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Best Vacuum Cleaner Reviews for 2018-2019

Updated November 30, 2018 by Derek Hales

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Our Pick for Best Vacuum 2018-2019

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Dyson V10

The Dyson V10 is one of the best vacuums we have tested to date. It absolutely crushed our cleaning tests, removing 99% of all debris we tested it against. To sum it up, the convenience of a cordless 60 minute run time, tons of attachments, and variable suction all help to round out one of the best vacuum cleaners for home.CHECK PRICE

Over the last year we have tested 58 different vacuum cleaners of all types, prices, and brands.

We developed our own performance challenges to put vacuums to the test against real world messes. As a result, we’ve identified what we think are the best vacuums for 2018-2019 based on objective data, in-house tests, and expert analysis. 

Whether you need a vacuum for carpet, pet hair, hardwood floors, home, car, or elsewhere, we’ve tested the best vacuums on the market.

So with that said, let’s dive in!

Find the Best Vacuum Type for Your Home

Click the links below to jump to the specific vacuum type that sounds best for your home cleaning needs.

Best Cordless Vacuum

Ideal for… convenience, easy to use, and grab & go cleaning

Dyson V10 cordless vacuum

Dyson V10 cordless vacuum

Cordless vacuums have come a long way in recent years. As a result, many cordless vacuum cleaners offer cleaning performance that is just as good (and even better in some cases) as traditional upright and canister vacuums.

The best part about cordless?

One word, convenience.

It just doesn’t get any easier than the cordless design.

For example, you can easily take the vacuum from room to room, up stairs, or even out to the car. While the battery length does limit how long you can clean, many are still able to run for 30-60 minutes, which is sufficient for cleaning most homes.

But what about performance?

In our cleaning tests, we have seen cordless vacuums perform just as well as many popular upright and other corded vacuums. The Dyson V-series vacuums are among the best performers we have tested to date.

For example, all Dyson V-series vacuums scored debris removal scores of 95-99%.

Dyson V10 hardwood floor cleaning tests

Dyson V10 cleaning performance tests

Downsides?

The most significant downside is the battery, which will eventually need to be replaced. For instance, most cordless vacuum batteries tend to last 2-4 years.

That said, some batteries can last longer, depending on the battery, manufacturer, and how you use your vacuum.

You should buy a cordless vacuum if…

  • You want convenience – the convenience of a cordless vacuum cleaner is virtually un-matched in the world of vacuums (except for maybe from a robot vacuum). As a result, they are the perfect choice for quick grab-and-go cleaning sessions.
  • You want lots of cleaning attachments – many cordless vacuums come with a variety of cleaning attachments and accessories. As a result, these vacuums offer a lot of value, since it lets you clean more places around your home more easily.

You should not buy a cordless vacuum if…

  • You want to vacuum for a long time – if you tend to vacuum for a long period of time, say 45 minutes or more, you may want to avoid the cordless vacuum. For instance, even the best cordless vacuum cleaners only run for 30-60 minutes at a time (with some variance, depending on cleaning mode and attachments). Therefore, if you tend to clean for a longer period of time you’ll probably be happier with a corded vacuum (click here to jump to the best upright vacuums).
  • You don’t want to replace batteries – if you don’t like the idea of having to replace the battery every 2-4 years you probably should avoid the cordless design. By contrast, other types of vacuums may offer a lower annual maintenance cost, since you will not have to replace a costly battery.

Our Cordless Vacuum Picks

Best Cordless Overall

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Dyson V10 Absolute

The Dyson has everything you want in a cordless vacuum, including a run time up to 60 minutes, host of cleaning tools / attachments, 3 power suction modes, and 2 cleaning heads (Absolute version). It's pricey, but it's also the best. CHECK PRICE

If you want to save a few bucks, opting for a more budget-minded vacuum is definitely a good choice. While you won't get quite the raw performance that the best cordless vacuum has, the Dyson V8 is not slouch.

Best Value Cordless

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Dyson V8 Absolute

The Dyson V8 has many of the same features and performance that the V10 has, but at a notably lower price. Run time is 40 minutes, you get 2 power modes, and all the same accessories. It's a no brainer for the best budget cordless vacuum. CHECK PRICE

Best Robot Vacuum

Ideal for… convenience, you have a busy life, simpler floor plans

Roomba e5 cleaning cereal on hardwood floor

Roomba e5 cleaning cereal on hardwood floor

When robot vacuums first came out they were generally bulky, expensive, and (let’s face it) not very smart. Over the past 10 years robot vacuums are becoming increasingly popular, having come down in price and increased in performance.

How do robot vacuums clean?

Robot vacuums are designed to roll around an area, making navigational markers as it sucks up debris across the floor. Many models have a spinning side brush, like the Roomba 690, to help capture debris along edges and corners. 

Other models skip the spinning side brush and instead alter the shape of the vacuum to be able to slide into corners and tight spaces, lie the D-shaped Neato robot vacuum

What do you get with a robot?

Robot vacuums today provide convenience, automatic cleaning runs (with models that have scheduling), and more intelligent navigation, using infrared light, cameras, and sensors (varies by model) . 

iRobot Roomba 690 robot vacuum accessories

1) dual mode virtual wall barrier, 2) charging base, 3) filter, and 4) hair removal tool

Most robot vacuums come with some kind of virtual barrier so that you can easily block off sensitive areas, like for pet food, making a robot vacuum function more like how a real user would. 

Robot Vacuum Cleaning Performance

Performance of robot vacuums may vary from brand to brand, but performance on hardwoods (and most low pile carpet) tend to yield the best results. 

In the Modern castle cleaning lab, we put the most popular robots to the test and tend to see some trends.

For example, Roomba models tend to be among the best performers with the budget-friendly Roomba 690, up to their newest top-tier performer, Roomba i7+.

Roomba i7+ hardwood cleaning performance test

Roomba i7+ hardwood cleaning performance test

RELATED: Click here to check out all our Roomba reviews to date.

Any Robot Disadvantages?

The biggest disadvantage to a robot vacuum is probably the babysitting.

For example, top-tier robot vacuums can navigate most floor plans with ease, but more budget-friendly models could need a little help from you.

As a result, this might mean tracking down your robot after it fails to return to its base after a cleaning cycle. 

Without memory mapping, advanced sensors / cameras, or navigational beacons, less expensive robot vacuums tend to just bump into things until they eventually get everything clean.

Effective? Yes.

Efficient? Not as much.

You should buy a robot vacuum if…

  • You want convenience – A robot vacuum can be pre-programmed to clean your floors, whether you’re home or away. One model (the Roomba i7+) even can empty the dust bin for you to make the job even easier to forget about. 
  • You have a simpler floor plan – While navigation might be lacking in some less expensive robot models, if you have a small amount of square footage or just a simpler floor plan with less obstacles, robot vacuum could still be a nice option. If you do happen to have a larger and/or more complex floor plan, you’ll want to spend a little more to get a higher end robot.

You should not buy a robot vacuum if…

  • You don’t like hide and seek – Part of having a robot vacuum is tracking it down when it finds itself in trouble. This could mean finding it with a dead battery in some remote corner of the house, or shouting an error at you from the bathroom where it got tangled up with your shag rug. Robot vacuums can be incredibly handy, but they also may need you to come and rescue them from time to time.
  • You don’t want to replace batteries – Similar to a cordless vacuum, a robot vacuum will also required battery replacements, due to its cordless nature. They will generally last 2-3 years, but it could be something to keep in mind if you’re concerned with added recurring costs. 

Our Robot Vacuum Picks

Best Robot Overall

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Roomba 690

The Roomba 690 strikes a balance of performance, price, usability, and quality. It breezed through most of our cleaning tests, only finding struggle against carpets with sugar in them. Not only is it a great value, but it's also a top performer.CHECK PRICE

If you think the Roomba 690 is a bit out of budget, no problem. There is a great budget minded option.

Best Budget Robot

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Roomba 675

The Roomba 675 is basically the Roomba 690, but without a virtual wall barrier. It has smartphone control, scheduling, and all the same features / cleaning performance. It's arguably the best value robot vacuum on the market.CHECK PRICE

Last, but not least, if budget is less of a concern and you just want raw cleaning power, the Roomba i7+ is a great choice.

Best High-End Robot

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Roomba i7+

The Roomba i7+ is arguably the most high-end robot ever built. Cleaning performance scores were nearly flawless, even on our sugar tests (an area where almost all robots struggle). Additionally, it empties its own dust bin. Serious wow factcor.CHECK PRICE

Best Vacuum for Pet Hair

Ideal for… removing pet hair from carpets, hard surfaces, and upholstery

Shark Navigator vs. Rotator

Shark Rotator vs. Navigator for pet hair

Shopping for the best vacuum for pet hair comes with a different set of needs than people who don’t have furry friends. Whether you’ve got dogs, cats, or something in between, it’s important to select a vacuum with the right pet features.

What should you look for in a pet vacuum?

Pet-friendly homes generally benefit from larger capacity dust bins, HEPA filtration, and add-ons that are designed specifically for capturing pet hair (like motorized roller brushes or tangle-free attachments). 

One of the best models for a large capacity dust bin is the Dyson Ball Animal 2 which can hold over 2 quarts of debris.

How to Remove Pet Hair

Pet hair can be especially tricky to remove, especially from upholstery or high pile carpet, where it can sink deep into the fibers.

Motorized brushrolls for pet hair tend to be designed in a way that helps to reduce tangles and suck up more of the hair.

RELATED – We’re covering full-size vacuums below, but see here if you need a handheld pet hair vacuum.

As a result, the best pet vacuums are those that include motorized brushrolls capable of pulling pet hair to the surface of carpets, upholstery, and other fabrics.

Upright Vacuums for Pet Hair

Upright vacuums make excellent options for cleaning up pet hair since they have larger capacity dust bins and offer an unlimited run time, unlike more compact or convenient cordless vacuum cleaners. 

Shark Navigator vs. Rotator reach

Using the wand on both the Shark Navigator and Rotator you can reach hard to reach spots both above and below you.

PROS

  • Upright vacuums generally have stronger suction, compared to more compact vacuums and also typically come with a number of on-board accessories.
  • This can be pretty handy when you transition from cleaning pet hair in the carpet to pet hair on the couch.

CONS

  • At times, a corded upright may be hard to manage and could be difficult for more versatile cleaning, like cleaning stairs or small crevices.

Cordless Vacuums for Pet

While some of our favorite vacuums for pet hair are corded upright models, that’s not to say that there are not good cordless models. Cordless models come with a few notable pros and cons. 

Dyson V10 in handheld mode

Dyson V10 in handheld mode cleaning car crevices

PROS

  • A cordless vacuum for pet hair makes it quick and easy to clean up messes, regardless of where they are in the house.
  • Cordless pet hair vacuums are also a great option for vacuuming pet hair out of your car, like the Dyson V10 Animal and Dyson V8 Animal.

CONS

  • Cordless models have a limited run time and may need recharging before the job is done.
  • Cordless vacuums will also need to have their battery replaced within ~2-3 years (exact longevity varies by manufacturer, model, and use). 

Robot Vacuums for Pet Hair

Robot vacuums are another solid choice for cleaning pet hair. Robots are autonomous and many models do an especially good job of cleaning pet hair, especially on hardwoods and lower pile carpets.

The Roomba e5 will drive itself onto the charging base when it needs to be refueled

PROS

  • Robot vacuums can be scheduled ahead of time to clean up your pet messes and many models can identify high traffic areas and spend a little extra time cleaning those spaces. 
  • See our complete guide on the Best Roomba for Pet Hair here.

CONS

  • Robot vacuums have one of the smallest dust bin capacities of any other vacuum types.

Which vacuum for pet hair is right for you? 

  • Upright vacuum for pet hair – An upright pet hair vacuum, like the Dyson Ball Animal 2 or the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro have larger capacity dust bins, great filtration, numerous attachments, and corded power for fade-free suction. Keep in mind, upright models may be harder to maneuver and could have brushrolls that allow pet hair to tangle. (Look for “Tangle-Free” brushrolls where available). 
  • Cordless vacuum for pet hair– Cordless vacuums for pet hair are nice if you do mostly quick pick-ups or want to quickly carry your vacuum around the house. The Dyson V8 or Dyson V10 are cordless stick vacuums models. Cordless models are lightweight and easy to maneuver, but also come with limited battery life and a smaller dust bin (generally).
  • Robot vacuum for pet hair– Robot vacuums, like the Roomba e5, can be excellent for pet hair. They offer scheduled cleanings, autonomous spot cleaning, and hands-free convenience. As a potential downside, these vacuums also tend to have a smaller dust bin capacity so you may need to empty the bin more frequently if you have a high level of pet hair.

Our Best Pet Vacuum Picks

Best for Pet Hair

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Dyson Ball Animal 2

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 has the strongest suction of any vacuum (according to Dyson.com), generating an incredible 306 AW of suction. Combine this with a self-adjusting cleaning head, Turbine tool for pets, 35' cord, and asthma / allergy friendly certified, it's really a no brainer for the best vacuum cleaner for pet hair.Check Price

If you need a way to reliably remove pet hair, but don't want to shell out the extra cash for the Dyson Ball Animal 2, the Shark Rotator TruePet is a more budget option.

Best for Pet Hair (runner up)

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Shark Rotator TruePet

The TruePet is built on top of the full-sized Shark Rotator platform. It is equipped with a pet hair motorized brushroll and pet multi-tool, enabling it to remove pet hair from a variety of surfaces. The Shark TruePet is a budget friendly option for cleaning up after pets.Check Price

Best Handheld Vacuum

Ideal for… on-the-go cleaning, small messes, and cleaning cars

Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flip - best handheld vacuum

Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flip

Handheld vacuums are lightweight, compact, and easy for quick messes. Most handheld vacuums are also less expensive that full upright or even stick vacuums. If you don’t need something primarily for cleaning floors, handheld vacuums can be an excellent choice.

RELATED: Need a vacuum on a budget? Click here to see our recommendations for the Best Cheap Vacuum.

Is a corded or cordless handheld vacuum better?

Handheld vacuums may be corded or cordless and there are advantages and disadvantages to each.

  • Corded vacuums have unlimited run time (as long as they are connected to power), but have the disadvantage of being tied to an outlet. This can make it difficult to clean your car, stairs, or other remote places without dragging an extension cord behind you.
  • Cordless vacuums have the benefit of convenience since they are not tied to a power outlet. Cordless handhelds are excellent for quick cleanups, but bear in mind, the run time is limited and may need charging frequently (exact run time varies by model).
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Shark Pet Perfect 2 cleaning the floor mats

Handheld Vacuum Cleaner Performance

Handheld vacuums are smaller and more compact compared to most other vacuum styles, but smaller size doesn’t always mean diminished performance.

For example, check out the performance of the Shark Pet Perfect 2. This vacuum is small, but still has an overall cleaning score of 98%.

The performance of any handheld vacuum depends on a few factors.

  • Cleaning Path Width: Some handheld vacuums have a larger cleaning path than others. A wide cleaning path means more coverage, but could also mean less suction since it’s distributed across a wider area. Be sure to check the suction power (if it’s listed) to get an idea of how powerful it will be.
  • Brush vs. Nozzle: Handheld vacuums either have a rotating brushroll, a motorized brush attachment, or a plain nozzle. Brushes and brushrolls are great for agitating carpeted floors and capturing difficult debris, like pet hair or debris in carpet. Nozzles are better for large debris and / or cleaning hardwood floors.
  • Reach: Reach is an important factor since it tends to determine the vacuums versatility. Check out the overall size and shape of the vacuum as well as and included attachments. Some models may be designed short and stubby for a particular purpose, like the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser, which is great for pet hair. Other models can be designed with a long and slender neck, like the Black and Decker 16V, which makes it easy and convenient to clean in tight spaces.

What’s a 2-in-1 Vacuum Design?

Some handheld vacuums double as a handheld or a stick vacuum, like the Dyson V10 and Electrolux Ergorapido. Both of these models are stick vacuums that can also be handheld vacuums.

electrolux ergorapido ion 2-in-1

The Electrolux ErgoRapido Ion is a 2-in-1 and operates as an upright vacuum or handheld vacuum.

If you’re looking for a lightweight full-size vacuum, but also need a tool for smaller quick messes, you may want to check out one of the models listed above.

RELATED: Looking for more vacuum cleaner reviews specifically for handhelds? Check out our guide for the Best Handheld Vacuums here. 

You should buy a handheld vacuum if…

  • You already have a primary vacuum – Handheld vacuums are excellent options for people who already have a full-size vacuum or something they use mainly for floors. Handheld vacuums ideally used for spot cleaning only.
  • You want a car vacuum – Outside of the uses mentioned above, handheld vacuums are also great for vacuuming out your car. Especially if you choose a cordless model, like the Dyson Trigger, handheld vacuums are much easier to maneuver in and out of vehicles.

You should not buy a handheld vacuum if…

  • You need something for larger messes – Handheld vacuums probably could vacuum larger messes, but the amount of time that it would take would be significantly longer than if you used a larger vacuum. Handheld vacuums are just not designed for large messes, due to their narrow cleaning path.
  • You need something primarily for vacuum flooring – For many of the same reasons that handheld vacuums aren’t great for large messes, they are also not great for messes on the floor.

Our Handheld Vacuum Picks

Best Handheld Overall

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Shark Pet Perfect 2

The Shark Pet Perfect 2 is cordless, inexpensive, and includes a motorized brushroll. The brushroll in a handheld is great for removing pet hair, along with a variety of other debris. The only downside is the cost to replace the battery is fairly high.Check Price

Best Wet Dry Handheld

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Novete Handheld

The Novete showed great performance on our cleaning tests, scoring 98.8% on our debris removal tests. Includes dusting brush, rubber nozzle, crevice tool, and HEPA filter. Perhaps the most interesting thing? It's a wet dry vacuum and can handle small wet messes, in addition to dry.Check Price

Don't want to deal with charging a battery? A corded handheld is a great alternative.

Best Corded Handheld

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Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flip

This corded handheld is simple, compact, and a powerhouse. The Scorpion Quick Flip is a great for small messes of most types (though not ideal for pet hair). For cars, couch cushions, and other spot cleans, the Scorpion is a good choice.Check Price

Best Vacuum for Hardwood Floors

Ideal for… hardwoods, laminate, and tile flooring

Dyson V8 cordless vacuum

Dyson V8, a cordless stick vacuum

The best vacuum for hardwood floors can span a wide range of types and models, depending on the exact features you’re looking for. There are full size uprights, lightweight stick vacuums, robots, and everything else in between. 

When cleaning hardwoods, the good thing is that you don’t necessarily need a ton of agitating rollers or fancy brushes. Hardwoods are hard and nearly friction-less so debris has nowhere to go but up into the dust bin. 

Best Upright Vacuum for Hardwood Floors

Upright vacuums make great options for hardwood floors since they generally have a larger dust bin capacity and carry more on-board attachments.

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Shark Navigator cleaning performance on hardwood floors

For example, the Dyson Ball Multifloor 2 is an excellent option for a vacuum that can automatically transition from various floor types. 

Best Stick Vacuum for Hardwood Floors 

For a lighter alternative to the traditional upright vacuum, stick vacuums are excellent options because they still haven plenty of power, with added convenience and maneuverability. 

For example, the Dyson V10 Absolute stick vacuum is a powerful performer on hardwood floors, where it scored an overall cleaning score of 99%, when testing four debris types. 

Looking for something a little less expensive? The Dyson V7 and Dyson V8 offer many of the same features, but at a lower price point. Just make sure you get the Absolute model (so you get the hardwood cleaning head).

Roidmi F8 Value

RELATED: Check out our complete guide for the Best Vacuum for Hardwood Floors.

Best Robot Vacuum for Hardwood Floors

As mentioned above, cleaning hardwood floors is really where robot vacuums shine. You don’t have to spend a lot to find a robot vacuum that has good cleaning performance on hardwood floors. 

Top 5 Cheap Robot Vacuums For Hardwoods 

Here’s five of our favorite robot vacuums if you’re looking for an excellent value: 

What’s the Best Vacuum for Hardwoods? 

Our Hardwood Floor Vacuum Picks

Best on Hardwood

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Dyson V8 Absolute

The V8 offers a 40 minute run time, fluffy hardwood floor cleaning head, and 2 power modes. The cordless design makes it ideal for quickly cleaning every nook and cranny of the kitchen. Lifetime washable HEPA filter helps to keep maintenance costs in check.Check Price

If you prefer the more traditional feel of an upright we've got you covered with a solid vacuum pick below.

Best Upright on Hardwood

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Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2

If you prefer upright design the Dyson Ball 2 Multi Floor is hard to beat. The self-adjusting cleaning head is ideal for moving from carpet to hardwoods, as well as other types. It includes great turning, cleaning wand, washable filter, and an incredible 250 AW of suction power. Check Price

Best Upright Vacuum

Ideal for… strong suction power, whole home cleaning, on-board accessories

Dyson MultiFloor 2 upright vacuum

Dyson MultiFloor 2 upright vacuum

Upright vacuums are the traditional go-to for many primary vacuum cleaners. They are bigger, have larger capacity dust bins, and generally stronger suction as well. 

Why are upright vacuums so popular? 

It really boils down to two things and that versatility and power. 

Upright vacuums generally have a couple features that make them versatile and easy to use across the whole house: 

  1. Swivel steering – It’s hard to beat the steering of the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 upright. 
  2. Extending hose – The extending hose and telescoping wand of the Dyson Multi Floor 2 increases the reach by 9′ when fully extended. 
  3. Lift-Away canister – Many Shark upright vacuums also have Lift-Away canisters that turns this vacuum into a portable handheld, great for stairs or quick clean ups. The Shark Rotator Lift-Away Pro or Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro are great examples.
  4. Stronger suction – Two of the best upright vacuums, strictly in terms of suction, are the Dyson Ball Animal 2 and the Shark APEX DuoClean Lift-Away — offering 306 AW and 270 AW of suction power, respectively. 

Upright Vacuum Cleaning Performance

Many upright vacuums provide excellent cleaning performance across all flooring types, due to that strong suction power and motorized brushroll. 

The Shark Rotator Lift-Away Pro, for example, had good scores for all debris types and all flooring types except for cereal and sugar on high carpet, where it struggled to pick up the largest and smallest debris types. 

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Shark Rotator cleaning performance on high pile carpet

Are there upright accessories? 

Upright vacuums tend to have numerous accessories included with the vacuum itself, many of which are stored on the vacuum itself and easily accessible in the middle of the cleaning. 

Some of the most popular accessories include: 

  • Extendable wand
  • Flexible hose
  • Crevice tool
  • Soft dusting brush
  • Motorized brush tool
Shark Navigator Pro upright vacuum

Shark Navigator Pro upright vacuum

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro comes with one of the largest variety of accessories that we’ve tested in an upright vacuum to date. This model includes: 

  • Upright roller base
  • Hard floor base (with microfiber cloths) 
  • Flexible hose (with handle)
  • Soft dusting brush
  • Crevice tool
  • Motorized brush tool
  • On-board attachment holder

You can read more about the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro here

You should buy an upright vacuum if…

  • You want unlimited run time – Since upright vacuums are generally always corded, that means endless fade-free suction, allowing you to clean all your areas without having to worry about a dead battery. 
  • You want a larger dust bin – The dust bin of an upright vacuum is almost always going to be larger than any other vacuum type (except for a few canister vacuums). For one of the largest dust bin capacities, check out the Shark Navigator Lift Away Pro which can hold up to 2.2 quarts of dry debris. 

RELATED: Looking for a vacuum that can empty its own dust canister between cleaning cycles? Check out the Roomba i7+ robot vacuum

You should not buy an upright vacuum if…

  • You want something cordless – Due to the suction power of an upright vacuum, they are basically always going to be corded power. For something cordless, you may want to check out the Dyson line-up of cordless stick vacuums, like the Dyson V10 which offers 150 AW of suction power.
  • You want something lightweight – Again, with great power comes great responsibility. The main responsibility being that you have to carry this thing around and upright vacuums are certainly not known for being lightweight. For a semi-light upright vacuum that still has good cleaning performance, check out the Dyson Small Ball, which weighs only 12.15 lbs, and is basically a smaller version of the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 upright.

PRO TIP: The Dyson V10 cordless stick vacuum offers the same amount of suction power in max mode (150 AW) as the Dyson Small Ball upright and weighs only 5.9 pounds. If you don’t need the larger dust bin and like the idea of cordless power, the V10 could be a good option. 

Our Upright Vacuum Picks

Best Upright Overall

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Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2

One of the most affordable Dyson upright vacuums, the Ball Multi Floor 2 has a lot to offer, including a 31' cord (40' total reach), 250 AW suction, easy maneuverability, and a self adjusting head, making it ideal at cleaning carpet, hardwood, tile, and other floor types.Check Price

For a less expensive option (but still covers most of what you need in a vacuum cleaner), Shark provides a good option.

Best Budget Upright

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Shark Rotator Pro Lift Away

A more budget friendly option, the Shark Rotator Pro includes a powered pet hair tool, holds 1.3 quarts of debris, has a 30' cord, and anti-allergen seals with HEPA filter. Doesn't have the raw suction of the Dyson, but should still be sufficient for many homes.Check Price

Best Stick Vacuum

Ideal for… lightweight, mobility, and cleaning stairs (or other hard to reach spots)

Dyson V7 vs V10

Stick vacuums bring a level of convenience that traditional uprights tend to lack, while also being powerful.

The best of both worlds…

Stick vacuums are generally under 10 pounds and can be cordless or corded. They are easy to maneuver, and typically include a few simple attachments like a crevice tool or dusting brush.

Roidmi F8 stick vacuum

Roidmi F8 stick vacuum

Prices for stick vacuums range from under $100 up to $600 or more. For a great budget stick vacuum, the Electrolux Ergorapido is a solid choice. It’s inexpensive, lightweight, and has good cleaning performance.

For a top-performer, the Dyson V10 offers all the bells and whistles you’d want in a stick vacuum. It comes in at a higher price point, but also has more accessories and nearly flawless cleaning performance.

Stick Vacuums vs. Upright Vacuums

With their smaller size, you would expect a stick vacuum to have less suction power than a comparable upright and generally, that is true.

For comparison, the Dyson V10 offers 150AW of suction (in max mode) while the top performing Dyson upright, the Dyson Animal 2 offers 306 AW of suction power.

The Dyson V7 can be used to clean above the ground, as can the V10

The Dyson V7 can be used to clean above the ground, as can the V10

In the case of Dyson, going with the cordless stick is a noticeable dip in suction power, but keep in mind, the V10 still captured 99% of the debris during our in-house cleaning performance tests.

The bottom line?

In our view, raw suction power doesn’t always mean better cleaning performance. There is such a thing as “enough” suction, and that definitely seems to be the case with vacuums like the V10 and other high-end cordless vacuums.

You should buy a stick vacuum if…

  • You want maneuverability and convenience – Stick vacuums are lightweight and generally easy to maneuver. Many models are cordless so you don’t even have to worry about an outlet while you’re cleaning.
  • You want a 2-in-1 – Many stick vacuums also double as a handheld vacuum, making them a more versatile tool to have in your home.

You should not buy a stick vacuum if…

  • You need a large dust bin – Most stick vacuums have a relatively small dust bin which can be a problem if you’re cleaning a larger home or a space with high traffic or pets.
  • You need to spend less than $200 – good stick vacuums start at around $200 and go up from there. If you’re spending less than that, you are probably going to be disappointed in the performance. If you have $200 or less to spend you’ll be better off buying a corded upright vacuum, like the Shark Rotator Professional.

Our Stick Vacuum Picks

Best Stick Overall

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Dyson V7 Motorhead

The Dyson V7 strikes a balance of power and price in a compact stick vacuum design. This cordless vacuum is able to run for 30 minutes, comes with a variety of tools, and is incredibly well priced, considering the level of cleaning performance and overall build quality.Check Price

Best Stick (runner up)

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Shark IONFlex DuoClean

Including the DuoClean head (to remove both small and large debris), flexible wand (to easily clean under furniture), and a selection of other accessories, the Shark IONFlex is a feature packed vacuum. The IONFlex 2X version includes 2 batteries, enabling up to 80 minutes of run time when used back to back.Check Price

Best Canister Vacuum

Ideal for… deep cleaning, raw suction power, and light in hand

Miele C1 Compact - best canister vacuum

Miele C1 Compact canister vacuum

Canister vacuums are generally less popular than upright or stick vacuums, but don’t write them off just yet.

For example, canister vacuums are a great alternative if you want the power of an upright, but the lightweight in-hand portability of a stick vacuum. 

With a canister vacuum, the bulk of the weight of the vacuum lies in the rolling canister and not in your hand. Although there are generally fewer options, most major vacuum brands have canister vacuums. 

Popular Canister Vacuums by Brand

Hoover PortaPower

Hoover PortaPower

Canister Vacuum Performance

While the performance of a canister vacuum may vary by exact model, it is generally comparable to an upright vacuum.

Take Dyson, for example. Their Dyson Big Ball Multi-Floor canister vacuum generates 250 AW of suction power while the Dyson Animal 2 upright vacuum generates 306 AW of suction power. 

Next, another top-performing canister vacuum is the Miele C1. Although the Miele name may be less familiar in the US market, this vacuum is top notch and hugely popular overseas. 

Miele Canister Cleaning Performance

  • 100% cleaning score when tested on hardwoods
  • 100% cleaning score when tested on low pile carpet
  • 99% cleaning score on high pile carpet

Miele doesn’t openly offer the AW suction power of their vacuum, but in our testing lab, the suction was more than sufficient for all of our cleaning tests. 

Miele C1 canister vacuum hardwood cleaning test

Miele C1 canister vacuum hardwood cleaning test

You should buy a canister vacuum if…

  • You want strong suction – A canister vacuum is a nice option for strong suction, that would be comparable to a full size upright vacuum (in most cases – varies by model). 
  • You want something lightweight in-hand – Canister vacuums have the power of a larger vacuum, but are lightweight in hand since you only hold the wand and cleaning head. 

You should not buy a canister vacuum if…

  • You don’t like being followed – The biggest disadvantage of a canister vacuum for many people is that the canister vacuum follows you around. It can bump into obstacles on the ground or even your own heels as you try to maneuver around the canister. 
  • You want on-the-go convenience – Canister vacuums are best used on one level and in open spaces, so the canister has room to navigate. Canister vacuums can be difficult to use in cars or on stairs.

Our Canister Vacuum Picks

Best Canister Overall

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Miele Classic C1

The Miele C1 absolutely crushed our cleaning tests, scoring a 99.75% (out of 100% debris removal). The bagged design is great for allergy / asthma suffers. We found the canister easy to use and overall vacuum incredibly well made. This is a canister that can make life-long upright users think twice.Check Price

Best Canister (runner up)

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Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor Canister

Self-rights when it gets knocked over, no filters to replace, an impressive 250 AW of suction (same as Multi Floor upright), and a bagless design, the Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor is a canister vacuum for those who want the power of a canister, but the convenience of an upright.Check Price

Best Budget Canister

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Bissell Hard Floor Expert

Ironically, the Bissell Hard Floor Expert performed better vs. our carpet cleaning tests than hardwoods. Nevertheless, this budget canister vacuum showed strong performance across the board (only really struggling with cereal on hardwoods). If you need to keep price in check, this is for you.Check Price

Best Car Vacuum

Ideal for… car detailing, lightweight, and on-the-go cleaning

Dyson V6 Trigger cleaning car

Cleaning the car with a Dyson V6 Trigger (sister to the Dyson V7 Trigger)

The best vacuum cleaners for cars are lightweight, portable, and easy to use. Car vacuums can be stored in the car directly or available at a moment’s notice.

How do you power a car vacuum?

Car vacuums can be powered a number of different ways. Here are three most popular ways to power a car vacuum:

1. Lithium-ion Battery Power

Most cordless vacuums are powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. These vacuum can have a run time that varies from 15-60 minutes, depending on the model.

For maximum 60-minute run time check out the Dyson V10 or for a more budget-friendly option check out the Black & Decker 16V with a 15-minute run time. Both of these models are battery powered.

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Best Vacuum for Cars – the full comparison

2. Plug In Power

Other corded vacuums will use a traditional wall outlet. To clean your car, you’ll likely need to use an extension cord to help get to all of the nooks and crevices of an automobile.

Nevertheless, corded vacuums make great car vacuums because they have an unlimited run time, making them a great option for the lengthier full detail jobs.

One of our favorites here at Modern Castle is the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser.

This vacuum is incredibly powerful and a great value, considering its low price. The biggest disadvantage to this guy is that it doesn’t come with a crevice tool, but for cleaning upholstery, it’s hard to beat.

3. Cigarette Lighter Power (12 Volt)

Some car vacuum models are powered by plugging directly into a cigarette lighter, like the ThisWorx TWC-01.

This particular model comes with a few different accessories and has 12V of power, making it a solid choice for a vacuum that would never have to leave your car.

What to look for in a car vacuum?

Here is a short list of some of the most important things to consider when thinking about which car vacuum to buy:

  1. Run Time – How long do you plan to run this vacuum in any given cycle? For quick pickups, a 10-15 minute time time would be probably be enough, but for more in-depth cleaning cycles you may want to consider a longer run time or a corded vacuum.
  2. Weight – The weight ties into the question above… how long do you plan to use it? Most car vacuums are going to be around 5 pounds, but that’s not always the case, especially if its a corded vacuum or if it has a longer run time. Consider what weight you’re comfortable carrying and how long you’d have to carry it around.
  3. Accessories – What type of mess do you plan on cleaning and where? Are you primarily concerned about the dog hair stuck on your upholstery? Check out the Shark Pet Perfect 2. Are you looking for a model with a soft dusting brush to keep your dash looking showroom ready? Check out the Dyson V7 Trigger. Got snacks and crumbs buried in every crevice? Check out the Black & Decker 16V.
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser

The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser is only 5 pounds

You should buy a car vacuum if…

  • You want something portable – Whether they’re corded or cordless, the best vacuums for cars are designed to move around. A good car vacuum will be under 5 pounds and comfortably fit in your hand.

You should not buy a car vacuum if…

  • You need a large dust bin – Due to their smaller sizes, car vacuums generally have a relatively small dust bin. If you’re looking for something that you don’t need to empty as frequently, you may want to consider a different option. Perhaps a canister vacuum that is light is-hand, but retains the larger dust bin capacity.

Our Car Vacuum Picks

Best Car Vacuum

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Dyson V7 Trigger

The Dyson V7 Trigger includes both a motorized brushroll to clean carpet upholstery and seats, while its long crevice tool is great at cleaning between car seats and other hard to reach places. Not cheap, but if price isn't a concern this is easily the best car vacuum on the market.Check Price

Best Wet Dry Car Vacuum

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Airkii Handheld

The Airkii cordless handheld vacuum includes a crevice tool, dusting brush, hose, extension pipe, travel bag, and scored a perfect 100% on our debris removal tests. The travel bag makes it a great choice for cars. Lastly, it's also a wet dry vacuum, meaning you can use it for both wet spills and dry.Check Price

Removing pet hair is a more difficult task, so having a car vacuum designed excitability for that task can help.

Best Car Vacuum for Pets

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Shark Pet Perfect 2

The Shark Pet Perfect 2 is the car vacuum for pet owners. The motorized brushroll is ideal for removing pet hair. The crevice and other tools leaves something to be desired, but they aren't bad. In any case, this highly rated car vacuum is the one you should buy if you need to deal with lots of pet hair.Check Price

Best Vacuum for Carpet

Ideal for… low or high pile carpet, deep cleaning, area rugs

Shark Navigator Pro vacuuming stairs in canister mode

Shark Navigator Pro – cleaning carpet

While most vacuums are designed for cleaning carpet, that doesn’t make them all equal. The best vacuum cleaners for carpet may have advanced brushrolls, high suction power, or carpet-friendly accessories for overall better cleaning performance. 

Robot Vacuums for Carpet

Robot vacuums certainly excel on hardwood floors, but they can still be strong performers on carpet as well. We run performance tests on all vacuums that come through our the doors at Modern Castle.

Based on those tests, the following robot vacuums scored 98% or higher on carpeted floors: 

Roomba e% carpet cleaning performance test

Roomba e% carpet cleaning performance test

Both of these models are from Roomba’s i Series lineup and have a few upgrades that help to improve performance on carpet, but that’s not to say that they are the only good models out there. 

Robot Vacuum Carpet Performance

There are many other robot vacuums that can perform well on carpet with most debris types, but many struggle with one specific type of debris or on one specific floor type.

Take, for example, the following models below: 

  • Roomba 690 – 99% performance on carpet (if you exclude sugar tests)
  • Xiaowa Lite – 99% performance on carpet (if you exclude our sugar tests)
  • Roomba 960 – 100% performance on carpet (if you exclude our sugar tests)
  • Tenergy Otis – 98% on carpet (if you exclude sugar tests on high pile carpet)
  • Ecovacs Deebot N79 – 96.5% on carpet (if you exclude sugar tests)

RELATED: Check out our full guide here for the Best Vacuum for Carpet. 

The Otis maneuvers well on carpets, as well has hard floor surfaces

The Otis maneuvers well on carpets, as well has hard floor surfaces

Best Brushroll for Vacuuming Carpet

When looking for a vacuum, for carpet, the brushroll plays an important role. There are a couple different style of brushrolls you may want to consider: 

  • Bristle Brushroll – Bristle brushrolls are good on carpet because they can agitate the debris and capture debris deep in the carpet fibers. Potential downside – hair can easily become wrapped and tangled in the bristles.

Example: See the Electrolux ErgoRapido stick vacuum. 

  • Rubberized Brushroll – Commonly seen on robot vacuums, rubberized brushrolls are another effective brushroll type that can agitate debris and help lift it into the dust bin. Potential downside – generally not seen on vacuums that are not robots.

Example: See the Roomba 980 robot vacuum. 

  • Combo Brushroll – Some vacuum models use a combination of different materials to create a brushroll, or system of dual brushrolls. This is seen in the Dyson Absolute stick vacuum models or the Shark DuoClean models. 

Example: See the Shark APEX Lift-Away upright vacuum.

New brushrolls used on the e5 - one is used to lift while the other is used to loosen

New brushrolls used on the e5 – one is used to lift while the other is used to loosen

What’s the Best Vacuum for Carpet?

  • If you want a large bin capacity – For a large dust bin, the Dyson Multi Floor 2 is an excellent option. This Dyson is an upright vacuum designed to tackle a multitude of space with its self-adjusting brushroll, variety of attachments, and large dust bin capacity. 
  • It you want a lightweight vacuum – For a lightweight vacuum without sacrificing power, the Shark Navigator Pro is a good option. At only 13.5 pounds, it is much lighter than many comparable full size upright models. 
  • If you want a great deal – For an excellent value, the Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Rewind offers excellent cleaning performance on carpet and is a surprisingly low price. 

Our Best Vacuum for Carpet Picks

Best for Carpet

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Dyson Ball Animal 2

The Ball Animal 2 is one of Dyson's flagship upright models, offering 306 AW of suction, rotating brushroll, and plenty of cleaning versatility with extension hose, wand, and attachments. The self-adjusting cleaning head is a nice extra for different carpet lengths or hard surfaces.Check Price

While the Shark Navigator may not be as good as our best overall pick for carpets, it is not bad by any stretch.

Best Budget for Carpet

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Shark Navigator Pro Lift Away

Shark's Navigator line is incredibly popular, and for good reason. It's a well rounded vacuum with good tools, motorized brushroll, lightweight, and lift away canister for versatile cleaning. The price point makes this one of the best valued uprights on the market and a good pick for many homes.Check Price

Best Vacuum for Allergies

Ideal for… people who suffer from allergies or asthma

Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright

Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright

Vacuums don’t always directly market themselves towards users with allergies, which can leave you with irritated sinuses or other allergy problems. 

Vacuums that are designed with asthma and allergies in mind may include:

  • Advanced HEPA filtration
  • Bagged debris systems
  • Unique design and seal systems 

Advanced HEPA Filtration

HEPA filtration is the system that helps to filter out particles and irritants that can cause issues for people with allergies. Dyson’s filtration system is said to trap 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns. 

FUN FACT:  For reference, a micron is 0.00004 inches!

Many high-end upright and stick vacuums utilize HEPA filters.

Dyson V8 cordless vacuum

Dyson V8, a cordless stick vacuum

Bagged Debris Systems

Another way to limit allergies is by using a bagged system, like on the Miele C1 canister vacuum. Bagged systems may seem out-dated, but in reality, they can be a great line of defense for allergy sufferers.

Bagged systems contain all of the debris and particles and prevent releasing any particles back into the air as you empty the canister. 

Close up shot of the interior cleaning components of the Miele Compact C1 vacuum

Miele Compact C1 – bagged system

RELATED: Click here for a head-to-head comparison of Miele vs. Dyson.

Unique Patented Systems

Some manufacturers release new technology that is proprietary to their brand.

For example, the technology in the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Allergy Upright.

This vacuum is unique in that it doesn’t use a pre-motor filter and requires zero filter maintenance.

In addition, this model comes with a variety of cleaning attachments to make it easier to clean different parts of your home. 

What about asthma / allergy certification seals?

Not sure if the vacuum you’re considering is a good choice for allergy sufferers? Look for the seal! 

Certified Asthma and Allergy Friendly

The best vacuums for asthma or allergies will be certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

What’s the Best Vacuum for Allergies?

  • If you want something portable – The Dyson V7 Trigger HEPA is  handheld vacuum, providing great allergy protection with an advanced HEPA filter and sealed filtration system. 
  • It you want a bagged system – The Miele Compact C1 is a bagged canister vacuum with powerful cleaning performance and a sealed system.
  • If you want a bagless system – For bagless performance, the Dyson Animal 2 upright vacuum may be right for you with extremely powerful suction, maxing out around 306 AW. The only major downside is the Animal 2 has so much suction it can be difficult to push on high carpets.

Our Best Vacuum for Allergies Picks

Best for Allergies

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Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Allergy

Certified Allergy / Asthma friendly, whole machine HEPA filtration, no filter to wash / replace, and a bin empty system designed to keep the mess away, the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Allergy upright is great for allergies. It covers everything we look for in an allergy vacuum.Check Price

If you have mostly hard surfaces, low pile carpet, and/or lots of fabric / upholstery that needs to be cleaned, the pure suction of a canister may be a better choice.

Best for Allergies (runner up)

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Miele Classic C1

Miele AirClean system includes debris bag, motor filter, and exhaust filter. According to Miele, "No dirt & dust can escape once it's vacuumed...", making it good vacuum for allergies. The C1 is best for hard surface and low pile carpets, since it has no brushroll.Check Price

Best Value & Budget Vacuums

Ideal for… good performance at a great price

Close up shot of the floor head offered by the Windtunnel T-Series vacuum

Hoover Windtunnel T-Series vacuum – for a great value vacuum

A high quality clean doesn’t have to come with a high dollar sign. If you’re just looking for a good vacuum at a great price, this is the section for you.

Below you’ll see a breakdown of the best vacuums at different price tiers.

Let’s dive in.

Best Vacuum Under $100

For under $100, you can get a quality handheld or a basic upright. Popular bagless upright vacuums include the Bissell Cleanview 1831.

In addition, while the Hoover T-Series upright is usually more than $100, it’s so close we felt we should include it as well. While the Hoover T-Series struggled on hardwoods, it had great cleaning performance on high and low pile carpet.

By comparison, the Bissell Cleanview is an ultra in-expensive choice if you just need something basic.

RELATED: Click here for a head-to-head match up of Hoover vs. Bissell. 

Our Under $100 Vacuum Picks

Best Vacuum Under $100

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Hoover WindTunnel T-Series

The Hoover Windtunnel T-Series is impressive, given the price. It scored a 98% on our carpet cleaning tests. Is it a basic vacuum? Definitely, but it’s also cheap and gets the job done. Its biggest flaw is the terrible performance on hardwood floors (scored a 56% on our tests).$114.71 on Amazon

Best Vacuum Under $100

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Bissell Cleanview 1831

The Bissell Cleanview series is one of the least expensive vacuums for home, but also one of the most popular. Thousands of reviewers around the web usually put it 4-4.5 stars. For that type of performance at this price pint, it’s worthy of consideration. $67.19 on Amazon

Best Vacuum Under $200

For a little more money, you can get a few more bells and whistles on most all vacuum types.

For uprights, you’re going to get improved swivel steering, auto-adjusting flooring transition, and more opportunities for attachments.

Some of these models include the Shark Navigator Lift Away Pro or Shark Rotator Pro upright vacuum.

Shark Rotator vs. Navigator maneuverability

Both the Shark Rotator and Navigator can turn at approximately 45°

If you’re looking for a stick vacuum, the Electrolux Ergorapido is another excellent option.

This model is a 2-in-1 vacuum with great overall cleaning performance (excluding large debris on hardwoods).

RELATED: Click here for recommendations for the best cheap vacuum. 

Our Under $200 Vacuum Picks

Best Vacuum Under $200

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Shark Rotator Pro Lift Away

The Shark Rotator Pro Lift Away is a budget upright vacuum with solid versatility, good suction, XL dust bin (1.3 quarts) and a lightweight (15.5 lbs) design. Uses anti-allergen seals and HEPA filtration, making this a good budget option for allergy sufferers.$135.99 on Amazon

Best Vacuum Under $200

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Electrolux Ergorapido

The Electrloux Ergorapido is a cordless stick vacuum with surprising performance. Scored a 91% on our cleaning tests, despite being dragged down by terrible score with cereal on hardwoods (57%). In addition, includes a 2-in-1 design so you can use as a handheld or stick.$199.89 on Amazon

Best Vacuum Under $300

With an even greater budget, comes more options and more advanced technology that tends to apply across all vacuum types.

For under $300, you can get a quality 2-in-1 stick vacuum with the Dyson V7, an allergy-friendly canister vacuum with the Miele Classic C1, or an autonomous robot vacuum with the Roomba 675.

Parts and accessories included with the Miele Compact C1

1) C1 base, 2) wand, 3) hose, 4) cleaning heads, and 5) tools

Our Under $300 Vacuum Picks

Best Vacuum Under $300

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Dyson V7 Motorhead

As long as you use it on carpets, the Dyson V7 Motorhead is a great cordless stick vacuum. It scored a 99.75% on our carpet cleaning tests. Without the fluffy cleaning head (which only comes with the Absolute version) it struggles on hard surfaces for some debris types. Check Price

Best Vacuum Under $300

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Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2

The Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 is arguably the best value upright vacuum on the market. It earned top picks from us for both the best upright and best vacuum for hardwoods. It’s well rounded and many times can be found for less than $300.Check Price

What’s the Best Budget Vacuum?

  • If you want an upright – To get the most of your money from an upright vacuum, it’s hard to look past the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro. This vacuum offers strong suction, swivel steering, and multiple cleaning modes for a price that’s hard to beat.
  • It you want a robot vacuum – For a value robot vacuum, both the Roomba 690 and Roomba 675 offer a good value without sacrificing performance or features. Both of these vacuums allow scheduled cleanings, wifi connectivity, and smartphone control. The only difference is the 675 doesn’t include a virtual wall.
  • If you want a 2-in-1 body style – For a vacuum that doubles as a stick vacuum or handheld, the Dyson V7 is an excellent option. It has exceptional cleaning performance and can easily be converted to a portable handheld from the upright stick mode.

Vacuum Cleaner Reviews

The following table includes a complete list of all vacuum cleaner reviews on ModernCastle.com.

All of these vacuums went through our standard series of tests designed to showcase the performance, usability, and other features of the vacuum.

Interested in how we test and score each vacuum cleaner? Click here to see our vacuum review and testing process.

VacuumTypeScorePriceReview
Roomba i7+Robot98%$$$$Read Review
Roomba e5Robot85%$$Read Review
Roomba 980Robot95%$$$Read Review
Roomba 690Robot94%$$Read Review
Roomba 675Robot94%$$Read Review
Neato Botvac D7 ConnectedRobot94%$$$Read Review
Xiaowa Lite Roborock C10Robot94%$Read Review
Roomba 960Robot93%$$$Read Review
Roomba 890Robot93%$$Read Review
Tenergy OtisRobot93%$Read Review
Roomba 650Robot92%$$Read Review
Roborock Xiaomi MiRobot92%$$Read Review
Ecovacs Deebot N79Robot91%$$Read Review
Roomba 870
Robot91%$$Read Review
Eufy RoboVac 11Robot91%$$Read Review
iLife A4sRobot91%$Read Review
Samsung POWERBotRobot89%$Read Review
Bobsweep Pet Hair PlusRobot88%$$Read Review
iLife A7Robot87%$$Read Review
Neato Botvac D3Robot86%$$Read Review
Pyle Pure CleanRobot82%$Read Review
Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2Upright98%$$Read Review
Hoover Windtunnel T-SeriesUpright97%$Read Review
Shark Rotator Lift-Away ProUpright91%$$Read Review
Shark Navigator Lift-Away ProUpright90%$$Read Review
Bissell Pet Hair EraserUpright90%$$Read Review
Hoover Quick Sprint VacUpright88%$Read Review
Oreck Commercial XLUpright85%$$Read Review
Dyson Ball Animal Compact Upright82%$$Read Review
Hoover Tempo WidepathUpright77%$Read Review
Dyson Cyclone V10 AbsoluteStick96%$$$Read Review
Dyson V8Stick96%$$$Read Review
Dyson V7Stick96%$$$Read Review
Dyson V6Stick95%$$$Read Review
Xiaomi Roidmi F8Stick94%$$Read Review
Electrolux ErgorapidoStick91%$Read Review
Hoover LynxStick90%$Read Review
Shark Rocket Deluxe ProStick84%$$Read Review
Bissell BoltStick82%$Read Review
Shark IONFlex DuoCleanStickComing soon$$$Read Review
AirKii HV-05Handheld97%$Read Review
Novete Wet DryHandheld96%$Read Review
Shark Pet Perfect 2Handheld95%$Read Review
Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick FlipHandheld94%$Read Review
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser CordedHandheld94%$Read Review
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser CordlessHandheld93%$Read Review
Dyson V6 TriggerHandheld92%$$Read Review
Black & Decker 16 Lithium IonHandheld91%$Read Review
Black & Decker V20 PivotHandheld91%$Read Review
Hoover Air CordlessHandheld85%$$Read Review
Eureka EasyCleanHandheld85%$Read Review
Eureka RapidCleanHandheld85%$Read Review
Miele Compact C1Canister99%$$Read Review
Bissell Hard Floor ExpertCanister95%$$Read Review
Eureka Mighty MiteCanister92%$Read Review
Hoover PortaPowerCanister90%$Read Review
Dirt Devil Easy LiteCanister89%$Read Review
Bissell ZingCanister83%$Read Review

Vacuum Cleaner Comparison Reviews

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Last Updated - November 30, 2018

The following logs all major updates and changes made to this page:

  • November 30, 2018 – Overhauled page with almost all new content. Added best vacuum sections for various types. Modified display of review information. Removed old content and out-dated scoring system information.
  • August 28, 2018 – Added new products to the tables.
  • March 22, 2018 – Improved organization for both upright vacuums and stick vacuum review tables.
  • January 10, 2018 – Updated table pricing to fall into tiers, instead of exact prices. Also added a section on canister vacuums.
  • December 7, 2017 – In the last few weeks we’ve added more reviews to this page. The content has not significantly changed, just slightly different formatting and more links to our new reviews.
  • October 27, 2017 – Added information about how vacuums work and types of vacuums. We also added more clarity around the specific elements within each scoring factor, adding scoring tiers and the criteria we look for within each scoring tier for each scoring element.
  • October 1, 2017 – Added information clarifying our scoring tier levels. Specifically, that most scores will be between 50-100%, with only exceptional failing cases scoring 50% or below. Added clearer definitions for 0-70% scoring tiers.
Derek Hales

Derek Hales

Editor-in-Chief

Derek Hales is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of ModernCastle.com. He is a passionate perfectionist when it comes to testing and reviewing products for the home. When he is not testing new products, Derek enjoys golf, tennis, and PC gaming. Derek lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Samantha, son, and poodle, Tibbers.

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