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 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, coffee machines, and vacuum cleaners. They mostly make canister vacuums but offer other types, like stick/handheld vacuums and even a robot vacuum. They usually come in several variants meant 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 easy to maintain.
The Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine is the best Miele vacuum we've tested. Thanks to its seven levels of suction power adjustment, this high-end canister vacuum delivers strong performance on bare floors and carpets, even with a straight suction floorhead. Its feature allows you to quickly adapt to different surfaces. It also feels very well-built and is remarkably easy to maintain. Its trio of caster-mounted wheels also make it very easy to maneuver in tight spaces. It's worth noting that this variant of the C3 is currently somewhat hard to find, but the currently-available C3 HomeCare PowerLine is similarly-equipped. If you're looking for a cheaper Miele canister vacuum, the Miele Classic C1 is a good choice, though it doesn't have an allergen-sealed construction and feels slightly robust. If you don't want to deal with the hassle of a power cord, you could also look at the Miele Triflex HX1, though its battery life isn't especially long.
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 delivers excellent overall performance on bare floors and carpets, though its strong suction force can cause it to drag around some lighter rugs. It can also automatically adjust its suction power mode depending on the surface you're on. An LED screen displays the size and number of particles you've vacuumed up, the vacuum's current suction power mode, and a real-time estimate of the remaining charge. If you're looking for something lighter and better suited for spot-cleaning, the Dyson Humdinger is worth a look. Conversely, if you value the virtually indefinite runtime of a corded vacuum, the Dyson Ball Animal 2 is a solid option. However, like the V15, it can be 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 we've tested. This cordless stick/handheld vacuum is highly maneuverable, courtesy of its lightweight construction, sleek design, and pivoting vacuum head. It delivers exceptional performance on bare floors and does a great job on low and high-pile carpets. Depending on your choice of suction power mode and attachments, it can run for anywhere between 10 to over 40 minutes 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 performs similarly on bare floors but isn't nearly as maneuverable. If you'd prefer to stay cordless but want longer battery life and a larger dustbin, the Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away is worth a look, but it's more of a hassle to maneuver in tight spaces due to its upright form factor.
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 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 CrossWave Pet Pro is the best BISSELL vacuum we've tested. This hybrid mop vacuum delivers impressive performance on bare floors, easily sucking up small and bulky debris as well as pet hair while also doing a good job of removing stains thanks to its detergent dispersal function. It's also impressively effective when it comes to dealing with liquid spills. It feels decently well-built and isn't too heavy either. Its power cord is pretty long, so you shouldn't need to swap outlets when cleaning larger areas. Unlike the BISSELL PowerForce Helix, it lacks any floor height adjustment, so it isn't the best option for dealing with debris on high or shag-pile carpeting. In addition, unlike the BISSELL CleanView Swivel Pet, there's no handheld configuration, which would make it easier to deal with debris in hard-to-reach areas.
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 robot vacuum's iAdapt 3.0 navigation system creates increasingly efficient cleaning routes of its coverage area 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. Unfortunately, quite a few parts require regular maintenance or even replacement. The iRobot Roomba 981 is a more affordable option that delivers impressive superb performance on bare floors, though it lacks most of the S9's automation features. Conversely, if you don't mind spending just as much but want more advanced automation capabilities, the iRobot Roomba j7+ can identify hazards like pet waste in real-time and maneuver around them, but it doesn't perform as well on carpets as the S9.
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 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 we've tested is the Roborock S7. This high-end robot vacuum delivers fantastic performance on flat, even surfaces like hardwood or linoleum. Its headlining feature is its ultrasonic mopping capability, which uses vibrating mop pads to scrub away any dried-on dirt or debris. Its surface detection system also lets it lift these mopping pads when it maneuvers onto carpeted floors. Its LIDAR sensor array generates a clear map of its coverage area, letting you set up virtual boundary lines or schedule cleaning sessions for individual rooms within your home. However, unlike the Roborock S6 MaxV, it doesn't have optical sensors that you can use to identify hazards like pet waste in real time. However, the S6 MaxV's current availability is quite limited. If you're looking for something cheaper, the Roborock E4 could also be worth a look, though it lacks the S7's LIDAR mapping capability.
eufy is a sub-brand of Chinese electronics company Anker Innovations. This company focuses on manufacturing a wide variety of smart home devices, including baby monitors, security cameras, and video-enabled doorbells. They have a wide range of robot vacuums, with most priced at a relatively budget-friendly price point. Most eufy robot vacuums tend to be compact and perform best on bare, even surfaces like hardwood or tile. Many of their vacuums also feature the brand's 'BoostIQ' feature, which allows them to automatically change their suction power mode depending on the surface that they're on. Unfortunately, they usually struggle with clearing debris on carpeted floors, and the majority of their lineup has basic mapping systems and rudimentary automation features. They also tend to incur high recurring costs and have many parts that need regular cleaning.
The eufy RoboVac X8 is the best eufy vacuum that we've tested. This robot vacuum uses a LIDAR sensor to map out its coverage area and offers advanced automation capabilities, as you can use its app to schedule cleaning sessions for specific rooms or set up virtual boundary lines to keep it out of certain places. It delivers exceptional performance on bare floors. It also does a decent job on high-pile carpet. The vacuum itself incurs relatively low recurring costs and feels well-built. However, it does have quite a few parts that need periodic cleaning. It lacks an allergen-trapping HEPA filter, which could be a disappointment if you have a pet that sheds heavily. If you're looking for an exceedingly affordable robot vacuum, the eufy Robovac 25C is worth a look. It foregoes many of the automation features found in pricier models and can't map out its coverage area, but it does a fantastic job of vacuuming bare floors.
May 30, 2022: Replaced Roborock S6 MaxV with Roborock S7 as 'Best Roborock Vacuum' category pick due to current availability.
Mar 31, 2022: Replaced BISSELL PowerForce Helix with BISSELL CrossWave Pet Pro as 'Best BISSELL Vacuum' pick. Replaced Roborock E4 with Roborock S6 MaxV as 'Best Roborock Vacuum' pick.
Jan 25, 2022: Ensured that all main picks are still available and represent the best option for their given category.
Nov 26, 2021: Added new 'eufy' brand category with eufy Robovac X8 as top brand pick. Verified that all other main picks are still available and represent the best choice for their given category.
Sep 29, 2021: Replaced Roborock S6 with Roborock E4 as 'Best Roborock Vacuum' pick due to current availability.
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.