Vacuum cleaners: How to buy the best vacuum cleaner Cheap vacuum cleaners
Looking for a cheap vacuum cleaner? You'll need to put in a little more effort than normal when you're out shopping for your new Dyson, Electrolux, Miele or Hoover vac, but that extra sweat could help you bag that brilliant vacuum cleaner bargain.
Online versus high street
Online stores tend to offer cheaper prices than the high street, especially when you factor in online-only special discounts and online discount codes (see below) - but remember that you may have to factor in the delivery of your item, and you won't be able to try out your vacuum cleaner before you buy.
If possible, complement online browsing with a trip to the high street to test the vacuum cleaner for weight and manoeuvrability - a bit more effort, but worth it to avoid buying a vac that you don't like.
And don't completely discount the high street - or your local supermarket - for a vacuum cleaner bargain. Some stores will match prices if you've seen it cheaper elsewhere, so arm yourself with details of the best prices you've spotted and see whether they will match it.
Our vacuum cleaner reviews page shows you prices at a wide range of online shops - so you can see at a glance where it is cheapest.
Cheap vacuum deals
Do your research and compare vac prices from different stores to see who's offering the cheapest deals on vacuum cleaners, so you're not missing out on specific shop sales and discounts.
If you can be flexible on when you look for a cheap vacuum cleaner, you could find a good bargain in the January or summer sales. Alternatively, look out for stores offering weekend-long discounts on appliances including vacuum cleaners over bank holidays.
Online price aggregating tools - like our vacuum cleaner compare prices and features tool - can do the hard work for you. They can trawl the internet to find the cheapest prices on different vacuum cleaner models and are a good place to start if you've got a specific vacuum cleaner in mind.
Vacuum cleaner cashback
There are more than 120 cashback sites offering you money just for shopping at your favourite online stores by clicking through them - which could be particularly fruitful if a cheap vacuum cleaner is one of several products on your shopping list. To find out how to make money online, read our guide to cashback sites.
Discount voucher websites can offer shop discount codes that you can use when buying a vacuum - our guide to discount vouchers looks at different discount websites and how to find a discount code.
Don't forget cheaper independents
Independent electrical and appliance stockists can offer you a good deal on products like vacuum cleaners - as well as exclusive vacuum cleaner models. You may have more luck haggling for a cheaper deal on your vacuum cleaner with an independent retailer, too. Use Which? Local to find your nearest independent electrical stores.
Don't forget to check our reviews
It is possible to get a great deal on a great vac, but don't just buy the cheapest model you see - it could be useless at cleaning. We've tested a number of cheaper vacuums that do not pick up dust, can't handle pet hair and will let dust float free out of the bag or canister. To avoid this happening, check our vacuum cleaner reviews before pursuing a tempting offer.