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The 10 Best Vacuum Cleaners - July 2017

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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every vacuum cleaner on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 4,170 vacuum cleaners, 32,200 reviews and 15,100 prices. Last updated 14 July 2017.

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#1
GL-30

Bosch GL‑30

A great value for money and fully featured 2,400 Watt Cylinder vacuum vacuum
Reviews
0
1 Review
Value for Money
97
Excellent
Features
97
Fully-Featured
Age
94
4 Months Old
Running Costs
57
£147 / 10 Years
Overall Score
90
Excellent
2,400W
Cylinder Vacuum
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
4.3kg
Mar 2017
Weight
Release Date
  • £69.95
    Save £50.04 (42%)
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#2
Compact C2 PowerLine

Miele Compact C2 PowerLine

Trusted Reviews - Recommended
A great value for money and award winning 1,200 Watt Cylinder vacuum vacuum cleaner
Reviews
96
1 Award
Value for Money
96
Excellent
Features
83
Fully-Featured
Age
82
2 Years Old
Running Costs
54
£294 / 10 Years
Overall Score
88
Excellent
1,200W
Cylinder Vacuum
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
4.8kg
Jul 2015
Weight
Release Date
  • £129.00
    Save £20.99 (14%)
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  • More shops: 13
  • £139.99 Currys
  • £149.00 ao
#3
Complete C3

Miele Complete C3

reviewed.com - Editor's Choice
An award winning and great value for money 800 Watt Cylinder vacuum vacuum cleaner
Reviews
98
1 Award
Value for Money
93
Excellent
Features
84
Fully-Featured
Age
80
2 Years Old
Running Costs
53
£196 / 10 Years
Overall Score
88
Excellent
800W
Cylinder Vacuum
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
5.4kg
May 2015
Weight
Release Date
  • £149.99
    Save £68.74 (31%)
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  • More shops: 20
  • £179.99 Hughes
  • £199.99 Currys
#4
C2 Excellence EcoLine

Miele C2 Excellence EcoLine

A very highly rated and great value for money 700 Watt Cylinder vacuum vacuum
Reviews
96
337 Reviews
Value for Money
93
Excellent
Features
74
Good Features
Age
91
7 Months Old
Running Costs
49
£172 / 10 Years
Overall Score
86
Excellent
700W
Cylinder Vacuum
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
4.8kg
Dec 2016
Weight
Release Date
  • £129.00
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  • More shops: 28
  • £129.00 ao
  • £139.99 Hughes
#5
Classic C1 PowerLine

Miele Classic C1 PowerLine

A great value for money and highly rated 1,400 Watt Cylinder vacuum vacuum cleaner
Reviews
85
29 Reviews
Value for Money
97
Excellent
Features
84
Fully-Featured
Age
81
2 Years Old
Running Costs
48
£343 / 10 Years
Overall Score
85
Excellent
1,400W
Cylinder Vacuum
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
5.3kg
Sep 2015
Weight
Release Date
  • £149.99
    Save £50.04 (25%)
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#6
U84 AL PE

VAX U84 AL PE

A very popular and very highly rated 800 Watt Upright vacuum vacuum
Reviews
91
169 Reviews
Value for Money
90
Excellent
Features
78
Good Features
Age
84
1 Year Old
Running Costs
45
£196 / 10 Years
Overall Score
84
Excellent
800W
Upright Vacuum
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
6.2kg
Apr 2016
Weight
Release Date
#7
HET200

Numatic HET200

A very highly rated and recently released 620 Watt Drum vacuum vacuum cleaner
Reviews
96
100 Reviews
Value for Money
89
Excellent
Features
66
Good Features
Age
95
2 Weeks Old
Running Costs
43
£152 / 10 Years
Overall Score
83
Excellent
620W
Drum Vacuum
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
8.5kg
Jul 2017
Weight
Release Date
#8
Complete C3 PowerLine

Miele Complete C3 PowerLine

Trusted Reviews - Recommended
An award winning and good value for money 1,600 Watt Cylinder vacuum vacuum cleaner
Reviews
95
1 Award
Value for Money
85
Excellent
Features
74
Good Features
Age
80
2 Years Old
Running Costs
41
£392 / 10 Years
Overall Score
82
Excellent
1,600W
Cylinder Vacuum
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
5.4kg
Nov 2015
Weight
Release Date
#9
S8 Pure Air

Miele S8 Pure Air

A great value for money and critically acclaimed 2,200 Watt Cylinder vacuum vacuum
Reviews
97
7 Reviews
Value for Money
98
Excellent
Features
66
Good Features
Age
68
3 Years Old
Running Costs
40
£539 / 10 Years
Overall Score
81
Excellent
2,200W
Cylinder Vacuum
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
12kg
Jul 2014
Weight
Release Date
#10
Classic C1 Junior PowerLine

Miele Classic C1 Junior PowerLine

A best selling and great value for money 1,400 Watt Cylinder vacuum vacuum cleaner
Reviews
95
93 Reviews
Value for Money
97
Excellent
Features
62
Good Features
Age
77
2 Years Old
Running Costs
40
£343 / 10 Years
Overall Score
81
Excellent
1,400W
Cylinder Vacuum
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
4.3kg
Aug 2015
Weight
Release Date

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Vacuum Cleaner Brands

Find out how vacuum cleaner brands compare. The average rating for each brand is based on the rating of all of their vacuum cleaners. Click on a link to compare all vacuum cleaners made by your favourite brand.

Logo Brand Number of Vacuum Cleaners Price Range Average Rating
Hoover logo Hoover Vacuum Cleaners 95 £35 - £470 77%
VAX logo VAX Vacuum Cleaners 62 £30 - £200 79%
Miele logo Miele Vacuum Cleaners 53 £43 - £3,199 82%
Dyson logo Dyson Vacuum Cleaners 52 £44 - £967 84%
Bosch logo Bosch Vacuum Cleaners 44 £57 - £14,790 77%
Numatic logo Numatic Vacuum Cleaners 40 £75 - £672 91%
AEG logo AEG Vacuum Cleaners 26 £60 - £348 83%
Sebo logo Sebo Vacuum Cleaners 21 £165 - £606 85%
Kärcher logo Kärcher Vacuum Cleaners 21 £38 - £813 83%
Other brands Other Vacuum Cleaner Brands 244 £32 - £1,996

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.

Vax Mach Air U89 Upright Vacuum Cleaner

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

Samsung cylinder vacuum cleaner

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 713 vacuums ranging from £30 to £1,725. A new vacuum cleaner costs on average £162 and 80% of vacuum cleaners are priced between £55 and £299. The cheapest vacuum cleaner that we found is the Rowenta Air Force Extreme at only £31, and the most expensive is the Kärcher Puzzi 30-4 at £1,725.

Vacuum Brands - Price Range

3M vacuum cleaners start at £537 and the most expensive 3M vacuum costs £537. The average price of 3M vacuum cleaners is £537 which is the highest average price of all vacuum brands.

The average price of Spit vacuums is £505 which is the second highest average price of all vacuum brands. Spit vacuums range in price from £505 to £505.

Flex vacuum cleaners start at £179 and the most expensive Flex vacuum costs £840. The third highest average vacuum price out of all brands is Flex vacuum cleaners with an average price of £478.

Vacuum Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 224 expert reviews and 28,001 user reviews for vacuums from across the internet and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of vacuum cleaner. Miele is the top rated vacuum brand with an average rating of 93%. Sebo is the second best brand with 92% and Siemens is the third best brand with 91%.

Biggest Vacuum Cleaner Retailers

The biggest vacuum retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 375 current vacuum offers from eBay. The second biggest vacuum retailer is Amazon UK with 225 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to vacuum cleaners. Currys is the third biggest retailer with 134 current offers.

When Are Most New Vacuums Released?

Most new vacuums tend to be released between July and September. For the latest vacuum features you may want to think about waiting until July 2017. Also the price of the current vacuums may drop off just before the latest models are released in July. Last year most new vacuums were released in July, with 92 new vacuums released that month. The biggest month in 2015 for new vacuum releases was August, with 133 new vacuum cleaners released that month. In September 2014 250 new vacuum cleaners were released making it the biggest month that year for new vacuum cleaner releases.

How Fast Do Vacuum Prices Drop After Release?

New vacuums drop in price by an average of 1% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. On a typical new vacuum cleaner costing £163, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £2.

Maximum Input Powers

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

The maximum input powers of vacuum cleaners range from 3.6W to 8,580W. The maximum input powers of the majority of vacuum cleaners range from 510W to 770W. The vacuum with the highest maximum input power is the HooverSP81BL11001, which is an 8,580W vacuum cleaner and is available at £89.97. The HooverSP81BL11001 has the lowest maximum input power. This vacuum is a 3.6W vacuum cleaner and is on sale for £70.00.

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

Weights

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

Comparing all vacuums, the weights range from 3.2g to 30kg. The weights of the majority of vacuums range from 5.3kg to 6.7kg. The ViperLSU395, which can be purchased for £360.00, has the heaviest weight and is a 29.3kg heavy vacuum. The ViperLSU395 has the lightest weight. This vacuum is a 4.5g heavy vacuum and is on sale for £143.70.

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.

The most common energy efficiency rating amongst new vacuums is A. We found 599 vacuums that have an energy efficiency rating of A. The second most frequently found energy efficiency rating amongst new vacuum cleaners is B. We found 104 vacuum cleaners that have an energy efficiency rating of B.

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 375 current offers for vacuums from eBay making it the biggest vacuum cleaner retailer. That is much bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon UK for whom we found 225 current offers for vacuums. The third biggest retailer is Currys with 134 current vacuum cleaner offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Vacuums?

The retailer that most frequently offered the cheapest price on vacuum cleaners is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 226 vacuum cleaners.

Proportion of Vacuums for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The cheapest shop by number of vacuum for which they offer the cheapest price is eBay with the cheapest price on 60.3% of its vacuums.

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