Best small vacuum cleaner

Beko Orion 6

 

So, your mission which you’ve clearly chosen to accept is to find the best small vacuum cleaner for your particular home and circumstances. Well, fear not, that’s exactly what this article is all about, and this blog post will not self-destruct in 5 seconds. 

The above is of course a Mission Impossible reference, but thankfully finding the best small vacuum cleaner isn’t going to be an impossible mission, and won’t require any form of espionage.

Why Small Vacuum Cleaners?

There are a number of factors that could have set you on this mission to find the best small vacuum cleaner, and not everyone will have the same kind of small hoover in mind, so the “why” will depend on you. 

For example, many people shop for small vacuum cleaners simply because they’re looking for a hoover which doesn’t take much storage space. Maybe they’ve currently got a bigger upright or cylinder vacuum cleaner, and they’re fed up with stubbing their toe on it or tripping over the flipping thing, so they’re looking for a small hoover that can be slotted neatly into the “Harry Potter” cupboard.

Some people are actually thinking about handheld vacuums when they say “small”, and they’re looking for a vacuum cleaner for hoovering the car, caravan, or for a specific task.

It’s also common for people to use the words small and cheap synonymously, although this isn’t always the case. Yes, some of the best small vacuum cleaners (and we’ve included these in the suggestions) happen to be cheaper options, but not all small vacuum cleaners are cheap. In fact some of the most expensive hoovers imaginable are cordless stick vacuums, which are among the smallest vacuum cleaners.

Whatever your budget, though, you’ll find small vacuums in our suggestions below that will fit the bill.

What to Look For in a Small Vacuum Cleaner

Waste bin size. You might be looking for a small hoover because you have a small home to clean, in which case the size of the bin probably isn’t going to be all that important to you. If you’re looking for a small vacuum for a big house, however, for example, you have a big home which needs a lot of hoovering but you struggle for storage space, then keep in mind that the smaller cylinder vacuum cleaners below, usually have much bigger bins, so fewer trips will be required to empty it.

Suction power. Again, this may not be quite as important if you’re looking for a small hoover for a small home which doesn’t take a lot of hoovering, but if you have messy pets and/or kids (or messy significant others) and you need a lot of cleaning grunt to help keep your home clean, then just be aware that not all smaller vacuum cleaners are made equally in that regard. We’ve included the best combination of size and cleaning power in our suggestions.

Weight. If you’re shopping on the small size because you want a small and lightweight vacuum cleaner, as is the case with many people, then you’ll notice below that there are some suggestions that tick both of these boxes, while some tick only the “small in physical stature” box.

Pet tool. If you have pets, then you may want to go for a hoover that comes with a pet tool. These are small motorized brush heads which help to dig out embedded pet hair from sofas and car seats, for example, but they’re also particularly good for hoovering stairs.

Useful features. We’re not talking about bells and whistles here, but real practical features that some of the best small vacuum cleaners have. Some of the smaller Shark hoovers for example share some of the same really clever features of their bulkier siblings, such as their Anti Hair wrap feature and Flexology wands.

Corded or cordless. Keep in mind as you’re shopping for a small vacuum cleaner that there are generally two main categories hoovers fall into, corded and cordless. With corded hoovers being so popular these days, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of thinking you need to dig much deeper into your pocket for the newest, flashiest cordless vacuum cleaner, but this isn’t necessarily the case.

Cordless hoovers are great if you need that feature, if you don’t really need your vacuum cleaner to be cordless, corded hoovers tend to give you more suction power for longer (without having to worry about battery life) and they’re usually cheaper.

Here are our suggestions for the best small vacuum cleaners in the UK:

Beko Orion 6 Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner

Waste Container: 2.5l
Weight:  4.92 kg
Power Cable:  6m
Hose Length: 4m
Wattage: 800W
Bagged/Bagless: Bagless
Pet Tool: No

Beko are a brand known for delivering great value for money, in fact, I’ve seen some of their products in other categories being rebadged by more premium brands and sold for a lot more money, which just goes to show what good value they are.

The Beko Orion 6 is a good example of what Beko do well, delivering great performance for a very low price. Sure, you can get slightly better features from other small cylinder hoovers, slightly longer power cables, bigger waste containers and so on, but we’re talking about fairly insignificant things there, where it really matters is overall cleaning power, and in that regard, this hoover gives amazing bang for your buck.

This is a corded vacuum cleaner, so as long as you’re happy to plug it in, you’re getting great value for money. Corded cylinder hoovers are among the best value for money options anyway, but being such a well-priced option, this is one of the best options where value for money is concerned, but it’ll deliver really good cleaning performance, and it’s small. 

It comes with a 6-metre cord and when you combine that with the 4-metre hose you get a reach long enough to clean several rooms without having to change the socket. 

It’s bagless and comes with a large 2.5-litre waste container, which may be towards the smaller size for cylinder vacuums, but is around four to five times the size of the waste containers you’ll find on most of the modern stick vacuum cleaners. 

The power is controlled via a dial on the main unit and we found that high is too strong for most surfaces and you can easily find it sticking to the carpet making it harder to push along so you’ll find yourself using medium or low power a lot of the time which is more than sufficient to suck up everything that gets in its way.

It also has really good filtration ensuring that everything that goes in stays in. It comes with the 3 main accessories as well for above-floor cleaning – upholstery tool, long crevice tool and dusting tool.

An excellent choice if you live in a flat or small to medium-sized home.

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See the full review fo the Beko Orion 6 cylinder vacuum cleaner

 

Shark IZ400UK / IZ400UKT & IZ420UKT Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Waste Container: 0.7l
Weight:  4.1 kg
Wattage: 750W
Bagged/Bagless: Bagless
Pet Tool: Yes

If you’re looking for a small and lightweight vacuum cleaner for versatile usage, for example for hoovering carpets and wooden floors, for easily hoovering under sofas, beds and tables, and for quick and easy conversion to handheld for hoovering the car, then this corded stick vacuum cleaner from Shark is definitely one to add to the shortlist, as long as you’re not also looking for a cheap vacuum cleaner. 

Having said that, they’re inexpensive when you compare them to the newest of this kind of stick hoover from Dyson, and it is the very latest in the range from Shark at the time of writing.

What’s so good about the stick vacuums from Shark is that they pack the features of their bigger vacuum cleaners in, so you’re not just getting a small vacuum cleaner, you’re also getting the same clever features that you’d get from any of the other latest shark vacuum cleaner. 

Anti Hair Wrap, for example, is a feature that the newest Shark hoovers come equipped with, and it means that hair (human, pet or otherwise) is cut and hoovered up before it can get tangled around the brush roller. This is such a great feature, sparing you from the awful task of chopping away at hair trapped around the brush of your hoover. The Anti hair wrap on the new Stratos range is said to be even better, ensuring no hair whatsoever can become wrapped around the brush. 

The “Flexology” wand is a feature which means the wand is hinged, so you can just press a button to engage this feature, enabling you to hoover under furniture without having to do yourself mischief.

A great option for pet owners, not only does the anti hair wrap stop longer pet hairs from getting tangled on the brush roller, but it also comes with a “wet dog smell” cartridge on the brush head to combat the smell of pets. OK, they don’t call it the “wet dog smell” feature, but I think they probably should ;-), they refer to it as the pet odour cartridge (boring). It also comes with the pet tool, a small powered brush roller made to dig into carpets, sofas and car seats to retrieve embedded pet hair.

I’ve recently purchased the Shark Stratos (the corded version, as I don’t have any problems with power cables), and I have to say, I’m very impressed with it! It’s really lightweight and easy to move around, the suction power is brilliant, and for me one of the best features is the way that the flexology wand doubles as a storage solution. This means you can fold the wand and it stands up of its own accord and takes up a tiny amount of space.

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See full review of the Shark IZ400 / IZ400UKT / IZ420UKT Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

 

Miele C3 Powerline Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner

Waste Container:  4.5l
Weight:  7.3kg
Power Cable:   10l
Hose Length: 1.8l
Wattage:  890W
Bagged/Bagless:  Bagged
Pet Tool: No

This is a little more expensive than some of the other small cylinder vacuum cleaners on this list but it still comes in a lot cheaper than the expensive cordless models from the likes of Dyson and Shark.

Miele is well known for their top-end kitchen appliances like washing machines and dishwashers and they are recognised as a brand you can trust to deliver a high-quality product that lasts.

It has a massive 890-watt motor that provides more suction than you’re probably ever going to need, so keeping it on a medium power setting is as far as you’ll need to go most of the time.

This is a bagged vacuum cleaner that has a huge 4.5-litre capacity ensuring you won’t need to change it more than once a month with standard use. The bag is self-sealing as well so it just pops out already sealed with no messing about and no release of dirt back into the air.

The cable is 8.5 metres and has a self-rewind mechanism so its easy to get back in once you are done and when you add the length of the hose to that you get a very long reach allowing you to clean two or three rooms before having to change the socket.

The accessory tools sit inside the hoover so you never lose them and can just grab them on the go whilst you are cleaning.

This is really well-priced for a top brand small and powerful vacuum cleaner.

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See the full review of the Miele C3 Powerline cylinder vacuum cleaner

 

Amazon Basics Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner

Waste Container:  1.5l
Weight: 5.35 kg
Power Cable:   5l
Hose Length:  1.5l
Wattage:  700W
Bagged/Bagless: Bagless
Pet Tool: No

Available as a bagless model or as bagged with a larger capacity this is an exceptional value for money budget small vacuum cleaner.

If you live in a flat or small home and you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a hoover this is a really good option. 

It already enjoys a very high level of positive reviews but you can buy this with confidence as Amazon have excellent customer service and a very simple returns process if you are not happy.

It comes with really good suction power and a telescopic pole so you can adjust it to your height and make it easy to hoover with.

There are 3 accessory tools for cleaning above floor and at 4.5kg it’s very easy to move around.

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See the full review of the Amazon basics cylinder vacuum cleaner 

 

Swan Eureka Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner

Waste Container:  2l
Weight: 7.3kg
Power Cable:   5m
Hose Length:  1.5m
Wattage:  800W
Bagged/Bagless:  Bagless
Pet Tool: Yes

This is a very low-cost vacuum cleaner from a brand you know and trust. These two things don’t normally go hand in hand because brands normally cost a lot of money but this is an exception to the rule.

Swan is normally associated with toasters or kettles but they have partnered with Eureka who have over 100 years of vacuum cleaner experience and when you add that to Swan being around for a similar amount of time they know a thing or two between them when it comes to small appliances for the home.

It is corded so your need to plug it into the wall and when you do you’ll be pleasantly surprised how strong the suction is that gets generated from the 700-watt motor and it works as well on hard flooring as it does on carpets.

A telescopic pole, a two-litre waste container and accessories for cleaning above floor make this an excellent value for money compact hoover for smaller homes.

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See the full review of the Swan Eureka cylinder vacuum cleaner

 

Budget Corded Stick Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Waste Container:   0.5l
Weight:  1.5kg
Power Cable:  10m
Wattage:   400W
Bagged/Bagless:  Bagless
Pet Tool:  No

This a very affordable and extremely compact hoover that generates more suction power than you would expect from something this small. It does come with a cord so you need to plug it in but the cord is 10 metres long which is a lot longer than any other vacuum cleaner we have come across at this price level.

It’s most suited to smaller homes that don’t need a mega deep clean every week and it’s really effective on both carpet and hard floor with 2 x floor heads that are made for each surface and you also get another 2 accessory tools for above-floor cleaning.

Included is a base to store the vacuum cleaner in a cupboard making sure you keep everything together and don’t take up too much space and it’s super light as well at just 1.5kg.

A 12-month warranty is included as well for peace of mind.

See the full review of the budget corded stick upright vacuum cleaner 

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Gtech Mk2 Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner

This is a super light no-frills small vacuum cleaner that is perfect for anyone that just wants something simple that does a great job without having to get involved with anything technical.

This a modern version of an old school hoover. It’s cordless so no cables or plugs to worry about and you’ll get up to 40 minutes from one full battery charge.

It’s not brilliant on stairs but is excellent on all carpeted and hard floor surfaces so is ideal for flats and bungalows and is extremely light at 3.2kg.

This is ideal for anyone that can’t lift anything heavy and isn’t tech-savvy. You just turn it on and go.

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See the full review of the Gtech Mk2 cordless upright vacuum cleaner

 

Vytronix Animal Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner

Waste Container:  3l
Weight: 6kg
Power Cable:  5l
Hose Length:  1.5l
Wattage:  800W
Bagged/Bagless: Bagless
Pet Tool: Yes

For a fraction of the price of a Dyson cordless, this small corded cylinder vacuum cleaner delivers high end cleaning performance at a budget pricepoint.

You get a 6.0 metre reach with a 5-metre cable and a 0.8 metre hose, plenty for all room sizes and it comes with a telescopic extension so you can adjust it to be more comfortable for your height.

They have called it the “Animal” because they have pets in mind. It comes with a tool designed to pick up pet hair in addition to the normal accessories, not something we would expect from a hoover as cheap as this.

It weighs 6.0kg so small and light enough to easily carry up and down the stairs if required and the large waste container means you can do many cleans before having to empty it.

Combine all of that with an 800-watt motor that produces very strong suction, this is a very capable small vacuum that punches well above its weight for the price.

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See the full review of the Vytronix Animal cylinder vacuum cleaner

 

Eufy 11S Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Waste Container:  0.6L
Wattage:  1450W
Bagged/Bagless: Bagless
Height: 6.4cm (2.5″)

Robot vacuum cleaners have really come into their own in the last few years and this is definitely one of the best of the bunch.

They used to be really expensive and not very good but they are now very affordable and if you choose wisely they also do a great job of maintaining your home with no effort required from you.

The Eufy 11s won’t replace your main hoover entirely but it will mean you can keep it in the cupboard for two or three weeks at a time.

It’s very small and very slim so it will fit around and under most pieces of furniture and has suction powerful enough to pick up most dirt and debris on all hard flooring and short pile carpet.

Once you let it loose it will go about its work and return to the base to charge on its own when done ready for the next time.

This is one of the highest-rated robot vacuums with thousands of happy customers.

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See the full review of the Eufy 11S robot vacuum cleaner

 

Shark WV200UK Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

Waste Container:  0.1l
Weight: 600g
Wattage:  115W
Bagged/Bagless: Bagless

If you’re looking for a really, really small vacuum cleaner, then what you may actually be looking for is a handheld. Handheld vacuum cleaners are designed slightly differently, as they’re made for a different job. 

While some of the smaller and lightweight stick style hoovers do convert into small handheld vacuums, handhelds like this one from Shark are made specifically for handheld use. They’re made for having on hand at all times to instantly hoover up small messes, so when designing hoovers like this the emphasis is put into size and weight (or lack of) and fast charging, rather than into power and long battery life.

If you’re looking for a “normal” hoover for hoovering the entire home that can be used as a handheld if required, then you’d be better off with a stick vacuum, but if you’re looking purely for a hoover for emergency quick hoovering jobs, the Shark WV200 is a very popular choice.

It’s so small and slick looking that I keep mine out on the work surface ready to be grabbed at a second’s notice to pick up any mess as and when it happens. Small handheld vacuum cleaners like this clearly aren’t going to be as powerful as bigger “normal” hoovers, but they’re great for their intended use, small quick hoovering jobs. 

At just 38cm tall and 9.5cm wide, it sits neatly in its charger ready to go at all times.

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See the full review of the Shark WV200UK handheld vacuum cleaner

Small vacuum cleaner uses.

So there are our best small vacuum cleaner suggestions, but for anyone who is considering purchasing a small vacuum cleaner, here are some of the most common uses for small hoovers:

Small Flats / Apartments

Around 14% of all homes in the UK are flats, many of which are smaller than the average home.  If there are just one or two people living in a small apartment with a few rooms, a small vacuum cleaner is usually a better option, as they take up less storage space and simply because having a large hoover is usually overkill. 

If you do live in a flat, however, just keep in mind the distance you have to go in order to reach your outside bins. Some flats have outside bins that require a bit of a trek to reach, if this is the case you’d be better off with a small hoover with a bigger waste capacity so that you don’t have to empty the hoover every single time you use it.

Bungalow

Named because the builders couldn’t be bothered building the upstairs and decided to bung a low roof on instead (ah, the old ones are the best), bungalows tend to have a smaller total floor area to hoover, than regular two-floored houses. Most small vacuum cleaners will be more than adequate for keeping small to medium bungalows muck-free.

Elderly

Not all small vacuum cleaners are also lightweight, but the most lightweight hoovers on the market are also among the smallest, and who wants to be lugging around a big heavy hoover into your 70s and 80s? As we get older, everything slowly gets heavier and the last thing you need is a big heavy hoover to have to push around.

In terms of what kind of smaller hoover is best for elderly people, this really depends on the kind of home they’re living in, and whether or not stairs are involved. The best small hoovers for homes with stairs tend to be lightweight stick-type vacuum cleaners. The best options for petit hoovers where there are no stairs can often be the small cylinder vacuum cleaners, as these are often among the cheapest, the most powerful and have the biggest waste containers.

Caravans

There are well over half a million caravans in the UK, and over 51 million nights are spent in caravans each year in the UK alone, so that’s a lot of hoovering up to do. If you own a caravan or if you’ve ever stayed in one, you’ll know how easily they can get dirty and how limited storage space is. So most caravan owners will have a hoover, and most would opt for a small one that takes up as little storage space as possible. 

Second Home

Over three-quarters of a million homes in the UK are second homes! Many second homes are smaller homes or apartments that aren’t lived in permanently, so usually a small and inexpensive vacuum cleaner is all that is required to keep floors cleaned at the end of the stay. 

Additional Hoover

Even if you don’t have a second home,  you can still have a second vacuum cleaner if you like. It’s a free world, buy one for every day of the week if that floats your boat ;-). 

Joking apart, there are obvious scenarios where it makes sense to own a second smaller vacuum cleaner. For example, maybe it makes sense or you to have a cylinder vacuum cleaner downstairs, and a lightweight stick hoover for hoovering upstairs, and for hoovering the stairs themselves?

Some people have one main vacuum cleaner for doing the floors, and a smaller hoover for smaller jobs that don’t require dragging the main hoover out of the cupboard for. If you have the main vacuum cleaner in a cupboard downstairs, for example, and you need to do a quick hoover to clean up after your pet or one of your kids upstairs, it’s far more convenient to grab the small spare vacuum cleaner that is kept upstairs, than having to go back down and then up again with the main hoover.

A low-cost small hoover is really good as a backup as well in case the main hoover packs up or needs to be sent off for repair.  A bit like a spare tyre in case you get a puncture, it will get you by until you can replace the main one.

Car Cleaning

Small vacuum cleaners are ideal for hoovering the car. If you have a driveway close enough to reach a socket, then a small corded vacuum cleaner can be a great option, if not then a small cordless vacuum cleaner which quickly transforms into a handheld hoover can be the way forward.

Small corded cylinder hoovers are particularly good options simply because they’re usually the cheapest kinds of hoovers and the most powerful, and if you attach the crevice tool and/or the small pet tool (which can be great for cars, even if you don’t have pets) you can get better overall car cleaning performance than you would with a much more expensive cordless hoover, and similar level suction power that you’d get at a car wash.

This article goes details all the best options for the car:

Best car vacuum cleaner

Smaller is Usually Lighter

One of the key benefits of a small hoover is that they tend to be lighter than bigger vacuum cleaners and are easier to manage, store and to move around. Smaller vacuum cleaners tend to be small cylinder hoovers and stick-type vacuum cleaners that convert easily into hand held hoovers, vs the bigger and heavier more traditional uprights.

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