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 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 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 best Miele vacuum that we've tested is the Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine. This canister vacuum has an excellent build quality and delivers great performance across most surface types. It has some useful features, like seven different suction power modes, so you can adapt it to whatever area you're cleaning, and LED lights on its handle so you can see into shadowy corners. It's easy to maintain and uses a big dirtbag. There are several variants available that come in different colors, with different vacuum heads and accessories. If you prefer upright vacuums, the Miele Dynamic U1 PowerLine has a similar, solid build quality and versatile performance. If you want something more portable, the Miele Triflex HX1 is a much lighter stick vacuum with a unique 3-in-1 design, although its performance is a little worse.
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 Ball Animal 2 is the best Dyson vacuum we've tested. It's a corded upright model that rolls on one big ball-like wheel, which gives it a distinctive look and makes it more maneuverable in cluttered areas. It's amazingly versatile, as it delivers an incredible performance on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpets. Like most Dyson models, it uses a bagless design and incurs virtually no recurring costs. It can be used in a semi-handheld configuration and comes with many tools and brushes, including a pet grooming tool. However, it's a bit bulky and not ideal if you need to carry your vacuum up and down stairs. If you prefer a more portable model, the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is a good alternative. Its performance on carpet isn't as good, but it's cordless and 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 was founded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990 and initially focused on creating a variety of 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 are often equipped with 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 robot, which is from iRobot's higher-end line, creates a map of your home and stores it in the companion app. You can use it to create virtual boundary markers to keep the vacuum out of certain areas and to set individual cleaning schedules for different rooms. This vacuum delivers a very versatile performance, as it does an amazing job of cleaning bare floors and does a good job on low and high-pile carpets as well. Its onboard dirt compartment is an okay size, and like the iRobot Roomba i7+, you can also buy it with a charging dock that has an external dirtbag built-in, which the vacuum automatically empties its dirt compartment into. If you're looking for a cheaper model, the iRobot Roomba 981 has a superb performance on bare floors, although it struggles on carpets.
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.
Apr 09, 2021: Checked brand picks for accuracy and updated text.
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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.