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    Best Vacuums 2022

    If your vacuum just isn’t living up to its hype anymore, chances are you need a new one. Well good news, because you’ve come to the right place (yay!). Whether you’re struggling to get rid of pesky pet hair, day-to-day dust, or the little one’s finally discovered their love for chucking food across the room, we’ve picked out our favourite models and sorted them into piles for you.

    Best for deep carpet cleaning

    So you’ve got friends over for a takeaway night, the curry’s going down a treat and the beer is flowing. Then someone drops their poppadum onto the floor and stomps it in with their feet - sigh. No need to panic though, because these models have everything you need to keep your fluffy floors spotless, from futuristic dirt sensors to specially designed brushes that are sure to pick up every last crumb.

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    AEG VX6-2-CB-P Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner

    Good

    £149

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    Bissell Revolution 2.0 Pet 20666 Carpet Cleaner with Heated Cleaning

    Best

    £269

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    Features to look out for

    Can be used on any floor type

    What good is a vacuum cleaner that excels on hard floors, but leaves carpets looking lackluster? Fear not, because some models have specially designed floorheads and powerful motors that guarantee the best results on both, and you won’t even have to change the settings yourself either.

    Special filters

    Whether it’s trodden in dirt or fine dust during the warmer months, great filters (like HEPA) are sure to trap allergens and pollutants from the air. Some of them are washable too, and others clean themselves, meaning you can wave goodbye to the days of constantly replacing them…kerching!

    Vortex technology

    Some bits of dirt are harder to remove from carpets than others. That’s why Miele’s Vortex technology uses a powerful airflow to pull out even the finest particles, like sand, leaving floors in great condition after every use.

    Tangle-free brush roll

    Thanks to tangle-free brush rolls, you’ll never be left pulling out knotted strands of hair from the nozzle. Instead, they’re specially designed to prevent any fallen locks from building up inside it, so you can enjoy even easier cleaning.

    Best for pet hair

    If you’ve got a furry friend living with you, you’ll know the struggle of the never-ending clumps of pet hair around the house. Whether it’s constantly on your floors or it just sticks to the sofas, these models have some of the finest tools around to combat those pesky bits of fluff.

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    Hoover BREEZE EVO PETS TH31BO02 Upright Vacuum Cleaner with Pet Hair Removal

    Good

    £90

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    Features to look out for

    Tools perfect for pet hair

    Unwanted pet hair can be a pain to clean! Thankfully, some vacuums come with specially designed tools to lift it off your surfaces and lock it away for good. So, if you’re struggling to keep on top of shedding season, these ones will make your life oh-so-easier.

    Hair-fighting technology

    Some models come with technology to tackle pet hair. Just whizz around your house as normal, and then when you’re done, all you’ll need to do is press a button. This slices any strands that have got caught up in the floorhead, so they can be easily removed and disposed of (without the endless pulling that we all know so well).

    HEPA filters

    Did you know that when you’re zooming around with the vacuum, a lot of the finer particles it captures actually manage to escape again? That’s where HEPA filters come in, because once particles enter, they’re securely locked away with no chance of breaking out - keeping the air in your home as fresh as can be for you and your pet.

    Can be used on any floor type

    Whether your pet’s moulting in the lounge, kitchen or bedroom, most models are equally as effective on carpets as they are on hard floors.

    Best for hard flooring

    Your partner’s raided the snack cupboard (again) and dropped a whole box of cereal onto the kitchen floor. Luckily, we’ve got the perfect selection of vacuum cleaners that’ll suck that dust right up, as well as keeping your tiles and laminate spick ‘n’ span.

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    Beko VCO42701AB Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner

    Good

    £62

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    Features to look out for

    Crevice tools

    Most vacuums come with a handy crevice tool. This makes it easier to get into tricky spaces, like in between cupboards and along skirting boards.

    A pivoting swivel head

    Nothing stops the flow of your cleaning spree quite as much as a rigid vacuum cleaner that refuses to twist when you need it to. Pivoting swivel heads can rotate up to 180 degrees at once, from side to side. So, instead of painfully crashing into furniture and taking chunks out the walls, you’ll be able to swing around those bends with ease.

    Dyson Digital Motor

    The Dyson V11 Digital Motor promises better results on hard floors. It uses brushless magnets instead of different moving parts, creating a much more powerful performance. This makes it durable and really quiet too, and you’ll even be able to clean up those late-night spillages without waking the house up.

    Lightweight

    Gone are the days of dragging your hefty vacuum cleaner along your precious oak floors. If you choose a model that’s lightweight, it’ll not only be easy to cart around, but you’ll never be left with scratched surfaces either.

    Best lightweight vacuum cleaners

    If you’re helping Grandma find her brand spanking new vacuum cleaner, or you suffer with aches and pains yourself, there are lots of things to take into consideration when buying the right one. If you go for one that’s lightweight, it’ll be easy to carry around the house, and you’ll never put your back out doing it.

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    Bissell Featherweight 2-in-1 2024E Upright Vacuum Cleaner

    Good

    £47

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    Bosch Serie 6 Athlet ProHome BCH85NGB Cordless Vacuum Cleaner with up to 45 Minutes Run Time - Dark Blue

    Best

    £99

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    Features to look out for

    Easy to carry

    Gone are the days of having to lug around a dead weight in the name of cleaning. With a lightweight model, you’ll never struggle to move it from one room to the next. Easy peasy.

    Handheld option

    Plenty of vacuums can be converted into handheld options, with a quick release of a button. So, if you’ve just finished up in the lounge and you’ve spotted one of those annoying strands of dust hanging from the ceiling, you’ll be able to quickly reach it without any trouble.

    Washable filter

    If you’re trying to find ways to produce less waste (and save money), washable filters are a great way to start your eco-friendly journey. They’ll just need a quick rinse under the tap every now and then, so you won’t have to keep replacing them and throwing old ones away.

    Nice, neat and compact

    Some models can be folded down or quickly dismantled for easy storage. This means they’ll never be that bulky housemate in the corner, and you can just tuck them away in the little cupboard under the stairs.

    Best for flexibility

    If you live in a small flat, or you just don’t want to stare at a bulky vacuum whilst you’re eating your dinner, you’re probably on the hunt for one that can do it all but won’t take up much space. Luckily for you, we’ve got just the answer. Some models come with nifty tools, some are just compact and others have all of the above. Here are our favourites…

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    Beko Powerclean™ VRT94929VI Cordless Vacuum Cleaner with up to 45 Minutes Run Time - Black / Grey

    Good

    £209

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    Hoover H-FREE 500 PETS ENERGY HF522PTE Cordless Vacuum Cleaner with Pet Hair Removal and up to 40 Minutes Run Time - Black / Pink

    Better

    £199

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    Features to look out for

    LED headlights

    Because LED headlights illuminate the floor in front, you’ll never miss any bits of dirt as you zoom along. So, the next time you’re cleaning a dimmer area, like under the TV cabinet, you’ll be sure to see every speck!

    Lightweight

    If you’re sick of lugging a dead weight behind you when you’re vacuuming, a lightweight model is the way to go. Not only will you be able to move freely from room to room, but the days of bashing into the skirting boards are over.

    Crevice and dusting tools

    Crevice tools are specially designed to get into tricky spots, and dusting brushes are perfect for giving surfaces a good ol’ polish. Who says cleaning has to be difficult?

    Can be used on carpets and hard floors

    Most models can be used on soft carpets and hard floors. Some of them use sensors to detect the type of surface too, and will automatically adjust the settings to suit. So, if you’re focused on getting the job done, you’ll never have to stop and fiddle with buttons when moving from room to room.

    Best for suction power

    Having a vacuum that can keep up with family life, and most importantly do a good job, should be one of life’s necessities. Whether the kids love the sandpit, or the dog’s into digging, get yourself a model that’s powerful enough to hack it all.

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    Hoover BREEZE EVO TH31 BO01 Upright Vacuum Cleaner

    Good

    £79

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    Shark Anti-Hair Wrap with Powered Lift Away and True Pet PZ1000UKT Upright Vacuum Cleaner

    Better

    £399

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    Dyson Outsize Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner with up to 120 Minutes Run Time - Red / Silver

    Best

    £699

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    Features to look out for

    Turbo Tool

    Shark’s powerful turbo tool uses a combination of thick bristles and strong suction to pull out embedded dirt from carpets. So, next time Garfield’s rolling around in the living room and leaving a mess, just pop the tool onto your vacuum and enjoy spotless results ASAP.

    FiberTeQ floorhead

    FiberTeQ floorheads can be adjusted, making them great for use on all floor types. Its special bristles will work together to drive out even the finest bits of dust, for quick and easy results.

    HEPA filters

    Anything that’s been pulled out of the air will be securely sealed into a HEPA filter. This is good news, because the last thing you want is allergens and pollutants escaping into your environment again, and making it hard to breathe.

    DuoClean floorhead

    A Shark DuoClean floorhead uses 2 motorised brushes to suck up dust as it moves along the floor, so those tiny specks of dirt won’t stand a chance.

    Best for tangled hair

    If you’re growing out some impressively luscious locks that are sure to rival Rapunzel’s, you need a vacuum that can easily rid your sofas and floors of long hair. There are some great models out there that are made for exactly that, so pop your trusty pair of scissors back into the drawer where they belong – you won’t be needing them.

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    Features to look out for

    Anti-Hair Wrap technology

    Shark’s Anti-Hair Wrap technology will do all the hard work for you. Their specially designed bristle-guard and comb will keep the brush roll clear of long, tangled hair as you’re vacuuming. No more hacking out knots for you.

    Brush roll clean

    Ever wanted to a press a switch that solves all your problems? Well good news, because AEG’s Automatic Brush Roll Clean feature will do just that. There’s a button on the floor head, which’ll slice any caught-up hair in the brush when you step on it.

    Turbo tool

    Sometimes, you just need a little more oomph to pick up those pesky bits of hair that cling to the floor. Most models come with a turbo tool, which ramps up the suction power to drive out embedded dust and dirt.

    Can be used on any surface

    Because hair can get everywhere, a vacuum that can be used on any surface is the perfect choice. Whether it’s bathroom lino, kitchen tiles or carpet in the lounge, you’ll be equipped for every job.

    Best for allergies

    When sneezing season hits, it’s always the same people that suffer the most. If that’s you or someone in your home, these models have lots of kind tech to keep the air around you free from pollen and allergens – perfect for hay fever and asthma sufferers.

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    Samsung Jet™ 90 Pro VS20R9049T3 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner with up to 60 Minutes Run Time - Titan Grey

    Best

    £449

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    Features to look out for

    Radial Root Cyclone™ technology

    Dyson’s Radial Root Cyclone™ technology uses multiple cyclones to capture as many allergens from the air as possible. This increases the suction power too, delivering perfect results no matter the surface.

    Special filters

    These models all come with HEPA filters, which offer the best protection against pollutants and nasties in the air. Once dust particles have been captured, they’re locked inside with no chance of escape.

    Anti-Allergen Complete Seal

    Shark’s Anti-Allergen Complete Seal locks 99.9% of allergens inside the vacuum, and stops them from finding their way back into the air around you.

    Lightweight

    Because they’re lightweight, you’ll be able to carry them from floor to floor without getting out of breath.

    Best cordless vacuums

    These days, we don’t have to be tied down to wires and plug sockets to get the most out of our vacuums. With cordless models, you can enjoy a completely free reign of the house (and outside) without compromising on results. These vacuums have loads of great features that equip you for any job, from the living room to the car.

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    Features to look out for

    Upholstery tool

    If you’re anything like us, you’re a big fan of a drive thru burger. It can often result in crumb-overload though, and that’s why most cordless models come with upholstery tools - so you can take them out to your whip and give your seats a freshening up.

    3-in-1 design

    A 3-in-1 design means you can use it as an upright, handheld, or versatile stick. So whatever job you’re facing, whether that’s a grubby rug in the hallway or a couple of dusty skirting boards, you’ll always be able to get brilliant results.

    HEPA AirClean filter

    Some Miele models come with an effective HEPA AirClean filter. This captures allergens and pollutants from the air, and locks them away in a sealed bag – perfect if someone in your house suffers from hay fever or asthma.

    Torque Drive Motorhead

    Because Dyson’s Torque Drive Motorhead uses sensors to monitor the surface it’s on, it’ll adjust the settings to best suit them. This means you’ll never have to break your cleaning flow to fiddle with buttons, and you can glide from floor to floor with ease.

    Best upright vacuums

    After a long day in the office, the last thing we want to do when we get home is vacuum. As upright models are the most powerful ones of all, you can always count on them to do a great job quickly. Where there’s a plug socket, there’s a way.

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    Hoover BREEZE EVO TH31 BO01 Upright Vacuum Cleaner

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    £79

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    Features to look out for

    Can be used on any floor type

    Most models will work just as brilliantly on wooden floors as they do on deep pile carpets. So whatever the job, you’ll always be well equipped.

    Bagless and easy to empty

    Bagless models mean you’ll never have to waste money on buying replacement bags again. Once the cylinder is full, just aim it over the bin and push the release button. Everything that’s been picked up will fall away, and you’ll be ready for next time.

    Ball™ technology

    The days of struggling to manoeuvre your vacuum around the home are well and truly behind you. With Dyson’s Ball™ technology, there’s a special mechanism chamber that makes it really easy to navigate, so there’ll be no stopping you from swinging around bits of furniture and awkward bends.

    Lift-Away technology

    Shark's most powerful upright models have Lift-Away technology, which means you can transform your upright vacuum into a handheld one. Just release the lever and the wand will detach from the base, for easier cleaning of higher up spaces.

    Best for battery life

    We all know the pain of a conked out vacuum when you’ve still got floor space left to tackle. That’s why lengthy battery lives are great, because they’ll last a lot longer. If you like to do the whole house in one sweep, it’s definitely worth choosing a model that caters to this. There’s also some fantastic tech that helps to prolong battery life, like efficient motors, extra batteries and turbo settings.

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    Samsung Jet™ 70 Pet VS15T7032R1 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner with up to 40 Minutes Run Time - White / Green

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    £219

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    Features to look out for

    Run times

    All cordless vacuums have different run times. If you’re looking for one that won’t need charging up very often, the Dyson Outsize Absolute is absolutely the way to go. Once juiced up, it’ll run for a whopping 120 minutes before it starts to flag. Impressive, right?

    No wires

    Sick of annoying cables getting under your feet all the time? You’re in luck, because cordless models don’t have any. You’ll be able to go anywhere in the house, even outside, without being tied to a plug socket. Just make sure it’s all charged up and you’re good to go.

    Spare batteries

    If you do run out of charge half way through your cleaning mission, some brands like Shark and Black & Decker make spare batteries. Just keep it charged up and you can make the switch if needed. Sorted.

    Real time updates

    Some models come with LCD displays, which tell you how much battery you’ve got left. So whilst you’re zooming from room to room, you’ll never be caught off guard by it suddenly cutting out. And depending on which one you go for, some displays will even show you your suction levels, settings and real time reports of what’s been picked up. Technology these days, eh?

    Best all-rounder

    If you’re still making up your mind, check out the below. With a bit of everything, from pet hair tools to special tech, you’ll definitely find the next must-have addition for your home.

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    Features to look out for

    Pet tools

    Whether it’s mud in the car after a woodland walk, or paw prints dotted around the house, a pet tool makes cleaning up after your furry friends easy. With thicker bristles than a normal brush, it’ll work hard to drive out all kinds of dirt from floors.

    LED headlights

    We all know the frustration of putting the vacuum away and then noticing the odd cobweb that we didn’t before. That won’t be the case if you go for one with LED headlights, because it’ll illuminate the path before you, so not a single crumb will go unnoticed.

    RobustAir

    Bosch’s RobustAir system constantly delivers a great performance, even when the bin is full.

    Anti-Hair Wrap technology

    Thanks to Anti-Hair Wrap technology, you’ll no longer have to spend your free time untangling bits of hair from the floorhead. Whilst you’re in the midst of vacuuming, the brush will automatically clear itself of knotted hair, preventing future jams.