Whether you're looking to replace your old vacuum or you're shopping for your first one, it can be hard to know which is right for you. There are a lot of vacuum manufacturers on the market right now, each offering different design types, features, and specs that may be limited to their models. Some brands even focus on specific products like robot vacuums or vacuums for commercial use. However, there isn't one definitive answer for the best vacuum cleaner brands for your needs. Still, sorting by brand can be one helpful way to understand what kinds of design and specs are currently available.
We’ve tested vacuums from over 25 different brands, and below are our recommendations for the six best vacuum brands. The recommendations aren’t ordered by rank or position; the first brand listed isn’t necessarily our top pick overall, and the last brand isn’t the worst. Instead, we’ve listed the brands by use or specialty, keeping brands with similar audiences together to make it easier to find what best suits your needs. If you're looking for more vacuums, check out our recommendations for the best vacuums, the best laminate floor vacuums, and the best vacuums for carpets.
Miele is a German manufacturer that makes a variety of home appliances, including ovens, dishwashers, and coffee machines, as well as vacuum cleaners. They mostly make canister vacuums but also offer other types, like stick/handheld vacuums and even a robot vacuum. They usually come in several different variants meant to be suited for different purposes, like a certain surface type or kind of debris. They offer models that use a dirtbag as well as bagless vacuums. Miele vacuums tend to look premium and be very well-built, as well as being easy to maintain.
The Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine is the best Miele vacuum that we've tested. This premium canister vacuum does a remarkable job of sucking up debris on bare floors and delivers impressive overall performance on low and high-pile carpet. Its high-grade plastic body feels amazingly sturdy, and the vacuum itself is remarkably easy to maintain, with its HEPA filter, pre-motor filter, and dirtbag being very simple to access. Its smoothly-rolling wheels and extendable wand make it very easy to maneuver, and the vacuum handle features a built-in LED light to help you see in darker environments. However, its heavy weight makes it a little tricky to carry up and down staircases. You may want to consider the Miele Classic C1 if you're looking for a lighter alternative, though the C1 doesn't have a HEPA filter. If you want to go cordless, the Miele Triflex HX1 is a great alternative with a unique three-in-one design and strong overall cleaning performance, but be aware that its dirt compartment is very small and consequently needs to be emptied often.
Dyson is a British manufacturer well-known for making vacuums. They also sell other home appliances like fans and hair dryers. They make colorful, stylish-looking vacuums that use a patented root or digital cyclone motor design, which relies on centrifugal force for its suction power and sets Dyson vacuums apart from other brands. Their vacuums use a bagless design and often come with lots of accessories. They're usually cordless stick/handheld models, but they also make canister and upright models, among others. They're usually made entirely of plastic, which means they often don't weigh very much, but sometimes feel a bit flimsy.
The Dyson V15 Detect is the best Dyson vacuum we've tested. This cordless stick vacuum easily cleans pet hair and small debris like rice and bulky material like cereal from bare floors. It does a fantastic job sucking up debris like sand or baking soda from low and high-pile carpet. It can be easily reconfigured into a handheld vacuum and comes with a wide assortment of tools and accessories, including a secondary floor head with a laser light for seeing small debris on bare floors, a motorized turbo brush, and a combination upholstery tool/hard bristle brush. An LED display at the back of the vacuum provides an estimate of the size and count of particles you've vacuumed up, the vacuum's current suction power mode, and an approximate reading of remaining charge. Unfortunately, its strong suction force can cause this vacuum to drag around some carpets. If you're looking for something lighter and better-suited for spot-cleaning, the Dyson Humdinger is a versatile handheld vacuum. Conversely, if you value the virtually indefinite runtime of a corded vacuum, the Dyson Ball Animal 2 is a solid option, but like the V15, it can be a bit of a hassle to push around on some carpets due to its strong suction force.
Shark is an American company that manufactures vacuums, mops, and irons, though they're owned by SharkNinja, which produces a variety of home appliances like blenders and coffee makers. Shark vacuums come in a wide range of models and designs, including a wide variety of vacuum types. You can find vacuums of all sizes with most combinations of features like corded or cordless and bagged or bagless. Also, they come at a wide array of price points, so you can find a vacuum that fits your budget. Some Shark vacuums have a self-cleaning brushroll, which helps detangle hair that can get stuck as you clean. However, their build quality is generally not the best since they often feel plasticky. Fortunately, most Shark vacuums tend to have few recurring costs.
The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H is the best Shark vacuum that we've tested. This cordless stick/handheld vacuum is highly maneuverable, courtesy of its lightweight construction, sleek design, and pivoting vacuum head. It also delivers exceptional performance on bare floors and clears an impressive amount of debris, like pet hair, sand, or baking soda, from low and high-pile carpets. It also has a HEPA filter to trap allergens as you clean. Depending on your choice of suction power mode and attachments, this vacuum supplies roughly anywhere between 10 to over 40 minutes of runtime on a single charge. If you don't want to worry about running out of power midway through a cleaning task, the Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV is a corded upright that delivers similarly superb performance on bare floors but isn't nearly as maneuverable. Conversely, if you prioritize portability above all else, the handheld Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is a good option, though it has even shorter battery life.
BISSELL is an American manufacturer of budget-friendly vacuums for the home. They also own Sanitaire, which produces vacuums for commercial use. They offer a variety of vacuum types so that you can find the one best suited for your needs. While their lower price point tends to be most noticeable in their plasticky and sometimes flimsy build quality, this material helps keep them lightweight and portable. Many of their models also have a bagless design, so you don't have to worry about replacing this part unless it's damaged. However, they don't usually have a HEPA filter to help trap allergens and lack power adjustment features.
The BISSELL PowerForce Helix is the best BISSELL vacuum that we've tested. This bagless upright vacuum has a floorhead with five levels of surface adjustment, which is handy if your home has a wide mix of surface types. It does a fantastic job of cleaning pet hair on bare, even surfaces like hardwood or linoleum, as well as low and high-pile carpet. It also does a great job cleaning fine debris like baking soda and larger material like sand from carpeted floors. Suction performance remains consistent as its spacious dustbin fills up with debris, which is good if you have several large messes. That said, it can be a bit of a hassle to maneuver due to its fixed vacuum head and lack of a brushroll on/off switch, which can cause it to get caught on rug tassels and some carpets. Consider the BISSELL Featherweight Stick 2033 if maneuverability is a big concern, though be aware that it has a tiny dustbin and can struggle with bulky debris like cereal. If you'd prefer to go cordless, the BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet is a good choice, though it has a short battery life and takes a very long time to recharge.
iRobot was founded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990 and initially focused on creating robots for scientific and medical use. Their first robot vacuum, the Roomba, was released in 2002, and nowadays, iRobot primarily makes robot vacuums, as well as robot mops. They generally have several models available at different price points, so you can find one that suits your needs and budget. Most iRobot vacuums work with the iRobot HOME app. They're usually well-built and often have an allergen-trapping HEPA filter. Their battery performance tends to be fantastic, and they recharge quickly compared with other robot vacuums that we've tested. However, like most robot vacuums, they often have demanding maintenance needs and high recurring costs.
The iRobot Roomba S9 is the best iRobot vacuum that we've tested. This amazingly well-built robot vacuum's iAdapt 3.0 navigation system creates increasingly efficient cleaning routes of its coverage area throughout many cleaning sessions and enables it to maneuver around obstructions. You can use its companion app to schedule cleaning times for individual rooms or set up virtual boundary markers that the vacuum won't cross. Battery performance is superb, with a maximum runtime of over 150 minutes, though this can vary in the real world. Unfortunately, quite a few parts require regular maintenance or even replacement, making recurring costs high. The iRobot Roomba 981 is a slightly more affordable option and delivers impressive superb performance on bare floors, though it struggles a bit more on carpets. If you're looking for an even more budget-friendly option, the iRobot Roomba E5 is a solid choice, though it lacks a smart-pathing feature and delivers inferior overall cleaning performance.
Roborock is much newer to the vacuum market than most other brands on this list. This Chinese manufacturer has been around for less than a decade and only produces robot vacuums and mops. Some of their products are also hybrid robot vacuum mops, which can tackle spills like water and dry debris like cereal and sand. Although we don't currently test a vacuum's ability to clean liquid, their vacuums still offer exceptional performance in picking up dry debris on bare floors. They also tend to be very well-built and have great maneuverability to clean under tables and chairs. Unfortunately, like many other robot vacuum brands, their products have demanding maintenance needs, and many parts need replacing over time.
The best Roborock vacuum that we've tested is the Roborock E4. This relatively budget-friendly robot vacuum feels impressively well-built and has a maximum battery life of over three hours, though this can vary in the real world. It delivers superb performance on bare floors, where it easily cleans pet hair and small and bulky debris like rice or cereal. It also does a reasonably good job of cleaning messes on low and high-pile carpet, though it may need to make another pass to fully clean finer material like baking soda from this surface type. It has a HEPA filter to trap allergens as it cleans. It can automatically adjust its suction power to suit different surfaces, and it does a good job of maneuvering itself around obstacles. Unfortunately, unlike pricier models in the manufacturer's range, like the Roborock S6 MaxV, you can't use its companion app to set up virtual boundary markers or schedule cleaning sessions for individual areas.
Sep 29, 2021: Replaced Roborock S6 with Roborock E4 as 'Best Roborock Vacuum' pick due to current availability.
Aug 04, 2021: Replaced Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ with Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H as 'Best Shark Vacuum' pick.
Jun 08, 2021: Replaced Dyson Ball Animal 2 with Dyson V15 Detect as the best Dyson vacuum pick.
Apr 09, 2021: Checked brand picks for accuracy and updated text.
Feb 10, 2021: Updated text for clarity and accuracy, no change in recommendations.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best vacuum brands and the best vacuums available to buy for most people in various price ranges, from seven different vacuum manufacturers.
If you'd like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our 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.