Bosch Vacuum Cleaner Reviews – Which are Bosch’s Best Vacuums?

Written by James Hall | 0 Comments| Last Updated: June 5, 2018

Bosch vacuum cleaners are a popular choice in the UK - especially if you want to buy a cordless vac. But which are the company's top models? And are there any you should avoid? Let's find out.
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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.

Until recently, Bosch sold a range of upright, cylinder and cordless vacuums. The company seems to be focusing on their cordless range now, however, possibly due to new EU regulations on vacuum power consumption and noise (although Bosch cylinders like the BGS5SIL2GB, along with competitors such as the Henry Hoover, were amongst the quietest vacuums on the market).​ 

On this page, we've listed our picks for the best Bosch vacuum. Each of these cordless vacs provides great value for money and, most importantly, offers excellent cleaning performance.

Which Are the Best Bosch Vacuums?

ImageNameTypeCapacityWeightPrice RangeAdditional Features
Bosch BCH625KTGB AthletCordless0.9 litres3kg£££
Bosch BCH6PETGB Athlet AnimalCordless0.9 litres3.3kg£££Pro Animal nozzle for pet hair
Bosch BCS122GB UnlimitedCordless0.9 litres3.5kg££££££Dual batteries for continuous run-time

1. Best Upright Bosch: Bosch BCH625KTGB Athlet

Bosch BCH625KTGB Athlet

In the fast moving world of cordless vacuums, the Bosch BCH625KTGB Athlet is one of the longest lasting and popular on the market. First released in 2014, this model provides an exceptional 60-minute run-time and strong cleaning performance.

How does it compare to other cordless vacuums though?

Starting with the basics, the Bosch BCH625KTGB Athlet is an upright cordless that's powered by a 25V lithium-ion battery. This provides fade-free suction for up to 60-minutes, although the run-time drops if you use the high power modes.

Other features include a high airflow bagless design, flexible nozzle for under-furniture cleaning, and an "all-floor" brush bar that's suitable for a variety of surfaces. It's also relatively lightweight at just 3kg.

While it's not the newest cordless on the market, the Bosch BCH625KTGB Athlet provides excellent cleaning performance. ​Whether you need to clean carpets, laminate or hard floors, it has strong suction power and is great for sucking up fine dust.

It's also no slouch when cleaning pet hair. While it doesn't have a ​turbo brush, the main floorhead does a decent job of removing hair, dirt and other debris.

The biggest issue we have with the Athlet is that it's not as versatile as "hand stick" cordless vacuums. Bosch has included several accessories with the vac, but these can be frustrating to use and don't do a great deal to improve its versatility.​ It's also less suitable for above floor cleaning than the Dyson V7, V8 and V10 Cyclone series.

Even so, the Bosch BCH625KTGB Athlet is an excellent vacuum and one of Bosch's best models. If you're looking for an upright cordless that provides strong performance and long battery life, it's an option to consider.​

Key Features:

  • Ultra-long 60-minute battery life
  • Several power settings
  • Multi-floor power brush

Specification:

  • Price Range: £££
  • Weight: 3kg
  • Filter: Standard
  • Capacity: 0.9 litres

2. Best Bosch Pet Vacuum: Bosch BCH6PETGB Athlet Animal

Bosch BCH6PETGB Athlet Animal

​If you have pets that shed, it's important to buy a vacuum that can cope with hair. Many vacuums struggle with this task - especially when fibres are caught in long-pile carpets.

Fortunately, there are some excellent pet vacuums on the market, and the Bosch BCH6PETGB Athlet Animal is a great example if you want a cordless model.

The BCH6PETGB is a close sibling of the BCH625KTGB Athlet, so it has many of the same features and drawbacks. To start with, it's an upright cordless that's powered by a 25V lithium-ion battery. It takes up to 6-hours to charge, but can provide up to 60-minutes of cleaning time - far more than most cordless vacs.

The biggest difference ​between this and the Athlet model above is the addition of a Pro Animal brush. This is a brush roll that has stiff bristles to deal with hair on carpets and hard floors.

It also does a great job at trapping allergens, such as pet dander and dust. We don't usually recommend bagless models for people with allergies, but if you want a cordless vac there aren't many bagged options (although make sure you get someone else to empty it outside).​

Aside from the Pro Animal brush, the BCH6PETGB has the features you would expect from the Athlet range. These include three power levels, the Bosch Athlet accessory kit, Sensor Bagless technology​ to maintain suction power, and strong cleaning performance on all surfaces. 

It also has similar drawbacks. ​The accessories can be fiddly and it's less versatile than models with a true handheld mode, such as the Vax Blade and Dyson V8 series. It's also not cheap - although this is to be expected when buying a high-end cordless vac.

Despite these issues, if you want a powerful cordless vacuum that can handle pet hair and has a long run-time, the ​Bosch BCH6PETGB Athlet Animal is a great choice.

Key Features:

  • Pro Animal nozzle with stiff bristles for cleaning pet hair
  • Long 60-minute run-time
  • Lightweight design and relatively large capacity for a cordless

Specification:

  • Price Range: £££
  • Weight: 3.3kg
  • Filter: Standard
  • Capacity: 0.9 litres

3. Best Bosch Stick Vacuum: Bosch BCS122GB Unlimited

Bosch BCS122GB

Bosch cordless vacuums have always stood out with their long battery life - but the Bosch BCS122GB Unlimited takes this a step further.

Bosch's newest vacuum comes with two 18V lithium-ion batteries. These ​are exchangeable and can be charged in 60-minutes using the Bosch quick charger - which means that the vacuum provides continuous run-time when used on "standard" mode.

Considering some cordless vacuums only last 25-minutes before needing to be recharged for six hours, this is a big advantage of the BCS122GB.

Aside from its continuous run-time, the BCS122GB Unlimited has the ​same 0.9 litre capacity as most of the Athlet range. You won't need to empty it as often as most cordless vacuums, although it can't match the capacity of corded models.

One of the biggest differences between this vacuum and the Athlet series is the hand-stick design. Taking a leaf out of Dyson's book, Bosch has designed the vacuum to function as both a stick vacuum and handheld (if you detach the main tube). This is much more convenient for above-floor cleaning than the somewhat clunky Athlet.

It also performs well on all surfaces. The Unlimited generates strong suction and has a turbo mode for when you need extra power - although this limits the battery life. The vacuum is also surprisingly quiet.​

The biggest drawback is the price. This is an expensive vacuum that's in the same price bracket as the Dyson V10 Cyclone. If you need the convenience of a cordless without the limited run-time, however, then it's a great all-rounder.

Key Features:

  • Continuous run-time due to the dual fast charging batteries
  • Handheld mode for above-floor cleaning
  • All Floor brush provides excellent cleaning performance

Specification:

  • Price Range: £££££
  • Weight: 3.5kg
  • Filter: Standard
  • Capacity: 0.9 litres

About Bosch

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 manufactures products for industry, security systems and various other consumer goods.

In-Depth Bosch Vacuum Cleaner Reviews

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Summary

Bosch vacuum cleaners are usually reliable, powerful and provide excellent value for money.

In fact, one of our only complaints is that their naming system can make it difficult to compare models, as there are many with similar names. We also think Bosch vacuums often have less convenient designs than competing brands, although they 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 BCH625KTGB Athlet. This model has the suction power, dust capacity and battery-life to rival many of the best cordless vacs. The BCH6PETGB is probably the better choice if you have pets though.

We hope this article has helped you choose the right Bosch vacuum cleaner for your home. If you have any questions, please use the comments form below.