Best Vacuum Cleaner 2018 – 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.

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 hoover will best suit your lifestyle.

We’ve collected 5 of our favourite vacuum cleaners – 1 for each type – as well as a buying guide to help you make the right decision.

The Best Vacuum Cleaners – Our Top Picks

Best Upright: SHARK DuoClean Lift Away
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SHARK DuoClean True Pet Powered Lift-Away NV801UKT
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  • Power: 750W
  • Capacity: 1.1L
  • Cord Length: 8m
  • Weight: 6.5kg
Best Cordless: Dyson V6 Cordless
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Dyson V6 Cordless
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  • Power: Suction power 28 AW, Suction power boost 100AW
  • Noise level: 150 dB
  • Energy rating: A
  • Capacity: 0.4 litres
Best Handheld: Gtech Multi Mk2 K9
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Gtech Multi Mk2 K9 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
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  • Power: 22V Lithium-Ion battery
  • Capacity: 0.4L
  • Sound Power Level: 78dB
  • Weight: 1.5kg

Best Upright Vacuums

SHARK DuoClean True Pet Powered Lift-Away NV801UKT

Maximum dirt can be removed with the SHARK NV801UKT’s two innovative cleaning systems.

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 thanks to the two inbuilt brush rolls, and 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, making it perfect for those who suffer from allergies. As a bonus, there is a motorised pet brush included which will pick up any stubborn pet hairs, so you no longer have to worry if your four-legged friend decides to have a nap on the sofa. It is also light, so won’t be cumbersome to carry up and down the stairs.

With swivel steering, it is easy to manoeuvre around your house without having to move your furniture to accommodate it. There are LED lights along the base of the machine which illuminate any dark areas, such as under furniture, to ensure you don’t leave any dust behind.

Features

  • Floor Types: Hard/Carpet
  • Energy Efficiency: B
  • Sound Power Level: 80dB

We like

  • Handheld conversion ability
  • LED lights
  • Incredible suction power

We disike

  • 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 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 to give you full control over the amount needed, and there is both a brushed cleaner head and roller cleaner head to ensure easy 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 and 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, and 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 disike

  • 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 disike

  • 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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Dyson V6 Cordless

A fantastic, lightweight cordless option.

Cordless cleaners are becoming all the rage, and for good reason – 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 when you attach the device to its docking station, they can last up to 1-2 hours and are easily stored away, being quite small.

This Dyson V6 Cordless is the 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 and you can increase the suction where needed using ‘max power’ mode.

One of the features we particularly like about this cordless model is its bagless bin, which you empty 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.

Features

  • Accessories: Additional combination tool & crevice tool
  • No bag

We like

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

We disike

  • 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, Suction power boost 100AW
  • Noise level: 150 dB
  • Energy rating: A
  • Capacity: 0.4 litres

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Dyson V6 Cordless 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 disike

  • Excellent dyson build quality

Final Verdict

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

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  • 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 Handheld Vacuums

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 disike

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

Final Verdict

The best handheld device built with pet owners specifically in mind

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  • 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 disike

  • 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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Dyson V7 Trigger Handheld Vacuum Cleaner user manual

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Vax H85-GA-B10 Gator Cordless Handheld Vacuum

A small handheld hoover for flexible cleaning

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. It has 10.8V of rechargeable power that allows it to run for 15 minutes and comes with built-in crevice tools that make it easy to get into small nooks

We like

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

We disike

  • Battery life could be longer

Final Verdict

As one of the best-selling cordless vacs on Amazon, this hoover comes highly recommended.

+ Specifications

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

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Best Robotic Vacuums

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 disike

  • 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.

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  • 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 disike

  • 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 disike

  • 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 disike

  • 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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IROBOT Roomba 865 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

To save you a job, the Roomba 865 can detect the areas of your floor which are most in need of cleaning and get to work immediately, automatically changing its route to cover where it is required.

Its slim line design means it will be able to easily fit under furniture and other hard to reach places you can easily forget to take care of manually, and the brushless design means there’s no risk of pet hairs tangling the appliance (or it getting caught up in loose cords).

The full bin indicator lets you know when it needs emptying to keep it in top condition, but this is about the only thing you need to do to take care of it. It automatically docks and recharges itself when required, so won’t suddenly stop mid-clean, and is always ready when you need it. It will last for 60 minutes on a 3-hour charge.

With an in-built cliff detection sensor, you also don’t have to worry about it dropping off any high surfaces. The low noise level means that you will barely notice when it is cleaning.

Suitable for use across all floor types, including laminate and tile, this Roomba model can tackle dirt in any room.

We like

  • Dirt detect feature
  • Automatic recharging
  • Multi-floor use

We disike

  • Can get confused if the room is messy

Final Verdict

Won’t quite replace your manual vacuum but is one of the most trustworthy and efficient robot models out there

+ Specifications

  • Type: Robot Cleaner
  • Power: 14.4V Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Capacity: 0.6L
  • Floor Types: Carpet/Hard/Laminate/Tile
  • Sound Power Level: 58dB
  • Weight: 3.8kg

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IROBOT Roomba 865 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 disike

  • 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

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 disike

  • 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 disike

  • 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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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 into that category. 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.

We like

  • Enormous capacity
  • Reliable, powerful suction

We disike

  • 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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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 disike

  • 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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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.