Not that long ago getting excited about a discount on a vacuum was a sign that you were either deranged or dull, but in the modern age of cordless cleaners and sci-fi Dyson designs, we've probably all flirted with grabbing a hoover in a Black Friday sale.

On the other hand, as vacuums have gotten more and more high-tech - and started being sold by a wider variety of retailers - it's trickier to make sure you find the right model for you, and to be sure that what looks like a bargain really is worth the money. That's where we come in.

Check out our main tech deals site for discounts on other new gear while you're at it, and if you know you're desperate for a Dyson, you might have better luck in our dedicated Dyson deals guide.

Best vacuum cleaner deals right now

Best hoover discounts: What to look for

Buying a vacuum used to be a lot simpler. You basically had to decide between an upright or a cylinder and then pick how much you wanted to spend. But these days, with battery-powered cordless options and even automated robot vacuums that connect to the cloud, there's a lot more to think about.

Here are the main types to consider, but check out our reviews of the best vacuums and the best robot vacuums for more in-depth info.

Cordless vacuums

This is the modern style popularised by Dyson - though just about every vacuum manufacturer makes their own cordless variant these days. Freeing you from a cord means there's no need to limit where you can clean or get caught up in the cable, making these a lot more convenient - especially for large houses or anywhere with multiple floors.

Battery life is the main thing to look out for - the best go up to an hour, the worst sometimes just 15 minutes - and suction power also varies considerably. Make sure to think about weight too: not all cordless vacuums are as light as they look, and you'll have to carry the whole weight as you go around, so it's important to factor in. Bear in mind that you'll probably also pay a bit more than for traditional vacuums.

Robot vacuums

The humble Roomba has spawned a whole market of robot vacuums which have been to take off in the last few years. Advancements in AI tech mean most modern versions do a much better job of learning and navigating the environment (so they don't get stuck on your shoelaces quite so often) and have enough battery to clean a decent area.

Look out for robot vacuums with app support, which let you monitor progress remotely, trigger a clean from work, and sometimes even draw out no-go areas on a digital map of your home. The only downside? Again, these are expensive, with top models selling for as much as £800 at full price. Hence looking for deals.

Cylinder vacuums

The classic Henry the Hoover design, cylinder vacuums consist of a large cylindrical vacuum on wheels with a separate hose attachment. That makes them flexible for reaching remote spots or ceiling corners, and also means the bit you have to carry is lightweight, though you do have to keep repositioning the main base.

Upright vacuums

A little less common now, upright vacuums build the vacuum element into the handle, so you have to carry the whole thing around, but don't have an awkward wheely base. These are essentially the more powerful, corded forebears of modern cordless designs, but have mostly been superseded since.

Multifunction cleaners

Finally, keep an eye out for multifunction vacuums. As the name suggests, these include extra functionality on top of vacuuming: usually either a mop or a carpet cleaner. That's obviously more convenient than having to keep multiple appliances, but makes the vacuum bulkier and usually more expensive too.

Where to find vacuum cleaner offers

You'll be able to find savings on vacuums from plenty of different retailers, especially towards the end of the year as we get into Black Friday and Christmas season.

If you find a model you like, we would also advise comparing the price against at least two to three other retailers and of course against Amazon if you haven't already.

As with most things, Amazon is one of the best places to look 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.

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 it often matches some of the best deals from other retailers, while including better customer service and warranty policies.

Best vacuum deals

1. Dyson V6 Animal Cordless Vacuum

From: Dyson

Now: £199.99

The V6 is an older Dyson cordless, but it's still great if you don't mind a slightly shorter battery life, and this is a seriously low price for it

2. Neato Robotics Botvac D7 Connected Wi-Fi Robot Vacuum

From: Amazon

Was: £799

Now: £698  (£100 off)

Save a whopping £100 on one of the best robot vacuums we've ever reviewed

3. Shark DuoClean Lift-Away Vacuum

From: Argos

Was: £329.99

Now: £249.99  (£80 off)

Save £80 on the original price of this flexible corded vacuum which is light enough to carry around - we gave it 4 stars in our review

4. Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum

From: Dyson

Was: £369.99

Now: £249.99  (£120 off)

This is the best price we've found right now for Dyson's V7, which is a few years old but still a phenomenal vacuum

5. Neato Botvac D5 Connected Robot Vacuum

From: Amazon

Was: £599.99

Now: £329.99  (£270 off)

This Neato robot vacuum can be controlled directly from your phone, and has £270 off

6. Ecovacs Deebot N79S

From: Amazon

Was: £249

Now: £229  (£20 off)

Ecovacs' affordable robot vacuum is now even more affordable. Get the cleaning done for you.

7. Vax Air Lift Steerable Advance Upright Vacuum Cleaner

From: John Lewis

Was: £199.99

Now: £129.99  (£70 off)

Save £70 on this corded upright vacuum from Vax

8. Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930

From: Amazon

Was: £549

Now: £479  (£70 off)

Save 13% on this app-connected robot vacuum, which we gave 4 stars

9. Dyson Small Ball Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner

From: Very

Was: £399

Now: £349  (£50 off)

Get £50 off this upright vacuum from Dyson

10. Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner

From: AO

Was: £519

Now: £469  (£50 off)

This upright bagless vacuum from Dyson is £50 off right now

11. Hoover Breeze Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner

From: Amazon

Was: £79.99

Now: £52.99  (£17 off)

Get over 20% off this simple bagless vacuum from Hoover