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The 4 Best Multi-Surface Vacuums - Fall 2022 Reviews

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Best Multi-Surface Vacuums

The current vacuum cleaner landscape has yielded many models that can deal with clearing debris on linoleum floors and dense shag carpeting, not to mention almost everything in between. That said, cleaning performance isn't the only factor in being considered a good multi-surface vacuum. To cope with a variety of different surface types, having an adjustable floor and power setting is helpful, not to mention a reconfigurable design for cleaning large areas and tight spaces like the inside of a car.

We've tested over 125 vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations for the best vacuums for multiple surfaces to buy. These picks are selected not only based on their performance across a variety of surfaces but also their design and price. For more buying recommendations, look at our list of the best hardwood vacuums, the best vacuums for high-pile carpet, and the best vacuums for stairs.


  1. Best Multi-Surface Vacuum

    The best multi-surface vacuum we've tested is the SEBO Airbelt D4. This remarkably well-built canister vacuum delivers exceptional performance on bare floors and does a very good job dealing with debris on low and high-pile carpet, even with a basic straight-suction floorhead. If you plan on cleaning a lot of shag-pile carpeting, it's recommended that you spring for SEBO's ET-1 or wider ET-2 powerhead for an additional cost. The handle-mounted rocker switch gives you a precise level of control over the vacuum's suction output, enabling you to adapt to different surface types on-the-fly. Recurring costs are low, as it uses large-capacity dirtbags and filters that should last for years.

    While its four caster-mounted wheels make it somewhat maneuverable for a vacuum of this weight and size, you still might want to consider the Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine if you need something a little easier to use in more cluttered environments. However, the Miele has a shorter range and incurs higher ownership costs due to its smaller dirtbags and less durable filters. Conversely, if you want to go completely cordless, the Dyson V15 Detect is one of the most powerful cordless vacuums we've tested and delivers a correspondingly strong cleaning performance. However, it's prone to get stuck on thicker rugs and carpets.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Multi-Surface Vacuum

    The best vacuum for hardwood and carpet we've tested in the upper mid-range price category is the Samsung Jet 90 Complete. This cordless stick vacuum comes bundled with two floorheads, one with a soft roller for improved debris pickup on hard surfaces and the other with bristles to tackle messes on carpets. Unlike most other cordless stick vacuums, it's also compatible with the manufacturer's unique Spinning Sweeper attachment, which uses a pair of rotating mop pads to clean dried-on stains. It performs superbly on bare floors and does a good job on carpets. However, its multi-surface floorhead has no brushroll on/off switch or height adjustment to prevent it from getting stuck on thick carpeting. Combined with its substantially less powerful suction motor, its deep-cleaning performance falls short of high-end corded models like the SEBO Airbelt D4.

    Battery performance is strong for a cordless vacuum, as you can expect over an hour of runtime in its most energy-efficient mode. Still, if you aren't convinced by cordless vacuums and prioritize deep-cleaning performance, the Dyson Ball Animal 3 Extra is worth a look. This bagless upright is much heavier and more of a hassle to set up than the Samsung, but it delivers remarkable performance on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Multi-Surface Vacuum

    The best vacuum for hardwood and carpet we've tested in the mid-range price bracket is the Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away. This cordless upright features three levels of suction power and a dual-brushroll floorhead with two surface settings, one for bare floors and low-pile carpet and the other for high-pile carpet. However, unlike the SEBO Airbelt D4's ET-1 floorhead, these settings only adjust the brushroll's speed, not their height. You also can't stop their rotation, so you have to be careful when cleaning around loose obstructions like tasseled rugs, which can get tangled in the mechanism. Still, it delivers fantastic performance on bare floors and clears away an impressive amount of debris on low and high-pile carpeting.

    It can run for about 30 to 40 minutes when used as an upright in its default power setting, which is alright for a cordless vacuum, but nothing particularly noteworthy. If you don't want to worry about running out of charge, the Miele Classic C1 PowerLine Pure Suction is a great choice. It bares little in common with the Shark, being a bagged canister vacuum, but it offers strong performance and feels better built. Still, if you want a C1 with a turbo brush or a powerhead, you'll have to pay a premium.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Multi-Surface Vacuum

    If you're looking to save some money on a multi-surface vacuum, you should consider the Wyze Cordless Vacuum. This stick vacuum is less sturdily built than most of the pricier models on this list and lacks any floorhead height adjustment settings, meaning it can get stuck on rug tassels and shag-pile carpeting, but it still manages to clear away an impressive amount of debris across a wide range of surface types. Its lightweight construction makes it easy to take out of a closet and maneuver in cluttered spaces. Its onboard HEPA filter is rare for a vacuum at this price point and also helps trap fine allergens. It can run for about an hour in its most energy-efficient mode, but that drops quickly when using more powerful settings.

    If you want to spend even less on a versatile vacuum cleaner and don't mind going for a corded model, the Eureka Mighty Mite is a fantastic choice. It's a canister vacuum with a somewhat short range, so it isn't as easy to clean faraway spots, but it's better suited for longer cleaning sessions since you won't have to worry about running out of charge. While its pure suction floorhead doesn't have a brushroll to provide some level of surface agitation, it still delivers good overall performance on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpets.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Miele Triflex HX1: The Miele Triflex HX1 is a cordless vacuum that delivers very good performance across all surface types, but it doesn't perform as well as the Dyson V15 Detect on low-pile carpet, and its dirt compartment is smaller. See our review
  • Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H: The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H is a good alternative to the Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away if you prefer using a more maneuverable stick vacuum. However, it doesn't perform as well on high-pile carpeting. See our review
  • Airsign HEPA Vacuum: The Airsign HEPA Vacuum is a bagged canister vacuum that represents a great alternative to the Miele Classic C1 PowerLine Pure Suction if you're looking for something slightly more affordable. However, it has a shorter range and isn't currently available with either a turbo brush or a powered floorhead. See our review
  • Shark APEX UpLight: The Shark APEX UpLight is a corded stick vacuum that does a good job of picking up debris on a wide range of surface types and represents a good alternative to the Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away for long cleaning sessions. However, it's more demanding in terms of maintenance and feels less sturdy. See our review
  • Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV: The Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV is a bagless upright with a slightly more portable alternative configuration than the Dyson Ball Animal 3 Extra, but its deep-cleaning performance is inferior. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Sep 22, 2022: Removed irrelevant product category picks. Added Samsung Jet 90 Complete as the new 'Best Upper Mid-Range Multi-Surface Vacuum' pick and added Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away as the new 'Best Mid-Range Multi-Surface Vacuum' pick. Added Wyze Cordless Vacuum as 'Best Budget Multi-Surface Vacuum'. Removed less relevant Notable Mentions and added Shark APEX UpLight and Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV to Notable Mentions.

  2. Jun 23, 2022: Recategorized SEBO Airbelt D4 as 'Best Multi-Surface Canister Vacuum' pick. Removed Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine and Samsung Jet 70 Pet from main recommendations. Replaced iRobot Roomba S9 with Roborock S7 as 'Best Multi-Surface Robot Vacuum'. Added Airsign HEPA Vacuum to Notable Mentions. Removed Dyson Ball Animal 2, Shark APEX UpLight, and Wyze Cordless Vacuum from Notable Mentions.

  3. Apr 21, 2022: Replaced Wyze Cordless Vacuum with Samsung Jet 70 Pet as 'Cheaper Alternative' pick. Added SEBO Airbelt D4 to recommendations as new 'Alternative With Lower Recurring Costs' pick. Added Wyze Cordless Vacuum and Samsung Jet 90 Complete to Notable Mentions.

  4. Feb 14, 2022: Substantial article restructuring to better align with user needs and expectations. Recategorized Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine as 'Best Multi-Surface Canister Vacuum'. Added Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV as 'Best Multi-Surface Upright Vacuum'. Recategorized Wyze Cordless Vacuum as 'Budget-Friendly Alternative' pick. Recategorized Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ as 'Best Handheld Multi-Surface Vacuum' pick. Moved Shark APEX UpLight to Notable Mentions.

  5. Dec 16, 2021: Moved Wyze Cordless Vacuum from Notable Mentions to new 'Cordless Alternative' pick.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are currently the best vacuums for multiple surfaces. We don't just base our results on overall performance but also factors like availability, price, and reader feedback.

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of our vacuum reviews, with considerations made for high performances across different surface types. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While there's no single best vacuum for multiple surfaces, 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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