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Welcome to TopTenVacuums.co.uk

Welcome to TopTenVacuums.co.uk, my name is Will and I am the founder, product tester and reviewer! I launched this website off the back of my own frustration when I was in the market looking for a new vacuum cleaner. I needed a vacuum cleaner that performed well on both hardwood flooring and carpet, something that was portable, small enough to hideaway but powerful enough to clean pet hair. I ended up choosing the Dyson V8 Absolute, but this was not an easy journey!

A quick Amazon search for vacuum cleaners and you are bombarded with more than 1,000 vacuum cleaners from various household names such as Dyson, Hoover, Bosch, Vax and many others. Then you begin to break down your search based on your budget, primary use, type of vacuum cleaner and it becomes even more complicated! You then get similar vacuum cleaners at similar prices with slight variations.

The complexity hits a new level when you begin looking at other retailers such as Argos, Currys or John Lewis - this is where brands begin slightly tweaking their model names to confuse consumers into thinking they are exclusives or allowing retailers to use different pricing strategies.

Basically, the whole process of shopping for a vacuum cleaner is stupidly confusing.

This is where I come in...

I may sometimes refer to myself as 'we' that's basically because it's me and the website and then I might also hire web designers to tweak the website or to make some lovely imagery for you to enjoy.

How we test?

how we test vacuums

Every vacuum cleaner that we mention on our website has been personally purchased and tested by us.

We do extensive market research before purchasing each vacuum cleaner. We then put them through extensive testing scenarios including a cleaning test across three different types of terrain (hardwood floor, low pile carpet and high pile carpet).

You can learn more about our testing process right here and learn what factors go into our product testing and scoring.

Why listen to me?

how we test vacuums

That's a good question! Well, as I've just mentioned I was once like you. The difference now, is that I've spent almost one year testing over 50 different vacuum cleaners and I've spent a significant amount of time reading various reviews from other trusted sources, whilst also learning more about the development of vacuum cleaners, the technology that creates the product and also looking into how the industry is evolving.

To put it simply, I am a no bulls**t reviewer, I tell you how it is and I can empathise with most types of consumer. Not everyone can afford or is willing to sink £500 into a vacuum cleaner, so I try and find the best vacuum cleaner whatever your budget! Also, don't forget our giveaways, I try and do at least one each month!

If you are interested in learning more about me, you can do so right here. Otherwise, let's carry on, shall we!

Main Types of Vacuum Cleaners

Consumers are spoilt by choice today with the myriad of vacuum cleaners on the market. However, knowing which one for you isn’t just a case of driving to your local appliance store and choosing one, but first understanding the differences between them – including the pros and cons and what they are best used for. Are you looking for a do-it-all hoover for your whole house (including furniture, rugs and curtains) and your vehicle? For cleaning a specific area in your house that is commonly used such as your hallway, kitchen and bathroom? Or even just for picking up crumbs from table tops and personal computer keyboards? We have worked hard to provide the most up-to-date information on the latest vacuum cleaners so you can make a smart decision.

Upright Vacuums

Upright-Vacuums

These hoovers are named due to their ability to stay in a relatively upright position while you clean. They are often heavier and less versatile than some other vacuum cleaners and best used for properties with fewer difficult-to-reach areas. Most people with wall to wall carpeting prefer to use upright hoovers, though newer models have been designed to make them just as suitable for hardwood flooring without scratching the surfaces. Due to the beater brush commonly used with these models, people with pets who live in carpeted properties may prefer to use them.

They are typically easy to use and store, being a single upright unit. Many models now come with a hose and various attachments to make them more practical for cleaning stairs, under furniture and other tricky areas. These models are often only available corded and are available both bagged and bagless.

Cylinder (a.k.a Canister)

Cylinder-Vacuums

You might think of the famous “Henry” hoovers when looking at cylinder or canister vacuum cleaners. They are perhaps the most versatile of options that contain a long ‘wand’ that is attached to the canister through a flexible hose. They are lighter than traditional upright vacuum cleaners and while they are best used for hard flooring, most have the option to easily adjust the cleaning head to be suitable for carpeted areas as well.

These hoovers are a smart pick for those who need to vacuum stairs, upholstery and their vehicles due to the flexible hose and multiple attachments that usually accompany them. The cylinder hoover has wheels to better follow you as you move around your house, and usually comes with a bag, and a cord that is easily retracted in to the canister when not in use (though cordless and bagless options are available). You can find out which cylinder vacuums we recommend right here.

Stick

Stick-Vacuums

In recent years “stick” vacuums have become much more popular. While they resemble the traditional upright hoovers, they are much lighter and are often available cordless and bagless. Some models don’t have any attachments and are best suited for kitchen and bathroom flooring, but more expensive models are available that are much more versatile for whole house cleaning (including carpeted areas). Some can even be converted into handheld cleaners. People with smaller apartments find these to be more practical as they don’t take up much space. You can read all about our best recommendations for stick vacuum cleaners right here.

Handheld

Handheld-Vacuums

Handheld vacuum cleaners are only meant as a quick mess clean up solution. They are small portable vacuums that are commonly battery operated and bagless. They are a great addition to any home with pets and children where crumbs and hair find their way onto most surfaces.

With the shift towards cordless vacuum cleaners however, there are more 2-in-1 vacuum cleaners being launched onto the market. This means consumers are getting two vacuum cleaners for the price of one, popular models include Dyson's range of cordless vacuums such as the V8 and V10. As well as Vax's Blade and GTech's Pro bagged cordless vacuum cleaner.

You can see which handheld vacuum cleaners we recommend here and also take a look at our best cordless vacuum recommendations here.

Bagged or Bagless Vacuum Cleaners

When choosing a new hoover you will likely consider the pros and cons between bagged and bagless vacuum cleaners. The primary difference between the two is that a bag needs to be thrown away and replaced with a new one once it is full, and a bagless hoover allows you to empty a receptacle without the need for additional costs. Having said this, the cost of bags is often insignificant for this to be a main deciding point.

Bags are a great option for those who suffer from allergies. This is because when removing the bag you’re usually not exposed to the dirt. Many bags have a seal that is placed over the opening upon removal. It’s advised to purchase bags that have HEPA filtration as they are often used as the main filter. Bags also take a while to fill up compared to bagless models so there is less time spent emptying/removing the dirt. On the other hand, the newer and more advanced bagless hoovers have taken care to ensure the receptacle doesn’t leak and can easily be removed and emptied without spilling dust. They also often have machine washable filters, or filters that can be cleaned under running water which can also cut down on costs. In the end what you choose comes down to preference, but it’s important to read hoover reviews to discover if there are any weak points. Some cheaper bagged hoovers may have dirt spill over into the compartment once it is full, while some cheaper bagless models may leak dirt from the receptacle even while it’s in place.

Upright vs. Cylinder Vacuums

Choosing an upright or cylinder hoover is a matter of preference with the main advantages of each stated above. If you have a large, carpeted home you may find it more practical with an upright vacuum cleaner. However, if you have hardwood flooring, lots of difficult to reach places and/or need to also use the hoover for your vehicle then a cylinder model would be a better bet. For the most part cylinder hoovers are more popular due to their versatility on all flooring types and ability to clean various areas. They are also lighter than the upright models, though there is a larger chance of tripping over it which may sway people. This is one reason why some elderly people may choose an upright or more modern and lighter battery powered “stick” hoover.

Should I Buy a Corded or a Cordless Vacuum Cleaner?

This question can only be answered depending on your needs, budget and preferences. While corded vacuum cleaners are more cumbersome, they aren’t limited in power or charge which is the case with cordless vacuum cleaners that use a charging point. As a result, if you have a large home and/or prefer cleaning it in one setting a corded model should be your primary consideration.

Even so, improvements in technology means that some of the more expensive cordless models can match their predecessors. They are lighter which makes them easier to use, and can be great for small to medium sized homes, or as a second hoover for quickly cleaning high traffic areas throughout the week. It’s important to keep in mind that their small size means they will need to be emptied more often.

Both options can be versatile and match your needs, but this will depend largely on the model and the amount you are willing to spend. Take the time to read through our reviews to find out which is best for you.

Top Ten Vacuums - Our Recommendations

Last Updated: 3rd April 2018

Below are our five best vacuum cleaner recommendations, based on our own personal experience testing and reviewing each of these vacuum cleaners.

1. Dyson V10

TopTenVacuums Rating
OUR RATING 9.5
PROS
Long Battery Life
Highly Versatile
Bagless
CONS
Expensive
Emptying

2. Miele C3

TopTenVacuums Rating
OUR RATING 9.3
PROS
Large Capacity
Multiple Accessories
Absorbs Odours
CONS
Expensive
Corded

3. Dyson V8

TopTenVacuums Rating
OUR RATING 9.0
PROS
Easy to use
Highly Versatile
Lightweight
CONS
Expensive
Max Mode Limited

4. Shark Liftaway

TopTenVacuums Rating
OUR RATING 8.9
PROS
Easy to use
Highly Versatile
Lightweight
CONS
Expensive
Max Mode Limited

5. Philips Ultimate

TopTenVacuums Rating
OUR RATING 8.8
PROS
Easy to use
Highly Versatile
Lightweight
CONS
Expensive
Max Mode Limited

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