There are some excellent vacuums available if your budget stretches to £200. 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.
#1 Pick: Miele C1 Compact PowerLine
Vacuum cleaners range in price from less than £50 up to £500 for the most expensive cordless models. Some robot vacs cost even more!
For most tasks, however, a corded 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 trade-offs when purchasing a vac in the £100-£200 range compared to models costing £300+.
While it’s true that a higher price doesn’t always equate to greater quality, the top models on the market often have a cordless design, stronger suction power and a more diverse range of tools (often including motorised hand tools). Top-end vacuums also have advanced features not found on cheaper models.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: The vacuums listed below could be bought for £200 or less when we last updated this page. However, prices change regularly so we are not responsible for any price differences.
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|Miele C1 Compact PowerLine||Cylinder||4.3kg||Bagged||View Price|
|Gtech AirRam Mk2||Cordless||3.3kg||Bagless||View Price|
|Dyson Small Ball Allergy||Upright||6.9kg||Bagless||View Price|
|Dyson V7 Trigger||Handheld||1.4kg||Bagless||View Price|
How to Choose a Vacuum Costing Less than £200
Before we get to the top models, here’s a quick overview of what to look for in a vacuum costing less than £200.
- Type. The type of vacuum you want to buy is probably the most important decision. Upright vacuum cleaners are popular in the UK, and the best models can quickly clean large areas of floor. Cylinder vacuum cleaners are also common, and often have a large dust capacity. While these are the two most common options, handheld and cordless vacuum cleaners 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.
- Tools. All vacuums should come with a crevice tool and dusting brush. Mini motorised tools are useful for cleaning stairs, but they aren’t always available on vacuums under £200. If the vacuum doesn’t have a mini turbo tool, an upholstery nozzle is an important alternative.
These are four of the most important considerations – but they are far from the only factors when choosing. Other things to think about include the filtration system (including whether the vacuum has HEPA filters,) dust capacity and weight.
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).
Please note: The vacuums below were available to buy for under £200 when they were added to this page. 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 Vacuum Cleaners Under £200
1. Miele C1 Compact PowerLine (Bagged Cylinder Vac)
One of the most powerful cylinder vacuums in this price range is the Miele C1 Compact PowerLine. This popular model has a strong motor for efficient dust and dirt pickup, an adjustable floorhead and a large 9-metre stretch hose.
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 an AirClean filter, foot operated cable rewind and several accessories.
One of the great things about the C1 is its suction power. It’s a powerful vac that can match or beat almost any other cylinder (including the popular Henry) – plus it cleans efficiently on almost any surface. It’s also noticeably lighter than the previous generation of Miele cylinder vacuums.
A potential downside is that it has a smaller capacity than other Miele bagged vacs. This is due to the compact size, which reduces the bag size to 3.5 litres from 4.5 litres. The upside is the vac requires less storage space.
If you’re looking for the best cylinder vacuum under £200 then the C1 Compact PowerLine could be the perfect option. It’s powerful, easy to use and provides excellent filtration.
- Strong suction power on almost any surface
- Lighter than previous Miele vacuums
- AirClean filter
- Price Range: ££
- Weight: 4.3kg
- Dust Capacity: 3.5 litres
2. Gtech AirRam Mk2 (Cordless Bagless)
If you’re looking for a cordless vacuum but can’t afford the Dyson V8 range, the Gtech AirRam Mk2 is an alternative to consider. It’s a powerful vacuum with an improved dirt collection system and excellent cleaning performance – especially on hard floors.
The AirRam Mk2 is powered by a 22V lithium-ion battery that offers around 40 minute run-time. It’s specifically designed for floor cleaning, so it doesn’t have a detachable handheld mode like the Dyson V7 or V8, and has a relatively large 0.8 litre capacity.
How does it perform though? The vacuum does a decent job on carpets, although it can’t match pricier vacs for deep cleaning. It excels on floorboards and laminate, so it’s a great choice for hard floors. We don’t recommend it if you have pets though – it’s bad at removing hair from carpets.
The simplicity of the AirRam Mk2 is both a strength and a weakness. The design makes it easy to use around the home, while the powerful suction leaves hard floors spotless. Unfortunately, the lack of a handheld mode, or even a few tools, means it’s awkward when cleaning anything other than floors. So, if you want a cordless vacuum for cleaning car interiors, above furniture or upholstery, it probably isn’t the best choice.
In summary, the AirRam Mk2 can’t match Dyson’s V10 series or other high-end cordless vacs when it comes to pet hair or versatility, but it does a great job at cleaning floors considering the price. It’s also one of our top picks for a budget cordless vacuum cleaner.
- 40 minute run time on a single charge
- New dirt ejection system
- Great for cleaning hard floors
- Price Range: ££
- Power: N/A
- Weight: 3.3kg
- Dust Capacity: 0.8 litres
3. Dyson Small Ball Allergy (Upright Bagless)
If you’re looking for a powerful upright vacuum without the high price tag of cordless vacs, the Dyson Small Ball Allergy is an option to consider.
It’s a powerful vacuum cleaner that provides excellent all-round performance – plus it’s available for a surprisingly reasonable price for a Dyson.
What makes this such an effective vacuum though? The combination of strong suction and direct-drive floor head provide excellent cleaning performance on almost all surfaces. This vacuum doesn’t include a pet tool, but still does a great job at removing hair and other tough household mess.
The floorhead digs deep into thick carpets and excels on laminate floors. It also manages to pickup both small dust and larger debris – although if you have pets you may want to consider upgrading to the Ball Animal 2 to get a tangle-free turbine tool.
As the name suggests, this vacuum is designed to be allergy-friendly. While a bagless vacuum cleaner is never going to match a bagged model for trapping allergies (especially during emptying), the Dyson has been certified as asthma and allergy-friendly by Allergy Standards Limited.
A bonus is the Small Ball Allergy is quieter and more energy efficient than previous Dyson vacs, such as the DC40 (we can thank the EU regulations for that). The only downsides are that it’s quite bulky and difficult to use on stairs, although this is a common issue with uprights.
Overall, the Dyson Small Ball Allergy is an easy pick for the best upright under £200. It performs well on all surfaces and does a great job at trapping allergens.
Note: The Dyson Small Ball Allergy replaced the Vax U84 on this list, as the Vax is no longer available.
- Powerful suction and great all-round performance
- Allergy and asthma certified
- 9.4m cord
- Price Range: ££
- Power: 700W
- Weight: 6.9kg
- Dust Capacity: 1.2 litres
4. Dyson V7 Trigger (Handheld Bagless)
We think that the Dyson V7 Trigger is one of the best handheld vacuums on the market at the moment. It has the same motor and body design as the V7 cordless series, but doesn’t come with a floor head or stick design.
Despite not having a floorhead, our testing showed the V7 Trigger provides powerful suction that’s great for cleaning hard floors, stairs or quick jobs around the home. Dyson has also included their mini-motorised tool with the Trigger, which does a good job of removing pet hair from carpets and upholstery.
As you would expect from a handheld vac, the V7 Trigger is lightweight at just 1.4kg. The lithium battery also provides 30-minutes run-time on a single charge, which is plenty for most clean-up tasks. We found that this run-time dropped significantly when using the “Max” power mode though, which is essential for stubborn cleaning tasks.
Other features include a crevice tool, 0.54 litre capacity (the same as the V8 series) and a combination tool. The tools make it a versatile choice, although it’s not the sleekest or most compact handheld we’ve reviewed.
It’s true that the V7 Trigger isn’t cheap compared to other handhelds. It’s in a league of its own when it comes to suction power and cleaning performance though – plus it’s cheaper than the full V7 series. If you’re looking for the best handheld vacuum under £200, this is the one to buy.
- Powerful handheld vacuum
- 30-minutes run-time on full charge
- Mini-motorised tool
- Price Range: ££
- Power: N/A
- Weight: 1.4kg
- Dust Capacity: 0.54 litres
There are some outstanding vacuums available for under £200, and we’ve listed four of the highest rated in this article. The best vacuum cleaner under £200 for you 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 C1 Compact PowerLine is probably the best option. It’s powerful, easy to use and has been highly rated by buyers. If you’re set on getting an upright model, however, then the Dyson Small Ball 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.