The Best Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner In The UK

Having researched and reviewed hundreds of cylinder vacuum cleaners we have discovered that the best cylinder vacuum cleaner in the UK is a LOT cheaper than you think.

You will be lead to believe that you need to spend hundreds of pounds on a hoover if you want to be able to give your home a proper clean and that simply is not true.

What we have realised is that buying a well-known brand will not necessarily guarantee you better performance or provide you with a longer life.

Brands create trust so when you buy an Apple product or a Mercedes or even Heinz baked beans you can be pretty sure that you are getting something that is going to be different and better than anything else that is out there.

Because we have become accustomed to treating brands as a mark of quality, we automatically do that in our minds across the board.

Fair enough when it comes to a mobile phone or a car or baked beans but the reality is that it simply does not apply when it comes to vacuum cleaners and in particular cylinder vacuum cleaners.

The best way to get the best possible value for money when it comes to cleaning your home effectively is to buy a cheap unbranded cylinder vacuum cleaner.

Forget Dyson and Shark, for well under £100 it is possible to get suction power that will blow your socks off and will annihilate every piece of dust and dirt that stands in its way.

If you buy a brand like Hoover or Miele or Shark or Bosch or any of the other household names, when it comes to vacuum cleaners a big chunk of the money that you fork out will be to pay for their costs like advertising and huge numbers of staff to pay for and research & development.

It all adds up and you the consumer is the one that is going to foot the bill.

On the other hand, if you choose wisely, there are a number of high-quality low-cost cylinder hoovers that are manufactured in China by companies that do not have any of the overhead costs of the big brands and those savings get passed directly to you in the form of lower prices.

These are tried and tested products by us and many happy customers so although you are taking a chance on a product you have heard of, other people have bought them and are very happy with them with many being amazed that it is possible to get something that works so well for so little.

Cordless vacuum cleaners have taken the market by storm in recent years but if you want one with decent suction that will actually do the job it is supposed to do then you will have to pay a small fortune.

You will get cleaning performance from these cylinder hoovers that match cordless cleaners at 4 or 5 times the price however there are a few compromises that you will have to live with for the money you save.

They all come with a cable so you will have to plug it in. Most of them come with a 5-metre cable and you get another 2 metres or more from the hose so a total coverage area of 7 metres.

In the vast majority of rooms in your home you will only need to plug it in once and a lot of the time you will be able to cover more than one area such as a bedroom and the landing.

If you want to save money without compromising on quality and you don’t mind a cable then keep reading.

With the vast majority of our recommendations you are not going to get a dozen attachments. Most of them come with just two, a crevice tool and a dusting tool.

These two attachments will cover 99% of everything you need to do anyway so if you are happy with those then happy days.

You won’t have heard of most of the recommendations before but as long as it gets the job done then who cares? If you don’t mind that but you do want to save money then it’s all good.

Most of these hoovers are very cheap but they have already been tested by many happy customers that can testify to the excellent value for money they offer so don’t think that cheap means rubbish. It’s not the case.

These cleaners are best suited for people with medium to small-sized homes which applies to the majority of homes in the UK.

If you are lucky enough to live in a 7 bedroom large home then you may be more suited to a top of the range Dyson that will set you back around £500 or more but if you live in an apartment or a 3 or 4 bedroom home then one of these will do you just fine.

Two of them you will have heard of (Henry and Miele) but the other 5 have made it into the list based purely on performance and price.

You cannot ignore a product that will suck up your carpet with the power it produces yet it costs a fraction of the price you would expect for what it delivers.

Here are the top 9 cylinder vacuum cleaners available in the UK today based on performance and value for money. (ie they work very well and they are cheap)

Shark CZ250UKT & CZ500UKT cylinder vacuum cleaner

Shark has never bothered with cylinder vacuum cleaners in the past but they have still become the number one vacuum cleaner brand in the UK and they have got there by making really good hoovers that deliver on performance and don’t make a massive hole in your pocket.

They have taken everything they learned from their best selling upright cleaners and put the technology into this cylinder vacuum cleaner.

It’s bagless so you’ll never need to concern yourself with the cost of hoover bags or the hassle of changing them and there is a large 1.6 litre waste container as well so you’ll get a good few cleans before it needs emptying.

It has flexology which is a bendy cental wand that makes it super easy to get underneath low level furniture without bending down, very handy.

Anti hair wrap ensures no more hair tangled around the roller and it comes with a motorised accessory tool for cleaning above floor surfaces like the sofa with the same level of effectiveness as the floor and it has great overall suction power.



See the full review of Shark CZ250 & CZ500 cylinder vacuum cleaner


Beko Orion 6 cylinder vacuum cleaner

This is our top-rated budget cylinder hoover that provides cleaning performance normally reserved for vacuum cleaners at a much higher pricepoint.

Not only does it clean really well but you also get additional functionality and features that you would not expect for such a small outlay.

800 watts of power is going to be much more than you need. It’s super powerful and most of the time you will find yourself using the medium or low power setting to hoover up the normal surface dust with max power mode being reserved for ingrained dirt in areas like deep pile carpet.

It is a bagless cleaner so no need to worry about replacement bags and a 2.5 litre waste bin is a decent size ensuring that you won’t need to empty it after every clean.

There can sometimes be an issue with cheap bagless cleaners with dust being released back into the air after it’s sucked up but this Beko comes with a hepa filter ensuring that whatever gets sucked in stays in.

This is a really excellent value for money budget hoover.


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


Henry The Hoover cylinder vacuum cleaner

If something has been around for more than 30 years and has sold more than 10 million units and is still going strong then you know they must be doing something right.

It’s not the cheapest cylinder vacuum cleaner on the market but it does represent incredible value for money at a price that can still be considered to be in the budget category.

This is a bagged cleaner so you need to be aware that these will have to be replaced from time to time but the good news is that they have a whopping 6-litre capacity so changing them will be a lot less frequent than you think.

A much longer than average ten-metre cable and a long stretchy hose will ensure you need to switch plugs a lot less frequently.

This is an amazing choice for all home types and is also the vacuum of choice for builders, decorators and DIY tradesman.



See the full review of Henry the Hoover cylinder vacuum cleaner


George Wet & Dry Vacuum Cleaner & Carpet Cleaner

George is made in the UK by the same company that makes Henry. Henry is a brilliant hoover but with George you are just getting started when it comes to overall cleaning ability.

This is very much a multi-purpose cleaner that will certainly be able to hoover your home in the same way as Henry but it does a lot more than that.

It’s a wet cleaner as well so can easily deal with large amounts of liquid for spills or things like defrosting the fridge and freezer.

Its a full-blown carpet cleaner and will deep clean carpets in the same way as a stand-alone carpet cleaner.

It’s brilliant on above-floor surfaces as well like sofas and car seats and its a hard floor cleaner as well. A great all rounder.



See the full review of George multipurpose all in one carpet cleaner


Miele C3 Complete Powerline cylinder vacuum cleaner 

We are huge fans of the Miele brand overall mainly because they never compromise on quality even if it means charging more for their products.

Sometimes the most expensive can work out to be the cheapest in the end because when you use the very best components to make something it will often outlast other products that use poor or inferior quality parts.

890 watts of power is a stunning amount of suction ensuring you will rarely need to use it on maximum power. The cheaper cylinder cleaners do the job very well but this hoover simply oozes class.

You can see just by looking at it that it is strong, sturdy and built to last. It’s a bagged cleaner that has a 4.5-litre capacity and is self-sealing so when you remove it there will be no puffs of dust which is ideal for allergy sufferers.

As you would expect at this price level the cable is self rewinding and has a long 8.5-metre reach making it ideal for larger rooms.

It also comes with a 3 piece accessory attachment set that sits nicely inside the body of the hoover making each one very easily accessible for when you need them.

Not the cheapest but expect it to last years.



See the full review if the Miele C3 Complete Powerline cylinder vacuum cleaner


Miele CX1 Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner

Another Miele but this time a bagless version and unusually for a vacuum cleaner that doesn’t take bags it comes with a large 2 litre waste container.

You get all of the reliability and performance you would expect from a premium brand like Miele combined with exception suction power from its 890 watt motor. 

The telescopic pole is fully adjustable so you can make it any length that makes it comfortable to use with your own height and it comes with a whole bunch of accessories for easy cleaning of all surfaces.

All of the attachments clip onto the vacuum cleaner for easy storage and ensures you don’t need to go to the cupboard to dig one out when you want to do the sofa mid clean.

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.

You can control the power either directly on the vacuum itself or there are also controls on the handle where your thumb sits. There are 4 different power levels but we found that we never really went above 3 which is stronger than most other hoovers on full power.

This video shows the CX1 in action:



See the full review of the Miele CX1 Blizzard cylinder vacuum cleaner


Vytronix Animal cylinder vacuum cleaner

Perhaps the manufacturer has borrowed the word “Animal” from a much more well-known brand (ok, that would be Dyson) but for good reason. This is an absolute animal when it comes to removing dirt from your home.

This vacuum is living proof that you can buy a cheap cleaner and it will still pick up all the pet hair that you feed it with.

The super powerful 800 watt motor will be more than a match for all types of hair whether it be human or animal even if it is living deep down and embedded in your carpet but just in case you get a pet hair attachment specifically intended to make light work of even the most stubborn animal hairs.

It comes with a larger than average easte container at this very low-cost budget price level and you get a telescopic extension so you can adjust it to make it easier to use according to your height.

A great option for pet owners at a very affordable price


See the full review of the Vytonix Animal cylinder vacuum cleaner


Swan Eureka cylinder vacuum cleaner

Trusted branded products normally come at a premium but this is a very low-cost hoover from a well-known brand name. Swan has been around for a long time and are more well known for their toasters than hoovers but they would want to damage their reputation on a hoover that doesn’t do a good job and this does surprisingly well for the price.

If you don’t have pets then the entry model is fine but if you do have any furry friends then it is worth going for the model that comes with the pet tool as it does make a difference when it comes to digging into the carpet fibres to make sure no hair is left behind.

Suction is strong for such a cheap hoover and you get a large 2-litre waste container and a filtration system that includes a HEPA filter that ensures that over 99% of the dust and dirt that gets picked up stays in.

The pole is telescopic as well so you can adjust it to your height making it easy to clean.


See the full review of the Swan Eureka cylinder vacuum cleaner

Amazon basics cylinder vacuum cleaner

If you live in a flat and there is not much floor space that you need to get through then you don’t need to look much further than this Amazon basics hoover.

Despite the ludicrously low price, it comes with a very powerful 700-watt motor that will work as good on hard floor as it does on carpet.

You get a 5-metre cord with total coverage of about 6 metres when you include the length of the hose and a 1.5-litre bagless waste container that easily clips out for simple emptying.

This is a no-frills super cheap vacuum cleaner that cleans well.


See the full review of the Amazon basics cylinder vacuum cleaner

What is the best cylinder vacuum cleaner for pet hair?

A lot of vacuum cleaners and hoovers these days come with a pet attachment so you remove the standard head that sits at the bottom of the hose and stick on another one and somehow that is supposed to spring into action and magically pick up all of your pet’s hairs.

As far as we are concerned it’s not worth wasting your money or being fooled into thinking that sticking on another attachment is going to pick up all your pet hair. It may have an ever so small extra benefit but it’s definitely not worth paying more money for.

Some manufacturers even name their cleaners with animals in the title like Miele’s “cat and dog” to make you think that they will be particularly good with cat and dog hair but the reality is they are no better than a lot of other cleaners at picking up pet hair but are a lot cheaper because they don’t have the pet attachment.

What you do need to focus on is suction power. A number of our recommendation above have 800 watts of suction power. If you apply that kind of power to any area that has any kind of pet hair near it then unless it is glued to the floor it’s going straight up the hose and into the waste bin, with or without a pet attachment or any special name.

Which vacuum cleaner has the most suction?

There is only so much suction that can possibly be beneficial when it comes to cleaning your home.

Some of the cheaper cordless cleaners have poor suction because the cost of the battery makes up a huge cost of the overall hoover and if you skimp on the battery then it makes it cheaper but you also get loss of suction and for less time before you have to recharge.

With cylinder vacuum cleaners there are no such problems because you plug it in and that then fires up a motor that can produce 800 watts of power or more at a very low cost.

Anything that generates 800 watts of suction power or more is going to suck up anything that is not stuck to the floor or ingrained into the fabric of the carpet. If it’s sitting on the surface or it is sitting beneath the surface of the carpet then 700 watts or 800 watts of suction power will get rid of it.

So it’s not so much identifying what vacuum cleaner has the most suction power but more about looking for the actual amount of suction power available. 700 – 800 watts will do everything you need.

What is the best brand of vacuum cleaner?

If you are looking for a cheap cylinder vacuum cleaner then you don’t really need a brand that you have heard of. Sure, the likes of Henry and Miele are excellent but you will pay extra for them.

If you want the best value for your money then there is no reason why you can’t go for a name that you have never heard of as long as you do your research properly and buy it from a company you can trust such as Amazon that will always look after you quickly should something go wrong.

If you stick to those rules and buy a cylinder hoover from Amazon then it’s pretty much risk-free due to their amazing customer service.

Are expensive vacuums worth it?

Not really. If money is no object then by all means go for an all singing all dancing Dyson or Shark hoover.

They absolutely do an outstanding job across the board when it comes to cleaning your home but if you do care about the amount of money that you spend on essential items like a vacuum cleaner then there are any better options out there that will do a job that is really close to the very best but for a lot less cash outlay.

The recommendations above are a great example of how you can get excellent cleaning performance without breaking the bank.

Are cordless vacuums as good as corded?

Dyson does not make corded vacuum cleaners any more so in their opinion you can now achieve the same performance with a cordless cleaner as you can with a corded.

Whilst that may be true, you most certainly cannot get a cordless vacuum at the same price as an equivalent corded one in terms of suction power.

The batteries on a top-end cordless cleaner cost a lot of money and that is a big chunk of what you pay for if you choose to buy one so for the ultimate convenience a super expensive cordless cleaner is the way to go if you can afford to buy one.

If you can’t afford one and you want great performance at a lower cost then a corded cylinder cleaner is a great option.

What is the best vacuum cleaner under £100?

All but one of our cylinder vacuum cleaner recommendations normally retail for under £100.

Every single one of them represents incredible value for money and it just depends on the kind of features that work best for you.

Perhaps you want bagged or bagless, a longer power cord or a larger waste container.

Our main priority has been to select cleaners that have first and foremost incredible suction power and then you can select the add on’s that you deem to be necessary for your individual needs.

Everything you need can be found in the individual listings above.

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