A vacuum is an indispensable tool in any home. It is used to keep your home free of dust and other dirt. This is necessary not just from the standpoint of aesthetics, but also of health. If you let dust and dirt accumulate, molds and mites will start growing, and they might cause your lungs serious damage, especially if you are allergic. Therefore a vacuum is essential.
All vacuums have a motor and a filter, but they come in different shapes. While some are upright, some have a large canister, and then there are the automated robot vacuum cleaners. Which type to get – that is for the buyer to decide, based on his preferences and needs. But there are hundreds of models available of every type, and among these you will find both good and bad ones. For you to be able to pick only good models, we have assembled a list of 15 best vacuums, grouping them by type.
The device is a universal vacuum with a 2.2 quart dust container, and it weigh a surprising 13 pounds. This is light for a full sized vacuum. The vacuum has a very fine HEPA filter inside to capture all allergens, and 99.9 percent of all contaminants will be retained by the vacuum. The vacuum’s weight makes it easy to clean a room quickly, without having to lug around a heavy vacuum. The machine can clean both carpets and bare floors.
The dirt goes into a detachable container, that releases with a push on a button and ejects upwards, so to prevent spillage. The system is completely sealed , and the only way the air exits is through a HEPA filter.
- The performance of this small light model is as good as a Dyson, at a much better price
- Pretty quiet
- Can vacuum up large chunks of garbage without choking
- Tips over very easily
This model has no cord, and the powerful battery gives it 6 minutes of runtime at full power, however at medium speed it can go for up to 30 minutes. The powerful suction and potential for cordless work make it a great tool. The vacuum uses the battery wisely – the motor only works when the trigger is pressed down – otherwise it will not work.
The brush bar has a more advanced construction, so it is 75 percent more efficient than the one shipped with the previous model. The bin holds 0.14 gallons of dirt and it is very easy to eject and empty.
The device is easy to transform into a handheld vacuum, so it will make for easy cleaning in a car or cramped spaces at home.
- Very powerful suction for a battery-powered vacuum
- Great for vacuuming in smaller, cramped places
- Very light, so it is maneuverable and quick
- Only 6 minutes at maximum speed
This model is interesting for also washing your floor. The mop is designed for usage on hardwood or tile floors. It is able to clean up any wet mess from any smooth surface, even a rubber rug. The machine has a power rating of 4.4 amperes, and the mop is made of an innovative material – microfiber and nylon mixture, which can not only mop up wet messes, but also deals well with crumbs and dust.
The device has two tanks for fluid – one holds clean water, and the second is for dirty water, that already did its work. Therefore the machine will always be cleaning with good water, instead of reusing the dirty water.
With a weight of 11 pounds it is one of the lightest ones.
- Great for homes with small children, where wet messes and dirt are problems
- Very light
- Gets absolutely all the dirt off the floor
- It takes a long time to clean off the brush after using it
This model has a large dirt cup, holding up to 2 liters of dirt. The powerful motor allows the cleaner to bite into carpets, even the thickest ones. The motor draws 9 amperes.
A single push on the switch changes the vacuum from carpet mode to hard floor mode. The filter lets no small particles escape, and when it gets dirty, you simply wash it to make it usable again.
The entire machine weighs under 8 pounds, so it is very easy to move. The ergonomic handle makes it easier to carry.
The cord is 5 meters long, so the vacuum can work on a large area.
- Very powerful motor, allows cleaning of heavy carpets
- The weight allows it to be carried around easily
- Small and compact
- The telescoping handle easily pulls out of the tools, and sometimes slides out by accident
The dust cup here is 2.5 liters, and that allows you to clean for a long time without emptying too often. The motor draws 10 amps, which allows it to pull up stubborn dirt from carpets. There is also a port for a blower. This allows it to clean the floor in a garage or workshop, by blowing the large debris in one direction.
The vacuum weighs less than 12 pounds, and as such is easy to move around.
Dust cup capacity - 2.5 liters. Ideal for Quick and Efficient Cleaning
Convenient for Home and Auto
Includes Blower Port
Lightweight 10 amp canister vacuum safely and completely cleans bare-floor surfaces
Power-Touch handle with easy-to-use fingertip controls; deluxe floor brush; bare-floor nozzle
- Very strong suction
- Extremely light
- Great price
- It is too easy to bend the hose, and this retards the suction
This model is designed for many purposes, and it can even clean ashes out of a fire place, including hot ashes. The fire-resistant filter is also great for holding allergens. The hose is made of metal, as well as the canister. The device is shipped with a number of additional heads for the pipe and has a 16-foot cord.
The motor draws 10 amperes and does not make too much noise. The vacuum is notable for being constructed solely of metal. The heat resistant motor gives out 1200 watts and has a thermostat that shuts it down in case of an overheating.
The warranty is 2 years long.
- Everything here is made of metal, so heat will not damage it
- Very quiet for the amount of power
- Fairly powerful, gets ashes odd any surface without even touching it
- Overheats easily
This one is equipped with a large Li-Ion battery, that gives it a very long performance time. It only starts losing power after 18 minutes of work. This long battery life, when combined with the low weight of the tool itself, makes this model one of the best. The dustcup contains up to 20.6 ounces of garbage. The Smart Charge lets the battery work without memory effect.
The entire device weighs only 2.6 pounds. The cyclone filters allow it to capture dirt more efficiently, and the filter does not have to be changed as often.
The vacuum’s motor generates 15 watts. The manufacturer gives a 2 year warranty with this model.
- Small and light
- Powerful battery lasts a long time
- Very strong suction for such small size
- Hard to get into tight spaces with this vacuum
This lithium-ion model can generate a strong suction, and it does not fade as the battery charge goes down. The pivoting nozzle is good for getting a lot of suction in one place. The cyclonic filter helps clean all the dust out of the air before it gets to the filter.
The motor is energy-efficient, and it can get much more suction from the battery. The 3-stage filtration station removes almost all allergens. When the battery loses power, the vacuum is simply set on top of the charging station and it recharges soon.
The very small size and 3-pound weight make this very easy to store.
- Lightweight and compact – can be stored anywhere
- The battery lasts a long time and does not add much to the weight
- Powerful suction
- The telescoping sucker is too wide, and does not give good enough suction
The capacity of this high-end model is 0.15 gallons. There is no cord – the device is powered by a strong lithium battery, giving it 30 minutes of fadeless power. The suction is very strong, and with the crevice and motorized tools you can clean just about anything. This model is considered one of the most powerful.
The digital V7 motor is good at making the most of the battery, and it contributes to the tiny weight of the device – 3.7 pounds.
Dyson gives a 2 year warranty with this device.
- 2 speeds allow you to use the battery more rationally
- Good suction for a battery powered model
- Excellent stylish look
- On high speed the battery lasts only 10 minutes
This model is widely considered to be one of the best robots. Its height is only 2.85 inches. Therefore it will have no problem getting under furniture. The battery lasts for a surprising 100 minutes. The sound it makes is almost inaudible, and it is as loud as a working microwave. The robot is controlled from a remote, powered by two AAA batteries. When it finishes cleaning or the battery runs down, the robot returns to the charging base.
The device comes with a special cleaning tool and an adapter, a set of filters and a year-long warranty.
- Very slim
- Almost totally silent
- Has a maximum-power mode, that enables cleaning of carpets
- Does not detect black objects and bumps into them
This model gives a surprising amount of suction – 1600 Pa, and this allows it to lift up even stuck or heavy kinds of dirt, like crumbs and mud. This one is also very easy to operate, and it is fully automated – when you set in on the floor, it will begin the cleaning routine immediately.
The low profile of 2.83 inches allows it to get under any kind of furniture. The easy cleaning is enhanced by the large wheels that allow the robot to get over tall thresholds or carpets.
The robot ships with 4 replacement brushes, a filter, a main brush and the remote with batteries included. The charging dock and adapter also come with it.
- Great for removing pet hair
- Very slim
- Recharges itself
- Cannot synchronize with smartphone
This model has a three-stage cleaning system, which first loosens the dirt from the floor, and then vacuums it up. This process is great for getting hair off a carpet, so it will be helpful for pet owners. The cleaning head will automatically jump to the right height, when the machine is going over a carpet.
The dirt-detector system shows the robot places where there is a mess, so the robot does these places first. The brushes sweep at an angle of 27 degrees, so the robot is able to remove dust and crumbs from edges of walls or corners. The battery allows the robot to go for 90 minutes without stopping. After the battery loses power, the robot returns for recharging.
- Great for pet hair or sticky dirt
- Very intelligent AI
- Powerful battery
- Sometimes gets stuck under furniture