Quiet Vacuum Cleaner Reviews: 4 Best Silent Models of 2017

Written by James Hall | 0 Comments| Last Updated: April 7, 2017

Vacuum cleaners have made our lives much easier – just imagine needing to pick up dirt and dust in your home manually! They aren’t perfect though, and one of the downsides is the noise. Some models, especially those with powerful engines, can be almost painfully loud. So it’s easy to see why a quiet vacuum cleaner can be such a relief. We’ve listed the best models in this category in a comparison table below, followed by a detail overview of each vacuum.

Best Quiet Vacuum Models of 2017

C86-AW-PHE-Air Silence VAX C86-AW-Phe Air Silence
  • Type: Cylinder
  • Dust Capacity: 2 litres
  • Noise Level: 70dB
  • Price: £££
Bosch BGS5SIL2GB Silence Vacuum Bosch BGS5SIL2GB Silence 2
  • Type: Cylinder
  • Dust Capacity: 3 litres
  • Noise Level: 66dB
  • Price: ££
Vax Air Silence C86-AW-Be Vax Air Silence C86-AW-Be
  • Type: Cylinder
  • Dust Capacity: 2.5 litres
  • Noise Level: 70dB
  • Price: ££
Bosch BGS5PERFGB Quiet Model Bosch BGS5PERFGB Pro
  • Type: Cylinder
  • Dust Capacity: 3 litres
  • Noise Level: 74dB
  • Price: £££

 

While everyone can benefit from a quieter vacuum cleaner, they are particularly useful if you have children or want to clean during “unsocial hours” without annoying the neighbours. Quiet vacuum cleaners are also great if you have pets that are easily scared. No vacuum is truly silent, but the least noisy are more bearable than others and less likely to cause a disturbance.

Of course, there are downsides to quiet vacuums. The technology to reduce noise can increase the cost of buying a silent model, so there might be trade-offs in price or other features. Many of the quietest vacuums are also cylinder models, which may be a problem if you prefer uprights.

The key factor when choosing a quiet vacuum is the decibel rating (usually listed as dB). The higher the dB rating, the more noise a model makes. Decibels is a logarithmic scale, which means a vacuum with a noise rating of 65dB is ten times quieter than a model with a rating of 75dB. There’s no such thing as a noiseless vacuum cleaner – at least not yet – but there are some models available with noise ratings as low as 61dB.

For these reasons, make sure you choose a vacuum for its overall feature set and how it matches your requirements – not just based on one feature, such as a quiet motor. Important features include the capacity, suction power, included accessories and tools, price and filtration system.

Note: If you would like an overview of how to choose an upright or cordless vacuum cleaner, please use the menu at the top of the page.

This doesn’t mean there aren’t some excellent silent vacuums on the market though. Brands such as Bosch, AEG and Vax all manufacture quieter models, so there are plenty of options to choose from. Many of these models have received excellent reviews from buyers.

As you’re on this page, you’re probably asking which is the quietest vacuum cleaner? That’s why we’ve picked our top four quiet vacuum cleaners and provided an overview of each. These reviews are in no particular order, as it’s important to read about the features and drawbacks of each before buying. Towards the end of the page we’ve also included information about how to choose a silent vacuum cleaner. So if you’re looking for a quiet “Hoover” as many people say in the UK, you’ve come to the right place.

Note: All the models in this list of silent vacuum cleaners have a cylinder design, as these tend to make the least noise. If you’re looking for a quiet upright vacuum cleaner, make sure you check out the decibel rating before you buy.

Which are This Year’s Most Quiet Vacuum Cleaners?

ImageBrand & ModelSound LevelsPrice RangeMore Info
Bosch BGS5SIL2GB Silence 266 dB££Read More
VAX C86-AW-Phe Air Silence70 dB£££Read More
AEG USORIGDB+ Ultrasilencer61 dB££Read More
Vax Air Silence C86-AW-Be70 dB££Read More
Bosch BGS5PERFGB Pro74 dB£££Read More
Numatic Henry HVR200-1174 dB££Read More

Bosch BGS5SIL2GB Silence VacuumBosch BGS5SIL2GB Silence 2

The Bosch BGS5SIL2GB Power Silence 2 is a cylinder model with 3 litre capacity, HEPA 13 filter and on-board tools such as a crevice nozzle and upholstery tool. It is also built with SensorBagless technology, which Bosch claims maintains high airflow and suction power.

These features on their own would make the model an attractive option if you were looking for a cylinder model, but the stand-out feature is the 66dB noise level which makes it one of the quietest vacuum cleaners. This is considerably less than many other cleaners, and is due to Bosch’s unique SilenceSound system, which includes extra insulation, optimised airflow and a variety of other noise-reducing techniques.

Reviews of the BGS5SIL2GB have been largely positive, with the model achieving a reasonably high average rating on shopping sites. A reviewer writes that “silence is golden” and that the machine lives up to her high expectations. She also adds that it has excellent suction power, which is important for a silent vacuum.

There are some negative comments though. A reviewer writes that the machine seems heavy and bulky to carry. Other reviewers mention that it isn’t as powerful on carpets as other models.

If you’re looking for a quiet vacuum cleaner that still provides strong performance and excellent filtration, then the Bosch BGS5SIL2GB Power Silence 2 could be an option to consider. Click here to read our full review of this model.

Overview:

  • Price Range: ££
  • Power: 700W
  • Weight: 9kg
  • Dust Capacity: 3 litres
  • Filter Type: HEPA 13
  • Noise Level: 66dB

Key Features:

  • SilenceSound system reduces noise level to 66dB
  • SensorBagless technology for increased airflow
  • 3 litre capacity
  • HEPA filter

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VAX C86-AW-Phe Air Silence Vacuum CleanerVAX C86-AW-Phe Air Silence

The VAX C86-AW-Phe Air Silence vacuum cleaner is a step up in performance from the C86-AW-Be listed below, with an increased price to match, although it has the same noise rating of 70dB.

Features of the VAX C86-AW-Phe include a lightweight design, multi-cyclonic technology for extra suction and a powered floorhead. The latter allows you to get more dirt and dust up from the floor at the expense of greater noise. The VAX C86-AW-Phe also has a six year warranty from Vax.

The VAX C86-AW-Phe quiet vacuum cleaner has received largely positive reviews from buyers. A reviewer writes that, while the model seems a little bulky, the quiet performance is a pleasure to use. He also adds that the motorised head is useful for getting up more dirt, although it’s louder than the main body.

It’s not all good when it comes to buyer comments about the VAX C86-AW-Phe though. A reviewer writes that the model is difficult to manoeuvre around tight spaces, and is relatively difficult to use on stairs.

The VAX C86-AW-Phe is one of the least noisy vacuum cleaners on the market, and reviewers have mostly been happy with the suction power provided. For these reasons, we think it’s an option to consider when looking for a quiet model.

Overview:

  • Price Range: £££
  • Power: 800W
  • Weight: 5.5kg
  • Dust Capacity: 2 litres
  • Filter Type: Washable
  • Noise Level: 70dB

Key Features:

  • 70dB noise level
  • Washable filter
  • Motorised floorhead for collecting more dirt
  • Six year guarantee

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AEG USORIGDB+ Ultrasilencer Bagged Cylinder Vacuum CleanerAEG USORIGDB+ Ultrasilencer

The quietest vacuum we’ve found so far is the AEG USORIGDB+ Ultrasilencer. It’s a bagged cylinder model with a AAA energy efficiency, hard floor pick up and dust-re-emission rating – yet still manages to maintain a noise rating of just 61dB. This is considerably less than even the Bosch BGS5SIL2GB.

But what about its performance? As mentioned, the A rating for hard floor cleaning performance is impressive, although it only ranks as a C for carpet cleaning. Aside from suction power, the AEG USORIGDB+ Ultrasilencer has a nine metre cable for extended cleaning radius, a washable filter and three nozzles for reaching difficult areas. It also has a 700W motor and an attractive “Deep Blue” colour scheme.

Reviews of the AEG USORIGDB+ Ultrasilencer have been very positive, with the model achieving a high average rating on shopping sites. A reviewer writes that it’s a “brilliant vacuum,” and adds it is so quiet she can use it without waking the baby. Another reviewer mentions that the suction power of the vacuum is excellent.

We think the AEG USORIGDB+ Ultrasilencer cylinder vacuum cleaner is one of the best quiet vacuums on the market at the moment. It’s relatively powerful, easy to use and, most importantly, very quiet.  If noise is important to you, then the AEG USORIGDB+ Ultrasilencer is as close to silent you can get.

NOTE: As of 07/11/16 this model is difficult to find, which is a shame as it’s the quietest on this list. You still may be able to find it online though.

Overview:

  • Price Range: ££
  • Power: 700W
  • Weight: 6kg
  • Filter Type: Washable
  • Noise Level: 61dB

Key Features:

  • Silent Air Technology and noise shield reduces sound level to as little as 61dB
  • AAA rating for dust re-emission, hard floor pickup and energy efficiency
  • Washable filter that removes a high percentage of allergens

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Vax C86-AW-Be Cylinder Vacuum CleanerVax Air Silence C86-AW-Be

The Vax Air Silence C86-AW-Be is a cylinder vacuum with multi-cyclonic technology for extra suction and a 2.5 litre dirt capacity. It has a noise rating of 70dB, which isn’t as quiet as the Bosch or AEG listed above but still less noisy than other models.

Other features include a lightweight design (it weighs 5kg), energy efficient motor and a range of accessories and tools. The model also comes with a six year guarantee from Vax.

The Vax Air Silence C86-AW-Be has received mixed reviews from buyers. Many reviewers are pleased with the performance, with a reviewer writing that it is amongst the quietest vacuums he’s ever used – and quiet enough to hold a conversation while in use.

However, negative comments from reviewers include that the model performs poorly on carpets (especially pet hair) and that it’s not as quiet as they imagined.

If you’re looking for a simple quiet vacuum that can handle hard floors, then the Vax Air Silence C86-AW-Be may be an option to consider. It’s not the quietest vacuum cleaner ever built, but reduces noise output to a reasonable level.

Overview:

  • Price Range: ££
  • Power: 700W
  • Weight: 5kg
  • Dust Capacity: 2.5 litres
  • Filter Type: Washable
  • Noise Level: 70dB

Key Features:

  • 70dB noise rating that reviewers claim is quiet enough to watch TV while cleaning
  • Relatively lightweight design
  • Energy efficient for reduced energy costs

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Bosch BGS5PERFGB Quiet ModelBosch BGS5PERFGB Pro

The Bosch BGS5PERFGB Pro is the more expensive cousin of the BGS5SIL2GB, and comes with many of the same features. For the extra money, you get a B pick-up rating on carpets (compared to a C for the cheaper model), suction power that’s better equipped to deal with pet hair and a design that’s suited for busy homes.

The downside is that the BGS5PERFGB is a louder model, with a noise rating of 74dB. This is still relatively quiet, but noticeably louder than the other Bosch model on this list. Aside from these features, the BGS5PERFGB appears to be much the same, with a 700W motor, 3 litre capacity, four wheel design, HEPA filter and A rating on hard floors.

Reviews of this quiet model have been almost entirely positive at the time of writing (November 2016). Positive comments include that the vacuum has excellent dirt pick-up, and that is provides great value for money. Reviewers also praise how quiet the vacuum is.

If you’re looking for a quiet model that provides enough suction power for pet hair and more stubborn dirt, the Bosch BGS5PERFGB could be an excellent choice. It’s far from the quietest model on this list, but is considerably less noisy than most other vacuum cleaners.

Overview:

  • Price Range: £££
  • Power: 700W
  • Weight: 9kg
  • Dust Capacity: 3 litres
  • Filter Type: HEPA 13
  • Noise Level: 74dB

Key Features:

  • SilenceSound system for a sound level of 74dB
  • SensorBagless technology reduces maintenance and sound even further
  • 3 litre capacity
  • HEPA filter

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Henry HooverNumatic Henry HVR200-11

As the Henry straddles the line between a domestic and commercial vacuum, you might be surprised to find out that it’s also relatively quiet. This popular vacuum also boasts excellent energy efficiency, with a 620W motor that provides strong suction without eating up too much electricity.

With a noise output of 74dB, it’s not the quietest vacuum on this list. Even so, it’s considerably quieter than many other vacuum cleaners.

The biggest selling point is that it’s a rugged, durable vacuum with a large capacity that’s perfect for everyday cleaning. It’s also available for a very reasonable price compared to other cylinder vacuums.

Another great feature is the cleaning radius. With a 10 metre cord and 2.4 metre hose, you won’t need to switch plug sockets as often as other vacuums.

There are some drawbacks though. Henry is quite bulky, which can make him difficult to use on stairs. The vacuum is also better on hard floors than carpets, and we don’t recommend the Henry for pet hair.

Even so, if you want a quiet vacuum cleaner but don’t want to sacrifice capacity or suction power, the Numatic Henry Hoover is a great choice. It has a huge dust container, which is great for cleaning large homes, and also provides decent suction power and filtration.

Side note: most of the other vacuums in the Henry Hoover range also have a similar noise level, including the Henry Xtra.

Overview:

  • Price Range: ££
  • Power: 620W
  • Weight: 8.1kg
  • Dust Capacity: 9 litres
  • Filter Type: TriTex + HepaFlo bags
  • Noise Level: 74dB

Key Features:

  • TriTex filtration system
  • Large 9 litre capacity
  • Highly durable

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Bonus Tip: Which is the quietest upright vacuum cleaner?

Most of the low noise vacuum cleaner models are cylinders. This is due to their design, which tends to make reducing noise easier for the manufacturers.

If you’re set on getting an upright though, the Vax VRS1021 Cadence is one of the quietest at 80DB. This is considerably more than the comparatively silent vacuum cleaners on this list, but quieter than most other uprights. Alternatively, the SEBO Automatic X4 is 81dB and more expensive, but comes with a wider range of features including an S-Class filter.

What to Look for in a Low Decibel Vacuum

If a quiet vacuum is important to you, it can be easy to get lulled into just looking at decibel ratings when deciding on the best model. While the decibel rating is the easiest way to judge the noise output of a vacuum, and the lower the better in most cases, it is not the only consideration. The best quiet vacuum cleaner for your home might not be the one with the lowest dB rating, but instead a relatively quiet model with other essential features.

We have lots of information on this site about choosing vacuums, but here’s a quick overview of some of the most important things to consider when buying a quiet model:

  • Decibel rating – as we mentioned, this is the easiest metric for judging how loud a vacuum is. Any model with a dB rating of 70dB or less is quieter than average, while less than 65dB is very quiet. Loud vacuums may have a rating of 80dB or more.
  • Suction power – a strong suction power is always important, but even more so when choosing a silent vacuum. Some quiet vacuums sacrifice power for a quieter engine.
  • Price – models with special features, such as a low noise rating, can sometimes cost more.
  • Filtration system – HEPA filters are more effective at removing dust particles and other allergens from the exhaust air. If you or someone in your home suffers from a dust allergy, a HEPA filter might be important.
  • Weight – even the most silent vacuum cleaner is likely to be an annoyance if it’s heavy.

And if you’re wondering just how quiet these models really are, check out 00:50 onwards in the video below for an example:

Conclusion

A quiet vacuum can be a great solution if you want to clean without waking the baby, scaring the cat or annoying your neighbours. While choosing a silent vacuum cleaner does limit your options significantly – most models have a high noise rating – there are still some excellent models available, such as those listed in this post.

If we had to recommend just one quiet vacuum cleaner, it would be the Bosch BGS5SIL2GB Silence 2. It has a very low sound level of just 66dB, yet is powerful enough for most tasks and comes with a reasonably large 3 litre capacity. To read more about this vacuum and to view the latest price on Amazon, click here.

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