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Hoover FD22
£79.00
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#1

90

GL-30

Bosch GL‑30

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£107.04

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£66
Over 10 years
Mar 2017
The highest scoring cylinder vacuum cleaner on the market, with very low running costs and a recent release date
#2

85

C2 Excellence EcoLine

Miele C2 Excellence EcoLine

303 Reviews + 1 Award
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£119.99

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700W
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4.8kg
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£63
Over 10 years
Dec 2016
An award winning and very cheap 700W cylinder vacuum, with very low running costs and good features
#3

85

Complete C2 Allergy Powerline

Miele Complete C2 Allergy Powerline

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£129.00

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1,200W
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£110
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
The top scoring vacuum cleaner under £100, with average running costs and good features
#4

85

AIRBELT E1

Sebo AIRBELT E1

14 Reviews + 1 Award
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£152.91

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700W
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£110
Over 10 years
Jul 2017
A new and award winning 700W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with moderate running costs and a good price
#5

84

CCMBPCV1P1

VAX CCMBPCV1P1

82 Reviews
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£40.99

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800W
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£61
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
The best scoring vacuum cleaner under £50, with very low running costs and good features
#6

83

Complete C3 PowerLine

Miele Complete C3 PowerLine

142 Reviews
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£129.00

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1,600W
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5.4kg
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£130
Over 10 years
Sep 2014
A classic and cheap 1,600W cylinder vacuum, with average running costs and great features
#7

83

HET200

Numatic HET200

100 Reviews
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£108.49

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620W
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8kg
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£59
Over 10 years
Jul 2017
A top-value and positively reviewed 620W drum vacuum, with very low running costs but only average features
#8

83

WD 3

Kärcher WD 3

58 Reviews
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£65.79

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1,000W
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£250
Over 10 years
Jul 2017
A great value for money and top-rated 1,000W drum vacuum cleaner, with satisfactory running costs and a recent release date
#9

83

ZAN3002EL

Zanussi ZAN3002EL

242 Reviews
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£49.99

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1,400W
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£120
Over 10 years
Apr 2015
A best selling and low cost 1,400W cylinder vacuum, with moderate running costs and outstanding user reviews
#10

82

Compact C2

Miele Compact C2

185 Reviews + 1 Award
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£119.90

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£100
Over 10 years
Aug 2014
An award winning and very cheap 1,200W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with moderate running costs and good features
#11

81

FM144B2

Hoover FM144B2

5 Reviews
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£39.99

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£340
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
A very popular and excellent value for money 1,400W drum vacuum, with alright running costs and one of the lightest weights on the market
#12

81

GL-20

Bosch GL‑20

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£98.12

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£66
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
A cheap and new 2,400W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with great features and low running costs
#13

81

WV5 Premium Window Vacuum Cleaner

Kärcher WV5 Premium Window Vacuum Cleaner

100 Reviews
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£35.00

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Jul 2015
A top-value and very popular drum dry vacuum, with exceptional user reviews and a breathtakingly light 670g weight
#14

81

Air Reach

VAX Air Reach

956 Reviews
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£30.00

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£200
Over 10 years
Jun 2016
The highest scoring upright vacuum cleaner on the market, with satisfactory running costs and excellent user reviews
#15

81

Complete C2

Miele Complete C2

58 Reviews
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£177.95

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700W
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£63
Over 10 years
Nov 2016
A very popular and sensationally highly rated 700W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with very low running costs and good features
#16

80

Air Force

Rowenta Air Force

12 Reviews
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£38.48

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2,200W
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5kg
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£540
Over 10 years
Nov 2016
A low cost and relatively new 2,200W upright vacuum, with average running costs and good features
#17

80

Complete C3

Miele Complete C3

404 Reviews + 2 Awards
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£149.99

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800W
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£59
Over 10 years
Feb 2015
A very economical to run and award winning 800W cylinder vacuum, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and an additional award from another expert site
#18

80

SLS810

H.Koenig SLS810

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£70.29

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2,000W
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£61
Over 10 years
Oct 2015
A top-value and very economical to run 2,000W cylinder vacuum, with great features
#19

80

Air Cordless

VAX Air Cordless

681 Reviews + 1 Award
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£33.94

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1,400W
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£340
Over 10 years
Jun 2016
A best selling and top-value 1,400W upright vacuum cleaner, with average running costs and good features
#20

80

RHCHS1001

Russell Hobbs RHCHS1001

19 Reviews
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£30.18

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450W
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£62
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
A low cost and best selling 450W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with good features and one of the lightest weights on the market

79

C110

Polti C110

10 Reviews
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£88.80

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1,400W
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£120
Over 10 years
Nov 2014
A cheap and classic 1,400W cylinder vacuum, with moderate running costs and good features

79

MV3 P

Kärcher MV3 P

80 Reviews
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£122.66

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1,000W
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£250
Over 10 years
Nov 2015
A cheap and positively reviewed 1,000W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with alright running costs and good features

79

Airspeed Lite

Zanussi Airspeed Lite

936 Reviews
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£58.49

Planet Gizmo
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1,000W
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£250
Over 10 years
Jan 2016
A low cost and best selling 1,000W upright vacuum, with satisfactory running costs and good features

79

ASPC7120

AEG ASPC7120

16 Reviews
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£144.20

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800W
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£61
Over 10 years
Nov 2015
A best selling and very economical to run 800W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with a fair price and great user reviews

79

UltraOne

Electrolux UltraOne

11 Reviews
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£42.69

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1,250W
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£310
Over 10 years
Oct 2014
A classic and cheap 1,250W cylinder vacuum, with OK running costs and good features

79

ZAN2000A

Zanussi ZAN2000A

553 Reviews
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£52.00

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1,000W
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4.8kg
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£70
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
The lowest running cost upright vacuum cleaner available, but with only middle of the road features

78

Complete C3 Boost EcoLine

Miele Complete C3 Boost EcoLine

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£199.99

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Mains
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800W
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5.4kg
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£66
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
An award winning and very economical to run 800W cylinder vacuum, with a Best Buy award from one expert review website

78

Vrs2061

VAX Vrs2061

5 Reviews
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£49.99

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800W
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4.9kg
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£200
Over 10 years
Dec 2015
A top-rated and affordable 800W cylinder vacuum, with satisfactory running costs but only average features

78

NV350

Shark NV350

275 Reviews
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£99.00

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900W
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6.2kg
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£78
Over 10 years
Nov 2015
A very popular and excellently reviewed 900W upright vacuum, with OK running costs but only middle of the road features

78

Air Agile Reach

VAX Air Agile Reach

398 Reviews
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£59.00

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900W
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£48
Over 10 years
Feb 2014
An economical to run and astonishingly cheap 900W upright vacuum, with good features

78

Compact C2 Cat&Dog PowerLine

Miele Compact C2 Cat&Dog PowerLine

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£189.99

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1,200W
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£110
Over 10 years
Mar 2016
A great value for money and fully featured 1,200W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with moderate running costs

78

Vitara 3000

Taurus Vitara 3000

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£54.79

Wellindal
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1,000W
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4kg
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£78
Over 10 years
Feb 2017
A bargain price and relatively new 1,000W drum vacuum cleaner, with average running costs and good features

77

MV 2

Kärcher MV 2

139 Reviews
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£53.52

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1,200W
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4.5kg
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£290
Over 10 years
Apr 2015
A bargain price and highly rated 1,200W drum vacuum cleaner, with moderate running costs and good features

77

VP300

Nilfisk VP300

10 Reviews
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£71.91

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900W
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£220
Over 10 years
May 2014
A classic and great value for money 900W drum vacuum, with alright running costs and good features

77

Air Stretch

VAX Air Stretch

320 Reviews
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£70.00

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820W
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£200
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
A very popular and low cost 820W upright vacuum cleaner, with satisfactory running costs and terrific user reviews

77

C3

Bissell C3

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£75.16

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1,500W
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£130
Over 10 years
Aug 2017
A recently released and affordable 1,500W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with OK running costs and good features

77

SE71SZ04001

Hoover SE71SZ04001

347 Reviews
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£59.98

Power Direct
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700W
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£66
Over 10 years
Oct 2015
A highly rated and very cheap 700W cylinder vacuum, with low running costs but only average features

77

CA144TF2001

Hoover CA144TF2001

11 Reviews
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£79.99

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700W
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£170
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
An excellent value for money and staggeringly light weight 700W upright vacuum cleaner, with alright running costs and marvellous user reviews

77

Featherlite Cyclonic

Dirt Devil Featherlite Cyclonic

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£41.87

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1,320W
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£320
Over 10 years
May 2017
A good value for money and fairly new 1,320W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with moderate running costs but only middle of the road features

77

TH-VC 1820 S

Einhell TH‑VC 1820 S

5 Reviews
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£43.13

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1,250W
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£310
Over 10 years
Apr 2015
An affordable and positively reviewed 1,250W drum vacuum, with average running costs and good features

77

DC33

Dyson DC33

912 Reviews
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£31.80

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£320
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
A top-rated and bargain price 1,300W upright vacuum, with satisfactory running costs but only average features

76

HSVC3

Ewbank HSVC3

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£40.99

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1,000W
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£78
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
A breathtakingly light weight and spectacularly cheap 1,000W upright vacuum, with satisfactory running costs and good features

76

DD2620

Dirt Devil DD2620

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£78.01

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800W
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£58
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
A cheap and very economical to run 800W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with good features

76

Complete C2 PowerLine

Miele Complete C2 PowerLine

495 Reviews
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£129.99

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Co-op Electrical
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1,600W
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£59
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
A very economical to run and good value for money 1,600W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with great features

76

SJ4000DB4

Hoover SJ4000DB4

108 Reviews
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£44.97

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550W
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£130
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
A bargain price and stunningly light weight 550W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with average running costs and brilliant user reviews

76

Mach Zen

VAX Mach Zen

30 Reviews
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£89.98

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Crocket the Ironmonger
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800W
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£60
Over 10 years
Aug 2015
A good value for money and very economical to run 800W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with good features and very good user reviews

76

C85AD

VAX C85AD

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£31.69

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800W
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£58
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
An impressive value for money and very economical to run 800W drum vacuum cleaner, with good features

76

APF6130

AEG APF6130

15 Reviews
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£118.65

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700W
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£59
Over 10 years
Oct 2015
A very economical to run and positively reviewed 700W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with a fair price but only average features

75

DC20

Dyson DC20

45 Reviews
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£43.97

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£340
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
A top-rated and affordable 1,400W cylinder vacuum, with moderate running costs but only middle of the road features

75

HV320UKT

Shark HV320UKT

128 Reviews + 1 Award
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£129.00

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Over 10 years
Jul 2015
An astonishingly economical to run and best selling 500W upright vacuum, with an industry award but only average features

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Logo Brand Number of Vacuum Cleaners Price Range Average Rating
Hoover logo Hoover Vacuum Cleaners 100 £30 - £477 78%
Bosch logo Bosch Vacuum Cleaners 73 £40 - £12,994 85%
Dyson logo Dyson Vacuum Cleaners 67 £31 - £921 84%
VAX logo VAX Vacuum Cleaners 56 £30 - £450 78%
Miele logo Miele Vacuum Cleaners 53 £33 - £1,128 85%
Numatic logo Numatic Vacuum Cleaners 51 £37 - £553 92%
Rowenta logo Rowenta Vacuum Cleaners 26 £36 - £304 61%
Nilfisk logo Nilfisk Vacuum Cleaners 23 £35 - £663 81%
AEG logo AEG Vacuum Cleaners 23 £45 - £599 84%
Dirt Devil logo Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaners 23 £32 - £125 58%
Kärcher logo Kärcher Vacuum Cleaners 22 £35 - £437 87%
Siemens logo Siemens Vacuum Cleaners 20 £78 - £337
Other brands Other Vacuum Cleaner Brands 330 £30 - £1,063

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£319.99
Two more awards
Better Les
Numeriques.com
review score
User reviews
are moderately
better
VS
Dyson V7 Animal
Dyson
V7 Animal
£259.99
£60 cheaper
14% lighter
Dyson V8 Absolute
Dyson
V8 Absolute
£319.99
54% lighter
VS
Shark IF200UK
Shark
IF200UK
£250.00
£70 cheaper
Better brand
Dyson DC39
Dyson
DC39
£100.00
£229 cheaper
Cheaper to run
by £255 over
five years
VS
Dyson DC37
Dyson
DC37
£329.00
2.4kg lighter
Dyson DC41
Dyson
DC41
£54.99
£274 cheaper
£262 cheaper
to run over
five years
Expert reviews
are a lot
better
VS
Dyson DC37
Dyson
DC37
£329.00
One more awards
A lot lighter
Dyson V8 Animal
Dyson
V8 Animal
£339.99
Better brand
VS
Hoover FD22
Hoover
FD22
£76.95
£263 cheaper
410g lighter
More popular

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.
QWhat is the benefit of a cordless vacuum?
AA cordless vacuum cleaner offers far greater flexibility, and you no longer have to worry about getting the cord tangled around furniture. On the downside, they tend to have a limited battery life, and so need to be recharged often.
QWhat is a robot vacuum cleaner?
AA robot vacuum cleaner is an autonomous vacuum cleaner that moves around the house while you're not there, cleaning the floor for you. They 'learn' the best routes, and what furniture is where, so become more efficient with time. They tend to be very expensive, but save you a lot of effort!
QWhat is the difference between wet and dry vacuums?
AWet vacuum cleaners combine the benefits of a standard vacuum with that of a steam cleaner, allowing the appliance to handle numerous different types of cleaning.
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.
QWhy do some cordless vacuums not have power ratings?
ASome battery-powered vacuums are rated in 'air-watts' rather than standard watts. This doesn't have a direct comparison, so it makes it hard to measure the power of these vacuums against their corded cousins. Rest assured they will be powerful enough to clean your house thoroughly!

Vacuum Cleaner Buying Guide

There is a huge variety of vacuum cleaners available today. Buyers have a choice between upright and cylinder vacuum cleaners for average cleaning tasks and more specialised hoovers designed to pick up dog hairs or help allergy sufferers.

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.

In this buying guide we will explain everything you need to know when buying a vacuum cleaner so it will keep your home or business dust-free for years to come.

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Upright Vacuum Cleaners

Upright vacuums are ideal for cleaning larger spaces and are particularly suited for cleaning carpeted areas. A rotating brush in the vacuum’s head combs the carpet to loosen dirt and dust. They are also very effective in picking up pet hair. Most models have a carpet height selector to adjust the cleaning head according to the carpet pile.

Uprights allow you to work in a comfortable position without the need to bed over a lot. They are ideal for those with lower back pain. Most models are very easy to manoeuvre and come with a set of tools for corners and stairs.

Most upright vacuums are bagless as the bin is more accessible and easier to remove than in cylinder cleaners.

Rotating brush bar helps to loosen dust & dirt
Less motor power required
Easy to store
Great for large areas
Ideal for carpets
More difficult to use on stairs
Cannot be used on upholstery
Larger & heavier

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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.

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.

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.

A variety of filtration systems are used in different vacuum cleaners and in this section we will explain the differences and what to look out for.

Stage filters

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.

HEPA/S-Class Filters

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.

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.

NASA specified HEPA filters for their clean room environments where satellites and the Apollo moon landers were assembled in the 1960s.

Most HEPA filters can be cleaned with water and need to be replaced after a while to maintain their high level of effectiveness.

S-Class filtration is the German DIN standard for the certification of anti-allergic filter materials that these vacuum cleaners adhere to. HEPA filters are the most common technology used to meet the S-Class standard.

Lifetime filters

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

Some more expensive models feature HEPA filter that are also lifetime filters.

Cleaning Efficiency

Motor Power & Performance

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.

Ratings

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.

The new regulations have been criticised for allowing manufacturers to carry out these tests themselves, which leaves them open to manipulation. They also don’t take the environmental impact of the 126 million dust bags and filters that are thrown away throughout the EU every year into account.

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.

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.

Vacuum Cleaner Retailers, Prices and Features

Vacuum Cleaner Prices

In total we found 877 vacuum cleaners ranging from £30 to £12,994. The average price of a new vacuum cleaner is £175 and 80% of vacuums are priced between £49 and £301. The cheapest vacuum cleaner that we found is the VAX C86-PC-Pe at only £30, and the most expensive is the Bosch BBH2RB20GB at £12,994.

Vacuum Cleaner Brands - Price Range

3M vacuum cleaners range in price from £537 to £537, and the average price of 3M vacuum cleaners is £537 which is the highest average price of all vacuum cleaner brands.

LG vacuum cleaners start at £515 and the most expensive LG vacuum cleaner costs £531. The second highest average vacuum cleaner price out of all brands is LG vacuum cleaners with an average price of £523.

The %8highest average vacuum cleaner price out of all brands is Spit vacuums with an average price of £523. Spit vacuums start at £523 and the most expensive Spit vacuum cleaner costs £523.

Vacuum Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 278 expert reviews and 48,863 user reviews for vacuums available online and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of vacuum. The top three vacuum brands are Shark, Sebo and Miele. Shark has an average rating of 94%, Sebo has an average rating of 94% and Miele has an average rating of 93%.

Biggest Vacuum Retailers

The biggest vacuum cleaner retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 592 current vacuum cleaner offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest vacuum cleaner retailer is eBay with 501 offers. That means Amazon UK is slightly bigger than eBay when it comes to vacuum cleaners. Currys is the third biggest retailer with 171 current offers.

When Are Most New Vacuum Cleaners Released?

The most common period for new vacuums to be released in is between July and September. In 2016 most new vacuum cleaners were released in July, with 85 new vacuum cleaners released that month. In August 2015 121 new vacuums were released making it the biggest month that year for new vacuum cleaner releases. The biggest month in 2014 for new vacuum releases was September, with 238 new vacuums released that month.

How Fast Do Vacuum Cleaner Prices Drop After Release?

New vacuums drop in price by an average of 4% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £8 on a typical £175 new vacuum cleaner by waiting 6 months before buying.

Maximum Input Powers

This measures the power level of the vacuum cleaner, rated in watts.

The maximum input powers of vacuum cleaners range from 100W to 8,580W. The maximum input powers of the majority of vacuums range from 590W to 830W. The HooverSP81BL11001 has the highest maximum input power. This vacuum is an 8,580W vacuum cleaner and is on sale for £59.99. The vacuum cleaner with the lowest maximum input power is the HooverSP81BL11001, which is a 100W vacuum cleaner and is available at £91.34.

The input power directly links to the suction power of the vacuum - a higher power means more suction, which means more efficient cleaning.

Types

Cylinder is the most common type amongst new vacuums. We found 1,026 vacuums that are cylinder vacuum cleaners. Upright is the second most common type amongst new vacuum cleaners. We found 238 vacuum cleaners that are upright vacuums.

Cleaning Types

Way in which device cleans something or itself.

We found 1,633 vacuums that are dry vacuum cleaners, which makes this the most popular cleaning type amongst new vacuums. We found 332 vacuums that are wet vacuum cleaners, making this the second most common cleaning type amongst new vacuums.

Weights

The weight of the vacuum cleaner, including all attachments that fit onto the device.

Comparing all vacuum cleaners, the weights range from 300g to 74.2kg. The weights of the majority of vacuum cleaners range from 4.2kg to 5.5kg. The vacuum cleaner with the heaviest weight is the DysonBall Multi Floor, which is a 74.2kg heavy vacuum and is priced at £172.00. The DysonBall Multi Floor, which sells for £62.00, has the lightest weight and is a 300g heavy vacuum.

A lighter weight makes the vacuum easier to push, and makes carrying it up and down stairs less of a chore.

Energy Efficiency of Vacuum Cleaners

The Energy Efficiency Class of a vacuum cleaner shows how well it uses energy, and how much is unnecessarily wasted. Products are ranked from G to A++ in terms of how little energy they use compared to the norm.

A is the most frequently found energy efficiency rating amongst new vacuum cleaners. We found 699 vacuum cleaners that have an energy efficiency rating of A. We found 110 vacuum cleaners that have an energy efficiency rating of B, making B the second most popular energy efficiency rating amongst new vacuum cleaners.

A vacuum with a better energy efficiency rating will consume less energy whenever they are used, saving you money and making them better for the environment.

Biggest Vacuum Retailers

We found 592 current offers for vacuum cleaners from Amazon UK making it the biggest vacuum cleaner retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 501 current offers for vacuum cleaners. The third biggest retailer is Currys with 171 current vacuum cleaner offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Vacuum Cleaners?

With the cheapest price on 383 vacuums, Amazon UK is most frequently the cheapest vacuum cleaner retailer.

Proportion of Vacuum Cleaners for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Amazon UK most frequently has the cheapest vacuum cleaner prices (found to be cheapest for 64.7% of its vacuum cleaners).

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