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Is Lidl’s latest cheap cordless vacuum deal any good?

The Candy 22V cordless vacuum cleaner is on sale for £80. Find out whether it's a bargain worth having or if you should stay away from that middle-aisle temptation

Is Lidl’s latest cheap cordless vacuum deal any good?

Hot on the heels of its popular £50 cordless vacuum deal last week, Lidl has swiftly introduced a new cordless vacuum offer as part of its ‘Home Essentials’ middle-aisle round-up.

The Candy 22V cordless vacuum cleaner, available now while stocks last, costs £80, and has a 20-minute claimed run time.

It’s apparently reduced 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 in major UK retailers.

We’ve done some digging and we think it’s a close relative of the Hoover Freedom Lite FD22L cordless vacuum, as the specifications and design are very similar, and the two brands are owned by the same company.

You can get the Hoover version for a similar price in other stores. It’s £84 in Currys/PC World and on Amazon.co.uk at the moment. This means that, while this Candy vacuum is slightly cheaper, you’re not necessarily making a significant saving.

It’s still cheaper than a lot of other cordless vacuums, though. Some models, from brands such as Dyson, cost more than £600. But can it clean well for less?

Get an idea of whether or not this model is worth snapping up by checking our full Hoover Freedom Lite cordless review to see how it compares on ease of use and cleaning power against other popular cordless vacs.

Top cordless vacuum picks – see the best options, based on our independent tests, including some great-value models for £200 or less

Candy 22V cordless vacuum: what you get

The Candy 22V (left) looks very similar to the Hoover Freedom Lite FD22L (right)

The Candy 22V is fairly basic. It doesn’t have features, such as LED headlights or adjustable suction power, that you might find on pricier models.

Like the Hoover, it has one power setting, which Lidl says will give you 20 minutes of cleaning time before you need to recharge the battery. This means it’s more suited to quick clean-ups or smaller flats with less floor area to cover.

It comes with a combination floorhead for hard floors and carpets, which has a spinning brush bar. You can also use it as a handheld vacuum with the long crevice tool accessory. There are no other mini tools, though, so you won’t have any extra brushes to tackle upholstery that you usually get with other vacuums.

It has a claimed dust capacity of 0.7 litres, which is pretty average for a cordless model, and weighs 2.3kg. That’s relatively light, and identical to the Hoover Freedom Lite.

Candy vs Hoover, Vax, Dyson and Shark cordless vacuums

Here’s how the Lidl Candy vacuum stacks up on specs against some key rivals:

Model Price*  Charge time** Run time*** Capacity Weight  Features
Candy 22V £80 n/s 20mins 0.7 litres 2.3kg Crevice tool
Hoover Freedom Lite FD22L £84 8 hours 20mins 0.7 litres 2.3kg Crevice tool
Vax Blade Ultra TBT3V1P2 £150 3 hours 17 mins 50 mins (21) 0.6 litres 3.1kg Battery life indicator
Dyson V7 Motorhead £250 2 hours 35 mins 28 mins (7) 0.6 litres 2.4kg Dust ejector mechanism
Shark DuoClean IF200UK £244 3 hours 30 mins 20 mins (12) 0.7 litres  5.5kg Dual brush bars, flexible tube, LED lights, replaceable battery
*Prices correct as of 8 October 2019  **Charge time, run time, capacity and weight for Hoover and Candy based on specs; Dyson and Shark figures based on Which? tests ***Second value is run time on the higher-power/turbo setting, if the vacuum has one.

Is it a good deal?

On specs, this Candy is about as basic as it gets for a cordless vacuum cleaner, but if it cleans well enough you might not mind missing out on some bells and whistles for a bargain price.

We haven’t tried out this specific model, although we have tested the similar Hoover Freedom Lite.

Our tests have shown that cheaper cordless vacuums can be a real gamble. In fact, many cheaper models are downright terrible, making up the majority of our Don’t Buy list of 42 cordless vacuums to avoid.

Head to our cordless vacuum cleaner reviews to get the lowdown on the best cheaper options. We’ve found Best Buys for less than £200, and if you don’t mind compromising and sticking to plug-in models, there are some brilliant Best Buy corded vacuum cleaners for under £100.

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