Vacuum cleaners: Best Buys Best buy

Vacuum cleaner

Is your vacuum cleaner leaving you for dust?

The worst vacuum cleaners can leave behind twice as much dust as a Best Buy, plus they're prone to leaking dust and allergens back out into your home - ruining your hard work.

  • You need a vacuum cleaner to suit you and your home. So we provide ratings for how vacuums perform on carpet, laminate and hard floors.
  • We don’t just test the vacuum when it's empty, but fill it up in stages to see whether suction drops off as the bag or canister becomes full.
  • Vacuum cleaners can be noisy – with decibel readings varying from 70dB (fairly quiet) to 90dB - a true conversation destroyer.

We've tested hundreds of models over the years and found even more expensive models can vary wildly in how well they clean. Some are great for carpets, but the same model may not cope very well with hardwood floors. So to make sure you’re buying a vacuum suited to you, sign up for a £1 trial to Which?

Video guide: What makes a Best Buy vacuum cleaner? 


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Vacuum cleaner reviews you can trust

We’ve tested vacuums from big names including Dyson, Miele, Hoover and Vax, as well as some own-brand models. With Best Buys available for under £100, we can tell you that big prices don't always mean great results, so make sure you read our reviews before heading to the shops.

Which? is independent - we work for you, the consumer, so you can be sure that our product recommendations are influenced only by our test results. We don't take advertising and we buy all the products that we test ourselves, so our advice helps you to make the right choice first time and avoid costly mistakes.

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  • Reviews of 164 vacuum cleaners: cylinder, handheld and upright.
  • 22 Best Buy vacuum cleaners for easier cleaning.
  • Reviews of vacuum cleaners from 21 companies.