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The 6 Best HEPA Vacuums - Winter 2022 Reviews

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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, but 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 100 vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations for the best vacuums with HEPA filters. These are based not only on their inclusion of a HEPA filter but also on 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.


  1. Best Corded HEPA Vacuum: Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine

    9.1
    Bare Floor
    8.4
    Low-Pile Carpet
    8.4
    High-Pile Carpet
    8.8
    Pets
    8.0
    Stairs
    7.8
    Cars
    Vacuum Type
    Canister
    Bagless
    No
    Cordless
    No
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    The best corded HEPA vacuum that we've tested is the Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine. This premium canister vacuum is equipped with a HEPA filter to help trap allergens as you clean and uses a dirtbag for superior air filtration performance, not to mention cleaner disposal of dust and debris. It's incredibly easy to maintain and has excellent build quality, with a dense plastic body and a telescopic wand made of stainless steel.

    This vacuum has a seven-level suction power adjustment feature, which is handy if you plan on vacuuming surfaces ranging from dense carpets to delicate curtains. It performs exceptionally well on bare floors, sucking up pet hair as well as debris like rice or cereal with very little difficulty. It also clears an impressive amount of debris on low and high-pile carpet, though you may need to make another pass to fully clear fine material like baking soda from this surface type.

    Unfortunately, its hose is a little short, making it hard to reach some high-placed shelves when using the vacuum in its semi-handheld configuration. It also incurs a few recurring costs in the form of its HEPA filter, pre-motor filter, and dirtbag, though they shouldn't need replacing too often. Otherwise, its fantastic build quality, strong performance on a wide variety of surface types, and easy-to-maintain design make it one of the best vacuums for carpets we've tested.

    See our review

  2. Bagless Upright Alternative: Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV

    Vacuum Type
    Upright/Handheld
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    No
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    If you're looking for a corded vacuum but prefer the ergonomics of an upright model and don't want to deal with a dirtbag, consider the Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV. It isn't as well-built as the Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine and doesn't perform as well on low-pile carpet, but its upright design might suit some users a little better. Its bagless design and washable pre-motor and allergen-trapping HEPA filters result in much lower recurring costs too. Also, it delivers similarly exceptional performance on bare floors and does a great job of sucking up debris on high-pile carpet. Its 'Lift-Away' function allows you to uncouple the main canister from its wand and carry it around, making it easier to clean shelves, furniture, or places like the inside of your car. However, its bulky dirt compartment can get in the way when cleaning under tables or chairs. Many parts also need regular cleaning.

    Get the Miele if build quality and ease-of-maintenance are priorities for you, but consider the Shark if you're in the market for an upright and want a vacuum that incurs much lower recurring costs.

    See our review

  3. Best Cordless HEPA Vacuum: Dyson V15 Detect

    8.6
    Bare Floor
    8.1
    Low-Pile Carpet
    8.3
    High-Pile Carpet
    9.1
    Pets
    9.0
    Stairs
    8.6
    Cars
    Vacuum Type
    Stick/Handheld
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    The best HEPA vacuum with a cordless design that we've tested is the Dyson V15 Detect. This stick/handheld vacuum features an allergen-trapping filter and a sensor that can count and measure the size of particles that it sucks up, which it then displays on an LED at the back of the vacuum. It also comes with a secondary vacuum head that uses a laser light to make it easier to see fine debris, along with a very wide selection of other tools, including a turbo brush, a crevice tool, and a dusting brush.

    This vacuum delivers superb cleaning performance on bare, even surfaces like hardwood or linoleum, where it easily cleans pet hair as well as small and bulky debris like rice or cereal. It also does a fantastic job on low and high-pile carpets, clearing fine debris like baking soda or larger material like sand without difficulty. Suction performance remains consistent as its dirt compartment fills up. Its bagless design and washable filter result in a near-total lack of recurring costs, too. Its battery performance is alright, with a runtime of roughly anywhere between 10 to 70 minutes, depending on your choice of suction power mode, attachments, and usage habits.

    Unfortunately, this vacuum doesn't feel especially sturdy in places, especially its dirt compartment, which could break if you drop it. Many parts need regular cleaning, too. Also, this vacuum's strong suction force can cause it to drag around lighter rugs. Otherwise, its versatile cleaning performance and maneuverable design make it one of the best multi-surface vacuum cleaners we've tested.

    See our review

  4. More Portable Alternative: Dyson Micro 1.5kg

    Vacuum Type
    Stick/Handheld
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    If you're looking for a cordless stick vacuum with a HEPA filter that's easier to pick up and carry, consider the Dyson Micro 1.5kg. Due to its lack of a bristled brushroll, it isn't meant to vacuum carpets, unlike the Dyson V15 Detect. However, it has an amazingly lightweight construction, making it easier to maneuver. It has a washable allergen-trapping HEPA filter, resulting in minimal recurring costs. Performance on bare floors is exceptional, as it easily cleans pet hair as well as small and bulky debris. It comes with a fairly wide assortment of accessories, including a turbo brush and two crevice tools, one of which has a built-in LED strip to help you see what you're cleaning in dark corners. Unfortunately, this vacuum's max battery life of roughly 30 minutes is considerably shorter. Its small dirt compartment also needs to be emptied frequently.

    Get the V15 if you want a vacuum that can clean carpets and has a longer battery life, but consider the Micro 1.5kg if portability and maneuverability are bigger concerns for you.

    See our review

  5. Best Robot HEPA Vacuum: iRobot Roomba S9

    7.8
    Bare Floor
    7.6
    Low-Pile Carpet
    7.3
    High-Pile Carpet
    8.8
    Pets
    5.8
    Stairs
    5.6
    Cars
    Vacuum Type
    Robot
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    Of the robot vacuums we've tested, the best HEPA vacuum is the iRobot Roomba S9. It's a premium vacuum that feels very well-built with high-quality materials and sturdy construction. It has a HEPA filter to reduce allergens, and its battery life is outstanding, supplying approximately 50 to 150 minutes of runtime on a full charge, depending on settings. It also has a fairly quick recharge time.

    It cleans pet hair easily from all surface types and does an excellent overall job on bare floors, although it can struggle with bulkier debris like cereal when its dirt compartment begins to fill up. It also does an impressive job on low-pile carpets and a good job on high-pile carpets, and it features a dirt sensor to detect concentrations of dirt, meaning that it can focus its power on those areas. The iRobot Home app lets you set virtual boundary markers and schedule cleaning for specific rooms.

    That said, like most robot vacuums, it has many parts that need regular maintenance and periodic replacement, leading to high recurring costs that can add up over time. Still, this vacuum's well-rounded performance, sophisticated automation features, and remarkable battery life make it a great choice.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget HEPA Vacuum: Wyze Cordless Vacuum

    7.6
    Bare Floor
    7.8
    Low-Pile Carpet
    8.4
    High-Pile Carpet
    8.9
    Pets
    8.8
    Stairs
    8.2
    Cars
    Vacuum Type
    Stick/Handheld
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    The best budget HEPA vacuum that we've tested is the Wyze Cordless Vacuum. This cordless stick vacuum has an allergen-trapping HEPA filter, which is rare for a vacuum at this price point. It delivers excellent overall performance on carpeted surfaces and does a fantastic job cleaning pet hair and small debris on bare floors, though very bulky debris can get caught at the entry to its dustbin.

    This vacuum's lightweight construction and pivoting head make it very easy to maneuver, even in cluttered areas. The lack of a dirtbag and its use of a washable filter also results in minimal recurring costs. There's also a touchscreen display at the back of the vacuum that you can use to switch its suction power mode or view an estimate of the remaining charge. Depending on your choice of attachments and settings, you can expect roughly anywhere between 10 minutes to an hour of continuous runtime on a single charge.

    Unfortunately, this vacuum doesn't have a miniature turbo brush in the box, though you can purchase this attachment from Wyze's website. Parts of its mainly plastic construction feel a little fragile, particularly its dustbin and the bottom of its floorhead, which can scratch quite easily. Otherwise, its relatively affordable price, onboard HEPA filter, and maneuverable design make it one of the best cordless stick vacuums that we've tested.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H: The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H is a cordless stick vacuum that delivers superb performance on bare floors and is highly maneuverable. It doesn't perform as well as the Dyson V15 Detect on low or high-pile carpet and comes with fewer accessories. See our review
  • iRobot Roomba 981: The iRobot Roomba 981 outperforms the iRobot Roomba S9 on bare floors and incurs lower recurring costs. It struggles considerably more on low and high-pile carpet, doesn't feel as well-built, and has fewer automation features. See our review
  • Neato D8: The Neato D8 is a fairly versatile robot vacuum with a HEPA filter. It doesn't perform as well as the iRobot Roomba S9 on low-pile carpet or feel as well-built. Also, it can get stuck on some obstructions more frequently. See our review
  • Shark APEX Upright Vacuum : The Shark APEX Upright Vacuum is a versatile upright vacuum that outperforms the Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV on low-pile carpet. That said, the Rotator has fewer maintenance requirements and more tools and brushes, not to mention superior cleaning performance on bare floors and high-pile carpet. See our review
  • Kenmore Intuition Bagged: The Kenmore Intuition Bagged is a bagged upright vacuum that's easier to maintain than the Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV and does a better job of clearing debris like baking soda from low-pile carpet. It's trickier to maneuver in tight spaces, incurs higher recurring costs, and doesn't feel as well-built. See our review
  • Dyson Humdinger: The Dyson Humdinger is a cordless handheld vacuum that's similarly designed to the Dyson Micro 1.5kg, but its handheld-only form factor makes it much less versatile overall. See our review
  • iRobot H1: The iRobot H1 is a cordless handheld vacuum that comes with a turbo brush and performs very well on carpeted floors, but it struggles more than the Dyson Micro 1.5kg on bare floors. See our review
  • Wyze Handheld Vacuum: The Wyze Handheld Vacuum is a compact budget-friendly handheld vacuum with a fairly wide array of tools and a HEPA filter. However, its handheld-only form factor and small dustbin make it far less versatile than the Wyze Cordless Vacuum. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Dec 09, 2021: Replaced Wyze Handheld Vacuum with Wyze Cordless Vacuum as 'Best Budget HEPA Vacuum' category pick. Replaced Wyze Cordless Vacuum with Wyze Handheld Vacuum in Notable Mentions section.

  2. Oct 12, 2021: Ensured that all main picks are still in stock and represent the best choice for their given category. Added Wyze Cordless Vacuum to Notable Mentions.

  3. Sep 21, 2021: Replaced 'Handheld Alternative' category pick with more versatile 'More Portable Alternative' category pick. Replaced HoLife HM036E with Wyze Handheld Vacuum as 'Best Budget HEPA Vacuum' due to current availability. Renamed 'Upright Alternative' to 'Bagless Upright Alternative' to maintain consistency with other recommendation articles. Added Dyson Humdinger and iRobot H1 to Notable Mentions.

  4. Aug 31, 2021: Verified accuracy and availability of picks.

  5. Aug 10, 2021: Ensured that all main picks are still in stock and represent the best choice for their given category.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best HEPA vacuums 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. 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.

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