The best Vax vacuums to buy in the UK
We've tested a range of Vax vacuums, so you can buy in confidence
As one of the major names in floorcare for over 40 years, Vax regularly introduces new vacuum models and technologies to its range of cordless and corded vacuums. For instance, we're big fans of its ONEPWR interchangeable battery system, which can be used across all products in the ONEPWR cordless vacuum range. But with so many models on the market, each with its own functions and specialties, finding the right vacuum for your home can be a daunting task. To help you decide, we tested out a few of the leading Vax vacuums in the range. Read on for our verdict:
Tried-and-tested: Best Vax vacuums at a glance
Vax Air Lift 2 Pet Plus | Buy now for £129.00
Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 cordless vacuum cleaner | Buy now for £169.99
Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Pet & Car cordless vacuum cleaner | Buy now for £299.99
How we tested Vax vacuums
We put three Vax models through their paces on both carpets and hard floors, looking at how effectively they picked up fine dirt as well as larger debris. We awarded each model up to 20 points for the following criteria:
Ease of use: (6 points) Is it comfortable to use | Is it light or heavy | Is it nimble and easy to manoeuvre | If there’s a cable, is it easy to pull out and retract | Is it easy to remove hair from the brush | Is it noisy
Features: (6 points) What attachments are included | What features does it offer | What’s the dust capacity | How long is the cord (if it has one)
Cleaning results: (6 points) Does it vacuum well | Is the suction good on both carpets and hard floors | If cordless, does it have a good run time
Value for money: (2 points) Is the quality good | Is it worth the money | Does it come with a warranty
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Which Vax vacuum is best?
Of the models we tested, the Blade 4 Pet & Car cordless vacuum cleaner ticked almost all of our boxes and scored the most highly, as we felt that it offered the best range of features, and also the best value for money.
Best Vax vacuum to buy in 2023
Vax Air Lift 2 Pet Plus | Score: 17/20
Ease of use:
If an upright is your preferred type of vacuum, you can’t go far wrong with this design. Although a little on the heavy side at 6.5kg, it’s easy to manoeuvre, even on heavy pile carpets. The dust container detaches for emptying, and if the brush roll gets clogged with hair, it’s simple to remove by snipping down the grooves around the bar with scissors. The noise level is reasonably quiet considering its powerful motor.
Ideal for busy homes, this Vax model offers a lift-out design, converting into a versatile, compact handheld vacuum in seconds. And going from carpets to hard floors is a breeze thanks to the VersaClean technology, which uses two brush bars to help lift big and small debris. The nine-metre cord and 1.65-metre hose combine for a long reach, and the container holds 1.5 litres of dust. We loved the 2-in-1 crevice tool and dusting brush, which, among other attachments included, lets you make sure that every corner of your home is spotless. For added peace of mind, it boasts antimicrobial protection to help prevent growth of bacteria and fungi on the brush bar bristles.
This vacuum moved seamlessly between hard floors and carpets, offering good suction on both surfaces. The Turbo Tool was especially effective on stubborn pet hair.
Value for money:
At under £250, this model ticked many of our boxes and we feel it represents great value for a corded upright vacuum with plenty of power, features, and a two-year guarantee.
Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 cordless vacuum cleaner | Score: 17/20
Ease of use:
Weighing in at 3.1kg, this lightweight, cordless design is perfect for tackling everyday cleaning. Its slim profile is ideal for cleaning underneath furniture, and the handle is very comfortable to hold. The dust container can be flipped open easily and emptied straight into the bin, and removing hair that gets tangled around the brush bar is straightforward.
All the basic attachments you would expect are included, and Vax also throws in a Cordless Pro Kit 2, which includes a selection of additional tools. In terms of features, there are LED headlights to help you see dust and debris more clearly in dark corners or under furniture, as well as a low battery indicator and power boost setting. It also transforms into a versatile handheld in seconds.
The vacuum offered continuous high suction – especially on carpets – even when the 0.6-litre dirt bin was starting to get full. The ONEPWR battery gives up to 45 minutes of run time, and charges in around three hours.
Value for money:
Currently on offer for under £170, we think this model represents great value for a hard-working cordless stick vacuum. The free Pro Kit is an added bonus when you buy direct from Vax, and is worth over £50. It also comes with a three-year guarantee.
Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Pet & Car cordless vacuum cleaner | Score: 18/20
Ease of use:
We found this stick vacuum perfect for all-round cleaning, turning corners with ease and with a head compact enough to get into tight spaces and underneath furniture. The dust bin pops open at the touch of a button when you’re ready to empty it, and the noise level is low. Simply use scissors to cut down the grooves on the brush bar to remove any tangled hair.
We love the ease with which this design can be changed into a handheld vac – and it also includes a mini motorised pet tool to remove stubborn hair from upholstery around your home or car. The boost setting gives a burst of extra power when you need it. When bought direct from Vax it comes with an extra toolkit worth over £50, so you’ll have all the attachments you need for a deep clean. The ONEPWR battery is interchangeable with other products in the ONEPWR range.
We found Vax’s ‘no loss of suction’ claim to be justified – great dirt pick-up on all floor types, even when the 0.6L dust bin was nearly full. The ONEPWR battery lasts for up to 45 minutes, and charges in around three hours.
Value for money:
On offer for under £190, and with a three-year guarantee, it’s a great addition to your cleaning toolkit, especially for homes with pets thanks to the additional attachments.
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