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 ten different brands, and below are our recommendations for the seven 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.
Miele is a German manufacturer of home and commercial appliances. They're best-known for their canister vacuums, which tend to come in more specific floor type and debris-oriented variants. They're very well-built and they're designed to be easy to maintain. Although they mostly use a dirtbag, this helps keep allergens and debris from being released back into the air. This dirtbag is a recurring cost and may be seen as a drawback if you're trying to keep additional vacuum expenses low.
The best Miele vacuum that we've tested is the Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine. This canister model is part of the Complete C3 line and offers a well-rounded performance on all surface types. While it does a fantastic job on bare floors, it's great on carpet too. Even when tackling differently-sized debris, its performance stays consistent as its dirt compartment fills up. It comes with three different tools, including a soft bristle brush for cleaning delicate objects like lampshades. You can even use it in a semi-handheld mode by attaching a tool or brush to its handle, and there's an LED light on the handle to make shadowy areas a bit easier to clean. If you like the canister design, the Miele Classic C1 offers a similarly great overall performance but at a lower price point.
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 Dyson Ball Animal 2 is the best Dyson vacuum that we've tested. Not only does this upright model offer excellent performance on any surface type, but it also comes with a variety of tools and brushes to increase its versatility such as a pet grooming brush. Unlike most other vacuums, Dyson includes a pet grooming tool. While this model is a bit heavy and bulky, Dyson also makes cordless ones such as the Dyson V11 Animal, which is easier to maneuver and carry around. Other similarly designed stick models such as the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute come with different kinds of tools.
Shark is a manufacturer owned by SharkNinja, which produces home appliances such as vacuums under the Shark name, as well as smaller appliances like blenders under the Ninja name. Shark makes a wide variety of models, including robot vacuums, that are available at several price points, so there's something available to fit any budget. Most of their models also tend to have virtually no recurring costs. Unfortunately, they tend to have an okay build quality and feel quite plasticky.
The best Shark vacuum that we've tested is the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+. This lightweight handheld comes with a turbo brush with a self-cleaning brushroll to help you clean fabric-based furniture. It's lightweight, portable, and easy to maneuver, but it's not meant for cleaning a large surface in one go. If you're looking for something to tackle a larger area and you have shedding pets, the cordless Shark Rocket Pet Pro is a suitable choice. It can pick up pet hair from all surface types without a problem, its stick design is more maneuverable, and it can even be reconfigured into a handheld if you want to clean harder-to-reach places. That said, if you have a lot of carpet in your home, try the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away, as its upright design makes it easier and more efficient to clean larger areas.
BISSELL is an American manufacturer of vacuums. They generally make budget-friendly vacuums in a variety of different types to better suit the needs of your household. Although this lower price point is often reflected in their plasticky build quality, their vacuums tend to be lightweight and easy-to-use. They also use a bagless design, which helps to lessen their recurring costs. That said, they tend to be bare-bones in terms of features and don't usually have power adjustment features.
The best BISSELL vacuum that we've tested is the BISSELL PowerForce Helix. This upright is a great choice on carpet as it can pick up pet hair and quite a bit of small and large debris without too much of an issue. It can be used in a half-handheld configuration with one of its assorted tools and brushes if you need to get into hard-to-reach places. However, its hose range is pretty short, and you could accidentally tip it over if you're using the hose. It also doesn't offer as good performance on bare floors as the BISSELL Featherweight Stick 2033, which is a more compact upright/handheld. If you need to clean crevices, also consider the BISSELL AeroSlim, which is a lightweight handheld that can easily clean the inside of your car.
Founded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990, iRobot is a unique manufacturer that specializes in robots. While the other products they've created, such as military-grade or medical robots, are a lot more advanced than their current lineup, their automated vacuums and mops are a good option for those looking for a more hands-off cleaning experience. Their vacuums are found at a variety of price points, which makes it a bit easier to find a robot model that suits your budget. Most also have a great build quality and contain a HEPA filter to help reduce the spread of allergens. They're usually compatible with the iRobot HOME app, which offers a lot of automation features right on your phone. However, like most robot models, they require a lot of regular maintenance and have a few recurring costs.
The iRobot Roomba S9 is the best iRobot vacuum that we've tested. It can easily maneuver on carpet, which is an impressive feat in itself when compared to many of their competitor's robot models, and it can clean these surface types very well. Just like the iRobot Roomba i7+, you can also purchase it with an external dirt compartment attached to its charging dock. It has an outstanding battery life as well and it can easily maneuver under tables and couches without a problem. It even comes with a few more automation features like smart pathing that the more budget-friendly robot vacuums like the iRobot Roomba E5 lack.
Roborock is a Chinese manufacturer that was founded in 2014. Much newer to the vacuum market than most other companies on this list, they focus solely on producing robot vacuums and mops. They also make a couple of robot vacuums that have a hybrid mop attachment feature to help clean liquid spills in addition to dry debris. Even though we don't currently test this feature, their vacuums tend to do exceptionally well on bare floors. They're also usually very well-built, highly maneuverable, and have outstanding battery performances. However, just like other robot vacuum brands, Roborock's products also require a lot of regular maintenance and have high recurring costs.
The best Roborock vacuum that we've tested is the Roborock S6. It comes with a disposable mopping feature that can be used to clean bare floors. It offers a fantastic performance on this surface type, easily cleaning dry debris such as pet hair, cereal, and rice, making it one of the best robot vacuums we've tested. However, just like most other Roborock models, it struggles a lot more on shaggy, high-pile carpet. If you're looking for a robot option without the mop attachment, the Roborock E4 is a straightforward model that can also tackle high-pile carpet as well as bare floors. If you're looking for a robot, Roborock offers products at different price points which are suitable choices if you have mostly bare floors in your home.
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.