10 Best Vacuum Cleaners for Households

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Which vacuum cleaners are the best for keeping households dirt-free?

After considering 15 vacuum cleaners but testing only 10 – and checking their cleaning radius, filtration technology, attachment list, capacity of the dust bag, noise level, and ease of operation.

We can now say with certainty that the Dyson V8 is the best vacuum cleaner on the market right now.

It is a rechargeable unit which has a runtime of 40 minutes on one charge. Moreover, apart from having HEPA filtration system, it has an impressive suction power, is useful on carpets, rugs, and hardwood floors, and includes an impressive number of attachments in its package.

Numatic CVC370 Review – 100%

 

The Numatic CV370 is a wet and dry vacuum cleaner, which means it can take care of dry debris as well as liquid spills. It is powered by a 1060 W motor and changes easily between wet and dry modes. The dust bag of this model is provided with a self-seal tab which ensures dust remains locked in.

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Numatic CVC370
Wet or dry vac. with powerful 1200W two stage motor. Comes with safety float valve for wet use & big filters and disposable dust bags for dry use. Standard kit is A21A which has aluminium (non rusting) tubes and two floor nozzles one for wet work and a combination nozzle for carpets & hard floors. Please note that this is fitted with a 240V UK plug so an adapter is required for your Country, this is sold separately.

Moving on, the liquid container of this vacuum has a capacity of around 15 liters. Also, it comes with an upholstery attachment and a long wand.

 

Pros
  • Wet & Dry cleaning
  • Equipped with a safety valve
  • Wide Cleaning Radius
  • Large capacity
Cons
  • Loud

 

Shark NV801UKT Review – 98%

 

The Shark NV801UKT vacuum cleaner comes with a Lift-away option which allows you to turn this upright model into a handheld one. It has an enhanced swivel steering for easy maneuverability and has anti-allergen technology to trap dust and mites.

Shark NV801UKT
  • Pet vacuum - pet power brush attachment easily removes pet hair from carpets, stairs and sofas
  • Powered lift-away - turn into a handheld vacuum with powered brushes for hoovering stairs and under furniture
  • Carpet and hard floor cleaning - Duo clean glides from carpet to hard floor without stopping

Also provided is an HEPA filter to trap dust and other dirt particles. You can use it for both carpet and hard floor cleaning and it comes with a Pet Power brush to clean sofas, carpets, and stairs off of pet hair.

 

Pros
  • HEPA filter
  • Anti-allergen technology
  • Pet Power Brush
Cons
  • Heavy

 

Dyson Ball Animal 2+ Review – 92%

 

The Dyson Ball Animal 2+ is a bagless vacuum cleaner which relies on Radial Root CyclonTM technology to capture dirt and dust particles. It has a cleaning head which works both on carpets as well as hardwood floors.

Dyson Ball Animal 2+
Brand Dyson
Item Weight 10.7 Kg
Package Dimensions 102.2 x 30.8 x 23.6 cm
Auto Shutoff No

The model comes with a carbon fiber turbine head to pick up fine dust particles. Also, it has a tangle-free turbine tool which, in turn, has rotating brush heads to remove pet hair. Ensuring the maneuverability of this device is its BallTM technology.

 

Pros
  • Captures more dust
  • Comes with a 5-year warranty
  • Works both on carpets and hard floors
  • Easy to maneuver in and around furniture
Cons
  • Difficult assembly

 

Dyson V8 Review – 92%

 

Compatible with both carpets and hardwood floors, the V8 runs on a rechargeable Li-ion battery which provides 40 minutes in one charge. Its dust cap has a capacity of 0.14 gallons and the V8 also comes with stairs, car and upholstery attachments..

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Dyson V8
  • Direct drive cleaner head : drives bristles deeper into the carpet to remove even more dirt. 150 percent more brush bar power than the Dyson V6 Animal vacuum.
  • Whole machine filtration : captures allergens and expels cleaner air than the air you breathe.
  • Up to 40 minutes of suction : powered by a new Nickel Cobalt Aluminium battery to deliver up to 40 minutes of suction (up to 25 minutes with motorised floor tool attached).

Also included in the V8’s package is a crevice tool to clean hard-to-reach areas. It also has a direct-drive, motorized hardwood floor brush which breaks large chunks of debris before sucking them up. Also, it boasts a hygienic dust ejector and provides whole machine filtration.

 

Pros
  • HEPA Filtration system
  • Can clean carpets, rugs and hardwood floors
  • Rechargeable; 40 minutes battery timing
  • Impressive suction power
Cons
  • Expensive

 

iRobot Roomba 960 Review – 91%

 

Standing at 3.6’’ tall, the Roomba 960 is designed to clean beds, toe kicks, sofas, and other hard-to-reach areas. It comes with a Home Base charging station to which the Roomba automatically returns when its battery is running low. Also, you can program it to vacuum seven times per week.

iRobot Roomba 960
  • At just 3.6 inches tall, the Roomba robot vacuum is designed to clean under beds, sofas, toe kicks, and other hard-to-reach areas
  • The robot automatically returns to the Home Base charging station to recharge at the end of a cleaning cycle or when the battery is running low
  • The High-Efficiency Filter is made from a special material that captures 99% of dust, mites, and allergens as small as 10 microns

Also, since this product works with Alexa, you can control this with your voice through selected Alexa devices. Its high-efficiency filter captures dirt and other allergens as small as 10 microns. The model is also provided with a Full Bin indicator which tells you when to empty the bin.

What’s more, it provides an iRobot Home App in the package. Among other things, the app displays the Bin Full status when it’s time to empty the bin.

 

Pros
  • Works with Alexa
  • Automatically returns to recharge itself
  • Comes with a user-intuitive app
  • Can be pre-programmed to vacuum seven times per week
Cons
  • Ultra-expensive

 

Shark IF200UK Review – 91%

 

The Shark IF200UK is a cordless model which runs on a single battery and provides 22-minutes runtime on a single charge. It is useful for both carpet and hardwood floor cleaning and its flexible wand bends and folds for easy storage.

Shark IF200UK
  • Cord-free cleaning: Enjoy the freedom and convenience of cordless cleaning in every room
  • Up to 22 minutes run-time*: Removable battery can be charged anywhere
  • Carpets and hard floors: DuoClean glides across all floors, no need to stop or change floor head

What’s more, while the whole product comes with a 5-year manufacturer warranty, the battery comes with a separate 2-year warranty. Also, while it comes as an upright model, a single push of a button can convert to a handheld vacuum.

 

Pros
  • Provides cord-free cleaning
  • Wand bends and folds for easy storage
  • 5-year manufacturer warranty
  • Runs on a rechargeable battery
Cons
  • Runtime could have been better

Shark NV340UKT Lift-Away Review – 90%

 

The feature-rich Shark NV340 comes with a multitude of tools, including a detailing attachment to guzzle crumbs off keyboards and a telescopic crevice tool. It contains LED lights which illuminate the cleaning path of the Shark.

Shark NV340UKT Lift-Away
  • Shark Lift-Away Technology with a lightweight detatchable pod
  • Anti-allergen complete seal technology captures and holds over 99.9 percent of dust and allergens inside the vacuum Particles 0.3 microns and larger
  • No loss of suction* *Based IEC 60312-1 Standard; Item weight - 6.2 Kilograms

By dropping its floorhead, you can transform the Lift-away into a handheld cleaner for hard-to-reach places. More importantly, its anti-allergen complete seal technology captures and retains over 99.9 percent of allergens and dust. Also, it traps particles greater than 0.3 micron size.

Lastly, it comes with a Pet Power Brush attachment which allows you to remove pet hair from upholstery, carpet and hardwood floors.

 

Pros
  • Useful detailing tool
  • Great carpet and hard floors’ cleaning
  • Impressive bin size
  • Headlights work as intended
Cons
  • No upholstery tool

 

NUMATIC HVR200-11 Review – 90%

 

The Numatic HVR200-11 is a cordless vacuum cleaner which is made in the UK and provides a 30 minute runtime on a single charge. It also gives you the option to add an extra battery, in which case the product’s runtime would extend to 60 minutes.

NUMATIC HVR200-11
  • 9L capacity
  • 620 Watts
  • Extended working life with reduced sound level

The product requires 3.5 hours to fully charge and cleans carpets, hard floors, stairs, cars, and upholstery items. Its dust bag is provided with a self-seal tap to retain all the dust. Also provided is a Power Boost mode to tackle tough cleaning.

What’s more, it has a 2.4m flexible hose to reach under small spaces, a crevice tool for narrow gaps, an upholstery brush to rub dirt off bigger items, and a self-dusting brush to clean displays and dashboards.

 

Pros
  • Brilliant cleaning on all surfaces
  • Long hose and tubes
  • Impressive number of attachments
  • Reliable and robust
Cons
  • Heavy

 

Gtech AirRam MK2 Review – 90%

 

The Gtech AirRam MK2 features a unique system which allows its brush head to pick up large debris on front stroke and embedded dust on the back one. It also has a rotating brush bar to pick up pet hair from carpets. Also, since it is a cordless model, the MK2 provides a 40 minute runtime on a 4-hour charge.

Gtech AirRam MK2
Powered brush head The Gtech AirRam features the unique AirLOC system* that effortlessly picks up large debris from the surface as you push the vacuum forwards, and locks on the backstroke to suck up embedded dust. Its powerful rotating brush bar makes it ideal for removing stubborn pet hair.
Compact storage Without lots of untidy power cords the Gtech AirRam is easy to store and ready to go when you next need to start cleaning again. For added convenience, the lithium-ion battery pack can be removed for charging if you don't have a plug socket nearby.

Just like the Shark NV360, the MK2 comes with LED lights to illuminate the cleaning area. Also, you can remove its lithium-ion battery pack for separate charging and cleans to the edge with its full-length brush bar.

 

Pros
  • 40-minutes runtime on single charge
  • Comes with a 2-year guarantee
  • Headlights to illuminate the cleaning path
  • Easy to clean and empty
Cons
  • Lacks attachments

 

Eureka Cylinder R500 Review – 90%

 

Apart from coming with a Class A Energy Rating, the R500 relies on cyclonic filtration technology to separate dirt from air and give constant suction. It provides a one-button dust release mechanism and has a washable HEPA filter.

Eureka Cylinder R500
Powerful vacuum cleaner with class A energy rating - saving you time & money on your energy bills. 700-Watt cyclonic cylinder, great performance in terms of energy efficiency and cleaning performance, 23. 3kWh usage per year.
The cyclonic filtration technology and HEPA filter - separates dirt from the air giving you constant, turbo suction.

What’s more, the head of the R500 provides a cleaning radius of 8 meters – whereas it has a cord length of 6 meters. It also provides speed control, which means you can adjust the suction power of this vacuum when dealing with different surfaces.

 

Pros
  • Easy to empty and clean
  • Long cord length and wide cleaning radius
  • HEPA filter
Cons
  • Comes with only two attachments

 

Frequently asked questions

What is a Vacuum Cleaner?

Also known as hoover or sweeper, a vacuum cleaner is an electrical device which collects dust, dirt and other small particles from floors, upholstery and other surfaces by creating a partial vacuum. It uses an air pump to create vacuum and collects the dirt either in a dustbag or in a cyclone.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Vacuum Cleaners?

Advantages

  • You can use them to accomplish your daily cleaning chores with ease, otherwise you might have to hire a maid for the same
  • Convenient option to pick up debris tracked in from outside or crumbs which you may have spilled in the kitchen
  • Their attachments allow you to clean upholstery, stairs of your house, and the seats of your vehicle
  • By getting rid of allergens and cleaning your indoors of dust, debris, and other small particles, they clean your indoor air
  • Some vacuum cleaners come with heads which are large enough to pick up pet hair

Disadvantages

  • Some vacuum cleaners have small dust bags which fill up pretty quickly and adversely impact the performance of the cleaner

What are types of Vacuum Cleaners?

Bag and Bagless Vacuum Cleaners

As suggested by their name, bagless vacuum cleaners have no filter. As a result, they require less maintenance and have negligible loss of suction.

Also, since they have no filters, you don’t have to spend extra to purchase bags.

Still, the benefits of bagless vacuum cleaners stop right there. Since they have no filter, they can send the dust back into your room unless you empty them with great care.

Therefore, if you’re an allergy or asthma sufferer, bagged vacuum cleaners are your best bet.

What should I look for when choosing a Vacuum Cleaner?

Following factors need to be kept in mind while choosing a vacuum cleaner:

  • Decide On The Type

If you have the storage space to store something tall or frequently clean your curtains, go for the upright vacuum cleaner. Conversely, if all you want to clean are carpets or under-furniture spaces, canister cleaners are your best bet.

However, if you want your cleaner to be easy to lift – or want it to clean small spaces with ease – you might want to consider handheld vacs. And if you want the maneuverability of the handheld and cleaning power of the upright, choose a stick vacuum cleaner.

  • HEPA Filter

For those of you who suffer from allergy or asthma, make sure your vacuum cleaner has an HEPA filter. Such filters work by trapping microscopic pollutants inside a mesh of fiberglass fibers.

As a result of their operation, HEPA filters improve your indoor air quality and prevent the flare ups of allergies and asthma. Also, they can trap dust mites, mold spores, and pet dander with ease.

  • Revolving Brush Roll

If you are going to clean carpets with your vacuum, make sure it comes with a revolving brush roll. That is, because, a revolving brush roll agitates the carpet with their beater bars before cleaning it.

This agitation, in turn, forces the carpet fibers to let go of any dirt or dust they may have trapped, which allows the vacuum cleaner to thoroughly clean the carpet.

  • Height Adjustment and Suction Control

The height-adjustment feature adjusts the height of the brushroll of the machine to complement the same of the carpet pile. This, in turn, makes for thorough cleaning and easy movement. While some models offer automatic adjustment, manual adjustments are more precise.

Suction control switch, meanwhile, gives you the option to increase/decrease the airflow through the hose. It is a useful feature if you intend to clean curtains and upholstery, which require less suction power than carpets.

  • Cord Control and Self-Propelled Mechanism

A common feature in today’s vacuums, cord control lets you rewind the vacuum’s cord with the slight push or tug of a button. What is not common, however, is a cord-release clip; one which lets the entire cord loose at one time so that you don’t have to manually push it one wrap at a time.

As for the self-propelled mechanism, it relies on a transmission and drive system to assist in the pulling and pushing of the vacuum, which means you’d have to expend little effort. On the downside, this mechanism adds to the weight of the vacuum.

  • Attachments

Regardless of the type of vacuum you select, make sure it comes with the following attachments. First, look for an upholstery tool which is nothing more than a fabric strip and allows efficient cleaning of chairs, cushions, and sofas. Next, look for a bare floor brush if you are going to clean hard floors.

A dusting brush is also recommended if you want to clean fans, tabletops, and other bare surfaces. Equally important is a crevice tool whose shape allows it to clean dust off cracks and fissures. While they may seem considerable in number, all these attachments come for free with the best vacuum cleaners.

What is the Best Vacuum Cleaner? Why is it the best?

The Dyson V8 is the best vacuum cleaner on the market right now. It runs on a rechargeable Li-ion battery which provides 40 minutes in one charge. Its dust cap has a capacity of 0.14 gallons and the V8 also comes with stairs, car and upholstery attachments.

Also included in the V8’s package is a crevice tool to clean hard-to-reach areas. It also has a direct-drive, motorized hardwood floor brush which breaks large chunks of debris before sucking them up.

Also, it boasts a hygienic dust ejector and provides whole machine filtration, plus you also get an HEPA filtration system with this model.

What is the best Robotic Vacuum Cleaner? Why is it the best?

The iRobot Roomba 960 is the best robotic vacuum cleaner. You can program it to vacuum seven times per week. It comes with a Home Base charging station to which the Roomba automatically returns when its battery is running low.

Also, since this product works with Alexa, you can control this with your voice through selected Alexa devices. Its high-efficiency filter captures dirt and other allergens as small as 10 microns.

The model is also provided with a Full Bin indicator which tells you when to empty the bin. A complementing smartphone app is also included in its package.

What is the best Vacuum Cleaner for pet hair? Why is it the best?

The Shark NV340UKT Lift-Away is the best vacuum cleaner for pet hair. That is, because, it comes with a Pet Power Brush attachment which allows you to remove pet hair from carpets, hardwood floors, and even upholstery.

What is the best Cordless Vacuum Cleaner? Why is it the best?

The Dyson V8 is the best cordless vacuum cleaner. It runs on a rechargeable Li-ion battery which, after 3.5 hours of continuous charging, provides the V8 with a continuous runtime of 40 hours, the most offered by any cordless vacuum in this review.

What is the best Upright Vacuum Cleaner? Why is it the best?

The Shark NV801UKT is the best upright vacuum cleaner. It comes with a Lift-away option which allows you to turn this upright model into a handheld one.

It has an enhanced swivel steering for easy manoeuvrability and has anti-allergen technology to trap dust and mites.

Also provided is an HEPA filter to trap dust and other dirt particles. You can use it for both carpet and hard floor cleaning and it comes with a Pet Power brush to clean sofas, carpets, and stairs off of pet hair.

What is the best Wet & Dry Vacuum Cleaner? Why is it the best?

The Numatic CV370 is the best Wet & Dry Vacuum Cleaner. It contains two cleaning modes: wet and dry; and contains a self-seal tab around its dust bag to ensure dust remains locked in.

Also, the liquid container of this vacuum can hold around 15 liters of liquid at one time. An upholstery attachment is also included in its package.

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