Are Kmart vacuum cleaners any good?
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Kmart vacuum cleaners review
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 that has attracted so much fanfare, with the $79 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 range
- 2-in-1 Corded Stick Vacuum (Anko) – $32 RRP*
- Wet & Dry Hand Vacuum (Anko) – $49 RRP*
- 2000W Bagless Vacuum (Anko) – $49 RRP*
- 2200W Bagless Vacuum (Anko) – $79 RRP*
- 2-in-1 Cordless Stick Vacuum – $79 RRP*
- 2400W Bagless Vacuum (Anko) – $99 RRP*
- Cordless Stick Cleaner – Black – $99 RRP*
- Cordless Stick Cleaner – White – $129 RRP*
- Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner – $159 RRP*
- Robotic Vacuum Cleaner – (only available seasonally)
Let’s now review the different vacuum ranges including stick vacs, bagless and handheld types to help you pick the one that’s best for your home and budget.
Kmart stick vacuums review − $32 – $159
Stick vacuums are all the rage these days, and Kmart produces five models – one corded (for just $32) and four 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 $79. 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, a motorised power brush, a foldable handle, and a 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 below 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 $79, $99, $129, and $159 respectively. The pricier models simply come with more battery power (up to 29.6V). While this is unlikely enough for a larger home, it’s more than sufficient for an isolated mess or single rooms.
Kmart wet & dry hand vacuum review − $49
Kmart’s 12V handheld cordless vacuum is great for odd jobs around the home and presents a great option for when you’re washing and vacuuming the car or dusting off the ol’ upholstery. 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 the home, but nothing more. It has a compact, snouted design for getting into those nooks and hard-to-reach spaces, and at just $49 it’s a cheap, convenient option for smaller jobs.
Other specs include:
- Cord length of 180cm
- 120ml water capacity
- Six-hour charge time
- Comes with a wall mount & rechargeable battery
Kmart bagless vacuums review − $49 – $99
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 $49, and for that, you’ll get a 2.5L dust-catching capacity and a 2000W motor.
For $79, you’ll get a 3L bin capacity and a 2200W power source, while for $99 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.
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Kmart robotic vacuum cleaner (only available seasonally)
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 robotic vac has a maximum runtime of 50 minutes (for five hours charge) and is self-charging, with a cliff sensor, TOF sensor, and 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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How do Kmart vacuums compare to Dyson vacuums?
Kmart vacuums are cheap, but some models certainly hold a candle to Dyson’s models, especially in terms of suction. The most powerful Kmart vacuum comes with 240V of power in a bagless variety, similar to the V7 Motorhead Origin and V8 Animal Handheld Cordless Vacuum. However, Dyson vacuums do come with more advanced features like laser detection, in-built LCD screens, no-touch bin emptying, multiple cleaning modes, whole HEPA filtration, and runtimes of 60 minutes or more, just to name a few. However, these bells and whistles elicit a premium price tag. On the other hand, Kmart offers all the basic functionalities needed for vacuuming but for a price that’s hard to refuse. Your budget will ultimately determine what you’re comfortable spending and which vacuum you end up with.
Should you 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.
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 those 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
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Content Producer Luciana Lawe Davies. She writes about streaming, appliances and consumer products and services. Luciana enjoys bringing readers the best in what’s on TV and at the shops, including the best deals and latest reviews.
*Prices taken from Kmart, correct as of September 2022.
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.