28 Feb Best Affordable Hoover
So you’re looking for the best affordable hoover? But, just hold on a sec and consider what you’re really looking for. Most people consider affordable and cheap to be one and the same, but it really isn’t. A cheap vacuum cleaner isn’t necessarily an affordable hoover, in fact, the opposite may be true.
Can you afford to buy another one, if the cheap vacuum cleaner you’ve bagged simply doesn’t do what you needed it to do?
This is the problem when you’re shopping for something on a tight budget, it’s so easy to fall foul of the old “buy right or buy twice” axiom, and if you do this, the seemingly affordable hoover you purchased turns into the exact opposite, with you having to stump up the cash to buy a replacement.
Buying an affordable vacuum cleaner is definitely a worthy quest because most of us simply can’t afford to blow several hundred pounds on a vacuum cleaner, especially these days where everything seems to be increasing in price on an almost daily basis!
If you just took a punt on the latest flagship model from Dyson or Shark, this would cover the needs of the vast majority of people, and then some. But just how much money is been spent on the “and then some” part?
In other words, if affordability isn’t an issue, you might buy one of the top-end vacuum cleaners costing several hundred pounds, but how much of this money is being wasted on features you just don’t need? Do you really need the reduction of a few grams of weight which may be costing you an extra hundred quid versus a more affordable option, do you really need the cordless feature that may be costing you hundreds of pounds vs a corded hoover?
So the way to choose an affordable vacuum cleaner is really to understand what you need, and carefully choose your next hoover by going for one which matches your requirements well, while not investing on features and benefits which are of absolutely no consequence to you.
Do you really need a cordless vacuum cleaner?
The number one tip I can give anyone looking for an affordable hoover is to give the cordless feature some really careful consideration, as this is probably, in my humble opinion, the number one cause of overspending on a vacuum cleaner.
Let me ask you a quick question. If you spend around six or seven hundred pounds on a vacuum cleaner, would you simply assume that given the mammoth wad of cash you’re investing in a device for cleaning your house, that a cleaner at this kind of price would have the most cleaning power?
Most people would answer yes to this, because why would anyone spend so much money on a hoover if it’s not for more cleaning power? The fact is, though, the most expensive vacuum cleaners on the market are so expensive because of the cost of producing a cordless vacuum cleaner which is capable of coming close to the suction power of corded cylinder vacuum cleaners.
Even the ludicrously priced vacuum cleaners on the market usually only come close to the suction power of the much cheaper corded options, and here’s the thing, usually they are only capable of coming anywhere close to the same kind of suction power as corded hoovers for a short time before the battery needs recharging. In many cases, we’re talking a handful of minutes!
When you need to make something smaller, that costs more. When you need to make something lighter, that also costs more. When you need to make something work without being plugged in, that costs more. So when you need to make a vacuum cleaner which is the lightest, the smallest, and cordless, this is why it ends up being so expensive. But most of us just don’t need cordless, and if we don’t need cordless, then we don’t need to invest in the cost of producing smaller, lighter cleaners, either.
Corded cylinders provide the best value for money
Corded cylinder vacuum cleaners have been on the market for a long time, and the technology to produce a relatively small, relatively lightweight corded cylinder vacuum cleaner is affordable for most people, so corded cylinder vacuum cleaners are naturally the most affordable vacuum cleaners.
Cylinder vacuum cleaners aren’t cheap because corners have been cut, or cheap components have been used, they’re naturally cheap to produce because the technology required is relatively standard.
Henry hoover for example, which features below, is a corded cylinder vacuum cleaner costing only a fraction off the price of some of the most popular cordless stick cleaners, yet which cleaner would you expect to see a professional cleaner using? If you know any cleaners, just ask them what hoover they use and the majority will reply Henry, because they’re powerful, they do a great job, they’re durable & they don’t need replacing every couple of years, even with heavy commercial use.
So when you’re buying a corded cylinder, you don’t have to buy a “cheap” hoover to buy an affordable one, you’re simply buying the type of cleaner that is naturally more affordable. If you need a cordless stick vacuum cleaner, however, on a tight budget, then you have to ask yourself how can a cheaper brand produce a similar but cheaper version of the several hundred pound versions being produced by the leading brands?
Often this is done with cheap components, manufacturing in a country where manufacturing is cheaper, cheaper materials, and cutting corners, and the result of taking a risk on cheap products like this is often having to chalk a bad buying decision down to experience. Hopefully this article will help you to avoid this, by guiding you away from the cheaper, riskier options, and towards the better performing and more reliable affordable vacuum cleaners.
These are the best corded and cordless low-cost vacuum cleaners in the UK:
Henry cylinder vacuum cleaner
I’d think nearly everyone in the UK will be familiar with Henry, over ten million of them have been sold, and he’s been such a popular hoover in the UK for decades now, and the reason for this is simply that he’s affordable, powerful and durable.
Henry hoover was produced with commercial cleaners in mind, actually, it was initially cleaners of hospitals and schools that Henry was designed for. The inventor knew that these people needed premium cleaning power, they don’t have the time to go over the same area of floor continually, and they need a vacuum cleaner to be able to withstand hours of use every day without giving up on them. He also thought they might need a bit of company, which is why he added the smiley face ;-).
Have you ever seen a cleaner getting a Dyson out of the boot of their car when turning up to start their work? I’ve seen cleaners working in various settings, commercial and domestic, and I’m yet to ever see one with a Dyson, or a Shark, and I can’t remember the last time I saw a cleaner with anything but a Henry, which is really saying something about these little, happy-faced and affordable vacuum cleaners!
In fact, I’ve just realised I’m telling lies, I have seen one cleaner using a hoover other than a Henry, at the gym I go to the cleaners do use a henry, I nearly tripped over the flipping thing the other day as the cleaner though it was a good idea to hoover the running track while people were running on it! But they also sometimes use a Ghostbusters style wearable hoover when hoovering in the changing room, presumably because there isn’t the room in there with all the changing benches, to use a Henry.
Henry is relatively small, and although it might not be the lightest weight vacuum cleaner, it’s lighter than it once was and at 7.5 Kg, lifting Henry up the stairs is unlikely to cause a hernia, and he’s small enough (slightly smaller than older versions) to fit on a stair while you’re hoovering the stairs above.
The capacity of the bags is a huge 6 litres, so unless you live in a mansion you probably won’t have to change the bags often. The cable (which retracts inside for neat storage) is a very generous 10 metres, and the hose is 2.2m long, giving you a total reach of just over 16 metres, wow my maths is incredible.
Beko Orion 6 Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner
This is probably the best hidden secret in the UK vacuum cleaner market. It has incredible suction power to rival the top-end brands like Dyson or Shark but it comes at a fraction of the price.
It is bagless so you never need to worry about the cost of hoover bags and it’s very easy to release the waste container and pop open the lid to get rid of the dust and debris.
It also comes with a HEPA filter which is very unusual for a vacuum cleaner at this price level and it means that 99.9% of all the dust it collects stays in. Great for any households with dust allergies.
Its also really easy to use with one dial on the main unit that controls the suction power from minimum through to maximum. We like the dial because it gives you the flexibility to select the exact power you want as opposed to just selecting low, medium or high. The suction is so strong that it’s unlikely you will ever have it on maximum because at that level it will literally suck your carpet up its that good.
It also comes with a telescopic, adjustable hose and a 6 metre cord ensuring that you get plenty of reach and won’t have to change the plug socket very often.
You also get a crevice tool, dusting brush and upholstery brush ensuring you can clean all above-floor surfaces as well.
Exceptional value for money, and that’s what you’re looking for if you’re seeking an affordable vacuum cleaner, not just a cheap price, but great value for money, and the Beko Orion 6 delivers this very well.
Vytronix Animal Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner
Unlike the known brands Beko and Henry, you’ll probably not have heard of the brand “Vytronix” and it’s hard to trust a company that you don’t know. I’d usually say that if it looks too good to be true it probably is, and that sticking to known brands is sensible, however Vytronix are slightly different.
Usually, the unknown brands are not really brands at all in the usual sense. There are factories in the far east pumping out unbelievable quantities of products (not limited to vacuum cleaners of course) which are bought and sold by the container load under various brand names which never cease to amaze me in how they commonly break the boundaries of the English language!
Vytronix on the other hand, is a UK firm, which is owned by a company which has been around for a long time, and has a lot of experience where vacuum cleaners are concerned. A P Taylor Ltd based in Dunstable, are the company behind Vytronix, and they’ve spent decades handling the refurbishing of returned domestic appliances including hoovers for many of the UK’s most well known brands, including VAX and Hoover.
So based on that and the specs of this inexpensive vacuum cleaner, this is a hidden gem of a vacuum cleaner from a UK company, at a very low price.
You get 800 watts of power which is similar to the best high-end cordless hoovers from the big brands except you could buy 10 of these to 1 of those.
It’s great for pets as well, as you get a pet accessory tool that’s specifically designed to pick up cat and dog hair and it comes with all the suction power you need to get that job done.
You get a telescopic hose that adjusts to your height for easy cleaning of floor surfaces and a 6-metre cord ensuring it will cover a whole room and more without having to change the plug socket.
It only weighs 6.0kg so it’s very light and easy to move up and down the stairs and because it uses bags it comes with a large waste capacity ensuring many cleans before it has to be changed.
Really good value for money at a super low price for what you get.
Vax Blade 4 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
When you see the price this may not strike you as super affordable but when you compare what you get versus some of the most expensive vacuum cleaners out there the Blade 4 compares very favourably.
If you have a busy home and you need the convenience of a cordless hoover but you dont want to pay silly prices then this is well worth considering.
You’ll pay a little more than some of the vacuums on this list but you are getting close to Dyson performance for about half the price of their super expensive vacuums.
The suction is very strong and the battery will last you way longer than a Dyson on full power as you can use this one on full power on one charge for about 30 minutes.
You can achieve that by controlling whether you need to use the brush roller on the floorhead by switching it on and off with your thumb. Not all surfaces need a spinning brush and so when you are hoovering the kitchen or any hard floor surface just turn the brush off and turn it on again when you do the carpets. That way you can use it on full power to clean the whole house without the need for a spare battery or having to worry about the battery running out but still be able to use it on max power.
This is a very clever vacuum from Vax and it weighs only 3kg.
Swan Eureka Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner
Finding a trusted brand at an affordable price is normally pretty hard to achieve but Swan has bucked the trend with this low cost but powerful cylinder vacuum cleaner.
Swan is a household name in the UK and has been a firm favourite for small kitchen appliance for decades and they have now decided to expand into the budget end of floorcare.
With a lot of hoovers a lower price reflects lower performance but this punches well above the low price it sells for.
It is corded so you’ll need to plug it into the wall but it has an 8-metre overall reach and it has excellent suction power and it has a large 2-litre waste container and a HEPA filter that captures 99.9% of all the dust without releasing any back into the air
It’s not as good as a Dyson but it still does a sterling job and costs about the same as a decent Chinese takeaway.
Really good for anyone with a flat or smaller home
Amazon Basics Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner
When you buy a vacuum cleaner like this it’s important to set your expectations at the right level. It’s a really good hoover that does a great job for the market it was intended for.
It’s really, really cheap even for a corded cylinder vacuum cleaner, but the difference between this one and others at this price point is that it actually works. Many other hoovers at this price level are just really poor but for smaller homes that don’t have pets, this is an absolute bargain.
This is perfect for a one or two person household and perhaps a one or two-bedroom flat. You want something cheap that’s going to clean your home but you want to spend as little as possible.
If you have kids or pets that bring lots of dirt and pet hair into the house on a regular basis then you may want to consider one of the other cheap vacuum cleaners listed above but if it’s only a few of you and you generally keep the place tidy then this is going to work a treat.
Its got a HEPA filter, very strong suction and 3 accessory tools included so you can clean everywhere, not just the floor. It’s also very light at 4.5kg.
The biggest plus for us is that it is an Amazon branded product. This is a completely risk free purchase because of Amazon’s legendary customer service. If you buy it and it doesn’t meet your expectations or it doesn’t clean to the level you thought it would then you can simply return it.
It doesn’t have the performance of a Shark or a Dyson but at this price it represents incredible value for money.
Vytronix Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
If you want the convenience of a cordless hoover at a cheap price its difficult to get really strong suction power because the motor and battery cost a lot of money and you will pay less for this entire vacuum cleaner than you would for a spare battery from the likes of Shark so you have to take that into account.
This is probably not suitable for really busy households with pets but not everyone needs the mega suction of the really expensive brands so if you have short-pile carpets or hard flooring this is going to be really effective at a fraction of the price of something from Dyson or Shark.
It is well built but only weighs 2.3kg so very suitable for anyone that has a problem lifting any kind of weight. It will give you about 20 minutes of cleaning on full power mode before it needs recharging and it converts into a handheld hoover with just one click.
You can easily pay more than the price if this for a handheld hoover on its own making this really good value for money.
Budget Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Another unbranded great value for money cordless cleaner. This is specifically for people that don’t have a house that is constantly being filled with dirt from children and pets.
The cordless hoovers with the highest suction come with a very high price tag but not everyone needs the suction they provide. If you want the convenience of no cords and not having to plug and unplug your hoover and you don’t want to pay over the odds then this could fit the bill.
It’s not really suitable for pet hair but if it’s just everyday dust that needs to be dealt with then there is no need to pay more.
There are two power modes, normal and turbo. On Turbo mode you will get about 25 minutes out of it which should be more than enough for any small to medium-sized home.
We like that you don’t need to hold the trigger down to keep the power on as that can sometimes put some strain on your wrist.
It weighs 6kg and has a 0.5 litre bagless waste container that easily clips off to be emptied.
It comes with a good suite of accessories and easily converts into a handheld as well.
Budget Corded Stick Upright Vacuum Cleaner
If you don’t want to spend the money on a cordless hoover but you want something that provides great suction at a low price then you this corded hoover is great value for money.
Because you have to plug it into the wall there is no expensive battery to pay for and you’ll never have to concern yourself with the battery running out.
The suction power is much better than a lot of cordless models at twice the price and it comes with a 10-metre power cord so you won’t need to change the socket in every room.
It’s super light at just 1.5kg making it very easy to carry around and store. This is perfect for anyone that lives in a flat or a smaller home.
Morphy Richards 732007 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Morphy Richards has long been a trusted brand in the UK and is more well known for their toasters and kettles than vacuum cleaners but this is a neat low-cost hoover that fills the gap between the super cheap Chinese products and the high-end ones from the likes of Shark and Dyson.
If you don’t want to pay big money but you are prepared to pay a little more than the very cheapest for a company you have heard of then this is worth a look.
It’s a 2 in 1 that easily converts to a handheld and you get two power levels with 20 minutes of cleaning time if you keep it on full power the whole time.
The suction power is not as strong as the corded cleaners that sell for the price of this one but it will be well suited to homes with short pile carpet and it works really well on hard flooring.
If feels strong and well built and is made to last and it comes with illuminating lights in the head of the cleaner to help point you to where that settled dust is resting when you get into areas with lower lighting levels.
The head swivels around all angles making it easy to get into any tight space and it comes with an average-sized bagless 0.4 lire waste container
Vaclife Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
We finish off our selection of cheap hoovers with this handheld option from Vaclife. You can pay more than £200 for a handheld vacuum cleaner if you really want to and they do come with tremendous suction power but most people will never need it.
Handheld cleaners are mainly used to quickly suck up crumbs or spills in the kitchen and around the house and as long as the suction is good enough and it picks up what got spilt that’s all that matters.
This will do exactly that and it comes with a bunch of accessories to ensure you can get to the places that the large open mouth cant reach.
With up to 30 minutes of use on a single charge, you’ll never run out of battery even if you want to clean the whole car in one go.
How to choose the best cheap hoover for your home
Only buy a vacuum cleaner that has the features and suction power that you actually need.
It’s easy to get fooled into thinking that the most expensive hoovers are the best simply because they cost lots of money.
Dyson and Shark make excellent vacuum cleaners, there is no doubt about it but it is absolutely possible to buy a vacuum cleaner that will do a great job of cleaning your home for a fraction of the price they charge.
Most people don’t need a mega suction cordless hoover with 10 attachments so lets have a look at some of the things below that will help you to work out what kind of cheap hoover is best for the home that you live in.
What flooring do you have in your home?
If you have mostly carpeted flooring then you need something that has good suction, particularly if you have deep pile carpets.
If your carpets are hard wearing, short pile then super strong suction is not overly important because the dirt can’t settle right down into the bottom of the carpet fibres as it can if you have long, lush deep carpets.
For long carpets it’s best to go with a corded vacuum cleaner and avoid the cheap cordless ones.
The most expensive part of a cordless vacuum cleaner is the battery that powers the motor that generates the suction and it simply is not possible to make a low-cost hoover that has the same suction power as the expensive ones.
The good news, however, is that most people don’t need the amount of suction power that the super expensive cordless cleaners generate.
If you have hard flooring then a cheap cordless cleaner is going to work just fine.
We have all laminate flooring in our home and once a week we give it a good sweep and then use a budget cordless cleaner to hoover all the dust up and finally give it a mop with a steam mop.
This article explains more about how to choose a steam mop:
Our hard flooring is always sparkling clean using this method and there is absolutely no reason to spend any money on a top-end branded cordless hoover.
How big is your home?
If you live in a large 5 bedroom house with children and two dogs then a cheap vacuum cleaner probably isn’t going to be right for you because you may really value the flexibility and convenience of something cordless and very powerful.
If there are a lot of people and pets coming in and out of your home all the time without taking their shoes off then you will need something powerful.
If you want something cheap that can tackle the really hard jobs in a large home then go for something corded. You won’t have to worry about the battery running out and at this price level, the suction will be good.
But if you live in a small to medium-sized house or a flat then you would be wasting your money if you bought anything other than a cheap vacuum cleaner.
If you normally spend 15-20 minutes doing the hoovering and there are mostly just one or two of you in your home then something sub £100 is going to do a great job.
If you go for a cheap cordless then you can keep it on full power without risking the battery running out.
For more suction go for a corded cleaner with a long cable that will ensure you only need to change plug sockets once or twice in a smaller home.
What kind of suction power do you need?
It depends on how much you walk throughout your home with your outdoor shoes on and how many people do that on a regular basis.
If you normally take your shoes off when you come in and there are only a few of you in the house most of the time then you don’t need mega suction to get out any deep-down ingrained dirt, because there isn’t any!
A cheap cordless hoover is perfect for smaller homes that don’t create much dirt and take good care of the carpet in the first place.
Some dust and dirt is inevitable and for everyday normal cleaning the cordless vacuum cleaners listed above will do the job just fine.
On the other hand, if you have muddy boots being dragged through the house on a regular basis then you are better off with a corded cleaner that has more suction.
It also depends on if you have pets. Pet hair can be quite stubborn to remove from carpet and it tends to need strong suction power.
if you have pets and a deep pile carpet then stick to coded vacuum cleaners as the low-cost cordless ones probably won’t be good enough.
Waste container capacity
Keep an eye out for the amount of dust and debris that a cheap vacuum can hold because one of the ways to keep the price down on some of the cheapest models is to make the dust container smaller.
You’ll still be able to clean your home in one go but with some you may need to empty it after each clean.
That’s not a bad thing because keeping the waste container full all the time is one of the things that can lead to a fault with your cleaner so its good practice to empty it as often as possible.
If you have allergies and you want the maximum amount of dust to be trapped inside one its hoovered up then look for a HEPA filter.
These keep almost all of the dust in without releasing it back into the atmosphere.
It’s hard to find a cheap hoover with a HEPA filter because they tend to be quite expensive so wash the filter on a regular basis (once a month) to make sure as much of the dust as possible is retained.
A lot of expensive vacuum cleaners have lots of accessories and attachments that you will never use but you do need the basic 3 so check that the hoover you are considering has them.
A long crevice tool is always handy for getting down the side of sofas and into tight areas, a dusting brush for more sensitive above floor surfaces and an upholstery tool for sofas and mattresses.