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Compare the 10 Best Vacuum CleanersFebruary 2018(Last Updated 20 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 53,700 Vacuum Cleaner Reviews 3,680 Vacuum Cleaner Prices
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53,700 Vacuum Cleaner Reviews
3,680 Vacuum Cleaner Prices
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Price
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#1

90

Hoover Jive

4 Reviews
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$114.00

eBay
n/a
Handheld
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Wet & Dry
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n/a
(Unknown)
Feb 2016
A remarkably economical to run and very good value for money handheld dry vacuum cleaner, with great features and terrific user reviews
#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
#4

84

VAX C86‑PC‑Pe

29 Reviews
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$496.00

eBay
800W
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Cylinder
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Dry
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4.3kg
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$55
Over 10 years
Oct 2015
A very economical to run and excellently reviewed 800W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with very good features and a good price
#5

81

Bosch BCH6255NAU

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$293.21

eBay
2,400W
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Upright
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Dry
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2.9kg
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$500
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
A fully featured and very cheap 2,400W upright vacuum cleaner, with average running costs and a recent release date
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#6

78

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
An extremely economical to run and award winning upright dry vacuum cleaner, with very good features and an extremely light 2.6kg weight
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#7

81

iRobot Roomba 620 Bagless Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

257 Reviews + 1 Award
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$224.95

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
#7

78

Dyson V8 Animal

960 Reviews + 1 Award
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$319.99

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 under $500, with extremely low running costs and very good features
#8

77

Miele Complete C3

39 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 top rated vacuum under $1,000, with great features
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#9

81

Dyson DC41

794 Reviews
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$98.58

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
#10

77

Dyson V7 Trigger

5 Reviews
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$168.90

eBay
n/a
Handheld
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Dry
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1.7kg
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(Unknown)
May 2016
A top-rated and remarkably light weight handheld dry vacuum, with remarkably low running costs and very good features
#11

77

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
An excellently reviewed and staggeringly economical to run 100W upright vacuum, with very good features and one of the lightest weights available
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#11

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
#12

77

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
A remarkably economical to run and award winning 500W upright vacuum cleaner, with great features
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#13

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
#14

77

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 award winning and spectacularly light weight 100W upright vacuum, with very good features and remarkably low running costs
#14

77

Nilfisk Saltix 10

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$399.00

Walmart
1,200W
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Drum
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Dry
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5.2kg
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$58
Over 10 years
May 2014
A cheap and very economical to run 1,200W drum vacuum cleaner, with very good features
#15

79

Dyson DC25

808 Reviews + 1 Award
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$559.88

eBay
1,200W
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Upright
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Dry
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7.3kg
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$250
Over 10 years
Dec 2012
An award winning and fully featured 1,200W upright vacuum, with low running costs
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#17

79

Dyson V6

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$101.47

eBay
350W
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Dry
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2kg
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$73
Over 10 years
Feb 2014
An astoundingly light weight and classic 350W handheld vacuum, with very low running costs and great features
#18

77

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 multi award winning and breathtakingly economical to run robot dry vacuum cleaner, with good features
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#18

79

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal

95 Reviews
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$339.99

eBay
240W
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Upright
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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

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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 - $980 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

Vacuums range in price from $42 to $1,210 and in total we found prices for 135 vacuums. On average, a new vacuum costs $336 and 80% of vacuum cleaners are priced between $59 and $733. The cheapest vacuum that we found is the Dirt Devil Vibe 3-in-1 at only $43, and the most expensive is the Miele Complete C3 Brilliant at $1,210.

Vacuum Brands - Price Range

Pifco vacuum cleaners range in price from $858 to $858, and the highest average vacuum price out of all brands is Pifco vacuum cleaners with an average price of $858.

The second highest average vacuum cleaner price out of all brands is Sebo vacuum cleaners with an average price of $784. Sebo vacuum cleaners start at $399 and their most expensive vacuum cleaner costs $989.

The average price of Thomas vacuum cleaners is $714 which is the third highest average price of all vacuum cleaner brands. Thomas vacuum cleaners range in price from $714 to $714.

Vacuum Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 453 expert reviews and 45,703 user reviews for vacuum cleaners and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of vacuum cleaner. The top three vacuum cleaner brands are Sebo, Shark and Numatic. Sebo has an average rating of 94%, Shark has an average rating of 94% and Numatic has an average rating of 93%.

Biggest Vacuum Retailers

The biggest vacuum cleaner retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 122 current vacuum cleaner offers from eBay. The second biggest vacuum cleaner retailer is Walmart with 34 offers. That means eBay is over 3 times bigger than Walmart when it comes to vacuums. Overstock is the third biggest retailer with 27 current offers.

When Are Most New Vacuum Cleaners Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any evident trend in the release month for new vacuum cleaners. November was the biggest month in 2017 for new vacuums, with 149 new vacuums released that month. The biggest month in 2016 for new vacuum releases was July, with 96 new vacuums released that month. 120 new vacuums were released in August 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new vacuum cleaner releases.

How Fast Do Vacuum Prices Drop After Release?

New vacuum cleaners drop in price by an average of 8% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. That means that on a typical vacuum costing $336 you could save on average $27 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Maximum Input Powers

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

Comparing all 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 KoblenzWD-9 K has the highest maximum input power. This vacuum cleaner is a 2,982W vacuum cleaner and sells for $81.93. The vacuum with the lowest maximum input power is the KoblenzWD-9 K, which is a 100W vacuum and is priced at $979.91.

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 1,008 vacuum cleaners that are cylinder vacuums. We found 225 vacuums that are upright vacuums, making this the second most common type amongst new vacuums.

Cleaning Types

Way in which device cleans something or itself.

We found 1,601 vacuums that are dry vacuums, which makes this the most frequently found cleaning type amongst new vacuums. Wet is the second most common cleaning type amongst new vacuum cleaners. We found 319 vacuum cleaners that are wet vacuum cleaners.

Weights

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

Comparing all vacuum cleaners, the weights range from 300g to 74.2kg. The weights of most vacuum cleaners range from 4.2kg to 5.5kg. The DysonBall Multi Floor has the heaviest weight. This vacuum is a 74.2kg heavy vacuum cleaner and sells for $139.99. The vacuum cleaner with the lightest weight is the DysonBall Multi Floor, which is a 670g heavy vacuum and currently retails for $71.01.

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 frequently found energy efficiency rating amongst new vacuums. We found 696 vacuums that have an energy efficiency rating of A. We found 108 vacuums that have an energy efficiency rating of B, making B the second most common energy efficiency rating amongst new vacuums.

A vacuum with a better energy efficiency rating will consume less energy whenever they are used, saving you money and making them better for the environment.

Biggest Vacuum Cleaner Retailers

The biggest vacuum retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 122 current vacuum offers from eBay. The second biggest vacuum retailer is Walmart with 34 offers. That means eBay is over 3 times bigger than Walmart when it comes to vacuums. Overstock is the third biggest retailer with 27 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Vacuums?

With the cheapest price on 110 vacuum cleaners, eBay is most frequently the cheapest vacuum store.

Proportion of Vacuums for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The store that most frequently offered the cheapest price on vacuums is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 90.2% of its vacuums.