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Cordless vacuum cleaner in the test at Stiftung Warentest – that is the test winner


Vacuuming is one of the most unpopular household chores. This is the result of a survey by the Austrian market research company Marketagent, in which only nine percent of the respondents said they love vacuuming. No wonder, after all, vacuum cleaners are loud, unwieldy and their cable is always too short. But innovations such as robotic vacuum cleaners and cordless cordless vacuum cleaners can make vacuuming a lot easier – at least in theory. Stiftung Warentest has examined to what extent this also works in practice.

Cordless vacuum cleaner tested by Stiftung Warentest

The consumer organization tested 14 different cordless cordless vacuum cleaners for the February issue of “Test” magazine (2021). For the test, the devices were rated on the basis of suction power, handling, environmental properties, durability and battery. Only five of the 14 models tested received the quality rating “good”. Three other cordless vacuum cleaners were rated “satisfactory”, while four vacuum cleaners were only “sufficient” and two were even “unsatisfactory”.

Test winner at Stiftung Warentest: This is the best cordless vacuum cleaner

Bosch BSS81POW1 – 519.50 euros at Media Markt *

In contrast to the two vacuum cleaners that failed in the test, two models were able to prevail as test winners. We are talking about the Bosch BSS81POW1 * and the Dyson V11 SV17 *, which both received the quality rating “good”. Both vacuum cleaners cost more than 600.00 euros and have satisfactory environmental properties and a satisfactory battery.

Dyson V11 Absolute Extra – € 627.00 at Saturn *

The Dyson achieved slightly better results when vacuuming (grade “very good”), while the Bosch device is easier to use and also scores with a longer shelf life. With the final score of 2.2, however, both vacuum cleaners do equally well in the overall evaluation.

Stiftung Warentest: This vacuum cleaner is even better than the two test winners

Miele Complete C3 Red EcoLine SGSK3 – € 229.00 at Amazon *

Regular corded vacuum cleaners were also examined as part of the test. Although the vacuum cleaners with cables are significantly cheaper than the two test winners, they did better in the test. The Miele Complete C3 Red EcoLine SGSK3 * achieved the best overall result for around 270.00 euros. It received the quality rating “good” (grade 2.0) and is particularly impressive due to its very good durability. The other criteria (as a reminder: suction power, handling and environmental properties) were each good.

Conclusion: Bosch, Dyson or Miele?

And which vacuum cleaner is the best choice now? In terms of suction power, the cordless vacuum cleaner from Dyson wins hugely. No other model can compete with the premium device in this category. In addition, it is cordless and therefore significantly more practical than the Miele Complete C3. Like the Bosch, the Dyson only has a mediocre battery, which is a fairly common problem with cordless vacuum cleaners. So if you can put up with a wired device and don’t want to pay 600.00 euros for a vacuum cleaner, we recommend the Miele Complete C3 *. But if suction power is more important to you than anything else, the Dyson V11 is your choice *. In any case, you should keep your hands off the Hoover HF522NPW and the Rowenta RH9172WO, both of which failed in the test.

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