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The 5 Best Vacuums For Apartments - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best Vacuums For Apartments

If you live in an apartment, you're aware of some of the considerations you have to 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 kinds of 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 in terms of features or capability.

We've tested over 130 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 Tineco PURE ONE S11. This lightweight stick vacuum delivers exceptional performance on surfaces like hardwood and tile and features a built-in dirt sensor that lets it ramp up its suction power when passing over an area with a significant concentration of debris. It comes with a wall-mount rack station that holds the vacuum upright when not in use and features mounting slots for its included attachments, freeing up a bit of extra space in your closet. Its maximum battery life of about 40 minutes is on the shorter end of the scale compared to most newer, pricier cordless stick vacuums, like the Dyson V15 Detect, but it'll still be enough to clean most small areas.

    Unusually for a vacuum of this type, you can pair it with your smartphone via the Tineco Life companion app, which lets you remotely adjust the vacuum's suction power, monitor its battery life, or check to see if it's time to replace or clean its filters. Unfortunately, its floorhead doesn't articulate all that smoothly compared to some alternatives, like the Dyson V8; the Dyson also outperforms the Tineco on low-pile carpet, but it has a smaller dustbin and lacks the Tineco's ability to automatically adjust suction power.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Apartment Vacuum

    If you're shopping at a mid-range price point, the Samsung Jet 60 is among the best vacuums for small apartments. Unlike the Tineco PURE ONE S11, it isn't capable of automatically adjusting its suction power, but if you're willing to forego that in exchange for a cheaper price tag, it's a great option. Like the Tineco, it has a remarkably lightweight design that makes it easy to use, even in tight spots. Performance on bare surfaces like hardwood floors is decent, though you might need to make an extra pass or two to fully clear away bulkier debris. Thankfully, it does a great job of handling messes on low and high-pile carpeting and rugs. Its five-stage filtration system also helps seal in any fine allergens like pet dander, and the vacuum is pretty easy to clean out and maintain.

    That said, battery performance isn't a strong point. While it charges much faster than the Tineco, its maximum runtime of about 40 minutes is very similar and might not be enough for longer cleaning sessions. If that's a problem, the Wyze Cordless Vacuum is a solid alternative. However, it doesn't feel as robustly built as the Samsung vacuum and comes with fewer attachments.

    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 operating range of a cordless model like the Samsung Jet 60, but it's also much cheaper, and its corded design makes it a better option for longer cleaning sessions. It's very compact, especially for a canister vacuum, so it isn't especially hard to fit in a closet. Its lightweight construction enables you to carry it wherever you need it. While its simple design feels somewhat cheap in places, it's very easy to maintain, with the few parts that need regular cleaning being easy to access. Performance is also very strong across a wide range of surface types.

    Looking for something even more inexpensive? Check out the BISSELL Featherweight Stick. This bagless upright has a remarkably simple design that 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, especially when trying to clear away heavy, bulky debris.

    See our review

  4. Best Handheld Vacuum For Apartments

    The best vacuum for apartments with a handheld design we've tested is the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+. While it isn't nearly as well-suited to cleaning large areas compared to similarly-priced full-size models like the Eureka Mighty Mite, it's an ideal option for quick clean-ups around your apartment. It's remarkably effective when dealing with debris on bare, flat surfaces like countertops or shelves but also does an excellent job clearing away messes on carpets. Unfortunately, its turbo brush attachment isn't very effective when dealing with hair on upholstered furniture. Its battery life of a little over 10 minutes also forces you to work fast when dealing with more stubborn messes.

    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 lack of adequate filtration. If that's an issue, the Wyze Handheld Vacuum is a stellar alternative with an onboard HEPA filter. It can also run for up to 30 minutes in its default power mode, giving you more time to spot-clean messes. That said, the Wyze has a much harder time dealing with bulky debris than the Shark, 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 Samsung Jet 60, but since you can schedule it to clean every day, there'll be fewer large messes to worry about. It features a LIDAR mapping system, which is rare for a model at this price point, and it allows it to navigate around obstacles even within a cluttered environment like a small apartment. Better still, it can do so without a strong source of ambient light, so you can let it run 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 pretty easy to use and lets you set up virtual boundary markers, schedule cleaning sessions in advance, or change its suction power level. It has an onboard HEPA filter, which is somewhat helpful in sealing in fine particles, making it a solid option if you have a heavily-shedding pet.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Shark WANDVAC: The Shark WANDVAC is a cordless handheld vacuum that's highly portable, but it struggles far more with bulky material than the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+. 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
  • JASHEN V16: The JASHEN V16 is a budget-friendly cordless stick/handheld vacuum. It easily cleans pet hair but struggles with cleaning bulky material, even when compared to the Samsung Jet 60. See our review
  • Shark APEX UpLight: The Shark APEX UpLight is a corded stick vacuum that represents a great alternative to the Tineco PURE ONE S11 if you don't want to worry about running out of charge mid-way through a cleaning session. That said, it's heavier and bulkier than the Tineco. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Dec 19, 2022: Ensured all main picks are still available and represent the best choice for user needs and preferences.

  2. Oct 20, 2022: Major article restructuring to better align with user needs and preferences. Added Shark APEX UpLight and BISSELL Zing Bagged Canister to the Notable Mentions section.

  3. Jul 04, 2022: Article restructuring to better align with user expectations. Added Airsign HEPA Vacuum as the new 'Best Apartment Vacuum' pick. Recategorized Eureka Mighty Mite as 'Best Apartment Vacuum Under $100'. Recategorized BISSELL Featherweight Stick 2033 as 'Best Apartment Vacuum Under $50'. Added Wyze Robot Vacuum to recommendations as the new 'Best Robot Vacuum For Apartments' pick. Removed BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet and eufy RoboVac 11S from Notable Mentions.

  4. Apr 29, 2022: Ensured all main picks are still available and represent the best fit for user needs and expectations.

  5. Mar 02, 2022: Ensured all main picks are still available and represent the best option for user needs and expectations.

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 at an affordable price, 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.