Best Vacuum Cleaners

Whether you’re jumping into your first vacuum purchase or looking to upgrade to a shiny new machine, you’ll want to have the best knowledge possible on hand. We'll explain which type of vacuum would suit you most, how much you can expect to pay for one, and which features are worth looking out for. Continue reading...

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Miele Complete C3 PowerLine

Miele Complete C3 PowerLine 🏆 2024

4.4  (610)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity4.5 L
  • HEPA FilterEither
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$424Bing Lee
Richard J
Richard J8 posts
  Complete C3 PowerLine
Miele Compact C2 PowerLine

Miele Compact C2 PowerLine

4.7  (87)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $349 to $529
  • Bin Capacity3.5 L
  • HEPA FilterEither
kevscorner
kevscornerVIC15 posts
  SDCB0
Miele
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Dyson V15 Detect

Dyson V15 Detect 🏆 2024

4.5  (145)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity0.77 L
  • HEPA FilterEither
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$988Bing Lee
DavidS
DavidS
  Complete
Great to useVery good machine and very easy to use. Saves me alot of time Show details ·  1
Dyson V8

Dyson V8

4.2  (1,640)
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  • Bin Capacity0.54 L
  • HEPA FilterEither
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$444Bing Lee
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jpgNSW2 posts
  Absolute
Disappointed no suction using crevice tool on Dyson V8 absoluteWhen using crevice too or dusting tool there is no suction it won’t clean out around window frames and doesn’t get dust off skirting boards, this is most disappointing to me.
Hobot Legee

Hobot Legee 🏆 2024

4.2  (112)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $845 to $1,150
  • Bin Capacity0.5 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
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Kris G
Kris GWA
  D8
Big W Contempo 2 in 1 Vacuum

Big W Contempo 2 in 1 Vacuum

4.4  (69)
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  • Price (RRP) $32
  • HEPA FilterNo
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Cat. M.
Cat. M.8 posts
 
Dyson V7

Dyson V7

3.9  (701)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity0.54 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
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Greg
GregQLD
  V7 Animal Origin
Roborock Q7 Max

Roborock Q7 Max 🏆 2024

4.2  (86)
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  • Price (RRP) $999
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Katherine
KatherineVIC3 posts
 
Makes life easyMade my life so much easier. Love that I set up a variety of programs to get around different areas of the house each day. Doesn't require too much upkeep in terms of emptying dust bins. Would be five star if it was slightly better at picking up finer dirt in corners. But that really is me trying to find something wrong with it. Show details
iRobot Roomba 600 Series

iRobot Roomba 600 Series

3.9  (235)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $149 to $499
  • Bin Capacity0.6 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
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Tony O.
Tony O.QLD3 posts
  692
Very disappointedNoisy. Bashes into furniture. Can't find it's way home. Charging contacts need constant cleaning or it just doesn't charge. Show details
Numatic Henry

Numatic Henry 🏆 2024

4.2  (71)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity6 L to 9 L
MARALYN
MARALYN3 posts
  HVR200
Kmart 2 in 1 Corded Stick Vacuum ST01

Kmart 2 in 1 Corded Stick Vacuum ST01

4.0  (123)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $32
  • HEPA FilterYes
BEJOY V.
BEJOY V.WA
 
Electric vacuum cleaner anko 2 in 1 corded stick Floor brushhow to remove floor brush from electric vacuum cleaner anko 2 in 1 corded stick Show reply
Kmart Anko 2200W Bagless

Kmart Anko 2200W Bagless

3.8  (240)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $85
  • Bin Capacity3 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
Miss_Simpson
Miss_SimpsonVIC11 posts
 
Good to start got worse -Don't buyThis was a cheap vacuum that worked great the first few times then just became weak and useless really. Save your money to buy a better vacuum cleaner. Show details
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Dyson Cyclone V10

Dyson Cyclone V10

3.6  (578)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity0.76 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
Luke
LukeQLD3 posts
  Verified Absolute +
Vacuum disperses more debris than it eliminatesIncredibly disappointing product. I spent extra for the model with the head attachment for cleaning hard floors.

I've stopped using it completely as it just creates more mess. It disperses more debris across the room than it manages to eliminate. Very ineffective. Show details

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Sebo Airbelt K Series

Sebo Airbelt K Series

4.6  (31)
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  • Bin Capacity3 L
Maia88
Maia88NSW15 posts
  K3 Premium
SEBO
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Bosch Athlet BCH6-AU Series

Bosch Athlet BCH6-AU Series

3.6  (380)
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  • Bin Capacity0.9 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
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$178Bing Lee
Sue
SueQLD4 posts
  BCH6AT25AU
Bosch Home Appliances
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Kmart Anko 2000W Bagless

Kmart Anko 2000W Bagless

3.7  (170)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $49
  • Bin Capacity2.5 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
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Geoff G.
Geoff G.
 
Sebo Automatic

Sebo Automatic 🏆 2024

4.9  (23)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $899 to $995
  • Bin Capacity5 L to 5.3 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
Peter
Peter4 posts
  X7
Miele Blizzard CX1

Miele Blizzard CX1

3.7  (160)
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  • HEPA FilterEither
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$515Bing Lee
Rimz
RimzNSW13 posts
  Cat & Dog
Miele cx1Worste of the worste I've had ..
has no suction absolutely waste of money ended up buying a kmart one does 10 times better Show details
Dyson Cinetic Big Ball

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball

3.5  (831)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity1.5 L to 1.6 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
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$551Bing Lee
Dave
Dave2 posts
  Multi Floor Extra
Dyson
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Dyson V12 Detect Slim

Dyson V12 Detect Slim

4.2  (37)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity0.35 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
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$888Bing Lee
bee Jay
bee JayNSW23 posts
  Absolute
Shark Navigator Pet ZU62

Shark Navigator Pet ZU62

4.1  (42)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity3 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
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$289Bing Lee
Jill H.
Jill H.QLD2 posts
  Verified
LG CordZero A9

LG CordZero A9

3.4  (278)
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  • Bin Capacity0.44 L
  • HEPA FilterEither
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bb300500
bb300500VIC2 posts
  A9NEOMULTI
Never AgainThis vacuum was terrible. Im so disappointed in it and also LGs follow up. It pulsated, the filter was terrible. I gave up trying to get it replaced and threw my Vac to the tip - $899 that has left a bad feel for LG and I wont buy their products again. Show details
Shark Corded Upright NZ801

Shark Corded Upright NZ801

4.6  (24)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity0.83 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
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$499Bing Lee
Barry Stubbington
Barry StubbingtonNSW4 posts
  Verified
Pacvac Superpro

Pacvac Superpro

4.0  (45)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $379 to $1,199
  • Bin Capacity5 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
Pamela Trevarton
Pamela TrevartonVIC4 posts
  700
Pacvac
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Hoover Eco Pets Turbo 3013

Hoover Eco Pets Turbo 3013

3.7  (59)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $299
  • Bin Capacity1.75 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
BBB
BBB6 posts
 
Eufy RoboVac 11S T2108

Eufy RoboVac 11S T2108

4.4  (26)
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  • Price (RRP) $399.95
  • Bin Capacity0.6 L
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santiago e.
santiago e.QLD2 posts
 
Hoover Allergy

Hoover Allergy

3.7  (62)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $699
  • Bin Capacity1.75 L to 2.5 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
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Aileen
AileenVIC7 posts
  Bagged 7000PH
Bosch GL-30 Free'e ProPower BGL3PWERAU

Bosch GL-30 Free'e ProPower BGL3PWERAU

3.8  (47)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity4 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
BobTech
BobTechNSW57 posts
 
Hoover Tornado 3012

Hoover Tornado 3012

3.7  (49)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $299
  • Bin Capacity1.6 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
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Josh D.
Josh D.NSW10 posts
 
Very powerful Vaccume CleanerThis Vaccume cleaner is very powerful and works great on carpet and tiles. The Hepa filter is perfect for anyone with allergies in the home. Compact looks great and is very powerful Show details
Kmart Anko 2400W Bagless

Kmart Anko 2400W Bagless

3.3  (160)
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  • Price (RRP) $99
  • Bin Capacity4.5 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
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John
John17 posts
 
ImpressedThis is my second Kmart Vacuum cleaner first one still going strong after many years, but our Help discarded one of the parts. So hence i bought another one. Look at the picture make up your own mind. the room was vacuumed the day before with my sons $800.00 Dyson. Need i say more. Show details ·  1

A vacuum cleaner with an LED light vacuuming up confetti from a carpet.

Types of vacuum cleaners

While there are many types of vacuum cleaners available, some of them may simply not be suitable for your situation. The factors most likely to influence your purchasing decision are the size of your home and the type of flooring you have. If you have allergies or pets who shed, you will want a powerful upright or barrel vacuum. Decisions about the type of filter you choose, and whether you opt for a model with a bag or a bin mostly come down to personal preference.

Here are the basics on vacuums - more detailed information can be found after the table.

TypeMain FeaturesBest ForAverage Prices
BarrelInterchangeable heads for any surface. Easy to get under furniture and into crevices. Bulkiness is their main drawback.3+ bedrooms, any carpet type, pets, multi-storey homes.$350-$500
UprightMost powerful vacuum type - best for a thorough clean of any carpet or rug. Their rigid form allows mobility in spite of their weight - although stairs can pose a problem.3+ bedrooms, any carpet type, pets, tough cleaning jobs.$400-$500
StickLightweight, cordless, and easy to store! However, limited power means they’re best for low-pile carpets or hard floors only.1-2 bedrooms, low-pile carpet, spot cleaning, secondary vacuum, limited storage space.$200-$350
HandheldHandy to store in your kitchen or garage for small, unexpected spills, or getting dirt out of your car.Spot cleaning, car cleaning, secondary vacuum.$150-$200
RobotAutomated, can extend the time between more thorough vacuums. Struggles with thick carpet.Use in conjunction with regular vacuuming, hard flooring, surface debris.$700+

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Barrel Vacuum

Barrel vacuums are the most popular type on the market, and with our reviewers. Their versatility and flexibility make them an excellent choice for large households.

A basic barrel or canister vacuum can cost around $200, with better performing models typically going for between $350 and $500. A high-end machine can cost from $800 up to $1200.

Pros
A long, flexible hose, and a variety of attachments make these vacuums ideal for getting into nooks & crannies, and underneath furniture.
These units are easier to lift than upright vacuums; making them a great option for households with lots of stairs.
Barrel vacuums typically have the largest capacities, which means less trips to unload bags or bins.
Cons
The flexible connection between the hose and main unit can make them hard to maneuver. However, some vacuums showcase wheel and body designs intended to minimise these issues (such as the Dyson DC54).
Reviewers have reported that the bendable hose makes barrel vacuums more prone with blockage than other vacuums.
Our users also stated that performance with multi-floor heads can be lackluster, especially when compared to the power of an upright vacuum on carpets.

Power & Turbo Heads

Power and turbo heads are the two types of heads that are typically available with barrel vacuums. While both are designed to give your carpet a deep clean, the key difference is that a power head has its own motor, making it stronger than the turbo head which relies on the airflow of the vacuum to spin the brush.

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Upright Vacuum

Upright vacuums offer an all-in-one design that is easy to maneuver and control on floors.

If your home has multiple living areas and bedrooms with carpet, and you want to ensure you’re giving them a comprehensive clean, then an Upright vacuum is the type you should be looking at.

Upright vacuums typically start at around $200, with better brand-name models costing $400-$500. A top-of-the-line upright vacuum can retail for between $700 and $900.

Pros
Better suction performance than any other vacuums, making them the best vacuum for an absolute deep carpet clean.
Upright vacuums have wide cleaning heads reducing the amount of passes needed to cover the floor - a real timesaver.
Many upright vacuums have a foot lever that can be pressed to easily transition the head between low or high-pile carpet settings, or onto hard floors.
The rigid build means this vacuum can be operated while standing - suitable for those with back problems or for elderly users with limited mobility.
Cons
While they are easier to steer, upright vacuums can be cumbersome and heavy to lift. This makes it hard to use in more restricted spaces, especially staircases.
Upright vacuums can actually be too powerful! Many reviewers have reported that too much suction power on some models make them hard to push on high-pile carpets.
The attachments included with upright vacuums generally aren’t as good as those of barrel vacuums. Reviewers have criticised the shorter hose length and the inefficient attachment storage placement.

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Stick Vacuum

A vacuum that's gaining in popularity, stick vacuum cleaners can be a compact option for apartments, or as a secondary vacuum in larger households. Many current stick vacuums easily convert into a handheld unit, making them ideal for cleaning curtains or shelves.

Entry level stick vacuums can start from $180, although many models are available for around $300, with very elite stick vacuums costing up to $900.

Handheld vacuums share many of the attributes of stick vacuums, and are great for storing in the cupboard for unexpected spills, or for cleaning your car interior without the need for an extension cord. While very cheap handheld vacuums are found for under $100, most will cost $150 or $200, with the market maxing out at $400.

Pros
Internal, rechargeable batteries make stick vacuums extremely portable. Their charging station doubles as a dock and some can be wall-mounted.
They are perfect for anyone concerned about lugging a heavy machine around the house.
Their bins and filters are easy to access and clean.
Manufacturers are putting a lot of research and development into this category, so you can only expect these machines to keep improving over the next few years.
Cons
The suction of stick vacuums will decrease as the battery depletes, and even on maximum power they are considered to be too weak for high-pile carpets.
Most batteries only last around 20-30 minutes on a full charge, which can take up to 4 hours to reach.
They usually have less comprehensive filters than upright or barrel vacuums.
They come supplied with few (if any) extra accessories or alternate cleaning heads.

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Robot Vacuum

The joy and convenience of having a robot clean your home while you’re out can now be a reality! While you won’t quite be living like the Jetsons, robot vacuums are quickly escaping their image as a mere novelty, now becoming a legitimate cleaning accessory for your house.

Although a very basic robot vacuum can be had for as low as $200, most models will cost between $700 and $1000, or even more.

Pros
Convenience is their main selling point - they can be scheduled to run automatically without the user being present.
Newer models are equipped with an array of sensors to detect dirt and hair, as well as hazards such as stairs, or cables they might get stuck on.
This category is becoming a playground for innovation amongst manufacturers, and the diversity and capabilities of these products improves every year.
Cons
Even the best robot vacuum cannot fully replace the need for regular cleaning with an upright or barrel vacuum. They can, however, extend the amount of time between more thorough cleans by keeping surface mess in check.
Robot vacuums aren’t well suited to cleaning medium or high pile carpet - and shag rugs are out of the question! Hard floors work best with robot vacuums.
They have much smaller canisters than full-size vacuums and should be emptied after each run they make - especially if your household has pets.

What to consider when choosing a vacuum cleaner

Bagged vs bagless vacuum cleaners

Bagged

Choosing whether to go with a bagged unit or a bagless unit can be a tricky decision - especially with a lot of marketing hype for the latter.

These days, with newer, efficient models on the market, the decision is by and large down to personal preference.

Bagged vacuums

Bagged vacuums usually require proprietary bags, which can be difficult to find if you can’t buy them directly from the manufacturer (most supermarkets no longer stock vacuum bags).

The benefit of finding them is that a bagged vacuum will typically have a higher capacity than that of a bin. The bags are also designed to be part of the filtration system, and are easy to remove without mess - which make them a good choice for users sensitive to allergens.

However, bagged vacuums have a significantly higher running cost compared to bagless vacuums, as bags can be an expensive consumable. Additionally, as the bag fills up, bagged vacuums lose suction, and reduce the effectiveness of turbo heads.

Bagless vacuums

Currently the more popular of the two types, bagless vacuums are appealing due to their clean design. Reviewers have commented that the transparent bins on bagless vacuums are incredibly handy for finding small objects accidentally sucked up by the unit, such as coins or rings. The lack of consumable vacuum bags mean that it’s more convenient - no need to worry about running out of bags; and operating costs are much lower, too.

Bagless vacuums do have their drawbacks, though. Maintenance is more tedious with bagless vacuums, as the filter will need to be cleaned on a more frequent basis. Unfilling the bin can also be a mess, as a lack of a sealed bag means that the process can release more dust and allergens back into the air than bagged vacuums (although unfilling outside mostly mitigates this).

HEPA filters

For a filter to meet the HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) standard, it is required to filter out 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns or larger. For comparison, a standard vacuum micro filter can remove around 96% of these particles.

Vacuums with HEPA filters usually cost more up-front, and the filter will need to be replaced or, if possible, properly washed at least every 12 months.

It should be noted that a denser, more comprehensive filter will require a more powerful motor to generate the desired amount of suction.

Is a HEPA filter vacuum worth it?

HEPA filters are usually recommended for any persons with asthma or low allergen tolerance, as they can filter out triggering particles like pollen.

However, a HEPA filter should not be treated as a 'silver bullet' solution to dust and allergen control. Despite having a HEPA filter, if a vacuum cleaner is inadequately sealed, not all air will be drawn through the filter, which may result in unprocessed air leaking from the machine.

There is also a chance for collected dust to be released back into the air when emptying your vacuum’s bin or bag, although this can be avoided by disposing of waste outdoors. Last but not least, the regularity and thoroughness of your cleaning schedule also plays a big role in allergen control, and it is important to clean curtains and furniture as well as the floors.

Features

Now that you’ve got all the information you need to decide on a vacuum, we can take a look at some of the features and accessories that are available with your purchase. These include:

  • Adjustable head height: If you have carpets or rugs of different heights, as well as areas of hard flooring, you’ll want a height-adjustable head to cater for all your surfaces.
  • Head attachments: Incredibly handy, they are clip-on heads designed to reach into crevices, or clean softer surfaces like couches.
  • Contact points: Some vacuums offer soft rubber bumpers or wheels to limit scuffing walls and furniture.
  • Telescopic wand: A good barrel vacuum should allow you to change the length of the wand to suit individual users, or just to give you a bit of extra reach.
  • Retractable power cord: A standard feature in most barrel vacuums, this feature makes storing your unit a breeze. Be aware that the majority of upright vacuums do not have a retractable cord.
  • Full bag indicator: An essential feature in a bagged upright or barrel model, since suction decreases as the bag fills up.
  • Brush reverse: If your brush head gets tangled up with string or cables, this feature can help get your machine running smoothly again without having to break out the scissors.
  • Suction control: Being able to increase or reduce suction can allow you to clean loose curtains, or apply more power to a particularly dirty patch.
  • Ergonomics: Small details like the placement of buttons, the shape of the handle, and the weight of the machine can be the difference between a good machine and a great one.
  • Storage: The more contained a unit can become for storage, the better, especially Barrel vacuums, where a clip for the wand or hose can stop them from falling all over inside your cupboard.
  • Warranty: Be aware that some vacuums may have a warranty that only covers the motor, while others may have differing warranty periods between the motor and other parts of the machine.

Conclusion

Researching a vacuum cleaner goes beyond deciding on a type or feature set. Before making your purchase, take a moment to browse our vacuum cleaner reviews and read genuine opinions from other Australians on what they love (or hate) about their own vacuums.

Most reviews discuss key features such as suction power, maneuverability, and value; with many also discussing finer details such as build quality, accessible buttons, ease of use, and more - all of which can contribute to making your own purchasing decision.

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