Best Lightweight Vacuum Cleaner Models of 2017

Written by James Hall | 0 Comments| Last Updated: November 8, 2017

If you’re tired of hauling a heavy machine around your home, a lightweight vacuum cleaner could be the perfect solution. The best lightweight models are still powerful, feature-packed machines, but weigh considerably less than others – which your back will thank you for!

On this page, we’ve listed our top four lightweight vacuum cleaners in the UK, including a brief overview of each and a link to find the latest price. Each of these models has received high ratings from buyers, provides excellent value for money and weighs less than 5kg.

Please note: We also have a page specifically for lightweight upright vacuum cleaners. Uprights tend to be relatively heavy, so we thought it best to have a separate category in case you’re sure you want this type of vacuum. While some uprights will be listed on this page, we’ll also add cylinder models.

Top 4 Lightweight Models
Picture Brand & Model Weight Info
Miele Compact C2 Cat and Dog Miele Compact C2 Cat and Dog Cylinder 4.8kg View Price
VonHaus 1000W 2-in-1 Upright Vacuum VonHaus 1000W 2-in-1 Upright Stick & Handheld 2.9kg View Price
Gtech AirRam Mk2 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Gtech AirRam Mk2 Cordless 3.5kg View Price
Bissell V2 Bissell V2 Featherweight 2kg View Price

Why is Weight Important?

An often overlooked feature of a vacuum cleaner is its weight. While other factors, such as suction power, engine power, dust capacity and cleaning radius, all need to be considered, it’s easy to forget that the weight determines how easy it is to use. Light vacuums are much more convenient to carry up and down stairs, around your home and out to your car – especially if you often spend long periods of time cleaning.

Some of the most powerful models have large, heavy motors, making them difficult to push around for extended cleaning sessions. The heaviest models can weigh up to 10kg – which isn’t easy to lug around the home, especially up and down stairs.

For these reasons, you may want to look for a light vacuum cleaner. It’s common to find models weighing less than 4kg without sacrificing power or performance, and some of the best lightweight vacuums rival heavier models for suction power.

Weight is especially important for the elderly or people with disabilities, but anyone can benefit from a lighter model.

How Much Does a Lightweight Model Weigh?

As we mentioned near the start of the article, we define a lightweight vacuum as any weighing less than 5kg. Some people may disagree with this, but as the majority of vacuums weigh considerably more than 5kg we think it’s a reasonable threshold.

However, be aware that there is a big difference between corded and cordless models in terms of weight. Cordless models are nearly always lighter, but have other drawbacks such as a limited battery life and reduced suction power. Also, if you suffer from allergies, a cordless model may not be the best choice as they are usually bagless.

This list contains both cylinder and upright vacuums, but as we already have a page for lightweight uprights we’ve tried to include ultra-lightweight models. These tend to be less powerful (the Gtech is the exception) but can be almost feather-light.

So with that out of the way, let’s take a look at our four recommended lightweight vacuum cleaners.

Top 4 Vacuums Weighing Less than 5kg

Miele Compact C2 Cat and DogMiele Compact C2 Cat and Dog Cylinder

The Miele Compact C2 Cat and Dog, as the name suggests, is designed to make picking up pet hairs a breeze. This is largely due to the Turbobrush floorhead, which quickly gets rid of hair, thread and fluff from carpets.

The great thing about the powerful C2 is that it weighs just 4.8kg. This is far from the lightest model on this list, but isn’t heavy for a powerful model that excels at difficult jobs. It’s also probably the best lightweight vacuum for carpet on this list.

Other features include the Active AirClean filter, which helps remove pet odours, and a 1200W motor for powerful performance. It also has a relatively large ten metre cleaning radius for more efficient cleaning.

A key feature of the C2 Cat and Dog is that it makes quick work of dog and cat hair. If you need to remove hair without carrying a hefty vacuum around the house, it’s a great choice. The ability to quickly change suction power also makes it easy to push across carpets.

The Miele Compact C2 Cat and Dog is a powerful model that’s also relatively light. If you’re looking for a lightweight cylinder vacuum cleaner, it could be an option to consider.

Overview:

  • Price Range: ££
  • Power: 1200W
  • Weight: 4.8kg
  • Dust Capacity: 3.5 litres
  • Filter Type: Standard (Active AirClean)

Key Features:

  • Powerful suction that excels at picking up pet hair
  • Removes pet odours from the home
  • Excellent suction power due to the 1200W motor

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VonHaus 1000W 2-in-1 Upright VacuumVonHaus 1000W 2-in-1 Upright Stick & Handheld

The VonHaus 1000W 2-in-1 is a versatile vacuum that weighs just 2.9kg. It can be used in both handheld or stick modes, and has a 1.3 litre tank with an easy-to-empty design.

Other features include a combination of HEPA and sponge filtration systems, six metre power cord and a two year warranty. The vacuum also has a relatively powerful 1000W motor considering the low price.

While the suction power of the VonHaus is never going to match some of the more expensive models on this list,it’s still a useful tool to have around the house. It’s also one of the lightest stick vacs we’ve seen, yet provides surprisingly good suction considering the price and weight.

If you’re looking for a simple lightweight vacuum cleaner that can tackle almost any job around the home, the VonHaus 1000W could be a good choice.

Overview:

  • Price Range: £
  • Power: 1000W
  • Weight: 2.9kg
  • Dust Capacity: 1.3 litres
  • Filter Type: HEPA + Sponge

Key Features:

  • Ultra-lightweight corded model
  • HEPA and sponge filtration for cleaner exhaust air
  • Relatively powerful considering the price and weight

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One of our top picks is the AirRam Mk2Gtech AirRam Mk2 Cordless

The Gtech AirRam Mk2 is one of our favourite cordless vacuum cleaners – and not just because of its 3.5kg weight. It’s a unique vacuum that is great for cleaning both carpets and hard floors, and can run for up to 40 minutes on a single charge.

Other features of the excellent Gtech AirRam Mk2 include a low-profile, easy to manoeuvre design, lithium-ion battery and a powerful engine that matches most corded upright vacuums (there aren’t many cordless models that can claim that). It’s purely for floor cleaning – there are no tools or even a hose – but it excels at getting rid of dirt on carpets and hard floors.

It also improves on the original AirRam in several ways. Aside from the more attractive design, it has an improved AirLOC system for better pickup. The dust compression system has also been improved, so you can fit dirt more in the unique dust bales than was previously possible.

If you’re looking for a powerful, lightweight cordless vacuum that’s built specifically for cleaning floors, then the Gtech AirRam Mk2 is one of the best options. While it doesn’t have the versatility of other models, due to the lack of a hose and tools, its long battery life and strong suction make it one of the most popular cordless models.

You can read our full review of the original Gtech AirRam here and the new Mk2 here.

Overview:

  • Price Range: £££
  • Power: 100W (cordless)
  • Weight: 3.5kg
  • Dust Capacity: 0.8 litres
  • Filter Type: Washable

Key Features:

  • One of the most powerful cordless models
  • Excellent performance on hard floors and carpet
  • Weighs just 3.5kg

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Bissell V2 Light Weight Vacuum CleanerBissell V2 Featherweight

Let’s finish this list with one of the lightest vacuum cleaners on the market – the BISSELL V2 Featherweight. Unlike the other three models, the Bissell has been designed specifically to be lightweight, and weighs an astonishing 2kg. This is extremely light for a corded vacuum. It’s also cheap, making it an excellent choice as a second vacuum for quick and easy cleaning.

One of the great things about the Bissell is the converting design. The model has both handheld and floor stick modes, and comes with a crevice nozzle for those tricky areas. It’s also a bagless vacuum with a 4.5 metre cord and a 99.7% efficiency filter.

It’s important to have realistic expectations of the V2 though. It’s a cheap and lightweight model, so it doesn’t have much suction power. It does a good job on hard floors, but for carpets it struggles to pick up dirt or debris. It also has a hard time with pet hair on carpets.

Even though the V2 Featherweight is never going to match the power and functionality of more expensive vacuums, it’s a handy tool for home cleaning. The lightweight design makes it convenient to use – plus you don’t need to worry about the battery running out like with cordless alternatives.

Overview:

  • Price Range: £
  • Weight: 2kg
  • Dust Capacity: 0.5L
  • Filter Type: Washable

Key Features:

  • The lightest vacuum on this list at just 2kg
  • Great for hard floors
  • Can be used as a stick or handheld

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Which are the Best Lightweight Vacuum Cleaners for the Elderly?

As we mentioned earlier, the lightest vacuum cleaners are especially useful for elderly people who may struggle with heavier models. While all the models on this list are relatively light, the Miele C2 (4.8kg) may not be suitable. We recommend the GTech AirRam (at 3.5kg) if that is an acceptable weight, as it’s a cordless model with excellent suction. Or, if heaviness is a big problem, the Bissell V2 Featherweight. The latter model’s 2kg weight should make it suitable for people who would otherwise struggle to carry a vacuum up and down stairs, although it’s not as powerful and may struggle on carpets.

In addition to the models on this list, there are plenty of powerful lightweight cordless vacuum cleaners – particularly stick models – on the market. The smaller motors on these models reduces weight, and the lack of a cord can also reduce tripping hazards. The Dyson V6, for example, is an excellent model with strong suction, yet only weighs 2kg (we reviewed this model here).

Conclusion

While many vacuums are bulky machines, there are some excellent lightweight vacuum cleaners on the market. The models listed on this page are all from established brands, and provide strong performance without the extra weight.

Of course, it’s important to choose a cleaner for its all-round performance – not just because it’s lightweight. Factors such as price, suction power, dust capacity and noise level should all be considered when choosing a lightweight vacuum cleaner.

Do you have any questions about buying a lightweight model? Or is there a model you think should be added to this list? Let us know in the comments!

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