The Top 10 Vacuum Cleaners of 2016

 

Introduction

Even if it sits in the cupboard under the stairs for most of its life, you can’t deny that the vacuum cleaner is one of the most handy appliances that you should have in your home. Forget cloths and feather dusters, any cleaning session will become so much easier once you introduce one of these Top Ten vacuum cleaners into the mix!

What To Look For

Vacuum Bags vs Bagless

In an argument of which is considered better, neither would actually win. Both clean with equal power and effectiveness, and the choice of going bagged or bagless actually just depends on your personal preference. With bagless vacuum cleaners, you will save money on bags, but will have extra effort on cleaning out the vacuum. On the other hand, with the bagged version, you will have to purchase more bags, but replacing bags will be a lot tidier than having a bagless vacuum cleaner.

Amps / Watts / Horsepower

Simply looking at the effectiveness of a vacuum cleaner by the amount of amps, watts or horsepower is not the wisest thing to do. Rather than measure the effectiveness of the overall vacuum cleaner, this simply shows the customer the measurements of the electrical current that is used by the vacuum’s motor. What you should be looking at it is the airflow, amount of suction and overall design and any attachments that come with it.

The Different Attachments

You may think that just using the bare essentials will do, but when it comes to vacuuming separate things, you will need different attachments depending on what it is. Below are the main things that homeowners will find themselves vacuuming, and each of these can be used as references to clean other places/items that are not already on the list:

 

  • Carpets and Rugs – Motorized Power Nozzle
  • Bare Floors and Walls – Wall / Floor Brush
  • Vents and Appliances – Crevice Tool
  • Fabrics, Curtains and Car Interiors – Upholstery Attachment
  • Blinds and Lampshades – Dusting Brush

 

Types of Vacuum Cleaner

Since the market for the vacuum cleaner has expanded over the years, due to a wide range of categories that have been released, it is safe to say that there is now too much choice out there! Looking through all the different types of vacuums out there, it can be difficult to distinguish what really is the best out there. Finding a vacuum to suite your lifestyle can be difficult, but it will definitely pay off in the long-term. With so many options out there, we decided to compare them for you, making your life that little bit easier:

Upright

The upright vacuum cleaner is one of the most common to be found in homes all over the world, and ranges greatly in price. Often going from around £50 to £600, it is safe to say that an upright vacuum cleaner is something that everyone can find themselves shopping for. As the name suggests, the vacuum cleaner will sit in an upright position, and will have a long handle to hold onto. The handle actually makes it the perfect vacuum cleaner for those that are unable (or just don’t want to) bend over a lot in order to get into those tight corners. As well as having a handle, the upright vacuum cleaner will often have a foot lever that you can press down on in order to change the position of the appliance. This will help with maneuverability, making it easier to use around furniture and awkward corners.

What To Think About:

  • Weight – Due to the fact that the average weight of an upright vacuum cleaner is 14 – 17 pounds, this makes them a lot heavier than most other vacuum cleaners on the market. Because of this, you will have to be aware that it may be heavy to carry around (especially going up and down stairs) and must take this into consideration.
  • Size – As well as the weight, size may be an issue for some people. As it is an upright vacuum cleaner, this means that height may become an issue for those without the space. It must be understood that an upright vacuum cleaner will not be able to be stored just out the way and that, if you do not have a cupboard sizeable for it, it may end up sitting out and about.

Robot

We’ve all seen those videos on the internet of cats sitting on top of these things, but what a lot of people don’t know is that the robot vacuum cleaners actually do quite a lot to ensure the cleanliness of your floors. The great thing about these vacuum cleaners is that you can just turn them on and let them go! Working on both carpeted areas and bare floors, these vacuum cleaners will often weigh in at under 10 pounds and vary in price range from around abouts £70 to £700.

What To Think About:

  • Sensor Controlled – Because of the sensor on the body of the appliance, when it is turned on, it will make sure that the vacuum cleaner will not bump into any incoming objects such as tables, chairs, feet etc. However, we cannot confirm that the vacuum cleaner will be able to prevent your cat taking it for a ride around the kitchen.
  • Not a Necessity – Yes, the robot vacuum can definitely help day-to-day when you’ve dropped some crumbs on the carpet, but when it comes to bigger jobs, it may not be able to handle the task all on its own.

Handheld

Perfect for those smaller jobs around the house. Need to clean your partner’s dirty desk? Just grab your handy little handheld vacuum cleaner out of the cupboard and off you go! Most handheld vacuum cleaners are actually cordless, making them perfect for portability, and often weigh just 5 pounds. These lightweight and simple-to-use vacuum cleaners will often range from around £20 to £140, making them available no matter your price range.

What To Think About:

  • Transportation – These lightweight vacuum cleaners are actually perfect for those wanting to clean out their cars, RVs, boats etc.
  • Lightweight – With the little weight that is packed into this product, it is great for those that would prefer not to haul a full-sized vacuum cleaner all around their house.

Canister

Actually quite similar to upright vacuum cleaners, the canister vacuum cleaner will often be priced between the wide range of £60 to £850 and weighs in at roughly 8 – 13 pounds. This makes it a lot lighter than the upright vacuum cleaner, but again has to be noted that you will still have to carry 8 pounds around. However, because of the design of the vacuum cleaner, it makes it easier for you to carry up and down the stairs. And, due to it having an extendable wand, you are able to hold the canister in one hand, and tackle any spiderwebs on the ceiling with the wand in the other.

What To Think About:

  • Lighter – Due to the weight, it is a lot easier to pull around the house than the upright vacuum cleaner, and is easier to use to reach higher places, but it may still seem more difficult to maneuver than other vacuum cleaners out there.
  • Long Cords – As the cord for the vacuum cleaner is quite long, it can easily become tangled, meaning undoing knots may become a frequent occurrence.
  • Extendable Wand – Separating the canister vacuum from the upright vacuum, the canister vacuum cleaner has an extendable wand cleaner than enables you to vacuum around smaller or higher spaces that you may not be able to do with another vacuum. However, when you use this, instead of the main body, you may lose stability in the canister and will not be able to maneuver the wand around as easily.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I use it?

Everyone would love to brag that they are able to vacuum their home everyday, but that just isn’t a reality, and no one has that much spare time that they would be willing to put towards chores. With the busy lifestyle that most homeowners have, we would recommend vacuuming your home (especially often used spaces) around once or twice a week, in order to prevent any buildup of dirt or grime.

How much should I use it before it makes a difference?

If you find that a particular spot on your floor doesn’t seem to be cleaning as well as other spaces, it may be due to the fact that you simply aren’t vacuuming enough. For highly used areas (or places with trapped dirt), as many as seven strokes should suffice. If you are really conscious about dirt, though, and have the spare cash, consider looking out for a vacuum cleaner out there with a dirt sensor.

When should I change my vacuum bag?

You should think about changing the vacuum bag whenever the bag is filled to the indicator line. Some vacuum cleaners will actually have an indicator light which lets you know when it is time to change, but it is still best to check it yourself beforehand and replace it when it is around three quarters full. This is to prevent any problems when it gets fuller, such as the indicator light not working, or the bag overfilling.

When should I change the filter on my vacuum bag?

If your vacuum cleaner is fully-functional, you will not have to change the filter nearly as much as you will have to change the bag. The time to change the filter is when it shows any signs of wearing and tearing, or excessive dirtiness. If you use a HEPA filter (a filter that removes most dirt particles), we would recommend changing after roughly six months, or after the sixth bag change. Your vacuum cleaner will come with a manual and will explain where the filter is located.

Why isn’t my vacuum cleaner picking up any dirt? (Replacing The Belt)

If you feel as though your vacuum cleaner isn’t picking up any dirt, it may be that it is time to replace the belt on the vacuum cleaner. After turning off the vacuum cleaner and unplugging it from any source of electricity, use a screwdriver to open up the vacuum and have a replacement belt on-hand. For a specific method to replace the belt on your specific vacuum cleaner, refer to the user’s manual that came with the product, and that should inform you.

Our Top Picks

With there being a lot of vacuum cleaners out there today, and we really mean a lot, it can be hard to even think about what could be considered ‘the best’, especially when everyone’s checklists vary so greatly. So, what we did was find the top vacuum cleaners that have been released to the public of each described category (see ‘Types Of Vacuum Cleaner’) to help you find your perfect vacuum cleaner:

Upright Vacuum Cleaners

Shark Navigator Professional Lift-Away (£149.99)

  • Warranty 5 year warranty
  • Bagged vs Bagless – Bagless
  • Weight – 7 pounds

PROS:

  • Lightweight and portable canister is easy to lift, making it perfect for above-floor cleaning.
  • Very powerful suction technology.
  • Anti-Allergen complete seal technology + HEPA.
  • Comes with 2 microfiber pad attachments.
  • Swivel steering makes for excellent control when moving around.

CONS:

  • The hose on the wand is too small.
  • When using the wand or attachments, the vacuum becomes easy to tip over.


Description:

The Shark Navigator makes life so much easier when it comes to reaching for those higher places around the house. With a portable canister, you don’t have to drag around the whole appliance, and can reattach it to the rest of the vacuum cleaner when you’re finished. And, as the vacuum cleaner itself is bagless, the purchase is the final purchase! No need to run the risk of having no bags left and being stuck with a dirty house. Just empty into the bin and off you go. This product is perfect for those with allergies too, as is comes with Anti-Allergen complete seal technology and HEPA filters.

 

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Dyson DC 25 Bagless Animal Upright (£369.99)

  • Warranty – 5 year warranty
  • Bagged vs Bagless – Bagless
  • Weight – 6 pounds

 


PROS:

  • Dyson ball technology makes for great steering.
  • Motorized brushbar for fur and hair.
  • Telescope Reach wand ensures no loss of suction with Root Cyclone technology.
  • HEPA filter, hygienic dust bin and on-board tools.

CONS:

  • The price is a very big turn-off, making it only really available for those with a large budget.


Description:

With the HEPA filter, on-board tools to help remove fur and a hygienic dust bin, the Dyson Animal is certified asthma friendly, making it great for everyone, and for those with pets that don’t want fur all over the place. Weighing in at 22.6, this is one of the more heavy vacuum cleaners out there, but the Dyson ball technology makes it incredibly easy to maneuver around furniture and around the house.

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Hoover WindTunnel Multi-Cyclonic (£139.99)

  • Warranty – 2 year warranty
  • Bagged vs Bagless – Bagless
  • Weight – 4 pounds

PROS:

  • Conveniently located switches, buttons and tools are available right at your fingertips.
  • Easily removes coarse animal hair from carpets and furniture.
  • Long cords and hose make cleaning easier and more manageable in higher places.

CONS:

  • The vacuum cleaner’s bin is not as big as others.
  • Only comes with a brush and a crevice tool, meaning that you will probably have to go out and buy more seperately.


Description:

A lot of thought has gone into the design of this vacuum cleaner, which makes it a real winner in our eyes. Although it weighs in at an intimidating 18.4 pounds, this vacuum cleaner glides around the house perfectly and has a very long extendable wand for reaching those difficult areas. Also great at picking up the more difficult dirt and fur, the suction on the Hoover WindTunnel just makes for great cleaning power.

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Miele S2121 Olympus Canister (£179.95)

  • Warranty – Limited (1 – 7 year warranty)
  • Bagged vs Bagless – Bagged
  • Weight – 6 pounds

 


PROS:

  • Very quiet, yet has the same power inside that other powerful vacuums contain.
  • Powerful suction with adjustable power settings.
  • Great ability to be pulled around the house in any direction with ease.

CONS:

  • Wand is very heavy compared to the rest of the vacuum cleaner.
  • Cord is quite short.
  • Vacuum cleaner’s handle can be difficult and uncomfortable to hold as it is quite large and thick.


Description:

As a lightweight vacuum cleaner, the Miele Olympus Canister is truly great for those that dread the idea of hauling something up and down the stairs as they clean out the house. Even though it may be small, the bag inside is quite large, meaning that it can deal with quite a lot of dirt before you have to consider changing the bag. Even the larger houses should deal well with this vacuum cleaner. With an adjustable wand, it is easy to reach the cobwebs on the curtain rail without having to step up onto a chair too!

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Dyson Cinetic DC54 Animal (£459.99)

  • Warranty – 2 year warranty
  • Bagged vs Bagless – Bagless
  • Weight – 18 pounds

 


PROS:

  • Spherical roller and articulating holder for the canister trail easily around the room making maneuvering more than easy.
  • Long power cord at 22ft, with retractable setting, which means no more hand winding.
  • The wand is perfect for hard to reach spaces.

CONS:

  • Limited dustbin capacity means frequent emptying.
  • Quite large, so storing it may be difficult.
  • No consumables means that choosing where/how you empty the bin may result in breathing in some fine dust particles.


Description:

Due to the small bin on the product,  the vacuum cleaner isn’t the best for long jobs, especially on carpeted areas. But, if you are looking to vacuum up some tough dirt and dust, the suction on this vacuum cleaner will get the job done and then some. Because there is so much power on this vacuum cleaner, there is also a suction release button for if the power is ever too strong and you are unable to lift it back from the floor! Talk about a powerful suction!

 

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iRobot Roomba 880 (£497)

Warranty – Limited (1 year for parts only)

Scheduled Cleaning – Yes

Weight – 8.4 pounds

 


PROS:

  • iAdapt Multi-Room navigation makes for great movement and adaptation to changing surroundings.
  • AeroForce 3-Stage cleaning system means 50% more cleaning performance.
  • Has tangle-free extractors preventing clogs from hair and debris.

CONS:

  • Isn’t always able to pick up finer fibers.
  • Is not always able to find its charging dock, and will be sat around somewhere in the house.
  • New carpets or excessive dirt mean emptying the bin frequently.


Description:

Great for those that cannot be at home all day cleaning up after themselves, the Roomba is able to clean even between chair legs and around the toughest of obstacles without any help! The idea of a robot vacuum cleaner is still new though and the vacuum cleaner may not be able to find its charging dock in time occasionally and may be found sitting randomly on the floor like a sad cat. Definitely look into purchasing this vacuum cleaner for everyday sweeps around the house, slowing down any need for a full-clean.

 

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Neato Botvac 85 (£439)

Warranty – Limited (6 months)

Scheduled Cleaning – Yes

Weight – 9 pounds

 


PROS:

  • Suction makes it perfect for pet hair-covered carpets.
  • Long charge makes it perfect for covering the whole house.
  • Sensors mean for great cleaning without bumping into furniture and slowing the job down.

CONS:

  • Can be difficult to find spare parts if needed.
  • Limited six month warranty may be off putting.


Description:

Definitely one of the top robot vacuums out there. With such powerful suction, it seems as though the Neato Botvac was built specifically for those with pets running around. With a longer charge and bigger bin than most other robot vacuum cleaners out there, one use should be enough for your entire house. Just turn it on and watch it go!

 

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Eureka Easy-Clean Handheld (£30.99)

  • Warranty – 1 year warranty
  • Bagged vs Bagless – Bagless
  • Weight – 5 pounds

 


PROS:

  • 20ft cord makes it easy to clean no matter where you are. No more extension cords.
  • Great suction means no more unwanted pet hair.
  • Perfect for use in cars and boats etc.

CONS:

  • Weight can become a problem after a while of use.
  • Filter attracts dust and hair meaning that when it comes to emptying the bin, you must clean the filter too.


Description:

This is definitely a powerful little machine which does wonders on both carpeted floors, upholstered furniture and anywhere with pet fur. While it can become a little heavy during long uses, if you are just looking at something for getting the fur off your sofa, or working on the stairs, this should most definitely be the perfect product for you!

 

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Bissell Pet Hair Eraser (£40.95)

  • Warranty – 3 year warranty
  • Bagged vs Bagless – Bagless
  • Weight – 9 pounds

 


PROS:

  • Dirt bin has multi-level filtration system.
  • Handle is easy to hold and has power button right at the end so is easy to get to.
  • Has interchangeable hard nozzle and rubber nozzle.

CONS:

  • Weight can become a problem after a while of use.
  • Cord can get twisted and be too short for some jobs.


Description:

While some would say it is as loud as a full-sized vacuum cleaner, it can’t be doubted that it does in fact have the power of some larger vacuum cleaners out there. Perfect for those that need to get rid of the buildup of pet hair in their homes or cars, this 16ft corded handheld vacuum cleaner can do the job perfectly…And at a great price, too.

 

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Black & Decker DustBuster Cordless Cyclonic Handheld (£44.99)

  • Warranty – 2 year warranty
  • Bagged vs Bagless – Bagless
  • Weight – 3 pounds

 


PROS:

  • Cordless, so there are no limitations on where you would like to clean.
  • Lightweight and easy to hold.
  • Cyclonic action spins dust and debris away from the filter, making suction power is as strong as possible.

CONS:

  • Battery can wear and not charge as well after a while.
  • All the weight that is in the vacuum cleaner comes from the ni-cad battery pack.


Description:

As the product is cordless, it means that it can be used absolutely anywhere. In the house, in the car, even the drive (though, we’re not really sure why anyone would want to use it on their drive). Priced very reasonably, it is easy to see why the DustBuster is one of the best handhelds out there

Conclusion

Your decision, when purchasing a vacuum cleaner, should be based on what you will actually be using it for in the long-term. Are you going to be vacuuming a lot on carpeted areas, inside a car, in hard to reach spaces or just collecting dust every day or so from around the floor? As well as this, how much work do you want to put in? There are vacuum cleaners out there that do all the work for you. You just turn it on and head out for the day.

It is always best to look out for the price tag and compare it to other vacuums of that category and decide whether you believe it is overpriced or not. Everyone has their own idea of a price range, and there is always a vacuum available according to the price you choose.

 

 

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