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#1

90

Miele Complete C2

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£51.62

4.5L
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4.8kg
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700W
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(Unknown)
Nov 2016
The highest scoring cylinder vacuum cleaner available, with great features
#2

89

VAX CCMBPV1P1

213 Reviews
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£64.99

2.2L
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4.3kg
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800W
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£200
Over 10 years
Dec 2016
The highest scoring cordless vacuum cleaner available, with good features and astonishingly low running costs
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#3

89

VAX CCMBPCV1T1

220 Reviews
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£50.00

2.2L
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4.3kg
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800W
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£200
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
A staggeringly economical to run and great value for money 2.2L dust capacity, 4.3kg heavy vacuum cleaner, with good features and brilliant user reviews
Save £133
#4

88

Dyson V6+

925 Reviews
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£47.79

0.4L
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2.3kg
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100W
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(Unknown)
Jan 2017
The highest scoring vacuum cleaner under £50, with good features and outstanding expert reviews
#5

87

Sealey PC300

16 Reviews
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£95.95

20L
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5kg
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1,250W
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£310
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
A very highly rated and staggeringly cheap 5kg heavy, 1,250W vacuum, with very low running costs and one of the largest capacities available
#6

87

Dyson DC41

827 Reviews
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£214.99

2.1L
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7.7kg
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1,320W
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£320
Over 10 years
Dec 2014
The highest scoring upright vacuum cleaner on the market, with good features and very low running costs
£6 Voucher
#7

87

Miele Classic C1 Junior PowerLine

204 Reviews
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£114.99

4.5L
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4.3kg
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1,400W
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(Unknown)
Aug 2015
A best selling and positively reviewed 4.5L dust capacity, 4.3kg heavy vacuum, with a very reasonable price and very good features
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#8

87

Kärcher WD 3

58 Reviews
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£78.66

17L
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5.5kg
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1,000W
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£220
Over 10 years
Aug 2018
A best selling and enormous capacity 5.5kg heavy, 1,000W vacuum cleaner, with very low running costs and good features
#9

86

VAX Air Reach

946 Reviews
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£71.02

n/a
4.9kg
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820W
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£200
Over 10 years
Jun 2016
A best selling and top-value 4.9kg heavy, 820W vacuum cleaner, with sensationally low running costs and good features
£50 Voucher
#10

86

Sebo AIRBELT E1

19 Reviews
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£159.00

3.5L
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5.2kg
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1,200W
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(Unknown)
Jun 2017
An award winning and cheap 4L dust capacity, 5.2kg heavy vacuum cleaner, with good features
#11

86

VAX Air Stretch

408 Reviews
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£39.90

1.5L
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4.9kg
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820W
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£200
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
A best selling and cheap 1.5L dust capacity, 4.9kg heavy vacuum, with excellent user reviews and good features
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#12

86

Hoover SM156

10 Reviews
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£59.99

3L
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2.3kg
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700W
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(Unknown)
Dec 2015
A top-value and positively reviewed 3L dust capacity, 700W vacuum, with very good features and one of the lightest weights on the market
#13

86

Miele Classic C1 PowerLine

140 Reviews
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£136.58

4.5L
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5.4kg
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1,200W
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(Unknown)
Sep 2015
A best selling and sensationally highly rated 4.5L dust capacity, 5.4kg heavy vacuum cleaner, with good features and a very good price
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#14

86

VAX Air Cordless

309 Reviews
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£34.95

0.035L
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4.6kg
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1,400W
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£340
Over 10 years
Jun 2016
The cheapest upright vacuum cleaner on the market, with very low running costs and good features
#15

86

Kärcher MV 2

139 Reviews
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£59.99

12L
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4.5kg
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1,200W
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£290
Over 10 years
Apr 2015
An excellent value for money and massive capacity 4.5kg heavy, 1,200W vacuum, with good features and very low running costs
#16

86

Russell Hobbs RHCHS1001

19 Reviews
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£33.99

2L
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4.8kg
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700W
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(Unknown)
Jul 2015
A very popular and low cost 2L dust capacity, 4.8kg heavy vacuum, with very good features
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#17

86

VAX TBTTV1B1

927 Reviews
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£84.95

0.6L
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2kg
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22.2W
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(Unknown)
Dec 2016
A very good value for money and amazingly light weight 0.6L dust capacity, 22.2W vacuum, with good features and fantastic user reviews
#18

86

VAX H85‑GA‑B10

508 Reviews
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£35.00

0.3L
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1.3kg
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n/a
(Unknown)
Oct 2016
A very highly rated and low cost 0.3L dust capacity vacuum cleaner, with good features and an amazingly light 1.3kg weight
#19

86

Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution

913 Reviews
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£86.11

3.8L
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8kg
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800W
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£200
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
An economical to run and bargain price 3.8L dust capacity, 8kg heavy vacuum cleaner, with good features
#20

86

Morphy Richards 732008

76 Reviews
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£74.99

2L
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5kg
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750W
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(Unknown)
Sep 2016
A positively reviewed and bargain price 2L dust capacity, 5kg heavy vacuum, with very good features

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We looked at the reviews for every vacuum cleaner and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated vacuum cleaner brand is Shark with an average rating of 93%. Compare all award winning vacuum cleaners.

Rank Brand Number of Vacuum Cleaners Price Range Average Rating
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Shark Vacuum Cleaners 31 £69 - £370
93%
2,576 reviews
#2
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Miele Vacuum Cleaners 191 £52 - £1,157
92%
3,955 reviews
#3
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Numatic Vacuum Cleaners 90 £90 - £658
91%
1,801 reviews
#4
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Siemens Vacuum Cleaners 135 £56 - £721
90%
2 reviews
#5
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iRobot Vacuum Cleaners 21 £140 - £640
90%
3,209 reviews
#6
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Dyson Vacuum Cleaners 74 £48 - £800
88%
16,180 reviews
#7
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Bosch Vacuum Cleaners 287 £56 - £1,184
87%
2,369 reviews
#8
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Bissell Vacuum Cleaners 26 £53 - £250
86%
1,543 reviews
#9
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Sebo Vacuum Cleaners 41 £159 - £933
85%
66 reviews
#10
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VAX Vacuum Cleaners 115 £35 - £230
84%
7,739 reviews
#11
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Zanussi Vacuum Cleaners 38 £50 - £95
84%
1,483 reviews
#12
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Kärcher Vacuum Cleaners 68 £40 - £1,399
84%
1,396 reviews
#13
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AEG Vacuum Cleaners 143 £39 - £1,914
84%
919 reviews
#14
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Hoover Vacuum Cleaners 208 £30 - £1,262
82%
5,717 reviews
#15
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Zelmer Vacuum Cleaners 41 £31 - £220
80%
2 reviews
#16
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Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaners 108 £49 - £3,135
80%
560 reviews
#17
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Thomas Vacuum Cleaners 35 £50 - £349
74%
29 reviews
#18
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Nilfisk Vacuum Cleaners 72 £49 - £754
73%
44 reviews
#19
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Electrolux Vacuum Cleaners 207 £39 - £360
73%
217 reviews
#20
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Samsung Vacuum Cleaners 166 £79 - £1,041
73%
237 reviews
#21
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Rowenta Vacuum Cleaners 116 £61 - £306
61%
17 reviews
#22
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Eta Vacuum Cleaners 39
56%
12 reviews
#23
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Philips Vacuum Cleaners 116 £72 - £1,924
51%
57 reviews
#24
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LG Vacuum Cleaners 41 £469 - £469
#25 Concept Vacuum Cleaners 30 £43 - £43
#26
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Bestron Vacuum Cleaners 23 £53 - £108
#27
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Beko Vacuum Cleaners 23 £50 - £79
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Clatronic Vacuum Cleaners 21 £45 - £70

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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.
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.

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.

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Benefits:

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

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.

Vacuum Cleaner Retailers, Prices and Features

Vacuum Prices

Vacuums range in price from £30 to £3,135 and in total we found prices for 743 vacuums. On average, a new vacuum costs £186 and 80% of vacuum cleaners are priced between £55 and £339. The cheapest vacuum that we found is the Hoover SC72DWB4 at only £30, and the most expensive is the Dirt Devil Infinity Rebel 55 HF at £3,135.

Vacuum Brands - Price Range

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

The second highest average vacuum price out of all brands is Spit vacuums with an average price of £524. Spit vacuums range in price from £524 to £524.

Flex vacuums range in price from £179 to £840, and the average price of Flex vacuums is £478 which is the third highest average price of all vacuum brands.

Vacuum Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 400 expert reviews and 52,265 user reviews for vacuum cleaners available online and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of vacuum. Shark is the top rated vacuum brand with an average rating of 93%. Miele is the second best brand with 92% and Numatic is the third best brand with 91%.

Biggest Vacuum Cleaner Retailers

We found 439 current offers for vacuums from eBay making it the biggest vacuum retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon UK for whom we found 397 current offers for vacuums. The third biggest retailer is ao with 115 current vacuum offers.

When Are Most New Vacuum Cleaners Released?

October to November is the most common period for new vacuums to be released in. If you want the latest vacuum features you may want to think about waiting until October 2018. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current vacuums tend to drop off when the next models are released. 135 new vacuum cleaners were released in November 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new vacuum cleaner releases. In 2016 most new vacuum cleaners were released in October, with 164 new vacuum cleaners released that month. August was the biggest month in 2015 for new vacuums, with 106 new vacuums released that month.

How Fast Do Vacuum Prices Drop After Release?

On average vacuums drop in price by 2% in the first 6 months after release. That means that on a typical vacuum costing £186 you could save on average £4 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Capacities

The space that the product e.g. vacuum cleaner,vacuum cleaner bag has for dust or dirty water.

The capacities of vacuums range from .035L to 450L. The capacities of most vacuum cleaners range from 0L to 3L. The vacuum with the largest capacity is the Ecovacs DEEBOT-M82, which is a 450L dust capacity vacuum cleaner and can be purchased for £195.00. The vacuum cleaner with the smallest capacity is the VAX Air Cordless, which is a .035L dust capacity vacuum and can be purchased for £34.95.

A larger dust capacity means that vacuum can clean more before it needs to be emptied, making you more efficient.

Weights

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

The weights of vacuums range from 300g to 90kg. The weights of the majority of vacuum cleaners range from 4.5kg to 5.5kg. The vacuum with the heaviest weight is the Bosch GAS55 M AFC, which is a 16.2kg heavy vacuum and is priced at £641.00. The Morphy Richards SuperVac 2-in-1, which can be purchased for £74.99, 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.

Maximum Input Powers

'Maximum Power' measures the power level of the vacuum cleaner, rated in watts.

Across the range of vacuum cleaners, the maximum input powers range from 10.8W to 8,580W. The maximum input powers of the majority of vacuum cleaners range from 600W to 900W. The vacuum with the highest maximum input power is the Koblenz WD-9 K, which is a 2,982W vacuum and is on sale for £73.34. The vacuum cleaner with the lowest maximum input power is the Black & Decker DVJ325BF, which is an 10.8W vacuum cleaner and is on sale for £48.95.

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

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 1,097 vacuum cleaners that have an energy efficiency rating of A. The second most popular energy efficiency rating amongst new vacuum cleaners is B. We found 179 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.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Vacuums?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying vacuum cleaners. For each retailer it shows the total number of vacuum cleaners where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying vacuum cleaners. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 260 of their vacuum prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Vacuums for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for vacuums by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of vacuum prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's vacuum prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 59.2% of their vacuum cleaner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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