Updated 5 Apr 2018

Nilfisk

Meteor

Bottom line: This turbo-head canister vacuum cleaner is an OK performer and it's very easy to use. But it's just OK for quick cleaning.

Meteor
Consumer score
65
Avg price

$299

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Test results

Overall score
OK
65
Carpet quick clean
Just OK
5.4/10
Carpet full clean
OK
6.1/10
Pet-hair removal
OK
6.0/10
Ease of use
Very good
8.3/10

Good points

  • OK at carpet cleaning.
  • OK at cleaning corners and edges.
  • OK at removing pet hair.
  • Very easy to use.
  • Has HEPA filter.

But

  • Just OK for quick carpet cleaning.

How we test: corded models

Overall score includes:

Carpet quick cleaning: 37%
Carpet full cleaning: 18%
Pet-hair removal: 15%
Ease of use: 30%

Carpet cleaning and pet-hair removal are tested using the power or turbo head (where supplied).

Price is from a March 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$299
Type
Canister standard
Head type
Turbo-head
Reliability
89%
Satisfaction
64%

Specifications

Noise (dBA)
73
Edge distance at side/front (mm)
10-20 / 10-20
Reach (m)
8.7
Weight (kg)
7.3
Bagless
Yes
Bag/bin volume (L)
2.4
Power measured (W)
1580
Battery type
n/a
Battery voltage
n/a
Claimed charge time (hours)
n/a
Running time (minutes)
n/a

Features

Hand-held option
No
HEPA filter
Yes
Variable power
Yes
Wand suction control
Yes
Carpet height control
No

More Info

Notes
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Availability
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Reliability

Our 2017 appliance reliability survey found that overall, 90% of vacuum cleaners had never needed repair.

  • Above-average: Miele
  • Below-average: Electrolux, Shark, Bissell, Hoover, Sauber
  • Total number surveyed: 3513

Almost a thousand of the 3513 vacuum cleaners in our survey were from Miele. Miele was also the standout performer with above-average reliability. This isn’t surprising as the German manufacturer has been above-average in all our reliability surveys since 2006. It also posted stellar results for satisfaction and value for money: 87% of owners reported “excellent satisfaction” and 77% said they were “excellent value for money”.

One in 10 vacuum cleaners had needed repair or replacement. Canister vacuums remain the most popular type with more than 2500 reported, but cordless sticks are on the rise. In 2012-13, just 4% of models reported were cordless sticks, but by 2016-17 this had risen to 22%. More than half of cordless sticks were Dysons. However, cutting the cord comes at a cost — they were the only type of vacuum below-average in our survey. Batteries or charging was the main problem (56% of all cordless stick and 24% of all Dyson problems). This lower reliability doesn’t affect satisfaction though. They were up there with corded canisters and uprights.