There are a few different things to keep in mind before beginning your search. First, which type of vacuum will be convenient for you to use and store? And which will work best for your flooring?
Upright vacuums are generally a good choice for carpet, they don’t require a lot of bending or getting down on hands and knees, and attachments make it easy to clean corners or reach dust and cobwebs up high. If you have mostly tile or hardwood, a canister vacuum with a bare floor attachment might be your best option. You won’t want an upright unless you can turn off the brush roll; it might scratch your flooring, otherwise. Canister vacuums are also more convenient in homes with lots of stairs.
If you hate to vacuum, a robotic cleaner may be the way to go. You may still need a standard, human-operated vacuum for a good, thorough clean now and then, but a robotic vacuum can tidy up regularly with minimal supervision.
Whatever choice you make, be sure to choose a vacuum that is sealed and that has a HEPA filter, for maximum dust removal. Your nose (and any family members or friends with allergies) will thank you.
For an overview of five of the most reliable vacuum cleaners — as rated by the shoppers who actually use them — read on.
Best Indoor Upright Vacuum under $200
An upright vacuum with swivel steering, the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright comes with a Dust-Away hard floor attachment and a special “gentle” roller for wood and tile floors. It also has attachments for pet fur and dust, and uses an anti-allergen HEPA filter, making it a great choice for anyone with allergies.
Buyers with pets love the pet hair power brush, which picks up fur tangled in carpet fibers with ease. Customers also say the upright vacuum is easy to assemble, and the dust tray is easy to empty and clean. They gave very good reviews of the Shark Navigator Lift-Away’s powerful suction.
Best Affordable Multifloor Upright Vacuum
The BISSELL CleanView Upright Vacuum with OnePass is a lightweight, powerful vacuum cleaner. It features a TurboBrush tool with a number of versatile uses, from stairs to upholstery. A washable filter and easy-to-clean dirt tank makes maintenance simple.
Users love the front dial that allows the vacuum’s height to be adjusted, as well as the easy assembly. Other reviewers highlighted the CleanView Upright’s ability to pick up ground-in dirt, cat litter and pet hair, as well as its affordable price.
Best Vacuum to Buy for Pets
With a futuristic appearance, users might expect futuristic performance from the Dyson DC65 Animal Complete Upright — and they also seem to get it. Dyson plays up its vacuum’s maneuverability and a base that conveniently self-adjusts to different floor types. It also includes an attachment for stairs and a variety of brush tools.
Customers who purchased the Animal appreciate how it can adjust itself to various types of carpet and flooring. Reviewers also said Dyson’s ball-based design also allows the vacuum to get closer to baseboards than most vacuums.
Best Rated Canister Vacuum Cleaner
Miele Classic C1 Olympus Canister Vacuum Cleaner boasts a nearly 30-foot operating radius and rotary dial speed control. Its combination floor and rug tool allows users to easily switch between carpeting, rugs and smooth floors.
This vacuum is mainly recommended for those who need to clean smooth floors, rugs, and the occasional low-pile carpet. It comes with a dust brush, as well as upholstery and crevice tools.
Users switching from an upright model love the convenience of being able to clean places you can’t usually reach with an upright vacuum — at least, not without loads of attachments.
Customers agreed that the Olympus is more maneuverable than an upright vacuum, and excels on hardwood and tile flooring. Reviewers also enjoyed how quietly this Miele vacuum runs.
Best Reliable Robotic Vacuum
While some may require a little supervision or follow-up to make sure that they clean every corner, advancing technology has made newer models, including the iRobot Roomba 770, better at mapping out rooms and cleaning every nook and cranny. The Roomba 770 can be programmed to clean on its own up to seven times per week, and has technology to detect dirtier areas and focus on them.
Roomba owners do recommend that homes be “Roomba-proofed” before running the vacuum. It’s mostly able to handle lamp cords and rug edges, but preventing any tangles or trouble is a good idea.
However, reviewers say the Roomba is able to run with little supervision after this, and it picks up a lot of dirt, pet hair and small dust particles. One reviewer even said his asthma symptoms improved after purchasing the Roomba 770.
When looking for the most reliable vacuum cleaners, keep in mind that a lot will be subjective. These five models are all very highly rated by their users, but they can also serve as a jumping off point for your own search.