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#1

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Bissell logo

Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution

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

$125.00

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

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Dyson V7

 
2 tier radial cyclones  Easy steer technology Easy clean brushbar
2 tier radial cyclones
Easy steer technology
Easy clean brushbar

$195.00

0.54L
Info
2.3kg
Info
100W
Info
Upright
Info
Dry
Info
Info
(Unknown)
Aug 2017
#3

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Dyson V8

 
Dyson Digital Motor V8  Whole Machine Filtration Hygienic Dirt Ejector
Dyson Digital Motor V8
Whole Machine Filtration
Hygienic Dirt Ejector

$249.99

0.54L
Info
2.6kg
Info
115W
Info
Upright
Info
Dry
Info
Info
(Unknown)
Aug 2018
#4

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Shark Rocket PRO NV480

614 Reviews
Crevice tool 
Crevice tool

$199.99

1.8L
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6kg
Info
700W
Info
Upright
Info
Dry
Info
Info
$110
Over 10 years
Dec 2012
#5

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Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal

 

$345.00

2.18L
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8kg
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600W
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Upright
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(Unknown)
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Info
(Unknown)
Aug 2018
#6

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Dyson V10

 

$325.00

0.76L
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2.6kg
Info
25.2W
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Handheld
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Dry
Info
Info
(Unknown)
Jan 2019
#7

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Black & Decker BDASV102

 

$79.99

1.9L
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4.1kg
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840W
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Upright
Info
Dry
Info
(Unknown)
Info
$130
Over 10 years
Nov 2016
#8

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iRobot Braava Jet 240

 

$122.00

0.15L
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1.2kg
Info
220W
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Robot
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Wet & Dry
Info
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(Unknown)
Jul 2016
#9

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Dyson V6

 

$199.00

0.4L
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2kg
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350W
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Upright
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Dry
Info
Info
(Unknown)
Apr 2016
#10

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Miele Classic C1

104 Reviews

$239.20

4.5L
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4.3kg
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800W
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Cylinder
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Dry
Info
Info
(Unknown)
Oct 2017
#11

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Dirt Devil BD22050

 

$75.00

0.5L
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2.4kg
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(Unknown)
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Upright
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Dry
Info
Info
(Unknown)
Nov 2017
#12

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iRobot Braava 380t

638 Reviews

$220.00

0.12L
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1.8kg
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(Unknown)
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Robot
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Wet & Dry
Info
Info
(Unknown)
May 2014
#13

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Ecovacs DEEBOT SLIM

 

$279.00

0.32L
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2.2kg
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(Unknown)
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Robot
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Dry
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Info
(Unknown)
Jul 2017
#14

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iRobot Roomba 880

 

$200.00

0.6L
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3.8kg
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(Unknown)
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Robot
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Dry
Info
Info
(Unknown)
Jul 2014
#15

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Ecovacs DEEBOT

 

$139.95

0.32L
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2kg
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(Unknown)
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Robot
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Dry
Info
Info
(Unknown)
Oct 2016
#16

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Ecovacs DEEBOT

 

$139.99

450L
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2.6kg
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(Unknown)
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Robot
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Dry
Info
Info
(Unknown)
Nov 2016
#17

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Miele Complete C2

131 Reviews

$301.00

4.5L
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4.8kg
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1,200W
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Cylinder
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Dry
Info
Info
(Unknown)
Aug 2014
#18

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Sebo Automatic X5

7 Reviews

$879.00

5.3L
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7.5kg
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1,100W
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Cylinder
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Dry
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$170
Over 10 years
Mar 2013
#19

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iRobot Roomba 675

 

$125.75

0.6L
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3.5kg
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(Unknown)
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Robot
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Dry
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(Unknown)
Oct 2016

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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 Miele with an average rating of 88%. Compare all award winning vacuum cleaners.

Rank Brand Number of Vacuum Cleaners Price Range Average Rating
#1
Miele Vacuum Cleaners 143 $170 - $1,250
88%
3,693 reviews
#2
Hoover Vacuum Cleaners 233 $50 - $497
83%
7,182 reviews
#3
Bosch Vacuum Cleaners 206 $154 - $752
83%
1,251 reviews
#4
Numatic Vacuum Cleaners 46 $152 - $400
80%
704 reviews
#5
Dyson Vacuum Cleaners 77 $90 - $1,299
78%
7,180 reviews
#6
Sebo Vacuum Cleaners 48 $50 - $989
78%
424 reviews
#7
Shark Vacuum Cleaners 36 $100 - $288
78%
5,862 reviews
#8
VAX Vacuum Cleaners 90 $71 - $234
76%
4,525 reviews
#9
AEG Vacuum Cleaners 103 $233 - $233
75%
608 reviews
#10
iRobot Vacuum Cleaners 47 $70 - $550
75%
5,633 reviews
#11
Bissell Vacuum Cleaners 38 $68 - $519
73%
1,713 reviews
#12
Thomas Vacuum Cleaners 28 $452 - $611
73%
25 reviews
#13
Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaners 98 $50 - $120
72%
1,436 reviews
#14
Rowenta Vacuum Cleaners 105 $299 - $792
72%
36 reviews
#15
Kärcher Vacuum Cleaners 35 $60 - $816
71%
760 reviews
#16
Black & Decker Vacuum Cleaners 47 $58 - $312
70%
1,586 reviews
#17
Samsung Vacuum Cleaners 74 $200 - $580
69%
275 reviews
#18
Philips Vacuum Cleaners 111 $94 - $1,012
67%
276 reviews
#19
Nilfisk Vacuum Cleaners 51 $170 - $595
66%
39 reviews
#20
Ecovacs Vacuum Cleaners 20 $100 - $584
66%
2,146 reviews
#21
Grundig Vacuum Cleaners 21
65%
1 review
#22
Electrolux Vacuum Cleaners 141 $210 - $210
55%
44 reviews
#23
Russell Hobbs Vacuum Cleaners 23
53%
1,028 reviews
#24
Bestron Vacuum Cleaners 21
50%
3 reviews
#25
Siemens Vacuum Cleaners 64
16%
6 reviews
#26
Fakir Vacuum Cleaners 24
#27
Clatronic Vacuum Cleaners 21

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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 Cleaner Prices

The price range of vacuums is from $42 to $1,400 and in total we found prices for 283 vacuums. On average, a new vacuum cleaner costs $321 and 80% of vacuum cleaners are priced between $71 and $680. The Eufy HomeVac H11 is the cheapest vacuum at only $43, and Omega Comfort is the most expensive at $1,400.

Vacuum Brands - Price Range

Omega vacuum cleaners range in price from $1,400 to $1,400, and the average price of Omega vacuum cleaners is $1,400 which is the highest average price of all vacuum brands.

LG vacuum cleaners start at $1,075 and their most expensive vacuum costs $1,217. The second highest average vacuum price out of all brands is LG vacuum cleaners with an average price of $1,146.

The third highest average vacuum cleaner price out of all brands is Kirby vacuums with an average price of $995. Kirby vacuums start at $995 and their most expensive vacuum cleaner costs $995.

Vacuum Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 1,380 expert reviews and 47,711 user reviews for vacuums and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of vacuum. The top rated vacuum cleaner brand is Miele with an average rating of 88%. The second best brand is Hoover with 83% and the third best brand is Bosch with 83%.

Biggest Vacuum Cleaner Retailers

We found 235 current offers for vacuum cleaners from eBay making it the biggest vacuum cleaner retailer. That is over 6 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Target for whom we found 37 current offers for vacuum cleaners. The third biggest retailer is Overstock with 36 current vacuum cleaner offers.

When Are Most New Vacuums Released?

We couldn't see any evident pattern in the release dates for new vacuum cleaners over the last 3 years. 21 new vacuums were released in February 2019 making it the biggest month that year for new vacuum cleaner releases. August was the biggest month in 2018 for new vacuum cleaners, with 91 new vacuum cleaners released that month. In November 2017, 147 new vacuums were released making it the biggest month that year for new vacuum releases.

How Fast Do Vacuum Cleaner Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, vacuum cleaners drop in price by 6%.

That means a saving of $18 on a typical $320 new vacuum if you wait 6 months before buying.

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 vacuum cleaners range from 0L to 2L. The Ecovacs DEEBOT, which currently retails for $149.95, has the largest capacity and is a 450L dust capacity vacuum cleaner. The Eufy HomeVac H11, which currently retails for $42.50, has the smallest capacity and is a 0.09L dust capacity vacuum.

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 vacuums range from 100g to 90kg. The weights of the majority of vacuum cleaners range from 3.5kg to 5kg. The vacuum with the heaviest weight is the Sealey PC477AK1, which is a 39kg heavy vacuum and currently retails for $289.87. The DeWALT DC515N, which is available at $53.99, has the lightest weight and is a 100g heavy vacuum.

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.

The maximum input powers of vacuum cleaners range from 10W to 4,200W. The maximum input powers of most vacuums range from 600W to 800W. The vacuum with the highest maximum input power is the Vacmaster VOC1210PF, which is a 3,728W vacuum and can be purchased for $93.63. The vacuum with the lowest maximum input power is the Kärcher WV2, which is a 10W vacuum and currently retails for $815.70.

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.

Cylinder is the most frequently found type amongst new vacuums. We found 1,235 vacuums that are cylinder vacuum cleaners. Upright is the second most popular type amongst new vacuum cleaners. We found 475 vacuum cleaners that are upright vacuums.

Cleaning Types

Way in which device cleans something or itself.

We found 2,092 vacuums that are dry vacuum cleaners, which makes this the most frequently found cleaning type amongst new vacuums. We found 213 vacuums that are wet & dry vacuums, making this the second most common cleaning type amongst new vacuums.

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 838 vacuums that have an energy efficiency rating of A. B is the second most common energy efficiency rating amongst new vacuum cleaners. We found 135 vacuum cleaners that have an energy efficiency rating of B.

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

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Vacuum Cleaners?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying vacuums. For each retailer it shows the total number of vacuums 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. 197 of their vacuum cleaner 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 vacuums 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. 83.8% of their vacuum cleaner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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