It is often an enjoyable few years in Consumer Reports’ vacuum labs. Cordless stick vacuums are better than ever consequently they are now crowding out corded stick vacs at major retailers. And robotic vacuums have finally transcended from being a novelty item in YouTube cat videos to a serious cleaning tool.

But whilst the new kids on the market are turning heads, if you need deep cleaning, you’ll still have to depend on your trusty upright or canister vacuum. That said, we’ve also found a good amount of good small vacuums for smaller messes.

The Way We Test Vacuums

To discover how good a vacuum picks up dirt, how much debris it retains, how easy it really is to go, and just how noisy it really is, Consumer Reports puts vacuum cleaners through a tough set of tests. We embed talc, sand, and pet hair into carpet before vacuuming. We make use of the same kind of litter on bare floors and observe perhaps the vacuum picks it up or scatters it about. And we maneuver the vacuum around, exactly like you would, to ensure it’s easy to operate.

Here, reviews regarding the best vacuums you can aquire at this time, from each type we test. Drumroll—er, brush roll, please.

1 Bagged Upright

2 Bagless Upright

3 Bagged Canister

4 Bagless Canister

5 Stick Vacuum (Less Than 6 Pounds)

6 Stick Vacuum (A Lot More Than 6 Pounds)

7 Robotic Vacuum

8 Hand Vacuum

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