DYSON Ball Animal 2 Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner
Quieter, more energy efficient and more compact than most previous Dyson uprights, this is a great choice if you’re a fan of the brand but don’t want to risk moving over to their new cordless varieties.
Because it uses ball technology, it is easy to steer around furniture and bend low to get under tables and beds. No more going back and forward – just turn the wrist to change direction.
The Radial Root Cyclone technology is designed with allergy sufferers in mind, too. The most minute of allergens will be sucked up and kept in the vacuum until it is emptied, so you can live a bit more comfortably.
There are three suction variations, so you can take care of even the most ground-in dirt. From pet hairs to dust which has discoloured your carpets, it will grab most of what others simply can’t.
You can switch to a handheld mode when you spot dust on the ceiling or need to tackle the stairs. With a choice of extra fittings, you can get pet hair, into the corners and under the sofa all done, too. There is also the option to buy an extra toolkit which may come in handy for the car.
Removing the hose is a bit tricky and stiff, and because of the back wheels and rather awkward handle it can be a little difficult to get going at first. Once you get used to it though, it’ll be a machine which gives great results.
- Choice of three suction levels
- Extra attachments
- Difficult to push on maximum suction on high pile carpets
- Attachments are quite stiff
Easy to manoeuvre and the power we know and love from Dyson but with a more modern twist - great if you’re not moving away from upright models anytime soon.
- Power: 700W
- Noise level: 80 dB
- Energy rating: A
- Capacity: 1.8L
- Cord Length: 10.8 m
- Bag: No
- Accessories: Stair tool, Combination tool, Tangle free turbine, Carbon fibre turbine tool
SHARK DuoClean Powered Lift-Away TruePet IC160UKT
We are a huge fan of the Shark vacuum cleaner range here at Appliance Reviewer, and if you’ve been looking for the most powerful option on the market, then they’ve probably caught your eye too.
Even though they are pretty nifty to use thanks to the Liftaway feature, this cordless model takes it up a level by making it completely untethered by power cables. You still have all of the other standout features – powerful suction, the ability to move from hard to soft floors without changing settings, the ease of coping with stairs and under furniture – but now in a rechargeable option.
Whichever mode you use it in, all allergens are picked up and locked away with no risk of them escaping again thanks to the HEPA filter. Perfect if you suffer with dust or pollen. There is also a line of lighting at the front of the appliance, so if you’re cleaning in low light, you can still see every last bit of dirt that needs to be picked up.
Because it is cordless, it isn’t quite as powerful as the upright models. The boost button gives a good burst of suction, but it is not ideal to hold this down during the entire cleaning session. We found it works better on carpets than hard floors but if you have a steam mop or brush this probably won’t be a massive issue.
If you have low pile carpets or no pets and kids to mess things up, then it is a great cordless option. It is still one of the best cordless options out there, but just misses the suction power of the upright Sharks or Dyson and G-Tech models.
- Very lightweight
- Easy to use and set up
- LED lighting along base
- Suction not amazing for the price paid
When comparing against other cordless vacuums, it is superior in a lot of areas. Corded options still offer the best power for family homes, but it is an ideal solution for anyone who just needs to give the carpets a quick once-over every few days
- Power: 28.8V
- Capacity: 0.6L
- Run Time: 50 mins
- Charge Time: 3.5 Hours
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SHARK DuoClean Powered Lift-Away AX910UK
Perfect for anyone with pets or allergies, this DuoClean has the ability to pick up 99.9% of particles and keep them in the vacuum until emptying, for a truly clean home.
The brush bristle head works to get deep into the carpets, no matter how deep the pile is, so you can fully remove the dirt and dust which is worn down and you usually can’t get to. If you’re on a hard floor, then the soft roller head will both remove dirt and leave them polished.
The DuoClean models work by drawing in dirt with the brush heads, as opposed to just relying on suction alone like with so many of the other vacuums out there.
Vacuums can often be hard to move around the house. With the swivel motion of this model, it is easy to manoeuver around the home and around furniture, so you don’t have to move everything out of the way. The dirt canister can also be detached from the body of the machine if you want to use it on the stairs or under sofas – great if these areas are usually neglected.
The canister is a little small in capacity, especially when compared to other Shark vacuums, but if you are after a model which is less cumbersome to carry around or you like to keep on top of the cleaning, then this is an issue which can easily be worked around.
It is the only reason it falls slightly below the other Shark vacuums in our rundown, but in terms of performance, there is little difference (plus it is slightly cheaper). It is a little on the heavy side, but the power is worth every kilogram.
- Powerful suction
- Lift away function
- Great for pet hair
- Can be hard to push against high pile carpets
Making cleaning and vacuuming so much easier, the DuoClean is well worth the money and makes what was once a huge chore pretty much effortless
- Power: 750W
- Capacity: 0.99L
- Cord Length: 8m
- Weight: 6.9kg
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SHARK DuoClean Powered Lift-Away AX950UKT
If you’re in dire need of a vacuum cleaner which can tackle your hard floors, carpeted floors, stairs and hard to reach areas all in one swoop, then a Shark vacuum is the choice for you.
DuoClean technology and the extra large cleaning bristles mean that you can change to a different floor type with ease. All without changing the settings or level it sits at. The brush rolls makes direct contact with floors, and during our tests, we saw that it picked up every little bit of dirt without us having to lift a finger.
We also loved the large dust collection cup, which offers up to 50% more space than other rival machines. Which essentially means you can carry on for longer before needing to empty. It also means there are no bags or other equipment involved – just empty and go.
When you need to give the stairs a once-over, simply detach this canister from the main body of the machine. Power is always delivered to the rotating brush head, so you aren’t relying on power alone as with other machine brands. There’s a crevice tool and a hair removal tool as well, for those corners or the dog hair on the sofa.
For a vacuum which can tackle absolutely every area of your home, it is a great price. Certainly a lot more efficient than having one for the carpet, one for the stairs and car and one for high up places. The suction power far outweighs a lot of others on the market too.
- Ease of switching between floor types
- Can reach under chairs/bed/sofa and stairs
- Deep pile carpet setting
- Large capacity dust collection
- Heavy when carried altogether
Safe to say it is a winner in our eyes. A product which far outweighs rivals in most areas
- Power: 750W
- Capacity: 1.6L
- Cord Length: 8m
- Weight: 8kg
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SHARK DuoClean True Pet Powered Lift-Away NV801UKT
You get two innovative cleaning systems with this SHARK NV801UKT, so the maximum amount of dirt possible can be removed with less effort from you.
DuoClean Technology ensures all surface types can be taken care of without the need to remove heads or change the height of the floorhead manually. This is down to the two inbuilt brush rolls. The Lift-Away feature allows you to convert the upright cleaner into a handheld machine to tackle the stairs, furniture, curtains and high areas.
Unlike other vacuums with this feature, the power is still driven directly to the rotating brush roll rather than just relying on suction alone. Also included is an upholstery tool and a long 2-in-1 duster crevice tool, for all those hard to reach areas.
The Complete Seal Technology ensures that any allergens the appliance has lifted remain inside the vacuum. Perfect for those who suffer from allergies or have pets. Talking of pets, there’s a motorised brush included which will pick up any stubborn hairs. You no longer have to worry if your four-legged friend decides to have a nap on the sofa and ignore your pleas to get down.
It is also light, so won’t be cumbersome to carry up and down the stairs. Bathrooms, bedrooms and even the actual shower grime can all be sorted in a sweep.
With swivel steering, it is easy to manoeuvre around without having to move your furniture to accommodate. There are LED lights along the base of the machine which illuminate any dark areas, such as under furniture. Great for ensuring you don’t leave any dust behind.
- Handheld conversion ability
- LED lights
- Incredible suction power
- Can be hard work on deep pile carpets
An impressive upright cleaner which is fully adaptable to clean all areas of your home
- Power: 750W
- Capacity: 1.1L
- Cord Length: 8m
- Weight: 6.5kg
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Dyson DC75 Cinetic Big Ball Upright Vacuum
A heavy duty upright – good for large homes with pets
Uprights are one of the best options for people with large homes and lots of carpet. They tend to be very powerful and are particularly good at getting up pet hair. Upright hoovers are on the high capacity end of the scale, which means you don’t have to empty them as often, but the downsides are that they can be quite heavy, bulky and harder to store than a smaller model. They are usually powered via a power cable.
This Dyson DC75 Cinetic Big Ball Upright stands out for us as an upright option that is surprisingly easy to manoeuvre for a larger machine. This is due to the unique Dyson design that allows the machine to ride on a ball, giving it a smoother action as you move it around. Instead of a bag, it has a removable bin that you can empty by just pressing a button – there are no filters, so no nasty clogged areas to clean and no ongoing hoover bag costs.
One of the best things about this Dyson is its incredible suction power, which picks up even tiny microscopic dust particles – great for those with allergies. It’s super versatile, allowing you to use it on all types of flooring whether wood, carpet or tiles.
- A Allergen rating
- Very easy to get into tight corners
- Excellent Dyson build quality
- Excellent dyson build quality
With a nice long 5-year guarantee, we think this is a great vacuum for the larger household.
- Power: 1300W
- Noise level: 87 dB
- Energy rating: D
- Capacity: 2.18 litres
- Cord length: 10.8 m
- Bag: No
- Accessories: Tangle-free turbine tool, On-board combination and stair tool