The 10 Best Vacuum Cleaners

Updated June 11, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

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10. Hoover T-Series UH70210

Pet owners will appreciate the Hoover T-Series UH70210. It comes with an easy-to-clean air-powered pet hand tool that pulls up stuck-on hair and can be used on couches and other fabric. The auto cord rewind function is a nice addition as well.
  • carbon filter absorbs pet odors
  • scuff-free bumper protects furniture
  • cannot get under low furniture
Brand Hoover
Model UH70210
Weight 21.8 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

9. Bissell PowerEdge

The Bissell PowerEdge isn't the best vacuum cleaner around, but it can't be beaten for the price. It's under $60, has an effective edge cleaning system with strong suction, and features a unique head that wraps around furniture legs for quicker cleaning.
  • rubber wipers for pet hair pickup
  • bagless dust bin
  • cannot attach any accessories
Brand Bissell
Model 81L2A
Weight 9.7 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

8. Shark HV302 Rocket

The Shark HV302 Rocket is the perfect balance of price, performance and versatility. It costs less than many other options, but still offers powerful enough suction for the average home user, and it converts to a dustbuster for auto and stair use.
  • gets deep into carpets
  • comes with numerous attachments
  • screen clogs quickly
Brand SharkNinja
Model HV302
Weight 17.6 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

7. Miele Classic C1 Olympus

While the Miele Classic C1 Olympus might not look that advanced, it has an AirClean filtration system that contains 99.9% of dust particles, which is more than a HEPA filtration system, so it's the perfect model for those with sensitive allergies.
  • extendable wand
  • variable speeds
  • only available in a corded model
Brand Miele Classic C1 Olympu
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

6. Dyson Ball Multi Floor

The advanced Dyson Ball Multi Floor has a self-adjusting cleaner head that switches to automatically seal in suction from carpet to hard floors without scattering dirt and debris. Its ball steering allows it to hug tight corners, making maneuvering a breeze.
  • detachable wand
  • quick and hygienic bin emptying
  • backed by a 5-year warranty
Brand Dyson
Model 206900-01
Weight 22.5 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

5. Panasonic MC-CG902

The Panasonic MC-CG902 comes with a dusting brush, crevice tool, and two suction heads, all of which conveniently store onboard for quick access when you need them. It also has a 12 amp motor that is more than capable of sucking up the largest crumbs with ease.
  • automatic cable reel
  • automatic carpet height adjustment
  • cleaning path headlight
Brand Panasonic
Model MCCG902
Weight 26.7 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

4. Shark Navigator Lift-Away

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away offers versatility in cleaning uses. Unlike most traditional upright vacuums, the suction head and container come off, allowing it to be carried around when it is time to clean stairs or other hard to reach places.
  • extra large dust cup
  • handy pet tools
  • allergen reducing hepa filter
Brand SharkNinja
Model NV356E
Weight 20.6 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. Soniclean Galaxy GU520-HH

The strong suction of the Soniclean Galaxy GU520-HH makes cleaning your house quicker and easier, without the worry of leftover dust or dirt. Plus, it features a cool fragrance dispensing system that ensures your house smells as clean as it is.
  • sonic vibrations loosen dirt
  • includes a canister vacuum
  • bag full indicator
Brand Soniclean
Model GU520-HH
Weight 30 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

2. Hoover Linx BH50010

The sleek design of the Hoover Linx BH50010 looks as good as it vacuums. It uses wind tunnel technology and cyclonic filtration to suck up everything with power that belies its small size, and edge cleaning bristles ensure that it cleans right up to the wall.
  • battery life gauge
  • instantly switches to carpet mode
  • interchangeable 18 volt battery
Brand Hoover
Model BH50010
Weight 8.6 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Dyson V6 Animal

The Dyson V6 Animal is incredibly powerful, despite weighing just 5 lbs. Its brush bar is 75% more powerful than the standard V6, so it can really get into the carpet and pull out stubborn pet hair and crumbs. It provides roughly 20 minutes of suction per charge.
  • motorized cleaner head
  • doubles as a handheld vacuum
  • low profile for under furniture use
Brand Dyson
Model 210692-01
Weight 10.4 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

Swept Away: An On-Again, Off-Again Vacuum's Tale

Imagine, for a moment, trying to shake or beat the dust out of a rug. Unless the rug was a dinky throw, you'd have to have two or three people just to carry it out of the house! And let's face it, beating mostly allows dust to rise from the carpet...and then sink quietly back in. Inefficient at best, this was how most rugs were cleaned for centuries.

Throughout the mid-1800s, inventors both in Britain and the U.S. worked feverishly to find a better way. There was H.H. Herrick who came up with a contraption that worked, but it was to complicated, and never caught on. China shop owner Melville Bissell invented a carpet sweeper in which rotary brushes...well, sort of brushed the dirt out of a rug. The Ewbank company in the UK also sold sweepers for decades.

It wasn't until Englishman, Cecil Booth introduced suction to the process that the vacuum cleaner truly came to be. His original invention was the size of a street sweeper. Imagine the dirt from your carpets being sucked into a massive hose via the window and out to a massive receptacle parked in front of your home. Only the richest folks could afford this kind of treatment. But the endorsement of the Royal Family ensured Booth's popularity.

Inventors are a persistent lot. Back in America, James Spangler came up with the first electric vacuum. It was both portable and lightweight. And combined a rotary brush action with suction to seal the deal. Not much of a showman, Spangler sold his invention to a relative, William Hoover. Hoover settled on the idea of selling the machines door-to-door...and the rest is vacuuming history.

Somehow, Hoover couldn't let got of the whole rug beating thing. In 1926, his company added a rod that beat the carpet, to the brush and suction functions. The Eureka and Electrolux firms also made successful cleaners.

Most of today's cleaners retain the same essentials as those early vacuums. Cyclone and sonic technologies are notable among recent innovations.

Vacuum Cleaner Designs and Styles

Upright vacuums can literally stand on their own. They also perform well when it comes to cleaning. They're very popular for large rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting.

Available features include motorized heads, lighted front panels, enhanced edge cleaning, height adjustment and suction control. Look for bagless versions for even more convenience.

Canisters were once considered best for floors and short-nap rugs. Folks used to keep a canister and an upright on hand to cover all the bases. But today's tech means canisters are multi-functional. Lightweight and easy to maneuver, they also take care of drapes, furniture, and even cars with ease. With so many detachable parts, they're sometimes easier to store so are a good buy.

Cordless vacuums are the ultimate in convenience, portability and ease of storage. Put them to work on hard-to-reach places like vents, blinds, windowsills. And they're far more efficient than a broomstick at tackling cobwebs. Of course, cordless usually translates to battery-powered. Some won't mind keeping the battery charged, others will.

Stick vacuums make up in ease of use for what they lack in power. They're a good choice for a small apartment or for a somewhat frail user, as they are fairly light in weight. That said, some actually do come with attachments for greater versatility.

Convertible models can be switched from upright to canister, or from stick to handheld by lifting away a component, for example. They're also terrific for small living spaces.

So there you have it. Vacuum styles are borrowing from one another, almost cross-breeding, as it were. It all adds up to more power, flexibility and ease for the homeowner.

Cyclones, Wind Tunnels, and HEPA...Oh, My!

What would Dorothy think? What used to be a mere household appliance now includes attributes of a natural disaster! Are we trying to clean the house? Or create a disaster? Here is brief info on how current vacuum tech can lead to a cleaner home.

Cyclone technology was developed by Brit James Dyson. (You may have seen his TV ads.) Without getting too techie, cyclone allows for powerful suction that may be directed through a single, or multiple, channels. The upshot? The vacuum cleaner bag is not needed. Cyclonic machines have only a removable bin that can be emptied whenever it is full. Dyson engineers -- like most techies -- weren't satisfied with that. They've since developed a tech so refined, you don't even need to change the vacuum filter for at least 10 years.

Not to be left behind, Hoover created what it calls WindTunnel technology. And nabbed a U.S. patent for it. Says the company, “Three independent channels of suction work together to capture and transport debris." The multiple channels mean you can get out even the "deepest dirt from your carpets." Hoover's engineers are also restless. They've now come up with a HEPA filter system that "cleans itself automatically every six seconds."

What are the differences between cyclone and WindTunnel technologies? Well, we're probably not qualified to explain. But isn't it good to know so many talented engineers want to make your home cleaner?

Where would we be without so much healthy competition?

Speaking of HEPA, the filtration system is not the newest technology, but it can make all the difference for allergy sufferers. HEPA filters can trap much smaller particles than ordinary filters. Which is why the claim is that they remove 99.5% of allergens from the air. Some vacuums that include a HEPA filer also include an ordinary filter. Both types are replaceable. Some are even rinseable.

Dual-Motor machines include separate motors for the vacuum itself and for the rotating brush. Some models allow you to choose between single - and dual - motor operation. On floors, you might want to leave the brush motor off, for example.

Now that we've written up these developments, rest assured the industry will invent new technologies...probably as soon as tomorrow. All in the interest of keeping your flooring cleaner and your indoor air safer.

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Last updated on June 11, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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