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The best and worst vacuum cleaner brands

by Matthew Knight Back to advice guides

Every year we survey thousands of Which? members in order to find out which brands are the best, and the worst. Here we reveal the vacuum cleaner brands they were most impressed by.

Over the past 20 years we've put hundreds of vacuum cleaners to the test in the Which? test lab to find out which really offer the best cleaning power for your money, and which are worthy of earning our respected Best Buy recommendation.

In the table below, we’ve developed an unrivalled insight into what each vacuum brand does well and not so well. We share what we’ve learnt about each of the biggest vacuum brands, including Dyson, Miele, Bosch, Numatic, Hoover and many more.

Want to know which vacuum cleaner is best for you? Take a look at all of our vacuum cleaner reviews.

Best and worst cylinder vacuum cleaner brands

Below we've collated all our cylinder vacuum cleaner test results since 2011, plus our unique reliability ratings and customer scores, so you can see at a glance how the key brands of cylinder vacuum cleaners stack up against each other. Which? members should log in now to unlock the scores in the table. If you're not a Which member, try full access for one month with a £1 trial.

Best cylinder vacuum cleaner brands
Best cylinder vacuum cleaner brands
BrandAverage test scoreReliability ratingCustomer scoreVerdict
79%88%This brand's vacs are in the top two for reliability for both cylinders and uprights. They may be more expensive than some brands, but being both effective and reliable they are a good investment
57%80%With such a high score for reliability, this brand's vacs are less likely to develop faults than other brands and they are popular with Which? members. However, they don't excel in our tests
75%77%This brand does well in our tests and nearly all the models are effective on carpets, floorboards and laminate floors
67%76%This brand tends to do well in our tests, earning high scores for dust pick-up on different surfaces. If you want a bagless vacuum, this brand is a good option
75%73%This brand makes some of the most reliable vacs that we've tested and they are always good at sucking up dust from all surface types
47%61%This may be one of the cheaper brands, but spending slightly more would get you a better machine
55%54%This brand may be fairly cheap, but none of the models we've tested are good at cleaning all surfaces. You'd do better to spend a little more on a more effective machine
54%N/AN/AThe majority of vacuums we've tested from this brand have been average or poor, and they also fall down in other areas
49%N/AN/AThis brand may be cheaper than some, but the ones we've tested have all been poor on dust pick-up on at least one floor surface
56%N/AN/AThis brand is in the mid-expensive price range for vacs, but none we've tested have really impressed

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Choosing the best brand of cylinder vacuum cleaner

Thousands of Which? members have told us how happy they are with their brand of vacuum cleaner, enabling us to give brands a Which? customer score. Brands of cylinder vacuum cleaners, including Dyson, Hoover, Bosch, Miele, Sebo, Samsung, Vax, Electrolux, Panasonic and Numatic (which makes the popular Henry vacuum cleaner), are featured in our owners’ views survey.

Customer scores are based on how satisfied Which? members were with a product, and how likely they were to recommend it to a friend.

The most popular brand of cylinder vacuum cleaner achieves a customer score of  88% while the least popular brand only managed 54%. The most popular brand has an impressive Best Buy hit rate and a five-star reliability record.

88%The highest score for cylinder vacuum cleaners in our customer views survey

Best and worst upright vacuum cleaner brands

Below we've collated all our upright vacuum cleaner test results since 2011, plus our unique reliability ratings and customer scores, so you can see at a glance how the key brands of upright vacuum cleaners stack up against each other. Which? members should log in now to unlock the scores in the table. If you're not a Which member, try full access for one month with a £1 trial.

Best upright vacuum cleaner brands, ordered by customer score
Best upright vacuum cleaner brands
BrandAverage test scoreReliability ratingCustomer scoreVerdict
60%85%This brand makes some of the most reliable vacs that we test and they are always good at sucking up dust from all surface types
78%81%This brand's vacs are in the top two for reliability for both cylinders and uprights. Effective and reliable, they are a good investment
71%77%This brand tends to do well in our tests, earning high scores for dust pick-up on different surfaces. If you want a bagless vacuum, this brand is a good option
49%61%This may be one of the cheaper brands, but spending slightly more would get you a better machine
49%56%The majority of vacuums we've tested from this brand have been average or poor, and also fall down in other areas
50%54%This brand may be fairly cheap, but none of the models we've tested are good at cleaning all surfaces.
43%N/AN/AWe'd advise you to shop around. We haven't tested as many of this brand's vacs as some brands, but none we've tested have really impressed
49%N/AN/AThis brand may be cheaper than some, but the ones we've tested have all been poor on dust pick-up on at least one floor surface

 

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Choosing the best brand of upright vacuum cleaner

Thousands of Which? members have told us how happy they are with their brand of vacuum cleaner, enabling us to give brands a Which? customer score. Brands of upright vacuum cleaners, including Dyson, Hoover, Miele, Sebo and Vax, are featured in our owners’ views survey.

Customer scores are based on how satisfied Which? members were with a product, and how likely they were to recommend it to a friend.

The most popular brand of upright vacuum cleaner achieves a customer score of  85%, while the least popular brand only managed 54%.

The most popular brand of upright gets a customer score of 85%.