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The 5 Best Vacuum Cleaners - Summer 2022 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 vacuum 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 115 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 that we've tested is the Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine. This premium vacuum delivers exceptional performance on bare floors. While this variant of the C3 is quite basic and doesn't have a floorhead with a motorized brushroll or even an air-driven turbo brush, it's impressively effective in clearing debris on carpets. Still, you might want to consider a pricier model with a motorized brushroll, like the C3 HomeCare+ or C3 Cat & Dog, if you have very dense carpeting in your home. Its seven-level suction power adjustment feature allows you to adapt to different surface types on the fly. Its three-stage filtration system is also very effective in sealing in fine particles. The vacuum feels well-built and is very easy to maintain, as you can access the few parts that need regular cleaning quite quickly.

    While this is a very well-rounded vacuum, it does incur somewhat high ownership costs. If that's a problem for you, the SEBO Airbelt D4 is a great alternative. It uses larger dirtbags than the Alize PowerLine that don't need replacing as frequently and filters that should last for years at a time without needing replacing. That said, it's considerably bulkier and heavier.

    See our review

  2. Best Budget Vacuum

    If you're looking to save some money on a vacuum cleaner, the Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister is a good option. Despite its budget-friendly price, this canister vacuum performs superbly on bare floors, easily clearing pet hair as well as small and large material. While its floorhead doesn't have an electrobrush or even an air-driven turbo brush, it sucks up an impressive amount of debris on low and high-pile carpet, with minimal loss in suction performance as its dustbin fills up. Its compact, lightweight design allows you to carry it from room to room without much difficulty. Since it doesn't use a disposable dirtbag and has washable, reusable filters, recurring costs aren't a concern. However, it has a very short power cable, and you'll probably need to swap outlets when vacuuming larger areas.

    If you're looking for a budget-friendly vacuum with a longer range, the Eureka Mighty Mite is a great option that delivers similar overall performance. Its bagged design makes for easier, cleaner debris disposal but results in higher recurring costs. If you'd rather not worry about power cords, the Wyze Cordless Vacuum is an excellent option, though it's pricier.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Vacuum

    The Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV is the best vacuum cleaner at a mid-range price that we've tested. Like many other upright vacuums in Shark's lineup, it uses the brand's 'Lift-Away' design, which allows you to pick up and carry its canister body separately from the upright portion of the vacuum. It also makes it easier to clean hard-to-reach areas. While you can't turn off its brushrolls, there are dedicated surface settings for bare floors and carpets and two levels of suction power adjustment. It delivers superb performance on bare floors and does a very good job dealing with debris on low and high-pile carpet. However, you might need to make an extra pass to fully clean finer material on this surface type. Its bulky design can also make it a challenge to maneuver under tables and chairs.

    If you'd prefer a canister vacuum, the Miele Classic C1 is a good alternative. Unlike pricier models in Miele's lineup, it doesn't have an allergen-sealed construction, but it does deliver strong performance across a wide variety of surfaces. That said, it's pricier than the Shark and incurs higher recurring costs as a result of its bagged design.

    See our review

  4. Best Cordless Vacuum

    If you don't want to deal with the hassle of a power cord, the Dyson V15 Detect is the best vacuum cleaner with a cordless design that we've tested. This high-end stick vacuum has a surface detection system that allows it to change its suction power to suit the floor type that it's on. There's a built-in particle sensor that counts and measures the size of debris being sucked into the dustbin. Performance on bare floors is superb, and the vacuum does an excellent job of clearing away debris on low and high-pile carpets, though its strong suction force can cause it to drag around some lighter rugs. It comes with two separate brushrolls, one for carpets and the other using a fluffy brushroll for better debris pickup on hard surfaces. You can expect a maximum of roughly 75 minutes of runtime in its most energy-efficient configuration. While its runtime does drop to just under 10 minutes in its most powerful mode, this isn't unusual for a vacuum of this type.

    If you're looking for a more affordable cordless vacuum, the Samsung Jet 70 Pet is a very well-rounded option. While it has a considerably shorter battery life than the Dyson and lacks any automatic power adjustment capability or built-in dirt sensor, it still delivers strong performance on a wide variety of surfaces.

    See our review

  5. Best Handheld Vacuum

    If you need a vacuum for spot cleaning floors or dealing with debris in tight corners and don't need a full-size stick/handheld vacuum, a handheld vacuum is worth considering. The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is among the best that we've tested. It delivers superb performance on flat, even surfaces like shelves, countertops, or tile floors and does a fantastic job cleaning pet hair and solid debris on low and high-pile carpets. Its cordless design and lightweight plastic design allow you to carry it wherever you might need it, and it's small enough to fit in most cupboards or closets. Its plastic construction feels quite sturdy, and it's easy to maintain. However, its short battery life restricts its usage to shorter cleaning sessions. Its lack of a HEPA filter also contributes to its terrible air filtration performance.

    If you need a handheld vacuum with a longer runtime and much-improved air filtration performance, the Dyson Humdinger is worth considering. It can run for almost half an hour in its most energy-efficient configuration and offers whole-machine HEPA filtration, which is great if you suffer from allergies. It doesn't perform as well as the Shark on carpets and costs quite a bit.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H: The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H is a versatile cordless stick/handheld vacuum that delivers superb cleaning performance on bare floors but doesn't clear debris on carpet as effectively as the Dyson V15 Detect and has shorter maximum battery life. See our review
  • Dyson V11 Animal: The Dyson V11 Animal is a lightweight stick/handheld vacuum with a well-rounded performance. It's a little heavier than the Dyson V15 Detect and doesn't perform as well on any surface. See our review
  • Dyson Ball Animal 2: The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is a corded upright vacuum that delivers exceptional performance on a wide variety of surface types. Its strong suction force makes it very difficult to push around on carpet. See our review
  • Shark Vertex Pro: The Shark Vertex Pro is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum that feels better built than the Dyson V15 Detect, has a larger dustbin, and is more maneuverable. It doesn't perform well on carpeted floors and comes with fewer attachments. See our review
  • 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 Complete C3 Alize PowerLine, but it isn't as effective on carpeted floors. See our review
  • LG CordZero A9 A916BM: The LG CordZero A9 A916BM is a cordless stick vacuum with a second battery pack, unlike the Dyson V15 Detect. It's also easier to maintain and weighs less. It has a lower suction force and struggles more on low-pile carpet. See our review
  • Miele Triflex HX1: The Miele Triflex HX1 is a cordless stick/upright/handheld vacuum that represents a viable alternative to the Dyson V15 Detect if build quality is a priority for you. However, it has a shorter battery life and a smaller dustbin. See our review
  • Kenmore Intuition Bagged: The Kenmore Intuition Bagged is an upright vacuum with a bagged design that performs well across different surfaces, though it struggles more on carpet than the Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV. See our review
  • Samsung Bespoke Jet: The Samsung Bespoke Jet is a high-end cordless stick vacuum with a self-emptying base station, making it easier to clean than the Dyson V15 Detect. However, its twin-brushroll head makes it harder to maneuver in tight spaces. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jun 07, 2022: Article restructuring to better align with user needs and expectations. Recategorized Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine as 'Best Vacuum' pick. Recategorized Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV as 'Best Mid-Range Vacuum' pick. Removed iRobot Roomba S9, Roborock S7, SEBO Airbelt D4, Kenmore Intuition Bagged, and Samsung Jet 70 Pet from main recommendations. Added Samsung Bespoke Jet to Notable Mentions. Removed Shark Wandvac System WS620, Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute, and Dyson V8 Animal from Notable Mentions.

  2. May 05, 2022: Added Samsung Jet 70 Complete as new 'Cheaper Alternative' pick. Added Roborock S7 as new 'Alternative With A Mopping Feature' pick. Moved Wyze Cordless Vacuum and Dyson V8 Animal to Notable Mentions. Removed Dyson Micro 1.5kg from Notable Mentions due to current availability.

  3. Apr 07, 2022: Added SEBO Airbelt D4 as 'Alternative With Lower Recurring Costs' pick. Moved Miele Triflex HX1 to Notable Mentions. Added LG CordZero A9 A916BM to Notable Mentions.

  4. Mar 10, 2022: Verified that all main picks are still available and represent the best option for user needs and expectations. Added Roborock S6 MaxV to Notable Mentions.

  5. Feb 09, 2022: Verified that all main picks are still available and represent the best fit for user needs and expectations.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are the best vacuum cleaners 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.