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The 6 Best Corded Vacuums - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best Corded Vacuums

While cordless vacuums have made strides in terms of runtime in recent years, corded vacuums are still the best option for thoroughly cleaning large spaces since you don't have to worry about running out of charge mid-way through your cleaning session. The best corded vacuum cleaners should offer strong performance on a variety of surface types and thoughtful quality-of-life features that make vacuuming a little bit easier.

We've tested over 130 vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations for the best vacuums with a power cord to buy. We selected these picks based on their performance on different surface types and their feature set, design, and price. For more options, look at our lists of the best vacuums, the best upright vacuums, and the best canister vacuums.

  1. Best Corded Vacuum

    The best corded vacuum we've tested is the Miele Complete C3. This bagged canister vacuum delivers outstanding overall performance on a variety of surfaces. Its three-stage filtration system also allows it to filter fine particles, which is great if you suffer from allergies. It has an onboard storage compartment for its three included attachments, makes little noise while running, and has a set of smoothly-rolling caster-mounted wheels that make it easy to pull around in almost any direction. It also feels amazingly well-built and is very easy to maintain. Its powerful suction motor enables it to easily draw away debris on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet. If you have a significant amount of plush carpeting in your home, it's recommended that you buy a powerhead separately or go for a pricier variant that comes bundled with one, like the C3 Cat & Dog or C3 Brilliant.

    Unfortunately, this vacuum does incur somewhat high recurring costs; you need to replace its pre-motor filter every four dirtbag replacements, while its HEPA filter is rated for 50 hours of operation. If you're looking for a similarly high-performing vacuum that incurs lower ownership costs, the SEBO Airbelt D4 is worth a look, as it uses bigger dirtbags and much longer-lasting filters. However, it's bulkier and heavier than the Miele, making it more of a hassle to maneuver in tight spots.

    See our review

  2. Best Corded Stick Vacuum

    The best corded stick vacuum we've tested is the Shark APEX UpLight. It may not offer the deep-cleaning performance of a high-end canister model like the Miele Complete C3, and it doesn't feel nearly as robust either. That said, it's also notably cheaper and easier to set up and deploy, with a comparatively lightweight, portable design. It has a twin brushroll floorhead, with one brushroll having angled plastic fibers meant to reduce the incidence of hair wraps and the other being a soft roller that you can remove for easier cleaning of stuck-on debris or hair tangles. Unfortunately, there's no floorhead height adjustment, so it can sometimes get stuck on thicker rugs. Regardless, it still delivers superb performance on bare floors and does a good job on carpet.

    This vacuum has a long power cord, letting you clean larger areas without swapping outlets. However, unlike a pricier canister, you'll need to wind its power cord manually. Its bagless design and washable HEPA filter keep recurring costs to a minimum, but like most vacuums that don't use self-sealing dirtbags, emptying its dustbin can release a cloud of dust and fine debris. Its hose is also somewhat short, making it challenging to clean hard-to-reach areas when using the vacuum in its semi-handheld configuration.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Corded Vacuum

    Searching for a corded vacuum at a slightly more affordable price point? The Miele Classic C1 is worth looking at. It's less sturdily built than the Miele Complete C3 and doesn't have an integrated storage compartment. It isn't as portable or easy to deploy as a comparably-priced corded stick model like the Shark APEX UpLight. However, it's still a highly versatile vacuum with strong performance and a fairly dense feature set. It easily clears debris on bare floors and carpets, even with a simple pure suction floorhead. It features six levels of suction power adjustment, enabling you to adapt to different surfaces with the twist of a dial. Unfortunately, unlike the C3, not all C1 variants come with an electrobrush socket, so you'll need to purchase a pricier model like the C1 Cat & Dog if you want to use a powerhead for cleaning plush carpeting.

    This vacuum is remarkably easy to maintain, though, like the C3, it incurs high recurring costs over time since you need to replace its filters and dirtbag periodically. Thankfully, its relatively compact size makes it easy to maneuver in tight spots. It doesn't make much noise, so you won't disturb people in nearby rooms while cleaning.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range Corded Vacuum

    The best lower mid-range corded vacuum we've tested is the Kenmore Intuition Bagged. This bagged upright isn't as well-built as the pricier Miele Classic C1, and its upright configuration isn't as maneuverable as the Miele's canister design. That said, it does offer a compelling set of features at a relatively affordable price. It uses HEPA-rated bags and has a dedicated HEPA filter, resulting in good air filtration performance. You can also release its dirtbag from the compartment with the press of a latch, so you don't need to worry about creating a plume of dust. Its 'Lift-Up' design lets you pick up and carry its canister body separately from the floorhead so you can clean hard-to-reach areas a little more easily.

    The Kenmore's deep-cleaning performance does fall a little short of the pricier Miele and pricier uprights like the Dyson Ball Animal 3, but it's still quite effective on a range of surfaces. Unfortunately, there's no floorhead height adjustment, so the vacuum can sometimes get stuck on shag-pile rugs. Thankfully, you can turn off the brushroll.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Corded Vacuum

    If you want a budget-friendly corded vacuum, consider the Eureka Mighty Mite. Compared to a pricier canister vacuum like the Miele Classic C1, it isn't nearly as well-built and lacks many of the same convenience features, like a telescopic wand, a tool storage clip, and a self-winding power cord. Despite those downsides, the Eureka is highly effective at cleaning pet hair and solid debris from bare floors, especially for a model at this price point. Unlike the Kenmore Intuition Bagged, with its powered floorhead, the Eureka comes bundled with only a basic straight-suction floorhead. Thankfully, it's still quite effective on low and medium-pile carpets with its bristles retracted. Meanwhile, its lightweight canister body makes it easier to maneuver, even in tight spots.

    If you'd rather not deal with the hassle of swapping out a dirtbag, you could also look at the Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister, which performs similarly to the Mighty Mite. Unfortunately, it has an even shorter range and only comes with a soft-bristle dusting brush, with no crevice tool for tackling messes in tight corners and no dedicated upholstery tool for easier cleaning of fabric-lined furniture.

    See our review

  6. Best Corded Upright Vacuum

    If you prefer the all-in-one design of an upright vacuum, the Dyson Ball Animal 3 is worth a look. This premium upright vacuum doesn't feel as well-built as the Miele Complete C3 and isn't as easy to maintain. However, it does have a few advantages. Its floorhead features three levels of surface adjustment, so you can quickly adapt to several surface types on the fly. It also has a set of built-in plastic vanes that are highly effective in trapping pet hair so that it doesn't jam the mechanism. Combined with the vacuum's powerful suction motor, it has no trouble clearing messes on a variety of surface types.

    This vacuum's power cord is quite long, so you won't have to swap outlets very often, but unlike the pricier Miele, you'll need to wind it up manually, which can be tedious. Build quality is also unimpressive for a vacuum at this price point, with a mainly plastic construction that also creaks and flexes while in use.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Shark APEX Upright: The Shark APEX Upright is a bagless upright model that delivers exceptional performance on bare floors and has a portable 'Lift-Away' configuration for cleaning tight spots. However, it doesn't do as well as the Dyson Ball Animal 3 when dealing with debris on carpeted surfaces. See our review
  • Shark Vertex UltraLight Corded: The Shark Vertex UltraLight Corded is a good alternative to the Shark APEX UpLight thanks to its more portable design. However, the APEX performs better on most surface types and has a bigger dustbin. See our review
  • NaceCare HVR 200 Henry: The NaceCare HVR 200 Henry is a bagged canister vacuum with a larger dirtbag capacity and a longer power cord than the Miele Complete C3. However, it doesn't perform as well on any surface type and isn't quite as maneuverable. See our review
  • Airsign HEPA Vacuum: The Airsign HEPA Vacuum is a mid-range bagged canister vacuum with a fashion-forward minimalist design. It delivers comparable debris pickup performance to the Miele Classic C1 and comes with a HEPA filter. However, it has a shorter range and inferior build quality. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 11, 2023: Ensured all main picks are still available and represent the best choice for user needs.

  2. Dec 16, 2022: Ensured all main picks still represent the best option for user needs and preferences.

  3. Nov 18, 2022: Recategorized Dyson Ball Animal 3 as 'Best Corded Upright Vacuum'.

  4. Oct 17, 2022: Significant article restructuring to better align with user needs. Removed less relevant Notable Mentions picks, and added Airsign HEPA Vacuum to Notable Mentions.

  5. Jun 13, 2022: Article restructuring to align with user needs and expectations. Recategorized Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine as 'Best Corded Vacuum' pick. Added Miele Classic C1 as 'Best Mid-Range Corded Vacuum' pick. Removed Shark Rocket Ultra-Light, SEBO Airbelt D4, Kenmore Intuition Bagged, and Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister from main recommendations. Removed Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away from Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are currently the best vacuums with a power cord to buy. We don't just base our results on overall performance, but also on factors like availability, price, and reader feedback.

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our corded vacuum reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While there's no single vacuum cleaner that's 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.