When you first start shopping around for a vacuum cleaner, you’ll notice that the prices can vary by hundreds of pounds. This guide helps to explain what features you can expect for your budget.
Does Price Affect Performance?
Independent tests have shown that vacuum cleaner performance does appear to correlate with price – the more money you’re willing to spend, the better your machine will be.
But, that’s not to say that you won’t find a great vacuum on a shoestring budget. Comparing prices, reading reviews, and thinking about what features you really need, will help you get the best model
for your money.
The cheapest vacuum cleaners cost in the region of £80 to £150. At this price, you’ll find corded upright and cylinder models, in both bagged and bagless designs. You’ll probably have a choice of two or three low-end brands and may have to make a sacrifice on factors like capacity and suction.
The performance of budget models varies hugely, meaning that you’ll have to be more careful and do your research properly. At around the £150 mark, you’ll find some machines with great reviews, and sometimes they’ll even come with features such as pet-friendly attachments.
Handheld vacuum cleaners are understandably the cheapest type. Expect to pay £20 for a no frills own-brand version, or £80 for a more powerful model from a household name.
A mid-range budget is around £150 to £250. Most retailers offer a wider choice of brands in this price range, and even a few robot and cordless designs. You’ll be able to take your pick from the full selection of features on offer, including some with ‘no loss of suction’ cyclonic technology.
The most expensive upright and cylinder vacuums can cost anywhere from £250 to £450. There aren’t as many to choose from in this price bracket, but you’ll be able to afford the top models from premium brands. Nearly all are bagless and come with cyclonic technology, along with a generous array of other features. Most cordless and robot vacuum cleaners enter the market in this price bracket, with robot vacuums costing up to £800.
If your current vacuum cleaner is still in working order and you’re looking at upgrading it, why not hold off until you’re sure you’ve got the best price? Many retailers offer various sales and deals throughout the year, so it pays off to wait it out if you can.
Many retailers offer various sales and deals throughout the year, so it pays off to wait it out if you can.