Why Black Friday is the best time to buy a vacuum cleaner (and how to bag a deal)

After a vacuum cleaner this Black Friday? It’s the perfect time to save on this home essential. Be a savvy buyer with our top tips on what to look for in a vacuum cleaner and how to buy the best

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If you want big savings on a vacuum cleaner, Black Friday is a gift. Retailers will be competing for your custom, so you can spend less on the vac that meets your home’s needs. But which are the best vacuums, and what should you look for? And how to bag a bargain? You’re in the right place…

Want to start searching for a vacuum cleaner right now? Visit our Black Friday vacuum cleaner deals page (clue's in the name). 

1. Research your new Black Friday vacuum cleaner now

Many retailers have already started releasing Black Friday deals... but we think many, many more are still to come on Black Friday itself (29th November 2019). So it makes sense to do all the thinking and research right now, rather than during the rush of the shopping bonanza. 

If you haven't bought a vacuum before online, fear not – our tips below will guide you towards the right choice. 

So, where to start with the research? Keep scrolling.

2. What type of cleaner does your home need?

Not sure if it’s a cylinder or upright vacuum cleaner you should be after? Or whether a stick vacuum cleaner would be better? Make things easy by starting from here.

Owner of a large home, or one that’s mostly carpeted? Check out upright vacuum cleaners initially is our advice. Most have turbo brushes, which will help dislodge dirt from the carpet. Good models are easily manoeuvrable, but when you’re cleaning the floors, you’ll be pushing rather than pulling, so think about whether this suits, too.

Possible downsides? Some are a tad tricky to use on stairs, and you may not be able to push them far underneath furniture.

Looking for an upright? The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is our top upright. I found it had really powerful suction and gave great results on hard flooring as well as carpet when I tested it. 

Got lots of hard flooring, or a mix of hard flooring and carpet? Think cylinder vacuums first as they tend to have the edge on hard flooring, and many will cope well with carpet, too.

Other pluses? You’ll be pulling the machine along behind you while you move the floorhead of the vacuum, which is attached to a long flexible hose, in front of you. This can help clean underneath beds and furniture, and they’re generally a good design for vacuuming the stairs. However, because the cylinder is behind you, it can be easy to get it stuck round a corner or on furniture. 

I gave the cylinder Miele Complete C3 Total Solution PowerLine five stars when I tested it as it brought up parquet, tiles and all sorts of carpet a treat. 

Want a lightweight cleaner? Stick vacuum cleaners should prove lighter to carry around than upright cleaners and cylinders. They often double as handheld cleaners, making them a two-in-one solution.

The Vax Blade 2 Max cordless stick cleaner was no strain to move around with in my test and is number 3 in our list of the best vacuums.

After a vacuum for smaller jobs? If you don’t opt for a stick vacuum cleaner that incorporates it, a handheld is, er, handy for quick clean-ups, but it’s not going to do the floors.

Don’t want to vacuum at all? If you’ve got the budget, you might want to invest it in a robot vacuum cleaner that’ll take on the job. There’s a caveat, though. It won’t sort out the sofa, nor the stairs, and of course it’ll only tackle one level of your home at a time. In other words, you’ll need another vacuum as well.

The top robot vacuum for us? The Dyson 360 Eye has powerful suction and good battery life. 

3. Is the vacuum bagged or bagless?

You’ve probably got a clear opinion on this one, but let’s just run through the pros and cons in case there’s room for a new view.

Bagged cleaners generally offer more capacity before the cleaner needs emptying than bagless machines, and the dust and dirt is sealed inside the bag, so you won’t come into contact with it when you’re throwing one away. Bags cost, though, and need to be shopped for.

We’re fans of the Miele Complete C3 Silence Ecoline which uses bags, reduces vacuuming noise, and made it into our list of the best vacuum cleaners 

Bagless cleaners probably won’t hold as much of what you’ve picked up before you need to deal with it. You’ll be exposed to dust as you empty, and you may need to clean the dust container itself if debris is left behind. Bear in mind that bagless cleaner manufacturers may suggest emptying the container into a bag in which case a bag, albeit a waste bag, is still involved.

4. Is the machine plug in or cordless?

We’re mostly talking stick vacuum cleaners here, but also handhelds and robots. The advantage of cordless is not having to worry about how far you stray from an electrical socket nor the issue of running over the cable. The drawbacks? Suction isn’t likely to be as powerful as that of a plug-in machine, and the issue of battery life and battery charge time comes into play. Check before you commit to a buy.

The Dyson V8 Absolute offers up to 40 minutes of cleaning on one charge. 

5. How much storage room will it take up?

This is a crucial issue – who wants even the sleekest vacuum on show all the time? Check dimensions, but also remember:

  • Some height and sufficient width are necessary to accommodate an upright in a cupboard.
  • The cylinder part of the eponymous vac will fit relatively neatly into a cupboard, but the hose and floorhead need room as well.
  • Stick vacuum cleaners are far less demanding of storage space than cylinders and uprights as well, making them a natural for smaller homes. 
  • Robots aren’t big, but neither will they be a sole vacuum, and the same goes for handhelds.
  • Are tools on board, or do you need to find space for them, too?

6. Does the vacuum cleaner need to deal with pet hair?

There are plenty of vacuum cleaners designed to tackle pet fur on the market. They generally come with special tools to lift the hair, and perhaps filters to deal with allergens. You might prefer one to keep up with the inevitable shed of fur, but a vac with good suction and a full set of tools could also cope.

Prefer the idea of a specially designed model? I gave the Dyson Big Ball Animal 2 vacuum cleaner five stars overall in my review, and it was a whizz at lifting up fur with its special turbine tool. This cleaner is also our number one vacuum cleaner, so you don’t have to be a pet owner to love this model.

7. Decided which vacuum type to buy? Check our best vacs guide

We've reviewed the best vacuum cleaners and our list includes our very favourites. You can use our guide to narrow your choice down further – it includes buys to suit pet owners, vacs that are cordless, handheld, uprights and cylinders, plus there are a fair few to cater to low budgets . Not found one you want on there? Move on to tip eight.

8. Bookmark retailers' Black Friday vacuum cleaner pages now

It's worth bookmarking retailers' pages now so that you can find what you're looking for. Some retailers will even allow you to fill your basket then retain its contents (which will adjust to the new prices) so that all you have to do is press 'pay now' when the Black Friday deal drops. 

Best place to start? Our Black Friday vacuum cleaner deals is updated with all the latest deals and will be showing all the best deals (at the best prices, thanks to our clever price comparison widget) over Black Friday weekend. Want to go straight to retailers' pages? Use these links:

9. Can't wait? Shop the latest vacuum cleaner deals

Can't wait for a Black Friday deal? These are live currently: