Mumsnet picks: best vacuum cleaners
To paraphrase the well-known axiom: nothing in this life is certain except death, taxes, and vacuuming. But it's not all doom and gloom – with the right vacuum, everything becomes much more bearable. Allow us to help you find your perfect hoover match
Calling all long-suffering pet owners – this vacuum is the answer to your prayers. It has a special nozzle that picks up pet hair incredibly efficiently and runs for a whole hour on a single charge.
“I have a Bosch Athlet, it's fantastic.”Buy it now
You've never known freedom like this cordless Dyson – no more dragging a heavy hoover around behind you. Plus, it has a run time of up to 40 minutes from a single charge (ample time to hoover unless you live in a palace). It comes with five interchangeable attachments including a soft roller that leaves hard floors spotless and a motorised tool for cleaning deep into carpet fibres.
“We've got the v8 and it's absolutely amazing – if you can stretch the budget for it then I would definitely recommend.”Buy it now
Although this Vax cordless model doesn't have as many bells and whistles as the Dyson model, it also doesn't have the hefty price tag. With 35 minutes of vacuuming time from a single charge and a cyclonic filtration system that ensures fine dust is picked up as effectively as coarse dirt, this vacuum can hold its own against more expensive brands.
“We have the Vax cordless: it's really good and we use it for both carpets and hard floors like tiles and Lino.”Buy it now
This vacuum has some serious suction power and uses a super-fast airflow to lift both fine dust and coarse particles. It has a specially designed handle for maximum comfort and, what's more, is built to last – it's been tested for the equivalent of 20 years’ use.
“I've got the new Miele bagless & it's fab!”Buy it now
This vacuum comes with an excitingly named “turbo tool” to combat tough dirt and pet hair, plus a built-in washable EPA filters for eliminating pollen and airborne allergens. It has a 7m cord and is designed to be equally effective on hard or soft floor surfaces. Better still – it's not too hard on the wallet.
“It's not too heavy. Picks up after our cat (and rats), it has a turbo brush to use on sofas, beds etc. Easy to empty and clean filters.”Buy it now
This hoover has LED lights on the floorhead to helpfully illuminate
the fact that your house is a tip the areas that need hoovering. It comes with a special tool for picking up pet hair and one that is perfectly adapted to picking up fine dust from hard floors.
“Shark Rocket – amazing and affordable.”Buy it now
This hoover stands out from the crowd with a unique “back saver” button that collapses the vacuum down so that you can easily clean underneath furniture. It can also clean for up to 60 minutes from a single charge and can be used as an upright, handheld or stick vacuum.
“I've got the Morphy Richards SuperVac. It's amazing. Super-light, with a detachable hand-held mini vac on the front.”Buy it now
The best kind of vacuum is surely the one that does the hoovering for you. The roomba has a 60 minute run time and sensors that allow it to navigate around your furniture. But here's the really clever part: when its battery starts running low, the roomba will return to its charging base; once it's fully charged, it will remember where it has already cleaned and automatically resume hoovering the rest of the room – you'll never miss a spot again.
“I love that I can just press start, go out, and find the roomba is neatly docked after cleaning my house beautifully!”Buy it now
This Sebo vacuum can be used on carpets, hard floors, and upholstery. It is a bagged hoover – which some MNers claim improves suction – and has a handy filterbag indicator on the front so you know when it’s nearly full and the filter needs to be changed.
“Sebo Felix… sucks like nobody's business.”Buy it now
This lightweight vacuum is specially designed to tackle the fluff and dirt that our furry friends leave behind – it comes equipped with a special tool for removing stubborn hair. It also has a generous 4.5 litre capacity so you won't have to empty it as often. This Miele has also been tested for the equivalent of 20 years' use so you can be confident it will stand up to a bit of wear and tear.
“Miele Cat and Dog – I love mine almost as much as my kids.”Buy it now