this surface in your home it should be top of your wishlist. It gets an A rating for hard floor pickup, but also a C for carpets which makes it a good option for getting the whole home done.

A telescopic tube allows you to adjust the height depending on how tall you are and how much freedom of movement you want. You also get an 11m operating radius which should get at least the majority of your rooms done in one go.

It is a bagless, so not one if you want a bag which Miele usually provides as dust is released when it is emptied. But it is nice and light, and picks up well which are two big tick in the boxes.

Specifications

  • Bagless
  • Cord Length: 10m
  • Attachments: Hose, Parquet floorhead, Universal Floorhead, Tube, Accessories
  • Weight: 6.5kg
  • Capacity: 2L

We like

  • Generous length cable and hose
  • Nice size to store
  • Strong suction

We dislike

  • A little messy when emptying if full

Final Verdict

The brilliant product you’d expect from Miele with high power to get every last bit of dust busted

Hoover Enigma Pets Bagged Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner

Powerful for its compact size, this Hoover model is lightweight and trouble-free to both carry and drag around the house.

It comes with all of the necessary accessories to do a full house clean, including the handheld crevice and upholstery nozzles and a dusting brush. These can be stored inside the appliance in a dedicated compartment, so you don’t have to worry about misplacing them.

The 1.5m hose is long enough to reach the top of cabinets and into the corners of your room, and the removable telescopic extension tube means it is easy to store away.

This appliance uses disposable vacuum bags, which are easy to replace and inexpensive to purchase. There is a power boost mode for any bits that are stubborn to pick up, such as deep-seated pet hair.

As it is a dedicated pet vacuum, it includes a turbo brush especially for this use and an EPA filter which will protect you against any allergens it picks up. For under £100, it is excellent value.

Specifications

  • Type: Bagged Cylinder
  • Power: 700W
  • Capacity: 3.2L
  • Floor Types: Hard/Carpet
  • Cord Length: 6m
  • Energy Efficiency: A
  • Sound Power Level: 76dB
  • Weight: 4.9kg

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We like

  • Onboard storage compartment
  • Inexpensive replaceable bags

We dislike

  • Noisy for its size

Final Verdict

An affordable, reliable machine which takes care of all your cleaning tasks

Numatic Henry HVR160 Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner

More compact and lighter than previous Henry models, the HVR160 still retains all of the classic features and picks up dirt just as well as the original.

There is on-board accessory storage, so you won’t misplace any of the handheld tools which come with the appliance. The suction hose length is 2.4m, so even the highest areas in your home are suddenly comfortable to reach.

It is heavy, so not the best if you would have to regularly carry it up and down the stairs. But the traditional cable and storage rewind system makes putting it away a lot easier. It also has an unrivalled 6L capacity, meaning it won’t have to be emptied after every single use. When the time does come, however, the hoover bag is easy to remove and replace.

Henry’s are known for their long-lasting durability. So if you are looking for something that is unlikely to stop working after only a couple of years use, then you can guarantee this will fit. There is only one power mode, but the vent control in the handle can be used for cleaning more delicate areas. It can be cumbersome to store, as the suction hose is not telescopic. But he looks fab enough to be on display anyway!

Specifications

  • Type: Bagged Cylinder

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We like

  • Enormous capacity
  • Reliable, powerful suction

We dislike

  • Bulky to transport around the house
  • Hard to store

Final Verdict

A new edition of a timeless piece of equipment, but just as trustworthy as the old favourite.

Miele Complete C3 Allergy Total Solution PowerLine Cylinder

An easily manoeuvrable vacuum which is ideal for floors and furniture

Cylinder models are powerful and high capacity while being lighter and easier to store than an upright. Because they are easy to manoeuvre, they can be used to reach nooks and crannies and to clean furniture. They are a great option for smaller homes as they take up less room.

This Miele Cylinder is cable-powered (with an 11m long cable) and comes with pet-specific attachments for those pesky pet hairs. The nifty foot controls allow you to choose your cleaning mode and a simple button enables you to quickly rewind the cable when you’re done.

This convenient model comes with a bunch of useful accessories – and to prevent them getting lost, you can actually store them inside the hoover, in a designated compartment. We love the way that the main floor head allows you to clean right up to the edges of your carpet, as well as tackling larger areas.

Specifications

  • Power: 1200W
  • Noise level: 74 dB
  • Energy rating: D
  • Capacity: 4.5 litres
  • Filters: Charcoal filter
  • Cord length: 10.8 m
  • Accessories: Crevice nozzle, Upholstery nozzle, Dusting brush, Turbo brush
  • Bag: Yes

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We like

  • Superb German engineering
  • Lots of hoovering functions and features
  • Very quiet
  • Good for allergies

We dislike

  • D energy rating
  • Only colour available is brown

Final Verdict

For such a small machine it delivers a surprisingly effective clean and is very easy to use. One of the best things about this model is how long the bags last – its new HyClean bags offer 20 percent more capacity compared to previous dust bags.

Sebo Airbelt K1 ePower

Sebo vacuums are approved for allergy sufferers, so if this is your main aim then this K1 should be in your comparisons.

Powerful suction will pick up microscopic dust, and it is so good that it has been approved by the British Allergy Foundation. The triple microfilter doesn’t only help the dust to be collected, but also ensures it sticks right there, so it isn’t released back into the atmosphere.

A three litre bin capacity should allow you to get a good few uses out of the vacuum before you trail to the trash.

The whole cylinder is surrounded by a rubber airbelt, so even if you are a little heavy handed and it bumps into the furniture there should be no damage done. You have a 10.5 m which is good for anyone with medium sized rooms or any houses which have very difficult plug socket placements.

Thanks to the 1.8 m hose length, it isn’t just the floor which can be tackled either. When it is running, it is quiet and easy to drag behind you

While the suction is powerful, it is only like this on certain surfaces. It is rated E for carpets, so is definitely one for hard floors or short pile nylon carpet which doesn’t get too dirty in the first place.

Specifications

  • Bagless
  • Cord Length: 7.7 m
  • Filter: Triple microfilter
  • Attachments: Telescopic tube, KOMBI head, Crevice tool, Upholstery nozzle
  • Weight: 8.4 kg
  • Capacity: 3L

We like

  • Easy to move around
  • Powerful on the right surface
  • Comfortable emptying

We dislike

  • Not so great on carpets

Final Verdict

Certainly does keep any collected dust and debris safely in the bin, but just be aware it won’t be for every surface

Vax Air Stretch Pet CCQSASV1P1

Should you want to keep your spend under £100 for something a bit more affordable but still need to deal with pet hair, this Vax is good thanks to a nice level of suction and dedicated turbo tool.

It is good on all surfaces, with a carpet cleaning performance class of C and hard floor A. You get plenty of tools to help with the jobs, such as a 3-in-1 which helps tackle corners, and a combination floorhead to help take you from one type of flooring to another.

The cord length is on the shorter side, and the capacity isn’t the largest. But if you know they’ll both suit you just fine then the quality attachments and good power are worth the adaptability. It also doesn’t matter a huge amount when you realise that the overall operating radius is still 12m thanks to the tube.

Be aware it was a little difficult to push on carpets, so it maybe isn’t the best if you will have issues with this.

Specifications

  • Bagless
  • Cord Length: 6 m
  • Attachments: Turbo tool, 3-in-1 tool, Combination floorhead
  • Weight: 5.5 kg
  • Capacity: 1.5L

We like

  • Compact
  • Easy to pull around

We dislike

  • Needs emptied thoroughly and often to maintain suction
  • Hard to get over carpets

Final Verdict

A nice cost and a good range of additional fittings

Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor 2 Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner

Looking for a vacuum that is easy to glide around your home and doesn’t give you aching arms afterwards.

Thanks to the low centre of gravity, it isn’t only easy to pull around behind you but the Dyson Big Ball Multifloor 2 will also self-right itself if it gets knocked over. So when you’re going round a corner and you take it a bit too fast, you don’t have to rescue it if it tips over.

It will take you from carpet to hard floor without changing the brush height or attachments. The handle rotates in three directions for 360° control, so when it comes to getting under the coffee table and sofa, or in between the side table and the armchair, you don’t have to move everything around or get down on the floor to see what you are doing.

Emptying the dust is easy. It is bagless, so all collected in a handy bale and you can push it all out with one movement of the lever. Thanks to the maximum suction power, it will collect even the smallest of particles, making it great for allergy sufferers or pet owners – although it does struggle on high-pile carpets.

Specifications

  • Power: 600 W
  • Noise level: 80 dB
  • Energy rating: A
  • Capacity: 1.5 litres
  • Filters: Lifetime washable filter
  • Cord length: 6.6 m
  • Accessories: Stair tool, Combination tool
  • Bag: No

We like

  • Big Ball design gives free movement
  • Tangle-free turbine tool removes hair without getting caught up
  • Quick emptying bale

We dislike

  • Best for hard floors - struggles picking up from surface of carpets

Final Verdict

Cylinder cleaners are great for picking up every bit of grime, and this Dyson combines their years of knowledge into one user-friendly device which is so easy to manoeuvre

Hoover Whirlwind SE71_WR01

Great for households which need something easy to bring in and out of storage but still need to pick up dropped biscuit crumbs, grit and dried mud from shoes and general dust.

Rated A for both energy consumption and hard floor cleaning, it isn’t going to cost the earth to run and will leave no stone unturned. You also won’t have to buy replacement filters, as the one supplied is washable.

A  telescopic extension tube ensures you can get up high as well – nobody knows how, but the ceilings get surprisingly dusty which eventually falls right down to the carpet again.

A 2-in-1 dusting brush and crevice tool can be attached onto this tube for difficult areas too.

It is only 4.1 kg, so won’t take all your energy dragging round. This also makes it easier to carry up stairs if needed.

Specifications

  • Bagless
  • Cord Length: 5 m
  • Filter: Washable EPA
  • Attachments: 2-in-1 dusting brush, crevice tool
  • Weight: 4.1 kg
  • Capacity: 1.5L

We like

  • Light enough to carry
  • Good length of wand
  • Easy to whizz around a smaller house

We dislike

  • Bit noisy but bearable

Final Verdict

Not absolutely perfect but when talking about value for money, it has it in leaps and bounds

Essentials C700VC18

The best budget cylinder vacuum cleaner we could find on our hunt. Incredibly lightweight, yet still substantial enough for everyday use, despite being under £50.

A single cyclone system means you’ll never have to replace a bag or a filter. You can adjust the airflow using the control on the handle, so if you have a slightly more difficult area to tackle or want to move from carpet to hard floor you can pick the best settings for the job.

The tube is extendable, which makes it great for reaching further away/higher up, but also for storing if you’re stuck for space. You also get a 1.5 m hose.

It is definitely best for a home which just needs an occasional vacuum to pick up the dirt which nobody can avoid, as opposed to a home where cleaning is in high demand. There is nowhere to keep the crevice attachment which could be a pain if you’re one to leave things anywhere but where they should be. Overall, a little niggle which doesn’t take away from the cleaning experience.

Specifications

  • Bagless
  • Cord Length: 5 m
  • Filter: HEPA
  • Attachments: Crevice nozzle, Floorhead
  • Weight: 3.5 kg
  • Capacity: 1.2L

We like

  • Price
  • Neat and compact
  • Filter is washable

We dislike

  • Best for hard floor over carpets

Final Verdict

Simple, basic and lightweight. Small but mighty springs to mind

Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner Buying Guide

What To Look For In A Cylinder Vacuum

Adjustable Wand

The wand is the long pole which you hold and push in order to vacuum. A bonus of cylinder vacuums over uprights is than the length of this is often adjustable, so whether you are 5ft tall or 6ft 5, you can get that sweet spot which means you can vacuum comfortably. It could also help when you are reaching to dust cobwebs from the ceiling, or using an attachment to clean the sofa.

Attachments

On that topic, many come with a fab range of accessories. They all fit on the end of the wand usually, in replacement of the standard floor head. If you want a vacuum which can clean all areas, check it comes with the right selection or at least that there are some available to buy.

Filters

Many filters are now HEPA and washable so you don’t have replacement costs, but just make sure before you buy if these factors are important. Some of the cheaper models may not be as good at picking up allergens than the more expensive ones.

Weight

This is usually the weight of the entire appliance combined, wand and cylinder. Most of this weight will however be situated with the cylinder part of the appliance, so if you don’t want to be dragging a heavy, bulky tub around behind you then look for one which is nice and lightweight in the specifications.

Cord Length

You also want to ensure you can get your room cleaned without struggling to reach because of the power cable, or having to continuously plug and unplug the appliance. Think of the largest room you have in your home, and the accessibility of your power points in comparison. Ensure the cable of the vacuum you have decided on will let you get deep into the corners and around all of the furniture.

Floor Type

The majority of cylinder vacuums are fine on both carpets and hard floors, but if you have particularly deep pile carpets or pets then you may wish to buy a model where the brush bar can be adjusted, and the suction is particularly top-notch. Also check to see whether reviews say it was particularly hard to push on particular surfaces; some vacuums are so good at sucking that they almost attach themselves to carpet fibres and you can’t budge them without straining your arms.

Cylinder Shape

Some will be oblong and lay horizontally on the floor. Others will be vertical. Some could be round and bulky, and others relatively slimline. Most will have wheels, but others may use ball technology to make it even easier to drag behind you.

You may need to assess the space in your home to find the easiest model to manoeuvre. Should you have a lot of open space, it won’t be a massive issue. But loads of tight corners and narrow gaps may call for a smaller shape, and vertical option which takes up less ground room.

Bagged Or Bagless?

A big factor with these models, which deserves its own little section. As cylinder vacuums are often amongst the best for allergies and pet hair, a whole host come with replaceable bags. This contains all the dust in one place, and you don’t have to deal with emptying it. If you know you want a bagged vacuum, then you will have more choice of cylinder vacuums than you would of uprights.

But bagless models are also widely available, and can also be cheaper if you are on a budget. A lot come with easy to empty bins, where you just press one button and it all falls into your waste.

Price

The cost of a cylinder vacuum can vary widely. You may be able to grab one for around £40 (they can often be much cheaper than budget uprights). But the ones which have the best suction, the best attachments and the best ability to pick up dog hair will likely retail for much more.

FAQ’s

Are Cylinder Vacuums Good For Pet Hair?

Not all standard vacuums are good at picking up pet hair, and depending on the breed or animal you have, some hair is more prone to sticking to furnishings or being hard to pick up. But cylinder models are often amongst the best. You will see models named things such as ‘Cat & Dog’, ‘Pets’ or even just ‘Animal’.

That isn’t to say they are the best over models named nothing to do with our four-legged friends, though. You will need to look for high power, good accessories and brushes. You may also want a bagged model so the hairs don’t end up everywhere again.

Are Cylinder Vacuums Easy To Keep Clean?

In order to keep the floor clean, your vacuum will also need to be kept clean. This means free of dust blockages, filter build-ups and hairs tangled around the brush bar.

On top of the usual dust bag/bin and attachment maintenance, you will also have the wand to take care of. Some dust may become lodged in this tube periodically, and it may also become a little worn or rusted if it comes in contact with water as they are usually metallic (some are plastic though).

Ensure you read up on how to care for your chosen model before you buy, and remember the few extras you’ll need to keep on top of. In general though, they are much easier to maintain than a lot of the complicated uprights.

Which Brands Should I Look Out For?

The most popular cylinder vacuum manufacturers are Numatic (famed for Henry Hoovers), Dyson, Miele, Hoover, Sebo and AEG. You will also see names such as Beko, Vax and Russell Hobbs.