14 Apr Best Lightweight Vacuum Cleaner
So you’re looking for the best lightweight vacuum cleaner, I can’t think of any other reason you’d have ended up reading this article if that wasn’t the case, but not everyone looking for a lightweight vacuum cleaner has exactly the same goal.
You may be looking for a hoover for yourself which is going to make hoovering the stairs a bit less of an effort. You may be looking for a lightweight vacuum cleaner for an elderly loved one, or for someone with a disability or condition which makes a lightweight hoover a necessity.
Whatever your specific need, we’ve got you covered with this article, as there are various different options available depending on your specific requirements, and not everyone searching for lightweight vacuum cleaners has exactly the same set of priorities.
These days there are so many different options, it’s not quite as simple as it once was, for example, do you go corded or cordless, upright vacuum cleaner or stick, bagged or bagless, how much cleaning time do you require on a single charge, how often can you cope with having to empty the waste bin, and so on?
There’s quite a lot to consider in addition to just the lightweight aspect, and when someone is searching for just one priority it’s quite easy to end up with something that ticks that box but which doesn’t tick other boxes that you’d not considered. So, keep reading and we’ll ensure that you end up with the perfect lightweight vacuum cleaner.
The Rise of the Lightweight Vacuum Cleaner
Most people reading this article will remember a time when most vacuum cleaners had one thing in common, weight. They all used to be hefty lumps, on wheels, that we had to drag or push around, and they were particularly problematic where stairs were concerned.
As time has gone on, have you noticed how the trend for most products has been towards being lighter weight, and smaller? TV’s are so thin these days that some of them can double as picture frames when not in use, laptops are continually being made thinner and more lightweight, and the same thing has happened with hoovers.
The cutting edge of vacuum cleaner technology is mainly for cordless sticks, and this market is mainly dominated by Dyson but with companies like Shark giving them a good run for their money. You might think that surely not everyone needs a super lightweight and cordless vacuum cleaner, and I’d agree, however, it’s interesting that Dyson doesn’t appear to agree – they now focus 100% of their creativity on this part of the market.
Is it that an increasing number of the population are elderly, given that people tend to be more able and more independent into older age these days? Is it simply a change in the way we’re living and the kind of homes we’re living in that means that an increasing number of us need or at least want less hefty hoovers?
Who knows for sure (probably James Dyson…) but here are some of the benefits of the more modern lightweight vacuum cleaners:
Best vacuum cleaners for the elderly
The elderly is a phrase that I really don’t like using, for a number of reasons including the fact that as we get older, the age that we consider elderly tends to adjust with our own age, don’t you find? When I was a teenager, someone in their mid to late forties was definitely elderly ;-).
The fact is, though, it’s not just a case of none of us getting any younger, the UK is gradually getting older as a nation, due to fewer babies being born each year and longer life expectancy. According to the office of national statistics, over the next 50 years there will be 7.5 million more people aged over 65 living in the UK!
Age is just a number, though, rather than “best vacuum cleaners for the elderly” we’d probably be better off pointing out that lightweight vacuum cleaners are best for “anyone who, for whatever reason, needs a lighter weight vacuum cleaner” but that doesn’t quite roll off the tongue in the same way…
It is worth noting, however, that when it comes to being easier on our bodies, there are other things to take into consideration, including bin capacity and battery life.
Having a lightweight cleaner isn’t much use if it leads to having to take a trip outside to the wheelie bin to empty it several times more frequently than you might have had to with your slightly heavier cleaner.
Also a lightweight hoover with a very poor battery life might be a pain if it runs out of juice before you’ve finished the hoovering, so investing in a vacuum cleaner which gives sufficient cleaning time on a single charge is also an important consideration.
The vacuum cleaners we’re including below as being the best lightweight options are those that combine the best of the other important features including suction power, bin capacity and battery power.
Best vacuum cleaners for storage
Storage space is a premium in most UK homes, it certainly is in mine! I’m not in a position where I can allocate a cupboard purely for the hoover, or where I can slot my vacuum cleaner straight into a space right at the front of the cupboard.
If like me you have to lift your vacuum cleaner in and out of its designated storage space, you’ll definitely benefit from a lighter-weight hoover.
Dragging a heavy hoover up and down the stairs can become a right pain in the neck not to mention a pain in the arms and back! If you go for something lighter moving up and down the stairs becomes a total non-issue and can be done with ease.
Some people even have a second vacuum cleaner that they keep upstairs to avoid dragging the heavy hoover up from downstairs. All of our recommendations below are great options for hoovering stairs.
Best vacuum cleaner for disabilities
If you have any kind of disability, then you may be wondering what are among the best vacuum cleaners for disabled people. This is a difficult question because really it would depend on the specific disability, but generally speaking, lighter-weight vacuum cleaners are going to be among the best options for anyone with physical disabilities.
Whether you have mobility issues, or you suffer from debilitating arthritis or back problems, or you have a condition such as chronic fatigue syndrome or ME or any other issue which makes hoovering or other physical activities more of a challenge, the lighter weight options are usually considered the best.
Not all disabilities are the same though, obviously, so the type of lighter-weight vacuum cleaner that would make the most sense for you will depend on you, and you’ll be able to tell as you read through the suggestions below, which might be among the best options for you specifically.
What is considered light for a Hoover?
This number is continually shrinking, but I think it’s probably fair to say that any hoover weighing under 5 Kg is usually considered lightweight, with the majority of vacuum cleaners tending to weigh between 6kg – 10kg or even more in some cases.
The materials that are used in the lightweight models we have recommended below are lightweight but durable, so you don’t have to compromise on performance just because your hoover is light.
These are the best lightweight vacuum cleaners in the UK:
Shark IZ300 & IZ320 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
This is surprisingly light for all the features that it comes with and at just 4.6kg you get the benefit of Shark’s amazing best-ever suction power to ensure that more dust and dirt than ever before is captured in the first pass reducing the amount of time you need to hoover.
There’s little point in buying a vacuum cleaner weighing half as much if the suction power is so low that you have to go over each square inch of floor twice as many times.
In addition, unlike some other premium vacuum cleaner brands (Dyson) it doesn’t just come with a “one size fits all” model. This range comes with 4 different variations so that you can choose the version that fits your specific requirements.
The single battery version will give you up to 60 minutes of cleaning time which should be fine for most homes but if you use it on full power then you’ll get less so if you have a large home and you like full suction power the whole time then the twin battery version will ensure you never run out of charge.
It also comes with or without a motorised pet tool which is definitely worth considering if you have cats and dogs.
You also get all of Shark’s features including flexology which “bends so you don’t have to” (their polite way of saying “bends because you can’t”, which would be correct in my case at the moment. but the chiropractor is helping!). The brilliant anti-hair wrap feature, (because who wants to spend time trying to unravel hair caught up in the brush roller of their vacuum cleaner?) and their Duo Clean feature for seamlessly cleaning across all floor types.
Shark IZ201 & IZ251 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Weighing in at just 4.1kg this cordless hoover from Shark packs a huge punch when it comes to cleaning performance and is full of all the features you need to deep clean every part of your home with the minimum of effort.
Shark is brilliant at offering a version of each vacuum they sell to suit your specific needs so you can tailor it to your requirements and this one is no exception.
It’s available in 4 different variants with a single battery, twin battery and with or without a pet tool.
For small to medium sized homes without pets the single battery without pet tool is perfect and at the other end of the scale large homes with cats and dogs will be more suited to the twin battery with pet tool.
It comes with the aforementioned duo clean technology so you can switch from carpet to hard floors by pressing one button and we like the LED light on the front of the head of the cleaner so you can see the dust in darker corners and hard to reach areas.
The batteries just keep getting better with up to 40 minutes of use on one charge for the single battery version. If you think that won’t be enough then the batteries are interchangeable so if you go for the twin battery you get well over an hour which should be more than anyone will ever need.
Again we have the flexology “bends because we know you’ll struggle to get back up again” feature, and it comes with a 5-year guarantee (2 years for the battery) so you can rest easy that it won’t break down and if it does Shark have you covered.
As with all of Shark’s vacuums the suction power is excellent and despite its low weight, it punches well above its weight.
Vax Blade 4 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
If you don’t want to spend the high asking price of the top of the range hoovers from the likes of Dyson and Shark but you still want a respected brand that will deliver high-quality cleaning performance with strong suction then the Blade 4 from Vax is well worth taking a look at.
The suction power is very close to what you get with Dyson and for the vast majority of homes it delivers plenty of power to keep your home sparkling clean and it weighs just 3kg
It comes with a motorised brush in the floorhead that you can turn on and off with one button and that gives you several benefits. If you are vacuuming hard floors you don’t need the brush so you can keep it off but turn it on when you are doing carpets or rugs.
By doing this you can save battery life and that gives you a much longer life than you will get with Dyson for example. Expect about 30 minutes of battery life with the Vax on full power compared to about 10 minutes on full power with a Dyson.
There is also an option with a pet tool if you have lots of dog or cat hair in your home that comes with a mini motorised attachment for stairs and all above floor surfaces.
Vax Evolve Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner
At 4.1kg this definitely falls into the lightweight class and for the price you could argue that it has unequalled suction power for a branded hoover. You can see our full review by clicking the link below or this video demonstrates how good it is for the price:
Vytronix Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
At just 2.3kg this is an ultra-lightweight cordless hoover. This vacuum cleaner is specifically intended for smaller homes that don’t have large amounts of dirt accumulating all the time.
The price is extremely low for a vacuum cleaner that comes without a cord making it super easy to move around your home without having to be concerned with cables and plug sockets.
This is not a Dyson or a Shark so the suction power is not as strong, so it is worth noting that in some ways you do get what you pay for, so with such a lightweight hoover at such a low price there’s going to be some compromise, and the main compromise here is going to be suction power.
This is ideally suited for anyone with a flat or smaller home and you generally keep your home clean but like everyone you need to hoover because dust accumulates no matter how tidy your home is.
Despite how light it is, it feels strong and because of its low weight you can each switch from hoovering the floor to getting up high above floor level.
Suction power is good on full power and you can expect 20 mins cleaning time from a full charge.
The top clips off as well so that it is easily convertible into a handheld.
Tineco Pure One S12 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
This is a premium cordless hoover without the super premium price tag. OK, it’s not what most of us would describe as a cheap vacuum cleaner, but it’s a genuine rival to the top of the range Dyson’s that cost a small fortune.
You get everything that the most expensive Dyson’s have and more. You get more accessories so that every single part of your home gets covered with ease no matter how high, low or tight space is.
It also comes with 2 batteries so in the unlikely event one runs out you can just switch in the spare and carry on in seconds. The digital display will show you exactly how much battery is left at all times and the hoover will automatically adjust the suction power when it detects more or less dirt so nothing ever gets left behind and battery power is preserved.
Gtech Mk2 AirRam Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner
This is super light at 3.3kg and therefore it literally glides across the surface with hardly any effort required to push it along.
This vacuum cleaner is a perfect fit if you just want something that turns on and works. There are no digital displays and no buttons to adjust settings so it’s perfect if you are not into tech and you just want a good hoover that will clean your home effectively. It’s good to go straight out of the box with nothing to work out.
The rotating brush head is very powerful and literally helps to move the Gtech Mk2 AirRam across the surface of your floor. This is a premium vacuum cleaner and that is reflected in the performance of the battery.
It’s a cordless vacuum and you can expect at least 30 minutes of cleaning time from a single charge and up to 40 minutes.
The waste bin can be removed with a simple click making it easy to take over to the bin and empty. Being so light and thin it’s easy to pick up and store in a space that you wouldn’t be able to store other more bulky heavier hoovers.
This is a vacuum cleaner that does what it says on the tin without any fancy add ons.
Bosch BSC122GB Unlimited Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Another very light vacuum at 3kg. Bosch has named this hoover “unlimited” because despite it being cordless you get an unlimited amount of cleaning time without having to worry about the battery dying.
Other manufacturer’s batteries require 3-4 hours to fully charge a battery but Bosch has developed a battery that fully charges in 60 minutes. You get two batteries that last for 20 minutes each on full power and if you charge one when the other one is in use you will never run out of charge giving you unlimited cleaning time.
Turbo mode is super powerful with no noticeable difference between this and a more expensive Dyson.
It easily converts into a handheld making it ideal for stairs and the car. You also get a good suite of accessories to cover all above floor surfaces.
Vytronix Animal Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner
This is not the lightest vacuum on our list but at 6.0kg it’s still pretty light and it feels even lighter because it’s a cylinder vacuum that has wheels and you pull it across the floor whilst you are cleaning and that makes it feel about half the weight.
So this one might not be your first choice if you’re looking for a lightweight vacuum cleaner specifically for stairs, but if you want something very easy on the joints when it comes to wheeling it around the house, this is worth a look, as it also represents magnificent value for money. The suction power is super strong but it comes at a very low budget price.
It is corded so you will need to plug it in but it comes with a 6 metre cord plus the 1.5m hose gives you 7.5 metres of cleaning space before you need to change plug sockets.
It comes with a telescopic pole so you can adjust it according to your height for cleaning comfort and it comes with a large waste container which is very big compared to the bagless alternatives.
If you are ok with a cable then this provides cleaning performance of other hoover’s at 4 or 5 times the price. Brilliant value.
Dyson V10 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
At 2.68kg this is very light and very powerful. Dyson needs no introduction as they are probably the best known vacuum cleaner brand in the UK. This is a really good hoover but super light and superpowerful comes at a price.
And it’s a big one but if you absolutely have to have the best then the Dyson V10 will not let you down.
Suction power is second to none and no dust particle will be left unturned as it powers through all of the dust and dirt in your home.
It is cordless so no cables or plugs required but you need to use it on high as little as possible otherwise you won’t get more than 10 minutes out of it. the good news is that it’s so powerful that you don’t need it on maximum most of the time because medium power is super strong anyway.
This is a brilliant cleaner but it costs a lot of money. If money is no object then go for it but there are better value for money options in this list.
Budget Corded Stick Upright Vacuum Cleaner
If you don’t mind plugging your hoover into the wall then this is a great value for money alternative to the big brands for anyone that lives in a smaller home or flat or any home that doesn’t require super intensive cleaning all the time.
At just 1.5kg it’s incredibly light and easy to use and that makes it a great option for the elderly or anyone that just wants a no-fuss vacuum cleaner. There are no fancy features just an on/off button and a hoover that delivers stronger suction than you would expect from a vacuum at this price level.
It works well on both hard floor and short pile carpets but is not really meant for deep pile carpets and intensive cleaning of pet hair. The 10-metre cord is the longest we have come across for a hoover at this kind of price and it means you won’t have to change the plug socket much as it has such a long reach.
You also get 4 accessory tools for cleaning all your floor surfaces and above floor as well.
Budget Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
This is a low-cost cordless vacuum that weighs just 1.0kg. Not everyone wants to spend hundreds of pounds on a Dyson or Shark and more importantly a lot of homes simply do not need the power that the premium brands produce.
For smaller homes without pets this is going to be all you need to keep your home clean. It does need to be said, however, that you’re not going to get such a lightweight hoover at such a low cost without some compromise, and probably the main compromise here vs spending hundreds of pounds on a Shark or several hundred pounds on a Dyson, is going to be suction power.
If your floors don’t get particularly filthy, and you’re just doing regular light vacuum cleaning of general dust and dirt, most small homes will be kept clean with this very low-cost and lightweight hoover.
If you run it on Turbo mode you’ll get 20 minutes out of the battery and that should be plenty for the size of home this is suited to.
This has a power button so you don’t need to keep your finger on the trigger the whole time to keep it on which we like as that can sometimes strain your fingers or wrist.
The top clicks off easily to turn it into a handheld. A lot of standalone handheld vacuum cleaners cost more than this entire cordless hoover and that makes it really good value for money.
Gtech Mk2 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
This is a handheld vacuum cleaner, technically speaking, but it does come with an extension wand that allows you to clean floor areas without bending down. You can easily reach up to the ceiling as well and it’s super light at 1.5kg.
Its a premium hoover but it comes with super premium suction power and a motorised pet tool for sofas, stairs and anywhere that accumulates pet hair.
Brilliant for all over the home and especially good for the car, you’ll get 20 minutes of continuous use before you need to recharge the battery.
Other things to consider with a lightweight vacuum cleaner:
Cordless or Corded?
Cordless vacuum cleaners are among the best for convenience, because why bother messing around with a power cord if you don’t need one?
But although cordless may offer the best of convenience, especially when combined with being lightweight, you do have to keep an eye on battery life, and because batteries are expensive you tend to get better value for money with corded vacuums compared to cordless.
So if it’s not crucial to avoid power cables, a corded lightweight hoover is a really good option.
Is bagless better?
There has been a big shift towards bagless in recent years because you can just empty the waste container into the bin and start again but there are pros and cons with both.
All but one of our recommendations is bagless but the waste container on bagged hoovers tend to be a lot bigger so you don’t need to change them as often. Some of the bagless cleaners need emptying after every clean and that can be a bit of a pain.
With bags you tend to get a really good seal so nothing gets released back into the air once it’s been sucked into the bag and that is a good thing if you have dust allergies.
Just because a vacuum cleaner is light doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be up to the task of dealing with pet hair.
If you have dogs or cats that shed their hair then keep a lookout for a pet tool accessory because it can be tough to dig our tangled hair in carpet fibre.
A motorised pet tool will ensure you keep your home hair free at all times.
We have already mentioned the pet tool which is essential if you have some furry friends residing with you but keeping to only the essential accessories will keep the price down and the weight of your vacuum down as well.
Some vacuum cleaners have the accessory tools onboard and this is convenient but can add to the weight so it worth checking.
You should also ask yourself whether you need loads of accessories that you will probably never use.
The long thin crevice tool, upholstery tool and dusting tool are the three that you really need. The others just add weight and cost and you will probably never need them.
If you go for a corded cleaner then this is a non-issue but some of the corded cleaners can take up to 4 hours to achieve a full charge, so just be aware of how long the charging time is so you know how long it’s going to take before you can continue hoovering if the battery runs out while you’re vacuuming.
While many of the latest cordless hoovers are becoming more powerful, they tend to use up their battery very quickly if you blast them on full power the whole time so if you go for the cordless option it’s worth being mindful of the fact that you’re probably going to need to vary the power to get the most out of your battery, only using full power when you really need it.
If you go corded then you never need to concern yourself with battery life and you can hoover away till your hearts content.