It's Black Friday and the deals have landed! If you're just bargain hunting, read on. If you want some buying inspiration, have a look at our round-up of the best vacuum cleaners we’ve reviewed.

If you want a Dyson, don't forget to check our dedicated Dyson deals guide. Or to see the best of all the deals we've found, have a look at our round-up of the best Black Friday tech deals across all tech categories: phones, laptops, smartwatches, PCs, Macs and more. 

Best vacuum cleaner deals right now

1. Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless IZ201

From: Very

Was: £249

Now: £179  (£70 off)

This is the best price we've seen for this excellent cordless. It's at the top of our round-up of the best vacuum cleaners of the year and we gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars in our review.

Ignore the inflated RRP - you can usually get it for £249, but that doesn't make this any less of a cracking deal. You can also get the deal direct from Shark.

2. Dyson V11 Absolute

From: AO.com

Was: £599

Now: £449  (£150 off)

Save £150 on the V11 Absolute, with LCD screen and torque drive motorhead. It's one of our favourite Dyson cordless cleaners. If it's sold out at AO, Currys has the same deal, as does Very. Dyson's own deal on the same cordless is £499.99.

3. Dyson V11 Outsize (refurbished)

From: eBay - official Dyson outlet

Was: £649.99 (new)

Now: £349.99  (£300 off RRP)

News just in: from 4pm, the price is dropping to £349.99. Just apply the code MORESAVINGS at the checkout. If you're after a big vacuum cleaner with an even bigger discount, this refurbished V11 Outsize comes with free postage, direct from Dyson.

4. Dyson V8 Fluffy

From: Wal-Mart

Was: $399.99

Now: $299.99  ($100 off)

Got pets? Get $100 off this pet-friendly cordless cleaner to tackle their fur.

5. Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute (US)

From: Dyson

Was: $549.99

Now: $499.99  ($50 off)

Dyson's US Black Friday deals are live and you can get $50 off the Cyclone V10 Absolute, to which we gave 4.5 out of 5 stars in our review.

6. Hoover H-Free 700 Cordless & FREE Steam Mop

From: Hoover

Was: £248.99

Now: £149  (£99.99 off)

Get a free steam mop when you buy a cordless Hoover H-Free 700. There's another bundle deal from Hoover: buy the corded Upright 500 Reach and get a free handheld vacuum cleaner.

7. Hoover Upright 300

From: Hoover

Was: £189

Now: £139  (£50 off)

This is a really well designed corded vacuum cleaner: it's light, has great features and plenty of suction. And this is a fantastic price for it. You'll also get a free pet hair brush if you get the deal. 

8. Proscenic P11 cordless

From: Amazon

Was: RRP £229

Now: £149.25  (£49.75 off)

This is the lowest price we've seen for the P11, which we liked a lot when we reviewed. It's usually available for just under £200, so it's not quite as big a discount as advertised, but it's still a very good one.

9. Tineco iFloor 2 Cordless Wet/Dry vacuum

From: Wal-Mart

Was: $199

Now: $125  ($74 off)

Tineco's wet and dry vacuums are some of the best around and good value at any price - but this is a decent deal.

10. Samsung Jet 90 Pro

From: Samsung

Was: £599

Now: £529  (£70 off)

This is one of the best and most powerful cordless cleaners we've tested. It comes with a ton of attachments, including a brilliant spinning mop. Full disclosure: we have seen it cheaper by a few pounds over the last year, but this is still a solid deal.

11. Halo Capsule cordless

From: Capsule Clean

Was: £349.99

Now: £249.99  Bundle deal

Halo Capsule is one of our favourite cordless vacuums. It's often available for £249.99, so take the numbers here with a pinch of salt. But what you do get if you buy now is an armful of extras, including an additional 26 dust pouches, a dock and extra attachments. 

12. Tineco Pure One X

From: Wal-Mart

Was: $229

Now: $179  ($50 off)

Get over 20% off the RRP of this handy little cordless cleaner. 

Best vacuum cleaner discounts: What to look for

You can read our reviews of the best vacuums and the best robot vacuums for information on individual products but here's our round-up of the main types of vacuum cleaners, their advantages and disadvantages and what to look out for when buying.

Cordless vacuums

Every home will get good use out of a cordless cleaner (especially one that transforms into a handheld). And now that they are so much more powerful, many households will find that they are the only vacuum cleaner they need. They light, versatile and make cleaning the stairs a much simpler proposition.

Cordless technology has advanced to the point that Dyson, for one, is no longer making corded cleaners – although you can still buy older corded Dyson models.

The main considerations when buying a cordless cleaner are flexibility (can you use it as a handheld as well?), battery life, bin size, weight and suction power.

The best cordless cleaners will now clean for an hour, although this is likely to be on the lowest power mode. On the highest power setting, you’ll only have 10-15 minutes of cleaning time – even from the top cleaners – before you have to recharge. However, if you clean regularly, you won’t need to use the maximum setting for anything other than spot cleaning disaster zones.

Recharging will take anywhere from 3-5 hours, so you really don’t want to have to stop mid-clean. Newer vacuum cleaners including Samsung’s Powerstick Jet and Miele’s Triflex have removable battery packs, so you can buy a second one and swap them out mid-clean. This makes these cleaners a much better option for people with larger homes.

The dustbin size is also important – although not as important as battery life – as you will need to pause to empty a smaller bin more often.

A cordless cleaner’s weight will also make a difference to how comfortable you are when vacuuming. The best cordless cleaners will weigh 3kg or less.

Working out a vacuum cleaner’s suction power is a more difficult matter. You can look at the wattage but bear in mind that larger cylinder cleaners will necessarily be higher wattage to achieve the same suction power as a smaller handheld. A better measurement is airwatts, which measures the useful energy that actually makes its way to a vacuum cleaner’s suction. You’ll find that some manufacturers use watts and some use airwatts – depending on what metric makes their cleaners better stand up to the competition.

Robot vacuums

The humble Roomba has spawned a whole market of robot vacuums. Advancements in AI tech mean that most modern versions do a much better job of learning and navigating the environment (so they don't get stuck on raised thresholds quite so often) and have enough battery life to clean a either an entire flat, or a good portion of a larger home, in one go.

Look out for robot vacuums with app support, which let you monitor progress remotely, trigger a clean from work, schedule cleaning sessions and virtually mark out exclusion zones.

Robot cleaners are a better buy for more minimalist homes. They’ll struggle with clutter and you’ll find it frustrating having to rescue them all the time. But the chief downside of a robot vac – apart from the fact that you’ll need a separate cleaner for the stairs – is the cost, with top models selling for as much as £800/$800 at full price. If you want one, read reviews and make a shortlist of the models you’d like, then bide your time and wait for a good deal.

Cylinder vacuums

Cylinder vacuum cleaners are still one of the most powerful types. They tend to be tough, reliable cleaners but they are always corded and have to be dragged around behind you while you vac. A cylinder cleaner is the best bet for cleaning large spaces and for handling a lot of dirt. It is also more versatile than an upright as its hose means that it can vacuum upholstery, shelves and blinds.

Upright vacuums

Like a cylinder cleaner, an upright vacuum cleaner is powerful and robust. Its main disadvantages are that it is heavy, that it can only clean your floor and that it’s a nightmare on stairs.

Shark makes lift-away cleaners that combine the tank-like utility of an upright with the manoeuvrability of a handheld. You can remove the central section of the cleaner and use it to vacuum sofas, beds, stairs and so on. However, these cleaners are corded, so they’re not as easy to move around with as a cordless. Nonetheless, a lift-away upright is a good compromise between power and versatility and what’s more, it is among the best-priced cleaners on the market.

Multifunction cleaners

Finally, keep an eye out for multifunction vacuums. As the name suggests, these include extra functionality on top of vacuuming: they may steam clean or work as a mop or carpet cleaner. These are really only a good purchase if you are going to use all functions regularly, as the cleaner will be bulkier and heavier than a traditional vacuum cleaner.

Where to find vacuum cleaner offers

If you find a model you like, compare the price across two or three different retailers.

As with most things, Amazon is one of the best places to check first, especially if you look in the Deals of the Day. These discounts offered for a limited time (often for a few hours only), or until stocks run out. They're also known as Lightning Deals. See Amazon's dedicated Vacuum Cleaner page for deals across all types of vacuums.

We'd recommend signing up to Amazon's 30 day free trial of Prime, which will not only get you access to Lightning deals 30 minutes earlier than non-Prime members, but will also get you free next-day delivery. Plus, you'll get access to Prime Video, which you can access through your smart TV, and other benefits during your trial, too.

If you're in the UK, other great places to look include Argos, Currys, AO, and Very. It's always worth keeping John Lewis in mind too - the company's price match policies mean you can often get the same deal that another retailer is offering, with better customer service and warranty policies.

Best vacuum deals

1. Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless IZ201

From: Very

Was: £249

Now: £179  (£70 off)

This is the best price we've seen for this excellent cordless. It's at the top of our round-up of the best vacuum cleaners of the year and we gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars in our review.

Ignore the inflated RRP - you can usually get it for £249, but that doesn't make this any less of a cracking deal. You can also get the deal direct from Shark.

2. Dyson V11 Absolute

From: AO.com

Was: £599

Now: £449  (£150 off)

Save £150 on the V11 Absolute, with LCD screen and torque drive motorhead. It's one of our favourite Dyson cordless cleaners. If it's sold out at AO, Currys has the same deal, as does Very. Dyson's own deal on the same cordless is £499.99.

3. Dyson V11 Outsize (refurbished)

From: eBay - official Dyson outlet

Was: £649.99 (new)

Now: £349.99  (£300 off RRP)

News just in: from 4pm, the price is dropping to £349.99. Just apply the code MORESAVINGS at the checkout. If you're after a big vacuum cleaner with an even bigger discount, this refurbished V11 Outsize comes with free postage, direct from Dyson.

4. Dyson V8 Fluffy

From: Wal-Mart

Was: $399.99

Now: $299.99  ($100 off)

Got pets? Get $100 off this pet-friendly cordless cleaner to tackle their fur.

5. Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute (US)

From: Dyson

Was: $549.99

Now: $499.99  ($50 off)

Dyson's US Black Friday deals are live and you can get $50 off the Cyclone V10 Absolute, to which we gave 4.5 out of 5 stars in our review.

6. Hoover H-Free 700 Cordless & FREE Steam Mop

From: Hoover

Was: £248.99

Now: £149  (£99.99 off)

Get a free steam mop when you buy a cordless Hoover H-Free 700. There's another bundle deal from Hoover: buy the corded Upright 500 Reach and get a free handheld vacuum cleaner.

7. Hoover Upright 300

From: Hoover

Was: £189

Now: £139  (£50 off)

This is a really well designed corded vacuum cleaner: it's light, has great features and plenty of suction. And this is a fantastic price for it. You'll also get a free pet hair brush if you get the deal. 

8. Proscenic P11 cordless

From: Amazon

Was: RRP £229

Now: £149.25  (£49.75 off)

This is the lowest price we've seen for the P11, which we liked a lot when we reviewed. It's usually available for just under £200, so it's not quite as big a discount as advertised, but it's still a very good one.

9. Tineco iFloor 2 Cordless Wet/Dry vacuum

From: Wal-Mart

Was: $199

Now: $125  ($74 off)

Tineco's wet and dry vacuums are some of the best around and good value at any price - but this is a decent deal.

10. Samsung Jet 90 Pro

From: Samsung

Was: £599

Now: £529  (£70 off)

This is one of the best and most powerful cordless cleaners we've tested. It comes with a ton of attachments, including a brilliant spinning mop. Full disclosure: we have seen it cheaper by a few pounds over the last year, but this is still a solid deal.

11. Halo Capsule cordless

From: Capsule Clean

Was: £349.99

Now: £249.99  Bundle deal

Halo Capsule is one of our favourite cordless vacuums. It's often available for £249.99, so take the numbers here with a pinch of salt. But what you do get if you buy now is an armful of extras, including an additional 26 dust pouches, a dock and extra attachments. 

12. Tineco Pure One X

From: Wal-Mart

Was: $229

Now: $179  ($50 off)

Get over 20% off the RRP of this handy little cordless cleaner.