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Best Vacuum Cleaners to Buy in 2021 in South Africa

Best Vacuum Cleaners to Buy in 2021 in South Africa
December 9, 2020 gnuworld
cat sitting on vacuum cleaner

What do you want in a vacuum cleaner? 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 and pet hair?

Our 2021 vacuum cleaner guide outlines the different types of vacuum cleaners available in South Africa. We give you their pros and cons and the key points you should consider when shopping for a new vacuum cleaner.

Then we showcase 21 of the best vacuum cleaners to buy in 2021 in South Africa, based on customer reviews in the respective categories.

Types of vacuum cleaners

Vacuums today are available in a wide range of makes, models and configurations. However, they can all be broken down into five main types. Each has pros and cons and is 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
· Stores 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 2021 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 people who suffer from allergies need vacuum cleaners with specialised allergen filters and hair-removal capabilities.

Seven top-rated vacuum cleaners in 2021

Here’s our selection of some of the very best vacuum cleaners to buy in 2021 in South Africa, based on available reviews and consumer ratings.

Best handheld vacuum cleaner: Black and Decker Lithium-Ion Dust Buster Pivot

best handheld vacuum cleaner
Source: Just Tools

The Black and Decker Lithium-Ion Dust Buster Pivot is lightweight, stylish and easy to store. It has a 10-minute run-time, adequate suction power and a few useful tools, including a flip-out brush and extendable crevice.

The stand-out feature is the innovative pivoting nozzle design, which supports the elimination of dust and grime build-up just about anywhere.

Price

Customer rating

R1,150 to R1,200

“Awesome little worker. So quick and easy to clean up dust. Not heavy at all. Love the modern design and look. Small and powerful.”

 

Runners-up

Bosch 20.4 V

R1,400

Bosch 18V-1 Pro

R1,450 to R1,500

Best stick vacuum cleaner: Xiaomi Mi

best stick vacuum cleaner
Source: Xiaomi

The Xiaomi Mi is a super-efficient handheld vacuum cleaner that has three operating modes. It runs for up to 60 minutes. Mites, allergens and dust particles are easily eliminated thanks to the suction power of the nine-cyclone engine and advanced HEPA filtration.

The Mi comes with multifunctional brush heads and a wall-mounted docking station.

Price

Customer rating

R4,300 to R4,800

“Loving this vacuum. I spent ages looking at various vacuum cleaners and am so glad I went for this one. The attachments are all great. I love that it has different strength settings so you can crank things up for high traffic areas. Great buy.”

 

Runners-up

Defy Powerstick

R2,800 to R3,000

Dyson V8 Absolute

R8,300 to R8,800

Best vacuum cleaner for allergy sufferers: Miele Blizzard CX1

best vacuum cleaner for allergy sufferers
Source: Miele

The Miele Blizzard CX1 uses vortex and dust-separation technology to provide a maximised cleaning performance. It’s a fully sealed, bagless unit that’s easy and hygienic to clean.

A HEPA AirClean Lifetime filter traps the finest dust particles, pollens and allergens. It has been independently certified as suitable for allergy sufferers.

Price

Customer rating

around R8,000

“The Miele Blizzard CX1 has dust protection. It has a powerful suction power. It is great for people with asthma and sinus problems.”

 

Runners-up

Miele Complete C3 Allergy

R5,500

Dyson VII Torque Drive

R13,000

Best robotic vacuum cleaner: Taroma Robi1

best robotic vacuum cleaner
Source: Taroma

Smart, efficient and capable of cleaning hard-to-reach places, the Taroma Robi1 has vacuum and mopping capabilities. It functions optimally on all floor surfaces and automatically re-ports and recharges when low on battery power.

Standout features include anti-fall and collision sensors, integration with Alexa and Google Home, low noise levels and a running time of 130 minutes.

Price

Customer rating

under R6,000

“We absolutely love the Taroma Robi1. It works well and we love the fact that it integrates with Smart Home apps. This is an absolute must if you have kids and dogs.”

 

Runners-up

Milex Intellivac

under R5,000

Xiaomi Mi Smart

under R5,000

Best canister vacuum cleaner: Electrolux Super Cyclone

best canister vacuum cleaner
Source: Electrolux

The Electrolux Super Cyclone is a lightweight cannister vacuum cleaner that looks as good as it performs. An electrostatic duster picks up the finest dirt, dust, spores and pollen.

Accessories include a dusting tool, hard floor nozzle and turbo upholstery nozzle fitted with plush plates to remove pet hair.

Price

Customer rating

R1,800 to R2,000

“Great features, great suction, very reliable, and looks great in the cupboard.”

 

Runners-up

Hoover Super 16

R1,850

Philips PowerGo

R1,200

Best wet and dry vacuum cleaner: Karcher WD 6 P Premium

best wet and dry vacuum cleaner
Source: Takealot.com

The Karcher WD 6 P Premium is a hard-core wet-and-dry vacuum cleaner that’s ideal for applications in and around the house, such as the tool shed, garage and patio. Super-strong suction and blowing power ensures that dirt, dust and debris are easily dislodged and removed.

A compact design and practical cable and accessory storage make the Karcher WD 6 P Premium easy to park and store.

Price

Customer rating

R4,000

“Great purchase. Very powerful suction power and great build quality.”

 

Runners-up

Electrolux Pure 9

R2,800 to R3,200

Bennett Read Tough15

R1,500 to R1,700

Best vacuum cleaner for pet lovers: Hoover H-Lift 700

best vacuum cleaner for pet lovers
Source: desertcart

The Hoover H-Lift 700 is highly rated for energy efficiency, hair removal and dust-busting capabilities. It’s a three-in-one vacuum cleaner that can be used as an upright, a motorised stick or a light-weight, lift-out cylinder.

Besides the standard cleaning tools, there’s a pet turbo brush with rotating bristles that’s purpose-designed to lift dirt, dust and pet hair off the furniture.

Price

Customer rating

R10,000+

“The Hoover H-Lift 700 really is amazing for picking up dog fur. It’s so easy to use and goes around the furniture easily. Would thoroughly recommend if you have pets.”

 

Runners-up

Bosch Pro-Animal

R5,500+

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Pro 2

around R10,000

Why you need more than just a good vacuum cleaner

Even if you invest in one of the best vacuum cleaners to buy in 2021, 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.

Also, it 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.

At Chelsea Cleaning

A good vacuum cleaner makes cleaning a lot easier – but for deep-cleaning your curtains, carpets, mattresses and upholstery, the easiest option of all is to contact us at Chelsea Cleaning.

We offer professional, affordable, deep cleaning in and around Cape Town and in the Helderberg area.

Contact us now