A good vacuum can be life-changing, if I say so myself. I remember the first time I bought a Dyson after years of using other brands—the amount of pet hair that came out of my carpet was honestly a little concerning and I was left thinking, “Oh, that’s how it’s supposed to work!”
If your vacuum needs a dozen passes to leave your floors looking even remotely clean, short of changing out the filter, it’s safe to say that you need a new one. Luckily, there’s no shortage of top-rated vacuums, especially on Amazon Prime where you can take advantage of its free two-day shipping and easy returns.
Here are the ones that the internet loves the most, several of which we’ve tested and loved.
Upright vacuum cleaners are one of the most popular styles because they’re easy to use and store. They have a wide cleaning path and a freestanding design that surprisingly takes up minimal space when not in use, and they tilt backwards for more ergonomic and comfortable vacuuming. Plus, most models are bagless so they’re easier to maintain and clean. Overall, they’re a great main vacuum cleaner for any home.
4.5 Stars / 1,900+ Reviews
This Dyson Ball upright vacuum is designed to “seal in” suction on both carpet and hardwood flooring, giving you a more thorough clean. Plus, it has whole-machine HEPA filtration to help trap allergens and bacteria. What more could you want from a vacuum?
2. ORECK XL COMMERCIAL Upright Vacuum Cleaner, $148.44
4.4 Stars / 9,000+ Reviews
For those that prefer a bagged vacuum cleaner, this upright model from ORECK delivers professional-grade results. It has a built-in squeegee that collects dirt and dust from all surfaces, and its handle lies completely flat, making it easy to clean under furniture. Plus, it has a 35-foot power cord that’s ideal for vacuuming larger homes.
3. Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional, $199.99
4.5 Stars / 22,000+ Reviews
This vacuum even looks powerful. This professional-grade, mid-price upright vacuum has a HEPA-grade filter to remove allergens from your home, and you can detach the canister for a more portable cleaning session.
Canister vacuums feature a rolling component that you pull along while using the hose and cleaning wand. While sometimes awkward to maneuver, canister vacuums tend to be better at cleaning hard floors, stairs, and beneath furniture, making them ideal for households with a lot of obstacles.
1. Miele Pure Suction Canister Vacuum, $399
4.6 Stars / 6,000+ Reviews
People swear by the German engineering behind Miele vacuums, and we have to say the glowing reviews on this canister vacuum are compelling, to say the least. Happy users write that the vacuum is light, versatile, and impressively powerful.
4.4 Stars / 17,600+ Reviews
Bissell is crushing it with the affordably-priced, highly-rated vacuums. This canister model is lightweight and compact, making it easier to tow around the house. Don’t let it mislead you about its power—reviewers say the suction is still incredibly strong.
4.5 Stars / 1,500+ Reviews
Not only does the Kenmore Crossover Canister Vacuum come in several pretty colors (finally!), but it has a unique brush head with a built-in floor brush that you can easily pop out as you move from one area of your home to the next. The bagged vacuum has a HEPA filter to help capture allergens and a motorized pet tool that gets hair out of carpet and upholstery with ease.
Tired of playing musical outlets as you move from one room to another? Then a cordless vacuum might be just what you need. These models run on battery so they’ll have limited runtime, but they still provide a surprising amount of suction and work well for small to large homes—if you don’t mind charging it halfway through. While they might look like canister vacs, they usually can’t stand on their own so be prepared to share some wall or floor space.
4.4 Stars / 4,300+ Reviews
This vacuum isn’t cheap, but according to our market editor Jada Wong—and more than 4,300 reviews—it’s definitely worth it. The Dyson V8 Absolute provides a huge amount of suction power, but without the annoying power cord. It comes with a variety of attachments and you can also take off the neck to use it as a handheld vac, too. Plus, it delivers an impressive 40 minutes of runtime per charge—which is about as long as you’d want to spend cleaning anyway.
4.3 Stars / 4,400+ Reviews
Shave some time off your cleaning routine with the BISSELL CrossWave, a cordless tool that vacuums and mops at the same time. It has two tanks that keep clean water separate from dirty water and debris, and it can run for up to 30 minutes on one battery charge.
4.4 Stars / 13,500+ Reviews
This vacuum is essentially a cordless upright model. It can stand up on its own and you can take it anywhere thanks to its cord-free design. Reviewers love that it’s so lightweight, and many say it’s ideal for picking up quick messes around the house.
It’s annoying to drag out the full-size vacuum for a small mess. That’s what makes these top-rated handheld vacuums so great—they’re much more convenient! Handheld vacuums aren’t meant to clean full rooms, but rather act as supplementary cleaning tools to your full-size vac. They’re ideal for tasks like sucking up spills, capturing dust
bunnies monsters, or cleaning out your car.
4.4 Stars / 15,900+ Reviews
If you fight a never-ending battle against pet hair in your home, you’ll fall for this handheld vacuum from Bissell. The light, compact tool is the Ultimate Hair Clean Up Machine, sucking up impressive amounts of fur from furniture, stairs, and more.
2. BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Handheld Vacuum, $43.99
4.5 Stars / 34,200+ Reviews
Dust doesn’t stand a chance against the BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster. Our market editor uses this in her car to pick both large and small debris—the cordless design means it’s super portable. At only about two pounds, it’s also incredibly lightweight.
4.4 Stars / 9,500+ Reviews
Most handheld vacs are compact by design, but this one is smol—it’s as tall as a roll of paper towels and only half as wide. It comes with a convenient charging stand that also holds its dusting brush. The small vacuum can only run for around 12 minutes per charge, but that’s perfect for cleaning up messes on and around tables, or in the car.
Robot vacuums can navigate around space home on their own, cleaning under furniture and around obstacles. This luxury is going to cost you a bit of time and money though—it’s usually the most expensive type of vacuum and you’ll need to empty the small dustbin after every cleaning session. Since they’re roaming freely around your space, they can also get stuck on cords, curtains, and other obstacles if you don’t lift them off the floor. Depending on your space and needs, they can either be your main vac or a supplementary one. Either way, they’re super convenient and can help save you a ton of time actively vacuuming.
1. eufy Boost IQ RoboVac 11S, $149.99
4.5 Stars / 46,300+ Reviews
This robot vacuum from eufy has an impressive 4.5-star rating on Amazon, and it’s a bit more affordable than many other models. Best of all, it’s slim, quiet, and powerful. Our market editor runs this every other day while working at home to keep her space dust- and crumb-free.
2. iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum, $440
4.3 Stars / 10,700+ Reviews
If you’re looking for a robot vacuum that you can schedule and control from your phone or Amazon Alexa, this iRobot Roomba can get to work even when you’re not at home. It has a three-stage cleaning system and multi-surface brushes to make sure you come back to a spotless pad. At around $400, it’s not cheap but it’s certainly less expensive than other iRobot models.
4.6 Stars / 6,400+ Reviews
But if you have the budget, you might like the i6+ more for its convenient features. One of the main downsides of robot vacuums is that they have small dustbins that need to be frequently emptied. However, the i6+ solves that issue with its automatic dirt disposal. When it senses a full dust bin, the vacuum intelligently navigates back to its docking station and empties its bin into the base, which can hold up to two months worth of dirt. This high-end Roomba also has smart mapping and a three-stage cleaning system.
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