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90

Kärcher WD 3

58 Reviews
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£77.83

17L
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5.5kg
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1,000W
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Wet & Dry
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£220
Over 10 years
Aug 2018
The highest scoring cylinder vacuum cleaner available, with good features and the latest technology

87

Sealey PC300

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£95.95

20L
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5kg
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1,250W
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Wet
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£310
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
An enormous capacity and very good value for money 5kg heavy, 1,250W vacuum cleaner, with good features and exceptional user reviews

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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Wet & Dry
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£290
Over 10 years
Apr 2015
A very economical to run and very good value for money 4.5kg heavy, 1,200W vacuum cleaner, with good features and a massive 12L capacity
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86

Kärcher MV3 P

92 Reviews
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£90.00

17L
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5.8kg
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1,400W
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Wet & Dry
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£340
Over 10 years
Feb 2014
A huge capacity and low cost 5.8kg heavy, 1,400W vacuum, with good features and very low running costs

86

Sealey PC200

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£72.00

20L
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5kg
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1,250W
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Wet & Dry
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£310
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
An impressive value for money and best selling 5kg heavy, 1,250W vacuum cleaner, with very low running costs and a huge 20L capacity

85

VAX W86‑DP‑B

720 Reviews
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£95.00

4.5L
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6.2kg
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1,000W
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Wet & Dry
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£250
Over 10 years
Nov 2016
A top-value and best selling 4.5L dust capacity, 6.2kg heavy vacuum cleaner, with very low running costs and superb user reviews

84

Sealey PC200SD110V

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£99.99

20L
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5kg
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1,250W
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Wet & Dry
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£310
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
A top-value and very popular 5kg heavy, 1,250W vacuum cleaner, with good features and one of the largest capacities on the market

84

Sealey PC100

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£45.49

10L
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3.3kg
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1,000W
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Wet & Dry
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£250
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
An spectacularly cheap and very economical to run 1,000W vacuum, with good features and one of the largest capacities on the market

84

VAX 6131T

1,353 Reviews
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£138.78

10L
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8kg
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1,300W
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Wet & Dry
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£320
Over 10 years
Jun 2015
A best selling and huge capacity 8kg heavy, 1,300W vacuum, with good features and a good price

84

Kärcher WV5 Window Vacuum Cleaner

105 Reviews
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£63.99

0.1L
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670g
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n/a
Wet
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(Unknown)
Feb 2014
A classic and affordable 0.1L dust capacity vacuum cleaner, with good features and an amazingly light 670g weight

84

Black & Decker NW4820N

495 Reviews
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£32.50

0.175L
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770g
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n/a
Wet & Dry
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(Unknown)
Apr 2016
A low cost and excellently reviewed 0.175L dust capacity vacuum cleaner, with good features and a stunningly light 770g weight

84

VAX W86‑DD‑B

184 Reviews
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£149.99

4.5L
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6.2kg
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1,000W
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Wet & Dry
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£250
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
A very economical to run and phenomenally highly rated 4.5L dust capacity, 6.2kg heavy vacuum cleaner, with a reasonable price and good features

83

Numatic CVC370 Charles

72 Reviews
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£143.39

15L
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7.1kg
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1,200W
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Wet & Dry
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£290
Over 10 years
Apr 2010
A very economical to run and classic 7.1kg heavy, 1,200W vacuum, with good features and a gigantic 15L capacity

83

Nilfisk Buddy II 12

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£48.84

12L
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4.4kg
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1,200W
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Wet & Dry
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£290
Over 10 years
Jul 2014
A gigantic capacity and affordable 4.4kg heavy, 1,200W vacuum, with great features and very low running costs

83

Nilfisk Buddy II 18

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£61.68

18L
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4.9kg
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1,200W
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Wet & Dry
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£290
Over 10 years
Jul 2014
A very economical to run and top-value 4.9kg heavy, 1,200W vacuum, with great features and one of the largest capacities on the market

83

Sealey PC195SD

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£73.14

20L
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5kg
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1,250W
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Wet
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£310
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
A top-value and very economical to run 5kg heavy, 1,250W vacuum cleaner, with good features and one of the largest capacities around

83

Kärcher WV2

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£43.48

100L
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550g
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n/a
Wet & Dry
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(Unknown)
Feb 2014
A huge capacity and breathtakingly light weight vacuum, with a stunningly low price and good features

82

Black & Decker bd0215

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£35.15

0.37L
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610g
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n/a
Wet & Dry
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(Unknown)
Dec 2016
A best selling and top-value 0.37L dust capacity vacuum, with good features and one of the lightest weights on the market
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82

Makita VC2512L

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£126.17

25L
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8kg
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2,600W
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Wet & Dry
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£640
Over 10 years
Oct 2015
A top-value and fully featured 8kg heavy, 2,600W vacuum cleaner, with ok running costs and a huge 25L capacity

81

Nilfisk MULTI II 22

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£100.29

22L
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9.2kg
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1,200W
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Wet & Dry
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£290
Over 10 years
Jan 2017
A very economical to run and spectacularly good value for money 9.2kg heavy, 1,200W vacuum cleaner, with good features and a giant 22L capacity

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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.

Wet & Dry 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.

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.

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

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.

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