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Vacuum cleaners may not be the most exciting purchase for your home, but get a good one and it'll make light work of the most mundane of chores.
They're essential for keeping carpet, hardwood, and furniture free from pet hair, dust, crumbs, and mud – and the more powerful the suction, the more efficient they'll be. Not to mention quicker, too.
Whether you want something small and speedy that's under £100 or a high-tech robot that can navigate its way around a living room without you lifting a finger, we've handpicked the best designs worth investing in.
We've taken into account weight, suction, price and size, so there's something to suit your every need, across bagged, bagless, corded, cordless, robot and handheld models.
In our round-up, you can expect to find vacuum cleaners from major brands such as Dyson, Shark, Eufy, and Vax, from major retailers like John Lewis, Amazon and Argos.
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Miele Classic C1 Jubilee PowerLine Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner | £169 from John Lewis
The German vacuum brand has decades of experience making well-designed machines, and this one is a more affordable option if you're shopping with a smaller budget.
At 5.8kg, it's the lightest device from Miele, so manoeuvring it around your house will be easy and the universal head will allow it to suction up hairs, threads, and dust on carpets and hard floors speedily.
Shark Anti Hair Wrap Allergy DuoClean Vacuum Cleaner | £229.99 from Amazon
This is mostly due to the anti-wrap technology that uses a bristle guard to separate and remove hair from the brush roll to allow you to hoover for longer and more effectively without it getting jammed. Perfect for pets that moult, it'll allow you to keep your space clean and tidy all year long.
Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac | £159.99 from Amazon
Make your life a whole lot easier with a hands-free robot vacuum that does all the hard work for you.
Simply charge it up and you can enjoy 100 minutes of hassle-free hoovering that can be controlled by the Eufy app.
It can sense when it's too close to walls, furniture and doors too, so it'll remain scratch-free and it has four side brushes and high-performance filters. Keeping your house clean has never been so simple.
Morphy Richards 732102 Supervac Vacuum Cleaner 2-in-1 | £84.96 from Asda
For a bargain vacuum cleaner, look to Asda, which has a range of in-house and designer brands to shop, such as this one from Morphy Richards.
For less than £100, you get a cordless device that can also be converted into a handheld option for easy everyday cleaning. The best part? The illuminated floor-head means you'll never miss a spot.
This affordable machine allows for 50 minutes of cleaning on a full charge and even comes with a wall mount for simple storage when it's not in use.
Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner | £399 from Currys PC World
One of Dyson's more premium models is the V10, another cordless option that has no shortage of state-of-the-art features.
The built-in cyclone technology ensures there's no loss of suction while cleaning, and the three power modes allow you to adjust it depending on how delicate the surface your using it on is.
Not only that, it has a lengthy 60 minutes of battery life and with the click of a button turns into a handheld vacuum for keeping your car, furniture, and dog beds clean.
The icing on the cake is the 'point and shoot' feature that allows you to empty the dirt and debris you've collected into the bin without needing to get your hands dirty.
Samsung Jet 70 Pet Max 150 W Suction Power Cordless Vacuum Cleaner | £399 from Currys PC World
Samsung's latest launch comes in the form of a vacuum cleaner that's been designed with pet owners in mind. It has a run time of 40 minutes with a brush that spins 3,750 times a minute so you'll be done in a flash. The teal mint design is also pretty chic for a household appliance, so if you don't have room to store it inside a cupboard, it won't be an eyesore.
Gtech Mk2 AirRam Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner | £199.99 from Argos
While it may look bigger than most machines in this list, it's on the lighter side, weighing just 3.3kg. It can be used on every type of flooring too, from upholstery to hardwood, carpet to rugs.
There's no need to change any settings, it's smart enough to detect the different floors and the clean dirt eject system means you'll never need to get your hands dirty, simply empty over a bin with the click of a button.
Amazon Basics Powerful Cylinder Bagless Vacuum Cleaner | £44.99 (was £52.99) from Amazon
Cheap and cheerful, Amazon's own vacuum cleaner design is a popular choice for shoppers with 7,000 reviews and a nearly five-star rating. Perfect for students heading off to university, or anyone on a budget for that matter, it's more basic than the others, but still effective for sucking up dirt and debris from carpet and hardwood floors.
Shark WV200UK Handheld Vacuum Cleaner | £99 from John Lewis
This is a top-rated handheld vacuum cleaner and ideal for everyday cleaning of smaller, harder-to-reach areas, such as pet beds, cupboard crevices, tabletops and cars. The high-efficiency motor provides powerful suction and the chic charging base is a stylish addition to your home and it's an easy grab-and-go design that gives eight minutes of run-time on a full charge.
Henry HVX 200-11 Xtra Bagged Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner | £169.99 from John Lewis
Henry is a classic hoover that stands the test of time, so if you want a corded design that will last years, you can't go wrong. It has an impressive five-star rating from John Lewis customers too, with one review saying: "With his friendly, smiley face and his quiet manner, Henry is a joy to use. He is so much quieter than previous vacuum cleaners, and far more efficient with his pulling power (strong suction) and the speed of his cleaning ability."
Shark Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner | £399.99 from Amazon
If you've got more to spend, take a look at Shark's range. This particular one has a 60-minute run time, an LED smart display screen so you'll always know when it needs charging, and a DuoClean floorhead that removes hair from the brush-roll as you clean – meaning your space, and your vacuum, will stay spotless for longer and need less cleaning.
Vax ONEPWR Glide Cordless Vacuum Cleaner | £199 from John Lewis
Another multi-purpose model is this Vax glide design that can vacuum, wash and dry your floors in one go, making it ideal for laminate and wood.
The brush roll will clean hardwood floors while gently scrubbing them to loosen dirt, and the twin tank technology means you always have clean water, while the dirty water is safely stowed away in a different tank.
Dyson V7 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner | £199.99 (was £249.99) from Argos
Dyson is undoubtedly the market leader when it comes to vacuum cleaners, with its high-tech machines that look good and work well on every type of floor. The V7 animal cordless model weighs just 2.2kg and on a full charge provides 30 minutes of suction to deep clean carpets and hardwood floors and rid them of pet hair, dirt and dust. It comes with four cleaning accessories; a combination and crevice tool for tight corners, edges and surfaces, a mini motorhead for upholstery, stairs and in the car, and a soft dusting brush for the more delicate areas of your home. It's also currently on sale at Argos too, so run, don't walk to snap this up.
Hoover Jovis Corded SM550AC Handheld Vacuum Cleaner | £43 from AO
This compact, handheld vacuum from the pros at Hoover is both budget-friendly and space-saving. While it is corded, the cable is a handy length of six metres, so using it on stairs and in between sofa cushions won't be restrictive at all. It's made with a mini turbo brush too which has rotating bristles to lift embedded dirt in your carpets and upholstery.