Quiet Vacuum Cleaner Reviews: 6 Best Silent Models of 2019

Written by James Hall | 0 Comments| Last Updated: October 2, 2019

Want a vacuum that’s quiet AND great at cleaning? You’ve come to the right place! After hours of research, here are the best quiet vacuum cleaners in the UK (updated for 2019).

#1 Pick: Miele Complete C3 Silence

Miele Complete C3 Silence

Our top pick for a quiet vacuum cleaner is the excellent Miele Complete C3 Silence.

It’s a cylinder vac that provides excellent cleaning performance and a relatively large dust capacity. It also has automatic cable rewind and a versatile design.

Best of all, it’s one of the quietest vacs on the market, with a noise output of just 64dBThe C3 Silence is fitted with Miele’s “Silence System” – and it even has shock absorbed wheels.

Vacuum cleaners have made our lives much easier – just imagine needing to pick up dirt and dust in your home manually!

They aren’t perfect though, and one of the downsides is the noise.

Some models, especially those with powerful engines, can be almost painfully loud. Yes, the EU has limited corded vacuums to a maximum of 80dB, but this is still relatively noisy.

To help you find a quiet vac, we’ve listed the best models in a comparison table below. We’ve also reviewed each model, so you can decide which is the right option for your home.

Why Buy a Quiet Vac?

While everyone can benefit from a quieter vacuum cleaner, they are particularly useful if you have children or want to clean during “unsocial hours” without annoying the neighbours. Quiet vacuum cleaners are also great if you have pets that are easily scared.

No vacuum is truly silent, but the least noisy are more bearable than others and less likely to cause a disturbance.

Of course, there are downsides to quiet vacuums. The technology to reduce noise can increase the cost of buying a silent model, so there might be trade-offs in price or other features. Less powerful engines, while quieter, provide reduced suction power. Many of the quietest vacuums are also cylinder models, which may be a problem if you prefer uprights.

This doesn’t mean there aren’t some excellent silent vacuums on the market though. Brands such as Bosch, Miele, AEG and Vax all manufacture quieter models, so there are plenty of options to choose from.

How to Choose “Silent” Vacuums

The key factor when choosing a quiet vacuum is the decibel rating (usually listed as dB).

The higher the dB rating, the more noise a model makes. Decibels is a logarithmic scale, which means a vacuum with a noise rating of 65dB is ten times quieter than a model with a rating of 75dB.

There’s no such thing as a noiseless vacuum cleaner – at least not yet – but there are some models available with noise ratings as low as 64dB.

Make sure you choose a vacuum for its overall feature set and how it matches your requirements – not just based on one feature, such as a quiet motor. Other considerations include the capacity, suction power, included accessories and tools, price and filtration system.

Note: If you would like an overview of how to choose an upright or cordless vacuum cleaner, please use the menu at the top of the page.

Which Are This Year’s Quietest Vacuum Cleaners?

We’ve picked our top quiet vacuum cleaners and provided a review of each. These reviews are in no particular order, as it’s important to read about the features and drawbacks of each before buying.

Towards the end of the page we’ve also included information about how to choose a silent vacuum cleaner. So if you’re looking for a quiet “Hoover” as many people say in the UK, you’ve come to the right place.

Note: All the models in this list of silent vacuum cleaners have a cylinder design, as these tend to make the least noise. If you’re looking for a quiet upright vacuum cleaner, make sure you check out the decibel rating before you buy, as most are 80dB.

RankImageBrand & ModelSound LevelsPrice RangeMore Info
#1
Miele Complete C3 Silence EcoLine64 dB£££Read More
#2
Numatic Henry HVR200-1172 dB££Read More
#3
Duronic VC501072 dB£Read More
#4
Eureka S500 Vacuum70 dB£Read More
#5
Numatic Harry HHR20072 dB££Read More
#6
Beldray BEL0555 Ultra Quiet Pet+75 dB£Read More

1. Miele Complete C3 Silence EcoLine

Miele Complete C3 Silence EcoLine

We’re big fans of the Miele C3 series of bagged cylinder vacuums at Spotless Vacuum – and the Silence EcoLine version is a great option of you’re looking for a quiet machine. With excellent cleaning performance, effective filters and a noise level of just 64dB (making it one of the quietest vacuum cleaners), it’s the clear #1 in this category.

The Complete C3 Silence EcoLine is a bagged cleaner that comes with Miele’s AirClean filter and foot controls for suction. The vacuum also has a combination floorhead for both hard floors and carpets (a switch changes between the two modes), a reasonably wide cleaning radius, excellent filter, and is built with “Dynamic Drive” castors for greater mobility.

The main difference between this model and other C3 versions is the motor. Unlike the latest version of the C3 PowerLine, the Silence has a lower wattage 500W EcoLine motor instead of 900W. This marginally reduces suction power, but makes the vacuum much quieter. Despite the lower power, it’s still excellent for cleaning carpets, hard floors and even pet hair.

Of course, it’s important to have realistic expectations of the sound level. The Miele is considerably quieter than most vacuum cleaners, but it’s not silent by any stretch. It provides strong suction and does a great job on all surfaces, however, which isn’t always the case for quiet vacs.

There aren’t any major drawbacks to this model, but there are a few minor issues that are worth noting. At just over 7kg, it’s a relatively heavy vacuum. It’s also not quite as effective at sucking up larger debris as Dyson’s soft roller, although it’s no slouch either.

If you’re looking for a quiet vacuum cleaner that still provides strong performance and excellent filtration, the Miele Complete C3 Silence EcoLine is definitely an option to consider.

Key Features:
  • Energy efficient motor reduces noise level to 64dB
  • EcoTeQ floor head and upholstery nozzle
  • 4.5 litre bag capacity
Specification:
  • Price Range: £££
  • Power: 500W
  • Weight: 7kg
  • Dust Capacity: 4.5 litres
  • Filter Type: Silence AirClean Filter
  • Noise Level: 64dB

2. Numatic Henry HVR200

Numatic Henry HVR200

As the Henry straddles the line between a domestic and commercial vacuum, you might be surprised to find out that it’s also relatively quiet. This popular vacuum also boasts excellent energy efficiency, with a 620W motor that provides strong suction without eating up too much electricity.

With a noise output of 72dB, it’s not the quietest vacuum on this list. Even so, it’s quieter than many other vacuum cleaners.

The biggest selling point is that it’s a rugged, durable vacuum with a large capacity that’s perfect for everyday cleaning. It’s also available for a very reasonable price compared to other cylinder vacuums.

Another great feature is the cleaning radius. With a 10 metre cord and 2.4 metre hose, you won’t need to switch plug sockets as often as other vacuums.

There are some drawbacks though. Henry is quite bulky, which can make him difficult to use on stairs. The vacuum is also better on hard floors than carpets, and we don’t recommend the Henry for pet hair.

Even so, if you want a quiet vacuum cleaner but don’t want to sacrifice capacity or suction power, the Numatic Henry Hoover is a great choice. It has a huge dust container, which is great for cleaning large homes, and also provides decent suction power and filtration.

Side note: most of the other vacuums in the Henry Hoover range also have a similar noise level, including the Henry Xtra.

Key Features:
  • TriTex filtration system
  • Large 9 litre capacity
  • Highly durable
Specification:
  • Price Range: ££
  • Power: 620W
  • Weight: 8.1kg
  • Dust Capacity: 9 litres
  • Filter Type: TriTex + HepaFlo bags
  • Noise Level: 72dB

3. Duronic VC5010 Bagless Cleaner

Duronic VC5010 Bagless

The Duronic VC5010 is a cylinder vacuum with cyclonic technology and a 4.5 litre dirt capacity. It has a noise rating of 72dB, which isn’t as quiet as the Miele, but still less noisy than other models.

Despite the relatively low price, the VC5010 comes with a range of useful accessories, such as a telescopic pole, crevice tool and a large capacity for a bagless model. Other features include an energy efficient motor and a turbo brush.

There’s no doubt the Duronic VC5010 is amongst the quietest vacuums on the market at the moment – even if it’s not as quiet as the Miele. How does it perform though?

The Duronic provides surprisingly strong performance on both hard floors and carpets. It generates enough suction to pull debris from between floorboards, despite the 500W motor, and does a decent job at removing pet hair. Don’t expect it to match the performance of the best vacuums, but it provides solid suction power for the price.

It also comes with an integrated HEPA filter. This filters up to 99.97% of allergens and other particles, although the bagless design can be tricky for allergy sufferers to empty without getting a face full of dust.

If you’re looking for a cheap quiet vacuum with strong cleaning performance, however, then the Duronic VC5010 may be an option to consider.

Key Features:
  • 72dB noise output makes it one of the quietest vacuums on the market
  • Relatively large capacity
  • Energy efficient for reduced energy costs
Specification:
  • Price Range: £
  • Power: 500W
  • Weight: 4.6kg
  • Dust Capacity: 4.5 litres
  • Filter Type: HEPA
  • Noise Level: 72dB

4. Eureka S500 Vacuum

Eureka S500

The Eureka S500 vacuum cleaner has a noise output of just 70dB, making it one of the quietest vacs available at the moment. It’s not the most powerful vacuum, but provides solid performance for a relatively low price.

Features of the S500 include a 700W motor, cyclonic technology for extra suction and an easy-park system. The 8 metre cleaning radius is also big enough to reduce how often you need to change plug sockets.

Additionally, the Eureka S500 has a washable HEPA 12 filter and a bagged design, making it a good choice for people with allergies.

There are some downsides though. It’s not the easiest vacuum cleaner to manoeuvre in tight spaces, due to the bulky design. It’s also not the best choice for pet hair, as it doesn’t have a turbo tool.

It also can’t match the best vacuum cleaners when it comes to suction power. It’s quiet, but can struggle to pick up tough dirt and hair.

Even so, the Eureka S500 is one of the least noisy vacuum cleaners on the market. If you’re looking for a quiet model for general house cleaning, it’s an option to consider – especially with the low price.

Key Features:
  • Just 70dB noise output
  • Inexpensive
  • Bagged design and HEPA filter make it a good choice for allergies
Specification:
  • Price Range: £
  • Power: 700W
  • Weight: 5.5kg
  • Dust Capacity: 3 litres
  • Filter Type: HEPA
  • Noise Level: 70dB

5. Numatic Harry HHR200

Numatic Harry

While the Henry isn’t the quietest vacuum, it’s quieter than the average vac. It’s also a great choice for all-round cleaning – unless you have pets. The lack of a pet turbo tool means it struggles to remove hair from carpets and rugs.

The Harry is a solution to this problem. It’s a bagged cylinder model with many of the same features as the Henry, including 72dB noise output and a huge capacity, but with the addition of a pet turbo tool. This vacuum also comes with an activated charcoal filter to reduce pet odours.

Other features include a 620W motor, self-sealing dust bags, and a large cleaning radius. It also has the same durable design as the Henry.

But what about its performance? The Harry provides the same excellent performance on hard floors as Henry, but does a much better job with pet hair. The turbo tool is also handy for digging into carpet fibres for a deeper clean. It’s more expensive, but worth the price if your pet sheds a lot.

The biggest downside to the Harry is that it’s a relatively bulky vacuum. This makes it difficult to use on stairs and heavy to carry around the home. There’s also no automatic cable rewind.

Despite these minor downsides, we think the Numatic Harry cylinder vacuum cleaner is one of the best quiet vacuums on the market. It’s not the quietest, but is much less noisy than most vacuums and provides excellent performance for the price.

Key Features:
  • Pet brush for removing hair
  • Charcoal filter to reduce odours
  • Excellent suction
Specification:
  • Price Range: ££
  • Power: 620W
  • Weight: 8.5kg
  • Dust Capacity: 9 litres
  • Filter Type: MicroFresh + HepaFlo Bags
  • Noise Level: 72dB

6. Beldray BEL0555 Ultra Quiet Pet+

Beldray Ultra Pet Plus

Another bagless vacuum cleaner with a low sound output is the Beldray Ultra Quiet. As the name suggests, it has a 75dB noise rating which makes it one of the quietest vacuums on the market – although it’s still the loudest on this list. It also comes with an energy-efficient 700W motor.

Aside from the quiet performance, the vacuum comes with a washable filter, telescopic tube, and a pet turbo tool for cleaning hair. The Beldray also has a HEPA exhaust filter to reduce the amount of allergens released into the air.

How does it perform though? The Beldray does a surprisingly good job at cleaning carpets, especially considering the low price. It can also do a passable job at removing pet hair due to the turbo tool. For cleaning performance, however, it can’t match the best carpet vacs – and it’s pretty bad on hard floors. It also has a relatively small 2.8 litre capacity.

These drawbacks make it hard to recommend Beldray, especially over alternative pet vacuums like the Numatic Harry. It does come with a telescopic tube, several tools, and automatic cable rewind though – so it’s not a terrible vacuum. Just don’t expect it to match some of the more expensive models on this list.

Key Features:
  • Pet turbo brush
  • HEPA exhaust filter
  • Inexpensive vacuum
Specification:
  • Price Range: £
  • Power: 700W
  • Weight: 7.16kg
  • Dust Capacity: 2.8 litres
  • Filter Type: Washable + HEPA Exhaust
  • Noise Level: 75dB

What to Look for in a Low Decibel Vacuum

If a quiet vacuum is important to you, it can be easy to get lulled into just looking at decibel ratings when deciding on the best model.

While the decibel rating is the easiest way to judge the noise output of a vacuum, and the lower the better in most cases, it is not the only consideration. The best quiet vacuum cleaner for your home might not be the one with the lowest dB rating, but instead a relatively quiet model with other essential features.

We have lots of information on this site about choosing vacuums, but here’s a quick overview of some of the most important things to consider when buying a quiet model:

  • Decibel rating – as we mentioned, this is the easiest metric for judging how loud a vacuum is. Any model with a dB rating of 75dB or less is quieter than average, while less than 70dB is very quiet. Loud vacuums used to have a noise output of 85dB or more – although the EU now limits vacs to 80dB.
  • Suction power – strong suction power is always important, but even more so when choosing a silent vacuum. Some quiet vacuums sacrifice power for a quieter engine.
  • Price – models with special features, such as a low noise rating, can sometimes cost more.
  • Filtration system – HEPA filters are more effective at removing dust particles and other allergens from the exhaust air. If you or someone in your home suffers from a dust allergy, a HEPA filter might be important.
  • Weight – even the most silent vacuum cleaner is likely to be an annoyance if it’s heavy.

Bonus Tip: Which is the Quietest Upright Vacuum Cleaner?

Most low noise vacuum cleaners are cylinders. This is due to their design, which tends to make reducing noise easier for manufacturers.

In fact, nearly all upright vacuums have a noise output of approximately 80dB. For this reason, it’s best to just buy an upright vacuum that fits your requirements, rather than looking for a model that may only be marginally quieter.

One of the best upright vacuums is the Shark DuoClean NZ801UKT. It’s a powerful vac with loads of useful features, including LED headlights, powered lift-away mode, and a DuoClean floorhead that’s suitable for any floor type. It has a noise output of 80dB, however, which is more than the comparatively silent vacuum cleaners on this list.

Conclusion

A quiet vacuum can be a great solution if you want to clean without waking the baby, scaring the cat or annoying your neighbours. While choosing a silent vacuum cleaner does limit your options significantly – most models have a high noise rating – there are still some excellent vacuums available, such as those listed in this post.

If we had to recommend just one quiet vacuum cleaner, it would be the Miele Complete C3 Silence EcoLine. It has a very low sound level of just 64dB, yet is powerful enough for most tasks and comes with a large 4.5 litre capacity. To read more about this vacuum and to view the latest price on Amazon, click here.

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