The 10 Best Vacuum Cleaners of 2020

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  • 01 of 10

    Best Overall Vacuum: Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional (NV356E)

    Very Good

    Powerful, lightweight, and a great value overall, the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional claims the top spot for vacuum cleaners and is ideal for most families. What’s great about this model is that it’s easy to assemble and use, plus it maintains powerful suction whether you’re using it on carpet or bare floors. For those suffering from allergies, the Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology traps dust and irritants, plus the vacuum comes equipped with a HEPA filter, that traps 99.9 percent of allergens in the vacuum. The swivel steering makes it easy to maneuver, and the detachable and portable canister is ideal for hard-to-reach places.

    Of course, the bagless vacuum isn’t completely perfect—some users have warned that it tips easily, especially when you’re using the wand or attachments. But overall, customers rave about how much dirt, dust, and hair the Shark Navigator can pick up.

    The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional weighs about 13.7 pounds and comes with a dusting brush, a crevice tool, a pet power brush, and a 25-foot cord. 

    "The crevice tool, which has a narrow suction tube, worked great in tight corners and hard-to-reach areas such as windowsills and furniture ledges. For upholstered household items that are more delicate—like lampshades, window blinds, and drapes—the dusting brush did an excellent job." — Sage McHugh, Product Tester

  • 02 of 10

    Best Budget: BISSELL PowerForce Helix Bagless Upright Vacuum

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    Courtesy of Walmart
    Very Good

    You don't need to spend a bundle to get a clean home. This top pick from the trusted brand Bissell will clean your house in a jiffy and all for under $50. Its lightweight construction makes it easy to clean all corners of the home while a washable filter means you won't have to replace it often.

    With five different height adjustments, you can be sure this will clean everything from a hardwood floor to a shag carpet with ease. Even at this low price point, you'll still get some accessories like a dusting wand, a crevice tool, and an extension tool so you can clean up high and in corners with ease.

    "The machine might feel like a toy, but it’s a toy with powerful suction that you can see. The vortex of cat hair that spun up into the machine after only a couple minutes of use was both gratifying as a reviewer and horrifying as the occupant of an apparently filthy house." — Joy Merrifield, Product Tester

  • 03 of 10

    Best Design: Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Upright Vacuum

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    Courtesy of Amazon.
    Very Good

    Dyson continually produces top cleaning products, and their Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Upright Vacuum is just one more to add to the list. This newer model is especially notable for its design, with a ball device that lets users steer the vacuum in any direction, making it easier to reach those difficult areas.

    Maneuvering aside, the Smart Ball helps give this product the most powerful suctioning capabilities of any lightweight model. Once the job is done, a single button effortlessly releases the bin to empty any residue, all before putting it away in the cleaning cupboard with ease. Plus, an instant-release wand lets you literally clean your home from floor to ceiling.

    For those that are concerned about allergies and asthma, this vacuum is certified asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America which means it effectively removes allergens and retains them in the vacuum.

    "It was great at picking up dust and larger debris like cereal from almost every surface—emphasis on “almost.” If you have a lot of very high-pile carpets, this is not the vacuum for you." — Joy Merrifield, Product Tester

  • 04 of 10

    Best Cordless Vacuum: Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

    Very Good

    It’s time to cut the cord—on your vacuum that is! Take every day cleaning up a notch with this sleek stick vacuum that provides upright performance on a lasting, battery-operated system, making the Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner the best outlet-free vac around.

    Starting with the base, this product is powered by WindTunnel Technology that gets all that dirt out of hard-to-reach places. Plus, it scoots easily under most counters and furniture to give you closer access to those hard-to-reach spots. When it comes to longevity, this pick has a fade-free battery life, so it’ll last you long between each clean. Then, when the job is done, this 11-pound product stores away just as effortlessly as it cleans.

    When it comes to product reviews, users were impressed with its results on hard floors, especially on pet hair. They claim its powerful functionality across surfaces has replaced their traditional sweeping altogether, although they do note that the occasional charge can take up to three hours. So plan your cleaning spree accordingly.

    "When it comes to suction, this stick vacuum isn’t the most powerful tool ever, but it does a sufficient job picking up dirt, hair, and other debris from both hardwood floors and low-pile carpets." — Camryn Rabideau, Product Tester

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  • 05 of 10

    Best Pet Hair Vacuum: Hoover WindTunnel 3 High Performance Pet Upright

    Hoover Vacuum Cleaner WindTunnel 3 High Performance Pet Bagless Corded Upright Vacuum UH72630PC
    Courtesy of Amazon.com.
    Good

    While we love our furry friends, we’re not so wild about their hair covering every surface in our home. Pet owners know just how important finding the right vacuum is. If you’re in the market for a new one, this newly released model from Hoover is a stellar choice.

    Hoover's WindTunnel 3 tech creates 3 suction channels to lift and remove pet hair and dirt. The bagless model and washable filter mean you won’t have to purchase replacements or find yourself without a bag and unable to vacuum before company arrives. It comes with a unique Pet Turbo tool to remove upholstery stains, and a HEPA filter to keep pet dirt out of the air (hint: you can also keep your air clean by investing in an air purifier).

    Those with larger spaces will appreciate the 40-foot cord length that will mean you can avoid unplugging. It also has a quick-pass brushroll to allow 2X faster cleans. 

    "The attachments of the WindTunnel 3 were the real bright spot for us. The Pet Turbo Tool hose attachment sounds like a buzz saw and looks roughly that dangerous when it’s spinning, but can really muscle away some fur from upholstery." — Joy Merrifield, Product Tester

  • 06 of 10

    Best Canister: Miele Compact C2 Electro+ Canister Vacuum

    Excellent

    If you need a vacuum that can go anywhere—we're talking about the car, outdoors, and on the stairs—then you'll want to opt for a canister vacuum. These models are often more popular in Europe but they serve a purpose because they are easy to maneuver around whatever your task at hand is. This pick from fan favorite Miele might not come at an affordable price but it has a very loyal following. This sealed vacuum comes with a HEPA filter so people with allergies will appreciate that no dust will get into the air when disposing of the bags. A downside for some is that you will have to purchase bags for this but that ensures the dust stays where it should–in the trash.

    Reviewers say this is the best HEPA-filter vacuum around and while it comes at a higher price point it has some serious suction and will be with your family for a long time.

    "The upholstery tool is amazing at picking up cat hair from couches—better than anything we’ve tested so far. The crevice tool and the dusting brush are nothing special, but we don’t have any complaints." — Joy Merrifield, Product Tester

  • 07 of 10

    Best Handheld Vacuum: Black + Decker CHV1410L Lithium Cordless Dust Buster

    BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L 16V Cordless Lithium Hand Vac
    Courtesy of Amazon.com.

    Small but mighty, this is a great vacuum for picking up small spills or getting to those hard-to-reach spots. The battery can hold a charge for an impressive 18 months, so it’ll be ready to go even if it’s not stored on the charger. Although, if you want to keep it on there, you can—it automatically shuts off when the battery is full. Not only does the lightweight design make this model easy to use, but the narrow nozzle, with an optional brush attachment, means you can even reach those previously inaccessible spaces like the crevice between your counter and your refrigerator.

    The bagless canister is translucent, making it easy to see when the vacuum is full, and it’s time to empty it. Plus, the filter is washable, meaning you won’t have the extra cost of replacing it down the line. Reviewers rave about the power and the battery life, two of the factors that have made it a bestseller.

  • 08 of 10

    Best Bagged Vacuum: Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS8

    Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS 8 Pound Commercial Upright Vacuum, Blue
    Courtesy of Amazon.com.

    If you suffer from allergies, a bagged vacuum will give you the best results, plus they tend to last longer than their bagless counterparts. The downside, of course, is that you have to buy replacement bags and change them when they fill up. But if it eases your allergies, it’s a small price to pay. This Oreck model is a category leader, especially at the price point. The 12-inch wide cleaning brush means dirt doesn’t stand a chance in its path. And the vacuum itself only weighs 8 pounds, making it easy to maneuver for everyone.

    A bestseller in its category, the Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS8 has received rave reviews from customers who appreciate its suction power and the fact that it feels like it’s almost vacuuming by itself since it’s so light.

    The one thing you will be giving up with this model is a wand attachment for vacuuming upholstery, curtains, and hard to reach places. So you might have to end up supplementing it with a handheld vacuum as well.

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  • 09 of 10

    Best Robot Vacuum: eufy [BoostIQ] RoboVac 30C

    If vacuuming sucks all the fun out of your life all too often, why not hand the job over to a robot? The eufy RoboVac is designed to clean up for you, without you even lifting a finger.

    The eufy 30C runs for about 100 minutes on a charge and moves from room to room sucking up dirt, dust, hair, and crumbs from all corners of your home. When it needs a recharge, the eufy can navigate itself back to its charging dock. It can climb over ledges between rooms or onto area rugs with no problem but has sensors to stop it when it approaches the top of a step.

    You can set your robot vacuum to run on a schedule (say, every night at 9), or even get it started by just the sound of your voice, as long as it's set up with your smart speaker at home. If you have a specific mess that needs immediate attention, you can manually control the vacuum with the included remote or the EufyHome app.

  • 10 of 10

    Best Lightweight: Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum

    Having a lightweight vacuum makes cleaning up nightly messes a breeze since you don't have to lug a heavy machine out of the closet. This high-quality product weighs only 8 pounds so you can quickly suck up the post-breakfast mess or Fido's hair before guests come over with ease. While some vacuums tend to only work well on one type of flooring—this corded model can handle both hardwood floors and carpet equally. To get more bang for your buck this has a micro tool kit and a car detailing kit so you can clean deep into crevices and seats. This model also has an option to convert to a hand vacuum so its really two vacuums in one.

    Reviewers agree that this model is that good, with a few saying this performs better than the more expensive competition. While some were nervous that this had a cord, in the end, they liked that they didn't have to worry about it running out of power mid-clean.

Final Verdict

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Vacuum Cleaner is our top choice for vacuum cleaners because it’s powerful, lightweight, and easy to assemble. If you’re on the fence about spending that much money, though, we recommend the BISSELL PowerForce Helix Bagless Upright Vacuum, which has an impressive amount of power and boasts a washable filter.

What to Look for in a Vacuum Cleaner

Type Upright and canister vacuums are the most popular and powerful vacuums, though canister vacuums are two-part machines and offer more flexibility. A stick vacuum is a lighter, more portable version of an upright. Handheld and robot vacuums are the most convenient but have obvious drawbacks like smaller bins.

Bagless vs. bagged Bagless vacuums are more convenient and cost efficient but not ideal for those with allergies. Since bags keep dust, dander, and other allergens sealed, they are better for pet owners and allergy sufferers.

Power For the most efficient clean, look for a multi-surface vacuum that has a 12-amp motor and at least 200 air watts (which indicates suction power).