7 best toy vacuum cleaners to “help” in the household

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  July 26, 2021

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Children love to imitate their parents, but of course they are not allowed to use the real vacuum cleaner.

Toy vacuum cleaners are a fun way for your kids to play like you are, without all of those safety risks that come with the real thing.

For example, the right choice can also be an excellent addition to a play kitchen or dollhouse. These lightweight vacuum cleaners help to stimulate the imagination of children and so I decided to test some fun children's vacuum cleaners last week.

Cutest toy vacuum cleaner

The best thing for your child to walk behind you is this Casdon Dyson Ball vacuum cleaner because it is quite real but still has a nice insight into the cyclone effect with cheerful balls inside.

Then they also learn something from it.

But I have come across more good vacuum cleaners, in different styles.

Let's take a quick look at the best options, then I'll dig deeper into each of these choices:

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Overall nicest real working toy vacuum cleaner: CASDON Dyson Ball DC22
Overall nicest toy vacuum cleaner: CASDON Dyson Ball DC22
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Cutest realistic toy vacuum cleaner: Theo Klein Miele 6841
Cutest realistic toy vacuum cleaner: Theo Klein Miele 6841

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Cutest pink toy vacuum cleaner: Casdon Hetty Handheld Vacuum
Cutest pink toy vacuum cleaner: Casdon Hetty Handheld Vacuum
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Cutest upright toy vacuum cleaner: CASDON Dyson DC14
Cutest upright toy vacuum cleaner: CASDON Dyson DC14

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Happiest child vacuum cleaner: Numatic Casdon LH-R1 Little Henry
Happiest child vacuum cleaner: Numatic Casdon LH-R1 Little Henry
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Cutest wooden toy vacuum cleaner game: Melissa & Doug
Most fun wooden toy vacuum cleaner game: Melissa & Doug

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Cutest toy vacuum cleaner for toddlers: Playgo 2-in-1
Best toy vacuum cleaner for toddlers: Playgo 2-in-1
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Kids vacuum cleaner buying guide

I will briefly discuss the most important features to look for in a children's vacuum cleaner, especially safety and design.

Toy safety

The toy vacuum cleaners should be suitable for the age of the children as safety is always a first concern.

They should have as few small parts as possible as they can be a choking hazard, so the ones with blocks and beads target older children.

These should also be made of non-toxic materials, especially durable plastic; on batteries to prevent electrocution; and with manageable cords to reduce the risk of strangulation, among other things.

Attractive design and functions

The toys should attract the attention of the children, especially with regard to the vibrant colors, for example a vacuum cleaner with light or other small details such as bows and pink balls.

However, to keep their attention, these toys must also have attractive features such as realistic sounds and indicator lights, clear plastic chambers to see the spinning balls and a wide variety of songs.

Playgo's toys win the third criterion.

I also read parents' reviews to determine which ones were satisfied with the overall performance, in addition to the manufacturer's reputation for making safe, high-quality toys.

Best toy vacuum cleaners reviewed

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Toy reviews & comparisons

Following are all of our top picks, starting with the Casdon. So, here come the best toy vacuum cleaners for kids!

Overall nicest real working toy vacuum cleaner: CASDON Dyson Ball DC22

Suitable for: 3 to 9 years old

Casdon toy vacuum cleaner with cyclone

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The Dyson Ball vacuum cleaner toy combines the authentic look and feel, as well as sounds, of a large vacuum cleaner, although without the same power.

The power head can be used to pick up small debris from the floor, while the trash can in the back can store a bit before throwing away becomes a must.

The combination means that your child can help a little bit with vacuuming your floors, although only in play.

The real strength of this vacuum cleaner lies in the clear plastic chamber that can hold hundreds of tiny balls.

When it is on, the balls are subjected to a cyclone action, which fascinates the children for the impressive display of colors.

The cyclone action can also be used to teach older children how vacuum cleaners work.

What's nice about it: Apart from the noises from the vacuum cleaner, the height and weight, as well as the cyclone action of the Dyson Ball Vacuum, contribute to a realistic experience even for toddlers.

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Cutest realistic toy vacuum cleaner: Theo Klein Miele 6841

Suitable for: 3 to 7 years old

Cutest realistic toy vacuum cleaner: Theo Klein Miele 6841

This Miele looks like a large vacuum cleaner, but in miniature, so that children can enjoy their fantasy work more.

The sounds are so much like the real thing that you might even think the kids are using a handheld vacuum cleaner without your permission!

However, the toy vacuum has no suction power, unlike the Dyson Ball Vacuum, which is just a minor flaw in its overall design as many kids are content with pretending.

The height and weight are also suitable for younger children, and contribute to the development of their gross motor skills (push, pull and lift).

What is great about it This is an excellent toy for kids to learn about cleaning the house and sharing chores (Here are more tips for making chores fun!) with others.

The attractive design also adds to its appeal.

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Cutest pink toy vacuum cleaner: Casdon Hetty Handheld Vacuum

Suitable for: 3 to 6 years old

Cutest pink toy vacuum cleaner: Casdon Hetty Handheld Vacuum

The pink Casdon Handheld Vacuum is clearly a toy vacuum, but therein lies its appeal to young girls - they can play with it without their parents worrying.

The characteristic Hetty face on the included dustpan and dustpan enhances the playful appearance for girls.

At the age of 2, or maybe even 1 year, they can already try to wipe a little with the brush, making this a nice set to grow with your child.

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Cutest upright toy vacuum cleaner: CASDON Dyson DC14

Suitable for: 3 to 8 years old

Cutest upright toy vacuum cleaner: CASDON Dyson DC14

The Dyson DC14 has several things that make it unique, so we couldn't leave it out of this list of the best toy vacuums for kids.

The true vacuum action means it can suck lightweight items, such as small beads and strips of paper, off the floor.

The cyclone action that can be seen from the clear plastic chamber provides an interesting view, as well as a learning opportunity about how vacuum cleaners work.

Even the realistic sounds when turned on add to the experience.

Add to that the fact that it stands on its own, unlike the Dyson Ball, and the DC14 is a great toy.

Make sure to set a realistic expectation as it is a toy and not your full-sized appliance so you still really need your own vacuum cleaner!

What's great about it: I like the overall design from the suction to the standalone feature.

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Happiest child vacuum cleaner: Numatic Casdon LH-R1 Little Henry

Suitable for: 3 to 8 years old

Happiest child vacuum cleaner: Numatic Casdon LH-R1 Little Henry

Little Henry is no small in terms of great features.

The small, drum-type toy vacuum cleaner has enough suction power to be lightweight due to its T-shaped nozzle.

The suction power comes from the battery-powered motor.

The clear tube through which the vacuumed items pass gives children a direct view of the suction power, which ensures interactivity and fascination.

What's great about it: the real suction power, the cord, the plug, the accessories and of course the appearance (especially when you have this full-fledged real Henry vacuum cleaner) make the Little Henry great toys.

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Most fun wooden toy vacuum cleaner game: Melissa & Doug

Suitable for: from 3 years

Most fun wooden toy vacuum cleaner game: Melissa & Doug

The Melissa & Doug vacuum cleaner is quite different from the others on this list, but that is also a lot of fun!

So it is made of wood if you like wooden toys this is also a nice choice.

It doesn't really have suction, but it's more like a game where you have to “suck” the popcorn, pretzels and more by going over it with the machine.

As soon as your child does that, the piece of dirt, which is also all made of wood and looks very cute, will be picked up by the bin.

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Best toy vacuum cleaner for toddlers: Playgo 2-in-1

Suitable for: 3 to 6 years old

Best toy vacuum cleaner for toddlers: Playgo 2-in-1

The Playgo 2-in-1 combines an upright and a handy toy vacuum cleaner in one, so there is more for your money.

The small vacuum can be detached from the handle, turning it into a hand dust vacuum for cleaning in smaller areas.

The LED lights and sounds, combined with the clear plastic chamber with the mini balls, make this a fun interactive vacuum cleaner with light.

What's great about itNot too many full-sized vacuums have the same versatility as the Playgo 2-in-1, and that's a good reason to make it to this list.

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Why should you buy a children's toy vacuum cleaner

Did you know that children with sensory processing disorders can benefit from using toy vacuum cleaners?

These children often have auditory defensiveness, a hypersensitivity to loud and / or sudden sounds, which makes them hate and fear the sounds of a wide variety of everyday objects.

These include the sound of hairdryers, sirens, loud laughter, flushing toilets, or even dogs barking, just to name a few.

The sound of a large vacuum cleaner operating can cause many of these kids to cover their ears and run away from the noise, or even throw a tantrum after it is turned off.

But when these kids are encouraged to use toy vacuum cleaners, they can get used to the noise and thus become more tolerant of the sounds of their full-sized counterpart.

But even in children without sensory processing problems, playing with toy vacuum cleaners also has advantages.

This is because toy vacuum cleaners are tools for role-play, including imaginary play, which have proven critical in healthy physical, mental and social development.

The benefits of roleplaying, also known as pretend play, with toy vacuums as one of the toys, are:

Conclusion

Just keep in mind that even the best toy vacuum cleaners come with their risks, such as kids swallowing the tiny beads.

Be around so you can supervise their game and keep them as safe as possible.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child, he came into contact with everything around games when his mother started the Tin Soldier in Ede. Since 2016, he and his team have been creating helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.