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#1

90

VAX TBT3V1B2

907 Reviews
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£149.00

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2.9kg
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24W
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(Unknown)
Dec 2016
The highest scoring cylinder vacuum cleaner around, with an astonishingly good price and very good features
#2

89

VAX CCMBPCV1T1

220 Reviews
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£54.99

2.2L
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4.3kg
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800W
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£200
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
The highest rated vacuum cleaner under £100, with good features and excellent user reviews
#3

89

Dirt Devil DDH01

46 Reviews
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£35.00

0.5L
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3.3kg
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1,000W
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£250
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
The cheapest cordless vacuum cleaner available, with good features and marvellous user reviews
£45 Voucher
#4

89

Miele C2 Excellence EcoLine

255 Reviews
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£229.99

4.5L
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4.8kg
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700W
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(Unknown)
Dec 2016
A phenomenally highly rated and astonishingly cheap 4.5L dust capacity, 4.8kg heavy vacuum cleaner, with very good features
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#5

89

VAX CCMBPV1P1

213 Reviews
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£69.00

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4.3kg
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800W
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£200
Over 10 years
Dec 2016
An astonishingly economical to run and great value for money 4.3kg heavy, 800W vacuum, with good features and outstanding user reviews
£15 Voucher
#6

89

Miele Complete C2 PowerLine

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£139.97

4.5L
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4.8kg
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1,200W
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(Unknown)
Nov 2015
A top-rated and best selling 4.5L dust capacity, 4.8kg heavy vacuum, with great features and a very good price
#7

88

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 popular and spectacularly cheap 5kg heavy, 1,250W vacuum cleaner, with very low running costs and a giant 20L dust capacity
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#8

88

Miele Classic C1 PowerLine

135 Reviews
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£50.00

4.5L
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5.4kg
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1,200W
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(Unknown)
Sep 2015
A low cost and very popular 4.5L dust capacity, 5.4kg heavy vacuum cleaner, with good features and superb user reviews
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#9

88

AEG AG71A

187 Reviews
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£59.00

0.6L
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2.6kg
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700W
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£170
Over 10 years
Sep 2016
A very good value for money and very popular 0.6L dust capacity, 700W vacuum, with superb user reviews and one of the lightest weights available
#10

88

Numatic Henry

5 Reviews
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£36.99

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6.6kg
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1,200W
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£290
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
A great value for money and top-rated 6.6kg heavy, 1,200W vacuum cleaner, with very low running costs and good features
£45 Voucher
#11

87

Miele Classic C1 Junior PowerLine

111 Reviews
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£109.97

4.5L
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4.3kg
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1,400W
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(Unknown)
Aug 2015
A sensationally highly rated and best selling 4.5L dust capacity, 4.3kg heavy vacuum, with a very reasonable price and great features
#12

87

VAX Air Reach

954 Reviews
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£75.98

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4.9kg
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820W
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£200
Over 10 years
Jun 2016
A best selling and affordable 4.9kg heavy, 820W vacuum cleaner, with good features and fantastic user reviews
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#13

87

Miele Complete C2 Cat & Dog

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£179.97

6.5L
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4.8kg
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1,600W
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(Unknown)
Oct 2015
A top-value and amazingly highly rated 6.5L dust capacity, 4.8kg heavy vacuum, with great features
#14

87

VAX CCMBPCV1P1

82 Reviews
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£55.00

2.2L
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4.3kg
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800W
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(Unknown)
Sep 2015
A staggeringly cheap and best selling 2.2L dust capacity, 4.3kg heavy vacuum, with outstanding user reviews and good features
#15

87

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 low cost and best selling 1.5L dust capacity, 4.9kg heavy vacuum cleaner, with low running costs and good features
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#16

87

VAX Air Cordless

316 Reviews
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£33.00

0.035L
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4.6kg
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1,400W
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£340
Over 10 years
Jun 2016
A best selling and top-value .035L dust capacity, 4.6kg heavy vacuum cleaner, with an industry award and good features
#17

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
A huge dust capacity and low cost 4.5kg heavy, 1,200W vacuum cleaner, with very low running costs and good features
#18

86

Miele Compact C2

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£129.99

3.5L
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4.8kg
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1,200W
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(Unknown)
Aug 2014
A classic and top-value 3.5L dust capacity, 4.8kg heavy vacuum cleaner, with great features
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#19

86

Kärcher MV3 P

91 Reviews
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£125.99

17L
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5.8kg
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1,400W
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£340
Over 10 years
Feb 2014
An extremely cheap and enormous dust capacity 5.8kg heavy, 1,400W vacuum, with very low running costs and good features
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#20

86

Numatic CVC370 Charles

72 Reviews
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£139.99

15L
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7.1kg
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1,200W
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£290
Over 10 years
Apr 2010
A top-value and classic 7.1kg heavy, 1,200W vacuum cleaner, with very low running costs and one of the largest dust capacities around

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What Are The Best Vacuum Cleaner Brands?

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.

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Shark Vacuum Cleaners 31 £74 - £349
93%
2,572 reviews
#2
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Miele Vacuum Cleaners 187 £50 - £638
92%
4,306 reviews
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Numatic Vacuum Cleaners 90 £37 - £658
91%
1,790 reviews
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Siemens Vacuum Cleaners 135 £56 - £326
90%
2 reviews
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iRobot Vacuum Cleaners 21 £138 - £700
89%
2,481 reviews
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Dyson Vacuum Cleaners 73 £48 - £800
88%
15,385 reviews
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Bosch Vacuum Cleaners 287 £56 - £641
87%
2,381 reviews
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Bissell Vacuum Cleaners 26 £84 - £250
86%
1,543 reviews
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Sebo Vacuum Cleaners 41 £170 - £918
85%
66 reviews
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AEG Vacuum Cleaners 143 £41 - £1,893
85%
1,112 reviews
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VAX Vacuum Cleaners 114 £30 - £349
84%
7,546 reviews
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Kärcher Vacuum Cleaners 66 £40 - £550
84%
1,334 reviews
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Zanussi Vacuum Cleaners 38 £50 - £95
83%
1,491 reviews
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Hoover Vacuum Cleaners 208 £30 - £456
82%
5,846 reviews
#15
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Zelmer Vacuum Cleaners 41 £31 - £220
80%
2 reviews
#16
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Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaners 109 £35 - £205
80%
560 reviews
#17
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Thomas Vacuum Cleaners 35 £50 - £462
74%
29 reviews
#18
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Nilfisk Vacuum Cleaners 72 £48 - £748
73%
44 reviews
#19
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Electrolux Vacuum Cleaners 205 £38 - £343
73%
217 reviews
#20
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Samsung Vacuum Cleaners 166 £78 - £899
73%
237 reviews
#21
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Rowenta Vacuum Cleaners 114 £56 - £306
61%
17 reviews
#22
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Eta Vacuum Cleaners 38
56%
12 reviews
#23
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Philips Vacuum Cleaners 113 £71 - £361
51%
57 reviews
#24
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LG Vacuum Cleaners 41
#25 Concept Vacuum Cleaners 30 £43 - £101
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Bestron Vacuum Cleaners 23 £53 - £108
#27
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Beko Vacuum Cleaners 23 £39 - £211
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Clatronic Vacuum Cleaners 21 £44 - £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

The price range of vacuums is from £30 to £1,893 and in total we found prices for 779 vacuums. A new vacuum costs on average £168 and 80% of vacuum cleaners are priced between £51 and £319. The AEG Vampyr Ceanimal is the most expensive vacuum that we found at £1,893, and the Hoover SC72DWB4 is the cheapest at only £30.

Vacuum Cleaner 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 cleaner price out of all brands is Spit vacuums with an average price of £520. Spit vacuums range in price from £520 to £520.

Flex vacuum cleaners range in price from £179 to £840, and the third highest average vacuum price out of all brands is Flex vacuum cleaners with an average price of £478.

Vacuum Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 414 expert reviews and 51,229 user reviews for vacuum cleaners from across the internet and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of vacuum. The top three vacuum cleaner brands are Shark, Miele and Numatic. Shark has an average rating of 93%, Miele has an average rating of 92% and Numatic has an average rating of 91%.

Biggest Vacuum Cleaner Retailers

The biggest vacuum retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 436 current vacuum offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Amazon UK with 392 offers. That means eBay is slightly bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to vacuums. ao is the third biggest retailer with 118 current offers.

When Are Most New Vacuum Cleaners Released?

The most common period for new vacuum cleaners to be released in is between October and November. For the latest vacuum technology you may want to consider 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. November was the biggest month in 2017 for new vacuums, with 135 new vacuums released that month. In October 2016 164 new vacuum cleaners were released making it the biggest month that year for new vacuum cleaner releases. In 2015 most new vacuums were released in August, with 107 new vacuums released that month.

How Fast Do Vacuum Prices Drop After Release?

New vacuum cleaners drop in price by an average of 2% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £4 on a typical £168 new vacuum by waiting 6 months before buying.

Dust Capacities

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

The dust capacities of vacuums range from .035L to 450L. The dust capacities of the majority of vacuums range from 0L to 3L. The vacuum with the largest dust capacity is the Ecovacs DEEBOT-M82, which is a 450L dust capacity vacuum and is on sale for £195.00. The vacuum with the smallest dust capacity is the VAX Air Cordless, which is a .035L dust capacity vacuum and is priced at £33.00.

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.

Comparing all vacuum cleaners, the weights range from 300g to 90kg. The weights of most vacuums 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 cleaner and sells for £641.00. The vacuum cleaner with the lightest weight is the Morphy Richards SuperVac 2-in-1, which is a 300g heavy vacuum cleaner and currently retails for £69.99.

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 vacuums, the maximum input powers range from 10.8W to 8,580W. The maximum input powers of most 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 can be purchased for £72.19. The vacuum cleaner with the lowest maximum input power is the Black & Decker DVJ325BF, which is an 10.8W vacuum cleaner and is available at £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.

The most frequently found energy efficiency rating amongst new vacuum cleaners is A. We found 1,045 vacuum cleaners that have an energy efficiency rating of A. We found 180 vacuums that have an energy efficiency rating of B, making this the second most popular energy efficiency rating amongst new vacuums.

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 vacuums. 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. 242 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. 55.5% of their vacuum cleaner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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