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Whether you’re moving into a new home or your trusted old model has finally given up the ghost, you may be asking how much do vacuums cost and how much you should budget for a new one. Whilst there are ballpark estimates on what you can expect to spend, the exact figure will depend on the specifications and features you need, so we’ve got you covered with the in-depth breakdown of all of that below.

Hours of research can go into picking the best vacuum cleaner (opens in new tab) for your home, but there’s no use scouring every model out there if your budget is very particular. Narrow things down by understanding how much each sort of vacuum costs, and then simplify all of your alternatives until you discover your ideal vacuuming partner.

Vacuum cleaner features to look for

What the expert says…

Laurie Bilson, Floorcare Expert at Miele GB (opens in new tab), says “It’s important to research which features would be beneficial to your household and decide whether paying extra for those features is important to you. For example, if you suffer from allergies or want to breathe healthier air in your house, you should consider purchasing a vacuum cleaner with a complete filtration system. Look for models that include a HEPA or Hygiene Lifetime filter, which will catch 99.98% – 99.999% of small particles and provide cleaner air to your house.”

Purchasing a cheap vacuum once will turn you off for life, particularly when it comes to the trouble of removing dirt and debris from an unreliable equipment.

Instead, after you’ve determined on the sort of vacuum you need (corded vs cordless, bagged vs bagless (opens in new tab)), seek for qualities that promote lifespan above all else: well-engineered components, a respected manufacturer and store, and functions you’ll really use.

More expensive models will generally come with added features to make your life simpler, such as LED lamps, extra tools for your vehicle or upholstery, or a HEPA filter for allergy sufferers.

How much should you spend on a vacuum cleaner?

A typical vacuum cleaner with excellent components should cost at least $200. If your budget can’t stretch beyond that, then you’ll still be able to gain a good appliance that will last, as long as you keep on top of cleaning and maintenance. If you can afford it, you may begin to benefit from the extra features stated above after you reach the $200 barrier. Make a list of the features you know you will really get use out of and try not to get carried away with flashy benefits that you might see on higher-end vacs.

Laurie Billson agrees, saying: “Vacuum cleaners do vary in price significantly so it can be tricky to know how much to spend on one, but generally you do get what you pay for. Equally, decide if you want a corded or cordless model and make sure it comes with attachments or can be set up in different ways to suit every cleaning need. Choose a model with a floorhead designed particularly to pick up cat and dog hair if you have pets.

If you choose a cordless model, check the battery run time and whether it comes with a separate additional battery or if the battery is easily removable so that you can buy another battery to extend the run time. As we all look to reduce our carbon footprint, research models from brands with a commitment to sustainability as they will use quality parts that are designed and built to last. You don’t want to have to replace your vacuum cleaner after just a few years.”

Maintenance costs

Paying a specialist to look at your vacuum for you can cost up to $50 an hour, but visits to a hardware shop can be limited by regular cleaning and maintenance, such as learning how to replace a vacuum filter (opens in new tab) or clean a vacuum filter (opens in new tab). Be aware that bagged vacuums will incur additional expenditures owing to the need to change bags, whilst bagless versions’ filters are more likely to get strained over time and need replacement.

Related Questions

  • What is a good price for a vacuum?

    We suggest many vacuums under $150, including an outstanding bagless upright vacuum, a reasonable cordless vacuum, and a simple (but fantastic!) robot vacuum.

  • Is buying an expensive vacuum worth it?

    While it can seem like a lot of money to spend all at once, purchasing a more expensive vacuum usually means you won’t need to buy another one for many years (or maybe ever again in your life). Several high-end brands and models also have lengthy warranties in the event that anything goes wrong with your vacuum.

  • What should I look for in a good vacuum cleaner?


    1. Select the vacuum depending on your requirements: environment and use.
    2. Select depending on technical specifications: 6 aspects to consider.
  • How much PA is a good vacuum?

    The vacuum suction force of 21000pa is strong enough to suck up ceramic fragments. Therefore, it is generally recommended that the main suction head of a good suction vacuum need a suction power of more than 6000pa, which can thoroughly clean the ground.

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