Find out more about the best vacuums on the market today by reading our top guide, put together by our professional cleaning teams. We look at a variety of models to suit all budgets and needs to find you the best hoovers around.
Welcome to our handy guide to the best hoover and vacuum cleaners on the market today.
In this comprehensive review, our cleanings teams have tested a variety of versions including cordless, lightweight, upright vacuums and more, so you can make an informed decision before buying. So, whether you are looking for something cost-effective for your home or something for business use, check out our best vacuum cleaners guide where we explore in detail everything from traditional corded vacuum cleaners to the latest whizzy robot vacuum cleaner, awarding winners in each category!
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Below are the overall winners - you can read more about them in our free guide below - or simply by following the links. Happy hoovering!
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A market leader in the hoovering and vacuuming world is Shark! They produce high-quality but well-priced hoovers in a variety of models.
The first of theirs we look at here is The Shark Lift-Away - which can only be described as no ordinary upright cylinder vacuum cleaner! The reason we love this top Shark hoover is its ease of use and versatility - like a real-life shark this model seeks out its prey (dirt and dust) and effectively removes it! Watch out Jaws!
One of the beauties of the Shark Liftaway is that it can instantly convert from an upright vacuum to a portable vacuum cleaner - so its like getting two hoovers for one. Plus Lift-Away Hoover Technology allows you to comfortably clean carpets, stairs and hard to reach places - good for household and also those that don't want something too heavy. We found that the main benefits of this great Shark were the list below:
For those looking for a leading lightweight vacuum at a great price, look no further.
SUMMARY: A truly consistent performer we struggled to find any faults. It dealt excellently with any task we presented it. For those looking for a consistent, long-lasting and hardwearing lightweight vacuum you would struggle to find anything better. This Shark vacuum was a great performer - winning the best upright cylinder vacuum cleaners award.
In the world of hoovers and vacuums, Dyson needs no introduction. They are universally acknowledged as world leaders and for creating the best vacuums, however, with so many to choose from where do you start? Well, we have started with probably their most popular - the brilliant Dyson 10.
Basically, an upgraded version of the V7 this version is bigger and more powerful. With full-size suction power and a 40% bigger bin (it is a bagless model), the Dyson Cyclone V10 vacuum can effectively clean anywhere and lasts longer. Fitted with a powerful motor that drives its nylon bristles into carpets to clean deeply, the Dyson digital motor V10 generates the suction power of a full-size vacuum in a handheld model; it was one of the most powerful of all the cordless versions we reviewed in our search. Plus this upgraded version lasts up to 60 minutes - a great battery life. Additional soft roller cleaner head captures large debris and fine dust simultaneously meaning that The Dyson V10 is gentle on hard floors and expensive carpets, whilst and tough on dirt. The headline benefits of the Dyson Cyclone are:
SUMMARY: This was an outstanding and powerful cordless vacuum cleaner. It was awarded joint overall winner in the best cordless vacuum cleaner sector. It was suitable for all uses, however, we felt that the powerful suction and long vacuuming time would make it great for large households where speedy but high-performance cleaning was needed. It's easy to see why this cordless and bagless Dyson is so popular - it's because it's brilliant.
The Dyson v11 Absolute is an updated version that also comes highly recommended.
It's no lie to say that Henry has been putting a smile on people's faces for years now. Dare we say he makes hoovering and vacuuming fun? Well not far off! Let's be clear though, this isn't a gimmick hoover. As a lightweight vacuum cleaner, he is used by families and tradesmen for all kinds of jobs. He is, in fact, the most popular personal hoover in the office at Professional Cleaners UK - which we think is praise indeed! Henry The Hoover's top features include:
BEST VACUUM CLEANERS SUMMARY: Families love him. Tradesmen love him. We love him! Henry is a highly recommended model, delivering value for money and top cleaning results. Highly recommended for all and winner of our best cylinder-vacuum.
Join the cordless revolution with this super Shark Cordless vacuum! This top cordless vacuum cleaner came out as one of the leaders in our tests for handheld versions. Is this vacuum for you? from our list?
In our cleaning tests, we discovered that this top Shark hoover featuring Shark’s exclusive DuoClean and Flexology Technologies was basically brilliant. We found that this lightweight cordless vacuum had outstanding results - whatever was thrown at it, whether pet hair or heavy stains - they were sucked up! Shark has designed it to make everyday cleaning easier, faster and more convenient than ever before. We believe that they have certainly achieved this with this stunning and powerful performer. Users can benefit from exceptional cleaning performance and experience the freedom to glide from carpets to hard floors without having to change brush heads, and handy crevice tools are free with it. Our professional cleaning teams thought this was a great vacuum cleaner for busy people who wanted to keep on top of their homes which had a combination of floor surfaces.
VACUUM CLEANER SUMMARY: A great cordless vacuum and a leader in our tests. We thought it was great for busy professionals - easy to use, good battery life, strong brush bar, powerful, great for those with allergies, and can be used on a variety of surfaces, including hard floors and carpets, without having to mess around and change accessories. Highly recommended.
This Gtech vacuum cleaner was a very strong contender with Gtech's latest innovation in vacuum cleaning coming at a mid-range price tag. It was one of the best upright vacuum cleaners with its features and performance elevating this above your standard household hoover.
An intelligent machine that judges the surface it's cleaning, hard or soft, carpet or wood, the Gtech Mk2 is able to adjust its settings without the user having to do anything. The Gtech AirLOC system is built-in and efficiently sucked in even the smallest of dust and dirt particles and thinnest of pet hair as well as managing larger items, giving a cleaning power that’s second-to-none. The vacuum is lightweight, weighing in just 3.3kg, and the easy quick eject system allows the user to dump the accumulated dirt fast. The Gtech Mk2 is battery-powered with a 22-volt lithium-ion battery and charges to full in four hours, with a run-time of forty minutes - a very good battery life, one of the best in our list.
BEST VACUUM CLEANERS SUMMARY: This is the ideal upright vacuum cleaner for pet owners, those managing messy children, or larger properties with a variety of flooring and cleaning requirements - one of the best around with good suction power.
Miele is a name everyone knows and a brand people trust in, it is synonymous with quality across all its products from vacuums to the best washing machines. It is no surprise, therefore, to see this top Miele enter our list. In our tests our teams at Professional Cleaners UK found it to be a great vacuum, stand-out features including:
BEST VACUUMS SUMMARY: A lovely and traditional model the Miele Complete c3 delivered very good cleaning results at a good price. We found this was great for home use and was popular for mid-sized office cleaning on a variety of surfaces. Recommended for those looking for high performance but a well-priced traditional model. Upholstery tool inclusion.
No surprise to see another Dyson enter our charts and the burning question is - "which Dyson is the best vacuum ever made" - could it be this?"
Well this, their latest model - the 360 Dyson - is their current top of the range model and surely the ultimate of all vacuum cleaners? Let's have a look at this superb robot vacuum cleaner.
Well, to be honest, we loved it. We'll try to explain why this is the best Dysons vacuum cleaner ever... so, the Dyson 360 Eye robot has eight cyclones, all of which have been fine-tuned to increase airflow and generate "powerful centrifugal forces" - that's strong suction to you and me and it can pick up anything! The old saying "good things come in small packages" is true! The second point, well it's a robot, so it does the hoovering for you. You can even control and programme this Dyson hoover from your smartphone. Thirdly, it looks amazing! In summary:
SUMMARY: This really was an unbelievable vacuum cleaner. From something so small and with a hefty price tag we wanted to find fault but we couldn't. Superior cleaning AND as a robot vacuum, it did the work for you! This leading Dyson model scored full marks in all tests and was the Professional Cleaners UK top choice and the leader in our independent vacuum cleaners review, it was certainly the best robot vacuum - and indeed of the overall Best Vacuum Cleaners of 2021.
If you like robot vacuums this iRobot is also worth checking out - click here to view that model.
The Vax Blade is another favourite with the teams here. Achieving great results time after time it is often seen as a more affordable version of the Dyson brand and is a brilliant lightweight and attractively priced handheld option. People often ask "what is better a Blade or a Dyson?" - it's a tough question - but here are a few facts about this cordless vacuum to let you decide for yourself:
So, the question in the battle of Blade vs Dyson... which is the best? Well in our tests we found that the cleaning result differences were minimal - they are both brilliant - if anything the Dyson performed slightly better. That said, The Blade vacuum has a longer battery life and continually comes in over £100 cheaper.
BEST VACUUM CLEANERS SUMMARY: A powerful and performance-based handheld upright vacuum cleaner model with strong suction. Key selling points include a longer battery than most cordless models and a brilliant price point. Highly recommended.
Another super-brand is Karcher. Whilst not creating the prettiest of vacuums in the world they are all about results - and by goodness, they deliver time after time! And this is a top professional vacuum. It may look like something from Ghost Busters but it certainly busts all the dust and dirt away from carpets and hard floors.
SUMMARY: This is a brilliant cleaner and our top choice for professional cleaning. Powerful, light and easy to use, it won top professional vacuum cleaner in our tests. Can be used on any type of carpet or floor from deep pile carpet to wooden floors.
Russell Hobbs is another leading electrical supplier and the super-efficient Russell Hobbs Turbo Lite offers all the benefits of a handheld vacuum but with the option of adding a floor head and telescopic tube - all at a very cheap price. So, whether you’re cleaning your carpets, laminate floors, keeping on top for allergy sufferers, or cleaning stairs or car, you can rely on this lightweight vacuum.
This Russell Hobbs hoover is quick and convenient and works brilliantly on all floors. Whilst the 2-in-1 crevice and brush attachment comes in extra handy; with these add-ons, you can get up all the dust and dirt from tricky cracks and crannies - such as areas down the sides of your sofa or the edges of stairs! You can also use the brush tool for cleaning curtains, blinds and soft furnishings. This 3-in-1 handheld vacuum is great when used as an upright stick vacuum too. The Russell Hobbs Turbo Lite is easy to manoeuvre with a low profile design floor head, which can dip down to clean under furniture without any fuss. Not only is it easy to move around but it’s also hassle-free to empty. We thought this was a great bagless vacuum cleaner.
SUMMARY: Good for everyday use when you don't have particularly difficult or heavy jobs (especially good with pet hair). We thought it would be suitable for students, small flats and light domestic use where keeping "on top of cleaning" was the aim rather than anything too tough. Also, an unbelievable cheap price!
A super-dinky small handheld vacuum from Vax makes an entrance in our vacuum cleaner guide. Not for full household cleans but we found this was great for cleaning sofas, cars, spillages, pets hairs and more. So if you are looking for something handy and compact this Vax cordless is definitely worth a look!
The main benefits on this handheld vacuum were:
BEST VAC REVIEWS SUMMARY: A lovely handheld and bagless vacuum, it was dinky and had a limited battery life but it performed well when fully charged and ready for action. Small and perfectly formed it's not the most powerful version on the market but as with most Vax models it offers great value for money. One of the top vacuums.
The Sebo Automatic X7 is stunning at first glance; with a minimal aesthetic mirroring traditional upright cleaners… but with the functionality of modern machines included. Our teams loved this surprise entry.
Powered by an intelligent computer control system, you never need to change switch settings while in use. Instead, the brush head height is automatically adjusted as it moves from one floor type to another – you never need to stop or start between rooms or different areas of the home -it did a good job everywhere. What’s more, the Sebo Automatic X7 will shut down if a blockage is detected to avoid any performance loss. It also has a number of handy crevice tools.
SUMMARY VACUUM: A lovely and stylish model we really loved the performance and looks of this fab Sebo vacuum cleaner. A trendy upright is hard to find but here is a great one for you traditional hoover lovers!
Hoover is such a famous brand in the vacuuming world that they actually are a verb (to hoover!) It's only right therefore that one of their vacuums is in our top vacuum cleaners guide - so here it is the Hoover Whirlwind!
Yes, prepare to breeze through your cleaning chores with the Hoover Whirlwind, a great priced lightweight vacuum (upright vacuum cleaner model) with an A rating for energy efficiency - to be honest, it may look old fashioned and traditional but that doesn't mean it doesn't get the job done and it maintains a strong suction and floor head. It was a thoroughly good and solid performer. The price is the real selling point here - it is one of the cheapest upright vacuums around - and that is one of the reasons it has entered our guide to the best vacuum cleaners 2021.
SUMMARY BEST HOOVER: We found that this suited people who favoured traditional vacuums at a cheap price. Whilst this vacuum wasn't one of the prettiest or most powerful on the market its price was a total knockout.
Our final vacuum in the top vacuum cleaners guide is a super powerful handheld bagless version - you guessed it - from Dyson! It was the best of the handheld hoovers in our best vacuums guide combing great results with a stylish and sleek appearance. In our professional tests we found that the top features of this handheld vacuum were:
SUMMARY: Powerful suction, does a good job every time, looks great and with 30 minutes of cleaning, this was the best handheld in our guide. Highly recommended. The Dyson V7 Trigger was the best of all the smaller handheld models we reviewed and amazing on pet hair and even on deep pile carpet.
We hoped you have enjoyed reading our comprehensive guide and vacuum cleaner reviews. We have taken you through all the leading ranges on the market at the moment and the best deals, we have looked at traditional upright, cordless vacuums, bagged or bagless and small hand-held versions from leading suppliers including Argos vacuum cleaners, Currys vacuum cleaners and more. If you would like more information or to buy them simply follow the links.
All the information and prices printed here are accurate at the time of writing these reviews.
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We looked at various factors and the best deals, which type of vacuum cleaner suits you from our top vacuum cleaner reviews?:
Here they are:
Yes, cordless vacuums are now much better than they used to be with longer run times and they are effective on all floor types (including a hard floor and pet hair may also be a factor), without a cord means that it makes cleaning easy. We think the best cordless is the Dyson v11 absolute as it excels on all floor types.
Look for value for money, decent run time in a cordless and something that you like – after all, it’s a personal choice. Buying a vacuum cleaner is a big purchase, so whether you are interested in buying cordless models or a bagged vacuum, have a good think! Buying from a department store such as John Lewis Partners is good as you get to see them in-store.
Most can handle deep cleans as many also come with attachments that can make this process easy. So no straightforward answer here, although the power-lift away is great.
Both operate on all floor types, some people believe cylinder vacuums are better for a deep clean and obviously, some robots have a run time.
Makes cleaning easy is the motto we have about bagless vacuums. We love the Dyson v11 absolute and the Powered Lift-away.
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Not necessarily and you may also want to look at other models, but versions like the Dyson v11 are popular (as is the v11 absolute), so it is worth weighing up all options. Also, some vacuums are better on different floor types and it depends if you want a bagged or bagless option.
Make sure it is a trusted supplier, but buying from places such as Argos and John Lewis means you may earn voucher or points on in-store cards, so definitely worth a look. You could also save on crevice tool upholstery.
This obviously depends on your own requirements, the Dyson v11 absolute is widely considered one of the best hoovers around but you may also like the brilliant vax blade or the powered lift-away model. In can also depend if you are looking for specific requirements such as a brush bar or something with a long run time or great on a hard floor? Buying with a department store such as John Lewis may earn you reward points as well. So the simple answer is, it depends on your requirements - some people prefer cordless vacuum cleaners others more traditional upright vacuum cleaners.
A tough one, as many are similar we would say the Vax Blade and powered lift-away are great on carpets and a hard floor, they both also come with handy plug-ins.
Yes, there are always lots of bargains to be had on both bagged or bagless models.
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