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Avoid dodgy cordless vacuum cleaners this Black Friday

More than a third of the cordless vacuums we've tested are terrible. Make sure you don't get stuck with one in the sales, and find out how to get the best deals on popular brands such as Dyson, Shark and Vax

Black Friday sales

Last updated 23 November 2018

With Black Friday on the horizon, nearly all of the big retailers have deals on to try and persuade you to part with your cash for the latest in cordless cleaning.

But beware, we’ve tested most of the cordless vacuum cleaners on the market and more than a third are so poor at cleaning we’ve named them Don’t Buys.

These models struggle to suck up dust and dirt from carpets, hard floors and other surfaces. Some also leak any dust they do suck up straight back into the room, thanks to poor filters, and are also noisy and difficult to use.

Another third are merely mediocre and won’t give you the cleaning results you’d expect, despite some costing several hundred pounds.

So, as well as checking whether you’ve got a genuine deal, make sure you also check our cordless vacuum cleaner reviews to discover the best and worst models, and avoid getting landed with a dud.

Best Black Friday deals on cordless vacuum cleaners

So far, there aren’t too many great deals to be had on cordless vacuums. Many of the current offer prices are ones we’ve seen already earlier this year, so while they may be a good price for that particular vacuum, they aren’t exceptionally cheap and you’ll probably find them at that price again after Black Friday.

However, the top deal we’ve seen was on the Dyson V7 Animal – £180 at John Lewis, though it’s now out of stock. Read on for more info on Dyson deals.

Here are our top tips on finding the best deals on some popular cordless vacuum cleaners:

Vax Blade 2 Max, £250*

This is the newest model in Vax’s popular Blade range and it’s only been around for a couple of months. It comes with a removable dust canister for easier emptying, LED headlights and a redesigned floor tool. The battery lasts for more than 45 minutes (13 minutes on turbo), which should be plenty to give your home a quick spruce up.

It’s remained relatively price-stable since launch, so if you find it for less than £250 it could be a good buy. Even at £250, it’s half the price of major new launches from the likes of Bosch, Dyson and Samsung. Find out if it can clean well for less in the full Vax Blade 2 Max cordless review.

Watch out for older Blade models, too, such as the Vax Blade Ultra and Vax Blade 32V Pro . These are regularly on offer for around £150-£170, so they are a temptingly affordable option, particularly if they drop further on Black Friday.

Lidl is selling the Vax Cordless Slimvac for £79 on Black Friday. This is a pretty good price – it has an RRP of £149, although you can usually buy this model for around £90-£110. It’s lower spec than the Blade models, with a shorter battery life and longer recharge time, but could be a good budget option.

Vax models tend to be more affordable than some big-name rivals, but we’ve found some are a much better bet than others, with both a Best Buy and a Don’t Buy vacuum among the ranks. Discover which ones are worth buying with our Vax cordless vacuum reviews.

Dyson Black Friday deals

Currently, there aren’t many deals available on the V8 or V10 ranges that are cheaper than we’ve seen at some point in the past six months. However, we’ve spotted the Dyson V7 Animal in John Lewis for £180, which is a good deal.

You might find the older Dyson V6 vacuum makes a reappearance for around £180 – we’ve spotted it at this price in a couple of retailers. It’s got a much shorter battery life than the newer models, so keep an eye out for deals on the V7 as prices for these two seem similar and the V7 will give you more cleaning time to play with, and handy features like the dust ejector.

It’s also worth looking out for offers on the V10 range, as these models have been quite price-stable since launch.

Use our full guide to getting the best deal on a Dyson, along with our Dyson cordless vacuum reviews, to get the best for your money.

Shark cordless vacuum deals

Shark vacuum cleaners are quite regularly on offer, but even so, we’ve spotted some quite good deals on its DuoClean cordless vacuums at Argos, AO.com and Currys PC World.

For the majority of the last six months, the Shark DuoClean IF250UKT (£279) was almost £100 more expensive than it is now, and the Shark IF200UK (£200) was about £40 more. Both models have an innovative floorhead with two counter-rotating brush bars, designed to lift both fine dust and larger debris from floor surfaces. The more expensive version has a spare battery, for extra cleaning time, and turbo pet tool.

These Shark vacuums have some nifty features, including the now near-obligatory LED headlights on the floorhead, but make sure you check our Shark cordless vacuum reviews first to see if they are up to the job.

The Shark Duoclean Liftaway corded vacuum, it’s latest model, has a pretty good offer at AO.com. It’s currently £199, which is the cheapest we’ve seen this model.

Bosch cordless vacuum deals

If you’re looking for longer battery life, a Bosch Athlet cordless vacuum can be an affordable choice. These slim upright-style vacuums are a bit of a pain in handheld cleaning mode, requiring a shoulder strap, but they’ll last the distance if you’ve got lots of floorspace to cover.

We’ve spotted the Bosch Athlet BCH65MGK on sale for £129 at Currys PC World. It usually costs around £195, and for a Bosch vacuum, this is a good price. There’s a wide range of Athlet models to choose from though, and only some are Best Buys. Check our Bosch cordless vacuum reviews to see if this model is a top pick or not.

Finding the best cordless vacuum deals

As always, our advice is to do your research and don’t feel under pressure to snap up a deal. We’ve found some great-value Best Buys, so even outside of the sales periods you don’t have to splash the cash to get a decent cordless vacuum.

Don’t forget about corded vacuums, either. Cordless vacuums are easy to use, but in general corded vacuums still have the upper hand when it comes to deep-cleaning thick carpets and hard floors. We’ve recently uncovered our cheapest ever Best Buy, too: an unassuming cylinder vacuum that cleans brilliantly, and costs less than £50.

Generally speaking, we find more great corded vacuums for less than £200 than we do cordless, so if you’re looking to save, a corded vacuum may be your best bet. Check our corded vacuum cleaner reviews for our top recommendations.

*Prices correct as of 21 November 2018

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