Best Lightweight Vacuum Cleaners 2018: 8 great portable cleaners


Key features:

  • Compact bagless cleaner
  • 3.2kg without tools
  • Stick/handheld use
  • 500W mains power
  • A-rated energy

The Karcher VC5 Premium is a compact, flexible cleaner that tips the scales at a featherweight 3.2kg minus its tools. Despite its bijou size and weight, the VC5 delivers powerful cleaning performance – especially on carpets.

The cleaner collapses down for easy storage, and there’s a good selection of tools: a mid-sized crevice tool, a dusting brush with pivoting head, and a basic upholstery tool. The telescopic tube on the VC5 collapses into the body to work as a handheld cleaner, or extends to become a high-reach dusting or multi-floor stick upright.

There are a few design niggles that let the VC5 down, including mixed hard floor cleaning performance and a filtration system that needs cleaning all too regularly. But you can’t argue with this cleaner’s efficiency and sheer power in a carpeted house – or it’s incredibly modest price tag.

Buy now at from £129.99

At the time of the review the Karcher VC5 Premium was available for £149.99