Best Dyson alternatives 2024: tested vacuums at lower prices

Our expert tests of the vacuums delivering Dyson-quality results without the price tag - with some on offer this Prime Day, saving $100s

Dyson alternatives - A Shark Stratos Vacuum cleaning a carpet
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One of the best cordless vacuums, the Shark Vertex, cleaning a rug and a wood floor

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The list in brief ↴
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Best overall: Shark Vertex Pro
2. Best upright: Shark Stratos
3. Best cordless: Shark Vertex Cordless
4. Best budget: Levoit VortexIQ ONE
5. Best smart: Tineco Pure
6. Best for pet hair: Bissell ICONPet
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Best for allergies: Samsung Jet Automatic
8. Best bagged: SEBO X4
9. Best robot: iRobot Roomba j7+
10. How to choose
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How we test
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Meet the team

There’s a lot to love about Dyson vacuums – until it comes to the price tag. Dyson have been our go-to vacuum brand for years, making some of the best vacuums in the world, but there's no denying the cost. The Dyson V15 Detect might be our favorite, but I always cringe a little when I recommend it to people. $700+ is a lot of money to spend just to have a clean floor.

What's more, alternative vacuum brands often claim high-quality designs and premium, useful features - but without the steep cost. However, without testing them for yourself, it's tough knowing which ones live up to their claims.

That's why, after our roundup of the best vacuums on the market, we called on our team of experts to assemble the strongest alternatives to Dysons.

From cordless to handheld, we tried, tested, and assessed each vacuum for suction power, noise levels, dust bin capacity, run time and how they work for pet hair and allergies. If you want a clean home at a lower price, or just want something a little different, these are your best options.

Save on vacuums this Prime Day

If you're on this page, you're likely looking for a good quality vacuum that won't break the bank. Luckily, Amazon Prime Day 2024 is here, and with it comes a whole collection of incredible vacuums at a fraction of the cost.

Feel free to browse our full Dyson Prime Day deals hub for everything that's on offer.

Dyson V15 Detect Plus | was $749.99, now $549.99 at Amazon (save $200)
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Dyson V15 Detect Plus | was $749.99, now $549.99 at Amazon (save $200)

If you're looking for Dyson alternatives - chances are you'd ideally prefer the real deal for cheaper. You're in luck: the Dyson V15 Detect is on offer with $200 off at Amazon, and in our Dyson V15 Detect review, we found it to be one of the best vacuums we've ever tested (rivalled only by the Dyson Gen5detect), topping others in terms of cleaning power, dust detection, pet hair pickup, and ease of use.

Dyson V11 Origin Cordless | was $569.99, now $399.99 at Amazon (save $170)

Dyson V11 Origin Cordless | was $569.99, now $399.99 at Amazon (save $170)

If you're looking to bring Dyson's vacuum power into your home, but would rather not spend the extra $100s on particle detection, the V11 is the perfect choice. It's a capable vacuum with a generous dustbin and a versatile design. And at $399.99, this is superb value for money.

BISSELL ICONpet Turbo Vacuum | was $365.64, now $179.99 at Amazon (save 51%)

BISSELL ICONpet Turbo Vacuum | was $365.64, now $179.99 at Amazon (save 51%)

The ICONpet Turbo from BISSELL has all the features of a premium cordless stick vacuum. LED headlights reveal dust on the floor, an anti-tangle brushroll helps to prevent hair wrap, and a turbo boost mode provides extra suction power when you need it. But the vacuum is more reasonably priced than the Dysons and Sharks, and now you can get it for less than half price.

I'd be surprised to find a better cordless vacuum for under $180.

Shark Stratos Cordless | was $499.99, now $349.99 at Amazon (save $150)

Shark Stratos Cordless | was $499.99, now $349.99 at Amazon (save $150)

Shark vacuums hold up as affordable alternatives to the best cordless vacuums out there while still offering impressive suction. In our guide to Shark Stratos vs Vertex ranges, we found that the Stratos vacuums win in almost every way - and this is the flagship model of the Stratos range.

Shark NV352 Navigator Lift Away Upright Vacuum | was $199.99, now $99.99 at Amazon (save $100)

Shark NV352 Navigator Lift Away Upright Vacuum | was $199.99, now $99.99 at Amazon (save $100)

You'll struggle to find a better value upright vacuum than the Shark NV352. On offer for less than $100, this is easily one of the most affordable ways to bring tried-and-tested vacuum power into your home.

Tineco Floor ONE S7 PRO Smart Cordless Floor Cleaner | was $799, now $489 at Amazon (save $310)

Tineco Floor ONE S7 PRO Smart Cordless Floor Cleaner | was $799, now $489 at Amazon (save $310)

The Floor ONE S7 PRO is the perfect choice for deep cleaning your floors. Using continuous fresh water washing, it can clear away wet messes into a separate dirty water tank, while still being able to vacuum debris like any cordless vacuum.

The quick list

If you're after the quick headlines for every Dyson alternative, here's a summary of what you need to know. There's lots more in-depth detail further down this article. If you see one you like, click on the jump links to take you to the right place.

The best Dyson alternatives in 2024

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The best Dyson alternative overall

Unrivalled suction power, but still compact and user-friendly

Specifications

Type: Cordless
Battery life: Up to 60 minutes
Dust bin: 1qt
Weight: 8.82lb
Power: 309W
Noise level: ~80 dBA

Reasons to buy

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Great pick up
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Quick Set-Up
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Easy to fold down for storage, and compacts down to less than 3 feet for closet storage
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Super lightweight
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Easy to remove dust cup
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Does not require a charging hub
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Charges through a removable battery
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Anti-allergen seal traps dust and allergens
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LED lights on floorhead

Reasons to avoid

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Automatically sets to Deep Clean mode each time it turns on
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Smaller floorhead

The Shark Cordless is the perfect example that lower prices don’t always mean worse quality. With a DuoClean head and PowerFins technology, on test we found a deep clean of carpets and hard floors. With vast amounts of dust collected, the Shark Cordless needs a large dustbin capacity. At one quarter gallon, slightly bigger than Dyson V15 Detect’s relative 0.2 gallon capacity, this cordless needs emptying much less often, even though it's picking up lots of dust from the floor.

The nimble, lightweight body is a match for Dyson’s V15 and certainly much smoother to use than upright vacuums. The additional Multi-Flex head means that moving around and accessing those hard-to-reach areas is effortless with the Shark. Moreover, it features a HEPA filter and Anti-Allergen Seal, to offer pet owners and allergy sufferers more effective protection from rogue dust and dirt particles.

Due to the larger dust bin, the Shark weighs a little more than Dyson’s V15 Detect. The Shark claims to have a 60 minute battery life, as opposed to the Dyson which can run for an extra ten minutes (70 minutes in total). The Multi-Flex head makes for easy storage, but isn’t the easiest to handle, especially when unfurling the vacuum back up to full height.

There's more detail in our Shark Vertex Pro review

The best upright Dyson alternative

A powerful essential for busy homes, pet fur, and varied surfaces

Specifications

Type: Upright
Cord length: 26.2' / 8m
Dust bin: 1.48qt
Weight: 17.2lb
Power: 1344W
Noise level: ~80db

Reasons to buy

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Powerful suction
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Versatile design
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Easy to maneuver
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Odor-neutralizing cartridge
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Self-cleaning brushroll

Reasons to avoid

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Quite bulky
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Small dust bin

A classic model, Shark’s upright vacuum is well suited to larger areas, especially those with furry friends. As with the Cordless Shark, the suction on this product is exceptional, effortlessly lifting dust and debris from carpets and hard floors alike.

The suction power more than stands up to Dyson’s Ball Animal 3, especially when both are used in more agile ways. Our expert reviewer, Camryn Rabideau, found that the Dyson came up short when using the extension hose. The Shark Stratos, however, comes with a Powered Lift-Away feature which converts into a much smaller and more agile device. Camryn used this on her stairs, in the same way that she tried the Dyson, and found it ‘more compact and lightweight…and the suction power is much stronger than my cordless vacuum, meaning it picked up more dust and hair with each pass’.

It’s also worth shouting out the unique Odor Neutralizer Technology, an innovation which makes this vacuum a must-have for pet owners. As you vacuum, a light and fresh scent is released into the room, enhancing that ‘freshly-cleaned’ atmosphere.

The smaller bin capacity of the Shark means that it’ll need emptying more often. However, at 1.4l, Shark still has a considerable amount of storage. The Shark is only 0.1lbs lighter than the Dyson Ball Animal 3, so if you have mobility problems, neither model is ideal.

There's more detail in our Shark Stratos Upright review.

The best cordless Dyson alternative

Premium features with a reasonable price tag

Specifications

Type: Cordless
Battery life: Up to 60 minutes
Dust bin: 0.34qt
Weight: 9.04lb
Power: 281W
Noise level: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Quick Set-Up
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Easy to fold down for storage, and compacts down to less than 3 feet for closet storage
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Super lightweight
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Easy to remove dust cup
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Does not require a charging hub
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Charges through a removable battery
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Anti-allergen seal traps dust and allergens

Reasons to avoid

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Cumbersome to unfurl back up from storage mode
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Top-heavy
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Small dustbin

Boasting some of the best features on the market, the Shark Vertex is a formidable opponent to Dyson’s cordless models. An earlier version of the Shark Vertex Pro above, the main body is as agile and lightweight as the later model. When we put it to the test in our kitchen, across a range of surfaces and debris types, and were blown away. The soft roller makes an excellent addition to the Shark’s arsenal, working on even the deepest pile carpets. It would be remiss to overlook the incredible anti-hair wrap technology and washable HEPA filter.

The flexible floorhead can reach deep under low furniture, making good use of the LED lights which show up even the most stubborn dust and dirt. We vacuumed for up to an hour in our tests and then the batteries ran out. By this point, we think you’ll want a well-deserved break from cleaning anyway. If we increased the suction power to its maximum capacity, the battery life plummeted to 13 minutes. When you’re finished vacuuming, you can fold the vacuum in half for neat storage too.

The drawbacks of this coveted vacuum cleaner are few, but they’re worth knowing. Aside from the fickle battery life, it’s also hard to control when it’s reaching under low furniture. We would also suggest considering the Vertex Pro version above, which features a more sophisticated LCD display and a slightly larger dust bin: it’s only $50 more.

There's extra information on our Shark Vertex lightweight cordless vacuum review.

The best budget Dyson alternative

A brilliant basic, which can take on simple taks like a luxury model

Specifications

Type: Cordless
Battery life: Up to 40 minutes
Dust bin: 0.63qt
Weight: 7.1lb
Power: 130 AW
Noise level: 80 dB

Reasons to buy

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Trigger doesn’t have to be held in
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Great price
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Removable battery
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Plenty of suction levels
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Two HEPA filters

Reasons to avoid

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Heavy when using as a handheld
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Auto mode didn’t often increase suction

One of the most satisfying vacuum cleaners on the market, the Levoit VortexIQ 40 Cordless Stick Vacuum performs simple tasks with the thoroughness of vacuums four times the price. When we challenged it on more complex debris and suction settings, it struggled a little, but for $200, this is incredible battery.

If Levoit sounds familiar, it’s because they established themselves by making some of the best air purifiers on the market. This model is an extension of the thoroughness of their air purifiers, offering 4-stage filtration which can trap at least 99.9% of particles 0.3 microns in size, which is great for allergy sufferers.

Offering considerable battery life, this is a robust investment that will impress even the most snobby vacuum cleaner enthusiasts. Whilst the 130 AW of suction is less than most Dysons, it was still successful across a range of surfaces.We thought the user experience was better when we could manually adjust between the five suction levels. AUTO was just missing the mark where we would expect the power to ramp up, such as going from hard floor to carpet.

Read more at our Levoit VortexIQ 40 Cordless Stick Vacuum review.

The best smart Dyson alternative

A smart touch for your cleaning routine, this powerhouse is close to perfect

Specifications

Type: Cordless
Battery life: Up to 40 minutes
Dust bin: 0.5qt
Weight: 6.8lb
Power: 500W
Noise level: <80 dBA