Editors' Picks: Today's Top 7 Vacuum Cleaners

Decisions, decisions: Buying a new vacuum cleaner used to be a fairly straightforward and simple process, but today’s proliferation of purchasing options may leave many consumers scratching their heads. Should one choose a bagged or bag-less unit, an upright or canister model…or maybe even a robotic version? And then there are myriad options, including on-board tools, telescoping wands, HEPA filtration, variable power settings, retractable cords, variable height adjustment for cleaning different types of floors, and rotating or turbo-charged brushes. Since a good vacuum cleaner is an essential weapon in any home’s cleaning arsenal, we’ve identified a few of the vacuum cleaners that have garnered top ratings from reviewers and consumers, to aid in the selection process.

  1. Dyson Animal Canister Vacuum DC39

    Dyson Canister Vacuum

    The Dyson Animal Canister is rated one of the best bag-less vacuums, especially for households with pets. The unit is recommended by 93% of reviewers at Home Depot, who say it “really gets the dirt out of the carpet.” That's thanks to Dyson’s Radial Root Cyclone technology, which reduces turbulence to extract more dirt, allergens, and pet hair. The vacuum's shape allows it to turn on a dime, and it's backed with a five-year warranty. Available at Home Depot; $449.


  2. iRobot - Roomba 650 Vacuum Cleaning Robot

    Vacuum Cleaning Robot

    The top-rated fully programmable iRobot Roomba 650 is a time-saver, picking up dirt and fur while you go about your day. The automatic vacuum features a sensor that can identify the dirtiest areas so that they can receive extra attention. The unit returns to its “home base” to dock and recharge when needed. Available at Best Buy; $399.99

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  3. Shark Navigator Deluxe NV42

    Shark Navigator Deluxe NV42

    The Shark Navigator Deluxe is rated one of the best upright vacuum cleaners. Lightweight and easy to maneuver, it also has great suction to pick up dirt and dust. The Shark weighs just 15.1 pounds and features an extra large capacity, bottom-empty bagless dust cup along with a pet hair power brush. Available on Amazon; $129.


  4. Black & Decker Dustbuster Cordless Hand Vacuum

    Cordless Hand Vacuum

    Clean wherever you need with the cordless Black & Decker Dustbuster hand vacuum. Perfect for stairs, cars, or other tight spaces, the tiny vacuum still delivers great power and suction, according to reviewers. This Dustbuster features 50% more reach than previous models and the wide mouth design with rotating nozzle helps it to effortlessly scoop up large debris. It also features washable filter to improve your air quality. Available at Bed Bath & Beyond; $39.99

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  5. Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Corded Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

    Bissell Pet Hair Eraser

    The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser is rated the top performer for its size. The Pet Hair Eraser comes with two nozzles, a hard nozzle designed for picking up dry messes like spilled cat litter or dog food, and a specialized contour rubber nozzle that attracts pet hair. The unit is lightweight at less than four pounds, and compact—perfect for quick clean-ups. Available on Amazon; $23.99

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  6. Miele S2121 Olympus Canister Vacuum Cleaner

    Miele S2121 Olympus Canister Vacuum Cleaner

    Rated as one of the best vacuum cleaners for hardwood floors, the Miele Olympus is also a solid performer on carpets and area rugs. The lightweight unit weighs just 16 pounds and comes with an Air Clean filter, dusting brush, upholstery tool and crevice nozzle, as well as a front-mounted rotary dial to vary the suction power according to the carpet pile, flooring and fabrics. Amazon; $329


  7. Hoover Corded Cyclonic Stick Vacuum, SH20030

    Hoover Stick Vacuum

    Rated as one of the top stick vacuums, the Hoover Cyclonic is very lightweight, easy to use. Users say it's perfect for carpets, rugs, and hardwood floors because of its power brush roller that easily transitions from hard surface flooring to low pile carpeting. Swivel steering provides excellent maneuverability and the extreme Recline handle reaches far underneath furniture. Available on Amazon; $79.99

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