10 Top-Rated Vacuums That Will Make Cleaning a Downright Breeze

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January 18, 2019
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You deserve a new vacuum. There, we said it. It’s 2019, and it’s time to stop pushing around that old, semi-functional dinosaur and upgrade to a new, efficient vacuum that takes the work out of cleaning.

Now that we got that out of the way, here are 10 of the best vacuums on the market right now, courtesy of Amazon and its reviewers. Whether you’re partial to upright, canister, or robot vacs, you’ll likely find the perfect option for you and your budget right here on this list.

Upright Vacuums

Bissell CleanView Bagless Vacuum

Nearly 8,000 5-star reviews? Color us intrigued. This bagless vacuum from Bissell boasts “OnePass cleaning technology,” so it cleans up more in less time, and reviewers say they’re blown away (or should we say, sucked in) by its suction power.

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional

This vacuum even looks powerful. This professional-grade, mid-price upright vacuum from Shark has a HEPA-grade filter to remove allergens from your home, and you can detach the canister for more portable vacuuming experience.

Plus, it apparently looks like a sci-fi creation, as people compare it to a Ghostbusters backpack and a Star Wars Stormtrooper, writing that “half the fun is assembling different vacuum assault configurations and doing away with all the Rebel Scum under the couch.”

Dyson Ball Multi Floor Upright Vacuum

This Dyson Ball upright vacuum is designed to “seal in” suction on both carpets and hardwood flooring, giving you a more thorough clean. Plus, it has whole-machine HEPA filtration to trap allergens and bacteria. What more could you want from a vacuum?

Canister Vacuums

While sometimes awkward to pull around, canister vacuums tend to be better at cleaning hard floors, stairs, and beneath furniture.

Miele Pure Suction Canister Vacuum

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.

Bissell Zing Bagged Canister Vacuum

Bissell is crushing it with the affordably-priced, highly-rated vacuums. This canister model is compact, making it easier to tow around the house, and reviewers love the lightweight design. Plus, many say the suction is incredibly strong.

Cordless Vacuum

Tired of playing musical outlets as you move from one room to another? Then a cordless vacuum might be just what you need.

Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

This vacuum isn’t cheap, but according to reviewers, it’s definitely worth it. The Dyson V8 Absolute provides all the suction power you’d expect from the brand, but without the cumbersome power cord. It comes with a variety of attachments, and you can also take the neck off to use it as a handheld. Plus, it delivers an impressive 40 minutes of runtime per charge—enough to clean even the biggest houses.

Handheld Vacuums

We’ll admit it: It’s annoying to drag out the full-size vacuum for a small-size mess. That’s what makes these top-rated handheld vacuums so great—they’re convenient!

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum, Corded

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. And it’s only $30.

Shark Rocket Corded Ultra-Light Hand Vacuum

The Bissell is the undisputed winner when it comes to pet hair, but if you’re looking for a more versatile hand vacuum, check out this bad boy from Shark. The 4-pound vac comes with several attachments, including a crevice tool, dusting tool, motorized brush and extendable hose, so you can tackle just about any cleaning job with it.

Robot Vacuums

Wouldn’t it be nice if someone came to your house and vacuumed while you were at work? You can have this luxury (without hiring a maid) when you invest in a robotic vacuum, like these popular models.

eufy Boost IQ RoboVac 11S

It’s slim, quiet, and powerful. This robot vacuum from eufy has an impressive 4.5-star rating on Amazon, and it’s a bit more affordable than many bigger “brand-name” models. One reviewer says buying this lil’ robotic cleaning machine was the “best decision we ever made,” as it’s easy to use and does a great job.

iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum

This robot is kind of creepily smart—seriously, it can talk to your Amazon Alexa. If you’re looking for a robot vacuum that you can schedule and control from your phone, this iRobot Roomba is one of the best options out there, thanks to its three-stage cleaning system and multi-surface brushes.

Do you have a favorite vacuum? Let us know below!

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Constance C. December 7, 2020
we, ve had a little pink Philips vacuum for about 15 years and it still has great suction as long as you clean filters👍

Justina H. January 22, 2019
I've used the Dyson Ball (my mom's) and the cordless Dyson (my bff's) and both are amazing. The Dyson Ball works really well on the old carpeting at my mom's house AND the wood floors (though it is seriously powerful and can eat area rugs, be careful!), and the cordless Dyson is perfect for my bff's apartment with hardwood floors. Both make me regret my Dirt Devil, lol.
Chris January 19, 2019
Simplicity vacuums are hands down the best. Best agitation, best suction and Made in the U.S.A.!! No other vacuum compares.
Nathan T. January 19, 2019
Vintage Electrolux! I have one from the 1930's. On Sled Runners! Still going strong! More than likely any new vacuums you buy today will not last 80 years, let alone a year or 2! IMHO, Nothing Sucks like a Vintage Electrolux!
BerryBaby January 19, 2019
Shark! We have for upstairs and one for downstairs.
It's like a transformer, the canister is removable and cleans the stairs, drapes, ceiling fan, beautifully!💕
Carmela W. January 19, 2019
The best vacuum cleaner is a Kirby. My mother just brought her 3rd one. She is 76 years old. I just bought my 2nd. Im 56. I gave my old one to my daughter. They have the same interchangeable parts. The hoses, brushes, etc from an old one will fit the new one. They are just made with lighter weight materials. Thats the reason i bought a new one. Its significantly lighter than my old one. You can only buy one from the Kirby company. They dont advertise. I take it to the Kirby factory store for a tune up every 3 years or so. They are awesome. They last forever.
Pamela P. January 18, 2019
Living in an apartment, I'm always looking for multipurpose everything. In that light, what does Amazon recommend to vacuum both floors and furniture?

Thank you very much for your assistance.
Chris January 19, 2019
I recommend a Simplicity canister vacuum. You can dial down the suction when cleaning furniture, drapes etc...can even vacuum over loose papers without sucking them up the hose. Agitation is what you want, and a Simplicity will loosen all dirt, even the deep dirt. Expensive, but most have a 5yr or longer warranty and lifetime belts. Worth the money and you won't have to by another vacuum in 2 yrs like you would with a Shared, Dyson, Bissell etc..