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The 5 Best Vacuum Cleaners - Fall 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 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 125 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 a lot of corded models. However, it has the advantage of being remarkably easy to deploy, with a relatively lightweight construction that makes it easy to 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.

    If you aren't convinced by cordless vacuums and value all-out performance, it's hard to go wrong with the Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine. This bagged canister vacuum might not be as easy to deploy as the Dyson, but it delivers even better performance across a range of surfaces and feels much better built. Unfortunately, it uses somewhat small dirtbags and has a power cord on the shorter end of the scale. You could also consider the SEBO Airbelt D4 if those are concerns, though it's less maneuverable than the Miele and Dyson.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Vacuum

    The best upper mid-range vacuum cleaner we've tested is the Samsung Jet 90 Complete. This cordless stick vacuum comes with a wide assortment of attachments, including two floorheads, one with a soft roller for improved debris pickup on bare floors and the other with a bristled brush for better surface agitation on carpets. Its 200W motor isn't quite as powerful as the Dyson V15 Detect, but it still delivers strong performance. It's remarkably effective in clearing away pet hair, has floorheads with removable brushrolls that are easy to clean, and is equipped with a five-stage filtration system that traps fine allergens like pet dander. It's also fully compatible with a dedicated mopping floorhead that does a great job of scrubbing away dried-on dirt and stains, though it's somewhat pricey.

    If you're looking for a similarly-priced option that's even easier to maneuver, the Dyson V12 Detect Slim is a very good alternative. It's lighter and more compact, making it ideal for cleaning cramped environments. Its surface and dirt sensor allows it to automatically ramp up its suction power when it encounters a large amount of debris or when it runs over carpeted floors. That said, it uses a much smaller dustbin that needs emptying pretty often, and its weaker suction motor results in inferior performance on carpets compared to the Samsung.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Vacuum

    The Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away is a great option if you want a mid-priced vacuum that can still handle a variety of messes. This cordless upright vacuum isn't as maneuverable as the Samsung Jet 90 Complete and lacks the Dyson V15 Detect's dirt sensor and self-adjusting suction capability. It still delivers exceptional performance on bare floors and does an amazing job of clearing debris on low and high-pile carpet. Like most of Shark's conventional corded uprights, you can detach its motor unit from its floorhead and carry it with one hand, making it easier to clean tight spots. Unfortunately, like a lot of other cordless vacuums, its floorhead doesn't offer any form of height adjustment, so you need to be careful when cleaning shaggier rugs.

    Don't mind giving up the go-anywhere range of a cordless vacuum? You could also consider the Miele Classic C1 PowerLine Pure Suction. This high-performance bagged canister vacuum is easier to maintain and better built than the Shark, though not as easy to deploy. It's important to note that this variant of the C1 is best suited for bare floors and low-pile carpeting, and you'll want to upgrade to a pricier variant with an air-driven or motorized brushroll if you have denser carpeting in your home.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Vacuum

    If you're looking to save some money on a vacuum cleaner, the Wyze Cordless Vacuum is a good option. This stick vacuum has a lightweight cordless design, making it easy to clean almost any part of your home. It also boasts a rare-for-its-price HEPA filter, so it's reasonably effective in trapping allergens like pet dander. While it does a great job of clearing away debris on low and high-pile carpets, you can't tweak its brushroll height or keep it from spinning, so it can get caught on thicker rugs. Build quality isn't especially robust compared to pricier alternatives like the Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away either. Its range of included attachments is also rather limited compared to the Samsung Jet 90 Complete.

    If you find yourself cleaning larger areas for longer periods, a corded vacuum might be a better option. The Eureka Mighty Mite is a fantastic choice that happens to be even cheaper than the Wyze. It delivers superb performance on bare floors and sucks up an impressive amount of debris on low and high-pile carpet, even with a bare-bones pure suction floorhead. It's also very compact and easy to maintain. However, it has a pretty short power cable, and unlike the Wyze, it doesn't come bundled with a HEPA filter.

    See our review

  5. Best Upright Vacuum

    The Dyson Ball Animal 3 is the best upright vacuum cleaner we've tested. Compared to pricier high-end canister vacuums like the Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine, this bagless vacuum doesn't feel especially robust, and it's substantially bulkier and harder to set up than a similarly-priced cordless model like the Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away. Still, if you can live with its bulky design and somewhat plasticky construction, it offers a remarkable level of performance on a wide variety of surface types. It also has no trouble dealing with pet hair, and the anti-tangle floorhead with integrated plastic vanes is remarkably effective in reducing hair buildup. That said, it can drag around shag-pile rugs even with its floorhead height set to its highest level.

    This vacuum also has a five-stage filtration system that includes a HEPA filter to help seal in allergens. Still, if you'd prefer using a bagged vacuum for a cleaner means of debris disposal, the Kenmore Intuition Bagged is a solid option. While it doesn't perform as well as the Dyson on any surface, it also has a semi-handheld 'Lift-Up' alternate configuration for easier cleaning of tight spots.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Shark Vertex Pro: The Shark Vertex Pro is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum that feels better built than the Samsung Jet 90 Complete, has a larger dustbin, and has a flexible wand that allows you to clean under furniture without bending over. However, it doesn't perform well on most floor types and comes with a far more limited set of 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 Classic C1 PowerLine Pure Suction, 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 Samsung Jet 90 Complete, and is a little easier to maintain. It incurs higher recurring costs and has a smaller dirt compartment. 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
  • Airsign HEPA Vacuum: The Airsign HEPA Vacuum is a great alternative to the Miele Classic C1 PowerLine Pure Suction. 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 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
  • Samsung Jet 70 Pet: The Samsung Jet 70 Pet is a great alternative to the Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away if you prefer using lighter cordless stick vacuums. However, it has a shorter maximum battery life and can be hard to find in stores. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

  2. Sep 12, 2022: Removed 'Best Cordless Vacuum' and 'Best Handheld Vacuum' categories. Replaced Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister with Eureka Mighty Mite as 'Best Budget Vacuum' pick. Added Samsung Jet 90 Complete as new 'Best Upper Mid-Range Vacuum' category pick.

  3. Jul 11, 2022: Replaced Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV with Miele Classic C1 as 'Best Mid-Range Vacuum' pick. Recategorized Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV as 'Best Upright Vacuum' pick. Added Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away to Notable Mentions. Removed Dyson Ball Animal 2, Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H, Dyson V11 Animal, and Kenmore Intuition Bagged from Notable Mentions.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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.