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 with great cleaning performance. You don’t want it being overwhelmed at the task at hand, or breaking down after just a few months use. But the best vacuum cleaner for you depends on a fair few factors.

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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Shark DuoClean with Flexology IF200UK
  • Capacity: 0.3L
  • Charge Time: 3.5 hours
  • Run Time: 22 minutes
  • Wall Mounted?: Yes
  • Convertible?: Yes
  • Extra Features: Light bar
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Shark WV251UK
  • Charge Time: 1 Hour
  • Run Time: 16 Minutes
  • Weight: 0.6 kg
  • Capacity: 0.25 litres
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Best Upright Vacuum Cleaner

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 vacuum cleaner for suction and general cleaning performance, 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.

The best vacuums will be able to switch between floor types, have plenty of connections so you can clean your whole home and will also be easy to push over the floor. You may also need a generous length power cable, and easy to empty dust compartment.

Dyson Lightball Multifloor

Dyson are still one of the big leaders in the vacuum industry despite tough competition these days, and this Lightball takes their innovative technology and transforms it into one of their easiest ever vacuums to use.

Their clever Ball technology makes it simple to move around the floor, as you won’t have to pause and struggle to get it around corners or under tables. You can also clean up high, thanks to the quick release wand which can be detached in seconds. So next time you spot a cobweb in the corner, you won’t have to go out of your way to get it gone.

It is bagless so there is little extra to buy for it. A cable of 9.4m long should allow you to travel a good distance before you have to adjust, and a dust emission class rating of A means the debris is well trapped before emptying, which is great for anyone with allergies. The hygienic bin emptying also helps, as you just press a button and the job is done.

And a selling point for anyone who frequently has to untangle hairs from the brush bar – the Tangle Free Turbine uses counter rotating heads, so there is no bar for the hairs to wrap around. No more nagging the person with long hair any more.

Specifications

  • Power: 700W
  • Capacity: 1.2L
  • Cord Length: 9.4m
  • Weight: 6.9kg

We like

  • Very easy to move around
  • Tangle-free brushbar technology
  • Easy to empty

We dislike

  • A little heavy - taking it up the stairs could be a strain

Final Verdict

One of the best-selling Dysons, and still going strong after a good few years. Plus, it is a pretty good price for a model from this brand. No wonder it has glowing reviews across the board

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.

Specifications

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

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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

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.

Specifications

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

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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

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.

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

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.

Sebo Automatic X7 Excel ePower

Sebo cylinder vacuums are very popular amongst those trying to tackle pet hair and allergens, so we were excited to try this upright which is great for anyone who prefers a vacuum of this type.

As it uses Sebo ultra-bags, which are virtually tear-proof and contain electrostatically charged microfibres to filter dust from the air without causing clogging, every little bit of what you’re trying to get rid of can be gone. They are also well sealed so it can’t come out when you’re changing it.

It automatically adjusts the brush head height as you move from carpet to hard floor so you can move seamlessly without stopping and starting, and without having to manually change settings or press buttons.

Any blockages will stop the vacuum in its tracks, so you can get what has accidentally been picked up before it is lost in the bag forever. This will also prevent any damage being caused. A wand will reach up to higher places, and it is a generous length too so you should comfortably be able to get up to the ceiling.

At 8.4 kg, it is creeping up towards the heavy side. But a 10 metre power cord will ensure you don’t have to continually re-plug it around the room, and the filter and bag type ensure it is one of the best upright vacuums for allergy sufferers. As long as you keep on top of replacing the bags, the build ensures you can have this appliance for years to come – other reviewers have stated theirs is going strong 10+ years after purchase.

Specifications

  • Bag
  • Capacity: 5.3L
  • Cable Length: 10 m
  • Dimensions: 78 x 24 x 35 cm
  • Attachments: Crevice & Upholstery Nozzle
  • Floor Types: Carpet, hard floor
  • Filter: S-Class

We like

  • Style - a nice retro 70’s look
  • Automatic height adjustment between floor types
  • Hose is easy to remove and refit
  • Huge capacity

We dislike

  • Hard to carry up stairs
  • No soft brush attachment

Final Verdict

Powerful cleaning and keeps everything secure and away from the atmosphere until the bag is in the bin

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.

Specifications

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

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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

Vax UCPMSHV1 Air Lift Steerable Pet Max

It may look as though it isn’t up to much, but on the inside this vacuum boasts loads of technology and power to help with your cleaning tasks.

There is a fabulous choice of attachments which come with the item. The dedicated turbo tool can help remove stubborn dirt and pet hair from softer surfaces and upholstery around your home. It also includes a 3-in-1 (dusting brush, crevice and upholstery tool)

As you’d imagine for a product with the word ‘pet’ in the title, you also get an extra Fur & Fluff tool to tackle extra stubborn pet hair. So if Bo sleeps on your bed at night but you can’t be dealing with the amount of hair left behind anymore, a quick once-over with this attachment will help to make the sheets look like he was never there.

To make things easier, the bin lifts away from the main body so you can use it as a handheld for the car or stairs without taking the whole thing with you. This makes it a good alternative to the (much more expensive) Shark LiftAway models.

The pivot head makes it nice and easy to steer around even tight corners, so if you often find it difficult to make the journey from the side of the sofa to the front past the coffee table and round to the other side without lifting up your current vacuum, it can all be done in one move with the Vax Air Lift Pet.

It is 6.2 kg, so not extreme if you have to cart it up and down the stairs. It is also officially rated A for pick-up quality, across both carpets and hard flooring. The 10m cable gives it an overall cleaning reach of 11m, and 1.5L collection bin will help you clean for longer without stopping.

Specifications

  • Bagless
  • Cable Length: 10m
  • Dimensions: 112 x 30 x 24cm
  • Attachments: Turbo Tool, 3-in-1 tool, Fur & Fluff tool
  • Floor Types: Carpets, hard floor
  • Filter: Standard
  • Capacity: 1.5L

We like

  • Good suction
  • Great on deep pile carpets
  • Easy to use as a handheld alternative

We dislike

  • On the noisier side

Final Verdict

Brilliant accessory tools and brilliant at picking up dust, dirt and pet hair too. You will no doubt see a huge difference on the first use

Shark DuoClean with Flexology HV390UK

Love the shape and build of cordless vacuums but are disappointed that they don’t give you the run time you need? Maybe the idea of having to keep on top of charging it up is too much for you to fit in to your day?

Here, Shark have given us the answer. On the outside, it looks like a cordless model, but it actually gives you the convenience of a corded upright too thanks to there not being a battery in sight. You even get the wall mount which can keep it safe in storage and away from the floor for a clutter-free look.

Shark’s famous DuoClean technology helps you move from carpet to hard floor with no manual changes, and you can use the same head too. Thanks to the bristle and soft brush roll which work together, all dust and dirt from virtually any type of flooring is lifted. This makes it more effective than just using a brush bar, especially on wood floors.

The flexi-wand helps you get under low-lying sofas and coffee tables without having to move it out of the way. It can also convert into a handheld, so if you want to tackle the stairs or clean the sofa without being tethered by the tube, you don’t need to buy a separate device.

Suction is so good that it almost pulls itself along, which can make it hard to shift on high pile carpets and rugs but as it is less bulky than traditional uprights, it does take a bit of the arm strain out. Still, we would definitely say it is mainly a vacuum for hard floors and flat carpets.

It still has a couple of the downsides of a cordless stick vacuum though. The bin capacity is under 1L, and this can make it a little tiresome with the amount of emptying you need to do. Cord storage is also a little clumsy, as you’d imagine with a build which isn’t really designed to hold a cable. Still, it has the best of both worlds if the capacity doesn’t bother you.

Specifications

  • Bagless
  • Capacity: 0.99L
  • Cable Length: 10 m
  • Dimensions: 118 x 26 x 34 cm
  • Attachments: 14 cm crevice tool, Dusting brush
  • Floor Types: Carpet, hard floor
  • Filter: Foam and HEPA filter

We like

  • Easy steer technology
  • Large 11.8 m operating radius
  • Lightweight

We dislike

  • Small dust capacity

Final Verdict

A perfect balance between corded and cordless, and one of the more affordable Shark vacuums around too

Vax Mach Air Revive UCA2GEV1

A great budget pick if you want to spend under £100, but still tackle the everyday dirt which ends up on your carpets without you even realising.

You get a handy 3-in-1 accessory tool, which is a soft dusting brush, crevice tool and upholstery fitting in one. If you are someone who always loses fittings and can’t keep up with storing them all separately, a quick slide or flip of this tool will ensure you are ready for the task at hand. There is a place to store it when you’re vacuuming as normal.

Since it is lightweight at only 5kg, it is one of the easier to carry up stairs or move from room to room without pushing. This makes it ideal if you want something which can tackle every level of your home, and if you need to lift it up to reach ceilings or light fittings.

A telescopic tube should reach most of the distance, however. There is also an easy-clean brush bar, so if you often pick up a lot of hair or fibres off your carpet which can become tangled around the bar, you can easily get rid of it so no problems occur.

It has a large collection bin too, so you can vacuum for longer without having to un-attach the compartment and cart it to your waste bin. You get a washable filter, so you don’t have to worry about changing it every few months no matter how much grime you pick up.

A quick push of a button will help you switch from carpet to hard floor by hiding the brush bar. We would say it does work best on carpets, but only if they are short pile as it can become difficult to push otherwise due to the high suction. Reach is also limited using the hose. Otherwise, all fabulous for the price.

Specifications

  • Bagless
  • Capacity: 1.5 L
  • Cable Length: 8 m
  • Dimensions: 110 x 30.5 x 31 cm
  • Attachments: 3-in-1 tool
  • Floor Types: Carpets, hard floors, laminate, tile
  • Filter: Washable

We like

  • 3-in-1 tool for ease
  • Brush bar can manually be hidden
  • Nice and light

We dislike

  • Telescopic hose is shorter than we’d like

Final Verdict

Easy to use, empty and carry if necessary. And there is a lot more suction than you’d imagine at this cost

Hoover Whirlwind WR71WR01

Taking our ‘best budget upright vacuum cleaner’ title is this Hoover Whirlwind.

Attachment-wise, you get a 2-in-1 crevice and brush tool. Just push the lever down, and the brush can slide up or down the crevice tube. When not in use, a handy storage area will keep it safe in one place.

The filter is washable, so you can keep it nice and clean without having to replace it, which will help with effectiveness. It is also an EPA filter which, while not as good as HEPA, still tackles allergens and lifts dust well.

It is best for carpets over hard floors, but can tackle both. In terms of carpets, lighter materials are best as it can struggle with deep pile and is hard to push. But it is easy to carry up stairs or move around thanks to the lightweight build.

As you’d imagine from a cheaper vacuum model, it lacks some of the selling points of those at double the price and over. The power cable flex is only 5m long for a start, which is fine for a smaller home but not the best for big open spaces. You also only get the brush and crevice, so there is no upholstery or Turbo tool, but this is fine for everyday tasks.

But on a more positive side, the capacity is 2.5L which is actually double some of those twice the price. So this means that is you have a preference of capacity over cord length, it is a fine balance to take.

Specifications

  • Bagless
  • Capacity: 2.5L
  • Cable Length: 5 m
  • Dimensions: 108 x 30 x 30cm
  • Attachments: 2-in-1
  • Floor Types: Carpet, hard floor
  • Filter: Washable EPA

We like

  • Nice and quiet
  • Lightweight
  • Washable filter and easy to get to

We dislike

  • Difficult to push forward on heavy carpet
  • Short power flex
  • Dust can come out of dust box when you are using the extension hose

Final Verdict

At just over £50, it is an affordable answer to tackling your dust without breaking the bank

Best Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

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 dinner and grass trailed through, but are perfect for those quick touch-ups or non-carpeted surfaces such as hardwood floors.

The best cordless vacuum cleaner for you will be able to get into all areas of your home as well as picking up just as well as a corded model would. You will also see them referred to as a stick vacuum because of the style.

Shark DuoClean with Flexology IF200UK

We love the Shark range as you can tell from their heavy presence in this rundown, and this model is no exception. Two brush rolls will tackle both the usual dirt and dust and small spills, which makes it a great idea for any kitchen or other hard floor areas which often see bits of drinks or the dog’s water end up on the ground.

Flexology design helps when you need to get under the settee or around tight corners, as it gives you more control without becoming a burden. You get a Crevice Tool, Dusting Brush and Upholstery Tool to help you out when you convert it to a handheld.

It has a 22 minute run time, which is disappointing compared to the others on the market which can get up to an hour on their lowest setting. But if you want a cordless vacuum which acts as a backup to your upright, or know you can clear the house within this time, then it shouldn’t be a massive issue.

The capacity is also around half of many others. Despite us having to mention these issues, we don’t want them to put you off buying this vacuum though. We guarantee it will pick up things you can’t see with your eyes, and will also collect a lot more than you think there is on your carpets. Suction is simply fantastic, and the filters can be rinsed every month to help it working at its best.

Grab this model if you love the look of the TruePet model but don’t want to spend quite that much – you still get fabulous suction and good extras.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 0.3L
  • Charge Time: 3.5 hours
  • Run Time: 22 minutes
  • Wall Mounted?: Yes
  • Convertible?: Yes
  • Extra Features: Light bar

We like

  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Headlights help illuminate under beds etc

We dislike

  • Low capacity and run time - but suction power makes up for this

Final Verdict

Even if you think you have the cleanest carpets in the land, it will pick up an amount which will surprise you. Suction is so great that it almost pulls itself along too.

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.

Specifications

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

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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

Shark DuoClean Cordless TruePet with Flexology IF260UKTH

The non-TruePet version of this vacuum retails much cheaper, and we gave it rave reviews for its suction power. So how can this update possibly go one better and give us even more?

Well firstly, you get a much larger run time. 60 minutes compared to 22 will make a massive difference if you have a large home to clean, or know that you’re going to have to use maximum power. This is because it uses twin battery technology, so even if you will only take 20 minutes to get the job done, you don’t have to rush to charge the battery up for next time. To say it still only takes the same 3.5 hours to charge is pretty amazing.

You only get a marginally larger dust collection bin, but rather than seeing this size as a negative we are going to say that it is simply a great way of encouraging us to empty it more often to keep it running at its best.

A dedicated pet tool will help those with four-legged companions. It gets deep into material fibres to remove every last hair, and the LED light will even help you tackle under the bed or chairs.

Special technology traps 99.9% of dust and allergens. Anti-allergen complete seal keeps them in the collection bin until they are firmly in your waste disposal so they won’t get released back into the atmosphere again.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 0.3L
  • Charge Time: 3.5 hours
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Wall Mounted?: Yes
  • Convertible?: Yes
  • Extra Features: LED lighting

We like

  • Can bend to get under furniture
  • Suction power takes you around the carpet
  • Easy to get to batteries, filter and bin

We dislike

  • Price (but worth the jump in cost)

Final Verdict

Cordless vacuums have come a long long way, but this is quite simply one of the best vacuums out there full stop. The two batteries round it off

Bosch Athlet RunTime + BCH65MGKGB

One of the best cordless vacuums for battery life by far, this Bosch RunTime Plus can go on for a whopping 75 minutes on a single full charge.

It is suitable for all floor types, whether you have laminate, carpet or lino to tackle. Many cordless varieties can struggle when it comes to carpets, but this one performs exceptionally well in comparison. In fact, it definitely rivals the suction of the latest Dyson cordless.

There are three power level settings, so whether you’re giving the floor a quick once over to keep on top of the cleaning, or you need a deeper clean as you’ve neglected it for a few days, you can pick the option which suits your needs best.

Sensor bagless technology ensures constantly optimum suction performance. It monitors airflow, and when this starts to become restricted, it is a good signal that the chamber needs emptying. The blue light will turn red, so you can clear it out and get back to performing at maximum power.

The filter is washable, so there aren’t any long-term running costs involved either. It is very flexible to reach under tables and chairs, the only downside of which is that it doesn’t stand up on its own very well. Suction also dips a little bit when the attachments are being used, but not enough to not make it effective on stairs and around the edges of the rooms as long as you keep on top of it.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 0.9L
  • Charge Time: 3-6 hours
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Wall Mounted?: No
  • Convertible?: No
  • Extra Features: Washable filter

We like

  • Power level choices
  • Run time

We dislike

  • Can struggle picking up around edges

Final Verdict

Outstanding battery life, and very easy to move around

Dyson V11 Absolute

Dyson have always been the leaders of the vacuum world, but today they face an awful lot of competition – especially in the cordless market.

This is their latest offering, and it certainly boasts more power and features to make a difference. Dyson say it boasts twice as much suction power as other cord-free models on the market, and it is safe to say you certainly feel the effort it is putting in.

There are three suction levels so it is suitable for whatever the task is. With a long 60 minute run time in Eco mode, you can probably tackle the whole home without having to pause for a few hours.

It can work on carpet, hard floor, laminate and tile so is great for the whole home. Just use the auto mode to ensure it glides seamlessly over each so you don’t have to manually change the settings. The lifetime washable filter will ensure you can always keep it dust free for maximum performance, and won’t have to purchase a new one every few months.

We would say it is best if your home is mostly made up of hard floors, because the dedicated soft roller cleaner head sucks up both larger items and fine dust without damaging them. But suction levels are still great for soft surfaces too, and the High Torque cleaner head and stiff nylon bristles work their way deep into the fibres.

If you suffer from allergies, it can capture 99.97% of dust particles, even those which are microscopic, so you can breathe easier. When you’re done, just slide it out of the bin using the ‘point and shoot’ system. Our favourite addition has to be the LCD screen however. It will tell you how long you have left on the battery, and which power mode you’re using.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 0.76L
  • Charge Time: 4.5 hours
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Wall Mounted?: Yes
  • Convertible?: Yes
  • Extra Features: LCD screen

We like

  • Works well on all floor types
  • Effortless to control
  • LCD screen takes away the guesswork

We dislike

  • Price

Final Verdict

We love appliances which help us out this much yet give us control too. If you’re set on a cordless, then this is the best cordless Dyson we reviewed by far

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. They are even the choice of Mrs Hinch, which speaks volumes of its power.

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 exact suction power of the upright Sharks or Dyson and G-Tech models.

Specifications

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

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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

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.

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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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

Vax Blade 2 Max 40V

Vax are possibly Dyson’s closest rivals in the vacuum category, but they are possibly more known for their carpet cleaners and ordinary uprights than their cordless options.

At around a third of the price of the latest Dyson, we were excited to see whether it was relative in performance. We’d say it did even better than we hoped and is a great option for anyone wanting to buy the best cordless vacuum under £200.

The overall design is lightweight and innovative to ensure it is easy to use. It takes four hours to charge fully, which is good going in comparison to some others, but you can also charge it for less if you just need to give the floor a quick clean. Four hours will give you up to 45 minutes of run time.

The twin helix brushbar gives this vacuum a unique and optimised design and it works at 4200 RPM to maximise pick up performance. Suction is always top-level too, even when the battery is running low. Dual Cyclones remove dust and the dual layer electrostatic filter captures the finest particles, which makes it great for anyone with allergies.

It is convertible, so will detach and turn into a handheld to help you clean the stairs and car. The LED tracking lights will help illuminate the more difficult areas, such as under the sofa or kitchen table, so you can get every last crumb. On-board storage will also help to keep your handheld attachments safe.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 0.6L
  • Charge Time: 4 hours
  • Run Time: 45 minute
  • Wall Mounted?: Yes
  • Convertible?: Yes
  • Extra Features: LED lights

We like

  • Price
  • Easy to convert to handheld
  • Simple to empty and wash filter

We dislike

  • Loses power a little on rugs and carpets

AEG FX9 Ultimate Reach

A cordless stick upright vacuum and handheld all in one, the FX9 can help get your entire home dust-free – even those tricky corners behind the telly.

When it converts to a handheld, it is slightly different to other adaptable cordless models. Rather than using the existing wand, you can use a flexible hose – just as you would with a corded upright. This makes it ideal for anyone who may want to reach the more difficult places more carefully, such as shelving without moving all the ornaments or around the seats in your car. You get a 3-in-1 Smart Nozzle and Multi Angle Tube.

Charging takes about six hours for an hour of battery life, and when you need to top it up just return the appliance to the floor docking system. Dust pick up is rated C on carpets and A on hard floors, so while it is definitely better for the latter surfaces, it will still make a notable difference to short pile carpets.

A 98.6% micro-dust filtration may not be the best on paper compared to a few of the others which promise 99%, but the likelihood you’ll notice a difference is pretty much non-existent. Filters are washable, which helps the situation and also means no on-going costs.

A lightbar will illuminate darker corners, and we love that the tube is telescopic. It can be adjusted to suit your height and comfort, and also what you are cleaning – the shorter the wand, the more accuracy and control you have. Three power levels will further help you out.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 0.7L
  • Charge Time: 6 hours
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Wall Mounted?: No
  • Convertible?: Yes
  • Extra Features: Light bar

We like

  • Bag full indicator
  • Three power settings
  • Auto function for cleaning different surfaces

We dislike

  • Battery really does get sapped on highest setting

Final Verdict

A great rare mixture of light materials with a strong build. There is the option to buy a car cleaning kit accessory pack, too

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. The best handheld vacuum will be lightweight, easy to bring out when needed but also have sufficient cleaning performance so you don’t have to bring out the full-sized vacuum afterwards.

Shark WV251UK

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.

Specifications

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

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

Gtech Multi Mk2 K9

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.

Specifications

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

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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

Dyson V7 Trigger

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.

Specifications

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

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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.

Black + Decker Compact Pivot PV1820L-GB

As you can probably tell by now, we really rate Black and Decker handhelds. There is a reason why they are also leaders in the power tool world as well.

This one is one of the more expensive handheld vacuum cleaners around. But you do get a performance worthy of this. A 10 minute run time may not seem long, but the powerful suction will ensure you get the job done well within that time. It is also fade-free, so even if you’re pushing it to the last few seconds, you’re still going to get the power required.

The nozzle pivots 200 degrees to access awkward areas, no matter where you are standing, so it is fab if you want a device which can get to where your upright can’t without moving all of the furniture.

While you’re probably not bothered about how it looks in storage, we will still let you know that it is pretty fine indeed. It doesn’t even look like a vacuum as it all folds down. Great if you A) don’t have much space or B) will be keeping it to hand in view.

Specifications

  • Cordless
  • Charge Time: 4 hours
  • Run Time: 10 minutes
  • Capacity: 0.5L
  • Attachments: Integrated crevice tool, Integrated soft brush
  • Weight: 1.94 kg

We like

  • Easy to take apart to clean
  • Quick to empty
  • Strong suction

We dislike

  • Low run time

Final Verdict

You have a higher than usual price (although not extreme), but in return you get incredible suction and a comfortable device which will never be a strain to use

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser 1987E

If the main aim of your handheld vac is going to be to clean your sofa or bedding, then this upholstery-friendly vacuum will leave them looking spotless.

A Detachable Motorized Foot is why this has been named the ‘Pet Hair Eraser’. It works so hard to get every hair picked up, without you having to strain your arms under pressure. Even if your pooch has wiry hair which your upright struggles to collect, they will soon be gone with the 1987E. You also get a dedicated upholstery tool for cleaning the more delicate areas such as curtains or cushions.

A crevice tool will help if you need to reach corners or little areas around plant pots and ornaments without moving them all. All three together make it a fab option for your stairs, as you have the larger heads for quicker effective cleaning and the crevice for reaching the creases.

It is lovely and lightweight, while being stronger than most other handhelds on the market.

Specifications

  • Cordless
  • Charge Time: 5 hours
  • Run Time: 15 Minutes
  • Capacity: 0.6L
  • Attachments: Motorized Foot, Crevice Tool, Upholstery Tool
  • Weight: 1.36 Kg

We like

  • Attachments are effective
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Fab suction

We dislike

  • Long charge time

Final Verdict

There are portable vacuums around which go for half the price but they are nowhere near as great as this Bissell - a must if you rely on these little appliances to get the overall job done

Black + Decker Dustbuster PD1020L Flexi

A slightly different design to many of the other handhelds on the market, using a cylinder and flexible tube approach to the cleaning instead.

This makes it a great option if you need a dedicated car vacuum, or just want a bit more control over where you clean. It is nice and lightweight to hold as you use it, which is always welcomed. This is why we think it is the best handheld vacuum for car use which we reviewed.

It only lasts for 10 minutes after a four hour charge, which may seem like you’re getting short changed but isn’t rare for handheld portable vacuum cleaners. The noise is also on the louder side, but this is forgivable as seeing it is having to use so much power in a short space of time.

Specifications

  • Cordless
  • Charge Time: 4 hours
  • Run Time: 10 minutes
  • Capacity: 0.6L
  • Attachments: 2-in-1 nozzle/flip out upholstery brush
  • Weight: 1.92 kg

We like

  • Price
  • Easy to store
  • No extra attachments to keep on track of - its altogether

We dislike

  • Charge time not relative to run time

Final Verdict

The flexi pipe is a welcomed design feature and while we think the charge time is long for the battery life, the power it gives is faultless for those smaller jobs

Black + Decker 12v Dustbuster Pivot AutoVac PV1200AV-XJ

Cord-free handheld vacuums can struggle when it comes to power levels and run times. If you’re looking for a corded handheld, they are in short supply, but this one is a beauty.

Just as with some other Black & Decker models, you get a flexible tube to help with the dust-busting, which gives much better accuracy when trying to get into the tight spaces which have gone unattended for a few months too long. You also get a pivoting nose and 10 different settings.

A washable filter and good capacity (for a handheld) are welcomed and help it run well at all times. The filter is a HEPA, so it can capture the tiniest of dust particles and keep them there too. The cable length is also generous for a small device such as this.

The side opening door also makes it so simple to empty. You don’t even have to remove the bin; just flip the lid open and tip. Accessories included are the Extendable Crevice Tool, Dusting Brush and Upholstery Tool, so you can even cope with different materials and surfaces.

It all gathers up nicely to store, whether you’re keeping it in the stairs under the cupboard or in your car boot.

Specifications

  • Corded
  • Cable Length: 5 m
  • Capacity: 0.35L
  • Attachments: Crevice Tool, Dusting Brush, Upholstery Tool
  • Weight: 1.3kg

We like

  • Good attachments
  • Cord length is generous
  • Pivoting nose

We dislike

  • Suction is good but not the absolute best

Final Verdict

For well under £30 it is a user-friendly and effective vacuum which won’t leave you frustrated if you often struggle to get into the tricky spots

Hoover Jive Handy SJ72WD6A/1

After a wet and dry vacuum? You have come to the right place.

The Jive is super lightweight, and the slimline handle makes it a breeze to hold and move around. Much nicer than the usual thick bulky handles in our opinion.

Switching it on is easy thanks to the slider on the handle, and to empty the bin you just press a button to separate it from the body and tip all the dirt away.

You get a dusting brush to help with the more delicate areas, and the 0.3L bin should help you quickly pick up dried mud and crumbs without having to empty it every single time. There is also the usual crevice tool for corners and edges.

The charge time is very extreme unfortunately, especially as you only get ten minutes out of it. For this reason, it is definitely one just to have to hand for wet and dry spills as opposed to a vacuum for bigger jobs such as cleaning the car or sofas.

Specifications

  • Cordless
  • Charge Time: 10 hours
  • Run Time: 10 minutes
  • Capacity: 0.3L
  • Attachments: Crevice Tool, Dusting Brush
  • Weight: 0.9 Kg

We like

  • Friendly price
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Easy to empty and clean out

We dislike

  • Charge time is huge

Final Verdict

The ability to muck up soft drink spills will likely be appealing for some, and while charge and run times are a let down, it still performs when you need it the most

Hoover Jovis Plus Wet And Dry SM120WDN

Another wet and dry vacuum from Hoover, and while there are better models out there, this is still a worthy entrant on to our list.

It will tackle spills of both the wet and dry variety, so you can get all of the mess gone with just one device. Now for the standout in our opinion which may sway you; you also get a special tool for use on windows and glass.

This squeegee will make it a brilliant option if you like to wash your windows with soap and water but drying them is an issue. A dedicated window vacuum can seem a bit pointless to some even though they’re effective, so this could be the answer if you like your appliances to have maximum usability.

An easy empty dustbin makes the worst part of vacuuming a bit more user-friendly, and it is comfortable to use on stairs, in the car and on upholstery.

Specifications

  • Cordless
  • Charge Time: 16 hours
  • Run Time: 13 minutes
  • Capacity: 0.2L
  • Attachments: Crevice Tool, Upholstery Tool, Squeegee
  • Weight: 1.34 Kg

We like

  • Wet and dry
  • Easy to empty or clean out
  • Washable cloth filter

We dislike

  • Charge time is extreme

Final Verdict

While not the best we tested, it was by far not the worst either. The squeegee is a lovely finishing touch

Vax H85-GA-B10 Gator Cordless

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.

Specifications

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

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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.

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 or Shark 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.

Even the best robotic vacuum cleaner probably won’t replace your upright just yet, and nor are they great for those homes which have high cleaning demands, but they’re good for any rooms which are on the more peaceful side (such as parents bedrooms or conservatory).

They are best for anyone without pets or kids, who has predominantly hardwood floors and a relatively spacious one-level home.

Eufy RoboVac 11S

Eufy are seen as the biggest rival to the likes of Miele and iRobot, having come onto the market with more affordable options which still gave you all of the basics. If you’re unfamiliar with the name, then telling you it was created by the same team as Anker should clear some things up.

This particular model is still a great price, but a lot more advanced than their first few models. It was awarded the “Best Robot Vacuum of 2018″ title by various tech mags, and definitely gives the big guns a run for their money.

BoostIQ Technology automatically increases suction power within 1.5 seconds when extra vacuuming strength is needed to get the best clean, so it is clever at assessing the job at hand. It is only 2.85” tall, so will be able to get under your furniture with ease.

It returns to its docking station when the battery is running out which saves you the hassle of having to go on a Vac Hunt. Battery life is around 90 minutes which is a nice amount for getting the job done. The side brushes, rolling brush and powerful suction work together to make a difference.

There are around 100 minutes of cleaning on the standard mode which is good for hard floors, and when in BoostIQ mode (for carpeting) provides approximately 60 minutes of cleaning. The ability to tackle both surfaces with just one product is very good.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 0.6L
  • Charge Time: 5-6 hours
  • Run Time: 1.5 hours
  • Sensor Technology: Drop-sensing technology

We like

  • Can tackle different surfaces without input from you
  • Sensors to prevent damage
  • Generous cleaning time

We dislike

  • Can get stuck if furniture is in way
  • Not Wi-Fi compatible

Final Verdict

Despite not being a huge leading name, this is by far one of the best robot vacuums around at the moment

Miele Scout RX2 SLQL0

An update for the RX1, which was Miele’s first robotic vacuum, but didn’t take the market by storm the way their other vacuums have. So when the RX2 was released, we thought they’d have made some big changes to appeal to the masses. We weren’t wrong.

We liked the RX1, saying that there weren’t really any faults or issues, other than the fact it sometimes got stuck if the room was messy, and that it didn’t have the suction power of a manual upright. These aren’t surprising faults, and quite common with robotic models, but updates make the RX2 a worthy entry onto our list.

It has Quattro Cleaning Power’s four special features. Swing-out side brushes carry coarse dirt under the appliance, while a roller brush then catches the dirt and carries it to the front suction opening. The rear suction opening makes sure that fine dirt is removed thoroughly. A powerful fan ensures the dirt then lands in the dust box, to be emptied frequently.

Turbo mode gives you the option of a quicker clean, using the same paths as usual but more spaced out for rapid cleaning. It picks up all sorts of bits and pieces, from biscuit crumbs to dog hairs and general dust and dirt, making it one of the best robotic vacuum cleaners on the market at the moment. It is also able to negotiate height differences of up to 17mm, so is ideal for rooms with rugs.

Auto mode lets you leave it to its own devices, cleaning all accessible rooms. If the charge runs out, it will return to its base automatically and continue again once ready after charging for 150 minutes. The remote control and smartphone app will allow you to take control if you want it to do certain things.

It is rated A for dust pickup on hard floors and C for carpets, so it is definitely better if you have the former. But it is one of the few robot vacuums which are almost capable of replacing your upright, so if mess is usually at a minimum in your home anyway, it could mean a vacuuming-free life for you.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 22 oz bin
  • Sound Level: 60 dB
  • Battery Life: 60 mins

We like

  • 4 easy-to-program cleaning modes
  • 2 front cameras for high-precision 3D object detection
  • Generous battery life
  • Silent mode for working at night or during television sessions

We dislike

  • Works best in rectangular rooms - odd shaped ones can confuse it a little

Final Verdict

One of the latest models, and you can really tell the difference between this and the older ones. Worth spending that bit more

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.

Specifications

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

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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

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.

Specifications

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

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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.

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.

Specifications

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

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.

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.

Specifications

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

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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

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.

Specifications

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

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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

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.

Specifications

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

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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

iRobot Braava Jet 240 Mopping Robot

If you have only hard floors in your home, sometimes a vacuum isn’t the most ideal option. You’ll glance over once it is done and realise you still have to go over some of the tougher dirt with a mop or cloth.

So an intelligent mopping robot, which collects dirt on the pads and wipes away stains, could take away some of that worry. It will cope with hardwood, tile and stone in kitchens, bathrooms, and other small spaces, no matter how difficult they are to navigate, whether it be under a table, around cabinets or around the loo.

The Braava automatically selects the correct cleaning mode based on the fitted jet pad type, choosing from wet mopping, damp sweeping and dry sweeping. So before you set it to go, you can assess the situation and pick the best for the job.

You won’t find it abandoned in the middle of the room as it returns itself to the starting point after it is done and turns itself off. If it encounters a problem it will also shut down to avoid further damage.

It isn’t overly extremely pricey, which is good as you have to bear in mind that you’ll have replacement pads to buy. But it still is far off being a replacement for your manual mopping, unfortunately. It does collect the dirt as opposed to vacuuming it and collecting it in a bin, but this still makes it easier to get rid of. As a plus, at least it is quiet.

We would say it is the best mopping robot vacuum out there, although don’t expect perfection.

Specifications

  • Capacity: N/A
  • Water Tank Capacity: 0.15L
  • Charge Time: 2 hours
  • Run Time: 20 mins
  • Sensor Technology: Sensors

We like

  • Price
  • Dry and wet collection

We dislike

  • Maps and barriers will disappear after every wash
  • Can be a little slow and difficult

Final Verdict

We love the idea, and even though it isn’t quite there yet, if you just want a device which helps you out a bit with the mopping and dust collection then it is still handy to have

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. In fact, there are many people out there convinced that they are still the best vacuum category cleaner full stop.

Many are dedicated at getting rid of allergens in the home, such as pet hair or pollen. Cleaning performance is often high, and the dirt is trapped in the cylinder so can’t be released again. They are nice and easy to manoeuvre too, so you can get into all those hard to reach corners.

Miele Blizzard CX1 Jubilee PowerLine

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

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

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

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

Specifications

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

We like

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

We dislike

  • A little messy when emptying if full

Final Verdict

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

Hoover Enigma Pets Bagged Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner

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

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

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

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

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

Specifications

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

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We like

  • Onboard storage compartment
  • Inexpensive replaceable bags

We dislike

  • Noisy for its size

Final Verdict

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

Numatic Henry HVR160 Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner

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

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

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

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

Specifications

  • Type: Bagged Cylinder

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We like

  • Enormous capacity
  • Reliable, powerful suction

We dislike

  • Bulky to transport around the house
  • Hard to store

Final Verdict

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

Miele Complete C3 Allergy Total Solution PowerLine Cylinder

An easily manoeuvrable vacuum which is ideal for floors and furniture

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

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

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

Specifications

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

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We like

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

We dislike

  • D energy rating
  • Only colour available is brown

Final Verdict

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

Sebo Airbelt K1 ePower

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

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

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

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

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

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

Specifications

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

We like

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

We dislike

  • Not so great on carpets

Final Verdict

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

Vax Air Stretch Pet CCQSASV1P1

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

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

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

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

Specifications

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

We like

  • Compact
  • Easy to pull around

We dislike

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

Final Verdict

A nice cost and a good range of additional fittings

Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor 2 Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner

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

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

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

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

Specifications

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

We like

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

We dislike

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

Final Verdict

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

Hoover Whirlwind SE71_WR01

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

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

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

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

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

Specifications

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

We like

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

We dislike

  • Bit noisy but bearable

Final Verdict

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

Essentials C700VC18

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

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

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

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

Specifications

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

We like

  • Price
  • Neat and compact
  • Filter is washable

We dislike

  • Best for hard floor over carpets

Final Verdict

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

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 stick 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.