Prime Day is here is and if your old vacuum is failing, this is the time to get an upgrade with lots of prices slashed on Amazon and in competing sales from other retailers.
If you’re just bargain hunting, read on. If you want some buying inspiration, have a look at our round-up of the best vacuum cleaners we’ve reviewed. And if you want a Dyson, don’t forget to check our dedicated Dyson deals guide.
What is Prime Day?
Amazon Prime Day 2022 arrives on 12-13 July. During this 48 hour sale, Amazon will offer thousands of exclusive discounts site-wise to Prime members. To get most of the best deals, you’ll need Prime. The service costs US$14.99/£7.99 per month (or $139/£79 for the year). Still, you may be able to sign up for a free trial of Prime membership to take advantage of the discounts.
We’ll show the best deals on all vacuum cleaners that we find in the Prime Day sale and from competing retailers right here but if you’d like to see the best deals available across all tech, check out our Prime Day round-up which has all the best and biggest tech discounts.
Best Prime Day Vacuum Cleaner Deals (US)
The Dyson Omni-glide makes vacuuming hard flooring a breeze. If you’d like to find out more about it, have a look at our review. This is an absolutely fantastic deal on a very handy little cleaner.
Samsung Jet 90
Get 23% off one of the best cordless vacuum cleaners we’ve tested. Note that this deal does not include the spinning mop attachment, although you will get the charging stand.
Dyson V8 Absolute
It’s not the newest model by a long way but it’s a light, reliable cordless that is very good value at this price. And this model has a sunny yellow wand.
Hoover MAXLife Pet Max Complete Upright Vacuum
This is a chance to pick up a powerful, reliable upright cleaner for a bargain price. This pet-friendly upright vacuum is bagless, allergy-friendly, has an easy empty bin and comes with a Pet Turbo Tool, Crevice Tool, Flexible Dusting Brush and Pivoting Dusting Brush.
Dyson V8 Motorhead Origin
It’s an older model but with up 40 minutes of fade-free suction, the V8 is still a high-quality cordless cleaner. And this is a solid deal on a great vacuum.
Best Prime Day Vacuum Cleaner Deals (UK)
Samsung Jet 90 Pro
(£150.01 off RRP)
The Jet 90 Pro is one of the best cordless vacuum cleaners we’ve tested. The Pro model comes with a charging stand and spinning mop attachment, as well as a host of other accessories. At this price, it’s well worth considering.
Dyson V12 Detect Slim Absolute (refurbished)
The V12 Detect Slim is Dyson’s newest launch: it’s a lighter, smaller version of the V15 Detect, with the same green laser, piezo sensor and LCD screen. This massive discount is available as it’s a refurbished product.
Dyson V15 Detect Absolute
From: Donaghy Bros
This is Dyson’s latest, top-of-the-line cordless vacuum cleaner and the Absolute model usually retails for £599 – at least. It’s fitted with a laser to illuminate dust you might otherwise miss and and LCD screen that displays battery life, troubleshooting and information on dust collected. We think it’s a great cleaner and this is a great price.
Hoover Upright 300
This is a really well-designed corded vacuum cleaner: it’s light, has great features and plenty of suction. And this is a very good price for it. You can find out more about its features in our review of the Hoover 300 (but the Pets edition includes an extra mini turbo brush for removal of fur and stubborn hairs).
Halo Capsule cordless
From: Capsule Clean
Halo Capsule is one of our favourite cordless vacuums. It’s often available for £249.99, so £50 is a better estimate of the discount than what the sales page says, but it’s a fantastic vacuum at any price and this is an excellent time to pick one up.
Best vacuum cleaner discounts: What to look for
You can read our reviews of the best vacuums and the best robot vacuums for information on individual products but here’s our round-up of the main types of vacuum cleaners, their advantages and disadvantages and what to look out for when buying.
Every home will get good use out of a cordless cleaner (especially one that transforms into a handheld). And now that they are so much more powerful, many households will find that they are the only vacuum cleaner they need. They light, versatile and make cleaning the stairs a much simpler proposition.
Cordless technology has advanced to the point that Dyson, for one, is no longer making corded cleaners – although you can still buy older corded Dyson models.
The main considerations when buying a cordless cleaner are flexibility (can you use it as a handheld as well?), battery life, bin size, weight and suction power.
The best cordless cleaners will now clean for an hour, although this is likely to be on the lowest power mode. On the highest power setting, you’ll only have 10-15 minutes of cleaning time – even from the top cleaners – before you have to recharge. However, if you clean regularly, you won’t need to use the maximum setting for anything other than spot cleaning disaster zones.
Recharging will take anywhere from 3-5 hours, so you really don’t want to have to stop mid-clean. Newer vacuum cleaners including Samsung’s Powerstick Jet and Miele’s Triflex have removable battery packs, so you can buy a second one and swap them out mid-clean. This makes these cleaners a much better option for people with larger homes.
The dustbin size is also important – although not as important as battery life – as you will need to pause to empty a smaller bin more often.
A cordless cleaner’s weight will also make a difference to how comfortable you are when vacuuming. The best cordless cleaners will weigh 3kg or less.
Working out a vacuum cleaner’s suction power is a more difficult matter. You can look at the wattage but bear in mind that larger cylinder cleaners will necessarily be higher wattage to achieve the same suction power as a smaller handheld. A better measurement is airwatts, which measures the useful energy that actually makes its way to a vacuum cleaner’s suction. You’ll find that some manufacturers use watts and some use airwatts – depending on what metric makes their cleaners better stand up to the competition.
The humble Roomba has spawned a whole market of robot vacuums. Advancements in AI tech mean that most modern versions do a much better job of learning and navigating the environment (so they don’t get stuck on raised thresholds quite so often) and have enough battery life to clean a either an entire flat, or a good portion of a larger home, in one go.
Look out for robot vacuums with app support, which let you monitor progress remotely, trigger a clean from work, schedule cleaning sessions and virtually mark out exclusion zones.
Robot cleaners are a better buy for more minimalist homes. They’ll struggle with clutter and you’ll find it frustrating having to rescue them all the time. But the chief downside of a robot vac – apart from the fact that you’ll need a separate cleaner for the stairs – is the cost, with top models selling for as much as £800/$800 at full price. If you want one, read reviews and make a shortlist of the models you’d like, then bide your time and wait for a good deal.
Cylinder vacuum cleaners are still one of the most powerful types. They tend to be tough, reliable cleaners but they are always corded and have to be dragged around behind you while you vac. A cylinder cleaner is the best bet for cleaning large spaces and for handling a lot of dirt. It is also more versatile than an upright as its hose means that it can vacuum upholstery, shelves and blinds.
Like a cylinder cleaner, an upright vacuum cleaner is powerful and robust. Its main disadvantages are that it is heavy, that it can only clean your floor and that it’s a nightmare on stairs.
Shark makes lift-away cleaners that combine the tank-like utility of an upright with the manoeuvrability of a handheld. You can remove the central section of the cleaner and use it to vacuum sofas, beds, stairs and so on. However, these cleaners are corded, so they’re not as easy to move around with as a cordless. Nonetheless, a lift-away upright is a good compromise between power and versatility and what’s more, it is among the best-priced cleaners on the market.
Finally, keep an eye out for multifunction vacuums. As the name suggests, these include extra functionality on top of vacuuming: they may steam clean or work as a mop or carpet cleaner. These are really only a good purchase if you are going to use all functions regularly, as the cleaner will be bulkier and heavier than a traditional vacuum cleaner.
Where to find vacuum cleaner offers
If you find a model you like, compare the price across two or three different retailers.
As with most things, Amazon is one of the best places to check first, especially if you look in the Deals of the Day. These discounts offered for a limited time (often for a few hours only), or until stocks run out. They’re also known as Lightning Deals. See Amazon’s dedicated Vacuum Cleaner page for deals across all types of vacuums.
We’d recommend signing up to Amazon’s 30 day free trial of Prime, which will not only get you access to Lightning deals 30 minutes earlier than non-Prime members, but will also get you free next-day delivery. Plus, you’ll get access to Prime Video, which you can access through your smart TV, and other benefits during your trial, too.
If you’re in the UK, other great places to look include Argos, Currys, AO, and Very. It’s always worth keeping John Lewis in mind too – the company’s price match policies mean you can often get the same deal that another retailer is offering, with better customer service and warranty policies.