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The 5 Best Bagless Vacuum Cleaners - Spring 2023 Reviews

Best Bagless Vacuums

If you don't want to deal with the hassle of replacing a dirtbag in your vacuum, there's no shortage of bagless options on the market. Unlike bagged models, these vacuums have plastic dirt compartments and use filters to prevent dusty air from drifting back into the environment as you clean. They usually have low or virtually no recurring costs, depending on whether or not they use disposable filters. That said, they can vary significantly in shape and size, all to be better suited for different kinds of cleaning tasks.

We've tested over 130 vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations for the best vacuums that don't use a dirtbag. We selected these picks based on their performance and their design, ease of maintenance, and price. For more, see our lists of the best vacuums and the best cordless vacuums. If you're looking for a robot vacuum, which is usually bagless by design, you can see our picks for the best robot vacuums.

  1. Best Bagless Vacuum Cleaner

    The best bagless vacuum cleaner we've tested is the Dyson V15 Detect. This cordless stick vacuum delivers superb performance on various surfaces, easily cleaning pet hair and small and large debris on everything from linoleum to high-pile carpet. However, its strong suction force can cause it to drag around some lighter rugs. Its surface detection system enables it to automatically change its suction power depending on what you're vacuuming. It also has a built-in particle sensor that counts and measures debris you're sucking up, which is handy if you want to know about the presence of fine allergens in your home.

    This vacuum can run for up to 70 minutes, but you need to work fast when vacuuming stubborn messes, as it only lasts for about 10 minutes when using it in its high-power 'Boost' mode. It doesn't feel especially robust, which is disappointing for a vacuum at this price point. The Samsung Bespoke Jet is a good option if you want something more sturdily-built. However, its twin-roller floorhead makes it less maneuverable, and it doesn't have the Dyson vacuum's automatic power adjustment feature.

    See our review

  2. Best Bagless Upright Vacuum

    If you prefer using a corded vacuum with a greater debris capacity, the Dyson Ball Animal 3 is the best bagless upright vacuum we've tested. It's more challenging to deploy than a stick vacuum like the Dyson V15 Detect, but it's a better option for heavy-duty cleanups. Its powerful suction motor helps it clear away debris across various surfaces. Its floorhead also features three levels of surface adjustment and built-in plastic fins to capture long hair before it can get tangled in its brushroll. You can clean hard-to-reach areas by decoupling its hose from its body and using any of its attachments, including a miniature turbo brush, a telescopic wand, and even a dedicated pet grooming tool. Its five-stage filtration system helps trap allergens too.

    Unfortunately, it's a heavy, bulky vacuum that's a hassle to set up. It's loud by the standards of less powerful cordless vacuums, and while its power cord is long, you have to wind it back up manually. If you're looking for an upright vacuum that's easier to deploy, look at the Shark Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away. It uses a simpler floorhead than the Dyson, with no height adjustment, and has a maximum battery life of about 40 minutes when used as an upright. However, its lighter cordless design could make it a better option for short cleaning sessions on hard surfaces.

    See our review

  3. Best Upper Mid-Range Bagless Vacuum

    The best bagless vacuum in the upper mid-range price bracket we've tested is the Shark Stratos Cordless. This cordless stick vacuum is noticeably heavier than the Dyson V15 Detect and doesn't exert quite as much suction force, but it's got its share of strengths. It feels noticeably more solid, mainly built from thicker plastic. At 0.65L in capacity, its dustbin is also roughly 30% more spacious than the Dyson's, so you won't have to empty it quite as often. While its twin-brushroll head makes it a little trickier to maneuver in cramped quarters compared to the Dyson vacuum's slimmer single-roller head, some of that added bulk is offset by the inclusion of a hinged wand, which allows you to clean under most tables and chairs without having to bend too deeply. A replaceable cartridge in its floorhead emanates a detergent-like scent as you clean to mask any unpleasant odors.

    The Shark's Clean Sense IQ system also allows it to ramp up its suction power depending on how much debris is sucked up. However, unlike the Dyson vacuum's system, it won't necessarily respond to changes in surface type. Performance on bare floors is superb, and it does a great job cleaning carpets. That said, while it does have two surface settings, they only change the speed of its brushroll, not its height, so it's still liable to get bogged down in thick carpeting. Its main brushroll isn't removable, making it a challenge to clean.

    See our review

  4. Best Mid-Range Bagless Vacuum

    Look at the Samsung Jet 75 if you're looking for something a little cheaper. It's less sturdily built than the Shark Stratos Cordless and doesn't have an automatic power adjustment feature, but there are a few advantages aside from its lower price. Its 200AW suction motor is remarkably potent for a vacuum at this price point and helps it exert a greater suction force than the Shark at its floorhead, though debris pickup is pretty even between the two models. It delivers fantastic performance on bare floors and clears an impressive amount of debris on high-pile carpet. At up to 60 minutes on a charge, battery performance is similar to that of the Shark, though thankfully, the Samsung charges faster.

    The mid-range Jet 75 Pet variant is a good option for pet owners, as it comes with a miniature turbo brush tool that's effective in collecting pet hair, though it's also unwieldy. Regardless of your variant, all Jet 75 models have a five-stage filtration system to trap allergens like pet dander. If you want a similarly-priced alternative with automatic power adjustment, check out the Tineco PURE ONE S11, but be aware that it has a less powerful suction motor and a shorter battery life.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Bagless Vacuum

    If you're on a budget and searching for a bagless vacuum, it's hard to go wrong with the JASHEN V16. This cordless stick vacuum is less potent than the Samsung Jet 75 and feels flimsier than the Shark Stratos Cordless. If neither of those factors are of significant concern, the JASHEN offers a lot of bang for the buck. It has many attachments for a vacuum in this price range. It has a pair of interchangeable rollers for bare floors or carpet, a miniature turbo brush, a crevice tool, and a combination upholstery nozzle/soft-bristle brush. It even comes with a HEPA filter to minimize the spread of allergens as you clean. Its plastic construction feels somewhat flimsy but makes it easy to lift, carry, or maneuver in cluttered areas. While it struggles with bulky debris, which can clog the entry to its dustbin, it does an excellent job cleaning pet hair and lightweight debris.

    If you still aren't convinced by cordless vacuums and prefer using canister vacuums, look at the Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister. It delivers strong performance, especially given its low purchase price, and its corded design ensures you won't need to worry about running out of charge part way through a cleaning session. Its power cord is very short, so you'll need to swap outlets or use an extension cord when cleaning even moderately large spaces.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung Jet 90 Complete: The Samsung Jet 90 Complete is a great alternative to the Dyson V15 Detect if you don't mind losing out on the latter's automatic power adjustment system and dirt sensor in exchange for similar overall performance and a slightly lower purchase price. It's mechanically similar to the noticeably cheaper Samsung Jet 75; it uses the same 200AW motor but has more attachments. See our review
  • Eureka FloorRover: The Eureka FloorRover is a corded upright vacuum that's a good alternative to the Dyson Ball Animal 3 for something cheaper. However, it doesn't offer the same level of deep-cleaning performance. See our review
  • Miele Triflex HX1: The Miele Triflex HX1 is a uniquely-designed 3-in-1 machine that you can configure as a stick, upright, or handheld vacuum. While it feels better built than the Shark Stratos Cordless and has a sophisticated automatic brushroll adjustment feature that makes it easier to maneuver on thick carpeting, it has a shorter battery life, a smaller dustbin, and a less potent suction motor. See our review
  • Samsung Jet 70: The Samsung Jet 70 is similarly designed to the Samsung Jet 75, with the same five-stage filtration system and a relatively large dustbin. However, it has a less powerful suction motor and a shorter battery life. See our review
  • Dyson V8: The Dyson V8 is a cordless stick vacuum that represents a good alternative to the Samsung Jet 75 if you want something with a wider array of attachments, though it isn't as powerful. See our review
  • Wyze Cordless Vacuum: The Wyze Cordless Vacuum is a budget-friendly cordless stick vacuum that outperforms the JASHEN V16 regarding suction power but comes with a more limited set of attachments. Replacement parts like filters and batteries are also somewhat hard to come by. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 24, 2023: Replaced Wyze Cordless Vacuum with JASHEN V16 as 'Best Budget Bagless Vacuum'. Added Wyze Cordless Vacuum to Notable Mentions.

  2. Mar 28, 2023: Replaced Miele Triflex HX1 with Shark Stratos Cordless as 'Best Upper Mid-Range Bagless Vacuum'. Added Miele Triflex HX1 to Notable Mentions.

  3. Jan 27, 2023: Replaced Tineco PURE ONE S11 with Samsung Jet 75 as 'Best Mid-Range Bagless Vacuum'. Removed less relevant Notable Mentions picks.

  4. Nov 29, 2022: Replaced Samsung Jet 90 Complete with Miele Triflex HX1 as 'Best Upper Mid-Range Bagless Vacuum' category pick due to current pricing. Added Samsung Jet 90 Complete to Notable Mentions.

  5. Sep 30, 2022: Substantial article restructuring to better align with user expectations. Removed less relevant Notable Mentions picks, and added Samsung Jet 70 Pet to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are currently the best bagless vacuums we've tested. We don't just base our results on overall performance, but also on 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 bagless vacuum reviews. 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.