17 Oct Best Corded Vacuum Cleaner
Cordless vacuum cleaners may be all the rage but if you want to pay the least amount of money without compromising on cleaning performance then the best corded vacuum cleaners will deliver performance as good as the best Dyson without the super high price tag.
It’s only over the last few years that cordless vacuum cleaners have been able to deliver the suction power to compete with corded vacuum cleaners but where you gain in ease of use and convenience you pay handsomely for the privilege of not having to plug a cable into the wall.
Whilst cordless vacuum cleaners are improving each year they still have their limitations compared to corded vacuum cleaners of which there are three main ones:
Battery Life. The top brands such as Dyson or Shark make claims such as up to 60 minutes of cleaning time on one charge.
Whilst this is technically true the cleaning time quoted is based on using the hoover on low power. When you up the power level to medium or high the amount of cleaning time you get on one charge is reduced dramatically and may not be enough to clean your home in one go.
With corded vacuums you don’t need to manage battery life by using them on low or medium power because they are plugged into a socket so you can use it on high the whole time and get the best out of it all the time.
Suction Power. Corded vacuum cleaners are far superior to cordless when it comes to suction power because good batteries cost a lot of money and they don’t deliver the same suction power as the best corded vacuums do.
Sure, if you are willing to pay for the most expensive cordless vacuums that cost many hundreds of pounds from the big brands then you will get very good suction power but you will still have to manage the battery as described above.
At the lower prices cordless vacuums come nowhere close to corded ones of an equivalent price so if you want cheap prices AND good cleaning performance then corded is definitely the way to go.
Price. If money is not an issue then, by all means, go for a top of the range Dyson or Shark cordless but if you don’t want to pay those prices but you want cleaning performance that is the same then corded is the smart choice.
Batteries for cordless vacuum cleaners cost a lot of money and with corded there is no battery so you don’t have to pay for one.
It’s a common mistake to think that the more you pay the better the suction will be because it makes logical sense that it would be that way but it isn’t.
Corded vacuum cleaners will deliver maximum suction for minimum cost because there is no battery to pay for. The more powerful the motor on a corded vacuum cleaner the more powerful the suction.
If you are not bothered about a cord when you are cleaning then corded vacuum cleaners offer way better value for money than cordless.
It is not uncommon to pay half the amount for a corded hoover that delivers the same level of cleaning performance as a cordless equivalent and as an added bonus you don’t need to worry about the battery running out.
These are the best corded vacuum cleaners in the UK:
Henry Hoover HVR160 Vacuum Cleaner
This might be the best corded vacuum cleaner of all time and it’s not just us that think so. It’s not often that you can classify a vacuum cleaner as a classic but Henry definitely falls into that category.
Literally millions of people have bought this hoover over the last 40 years since it first came out and it is still going strong today.
It provides suction as strong as the most expensive cordless stick vacuum cleaners from the big brands but it costs a fraction of the price.
It’s manufactured in the UK and the company that makes it has resisted the temptation to move manufacturing somewhere cheaper because they want to maintain its reputation as something that is made to last.
Many people that own a Henry have had it for 10 years or more so you can be pretty sure this is not an appliance that going to need to be replaced in a hurry.
It’s also very easy to use and comes with a bunch of accessories that ensures you can clean every part of your home, high or low:
It also comes with a 6-litre waste bin so you won’t need to be emptying it after every clean and in fact it’s unlikely you’ll need to empty it even once a month.
Shark NZ801UK Corded Upright Vacuum Cleaner
This is a cheap way to get a high-quality premium branded vacuum cleaner. It delivers the same suction power and performance as Sharks more expensive cordless models and still comes with a whole load of features to make cleaning your home a lot easier.
It comes with “lift away” where the central unit detaches from the wand so you can just walk up and down the stairs with zero hassle or reach up to the ceiling with no bother at all
It also comes with Sharks duo clean technology with a soft roller and a brush roller built in so it cleans hard floors and carpet without having to change the floorhead and you get a long 8 metre cord.
Anti-hair wrap technology stops any hair becoming tangled in the brush. This short video shows how that works:
Shark AZ910 & AZ950 Corded Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Some of Sharks vacuum cleaners come with quite a small waste container which is fine for anyone with a flat or smaller home but it can be quite annoying if you have to empty the dust and dirt after every one or two cleans.
Shark has addressed that with this range that comes with large dust bins of 1.6 litres making it perfect for medium to large size homes.
You also get powered lift away and anti-hair wrap so it includes all of the best features of Shark vacuum cleaners but with a much larger bin for the dirt.
Vax Airlift Steerable Upright Vacuum Cleaner
If you are not up for spending a few hundred or more on a vacuum cleaner then this corded version from Vax has many of the features of a Shark without the high price point.
The suction is excellent and it comes with a lift away feature the same as Shark making it easy to clean all above-floor surfaces and it comes with a large 1.5-litre waste container as standard.
All of the Shark’s on this list of recommendations are excellent vacuum cleaners but not everyone wants to spend hundreds of pounds on a hoover.
A really good budget alternative to the big brands.
Shark HV390 Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner
If you prefer the ease of use of a stick vacuum cleaner then this corded model from Shark has the waste container at the top so it doubles up quickly as a handheld by just unclipping the wand and adding one of the accessory tools.
This one comes with “flexology” which means that the central wand bends so that you don’t need to making it easy to get under tables and other low-level furniture
Ideal for small to medium-sized homes.
Miele CX1 Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner
A cylinder alternative to Shark or Dyson from one of the most trusted brands in the world for kitchen appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers.
They also do a mean vacuum cleaner and whilst is not the cheapest out there you know this is built to last.
It has a fully adjustable telescopic pole so you can adjust to perfectly fit your height and the accessories tools sit on board the vacuum cleaner.
There are a number of different models in the range with the basic model (SKRF3) coming with a standard filter and then the next model up (SKCF3) coming with a HEPA filter that ensures 99.99% dust retention and then the cat and dog version comes with a motorised brush tool to deal with stubborn pet hair.
There are 4 different power levels that can be controlled with your thumb from the handle and it has an auto-clean function for the filter so you don’t need to remember to pull it out monthly and give it a clean.
Here is a detailed video that demonstrates the performance of the CX1:
Vytronix Animal Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner
This is called the “Animal” for a reason! This is the winner for the lowest cost with the highest amount of suction power.
This has the same amount of suction power as the top end brands but they cost about 10 times more. It doesn’t come with all of the features they have but you can rest assured it will do a good job of cleaning your floor.
It comes with a pet tool and because the suction is so strong it is ideal for anyone with cats and dogs.
You also get a telescopic hose that you can adjust to make cleaning easy for your own personal height and its light at just 4.5kg
This is quite a rare example of something that is cheap but it does do a good job.
Budget Corded Stick Upright Vacuum Cleaner
A great low-cost alternative to some of the more expensive brands. Great for flats and homes without pets.
Don’t buy a cordless vacuum cleaner at this price level because the suction will be no good but this one delivers on suction because its mains powered and the 10 metre cable means you can get a lot of the cleaning done without changing the socket.
It’s also super light at 1.5kg and comes with a great storage holder if space is tight.
Amazon Basics Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner
If you have a flat or smaller home and all you want is a vacuum cleaner that has good suction and will do a good job of hoovering then Amazons basic vacuum cleaner has been made for you.
It doesn’t come with any of the high spec and feature of the some of the others in this list but what it does come with is high performance and a low price.
You get a 5-metre cord that has auto rewind and all the usual accessories for above floor cleaning.
Probably the best thing you get is total peace of mind as its an Amazon branded product and Amazon are renowned for their incredible customer service. It already enjoys overwhelmingly good reviews but if it doesn’t live up to your expectations you know that Amazon will sort it out for you with no fuss.
Difference between corded and cordless vacuum cleaners
Cordless vacuum cleaners are often lighter than corded and that makes them easy to move around but that also means that they very often have much smaller waste containers that need emptying often.
If you think you will find it to be a pain to empty the dust and dirt after every clean or every other clean then corded may be a better option as you can get some huge waste bins on vacuum cleaners like Henry the Hoover that has a bin size up to 9 litres so you won’t have to worry about emptying it more than about once every couple of months if that.
If you have a busy home with pets then you’ll need a top of the range cordless that will set you back hundreds of pounds to get the suction power you need but a good corded hoover with market leading suction will set you back only half that amount.
Bear in mind that with a cordless vacuum cleaner you’ll need to allow about 3-4 hours for it to recharge fully again but with a corded hoover you can whip it out anytime without wondering whether you have enough battery to get the job done.
With cordless you also need to remember to charge it in the first place. Many times I have grabbed the hoover out of the cupboard and then tried to turn it only to be faced with a flat battery because I forgot to put it on charge the last time it was in use.
If you want to avoid that frustration then a corded vacuum cleaner won’t let you down.
Depending on the type of home you have a corded vacuum may be better for you than a more expensive cordless for a number of reasons.
Most cordless vacuums are not worth buying because the suction power just doesn’t deliver what’s needed to remove the dust and debris from your home, especially on carpets.
You need really powerful suction to get right into the carpet fibres and only the most expensive and most powerful cordless models are capable of that.
Most corded hoovers come with a long cord up to 10 metres because manufacturers know that you don’t want to be changing the socket all the time.
If you live in a flat or a smaller home then you may only need to change the socket once or twice to do an entire clean so it’s not much hassle compared to a cordless anyway and you can save a lot of money.
Once everything is taken into account, if you don’t mind putting up with the cord then there is a lot to be said for getting a corded vacuum cleaner not to mention the amount of money you can save as well.