Best Vacuum Cleaner 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

Vacuum cleaners are an investment appliance.

We use them to keep our homes clean, shiny and dust-free – and since you’ll be using it often, it’s worth getting one that does the job well. You don’t want it being overwhelmed at the task at hand, or breaking down after just a few months use.

Different types work better for different needs, so before buying, be sure to ask yourself how you will use it. Do you have a large house, or a small home full of nooks and crannies? Do you have pets who are always shedding hair? Will you use it on furniture and upholstery? These kinds of questions can help you to determine which vacuum will best suit your lifestyle.

The Best Vacuum Cleaners – Our Top Picks

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SHARK DuoClean Powered Lift-Away AX950UKT
  • Power: 750W
  • Capacity: 1.6L
  • Cord Length: 8m
  • Weight: 8kg
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Dyson V6 Cordless
  • Power: Suction power 28 AW
  • Capacity: 0.4 litres
  • Noise level: 150 dB
  • Energy rating: A
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iRobot Roomba 965 Bagless Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 35 x 35 cm Capacity: 0.6L
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Best Upright Vacuums

Uprights are your traditional vacuum cleaners. You use the handle to push them along the floor, which is great if you want to remain pretty upright when doing the cleaning too.

They are often the best at suction, and come with various attachments and a hose to allow you to reach into corners or clean the sofa after the cat has had a nap. As they are the most widely available, they will suit any budget and you have free reign over your wish list.

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.

We like

  • Choice of three suction levels
  • Extra attachments

We dislike

  • Difficult to push on maximum suction on high pile carpets
  • Attachments are quite stiff

Final Verdict

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.

+ Specifications

  • 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.

We like

  • Very lightweight
  • Easy to use and set up
  • LED lighting along base

We dislike

  • Suction not amazing for the price paid

Final Verdict

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

+ Specifications

  • Power: 28.8V
  • Capacity: 0.6L
  • Run Time: 50 mins
  • Charge Time: 3.5 Hours

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SHARK DuoClean Powered Lift-Away TruePet IC160UKT User Manual

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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.

We like

  • Powerful suction
  • Lift away function
  • Great for pet hair

We dislike

  • Can be hard to push against high pile carpets

Final Verdict

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

+ Specifications

  • Power: 750W
  • Capacity: 0.99L
  • Cord Length: 8m
  • Weight: 6.9kg

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SHARK DuoClean Powered Lift-Away AX910UK User Manual

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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.

We like

  • Ease of switching between floor types
  • Can reach under chairs/bed/sofa and stairs
  • Deep pile carpet setting
  • Large capacity dust collection

We dislike

  • Heavy when carried altogether

Final Verdict

Safe to say it is a winner in our eyes. A product which far outweighs rivals in most areas

+ Specifications

  • Power: 750W
  • Capacity: 1.6L
  • Cord Length: 8m
  • Weight: 8kg

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SHARK DuoClean Powered Lift-Away AX950UKT Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner User Manual

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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.

We like

  • Handheld conversion ability
  • LED lights
  • Incredible suction power

We dislike

  • Can be hard work on deep pile carpets
  • Loud

Final Verdict

An impressive upright cleaner which is fully adaptable to clean all areas of your home

+ Specifications

  • Power: 750W
  • Capacity: 1.1L
  • Cord Length: 8m
  • Weight: 6.5kg

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SHARK DuoClean NV801UKT user manual

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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.

We like

  • A Allergen rating
  • Very easy to get into tight corners
  • Excellent Dyson build quality

We dislike

  • Excellent dyson build quality

Final Verdict

With a nice long 5-year guarantee, we think this is a great vacuum for the larger household.

+ Specifications

  • 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

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Best Cordless Vacuums

Uprights are great, but if you have a large room or like to move freely, you’ve probably been stopped in your tracks once or twice because of the power cord. Cordless models stop this, as you just recharge them after every use. Then, you’re free to use them where you wish.

They’ve been around for a few years now, and while they can still suffer from issues such as short battery life, in general they’re much better than they used to be. They may not be the best for high-demand households with pet hairs, crumbs from the kids dinner and grass trailed through the home and carpet, but are perfect for those quick touch-ups or non-carpeted surfaces such as floorboards.

DYSON Cyclone V10 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson recently revealed that they have stopped developing corded machines, believing that cordless is the future. A downfall of hand stick vacuums is that they’re usually not as powerful as bulkier upright models, but Dyson’s latest V10 digital motor is a massive step-up.

The Cyclone Absolute forcefully picks up any debris in its path, and the Torque drive cleaner head eliminates 25% more dust than the V8 model (which was a revolutionary cordless cleaning appliance in itself).

There are three power modes, and a brushed and roller cleaner head for transitioning between carpet and hard floor. It also quickly transforms into a handheld, for use on the stairs and even in the car. To give it an edge over many other cord-free vacuums, it is suitable for use with handheld attachments. It comes with all the useful tools you need to clean those hard to reach spaces.

The point-and-shoot emptying mechanism pushes the debris straight into the bin, so you don’t have to go anywhere near it. Cord-free versatility means it can be taken anywhere. With up to 60 minutes of fade-free suction, it will clean your whole house on one charge. To charge, drop it into the wall-mounted dock. The only downside is that this obviously needs to be fitted near a power socket, so may not offer you a lot of flexibility.

We like

  • Transforms into a handheld
  • Most formidable cordless Dyson to date

We dislike

  • Maximum power setting is impressive but drains the battery rapidly
  • Low dirt capacity

Final Verdict

The most efficient and reliable pick of the cordless (and Dyson) models on the market

+ Specifications

  • Type: Cordless
  • Power: 25.2V
  • Capacity: 0.76L
  • Floor Types: Carpet/Hard
  • Sound Power Level: 72dB
  • Weight: 2.6kg

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DYSON Cyclone V10 Absolute user manual

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Gtech AirRam MK2 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

This Gtech AirRam model flows seamlessly between hard and soft floor surfaces, so you don’t have to do any extra work. The runtime of this cordless vacuum is 40 minutes on a single 4-hour charge, which is impressive given its powerful suction. With redeveloped AirLoc technology, this appliance has been designed to not only pick up fine dust and debris particles but also larger items.

One of the standout features of the Gtech line of vacuums is the dirt collection system; any debris is compacted into a small tubular dirt bale and easily discarded thanks to the handy ejector arm. This is ideal for any allergy sufferers as the particles are less likely to become airborne again.

It is easy to use and transport around the house and will even lower to access hard-to-reach areas such as under sofas and beds. It is ridiculously light, and there is no cord to worry about. There is a four-stage LED indicator which quickly lets you know when the battery is running low, and a 1-hour boost charge will be enough to clean one room.

Its only downfall is that it isn’t as powerful on deep-pile carpets, so if this surface type is widespread throughout your house you may have to employ a heavier corded appliance in-between uses.

We like

  • Lightweight and cordless
  • Easy to remove collected dirt

We dislike

  • No hand tools for stairs/furniture

Final Verdict

A nifty cordless appliance which takes care of your low-pile floors without any hassle

+ Specifications

  • Type: Cordless
  • Power: 22V Lithium-Ion battery
  • Capacity: 0.8L
  • Floor Types: Carpet/Hard
  • Sound Power Level: 70dB
  • Weight: 3.5kg

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Gtech AirRam MK2 Cordless Vacuum user manual

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Dyson V6 Cordless

It may be one of Dyson’s older models now, but the fact it is still available shows it is still a firm user favourite.

Untethered by a cord, cleaning becomes much easier and faster. Cordless models are the ideal solution for light cleaning across your home, particularly on annoying areas such as stairs and upholstery. Powered by a battery which recharges at a docking station, they can last up to 1-2 hours. Slimline and compact, they’re easily stored away.

This Dyson V6 Cordless is an ideal solution for those with allergies, as it has powerful suction rivalling that of a regular corded hoover and allows you to reach difficult areas where dust can build up. There is an additional crevice tool specifically for this task. Its motorised head easily cleans all types of flooring. You can also increase the suction where needed using ‘max power’ mode.

One of the features we particularly like about this cordless model is its bagless bin. You empty it by pushing a button that flips open the lid. You then dump the dirt straight into the bin – no need to keep replenishing your stock of hoover bags.

We like

  • Cordless makes it easy to reach anywhere
  • Very powerful
  • Great build quality
  • Low noise
  • Fantastic A energy rating

We dislike

  • Emptying not as easy as standard vacuums

Final Verdict

This is an ideal lightweight option for any home, offering power, convenience and versatility.

+ Specifications

  • Power: Suction power 28 AW
  • Capacity: 0.4 litres
  • Noise level: 150 dB
  • Energy rating: A

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Dyson V6 Cordless user manual

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Best Handheld Vacuums

If you like to give the car a vacuum every so often, or struggle using the full-sized machine for going over the stairs/cleaning up spills, then having a little handheld model within reach is the perfect solution.

Many now have great suction, as well as various attachments which will allow you to vacuum anywhere, from a nozzle for the living room corners, a brush for the car seats and a larger rotary bush for the sofa.

SHARK WV251UK Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

We love a Shark vacuum cleaner here at Appliance Reviewer, and this handheld option is no different.

Most small portable vacuums can struggle with picking up things. While there are a couple out there we have reviewed which are good enough to use in the home, most are best for the car or for the corners of the carpet. This one is the best for all-round cleaning, though.

It can run for 16 minutes on a single charge, and thanks to the quickbase, a full boost only takes about an hour. A reserve battery is in the base in case you simply can’t stop and need to give yourself a few extra minutes of cleaning time. The last thing you want to do is sit on the sofa and then never return to the cleaning again.

A pet tool will help you target those pesky hairs which always end up on the sofa or human bed when your back is turned, and the crevice tool will get right into those annoying hard to reach areas, whether it be the cup holder of the car or behind the telly.

We expected nothing less than fantastic star delivery from Shark here, and in short; it delivered. And more.

We like

  • Great suction
  • Lightweight
  • Fast charge

We dislike

  • High price to pay for such quality

Final Verdict

The cost may make it one of the most expensive handheld vacuums, but in a field where it can be hard to find a standout which does what it promises, the Shark shines

+ Specifications

  • Charge Time: 1 Hour
  • Run Time: 16 Minutes
  • Weight: 0.6 kg
  • Capacity: 0.25 litres

Gtech Multi Mk2 K9 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

Designed with pet owners in mind, the Gtech K9 can stir up and lift even the most problematic dirt particles. It runs for 20 minutes on a 4-hour charge, making it perfect to bring out quickly and clear up any small areas of mess which don’t require the use of a larger machine. There is also a light to illuminate the darkest areas of your home, where an upright vacuum appliance may not reach.

Pet odours can linger inside a vacuum cleaner, spreading the smell around your home as you clean. This model, like others in the Gtech range, has a dirt bale which is easy to empty thanks to the ejector arm, so no dirt is left behind. As a bonus, there are replaceable floral scented tabs in the filter of the K9, leaving your room smelling fresh and fragrant.

As it is handheld, you can also use it to clean your car (or any other vehicles you may use to transport your animals). It comes with a powered brush head, crevice tool and dusting brush as standard. The car accessory kit is a purchasable extra from the Gtech website, which offers three tools for full flexibility. These tools can also be used to clean problematic areas within your home, such as around your television, stereo systems or difficult to reach upholstery.

We like

  • Integral light feature
  • Scented tabs

We dislike

  • Dedicated tools are an expensive extra
  • Heavy and bulky for size

Final Verdict

The best handheld device built with pet owners specifically in mind

+ Specifications

  • Power: 22V Lithium-Ion battery
  • Capacity: 0.4L
  • Sound Power Level: 78dB
  • Weight: 1.5kg

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Gtech Multi Mk2 K9 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner user manual

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Dyson V7 Trigger Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

With a 30-minute battery life on a 3.5-hour charge, the V7 handheld vacuum will effortlessly clean your car, stairs or upholstery in one go. Its powerful 15-cyclone suction makes light work of crumbs, embedded dust and pet hairs. There are three tool accessories included – combination, mini motorised and crevice – to take care of all the tiny gaps and corners in your home.

The motorised brush tool is driven electronically rather than by suction when in use, making it a real cleaning force.

The lifetime filter is washable, so there are no extra costs involved such as replacing this or using hoover bags. The low power setting allows you to vacuum areas where you don’t want too much suction, such as curtains or cushion covers, and the higher one works well on sofas and carpets.

The small collection container shows you how much dirt the product is lifting from your surfaces, and it is easy to empty over a bin with the push of a single button. It is an expensive appliance for its size but is durable and well-built so will last you years.

We like

  • Quieter than previous model
  • Easy to empty

We dislike

  • Pricey for a handheld

Final Verdict

An impressive all-round transportable device suitable for use all over the home.

+ Specifications

  • Type: Handheld
  • Power: 100W
  • Capacity: 0.4L
  • Weight: 1.38kg

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Vax H85-GA-B10 Gator Cordless Handheld Vacuum

A small handheld hoover for flexible cleaning, whether it be the car or stairs that need attention.

Sometimes, to reach those tricky areas, investing in a small handheld vacuum can be a good idea. You wouldn’t want one as your main vacuum – cleaning a floor with one of these would take hours – but for light cleaning they are highly useful. Since they are small, they’re also very easy to store.

This Vax Gator Handheld Vacuum is light, cordless and easy to empty – no bags involved. There is 10.8V of rechargeable power that allows it to run for 15 minutes. It comes with built-in crevice tools that make it easy to get into small nooks.

We love the tapered shape that makes it easy to navigate. The power button is easily accessed when you’re holding it for good control, and the dirt compartment is see-through so you know when it needs emptied. In all, a pretty nifty little gadget for a reasonable price.

We like

  • Excellent power from such a small device
  • Incredibly easy to use
  • Great for cars
  • Good build quality

We dislike

  • Battery life could be longer

Final Verdict

As one of the best-selling cordless vacs, this hoover comes highly recommended and the name is reliable.

+ Specifications

  • Power: 10V
  • Noise level: 78 dB
  • Capacity: 0.3 litres
  • Accessories: Built-in crevice tools

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Best Robotic Vacuums

Still a relatively new category of vacuum, but they have stuck around long enough to be more than just a fad. Robotic vacuums are great for anyone who simply never has time to run the Hoover over the floor, as they can be left to their own devices and either run daily at a set time or as and when you tell it to.

They won’t replace your upright just yet, and nor are they great for those homes which have high cleaning demands as they’re not 100% reliable, but they’re good for any rooms which are on the more peaceful side (such as parents bedrooms or conservatory).

iRobot Roomba I7558+

From one single charge, you can get up to 75 minutes of running time with this robotic vacuum cleaner. Perfect for covering one floor of the home at the very least.

If you’re worried about it missing all those crumbs and dog hairs which manage to find themselves right to the edge of your flooring, then multi-surface EdgeSweep™ brushes have you covered. They reach right up to your skirting boards to guarantee a more thorough clean.

iAdapt™ Navigation ensures it doesn’t bang into anything, from settees to coffee table legs and your ornamental plants. Then there is an Imprint™ Smart Mapping system, which learns the layouts and dimensions of each room and stores this data. As they are saved by name, you can simply ask it to clean the living room next time it needs vacuuming, and it’ll go straight there, giving it all the attention.

With a robot vacuum cleaner, the worst part of using it is definitely emptying the dust compartment at the end. But thanks to the Clean Base™ dirt disposal unit, it can be emptied up to 30 times without the unit needing a clean.

Just as with every other product of its type, this unit does need emptying rather frequently, especially when comparing to an upright. Thankfully, it is an easy process though. It still isn’t one which can replace weekly vacuuming but is still one of the more advanced out there hence the price tag.

We like

  • Advanced technology
  • Safe to leave to its own devices
  • Good charge
  • App easy to use

We dislike

  • Price

Final Verdict

A clever piece of kit which solves many of the usual niggles and issues with robot vacuums. It is still not able to replace your upright but can certainly handle those in-between once overs

+ Specifications

  • Power: 240V
  • Capacity: 0.4L
  • Noise level: 58 dB

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iRobot Roomba I7558+ Bagless Robotic Vacuum Cleaner User Manual

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iRobot Roomba 965 Bagless Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Thanks to bagless cleaning and 75 minutes of run time from a single charge, cleaning your floors has never been quite so simple.

An iAdapt® 2.0 navigation system remembers where it’s been in your rooms, so it won’t waste the battery life going over the same spot in your room over and over again. Every inch of dirt will be collected. When it needs a boost or a rest, it can take itself to the charging point, do the job, and then pick up where it left off again.

If you do want to give it some instructions, then the iRobot Home app allows you to control it from anywhere. Whether it be your sofa, while your in the bath or the same time every single day when you’re at work, just tell it to get going or set a schedule.

Cliff detection sensors should keep it safe if you have split-level rooms or are doing the landing. It is also pretty quiet when in use; you certainly won’t notice it over the TV or talking.

The dust compartment isn’t huge, and it can fill rather quickly, so while it can indeed be left to its own devices, this needs frequently emptying which can stop it in its tracks. It is quite shallow in height so can get under the sofas, chairs and tables which may otherwise be neglected, so naturally can fill up a lot.

Having said that, it is a minor issue and does not change our minds about the fact it is one of the most efficient robot cleaners on the market.

We like

  • Seems reliable
  • Scheduling

We dislike

  • Small dust collection tub

Final Verdict

Robot vacuums still have a while to go in terms of efficiency, but this is one of the most advanced to date.

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 35 x 35 cm Capacity: 0.6L

DYSON Robot 360eye Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson has recently revealed they are only going to be working on cordless vacuum cleaners in the future after their success, but this 360eye is their first exploration into the robotic vacuum world – and it seems to also be a success. It is super powerful for a product in its category, which is great if you want a device which can tackle the majority of your day-to-day mess. In fact, suction levels are twice that of the majority of others.

The 360-degree vision system ensures no spot is missed, creating a calculated cleaning pattern and remembering where it’s already seen to. The V2 spin motor will pick up dirt from any floor type, automatically adjusting all of the necessary settings. It is built for carpets and hard floors and can flow seamlessly between the two.

You can set a timer to get it working while you are at work, still in bed or simply got other things to be doing. There are still a few problems as with all robot vacuums, such as having to accident-proof your home and it occasionally getting stuck or lost, but it is the start of a great advancement we feel. Yes, it is expensive. But as seeing 17 years of work and engineering went into making it the best it can be, it could be worth paying that.

We like

  • Powerful
  • Easy to set up

We dislike

  • Can only work during daylight hours

Final Verdict

If a robot vacuum is a must, then this one will be the best at tackling the dirt despite its few downsides

+ Specifications

  • Power: 160W
  • Capacity: 0.3L
  • Weight: 3.7kg
  • Noise level: 70dB

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Dyson 360eye robot vacuum user manual

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NEATO Botvac Connected Robot Vacuum Cleaner

If you want a smart robot vacuum cleaner, then this WiFi-enabled option is a great choice.

Firstly, its unique D-shape design makes it easier to get into all those hard to reach edges and corners, rather than the traditional round design. Using LaserSmart navigation, it scans the room and detects the areas most in need of attention, as well as avoiding furniture and other obstacles.

The Botvac Connected app lets you control it from anywhere. So if you are at work and fancy the floor being clean for when you return home, simply power it on. You can also set schedules, and it will give you notifications. Or, you can ask it to clean one area twice for an extra boost. Just look at the coverage map to see where has been attended to already, from the past 21 cleans.

It is great at picking up pet hairs and has two different modes depending on the level of clean needed. Eco mode saves energy and is quieter, whereas Turbo mode is a lot more powerful and will tackle trickier tasks.

The lithium-ion battery lasts longer than a lot of other models we reviewed, and it will return itself to the charging dock when needed. The dust collection bin is also on the more generous side.

We like

  • WiFi and iOS/Android compatible
  • Automatic multi-room cleaning

We dislike

  • Expensive (but understandable why)
  • Notifications to phone can be delayed

Final Verdict

An innovative vacuum which has resolved the problems of a lot of traditional robot vacuums, with a technological boost - the future of vacuuming

+ Specifications

  • Power: 36W
  • Capacity: 0.7L
  • Weight: 3.7kg
  • Noise level: 70dB

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NEATO Botvac Connected Robot Vacuum Cleaner User Manual

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Deik Robot Vacuum Cleaner

With a wide brush to minimise trapping rugs and two side brushes, this Deik robotic vacuum will collect most things in its path thanks to the powerful suction.

There are five in-built cleaning modes – the new S-shaped route enabled by a built-in gyro sensor, auto cleaning, spot cleaning, wall follow cleaning and Turbo boost cleaning. So whatever the cleaning needed or shape of your room, the vacuum can optimise its cleaning technique and adapt.

The sensors have also been improved compared to older models, so there is less chance of it bumping into any furniture and walls as it moves. It can also sense a change in floor materials, adjusting its height and power moving to laminate and hardwood from carpets or rugs.

If you want it to work at certain times in the week, such as 9pm every weeknight, simply programme the settings. It will return itself to the charging bay when needed, and the larger than usual 900ml dustbin means it can go for longer before being filled.

There is a HEPA filter included for anybody with allergies.

We like

  • Works well with pet hair
  • Great price
  • Strong suction power

We dislike

  • Still gets confused in small spaces - best with open plan living

Final Verdict

No robotic vacuum is perfect, but this one comes very close for an absolute steal of a price

+ Specifications

  • Power: 30W
  • Capacity: 0.9L
  • Weight: 4.78kg

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Deik Robot Vacuum Cleaner User Manual

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Miele RX1 Scout Robot

Robot vacuum cleaners are both space and time saving, and the Smart navigation feature of this machine means it can get to work with little surveillance. With a huge 120-minute battery life, it can easily cover a lot of ground.

There are an integrated gyro sensor and a high-quality digital camera on board, which registers all movements and continually scans the ceiling to ensure all area of the room is covered. There are also seven infra-red sensors which persistently scan the 180° area in front so as not to cause any collisions and three sensors which safeguard it from tumbling down any steps. It is also able to handle any height differences of up to 2cm, so any rugs which are in its path won’t be overlooked.

Two long brushes around the outside of the device pick up any debris sitting on the edge of the room or furniture, which is then pushed towards the centre of the appliance. From here, it is picked up by a beater bar and fan and transported into an internal dust box. The inclusion of an AirClean filter makes sure even the smallest dust particles are taken care of. The Scout RX1 features a timer, so you can set the machine to start working and have the job done before you return home from work. It is very quiet, so will not disturb you even if you are in the same room.

Although it is not substantial enough to replace your powerful non-robotic cleaner, it is a good option for those in-between dust-busting cleans.

We like

  • Packed with safety features
  • Will continue relentlessly – battery permitting
  • Great on hard floors
  • Timer feature

We dislike

  • Sometimes gets stuck if room is messy
  • Less suction power than a manual hoover – to be expected from such a small device
  • Wouldn’t replace an ordinary vacuum cleaner

Final Verdict

A novelty item that takes the effort out of quick cleans and constant monitoring.

+ Specifications

  • Power: 200W
  • Sound Power Level: 60dB
  • Energy Efficiency: A
  • Capacity: 0.6L
  • Weight: 2.9kg
  • Floor Types: Hard/Carpet

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Miele RX1 Scout user manual

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Best Cylinder Vacuums

You may think of them as a bit old-school, but cylinder vacuums are still very popular. They can be lighter to use than uprights, and easier to store too.

Many are dedicated at getting rid of allergens in the home, such as pet hair or pollen, and are nice and easy to manoeuvre so you can get into all those hard to reach corners.

Miele Compact C2 Cat & Dog PowerLine

The best-dedicated pet hair cylinder vacuum on the market, this Miele model has been designed with animal owners in mind.

It targets stubborn dust and dirt by agitating it from the carpet, leaving your carpets feeling clean and fresh. It features a new motor which replicates the power of a 1200W upright vacuum cleaner, meaning it is one of the most powerful cylinder appliances on the market.

Its compact design means it is easy to store away, and the long 11m power cord guarantees you will be able to reach all over your home without worrying about where you are going to plug it in. It also doesn’t lose suction over time, making it easy to keep up with the general cleaning needed in your busy home.

The adjustable floor head allows it to be used on all floor types, and as it comes with a pet tool and three handheld nozzles, it can also be used on upholstery and in challenging corners. The fast motion of the Turbohead brush ensures that, despite the machines unbeatable power, the suction will never allow it to become ‘stuck’ to any carpet or soft floor areas, which can be a problem with some other handheld or cylinder models.

The active Air Clean feature locks in any smells and odours from your home, and also means the contents of the bag won’t start to smell when the vacuum is in use either. There is an automatic foot-powered cord rewind, so you don’t have to manually wind it up, and the metal extension tubes are telescopic for easy storage.

We like

  • Best-dedicated pet hair vacuum
  • Long cord length
  • Dust bag full indication
  • Vast suction power

We dislike

  • Bags are quite expensive to purchase

Final Verdict

An unbeatable cylinder model for any pet owners and busy households

+ Specifications

  • Type: Bagged Cylinder
  • Power: 1200W
  • Capacity: 3.5L
  • Floor Types: Carpet/Hard
  • Cord Length: 11m
  • Energy Efficiency: C
  • Sound Power Level: 74dB
  • Weight: 4.8kg

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Miele Compact C2 Cat & Dog PowerLine user manual

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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.

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

+ 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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Hoover Enigma Pets Bagged Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner user manual

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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!

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.

+ Specifications

  • Type: Bagged Cylinder

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Henry HVR160 Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner user manual

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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.

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.

+ 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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Miele Complete C3 user manual

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Vacuum Buying Guide

Power

In general, the higher the wattage of your corded vacuum cleaner, the more powerful it is. The same applies to cordless vacuum cleaners, except they measure voltage rather than watts. There are also other variables that can affect how powerful your vacuum is, including design, airflow and brush quality.

Noise

Vacuum cleaners can be particularly noisy appliances! Noise level is measured in decibels (dB), with a lower decibel count meaning a quieter machine. If you want a vacuum that is on the quieter end of the spectrum, look for one that operates at 75 dB or below.

Efficiency

Naturally, you want a vacuum that is going to be as energy efficient as possible. This is true across the spectrum of appliances. A vacuum’s efficiency rating is based not only on how well it conserves energy, but also on its dust emissions and performance across a range of flooring. A vacuum can be rated anywhere from A-G, with A being the most efficient.

Capacity

A vacuum cleaner’s capacity will usually range between 1-6 litres, with upright and cylinder vacuums being of higher capacity compared to small and cordless ones. More capacity means more space inside the vacuum to hold dust and dirt, meaning you don’t have to empty it or change the bag as frequently.

Cord Length

Most traditional vacuum cleaners have cords, and of course the longer the cord, the further you can vacuum without having to plug the hoover in somewhere else. A desirable feature to look for on corded vacuums is a rewind feature, which will pull the cord back in rather than you having to gather it up yourself. Modern cordless vacuums are obviously a much more flexible option, allowing you to carry the hoover to anywhere it is needed.

Attachments

When selecting a vacuum cleaner, it’s a good idea to think about what you want to get out of it and which attachments would be useful for you to have. It’s common for vacuum cleaners to come with some extra attachments as standard: things like a crevice tool and a dusting brush. Others have attachments that are specifically designed for picking up pet hairs. You may also want to research which attachments are best suited to the type of flooring you have.

Hoover Bags

To bag or not to bag? That is the question. Bagged vacuum cleaners are usually cheaper to buy than their bagless cousins, however you then have the ongoing cost of the bags. If you do go for a bagged cleaner, look for one with self-sealing bags to avoid accidental dust spillages. Bagless models are generally much easier to empty, but the technology tends to be more expensive on initial purchase.

How Do I Properly Use A Vacuum Cleaner?

Believe it or not, using these handy cleaning devices is a lot more difficult than you’d imagine. And there is a real technique to it all, as well. Read about the Ten Mistakes You Are Making before you buy a new one, so you can make the most of its benefits from day one.