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Compare the 10 Best Vacuum CleanersFebruary 2018(Last Updated 13 February 2018)

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The best vacuum cleaners on the market, to help keep your house clean and tidy
Compare top brands including Dyson, Hoover and Miele
Independent & impartial evaluation of every vacuum cleaner based on features, reviews and price
To Find the Best Vacuum Cleaners We Impartially Analysed: 4,330 Vacuum Cleaner Models 54,400 Vacuum Cleaner Reviews 3,680 Vacuum Cleaner Prices
To Find the Best Vacuum Cleaners We Impartially Analysed:
4,330 Vacuum Cleaner Models
54,400 Vacuum Cleaner Reviews
3,680 Vacuum Cleaner Prices
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#1

90

Kärcher WV2 Window Vacuum Cleaner

101 Reviews
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$71.01

eBay
n/a
Handheld
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Wet & Dry
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670g
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(Unknown)
Feb 2014
A phenomenally light weight and classic handheld dry vacuum, with a very reasonable price and great features
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#2

82

Dyson V8 Absolute

962 Reviews + 2 Awards
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$195.00

eBay
n/a
Upright
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Dry
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2.6kg
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(Unknown)
Jul 2015
The highest rated vacuum cleaner under $500, with two industry awards and very good features
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#3

82

Dyson V8 Animal

960 Reviews + 1 Award
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$300.00

eBay
n/a
Upright
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Dry
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2.6kg
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(Unknown)
Jul 2015
An award winning and sensationally economical to run upright dry vacuum cleaner, with very good features and one of the lightest weights around
#4

81

Dyson V7 Motorhead

562 Reviews
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$269.99

eBay
100W
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Upright
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Dry
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2.3kg
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$21
Over 10 years
Oct 2015
A positively reviewed and sensationally economical to run 100W upright vacuum, with great features and a stunningly light 2.3kg weight
#5

81

Shark HV320UKT

131 Reviews + 1 Award
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$266.76

eBay
500W
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Upright
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Dry
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4kg
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$39
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
An astoundingly economical to run and award winning 500W upright vacuum cleaner, with very good features
#6

81

Miele Complete C3

46 Reviews + 2 Awards
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$649.00

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800W
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Cylinder
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Dry
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5.4kg
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$51
Over 10 years
Feb 2015
The highest scoring vacuum under $1,000, with great features
#7

81

iRobot Roomba 620 Bagless Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

257 Reviews + 1 Award
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$249.99

eBay
n/a
Robot
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Dry
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3.6kg
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(Unknown)
Dec 2012
An amazingly economical to run and award winning robot dry vacuum, with great features
#8

81

Dyson V7 Animal

149 Reviews + 1 Award
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$319.99

eBay
100W
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Upright
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Dry
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2.3kg
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$21
Over 10 years
Oct 2015
An spectacularly economical to run and award winning 100W upright vacuum, with great features and an astoundingly light 2.3kg weight
#9

81

Miele Complete C2 PowerLine

379 Reviews
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$350.00

eBay
1,200W
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Cylinder
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Dry
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4.8kg
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$51
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
An excellently reviewed and stunningly economical to run 1,200W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with great features
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#10

81

Dyson DC41

792 Reviews
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$98.13

eBay
1,320W
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Upright
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Dry
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7.7kg
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$48
Over 10 years
Dec 2012
An amazingly economical to run and classic 1,320W upright vacuum, with very good features
#11

81

iRobot Roomba 980

883 Reviews + 7 Awards
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$700.00

eBay
n/a
Robot
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Dry
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4kg
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(Unknown)
May 2016
A best selling and spectacularly economical to run robot dry vacuum, with great features and multiple awards
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#12

81

Neato Botvac Connected Robot Vacuum Cleaner

20 Reviews + 4 Awards
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$628.95

eBay
n/a
Robot
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Dry
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3.7kg
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(Unknown)
Aug 2015
A remarkably economical to run and multi award winning robot dry vacuum, with very good features
#13

81

Miele Complete C2

76 Reviews
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$819.95

eBay
700W
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Cylinder
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Dry
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4.8kg
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$54
Over 10 years
Nov 2016
A positively reviewed and very economical to run 700W cylinder vacuum, with very good features
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#14

80

Dyson DC39

847 Reviews
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$180.00

eBay
1,100W
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Cylinder
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Dry
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7.7kg
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$54
Over 10 years
Dec 2012
A very economical to run and classic 1,100W cylinder vacuum, with great features
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#15

79

Miele Compact C2

531 Reviews + 1 Award
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$289.24

eBay
1,200W
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Cylinder
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Dry
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4.8kg
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$89
Over 10 years
Aug 2014
A fully featured and award winning 1,200W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with very low running costs
#16

79

Dyson Big Ball

3 Reviews
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$393.85

eBay
1,300W
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Cylinder
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Dry
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7.5kg
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$100
Over 10 years
Jul 2016
A breathtakingly highly rated and fully featured 1,300W cylinder vacuum, with very low running costs
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#17

79

Dyson V6

963 Reviews
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$75.00

eBay
350W
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Handheld
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Dry
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2kg
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$74
Over 10 years
Feb 2014
An astoundingly light weight and classic 350W handheld vacuum, with very low running costs and great features
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#18

79

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal

891 Reviews + 2 Awards
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$339.99

eBay
240W
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Upright
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(Unknown)
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8.6kg
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$50
Over 10 years
Feb 2014
A phenomenally economical to run and award winning 240W upright vacuum, with very good features
#19

79

Dyson DC40

829 Reviews
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$80.91

eBay
1,100W
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Upright
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Dry
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6.6kg
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$52
Over 10 years
Dec 2012
A classic and very economical to run 1,100W upright vacuum cleaner, with great features
#20

79

Numatic Henry Hoover HVR200A

66 Reviews
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$517.00

Walmart
580W
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Cylinder
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Dry
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6.6kg
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$120
Over 10 years
Feb 2015
A classic and fully featured 580W cylinder vacuum, with very low running costs

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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 Dyson with an average rating of 85%. Compare all award winning vacuum cleaners.

Logo Brand Number of Vacuum Cleaners Price Range Average Rating
Dyson Vacuum Cleaners 41 $50 - $983 85%
Other Vacuum Cleaner Brands 94 $43 - $1,210

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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

The price range of vacuum cleaners is from $42 to $1,499 and in total we found prices for 120 vacuum cleaners. A new vacuum cleaner costs on average $317 and 80% of vacuum cleaners are priced between $57 and $699. The most expensive vacuum that we found is the Miele Complete C3 Brilliant at $1,499, and the cheapest is the Dirt Devil Vibe 3-in-1 at only $43.

Vacuum Brands - Price Range

Sebo vacuums start at $399 and the most expensive Sebo vacuum cleaner costs $989. The average price of Sebo vacuums is $743 which is the highest average price of all vacuum cleaner brands.

Thomas vacuum cleaners start at $714 and the most expensive Thomas vacuum costs $714. The average price of Thomas vacuum cleaners is $714 which is the second highest average price of all vacuum brands.

Miele vacuums range in price from $225 to $1,499, and the third highest average vacuum cleaner price out of all brands is Miele vacuums with an average price of $595.

Vacuum Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 437 expert reviews and 44,984 user reviews for vacuums written online and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of vacuum. Sebo is the top rated vacuum brand with an average rating of 94%. Shark is the second best brand with 94% and Miele is the third best brand with 93%.

Biggest Vacuum Cleaner Retailers

We found 109 current offers for vacuum cleaners from eBay making it the biggest vacuum retailer. That is over 3 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Walmart for whom we found 31 current offers for vacuum cleaners. The third biggest retailer is Overstock with 27 current vacuum offers.

When Are Most New Vacuum Cleaners Released?

We couldn't see any evident pattern in the release dates for new vacuums over the last 3 years. The biggest month in 2017 for new vacuum releases was November, with 150 new vacuums released that month. July was the biggest month in 2016 for new vacuums, with 97 new vacuums released that month. In 2015 most new vacuums were released in August, with 120 new vacuums released that month.

How Fast Do Vacuum Prices Drop After Release?

New vacuums drop in price by an average of 9% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. On a typical new vacuum costing $317, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $27.

Maximum Input Powers

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

Comparing all vacuum cleaners, the maximum input powers range from 100W to 8,580W. The maximum input powers of the majority of vacuums range from 590W to 830W. The KoblenzWD-9 K, which can be purchased for $81.93, has the highest maximum input power and is a 2,982W vacuum. The vacuum with the lowest maximum input power is the KoblenzWD-9 K, which is a 100W vacuum cleaner and is available at $269.99.

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

Types

Cylinder is the most frequently found type amongst new vacuum cleaners. We found 1,005 vacuum cleaners that are cylinder vacuums. We found 224 vacuums that are upright vacuums, making upright the second most common type amongst new vacuums.

Cleaning Types

Way in which device cleans something or itself.

Amongst new vacuum cleaners, the most popular cleaning type is dry. We found 1,595 vacuum cleaners that are dry vacuums. We found 317 vacuum cleaners that are wet vacuums, making wet the second most common cleaning type amongst new vacuum cleaners.

Weights

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

The weights of vacuums range from 300g to 74.2kg. The weights of most vacuum cleaners range from 4.2kg to 5.5kg. The vacuum cleaner with the heaviest weight is the DysonBall Multi Floor, which is a 74.2kg heavy vacuum and is on sale for $100.00. The DysonBall Multi Floor, which can be purchased for $71.01, has the lightest weight and is a 670g heavy vacuum cleaner.

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.

Amongst new vacuums, the most frequently found energy efficiency rating is A. We found 697 vacuums that have an energy efficiency rating of A. B is the second most popular energy efficiency rating amongst new vacuums. We found 105 vacuums 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 109 current offers for vacuum cleaners from eBay making it the biggest vacuum cleaner retailer. That is over 3 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Walmart for whom we found 31 current offers for vacuum cleaners. The third biggest retailer is Overstock with 27 current vacuum cleaner offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Vacuum Cleaners?

The store that most frequently offered the cheapest price on vacuum cleaners is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 95 vacuum cleaners.

Proportion of Vacuums for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest vacuum prices (found to be cheapest for 87.2% of its vacuum cleaners).