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  (606)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity4.5 L
  • HEPA FilterEither
$424Bing Lee
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sairre
sairreSAMurray Mallee, SA5 posts
  Cat & Dog
Best vacuum ever!My desire was for a new vacuum that would not break the bank. It needed to be reasonably priced, lightweight, and capable. I can attest—three ticks for each of these specifications! Perfect for my apartment with two beds. It has an extremely strong suction and isn't overly loud. Show details ·  1
Miele Compact C2 PowerLine

Miele Compact C2 PowerLine

4.7  (87)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $349 to $529
  • Bin Capacity3.5 L
  • HEPA FilterEither
kevscorner
kevscornerVICGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC15 posts
  SDCB0
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Dyson V15 Detect

Dyson V15 Detect 🏆 2024

4.5  (142)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity0.77 L
  • HEPA FilterEither
$988Bing Lee
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Mario W.
Mario W.VICGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC2 posts
  Verified Absolute
Not impressed at allDoesn't have a suction my previous Dyson vacuum cleaner had for half the price with a cord. The battery looses power very quickly. Quicker than what the item is designated to do. Show details
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Dyson V8

Dyson V8

4.2  (1,633)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity0.54 L
  • HEPA FilterEither
$444Bing Lee
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Leon
LeonQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD49 posts
  Animal
Hobot Legee

Hobot Legee 🏆 2024

4.3  (95)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $845 to $1,150
  • Bin Capacity0.5 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
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Nomad99
Nomad99Glasgow4 posts
  D8
Dyson V7

Dyson V7

3.9  (696)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity0.54 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
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Benni
BenniBlacktown4 posts
  Advanced Origin
Budget entry Dyson handheld vacuum. Great performance with limited battery lifeAs title suggested, this V7 version is great! It has powerful suction, However, it basic or limited battery life. I got this handheld for my birthday/ house warming. Pretty happy but next time I will get V10 or V15 instead for longer battery life and extra features. Show details
Big W Contempo 2 in 1 Vacuum

Big W Contempo 2 in 1 Vacuum

4.4  (68)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $32
  • HEPA FilterNo
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Shari
ShariQueensland4 posts
 
Great for A Quick Light VacuumIs light and easy to use. Performs well for a quick run over of new carpet and tiles. Not powerful enough for a deep clean. Show details
Roborock Q7 Max

Roborock Q7 Max 🏆 2024

4.2  (85)
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Lauren K.
Lauren K.
 
iRobot Roomba 600 Series

iRobot Roomba 600 Series

3.9  (234)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $149 to $499
  • Bin Capacity0.6 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
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Eliza
Eliza4 posts
  692
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.WAPerth, 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  (239)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $85
  • Bin Capacity3 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
Jeet
JeetMelbourne11 posts
 
Ok productI been using Anko bagless vacuums for last few years. I had 2000Wbagless but due to wear and tear I bought 2200 W bagless. But it's ok . Do the job. I still prefer 2000W. For some reason the Vacuum suction is great for 2000 W. For $49 , can't be wrong but for 2200 W suction is ok. You expect it be be more powerful but it's not. Show details
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Dyson Cyclone V10

Dyson Cyclone V10

3.6  (572)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity0.76 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
$697Bing Lee
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peter
peterQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD6 posts
  Absolute +
This is our second Dyson and we are happyThe suction is great we use the middle setting for our flour and the high setting for carpet Show details ·  1
Sebo Airbelt K Series

Sebo Airbelt K Series

4.6  (31)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity3 L
Maia88
Maia88NSWIllawarra, NSW15 posts
  K3 Premium
SEBO
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Bosch Athlet BCH6-AU Series

Bosch Athlet BCH6-AU Series

3.6  (378)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity0.9 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
$178Bing Lee
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Natasha
NatashaQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD2 posts
  BCH6AT25AU
Kmart Anko 2000W Bagless

Kmart Anko 2000W Bagless

3.7  (169)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $49
  • Bin Capacity2.5 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
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RRryery
RRryeryNSWSydney Surrounds, NSW18 posts
 
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  (159)
 Summary
  • HEPA FilterEither
$515Bing Lee
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Sandy
Sandy8 posts
  Graphite
Dyson Cinetic Big Ball

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball

3.5  (833)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity1.5 L to 1.6 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
$551Bing Lee
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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
$888Bing Lee
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bee Jay
bee JayNSWSydney, NSW23 posts
  Absolute
Pacvac Superpro

Pacvac Superpro

4.1  (43)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $379 to $1,199
  • Bin Capacity5 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
Jacqueline R.
Jacqueline R.4 posts
  700
PACVAC AMAZINGLY OUTSTANDINGThe product works fantastic after 3 years of purchase the bags are easy to clear out and although I was covered by warranty (which the customer service team was amazing at helping with) the product replacement was just as cheap on ebay. The pacvac was great for value and use ! Show details ·  1
LG CordZero A9

LG CordZero A9

3.5  (273)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity0.44 L
  • HEPA FilterEither
$339Bing Lee
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SPJ
SPJCairns16 posts
  Verified A9N-PRIME
Hoover Action Pets

Hoover Action Pets

3.6  (127)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $399 to $499
  • Bin Capacity0.75 L to 2.5 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
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Justt H
Justt HWAPerth, WA3 posts
  Bagless 5019PH
Best hair vacuum everBought from Godfrey's and asked what a great vacuum for cleaning hair was. This vacuum didn't disappoint.
The spinning head makes cleaning hair a breeze Show details
Hoover Heritage 5210

Hoover Heritage 5210

3.7  (91)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $199
  • Bin Capacity0.4 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
Andy
Andy136 posts
 
Short lifeThe battery on mine degraded very rapidly, I can still use it years later, but 8 hours of harge gives 5-10 run time at a clearly reduced efficacy. Much better to purchase a vacuum from a tool brand so that the battery can be replaced. Show details
Shark Navigator Pet ZU62

Shark Navigator Pet ZU62

4.1  (42)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity3 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
$279Bing Lee
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Jill H.
Jill H.QLDSouth East Queensland, QLD2 posts
  Verified
Shark Corded Upright NZ801

Shark Corded Upright NZ801

4.6  (24)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity0.83 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
$398Bing Lee
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Barry Stubbington
Barry StubbingtonNSWSydney, NSW4 posts
  Verified
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

4.5  (24)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $399.95
  • Bin Capacity0.6 L
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Mary
Mary
 
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
AileenVICGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC7 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
BobTechNSWMurrumbidgee Region, NSW57 posts
 

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.\t3+ bedrooms, any carpet type, pets, multi-storey homes\t$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\t$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 Sticks costing up to $900.

Handheld vacuums share many of the attributes of Sticks, 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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