When you first start shopping for floorcare, you’ll notice that prices can vary by hundreds of pounds. With the right research, you can find a model that fits both your budget and your needs.
DOES PRICE AFFECT PERFORMANCE?
Independent tests have shown that performance generally correlates with price – the more money you’re willing to spend, the better your machine will be.
But, that’s not to say that you can’t find a great model on a limited budget. Comparing prices, reading reviews, and deciding on essential features will help you get the best deal for your money.
The cheapest floorcare appliances cost in the region of £50 to £100. At this price, you’ll find upright and cylinder vacuums – in both bagged and bagless designs – and possibly a few cordless options and carpet cleaners. But, you may have to sacrifice on factors like capacity and suction.
The performance of budget models varies hugely, meaning that you’ll have to be careful and do your research. At around the £120 mark, you’ll start to find machines with great reviews, which may even come with features like pet-friendly attachments.
Handheld vacuum cleaners and carpet sweepers are understandably the cheapest types of floorcare. Expect to pay £20 or £30 for a basic handheld cleaner, or £60 plus for a more powerful model from a household name.
Carpet sweepers generally range from £15 to around £70, while you can find lower end wet and dry vacuums and floor polishers for as little as £50. And, steam cleaners can cost as little as £40, while the best models can reach into a higher price range.
A mid-range budget is around £100 to £250. Most retailers offer a wider choice of brands in this price range. It’s where cordless designs usually enter the market, and where you can find most wet and dry vacuums and floor polishers.
You’ll also come across cheaper carpet cleaners, high-end steam cleaners and handheld vacuums – and even a few robotic cleaners. You’ll be able to take your pick from the full selection of features on offer, including some corded vacuums with cyclonic technology.
Many retailers offer sales and deals throughout the year, so it pays to wait it out if you can.
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 it includes top models from premium brands. Nearly all are bagless and come with cyclonic technology, along with a generous array of helpful features.
The highest end cordless vacuum cleaners can cost as much as £500, and most robot vacuum cleaners enter the market in this price bracket, costing up to £900. Meanwhile, you can pay anything from £300 to £600 for the majority of carpet cleaners.
If your current vacuum cleaner is still in working order and you’re looking to upgrade it, why not hold off until you’re sure you’ve found the best price? Many retailers offer sales and deals throughout the year, so it pays to wait it out if you can.