Australia's Ultimate Buying Guide To The Best Vacuum Cleaner in 2019

Let the experts in house cleaning help you decide which vacuum is best for your home

our pick of the Best 9 vacuum cleaners

Our review of the 3 Best barrel vacuum cleaners

These are the traditional vacuum cleaners we’re all used to. They’re reliable, tried and tested and ultimately offer the most suction power. Because they are a bulkier piece of cleaning equipment, they can come with more functionality, attachments and are in general an all purpose workhorse in the vacuum cleaning landscape.

Vacuum Weight Type Power Price
Akitas 2400W Bagless Cyclonic Light (5kg) Bagless 2400W Check Price
Electrolux ELA335B Corded Ultraflex Canister Light (5kg) Cord 1440W Check Price
Miele C3 Medium (8.5kg) Cord 1700W Check Price
Bissell 1831 Upright Bagless Light (5kg) Bagless watt Check Price

1. Akitas 2400W Bagless Cyclonic Vacuum Cleaner Review

To kick off our list, we’re looking at the extremely low priced, but great if you’re on a tight budget model from Akitas. Akitas is a Japanese company and therefore know a thing or two about modern technology. This is a 2400W model and offers you a total of 24Kpa of suction power. Although that doesn’t sound like a whole lot, when you consider the price point it occupies in the market, it’s actually great value for money.

It features cyclonic filtration technology that in in combination with the bagless, 3-liter capacity dustbin design, does a fantastic job at lifting much of the dirt, dust, pet hair and debris from your flooring, without leaving behind any allergens in the air.

Compact and lightweight, at no more than 5kg, it’s not a problem to move from one place to another. Obviously, with any hoover, it’s the attachments and accessories that can make or break whether it’s good value or not. We think the fact you get a telescopic adjustable tube, a 2-in-1 floor brush nozzle for different surfaces, a soft and flexible hose and a full set of crevice tools, makes this an excellent investment for giving your home an in-depth clean.

Red Akitas 2400W Bagless Cyclonic Barrel Vacuum Cleaner​
Pros
  • Cyclonic filtration technology effectively reduces allergens in atmosphere
  • Lightweight construction
  • Powerful 24Kpa suction power
  • Comprehensive range of attachments and accessories
Cons
  • Attachments slide off the hose too easily
  • Lightweight construction

2. Electrolux ELA335B Corded Ultraflex Canister Vacuum Review

Next up we’ve got the Electrolux Ultraflex canister vacuum cleaner. Electrolux are obviously a company that don’t need too much of an introduction for many people. You may have used their various home electrical appliances before, you may still be using them as we speak. So, it makes sense that there would be at least one vacuum cleaner from Electrolux in our list.

And what a vacuum cleaner it is! This offers a high-performance suction experience that has been designed with those incredibly plush and thick fibred carpets in mind. It uses the patented FlexPro system that means you’ll never need more than this to do all the floors in your property. Got a mixture of both carpeted and bare hard floors? This is more than capable of dealing with both seamlessly.

You even have the benefit of a height-adjustable tube, so you can clean anywhere and with the option to increase or reduce the power of suction, it’s great for deep carpets and more delicate furnishings like curtains, rugs and other fabrics. Like the Akitas, this includes a cyclonic system that ensures you have continuous suction throughout the house, from start to finish. To top it all off you get the usual attachments you’d expect, and they all sit ingeniously on the built-in tool holder.

Red Electrolux ELA335B Corded Ultraflex Canister Barrel Vacuum Cleaner
Pros
  • Generous 10 meter cord length
  • Exhaust style HEPA Filtration System
  • Adjustable suction power
  • Great ergonomics with adjustable height
Cons
  • Dustbin has a relatively low capacity at 1.5 litres
  • Tool holder has a habit of slipping off during use

3. Miele Complete C3 Family All-Rounder Vacuum Cleaner Review

Another name that have a great reputation are Miele. The German appliances manufacturer has a sterling reputation and one that is upheld by the Complete C3 vacuum cleaner. Although it’s slightly less powerful than the Akitas, with 2,000W suction power, it’s still a force to be reckoned with. One of the things we particularly like about this one is the easy to reach power settings that mean you can switch and change the settings with your foot and don’t need to bend over or crouch to do it.

Yet another nice touch is the company’s own design DynamicDrive 360-degrees rotational wheels. These give you the ability to navigate all around your home with no trouble or hassle. The floorhead, the suction tube and the handle lock all fit into each other, and there’s a noticeable click. It comes equipped with the AirClean filter to keep allergens and other small debris from re-entering the atmosphere.

As you’d expect, there’s some accessories, in the form of the dusting brush made from synthetic fibres, the crevice tool and the upholstery tool. This is stored on the hoover itself, keeping everything nice and compact. About the compact design, the power lead can be retracted automatically at the touch of a button.

Grey Miele Complete C3 Family All-Rounder Vacuum Cleaner
Pros
  • Adjustable and flexible hose
  • Easy to manoeuvre
  • Powerful suction performance
  • Easy to select functions
Cons
  • Feels less sturdy than one would like
  • Could be considered too noisy by some people

Our review of the 3 Best upright vacuum cleaners

Upright vacuums are a middle ground where they offer similar suction power as a traditional barrel vacuum cleaner, but easier handling and storage. While not quite as maneuverable as stick vacuums, they provide a wider range of addons. Here are our top picks.

1. Bissell 1831 Cleanview Upright Bagless Vacuum Review

Since the 1870’s, Bissell have been involved in designing and developing tools to help consumers keep high standards of cleanliness in their homes. So, they’re not spring chickens when it comes to the production of vacuum cleaners. This is evident with the OnePass technology utilized by this Cleanview upright model from the company.

Don’t you just hate having to run the hoover back and forth over the same area countless times before you get all the dirt and debris up? With OnePass, Bissell have eliminated it with the multi-cyclonic suction system, that gives them great power and the integrated that helps negate the need for running over surfaces more than once at a time.

All that power is not at the expense of it being practical enough to use around the home. It’s still a relatively lightweight and compact machine and with a 6-foot long hose that can be used instead of the main floor tool, a 25-foot lead you have 13.5-inches of cleaning path.

As is the case with most high-end hoovers like this, it relies on a multi-layered approach to filtration, incorporating and removable and washable filter that helps to keep dust, dirt and allergens out of the air and in the dust bin, where they should be.  

We love the fact that it can be used on just about all surfaces, including stairs, low pile carpets, sealed hard floors, thicker pile carpets and even bare floors. Thanks to the inclusion of the standard accessories you’d expect like the crevice tool, dusting brush attachment and turbobrush, this can even be used on upholstery and is great for dealing with pet hair too.

Orange Bissell 1831 Cleanview Upright Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Pros
  • Multi-levelled filtration system
  • Onepass technology ensures you only need to run over an area once
  • Excellent balance between weight and power
  • Almost 35cm of cleaning reach
Cons
  • No automatic roll up for the power lead
  • Hard to completely clear the dust from the canister when emptying

2. Hoover Essential Upright Vacuum Review

Now we come to an equally satisfying and effective vacuum from Hoover. This is a more traditional vacuum cleaner with the addition of a detachable wand and flexible hose tube that extends as long as 2.4-metres to give you a great amount deal of versatility. Hoover obviously have a sterling reputation in the design and manufacturing of the tools their name is given to.

Rather than needing to push it back and forth for repeated passes across your floor to pick up all the dirt, debris and other stuff that ends up there, the generously wide brush bar, measuring 29cm reduces that. It makes it much easier and less of a hassle. Another great bonus with this vacuum, as is the case with most, is the fact it is effective on hard uncarpeted surfaces as it is on carpets and rugs.

The key point, we feel is the motorised head which lifts the fibres in the carpet to really get into those deep plush furnishings. IT’s also perfect if you have pets, as it won’t leave those tough-to-shift hairs on the floor.

Green Hoover Essential Upright Vacuum
Pros
  • Wider head mean it takes less passes to clear dirt and debris from your flooring
  • Perfect for use on hard and carpeted floors
  • Excellent balance between weight and power
  • Motorised head lifts carpet fibres to help deep clean the flooring
Cons
  • Doesn't work quite as well on deeper carpets
  • More powerful options are available in other models

3. Shark Duo Clean Powered Lift-Away Review

Shark have made a name for themselves as one of the leading brands in the vacuum cleaner market. Their vacuum cleaners feature sophisticated designs and are not just powerful but practical too. This, the Powered Lift-Away with DuoClean, is no different.

The DuoClean Technology incorporates both a bristle brush and softer brush roll that mean it’s able to handle deep cleaning of carpets but can pull up the larger particles of dirt and engages directly against bare floor surfaces to give that polished effect where necessary.

To help people with allergies, as many of Shark’s and other big brands seem to target with their hoovers, this features the Anti-Allergen Complete Seal and a HEPA filter. With this utilised effectively, Shark promises their machine will trap around 99.9% of all allergens, dirt, dust and other debris inside the hoover, and won’t let it get back into the atmosphere.

As with many Shark models, there are strong and bright LED headlights on the nozzle that help you see dirt and debris even in those dark and hard to reach corners. As it can be used on both carpeted and bare hard floors, it can be switched between the two options at the touch of a button. Not only that the Powered Lift-Away design means it can switch between a handheld and upright hoover very quickly.

Purple Shark Duo Clean Powered Lift-Away
Pros
  • DuoClean tech combines two different types of brushes to provide a thorough and versatile clean
  • Can be converted from an upright to a handheld cleaner thanks to Powered Lift-Away design
  • Traps and contains 99.9% of dust, dirt and allergens thanks to Anti-Allergen Complete Seal
  • Suitable for both carpeted and bare hard surfaces
Cons
  • At 6.7kg, it's slightly heavier than others so might be uncomfortable for the infirm or elderly
  • Not as easy to manoeuvre as others in the list

Our review of the 3 Best Stick vacuum cleaners

Stick vacuum cleaners are the new kids on the block. With advancement of technology they promise excellent vacuum functionality, easy storage and supreme manoeuvrability.  An added benefit is because it is not so much of a chore to use, thanks to the above mentioned features that you stay on top of your vacuuming as opposed to letting it build up and doing it all at once. Excellent for spot cleaning both hardwoods and carpets, stick vacuum cleaners can be a monumental change in the way you clean your home, but they do offer limited use through a shorter battery life and holding capacity. Below is our best pick for the best stick vacuum cleaners currently available for the homes of Australia.

1. Dyson V7 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner Review

You didn’t think we’d forget to mention at least one Dyson vacuum cleaner in our list, did you? By far, the animal is one of the most enduringly popular and effective release from James Dyson’s brain. As it’s cordless, it requires a maximum of 3.5-hours charging, which offers around 6-minutes (when using the motorised head) and 30-minutes when you’re not.

Speaking of power, it’s driven the exclusive-to-Dyson products, V7 Digital Motor and benefits from a total of 15 cyclones for a centrifugal force that captures more dirt than many of its rivals. As it can switch easily between handheld use and stick use, it’s perfect for most surfaces and types of cleaning, such as cleaning hard to reach areas, hardwood floors, carpets and all spot cleaning.

In terms of attachments, Dyson have never been a company to produce a hoover without any and this has a combination two-in-one tool to make things easier along with a softer brush for removing dust from keyboards and screens where the delicate touch is required.

Purple Dyson V7 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Pros
  • Two tiers of radial cyclones work in unison with powerful V7 motor for greater cleaning power
  • Two selectable power modes
  • 3.5 hours of charge time provides anything from 6 minutes to 30 minutes of use (depending on power mode)
  • Ideal for reaching high spots like ceilings easily
Cons
  • No warning indicator to tell you battery is running low
  • Might not be powerful enough if you have very plush and deep fibered carpets

2. Comfyer Cordless 2-in-1 Stick Vacuum Cleaner Review

Another great stick vacuum cleaner we had to include in our guide is this cordless 2-in-1 tool from Comfyer. Now, we’re aware you may not have heard of Comfyer before, but according to their literature, they’re a brand that are committed to improving and simplifying their consumer’s lives with innovation and technology. This 2-in-1 option certainly is representative of that claim.

It offers a total of 8Kpa of suction power, making it perfect for getting deep into those extremely plush carpets and between the gaps in harder floor surfaces. As with most stick vacuum cleaners, you can switch easily between a full-size and a handheld cleaner, making it easy to swap and change when faced with different surfaces and parts of your home to clean.

Powered by a 2200mAh li-on battery it provides 45-minutes when used in Eco Mode and 24-minutes when used in High Power Mode. We’re also impressed, given the extent of its power, that it weighs just 4.23-pounds. With the 180-degrees rotational power brush head and double-spiral brush-roller there is no way any dirt or debris should escape from this hoover.

Like the Shark, it includes front-mounted LED lights to help illuminate those harder to see and darker spots of your home for the most thorough clean possible. To stop dirt and allergens making their way back into the atmosphere and re-landing on surfaces, there’s the sponge and HEPA filtration. Easy to use and clean, the 1.4-litre dustbin may not be the biggest, but for a more lightweight and portable model, it’s ideal.

Speaking of power, it’s driven the exclusive-to-Dyson products, V7 Digital Motor and benefits from a total of 15 cyclones for a centrifugal force that captures more dirt than many of its rivals. As it can switch easily between handheld use and stick use, it’s perfect for most surfaces and types of cleaning, such as cleaning hard to reach areas, hardwood floors, carpets and all spot cleaning.

In terms of attachments, Dyson have never been a company to produce a hoover without any and this has a combination two-in-one tool to make things easier along with a softer brush for removing dust from keyboards and screens where the delicate touch is required.

Comfyer Cordless 2-in-1 Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Pros
  • Switches easily between an upright-style stick and handheld vacuum cleaner
  • Incorporates sponge and HEPA filtration to trap as much dirt and allergens as possible
  • Strong 8Kpa of suction power
  • Very lightweight and portable
Cons
  • Does not feature a great selection of attachments and extra tools
  • Not quite as powerful as it could be

3. Hoover BHS52210PC Cruise Cordless Lightweight Stick Vacuum Cleaner Review

From one of the world’s foremost names in the hoover industry, Hoover offer this the BH52210PC Cruise, which is a cordless lightweight stick vacuum cleaner. When we say lightweight, we mean it, as it weighs just 4.7-pounds making it easy to clean wherever and whenever you need. It comes equipped with a very long pole making it ideal for reaching ceiling fans and shelves.

Like the others in our guide, it can be switched between a handheld and full-size cleaner making it perfect for those tight and difficult to clean areas, small spot cleaning jobs alongside full floor cleaning. To switch between carpets and other soft floor coverings and harder surfaces you just need to push a button.

When used in full stick hoover mode, this can make light work of even the most obstacle and furniture-laden flooring thanks to the steerable head (like the Dyson Ball and Shark offerings). As you’d expect, there’s a selection of handy attachments, like upholstery tool, dusting brush and crevice tool. As with many in our guide, it can be mounted onto a wall, freeing up floor space when storing it away.

Hoover BHS52210PC Cruise Cordless Lightweight Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Pros
  • Lightweight and compact, just 4.7 pounds
  • Can switch easily between hard floor and carpeted cleaning options
  • Steerable floorhead makes it easier to manoeuvre around your home
  • Features long pole or easier cleaning of harder to reach, taller areas
Cons
  • Can't be charged from the wall mount alone
  • Manual could be clearer in explanation of finer details of using it

Vacuum Buyers Guide

Undoubtedly one of the most important parts of looking after our homes, whether you live in your own place or rent, is staying on top of the cleaning. In particular, the vacuuming. This is especially true if you have any children and pets. The amount of mess, dirt and germs you must contend with can be immense. With the amount of work your vacuum cleaner does on a weekly basis, make sure you know how to extend the life of your vacuum.

Now, if we all didn’t have jobs, we’d have all the time in the world to take care of the cleaning and it wouldn’t be such an issue. However, we don’t live in that fantasy world. Due to their busy schedules with work, studying, children and whatever else they have on their plate, many people hire domestic cleaners to handle the lion’s share of the household cleaning. If you are interested also check out our 7 tips and 4 things to avoid when vacuuming your home.

However, that doesn’t suit everyone. Obviously, if you want to tackle the cleaning yourself, you need the right tools for the job. A vacuum cleaner is a must. Finding the best one is not such an easy task though, because there are so many out there and the price range is massive, but picking the right one that suits your lifestyle and household can save you plenty of time and headache.

It’s likely that most reading this have bought a cheap vacuum that’s lasted many years, then made the switch to a more expensive one and it’s only lasted a few months. So how do you sift through the choice out there? Fortunately, you don’t have to as Maid Easy have used hundreds of vacuums and we consider ourselves to be experts in this field.

In the following guide we’ve gathered together what we believe are the 9 best vacuum cleaners on the market. To make things easier, we’ve split the list into vacuum cleaners by their type – barrel, upright and stick. As well as looking at the best products, we’ve also included a very practical buying guide to help you know what you should be looking for when choosing the right hoover for your household.

In the following section of our look at the best vacuum cleaners available in Australia in 2019, we’d thought we’d provide a buyer’s guide. This can be used as in conjunction with our guide to the best products, to help you find the right one for you, your household and lifestyle.

Here you will find out about the differences between the different types of vacuum cleaners (barrel, upright and stick), and the features you should look out for.

Even if you had no idea before reading this post so far, you’ll know by now that there are a variety of different kinds of hoovers out there these days. Therefore, it’s hard to single out one type or one brand and model of hoover that’s the best across the board, as everyone’s situation, lifestyle, household and needs will be different.

That’s why we took three from each of the main groups of vacuum cleaners. To give you a better idea of what to expect from each of these though, we are now going to look at them generally, highlighting the pros and cons of each.

Barrel Vacuum Cleaners

The vacuum cleaner you probably think of, if you’re not already thinking of the upright one, is a barrel hoover. This is the kind that has a very low profile with a flexible hose attached that has a traditional looking hoover floorhead at the end. The difference between two barrel-style vacs can be huge, even if they look the same.

Generally, you will find that barrel models are easier for cleaning those trickier places that are harder to reach. A large percentage of them also have the benefit of outperforming upright and stick models in the suction department, which is something you should consider if you have a lot of pet hair to lift.

Despite all that power, though, if you’ve got stairs, because they are kinda bulky, they’re not always ideal. Another word of caution is you should take note of what kind of filter any barrel hoover you’re interested in uses. High quality filters can greatly reduce how much dust is left airborne after cleaning.

Upright Vacuum Cleaners

This type of hoover is the other you’re probably most familiar with and is best for using on larger floors, especially with deep carpets. They come as a self-contained unit with the handle up and the head at the bottom. They stand upright, hence the name and tend to be bagless (especially these days) and are one of the most adaptable, but that will depend on the brand and model.

One of the biggest downsides to upright vacuum cleaners, it must be said though, is that they are often regarded as being quite tricky to manoeuvre and cumbersome. As they are often bulky and heavy, the distribution of weight can be a bit strange, so you may not have the best time using them on those tight corners, crevices and stairs. However, given that there are many with great attachments and detachable wands, this should be read as being a generalised statement rather than descriptive of them all as individuals.

Stick Vacuum Cleaners

For a long time, stick vacuum cleaners were often the punchline of what seemed like a bad and ineffective hoover joke. That was until they took a hold of the market and didn’t let go and as the demand for them grew, the manufacturers developed them further. In a seemingly short time, stick varieties have gone for those ‘when you need to clean a spillage quickly’ kinds of cleaners to the kind of lightweight powerhouse that can give most barrel and upright hoovers a run for their money.

Although a major downside is always going to be the size of the dustbin, as it’s so small it needs to be emptied after every use, sometimes several times while you’re still using it, along with the need to charge the battery daily. The positives and the convenience they offer, more than counter the negatives.

Where they really come into their own is in their flexibility and versatility, without compromising on suction power. When looking at stick vacuum cleaners though, pay close attention to the battery life, how long it takes to fully charge and how much usable run time you get per charge.

Important Features and Specifications to Consider When Buying A Vacuum

When buying a vacuum cleaner, whichever type of model you look at, there are some features you need to consider. Thinking about these in relation to your own circumstances will help you whittle down the vast array of models to choose from to those one or two that’ll suit you best.

 Corded/Cordless – It really depends on how important it is for you to have the freedom to use a vacuum without worrying about the cable. If this is not a problem, then corded will be fine. However, cordless does give you flexibility and are great for cleaning cars too. Some though do not offer quite the same level of suction power as more traditional uprights and barrel models.

Weight and Size – The size and weight of the hoover is a very important aspect. You need to give special consideration to who will be using it most regularly and whether a model will be suited to their strength, age and health. For instance, for someone with chronic pain issues or who is older and more infirm, a lighter model will be best.

Suction Power – Suction power determines how well it will be able to clean your home. If you are a singleton or a childless and pet-less couple, then it’s possible you won’t need an especially powerful hoover. However, if you have a couple of children, and one or more pets, you will need to pay closer attention to the suction power. This is normally measured and highlighted in KPa.

Dust and dirt capacity – Another priority when looking at different vacuum cleaners. Basically, if you don’t fancy cleaning out your hoover regularly, or even every single time you use it, then you will be better off investing in a model with a larger dustbin, bag or canister capacity. However, if it doesn’t bother you how often you need to clear it out and are more concerned about having a lighter and more portable model, a small dust capacity model is worth investing in.

How easy is it to clean? – Often overlooked, but as you use your vacuum cleaner to clean up your house, you need to clean it. Especially if you want it to always work efficiently. Choose a model that will be easy enough to you clean. Some, surprisingly, are better than others in this regard.

Summary

So, there you have it, our guide to the best vacuum cleaners available in Australia in 2019. We’ve tried to be comprehensive and thorough with the models we’ve covered, so you have the fullest range to choose from. Although the best for you individually will be different than for someone else, the models we’d select from each type of hoover are, the Electrolux ELA335B corded Ultraflex Canister Vacuum (barrel), Shark Duo Clean Powered Lift-Away (upright) and the Dyson V7 cordless stick vacuum cleaner (stick).

If we really had to single out one, though, it would be the Dyson V7, as they’ve proven time and time again, they outperform much of the market in terms of functionality, versatility and power.

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