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Best Vacuum Cleaners to Buy in 2019

Best Vacuum Cleaners to Buy in 2019
March 13, 2019 gnuworld
best vacuum cleaners to buy 2019

Are you looking for optimal suction power for a cleaner, more hygienic home? Or are you thinking about upgrading to a vacuum cleaner purpose-engineered to tackle allergens or pet hair?

Our 2019 vacuum cleaner guide outlines the different types of vacuum cleaners available in South Africa, their pro and cons, and the key points you should consider when shopping for a new vacuum cleaner.

We also highlight six examples of the best vacuum cleaners to buy in 2019, based on consumer reviews in the respective categories.

Types of vacuum cleaners

Vacuums today are available in a very wide range of makes, models and configurations. However, they can all be broken down in five main types. Each has pros and cons, and is most suited for specific purposes.

Type Best for: Pros Cons
Upright vacuums A large floor area of wall-to-wall carpets located on one level
  • Cost effective
  • Easy to store
  • Wide cleaning area
  • No bending required
  • Heavy to manoeuvre
  • Noisy operation


Cannister vacuums All floor types, on stairs, and under furniture
  • Easy to manoeuvre
  • Versatile cleaning capabilities
  • Quieter operation
  • Bulky
  • Difficult to store
  • Has to be assembled prior to use
Stick vacuums Hard floors or tiles in a small living area
  • Cordless
  • Lightweight
  • Bagless
  • Convertible
  • No bending required
  • Less power
  • Limited battery-powered run time
  • Less filtration
  • Poor carpet cleaning performance
Handheld vacuums Quick cleaning of spills and pickups on any surface, and ideal for hard to reach places
  • Lightweight and easy to handle
  • Corded or cordless
  • Store easily
  • Cordless models have limited run time
  • Less power
  • Less capacity
Robotic vacuums All solid floor types on a single level
  • Remote, hands-free cleaning
  • Navigates around obstacles
  • Recharges automatically
  • Can get stuck in corners
  • Not effective on loose rugs or shaggy carpets


The best vacuum cleaner to buy in 2019 will depend, at least in part, on the size and nature of the area you want to keep clean.

What to consider when choosing a vacuum cleaner

Once you’ve identified the type of vacuum cleaner best suited to your cleaning requirements, there are a few key factors to consider before you settle on your dream machine.

Vacuum performance

If you live in a large home, you’ll want a powerful vacuum cleaner with unlimited run time. That’ll immediately discount cordless, battery-powered models. However, if your space is limited, a smaller, less powerful vacuum cleaner that’s easy to store, may be your best bet.

Vacuum maintenance

Bagged vacuum cleaners require less maintenance than bagless models. Sophisticated filters trap dust and allergens more effectively but, as you’ll soon discover, they need to be cleaned more frequently than expected.

Pet hair and allergens

Pet owners or folk who suffer from allergies need vacuum cleaners with specialised allergen filters and hair removal capabilities.

Six top-rated vacuum cleaners in 2019

Here’s our selection of some of the very best vacuum cleaners to buy in 2019 in South Africa, based on available reviews and consumer ratings.

Best handheld vacuum cleaner: Black and Decker Wet & Dry Dustbuster

The Dirtbuster is a light weight, cordless convenience tool that’s as effective at cleaning up wet spills as it is dry dirt pickups. There’s a soft brush for cleaning upholstery, a squeegee accessory to suck up spills, and a wide mouth capable of handling large debris. A bagless, removable dirt bowl keeps maintenance to a minimum.

Best stick vacuum cleaner: Dyson V8 Absolute

The Absolute is a cord-free stick vacuum cleaner with dual power heads. It features a HEPA filtration system, a hygienic dirt ejector, and a convenient store-and-charge docking station. It can be transformed into a handheld dirt buster or lightweight wand designed for floor-to-ceiling cleaning. With up to 40 minutes of run time, the Dyson is the go-to cleaning guy for comparatively small spaces.

Best vacuum cleaner for allergy sufferers: Miele Complete C3 Allergy Powerline

The Allergy Powerline is a canister vacuum cleaner with an advanced HEPA AirClean filter capable of capturing fine dust particles, dander, pollen, mould spores and other allergens. A sound optimised silence system, 11 metre operating radius, and integrated accessories are among a host of great features.

Best robotic vacuum cleaner: iRobot Roomba 960

The Roomba is a high tech robotic vacuum cleaner that integrates with Google Home and Alexa to remotely clean your home. It’s three-stage cleaning system loosens, lifts and sucks deep-seated dirt from any floor surface.

It’s packed with innovative features that include a fall-detecting sensor, edge sweeping brush, auto-adjust cleaning head and dirt detection capabilities.

Best canister vacuum cleaner: Samsung VC5100

The Samsung VC5100 is a lightweight canister vacuum cleaner with a powerful motor and sophisticated pick up brush that bonds to the floor surface.

A Cyclone Force feature, with anti-tangle capabilities, means the machine never gets clogged with dirt or hair. The detachable bin is easy to clean, and the controls are conveniently located on the handle.

Best vacuum cleaner for pet lovers: Miele Dynamic U1 Cat & Dog Powerline

The Miele Powerline is an upright vacuum cleaner with a high powered turbobrush and odour naturalising filter ideal for removing pet hair.

A 14-metre operating radius, slimline design and unique double swivel joint ensures the machine is lean, agile and capable of cleaning under beds and furniture.

Why you need more than just a good vacuum cleaner

Even if you invest in one of the best vacuum cleaners to buy in 2019, it’s advisable to have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once or twice a year.

A vacuum cleaner can do only so much. It doesn’t extract deeply embedded dirt, pollen and other pollutants from carpet fibres. It can’t remove substances that have soaked into a carpet.

It also can’t kill mould spores or completely rid carpets of dust mites, other pests or their eggs.

For all these purposes, periodic steam-cleaning is the best alternative.

Contact us at Chelsea Cleaning or call us on 021 761 1162 for professional, affordable cleaning of upholstery, carpets, rugs, curtains and mattresses, in the greater Cape Town and Helderberg areas.

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