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8 Best Lightweight Vacuum Cleaners

Andy Vandervell


Bosch GL30 Compact All Floor

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Reviewed by Richard & Jackie Stevenson

24 March 2015

Bosch GL30 Compact All Floor

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Key Features

  • 5.3kg bagged cylinder vacuum cleaner
  • 4-litre bag capacity
  • Available in blue and black
  • Review Price: £80
The Bosch GL30 Compact All Floor is the heaviest machine in this round-up, but it's also the cheapest. It won't break your back and it certainly won't break the bank. Despite being lighter and more compact than usual, it still has a decent 4-litre capacity so you don't have to change bags too often.

It has a variable power dial and and it cleans well for such a cheap machine. It doesn't clean so well up to the edges of skirting boards, but it does better than some other cheap vacs and rival cordless machines. The one thing it lacks is a powered brush head, which means it's no good for pet hair on carpets. You can buy a turbobrush to add to it, though.

Our Score:


e. black

January 10, 2017, 9:21 pm

a little surprised that the Shark Rocket Ultra-Light vacuum (hv302) wasn't included in this comparison as well?. we have the full sized dyson but for Christmas wanted a lighter vacuum so picked up the shark. nothing wrong with our dyson, just a bit cumbersome to haul all over the house.

we didn't expect much from the shark thinking it would work on par with other ultra-light models we've had in the past. boy were we wrong. not only did it cost a lot less but it works in my opinion nearly as good as the big dyson.

the surprising power from the small motor is something only made possibly by recent tech innovations, rare earth elements, stronger magnets,..amazing how much things have advanced over the course of just a few years. the only thing going for the larger dyson as opposed to the much smaller shark is the size of the dust bucket.

so the shark is something to consider when looking. fyi we got her shark on cyber monday so it cost even less, a little over a hundred bucks for the corded version.

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