A vacuum cleaner is a useful device in our house and offices that uses powerful air force to remove dust, debris, and dirt from floors and other surfaces, 

It helps you a lot in keeping your house clean, especially in removing those small dirt particles from the floor which are difficult to clean with a broom.

But have you ever thought about how much energy your vacuum cleaner uses? So let me tell you, vacuum cleaner's power consumption it depends on factors, like the type of vacuum cleaner, the size of the motor, technology and the cleaning mode. But generally we have observed that, a normal vacuum cleaners consume between 600 to 1200 watts during operation, this range includes most standard upright, canister, stick and handheld vacuum cleaners commonly used in households.

If you are using a Robotic vacuum cleaner then the good news for you, they fall on the lower end of this range due to their smaller size and energy-efficient design. 

Vacuum Cleaner Type and Wattage:

Vacuum Cleaner Type Power Consumption (Watts)
Compact Vacuums 600
Upright Vacuums 800
Canister Vacuums 1000
Stick Vacuums 400
Robot Vacuums 300

  • Upright Vacuum Cleaner has a long handle and a rotating floor brush at the bottom that rotates on the floor for cleaning the floor.
  • Canister Vacuum Cleaner, Small in size more suitable for cleaning floors, furniture, and other surfaces, wheeled canisters with a flexible hose and a variety of attachments. 
  • Handheld Vacuum Cleaners are useful for cleaning up spills and cleaning furniture.
  • Robot Vacuum Cleaner, automatic vacuum cleaners that move around your house and clean the floors you do not need to do anything.
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How much electricity does a Vacuum Cleaner Consume?

Let's assume that our Vacuum Cleaner operates 2  hours a day,  and we know that the average power consumption of the Vacuum Cleaner is between 600 to 1200 watts 

Let say our model uses 800 watts then let's calculate energy usage by our Vacuum Cleaner.

800 watts X 2 hours = 1600 watt-hours per day

1600 watt-hours per day / 1000 = 1.6 kWh per day

1.6 kWh per hour x 0.10 per kWh = $ .16 per day

Vacuum Cleaner use cost to operate per month

1.6 kWh per day X 30 days = 48 kWh per month

48 kWh per month x 0.10 per kWh = $ 4.8 per month

As we have discussed in this post, the power consumption of Vacuum Cleaner depends on which factors, so let's discuss some of the most important factors to save power consumption.

Vacuum Cleaner Type :

If you have Upright vacuum cleaners then let me tell you, and as we know that Upright vacuum cleaners are standing vacuums with a long handle and a brush underneath that rotates on the floor, that's why Upright vacuum cleaners consume more electricity than canister vacuum cleaners, as they have a larger motor and more features.

Motor Size: 

One of the biggest factors affecting power consumption is the size of the motor, larger motors use more electricity.


Almost all vacuum cleaners have cleaning mode settings, such as carpet mode and hard floor mode,

If you are using carpet mode then it normally uses more power than hard floor mode, as it requires more suction to remove dirt from carpets.

Tips to reduce the power consumption of vacuum cleaner

  • Use the correct cleaning mode for the surface you are cleaning, for example, do not use carpet mode on hard floors, as it will use more power.
  • It is very important to keep your vacuum cleaner clean, a dirty filter can restrict airflow and force the motor to work harder and in result it will consume more power.
  • Also, remember to empty the dustbin regularly, a clogged dustbin can also restrict airflow and make the motor work harder.