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Review of Kmart vacuum cleaners

Kmart has gone from strength to strength recently. With the low-cost homewares and clothing comes Kmart’s Anko appliance brand, including everything from cheap microwaves to vacuum cleaners and plenty more in between. In fact, when it comes to vacuums in particular, Kmart has earned an incredible reputation for delivering great quality at rock bottom prices. Are Kmart’s vacuum cleaners really better than Dyson’s? Make up your own mind as Canstar Blue reviews Kmart vacuum cleaners.

Kmart Vacuum Cleaners

Kmart has a large range of Anko vacuum cleaners, with nine different models to choose from, whether your preference is bagged or bagless, or whether you’re looking for a handheld or stick appliance. In recent times, it’s the 2-in-1 cordless stick vacuum which has attracted so much fanfare, with the $69 vacuum claimed to deliver cleaning results equal to, or even superior than, the big brands costing hundreds of dollars. These are not claims made by Kmart, but by many happy customers across Australia. More on this shortly, but for now, here is the full list of Kmart vacuum cleaners by standard prices:

Kmart vacuum cleaners

  • 2-in-1 Corded Stick Vacuum (Anko) – $29 RRP*
  • Wet & Dry Hand Vacuum (Anko) – $45 RRP*
  • 2000W Bagless Vacuum (Anko) – $47 RRP*
  • 2200W Bagless Vacuum (Anko) – $69 RRP*
  • 2-in-1 Cordless Stick Vacuum – $69 RRP*
  • 2400W Bagless Vacuum (Anko) – $95 RRP*
  • Cordless Stick Cleaner – Black – $95 RRP*
  • Cordless Stick Cleaner – White – $119 RRP*
  • Robotic Vacuum Cleaner – $179 RRP*

Let’s now review each vacuum individually to help you pick the one that’s best for your home and budget.

Kmart Stick Vacuums − $29 – $119

Kmart 2-in-1 Cordless Stick Vacuum

Stick vacuums are all the rage these days, and Kmart produces four models – one corded (for just $29) and three cordless. For the cordless variety, you’ll pay extra for the privilege. The cheapest of the bunch is the 2-in-1 Cordless Stick Vacuum (pictured) which retails for just $69. It comes in a sleek white robotic design and with all the right features and accessories to whiz through your cleaning. These include a 2-in-1 crevice tool, motorised power brush, foldable handle and 14.8V rechargeable lithium battery. This model has garnered rave reviews online, with many happy customers labelling it easy to use and just an all-around good vacuum for the price.

Other specs include:

  • 40 minutes maximum runtime
  • Noise level less than 78dB
  • Suitable for carpets, hard floors, stairs, and upholstery

As the ‘2-in-1’ moniker may suggest, it also doubles as a handheld vacuum for portability. It stands at 1.3m high, making it convenient for those with bad backs and the like.

  • Most Kmart stick cordless vacuums are much the same in terms of features and cost $69, $99, and $119, respectively. The pricier models simply come with more battery power (22.2V). While this is unlikely enough for a larger home, it would be more than sufficient for an isolated mess or a single room.

Kmart stick vacuum range

Kmart Wet & Dry Hand Vacuum − $45

Wet & Dry Hand Vacuum

Kmart’s 12V handheld cordless vacuum is for odd jobs around the home and presents a great option for when you’re washing and vacuuming the car. It features a dry suctioning nozzle and a soft nozzle for wet suctioning (to handle wet and dry waste) and boasts a 20-minute runtime when fully charged. This makes it ideal for spills and a quick whip-around of the car to spruce it up. It has a compact, snouted design for getting into those nooks and hard-to-reach spaces, and at just $45 it’s a cheap, convenient option for smaller jobs.

Other specs include:

  • Visible cord length of adapter 180cm
  • 120ml water capacity
  • Six-hour charge time
  • Comes with a wall mount

Kmart Bagless Vacuums − $47 – $95

Kmart 2000W Bagless Vacuum

If bagless is more your style, Kmart produces three such models with dust capacities and motor power designating how much you pay. The cheapest model (pictured) comes in at just $47, and for that, you’ll get a 2.5L dust-catching capacity and a 2000W motor.

For $69, you’ll get a 3L bin capacity and a 2200W power source, while for $95 you’ll get 4.5L and a 2400W motor. All feature ‘multi-cyclonic’ power, an exhaust HEPA filter, and turbo brushes for pet hair, as well as telescopic handles. These Kmart vacuums are generally light on features but do boast good power ratings and large capacities.

Kmart bagless vacuum range

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Kmart Robotic Vacuum Cleaner – $179

Kmart robotic vacuum

Kmart’s robot vacuum is a godsend to keep on top of the floors when you can’t be bothered doing a full 360 vacuum of the house. It features three cleaning modes − auto, spot, and edge − and comes with remote control. Kmart’s $179 robotic vac has a maximum runtime of 50 minutes (for five hours charge) and is self-charging, with a cliff sensor, TOF sensor, and has a visualised transparent window system for an easier clean and maintenance.

Other specs include:

  • Primary filter and Efficiency Particulate Air (EPA) filter
  • Anti-drop sensor and automatic recharging dock
  • Brushless motor
  • Low profile design (78mm)

Keep in mind this model is often sold out online and only available in select stores. Check out the Kmart website for details.

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Should I go home with a Kmart vacuum cleaner?

Kmart’s Anko brand focuses on cheap prices and basic functionality. With its vacuum cleaners especially, you won’t particularly find any exciting features or funny gimmicks. Instead, you’ll get everything a vacuum probably should have – but with none of the filler. They feature powerful motors comparable to more expensive brands, but at cheap prices.

Most vacuums cost under $100, and perhaps the standout variety is the bagless kind, with cyclonic power and big power levels for your sucking needs. While these are the dearer models in the range, they’re still at class-leading prices. However, the cheap prices may not be enough to sway some Aussie consumers, as features and included accessories are pretty light. Kmart vacuums represent a cheap alternative, but you may pay for it in other areas. That said, with such cheap prices, you could replace your vacuum two or three times and still save money compared with buying an expensive model from the likes of Dyson. It’s hard to find fault with Kmart’s vacuums.

About the author of this page

Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.

Vacuum Cleaner Reviews & Ratings

*Prices taken from Kmart, correct as of October 2021.

What do customers think about Kmart Vacuum Cleaners?

In 2021, Australian consumers gave Kmart 3 out of 5 stars for overall customer satisfaction for vacuum cleaners.

Kmart Vacuum Cleaners

Canstar Blue
Award: Overall Satisfaction