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Not sure which is the best vacuum cleaner? Which? vacuum cleaner reviews rate the best bagless, bagged, upright, and cylinder vacuum cleaners, plus big brands like Dyson and Hoover. And by comparing vacuum cleaner features and prices, you're sure to get the best vacuum cleaner deal.
Want to buy the best vacuum cleaner for your household? In this video guide to buying the best vacuum cleaner, Which? experts show you what to look for.
Not sure whether a bagless vacuum cleaner is best? Can’t decide between upright and cylinder vacs? Watch the Which? vacuum cleaner video buying guide to hear our experts' top tips for buying the best vacuum cleaner for your needs.
Your first choice when buying a vacuum cleaner will be between upright vacs and cylinder vacs – there are pros and cons for each type, and Which? can help you compare vacuum cleaners (click on 'Type of cleaner').
For example, if you have stairs, a more lightweight cylinder could be the best vacuum cleaner for you. But people with pets may find that uprights are the best vacuum cleaner option, as they have independent motorised brushes that are better at picking up hair from carpet.
Bagless vacuum cleaners can save you money on replacement bags, but they can be messy, and spillages from bagless vacuum cleaners aren’t great for allergy sufferers.
In Which? tests, the best vacuum cleaners at keeping dust locked away were bagged models – but not all bagged vacuum cleaners did well in this test. Some were poor at keeping dust particles in – Which? ratings can help you compare vacuum cleaners for allergen retention (click on 'Which? ratings' then select 'Allergen retention').
Handheld vacs are no good for cleaning a whole house, but if you need to quickly clean up spills, consider a handheld vacuum cleaner.
Which? doesn’t put handheld vacs through our full vacuum cleaner test program, but our experts have given some models a try. Find out how handheld vacuum cleaners from Dyson, Electrolux, Hoover and more fared in our hands-on tests.
Find out if Hoover’s upright vacuum cleaners rate better than Electrolux’s, and if Miele’s cylinder vacs are more reliable than Dyson’s, plus we reveal the most common problems people have with their cylinder and upright vacuum cleaners.
Which? has reviews of more than 100 vacuum cleaners, and there are seven vacs that we recommend you avoid as Which? Don’t Buys.
Some Which? Don't Buy vacuum cleaners don't clean well on different floor surfaces, and many are too loud – higher wattage usually means a more noisy vacuum cleaner, but more powerful vacs don't necessarily do a better job of cleaning. Watch our video to see how noisy some vacuum cleaners can be.
Which? vacuum cleaner tests are thorough and independent, so you can choose Which? Best Buys with confidence.
In Which? vacuum cleaner tests, we embed real pet hair into a piece of carpet to see how long it takes for our vacuum cleaners to pick it up. We also test how noisy they get by putting them in special sound chambers and measuring the decibels reached. Find out more about our vacuum cleaner testing in our video guide.