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Last updated 14 November 2017
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Dirt Devil Featherlite
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#1

90

DC41

Dyson DC41

783 Reviews + 1 Award
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1,320W
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7.7kg
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$46
Over 10 years
Dec 2012
An award winning and phenomenally economical to run 1,320W upright vacuum, with a phenomenally cheap price and very good features
#2

88

V6

Dyson V6

956 Reviews
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$90.00

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350W
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2kg
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$70
Over 10 years
Feb 2014
The highest scoring vacuum cleaner under $500, with very good features and very low running costs
#3

86

Rocket PRO NV480

Shark Rocket PRO NV480

457 Reviews
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$150.00

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700W
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6kg
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$140
Over 10 years
Dec 2012
A classic and top-value 700W upright vacuum, with very good features and low running costs
#4

85

BH50010

Hoover BH50010

982 Reviews
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$89.99

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1,500W
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4.5kg
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$300
Over 10 years
Oct 2014
A bargain price and classic 1,500W upright vacuum, with average running costs and good features
#5

85

DC30

Dyson DC30

168 Reviews
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$79.43

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200W
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1.2kg
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$40
Over 10 years
Dec 2012
An economical to run and top-value 200W handheld vacuum, with good features and a breathtakingly light 1.2kg weight
#6

84

DC33

Dyson DC33

915 Reviews
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$46.56

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1,300W
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7.3kg
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$260
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
A top-value and top-rated 1,300W upright vacuum, with average running costs and good features
#7

84

DC40

Dyson DC40

283 Reviews
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$77.30

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1,100W
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6.6kg
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$50
Over 10 years
Dec 2012
A remarkably cheap and very economical to run 1,100W upright vacuum, with good features
#8

84

Mighty Mite Pet Lover 3684F

Electrolux Mighty Mite Pet Lover 3684F

186 Reviews
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$99.99

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1,320W
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3.9kg
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$260
Over 10 years
Jan 2013
The top scoring vacuum under $100, with low running costs and good features
#8

83

DC34

Dyson DC34

924 Reviews
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$95.00

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900W
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1.3kg
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$180
Over 10 years
Sep 2012
A classic and top-value 900W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with good features and an astonishingly light 1.3kg weight
#9

82

V7 Motorhead

Dyson V7 Motorhead

130 Reviews
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$285.00

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100W
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2.3kg
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$20
Over 10 years
Oct 2015
An astoundingly economical to run and extremely light weight 100W upright vacuum cleaner, with a reasonable price and terrific user reviews
#11

82

ProHeat 2X Revolution

Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution

817 Reviews
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800W
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8kg
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$160
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
A best selling and very good value for money 800W upright vacuum cleaner, with terrific user reviews and good features
#13

81

DASH

Dirt Devil DASH

47 Reviews
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$58.83

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1,600W
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7kg
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$320
Over 10 years
May 2017
A positively reviewed and top-value 1,600W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with OK running costs and good features
#14

81

DC20

Dyson DC20

45 Reviews
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$55.01

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1,400W
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6.1kg
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$280
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
A very highly rated and astoundingly cheap 1,400W cylinder vacuum, with moderate running costs and good features
#15

81

WD 3

Kärcher WD 3

58 Reviews
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$95.87

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1,000W
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$200
Over 10 years
Jul 2017
A low cost and top-rated 1,000W drum vacuum, with average running costs and a recent release date
#16

79

PV1200AV

Black & Decker PV1200AV

7 Reviews
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Jan 2016
A very highly rated and astoundingly light weight drum wet vacuum, with good features and a very fair price
#17

78

DC59

Dyson DC59

438 Reviews + 4 Awards
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$149.65

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350W
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$70
Over 10 years
Dec 2012
A light weight and multi award winning 350W handheld vacuum, with good features and low running costs
#18

78

Braava Jet 240

iRobot Braava Jet 240

31 Reviews + 1 Award
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$71.00

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(Unknown)
May 2016
An amazingly light weight and very cheap robot dry vacuum, with good features and an industry award
#19

77

Ball Multi Floor

Dyson Ball Multi Floor

477 Reviews
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$199.99

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1,100W
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74.2kg
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$54
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
A highly rated and bargain price 1,100W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with a recent release date and good features
#20

77

DC08

Dyson DC08

48 Reviews
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$78.11

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1,400W
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8.2kg
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$280
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
A top-value and positively reviewed 1,400W cylinder vacuum, with average running costs and good features

77

DC35

Dyson DC35

826 Reviews
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$115.87

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(Unknown)
Dec 2012
An amazingly light weight and critically acclaimed upright dry vacuum cleaner, with good features and a very affordable price

77

WV5 Premium Window Vacuum Cleaner

Kärcher WV5 Premium Window Vacuum Cleaner

100 Reviews
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$95.89

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Jul 2015
A top-rated and breathtakingly light weight drum dry vacuum cleaner, with good features and a cheap price

77

DC49

Dyson DC49

36 Reviews
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$92.62

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1,050W
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4.9kg
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$210
Over 10 years
Dec 2012
A low cost and classic 1,050W cylinder vacuum, with average running costs and good features

76

Cinetic Big Ball Animal

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal

863 Reviews
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$239.00

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240W
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$48
Over 10 years
Feb 2014
A breathtakingly economical to run and critically acclaimed 240W upright vacuum, with a reasonable price and good features

75

DC54

Dyson DC54

339 Reviews + 1 Award
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$145.72

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290W
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7.7kg
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$58
Over 10 years
Dec 2012
An award winning and low cost 290W cylinder vacuum, with low running costs and good features

74

V8 Absolute

Dyson V8 Absolute

974 Reviews + 3 Awards
Les Numeriques.com - 5 Stargadgetgear.nl - GoldExpert Reviews - Recommended
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$240.00

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Jul 2015
An award winning and best selling upright dry vacuum cleaner, with good features and an amazingly light 2.6kg weight

74

DC33

Dyson DC33

915 Reviews
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$174.95

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1,300W
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7.3kg
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$260
Over 10 years
May 2014
A low cost and classic 1,300W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with alright running costs and good features

74

SJ72WWB6

Hoover SJ72WWB6

4 Reviews
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$106.00

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Oct 2014
A classic and stunningly light weight handheld dry vacuum, with a fair price and good features

74

V8 Animal

Dyson V8 Animal

733 Reviews + 2 Awards
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$352.00

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Jul 2015
A remarkably light weight and best selling upright dry vacuum, with two industry awards and good features

74

DC50

Dyson DC50

784 Reviews
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$179.00

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660W
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5.3kg
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$61
Over 10 years
Dec 2012
A good value for money and classic 660W upright vacuum cleaner, with low running costs and good features

74

Big Ball

Dyson Big Ball

7 Reviews
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$289.00

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1,300W
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7.5kg
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$99
Over 10 years
Jul 2016
A positively reviewed and cheap 1,300W cylinder vacuum, with OK running costs and good features

73

SH30050

Hoover SH30050

25 Reviews
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$234.49

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Aug 2014
A classic and good value for money cylinder dry vacuum cleaner, with good features

73

Small Ball

Dyson Small Ball

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$220.75

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850W
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$55
Over 10 years
Aug 2016
A good value for money and top-rated 850W upright vacuum, with low running costs and good features

73

UltraSilencer

Electrolux UltraSilencer

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$56.25

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1,600W
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8kg
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$320
Over 10 years
Jul 2013
A very cheap and classic 1,600W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with moderate running costs and good features

73

ASHJ201

Snow Joe ASHJ201

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$50.99

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500W
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$100
Over 10 years
Nov 2013
A good spec and stunningly cheap 500W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with satisfactory running costs

73

WD-380 K2B

Koblenz WD‑380 K2B

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$49.99

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480W
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4.4kg
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$96
Over 10 years
Feb 2014
A stunningly cheap and good spec 480W drum vacuum cleaner, with average running costs

72

HV320UKT

Shark HV320UKT

128 Reviews + 1 Award
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500W
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4kg
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$37
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
An award winning and staggeringly economical to run 500W upright vacuum, with good features but representing only moderate value for money

72

Complete C2

Miele Complete C2

308 Reviews
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$299.95

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700W
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4.8kg
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$52
Over 10 years
Nov 2016
A top-rated and very economical to run 700W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with good features but representing only moderate value for money

72

Spotless

Hoover Spotless

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$59.91

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420W
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$84
Over 10 years
Jul 2017
A good spec and astoundingly cheap 420W cylinder vacuum, with OK running costs and a recent release date

72

1668

Bissell 1668

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$230
Over 10 years
May 2017
An affordable and good spec 1,140W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with alright running costs

72

Hand Vac 2.0

Dirt Devil Hand Vac 2.0

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$43.49

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$200
Over 10 years
Apr 2014
An affordable and good spec 1,000W handheld vacuum, with OK running costs and one of the lightest weights around

72

Roomba 620 Bagless Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

iRobot Roomba 620 Bagless Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

252 Reviews + 1 Award
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$200.00

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Dec 2012
A cheap and award winning robot dry vacuum cleaner, with good features

72

G6

Kirby G6

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$44.99

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600W
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$120
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
A top-value and good spec 600W upright vacuum, with alright running costs

72

Breeze Cyclonic Bagless Upright

Dirt Devil Breeze Cyclonic Bagless Upright

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$46.99

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1,100W
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$220
Over 10 years
Jun 2016
A low cost and good spec 1,100W upright vacuum, with OK running costs

72

MV 4

Kärcher MV 4

59 Reviews
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$164.64

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1,600W
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$320
Over 10 years
Apr 2015
An excellently reviewed and cheap 1,600W drum vacuum, with alright running costs and good features

71

Compact C2

Miele Compact C2

252 Reviews + 1 Award
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$275.59

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1,200W
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$84
Over 10 years
Aug 2014
An award winning but only average value for money 1,200W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with satisfactory running costs and good features

71

SH40070

Hoover SH40070

200 Reviews
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$134.99

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620W
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$120
Over 10 years
May 2014
A bargain price and classic 620W cylinder vacuum cleaner, with average running costs and good features

71

Power Air

Dirt Devil Power Air

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$41.79

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1,100W
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$220
Over 10 years
May 2015
A top-value and good spec 1,100W upright vacuum, with satisfactory running costs and an amazingly light 3kg weight

71

Breeze

Dirt Devil Breeze

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$47.99

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$220
Over 10 years
May 2015
A bargain price and good spec 1,100W upright vacuum, with satisfactory reviews and moderate running costs

71

CH30000

Hoover CH30000

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$55.30

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888W
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$180
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
A good spec and top-value 888W cylinder vacuum, with OK running costs

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SD40010

Dirt Devil SD40010

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$70.99

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Over 10 years
Jan 2017
A bargain price and good spec 1,440W cylinder vacuum, with alright running costs

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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.

In this buying guide we will explain everything you need to know when buying a vacuum cleaner so it will keep your home or business dust-free for years to come.

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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.

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

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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.

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.

A variety of filtration systems are used in different vacuum cleaners and in this section we will explain the differences and what to look out for.

Stage filters

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.

HEPA/S-Class Filters

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.

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.

NASA specified HEPA filters for their clean room environments where satellites and the Apollo moon landers were assembled in the 1960s.

Most HEPA filters can be cleaned with water and need to be replaced after a while to maintain their high level of effectiveness.

S-Class filtration is the German DIN standard for the certification of anti-allergic filter materials that these vacuum cleaners adhere to. HEPA filters are the most common technology used to meet the S-Class standard.

Lifetime filters

Normal stage, HEPA and charcoal filters need to be changed after a certain period of time to ensure they remain effective. Lifetime filters are designed to last as long as the vacuum cleaner, eliminating the need to change filters.

Some more expensive models feature HEPA filter that are also lifetime filters.

Cleaning Efficiency

Motor Power & Performance

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.

Ratings

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.

The new regulations have been criticised for allowing manufacturers to carry out these tests themselves, which leaves them open to manipulation. They also don’t take the environmental impact of the 126 million dust bags and filters that are thrown away throughout the EU every year into account.

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 $39 to $2,599 and in total we found prices for 178 vacuum cleaners. A new vacuum cleaner costs on average $320 and 80% of vacuums are priced between $56 and $663. The Omega Comfort is the most expensive vacuum that we found at $2,599, and the Dirt Devil Easy Steam is the cheapest at only $40.

Vacuum Cleaner Brands - Price Range

Omega vacuum cleaners start at $2,599 and the most expensive Omega vacuum costs $2,599. The highest average vacuum price out of all brands is Omega vacuum cleaners with an average price of $2,599.

The average price of Sebo vacuum cleaners is $853 which is the second highest average price of all vacuum cleaner brands. Sebo vacuum cleaners start at $399 and the most expensive Sebo vacuum cleaner costs $1,299.

Pifco vacuum cleaners start at $799 and the most expensive Pifco vacuum cleaner costs $799. The third highest average vacuum cleaner price out of all brands is Pifco vacuum cleaners with an average price of $799.

Vacuum Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 278 expert reviews and 48,853 user reviews for vacuum cleaners and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of vacuum. The top three vacuum cleaner brands are Shark, Sebo and Miele. Shark has an average rating of 94%, Sebo has an average rating of 94% and Miele has an average rating of 94%.

Biggest Vacuum Retailers

The biggest vacuum retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 165 current vacuum offers from eBay. The second biggest vacuum retailer is Walmart with 53 offers. That means eBay is over 3 times bigger than Walmart when it comes to vacuum cleaners. Overstock is the third biggest retailer with 41 current offers.

When Are Most New Vacuums Released?

The most common period for new vacuum cleaners to be released in is between July and September. Last year most new vacuums were released in July, with 85 new vacuums released that month. The biggest month in 2015 for new vacuum cleaner releases was August, with 121 new vacuums released that month. In September 2014 238 new vacuum cleaners were released making it the biggest month that year for new vacuum releases.

How Fast Do Vacuum Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, vacuum cleaners drop in price by 8% on average. That means that on a typical vacuum cleaner costing $321 you could save on average $25 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Maximum Input Powers

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

Across the range of vacuum cleaners, 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 vacuum cleaner with the highest maximum input power is the KoblenzWD-12 K, which is a 4,101W vacuum and can be purchased for $99.59. The vacuum with the lowest maximum input power is the KoblenzWD-12 K, which is a 100W vacuum cleaner and sells for $285.00.

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

Types

We found 1,028 vacuums that are cylinder vacuum cleaners, which makes cylinder the most common type amongst new vacuums. The second most frequently found type amongst new vacuums is upright. We found 238 vacuums that are upright vacuums.

Cleaning Types

Way in which device cleans something or itself.

Amongst new vacuum cleaners, the most frequently found cleaning type is dry. We found 1,635 vacuum cleaners that are dry vacuums. We found 332 vacuum cleaners that are wet vacuums, making this the second most frequently found cleaning type amongst new vacuum cleaners.

Weights

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

Comparing all vacuums, the weights range from 300g to 74.2kg. The weights of the majority of vacuums 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 sells for $157.90. The vacuum with the lightest weight is the DysonBall Multi Floor, which is a 670g heavy vacuum and is priced at $95.89.

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.

The most common energy efficiency rating amongst new vacuum cleaners is A. We found 700 vacuum cleaners that have an energy efficiency rating of A. We found 110 vacuums that have an energy efficiency rating of B, making B the second most frequently found 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 165 current vacuum offers from eBay. The second biggest vacuum retailer is Walmart with 53 offers. That means eBay is over 3 times bigger than Walmart when it comes to vacuum cleaners. Overstock is the third biggest retailer with 41 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Vacuums?

The cheapest retailer by number of vacuum for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 153 vacuum cleaners.

Proportion of Vacuums for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The cheapest retailer by number of vacuum cleaner for which they offer the cheapest price is eBay with the cheapest price on 92.7% of its vacuums.

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