Cylinder Vacuum Cleaners

Cylinder Vacuum CleanersJanuary 2018(Last Updated 12 January 2018)

The best cylinder vacuum cleaners on the market, which usually come with a flexible hose for greater versatility
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Complete C2

Miele Complete C2

198 Reviews
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£129.00

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4.8kg
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£63
Over 10 years
Nov 2016
The highest scoring cylinder vacuum cleaner around, with a recent release date and a sensationally good price
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AIRBELT E1

Sebo AIRBELT E1

14 Reviews + 1 Award
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£129.00

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700W
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5.2kg
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£66
Over 10 years
Jun 2017
The highest review score cylinder vacuum cleaner available, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website
#3

98

Complete C3 PowerLine

Miele Complete C3 PowerLine

152 Reviews
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£149.99

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1,600W
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5.4kg
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£110
Over 10 years
Oct 2015
A remarkably cheap and top-quality 1,600W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with extremely low running costs and outstanding user reviews
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CCMBPCV1P1

VAX CCMBPCV1P1

82 Reviews
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£40.99

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800W
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4.3kg
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£61
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
The highest rated vacuum under £100, with exceptional user reviews and features
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Complete C3 EcoLine

Miele Complete C3 EcoLine

181 Reviews + 1 Award
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£148.99

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800W
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£59
Over 10 years
May 2015
A cheap and economical to run 800W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with a Best Buy award from one expert review website
#6

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WD 3

Kärcher WD 3

58 Reviews
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£65.79

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1,000W
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5.8kg
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£250
Over 10 years
Jul 2017
A top-value and positively reviewed 1,000W drum vacuum cleaner, with a recent release date and very low running costs
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97

ZAN3002EL

Zanussi ZAN3002EL

242 Reviews
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£49.99

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1,400W
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4.4kg
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£120
Over 10 years
Apr 2015
A best selling and low cost 1,400W cylinder vacuum, with fantastic features and a recent release date
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FM144B2

Hoover FM144B2

5 Reviews
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£49.99

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1,400W
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2.7kg
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£340
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
The highest scoring cordless vacuum cleaner on the market, with terrific user reviews and very low running costs
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GL-30

Bosch GL‑30

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£101.69

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600W
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4.3kg
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£66
Over 10 years
Aug 2017
A top-value and recently released 600W cylinder vacuum, with marvellous user reviews and features
#10

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Compact C2

Miele Compact C2

261 Reviews + 1 Award
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£119.00

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1,200W
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4.8kg
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£100
Over 10 years
Aug 2014
An award winning and cheap 1,200W cylinder vacuum, with fantastic features and very low running costs
#11

96

WV5 Premium Window Vacuum Cleaner

Kärcher WV5 Premium Window Vacuum Cleaner

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£43.99

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Jul 2015
A very popular and breathtakingly light weight drum dry vacuum cleaner, with outstanding features and a stunningly affordable price
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96

UltraOne

Electrolux UltraOne

11 Reviews
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£42.95

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2,200W
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7kg
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£310
Over 10 years
Oct 2013
A top-value and classic 2,200W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with very low running costs and features
#13

96

Complete C3

Miele Complete C3

396 Reviews + 2 Awards
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£169.99

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800W
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5.4kg
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£59
Over 10 years
May 2015
A best selling and award winning 800W cylinder vacuum, with superb features and spectacularly low running costs
#14

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ASPC7120

AEG ASPC7120

16 Reviews
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£146.24

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800W
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6.8kg
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£61
Over 10 years
Nov 2015
A top-value and phenomenally economical to run 800W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with a recent release date and fantastic user reviews
#15

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C110

Polti C110

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£150.00

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1,400W
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4.9kg
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£120
Over 10 years
Nov 2014
A great value for money and classic 1,400W cylinder vacuum, with a recent release date and features
#16

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Henry

Numatic Henry

653 Reviews + 1 Award
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£36.99

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1,200W
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£290
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
An affordable and best selling 1,200W drum vacuum cleaner, with a Best Buy award from one expert review website
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MV3 P

Kärcher MV3 P

80 Reviews
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£125.99

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1,000W
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5.8kg
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£250
Over 10 years
Nov 2015
A top-rated and staggeringly cheap 1,000W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with very low running costs and features
#18

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RHCHS1001

Russell Hobbs RHCHS1001

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£33.95

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450W
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£62
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
An economical to run and astonishingly good value for money 450W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with excellent user reviews and an extremely light 1.5kg weight
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VP300

Nilfisk VP300

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£89.99

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900W
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£220
Over 10 years
May 2014
A top-value and classic 900W drum vacuum, with very low running costs and features
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James Hoover JVP180

Numatic James Hoover JVP180

31 Reviews
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£97.69

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620W
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£59
Over 10 years
Apr 2016
A positively reviewed and spectacularly cheap 620W drum vacuum, with a recent release date and staggeringly low running costs

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat are the difference between upright, cylinder and drum vacuum cleaners?
AUpright vacuum cleaners are the traditional models, pushed from the top. Cylinder/drum vacuums are both smaller and squatter, and use a long flexible hose to give a far greater degree of flexibility when hoovering.
QHow does the power (wattage) of a vacuum cleaner affect it's performance?
AWattage is directly related to the suction power of the vacuum cleaner, and therefore how efficient it is at cleaning. Generally speaking, the higher the wattage, the better the appliance will suck up dirt and grime.

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Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner Buying Guide

There is a huge variety of vacuum cleaners available today. Finding the right vacuum cleaner may sound daunting but understanding what advantages and disadvantages the different technologies and features provide goes along way in finding the best hoover for your needs.

Cylinder Vacuum Cleaners

Cylinder vacuum cleaners are usually smaller and lighter than uprights and therefore easier to move around. They are ideal for smaller spaces and the flexible hose and removable head let you clean corners and hard to reach spaces with ease. Because the distance between the cleaning head and dust bag is longer compared to upright vacuum cleaners, cylinder cleaners require a higher motor power in order to generate the same amount of suction.

Cylinder cleaners can be bagged or bagless. Bagless cleaners will be slightly more expensive but will save you money in the long run.

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Benefits:

Cheaper
Well suited for smaller spaces
Smaller and lighter
Can be used on upholstery & stairs
Ideal for hard floors
Requires higher motor power
Less suitable for carpets
Smaller dust capacity

Wet & Dry Cleaners

Usually aimed for use in workshops, garages and environments that can get dirtier than the average household, wet & dry vacuum cleaners are robust and can handle a variety of cleaning tasks. They can hoover up sawdust, leaves, wet mud and even water.

Wet & dry vacuums are available from a number of manufacturers like Karcher, Vax, deWalt and Bosch. These multi-purpose vacuum cleaners have a robust construction and a large container volume. Filters can usually be washed and tools and accessories are stored within the industrial vacuum cleaners.

Bagged vs. Bagless Vacuum Cleaners

Since James Dyson invented the cyclone bagless vanccum cleaner, bagless models have become more and more popular. The dust bin can be emptied easily when full. There is no need to purchase bags, which is also more environmentally friendly and cost effective over time. Most upright vacuums are now bagless.

Filters may be replaced and cleaned after extended periods, but this is easier and cheaper than re-purchasing bags at regular intervals. Bagless vacuums don’t suffer from reduced suction, which can be a problem with bags as they fill up.

Some people prefer vacuum cleaners with bags is because there is less potential for dust accidentally being released into the air when emptying it. More care needs to be taken with bagless cleaners and the dust bin should also be washed regularly.

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Filters

A vacuum cleaner’s filtration system makes sure that the potentially harmful particles that get sucked up are removed from the air before it is expelled from the machine. Due to the large volumes of air a hoover sucks in, all the bacteria, fungal spores and other allergens that are being sucked up will create an indoor health hazard, which is quickly spread around the whole property unless the air is cleaned effectively.

Even if the air expelled from a machine looks clean, it might contain millions of microscopic particles that can transmit disease and cause allergies. Vacuum cleaners filter the air in several stages in an attempt to trap dust, hair and other particles. The number of stages can vary between 3 and 7, although this does not indicate how effective a hoover is a trapping unwanted particles.

Micro filtration usually refers to hoovers with at least 4 levels of filtration. It is important to remember that the number of stages advertised does not indicate the vacuum cleaner’s effectiveness at removing small particles from the air.

A ‘HEPA’ (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter removes at least 99.97% of particles which are 0.3 Micons or bigger from the air. Bacteria are between 1-10 Micons in size, so the exhaust air of a HEPA vacuum cleaner is considered biologically clean. Vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters are specifically designed to reduce the number of microscopic particles emitted when hovering, making them ideal for people suffering from allergies and asthma. Some HEPA vacuum cleaners are approved by the British Allergy Foundation.

Normal stage, HEPA and charcoal filters need to be changed after a certain period of time to ensure they remain effective. However there also exist lifetime filters are designed to last as long as the vacuum cleaner, eliminating the need to change filters.

Cleaning Efficiency

In a drive to ensure greater energy efficiency, the EU banned vacuum cleaners with a motor power above 1600W in 2014.

It is important that a vacuum cleaner’s power rating is not the only factor affecting the amount of suction it produces.

Less powerful models regularly outperform those with a higher power rating. Design, how full the bag is and how often filters are cleaned all contribute to how good a vacuum clear is at its job.

Look out for independent reviews that measure a vacuum cleaner’s suction power in relation to how full the dust bag or container is to get a better understanding of the suction power it produces.

New EU labelling regulations also mean manufacturers like Dyson, Hoover, Bosch and Samsung now need to display the effectiveness of their products across seven different categories including energy efficiency, dust pick-up performance on hard floors and carpets, and dust re-emission.

Attachments & Accessories

Most vacuum cleaners come with a number of accessories to clean upholstery and to reach narrow spaces and corners. Some models car store accessories inside the vacuum cleaner while some cylinder models have a holder attached to the telescopic tube.

Pet accessories

Pet hair can be difficult to remove from carpets are upholstery. To make cleaning after your furry friends easier, pet models are specifically designed to make lifting cat and dog hair easier.

Pet vacuum cleaners come with cleaning heads that include rotating brush bars, sometimes called power tools. They also use strong suction power to tackle even the most stubborn hair.

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Other Considerations

Capacity

If you have a large home, you might want to choose a vacuum cleaner with a larger capacity. This allows you to clean more of your home before needing to be emptied. But keep in mind that a larger capacity also means the vacuum cleaner is bigger, heavier and more difficult to manoeuvre.

Cable Length

A longer cable makes cleaning easier as you won’t need to switch plugs as often. Check the cable length of a vacuum cleaner before buying, as there can be significant variations between models. If you want to avoid the hassle of having a cable altogether, consider a battery powered vacuum cleaner. They can be a great alternative, especially if your home is relatively small.

Noise Level

Larger vacuum cleaners and particularly uprights can get quite noisy as their motors work extremely hard. It’s worth checking the operating noise level before buying to avoid any unpleasant surprises.