Carpeting is a popular choice in most homes for its plush feel, aesthetic look, and versatility. Today's carpeting comes in every color and pattern imaginable, in a range of thicknesses, stain-resistant features, and durabilities. Despite the modern innovations that have made tougher, more resilient carpeting the norm, vacuuming is still the main factor that keeps carpets safe from the wear and tear that affects its life. If you have carpet, you need the best vacuum you can purchase.

The vacuum cleaner has maintained the same basic design, but improved immeasurably over the years, so it's best to shop around. We invite you to compare the top brands among the best vacuum cleaners on the market. We chose these ten brands carefully from dozens of contenders, and have handpicked the top upright, cannister, hybrid and robot models. The candidates range from programmable "robot" vaccums to affordable, compact versions like the classic Dust Devil. Which is the best vacuum for your needs, your carpeting, and your family?

FAQ

1. What Is the Most Powerful Vacuum I Can Purchase?

2. How Do Cannister and Upright Vacuums Compare?

3. What Are the Advantages of Robot Vacuum Cleaners?

4. Where Is a Good Place to Buy the Best Vacuum?

5. Is There Really a Difference in Vacuum Cleaners … Aren’t They All the Same Basic Design?

How We Reviewed

The ten machines below are the best vacuum cleaners available all-around. Rather than compare only uprights, we designed this list to compare vacuum cleaners across functionality. Which one offers the most convenience? Which is easiest to use? Which machine is best if you have mobility issues, or a tight space? We evaluate each machine by weighing its essential features: price, ease of use, and design. These brands are built by reputable companies and have comparable warranties.

Overall Price Range of This Product

Vacuum cleaners have a wide price range, especially now that more robot-style vacuums are on the market. The smallest, compact units start around $30 and the most expensive models, can run upwards of $1300. Most vacuums of good quality range between $30-$1300, as we illustrate in the reviews below. The best vacuum is not necessarily the most expensive one.

What We Reviewed

  • Miele Compact C2 Electro+ Canister Vacuum
  • iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum
  • Sebo 90641AM Airbelt D4 Premium Canister Vacuum
  • Kenmore 81614 Bagged Canister Vacuum
  • BISSELL Zing Bagged Canister Vacuum
  • Soniclean Soft Carpet Upright Vacuum Cleaner
  • Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional
  • BLACK+DECKER BDASV102 Airswivel Ultra-Light Weight Upright Vacuum Cleaner
  • Eureka NEU188A PowerSpeed Turbo Spotlight Lightweight Upright Vacuum Cleaner
  • Dirt Devil Power Air Corded Bagless Stick Vacuum

Miele Electro+ Canister Vacuum Marine Blue (Compact C2)
  • Air clean sealed system. Nominal power consumption in W : 1,100
  • 6 stage variable speed Miele Made Vortex silence motor
  • HEPA air clean filter. Filterbag volume in Liter: 3.5. Seb228 Electro+

FEATURES

The Electro is on the "best vacuum" list because it combines power, with 1200-watt suction, and outstanding air filtration, with a HEPA filter that is highly rated and, based on customer reviews, highly effective. Cutting-edge technology in filtration and power is combined with smooth, quiet performance.

Pros

  • Quiet
  • Sealed technology keeps dirt in
  • Transfers from floor to carpet easily
  • Excellent air filtration

Cons

  • Relatively expensive
  • Shorter hose
  • Clunky to maneuver

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iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum-Wi-Fi Connectivity, Works with Alexa,...
  • Patented Dirt Detect sensors alert Roomba to work harder on concentrated areas of dirt, such as high traffic zones of...
  • Sleek, premium design complements your home décor; includes 1 Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier for more control over...
  • 3 Stage Cleaning System and Dual Multi Surface Brushes pick up everything from small particles to large debris

FEATURES

The Roomba is famous, and rightly so. This compact, flat robot has been featured in film and television and Roomba is the best vacuum in its class (robots) even as robotics improves by leaps and bounds. This quiet machine glides along the floor, thoroughly picking up every speck of dust, hair, and dirt. Programmable functions are simple to use and, once set, the Roomba covers the same route for up to 90 minutes, for as many days of the week as necessary. This machine excels at picking up pet hair and small messes.

Pros

  • Once programmed, requires no effort
  • Quiet and unobtrusive
  • Reasonably priced
  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

Cons

  • Sometimes gets hung up on furniture
  • Not ideal for big jobs
  • Must be regularly emptied

SEBO D4 Premium with ET1 Powerbrush
  • Ultra-quiet operation and amazing suction power with 320-degree hose rotation provide unmatched comfort and...

FEATURES

One of the most powerful vacuums on the market, this beast cleans nearly any mess and is easy to maneuver. The Sebo features a long hose and a cord that reaches to a 50-foot radius. The bag is easy to remove, the filtration system is excellent, and the cannister itself is generous and requires infrequent bag replacement. The Sebo has a patented rubber bumper that will not scratch furniture.

Pros

  • Quiet
  • High quality filtration system
  • Extra long cord
  • Best vacuum for power

Cons

  • Four-wheeled design sacrifices steering
  • Expensive

Kenmore 600 Series Friendly Lightweight Bagged Canister Vacuum with...
  • BAGGED CANISTER VACUUM: Multipurpose design w/swivel head cleans all areas and surfaces in your home, den, kitchen, car...
  • PET POWERMATE: Motorized attachment lifts stubborn pet hair, dander and dirt quickly from surfaces. Eliminates hair from...
  • POP-N-GO BRUSH: Stores inside vacuum, attaches to handle and wand in a snap for bare floor cleaning

FEATURES

This product enjoys versatility and is a great value at the price. A popular brand, this model features an easily extended floor cleaner, a variety of attachments that store with the machine, so no searching or toting tools around while cleaning. The cannister design works efficiently,  and includes a retractable cord and HEMPA filtration system.

Pros

  • Strong suction
  • Relatively lightweight
  • Portable

Cons

  • Components are made from plastic
  • Automatic shut-off feature can backfire

Bissell Zing Bagged Canister Vacuum, Maroon, 4122 - Corded
  • Dirt cup capacity - 2 liters bag capacity. Portable, Multi-Surface Cleaning
  • Powerful suction gets the dirt high and low--great for bare floors, rugs and above-floor cleaning
  • Easily go from cleaning carpets to hard floors with the flip of a switch

FEATURES

The Zing is designed for any job, whether carpet or floor, is lightweight, and is excellent in small spaces. This small cannister vacuum features a 17-inch power cord and 5-inch hose. Although compact, this unit includes a carpet brush, variable suction control, and a retractable cord. While little in staure, it goes head-to-head with larger and more expensive models and is arguably the best vacuum in its class (compact).

Pros

  • Strong suction in a small unit
  • Affordable
  • Reliable
  • Highly maneuverable

Cons

  • Tools come off without warning
  • Loud when on lower settings

Soniclean Soft Carpet Upright Vacuum Cleaner
  • Adjustable vent system for easy maneuverability on soft style carpeting
  • Special soft nylon brush roll bristles – effective, yet gentle on soft style carpeting
  • Large front wheels – allows the vacuum to “float” on soft style carpeting making it easy to push and pull

FEATURES

This upright is designed to handle any carpet, no matter how thick. The well-designed black-on-gold Soniclean is the vacuum of choice for those with thick carpet, and is an excellent all-around machine: easy to use, maneuverable, and has the virtue of all uprights - it is lightweight. The suction is sufficient for any carpet and this vacuums works equally well on hard surfaces.

Pros

  • Handles many types of carpeting
  • Lightweight but powerful
  • Easy to store and steer

Cons

  • Lacks versatility
  • Is not adaptable for furniture or cars
  • Relatively heavy for an upright

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Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional NV356E
  • Dust cup capacity - 2.2 quarts. Lift-Away. Press a button to lift the canister away and easily clean hard-to-reach...
  • Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology + a HEPA filter. Traps 99. 9% of dust and allergens inside the vacuum.
  • Powerful and lightweight. Portable and versatile at 13. 7 pounds.

FEATURES

The Shark tries to combine the best features of both upright and cannister. It looks like an upright, but functions like a canister. The top portion has the "lift-away" technology that allows the driver to quickly remove the top portion (cannister) and carry it or maneuver in hard-to-reach areas. The lift technology combined with a a long suction wand allows for cleaning everywhere, including ceilings. The shark is less than 14 pounds.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Easily transportable
  • Reaches into every space

Cons

  • Warranty does not cover all parts
  • Top heavy design can cause tipping
  • Filter needs to be changed after each use

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Black+Decker Light Weight Black & Decker BDASV102 AIRSWIVEL Ultra...
  • Only 9.1-Lbs. For easy handling, carrying and storage
  • Swivel steering for ultimate maneuverability
  • Large dust cup capacity at 2 L

FEATURES

This is a lightweight (under ten pounds) upright vacuum that handles most terrain. It's main selling point is that is easy to use and maneuver at a very reasonable cost. The machine doesn't reinvent the vacuum but handles all surfaces in a user-friendly design.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Maneuvers easily
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Low reliability ratings
  • Components vary in quality
  • Not as powerful as more expensive models

Eureka Power Speed NEU188A PowerSpeed Turbo Spotlight Lightweight...
  • LED Headlights: With the LED lights of this home vacuum, you'll get a better view to clean beneath furniture and the...
  • All-floor Vacuuming: The 5 height adjustment settings of this vacuum cleaner allow you to switch proper mode on...
  • XL Dust Cup: The XL dust cup of the multi-surface vacuum holds more dirt and requires less frequent emptying between...

FEATURES

The Eureka offers a standard upright design with solid power and a decent array of features. This machine is an affordable upright that includes cannister features, with a stretchable hose and a pet "turbo" brush. LED headlights and a large capacity chamber equal labor saving convenience.

Pros

  • Dirt holder easy to empty
  • Lightweight
  • Enough power for most jobs
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Loud
  • Most components are plastic
  • Doesn't handle all carpet types

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Dirt Devil SD20505 Powe, 1-(Pack), Red
  • Cyclonic Filtration - cut through messes with constant powerful suction
  • Weighs less than 7 Pounds- lightweight design enables it to maneuver easily from room to room
  • Bottom Empty Dirt Cup - dump the dirt with the touch of a bottom. Cyclonic Action : Single Cyclonic Air System. Dirt...

FEATURES

The Dirt Devil is the second vacuum on this list with the "bagless" feature, a design innovation to save money on purchasing bags, and to cut down on the mess of removing a full bag. For a smaller machine, this unit can still cover a lot of territory with its 20 foot cord. One of the lightest vacuums we've reviewed, at only 7 pounds, this little models sucks up dirt but not space.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Bagless design
  • Works well in small spaces
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Not as powerful as larger models
  • Tips over easily

Comparison Table

The Verdict

The best vacuum depends on personal needs, but for pure cleaning ability in a home that requires weekly or daily care, and for the least amount of effort, the winner is the Roomba. No other robot vacuum has compares with this brand, despite a parade of likely competition. The Roomba iRobot 690 is more affordable than ever and far outpaces its competition in ease of use. With vacuum cleaners, robots are definitely taking over.

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