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The 5 Best HEPA Vacuums - Spring 2024 Reviews

Best HEPA Vacuums

If you suffer from allergies, having a vacuum that doesn't disperse allergens in the air is hugely important. Using a bagged vacuum can help reduce the spread of fine debris. However, the inclusion of a HEPA filter is also crucial since they're rated to capture 99.97% of particles equal in size to 0.3 microns, which covers a wide range of particles that can cause allergies, like dust, dirt, or pollen. Bagless vacuums equipped with a HEPA filter can also do a good job in this respect, but be aware that not all appliances of this type are completely sealed systems.

We've tested more than 130 vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations for the best vacuums with HEPA filters. These are based on their inclusion of a HEPA filter and their design and price. For more picks, look at our lists of the best vacuums for allergies, the best cordless vacuums for pet hair, and the best robot vacuums for pet hair.

If you're looking for an air purifier to match your HEPA-rated vacuum, know that we now test them. To see what we recommend, check out our picks for the best air purifiers.

  1. Best HEPA Vacuum

    The best HEPA vacuum we've tested is the Miele Complete C3 Brilliant PowerLine. The Brilliant variant sits at the top of the C3 lineup, so it'll be no surprise that it's loaded with features. It comes bundled with Miele's highest-end SF-HA 50 HEPA-rated exhaust filter, advertised to trap 99.95% of common allergens like dust or pet dander. Its dirtbags even have spring-loaded covers that fall into place when you remove the bag, preventing dust or debris from escaping as you pull them out. It also has an allergen-sealed body, so it's a great option if you're sensitive to dust or pet dander.

    This variant of the C3 comes with a trio of floorheads: a straight-suction parquet head for cleaning hard floors, a universal pure suction floorhead with retractable bristles for cleaning low-pile carpet, and a height-adjustable SEB 236 powerhead for cleaning various lengths of carpeting. Unlike cheaper C3 models, the Brilliant also features additional sound insulation for its motor, handle-mounted power controls, and an automatic power adjustment mode, which allows the vacuum to automatically adjust to differences in surface type.

    That said, recurring costs are a little on the high side; it uses 2.5L dirtbags, which aren't the largest you'll find in a bagged vacuum but tend to be fairly common. If you're looking for a vacuum with similar air filtration performance that incurs lower ownership costs, the SEBO Airbelt D4 is a great option that uses much higher capacity dirtbags and filters with a longer lifespan. It's heavier and bulkier than the Miele and has a stiffer hose, making it a bit of a hassle to use in tight spaces.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range HEPA Vacuum

    If you're shopping for a HEPA vacuum at a slightly lower price point, the Miele Classic C1 HomeCare PowerLine is a good option. Build quality falls short of the Miele Complete C3, and it lacks some of the Brilliant variant's specific features, with no surface detection system and no handle-mounted power adjustment controls. However, it offers similar filtration performance at a slightly cheaper price. The Home Care variant comes bundled with a HEPA-rated exhaust filter. It uses the same 2.5L self-sealing dirtbags as the C3, which have a flap that closes when you open the vacuum's dirtbag compartment. Note that this Home Care model isn't available online and can only be purchased from specialized vacuum retailers.

    The HomeCare variant is the flagship C1 model and comes with a wide assortment of tools, like Miele's SEB 228 powerbrush, which has five levels of height adjustment for cleaning thick carpeting, as well as the SBD 365-3 floorhead with retractable bristles for cleaning both hard floors and low-pile rugs. It has the same powerful 1200W motor as the Complete C3 and debris pickup performance is similarly strong across various surfaces. Unfortunately, its power cord is shorter than its pricier stablemate, so you'll need to swap outlets when cleaning faraway areas.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range HEPA Vacuum

    The best mid-range HEPA vacuum we've tested is the Airsign HEPA Vacuum. While it feels less well-built than a high-end model like the Miele Complete C3, it does deliver good air filtration performance at a more affordable price point. As the name implies, this bagged canister vacuum comes with an onboard HEPA-14 filter, which the manufacturer advertises to trap 99.995% of airborne allergens. Performance on bare floors is superb, and its powerful 1200W motor allows it to clear away most debris on low-pile carpet with a fairly rudimentary pure suction floorhead. Still, unlike the flagship Home Care variant of the Miele Classic C1, it isn't compatible with a powered floorhead, so look elsewhere if you frequently clean thick carpeting and rugs.

    The Airsign comes bundled with a set of eco-friendly biodegradable paper bags, but if you want to further improve its filtration performance, you could spring for aftermarket cloth bags; the Airsign uses a pretty common 2.5L sizing. Unfortunately, it also has a short power cord, so you'll probably need to swap outlets when cleaning larger rooms. It's also worth noting that this vacuum is from a smaller manufacturer, so the supply of replacement parts like bags or filters might not be as consistent as it would be with more well-established companies.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget HEPA Vacuum

    If you don't mind using something less maneuverable and compact than the Airsign HEPA Vacuum, the Kenmore Intuition Bagged is a great option. Despite its affordable price point, it's a fantastic option for those with allergies, with an onboard HEPA filter and dirtbags made of HEPA-rated media. Better yet, you can remove its dirtbag from its housing with the press of a single latch, so you won't get your hands dirty when taking it out. Its 'Lift-Up' design lets you pick up and carry its canister body separately from its upright portion, making it easier to clean tight spots. It's still more awkward to use in this configuration than a standard canister vacuum.

    This vacuum does a fantastic job of cleaning pet hair and small and bulky debris on surfaces like hardwood or linoleum. It performs impressively well on low and high-pile carpet too. Unfortunately, you can't change the height of its floorhead, so it can easily get bogged down on surfaces like shag carpeting, though thankfully, you can stop its brushroll's rotation to free it more easily if it does get stuck.

    See our review

  5. Best Cordless HEPA Vacuum

    The best cordless HEPA vacuum we've tested is the Samsung Bespoke Jet. Like most cordless stick vacuums, it's a bagless vacuum, which are traditionally at a disadvantage compared to a bagged model like the Miele Complete C3 when it comes to allergen-sealing; not only are they lacking a layer of filtration (in the form of a bag), most bagless vacuums require you to empty their dustbins manually, which can release a cloud of dust all over the area you just cleaned. However, this high-end stick vacuum comes with a stand-up self-emptying station/charging dock. With the vacuum docked, debris is sucked from its dustbin into an anti-bacterial dirtbag inside the station at the press of a button, making for a far more hygienic means of debris disposal. The vacuum also features a five-stage filtration system that's effective at sealing fine particles.

    Performance is great on a variety of surfaces, from bare floors to low and high-pile carpet. However, it isn't the best choice for cleaning thick shag carpeting since there's no floorhead height adjustment. It comes with two batteries, which is great for longer cleaning sessions, especially considering you can charge both simultaneously. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative, the Samsung Jet 75 delivers similar overall performance. It's also compatible with a slightly different version of Samsung's self-emptying base station, which unfortunately doesn't also charge the vacuum like the Bespoke Jet's dock does.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Miele Classic C1 Pure Suction PowerLine: The Miele Classic C1 Pure Suction PowerLine is the entry-level model in the C1 range. It delivers superb suction performance, using the same 1200W motor as pricier models in the C1 range. Still, unlike the Airsign HEPA Vacuum, no HEPA filter is included in the box. Unlike the higher-end Home Care variant of the C1, it doesn't have an electrosocket that would allow it to accept powered floorheads. See our review
  • Dyson V15 Detect: The Dyson V15 Detect is a cordless stick vacuum that delivers strong performance, has more attachments than the Samsung Bespoke Jet, and features a built-in particle sensor. However, it lacks the Samsung vacuum's self-emptying capability. See our review
  • Dyson Gen5detect/Gen5detect Absolute: The Dyson Gen5detect/Gen5detect Absolute is the successor to the Dyson V15 Detect and features a HEPA-rated filtration system and its predecessor's built-in particle sensor. However, it's far more expensive than the V15 and shares a common downside: it lacks the Samsung Bespoke Jet's self-emptying capability. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 30, 2024: Minor in-text adjustments to further clarify product details.

  2. Dec 01, 2023: Replaced Wyze Cordless Vacuum with Kenmore Intuition Bagged as 'Best Budget HEPA Vacuum' and replaced Samsung Jet 75 Complete with Samsung Bespoke Jet as 'Best Cordless HEPA Vacuum' pick due to current product pricing and availability, respectively.

  3. Oct 02, 2023: Replaced JASHEN V16 with Wyze Cordless Vacuum as 'Best Budget HEPA Vacuum' pick. Added Dyson Gen5detect/Gen5detect Absolute to Notable Mentions.

  4. Aug 03, 2023: Replaced SEBO Airbelt D4 Premium with Miele Complete C3 Brilliant PowerLine as 'Best HEPA Vacuum'.

  5. Jun 05, 2023: Replaced Samsung Bespoke Jet with Samsung Jet 75 Complete (VS20T7551P5) as 'Best Cordless HEPA Vacuum'. Replaced Wyze Cordless Vacuum with JASHEN V16 as 'Best Budget HEPA Vacuum'.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best vacuums with HEPA filters for most people. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here's the list of all our reviews of vacuums equipped with an allergen-trapping HEPA filter and a video of their air quality performance test. 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.