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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 4,210 vacuum cleaners, 33,200 reviews and 21,400 prices. Last updated 18 August 2017.

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#1 Bosch GL‑30

GL-30
The highest scoring cylinder vacuum cleaner available, with a recent release date and very good user reviews
76
Reviews
1 Review
98
Value for Money
Excellent
94
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Age
2 Years Old
93
Running Costs
£66 / 10 Years
90
Overall Score
Excellent
2,400W
Drum
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
4.3kg
Aug 2015
Weight
Release Date
Amazon UK £90.00
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£159.00
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#2 Sebo AIRBELT E1

AIRBELT E1
Trusted Reviews - Editor's Choice
The top scoring vacuum cleaner under £500, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website
85
Reviews
1 Award
89
Value for Money
Excellent
71
Features
Good Features
91
Age
4 Weeks Old
92
Running Costs
£114 / 10 Years
84
Overall Score
Excellent
700W
Cylinder
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
5.2kg
Jul 2017
Weight
Release Date
Amazon UK £159.00
ao £179.00
Hughes £179.99
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£129.65
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#3 Miele Complete C2

Complete C2
A very popular and positively reviewed 700W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with a very fair price but only average features
94
Reviews
58 Reviews
94
Value for Money
Excellent
58
Features
Average Features
85
Age
9 Months Old
93
Running Costs
£63 / 10 Years
83
Overall Score
Excellent
700W
Cylinder
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
4.8kg
Nov 2016
Weight
Release Date
Amazon UK £129.65
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£120.00
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#4 Miele Complete C3 PowerLine

Complete C3 PowerLine
An excellently reviewed and very economical to run 1,600W cylinder vacuum, with a reasonable price and great features
94
Reviews
83 Reviews
87
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
59
Age
2 Years Old
88
Running Costs
£132 / 10 Years
83
Overall Score
Excellent
1,600W
Cylinder
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
5.4kg
Nov 2015
Weight
Release Date
eBay £120.00
Hughes £179.99
Deals4U £199.99
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£119.00

#5 Miele C2 Excellence EcoLine

C2 Excellence EcoLine
An award winning and very economical to run 700W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with a very fair price but only middle of the road features
93
Reviews
244 Reviews
92
Value for Money
Excellent
58
Features
Average Features
85
Age
9 Months Old
93
Running Costs
£63 / 10 Years
82
Overall Score
Excellent
700W
Cylinder
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
4.8kg
Dec 2016
Weight
Release Date
Hughes £119.00
Amazon UK £137.99
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£49.99

#6 Zanussi ZAN3002EL

ZAN3002EL
A bargain price and highly rated 1,400W cylinder vacuum, with good features and very low running costs
89
Reviews
67 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
67
Features
Good Features
65
Age
2 Years Old
88
Running Costs
£123 / 10 Years
81
Overall Score
Excellent
1,400W
Cylinder
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
4.4kg
Apr 2015
Weight
Release Date
Tylers Online £49.99
Amazon UK £52.99
Hughes £54.99
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£109.00

#7 Numatic HVR200

HVR200
A top-rated and very economical to run 620W cylinder vacuum, with a recent release date but only middle of the road features
94
Reviews
110 Reviews
93
Value for Money
Excellent
44
Features
Average Features
92
Age
2 Months Old
94
Running Costs
£59 / 10 Years
80
Overall Score
Excellent
620W
Cylinder
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
8kg
Jul 2017
Weight
Release Date
eBay £109.00
Ebuyer £109.97
Appliances Direct £117.97
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£47.99

#8 Zanussi Airspeed Lite

Airspeed Lite
The highest scoring upright vacuum cleaner around, with OK running costs but only middle of the road features
92
Reviews
15 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
57
Features
Average Features
74
Age
2 Years Old
57
Running Costs
£245 / 10 Years
80
Overall Score
Excellent
1,000W
Upright
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
3.6kg
Jan 2016
Weight
Release Date
eBay £47.99
Amazon UK £63.00
Appliances Direct £70.00
View Details
£84.99

#9 H.Koenig SLS810

SLS810
A very economical to run and top-value 2,000W cylinder vacuum, with very good features
97
Value for Money
Excellent
84
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Age
2 Years Old
94
Running Costs
£61 / 10 Years
80
Overall Score
Excellent
2,000W
Cylinder
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
4.1kg
Oct 2015
Weight
Release Date
Wellindal £84.99
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£119.99
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#10 Miele Classic C1

Classic C1
A very cheap and very popular 800W cylinder vacuum, with very low running costs but only middle of the road features
82
Reviews
177 Reviews
93
Value for Money
Excellent
56
Features
Average Features
83
Age
9 Months Old
91
Running Costs
£66 / 10 Years
79
Overall Score
Very Good
800W
Cylinder
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
5.8kg
Nov 2016
Weight
Release Date
Allgoods-Direct £119.99
Flubit Deals £122.49
Amazon UK £139.95
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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 119 £30 - £999 75%
VAX logo VAX Vacuum Cleaners 72 £33 - £327 79%
Bosch logo Bosch Vacuum Cleaners 62 £57 - £15,990 82%
Dyson logo Dyson Vacuum Cleaners 57 £32 - £800 85%
Numatic logo Numatic Vacuum Cleaners 48 £60 - £706 91%
Miele logo Miele Vacuum Cleaners 46 £43 - £3,199 82%
AEG logo AEG Vacuum Cleaners 32 £38 - £599 78%
Rowenta logo Rowenta Vacuum Cleaners 28 £35 - £305 62%
Sebo logo Sebo Vacuum Cleaners 25 £159 - £523 86%
Dirt Devil logo Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaners 23 £37 - £179 55%
Kärcher logo Kärcher Vacuum Cleaners 22 £33 - £813 74%
Other brands Other Vacuum Cleaner Brands 315 £33 - £800

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

The price range of vacuum cleaners is from £30 to £15,990 and in total we found prices for 737 vacuum cleaners. The average price of a new vacuum is £187 and 80% of vacuums are priced between £53 and £315. The cheapest vacuum that we found is the Hoover Whirlwind at only £30, and the most expensive is the Bosch BBH2RB20GB at £15,990.

Vacuum Brands - Price Range

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

Spit vacuum cleaners range in price from £533 to £533, and the second highest average vacuum cleaner price out of all brands is Spit vacuum cleaners with an average price of £533.

The average price of Bosch vacuums is £505 which is the third highest average price of all vacuum cleaner brands. Bosch vacuums range in price from £57 to £15,990.

Vacuum Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 286 expert reviews and 31,858 user reviews for vacuum cleaners written online and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of vacuum. Miele is the top rated vacuum cleaner 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

We found 482 current offers for vacuums from eBay making it the biggest vacuum retailer. That is over 3 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Currys for whom we found 159 current offers for vacuums. The third biggest retailer is Amazon UK with 158 current vacuum offers.

When Are Most New Vacuums Released?

July to September is the most common period for new vacuums to be released in. That means that most of the latest vacuum cleaner technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. July was the biggest month last year for new vacuums, with 94 new vacuums released that month. The biggest month in 2015 for new vacuum cleaner releases was August, with 129 new vacuum cleaners released that month. In September 2014 248 new vacuums were released making it the biggest month that year for new vacuum releases.

How Fast Do Vacuum Prices Drop After Release?

On average vacuum cleaners drop in price by 3% in the first 6 months after release. That means that on a typical vacuum cleaner costing £187 you could save on average £5 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Maximum Input Powers

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

Comparing all vacuum cleaners, the maximum input powers range from 100W to 8,580W. The maximum input powers of most vacuum cleaners range from 590W to 830W. The vacuum with the highest maximum input power is the HooverSP81BL11001, which is an 8,580W vacuum and currently retails for £89.97. The HooverSP81BL11001, which sells for £55.00, has the lowest maximum input power and is a 100W vacuum.

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

Types

Amongst new vacuum cleaners, the most common type is cylinder. We found 952 vacuum cleaners that are cylinder vacuum cleaners. The second most popular type amongst new vacuums is upright. We found 431 vacuums that are upright vacuums.

Cleaning Types

Way in which device cleans something or itself.

We found 1,706 vacuums that are dry vacuum cleaners, which makes dry the most frequently found cleaning type amongst new vacuums. Wet is the second most frequently found cleaning type amongst new vacuum cleaners. We found 358 vacuum cleaners that are wet vacuums.

Weights

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

Across the range of vacuums, the weights range from 300g to 30kg. The weights of the majority of vacuums range from 4.2kg to 5.5kg. The vacuum with the heaviest weight is the ViperLSU395, which is a 29.3kg heavy vacuum and can be purchased for £360.00. The ViperLSU395, which is available at £55.00, 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.

We found 650 vacuums that have an energy efficiency rating of A, which makes this the most frequently found energy efficiency rating amongst new vacuums. We found 101 vacuum cleaners that have an energy efficiency rating of B, making B the second most frequently found 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

The biggest vacuum cleaner retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 482 current vacuum cleaner offers from eBay. The second biggest vacuum cleaner retailer is Currys with 159 offers. That means eBay is over 3 times bigger than Currys when it comes to vacuum cleaners. Amazon UK is the third biggest retailer with 158 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Vacuums?

With the cheapest price on 292 vacuum cleaners, eBay is most frequently the cheapest vacuum cleaner shop.

Proportion of Vacuum Cleaners for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The cheapest retailer by number of vacuum for which they offer the cheapest price is eBay with the cheapest price on 60.6% of its vacuums.

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