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

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  November 8, 2022

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Children love to imitate you and toys vacuum cleaners are a safe way to help around the house.

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

The right choice can be an excellent addition to the pretend play kitchen or dollhouse. That's why I decided to test children's vacuum cleaners and create this buying guide for you.

Cutest toy vacuum cleaner

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

Overall best real working toy vacuum cleaner

CASDONDyson Ball DC22

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

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Best Realistic Toy Vacuum Cleaner

Theo KleinMiele 6841

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

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Best cheap toy vacuum cleaner

casdonHetty Pink Handheld Vacuum

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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Best upright toy vacuum cleaner

CASDONDyson DC14

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

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Happiest child vacuum cleaner

casdonLH-R1 Little Henry

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

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Best Wooden Toy Vacuum Cleaner

Melissa & DougTasks Game Vacuum Cleaner

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.

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Best toy vacuum cleaner for toddlers

playgo2-in-1

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

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Kids vacuum cleaner buying guide

I will briefly dwell on the most important features to look out for in a child vacuum cleaner, in particular 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 pose a choking hazard so those with blocks and beads can targeting 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 7 Toy Vacuum Cleaners Reviewed

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

Overall best real working toy vacuum cleaner

CASDON Dyson Ball DC22

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8.7
Toy score
Features
4.5
Replayable
4.3
Build
4.2
Best for
  • Real suction power
  • Cheerful balls in the interior
  • Cyclone action teaches kids how a vacuum cleaner works
Less good
  • Is quite loud

Suitable for: 3 to 9 years old

The Dyson Ball vacuum cleaner 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.

Casdon toy vacuum cleaner with cyclone

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 of the vacuum cleaner, the height and weight, as well as the cyclone action of the Dyson Ball Vacuum Cleaner, contribute to a realistic experience even for toddlers.

Casdon Dyson DC22 vs DC14

The main difference between the Casdon Dyson DC22 and DC14 children's vacuum cleaners is that the DC22 has a traditional design and the DC14 is modeled after Dyson's upright model of the same name.

Both are great fun to play with and also have real suction action and a transparent chamber to see the cyclone in action, but the DC22 has some nice attachments to put on the hose, just like you would with your own vacuum cleaner. to have.

Best Realistic Toy Vacuum Cleaner

Theo Klein Miele 6841

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7.4
Toy score
Features
3.2
Replayable
3.7
Build
4.2
Best for
  • Lifelike and educational
  • Sound is really limited
Less good
  • No additional features

Suitable for: 3 to 7 years old

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.

Cutest realistic toy vacuum cleaner: Theo Klein Miele 6841

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.

Best cheap toy vacuum cleaner

casdon Hetty Pink Handheld Vacuum

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7.6
Toy score
Features
3.1
Replayable
4.2
Build
4.1
Best for
  • Lots of stuff for little money
  • no sounds
Less good
  • No suction or noises

Suitable for: 3 to 6 years old

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.

It doesn't have any suction or noise, but that can be an advantage too.

Best upright toy vacuum cleaner

CASDON Dyson DC14

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8.5
Toy score
Features
4.4
Replayable
4.1
Build
4.2
Best for
  • Real suction power
  • Nice balls with cyclone action
Less good
  • Sound is quite loud

Suitable for: 3 to 8 years old

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.

Happiest child vacuum cleaner

casdon LH-R1 Little Henry

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8.3
Toy score
Features
3.9
Replayable
4.1
Build
4.5
Best for
  • Real suction power
  • Super cheerful design
Less good
  • Cord often gets in the way

Suitable for: 3 to 8 years old

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.

Best Wooden Toy Vacuum Cleaner

Melissa & Doug Tasks Game Vacuum Cleaner

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8.9
Toy score
Features
4.2
Replayable
4.8
Build
4.3
Best for
  • Game and vacuum cleaner in one
  • Great wooden construction
Less good
  • quite heavy
  • Maybe they still want to help with the real vacuum cleaner

Suitable for: from 3 years

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.

Best toy vacuum cleaner for toddlers

playgo 2-in-1

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7.7
Toy score
Features
4.2
Replayable
4.2
Build
3.2
Best for
  • LED lights and sounds make it interactive
  • 2-in-1 system so they also have a small petty thief
Less good
  • Maybe too much stimulation

Suitable for: 3 to 6 years old

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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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 related to games when his mother started the Tinnen Soldaat in Ede. Now he and his team create helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.