5 Best Lightweight Vacuum Cleaners of 2022

Written by James Hall |

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 and feature-packed machines, but weigh considerably less than others – which your back will appreciate!

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

#1 Pick: Miele Compact C2 Cat and Dog

Miele Compact C2 Cat and Dog

Rating StarsMiele Compact C2 Cat and Dog
Our top pick for a lightweight vacuum cleaner is the excellent Miele Compact C2 Cat & Dog.

It’s a powerful vacuum with strong suction and great performance, yet weighs under 5kg. It also comes with an Active AirClean filter and a relatively large cleaning radius.

Note: We have a page specifically for lightweight upright vacuum cleaners. Uprights tend to be heavy, so we created a separate category for them. While uprights are still listed on this page, we’ll also include cylinder models and cordless vacs.

How Much Does a Lightweight Vacuum 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.

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, smaller capacities 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 and Dyson models can still pack a punch though) but can be almost feather-light.

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

5 Best Lightweight Vacuums (Weighing Less than 5kg)

ImageNameCapacityWeightBrand
Miele C2 Cat & DogMiele Compact C2 Cat and Dog4.5 litres4.8kgMiele
Dyson V8 AnimalDyson V8 Animal0.54 litres2.6kgDyson
Halo CapsuleHalo Capsule1.6 litres2.6kgHalo
Bissell V2 FeatherweightBissell V2 Featherweight0.5 litres1.6kgBissell
Shark WV200ukShark WV200UK0.1 litres0.6kgShark

1. Miele Compact C2 Cat and Dog (Cylinder)

Miele C2 Cat & Dog

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.

It’s not just built for pet hair though. The C2 is excellent at removing dust and dirt from around the home. It also has on-board tool storage for extra convenience.

Despite the powerful suction, the C2 weighs just 4.8kg. This is far from the lightest model on this list, but isn’t heavy for a powerful vacuum 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 900W motor for powerful performance. There are several accessories, such as a crevice tool and dusting brush. 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 one of the best choices. The ability to quickly change suction power also makes it easy to push across carpets – although it doesn’t come with a HEPA filter.

In summary, 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.

Key Features:
  • Powerful suction that excels at picking up pet hair
  • Removes pet odours from the home
  • Great all-rounder
Specification:
  • Type: Cylinder
  • Price Range: £££
  • Weight: 4.8kg

2. Dyson V8 Animal (Cordless)

Dyson V8 Animal

One of the lightest cordless vacs on the market also happens to be amongst the most powerful: the Dyson V8 Animal cordless stick vacuum cleaner.

The V8 Animal is a stick vac with a detachable handheld mode. It has two power settings, a simple bagless emptying system and comes with several accessories. Most importantly for this article, it weighs just 2.6kg and is easy to manoeuvre around the home.

As this is the pet version of the V8 range, it comes with a motorised turbo tool that’s great for upholstery and car interiors (although there’s no “Fluffy” hard floor head.) The primary cleaning head generates excellent performance, allowing it to pick up dust particles from both carpeted floors and hard floors with ease.

It also has a longer 40-minute battery life compared with the previous V7, along with everything you would expect from a Dyson cordless.

There are two drawbacks to this model though: price and dust capacity. While this is far from the most expensive cordless, it’s a pricey model that costs around the same as the Miele C2. The 0.54 litre dust capacity also means you’ll need to empty it regularly.

Even so, the Dyson V8 Animal is an excellent vacuum cleaner that’s lightweight and easy to use. If you’re looking for a light cordless that can rival an upright for cleaning performance, it’s a great choice. It’s also an excellent option for pet owners, although if you have hardwood floors we recommend getting a Dyson vacuum with the soft roller head.

Note: Both the V10 Cyclone and Dyson V11 Absolute also qualify for our lightweight category, as both weigh less than 3.5kg. They are more expensive than the V8 Animal though.

Key Features:
  • Powerful suction for a cordless vacuum
  • Very lightweight and easy to use
  • Detachable handheld mode for stairs, cars, above-floor cleaning
Specification:
  • Type: Cordless
  • Price Range: £££
  • Weight: 2.6kg

3. Halo Capsule (Cordless)

Halo Capsule

The Halo Capsule is an interesting cordless vacuum cleaner, as it’s one of the few to have a bagged design. While this makes it a bit less convenient, it allows for a large dust capacity and a more hygienic emptying system. It’s also a lightweight vacuum, weighing just 2.6kg.

Other features of the Halo Capsule include multiple power settings, a simple-to-use design, and a 60 minute battery run-time. Most importantly, it generates powerful suction and has a decent floorhead design. This makes it a great choice for cleaning both carpets and hard floors.

There are a few downsides to this vacuum though. There aren’t any advanced features, like a miniature pet turbo tool, headlights, or adaptive suction. We also don’t think it’s as easy to steer as other cordless vacuums, although this is a minor point considering it’s available for a very reasonable price.

If you’re looking for a powerful, lightweight cordless vacuum that uses bags rather than a bagless canister, then the Halo Capsule is one of the best options. While it doesn’t have the advanced features of other cordless vacuums, the bagged design, long battery life, and powerful suction make it an excellent no-nonsense vacuum cleaner.

Tip: You can read our full review of the Halo Capsule if you want to learn more about this model.

Key Features:
  • One of the few bagged cordless vacuums
  • Lightweight design that's easy to use
  • Strong suction power
Specification:
  • Type: Cordless
  • Price Range: £££
  • Weight: 2.6kg

4. Bissell V2 Featherweight (Stick)

Bissell V2 Featherweight

Next up is 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 1.6kg. 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.

Key Features:
  • The lightest non-handheld vacuum on this list at just 1.6kg
  • Great for hard floors
  • Can be used as a stick or 
  • handheld
Specification:
  • Type: Stick
  • Price Range: £
  • Weight: 1.6kg

5. Shark WV200UK (Handheld)

Shark WV200UK

If you’re looking for a lightweight vacuum for small jobs, then the Shark WV200UK could be an excellent alternative to the full-size vacuum cleaners on this list. It’s a handheld vacuum that weighs just 0.6kg, making it one of the most convenient vacuums for quick clean-ups.

Of course, a vacuum this size isn’t designed for tackling big cleaning jobs. It has a tiny 0.1 litre dust capacity, meaning you’ll need to empty it regularly. The 8-10 minute battery run-time is also restrictive. But for small spills, dried mud, or other quick tasks, the WV200UK has enough suction power to be a useful gadget to have in the house.

Other features of the WV200UK include a HEPA filter, which is great for retaining allergens, and a simple design. There’s no motorised pet tool, however, and the docking station can’t be wall-mounted.

Despite these drawbacks, the Shark WV200UK is a great choice if you’re looking for a lightweight handheld vacuum cleaner. It’s the lightest of this type of vacuum that we’ve reviewed so far, yet still generates some serious suction power.

Key Features:
  • Very lightweight - even for a handheld vacuum
  • Comes with a HEPA filter
  • Stylish design and decent suction power
Specification:
  • Type: Handheld
  • Price Range: ££
  • Weight: 0.6kg

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 Dyson V8 Animal (at 2.6kg) 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 1.6kg 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.

Why is Weight Important?

An often overlooked feature of a vacuum cleaner is its weight. While suction 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 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 5kg 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 vac.

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.

Our top pick for a lightweight vacuum is the Miele Compact C2 Cat & Dog. This is a bagged cylinder vacuum with great performance. If you want a bagless model, then the Dyson V8 Animal is a cordless alternative.

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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