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The 6 Best Vacuum Cleaners With Good Suction - Summer 2022 Reviews

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Best Vacuum Cleaners With Good Suction

Good suction performance is arguably one of the most important aspects of a vacuum and is important for finding the best suction vacuum. If you want to effectively pick up debris like sand from shaggy carpet or rice from tile flooring, it can be beneficial to know a vacuum's suction power, airflow, and wattage. However, aside from its wattage, these numbers aren't always advertised by the manufacturer. To approximate a vacuum's suction power, we consider vacuums with a good overall performance or better across all surface types. Vacuum cleaners with better and more consistent performances tend to have good suction as they can pick up a variety of debris without too much of a problem.

We've tested over 115 vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations for the best suction vacuum cleaners to buy. These picks were selected not only based on their performance on different types of surfaces but also their feature set, battery life, and price. For more recommendations, take a look at our list of the best multi-surface vacuum cleaners, the best Shark vacuums, the best bagged vacuums, and the best vacuums for carpet.


  1. Best Vacuum Cleaner With Good Suction

    The best suction vacuum we've tested is the Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine. This premium vacuum has good suction performance through its floorhead in its 'Max' suction mode, which helps deal with stubborn messes or debris stuck in cracks. It also delivers fantastic performance on bare floors and does a great job dealing with debris on low and high-pile carpets. Its seven-level power adjustment function lets you tailor its suction force for everything from window curtains to high-pile carpet with a few button presses. While this variant of the vacuum can be hard to find, the Complete C3 HomeCare model comes with many of the same attachments and accessories. Unfortunately, this vacuum's hose is somewhat short, making it hard to clear debris from some hard-to-reach areas.

    If you're looking for a canister vacuum with strong suction power that incurs lower recurring costs, you could also look at the SEBO Airbelt D4. It uses larger dirtbags and filters that are expected to last for years without having to be replaced. It also has a longer power cord that gives it an operating range of roughly 50 feet, so you can easily clean larger areas without swapping outlets. However, it is bulkier and heavier than the C3 Alize PowerLine, making it harder to maneuver.

    See our review

  2. Best Upright Vacuum Cleaner With Good Suction

    The Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away is the best vacuum cleaner with good suction with an upright design that we've tested. This cordless upright exerts a strong suction force at its floorhead, allowing it to easily suck up bulky debris on bare floors or clear away material wedged in cracks and crevices. While you can't adjust its brushroll height to accommodate for very shaggy carpeting, it still performs amazingly well on low and high-pile rugs. Like most of Shark's other upright vacuums, it uses the brand's 'Lift-Away' design, which allows you to pick up and carry its canister body with one hand while cleaning hard-to-reach areas with its wand and hose. Using it in its most powerful suction mode can drain its battery in as little as 10 minutes, so you need to work quickly when vacuuming stubborn debris, though running it in its 'ECO' mode does extend its runtime drastically.

    If you'd prefer not to worry about battery life, you could also consider the Shark APEX Upright Vacuum, a corded upright that exerts a fairly strong suction force at its floorhead. It doesn't perform as well as the Vertex on high-pile carpet and is notably harder to maneuver in tight spaces due to its bulkier design.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Vacuum Cleaner With Good Suction

    The best vacuum with good suction we've tested in the budget category is the Wyze Cordless Vacuum. This basic cordless stick vacuum delivers good suction performance in its most powerful 'TURBO' mode. It does a good job sucking up debris in cracks with its floorhead, though you might want to use its crevice tool to clean them thoroughly. It also delivers impressive overall performance on low and high-pile carpets and is quite effective on bare floors, though bulkier debris can get stuck at the entry to its dustbin. It can run for almost an hour in its most energy-efficient 'ECO' mode, though its runtime drops to a little over 10 minutes when using it in its high-power 'TURBO' mode, forcing you to work quickly when dealing with stubborn messes. Unusually for a vacuum at this price point, it has a HEPA filter and is reasonably effective in sealing in fine particles.

    If you want a budget-friendly full-size vacuum with good suction force and don't want to worry about battery life, the Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister is worth a look. This compact corded canister vacuum is lightweight, portable, and performs well across a variety of surface types, though its short power cord forces you to swap outlets when cleaning larger areas.

    See our review

  4. Best Shop Vacuum Cleaner With Good Suction

    The best shop vacuum cleaner with good suction we've tested is the RYOBI 18V One+ 3 Gal. Project Wet/Dry. This cordless handheld shop vacuum exerts a very strong suction force through its hose, allowing you to easily clean dirt and debris from deep cracks and crevices. Its powerful motor also results in fantastic overall debris removal performance on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpets and rugs. It has a very simple design, making it remarkably easy to maintain. While its dirt compartment is small for a shop vacuum, it's still considerably larger than most household vacuums, and it shouldn't need emptying too frequently. Unfortunately, the 4.0 Ah battery pack included in the box only yields roughly 15 minutes of runtime. Thankfully, it's fully compatible with other RYOBI One+ battery packs, and you can easily swap in a fresh unit or replace it with a battery that has a larger capacity.

    If you're looking for a cordless vacuum that's a little more well-suited to cleaning larger areas, you could consider the Milwaukee M18 FUEL 3-in-1 Backpack Vacuum Kit. Its longer battery life, backpack form factor, and included wand and floorhead make it a much better option for dealing with messes in bigger spaces. Unfortunately, you can't use it to deal with liquid spills.

    See our review

  5. Best Stick Vacuum Cleaner With Good Suction

    The best stick/handheld vacuum with good suction that we've tested is the Dyson V15 Detect. This cordless vacuum does a great job of dealing with debris in cracks and crevices. It also offers outstanding performance on a wide variety of surface types. Using it in its 'Auto' mode lets it adjust its suction power to different surfaces automatically. However, you can still rotate the gate on its primary vacuum head if you're having trouble pushing it around on different surfaces. However, no matter what configuration you use it in, its strong suction force can still cause it to drag around some lighter rugs. An onboard particle sensor counts and measures the size of debris being sucked into the vacuum, handy for keeping track of allergens in your home. Unfortunately, while it can run for roughly 70 minutes in its most energy-efficient configuration, its high-power 'Boost' mode can drain its battery in roughly 10 minutes, so you need to work fast when dealing with stubborn messes.

    If you're looking for a stick vacuum that costs noticeably less and still exerts a fairly strong suction force, the Samsung Jet 70 Pet is worth considering. It doesn't have the Dyson vacuum's automatic power adjustment capability or onboard dirt sensor, but it still performs very well across a wide range of surfaces. Unfortunately, its battery life in its strongest suction mode is even shorter than that of the Dyson.

    See our review

  6. Best Handheld Vacuum Cleaner With Good Suction

    The best handheld vacuum cleaner with good suction we've tested is the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+. This compact vacuum delivers impressive suction performance, which is helpful when cleaning debris in cracks and dealing with stubborn debris. It also delivers remarkable performance on bare floors and does an excellent job cleaning fine and large debris from carpets. It's also easy to maintain and incurs low recurring costs since the only part that needs regular replacing is its dust cup filter. It comes with a turbo brush for easier cleaning of upholstered surfaces, though this attachment struggles to pick up short strands of pet hair. It also lacks a HEPA filter and does a terrible job of sealing in fine particles. Its very short battery life of roughly 10 minutes also forces you to work fast when vacuuming bigger messes.

    You might want to consider the Dyson Humdinger if you're looking for a handheld vacuum with HEPA filtration and a longer maximum battery life of nearly 30 minutes. That said, it's significantly more expensive than the Shark and doesn't perform quite as well on any surface type. The Wyze Handheld Vacuum is a comparably-priced alternative to the Shark that also offers HEPA filtration and lasts longer on a single charge. However, its narrow suction inlet causes it to struggle with bulky debris.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV: The Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV is a great alternative to the Shark APEX Upright vacuum as it weighs less, delivers better performance on high-pile carpet, and exerts a similar suction force. However, its crack-cleaning performance isn't as impressive, and it has a smaller dustbin. See our review
  • Dyson Outsize Absolute+: The Dyson Outsize Absolute+ is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum with a larger dustbin than the Dyson V15 Detect. While it delivers similar suction performance, it isn't as effective in clearing debris on most surface types. See our review
  • Samsung Jet 90 Complete: The Samsung Jet 90 Complete offers similar suction force to the Dyson V15 Detect, but it doesn't perform as well on carpeted floors. See our review
  • Shark ION W1 WANDVAC: The Shark ION W1 WANDVAC is a good alternative to the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ if you want a handheld vacuum with an allergen-trapping HEPA filter. However, it struggles with bulky debris and doesn't come with a miniature turbo brush. See our review
  • Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L: The Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L is a cordless handheld vacuum that exerts a strong suction force, but its performance on carpeted floors is inferior to the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 30, 2022: Article restructuring to better align with user needs and expectations. Recategorized Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine as 'Best Vacuum Cleaner With Good Suction' pick. Replaced Shark APEX Upright Vacuum with Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away as 'Best Upright Vacuum Cleaner With Good Suction' pick. Recategorized RYOBI 18V One+ 3 Gal. Project Wet/Dry as 'Best Shop Vacuum Cleaner With Good Suction' pick.

  2. Mar 31, 2022: Substantial article rework to reflect the changes made to the vacuum test bench. Replaced Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright with Shark APEX Upright as 'Best Upright Vacuum Cleaner With Good Suction' pick. Replaced Dyson V15 Detect with RYOBI 18V One+ 3 Gal. Project Wet/Dry as 'Best Cordless Vacuum Cleaner With Good Suction' pick. Recategorized Dyson V15 Detect as 'Best Stick Vacuum Cleaner With Good Suction'. Removed Miele Triflex HX1 from recommendations due to poor suction performance. Replaced Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister with Wyze Cordless Vacuum as 'Best Budget Vacuum Cleaner With Good Suction' pick. Removed iRobot Roomba S9, Eureka Mighty Mite, Miele Classic C1, Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H, Dyson Ball Animal 2, and Wyze Cordless Vacuum from Notable Mentions. Added Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV, Dyson Outsize Absolute+, Samsung Jet 90 Complete, Shark ION W1 WANDVAC, and Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L to Notable Mentions.

  3. Jan 25, 2022: Recatgorized Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine as 'Best Canister Vacuum Cleaner With Good Suction'. Recategorized Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright as 'Best Upright Vacuum Cleaner With Good Suction'.

  4. Nov 26, 2021: Re-categorized Dyson V15 Detect from 'More Maneuverable Alternative' pick to new 'Best Cordless Vacuum With Good Suction' pick. Moved Miele Triflex HX1 from 'Notable Mentions' to new 'Better-Built Alternative' category pick. Moved Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ63H from 'Cordless Alternative' category pick to Notable Mentions. Re-categorized Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ from 'Handheld Alternative' pick to new 'Best Handheld Vacuum Cleaner With Good Suction' pick. Added Wyze Cordless Vacuum to Notable Mentions.

  5. Sep 28, 2021: Added Dyson V15 Detect as 'More Maneuverable Alternative'. Removed Dyson V15 Detect from Notable Mentions. Removed Miele Dynamic U1 PowerLine from Notable Mentions due to current availability.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are currently the best vacuums with good suction. 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 ranked by their suction performance. 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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