Best Vacuum Cleaners Under £200 in the UK

Written by James Hall | 0 Comments| Last Updated: April 20, 2017

If your budget for a new vacuum stretches to £200, the good news is that are some excellent models available from major brands such as Miele, Vax, Bosch and many more. And, unlike our Vacuums for Under £100 guide, it’s possible to buy a model with strong all-round performance in this price range. Keep reading for our list of the best vacuum cleaners under £200.

Vacuum cleaners range in price from less than £50 right up to £500+ for the most expensive robotic models. For most tasks, however, a cleaner in the £100-£200 range is more than sufficient. The best models provide strong suction power, a variety of accessories, relatively large dust capacity and a variety of other useful features.

Even so, there are some trade-offs when purchasing an appliance in the £100-£200 range compared to vacuums costing £300+, even if these sacrifices aren’t as extreme as cheaper models. While it’s true that a higher price doesn’t always equate to greater quality, the top models on the market often have stronger suction power and a more diverse range of tools (often including motorised hand tools). So you need to be clear on your personal requirements before you start searching.

Don’t let that put you off though. There are some fantastic models available for under £200 – and the best options can match vacuums that are considerably more expensive in terms of performance.

To help you make an informed decision, we’ve listed our four best vacuums cleaners for under £200 below. We’ve chosen one from each of the main categories of vacuum – cylinder, upright, handheld and cordless – so the right option from these four depends on your requirements. All four have received excellent reviews from buyers and provide great value for money though.

Best Vacuums Under £200 (at the time of last update):

ImageProduct NameTypeWeightPowerRead More
Miele C3 PowerLineCylinder5kg1600WView Price
Hoover FD22GCordless2.1kg22V BatteryView Price
Vax U84-AL-Pe AirUpright6kg800WView Price
Shark Rocket HV320UKTUpright/Stick4kg500WView Price

How to Choose a Vacuum Costing Less than £200

Before we get to the top four models, a brief overview of what to look for in a vacuum costing less than £200 might be helpful. For a full guide to choosing a vacuum cleaner, please choose one of the guides in the menu at the top of the page (depending on the type of vacuum you want to buy). Here is a selection of the most important considerations when choosing a vacuum:

  • Type. The type of vacuum you want to buy is probably the most important decision. Uprights are popular in the UK, and the best models can quickly clean large areas of floor. Cylinder models are also common, and often have a large dust capacity. While these are the two most common options, handheld and cordless models can provide greater convenience at the expense of suction power and requiring a battery.
  • Suction Power. The more suction power a vacuum has, the more dust, dirt and other particles it can get out of carpets. While suction power shouldn’t be an issue for a vacuum in the £100-£200 price range, it’s important to read reviews to find out how a model performs.
  • Bagless or Bagged. While many people prefer bagless models, especially as you don’t need to spend money buying new bags, they are usually less suitable for people with allergies.

These are three of the most important considerations – but they are far from the only factors when choosing. Other things to think about include the filtration system, attachments, dust capacity and weight.

Please note: The vacuums listed below were available to buy from major sites for under £200 when this article was last updated. However, we make no guarantees as to the current prices as this is out of our control. If you notice a vacuum on the list that currently costs more than £200, please let us know in the comments so we can remove it.

Top 4 Vacuums Under £200

Miele Complete C3 PowerlineMiele C3 PowerLine Bagged Cylinder

One of the most powerful cylinder vacuums is the Miele C3 PowerLine. This popular model features a 1600W motor for efficient pickup of dust and dirt, power settings for adjusting suction and a large 11 metre radius.

It’s a bagged model, with a design that prevents more small particles and dust from escaping than a regular dustbag. The bag also automatically closes when the vacuum shuts, preventing allergens and bacteria from escaping. Other features include a three stage AirClean filter, large wheels for easy manoeuvrability and several accessories.

Reviews of the Miele C3 PowerLine have been very positive, with the vacuum receiving many high ratings at the time of writing.  Positive comments include that the C3 provides greater suction than the popular Henry and that it cleans efficiently on almost any surface. It’s also noticeably lighter than the previous generation of Miele cylinder vacuums.

If you’re looking for the best cylinder vacuum under £200 then the C3 PowerLine could be the perfect option. It’s powerful, easy to use and provides excellent filtration.

Overview:

  • Price Range: ££
  • Power: 1600W
  • Weight: 5kg
  • Dust Capacity: 4.5 litres
  • Filter Type: AirClean

Key Features:

  • Strong suction power on almost any surface
  • Lighter than previous Miele vacuums
  • Large 11 metre cleaning radius

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Hoover FD22G Cordless Vacuum

If you’re looking for a great cordless vacuum but can’t afford the Dyson V8 range, the Hoover FD22G is an alternative to consider. It’s a relatively new vacuum that’s proved popular in recent months due to its lightweight design and strong performance.

The FD22G is powered by a 22V lithium-ion battery that offers around 25 minute run-time. It has a motorised brush bar in the floor head, but it doesn’t come with multiple heads for different floors. The vacuum does a decent job on carpets, but excels on hard floors. We don’t recommend it if you have pets though – it struggles to remove hair from carpets.

A useful feature is the ability to switch between trigger and continuous power modes. The first is great for saving battery life, while the continuous mode can be used if your hand gets tired or don’t want to bother with a trigger. It also comes with a reasonable dust capacity for a cordless, detachable handheld mode and a lightweight design.

The FD22G can’t match Dyson’s V8 series when it comes to pet hair or suction power, but it does a great job considering the price. The convenient handheld mode is also a welcome feature.

Overview:

  • Price Range: ££
  • Weight: 2.1kg
  • Dust Capacity: 0.5 litres
  • Filter Type: Washable

Key Features:

  • 25 minute run time on a single charge
  • Excellent hard floor performance
  • Handheld mode

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Vax U84-AL-Pe ReviewVax U84-AL-Pe Air Lift Steerable Pet

The Vax U84-AL-Pe Air Lift is a multi-cyclonic upright vacuum that’s proven to be popular amongst buyers. It’s designed with “steerable” technology for easy navigation, and is powerful enough to deal with pet hair and other tricky tasks.

In addition, the Vax U84-AL-Pe is built with a lift-out cylinder. This makes it much easier to clean difficult places such as stairs, as you can carry the cylinder with you. Other features include a TurboTool, for getting rid of pet hair and dirt, and an AAAA performance rating for carpet and hard floor pickup.

Reviews of the Vax U84-AL-Pe Air Lift have been very positive. Comments include that it has excellent suction power, considering the price, and that the combination of  lift-out cylinder and accessories make it suitable for almost any task.

If you’re searching for the best upright vacuum under £200, the Vax U84-AL-Pe Air Lift Steerable is an option you shouldn’t ignore. It’s powerful, packed with useful features and has received high ratings from buyers.

For more information, read our full review of the Vax U84-AL-Pe.

Overview:

  • Price Range: ££
  • Power: 800W
  • Weight: 6kg
  • Dust Capacity: 1.5L 
  • Filter Type: Washable

Key Features:

  • Lift-out cylinder for cleaning difficult areas.
  • Strong suction power.
  • TurboTool for embedded dirt and pet hair.

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Shark Rocket HV320UKT

Shark HV320UKT The Shark Rocket HV320UKT is one of our favourite Shark vacuums – and it’s available for a very reasonable price. It’s a corded stick vacuum that provides much of the manoeuvrability of a cordless with the power of a mains-powered machine. The Rocket also has a detachable handheld mode, making it a highly versatile vacuum.

There are two primary tools included with the Shark – the regular floor head and a mini turbo tool. The latter is great if you own pets, as it can quickly remove hair from upholstery or stairs.

But the biggest advantage of the Shark is its design. As we mentioned, it’s a stick vacuum which reduces its weight and makes it more portable. It’s also not a battery-powered vacuum (like most sticks), so you don’t have to worry about a limited run-time.

The HV320UKT isn’t perfect though. It’s not the easiest to use when cleaning high places, such as above wardrobes. The handheld mode is great for vacuuming cars and tight spots, but lacks the reach of a hose.

Even so, the Shark Rocket HV320UKT is one of the best vacuums for under £200 (at the time of writing). It’s powerful, easy to use and provides strong cleaning performance.

Overview:

  • Price Range: ££ 
  • Power: 500W
  • Weight: 4kg
  • Dust Capacity: 0.9 litres
  • Filter Type: Foam

Key Features:

  • Stick vacuum with handheld mode
  • Mini turbo tool for pet hair
  • Hard floor head

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Conclusion

There are some outstanding vacuums available for under £200, and we’ve listed four of the highest rated in this article. The best vacuum cleaners under £200 for you, however, depends on your requirements, but you can’t go far wrong with any of the models on this list.

For all-round cleaning performance, the Miele C3 PowerLine is probably the best option. It’s powerful, has a relatively large capacity and has been highly rated by buyers. If you’re set on getting an upright model, however, then the Vax is probably the best choice.

Do you have any questions about choosing a vacuum cleaner for under £200? Or have we missed a model you think should be included in this list? Let us know in the comments section below.

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