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Lidl to sell bargain £50 Dyson lookalike cordless vacuum: should you buy it?

The Silvercrest 2-in-1 cordless vacuum cleaner is in stores from Sunday 29 September and is a fraction of the price of big-brand rivals

Lidl to sell bargain £50 Dyson lookalike cordless vacuum: should you buy it?

Update for 6 October 2019

  • Lidl has a new cordless vacuum deal in stores from today. The Candy 22V cordless vacuum cleaner costs £80, and has a 20 minute claimed run time.
  • It’s apparently down from £130, but we haven’t seen it on sale anywhere else. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a Candy vacuum anywhere. However, we’ve done some digging and we think it’s similar to the Hoover Freedom Lite FD22L cordless vacuum, as the brands are owned by the same company.
  • You can get this model for a similar price in other retailers. It’s £84 in Currys and on Amazon at the moment, so it is slightly cheaper in Lidl.

Make sure you check our Hoover Freedom Lite review first to get an idea of whether this model is worth snapping up or not.

Lidl is selling a cheap cordless vacuum for just £50, a fraction of the price brands such as Dyson and Shark are commanding for their newest models.

The Silvercest 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum is a Lidl own-brand model and has a slim stick design with a small handheld unit you can detach to clean tricky corners, such as cars interiors or stairs. It comes with handy mini tools, such as a crevice cleaning tool, dusting brush and upholstery nozzle.

It will be available in stores, while stocks last, from Sunday 29 September. Previous versions have been popular, so you’ll probably need to be quick. But is it likely to clean well on the cheap? We’ve taken a look at the details to see how it compares with branded rivals on spec.

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Lidl Silvercrest 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum: how does it compare with the big brands?

For the price, this cordless vacuum is definitely worth a look. It’s pretty much as cheap as you’ll find a cordless vacuum. Budget models from brands such as Hoover, Morphy Richards, Pifco and Russell Hobbs tend to start around the £90 mark.

Models costing £50 are typically standalone handheld vacuum cleaners, which are best for giving the stairs or car a quick clean, so to get both in one is a good start.

Here’s how the key specs stack up:

  • Battery type: Lithium ion
  • Run time: 25 minutes (40 minutes on eco mode)
  • Charge time: 3.5 hours
  • Dust capacity: 0.75 litres
  • Filtration: HEPA 13
  • Accessories: Crevice tool, 2-in-1 upholstery nozzle and dusting brush, small dusting brush 
  • Warranty: Three years

It’s very similar to the cordless vacuum Lidl sold in 2018, but the dust canister design is slightly different. This one has a flip-open lid for emptying, whereas the older version was completely removable, so you could just tip it into the bin.

This model has a slightly longer run time – an extra five minutes on standard and 10 minutes on eco. This can’t match pricier rivals, some of which give you more than one hour of cleaning, but is comparable with cordless vacuums around the £150-200 mark, such as the Dyson V6 (£199).

It’s light on fancy features, but you still get a good basic accessory pack, so cleaning your home shouldn’t be an issue. And the lithium-ion battery charges pretty quickly for a model at this price point.

The three-year warranty is also pretty good when you consider Dyson’s is just two years for its cordless vacuums.

Is it a good deal?

In terms of specs, yes, this Lidl cordless vacuum is a pretty good deal. If you’re keen to try cordless cleaning, but don’t want to spend big, it’s certainly a tempting option.

Cheap cordless vacuum cleaners can be very poor, though. We’ve found plenty of models below the £100 mark that struggle to suck up dirt effectively, or let it escape back into the room through poor filtration systems. And 23 are so inadequate we’ve labelled them Don’t Buy vacuums to avoid.

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Getting the best cheap vacuum cleaner

The prices of big brand cordless vacuums have been climbing ever higher (Dyson’s V11 Absolute costs £600). Top-end models may have all the mod cons, such as digital displays and long-running batteries, but if you want a more wallet-friendly option, all is not lost.

We’ve found a few excellent cheaper cordless vacuum cleaners that clean well on a budget. Check our cordless vacuum cleaner reviews for our top recommended options.

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