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8 Best Vacuum Cleaners In Singapore To Buy Based On Suction Power, Price & Battery Life

27 February 2024 | BY

Selecting the ideal vacuum cleaner transcends beyond just keeping clean, so we’ve made a list of 8 best ones to consider for your HDB home.

Best vacuum cleaners in Singapore

When time is as valuable as living space, selecting the ideal vacuum cleaner transcends beyond just maintaining a tidy home. It’s about which product has the best features, gives you the best value, is the most aesthetically pleasing and can be easily stowed out of sight. We compile a list of the 8 best vacuum cleaners in Singapore to consider for your HDB home.

How to choose the right vacuum cleaner for small apartments in Singapore?

When we look at vacuums in the market, we can easily whittle the options down to the following varieties: corded vacuums, cordless vacuums, robot vacuums, and wet-and-dry vacuum cleaners.
Here’s a simple overview of the pros and cons for each type: 

Vacuum Type Pros Cons Best For
  • Strong suction
  • Unlimited run time
  • Durable
  • Ideal for deep cleaning
  • Limited mobility
  • Requires power outlets
  • Often bulkier
People with larger homes, or those needing thorough, deep cleaning
  • Highly portable
  • Convenient for quick use
  • No cord restrictions
  • Usually lightweight
  • Limited battery life
  • Potentially less suction
  • Needs regular charging
Those needing quick, easy clean-ups and manoeuvrability in smaller spaces
  • Automated cleaning
  • Regular scheduling possible
  • Maintains daily cleanliness
  • Compact design
  • Less powerful suction
  • Struggles with complex layouts
  • Higher cost
  • Not for large debris
Busy individuals or those wanting regular, minimal-effort cleaning
Wet and Dry
  • Handles dry and wet messes
  • Robust for tough cleaning
  • Versatile usage
  • Larger and heavier
  • Can be noisy
  • More maintenance needed
People needing versatile cleaning for both dry and wet messes, such as in workshops or garages

Corded vacuum cleaners

Best for: Larger homes and bigger messes

Most of us have grown up seeing our parents wheel around large corded vacuum cleaners like the iconic Rainbow cleaning system, and remember them for being beastly in the suction department, and perfect for families in larger homes, or those who constantly find themselves facing gnarly dust bunnies and hair balls.

Being powered by a plug to a wall socket does mean that as long as your vacuum is plugged in, it’ll have unlimited run time. On the down side, most corded vacuums don’t have long enough cables for you to vacuum room to room, and will require that extra bit of effort to unplug and hunt for another viable wall socket.

Best premium corded vacuum cleaner: Miele Complete C3 PowerLine

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Price: S$529
Max Suction Power: 2000 W
Dustbag: Yes, with a volume of 4.5 litres

The Miele Complete C3 PowerLine is a one of the most practical corded vacuum cleaners money can buy, ideal for those who find themselves facing clumps of pet fur or a sandy situation at home on a daily messes. It boasts a maximum suction power of 2000 W and a 12m operating radius, making it effective for tackling various household messes, from pet hair to dry spills, in any apartment. 

Weighing 8.4kg, the Miele Complete C3 PowerLine is relatively light and easy to manoeuvre. This model is compatible with a range of accessories, including a mattress nozzle, dusting brush, hard floor brushes, and more. Note: These accessories are sold separately.

Shop the Miele Complete C3 PowerLine on Tangs.

Best budget option: Karcher VC 2 Premium SEA Vacuum Cleaner

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Price: S$113
Max Suction Power: 1,100 W
Dustbag: Yes, with a volume of 2 litres

Affordably priced at just $113, the Karcher VC 2 Premium SEA vacuum cleaner is a pretty decent canister vacuum cleaner and will be a reliable addition to your cleaning arsenal. It boasts a lightweight design at 5kg for easy manoeuvring. Its 3-tiered filtration system is designed to keep dust particles at bay, ensuring cleaner air as you vacuum.

Shop the Karcher VC 2 Premium SEA Vacuum Cleaner on Shopee.

Cordless vacuum cleaners

Best premium cordless vacuum cleaner: Dyson V12s Detect Slim Submarine

dysonA flat lay of the Dyson V12s Detect Slim Submarine.

Price: S$1,399
Max Suction Power: 230 AW
Dustbag: No, internal dustbin volume is 0.77 litres

Dyson is a brand that needs no introduction. Its sleek and futuristic design has made waves in the vacuum industry with many other brands following in its footsteps, trying to emulate the design of their super slim cordless vacuums. One of the Dyson V12S Detect Slim Submarine’s most impressive features is its beam of light that reveals even the tiniest speck of dust on any hard surface.

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Complementing this high-tech laser beam are sophisticated on-board electronics that sense and display the sizes of the particles absorbed on a nifty LCD screen. It also automatically increases suction power when it detects a higher dust volume coming into the vacuum. 

Another nifty piece of tech is the HEPA filtration that is able to trap “99.99% of particles” and has a “fully-sealed filtration system” to stop the trapped particles from being released back into the air. See our review of the Dyson V12s to find out more.

Shop the Dyson V12s Detect Slim Submarine on Dyson.

Best budget option: Dibea F20 Max

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Price: S$229
Max Suction Power: 100 AW
Dustbag: No, internal dustbin volume is 0.5 litres

The Dibea F20 Max is no slouch either; for $1,000 less than the Dyson, you still get 1 hour of use time, a generous 500ml dustbin and decent suction power. 

It has a very smooth self-drive big roller brush head and whilst nowhere new as futuristic as the V15, there is an LED light that helps you with finding those pesky spots of dust you otherwise would have missed. You can also have a look at our full review of the Dibea F20 Max Vacuum Cleaner.

Shop the Dibea F20 Max on Shopee.

Robot vacuum cleaners

Best premium robot vacuum cleaner: Ecovacs Deebot X2 Omni

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Price: S$1,799
Max Suction Power: 8,000 Pa
Dustbag: 3 litres

As far as handy little robot helpers are concerned, the Ecovacs Deebot X2 Omni has some of the best that the market has to offer. A lot of the features it comes with tackle the core issue that plagues all robot vacuums: a complex home terrain. 

ecovacThe Ecovac comes with features to help it navigate complex home terrain.
Image credit: Ecovac

At only 9.5 cm tall, this short king is able to effortlessly glide under your sofas, bed frames and other areas that are hard to reach with more conventional vacuum cleaners. And it’s also able to lift itself up to 22mm to negotiate carpets, or other small thresholds. Best of all, it vacuums and mops the area as well, with a pair of chenille fabric rotating mops at the rear of the robot. 

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The mops retract when needed to avoid soaking your carpet or when they know it has already cleaned an area. For those with furkids, the Deebot X2 Omni also has a pet-friendly mode that detects and avoids the pet and its related items like the litter box and feeding bowl.

Shop the Ecovacs Deebot X2 Omni on Shopee.

Best budget option: Xiaomi Robot Vacuum S10 

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Price: S$259
Max Suction Power: 4,000 Pa
Dustbag: 300ml

Like the Dibea F20, the quirky little Xiaomi S10 retains most of the core features of its more expensive counterparts, albeit at the cost of the more premium features. What this means is that you still get the smart sensors to help it map out the home as well as mopping features.

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What this robot vacuum does bring to the table though, is the choice between two mopping modes: a zig-zag movement mode which maximises the amount of surface area it passes through and a Y-shaped movement mode that purports to mimic the way we usually clean with a mop, passing the same surface area multiple times to ensure the floor is squeaky clean.

Shop the Xiaomi Robot Vacuum S10 on Shopee.

Wet and dry vacuum cleaners

Best premium wet and dry vacuum cleaner: Tineco Floor One S7 Pro Smart Cordless

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Price: S$1,199.00
Max Suction Power: 30AW
Dustbag: 700ml

Tineco’s Floor One S7 Pro is high-tech versatility in a convenient cordless package. With a large waste water tank of 700ml, you need to pause your cleaning less often, or not at all if you live in a small enough home. 

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Similar to most vacuums at this premium price range, it comes with smart sensors that help guide you along with your cleaning chore. It does this by automatically adjusting settings like roller speed and suction power to ensure optimal cleaning. The Floor One S7 Pro also comes with a suction-only mode, allowing you to quickly dry an area after you’ve cleaned it.

Shop Tineco Floor One S7 Pro Smart Cordless on Shopee.

Best budget option: Dreame H13 Pro Wet and Dry Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

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Price: S$899
Max Suction Power: 1,400 W
Dustbag: 700 ml

Despite being the budget wet and dry option in this listing, Dreame’s H13 Pro actually gives the Tineco a run for its money with its suite of features. If anything, it boasts many of the same features, such as lights on the brush heads to illuminate dirt,  as well as similar waste water tank volume and operation duration. It even has smart sensors that do automatic adjustments of the cleaning modes.

A big feature is that H13 Pro uses 60°C water to help eliminate germs. It also uses hot air to blow dry the mop after use, further ensuring none of the germs and moisture stays on the mop to promote mould growth.

Shop Dreame H13 Pro Wet and Dry Cordless Vacuum Cleaner on Shopee.

What is the difference between watts, air watts and Pascal pressure units? 

When shopping for a vacuum cleaner, you might encounter different specification terms that help define a vacuum’s suction power, these are watts (W), air watts (AW), and pascal pressure units (Pa). But how do they match up?
Watts refer to the amount of electrical power a vacuum operates on, from this, most would assume that a vacuum boasting a higher wattage would be a stronger cleaner. While this is mostly true, it isn’t an entirely fair gauge of a vacuum cleaner’s actual suction ability.

Fancy name aside, pascal pressure units represents the amount of “internal pressure” a vacuum creates; putting this measurement on the same level as watts. Air watts on the other hand measures a combination of power consumption and air suction, which does make it the preferred standard when comparing specs of a vacuum.

Vacuum Type Typical Suction Power Range
Corded Upright/Canister 1000 – 2000 W
Cordless Stick/Handheld 100 – 200 AW (Air Watts)
Robot Vacuums 500 – 2500 Pa (Pascal Pressure Units)
Wet and Dry Vacuums 1000 – 3000 W

Best vacuum cleaners in Singapore

There are plenty of vacuum choices in the modern home cleaning landscape but all of them serve different niches. You might even end up owning a few of these appliances at the same time, such as a robot vacuum for maintenance but also a wet and dry vacuum for those bigger messes.

Whether or not you’re choosing to splurge on a new appliance, or are looking for something with a more modest price tag, hopefully this listicle will serve to help you find your ideal vacuum.

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Cover image adapted from: Ecovac, Tineco, Dyson, Harvey Norman Singapore

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