Best vacuum cleaner 2024 in Australia: top dust busters from Dyson, Samsung, Shark and more

The best vacuum cleaners will not only keep your floors clean, but also make cleaning less of a chore. Ideally they should speed up the process, so you spend less time cleaning and more time doing other things you like.

However, different homes have different needs and, depending on your budget, finding the right vacuum for you could be a major chore in and of itself. For example, if you don't want to vacuum at all, you might want to considering getting a robot vacuum cleaner. If you need more versatility, one of the best cordless vacuum cleaners in Australia might be a better option. Don't want to worry about a battery running out mid-clean? Opt for a traditional barrel vacuum instead.

No matter what kind of vacuum might suit you, you'll want one that performs well and possibly offer some extra features that can help tailor your cleaning experience specifically to your household.

Here at TechRadar we’ve tried and tested several vacuum cleaners, from larger barrel vacuums to little robots that do it all, to curate a list of the best vacuums you can buy in Australia. Every entry on this list will help bust the dust and keep your floors free of dirt, fur and more.

From Dyson to Miele, Samsung to Shark, we’ve collected the best vacuums you can find right here in Australia.

Recent updates

February 2024: We've added a new vacuum cleaner to this list that we think is best for small homes and apartments, and changed our pick for the best wet-and-dry vacuum too. We've also double checked the availability of the others on this list.

Best vacuums: the quick list

Best vacuum cleaner overall

Hand holding the Samsung Bespoke Jet over a rug

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The power of a jet

Specifications

Power supply: Cordless, battery
Weight: 2.7kg
Bin size: 0.5L
Runtime: Up to 120 minutes

Reasons to buy

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Self-cleaning
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Extraordinary suction in Jet mode
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Mopping functionality

Reasons to avoid

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Requires two power sockets
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Extra storage space needed
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Ongoing cost for dust bags

The best vacuum cleaners in the business aren't just competing in terms of suction power, but also in design and feature set. While Dyson has been a market leader for a very long time, Samsung has stepped up to the challenge with its Bespoke Jet. Everything about the South Korean brand's latest vacuum cleaner is well thought out, doing a lot more than what any Dyson cordless vacuum cleaner can do.

Firstly, it self-cleans thanks to its Clean Station (also a free-standing charging dock) that sucks out the gunk from the dust canister at the push of a button. Secondly, it comes with four power modes, with the highest – called Jet – able to suck up a whole load of matted hair and fur off a piled carpet in a single pass. And then there's its ability to mop and... well, sweep (sort of) too. 

Importantly, it comes with two batteries, each with up to 60 minutes of runtime, and a plethora of accessories to get at any kind of dirt you need to. And when not in use, it looks pretty darn neat just standing up in a corner somewhere. All the tools and accessories have their own little cradle, which admittedly requires extra floor space but also provides a charging dock for the second battery (so it also needs it own power socket).

All this for a price that competes with the Dyson V15 Detect (see below) that can't do as much means there's value for money here if you're willing to make the initial high investment and take into consideration the ongoing cost of purchasing the disposable dust bags for the Clean Station.

Read our full Samsung Bespoke Jet review

Best Dyson

Dyson V15 Detect's Laser Slim Fluffy cleaning head

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When you need "scientific proof" you've done a good job

Specifications

Power supply: Cordless, battery
Weight: 3kg
Bin size: 0.77L
Runtime: Up to 60 minutes

Reasons to buy

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Adaptive, powerful suction
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Laser light to illuminate dust

Reasons to avoid

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Very expensive
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Unbalanced weight distribution

Dyson's newest flagship floor cleaner is, beyond a doubt, one of the best vacuum cleaners we've tested. Not only is the improvement in suction power impressive, it's also adaptive. That means, when using the High Torque cleaning head, the V15 Detect can automatically increase suction when it detects a carpet or rug, and reverse back when it's back on a hard floor.

Then there's the headline feature of the laser light on the redesigned Slim Fluffy tool for hard floors. Sure, it's a little gimmicky and you can still get a good clean without really using it, but watching it illuminate dust, dirt and hair strands on a floor is... well, a little mesmerising. It's great to watch it all get sucked up, something you normally wouldn't be able to see with the naked eye.

And if you want more proof the vacuum cleaner is a good sucker, then the built-in piezo sensor 'listens' to the particles going through the handstick and gives you a graphical representation of what's getting pulled in.

Needless to say it truly is an engineering marvel and definitely worth the upgrade... if you can afford it. The V15 Detect is the most expensive Dyson yet.

Read our full Dyson V15 Detect review

Best robot vacuum

Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni robot vacuum in it's charging station

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The future of autonomous cleaning

Specifications

Power supply: : Cordless, battery
Weight: : 21.6kg (including charging station)
Bin size: : 420ml
Run time: : Up to 140 minutes

Reasons to buy

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Mops and vacuums
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Self-emptying
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Excellent battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Bulky docking station
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Expensive

The main reason to get yourself a robot vacuum cleaner is so you can either put your feet up and get something else to do all the hard work for you, or so you get more time to do more important things – or perhaps both. And that's exactly what the X1 Omni will do, and do way better than most other robot vacuum cleaners... if you're willing to splurge a little.

There’s not much we can fault with this little droid: it vacuums, it mops – although mopping isn't as good as you may like but it's got no elbows to apply grease – then empties its own bin and cleans out its dirty mop water. It will also clean the mopping pads all by itself. Yes, you read that right – if there was a machine to do it all and make you lazy, then this is it. No wonder it costs an arm and a leg.

You are going to need some decent amount of floor space to stow it, though, as the docking station is large. That's understandable as it's got two tanks in there.

While its mapping and obstacle avoidance tech is quite impressive, it will plow over or thin cables and socks (or other smaller items), so you'd still need to make sure you pick up bits and bobs before the X1 Omni does its thing.

There's also a camera on board that can act as a security device for you. Since you can control the bot remotely via the companion app, you can send it on 'patrols' around your home and keep an eye on your pets if you need to.

If you really want to outsource your floor cleaning, this is the way to go.

Read our full Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni review

Best Dyson alternative

The Tineco Pure One S12 Platinum being used to clean carpet

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When you need an accessory for every task

Specifications

Power supply: Cordless, battery
Weight: 2.9kg
Bin size: 0.6L
Runtime: up to 100 minutes

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight
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Lots of accessories

Reasons to avoid

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Needs extra storage space
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Relatively expensive

You'd be forgiven if you haven't heard of Tineco before, but select models of vacuum cleaners from the brand have made appearances on Amazon AU. You can also purchase them from Godfreys. And our pick of the bunch – albeit an expensive proposition – is the Pure One S12 Platinum.

Our colleagues in the UK tested the Tineco Pure One S12 Pro EX – which is absolutely the same thing just with a different name – and they had high praise for it. Like other, more expensive cordless handsticks out there, the S12 Platinum can dynamically increase suction if it senses more dirt on the floor. And it's pretty powerful too.

The staggering number of accessories that you get in the box with this model... well, it honestly adds to the value proposition here. You'll get an attachment that will likely clean every single surface in your home – there are 10 in total in the box.

It also comes with two batteries, giving you a total maximum runtime of up to 100 minutes, so it's great for larger family homes. 

There's a display to keep an eye on things, plus a touch-sensitive slider to change suction power – a design element you won't find elsewhere. It's also quite light, making it easy to manoeuvre and use as a handheld unit. 

The main downside to this is the extra storage space you're going to need to stow away the accessories. We could wish the bin capacity was a little more than just 0.6L, but this is average for most cordless vacuums in the market today.

Read our in-depth Tineco Pure One S12 Platinum review (albeit the UK model)

Best vacuum mop

A person holding the Dyson V15s Detect Submarine

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Dyson's first vacuum mop does well

Specifications

Power supply: Cordless
Weight: 3.8kg
Bin size: 0.77L
Run-time: Up to 60 minutes

Reasons to buy

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Vacuums and mops
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Effective wet roller attachment
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Easy to manoeuvre 

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Unbalanced weight distribution
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Submarine attachment not well designed

It's admittedly hard to recommend a vacuum cleaner that costs you well over a grand, but that's quite standard with a lot of Dyson's latest vacuum cleaners. And, honestly, if you're getting an attachment that can also mop, it could well be worth every penny you spend.

The Dyson V15s Detect Submarine is an excellent vacuum, as you'd expect from the British brand, but the new Submarine wet roller attachment is the headline act here. It's made from velvet and it's more than capable of cleaning up wet and dry spills – if it's wet, it mops your floor dry; if it's a dry spill, it can be wet enough to clean up dried-up stains.

What it isn't great at is keeping the dirty water inside the compartment when it starts filling up. It's not sealed so, when full, and you're moving the appliance, it can create its own spills. It's not a deal breaker but can be annoying, despite coming with a spill tray. 

If you can spare the extra cash for the Dyson-exclusive Complete model, then you also get an upgraded Fluffy Optic that has an LED light that shines brighter and with a broader beam than the original laser-lit one that came with the older V15.

As both a vacuum and mop, the V15s Detect Submarine does well along room edges too, but be wary of the mop leaving dirty water stains on the walls if you're running it perpendicular to the edge. All in all, it's a good all-rounder for all kinds of floors, with up to 60 minutes battery life.

The only downside to this Dyson is its uneven weight distribution that makes it slightly harder to use as a handheld.

Read our full Dyson V15s Detect Submarine review

Dyson V11 Outsize

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Best for large homes

A cordless option for large homes