Quiet Vacuum Cleaner Reviews: 4 Best Silent Models of 2019

Written by James Hall | 0 Comments| Last Updated: January 28, 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).

The Henry is surprisingly quiet for such a powerful vacuum Numatic Henry HVR200-11
  • Type: Cylinder
  • Dust Capacity: 9 litres
  • Noise Level: 72dB
  • Price: ££
miele-c3-silence Miele Complete C3 Silence EcoLine
  • Type: Cylinder
  • Dust Capacity: 4.5 litres
  • Noise Level: 64dB
  • Price: £££
Duronic VC5010 Duronic VC5010
  • Type: Cylinder
  • Dust Capacity: 4 litres
  • Noise Level: 72dB
  • Price: £
  • Type: Cylinder
  • Dust Capacity: 3 litres
  • Noise Level: 66dB
  • Price: ££


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. So it’s easy to see why a quiet vacuum cleaner can be such a relief. We’ve listed the best models in this category in a comparison table below, followed by a detail overview of each vacuum.

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. Many of the quietest vacuums are also cylinder models, which may be a problem if you prefer uprights.

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 61dB.

For these reasons, 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. Important features 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.

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

As you’re on this page, you’re probably asking which is the quietest vacuum cleaner? That’s why we’ve picked our top four quiet vacuum cleaners and provided an overview 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.

Which are This Year’s Most Quiet Vacuum Cleaners?

RankImageBrand & ModelSound LevelsPrice RangeMore Info
Miele Complete C3 Silence EcoLine64 dB£££Read More
Numatic Henry HVR200-1174 dB££Read More
Duronic VC501072 dB£Read More
VAX C86-AW-Phe Air Silence70 dB£££Read More
Electrolux ZUSORIGDB+61 dB££Read More
Bosch BGS5SCSIGB Pro Silence 6666 dB££Read More

Miele C3 Sile1. 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, HEPA 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 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.


  • Price Range: £££
  • Power: 500W
  • Weight: 7kg
  • Dust Capacity: 4.5 litres
  • Filter Type: Silence AirClean Filter
  • Noise Level: 64dB

Key Features:

  • Energy efficient motor reduces noise level to 64dB
  • EcoTeQ floor head and upholstery nozzle
  • 4.5 litre bag capacity

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Henry Hoover2. Numatic Henry HVR200-11

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 74dB, it’s not the quietest vacuum on this list. Even so, it’s considerably 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.


  • Price Range: ££
  • Power: 620W
  • Weight: 8.1kg
  • Dust Capacity: 9 litres
  • Filter Type: TriTex + HepaFlo bags
  • Noise Level: 74dB

Key Features:

  • TriTex filtration system
  • Large 9 litre capacity
  • Highly durable

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Duronic VC50103. Duronic VC5010 Bagless Cleaner

The Duronic VC5010 is a cylinder vacuum with cyclonic technology and a 4 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.

The biggest drawback is the filtration. It’s not great at trapping dust and other allergens, so we don’t recommend it for people with allergies. It also has a relatively short 6 metre cable, so you’ll need to change sockets more often than other vacs.

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


  • Price Range: £
  • Power: 500W
  • Weight: 6.3kg
  • Dust Capacity: 4 litres
  • Filter Type: Washable
  • Noise Level: 72dB

Key Features:

  • 72dB noise output makes it one of the quietest vacuums on the market
  • Relatively large capacity
  • Energy efficient for reduced energy costs

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VAX C86-AW-Phe Air Silence Vacuum Cleaner4. VAX C86-AW-Phe Air Silence

The VAX C86-AW-Phe Air Silence vacuum cleaner is a step up in performance from the C86-AW-Be listed above, with an increased price to match, although it has the same noise rating of 70dB.

Features of the VAX C86-AW-Phe include a lightweight design, multi-cyclonic technology for extra suction and a powered floorhead. The latter allows you to get more dirt and dust up from the floor at the expense of greater noise. The VAX C86-AW-Phe also has a six year warranty from Vax.

While the Vax C86-AW-Phe quiet vacuum cleaner is a little bulky, its quiet performance makes it a pleasure to use. The motorised head is also great for getting rid of stubborn dirt, although this increases the noise output of the vacuum.

There are some downsides though. It’s not the easiest vacuum cleaner to manoeuvre in tight spaces. It’s also relatively difficult to use on stairs.

The VAX C86-AW-Phe is one of the least noisy vacuum cleaners on the market, yet still provides decent suction power. For these reasons, we think it’s an option to consider when looking for a quiet model.


  • Price Range: £££
  • Power: 800W
  • Weight: 5.5kg
  • Dust Capacity: 2 litres
  • Filter Type: Washable
  • Noise Level: 70dB

Key Features:

  • 70dB noise level
  • Washable filter
  • Motorised floorhead for collecting more dirt
  • Six year guarantee

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The Electrolux is the quietest vacuum we've seen so far5. Electrolux ZUSORIGDB+

The quietest vacuum we’ve found so far is the Electrolux ZUSORIGDB+. It’s a bagged cylinder model with an A rating for hard floor pickup – yet still manages to maintain a noise rating of just 61dB. This is considerably less than even the Miele C3 Silence.

But what about its performance? As mentioned, the A rating for hard floor cleaning performance is impressive, although it’s not quite as effective on carpets. It’s also a 700W model which makes it reasonably energy efficient . The capacity of 3.5 litres provides plenty of space for dust and dirt.

The biggest downside to the Electrolux ZUSORIGDB+ is that it’s difficult to find in the UK. You can order it online, but it’ll take a while to be shipped.

We think the Electrolux ZUSORIGDB+ cylinder vacuum cleaner is one of the best quiet vacuums on the market at the moment. It’s relatively powerful, easy to use and, most importantly, very quiet.  If noise is important to you, then the 61dB is as close to silent you can get.

NOTE: This model used to be sold under the AEG brand with the name USORIGDB+ Ultrasilencer. We’re not sure why it changed, but this model seems to be the same aside from the brand name.


  • Price Range: ££
  • Power: 700W
  • Weight: 6kg
  • Filter Type: Washable
  • Noise Level: 61dB

Key Features:

  • Silent Air Technology and noise shield reduces sound level to as little as 61dB
  • A rating hard floor pickup
  • Washable filter that removes a high percentage of allergens

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The Bosch BGS5SCSIGB excels on hard floors - and has a noise rating of just 66dB6. Bosch BGS5SCSIGB Pro Silence 66

Another Bosch vacuum cleaner with a low sound output is the Bosch BGS5SCSIGB Pro Silence 66. As the name suggests, it has a 66dB noise rating which makes it one of the quietest vacuums on the market. It also comes with Bosch’s QuattroPower system to reduce energy consumption.

The Pro Silence has been designed to be quiet and energy efficient. To achieve this, Bosch built it with extra insulation materials and a suspended motor. The vacuum also has optimised airflow, which reduces turbulence for quieter performance.

Aside from the quiet performance, the vacuum comes with a washable HEPA filter, so it’s great for allergies. The filter also has a “Self Cleaning” system so you don’t need to manually wash the filter so often.

How does it perform though? The BGS5SCSIGB is great on hard floors – and has even received an A-rating for its hard floor pickup. It can do a passable job on carpets, so it’s a good choice if you need a vacuum that doesn’t make much noise. For cleaning performance, however, it can’t match the best carpet vacs. We also don’t recommend it for pet hair.

Despite these drawbacks, the BGS5SCSIGB is still a great choice if noise is important to you. It comes with a telescopic tube, three accessories, automatic cable rewind and a 10 metre cleaning radius – so it’s a decent all-round cleaning tool. Just don’t expect it to pick-up pet hair or dig deep into carpets.


  • Price Range: ££
  • Power: 700W
  • Weight: 8.3kg
  • Dust Capacity: 3 litres
  • Filter Type: HEPA
  • Noise Level: 66dB

Key Features:

  • SilenceSound system for a sound level of 66dB
  • SensorBagless technology reduces maintenance and sound even further
  • 3 litre capacity
  • HEPA filter

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Bonus Tip: Which is the quietest upright vacuum cleaner?

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

If you’re set on getting an upright though, the Vax VRS1021 Cadence is one of the quietest at 80DB. This is considerably more than the comparatively silent vacuum cleaners on this list, but quieter than most other uprights. Alternatively, the SEBO Automatic X4 is 81dB and more expensive, but comes with a wider range of features including an S-Class filter.

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 70dB or less is quieter than average, while less than 65dB is very quiet. Loud vacuums may have a rating of 80dB or more.
  • Suction power – a 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.

And if you’re wondering just how quiet these models really are, check out 00:50 onwards in the video below for an example:


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 models 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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