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The 6 Best Vacuums For Allergies - Spring 2022 Reviews

Best Vacuums For Allergies

A vacuum that can contain the spread of dust and debris can be invaluable if you suffer from allergies. A HEPA filter is a good starting point, as it can help trap allergens as you clean. A dirtbag can also be a handy addition since it reduces the chances of having dust escape when emptying the appliance. Overall cleaning performance is important, especially when trying to pick up debris like pet hair or dust. While those aren't the only criteria for this list, they are the most important in determining whether or not a vacuum will be effective in reducing the spread of allergens.

We've tested more than 115 vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations for the best vacuums for allergies. These recommendations are based not only on their cleaning performance on different types of surfaces and the inclusion of a HEPA filter but also on their design and price. For more buying recommendations, look at our lists of the best cordless vacuums for pet hair, the best robot vacuums for pet hair, and the best vacuums for carpets.

  1. Best Upright Vacuum For Allergies: Kenmore Intuition Bagged

    If you're looking for an upright model, the Kenmore Intuition Bagged is one of the best vacuums for allergies that we've tested. This bagged upright option has an onboard HEPA filter and uses dirtbags made of HEPA-rated media, reducing the spread of fine particles while cleaning. It's also worth noting that its dirtbag can be quickly released from its housing with the press of a single latch, meaning there shouldn't be a large plume of dust released while disposing of it.

    It does a fantastic job of cleaning pet hair as well as small and bulky debris on surfaces like hardwood or linoleum. There's even a brushroll on/off switch for its floorhead, so it shouldn't send larger debris scattering everywhere when cleaning flat floors. It performs impressively well on low and high-pile carpet, though you might need to make an extra pass to fully clear very fine debris on this surface type. Like the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright, its 'Lift-Up' design lets you pick up and carry its canister body separately from its upright portion, making it easier to clean tight spots.

    Unfortunately, despite this vacuum's pivoting floorhead, it can still be rather difficult to maneuver in tight spaces due to its bulky dirtbag compartment. In addition, there's no way of adjusting its floorhead height, so you might have some trouble climbing onto uneven surfaces, like shag carpeting. Still, it's a good choice if you're looking for a versatile bagged vacuum.

    See our review

  2. Best Canister Vacuum For Allergies: SEBO Airbelt D4

    The SEBO Airbelt D4 is the best vacuum for pet hair and allergies with a canister design that we've tested. This high-end canister vacuum features an S-Class filtration system made up of a three-layer dirtbag, a pre-motor filter, and a micro-fiber exhaust filter advertised to trap 99.9% of particles 0.3 microns in diameter, including most allergens like dust or pollen. Its sealed canister body feels very well-built and is remarkably easy to maintain.

    It does an outstanding job clearing away debris on bare floors and performs well on low and high-pile carpet, even with a basic straight-suction floorhead. Recurring costs are very low for a bagged model because it uses dirtbags with a large capacity, and the manufacturer expects that you should only need to put in a new one after six to 12 months. Its filters are also very long-lasting, so you should only need to buy a new set after 10 to 20 dirtbag replacements. Its operating range of over 50 feet also means that you can easily clean far-away areas.

    That said, this vacuum is somewhat bulky and fairly heavy, making it a hassle to maneuver in very tight areas. It's also worth noting that its top cover makes an audible cracking noise when lifted, though the rest of the vacuum feels very solidly built. Ultimately, its advanced filtration system and strong performance make it a great option for those who suffer from allergies.

    See our review

  3. More Maneuverable Alternative: Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine

    If you're looking for something easier to maneuver in cluttered areas, the Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine is a great choice. This premium canister vacuum has a much shorter operating range than the SEBO Airbelt D4. However, it has a smaller and slightly lighter canister body along with a more pliable hose, making it easier to pull around in cluttered areas. Like the SEBO, it has an allergen-sealed body and an onboard HEPA filter. Additionally, it uses the manufacturer's proprietary AirClean 3D dirtbags, which the manufacturer advertises to trap more than 99.9% of dust particles, meaning that the spread of fine allergens should be kept to a minimum when vacuuming. Performance on bare floors is superb, and it's impressively effective when it comes to cleaning low and high-pile carpet, even with a relatively simple straight-suction floorhead, though you should still invest in a more expensive variant with a motorized or air-driven brushroll, like the C3 Marin or C3 HomeCare+, if you have a lot of dense carpeting.

    Get the SEBO if you want a canister vacuum with a longer operating range and lower ownership costs, but consider the Miele if maneuverability is a bigger priority.

    See our review

  4. Best Cordless Vacuum For Allergies: Dyson V15 Detect

    The best HEPA vacuum for allergies with a cordless design that we've tested is the Dyson V15 Detect. This vacuum delivers exceptional overall cleaning performance on a wide variety of surface types, ranging from bare floors to low and high-pile carpet, with no significant loss in suction as its dustbin fills up. It has an onboard HEPA filter that should trap allergens as you clean, and the manufacturer advertises its built-in particulate counter to show you the size and number of small particles it's sucking in.

    This vacuum has a surface-detection feature that enables it to automatically adjust its suction power depending on the floor type that you're on. Its bagless design incurs virtually no recurring costs as long as you clean its filter regularly. You can easily reconfigure it into a handheld vacuum for cleaning tight spaces, and it comes with a wide variety of attachments. Battery performance is passable overall, as you can expect up to 75 minutes of runtime in its most energy-efficient mode. However, that runtime drops to a little under 10 minutes when using it in its most powerful suction mode.

    Unfortunately, this vacuum has quite a few parts that need regular cleaning, but thankfully they're easy to access. There are parts of its mainly plastic construction that also feel rather flimsy, like its clear plastic dustbin, which is disappointing at this price point. Its strong suction force can also cause it to drag around some rugs and carpets. Otherwise, its dense feature set and strong performance on a wide variety of surfaces make it one of the best multi-surface vacuums that we've tested.

    See our review

  5. Best Robot Vacuum For Allergies: iRobot Roomba S9

    If you're a pet owner and want a hassle-free way of keeping your floors clean, the iRobot Roomba S9 is among the best vacuums for pet hair and allergies that we've tested. This premium robot vacuum features an onboard HEPA filter that helps trap allergens as you clean. It does a fantastic job of cleaning up pet hair on a wide variety of surface types and clears a good amount of fine and large debris, like baking soda or sand, from low and high-pile carpets, though it still may need to make another pass to clear it all.

    It feels amazingly well-built thanks to its high-grade plastic body and durable rubber wheels. It offers fantastic overall battery performance, though this can vary in the real world depending on your settings. It does a great job maneuvering itself and supports a wide range of automation features. You can use its companion app to set up virtual boundary markers or schedule individual room cleaning sessions. If you'd prefer to not deal with emptying its dustbin, you can buy it with an external dirt compartment built into its charging dock to automatically empty itself of debris.

    Unfortunately, like many robot vacuums, many parts need regular cleaning. Several components need periodic replacing, meaning recurring costs can add up over time. Still, its wide variety of automation features, excellent build quality, and versatile overall performance make it one of the best vacuums for long hair that we've tested.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget Vacuum For Allergies: Wyze Cordless Vacuum

    The best HEPA vacuum for allergies that we've tested in the budget category is the Wyze Cordless Vacuum. This budget-friendly stick vacuum has a HEPA filter to trap allergens as you clean, which is very rare for a vacuum at this price point. It also delivers fantastic overall performance on high-pile carpet, clears an impressive amount of debris on low-pile carpet, and does a good job on bare floors, though bulky debris can get trapped at the entry to its dirt compartment.

    This vacuum has an LED touchscreen display that you can tap on to change its suction power mode or use to monitor its remaining battery life, which varies from roughly anywhere between 10 minutes to an hour, depending on your choice of settings and attachments. It can be easily reconfigured into a handheld vacuum and comes with a combination upholstery tool/soft-bristle dusting brush and a crevice tool for clearing messes in tight corners. Plus, its primary floorhead has a headlight to help you see in darker areas.

    Unfortunately, while this vacuum is highly maneuverable, its floorhead's brushroll can still get stuck on rug tassels. It has some fragile-feeling components, including its dirt compartment and floorhead, which can scratch easily. In addition, it has quite a few parts that need regular cleaning, but since you can wash its filters, recurring costs shouldn't be an issue. Overall, this vacuum's affordable price, versatile overall performance, and onboard HEPA filter make it a good option for those who suffer from allergies.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dyson V8 Animal: The Dyson V8 Animal is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum that's superb when dealing with pet hair, but it has a smaller dirt compartment than the Dyson V15 Detect and doesn't perform quite as well on any surface type. See our review
  • Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H: The Shark Rocket Pet Pro is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum that's versatile overall, but it struggles more with fine material on carpeted floors than the Dyson V15 Detect. See our review
  • Shark ION W1 WANDVAC: The Shark ION W1 WANDVAC is a cordless handheld vacuum that has a fairly good cleaning performance on carpet and bare floors. It comes with an allergen-trapping HEPA filter, but its battery lasts less than 10 minutes. See our review
  • Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV: The Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV is a corded upright that delivers similarly outstanding performance on bare floors as the Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine. Its bagless design isn't as well-suited for those who suffer from serious allergies due to its less clean means of dirt disposal. See our review
  • iRobot Roomba i7+: The iRobot Roomba i7+ is a robot vacuum with a HEPA filter and automatically empties its dirt compartment into a dirtbag built in its charging dock. When the dirtbag is full, you simply throw it away, so there's no need to worry about releasing allergens when you empty it. See our review
  • iRobot Roomba 981: The iRobot Roomba 981 is a robot vacuum that outperforms the iRobot Roomba S9 on bare floors. It doesn't do nearly as well on low or high-pile carpet and has less advanced automation capabilities. See our review
  • Dyson V7 Animal: The Dyson V7 Animal is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum that's lighter and less demanding in maintenance than the Dyson V15 Detect, but it doesn't perform as well on high-pile carpet. See our review
  • Dyson Ball Animal 2: The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is a corded bagless upright that's remarkably good at clearing debris from carpeted floors, but its strong suction force makes it hard to push around on this surface type and can even cause it to drag around some lighter rugs. See our review
  • Wyze Handheld Vacuum: The Wyze Handheld Vacuum is a budget-friendly cordless vacuum with an onboard HEPA filter and a relatively long battery life. Its handheld-only form factor makes it less versatile than the Wyze Cordless Vacuum. See our review
  • Eureka FloorRover Elite NEU630: The Eureka FloorRover Elite NEU630 is a bagless upright vacuum with an onboard HEPA filter and excellent performance on high-pile carpet. It doesn't do as well as the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright on low-pile carpet. See our review
  • Samsung Jet 70 Pet: The Samsung Jet 70 Pet is a great alternative to the Dyson V15 Detect if you're looking for something more affordable, as it features a five-stage filtration system and delivers strong performance across a variety of surfaces. It lacks the Dyson vacuum's automatic suction power adjustment or built-in dirt sensor. See our review
  • Samsung Jet 90 Complete: The Samsung Jet 90 Complete is a cordless stick vacuum that delivers superb performance on bare floors and features a five-stage filtration system. However, it doesn't do quite as well as the Dyson V15 Detect on carpets and lacks the latter's dirt sensor or automatic power adjustment function. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 10, 2022: Replaced Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine with SEBO Airbelt D4 as 'Best Canister Vacuum For Allergies' pick. Recategorized Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine as 'More Maneuverable Alternative'. Removed Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away from recommendations. Added Samsung Jet 90 Complete and Samsung Jet 70 Pet to Notable Mentions.

  2. Mar 10, 2022: Ensured all main picks still represent the best option for user needs and expectations.

  3. Jan 12, 2022: Slight article restructuring to better align with user expectations. Re-categorized Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine as 'Best Canister Vacuum For Allergies' pick. Re-categorized Kenmore Intuition Bagged as 'Best Upright Vacuum For Allergies' pick. Re-categorized Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright as 'Bagless Alternative' pick.

  4. Nov 17, 2021: Replaced Wyze Handheld Vacuum with Wyze Cordless Vacuum as 'Best Budget Vacuum For Allergies' pick. Re-categorized Dyson V15 Detect from 'Cordless Alternative' pick to new 'Best Cordless Vacuum For Allergies' pick. Added Wyze Handheld Vacuum and Eureka FloorRover Elite NEU630 to Notable Mentions.

  5. Sep 21, 2021: Replaced 'Robot Alternative' pick with new 'Best Robot Vacuum For Allergies' category pick for consistency with other vacuum recommendation articles, removed iRobot Roomba S9 from Notable Mentions. Added new 'Cheaper Upright Alternative' category pick, removed Kenmore Intuition Bagged from Notable Mentions. Replaced HoLife HM036E with Wyze Handheld Vacuum as 'Best Budget Vacuum For Allergies' due to current availability. Removed Miele Dynamic U1 PowerLine from Notable Mentions due to current availability. Added iRobot Roomba 981 and Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best vacuum cleaners for allergies for most people. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here's the list of all our reviews of vacuums equipped with an allergen-trapping HEPA filter. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While there's no single best vacuum for dust or other fine allergens, some are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.