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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 4,030 vacuum cleaners, 42,600 reviews and 20,400 prices. Last updated 20 October 2017.

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#1 Bosch GL‑30

GL-30
The best scoring vacuum under £500, with a recent release date and user reviews
81
Reviews
1 Review
94
Value for Money
Excellent
93
Features
Fully-Featured
91
Age
2 Years Old
85
Running Costs
£66 / 10 Years
90
Overall Score
Excellent
2,400W
Drum
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
4.3kg
Jul 2015
Weight
Release Date
£99.00
ToolStop logo
Amazon UK £110.31
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£119.00

#2 Miele C2 Excellence EcoLine

C2 Excellence EcoLine
Trusted Reviews - Recommended
An award winning and very cheap 700W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with very low running costs and good features
95
Reviews
1 Award
90
Value for Money
Excellent
66
Features
Good Features
86
Age
11 Months Old
85
Running Costs
£63 / 10 Years
84
Overall Score
Excellent
700W
Cylinder
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
4.8kg
Dec 2016
Weight
Release Date
£119.00
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Hughes £119.00
Robert Dyas £119.99
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£159.99

#3 Sebo AIRBELT E1

AIRBELT E1
Trusted Reviews - Editor's Choice
A newly released and award winning 700W cylinder vacuum, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website
97
Reviews
1 Award
82
Value for Money
Excellent
71
Features
Good Features
93
Age
3 Months Old
67
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
£159.99
JC Campbell logo
Amazon UK £165.00
Hughes £179.99
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£63.28
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£49.99

#4 Zanussi ZAN3002EL

ZAN3002EL
The best scoring vacuum cleaner under £50, with alright running costs and marvellous user reviews
91
Reviews
67 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
72
Features
Good Features
70
Age
3 Years Old
66
Running Costs
£123 / 10 Years
83
Overall Score
Excellent
1,400W
Cylinder
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
4.4kg
Apr 2015
Weight
Release Date
£49.99
Tylers Online logo
Amazon UK £52.99
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£58.49

#5 Zanussi Airspeed Lite

Airspeed Lite
The best rated vacuum under £100, with moderate running costs and good features
93
Reviews
896 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
66
Features
Good Features
78
Age
2 Years Old
58
Running Costs
£245 / 10 Years
83
Overall Score
Excellent
1,000W
Upright
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
3.6kg
Jan 2016
Weight
Release Date
£58.49
Planet Gizmo logo
Amazon UK £68.98
Ebuyer £71.98
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£125.99

#6 Kärcher MV3 P

MV3 P
A positively reviewed and top-value 1,000W cylinder vacuum, with alright running costs and good features
95
Reviews
11 Reviews
91
Value for Money
Excellent
70
Features
Good Features
75
Age
2 Years Old
59
Running Costs
£245 / 10 Years
82
Overall Score
Excellent
1,000W
Cylinder
Wet & Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
5.8kg
Nov 2015
Weight
Release Date
£125.99
Sitebox logo
Amazon UK £129.79
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£71.99
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#7 Polti C110

C110
A highly rated and cheap 1,400W cylinder vacuum, with average running costs and good features
86
Reviews
10 Reviews
95
Value for Money
Excellent
79
Features
Good Features
65
Age
3 Years Old
66
Running Costs
£119 / 10 Years
82
Overall Score
Excellent
1,400W
Cylinder
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
4.9kg
Nov 2014
Weight
Release Date
£71.99
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£66.29
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#8 H.Koenig SLS810

SLS810
A top-value and very economical to run 2,000W cylinder vacuum, with great features
96
Value for Money
Excellent
86
Features
Fully-Featured
75
Age
2 Years Old
90
Running Costs
£61 / 10 Years
82
Overall Score
Excellent
2,000W
Cylinder
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
4.1kg
Oct 2015
Weight
Release Date
£66.29
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Wellindal logo
Amazon UK £72.76
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£129.89
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#9 Miele Compact C2

Compact C2
A best selling and top-value 1,200W cylinder vacuum, with moderate running costs and good features
92
Reviews
42 Reviews
94
Value for Money
Excellent
74
Features
Good Features
63
Age
3 Years Old
67
Running Costs
£103 / 10 Years
82
Overall Score
Excellent
1,200W
Cylinder
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
4.8kg
Aug 2014
Weight
Release Date
£129.89
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Amazon UK £177.45
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£39.99

#10 Hoover FM144B2

FM144B2
A bargain price and positively reviewed 1,400W drum vacuum cleaner, with moderate running costs and one of the lightest weights available
84
Reviews
5 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
77
Features
Good Features
71
Age
2 Years Old
51
Running Costs
£343 / 10 Years
82
Overall Score
Excellent
1,400W
Drum
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
2.7kg
Jul 2015
Weight
Release Date
£39.99
Studio logo
Amazon UK £59.99
Currys £75.00
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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 109 £33 - £477 76%
Bosch logo Bosch Vacuum Cleaners 82 £30 - £12,994 84%
Dyson logo Dyson Vacuum Cleaners 65 £31 - £770 83%
VAX logo VAX Vacuum Cleaners 61 £30 - £450 76%
Miele logo Miele Vacuum Cleaners 60 £33 - £1,022 85%
Numatic logo Numatic Vacuum Cleaners 49 £54 - £566 92%
Siemens logo Siemens Vacuum Cleaners 35 £30 - £339
Nilfisk logo Nilfisk Vacuum Cleaners 28 £35 - £736 77%
AEG logo AEG Vacuum Cleaners 28 £35 - £599 78%
Rowenta logo Rowenta Vacuum Cleaners 25 £30 - £304 61%
Kärcher logo Kärcher Vacuum Cleaners 24 £39 - £608 84%
Other brands Other Vacuum Cleaner Brands 352 £31 - £1,872

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Vacuum Cleaner Buying Guide

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

Finding the right vacuum cleaner may sound daunting but understanding what advantages and disadvantages the different technologies and features provide goes along way in finding the best hoover for your needs.

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

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Upright Vacuum Cleaners

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

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

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

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

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Cylinder Vacuum Cleaners

Cylinder vacuum cleaners are usually smaller and lighter than uprights and therefore easier to move around. They are ideal for smaller spaces and the flexible hose and removable head let you clean corners and hard to reach spaces with ease.

Because the distance between the cleaning head and dust bag is longer compared to upright vacuum cleaners, cylinder cleaners require a higher motor power in order to generate the same amount of suction.

Cylinder cleaners can be bagged or bagless. Bagless cleaners will be slightly more expensive but will save you money in the long run.

Cheaper
Well suited for smaller spaces
Smaller and lighter
Can be used on upholstery & stairs
Ideal for hard floors
Requires higher motor power
Less suitable for carpets
Smaller dust capacity

Wet & Dry Cleaners

Usually aimed for use in workshops, garages and environments that can get dirtier than the average household, wet & dry vacuum cleaners are robust and can handle a variety of cleaning tasks. They can hoover up sawdust, leaves, wet mud and even water.

Wet & dry vacuums are available from a number of manufacturers like Karcher, Vax, deWalt and Bosch. These multi-purpose vacuum cleaners have a robust construction and a large container volume. Filters can usually be washed and tools and accessories are stored within the industrial vacuum cleaners.

Bagged vs Bagless Vacuum Cleaners

Since James Dyson invented the cyclone bagless vanccum cleaner, bagless models have become more and more popular. The dust bin can be emptied easily when full. There is no need to purchase bags, which is also more environmentally friendly and cost effective over time. Most upright vacuums are now bagless.

Filters may be replaced and cleaned after extended periods, but this is easier and cheaper than re-purchasing bags at regular intervals. Bagless vacuums don’t suffer from reduced suction, which can be a problem with bags as they fill up.

Some people prefer vacuum cleaners with bags is because there is less potential for dust accidentally being released into the air when emptying it. More care needs to be taken with bagless cleaners and the dust bin should also be washed regularly.

Filters

A vacuum cleaner’s filtration system makes sure that the potentially harmful particles that get sucked up are removed from the air before it is expelled from the machine.

Due to the large volumes of air a hoover sucks in, all the bacteria, fungal spores and other allergens that are being sucked up will create an indoor health hazard, which is quickly spread around the whole property unless the air is cleaned effectively.

Even if the air expelled from a machine looks clean, it might contain millions of microscopic particles that can transmit disease and cause allergies.

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

Stage filters

Vacuum cleaners filter the air in several stages in an attempt to trap dust, hair and other particles.

The number of stages can vary between 3 and 7, although this does not indicate how effective a hoover is a trapping unwanted particles.

Micro filtration usually refers to hoovers with at least 4 levels of filtration. It is important to remember that the number of stages advertised does not indicate the vacuum cleaner’s effectiveness at removing small particles from the air.

HEPA/S-Class Filters

Vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters are specifically designed to reduce the number of microscopic particles emitted when hovering, making them ideal for people suffering from allergies and asthma. Some HEPA vacuum cleaners are approved by the British Allergy Foundation.

A ‘HEPA’ (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter removes at least 99.97% of particles which are 0.3 Micons or bigger from the air. Bacteria are between 1-10 Micons in size, so the exhaust air of a HEPA vacuum cleaner is considered biologically clean.

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

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

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

Lifetime filters

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

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

Cleaning Efficiency

Motor Power & Performance

In a drive to ensure greater energy efficiency, the EU banned vacuum cleaners with a motor power above 1600W in 2014.

It is important that a vacuum cleaner’s power rating is not the only factor affecting the amount of suction it produces.

Less powerful models regularly outperform those with a higher power rating. Design, how full the bag is and how often filters are cleaned all contribute to how good a vacuum clear is at its job.

Look out for independent reviews that measure a vacuum cleaner’s suction power in relation to how full the dust bag or container is to get a better understanding of the suction power it produces.

Ratings

New EU labelling regulations also mean manufacturers like Dyson, Hoover, Bosch and Samsung now need to display the effectiveness of their products across seven different categories including energy efficiency, dust pick-up performance on hard floors and carpets, and dust re-emission.

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

Attachments & Accessories

Most vacuum cleaners come with a number of accessories to clean upholstery and to reach narrow spaces and corners. Some models car store accessories inside the vacuum cleaner while some cylinder models have a holder attached to the telescopic tube.

Pet accessories

Pet hair can be difficult to remove from carpets are upholstery. To make cleaning after your furry friends easier, pet models are specifically designed to make lifting cat and dog hair easier.

Pet vacuum cleaners come with cleaning heads that include rotating brush bars, sometimes called power tools. They also use strong suction power to tackle even the most stubborn hair.

Other Considerations

Capacity

If you have a large home, you might want to choose a vacuum cleaner with a larger capacity. This allows you to clean more of your home before needing to be emptied. But keep in mind that a larger capacity also means the vacuum cleaner is bigger, heavier and more difficult to manoeuvre.

Cable Length

A longer cable makes cleaning easier as you won’t need to switch plugs as often. Check the cable length of a vacuum cleaner before buying, as there can be significant variations between models. If you want to avoid the hassle of having a cable altogether, consider a battery powered vacuum cleaner. They can be a great alternative, especially if your home is relatively small.

Noise Level

Larger vacuum cleaners and particularly uprights can get quite noisy as their motors work extremely hard. It’s worth checking the operating noise level before buying to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

Vacuum Cleaner Retailers, Prices and Features

Vacuum Cleaner Prices

The price range of vacuum cleaners is from £30 to £12,994 and in total we found prices for 956 vacuum cleaners. A new vacuum cleaner costs on average £163 and 80% of vacuums are priced between £35 and £299. The VAX Air Cordless is the cheapest vacuum cleaner at only £30, and Bosch BBH2RB20GB is the most expensive at £12,994.

Vacuum Brands - Price Range

The average price of Omega vacuums is £969 which is the highest average price of all vacuum cleaner brands. Omega vacuums range in price from £83 to £1,856.

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

Spit vacuum cleaners start at £528 and the most expensive Spit vacuum cleaner costs £528. The average price of Spit vacuum cleaners is £528 which is the third highest average price of all vacuum cleaner brands.

Vacuum Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 253 expert reviews and 41,498 user reviews for vacuum cleaners available online and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of vacuum cleaner. The top three vacuum cleaner brands are Shark, Miele and Sebo. Shark has an average rating of 94%, Miele has an average rating of 94% and Sebo has an average rating of 93%.

Biggest Vacuum Cleaner Retailers

We found 610 current offers for vacuum cleaners from Amazon UK making it the biggest vacuum retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 586 current offers for vacuum cleaners. The third biggest retailer is Currys with 179 current vacuum offers.

When Are Most New Vacuum Cleaners Released?

Most new vacuum cleaners tend to be released between July and September. July was the biggest month in 2016 for new vacuum cleaners, with 87 new vacuum cleaners released that month. In August 2015 120 new vacuums were released making it the biggest month that year for new vacuum cleaner releases. In 2014 most new vacuum cleaners were released in September, with 223 new vacuum cleaners released that month.

How Fast Do Vacuum Cleaner Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, vacuums drop in price by 4%. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £6 on a typical £163 new vacuum cleaner by waiting 6 months before buying.

Maximum Input Powers

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

Across the range of vacuums, the maximum input powers range from 100W to 8,580W. The maximum input powers of the majority of 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 £59.99. The HooverSP81BL11001 has the lowest maximum input power. This vacuum is a 100W vacuum cleaner and is available at £250.00.

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

Types

The most frequently found type amongst new vacuum cleaners is cylinder. We found 1,005 vacuum cleaners that are cylinder vacuum cleaners. We found 257 vacuum cleaners that are upright vacuum cleaners, making upright the second most common type amongst new vacuum cleaners.

Cleaning Types

Way in which device cleans something or itself.

Amongst new vacuum cleaners, the most popular cleaning type is dry. We found 1,623 vacuum cleaners that are dry vacuum cleaners. The second most popular cleaning type amongst new vacuums is wet. We found 341 vacuums 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 29.3kg. The weights of the majority of vacuums range from 4.2kg to 5.5kg. The vacuum cleaner with the heaviest weight is the ViperLSU395, which is a 29.3kg heavy vacuum cleaner and is on sale for £360.00. The ViperLSU395 has the lightest weight. This vacuum is a 300g heavy vacuum cleaner and is on sale for £49.99.

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

Energy Efficiency of Vacuum Cleaners

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

A is the most common energy efficiency rating amongst new vacuums. We found 678 vacuums that have an energy efficiency rating of A. B is the second most frequently found energy efficiency rating amongst new vacuum cleaners. We found 110 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 Cleaner Retailers

We found 610 current offers for vacuum cleaners from Amazon UK making it the biggest vacuum cleaner retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 586 current offers for vacuum cleaners. The third biggest retailer is Currys with 179 current vacuum cleaner offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Vacuums?

The cheapest retailer by number of vacuum for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 400 vacuums.

Proportion of Vacuum Cleaners for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest vacuum cleaner prices (found to be cheapest for 68.3% of its vacuum cleaners).

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