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
Bosch Athlet Animal BCH6PETGB Cordless Vacuum Cleaner with Pet Hair Removal, £219
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
Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, £349 (was £519)
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
Vax Slimvac Total Home TBTTV1T1 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, £119 (was £169)
Although this Vax cordless model may not have as many bells and whistles as the Dyson model, it also doesn't have the hefty price tag. With 24 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. It's also extremely lightweight, making it a great option for people with reduced mobility.
“We have the Vax cordless: it's really good and we use it for carpets and hard floors like tiles and lino.”Buy it now
Miele Blizzard CX1 Excellence PowerLine Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner, £300
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
Hoover Breeze Evo Pet TH31BO02 Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner, £75
This vacuum comes with a handy “crevice tool” for extracting dust and pet hair from those awkward corners – better still, the extra tool is stored on the vacuum itself meaning
you won't lose the bloody thing it's always there when you need it. Plus, the built-in washable EPA filter eliminates pollen and airborne allergens from your home, as well as ensuring you never need to buy hoover bags again. It has a 7m cord and is designed to be equally effective on hard or soft floor surfaces. Best of all, 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
Shark DuoClean with Powered Lift Away True Pet NV801UKT Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner, £249
This clever hoover has “Lift Away technology” which lets you remove the cylinder from the floorhead for easy access under and around furniture. It also comes with a special tool for picking up pet hair and a double-brush design which means it picks up everything – including really fine dust.
“The Shark Lift Away is the best hoover I've ever owned. It switches seamlessly between carpet and hard floor; suction is brilliant; swivel head so can get under stuff easily. The Lift Away function means I can reach places I definitely wouldn't be able to with a standard upright. DH thinks I'm crazy because I keep telling everyone about it but, honestly, it's the best thing ever (I don't work for them, promise).”Buy it now
Morphy Richards 3 in 1 Supervac Deluxe 734050 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, £179 (was £229)
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
iRobot Roomba 612 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner, £249 (was £349)
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
Sebo Felix Navy ePower 90815GB Upright Vacuum Cleaner, £269
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
Miele Complete C2 Cat & Dog PowerLine Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner, £219
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