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9 Best Vacuums for Every Home

Whether you're buying a vacuum for the first time or upgrading to a new model, we'll help you find the best vacuum cleaner for your lifestyle.

Every editorial product is independently selected, though we may be compensated or receive an affiliate commission if you buy something through our links. Ratings and prices are accurate and items are in stock as of time of publication.

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How to Choose a Vacuum Cleaner

With all the mind-boggling choices out there, how do you know which type of vacuum is best for your living situation? We can help.

Here are the basic features to look for in a vacuum cleaner:

  • Style: Upright, canister, stick, hand-held or robot/smart;
  • Dirt collection: Bagless (bin) or bag;
  • Cord or cordless;
  • Suction power;
  • HEPA filter.

Other factors to consider:

  • Size of home;
  • Mostly carpet or hard-surface;
  • Kids and pets;
  • Budget.

Did you know? In many countries with British influence, vacuums are called “hoovers” — just another example of how brand names can work their way into the everyday vernacular.

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Best for High-Pile Carpets

The Soniclean Soft Carpet Upright Vacuum Cleaner ($400) is the only vacuum that uses a patented high-frequency sonic cleaning technology to dislodge dirt embedded deep into carpet fibers.

And that’s not its only patented feature! It also features three more: An EZ-Push adjustable vent system that helps push-and-pull the machine across the plushest pile; jam protection, which automatically shuts off the vacuum if something gets stuck; and the Sonicfresh fragrance dispensing system (optional), which releases a light scent of freshly washed laundry every time you vacuum. Wow!

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Best for Bare Floors

Another great corded and upright option, we like the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright Vacuum ($210) for the way it works on laminate, hardwood, tile and vinyl floors. You can separate the canister from the base to tackle stairs, normally a problem for most traditional upright vacuums.

Extend your reach thanks to the five-foot hose. It also has an on/off switch for the beater brush, a bare floor setting (natch!) and onboard attachments for upholstery and more.

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Best Stick Vacuum

Automatically adapting to any floor height, the Dyson V11 Outsize ($640) is a powerful cordless and bagless stick vacuum at a mid-range price. Its hefty 1.9-liter bin capacity means less emptying and more uninterrupted cleaning. Whole-machine filtration traps up to 99.99 percent of particles, dust and allergens — a real plus for asthma suffers.

The two battery packs deliver 120 minutes per charge, providing more than enough time to tidy up a small-to-medium-size home. The Outsize comes with a wall-mountable docking station and five attachments, including a mini-motorized tool to get into tight spaces and remove pet hair from upholstery.

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Best for People With Pets

If you have pets, then you know how fur gets under furniture and collect in corners. The Bissell Cleanview Swivel Pet Upright Bagless vacuum ($99) features a specialized reach tool for vacuuming pet hair.

The vacuum’s triple-action brush roll gets down deep into carpets to loosen and lift out dirt and pet hair. Scatter-free technology keeps debris from flying and flinging about, especially when vacuuming hard floors. This bagless vacuum is simple to clean thanks to the easy-to-empty, one-liter dirt cup.

We also appreciate that part of every purchase goes towards supporting the Bissell Pet Foundation, which helps save homeless pets.

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Best Budget

We picked the Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Vacuum Canister ($73) as our best budget option for the combination of low price and quality features. At a featherweight eight pounds, The Whirlwind is light, easily maneuverable and easy to carry all through the house.

It has three multi-surface suction settings — carpet, upholstery and hard floors — and it’s bagless, with washable filters for even more cost savings. It also features swivel steering, a telescoping metal wand, automatic cord rewind and one-button dirt cup release.

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Best Splurge

As canister-style vacuums go, the Miele Complete C3 Marin ($1,099) is definitely splurge-worthy. Miele, the gold standard of home appliances, designed this heavy-duty workhorse to lift the deepest embedded pet hair from carpet and the tiniest particles off bare floors.

Its flexible Parquet Twister (a double swivel joint cleaning head) is gentle on the most delicate hardwood floors. The height-adjustable electro-brush with LEDs helps you see underneath furniture, where dust tends to gather.

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Best Robot

The latest innovation in vacuum technology, the stand-alone eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S by Anker ($220) sucks up dirt, dust and messes without you lifting a finger — just set it and forget it.

The ultra-thin rotating disc (less than three inches high) uses a three-point cleaning system, strong suction power and the turbo-charge mode for extra “oomph” to help push the robot vacuum from the floor onto the carpet. It runs for up to 100 minutes on a single charge. And it’s surprisingly quiet — not much louder than a microwave.

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Best for Cars

If you love your car and like showing it off, the Metrovac Metropolitan Vac N Blo Car Detail Vacuum ($360) will help you keep your vehicle in mint condition.

With the cleaning power of a shop vacuum, this professional-quality detailing tool is housed in a slim and compact canister that mounts on the wall. Must-have attachments include a floor/upholstery tool, a 24-foot extension hose for hard-to-reach places and a crevice tool for tight spaces. There’s also a washable filter and a no-touch dust bin that empties from the bottom. A 12-foot power cord is included.

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Best Handheld

With tons of suction power for its size, the Black+Decker 20V Max Handheld Vacuum ($90) is small enough to store in the kitchen, garage or your RV. It cleans up common messes without special attachments or tools, using cyclonic action to spin dust and debris away from the filter for optimum suction capability.

The pivoting nozzle and extending crevice apparatus make it easy to get into tight spots, like between sofa cushions and behind appliances. The convenient charging base provides a compact storage solution.

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Toni DeBella
Toni DeBella is a freelance travel, lifestyle and digital content writer based in a medieval hill town in central Italy. Her work has been featured in such publications as Fodor's, The Telegraph, Walks of Italy, Italy Magazine, Frommers.com, Touring Bird (via [email protected]) and more. Most recently she authored the 2020 edition of DK Eyewitness Sicily travel guide. When Toni is not roaming around Europe, you'll find her tending her alley-side container garden or honing her clay-court tennis game.