The top cylinder vacuums are lightweight, powerful and great for cleaning stairs – but with hundreds on the market it can be difficult to know which to buy. There are a number of important differences between cylinder vacuums and upright models. Most importantly, the dust canister or bag is separated from the head via a long hose. It also makes cylinder models useful for cleaning stairs and underneath tables.
Dyson V8 Animal
In terms of performance, this is a brilliant vacuum. With powerful suction, a longer run-time and a new motor, it’s probably as close to a corded cleaner replacement as you’re likely to get. Check full reviews.
Dyson V7 Motorhead
The biggest difference is the longer 30-minute run-time. The V6 was criticised for its 20-minute battery life, which was too short for cleaning a home in one session. The V7 provides up to a half-hour of fade-free suction – although this drops if using a motorised tool. Check full reviews.
Bosch Ultimate Athlet BCH732KTGB
The Bosch Ultimate Athlet BCH732KTGB is a powerful model designed to provide the same cleaning performance as a conventional vacuum cleaner. One of the stand-out features of the Athlet range is the long battery life, and the BCH732KTGB is no exception. It can run for up to 75 minutes on a single charge when cleaning hard floors. Check full reviews.
Gtech AirRam Mk2
The AirRam Mk2 vacuum also collects dirt and dust in small bundles, rather than spinning it through a cyclonic canister, which makes emptying easier and less messy. The Mk2 is similar in many ways to the original vacuum, but has been upgraded in several key areas. The AirLOC system maintains the vacuum’s ability to pick up fine dust, while improving its large debris performance. The dirt system has also been changed to provide extra compression and an easier-to-empty design. Check full reviews.
Vax Blade Pro TBT3V1P1
It’s a lightweight vacuum with a 32V Lithium-Ion battery, powerful boost mode and up to 45-minute run-time. Like the Dyson V8 Animal, it also comes with a pet tool for getting rid of hair and a handheld mode for stairs. Aside from its carpet performance, we like how easy the Blade Pro is to use. It has a lightweight design and multi-positioned handle, so it always feels comfortable to hold. Check full reviews.