Choosing a vacuum cleaner

Even though many people still use the phrase ‘to Hoover up’, these days it’s Dyson that dominates the vacuum cleaners market. And that’s despite often having a bigger price tag than many other brands. Miele is also a popular brand as is Vax, with many models providing a steam clean function. A lot of vacuums are bagless these days, which makes them much easier to empty and clean. For those with deeper pockets you can even splash out on a robotic vacuum cleaner that does all the hard work for you. Get more advice by clicking the Which? guide tab above.

Vacuum Cleaner Buying Guide

Buying a new vacuum cleaner isn't the most exciting purchase you'll ever make, but it's an essential one. A good vacuum cleaner can turn a chore into a breeze, and there's no shortage of models on the market these days. With a huge choice of features, functions, and specifications however, picking out a new one can be confusing. Fear not though, PriceRunner has you covered.

Upright or Cylinder?

Alongside your budget, the first thing you'll need to consider is whether you want an upright or cylinder vacuum cleaner. Both have pros and cons, but it shouldn't be too difficult to decide.

Upright: Whilst they're usually bigger and bulkier than cylinder models, upright vacuum cleaners are particularly effective when it comes to tackling large carpeted areas. The motorised brush bar in the floor head makes light work of getting up dust, dirt, and pet hair, making them an excellent choice for dog or cat owners. While the size and manoeuvrability of upright vacuum cleaners can make it awkward to clean staircases and get into every nook and cranny, some models provide additional attachments to make life easier.

Cylinder: For many households, a cylinder vacuum cleaner is a no brainer. As well as being smaller, lighter, and more manoeuvrable, a separate suction head provides a greater cleaning radius and allows you to get into small spaces with ease. Many models also come kitted out with an arsenal of 'on-board' attachments, allowing you to handle skirting boards, furniture, and hard-to-reach spots quickly and effectively. Turbo brush attachments are sometimes supplied too, which come in handy for carpets and provide an alternative to an upright vacuum cleaner's brush bar. When the job's done, the cord can be rewound and the attachments stored away in the unit, keeping everything neat and compact.

Bagged or Bagless?

The next decision to make is whether you want to go bagged or bagless, and it really comes down to which you value more - money or convenience. Bagged vacuum cleaners collect the dust and dirt in a disposable bag, which can be thrown away with minimal mess and fuss. Brands like Miele have taken the convenience one step further, by utilizing self-sealing bags. The downsides to this are that replacing the bags is a bit of a faff, and it get a little pricey, so it's probably not the first choice for more money-conscious consumers. Bear in mind you will have to find the right bag for your model cleaner, and we'll throw in this for you to consider: the environment might not need yet another bag.

The alternative is to go bagless. These vacuum cleaners collect everything within a canister, which you'll have to remove and empty when it's full. While this can sometimes be a messy job, some brands like Gtech offer models that compress the dirt and dust into bales, making things a little tidier.


Lightweight and user-friendly, cordless vacuum cleaners are a popular choice for those with small homes and minimal mess in their lives. The battery life on most models usually provides between 15 and 60 minutes worth of cleaning time, after which they'll need to be put back on charge.
Since they're often very basic in design, many lack the bells and whistles of ordinary vacuum cleaners provide - particularly when it comes to attachments. Consequently a cordless vacuum might not be the answer for everyone's household, but they're a great addition for quick on-hand spruce-ups in-between your regular vacuuming schedule.
These will prove most useful for cars or very small areas or tabletops.


The majority of cylinder vacuum cleaners come equipped with handy additional attachments for a variety of purposes. Most offer crevice tools for reaching tight spaces such as gaps in furniture or under appliances, while some include furniture brushes and upholstery nozzles too. Brands such as Miele and Dyson also offer 'turbo tools' on some of their models, which feature rotating brush bars powered by the vacuum cleaner's suction. For convenience and efficiency, it's always best to opt for a vacuum cleaner that provides on-board storage compartments for its tools and accessories.

Special Features & Functions

Some vacuum cleaners don't just deal with dust. Brands like Miele offer models specifically designed for wooden floors, allergy sufferers and pet owners, and some models also have nifty steam-cleaning capabilities. So if you've got more specific needs, it's worth taking the time to shop around for something that ticks your boxes.
Some models are capable of sucking up liquids, something that can be very convenient in case of a basement flood or even pipes that need unclogging.
Finally, as futuristic as it may sound, there are robot models that vacuum the floor for you. You will find various models in our price comparison tab above, simply click the 'Robotic' filter on the left or click here: robotic vacuum cleaners.

Power & Energy Efficiency

The general rule of thumb with vacuum cleaners is that the higher the wattage, the better it'll perform. Roughly 1400 Watts is ideal for a cylinder model, whilst 1300 Watts should be plenty for an upright version.

For green-minded consumers, energy efficiency will be a priority. Like many appliances these days, vacuum cleaners are generally much more energy conscious than they used to be. Brands such as Vax, Dyson, and Electrolux all produce models that have scored A for energy efficiency.

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