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

Written by James Hall |

A guide to Bosch vacuum cleaners

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.

Bosch vacuum cleaners are known for innovative features, reliable German engineering, and a high-quality design.

Until recently, Bosch sold a range of upright, cylinder, and cordless vacuums. The company is now focused on their cordless range, however, so it can be harder to find some of their excellent cylinders or uprights.

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 BCHBosch Unlimited ProAnimal BBS81PETGBCordless0.4 litres2.9kg£££££Animal Mini Power Brush for pet hair
Bosch PetBosch BCH6PETGB Athlet AnimalCordless0.9 litres3.3kg£££Pro Animal nozzle for pet hair
Bosch BCSBosch BCS122GB UnlimitedCordless0.4 litres3.5kg££££Dual batteries for continuous run-time

1. Best Cordless Bosch: Bosch Unlimited ProAnimal BBS81PETGB

Bosch Unlimited ProAnimal

The Bosch Unlimited ProAnimal BBS81PETGB is Bosch’s attempt to compete with the Dyson V11 series – and they’ve done a great job at doing so. It’s a powerful vacuum cleaner that provides great carpet cleaning performance, is perfect for pet hair owners, and comes with plenty of extra features.

How does it compare to other cordless vacuums though? And is it worth the money?

Starting with the basics, the Bosch BBS81PETGB is an upright cordless stick vacuum that’s powered by an 18V lithium-ion battery. This provides fade-free suction for up to 40-minutes, which is around average for a cordless vacuum cleaner. It’s got a similar design to many modern cordless machines, with a detachable handheld mode and lightweight construction.

One of the great things about the BBS81PETGB is that it comes with a host of different accessories. These include an upholstery nozzle, flexible crevice tool, animal mini power brush, combination upholstery and furniture brush, and a docking station. We also like how Bosch includes spare brush rolls for both the miniature and main floorheads.

When it comes to cleaning performance, we think the Bosch Unlimited BBS81PETGB is brilliant on carpets. The vacuum also does a decent job at picking up both large and small debris from hard floors, as the floorhead doesn’t push around bigger debris (such as cereal.) As you would expect from a ProAnimal model, the Bosch BBS81PETGB is excellent at removing pet hair from carpets and upholstery.

A downside of this vacuum cleaner is that there are only two power settings – and the minimum power option provides poor suction power. This means you’ll need to rely on the higher power setting, which reduces battery life. We also don’t think it’s quite as good at cleaning hard floors as models like the Dyson V11 Absolute.

Even so, the Bosch Unlimited ProAnimal BBS81PETGB is an excellent cordless vacuum cleaner and one of Bosch’s best models. If you’re looking for an upright cordless that provides strong performance and is great for pet hair, it’s an option to consider.​

Key Features:
  • Has a mini electric brush for hair
  • Up to 40-minutes of run-time
  • Two power settings
Specification:
  • Price Range: £££££
  • Weight: 2.9kg
  • Filter: Standard
  • Capacity: 0.4 litres

2. Best Bosch Pet Vacuum: Bosch BCH6PETGB Athlet Animal

Bosch BCH6PETGB Athlet Animal

If you’re a pet owner who is looking for a more affordable cordless pet hair vacuum, then the Bosch BCH6PETGB Athlet Animal could be a great choice.

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 vacuum and other Athlet models 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, Dyson V series, and even Bosch Unlimited models. We also don’t think it can quite match the carpet cleaning performance of more expensive cordless vacuums.

Despite these issues, if you want a reasonably priced 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.

This vacuum comes with two 18V lithium-ion batteries. These ​are interchangeable and can provide up to 80-minutes of run-time between them, which is more than enough to clean an average home. Bosch also includes a quick charger with this vacuum, which can recharge the batteries in around 60 minutes.

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

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.​

There are a few downsides though. The BCS122GB Unlimited only has a 0.4 litre capacity. This is relatively small, so you’ll need to empty it regularly during a cleaning session. It’s also much less effective when you’re not using the higher power setting, so you’re unlikely to actually get close to the 80 minute run-time.

For these reasons, the Bosch is hard to recommend over other models in the same price bracket, such as the Dyson V10 Cyclone. If you love Bosch vacuums and are looking for a solid all-round cordless vacuum, however, then it’s still a decent choice.

Key Features:
  • Long 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: 0.4 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.

Tip: Want to learn more about German vacs? Check out our guide to German vacuum cleaner brands.

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.

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. Their cordless vacuums also aren’t as popular as those from Dyson or Shark, which is a shame as they produce some excellent vacuums with great all-round cleaning performance.

If we had to choose the best Bosch vacuum, it would be the Bosch Unlimited ProAnimal BBS81PETGB. This model has the suction power, convenience, and battery-life to rival many of the best cordless vacs.

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.

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