10 Best Upright Vacuum Cleaners (November 2018)

List of the 10 best upright vacuum cleaners based on tests and 9.011 reviews.

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#1
Shark NV601UKT Shark NV601UKT
Upright Vacuum Cleaner
✓ 4.8 out of 5 (1384 users)
£ 189
96
#2
Shark NV681UKT Shark NV681UKT
Upright Vacuum Cleaner
✓ 4.7 out of 5 (1244 users)
£ 178
94
#3
Shark NV801UK Shark NV801UK
Upright Vacuum Cleaner
✓ 4.8 out of 5 (643 users)
£ 261
93
#4
Vax UCPESHV1 Vax UCPESHV1
Upright Vacuum Cleaner
✓ 4.6 out of 5 (356 users)
£ 115
91
#5
Vax U85-AS-Be Vax U85-AS-Be
Upright Vacuum Cleaner
✓ 4.3 out of 5 (824 users)
£ 99
87
#6
Vax UCNBAWP1 Vax UCNBAWP1
Upright Vacuum Cleaner
✓ 4.3 out of 5 (164 users)
£ 150
86
#7
Miele Dynamic U1 PowerLine SHAF3 Miele Dynamic U1 ...
Upright Vacuum Cleaner
✓ 4.3 out of 5 (14 users)
£ 386
81
#8
Hoover TH31BO02 Hoover TH31BO02
Upright Vacuum Cleaner
✓ 4.0 out of 5 (522 users)
£ 85
80
#9
Hoover PU71 Hoover PU71
Upright Vacuum Cleaner
✓ 4.0 out of 5 (132 users)
£ 85
80
#10
Hoover WR71WR01 Hoover WR71WR01
Upright Vacuum Cleaner
✓ 3.3 out of 5 (740 users)
£ 55
66
#11
Udgået: Vax U90-MA-Re Vax U90-MA-Re
Upright Vacuum Cleaner
✓ 4.1 out of 5 (2988 users)
£ 127
82
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Vax UCPESHV1
115 £ 127 £
Shark NV601UKT
189 £ 203 £
Shark NV681UKT
178 £ 189 £
Vax UCNBAWP1
150 £ 158 £
Miele Dynamic U1 PowerLine SHAF3
386 £ 398 £

Shark NV601UKT Shark NV681UKT Shark NV801UK Vax UCPESHV1 Vax U85-AS-Be
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1384 reviews
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1244 reviews
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643 reviews
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356 reviews
(4.3)
824 reviews
price 189 £ 178 £ 261 £ 115 £ 99 £
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Energy Efficiency
Wattage 750 watt 750 watt 750 watt 900 watt 820 watt
Noise Level 80 dB 80 dB 80 dB 80 dB 86 dB
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Capacity | Bag Size 1.65 litres 1.1 litres 1.1 litres 1.5 litres 1.5 litres
Operating Radius 10 metres 10 metres 10 metres 9 metres 17 metres
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Ideal For Allergy Sufferers

Upright Vacuum Cleaner Guide

There are many different types of vacuum cleaners to choose from, including traditional bagged models, bagless designs, robot vacuums, and upright vacuum cleaners. While barrel vacuums that roll on the floor are still the most popular choice, upright vacuum cleaners can also be a useful addition to your home.

An upright vacuum cleaner is just that, a unit where the motor and filtration system are connected to the upright handle in the main body of the vacuum cleaner. While these designs can be bulky and awkward to store, people often like them because you don't have to pull the barrel along behind you as you clean.

Pros and cons of upright vacuums

While upright vacuum cleaners are less popular than other models, they are often used by commercial cleaners due to their fast operation and integrated design. While barrel vacuums constantly need to be pulled along behind you and adjusted depending on the floor, upright vacuums do not. This efficient level of operation is demanded by cleaning professionals.

Upright vacuum cleaners are also great for cleaning large areas of carpet due to their built-in power heads. Because the motor and filter system is located in the handle, there is less distance for the air to travel and less dust and air leakage as a result.
Upright vacuum cleaners are certainly not loved by everyone, however, with their big and bulky appearance causing headaches for many. Not only are they heavy and difficult to store, upright vacuum cleaners are also much less convenient for cleaning hard to reach areas such as behind the furniture or under the stairs.

It's important to note, however, that most upright vacuums come with extensions and attachments that make it easier to clean these areas. Just like barrel vacuums, upright vacuums are available in both bagged and bagless variations depending on your needs and budget.

Overall cleaning ability

The overall cleaning ability of a vacuum cleaner can be difficult to define. There are lots of things to take into account when comparing vacuums, from the suction power and filtration system through to the accessories and noise level. Different features are important to different people, with each consumer advised to do their own research before laying down their hard-earned money. For example, you may wish to buy a vacuum that specializes in cleaning pet hair or ultra-fine dust particles.
A number of industry specifications have been applied to vacuum cleaners to make the selection process easier. Being able to compare vacuum cleaner models based on quantitative data is worth its weight in gold, including common specifications such as the energy efficiency rating, the carpet cleaning performance class, the hard floor cleaning performance class, Air Watts, and the dust re-emission class. When a class structure is employed, class A represents the best performing models.

Power and suction ability

Perhaps more than anything else, people want to buy a vacuum cleaner that has powerful suction in a range of conditions. While it might seem simple enough to measure suction, there are actually a number of specifications you should keep your eye on. For example, while lots of people compare the motor size of the vacuum or the power rating, individual specs are not enough in isolation. Generally speaking, upright vacuum cleaners perform well in terms of suction because the motor and filter system are close to the floor.

Perhaps the best way to measure the overall suction power of a vacuum cleaner is with the Water Lift rating or Air Watts rating. A good lift rating indicates high performance under resistance and load, with the Air Watts rating used to measure the overall suction capacity of a vacuum cleaner. Despite their usefulness, some of these figures can be hard to come by and are not necessarily available from the manufacturer. While the size of the motor can be one useful specification, it is only really useful when comparing different vacuum cleaners in the same class.

Filtration and dust re-emission

Along with the type of vacuum cleaner and suction power available, the filtration system plays an integral role in how well a vacuum cleaner functions. Upright vacuum cleaners are normally available as bagged or bagless variations, both of which offer distinct advantages. Traditional bagged vacuums feature replaceable bags that can be thrown away when full. There are many advantages to this approach, with bagged models often featuring higher suction and less dust re-emission due to the seamless bag design.
Bagless vacuum cleaners come in two types - filtered and cyclonic. Filtered vacuums are the less expensive variation, with bag filters, washable foam filters, and pleated cartridge filters used to trap dirt and dust. Cyclonic vacuums use a different approach that utilizes cyclonic technology to separate dirt particles from the air and trap them inside the dust canister. Upright vacuum cleaners use both bagged and bagless technology depending on the brand and model in question.

HEPA filters

When researching vacuum cleaners, you will come across the HEPA filtration standard. This high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration system is a performance standard rather than a type of construction, with a number of upright vacuums using HEPA filters to great effect. In order to be called a HEPA filter, the design in question needs to trap 99.7% of all emissions down to a minuscule 0.3 microns in size. While you might not think that particles this small would cause any problems, fine dust and allergens generally create the biggest problems for people with allergies and asthma. HEPA filters are the equivalent of European S-class filters.

Attachments and accessories

There's a lot of variation in vacuum cleaners when it comes to accessories. Cleaning tools such as attachments and brushes are responsible for agitation, which is what dislodges dirt and grime from your floors and carpets. It doesn't matter how powerful your motor is or how advanced your filtration system happens to be if your vacuum is unable to dislodge the dirt from your home. Attachments are designed to boost the cleaning performance of the vacuum cleaner in specific conditions.
Expensive upright vacuum cleaners will often contain both a power head and turbo head attachment. A power head has a built-in motor with a rotating brush to make the agitation process more efficient. While a turbo head also has a rotating brush, it isn't powered and gets results through a combination of user movement and airflow. It's always important to choose attachments that match the flooring of your home, with different systems used for hard floors and carpets.
Other than attachments for the bottom of the unit, many upright vacuum cleaners also come with brushes and nozzles that can be placed on the extension hose. This allows you to clean those hard to reach areas such as stairs and corners. Upright vacuums may also come with additional accessories, including cleaning tools, wand storage, and retractable cords.

Additional features

When it comes to household chores, sometimes the little things make all the difference. While you should always look into power, suction and other important vacuum cleaner features, don't forget to pay attention to the details. For example, what is the operating radius of the vacuum cleaner and is it enough to meet the demands of your home? How loud is the vacuum? How much control do you have over the suction level? While it might seem shallow, it's also important to realize that not all vacuums are available in all colors.
It's also important to look into the size and shape of the unit, especially when it comes to large upright vacuum cleaners. How heavy is the vacuum? Is it too big and bulky to store in your kitchen cupboard? What materials are used in construction? While buying a vacuum cleaner doesn't have to be difficult, it's important to do your homework and compare a number of different models according to your needs.