Story updated on 06 August 2018 to reflect the fact that we’ve now fully lab tested this model
At £420, the Philips SpeedPro Max Animal cordless vacuum cleaner is a similar price to the Dyson Cyclone V10 cordless. We’ve put it through our tough lab tests to see if it can compete on cleaning power.
Philips says that its flagship cordless cleaner has a battery life of more than an hour and a floorhead that delivers 360-degree cleaning. As with other premium cordless contenders, it has flashy extras such as LED lights on the floorhead to tempt you to part with your cash.
It also has some unusual selling points, such as a floorhead that Philips claims can suck up dirt from all angles, meaning less back and forth when cleaning your floors, and built-in mini tools that should make for hassle-free top-to-toe cleaning.
Read on to see how this cordless vacuum compares on specs to rivals from brands such as Bosch, Dyson and Shark, or skip straight to the full Philips SpeedPro Max Animal review to get our verdict on its cleaning power.
Philips SpeedPro Max Animal vs other cordless vacuums
Built-in mini tools are probably the main thing this Philips has over the competition, although the 360-degree suction floorhead is also a standout feature.
Unusually, the dust container faces upwards, which makes it look like you are holding it upside down. This is to allow for smoother airflow. Both Dyson and Vax have made similar adjustments to the canister placement on their recent models, with Dyson wrapping it around the vacuum tube on the V10, and Vax rotating it 180 degrees on the popular Blade 32V Pro.
The SpeedPro Max Animal is claimed to last for more than an hour on its lowest setting, or for 21 minutes on high, which is slightly longer than the Dyson V10 can manage. It also has a fully detachable dust canister, so you can easily take it outside to empty if you want to avoid an in-house dust cloud.
Do these extras add up to an easy cleaning experience? Find out in the full Philips SpeedPro Max Animal cordless vacuum review.
Three key rivals to the Philips SpeedPro Max Animal
1. Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute, £450*
This is the one to beat. The Dyson Cyclone V10 is Dyson’s new flagship cordless vacuum cleaner. Dyson says that the V10 is so good that it has stopped developing corded vacuums. The battery lasts for an hour on its minimum setting, but as little as five minutes on its most powerful setting.
Dyson has redesigned the canister emptying system on the V10 so that it can hold more dust than previous models. It also points straight into the bin, which should make it easier to empty.
Does it live up to the hype? Get our verdict in the full Dyson V10 cordless review.
2. Shark DuoClean IF250UKT True Pet, £380
The Shark DuoClean has a specially designed floorhead with two spinning brush bars, rather than one. One is a soft roller and the other a bristled brush. They spin in opposite directions, which Shark says helps to pick up both larger debris and fine dust from floor surfaces.
It also has a flexible tube that can bend to clean under low furniture and allows you to fold the vac down for storage. This model comes with two interchangeable batteries, which extends the battery life to 40 minutes (24 minutes on turbo), and means you can have one charged and ready so you don’t get caught short. Like the Philips, it has a mini turbo pet brush and LED headlights to illuminate the floor surface .
Can this Shark clear your home of dust and debris? Read the full Shark IF250UKT True Pet cordless review to find out.
3. Bosch Athlet Ultimate BCH732KTGB, £280
Like all Bosch Athlet cordless vacuums, this model doesn’t have a detachable handheld vacuum for cleaning in tight spaces or above floor height. You can convert it into a handheld cleaner by removing the floorhead and handle and attaching a shoulder strap to the main body of the vacuum, though.
The battery lasts for more than an hour on its lowest setting, or for 16 minutes on its highest setting. Bosch says it has a long-lasting and high-performance filter, to prevent allergens escaping back into the room, and an easy-empty bin.
Its handheld mode is a bit clunky, but how good is it at cleaning? Read the full Bosch Athlet Ultimate review to find out.
Cheap vs premium cordless vacuums
You don’t need to spend a lot to get a good cordless vacuum, but you do need to be wary of cheap models. We’ve tested all the major cordless vacuums on the market, and found both brilliant and terrible models. In fact, we’ve found a record 28 Don’t Buy cordless vacuums to avoid.
If you choose carefully, there are good-value options to be had at around the £200 mark. Check our list of the best cordless vacuum cleaners for 2018 to find the right model for your budget.
Paying more will usually get you additional accessories, such as specialised hard-floor or carpet-cleaning tools, and mini tools for tackling pet hair, awkward crevices and more. On models with removable batteries you’ll usually get a spare thrown in, too. Other premium extras include LED lights on the floorhead, battery-life indicators and easy-clean filters.
If the price tags above are making your head spin, it’s worth considering a traditional vacuum instead. We’ve found Best Buy corded vacuum cleaners that are easy to use and will give your home a thorough clean for around £100.
*Prices correct as of 06 August 2018