When it’s time to buy a new vacuum the cost can be a bit unexpected. Whether you’re upgrading your current vac or wanting to get a Shark, Dyson, or Miele model you’ve had your eye on, vacuum cleaners aren't a cheap purchase. So, when is the best time to buy a vacuum cleaner?
That’s why knowing the best time to buy can help. There’s shopping events, spring sales and annual offers. Time it right, and you just might be able to bag yourself a bargain. And like other investment items for your home, researching and planning before you buy, can ensure you get the best deal.
To help, we’ve spoken to the experts, and reviewed some of the best vacuum cleaners (opens in new tab), so you know what to shop, when. Find a breakdown of the best times to buy a vacuum below and our top tips on securing your next big buy.
Best times to buy a vacuum
Fortunately, big discounts are available on more than one occasion throughout the year, you can find a time to buy that suits your cash flow. Although there are multiple opportunities to score a bargain, it can still be easy to jump into making a purchase quickly - especially if your machine is broken. We always advise planning in advance as much as possible, so you're not forced to make a hefty purchase outside a sales period - and luckily with regular sales intervals, this is achievable.
As people look to take on their annual Spring clean, vacuum sales heighten from March until May. Many retailers use this spike to run sales across vacuums and other cleaning essentials.
Laurie Bilson, Floorcare Expert at Miele (opens in new tab), says "Some of the best times of year to be purchasing your next vacuum cleaner are after Christmas in January, around Springtime in May and around November - for the Black Friday sale. Whether it’s a versatile cordless vacuum stick, smart robot vacuum, or a more compact cylinder design, you can expect to see great savings.”
"New vacuums are typically released in Spring, also", says Geoff, Sales Directors of Roidmi (opens in new tab), meaning last season's models must go. While these won’t be new models on sale, you’ll be able to find high-end options at reasonable price points.
It's also a great time of year to invest, as it's ahead of the summer months where spare cash tends to go towards holidays. This means that if your machine is on the brink, it's a smart time to spend the money before the sociable summer begins.
2. Sales events
Geoff Johnson, Sales Director of Roidmi (opens in new tab), says "Discounting events such as Black Friday, Prime Day and January sales are often the best time to pick up a discounted bargain, with the best deals to be had on older or end-of-line models. A bargain is always good, but if there are new must-have floorcare features around the corner, you may be best waiting for new models, which often launch in spring – in time for spring cleaning season.”
Oftentimes, prices will increase right before a sales event, to make a discount appear larger, or there won't be any promotions on. So it's worth waiting it out until the events properly start. Unless you’re in desperate need of replacement, it’s worth waiting to buy during peak times.
Vacuum buying tips
Aside from shopping at certain times, there are a few things to consider before spending:
1. Think about the type of vacuum you need: The model you choose should suit the floors you need to clean, but the features of each type will affect the price. For example, robot vacuums will typically be more expensive.
2. Invest in a vacuum that’s built to last: The more durable your vacuum, the less likely it’s going to need replacing. Our advice is (ideally to wait for a sale) then invest in a quality vacuum you can rely on.
3. What’s the warranty? Most manufacturers have a set warranty, usually between one to five years. The longer the warranty, the more cost-effective your purchase will be.
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