Here at the Strategist UK, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about home essentials before — including the best coffee tables and the best knife sets — here, we’ve rounded up the best vacuum cleaners, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated overall vacuum cleaner
It might be surprising that the best-rated overall vacuum cleaner is a goofy Henry the Hoover model. But it carries 3,489 reviews on Amazon, with nearly one in five (or 568) specifically praising the suction. Satisfied customers included the owners of a German Shepherd who said the hoover made light work of the dog’s thick hairs, and one user who said it even managed to accidentally swallow a pair of socks without her noticing. Though it is noticeably bulkier than the cordless and upright models featured elsewhere, its capabilities on hard floors were commended by 59 reviewers, while 49 users said the light frame made it easy to move around. In total, 82 percent of all reviews are five stars.
Best-rated (less expensive) vacuum cleaner
At just over forty pounds, Amazon’s own basics vacuum cleaner is the best-rated at a low price. The model is a cylindrical vacuum cleaner which uses vacuum bags (compatible with several brands, including AmazonBasics G51, Swirl Y05, and Menalux 1840). It has 558 reviews in total, with 310 of them being 5 stars, and in total one in ten reviews praised it for being great value. It’s also a lighter model than other upright vacuums — 47 reviewers noted how easy it was to carry, including a 74-year-old who had to do her own housework, and a woman who had to vacuum after her long-haired chihuahua every day. Despite being light and cheap, it doesn’t skimp on power, though. In fact there are 157 reviews commenting on the strong suction, whether it’s across heavy shag carpets or on awkward stairs. [Editor’s note: This product is currently out of stock.]
Best-rated upright vacuum cleaner
British company G-Tech specialise in cordless vacuums and appliances, and their upright vacuum has 2,074 reviews in total. The company claims the lightweight model (3.5kg) matches the performance of mains-powered upright vacuums, able to handle wood, carpet and dirt with ease. One in five reviews says it’s easy to use, and one in ten reviews says the charge is exceptional. G-Tech say this model can clean an average house twice in forty minutes thanks to its powerful charge, and reviews seem to agree. Forty-eight reviewers cleaned their whole house on one battery charge, with one writing that they can do their three-bedroom house in one go, and there’s also plenty of customers who say its the best model on the market. In fact, 49 reviewers say this model is better than their Dyson. [Editor’s note: This product is currently out of stock.]
Best-rated extra-long vacuum cleaner
Vax’s Air Stretch Vacuum comes specially designed to cover large spaces; the retractable extension cord stretches to 17 metres, and according to the product listing, it was designed to clean an entire home, including stairs, without having to unplug and move it around. It has 3,494 reviews in total, with 86% of those being five stars. Though it’s listed as lightweight (and 225 of the positive reviews agree), it’s worth noting that, at 5kg, it’s 30 percent heavier than the G-Tech model listed above. Four-hundred and eleven reviews (over ten percent) said the powerful suction was one of its best features, and due to its heftier size, customers said it stayed upright and rarely toppled over.
Best-rated cordless vacuum cleaner
Dyson’s Animal range is the technology company’s lightest, cordless model, and it’s one of the most popular we found. It has 836 reviews in total, with 77 percent of those being five stars, and it’s also one of the lightest, too — at 2.3kg it’s less than half the weight of the Vax upright vacuum. One-hundred and sixteen or nearly one in eight reviews said it was easy to lift and hold for long periods, and it even converted one man who swore he’d never go cordless after finding them unreliable. The strong suction also got commended by one cleaner, who said they never had to do the same spot twice.
Best-rated vacuum for pet hair
Though several models have claimed to be adept at picking up animal hair, the Cat and Dog Powerline vacuum by German manufacturer Miele seems the best suited for the job. Ninety-four reviewers said it was great to use on dog hair, while a further 42 used the 900w-powered motor to clean up cat hair with ease. Fifty-one people said it had strong suction one power (including one mum who said she used it to tidy after her long-haired teenage son). In total it has 522 reviews, with 88 percent of them being five stars. Other comments included the foot pedals, which make stopping/starting the vacuum easy, and the built-in air cleaning filter which neutralises odours. However, all these features come with a downside — it’s 7.26kg in weight, making it one of the heaviest featured.
Best-rated hybrid vacuum cleaner
Shark’s Lift Away model features an upright mode as well as allowing the central cylinder to detach and be taken to other rooms. It has 2,470 reviews in total, with 155 saying the lift-away function was a particularly helpful alternative to lugging the vacuum around every room. One customer, who ran a cleaning agency for years (and owns ten white-haired dogs) said this model was better than any model she used in her client’s homes, and made her rug look brand new.
Best-rated robot vacuum cleaner
A more modern alternative is to get an automatic vacuum (a.k.a. a robot vacuum), and this model from Eufy is the highest rated according to Amazon. Due to its neat size and weight (just 2.7kg), it’s able to get into spaces easier than a bulkier model, and the smartphone controls mean you can control where it cleans easily. It has 1,055 reviews in total, with 606 of them being five stars. A total of 94 people said it’s far easier to use than they imagined, and it’s converted hundreds of people — 75 people say the Eufy is great on hard surfaces and a further 40 people said it tackled pet hair no problem. Though the smaller size meant it did fill up quicker, many reviewers set it off every day — in fact 62 people said it was so quiet it didn’t disturb them.
Best-rated vacuum with steam mop
This 3-in-1 cleaner by Bissell features a steam cleaner, a vacuum cleaner, and a drier combined, and was highly rated by customers for its ability to do several different tasks. One Airbnb host said it was the best thing for her uneven slate floors – after hoovering, mopping, and sweeping had all failed to keep her property clean. Another customer, who owns eight dogs, said the combination cleaning meant that she could vacuum the dog fur and lift any stains at the same time. 77 customers said it was easy to use, including a self-confessed cleaning obsessive who said they were frankly horrified at the colour of the dirty water when they emptied this out after a clean. Customers agreed it was easy to set up and use, with many saying they didn’t even bother reading the instructions.
Some other Strategist-recommended vacuum cleaners
Strategist contributor Kurt bought his Miele vacuum cleaner on the advice of his cleaning lady, “who, after years of using our crummy Black & Decker — and then, for a short period, an actual straw broom to sweep the rugs of our tiny apartment — told us that she’d quit unless we got her a Miele.” He continues, “she fell in love after using it at another client’s, and I’m glad she did. Because this thing is so (legit!) fun and easy to use, I sometimes prefer to do the vacuuming myself.”
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