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 20 different brands, and below are our recommendations for the six best vacuum cleaner 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 specializes in home appliances, like ovens, coffee machines, and dishwashers. Most of the vacuums they produce are canister vacuums, though they've recently expanded to other varieties like stick/handheld vacuums. Their vacuums have different variants that are better suited to certain types of flooring or debris. Miele vacuums are known for their sturdy build quality and easy maintenance. Although some of the models use a disposable dirtbag, it's typically quite large, so it doesn't need to be replaced too often.
The best Miele vacuum that we've tested is the Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine. This corded canister vacuum performs well on a variety of surface types, easily clearing debris from low and high-pile carpet as well as bare floors. Although it's quite heavy, it has an excellent build quality, and it's easy to maintain, thanks to the easy access of the parts that need cleaning. However, it does have quite a few recurring costs since the dirtbag and two filters need to be regularly replaced. Consider the Miele Triflex HX1 if you're looking for a more portable vacuum with fewer recurring costs, although it performs slightly worse on low and high-pile carpet. If you prefer the ergonomics of an upright vacuum, check out the Miele Dynamic U1 PowerLine. Though it's even bulkier than the C3, it has a longer power cord, so you can clean more rooms before you have to switch outlets.
Dyson is one of the most well-known British manufacturers of home appliances like vacuum cleaners, fans, and hair dryers. Their products have a sleek and rounded look that's powered by their patented digital or root cyclone motors, which really sets them apart from their competitors. Dyson primarily makes cordless stick/handheld models, but they do offer a few other types as well. They tend to have a bagless design and come with a lot of tools and brushes.
The best Dyson vacuum that we've tested is the Dyson Ball Animal 2. This corded upright vacuum is quite maneuverable despite its bulky size, in part due to its unique ball design. It does a superb job of clearing debris on everything from bare floors to low and high-pile carpet. Its bagless design and washable filters result in a near-total lack of recurring costs. It also comes with a variety of tools and accessories to help you clean messes in closed-off areas, on high-placed shelves, or even on upholstered furniture. That said, it's still quite big and can be a hassle to carry up and down staircases. Consider the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute if portability is a priority. This cordless stick/handheld vacuum doesn't perform as well on carpet, but it comes with a similarly large array of accessories and is much easier to carry around.
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 UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is the best Shark vacuum that we've tested. It's a cordless handheld vacuum that performs consistently well across many surface types, especially when picking up pet hair. It's easy to assemble and maintain, and it's made of hard plastic that feels durable and sturdy. Thanks to its small, lightweight design, it's extremely portable, and it includes a crevice tool that makes it well suited to cleaning under furniture or inside a car. It also has few recurring costs since only the dust cup filter needs to be replaced regularly. However, it has a very short battery life, so it's better suited to cleaning small messes. If long battery life is important to you, consider the Shark Rocket Pet Pro stick/handheld vacuum, which can last up to 42 minutes and recharges quite quickly. For cleaning even larger areas, the corded Shark APEX UpLight is a good option, though it's slightly less portable.
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 upright has a good performance on low and high-pile carpet as it has no trouble picking up pet hair. It also clears most small and large debris like sand and baking soda. It can be reconfigured into a half-held if you need to clean hard-to-reach places too. Unfortunately, it has a short hose range, and if you pull too hard, you could tip over the body. It also doesn't perform as well on bare floors as the BISSELL Featherweight Stick 2033, which is a more lightweight and compact-sized upright/handheld. If you're looking for something even smaller to clean inside your car, try the BISSELL AeroSlim, which is a cordless handheld vacuum.
iRobot is a unique manufacturer founded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990. They generally specialize in robots, initially designing their products for military or medical use. Nowadays, they are geared more towards robots for the home, namely vacuums. Their robot vacuums provide a hands-off cleaning experience, and they're usually compatible with the iRobot HOME app, which gives users access to automation features from their phones. Their vacuums are found at a wide array of price points, making it easier to find a robot that fits your budget. They tend to be well-built, and many contain an allergen-trapping HEPA filter. However, like many robot vacuums, they typically require regular maintenance and incur a few recurring costs.
The best iRobot vacuum that we've tested is the iRobot Roomba S9. Unlike many other robot vacuums, it can maneuver itself on low and high-pile carpet and clean these surfaces quite well. Its battery life is remarkable, and it follows an efficient cleaning route while moving around obstacles easily. Like the iRobot Roomba i7+, you can purchase it along with an external dirt compartment attached to its charging dock, which lets the vacuum empty its dirt compartment on its own. Unfortunately, it has quite a few recurring costs since its HEPA filter and side brush need to be replaced fairly often. If you're looking for a more budget-friendly robot vacuum, the iRobot Roomba 981 performs well on bare floors, though it struggles to clean low and high-pile carpet.
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 in addition to 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 to be replaced over time.
The Roborock S6 is the best Roborock vacuum that we've tested. Just like the Roborock S5, it comes with a mop attachment feature to help clean wet messes. It also comes with disposable mopping cloths. Thanks to its outstanding performance on bare floors, it's one of the best robot vacuums we've tested. However, like most of Roborock's other models, high-pile carpet can be a challenging surface for it to clean. If you're looking for a robot vacuum with slightly better performance on this surface type and you don't necessarily need a mop attachment, consider the Roborock E4. That said, Roborock makes several automated vacuums that are suitable for homes with mostly bare floors.
Feb 10, 2021: Updated text for clarity and accuracy, no change in recommendations.
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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.