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Best Vacuum Cleaner

Vacuums are an essential tool when it comes to keeping the household clean. While most vacuums will get the job done in a pinch, some are obviously better than others. Each of these vacuums offer superior performance and convenience, though some may balk at the higher prices. If you can't find exactly what you're looking for in this list, be sure to explore the related lists on the right and check out our vacuum buyer's guide.
 

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Vacuum

Dyson is constantly pushing vacuum cleaning technology forwards, finding new ways to make their machines more powerful, more efficient, and more convenient. With this innovation comes a hefty price tag, but many people find the premium worth paying.

The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy uses Dyson’s new Cinetic technology, which features high frequency, oscillating tips to keep dust from building up and restricting air flow. Because of this, Dyson no longer uses a filter before the motor thus making this the first “filterless” vacuum; this means no maintenance is required, along with giving you consistent suction. Thanks to the vacuum being completely sealed and its use of HEPA filtration, this vacuum is a good choice for allergy sufferers.
Useful, basic vacuuming attachments are included such as tangle-free turbine attachment.

The Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy is quite heavy at just under 20 pounds, but Dyson says this is intentional for better stability. As to be expected, maneuverability is excellent but the oversized ball makes reaching underneath low furniture a challenge. Cleaning performance of the Cinetic vacuums isn’t necessarily better than a comparable model (such as Dyson’s excellent DC65 Animal), but the promise of consistent performance and less long-term maintenance will appeal to many. As with all of their models, the Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy is certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and comes with a five year warranty.

SEBO Automatic X5 Vacuum Cleaner

The Sebo Automatic X5 offers German build quality intended to last you for many years. Although the styling of this upright vacuum isn't its strong point, you'll find Sebo vacuums in places where air quality is a top priority. This is thanks to the Automatic X5's S-Class filtration, which meets HEPA requirements to filter out the majority of tiny allergens.

This vacuum has automatic height adjustment, a double row brush roll, and a wide brush head. It also offers many features that one might not expect such as multiple indicator lights and automatic shut off. The brush is easy to remove and clean, while the micro and odor filters are replaceable. Thanks to its low-profile design, the Sebo Automatic X5 is also able to access hard-to-reach areas underneath low furniture.

This durable and reliable vacuum is good for allergy and asthma relief, while also being good for pet hair removal. Suction is very strong and consistent, but the vacuum never gets too loud. The bags hold a lot, there’s a convenient carrying handle, and a 40 foot power cord giving the vacuum excellent range. With a five year warranty and lifetime belt warranty, the high-end Sebo Automatic X5 is well worth the premium cost.

Miele S7580 AutoEco Upright Vacuum Cleaner

The Miele S7580 AutoEco delivers high-end performance and build quality for those willing to pay a high-end price. This premium vacuum justifies its price with quality parts, superior manufacture, as well as stringent quality testing.

The S7580 AutoEco has six variable power settings with power coming from a 1,200 watt motor and 4,800 rpm brush roller motor. Automatic height adjustments and motor settings allow for effortless switching from surface to surface while the neck swivels for maneuverability. Although the vacuum is quite heavy, it's easy enough to use and carry.

This upright bagged vacuum is sealed, making it great for allergy sufferers. It has an active HEPA filter, and the AirClean FilterBag which retains 99.9 percent of allergens, dust, and dirt. Although many people prefer the convenience of bag-less vacuums, the bagged design helps ensure no dust escapes while you’re dumping out dirt, grime and pet hair.

Oreck Touch Upright Bagless, BU10000

Oreck has been a trusted brand for years, although their vacuums never seemed to modernize until recently. New styling or not, the Oreck Touch remains the kind of vacuum that will be dependable for years to come. This powerful vacuum exhibits better performance than many high-end models while costing less money.

The Touch might not be budget-friendly, but it offers a tremendous amount of vacuuming power. Despite being a bit heavy at nearly 17 pounds, the Oreck Touch is extremely maneuverable, requiring minimal effort to turn and push it. It can be more of a workout when tackling stairs or the entire house, but the 30-foot cord is reasonably long and there’s also an LED headlight to illuminate your path. The removable dust canister is easy to empty, while the excellent filtration and sealed system make this vacuum a good choice for allergy sufferers. The use of this sealed system also allows the vacuum to offer stronger suction with less amps.

The Oreck Touch is good on all surfaces, and includes the ability to turn the brush roll off or on. Only basic attachments are included, but more can be purchased separately. The HEPA filter is washable, and overall the vacuum requires minimal maintenance. Oreck offers a five year warranty should any issues arise.

Shark Rotator Lift Away Professional Bagless Upright Vacuum

The Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away offers tremendous versatility for a mere $200. With performance coming close to matching considerably more expensive models, this upright vacuum is an excellent choice for those looking for an affordable, all-around option. The Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away can transition easily from carpeting to hard floors, including the ability to shut off the brush roll to avoid scratching delicate wood floors.

Suction on both hard surfaces and carpet is very good, and the vacuum offers the ability to use it either like a standard upright model or like a canister vacuum thanks to its lift-away portion. Combined with the large amount of attachments included, this makes cleaning stairs, upholstery, and just about anything a simple task. Although at 16 pounds this vacuum isn’t a featherweight but its pivoting head and headlight make maneuvering and spotting dirt easy. It features a washable filter and a large, easy to empty dust cup. HEPA filtration and a sealed design help keep dust and other allergens trapped inside.

iRobot Roomba 880 Vacuum Cleaning Robot

Although iRobot has long ruled the robot vacuum market, the increasing number of high-quality contenders has forced them to aggressively pursue design improvements. The iRobot Roomba 880 is part of their latest generation of robot vacuums, introducing technology such as the AeroForce system. which makes the vacuum brushless; instead it uses rubber-like “extractors” which improve performance and reduce maintenance.

This vacuum has the same basic style as other iRobot models, but offers several performance improvements. The dust bin is slightly larger, although still fills up quickly like any other robot vacuum. The Virtual Walls can now also be used as lighthouses, meaning you can designate areas where the vacuum cannot go as well as lead it down a hallway and into another room.

Performance is excellent all-around, with only some problems shown with picking up heavy amounts of pet hair. Features are plentiful, with the ability to program a schedule, set a spot mode (keeps the vacuum within a three-foot radius for more intensive cleaning), and more. A remote control is also included, allowing for both choosing modes and manually steering the vacuum around.

iRobot Roomba 650 Robotic Vacuum

The iRobot Roomba 650 is very similar to the Roomba 630, but with the addition of a scheduling feature. The 3-stage cleaning system combines a side brush for cleaning along walls, counter-rotating brushes which pick up debris and strong suction pulls dirt off the brushes and into the bin. Although robot vacuums can't hold as much as a larger vacuum, the Roomba 650 bin generally doesn't fill up too quickly unless it’s vacuuming an especially dirty area.

The unit uses an acoustic sensor to detect dirtier areas allowing it to spend more time where it's needed most. A single Virtual Wall is included to keep the vacuum out of areas where you don't want it to be, while a scheduling feature has the unit vacuum at preset times even if you're not around. The 650 is a great choice for those who want a relatively affordable Roomba vacuum without sacrificing the scheduled cleaning feature.

Neato Botvac 85 Bv85 Robot Vacuum

The Neato BotVac 85 might not be cheap, but this robot vacuum delivers significant performance advantages over comparable models that cost more. Neat vacuums are unique for their use of an embedded laser which scans the room to build a map of the area. This drastically alters their cleaning behavior, allowing them to perform in a more orderly manner, versus bouncing around when it detects objects or walls.

The BotVac 85 provides several improvements over previous models, including a side brush, larger main brush, and a larger dust bin. The vacuum has also been made quieter, making it possible to carry on a conversion while it’s in use. Run times are quick for a robot vacuum, and the magnetic boundary markers are easier to use than iRobot’s Virtual Walls system.

If you follow instructions to fully charge and discharge the unit two to three times before the first use, the BotVac 85 can operate for over an hour on a single charge. Although it’s a bit too expensive to get away with no included remote control, the Neato BotVac nonetheless is an excellent overall performer for a good price.

Miele RX1 Scout Robotic Vacuum

High-end vacuum maker Miele has finally jumped into the robot vacuum market. As is typical for their products, the Miele Scout RX1 has a premium price tag but that gets you high-end build quality and performance to back it up.

The Scout RX1 includes seven infrared sensors, a digital camera, and even a gyroscope to make for “smarter” cleaning. Unlike many other robot vacuums that simply change direction when they sense a wall or object in the way, the Miele maps the room completely before determining the ideal cleaning route. It’s also capable of pausing its cycle in order to go back to recharge when needed, and then resume cleaning once it is charged…all without any input.

The intelligence of this vacuum makes it fully capable of avoiding furniture, objects, or falling down stairs. The Scout RX1 can run for about two hours on a single charge, and comes with several operating modes. These include an auto mode for cleaning all surfaces, a dedicated corner mode, a sport mode (keeps the vacuum constrained to a six sq. ft. area), and a turbo mode to cut cleaning time in half.

A remote control is included, and the vacuum can be programmed to work on a schedule. Performance is excellent on all floor surfaces, sucking up dust, dirt, and pet hair. As with all robot vacuums, the dust bin is quite small and needs to be emptied often. However, the Miele Scout RX1 runs quiet and performs extremely well.

Neato XV-21 Pet & Allergy Automatic Vacuum Cleaner

Neato might not have the same brand recognition as iRobot but there’s a growing number of loyal customers who believe they offer a superior product. While much of this preference comes down to personal taste, the Neato XV-21 does offer several features which set it apart.

Neato's RPS Technology uses lasers to scan the area and create a constantly updated "map" allowing methodical cleaning and better object avoidance. This means the XV-21 goes back and forth more like a human would and is less likely to terrorize pets by constantly bumping up against them. Although this robot vacuum does not use a HEPA filter, performance is excellent on all floor types, thanks to strong suction and its ability to self-adjust to varying surfaces.

The XV-21 possesses several programmable settings, including a scheduling feature. The unit returns to the base to recharge like the Roombas do while the bag-less bin holds a decent amount of waste. Although the XV-21 is generally problem-free, it does tend to have more issues than its Roomba counterparts.

Bissell CleanView 9595 Vacuum with OnePass

The Bissell CleanView 9595 offers lots of suction power and a unique brush design so it can get more dirt and dust out with only one pass. Although lacking a HEPA filter, this vacuum has multi-level filtration that helps to eliminate dust and allergens in your home. With a 25 foot cord and multiple tools including a crevice tool, dusting/upholstery brush, and TurboBrush tool, the Bissell CleanView 9595 has a good amount of reach and versatility.

Although it doesn’t include a headlight or carry handle, this vacuum is reasonable easy to maneuver, while relatively lightweight at only 15 lbs. The soft bumper prevents furniture scuffing, the waste canister is easy to empty, and a washable foam filter is included. While the Bissell CleanView 9595 might be a basic vacuum, it offers solid performance for less than $100.

Hoover UH70120 WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Upright Vacuum

The Hoover WindTunnel Vacuum, offers so many features for a budget vacuum cleaner, it's almost unbelievable. There’s a 27 foot retractable power cord, five position operation, on-board tools for hard to reach cleaning, and a HEPA filter. It also features WindTunnel technology which utilizes air passages that circulate and trap dirt inside the removable container, eliminating excessive blowback; this helps to keep dirt and debris in the chamber and off of your floors. Consumers refer to the Hoover WindTunnel T-Series as a great value and appreciate this vacuums excellent design. It comes with a limited two year warranty.

Shark Rotator Lift Away Professional Bagless Upright Vacuum

The Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away offers tremendous versatility for a mere $200. With performance coming close to matching considerably more expensive models, this upright vacuum is an excellent choice for those looking for an affordable, all-around option. The Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away can transition easily from carpeting to hard floors, including the ability to shut off the brush roll to avoid scratching delicate wood floors.

Suction on both hard surfaces and carpet is very good, and the vacuum offers the ability to use it either like a standard upright model or like a canister vacuum thanks to its lift-away portion. Combined with the large amount of attachments included, this makes cleaning stairs, upholstery, and just about anything a simple task. Although at 16 pounds this vacuum isn’t a featherweight but its pivoting head and headlight make maneuvering and spotting dirt easy. It features a washable filter and a large, easy to empty dust cup. HEPA filtration and a sealed design help keep dust and other allergens trapped inside.

Eureka AirSpeed AS1001A Gold Bagless Upright

The AirSpeed AS1001A is far from Eureka’s most inexpensive model, but it strikes a good balance between price and performance comparable to much more expensive models. The AirSpeed portion of the name refers to Eureka’s inclusion of a more direct air path, allowing for stronger airflow and better suction. An airflow control switch allows for switching suction power between the floor and the hose.

The 32 foot cord and 14 foot extendable hose make it easy to reach room corners or the top of the stairs without moving the vacuum itself. This vacuum includes several cleaning attachments, and the bag-less dust bin is easily emptied. It performs extremely well on carpets and while it’s good on hard floors as well, the brush cannot be turned off to protect the hardwood. However, this affordable vacuum offers excellent performance for the money.

Dirt Devil UD30010 Featherlite Bagged Upright

With a weight of under 10 pounds, the aptly-named “Featherlight” vacuum from Dirt Devil is easy to use on stairs or just about anywhere for light tasks. The Dirt Devil UD30010 is an old-fashioned vacuum cleaner with its bagged design, traditional styling, and relatively loud noise levels when in use. However, for well under $100, it cleans very well and provides plenty of performance for most basic jobs.

The Dirt Devil UD30010 has decent range with a 25 foot cord, 10 foot hose, and 13 inch nozzle. Attachments include a crevice tool, extension wand, and dusting brush. This vacuum works well on most floor surfaces and its height adjustment helps ensure you’re getting the most performance for your flooring type. A headlight and full bag indicator adds extra convenience.

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Vacuum

Dyson is constantly pushing vacuum cleaning technology forwards, finding new ways to make their machines more powerful, more efficient, and more convenient. With this innovation comes a hefty price tag, but many people find the premium worth paying.

The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy uses Dyson’s new Cinetic technology, which features high frequency, oscillating tips to keep dust from building up and restricting air flow. Because of this, Dyson no longer uses a filter before the motor thus making this the first “filterless” vacuum; this means no maintenance is required, along with giving you consistent suction. Thanks to the vacuum being completely sealed and its use of HEPA filtration, this vacuum is a good choice for allergy sufferers.
Useful, basic vacuuming attachments are included such as tangle-free turbine attachment.

The Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy is quite heavy at just under 20 pounds, but Dyson says this is intentional for better stability. As to be expected, maneuverability is excellent but the oversized ball makes reaching underneath low furniture a challenge. Cleaning performance of the Cinetic vacuums isn’t necessarily better than a comparable model (such as Dyson’s excellent DC65 Animal), but the promise of consistent performance and less long-term maintenance will appeal to many. As with all of their models, the Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy is certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and comes with a five year warranty.

Dyson DC65 Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson's “Animal” vacuum models are known as some of the best on the market, but they continue to improve with new models such as the DC65 Animal which features the latest ball vacuum technology for easy maneuvering. A reconfigured brush bar helps to clean deeper into carpet while the active base allows the vacuum to have optimal surface contact whether it’s on carpet or hard floors.

The Tangle-free Turbine tool gets hair and dirt out of upholstery and carpet while the soft dusting brush removes dust and allergens from flat surfaces. Dyson's Radial Root Cyclone technology ensures that even as the bin fills up, airflow remains strong; this allows for less clogging so more dirt, dust, and allergens are picked up. Certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and covered by a five year warranty, the Dyson DC65 Animal is well worth its price.

Sebo X4 Automatic Vacuum Cleaner

Simply put, the Sebo Automatic X4 is built for extraordinary performance and longevity. It’s the preferred vacuum in areas where air quality is a concern such as in hospital settings and they even claim their vacuums are used in the White House and Buckingham Palace. While this is ultimately of no consequence to home users, there's plenty to like about the features and performance of the Sebo Automatic X4.

The “Automatic” name refers to the on-board sensor that constantly adjusts the height of the brush bar to avoid damaging the floor. This vacuum can also detect blockages and resistance, shutting off the brush in order to avoid belt damage. The built-in filters are S-Class and HEPA certified, and the bags don’t expose the user to dust at any point.

The Automatic X4 can be laid flat to take advantage of its low-profile design, enabling the entire vacuum to fit under chairs and beds to clean hard-to-reach areas. These vacuums are manufactured in Germany, and come with a five year warranty as well as a lifetime belt warranty.

Miele Swing w/Microset & SFD20 Flexible Crevice Tool Upright Vacuum

The S7580 Swing offers automatic speed and suction control with 6 variable power settings. The two motor system includes a 1,200 watt motor and a 4,000 rpm brush roller motor, along with a motor protection indicator and a pre-motor filter. The LED headlight helps with visibility, there’s automatic height adjustment, and it comes with several tools including an integrated crevice nozzle and dusting brush. To extend the vacuums range, it features a 39 foot cord, 12 foot integrated flexible hose, and a 3 foot telescopic aluminum wand.

This is a bagged vacuum which uses a self-sealing dust bag and while many people prefer bag-less vacuums, this design actually allows for less dust to escape while emptying the contents. Combined with the powerful suction and active HEPA filter, this extremely quiet vacuum is a good choice for households with pets, or individuals suffering from allergies. If you're willing to spend more, this is a great choice.

Miele S2 Olympus Canister Vacuum Cleaner

The lightweight and quiet S2121 Olympus canister vacuum is actually a lower-priced offering from Miele, but still maintains their reputation for excellent quality. This compact canister vacuum is quite light at only 13 pounds while having a 29.5 foot operating radius with the telescopic wand and the unit is set on wheeled casters so you can move in any direction. Suction control is achieved via a dial with 6 variable power settings, and the combination floor tool can go between different surfaces easily with a flick of a switch. The S2121 Olympus is a bagged vacuum with the self-sealing bags helping it better contain allergens and dust.

Miele S2 Olympus Canister Vacuum Cleaner

The lightweight and quiet S2121 Olympus canister vacuum is actually a lower-priced offering from Miele, but still maintains their reputation for excellent quality. This compact canister vacuum is quite light at only 13 pounds while having a 29.5 foot operating radius with the telescopic wand and the unit is set on wheeled casters so you can move in any direction. Suction control is achieved via a dial with 6 variable power settings, and the combination floor tool can go between different surfaces easily with a flick of a switch. The S2121 Olympus is a bagged vacuum with the self-sealing bags helping it better contain allergens and dust.

Sebo Airbelt D4

It's not often that Sebo puts out a new product, as this is a company that sticks with what works best. The Airbelt D4 is a marked improvement over the old Airbelt C series, with a sleek new design that houses all of Sebo's trademark features. The three-level S-class air filtration system (3-layer dust bag, pre-motor filter, exhaust filter) is advertised as being 'hospital grade', though most users will simply comment about the lack of 'vacuum odor'. The 1250-watt motor allows the Airbelt D4 to extract stubborn dirt and pet hair from carpet, and the power brush head can be swapped out for a parquet brush for use on bare floors. New to the Airbelt D models is a 40 foot cord, meaning the total cleaning range from one outlet is a handy 50 feet. The dustbag is slightly larger than the Airbelt C, meaning you'll get more cleaning out of a single bag before it needs replacement. The vacuum itself isn't overly light at just under 16 pounds, but this is a much more manageable weight to carry around than the competition.

Dyson DC39 Animal Canister Vacuum Cleaner

Bringing their innovation to a canister vacuum design, the Dyson DC39 Animal offers increased versatility for cleaning. This bagless vacuum uses Dyson's ball technology, keeping the major components stored inside, which allows for a more streamlined shape when maneuvering around furniture. Radial Root Cyclone technology uses improved airways to ensure that airflow isn't blocked as the bin fills up, which means consistent strong suction and more microscopic particles of dust and allergens are removed. The unique Triggerhead tool eliminates the need to bend down to adjust when moving from carpet to hard floor, and the Tangle-free Turbine tool removes dirt and hair from upholstery. The DC39 Animal is exceptionally quiet thanks to sound-insulating materials and superior design, while cleaning performance is strong. The bin is quick and easy to empty, and - like all Dyson vacuums - the DC39 Animal is AAFA-certified. Although this vacuum is an investment, its performance justifies the price, while the 5-year warranty gives peace of mind.

Panasonic MC-CG917 OptiFlow Bag Canister Vacuum Cleaner

Panasonic has been quietly making quality vacuums for quite a while, under the 'Kenmore' name. The MC-CG917 offers all the basics needed for a solid and effective canister vacuum cleaner. A dual motor system ensures strong and consistent suction, while 4 height adjustments make switching between surfaces easy. This vacuum uses bags, which are fairly large in size and can hold quite a bit before needing to be replaced. OptiFlow technology helps to keep suction strong by keeping airflow consistent even as the bag fills up with dust and dirt. Tools are on-board, and include tools such as an Air Turbine brush for removing pet hair from stairs and upholstery. Although this isn't the lightest vacuum and the cord could be longer, it does at least come with a carry handle. Parts - including the bags - are easy to find, and Panasonic's excellent build quality ensures durability. Although the MC-CG917 isn't fancy, it offers good value for money with its emphasis on function over form.

Panasonic MC-CG902 Canister Vacuum

Yes, Panasonic makes vacuums. In fact, Panasonic vacuums have been sold for many years under the Sears 'Kenmore' brand, many of which have been rated highly by consumers. The MC-CG902 is a well-equipped, powerful canister vacuum that also sports a reasonable price tag. The electric hose allows the attachment of a powered brush head, meaning this canister vacuum is well suited for cleaning carpeted areas. The other attachments store conveniently within the canister itself, and are easily accessible when you need them. The MC-CG902 also features ergonomic touches such as locating the power switch on the handle, saving you from having to bend down to turn the unit on and off. The 24-foot cord rewinds automatically, but is on the short side and will require frequent outlet relocation when vacuuming the whole house. Also, this vacuum is very heavy at 30 pounds, making it a real chore to lug up stairs or carry into closets.

Dyson DC65 Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson's “Animal” vacuum models are known as some of the best on the market, but they continue to improve with new models such as the DC65 Animal which features the latest ball vacuum technology for easy maneuvering. A reconfigured brush bar helps to clean deeper into carpet while the active base allows the vacuum to have optimal surface contact whether it’s on carpet or hard floors.

The Tangle-free Turbine tool gets hair and dirt out of upholstery and carpet while the soft dusting brush removes dust and allergens from flat surfaces. Dyson's Radial Root Cyclone technology ensures that even as the bin fills up, airflow remains strong; this allows for less clogging so more dirt, dust, and allergens are picked up. Certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and covered by a five year warranty, the Dyson DC65 Animal is well worth its price.

Miele S7580 AutoEco Upright Vacuum Cleaner

The Miele S7580 AutoEco delivers high-end performance and build quality for those willing to pay a high-end price. This premium vacuum justifies its price with quality parts, superior manufacture, as well as stringent quality testing.

The S7580 AutoEco has six variable power settings with power coming from a 1,200 watt motor and 4,800 rpm brush roller motor. Automatic height adjustments and motor settings allow for effortless switching from surface to surface while the neck swivels for maneuverability. Although the vacuum is quite heavy, it's easy enough to use and carry.

This upright bagged vacuum is sealed, making it great for allergy sufferers. It has an active HEPA filter, and the AirClean FilterBag which retains 99.9 percent of allergens, dust, and dirt. Although many people prefer the convenience of bag-less vacuums, the bagged design helps ensure no dust escapes while you’re dumping out dirt, grime and pet hair.

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Vacuum

Dyson is constantly pushing vacuum cleaning technology forwards, finding new ways to make their machines more powerful, more efficient, and more convenient. With this innovation comes a hefty price tag, but many people find the premium worth paying.

The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy uses Dyson’s new Cinetic technology, which features high frequency, oscillating tips to keep dust from building up and restricting air flow. Because of this, Dyson no longer uses a filter before the motor thus making this the first “filterless” vacuum; this means no maintenance is required, along with giving you consistent suction. Thanks to the vacuum being completely sealed and its use of HEPA filtration, this vacuum is a good choice for allergy sufferers.
Useful, basic vacuuming attachments are included such as tangle-free turbine attachment.

The Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy is quite heavy at just under 20 pounds, but Dyson says this is intentional for better stability. As to be expected, maneuverability is excellent but the oversized ball makes reaching underneath low furniture a challenge. Cleaning performance of the Cinetic vacuums isn’t necessarily better than a comparable model (such as Dyson’s excellent DC65 Animal), but the promise of consistent performance and less long-term maintenance will appeal to many. As with all of their models, the Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy is certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and comes with a five year warranty.

Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Pet Bagged Upright Vacuum - UH30310

The Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Pet is a solid all-around vacuum cleaner designed with the pet owner in mind. While more expensive vacuums might have fancier styling, this affordable vacuum offers tremendous convenience and reliable performance for a fraction of the price.

Hoover’s Pet Approved Windtunnel System reduces blowback, while HEPA filtration and activated carbon not only filter and trap allergens, but absorb odors as well. Although the T-Series Windtunnel Pet is a bagged vacuum, a bag fill level indicator lets you know when it’s full. The one-touch bag door release and bag release features mean you don’t have to come into contact with the bag or any of its contents.

The vacuum is easy to use, with an on/off brush roll, headlight, height adjustment, and a bumper to prevent scuffs to your furniture. It also includes several attachments, including an air-powered pet hand tool and a pet upholstery tool. The 30-foot power cord and 12-foot stretch hose provide a good amount of range, and the brush roll and belt are easy to access for maintenance. Hoover offers a two year warranty with this model.

BISSELL PowerGlide Pet Bagless Upright Vacuum

This inexpensive vacuum cleaner from Bissell performs nearly as well as more expensive models, but at a fraction of the price. The Bissell PowerGlide Deluxe Pet is excellent at cleaning carpets and hard floors overall, and is easy to use thanks to its maneuverability, adjustable height handle, and multiple attachments. It also has a removable canister design, allowing you to use it to vacuum the stairs, in the car, and in other awkward areas.

The dust bin is reasonably large and easy to empty, although maintenance-wise, the brush roll is more difficult to access and clean than would be ideal. The PowerGlide Deluxe Pet does have a tendency to struggle a bit with picking up pet hair from hard surfaces, but it’s not enough to detract from its overall performance and value.

Hoover LINX Platinum Collection Cordless Stick Vac

Although $100+ seems like an unreasonable price tag for a stick vacuum, it makes sense once you examine this model carefully. Unlike other stick vacuums which are simply handheld units with an extended grip, the LINX is a full-fledged bagless 'WindTunnel' vacuum condensed into a cordless stick format. The beater brush is motorized, and can be switched off for cleaning bare floors more effectively. The 18-volt lithium ion battery provides consistent power until it drains completely, and the battery life indicator lets you know at a glance how much charge is left. The dust cup is easy to empty - pressing one button will drop the bottom panel, allowing all of the dust to fall out.

Sebo Airbelt D4

It's not often that Sebo puts out a new product, as this is a company that sticks with what works best. The Airbelt D4 is a marked improvement over the old Airbelt C series, with a sleek new design that houses all of Sebo's trademark features. The three-level S-class air filtration system (3-layer dust bag, pre-motor filter, exhaust filter) is advertised as being 'hospital grade', though most users will simply comment about the lack of 'vacuum odor'. The 1250-watt motor allows the Airbelt D4 to extract stubborn dirt and pet hair from carpet, and the power brush head can be swapped out for a parquet brush for use on bare floors. New to the Airbelt D models is a 40 foot cord, meaning the total cleaning range from one outlet is a handy 50 feet. The dustbag is slightly larger than the Airbelt C, meaning you'll get more cleaning out of a single bag before it needs replacement. The vacuum itself isn't overly light at just under 16 pounds, but this is a much more manageable weight to carry around than the competition.

Dyson DC50 Animal Upright Vacuum

Meant to be an investment, Dyson vacuums don't come cheap. However, their innovative designs, excellent performance, and ease-of-use make them worth the cost for most. The Dyson DC50 Animal is more lightweight, compact option - coming in at under 12 lbs. It uses Dyson's most recent Ball technology, with the major components stored safely out of the way within the ball. This makes it easier to steer confidently around objects without worrying about catching on anything. This bagless vacuum offers an advanced cleaner head, which automatically adjusts to the floor type and even removes fine dust from hard floors. Its 2 Tier Radial Cyclones ensure that suction is steady while capturing the most dust and allergens possible - helping the DC50 Animal to be AAFA-certified. Although like most Dysons, the DC50 Animal is an expensive vacuum, it makes an excellent investment for a cleaner, dust-free home.

Miele S2 Olympus Canister Vacuum Cleaner

The lightweight and quiet S2121 Olympus canister vacuum is actually a lower-priced offering from Miele, but still maintains their reputation for excellent quality. This compact canister vacuum is quite light at only 13 pounds while having a 29.5 foot operating radius with the telescopic wand and the unit is set on wheeled casters so you can move in any direction. Suction control is achieved via a dial with 6 variable power settings, and the combination floor tool can go between different surfaces easily with a flick of a switch. The S2121 Olympus is a bagged vacuum with the self-sealing bags helping it better contain allergens and dust.

Bissell CleanView 9595 Vacuum with OnePass

The Bissell CleanView 9595 offers lots of suction power and a unique brush design so it can get more dirt and dust out with only one pass. Although lacking a HEPA filter, this vacuum has multi-level filtration that helps to eliminate dust and allergens in your home. With a 25 foot cord and multiple tools including a crevice tool, dusting/upholstery brush, and TurboBrush tool, the Bissell CleanView 9595 has a good amount of reach and versatility.

Although it doesn’t include a headlight or carry handle, this vacuum is reasonable easy to maneuver, while relatively lightweight at only 15 lbs. The soft bumper prevents furniture scuffing, the waste canister is easy to empty, and a washable foam filter is included. While the Bissell CleanView 9595 might be a basic vacuum, it offers solid performance for less than $100.

Hoover LINX Platinum Collection Cordless Stick Vac

Although $100+ seems like an unreasonable price tag for a stick vacuum, it makes sense once you examine this model carefully. Unlike other stick vacuums which are simply handheld units with an extended grip, the LINX is a full-fledged bagless 'WindTunnel' vacuum condensed into a cordless stick format. The beater brush is motorized, and can be switched off for cleaning bare floors more effectively. The 18-volt lithium ion battery provides consistent power until it drains completely, and the battery life indicator lets you know at a glance how much charge is left. The dust cup is easy to empty - pressing one button will drop the bottom panel, allowing all of the dust to fall out.

Bissell PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Vacuum

At first glance, it's obvious that Bissell engineers put some real thought into designing a stick vacuum for appealing to pet owners. While most stick vacuums tend to follow the typical design trend, the PowerEdge Pet features a unique V-shaped head which gathers crumbs, hair, dust, dirt, etc. into a center channel with concentrated suction. The outer edges of the 'V' also contain ducts for suction, allowing effective crevice and corner cleaning in one pass. The dirt cup empties easily which is a blessing given the amount of pet hair this stick vacuum will collect. Be sure not to confuse the PowerEdge Pet with the PowerEdge Hard Floor, which comes with bristles instead of plastic guides in the cleaning head.

Dirt Devil Versa Power All-in-One Stick Vacuum Cleaner - SD20000RED

The Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik is a convertible vacuum which instantly changes from being a standard stick vacuum into a handheld unit. This is done by removing the stalk from the handle so it can be used in all cleaning situations. Removing the floor cleaner head makes room for the crevice tool attachment which can be used to clean corners and tight spots. The power cord is long enough to avoid having to constantly search for new outlets while cleaning and the 3.8 pound weight ensures portability and easy maneuverability. The Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik is also extremely affordable, making it a great buy if you can't stand carting out a heavy full-size vacuum for each little mess.

Shark Rocket Ultralight Upright (HV302)

This versatile vacuum offers the ability to clean both the floor and off the floor. The Shark Rocket is capable of changing from a stick vacuum to a hand vacuum, while its low profile means it easily reaches under furniture. Coming in at just under five pounds, the Rocket is very lightweight and while the cord can become cumbersome at times, it’s nonetheless quite long at 27 feet. This stick vacuum offers two cleaning modes; one for hard floors, and another that activates the brush roll for carpeted surfaces.

Performance is very good all-around, and the dust bin is easy to empty. The Rocket also comes with a long list of useful attachments, including an extension tube, floor nozzle, dusting brush, crevice tool, Dust-Away tool, and a pet upholstery tool; all of which are kept in the included storage bag. With performance rivaling more expensive models, the only major drawback is the occasional hassle of dealing with the cord.

Hoover Corded Cyclonic Stick Vacuum SH20030

The Hoover Corded Cyclonic Stick Vacuum is essentially a corded version of the excellent Hoover LINX vacuum. Advantages are it’s less expensive and you don't need to worry about a drained battery preventing you from cleaning when you need to.

This vacuum transitions easily from hard floor to carpeting, and the swivel steering lends itself to easy maneuverability. It has a low-profile base, and reclines far to make it possible to reach under low furniture for cleaning without moving furniture around.

Although the 20 foot power cord is quite short, the vacuum weights under eight pounds so moving it around from space to space isn't too difficult. The Hoover Corded Cyclonic Stick Vacuum is simple and includes no accessories but it’s great for small living spaces or even just for quick cleanups for when you don't feel like pulling out the big vacuum. It does well with pet hair and dirt as well as easy to clean with its bottom release dirt cup and rinse-able filter.

Sebo X4 Automatic Vacuum Cleaner

Simply put, the Sebo Automatic X4 is built for extraordinary performance and longevity. It’s the preferred vacuum in areas where air quality is a concern such as in hospital settings and they even claim their vacuums are used in the White House and Buckingham Palace. While this is ultimately of no consequence to home users, there's plenty to like about the features and performance of the Sebo Automatic X4.

The “Automatic” name refers to the on-board sensor that constantly adjusts the height of the brush bar to avoid damaging the floor. This vacuum can also detect blockages and resistance, shutting off the brush in order to avoid belt damage. The built-in filters are S-Class and HEPA certified, and the bags don’t expose the user to dust at any point.

The Automatic X4 can be laid flat to take advantage of its low-profile design, enabling the entire vacuum to fit under chairs and beds to clean hard-to-reach areas. These vacuums are manufactured in Germany, and come with a five year warranty as well as a lifetime belt warranty.

Miele S7580 AutoEco Upright Vacuum Cleaner

The Miele S7580 AutoEco delivers high-end performance and build quality for those willing to pay a high-end price. This premium vacuum justifies its price with quality parts, superior manufacture, as well as stringent quality testing.

The S7580 AutoEco has six variable power settings with power coming from a 1,200 watt motor and 4,800 rpm brush roller motor. Automatic height adjustments and motor settings allow for effortless switching from surface to surface while the neck swivels for maneuverability. Although the vacuum is quite heavy, it's easy enough to use and carry.

This upright bagged vacuum is sealed, making it great for allergy sufferers. It has an active HEPA filter, and the AirClean FilterBag which retains 99.9 percent of allergens, dust, and dirt. Although many people prefer the convenience of bag-less vacuums, the bagged design helps ensure no dust escapes while you’re dumping out dirt, grime and pet hair.

Dyson DC65 Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson's “Animal” vacuum models are known as some of the best on the market, but they continue to improve with new models such as the DC65 Animal which features the latest ball vacuum technology for easy maneuvering. A reconfigured brush bar helps to clean deeper into carpet while the active base allows the vacuum to have optimal surface contact whether it’s on carpet or hard floors.

The Tangle-free Turbine tool gets hair and dirt out of upholstery and carpet while the soft dusting brush removes dust and allergens from flat surfaces. Dyson's Radial Root Cyclone technology ensures that even as the bin fills up, airflow remains strong; this allows for less clogging so more dirt, dust, and allergens are picked up. Certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and covered by a five year warranty, the Dyson DC65 Animal is well worth its price.

SEBO Automatic X5 Vacuum Cleaner

The Sebo Automatic X5 offers German build quality intended to last you for many years. Although the styling of this upright vacuum isn't its strong point, you'll find Sebo vacuums in places where air quality is a top priority. This is thanks to the Automatic X5's S-Class filtration, which meets HEPA requirements to filter out the majority of tiny allergens.

This vacuum has automatic height adjustment, a double row brush roll, and a wide brush head. It also offers many features that one might not expect such as multiple indicator lights and automatic shut off. The brush is easy to remove and clean, while the micro and odor filters are replaceable. Thanks to its low-profile design, the Sebo Automatic X5 is also able to access hard-to-reach areas underneath low furniture.

This durable and reliable vacuum is good for allergy and asthma relief, while also being good for pet hair removal. Suction is very strong and consistent, but the vacuum never gets too loud. The bags hold a lot, there’s a convenient carrying handle, and a 40 foot power cord giving the vacuum excellent range. With a five year warranty and lifetime belt warranty, the high-end Sebo Automatic X5 is well worth the premium cost.

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Vacuum

Dyson is constantly pushing vacuum cleaning technology forwards, finding new ways to make their machines more powerful, more efficient, and more convenient. With this innovation comes a hefty price tag, but many people find the premium worth paying.

The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy uses Dyson’s new Cinetic technology, which features high frequency, oscillating tips to keep dust from building up and restricting air flow. Because of this, Dyson no longer uses a filter before the motor thus making this the first “filterless” vacuum; this means no maintenance is required, along with giving you consistent suction. Thanks to the vacuum being completely sealed and its use of HEPA filtration, this vacuum is a good choice for allergy sufferers.
Useful, basic vacuuming attachments are included such as tangle-free turbine attachment.

The Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy is quite heavy at just under 20 pounds, but Dyson says this is intentional for better stability. As to be expected, maneuverability is excellent but the oversized ball makes reaching underneath low furniture a challenge. Cleaning performance of the Cinetic vacuums isn’t necessarily better than a comparable model (such as Dyson’s excellent DC65 Animal), but the promise of consistent performance and less long-term maintenance will appeal to many. As with all of their models, the Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy is certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and comes with a five year warranty.

Dyson DC50 Animal Upright Vacuum

Meant to be an investment, Dyson vacuums don't come cheap. However, their innovative designs, excellent performance, and ease-of-use make them worth the cost for most. The Dyson DC50 Animal is more lightweight, compact option - coming in at under 12 lbs. It uses Dyson's most recent Ball technology, with the major components stored safely out of the way within the ball. This makes it easier to steer confidently around objects without worrying about catching on anything. This bagless vacuum offers an advanced cleaner head, which automatically adjusts to the floor type and even removes fine dust from hard floors. Its 2 Tier Radial Cyclones ensure that suction is steady while capturing the most dust and allergens possible - helping the DC50 Animal to be AAFA-certified. Although like most Dysons, the DC50 Animal is an expensive vacuum, it makes an excellent investment for a cleaner, dust-free home.

Miele S7580 AutoEco Upright Vacuum Cleaner

The Miele S7580 AutoEco delivers high-end performance and build quality for those willing to pay a high-end price. This premium vacuum justifies its price with quality parts, superior manufacture, as well as stringent quality testing.

The S7580 AutoEco has six variable power settings with power coming from a 1,200 watt motor and 4,800 rpm brush roller motor. Automatic height adjustments and motor settings allow for effortless switching from surface to surface while the neck swivels for maneuverability. Although the vacuum is quite heavy, it's easy enough to use and carry.

This upright bagged vacuum is sealed, making it great for allergy sufferers. It has an active HEPA filter, and the AirClean FilterBag which retains 99.9 percent of allergens, dust, and dirt. Although many people prefer the convenience of bag-less vacuums, the bagged design helps ensure no dust escapes while you’re dumping out dirt, grime and pet hair.

Oreck Touch Upright Bagless, BU10000

Oreck has been a trusted brand for years, although their vacuums never seemed to modernize until recently. New styling or not, the Oreck Touch remains the kind of vacuum that will be dependable for years to come. This powerful vacuum exhibits better performance than many high-end models while costing less money.

The Touch might not be budget-friendly, but it offers a tremendous amount of vacuuming power. Despite being a bit heavy at nearly 17 pounds, the Oreck Touch is extremely maneuverable, requiring minimal effort to turn and push it. It can be more of a workout when tackling stairs or the entire house, but the 30-foot cord is reasonably long and there’s also an LED headlight to illuminate your path. The removable dust canister is easy to empty, while the excellent filtration and sealed system make this vacuum a good choice for allergy sufferers. The use of this sealed system also allows the vacuum to offer stronger suction with less amps.

The Oreck Touch is good on all surfaces, and includes the ability to turn the brush roll off or on. Only basic attachments are included, but more can be purchased separately. The HEPA filter is washable, and overall the vacuum requires minimal maintenance. Oreck offers a five year warranty should any issues arise.

Shark Rotator Lift Away Professional Bagless Upright Vacuum

The Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away offers tremendous versatility for a mere $200. With performance coming close to matching considerably more expensive models, this upright vacuum is an excellent choice for those looking for an affordable, all-around option. The Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away can transition easily from carpeting to hard floors, including the ability to shut off the brush roll to avoid scratching delicate wood floors.

Suction on both hard surfaces and carpet is very good, and the vacuum offers the ability to use it either like a standard upright model or like a canister vacuum thanks to its lift-away portion. Combined with the large amount of attachments included, this makes cleaning stairs, upholstery, and just about anything a simple task. Although at 16 pounds this vacuum isn’t a featherweight but its pivoting head and headlight make maneuvering and spotting dirt easy. It features a washable filter and a large, easy to empty dust cup. HEPA filtration and a sealed design help keep dust and other allergens trapped inside.

Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Pet Bagged Upright Vacuum - UH30310

The Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Pet is a solid all-around vacuum cleaner designed with the pet owner in mind. While more expensive vacuums might have fancier styling, this affordable vacuum offers tremendous convenience and reliable performance for a fraction of the price.

Hoover’s Pet Approved Windtunnel System reduces blowback, while HEPA filtration and activated carbon not only filter and trap allergens, but absorb odors as well. Although the T-Series Windtunnel Pet is a bagged vacuum, a bag fill level indicator lets you know when it’s full. The one-touch bag door release and bag release features mean you don’t have to come into contact with the bag or any of its contents.

The vacuum is easy to use, with an on/off brush roll, headlight, height adjustment, and a bumper to prevent scuffs to your furniture. It also includes several attachments, including an air-powered pet hand tool and a pet upholstery tool. The 30-foot power cord and 12-foot stretch hose provide a good amount of range, and the brush roll and belt are easy to access for maintenance. Hoover offers a two year warranty with this model.

Buyer's Guide

Vacuum Buyer's Guide

Vacuums are one of the most heavily marketed consumer products sold today, so it's easy to get lost in all of the manufacturer hubris. Claims such as 'Picks up 120% more dirt!' are definitely attractive, but say absolutely nothing about how the vacuum actually performs. Likewise, a boutique brand vacuum which costs $1400 may not significantly outperform a mainstream $100 model. We've isolated the vacuums from their surrounding hype in order to recommend only the best ones, but here's a more in-depth look at what you should be looking for from a quality vacuum.

Style
Vacuums come in several different styles, each with their own distinct advantages and disadvantages. The four basic styles are upright, canister, stick, and handheld. At a glance, upright vacuums tend to be better for carpeted surfaces while canisters are more suitable for bare floors and stairs. Stick vacuums are lightweight options for small, tight spaces, and handheld vacuums are even smaller still for use in confined areas like cars. Here's a more in-depth examination of each:

- Upright: This is by far the most common style of vacuum in the US, and for good reason. Upright vacuums are entirely self-contained, and require nothing more than being plugged in to operate. Because of the lack of separate parts, upright vacuums are more convenient to use on a more casual basis. The handle is usually unlatched from the 'standing' position via a simple foot switch, and the vacuum is repeatedly passed over an area until it is clean or until the vacuum reaches maximum dust capacity. Upright vacuums can vary in design and weight - some are simply designed to be used on carpeted flat surfaces, while others include an on-board hose and attachments to further expand cleaning options when needed. Regardless of their design or weight, upright vacuums are always awkward to use on stairs or similarly tight surfaces. Another drawback is that uprights tend to be more difficult to maneuver compared to the slim cleaning heads of canister vacuums, though some designs such as the Dyson 'Ball' or Miele 'SwivelNeck' have mitigated that somewhat. Still, even those vacuums are difficult to get under furniture.

- Canister: Canister vacuums are not as popular in the US, though they are the dominant style of home vacuum across the pond. Although the two-piece design is inherently more cumbersome to use than uprights, canister vacuums are usually much more versatile. You'll find many different styles of canister vacuums, but the biggest difference (other than bagged/bagless, which is covered later) is with the brush head. More specifically, lower-end canister vacuums are not equipped with electric hoses and therefore cannot utilize powered brush heads. This relegates them to hard floor use only, though some of the more powerful models can be used on carpet in a pinch. Canister vacuums equipped with an electric hose can accept powered attachments such as a carpet brush, making them equally as good for carpet use as an upright. These models are also better for reaching carpet situated underneath sofas or beds, since an upright vacuum physically will not fit into low openings. Where a canister vacuum really shines is in its versatility - one base unit features interchangeable heads that are designed to clean various surfaces. When you're done cleaning the carpets, you can simply swap the brush head with an upholstery tool and move on to the couch or curtains. Canister vacuums are also much easier to use when cleaning stairs, as it is not necessary to haul around the entire vacuum to reach individual steps. This style of vacuum is better if you live in a tight space with little room to maneuver a cumbersome upright.

- Stick: This style of vacuum is designed solely to save space and maintain maneuverability. While a good upright or canister vacuum will handily outperform even the best stick vacuums, there is no ignoring the light weight and slim, low-profile design that makes these models stand out to those who live in apartments or smaller condos. Stick vacuums are also a convenient way to clean up small messes without having to drag the heavy upright or canister out of the closet, making them great 'backup' vacuums. If you're accustomed to the suction power of an upright or canister vacuum, you'll find the cleaning ability of a stick vacuum to be lacking. That's okay, though - these vacuums were never supposed to replace a full-size model. Choose a stick vacuum if your cleaning needs consist of cleaning dirt and dust off of bare floors and not much else.

- Handheld: Handheld vacuums are the smallest size of 'normal' vacuum you will find today. These vacuums are usually battery-powered, though wall outlet-powered versions exist. Handheld vacuums are designed to clean up small areas where it is impractical or impossible to use a full-size vacuum. This includes tight closets, cars, laundry rooms, bookshelves, etc. Our top picks can be found on our best hand vac list.

Bagged or Bagless?
In the vacuum world, this is a never-ending debate. Both bagged and bagless designs have their share of supporters and detractors, but one is not better than the other for all purposes.

First, let's have a look at bagged vacuums. Traditionally, vacuums were equipped with a dustbag that trapped all of the dirt, dust, and other filth. While this design has carried over modern-day vacuums, the technology is very different. The basic principle is the same - the vacuum sucks up dirt from the surface and deposits it into a bag. Today's vacuum dustbags incorporate all sorts of features from self-sealing collars to multi-layered filtration designs that trap more microparticles. This makes the dustbags very allergy- and asthma-friendly, but also drives up the cost of each individual bag. Bagged vacuums also tend to lose suction as the bags fill up, leading some users to change bags early. In a nutshell, bags eliminate direct contact or inhalation of vacuumed dust, but require spending money for regular replacements. The more premium bagged vacuums offer multi-level filtration systems which incorporate the bag as a filter. Vacuums like the Miele S7580 Tango and the Sebo Automatic X are favorites where air quality is a concern thanks to their excellent filtration capabilities.

Bagless vacuums work in a very different manner. While bagged vacuums channel the air through the bag in order to leave the dust behind, recent bagless vacuums operate on a cyclone principle pioneered by Dyson. Although the math involved to explain the action goes well beyond a simple buyer's guide, there is a watered-down explanation. When air is channeled into a tight, fast moving cyclonic chamber, the dust particles are too heavy to follow the movement and simply drop down into the collection cup. This method is extremely effective at separating air from the dirt particles, and therefore eliminates the need for constant bag replacements. The other benefit is that suction power does not decrease as the dust cup fills. All of this sounds excellent until you realize that the dust cup has to be emptied sooner or later, at which point you may potentially make a mess trying to throw out the dirt you worked so hard to clean off your carpets. Also, emptying the dust cup exposes you to airborne dust particles - not so great if you're allergic or suffer from asthma. Various emptying methods include wrapping the dust cup in a plastic bag to limit the release of dust, but this is a major inconvenience compared to throwing a bag into the trash. Aside from that, most bagless vacuums require frequent filter replacements due to the intrinsic design of the dust separation - microparticles are not physically trapped until they reach a medium such as the filter. Companies like Dyson counter this by providing a 'lifetime' filter which is 100% washable, so buying extra filters is not a concern.

Performance
When considering which vacuum to buy, be sure to have a good look at its cleaning performance. Nobody wants to end up with a vacuum that can't clean, so it definitely helps to do your homework with this category. The motor power rating is generally a good guide when rating the suction power of a particular vacuum, but keep in mind that several other aspects such as design and the distance from the motor can affect suction. Most department stores have demonstration units on hand, so it will definitely help to experience for yourself first-hand how well (or not) a certain vacuum performs. Ideally, you want the vacuum to be able to remove dirt and dust from bare floors without blowing it around all over the place. If the latter happens, you're more likely than not looking at an inferior product. A good, powerful vacuum should also take advantage of the beater brush in order to extract dirt, dust, mites, and whatever other disgusting material buried deep within carpet, whether it's low-pile or shag. If you have pets, don't consider anything other than a vacuum that can effectively remove pet hair from carpet and bare floors.

Features
Vacuums can range from bare-bones to overloaded with features. You'll find that some upright vacuums cannot accept any attachments, while others have so many that there's nowhere to put them. Here's a brief run-down of what you can expect when it comes to features.

- Attachments: Any good vacuum should have at least three basic attachments - a medium-stiffness brush, a crevice tool, and an extension wand. Better vacuums include powered hand brushes and upholstery brushes. Don't let the amount of included attachments fool you into thinking you're getting a superior vacuum, though - your focus is primarily on how powerful the vacuum is. Also, be sure that the attachments are of good quality. These days, many manufacturers include thin plastic attachments that feel cheap and flimsy, and threaten to break with moderate use.

- Ergonomics: Having a vacuum that isn't comfortable to use will mean that your floors and furniture will go more often without a cleaning. When selecting a vacuum, make sure that the controls are placed in a convenient location and that the gripping surfaces will not cause fatigue. With uprights, this includes push-button brush level controls that are mounted higher up as opposed to on the brush head, saving you the effort of having to bend down every time you encounter a new surface. With canister vacuums, the better ones include controls on the handle so you don't have to bend down to the base unit to power the vacuum on and off. Better canister vacuums will offer a dedicated grip and a telescoping wand, so you don't need to bend over to vacuum. While these may seem like small touches at first, your back will thank you down the line.

- Filtration: When you're dealing with this amount of airborne dust, you want to make sure that the vacuum you're using isn't simply redistributing it across the room. Inhaled dirt and dust particles certainly aren't good for your health either, so a good filter system is a requirement. Most vacuums sold today come with a filter element to catch the larger particles, but those sensitive to dust may want to look for a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Be aware, though, that not all HEPA vacuums are built the same. The more high-quality vacuums offer sealed systems that force all airflow to pass through filters, making sure that even the tiniest particles are captured. European high-end vacuums offer what is referred to as an 'S-class' filtration system which is extremely popular in areas like hospitals where cleanliness is a major concern.

Build Quality
You're probably not the only one who has noticed that modern-day appliances just aren't built the same anymore. Oftentimes, it is disappointing to spend a good sum of money only to find out that the piece of equipment you just bought feels downright flimsy. If you don't like replacing vacuums every year or two, look for one that's built well. It may cost more, but the better-quality product is worth it in the long run if it lasts longer. Some of the better-built vacuums include Miele and Sebo, and both brands offer unbeatable warranties as a display of confidence in their products.

Price and Value
There aren't many good vacuums priced under $100. That doesn't mean that you should go and spend over $1000 for a 'specialty' vacuum simply because the offbeat name promises superior performance and quality. It's best to balance your budget and get the best vacuum you can afford.

A vacuum which cannot extract dust and dirt from low-pile carpet is a waste of money at any price. Generally, you'll find that the best vacuums are priced above $200, with the better-performing models coming in at closer to $600. If you're on a tighter budget, it's better to give up a few features than give up an ounce of performance. Separate what you need from what you want, and you can find an excellent vacuum for a reasonable price that will perform well and last a long time.

 

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