How Long Do Vacuum Cleaners Last

By Jeneva Aaron Updated December 19, 2020

How many years can your vacuum last?

How Long Do Vacuum Cleaners Last

A vacuum is, hands down, one of the most popular cleaning tools for use at home. Often, people simply buy vacuums based on their popularity or manufacturers.

While these things are essential, one must also consider the longevity of a vacuum before spending hard-earned money on it.

How long will a vacuum last? That’s not easy to find out.

Most manufacturers tell you about the battery or type of filters present in a vacuum, but that’s it. They don’t mention the longevity because of the two reasons:

In this guide, I’ll go in detail about the lifespan of average vacuum cleaners. How many years do they last? Which vacuum does cleaner lasts the longest?

Let’s find out.

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Types of Vacuums and How Long they Last

The average lifespan of a vacuum is around eight years. Sure, the machine’s lifespan may be more or less than this depending on how you use it. Proper maintenance and the intensity of daily cleaning tasks determine how long the model lasts.
Let’s talk about different types of vacuums and their lifespans to give you an idea about the right kind of vac for your needs.

Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Upright vacs were the first vacuums to grace the cleaning industry. Being relatively conventional, they are heavier, bulkier, and noisier. However, those shouldn’t be considered as negative aspects of the vac.

It’s evident that the vacuum isn’t easy to store due to its larger size. Similarly, carrying an upright vac around isn’t a child’s play either.

However, the vav’s robust build makes it last quite long, as compared to other kinds. Due to a bulky build, upright vacs are often more durable and can withstand the wear and tear over time.

Most of them have a lifespan of up to eight years. But that’s not the cap. They can definitely last longer than that with regular maintenance.

More importantly, upright vacs do not work on batteries. Instead, most of them are corded, so you don’t have to worry about the batteries running out any time soon.

Canister Vacuum Cleaner

In terms of power and suction, canister vacuums are quite similar to upright vacs. Likewise, they’re often corded and do not run on batteries. As a result, you can expect them to last just as long as upright vacs.

However, they come with an added advantage. Canister vacuums are lightweight and more portable than upright vacs. While this makes it easier to carry them, it also means that their lifespan will be shorter than eight years.

If you’re carrying a vac around and aren’t careful in the process, you’re bound to damage it or break any internal component along the way.

Stick Vacuum

Opposed to canister vacuums, stick vacs are lightweight. That means they’re much easier to use at home. However, it also indicates their shorter lifespan.

Remember: any vac that you can carry around easily won’t last as long as a corded option. Often, it’s due to the less robust components, while at other times, the vacs retain damage during movement.

On average, stick vacuums can last for five to six years. They may even last as long as eight years if you buy from reputed brands and regularly maintain the machine.

Robo Vacs

Robot vacuums are the newest vacs in the market, and their popularity is going higher every day. Since the vacs work on their own, they give the user peace of mind.

As expected, like most other robotic objects, robot vacs aren’t very durable. Plus, you’re not using them manually. Thus, they’re likely to bump into obstacles in the house and get damaged.

Secondly, robotic vacs run on batteries. For an upright or stick vac, this isn’t much of a concern, but for a robotic vacuum, it sure is.

See, here’s the thing. The batteries in a robot vac aren’t replaceable since they’re built-in. Thus, your robot vac will only last as long as its batteries do. Once the batteries are used up, you’ll have to buy a new vac.

Keeping this in mind, I’d say that the average lifespan for a robot vacuum is up to three years. Depending on the company and usage, the battery may last up to five years in some cases.

Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

Finally, let’s discuss handheld vacuum cleaners. Since they’re lightweight, you can use them in the car or tight spaces in the house with ultimate ease.

On the whole, two things determine the life expectancy of this type of vacuum. First, it works on batteries that can run out quickly. Second, the motor in a handheld vac is weaker than the one in an upright vacuum.

Considering that, handheld vacs last for up to three years, maximum. If you take good care of a handheld model, it may last a few months over the average limit, but you shouldn’t expect it to last for eight years.

Factors Determining a Vacuum’s Lifespan

No matter which manufacturer you buy from, there’s no guaranteed lifespan for the vac. However, you can have a vague idea of how long the vacuum will last.

Also, a few factors determine if your vac will last for 20 years or just five. Let’s discuss these factors in detail.


It’s okay if your family calls you brand-conscious, but you must buy your vacuum cleaner from a renowned brand. As a rule of thumb, bigger and reputed brands tend to have better vacs that last longer.

Although not always the case, this is widely believed and is valid to a wide extent.

Prominent brands have more money to spend on their products than smaller companies or local stores. Besides, they have a whole research and development team working on making the products better.

Thus, they do extensive research on the motor and other parts of a vac, ensuring a longer lifespan. More importantly, they have a reputation to maintain.

For instance, Dyson is a big name in the vacuum industry. So, the company has to ensure high standards to maintain its reputation as a reliable brand. That’s why you can expect their vacs to last a long time. Here are a few manufacturers that you can rely on:


Dyson is a British vacuum company that is known for its powerful motors and durable designs. Featuring impressive builds, Dyson vacuums can last for up to ten years.

Also, almost all models come with a 5-year warranty, so you’re sorted for good.


Shark is another well-known company that makes reliable upright vacuums. Besides, the brand is more affordable as compared to Dyson. Customers are pretty satisfied with the sturdy designs and durability of the Shark vacs.

You can expect a Shark vac to last for up to seven years. At a minimum, a Shark vac can last for five years.

Moreover, the company also offers a 5-year warranty on all its products.


Established in 1876, Bissell is an experienced brand that has been making different types of vacuum cleaners for a long time.

On average, you can enjoy a Bissell vacuum cleaner for up to eight years, which is quite impressive. However, the downside to buying a Bissell vac is that the company only offers a two-year warranty.

Thus, it’s a bit riskier purchase than a Dyson or Shark. Despite this, the company is reliable and can be trusted for quality and durability.


If you’ve ever used a Miele vac, you’d know the excellent deep clean functionality it offers. Miele is a high-end vacuum brand, so their products are expensive. Are they worth it?

Yes, they are. Miele vacuum cleaners can last for 20 years, as per the company’s testing. Customers also seem to like Miele vacuums as the demand for them is relatively high.

However, on a bit of a disappointing side, Miele only offers a two-year warranty.


The last vacuum company I’ll discuss is Hoover, considering it’s present in most households. Depending on the model, the vacuum may last anything from eight to fifteen years.

Possibly the best thing about Hoover vacuums is that most of them come with an extended warranty of up to ten years. Again, this varies among models.

2.Regular Maintenance 

To some extent, you can control how long your vacuum will last. If you regularly maintain your vac and take care of its parts, it can last for many years. However, if you haven’t cleaned it in six months, there’s a possibility that your vac might die soon.

Another thing to keep in mind is instant repairs. If there’s an issue, don’t turn a blind eye to it. If the motorized brush is acting up or the vac is very smelly, there’s most probably an internal problem. Fix it before it can affect the machine’s lifespan.

Here are a few tips to maintain your vac and make it last longer.

Clean the Filters and Remove Mold

Filters directly come in contact with pet hair, dirt, debris, pollen, and other particles. Therefore, they tend to clog up with time. It’s your responsibility to clean the filters because most vacs don’t have a built-in mechanism for that.

Luckily, modern vacuums have washable filters. After you deep clean the entire house, remove the filters and submerge them in water and dish soap solutions. Use an old toothbrush to remove mold and other messes from the vac.

It’s crucial to make the vac’s filters mold-free as mold can cause irritation (1)to eyes, throat, and nose. Plus, it can cause skin conditions such as dermatitis(2).

Remember to never use a chemical cleaner for washing the filters as such solutions can reduce the filters’ lifespan. Instead, use water or mild dish soap.

Thanks to modern technology, vacuums come with replaceable parts now. You can replace the filters every few years – usually two to three – to get the best performance out of the machine.

Empty the Dust Bag

If you want your vac to last for a long time, make sure you empty the dust can regularly. Do not let the waste fill up to the brim as it will clog the vacuum, reducing its efficiency and lifespan.

Clean the Motorized Brush

How long will a vac last if the motorized brush is not cleaned regularly? Well, not very long.

The motorized brush is present at the bottom of the vacuum that comes in contact with the messes you’re cleaning. With time, grime, pet hair, and mold build up on the brush. An excess of hair and dirt buildup can end up damaging the vacuum, reducing its life span.

Thus, it’s important to cut off the hair and dirt from the brush every few weeks. Simply take a pair of scissors and untangle the brush, making it ready for long-lasting action once again.

3.Frequency of Use

The lifespan of a vacuum depends on the usage too. Sure enough, vacuums that are used the least last the longest. Similarly, if you use your vacuum regularly, it will be exposed to more wear and tear. As a result, its longevity will be affected.

Often, misusing a vac can shorten its life. For example, you shouldn’t use robotic vacs on heavily soiled surfaces as it will affect their lifespan. Instead, opt for an upright vacuum.

4.Liquid Spills

You may use a wet/dry vac for cleaning liquid spills. However, if you’re using a stick vac – that only cleans dry messes – on a damp floor, don’t expect it to last too long.

5.Caring for the Power Cord

When using a corded vacuum, you have to manage the cord to prevent it from getting in your way. You must also hold it away from the vac’s unit to ensure that it does not get damaged or frayed by the motorized brush.

If you’re not careful, the cord may break. Although this doesn’t mean you have to replace your vacuum, it’s still an added expenditure for buying a new cord.

Final Words

After reading this guide, you should know which type of vacuum lasts the longest and how you can make your vac last to its full potential. While the manufacturers play a role in any vac’s longevity, the responsibility for the upkeep falls on your shoulders.

Now, it’s time for you to tell me:

Let me know in the comments below.

About the Author

Jeneva Aaron

Jeneva has over years of passion for home decorating and cleaning. She is the founder and CEO of where she provides honest and objective reviews on home and cleaning products.

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