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LauraEMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 15-Oct-19 10:00:27

Hi everyone!

We're making plans to research, test and review a new round of vacuum cleaners (corded and cordless), so we'd love to hear which products you'd recommend.

If you've used (and loved!) a particular product recently, then please do tell us about it. This will help us to create a shortlist of vacuum cleaners to put to the test.

Also, if you have any tips on what we should be looking for in a vacuum cleaner then please do share your comments on this thread - we'll then add your tips and advice to our updated buyer's guide.

Thank you!

poorbuthappy Tue 15-Oct-19 10:11:59

Henry - good
Vax blade 32v - bad
Dyson - ridiculously expensive

Hope that helps! smile

AthollPlace Tue 15-Oct-19 10:14:55

Surely this will change after Brexit when the EU ban on powerful vacuum cleaners no longer applies?

Goodnightjude1 Tue 15-Oct-19 10:17:51

Love my Shark.
Had a Henry before that, it was great but very heavy to use on stairs etc. Cord got stuck a lot which was very annoying.

3kidscrazy Tue 15-Oct-19 10:30:51

Miele. Had it for years and is fantastic.

anniemac1 Tue 15-Oct-19 10:47:57

Shark is brill. I didnt know my carpets were so dirty till i used this cleaner. Horrified i was living in filth. Thoroughly recommend it. Cost alot but i think it was worth it.

BrusselSprouts12345 Tue 15-Oct-19 10:51:43

Had a 6yr old Dyson pet hoover until I bought a shark last year... everyone in my family thought I was mad spending that much money when I "had a perfectly good vacuum already that did the job."
They ALL have one now lol - except my mum, who lives next door, and somehow my Shark ends up in her house at least a couple of times a week... no one can figure out how! hmmwinkgrin

Redwinestillfine Tue 15-Oct-19 10:59:06

Sebo great, powerful and flexible, a bit on the heavy side but so much better than my last 2 that I'll take that

tabbymom Tue 15-Oct-19 11:02:12

seems it's not common to use the water filter vacuum cleaner in the uk? i've been using "Rainbow" for over 5 years and it cleans & works great! can vacuum my bedding mattress too (to soothe my allergy to dust mite)

iwashappyonce Tue 15-Oct-19 11:23:37

My Hetty has given me ten years of loyal service and copes with cat hair and two small children

MuthaFunka61 Tue 15-Oct-19 11:28:34

Another vote for Hetty.
It's as powerful as a Henry but smaller and lighter

MrsFezziwig Tue 15-Oct-19 11:34:08

Have just got a Shark cordless. It seems so light after my old style Dyson. I’ve got mainly hard floors so don’t know what it’s performance on carpets is, but I’m guessing it’s pretty efficient as it keeps trying to eat the couple of mats that I’ve got. I’ve got a small house without many dirt generators so it’s fine for me - maybe if I had a larger house with children and pets I might find the small dirt collector and the 20 minute run time annoying (though you can buy an extra battery). I know there’s massive Shark love on here though (that’s why I’ve got mine) so I’m sure someone will be along soon with opinions about that.

BlastEndedSkrewt Tue 15-Oct-19 11:40:10

Roomba - I absolutely love mine (although she doesn't do the stairs)

bodgeitandscarper Tue 15-Oct-19 11:52:15

I have a bit of a vacuum fetish; currently using miele s7 as it's good forgetting in nooks and crannies, I dislike cylinder vacuums generally though.
Henry - banished to use in the garage, he kept tangling around table legs and his smug face gave me rage.
Vax air - good for a deeper clean, especially on rugs/carpets.
Bosch Athlet - okay for a whizz round, but not as effective as a corded.
Sat unused in loft - an old blunderbluss of a vax and a kirby. Both so heavy you'd need to be Geoff Capes to use them.

stormsurfer Tue 15-Oct-19 12:14:08

Miele blizzard cats and dogs. It's the one that I have found that copes with the fur and cat litter from our menagerie.... 2 cats and 2 dogs.

Kazzyhoward Tue 15-Oct-19 12:41:14

Miele - expensive but they last forever so end up cheaper than lower priced rivals which give up after a few years. Mine must be 20 years old and still going strong.

BammBamm Tue 15-Oct-19 13:01:22

Shark pet lift away. Can even take it away in the caravan grin

It's been much better than the previous dysons we've had.

Snog Tue 15-Oct-19 13:25:46

@poorbuthappy I was about to buy the vax blade 2 as Which recommend it - should I have a rethink?

mumofftwo Tue 15-Oct-19 13:29:15

Dyson v7 cordless brillant love it so easy and light and also got a shark both very good but dyson easyer to pull out then the big plug in one.

bobstersmum Tue 15-Oct-19 13:50:07

We have been through so many hoovers, Vax Hoover, Henry, they all only worked well for a year or so. 4 years ago I bought a Dyson, it's been absolutely fantastic. It has needed a few replacement parts but I have been sent them for free just by ringing up Dyson. For this reason alone I will be sticking with the Dyson brand.

poorbuthappy Tue 15-Oct-19 14:35:22

Yes rethink and find a different one!
Doesn't actually pick anything up. We ended up taking the filters out. It would also deposit most of what you thought you'd picked up back out again after you switched it off.
I almost cried when I used Henry for the first time after that bloody van.

poorbuthappy Tue 15-Oct-19 14:36:14

VAX. Not van.
Need a bloody edit button.

Amara123 Tue 15-Oct-19 14:39:17

Miele. Have one which does hard floors and carpets, it's the navy blue one. I think it's fabulous!

Zeldasmagicwand Tue 15-Oct-19 14:44:40

Have a Miele, it's great.
Wouldn't buy a Dyson if you paid me 'cos he's a twat.

TheFairyCaravan Tue 15-Oct-19 14:52:56

We've got a Shark lift away and a Shark Cordless. Both are brilliant. We'd always had Dysons before but when we got the Shark lift away it filled the tank just in the living room, and we don't have pets or little kids.

The cordless does a proper job too. We'd had a cordless vax before but it was only ever ok where as the Shark is amazing.

RaymondStopThat Tue 15-Oct-19 15:02:58

Sebo here too

Focalpoint Tue 15-Oct-19 15:39:46

Miele as main vacuum and Bosch althlet for whizz round.

Big advantage of the Bosch athlet is that the rechargeable battery is the same one that our Bosch drill uses. This means one is always on the charger and the other one on then cleaner. So when it runs out we just switch over. Total fluke that we also happened to have a Bosch drill!

PickAChew Tue 15-Oct-19 15:42:00

Love my sebo x4 for carpets.

Love my basic miele C1 even more for hard floors, stairs and ceiling cobwebs.

Bloomburger Tue 15-Oct-19 15:46:57

Sebo Felix. It's made the most amazing difference to my sons allergies and our carpets look so much better. It goes right to the edge of the carpet too and as it isn't bagless you don't end up having to hoover and wipe everything down when you empty the bloody dust canister.

userxx Tue 15-Oct-19 15:48:42

Hetty all the way.

fallfallfall Tue 15-Oct-19 15:53:01


Soozikinzii Tue 15-Oct-19 16:14:55

Shark cordless you don't realise how much better cordless are until you get one !

crankyotter Tue 15-Oct-19 16:15:20

Cordless Dyson - pricey but amazing!

NaomiFromMilkShake Tue 15-Oct-19 16:19:34

Dyson Animal 25 (in fact got to hold on to it, when I did a survey on here about ten years ago) we use this downstairs and a Sebo upstairs.

m0therofdragons Tue 15-Oct-19 16:22:30

I like my standard dyson but if I was buying now I'd get a gtech. My friend has one and it's fab.

Tweetingmagpie Tue 15-Oct-19 16:24:57

The latest cordless shark is amazing, I’m converted!

hellenbackagen Tue 15-Oct-19 16:30:36

Had a Miele but prefer shark. They've thought of everything. You can access every part easily to clean and defluff. They even have a special brush for long hair dogs etc that doesn't tangle or wrap around the brush bar and even in the lesser model the brush bar just lifts up through the top for cleaning. It's genius . Also to empty you can release both top and bottom of the collection bin so you get everything out . I've a long haired dog so this is brilliant as his hair always gets trapped in the top of the bin and I could never reach it before!

Laterthanyouthink Tue 15-Oct-19 17:59:42

Miele, works great and has for years. Thinking of also getting a robot vacuum so I would be interested in reviews of those!

InFiveMins Tue 15-Oct-19 18:13:18

I have a Shark Liftaway. It's extremely powerful, I love it as it practically lifts my carpets when vacuuming them.

Have a VAX cordless for my tiled kitchen which is OK.

Have had a Hetty before and liked it but didn't think it was great on carpets.

When my Shark packs in I'll get a new one.

InFiveMins Tue 15-Oct-19 18:14:03

Should add i had a Miele before my Shark and it was more expensive and absolutely rubbish! I am very fussy with vacuum cleaners though so might just have been me grin

DontCallMeBaby Tue 15-Oct-19 18:39:37

I’ve been reasonably happy with my Dyson - V6, I think. I’m definitely a convert to cordless, the Dyson is currently playing up so I had the old corded Miele out and it was a such a pain. But the Dyson IS playing up so ... I’ve never been impressed with the (non) ease of emptying, or how awkward one of the filters is to clean, and now it seems to fail a lot. I’ll move on from it soon, we’re getting new carpets and I’d rather not have them at the mercy of a vacuum that has a sulk every time its got a bit too much fluff in it.

HavelockVetinari Tue 15-Oct-19 19:33:42

Hetty/Henry all the way. We've tried Dysons etc. but never had anything as good as our Hetty.

Shimy Tue 15-Oct-19 19:53:24

Miele or Henry.

Azzizam Tue 15-Oct-19 19:57:29

Miele for me. I used to hate Dyson, especially the old clunky made out of heavy plastic. So awkward and unwieldy.
Henry's are good but very annoying to balance on stairs.

Azzizam Tue 15-Oct-19 19:58:40

Miele can adapt to any job and if you get the beating attachment is as good as any upright IMO.

kerkyra Tue 15-Oct-19 20:00:44

I have a Henry and a hetty ( Henry in car as I'm a cleaner).
Very easy to pull around,the cord is long and they are easy to carry

Pumpkintopf Tue 15-Oct-19 21:00:08

Miele cat and dog - love it.
My mum's Dyson - awful, far too heavy and difficult to manoeuvre.

MrsTriOskvi Tue 15-Oct-19 22:16:20


RoseQuartzGlow Tue 15-Oct-19 22:46:22

I have had a Sebo for the past 12 years and found it very good. However now thinking of getting a different Hoover. Confused by the different types of Sharks.

boniobiscuit Tue 15-Oct-19 22:57:40

Shark cordless duo-clean with the twin battery pack.

A complete game changer.

Light, easy to use, folds down to an extremely compact size for storage and does this incredibly weird and useful bendy thing for going underneath furniture.

The twin battery pack means that even if the battery runs flat you can just slot in the spare without having to wait for hours for it to charge again.

Rafflesway Tue 15-Oct-19 23:09:19

Shark cordless true pet Liftaway!


noenergy Tue 15-Oct-19 23:54:19

Miele cat and dog.

Onynx Wed 16-Oct-19 00:06:19

Miele Cat & Dog and the Miele Bagless were fab -great suction etc until they broke and I had to encounter their rage- inducing, appalling 'customer service'. For that reason I moved back to Dyson &bought a V10 cordless which has been amazing so far.

Claricethecat45 Wed 16-Oct-19 00:15:16

Shark lift away- top for carpets - but i find it one else seems to though

I find it not great for hard floors and I have black slate so the headlights show every bit of dust and hair (2 dogs) but it doesn't pick it up well at all and I always have to damp mop and try again.

lazyspoon Wed 16-Oct-19 01:18:23

Gtech multi

EmmaGrundyForPM Wed 16-Oct-19 06:37:07

We have a Shark Liftaway which is brilliant. Before that we had a Dyson which was fine but the Shark is so much better

LillianGish Wed 16-Oct-19 07:02:16

Henry all the way - long flex (essential), powerful, easy to move around (though I live in an apartment- maybe awkward on stairs) and I’ve had it forever.

viktoria Wed 16-Oct-19 07:08:24

Had a few Dysons years ago. Wanted to believe they were good, but they were actually rubbish.
Now we have a Miele, which we have had for years and it's brilliant.
Would NEVER ever get another Dyson. Mainly because they are useless and don't last. But also out of political reasons - because of Dyson's stand on Brexit (and moving his business to Singapore).

MancaroniCheese Wed 16-Oct-19 07:13:18

Roomba is just bloody amazing. Ok it can’t get into corners and can’t do stairs but the house gets cleaned way more than it would without it as there’s no way I would vacuum daily.

DogsApo Wed 16-Oct-19 08:40:23

I really like the Shark but ours keeps falling over and seems to be too light. Henry survived our building work but is a bit cumbersome. I loved our old Dyson but it wouldn't have coped with builder's dust and broke so often we had to have a backup.

MangoSalsa Wed 16-Oct-19 11:12:43

Hetty or Henry

Joerev Wed 16-Oct-19 11:52:49

Oh man. We’ve got 2 dysons. Cordless. And non cordless. Both are shit!!!! One stinks of vomit when it turns on. Sent back to dyson countless time. To be told. It’s normal?!? Had a part that meant it didn’t work. Took dyson nearly 7 sent backs to work it out. Shocking. The other one is just awful too. Same thing. Starts to smell. I clean the filters every week. Parts have broken off. Would never buy one

Contemplating a miele or a shark.....

lovelilies Wed 16-Oct-19 12:08:22

Following as my 5 year ild Miele Cat and Dog isn't doing very well. Hairs always tangled on brush bar and suction isn't great any more

yumscrumfatbum Wed 16-Oct-19 12:18:28

I have a dyson, had it for years. Had free replacement parts twice. It is heavy and cumbersome. I'll be looking at sonething cordeless next time

Kraggle Wed 16-Oct-19 14:04:57

Place marking as we’re looking at getting a cordless vacuum. We have Lino and laminate downstairs and carpet on the stairs and upstairs, mainly want it for the stairs so needs to be powerful but light.

frazzledasarock Wed 16-Oct-19 14:06:55

Miele cat and dog. God do I love it.

onemorecakeplease Wed 16-Oct-19 18:03:14

Gtech k9 cordless upright - new purchase and so far very good
We have a Dyson upright - very good but getting a bit fed up of falling over the cable!
Dyson hand held - godsend for crumbs and little jobs. So powerful

Dimsummummy Wed 16-Oct-19 18:43:38

I’m a cleaner and I find;

All mieles are brilliant
All Henry’s are very good
Dysons are 50/50 (even if 2 people have the same model) some are fab, some have pole problems
The shark is great in upright mode, but the removable handheld bit is not great, although the 2 batteries as standard is handy. The roller does block (despite claims it’s less likely to)
The gtech is overall better than the shark (as the handheld bit is better) but again need 2 batteries for whole house
Vaxs’ are usually adequate

If I was purchasing a vacuum it would be;
1) Miele (if budget allowed)
2) Henry (if couldn’t afford a Miele)


Jenniferturkington Wed 16-Oct-19 19:31:42

I have a Henry. I can’t stand him tbh, he topples over and then gives me a smug look 👀 and he’s a bugger to get up and down stairs.
I’m going to get a cordless shark when I spot a good deal.

GooseFeather Wed 16-Oct-19 19:45:36

@Snog we have a Vax Blade 2, and it is great. It has really good battery life - the rate limiting step on using it for our 5 bed house is it's dust bucket. But most of the time, I am using it for 'top up' cleans, not whole house.

We also have a Dyson corded thing for the weekly big clean, and by contrast, it is shit. It will go as soon as I can justify replacing it, and no Dyson product will ever come through my door again. It's predecessor was fab, but the build quality and reliability have tanked.

Bambooclock Wed 16-Oct-19 20:29:22

Definitely Miele cat and dog. Been going 10 years now and still awesome.

Melroses Wed 16-Oct-19 20:46:30

I have a dyson. It sucks better than the old one, but it isn't as good - can't stretch the hose up the stairs any more and the tools are not as good. It is still an 'old' model though as it does not have the irritating 'ball'

What I really, really want is a Roomba smile

MyNameIsJane Wed 16-Oct-19 20:50:14

I got a Titan vacuum cleaner for the building work we have been doing here. It’s amazing and my dyson cordless feels pathetic in comparison.

grafittiartist Wed 16-Oct-19 20:58:32

Currently vacuum shopping so this is super helpful!
Excellent timing - thanks!

Snog Wed 16-Oct-19 21:07:44

@GooseFeather thank you, that's the model I was considering - have you had it long?

Shockers Wed 16-Oct-19 21:08:23

Miele. It has gone wrong once in 6 years, and they replaced the whole top of it for about £60. It’s powerful and easy to lie flat to get under beds and coffee tables.

CorBlimeyGovenor Wed 16-Oct-19 21:13:34

Best all rounder. Great for carpets, tiled and wooden floors. Can reach to do the entire staircase.

poshme Wed 16-Oct-19 21:47:23

Such a helpful thread! I have a Miele which is ancient- it's been great, but is slowly falling apart, and I really want a cordless.
Was going to go with dyson, but now pondering shark.

itsabongthing Wed 16-Oct-19 22:01:15

Cordless shark duo

Love it! Much better than dyson cordless imo.

Favourite corded is our ancient Miele (12 years old and counting)

icelollycraving Wed 16-Oct-19 22:28:00

Shark lift away is brilliant. I’ve had different dysons, Henry and other cheaper ones. The shark is great. The only complaint I have is that it falls over occasionally.

MrsFrTedCrilly Wed 16-Oct-19 22:51:40

Had a dyson worked for about 10 minutes broke /repaired /broke shit build quality and now I know more about Mr Dyson I wouldn’t buy another on principal.

GooseFeather Wed 16-Oct-19 22:52:08

Snog about 8 months or so. Some time early this year. When you turn the brushes on, it has a light which comes on, and it almost self powers itself round, so it requires minimal effort.

stucknoue Wed 16-Oct-19 23:27:04

Henry all the way - worth getting the extra with the aero brush

Chocmallows Wed 16-Oct-19 23:48:28

I didn't get on with a Henry, but my mum has him and happy with him. I have a corded (roller ball) and cordless Dyson, really like the cordless version.

LillianGish Thu 17-Oct-19 06:53:57

I think Henry doesn’t have any fancy cordless, bagless type features and is quite large and heavy so you need room to store, but it does have a very long cord which can easily be adjusted and also a very large bag so you are not endlessly emptying an although it is heavy it is easy to pull along. It is a bit cumbersome to get up stairs, but has long enough attachments that you can hoover up from the bottom (or down from the top). Most crucially it is very reliable and lasts for years - which is an important factor because no one wants to be shelling out on a new hoover every few years.

MashedSpud Thu 17-Oct-19 07:47:56

My Hetty.

TwinkleRedMoon Thu 17-Oct-19 09:28:10

Meile. Had mine for years and love it.

TwinkleRedMoon Thu 17-Oct-19 09:29:30

Oops sorry for spelling mistake in my post.

Ali1cedowntherabbithole Thu 17-Oct-19 13:58:16

I'm another Shark fan. I bought ours after reading previous MN threads.

Much better and lighter than our old dyson.

confusedmaybe Thu 17-Oct-19 14:40:41


confusedmaybe Thu 17-Oct-19 14:42:21

Posted too soon, absolutely love it, never loses suction, had it for years. Before this, a decade ago, had an ancient Bosch, was fab, but not as good as the Miele. Not even sure Bosch make vacuums anymore

Gooseygoosey12345 Thu 17-Oct-19 15:24:48

GTech - expensive but good, handheld has too short a life span
Vax cordless- ok on hard floors, useless on carpet
Henry/James - brilliant!
Vax corded - pretty good!

Gooseygoosey12345 Thu 17-Oct-19 15:25:57

Oh that's the GTech K9 (older model) new model is too fragile and has common fault with shaft failure

Biglumpycustard Thu 17-Oct-19 15:27:58

Love my Henry.

Pollaidh Thu 17-Oct-19 15:29:41

Miele cats and dogs is excellent, ours has been going 10 years and all the cleaners we've had have rated it highly compared to others they use.

Also a Dyson handheld.

madmother1 Thu 17-Oct-19 15:46:21

I've just bought the G tech set. It's brilliant and light. The stairs are a doddle with the small handheld. I've also kept my sebo as I just can't bear to part with it yet .

morrisseysquif Thu 17-Oct-19 16:04:43

Miele Junior - amazingly quite cheap but does a great job.

Naomi98 Thu 17-Oct-19 17:25:03

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Notwiththeseknees Thu 17-Oct-19 17:33:09

Dyson V11 Absolute. I even take it away with me if I'm housesitting blush

Kidlacky Thu 17-Oct-19 18:09:09

henry.... sucks anything up, the henrietta doesnt have a easily seriveable head, for unblocking, the normal henry does. Dyson vacs are a gimmick , an posh bird accessory in fact, usless. Batteries die too quick and forever emptying it. Henry , powerful , cheap and serviceable. throw it about , simple design, doesnt go wrong.

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