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The 6 Best Vacuum Cleaners - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best Vacuums

Depending on what kind of floors you have and the debris you encounter, having the right vacuum for the job is crucial to keeping your space clean. The best option for your needs might vary depending on your specific needs. If you have staircases or bare floors, you may want to consider canister vacuums for their portability and range. If you live in a carpeted home, an upright vacuum can help pick up debris and hair on high-pile textiles. Lightweight stick/handheld vacuums are also a good choice if you need your vacuum to be highly maneuverable.

We've tested over 130 vacuums, and below are our recommendations for the best vacuum cleaners you can buy. If you're looking for more vacuums, check out our recommendations for the best lightweight vacuums, the best cordless vacuums, and the best bagless vacuums.

  1. Best Vacuum

    The best vacuum cleaner we've tested is the Dyson V15 Detect. This high-end stick vacuum is remarkably potent, delivering similar debris pickup performance to many corded models. However, it has the advantage of being remarkably easy to deploy and maneuver. It's capable of automatically modulating its suction power depending on the surface that it's on and features a dirt sensor to count and measure the size of particles being sucked into the vacuum. However, it feels somewhat fragile, which is disappointing for a vacuum at this price point, and it has a relatively basic floorhead with no height adjustment or brushroll off switch, meaning it can get stuck on thicker carpeting pretty often.

    Consider the Samsung Bespoke Jet if you're looking for something sturdier. It has a uniquely-designed standup charging rack that doubles as a self-emptying base station for its dustbin, making it easier and more hygienic to dispose of debris. However, its bulkier floorhead makes it more of a hassle to maneuver than the Dyson, and it isn't capable of automatically adjusting its suction power.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Vacuum

    The Samsung Jet 75 is a great option if you want a mid-priced vacuum that can handle a variety of messes. While it doesn't have the Dyson V15 Detect's automatic power adjustment capability or piezo dirt sensor, it does offer similarly strong debris pickup performance on both bare floors and carpeting at a considerably more affordable price. It's mostly due to its powerful 200AW suction motor, which is remarkably potent for a vacuum at this price point. Unlike the Dyson, it's also fully compatible with a self-emptying base station, which sucks debris from the vacuum's dustbin into a disposable dirtbag with the press of a button. That said, this accessory is rather expensive, and buying it with the vacuum does push it into a higher price bracket.

    Most variants of the Jet 75 come with two batteries, doubling its overall runtime and making it a great option for longer cleaning sessions as long as you keep both packs charged. If you're hung up on the Samsung vacuum's lack of an automatic power adjustment feature but aren't willing to spend that much more, the Tineco PURE ONE S11 is worth a look. That said, it has a less powerful suction motor and doesn't last as long on a charge.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Vacuum

    If you're looking to save some money on a vacuum cleaner, the Wyze Cordless Vacuum is a good option. Build quality isn't especially robust compared to the pricier Samsung Jet 75, and it struggles more with bulky debris, which can clog its narrow suction inlet. However, even when pitted against more expensive alternatives, it does a fantastic job handling pet hair and lightweight debris on most surfaces. It also has a remarkably lightweight cordless design, making it easy to clean almost any part of your home. It boasts a rare-for-its-price HEPA filter, so it's reasonably effective in trapping allergens like pet dander.

    However, you can't tweak its brushroll height or keep it from spinning, so it can get caught on thicker rugs. If its poor performance in regards to clearing away bulky debris is a serious problem, you could also consider the Tineco PURE ONE X, though it doesn't do as well when drawing away debris embedded deep within carpet fibers.

    See our review

  4. Best Corded Vacuum

    If you aren't convinced by cordless vacuums and value all-out performance, it's hard to go wrong with the Miele Complete C3. This bagged canister vacuum isn't as easy to deploy as a comparably-priced cordless model like the Dyson V15 Detect. However, it delivers even better performance across a range of surfaces and feels much better built. It's also packed with an array of convenience features, like a seven-level power adjustment function, a self-winding power cord, and an onboard storage compartment for its trio of included attachments. It uses self-sealing dirtbags and an allergen-sealed construction, making it a great choice if you suffer from allergies.

    Unfortunately, it uses somewhat small dirtbags, resulting in somewhat high recurring costs, and has a power cord on the shorter end of the scale. You could also consider the SEBO Airbelt D4 if those are concerns, as it uses bigger dirtbags and longer-lasting filters. However, its bulkier design makes it less maneuverable than the Miele.

    See our review

  5. Best Mid-Range Corded Vacuum

    Check out the Miele Classic C1 if you're looking for a mid-range corded vacuum. It's cheaper than the Miele Complete C3 and delivers similar overall debris-pickup performance, as it uses the same powerful 1200 W suction motor. However, its plastic body isn't as sturdily built and lacks the latter's onboard tool storage compartment, though there is a tool clip that you can mount at the base of its hose. Still, it's highly maneuverable, thanks to its relatively compact size. User maintenance is also remarkably simple and hygienic, with easily-accessible self-sealing dirtbags.

    However, the entry-level Pure Suction variant of the C1 only comes with a straight-suction floorhead and is best suited for bare floors and low-pile carpets. As such, you'll want to upgrade to a pricier variant with an electrosocket and a powerhead, like the C1 Cat & Dog, if you have dense carpeting in your home. If you prefer using a stick vacuum, the Shark APEX UpLight is another good corded option that takes up less room while not in use and weighs less, though it's more demanding in terms of maintenance and doesn't feel nearly as sturdy.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget Corded Vacuum

    The Eureka Mighty Mite is a fantastic choice if you're looking for something corded and budget-friendly. Compared to a mid-range model like the Miele Classic C1, it doesn't feel nearly as well-built and lacks convenience features like a self-winding power cable or a tool clip. However, it delivers superb performance on bare floors and sucks up an impressive amount of debris on carpet, even with a simple straight-suction floorhead. Still, if you plan on cleaning a lot of dense carpeting on a budget, go for an upright with a height-adjustable powerhead for improved surface agitation, like the BISSELL PowerForce Helix. That said, the BISSELL takes up a lot more room, isn't nearly as easy to maneuver, especially in cramped environments, and feels even less sturdy.

    On the plus side, the Eureka is also very compact and easy to maintain. However, it has a pretty short power cable, so you'll probably have to swap outlets when cleaning bigger areas.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • NaceCare HVR 200 Henry: The NaceCare HVR 200 Henry is a bagged canister vacuum that feels very well-built and has a longer range than the Miele Classic C1, but it isn't as effective on carpeted floors. See our review
  • Samsung Jet 90 Complete: The Samsung Jet 90 Complete is a cordless stick/upright/handheld vacuum that represents a viable alternative to the Dyson V15 Detect if you want something marginally cheaper. However, it lacks the Dyson vacuum's automatic power adjustment feature, and the significantly cheaper Samsung Jet 75 has the same 200AW motor. See our review
  • Airsign HEPA Vacuum: The Airsign HEPA Vacuum is a great alternative to the Miele Classic C1. You can buy it with a subscription package that ships a four-pack of biodegradable dustbags and a new filter to your door every six months. However, it feels less well-built than the Miele and has a shorter power cord. See our review
  • Samsung Jet 70: The Samsung Jet 70 is very similar to the Samsung Jet 75, albeit with a less powerful 150AW motor and a shorter battery life. Still, it's worth a look if you don't want to spend quite as much. See our review
  • Shark Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away: The Shark Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away is a cordless upright with a larger dirt compartment than the Samsung Jet 75. However, it isn't as maneuverable and has a shorter runtime. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Feb 01, 2023: Ensured all main picks are still available and represent the best choice for user needs.

  2. Jan 06, 2023: Replaced Shark Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away with Samsung Jet 75 as 'Best Mid-Range Vacuum' pick. Added Shark Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away to Notable Mentions.

  3. Dec 07, 2022: Replaced Samsung Jet 90 Complete with Miele Triflex HX1 as 'Best Upper Mid-Range Vacuum' due to current pricing. Added Samsung Jet 90 Complete to Notable Mentions.

  4. Nov 07, 2022: Extensive article restructuring to better align with user needs and expectations. Removed irrelevant Notable Mentions picks.

  5. Sep 30, 2022: Major article restructuring to better align with user expectations. Added the Airsign HEPA Vacuum and Samsung Jet 70 Pet to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are some of the most well-rounded 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 is the list of all our vacuum reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While there's no single best vacuum for every conceivable use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.