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.
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|Vax U84-AL-Pe Air Lift Steerable Pet Vacuum Cleaner||Upright||View Price|
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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
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. A reviewer, who claims to be a professional housekeeper, writes that the C3 has now replaced her trusty Henry. She adds that it has exceptional power and cleans efficiently on almost any surface. Another reviewer writes that it’s noticeably lighter than her previous Miele and with reduced power consumption, yet it feels just as powerful.
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.
- Price Range: ££
- Power: 1600W
- Weight: 5kg
- Dust Capacity: 4.5 litres
- Filter Type: AirClean
- Strong suction power on almost any surface
- Lighter than previous Miele vacuums
- Large 11 metre cleaning radius
Cordless vacuum cleaners have grown in popularity, and one of the most popular models is the Bosch BCH625KTGB Athlet. It’s an upright cordless with a long 60 minute run time, relatively strong suction power and several adjustable accessories for those tricky cleaning jobs.
Other features include a motorised brush including two different bristle types, which increases pickup on both hard floors and carpets, and a lightweight design. It also includes SensorBagless technology, meaning you don’t need to buy new bags. The filter is also washable to reduce the lifetime cost of the vacuum.
The Bosch BCH625KTGB Athlet upright cordless has received excellent reviews from buyers, with the model achieving a high average rating on shopping sites. A reviewer writes that the vacuum is easy to assemble, excellent for getting rid of hairs and easy to empty. Another reviewer adds that the vacuum is easy to manoeuvre which makes cleaning much less hassle. There is, however, a reviewer who claims that the battery of the vacuum is failing after around 18 months – although this doesn’t appear to be a widespread problem (we’ll try to keep an eye on it though).
Overall, the Bosch BCH625KTGB Athlet is one of the best cordless vacuum cleaners for under £200. It’s powerful, easy to use and has an exceptionally long run time.
- Price Range: ££
- Weight: 3.3kg
- Dust Capacity: 0.9 litres
- Filter Type: Washable
- 60 minute run time on a single charge
- Powerful suction for a cordless
- Bagless vacuum
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. A reviewer writes that she “cannot rate this vacuum cleaner highly enough.” She adds that she’s never had a vacuum with so much suction power, and that the combination of lift-out cylinder and accessories make it suitable for almost any task. Another reviewer writes that it’s easy to put together, and the cord is long enough for cleaning her entire downstairs without moving sockets.
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.
- Price Range: ££
- Power: 800W
- Weight: 6kg
- Dust Capacity: 1.5L
- Filter Type: Washable
- Lift-out cylinder for cleaning difficult areas.
- Strong suction power.
- TurboTool for embedded dirt and pet hair.
Handheld vacuums are usually built for convenience and lightweight design, rather than powerful suction. Dyson aimed to change that with the Dyson DC34 Multi Floor – and judging by excellent buyer reviews, the company succeeded.
The DC34 is built with a powerful motor providing up to twice the suction of other handheld models (according to Dyson). This increased power comes at the cost of battery life, however, as the DC34 can only run for 6 minutes on full power. If this isn’t long enough, you can switch to a lower power to increase run time to 15 minutes.
Other features include a lithium-ion battery that charges three times faster than other types, root-cyclone technology to reduce suction loss, and a two year guarantee for labour and parts.
Reviews of the Dyson DC34 have largely been positive, with the majority of buyers rating it four or five stars on shopping sites at the time of writing. A reviewer writes that the suction is much greater than previous models, although he adds that the batteries seem to have an average life of around 18 months. Another reviewer writes that the DC34 is extremely lightweight and perfect for cleaning stairs.
While the Dyson DC34 Multi Floor isn’t perfect, it’s one of the best handheld vacuums in the £100-£200 price range. It provides much stronger suction than most handhelds, although this reduces battery life considerably. If you’re looking for a handheld vacuum that can tackle difficult cleaning jobs, however, then there are few others that can match the DC34.
- Price Range: ££
- Weight: 1.3kg
- Dust Capacity: 0.35 litres
- Filter Type: Washable
- Strong suction power for a handheld vacuum
- Lightweight design
- Two suction modes
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.