Best-Rated Barrel & Upright Vacuum Cleaners

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Most Satisfied Customers | Electrolux

Aussies have rated Electrolux as the top pick in Canstar Blue’s latest barrel & upright vacuum ratings, with five-star reviews in all categories including overall satisfaction, performance, value for money, ease of use, features & functionality and design. 

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How we rate barrel & upright vacuums

Our review compares barrel & upright vacuums on customer satisfaction, so you can find out what other Aussies think about the compared brands before you go ahead with a purchase. Think of it as like asking hundreds of your closest mates which barrel & upright vacuums they think is best!

Canstar Blue surveyed 1,095 Australians for their feedback on a vacuum cleaner they have purchased and used in the last three years.
  • The outcomes reported in these ratings are measured via accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics.

Respondents rate their satisfaction with their barrel & upright vacuum brand(s) from zero to ten, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and ten is extremely satisfied. Brand satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:
  • Overall satisfaction: measures consumer satisfaction with a barrel & upright vacuum brand as an individual score NOT a combined total of all criteria.
  • Performance: the vacuum cleaner is able to effectively clean multiple surfaces and areas within the advertised runtime, and performs as expected considering frequency of use.
  • Value for money: the cost was reasonable for the quality and functionality of the vacuum cleaner.
  • Ease of use: the vacuum was easy to maneuver and all attachments were easy to attach and use.
  • Features & functionality: the vacuum has sufficient settings and features to enhance performance and ensure a thorough clean.
  • Design: the vacuum has a functional design, is compact enough for storage, and aesthetically pleasing.

The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.

  • Overall satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
  • When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the Overall satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
    • The brand with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and thus win the award. If a clear leader still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.
  • Electrolux
  • Hoover
  • Miele
  • LG
  • Dyson
  • Bissell
  • Shark
  • Vax
  • Kogan
  • Anko

Find more detailed information on our Most Satisfied Customer methodology.

Best barrel & upright vacuum brands in Australia

    1. Electrolux
    2. Hoover
    3. Miele
    4. LG
    5. Dyson
    6. Bissell
    7. Shark
    8. Vax
    9. Kogan
    10. Anko

Not sure which barrel & upright vacuum to buy? Check out our buying guide below.

1. Electrolux

Electrolux Pure D9 Green

Ratings result

Electrolux achieved a five star rating in all categories including overall satisfaction, performance, value for money, ease of use, features & functionality and design.

Editor’s notes

Swedish appliance brand Electrolux has been operating for over 100 years, bringing customers products like vacuums, washing machines, dishwashers and more. Electrolux makes a wide variety of rechargeable, canister, cordless, and robotic vacuum cleaners. Most canister models feature powerful motors, as well as specialised areas of expertise, such as pet hair, tough dust, and so on. Also in the range is the ‘Silent Performer’ series, which is claimed to be the quietest series in the Electrolux range.

The UltimateHome 700 canister bagless vacuum cleaner features a six-step air filtration system to help both clean your home and keep the air clean, along with a two-step emptying process to help ensure that you don’t have to get dirty yourself when you’ve finished cleaning. It also includes a 3-in-1 tool, HEPA filter and 1800W output.

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2. Hoover

Hoover WindTunnel Air Steerable upright vacuum

Ratings result

Hoover received five star ratings for value for money, ease of use, features & functionality and design. It also achieved four stars for overall satisfaction and performance.

Editor’s notes

The brand that is now also a verb, Hoover makes a huge variety of bagged and bagless vacuums, plus handheld, handstick, and robot vacuums. It even makes a range of cordless upright vacuums powered by lithium-ion batteries. For the really serious vacuum cleaner enthusiasts, there is also a backpack vacuum on offer to make it look like you’re operating a jetpack.

If you’re looking for an upright vacuum with powerful suction and that blocks allergen particles, the Hoover WindTunnel Air Steerable upright vacuum represents a good mid-range option. Its signature WindTunnel Technology creates three channels of suction to lift and remove surface debris and deeply embedded dirt, and the multi-floor cleaning function makes it easy to transition from carpet to hard floors.

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3. Miele

Miele blizzard barrel vacuum

Ratings result

Miele achieved a five star rating for features & functionality, four stars for overall satisfaction, performance, ease of use and design, and a three star rating for value for money.

Editor’s notes

Miele makes cylinder vacuum cleaners (bagged & bagless models), upright vacuums and even an array of robot vacuum cleaners. Its range comes in a variety of sizes and colours to suit most domestic duties and homes. Miele is not generally known for offering gimmicky features, instead focusing on ‘tried and true’ ingenuity and German engineering, with predictably efficient results.

Miele’s Blizzard CX1 Cat & Dog bagless vacuum cleaner is specifically targeted at pet owners and offers superior cleaning thanks to Vortex technology (1100W) and maximum indoor hygiene for households with pets and allergy sufferers with a maintenance-free HEPA AirClean Lifetime filter to retain up to 99.95% of allergens and fine dust. This model also comes with a TurboBrush to reliably remove hair and fluff from carpets and couches, and a universally applicable floorhead (removing the need to chop and change cleaning accessories).

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4. LG

LG barrel vacuum

Ratings result

LG received four star ratings for overall satisfaction, performance, ease of use, features & functionality and design and a three star rating for value for money.

Editor’s notes

Electrolux makes a wide variety of rechargeable, canister, cordless, and robotic vacuum cleaners. Most canister models feature powerful motors, as well as specialised areas of expertise, such as pet hair, tough dust, and so on. Also in the range is the ‘Silent Performer’ series, which is claimed to be the quietest series in the Electrolux range.

The brand’s Pure D9 canister vacuum has a FlowMotion system, easy-roll wheels, a patented nozzle, and PureFlow Technology to make cleaning your home as effortless as possible. The Pure D9 is made with 70% recycled plastic and has an energy-efficient motor. This model retails for $499 RRP*.

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5. Dyson

Dyson V15 Detect Absolute

Ratings result

Dyson received four star ratings for overall satisfaction, performance, ease of use, features & functionality and design, and a three star rating for value for money.

Editor’s notes

A vacuum cleaner specialist, Dyson makes a wide range of barrel, upright, handstick and handheld models. Often, categories are further differentiated by what an individual vacuum is said to specialise in, such as Dyson vacuums for allergies and pet hair. Its barrel vacuums also boast a ‘no-tip’ feature, by using a clever rolling ball instead of wheels.

Its barrel vacuum range focuses on the Big Ball range, with the entry level model featuring a 360-degree articulation wand to get into those tricky spaces, quick-release tools, a self-righting function for when it falls over, along with multiple tools and cleaning heads to help get the job done.

6. Bissell

the Bissell Icon EDGE

Ratings result

Bissell received a five star rating for features & functionality, four star ratings for overall satisfaction, performance, value for money and design and a three star rating for ease of use.

Editor’s notes

Whatever your cleaning needs are, Bissell has a vacuum cleaner for you. Its range extends to about 18 models at the time of writing, including canister models, stick vacs, handheld units, robot vacuums, and steam and hard floor mops. It may not offer the range as some other brands, but its upright vacuum cleaners are arguably some of the most affordable, and suitable for households with pets, with its Pet Hair Eraser vacuum featuring a tangle-free brush roll to help pick up loose hairs.

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7. Shark

Shark stratos upright vacuum

Ratings result

Shark received five star ratings for design and features & functionality, and four stars for overall satisfaction, performance, value for money and ease of use.

Editor’s notes

Shark offers a wide selection of barrel, upright, and stick vacuums, as well as handheld models of vacuum and steam mops. Many models of vacuum include a self-cleaning brush roll, larger capacity barrels to collect more dust and dirt and powerful suction on multiple surfaces.

If you’re looking for a cheaper vacuum that doesn’t compromise on power or performance, the Shark Lift-Away upright vacuum (NV602) has you and your all floors covered. It features Lift-Away Technology that allows you to configure the vacuum into either an upright model for hard floors and carpets, or into a lightweight portable vacuum to clean stairs, sofas, and ceilings. It also boasts a Complete Seal anti-allergen filter that eliminates up to 99.9% of dust and allergens. Other specs include LED headlights, floor modes for carpets and hard floors, and swivel steering.

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8. Vax

Vax upright vacuum cleaner

Ratings result

Vax received four star ratings across all categories including overall satisfaction, performance, value for money, ease of use, features & functionality and design.

Editor’s notes

Vax is a specialist in vacuum cleaners and floor care. It makes a fairly concise range of upright, cordless, barrel, and handheld vacuums. Many upright models are also cordless, affording you the ability to go wherever the mess and pet hair lead you. Many of Vax’s barrel vacuum cleaners feature big wheels, making them hard to tip over, and some also feature extra accessories to help eliminate pet hair.

The Vax Power 6 barrel vacuum cleaner is designed with ‘multi-cyclonic’ technology, stated to separate and trap debris in the dust chamber for reliable suction. This model has a generous 3L capacity, so you can clean multiple rooms without having to stop to empty, and a HEPA Media filter to remove airborne dust particles, allergens, and pollen.

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9. Kogan

Kogan 900W upright vacuum

Ratings result

Kogan had an even three star rating across the board for all categories including overall satisfaction, performance, value for money, ease of use, features & functionality and design.

Editor’s notes

Kogan provides plenty of options in the vacuum department, from bagless upright models to cordless stick designs, wet and dry units, and robot vacuums. The Kogan 900W upright vacuum is the ideal cleaning companion for households on a budget. It features cyclone filtration, 180° swivel steering, a 3-in-1 brush accessory for nooks and crannies and upholstery, an extendable hose, a generous cable length (six metres), and a 3L dustbin capacity.

10. Kmart (Anko)

Kmart 2000W bagless vacuum

Ratings result

Kmart’s brand Anko received a four star rating for value for money and three stars for all other categories such as overall satisfaction, performance, ease of use, features & functionality and design.

Editor’s notes

The cheap and cheerful department store specialising in homewares and cheap electronics has a range of vacuums for Aussie consumers to choose from. Kmart has a fairly large range of budget-oriented vacuums, with upright, handheld, bagless barrel, and bagged cylinder models currently on offer. From some models you can expect all the basic functionality like multi-cyclonic suction, a sturdy floor head with a metal base, a clip-on lid for easy cleaning and reassembly, auto cord retraction, and a thermal cut-off switch for added safety.

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Barrel & upright vacuum buying guide

Vacuum sizes and capacity

The first thing to consider when buying a vacuum cleaner is the size of your home as this will naturally inform the vacuum size (as well as weight & capacity) you need. If you live in an apartment with limited storage space, upright or stick vacuums are ideal, as they have a smaller footprint meaning they can be stored in smaller cupboards and easily moved around, but still have enough runtime to see you through a full cleaning cycle. Before you buy any cordless vacuum, make sure to check the runtime to ensure your stick vac will stay powered up for as long as you need it to.

Types of vacuum cleaners

The next consideration when in the market for a new vacuum cleaner is what type of unit you need. This decision will be informed largely by the types of floors in your home, what kind of capacity you need and whether you prefer a corded or cordless unit. Here’s a rundown of different types of vacuum cleaners.

Barrel vacuum cleaners

Barrel vacuums, sometimes called cylinder or canister vacuums, are typically corded and have a dust tank capacity of between 3L and 5L. These types of vacuums are best suited to larger households who don’t want to empty the vacuum after every clean, although they do require pulling the wheeled canister around doorways and furniture, where it can sometimes get stuck. Barrel vacuums work on all floors types and come with various attachments for corners and ceilings.

Upright vacuum cleaners

Upright vacuums feature a broom-like handle with a vacuum bag and have the same cordless configuration as stick vacs, but with a slightly larger bin capacity (1.9L-2.2L) and motor. These types of vacuums offer the best of both worlds (more power in a compact cordless unit) and are ideal for households looking for something a bit bigger to avoid having to empty the dustbin every 30 minutes and for vacuuming pet hair. Upright vacs are suitable for both hard floors and carpets. They can also be used to clean upholstery.

Corded vacuums vs cordless vacuums

Something else to consider is whether you’d like a corded or cordless vacuum cleaner. This comes down mainly to your individual cleaning needs and the size of your home. Corded vacuums are plugged into power points and therefore have much stronger suction power − that’s what you need if you’ve got large carpeted areas, kids, or pets (or all of the above). Corded vacuums are also better at keeping dust contained inside the unit and don’t need to be emptied as often (ideal for allergy sufferers). The downside is that they can be quite bulky and harder to maneuver around.

On the other hand, cordless vacuums are battery-powered and therefore have limited suction power and runtime, but they do offer the benefit of complete cord-free cleaning − great for apartments, and to vacuum tight spaces, stairs, corners, and so on. It’s all give and take!

Corded vacuums: tend to provide a deeper clean and are best for allergy sufferers and larger homes with lots of carpets, pets, and kids.
Cordless vacuums: are good for households short on storage space as they’re fairly unobtrusive and convert into a handheld vacuum for quick spot cleans. If you want a powerful stick vacuum, go for one with a high voltage lithium battery and innovative motor technology.

Compare running costs for corded, cordless, barrel and upright vacuum cleaners

How much do barrel and upright vacuums cost?

Barrel vacuums cost from $150 to upwards of $1,000 for brands like Dyson. Cheaper models will have less suction power so may not suit a household that needs to vacuum often, and may have fewer accessories and attachments. Upright vacuums range in price from $200 to around $700, and start at a higher price point due to their maneuverability compared to barrel models that need to be dragged along the floor. Upright vacuums that are cordless will generally cost a bit more because there isn’t a cord to tackle and move around whilst you vacuum.

About our consumer experts


Kate King: Home & Lifestyle Content Producer

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Content Producer Kate King. Kate holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries from QUT majoring in Journalism and Media and Communications, and has written for a number of publications over the past five years.


Meet the Editorial Team


Samantha Howse: Consumer Research Specialist

Sam Howse Research Specialist

Samantha Howse is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and 2 years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.


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Past ratings

Here are the past winners of Canstar Blue’s vacuum cleaner ratings:

  • 2022: Miele
  • 2021: iRobot (Roomba) & Bosch
  • 2020: Miele
  • 2019: Miele
  • 2018: Miele
  • 2017: Miele
  • 2016: Shark
  • 2015: Dyson
  • 2014: Shark
  • 2013: Dyson
  • 2011: Dyson

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