Bosch vacuum cleaners are a popular choice in the UK. But which are the company's top models? And are there any you should avoid? Let's find out.
Robert Bosch GmbH, or just Bosch to you and me, is a popular manufacturer of home appliances. Based in Germany, the Bosch vacuum cleaners have become increasingly popular over the years, largely due to their innovative features and design.
On this page, we've listed our picks for the best Bosch vacuum in different categories. Each of these models has received high ratings from buyers, provides great value for money and, most importantly, offers excellent cleaning power. We haven't included Bosch cordless vacs though - we have a separate page for those.
Which Are the Best Bosch Vacuums?
1. Best Bosch Cylinder Vacuum: Bosch BSGL5AL2GB
One of the best Bosch vacuums is the BSGL5AL2GB. It's a powerful cylinder model with an attractive design, excellent filtration and a relatively large dust capacity. The company has designed this model to clean all types of floor, so it's great whether you're on carpet, laminate or hard floors.
With a weight of 6.8kg, this isn't the lightest cylinder vacuum on the market - but it's not as heavy as models like the Henry Hoover. The 4.5 litre capacity is average for a cylinder and means you won't need to empty it as often as smaller models. This is a bagged vacuum, which adds to the long-term cost, although the bags are relatively cheap.
The machine is powered by the company's "QuattroPower" system. This is designed to increase suction power while keeping energy usage relatively low. The result is a powerful vacuum that's great on almost any type of floor, including carpets. Additionally, the BSGL5AL2GB is relatively quiet compared to other vacuums.
Another area the BSGL5AL2GB shines is dust re-emission. It has an A-rating in this category, largely due to the HEPA 13 filter, so it's a great choice for people with allergies. The HEPA filter is also washable which saves money buying replacements.
There are a few downsides to the BSGL5AL2GB though. The biggest is that the floor head struggles to pick up pet hair, so it's probably not a good choice for dog or cat owners. For pets, we recommend going with a model that comes with a turbo nozzle. We also would have liked a vent in the hose for when it gets "stuck" on carpet.
Overall, the Bosch BSGL5AL2GB is a great choice for almost any home - as long as you don't own pets. It's powerful, effective on almost any type of floor and easy to use. The excellent filtration is a bonus for allergy sufferers.
- Powerful suction
- Great on laminate, carpets and hard floors
- Excellent filtration
- Price Range: ££
- Weight: 6.8kg
- Filter: HEPA 13
- Capacity: 4.5 litres
2. Best Bosch Pet Vacuum: Bosch BGL4PETGB
If you like the sound of the first model on this list but are disappointed it can't handle pet hair, then the BGL4PETGB is an excellent alternative. It's a little more expensive, but comes with a turbo brush designed for picking up pet hairs.
The BGL4PETGB is a bagged vacuum with a four litre capacity. Weighing 6kg, it's relatively light compared with other Bosch models (although not light enough for our lightweight category), and has a cleaning radius of 10 metres.
Like most Bosch cylinder vacuums, the BGL4PETGB is built with the company's Quattro Power System. This provides excellent suction power while minimising energy consumption. It also uses the PowerProtect system, which is a way to maintain suction power as the bag starts to fill up.
The biggest difference between the BGL4PETGB and the first cylinder on this list is the addition of a turbo brush. This is designed to tackle one of the weaknesses of many Bosch models - the poor pet hair pickup. The brush is built with a combination of bristles to remove both dust and hair simultaneously, which greatly improves the hair pickup of the machine.
As you would expect from a Bosch animal vacuum, the BGL4PETGB has an A-rating for dust re-emission, which reduces the amount of allergens returned to the air. It also has an excellent filter.
There are a few downsides though. Firstly, the tools can become stiff and difficult to remove after a while, which can make it frustrating to use. If pet hair is caught in thick carpet, the floor head can also struggle to remove it.
Despite these drawbacks, we think the BGL4PETGB pet vacuum is an excellent model with few weaknesses. It's true that there are better options when it comes to raw pet hair performance. But when it comes to all-round cleaning on all floor-types, however, there aren't many better cylinders than the BGL4PETGB - and it's undoubtedly a top Bosch vacuum cleaner (an alternative is the excellent Miele C3 Cat & Dog.)
- Turbo brush for removing pet hair
- Strong cleaning performance on carpets, laminate and hard floors
- HEPA filter for allergen removal
- Price Range: ££
- Weight: 6kg
- Filter: HEPA 13
- Capacity: 4 litres
3. Best Bosch Silent Vacuum: Bosch BGS5SIL2GB
Another of our favourite Bosch vacuums is the BGS5SIL2GB. Also known as the Power Silence 2, it's designed to be one of the quietest vacuums on the market, yet still has decent suction power and excellent filtration.
Unlike the BSGL5AL2GB, this is an example of a Bosch bagless vacuum cleaner. It is built with the company's SensorBagless technology, which prevents suction dropping as the bag fills up. It also has a 10 metre cleaning radius and three litre dust capacity.
But the feature that really makes the BGS5SIL2GB stand out is its quiet operation. With a noise output of just 66dB, it's quiet enough to have a conversation while cleaning, making it a great choice if you want to use it when children are asleep.
In addition, the BGS5SIL2GB is fitted with a washable HEPA 13 filter. This greatly reduces the quantity of small dust particles and allergens released when vacuuming, making it suitable for allergy sufferers. It has also been awarded an "A" rating for dust re-emission. Keep in mind that the bagless design can make it difficult to empty without releasing dust , so it's a good idea to do this outside.
There are some drawbacks though. Like other Bosch cylinder's that don't include a turbo brush, we don't recommend the BGS5SIL2GB for people with pets. There are also complaints that the hose is too stiff, which can make it tiring to use.
In summary, the BGS5SIL2GB is a solid Bosch vacuum cleaner that's great on both carpets and hard floors, but the reason it's on this list is because of its quiet operation. The HEPA 13 filter also makes it a good choice for people with allergies.
- Very quiet 66dB noise output
- Effective suction on almost any floor type
- Great filtration makes it suitable for people with allergies
- Price Range: ££
- Weight: 8.3kg
- Filter: HEPA 13
- Capacity: 3 litres
Bosch is a German company that was originally founded in 1886, making it one of the oldest appliance manufacturers in the world. At the last count, it employed nearly 400,000 people around the world, and its headquarters are still in Germany.
While the company is best known for its home goods, in 2011 it was also the largest automotive component supplier in the world. The company also manufactures products for industry, security systems and various other consumer goods.
In-Depth Bosch Vacuum Cleaner Reviews
Listed below are all our in-depth reviews for Bosch cleaners. If you would like us to review a specific model, please feel free to contact us and recommend a product.
Bosch vacuum cleaners are usually reliable, provide great cleaning performance and are excellent value for money. In fact, one of our only complaints is that their naming system can make it difficult for potential customers to compare models, as there are many with similar names. We also think they tend to struggle with pet hair, although the vacuums make up for this with excellent suction and all-round cleaning performance.
If we had to choose the best Bosch vacuum, it would be the Bosch BGL4PETGB. This model has the suction power, dust capacity and filtration to match the company's other top models, but also comes with a turbo brush for tackling pet hair. If you don't have pets but want a powerful appliance for a variety of floor types, any of the models on this list can do a great job.