Best Vacuum Cleaners Under £200 in the UK

Written by James Hall | 0 Comments| Last Updated: November 6, 2018

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.

Our #1 Pick: Miele C1 Compact PowerLine

Miele C1 Compact

If you're looking for a cylinder vacuum or just a brilliant all-rounder, the Miele C1 Compact PowerLine is one of the best - especially in this price range. It provides powerful suction, excellent tools and an AirClean filter. We highly recommend it.

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.

ImageProduct NameTypeWeightBagRead More
Miele C1 Compact PowerLineCylinder4.3kgBaggedView Price
Gtech AirRam Mk2Cordless3.3kgBaglessView Price
Dyson Light Ball Multi FloorUpright6.9kgBaglessView Price
Dyson V7 TriggerHandheld1.4kgBaglessView Price

How to Choose a Vacuum Costing Less than £200

Before we get to the top 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 Vacuum Cleaners Under £200

1. Miele C1 Compact PowerLine (Bagged Cylinder Vac)

Miele C1 Compact

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.

Overview:

  • Price Range: ££
  • Weight: 4.3kg
  • Dust Capacity: 3.5 litres

Key Features:

  • Strong suction power on almost any surface
  • Lighter than previous Miele vacuums
  • AirClean filter

2. Gtech AirRam Mk2 (Cordless Bagless)

Gtech AirRam Mk2

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.

Overview:

  • Price Range: ££
  • Power: N/A
  • Weight: 3.3kg
  • Dust Capacity: 0.8 litres

Key Features:

  • 40 minute run time on a single charge
  • New dirt ejection system
  • Great for cleaning hard floors

3. Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor (Upright Bagless)

Light Ball Multi Floor

Dyson recently announced they are going to stop building new uprights and focus on their cordless range - so the Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor could be the last Dyson upright.

If that's the case, then Dyson has certainly gone out with a bang. 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 powerful suction and new "Epicyclic 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.

A bonus is the Light Ball is quieter and more energy efficient than previous Dyson vacs (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 Light Ball Multi Floor is an easy pick for the best upright under £200. It performs well on all surfaces and does a great job at trapping allergens. Dyson's last upright is a winner.

Note: The Dyson Light Ball replaced the Vax U84 on this list, as the Vax is no longer available. For more information about the previous model, read our full review of the Vax U84-AL-Pe.

Overview:

  • Price Range: ££
  • Power: 700W
  • Weight: 6.9kg
  • Dust Capacity: 1.6 litres

Key Features:

  • Powerful suction and great all-round performance
  • Effective allergen retention
  • Relatively long cord

4. Dyson V7 Trigger (Handheld Bagless)

Dyson V7 Trigger

One of the best handheld vacuums is the Dyson V7 Trigger. 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, the V7 Trigger provides powerful suction that's great for cleaning cars, stairs or quick jobs around the home. Dyson has included their mini-motorised tool with the Trigger, which does a good job at 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.

Other features include a crevice tool, 0.54 litre capacity (the same as the V8 series) and a boost mode for when you need extra power.​

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.

Overview:

  • Price Range: ££
  • Power: N/A
  • Weight: 1.4kg
  • Dust Capacity: 0.54 litres

Key Features:

  • Powerful handheld vacuum
  • 30-minutes run-time on full charge
  • Mini-motorised tool

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 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 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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