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Quiet Vacuum Cleaner Reviews: 6 Best Silent Models of 2023

Written by James Hall |

Quiet vacuum cleaners

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 2023).

Top Pick: Miele Complete C3 Silence EcoLine

Miele Complete C3 Silence EcoLine

Rating StarsMiele Complete C3 Silence EcoLine

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 64dB. The 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 with a decibel rating of less than 72dB in a comparison table below. We’ve also reviewed each model, so you can decide which is the right option for your home.

Which Are The UK’s Quietest Vacuum Cleaners?

We’ve picked our top quiet vacuum cleaners and provided a review of each below. Towards the end of the page we’ve also included information about how to choose a silent vacuum cleaner.

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.

Miele Complete C3 Silence EcoLine
Miele Complete C3 Silence EcoLine
Henry HVR200-11
Henry HVR200-11
Duronic VC5010
Duronic VC5010
Hoover H-Energy 500 Pets
Hoover H-Energy 500 Pets
Henry Pet PET200-11
Henry Pet PET200-11
Bosch Series 8 BGB75X494
Bosch Series 8 BGB75X494
Price Range£££££££££££££
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Bag TypeBaggedBaggedBaglessBaggedBaggedBagged
Dust Capacity (L)4.594.53.595
Weight (kg)784.65.187.8
Hose?
HEPA Filter?
Pet Tool?
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1. Miele Complete C3 Silence EcoLine

3.8

SV RATING

VALUE

3.5

EASE OF USE

4.3

CLEANING PERFORMANCE

3.8

FEATURES

4

TOOLS

3

Type: Cylinder | Bag Type: Bagged | Price Range: £££ | Dust Capacity: 4.5 litres | Weight: 7kg | Pet Tool: No | HEPA Filter: No

WHAT WE LIKED

  • Energy efficient motor reduces noise level to 64dB
  • Excellent for cleaning hard floors
  • Foot controls for suction power

WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE

  • Relatively heavy despite the quiet motor
  • Can struggle with larger debris

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 if 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), we think 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, Miele’s 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. We’ve found that this marginally reduces suction power, but makes the vacuum much quieter. Despite the lower power, we still think 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, we think the Miele Complete C3 Silence EcoLine is definitely an option to consider.

2. Numatic Henry HVR200

3.5

SV RATING

VALUE

4

EASE OF USE

3.5

CLEANING PERFORMANCE

3.7

FEATURES

3

TOOLS

3

Type: Cylinder | Bag Type: Bagged | Price Range: ££ | Dust Capacity: 9 litres | Weight: 8kg | Pet Tool: No | HEPA Filter: No

WHAT WE LIKED

  • Relatively quiet at 72dB
  • Huge 9 litre dirt capacity
  • Highly durable and long lasting

WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE

  • Bulky and heavy compared with other cylinders
  • Not the best vacuum for pet hair

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, we found it to be noticeably quieter than many other vacuum cleaners, which are often around 80dB. It also does a great job at cleaning hard floors and can handle tougher debris.

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, we found that you don’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, we think 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.

3. Duronic VC5010 Bagless Cleaner

3.6

SV RATING

VALUE

4

EASE OF USE

3

CLEANING PERFORMANCE

3.5

FEATURES

3.5

TOOLS

4

Type: Cylinder | Bag Type: Bagless | Price Range: £ | Dust Capacity: 4.5 litres | Weight: 4.6kg | Pet Tool: Yes | HEPA Filter: Yes

WHAT WE LIKED

  • Another vacuum that's relatively quiet at 72dB
  • Large capacity for a vacuum in this price range
  • Great value for money

WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE

  • Can't match the cleaning performance of the top cylinder vacuums

The Duronic VC5010 is a budget 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 even a turbo brush, which we were surprised to find on such a reasonably priced model.

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?

We found that 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 we think 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, then we think the Duronic VC5010 may be an option to consider.

Tip: You may also want to read our review of the Duronic VC7020, which also has a 72dB noise output.

4. Hoover H-Energy 500 Pets

3.8

SV RATING

VALUE

4.5

EASE OF USE

4

CLEANING PERFORMANCE

3

FEATURES

3.5

TOOLS

4

Type: Cylinder | Bag Type: Bagged | Price Range: ££ | Dust Capacity: 3.5 litres | Weight: 5.1kg | Pet Tool: Yes | HEPA Filter: No

WHAT WE LIKED

  • Quiet vacuum at just 69dB
  • On-board tool storage is a useful bonus
  • Turbo brush is great for removing pet hair

WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE

  • 7 metre cord length is relatively short
  • Not as quiet as the previous Hoover Telios Extra

The Hoover H-Energy 500 Pets vacuum cleaner has a noise output of just 69dB, making it one of the quietest vacs available at the moment. This is thanks to Hoover’s use of insulating materials and optimized air flow. We don’t think it’s the most powerful cylinder vacuum, but it provides solid performance for a relatively low price.

In terms of appearance, the H-Energy reminds us of the Hoover Enigma series. Like the Enigma, it’s a relatively lightweight cylinder vacuum with a bagged design and flexible hose (two metres long). It also has a 3.5 litre dust capacity and a compact design, which we found useful for storage.

As it’s a “Pet” vacuum, the H-Energy 500 comes with Hoover’s Pet Hair Remover turbo tool, which we found makes quick work of hair around the home. We also think it provides decent all-round performance, although the lack of a motorised bar on the main floorhead means it’s less effective on carpets than hard floors.

There are some downsides though. It’s not the easiest vacuum cleaner to manoeuvre on thick carpets, although there’s the option of reducing suction power if necessary. It also can’t match pricier pet vacuums for hair removal or raw suction power.

Even so, the Hoover H-Energy 500 is one of the least noisy vacuum cleaners on the market. It’s surprisingly effective at picking up dirt, despite the low price tag and 69dB noise output. If you’re looking for a quiet model for general house cleaning, we think it’s an option to consider – especially if your home is mainly hard floors.

5. Numatic Henry Pet PET200

4

SV RATING

VALUE

4

EASE OF USE

3.3

CLEANING PERFORMANCE

4.3

FEATURES

4

TOOLS

4

Type: Cylinder | Bag Type: Bagged | Price Range: ££ | Dust Capacity: 9 litres | Weight: 8kg | Pet Tool: Yes | HEPA Filter: No

WHAT WE LIKED

  • Relatively quiet at 72dB
  • Pet brush for removing hair
  • Charcoal filter to reduce odours
  • Excellent suction power

WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE

  • Quite a bulky vacuum cleaner
  • No automatic cable rewind function

As we mentioned earlier, the standard Henry is quieter than the average vacuum. Henry is also a great choice for all-round cleaning – unless you have pets. We found that the lack of a pet turbo tool means it struggles to remove hair from carpets and rugs.

The Henry Pet (replacing 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? We found the Henry Pet provides the same excellent performance on hard floors as regular Henry, but does a much better job with pet hair when using the extra tool. 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 Henry Pet is that it’s a relatively bulky and heavy 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 Henry Pet 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.

6. Bosch Series 8 BGB75X494

3.7

SV RATING

VALUE

3.5

EASE OF USE

4

CLEANING PERFORMANCE

4

FEATURES

4

TOOLS

3

Type: Cylinder | Bag Type: Bagged | Price Range: £££ | Dust Capacity: 5 litres | Weight: 7.8kg | Pet Tool: No | HEPA Filter: No

WHAT WE LIKED

  • Strong cleaning performance on hard floors
  • One of the quietest corded vacuums at 69dB

WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE

  • Heavy vacuum
  • Not always easy to find in the UK

Another bagless vacuum cleaner with a low sound output is the Bosch Series 8 BGB75X494. This vacuum can be tricky to find in the UK, but we wanted to include it due to the 69dB noise rating. This makes it one of the quietest vacuum cleaners on the market.

How does this vacuum perform though? We think it’s an excellent model for hard floors, as it has both a standard floorhead and a hard floor nozzle. While it’s also acceptable at cleaning carpets, we don’t think it can match the best carpet vacs, largely because there’s no motorised tool.

Aside from the quiet performance, the Bosch vacuum comes with the company’s UltraAllergy filter that’s designed for people with allergies. We don’t think it’s as effective as a HEPA filter, but it’s still a solid filter that removes most allergens from the air.

One of the biggest drawbacks of the Bosch is that it weighs 7.8kg, making it heavy to move around the home. We also wish it had a pet turbo tool.

In summary, the Bosch Series 8 BGB75X494 is certainly an option if you’re only willing to buy the quietest vacuums. We think there are better options on this list for carpet cleaning, but it’s a solid choice for hard floors.

How to Choose “Silent” Vacuums (Brief Explanation)

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 produces ten times less sound intensity than a model with a rating of 75dB. Our ears then perceive this reduction in intensity as a halving of the volume.

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. However, as you can see from our data shown below, most vacuums are around 80dB.

Histogram of noise outputs

We analysed our most recent 30 reviews to find out which vacuums tend to be the quietest. Firstly, we found that cylinder vacuums are, on average, much quieter than other types:

A bar graph breakdown of average noise output by vacuum type

We also found that bagged vacuums tend to be quieter than bagless models:

A bar graph breakdown of bagged vs bagless vacuums in terms of noise output

So, if you’re looking for a quiet vacuum, then it makes sense to start with bagged cylinder vacuums.

Make sure you choose a vacuum for its overall feature set and how it matches your requirements though – 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. Also, keep in mind that vacuums with different suction settings will vary in noise output depending on which is selected.

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 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.

Why Buy a Quiet Vacuum?

While everyone can benefit from a quieter vacuum cleaner, they are particularly useful if you have young children who are still napping 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 ones 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.

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 72dB is very quiet. Loud vacuums used to have a noise output of 85dB or more – although the EU now limits corded 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.

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.

Page Update History

6th September 2023

Moved to the new Spotless Vacuum design. Added several new vacuums:

  • Numatic Henry PET200 (replacing the Numatic Harry)
  • Hoover H-Energy 500 Pets (replacing the Hoover Telios Extra Pets)
  • Bosch BGB75X494 (replacing the Beldray BEL0555)

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