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Bissell logo

Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution

 
Tough Stain Tool Heatwave Technology  PowerJet Technology 
Tough Stain Tool
Heatwave Technology
PowerJet Technology

$132.90

3.8L
Info
8kg
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800W
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Upright
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Dry
Info
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$130
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
#2

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Sebo logo

Sebo Automatic X5

7 Reviews
Large capacity  Crevice tool  Brush tool 
Large capacity
Crevice tool
Brush tool

$879.00

5.3L
Info
7.5kg
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1,100W
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Cylinder
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Dry
Info
Info
$180
Over 10 years
Mar 2013
#3

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Hoover CH30000

20 Reviews
Lighter than average Brush tool  Crevice tool 
Lighter than average
Brush tool
Crevice tool

$84.92

(Unknown)
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3.8kg
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888W
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Cylinder
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Dry
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$140
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
#4

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Electrolux SC684F

 
Large capacity 
Large capacity

$210.03

20L
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7.3kg
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840W
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Upright
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Dry
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Info
$130
Over 10 years
Dec 2016
#5

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Shark HV292

 

$99.99

1.3L
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(Unknown)
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500W
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Handheld
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Dry
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Info
(Unknown)
Dec 2016
#7

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Dyson V10

 

$319.99

0.76L
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2.6kg
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25.2W
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Handheld
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Dry
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Info
(Unknown)
Jan 2019
#9

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Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Allergy

 

$349.99

1.6L
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7.7kg
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180W
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Cylinder
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Dry
Info
Info
(Unknown)
Oct 2016
#8

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Bosch BCH6

17 Reviews

$233.31

0.9L
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2.9kg
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(Unknown)
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Upright
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Dry
Info
Info
(Unknown)
Feb 2016
#10

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Shark Rocket PRO NV480

 

$199.99

1.8L
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6kg
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700W
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Upright
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Dry
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$110
Over 10 years
Dec 2012
#11

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Hoover FH50150

 

$119.99

4.5L
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8.2kg
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800W
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Upright
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Wet & Dry
Info
Info
$130
Over 10 years
May 2014
#12

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Thomas Aqua+ Pet & Family

9 Reviews

$463.90

1.8L
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8.2kg
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1,700W
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Cylinder
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Dry
Info
Info
$270
Over 10 years
Dec 2012
#14

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Hoover FH40160PC

 

$125.49

1.7L
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6.4kg
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(Unknown)
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Upright
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Wet & Dry
Info
Info
(Unknown)
May 2014
#15

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Dyson V7

1 Review

$199.00

0.54L
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2.3kg
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100W
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Upright
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Dry
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(Unknown)
Aug 2017
#16

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Black & Decker CHV1410L

 

$97.51

0.58L
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1.7kg
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(Unknown)
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Handheld
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Dry
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(Unknown)
Dec 2016
#17

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Dyson V11

1 Review

$425.00

0.76L
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3.1kg
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29.4W
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Upright
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Dry
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Info
(Unknown)
Feb 2020
#18

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Numatic Henry Commercial

 

$152.94

9L
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6.9kg
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1,200W
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Drum
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Dry
Info
Info
$190
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
#19

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Shark RV750N

 

$134.84

0.37L
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2.5kg
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(Unknown)
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Upright
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Dry
Info
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(Unknown)
Oct 2016
#20

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VAX ECR2V1P

8 Reviews

$233.31

1.5L
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6.4kg
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800W
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Upright
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Dry
Info
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$130
Over 10 years
Sep 2015

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Dirt Devil Power Flex

 

$120.00

2L
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5.2kg
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700W
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Upright
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Dry
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$110
Over 10 years
May 2017

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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 Electrolux with an average rating of 95%. Compare all award winning vacuum cleaners.

Rank Brand Number of Vacuum Cleaners Price Range Average Rating
#1
Electrolux Vacuum Cleaners 141 $210 - $210
95%
1 review
#2
Bosch Vacuum Cleaners 207 $154 - $749
84%
39 reviews
#3
Sebo Vacuum Cleaners 48 $50 - $989
82%
16 reviews
#4
Shark Vacuum Cleaners 36 $100 - $399
79%
439 reviews
#5
Numatic Vacuum Cleaners 46 $50 - $400
76%
172 reviews
#6
VAX Vacuum Cleaners 90 $72 - $232
76%
755 reviews
#7
Philips Vacuum Cleaners 112 $283 - $908
75%
12 reviews
#8
Bissell Vacuum Cleaners 42 $50 - $516
75%
541 reviews
#9
Rowenta Vacuum Cleaners 107 $298 - $726
74%
1 review
#10
Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaners 98 $50 - $120
74%
2 reviews
#11
Dyson Vacuum Cleaners 77 $90 - $1,299
74%
453 reviews
#12
AEG Vacuum Cleaners 103 $236 - $426
74%
87 reviews
#13
Thomas Vacuum Cleaners 28 $451 - $611
73%
11 reviews
#14
Black & Decker Vacuum Cleaners 49 $50 - $245
71%
181 reviews
#15
Hoover Vacuum Cleaners 232 $58 - $443
71%
133 reviews
#16
Miele Vacuum Cleaners 143 $170 - $1,200
65%
25 reviews
#17
Nilfisk Vacuum Cleaners 51 $170 - $595
64%
13 reviews
#18
Kärcher Vacuum Cleaners 35 $75 - $804
63%
5 reviews
#19
Samsung Vacuum Cleaners 74 $200 - $1,500
62%
20 reviews
#20
Russell Hobbs Vacuum Cleaners 23
53%
123 reviews
#21
iRobot Vacuum Cleaners 48 $55 - $551
51%
10 reviews
#22
Siemens Vacuum Cleaners 64
#23
Fakir Vacuum Cleaners 24
#24
Bestron Vacuum Cleaners 21
#25
Grundig Vacuum Cleaners 21
#26
Clatronic Vacuum Cleaners 21 $363 - $363
#27
Ecovacs Vacuum Cleaners 20 $78 - $583

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

We currently list 280 vacuum cleaners ranging from $38 to $1,500. On average, a new vacuum cleaner costs $311 and 80% of vacuums are priced between $70 and $624. The Samsung VR20K9350WK is the most expensive vacuum that we found at $1,500, and the Black & Decker Dustbuster is the cheapest at only $39.

Vacuum Cleaner Brands - Price Range

The highest average vacuum cleaner price out of all brands is Omega vacuums with an average price of $1,400. Omega vacuums start at $1,400 and their most expensive vacuum cleaner costs $1,400.

The average price of LG vacuum cleaners is $1,141 which is the second highest average price of all vacuum brands. LG vacuum cleaners start at $1,070 and their most expensive vacuum costs $1,212.

Samsung vacuum cleaners range in price from $200 to $1,500, and the average price of Samsung vacuum cleaners is $657 which is the third highest average price of all vacuum brands.

Vacuum Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 66 expert reviews and 3,165 user reviews for vacuum cleaners and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of vacuum cleaner. The top rated vacuum cleaner brand is Electrolux with an average rating of 95%. The second best brand is Bosch with 84% and the third best brand is Sebo with 82%.

Biggest Vacuum Cleaner Retailers

We found 241 current offers for vacuum cleaners from eBay making it the biggest vacuum retailer. That is over 6 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Overstock for whom we found 37 current offers for vacuum cleaners. The third biggest retailer is Target with 23 current vacuum offers.

When Are Most New Vacuum Cleaners Released?

We couldn't see any evident trend in the release dates for new vacuum cleaners over the last 3 years. The biggest month last year for new vacuum cleaner releases was February, with 20 new vacuum cleaners released that month. In August 2018, 91 new vacuum cleaners were released making it the biggest month that year for new vacuum releases. In 2017 most new vacuum cleaners were released in November, with 147 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 7%.

A typical new vacuum cleaner costs on average $310. By waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $21.

Capacities

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

Comparing all vacuums, the capacities range from .035L to 450L. The capacities of most vacuums range from 0L to 2L. The Ecovacs DEEBOT, which sells for $109.99, has the largest capacity and is a 450L dust capacity vacuum. The vacuum with the smallest capacity is the Eufy HomeVac H11, which is a 0.09L dust capacity vacuum and currently retails for $42.00.

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.

The weights of vacuum cleaners range from 100g to 90kg. The weights of most vacuums range from 3.5kg to 5kg. The vacuum with the heaviest weight is the Sealey PC477AK1, which is a 39kg heavy vacuum and is priced at $311.58. The vacuum with the lightest weight is the DeWALT DC515N, which is a 100g heavy vacuum cleaner and is on sale for $53.99.

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 10W to 4,200W. The maximum input powers of most vacuum cleaners range from 600W to 800W. The Vacmaster VOC1210PF, which is priced at $93.19, has the highest maximum input power and is a 3,728W vacuum cleaner. The Kärcher KB 5, which is priced at $74.79, has the lowest maximum input power and is a 10W vacuum cleaner.

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 type denotes the design of the vacuum cleaner - whether it is an upright model, a small handheld design, or something different.

Amongst new vacuums, the most popular type is cylinder. We found 1,237 vacuums that are cylinder vacuums. We found 492 vacuums that are upright vacuums, making upright the second most frequently found type amongst new vacuums.

Cleaning Types

Way in which device cleans something or itself.

The most frequently found cleaning type amongst new vacuums is dry. We found 2,112 vacuums that are dry vacuums. We found 217 vacuum cleaners that are wet & dry vacuum cleaners, making wet & dry the second most common cleaning type amongst new vacuum cleaners.

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.

Amongst new vacuum cleaners, the most popular energy efficiency rating is A. We found 839 vacuum cleaners that have an energy efficiency rating of A. We found 135 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.

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. 219 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 vacuum cleaners 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. 90.9% of their vacuum cleaner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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