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What you look for when buying a vacuum cleaner

Dust pick-up considered more important than price


Dust pick up is the most important factor for UK consumers when buying a new vacuum cleaner, with price second, according to new research.

45% of UK consumers consider a vacuum cleaner’s ability to pick up dust ahead of anything else, according to the survey by vac manufacturer AEG.

Price was also an important factor for UK consumers. It was voted the second most important consideration (13%) when buying a vacuum cleaner, while durability was just behind at 12%.

To find out which vacuum cleaners are best at picking up dust, check out our vacuum cleaner reviews. 

Noisy vacuum cleaners

According to AEG’s survey, UK consumers’ biggest annoyances with vacuuming are low suction (24%) and noise (24%), with emptying the dust container the third most annoying thing about vacuuming.

Among UK consumers surveyed, men were more annoyed by noise (30%) than women (18%).  

Looking for a quiet vacuum cleaner? We measure the noise levels of every vacuum cleaner we test – discover which are the quietest vacs in our vacuum cleaner reviews. 

Common vacuum cleaner problems

Which?’s own research has found that poor suction is the most common fault in upright and cylinder vacuum cleaners (7%), followed by blocked filters (5%) and a problem with the brush (3%).

We’ve surveyed thousands of Which? members to find out which vacs are the most reliable – our guide to the most reliable vacuum cleaner brands reveals which brands you can trust.

Testing vacuum cleaners

Our expert tests examine how well the vacuum cleaner works as it fills up with dust. Dust pick-up is measured when the canister is filled with 0g, 100g and 400g of dust.

As well as dust pick-up and noise, Which? test scores also take ease of use and pet hair pick-up into account. Read about how we test vacuum cleaners to find out more about our testing methods.

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