Updated: November 2017

Vacuum Cleaner Reviews:

Vacuum cleaners are not much different than they were 20 years ago. They still clean floors (hardwood, carpets, vinyl) but now many are bagless and you will hear that they have HEPA filters. This is the latest technology offered by all the makers. Bagless vacuum cleaners means there is literally no bag to replace, ever. There is just an empty holding chamber where the dirt and debris goes. When it gets full, you take out the container and empty it into a wastebasket and put it back into the vacuum. Easy enough. All the leading manufacturers of vacuum cleaners have adopted this as the most convenient type of vacuum cleaner that the consumer wants. There are many types of vacuums: wet/dry vacuums, deep cleaning vacuums, upright vacuums, canister vacuums, broom/stick vacuums, handheld vacuums, and steam cleaners. Many people own multiple vacuums since each does a specific duty better than the others. The most common vacuum in the home are the upright vacuums that work great on carpets, rugs, and even bare floors. Canisters vacuums are best for hardwood and tile floors, and they clean drapes, upholstery, and blinds with attachments. You'll need to determine the type of vacuum you'll use most and then look into features that each model offers.

Buying Guide - We have complete buying guides to all types of vacuums with the best models available in each category. The Bissell Lift-Off and CleanView vacuums both offer bagless systems for less than $180 while the DirtDevil Ultra and Featherlite are under $60. Dyson offers a HEPA Animal Vacuum for $499 for those of us with animals running around our homes and need a HEPA filter to help alleviate allergies. The Hoover Windtunnel Bagless sells for $159 and we found this to be the best vacuum cleaner on the market with a twin chamber bagless system, HEPA filter, and free replacement belts. The Oreck XL Upright vacuum cleaners offer 4 varieties - the Classic, Deluxe, Ultra, and XL21. They get superior ratings and reviews from all consumer magazines and reports, but our only drawback is the price. They run from $299-$699. Do you really need to spend that much on a vacuum for your house when it's hard to tell the overall performance difference between a DirtDevil and an Oreck. The newer iRobot Roomba vacuums are more of a household gadget and a conversation piece than a true vacuum, but the future in vacuums could be more robotic vacuums that do the work for you. The top brand names for vacuums are Hoover, Miele, Dyson, Electrolux, Bissell, Eureka, and Euro Pro. Names like Kirby and Oreck are well known, mostly because they are advertised more than other vacuums, but they don't necessarily come out on top in terms of customer ratings and satisfaction. See our buying guides for all vacuum types below: