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The 5 Best Vacuums For Apartments - Spring 2024 Reviews

Best Vacuums For Apartments

If you live in an apartment, you know some of the considerations you must make when choosing a vacuum. Space is at a premium, so having an appliance that's maneuverable and easy to store is crucial. Cleaning performance is important since you may need to deal with various messes. Of course, those aren't the only criteria when selecting a vacuum for this environment. Affordability can also be a concern, but today's product landscape offers no shortage of budget-friendly options that sacrifice little regarding features or capability.

We've tested over 140 vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations for the best vacuums for apartments. We selected these picks for their performance on different surfaces, their design, and their price. For more options, check out our lists of the best lightweight vacuums, the best handheld vacuums, and the best multi-surface vacuums.

  1. Best Apartment Vacuum

    The best vacuum for apartments we've tested is the Samsung Jet 75 Pet. This cordless stick vacuum delivers strong performance at a relatively affordable price point, with a potent 200AW motor borrowed from the pricier Samsung Jet 90 Complete. This results in exceptional debris pickup on a wide variety of surfaces, from bare floors to low- and high-pile rugs. It has a wall-mount rack station that holds the vacuum upright when not in use and features mounting slots for its included attachments, freeing up extra space in your closet. It's also very lightweight, making it a cinch to maneuver in cluttered environments. Its removable, swappable battery pack can power the vacuum for up to an hour, which is fairly good for a cordless vacuum.

    The Pet variant of this vacuum comes with a mini turbo brush tool that does a good job of dealing with pet hair on upholstered surfaces. However, it's worth noting that this attachment is a little bulky, and it can make the vacuum a hassle to maneuver when using it as a handheld.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't have automatic power adjustment, so you'll need to manually adjust its suction power setting depending on the floor type you're cleaning. If that's a must-have, the Tineco PURE ONE S11 is a good alternative, though it has a less potent suction motor, a shorter battery life, and flimsier build quality.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Apartment Vacuum

    If you're shopping at a mid-range price point, the Wyze Cordless Vacuum is among the best vacuums for small apartments. This cordless stick vacuum has a less potent suction motor than the Samsung Jet 75 and a smaller dustbin. That said, it's got a lot of other things going for it, even discounting its cheaper purchase price. Its max battery life of about an hour is very good for a cordless model in this price range, though it does run out of juice very quickly in its power-hungry 'TURBO' mode, which might be necessary for clearing stubborn messes. Its onboard HEPA filter does a decent job of sealing in allergens, too, but note that emptying its dustbin can release a cloud of dust and debris.

    Its performance on flat surfaces like hardwood or linoleum is very good, and the vacuum can deal with messes on low- and high-pile carpets. Note that build quality falls short of the Samsung, with the vacuum's body feeling somewhat cheap to the touch, especially its dustbin and floorhead, which scratches very easily.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Vacuum For Apartments

    The best vacuum for small apartments at a budget-friendly price that we've tested is the Eureka Mighty Mite. It doesn't have the go-anywhere range of a cordless model like the Wyze Cordless Vacuum, especially considering its short power cable. That said, it's noticeably cheaper, and its corded design makes it a better option for longer cleaning sessions since you won't have to worry about running out of power. It's very compact, especially for a canister vacuum, so fitting it in a closet isn't hard, and its lightweight chassis makes it a breeze to carry wherever you may need it. While the Mighty Mite's simple construction feels cheap to the touch, it's very easy to maintain, with its dirtbag and filter being readily accessible. Performance is also very strong across a wide range of surface types, though its bundled pure suction floorhead will struggle on shag-pile rugs.

    Looking for something even more inexpensive? Check out the BISSELL Featherweight Stick. This bagless upright has a remarkably simple design and doesn't use disposable dirtbags, resulting in lower operating costs. It's also even more compact, making it a cinch to store upright in most apartments. However, its overall performance lags behind the Eureka due to its considerably weaker suction motor; this is most noticeable when trying to clean heavy, bulky debris or messes on carpets and rugs.

    See our review

  4. Best Handheld Vacuum For Apartments

    If you only need something for quick clean-ups, the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is among the best vacuums for apartments we've tested. Unlike similarly priced full-size models like the Eureka Mighty Mite, it isn't meant for cleaning large areas. Still, it's remarkably effective when dealing with small amounts of debris on flat surfaces like countertops, shelves, and bare and carpeted floors. Unfortunately, while the Shark CH951 variant comes with a turbo brush attachment, it has a hard time dealing with hair on upholstered surfaces, so you're better off using its hard-bristle brush or crevice tool to clean couches or chairs. Its battery life of a little over 10 minutes is also poor, even by the standards of other handheld vacuums, and forces you to work fast when dealing with more stubborn messes. The battery also isn't removable, so you can't swap in a new pack if the current unit doesn't hold onto a charge as well as it used to.

    While it's on the larger side for a handheld vacuum, it's still very lightweight and takes up very little space, allowing you to store it in a cupboard or a closet when not in use. However, it does a terrible job of sealing in allergens due to its rudimentary filtration system. If that's an issue, the Shark WANDVAC is a good substitute, albeit with a much smaller dustbin and worse performance when cleaning up bulky debris, which can clog its suction inlet.

    See our review

  5. Best Robot Vacuum For Apartments

    If you aren't overly concerned about deep-cleaning performance and want a hands-off way to keep your apartment's floors clean, look at the Wyze Robot Vacuum. It doesn't do as well on rugs or carpets as a manually operated vacuum like the Wyze Cordless Vacuum. However, since you can schedule it to clean daily, you won't have to worry about big messes accumulating over time. It features a LIDAR mapping system, which is rare for a model at this price point, and it allows it to navigate obstacles even within a cluttered environment like a small apartment. Better yet, it lets the vacuum navigate without the need for a strong ambient light source, so you don't have to leave the lights on at home while you're out and about. Performance on bare floors is fantastic, though the vacuum does have a harder time dealing with debris on carpeted surfaces.

    Its companion app is easy to use and lets you set up virtual boundary markers, schedule cleaning sessions in advance, and change its suction power level. It has an onboard HEPA filter, which helps seal in fine particles like dust or pet dander.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dyson V8: The Dyson V8 is a good substitute for the Samsung Jet 75 if you want a similarly priced alternative with a wider array of attachments. However, it has a less powerful suction motor and a shorter runtime than the Samsung vacuum. See our review
  • Shark Cordless Pro [IZ562H, UZ565H]: The Shark Cordless Pro is a mid-range cordless stick/handheld vacuum. It performs superbly on bare floors and has an automatic power adjustment system, but it isn't as potent as the Samsung Jet 75 and weighs noticeably more. See our review
  • BISSELL Zing Bagged Canister: The BISSELL Zing Bagged Canister is a basic bagged canister vacuum similar in design to the Eureka Mighty Mite. However, it offers inferior performance on all surface types and has higher recurring costs. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Feb 01, 2024: Removed Shark APEX UpLight from Notable Mentions due to current availability.

  2. Dec 05, 2023: Minor in-text adjustments to further clarify product information.

  3. Oct 04, 2023: Swapped Samsung Jet 75+ with Samsung Jet 75 Pet variant as 'Best Apartment Vacuum' pick and replaced Shark Cordless Pro with Wyze Cordless Vacuum as 'Best Mid-Range Apartment Vacuum' pick due to current product pricing. Added Shark Cordless Pro to Notable Mentions.

  4. Aug 04, 2023: Minor in-text adjustments to further clarify product information.

  5. Jun 08, 2023: Replaced Samsung Jet 75 Complete with Samsung Jet 75+ as 'Best Apartment Vacuum' due to current pricing. Replaced Samsung Jet 60 with Shark Cordless Pro as 'Best Mid-Range Apartment Vacuum' pick due to current pricing.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are currently the best vacuums for apartments. We don't just base our results on overall performance, but also factors like availability, price, and reader feedback.

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of vacuums under $400, with considerations made for portability and storage capability. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no vacuum is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.