Top 10: Best vacuum cleaners 2020
The tech war never stands still; not even in the ultra-competitive world of vacuum cleaners. Here is our pick of the ten latest and greatest dust-busters on the market.
GTECH Mk2 AirRam Cordless Upright
The Air Ram from GTECH is a cordless vacuum cleaner that is a simple vac specially designed for floor cleaning, with no settings to change. It weighs just 3.2kg when fully assembled and, with a low profile handle that leans back, you can easily reach underneath furniture and move smoothly from room to room. Powered by a removable 22V Lithium-ion battery, the AirRam gives you up to 40 minutes of runtime with each 4-hour charge. A handy 4 stage LED display indicates how much charge is left in the battery.
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Henry HVR 160-11 Bagged Cylinder Vacuum 6-Litre
Last updated in 2017, the Henry is unquestionably the oldest design on this list, but it is also the only vacuum here that could possibly survive a tactical nuclear strike.
As simple as can be, the Henry sticks to the classic cylinder template with a disposable bag to collect the dirt. This 6-litre version is a little smaller than the standard 9-litre but still has storage space for tools and strong suction.
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Eufy RoboVac 11S
While high-end robotic vacuum from big-brand names like Dyson and Roomba still cost a pretty penny, mid-range options like the Eufy RoboVac 11S offer a very decent, cheaper alternative. All in all — it's easy to use, quiet and does what it says on the tin.
It's also a very useful tool for anyone who struggles with lugging a vacuum around. Who knows, you might even use the extra daily 15 minutes you'd usually spend vacuuming to read more or learn to play the piano. Or, more likely, to stay in bed a little longer.
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Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless
With the newest V11 recently launching, the Dyson V7 is getting a bit long in the tooth - however, the cordless vac still packs a punch and now costs less than ever with the new V11 model on the market. The V7 deep cleans carpets with powerful suction and a direct-drive motor head to remove pet hair and ground-in dirt. It can easily transform into a handheld vac and is completely cordless with up to 30 minutes of fade-free suction.
Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Powerline Bagged Vacuum Cleaner
This 890W C3 model from Miele features a Turbo Brush and Universal Floorhead, making this bagged vacuum cleaner ideal for those with pets. The C3 Cat and Dog and offers a range of accessories, foot controls and an active air clean filter, which neutralises odours more effectively.
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Shark HV390UK DuoClean
Sitting just below £200, the Shark covers a broad scope of duties thanks to its smart design. Although corded, it is light enough to be used handheld and there’s 10 metres of it too. Use the extension for floor work and there’s a powered brush designed specifically for pet hair, yet it still folds down for compact storage too.
Dyson Cyclone V10 Total Clean
Still a favourite amongst buyers even if the company is busy getting its passport renewed, the Dyson Cyclone V10 is the latest version of the king of the handhelds. It’s better than ever thanks to its more powerful motor and bigger dustbin, so you can go for longer and suck up more dirt and dust.
If you have a flat or a small house that doesn't have that much carpet, the V10 could very well replace an upright vacuum cleaner. In all honesty, it's absolutely excellent. There's no getting around that price tag (ouch), but it really is top of its class in performance. Plus, it's likely to last you a few years so it's a decent investment if you think of it in those terms.
Bosch BCS122GB Unlimited Cordless Vacuum
Like most Bosch products you know you’re going to get something tough and well-designed, and the firm has used its knowledge of battery pack tech to create this BCS122GB cordless model.
Unlike a certain well-known cordless offering this Bosch model has exchangeable batteries, so you can keep going for longer, and it’s even compatible with Bosch’s Home & Garden cordless system so you can share batteries between tools.
Shark Upright Vacuum Cleaner NV801UK
Mixing the flexibility of a handheld with the power of an upright, the Shark NV801UK gives you the suction of powered brushes whichever mode you’re using it in, and there is a crevice tool and an upholstery tool so you can do the whole house with the same machine.
It’s not cheap even in this company but you get a five-year manufacturer warranty, which suggests a great deal of confidence in the quality of the product.
Dyson V11 Absolute
The V11 is fantastic when it comes to suction power, better user experience and smart features. It's heavier than the V10 and doesn't offer a whole lot more in terms of battery life, especially as the bigger battery increases charge time, but these are outweighed by how useful the LCD screen is.
It's a genuinely helpful addition to Dyson's V11, with live battery updates that allow you to drop to Eco mode when the power runs low. The troubleshooting capabilities also place this cordless vac head and shoulders above competitors. However, it is very expensive. And, with the Auto mode strictly Absolute-only, there's not really any big incentive to go for the V11 Animal over the V10 Total Clean. It's no doubt the best cordless vacuum cleaner available in the UK, but that title comes at a premium price.
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