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18 Sep 2020

Lupe Pure cordless: can the 'sustainable' vacuum cleaner rival Dyson?

Lupe claims its cordless vacuum is built to last while also cleaning brilliantly - find out how it measures up to rivals and if you should buy it

Story last updated: 16 August 2021

Lupe's Pure cordless vacuum took six years to develop, and aims to challenge Dyson with an effective and repairable cordless vacuum.

The brand described it at launch as the 'world's best performing cordless vacuum', which is quite the statement.

At £549 (down from £699 launch price), it's also one of the more expensive options on the market, so you'll want to be sure it lives up to its price tag.

Lupe has shunned the popular stick-style cordless vacuum design favoured by rivals, instead opting for a design more similar to a traditional upright vacuum - although you can lift off a smaller cleaning unit to tackle handheld cleaning jobs.

The brand says its cordless vacuum is designed to last, and is therefore a more sustainable choice. It's available to buy via the Lupe online store.

Before you buy, read on to find out more about its specs and features vs big-name rivals, or skip straight to the full Lupe cordless vacuum review to find out how it measures up to the competition.

Lupe Pure cordless - sustainability and cleaning credentials

Lupe makes a big deal of the Pure's cleaning power and sustainability credentials.

Patented technology, including a 'suction intensifier' is behind the claims to have market-leading 'useful suction' on any surface and type of dust or debris.

The floorhead is designed to sit flush with the floor and minimise air gaps. Two counter-rotating brushes - a traditional bristle brush and a soft foam roller - draw in dust and debris.

Shark and Dyson both have similar floorhead designs with counter-rotating brushes, although theirs have fluffy roller brushes.

Designed to last

Lupe's core values are products that have 'best in class performance with a long service and life cycle'. This is where the sustainability aspect comes in.

The brand says its Pure cordless is built with robustness in mind, and that key components such as the lithium-ion battery are replaceable, so it shouldn't end up in landfill in a few years time. On its website, the brand also makes a commitment to fair wages and eco-friendly factory production.

This is certainly a plus point, as we've found you can't always replace the battery in cordless vacuums. Lithium-ion batteries have a finite lifetime, so this limits the overall lifetime of the vacuum cleaner, which is why we don't recommend any models with non-replaceable batteries.

However, it's worth noting the warranty is only for two years, on par with rival brands.

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Lupe Pure cordless vs rivals

The Lupe Pure is competing at the top end of the cordless vacuum market, with brands such as Dyson, Miele and Samsung, which also offer models at around this price .

These models aim to replace your main vacuum cleaner, rather than being a back-up option for quick cleans. Here's how some similarly priced alternatives measure up on spec:

PriceDust capacityRun time (/turbo run time)Features
Lupe Pure Cordless£5491 litre60 mins*Modular design, removable battery, flexible tube
Miele Triflex HX1 Pro£6790.6 litres70 mins (34 mins)**Three different cleaning modes, two batteries, LED headlights
Dyson V11 Absolute£5990.9 litres76 mins (13 mins)Digital screen, battery timer countdown, auto-suction control, dust-ejector bin
Samsung Jet 90 Pro£5490.6 litres45 mins (10 mins)Mopping floorhead, extendable cleaning tube, floor stand
*turbo runtime TBC **total for two batteries (included)

Miele's Triflex range is the nearest rival, in terms of both price and design (though the new lower price of the Lupe gives it a bit more edge). The Triflex models are modular, so you can use them either in 'stick' mode or more like an upright vacuum.

Dyson's V11 Absolute model goes down a different route, offering a slick digital control screen with battery countdown and auto suction control.

Samsung offers some interesting extras, including a scrubbing mop attachment and extendable cleaning tube.

Premium cleaning machines

The latest cordless vacuum releases are really pushing the boundaries of what a vacuum cleaner can cost. The average plug-in vacuum costs around £250, but in recent years we've seen the price of cordless vacuums from the big brands climb ever higher.

You can get a cordless vacuum for around £50, although we wouldn't recommend it - many cheaper models are dreadful, so check our list of Don't Buy cordless vacuums for the worst offenders. Alternatively, you can pay a premium for longer battery life and top-end features - or in Lupe's case, claims around durability.

If you simply want good, cheap, reliable vacuum, a corded one may be a better bet. Check our vacuum cleaner reviews for the best options, and our most reliable vacuum brands for the ones with the most staying power.

Vacuum cleaner buying guide - we explain how to choose the right model for you

*Story originally published 18 September 2020 but updated to reflect new prices, and that we have now fully reviewed the Lupe vacuum in our test labs.