How Many Watts of Electricity does a Vacuum Cleaner use?

Real power-use measurements from a vacuum cleaner.

How Much Power does a Vacuum Cleaner use

Vacuum Cleaner: 1140 Watts


  • This Shark Bagless vacuum cleaner has a lot of things going on. There is a motor which turns a fanblade inside a powerful air pump. There is also a rotating cylinder of brushes which brush the top of the carpet. Sometimes vacuum cleaners have motors which help move the wheels of the vacuum cleaner forward and backwards. Vacuum cleaners used to labelled and marketed with their amperage, which meant that the vacuum cleaners which used the most electricity were marketed as the best. It was kind of the only easy number that people could use to compare them. Luckily, in about 1988, the efficiency of a vacuum cleaner was tied to another number used for marketing vacuum cleaners, so manufacturers could profitably focus on engineering which would make them more efficient.
  • This vacuum cleaner has a switch to activate the beater bar. Without the beater bar, so with suction only, the vacuum used 1,033 watts. With the beater bar functioning, the vacuum used 1,140 watts.

Power Use

  • Watts: 1140
  • Kilowatts: 1.14 Kw.

Operation Cost

  • cost per minute: 23 hundredths of one cent (0.23 ¢)
  • cost per hour: 13.7¢
  • cost per day: $1.09
  • cost per month: $20.8

Back to the Complete List of Power use tests >

Power use of these items was actually tested. Individual items will vary, but these are the actual measurements.