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
CR’s take: The midpriced Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly 31150 earns top marks on bare floors and scores well for tool airflow. That means it is exceptionally powerful when used with its attachments, such as a crevice tool, bristle brush, and power roller. On bare floors it captures nearly every particle it picks up, keeping them contained in its disposable bag. Plus it’s no slouch at removing embedded dirt from carpet or tackling pet hair, either, although it’s only a little louder and tougher to manage than some bagged uprights. It’s not the cheapest model you’ll find, but this impressive performer is unquestionably the best vacuums we’ve tested.
2 Bagless Upright
CR’s take: The Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 excels at cleaning bare floors and is almost of the same quality at cleaning carpet. It’s also a fantastic choice when you yourself have pets that shed, since it cleans through to our pet-hair test, earning top marks. CR’s test engineers found this Dyson to be superb at containing the dust it collects—it scored well for emissions, although that doesn’t account for the mess you may make when emptying the bin to the trash. (And that is true of every bagless vacuum.) The Dyson lacks a couple of features that may be important to you—notably, a manual carpet-height adjustment and suction control, which protects your curtains when you’re utilising the attachments. One last caveat: It’s one of the noisier bagless uprights we tested.
3 Bagged Canister
CR’s take: Our top-performing canister vacuum, the Miele Complete C3 Marin earns perfect marks in almost every test we throw its way. It’s a champ at bare floors and embedded pet hair but in addition excels at capturing dust particles. Powerful airflow makes its attachments especially effective. It’s also noticeably quieter than many models. It gets dinged a little on our handling test, and that is true of many canister vacuums, which trail behind you at the conclusion of the suction hose. At more than $1,000, it would likely suck a big chunk from the bank account, too—certainly something to think about before making the splurge. See our cannister vacuum ratings for any other high-performing options.
4 Bagless Canister
CR’s take: if you’re able to live without bags, this Kenmore 22614 aces our bare floors ensure that you is nearly as good at carpet cleaning. It’s also worth a look for those who have pets, given that it performs superbly inside our test vacuuming up embedded cat hair. You’ll appreciate the capable tool airflow if you use your attachments a lot, and this vacuum can also be low on emissions, meaning it retains what it sucks up. The noise level is so-so, and the vacuum is not as easy to maneuver as other canisters in this class.
5 Stick Vacuum (Less Than 6 Pounds)
CR’s take: on top, it could seem hard to justify the purchase of a stick vac that costs 2 or 3 times what you will devote to a top-rated full-sized vacuum. Though no stick vacuum can fully replace the performance of an upright or a canister, it’s what the Dyson V8 Absolute can do that makes it such a standout within our ratings. It includes exceptionally powerful suction, that will help it earn perfect scores on bare floors, carpets, pet hair, and edges within our tests. It’s also among the quietest of comparable models and runs an extraordinary 21 minutes for a passing fancy battery charge—long enough that you might a bit surpised at how infrequently you’ll need certainly to lug around a heavier, full-sized model.
6 Stick Vacuum (A Lot More Than 6 Pounds)
CR’s take: The cordless Bissell Air Ram 1984 easily sucks up dirt and debris from carpets and bare floors, and even devours embedded pet hair in our tests—compacting the collected debris into little bales of dirt stashed in the head of this unit. Whilst it lacks the suction of a full-sized upright or canister, it’s still a vast improvement on the cordless sweepers of yesteryear. In reality, it scores well across the majority of our tests. Its edge cleaning performance is solid but lags behind several other stick vacuums given that it lacks a crevice tool. Even though, we’re prepared to bet it’ll become your go-to for small spills and everyday messes. It stands upright by itself and contains a handle that collapses to match under pantry shelves. With a 47-minute run time, it’s the perfect solution to keep floors tidy between deep cleanings.
7 Robotic Vacuum
CR’s take: In a category you could keep company with Roomba—and one that has seen an onslaught of noteworthy new entrants, including models from premium brands Dyson and Miele—it’s Samsung’s Powerbots that steal the show. The Powerbot R7065 powers through dirt on carpets and bare floors, acing both tests, and even finds its way into tight corners, thanks in part to its rectangular bumpers. It operates quietly enough that it’ll go unnoticed, though it’s difficult to resist watching it return home to dock and charge after every intensive 86-minute cleaning session. Ultimately, no robotic vacuum can replace a full-sized upright or canister. However the Powerbot comes closer than just about any other robotic.
8 Hand Vacuum
The Shark Pet Perfect does everything a fantastic hand vacuum should do, in a relatively inexpensive and easy-to-use package. It excels at sweeping small messes from bare floors and simply gets into corners. It runs for a complete 19 minutes—longer than you’d requirement for most small messes—and even is sold with a rotating brush roll that helps it tackle pet hair or spot-clean carpets. We also appreciate that the nickel-cadmium battery is replaceable, though it takes a complete 16 hours to charge. Keep in mind that its score inside our Noise test is middle-of-the-road. Still, for an appliance you may possibly only need occasionally, this hand vac is an excellent option to stretch out more thorough cleanings and tackle messes such as for example spilled Cheerios in the spot before they spread through your house.