After 12 hours of research evaluating 75 products, we picked Shark Navigator Lift-Away Upright Vacuum as our top choice.
Maintaining a clean home isn't an easy task! Not only do you have to clean up after your daily meals and activities, but you have to get rid of dust, dirt, grime, mold, and other particles that could make you sick.
Carpets are the hardest to deal with. They may look clean, but they are often filled with pet dander, dirt, dust, dust mites, dead skin cells, bacteria, and so much more. Only with regular vacuuming will you be able to keep things clean.
Sounds like you need a vacuum cleaner!
Whether you're holding down the bachelor pad or making the job of cleaning up after the family a little easier for everyone, one of the most effective tools to keep your place clean is a solid vacuum cleaner. It gets those carpets clean, sucks up particles and pathogens, and even improves air quality.
Count me in.
To make life around your humble abode a bit more enjoyable, we've combed through thousands of vacuum cleaner reviews to assemble a list of the absolute best vacuum cleaner choices currently available.
On our list of the best vacuum cleaners, you'll find something that will help you with every type of messy situation.
Although this isn't the newest robovac on the market, it is still a crowd favorite. This vac provides a powerful clean while navigating easily through any interior. Now with Alexa integration!
The biggest complaint about this robotic vacuum is that it's clumsy and tends to slam into objects.
The Roomba 680 is everything users loved about the 650, but now with Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility (total game-changer)! With a large bin and self-emptying technology, the automatic cleaning vacuum can clean an entire room without interruption. The beauty of this particular vacuum is that it employs a three-stage cleaning process. First, it uses brushes to loosen any materials stuck to the surface. Then, it utilizes powerful suction to pick up the debris. Finally, it scans the area to make sure nothing is left behind. As an added bonus, this machine is so quiet that it can clean while you sleep.
Thanks to its upgrade, the 680 can be connected to your Alexa or Google Home Assistant, enabling you to control it hands-free with voice control. All you have to do is give the command and your vacuum cleaner will start the process all on its own. Plus, you can use the app to schedule a cleaning or adjust the robot's settings no matter where you are!
The $280 price isn't quite as hefty as the 650's original price of $350+, and the extra technology - which allows you to schedule cleanings up to 7 times per week - and the ability to automatically dock and recharge, makes this baby totally worth the mid-range price point.
The Roomba 680 automatically adjusts to many floor types, including: carpet, tile, hardwood, and laminate. Additionally, the iAdapt Navigation technology uses a variety of sensors to navigate your home.
The Roomba 680 runs between 45 to 90 minutes on a charge, so it works best in small to mid-size spaces. Also, do be aware that due to the shorter battery life, this robotic vacuum sometimes has trouble making it back to the docking station to recharge before running out of battery.
One of the best features of this product is that it requires hardly any maintenance aside from emptying the bin between cleanings. Periodically, the filter must be cleaned in order to maximize efficiency, which can be done in as little as 5 minutes.
The Hoover LiNX BH50010 Cordless Vacuum works great on all surfaces, and has a longer battery life than most--clocking in at around 18 minutes. Additionally, the roller brush can be turned off on bare floors to keep the vacuum from scattering debris.
It's not as durable as some of the more expensive models and may not hold up to heavy use.
The Hoover LiNX is our number 1 pick for a cordless vacuum because of its very good rating for performance on all surfaces.
With a battery life of up to 18 minutes, this vacuum outshines many of its competitors.
This product is a great value for its price. While its not the cheapest on our list, its an excellent mid-priced choice.
Inexpensive, affordable, easy to adjust height, versatile, small yet powerful, no assembly required, user-friendly controls, easy to store anywhere, reliable, good suction power, and cleaning is a breeze.
Noisy and requires a lot of strength to push. Additionally, the canister has to be cleaned by hand.
Performance: For the very low price, this bad boy delivers amazing quality performance. You get a durable, reliable machine with a surprising amount of power for its compact size. Though the motor is a bit noisy, you'll find it has excellent suction power and is small enough to fit under any bed or in any closet.
The canister design makes it easy to empty, but there's always hair and dander trapped near the filter that will have to be removed by hand (ew!). It's also not a self-propelling machine, so you'll have to use a bit of strength to push it. However, it's designed for hardwood and carpeted floors, with a switch that makes it easy to adjust the brush length according to the floor you're working on.
Features: The vacuum has a VERY short hose, but an extra-long power cord that gives you ample reach in rooms of any size. The handle is comfortable to grip, and the controls are in an easy-to-reach location. They're also simple to operate—just a few switches to change all the features.
The vacuum cleaner comes with all the typical tools: crevice tool, brush, and extension wand. However, there's no place to store the brush tool on-board the vacuum cleaner. The click-lock handle makes it easy to get under furniture and tables, and you'll find it's a highly maneuverable, portable little machine.
Price: At this price—just $50—you won't find a better vacuum cleaner. It's not without its flaws, but it's definitely the best at the price point!
Powerful motor, long-lasting battery, beautifully easy to charge, flexible pivoting nozzle makes for easy cleaning, compact when not in use, no need for accessories, and consistent power output.
Difficult to clean and empty thanks to odd design of the access door.
Performance: If you want a high-performance handheld vacuum cleaner, this Black and Decker appliance is the one for you. Not only do you get quality power from the 20-volt motor, but the output remains consistent throughout the entire battery charge. No weakening suction as the battery drains, just full speed ahead until it's time to recharge. And with its 3-stage filtration system, you get dust-free air with every use.
The lithium battery has a longer lifespan than your average handheld vacuum cleaner, so you get up to 15 minutes of use from this bad boy instead of the industry average of 8-10. Lithium batteries have a long lifespan, so you'll find you can get a lot of re-charges from the vacuum cleaner before it's time to change batteries.
The vacuum cleaner isn't annoyingly loud, but it does a great job of sucking up all dirt and debris. It can be a bit of a chore to clean or empty (thanks to the oddly designed access door). However, the fact that it has a flexible nozzle means you don't need a bundle of accessories to do a good job. It's an all-in-one that provides everything you need for a clean home.
Features: There are no attachments because there are none needed. The pivoting head is able to get into all the cracks and crevices as efficiently as any attachment would. The nozzle has its own built-in brush and crevice tool that you can extend or retract as needed.
One of the great features of this vacuum cleaner is its compact design. When not in use, it's designed to fold up surprisingly small. It can sit on the charging dock and take up very little space until you need it. It's lightweight, easy to carry, and features a comfortable, ergonomic handle that's easy on your wrists.
Price: At $68, this is one of the pricier handheld vacuum cleaners on our list. And yet, it's definitely worth paying a bit more for, considering its compact size, long-lasting battery, powerful suction, and quality design. It's a vacuum cleaner built to last!
Designed specifically for outdoor use, potent motor, good suction power, can suck up debris while still hot, replaceable and washable air filters, metal construction, durable, and no dust in the air!
Lacking attachments and prone to clogging.
Performance: If you love to grill, you'll definitely want this vacuum cleaner on hand. It's designed with a metal hose and canister that is heat-resistant, meaning you can suck up the ash and coals before they have fully cooled. The suction power is excellent, thanks to the 10 Amp motor, and you'll love how effectively it sucks up even the finest particles. You'll never have to worry about dust or ash in the air after cleaning your grill with this bad boy.
The filter system within the vacuum cleaner is fire-resistant, not to mention fully washable and replaceable. The main downside of this vacuum cleaner: it can't handle large coals without clogging, and the air filters get clogged fairly quickly.
Features: The vacuum cleaner DOESN'T have the fancy accessories you get with other appliances on our list, but it only has a brush nozzle, turbo nozzle, and straight extension wands. It may not be as versatile for your home interior, but boy can it get a grill clean!
The 16-foot cord and 7-foot hose give you more than enough reach to clean your grill even if you don't have a plug outside. Thanks to the 2-stage air filtration system, you can get your grill very clean without kicking up any dust at all.
Price: For just $65, this is a great-priced vacuum cleaner. While not the most versatile machine, it's a grillmaster's best friend.
Durable, rolling wheels make it easily portable, extra-long hose, comes with detachable blower, easy to empty, dust-sealed switch, 2-year warranty, highly reliable, on-board accessory storage, and surprisingly quiet.
Short power cord and not suitable for larger objects.
Performance: If you've got a workspace you want to keep clean, this is the machine for you. Not only is it designed to suck up wet and dry objects, but it also comes with a 210 MPH blower to blow any sawdust or dirt out the garage door.
The vacuum cleaner struggles with larger objects (nails, for example), but it's a BOSS when it comes to small particles. You'll find that it leaves your home or work space clean in a matter of minutes. Best of all, it comes with a muffler that dampens the noise, making it a surprisingly quiet machine.
Features: The vacuum cleaner comes with a 12-gallon tank that can hold a surprising amount of garbage before needing to be emptied. Thanks to the extra-large emptying nozzle at the base of the vacuum cleaner, you can clean it out in a matter of minutes. The cord is a bit short (just 12 feet), but the extra-long hose more than makes up for it. You get all the typical additions (crevice tool, car nozzle, and utility nozzle), plus a few more (2 extensions, an air/noise diffuser, a blower nozzle, and reuseable foam sleeves).
The controls are set in the top of the machine, with a special dust-sealed design that makes it resistant to damage and wear. With its stainless steel container and the two-stage industrial motor, it's a machine worth its price!
Price: At $120, this is one of the cheaper vacuums you'll find on the market. It's durable, reliable, and definitely a wet/dry vacuum cleaner worth owning. Best of all, it comes with a 2-year warranty to cover any defects or faults.
Intuitive and user-friendly design, affordable, solid construction, reliable, easy to clean, handles most debris with ease, full range of attachments, minimal maintenance required, works well on most floors, and comes with a 5-year warranty.
Terrible customer service.
Performance: If you're looking for a great upright vacuum cleaner to use at home, you'll love this Shark appliance. Not only is it highly versatile—you can simply lift the canister out for easy portability—but it also delivers pretty good performance for the price. Though it doesn't produce suction on par with the top-rated models on the market, it's also 1/3 or 1/4 the price of competitors.
Unfortunately, a number of users have complained about the customer service offered by Shark. In the event of a break down, Shark either failed to honor the warranty, took forever to respond to their complaints, or wouldn't replace the product because it was bought on Amazon. However, the majority of users have stated that the machine is durable, with no faults or flaws for the 5-year warranty period.
Features: This is one of the most feature-rich vacuum cleaners on the market. Not only is it a canister vacuum (easier to clean, no bags needed), but it's designed with a quick release switch that allows you to lift the canister out of the upright vacuum shell. This allows you to get into crevices, under tables, and behind furniture with ease. It's also great for hitting the corners of your stairs and in your car.
The Anti-Allergen Seal Technology offers excellent protection against 99.9% of dust and allergens, and the HEPA air filters will prevent the debris from escaping the cleaner as you vacuum. Not only is it designed with a versatile swivel, but there are even built-in LED headlights to make vacuuming under furniture and in dark environments a breeze.
Price: At $180, this is a vacuum cleaner definitely worth its salt. Though it's slightly lacking in suction power and overall performance, it's incredibly user-friendly, versatile, and easy to use. At the price, you won't find a better upright vacuum cleaner!
Easy to clean, lightweight, user-friendly operation, supremely portable, three-stage filtration, great for all-purpose cleaning, durable, and reliable.
Noisy and poor customer service.
Performance: If you want a vacuum cleaner suitable for every room in your home, this is the bad boy for you! Not only is it lightweight, but it's designed to be easily moved around hardwood floors, carpets, and even up/down stairs. You'll find that it's very comfortable to work with for hours at a time.
The motor produces some pretty impressive suction, ensuring that the vacuum cleaner picks up everything from mud spots to dirt to debris to pet dander. Sadly, the added power also makes this the noisiest vacuum cleaner on our list. Definitely not a machine to use if someone is trying to sleep or watch TV anywhere in the house.
Features: The main feature of this vacuum cleaner is its canister, which collects the dirt and is easily removed for emptying and cleaning. This is ideal for those who are sick of dealing with vacuum bags and want a user-friendly machine.
The controls are easy to use, and you'll be able to switch the vacuum from carpet to hardwood floors with the press of a button. The machine comes with the typical accessories (crevice tool, dust brush, etc.). Thanks to its three-stage filtration system (including a post-motor filter), you can clean your home without worrying about kicking dust up into the air. Just like the Easy Empty Dirt Cup (canister), the filters can be washed and re-used.
Price: At $65, this is a very well-priced appliance. You'll find it offers good durability, functionality, and versatility—sadly, customer service is poor, so you'd better hope you don't need to return it for any reason.
Effective, user-friendly, affordable, reliable, easy to clean, outlasts other vacuums in its price range, handles most debris with ease, full range of attachments, minimal maintenance required, works well on most floors, and comes with a 5-year warranty.
Prone to tangles and clogs.
Performance: If you're looking for reliable performance, this Shark vacuum cleaner is the best in its category. Not only does it have excellent suction power, but it has proven effective at sucking up a variety of debris (including pet hair, larger objects, and mud clumps) from most floors—from deep shag carpet to hardwood floors.
There is very minimal maintenance required for this vacuum cleaner, though it is prone to clogs and tangles that will take a bit of work to remove from the bristles. The frame is lightweight, comfortable to hold, and easy to handle. The controls are wonderfully user-friendly, making operation a breeze. Whether you have a large or small house to clean, this vacuum cleaner can handle anything!
Features: The vacuum cleaner comes with a dusting brush, two crevice tools, a 5-foot hose, and a 25-foot power cord. It's designed to be a 2-in-1, meaning you can detach the canister from the base for easy, lightweight cleaning. The canister is easy to remove, empty, clean, and replace, and the swivel steering makes for easy driving.
For those worried about air quality, this vacuum cleaner takes care of that problem with an HEPA air filter that can trap most allergens and dust. Thanks to the Brushroll shut-off switch, you can transition between hardwood and carpeted floors easily.
Price: At $145, this is one of the best-priced vacuum cleaners in its category. It comes with a 5-year warranty, quality customer service, and excellent durability. All in all, an appliance worthy to be considered the "best" of its kind.