The 10 Best Vacuum Cleaners to Buy in 2018

Shop for the best vacuums cleaners from brands like Bissell, Oreck, and more

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Searching for a new vacuum cleaner can be quite the chore, especially since there are tons of options on the market. Bagged? Bagless? Canister? Cordless? The possibilities seem endless. Luckily, we’ve done some of the legwork for you on which are the best vacuums to buy.

Below, we break down the best vacuum cleaners for every home. Whether you’re searching for one that will help keep your place pet hair-free or you never want to get tangled in up in a cord again, there’s a vacuum that will fit your needs. While the prices of some top-of-the-line vacuums can soar into the thousands, the following products will get the job done well and won't cost more than a few hundred dollars.

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    Best Overall Vacuum: Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional (NV352)

    Powerful, lightweight, and an overall value, 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 with allergies, the Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology traps dust and irritants, plus the vacuum comes equipped with a HEPA filter, that traps 99.9% 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, and that it even makes carpet look “fluffier.”

    The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional weighs about 12.5 pounds and comes with a dusting brush, two crevices tools, a wide upholstery pet tool, and a 25 foot cord. 

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    Best Cordless Vacuum: Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

    It’s time to cut the cord — on your vacuum that is! Take everyday 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 these 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 eleven 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.

    Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best cordless stick vacuums

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    Best Canister Vacuum: BISSELL Zing Rewind Bagless Canister Vacuum

    BISSELL Zing Rewind Bagless Canister Vacuum, Caribbean Blue - Corded
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    If you vacuum frequently, and know you’ll be picking up lots of debris and hair, a bagless vacuum is the right choice. Why? They are easier to empty, and won’t have the added cost of a bag you have to change often. Our bagless canister pick, the BISSELL Zing Rewind, is ideal for small spaces as well since it doesn’t take up a lot of storage space.

    This vacuum is powerful considering its size and low price. It works on both carpet and hard wood or tile floors, plus it has variable suction control so you can use it on more delicate surfaces like upholstery and curtains too. Other features include an easy-empty dirt cup, a crevice tool, dusting brush, and an automatic cord rewind.

    A bestseller in canister vacuums, the Zing Rewind gets major points for its suction, although some reviewers note that the machine is a bit noisy. But if you can handle a loud appliance, it’s worth it for the combination of high power and low price.

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    Best Design: Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Upright Vacuum

    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 area.

    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 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.

    Many customers say this Amazon Choice vacuum lives up to its hype in terms of a sleek, industrial design and ease of use.

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    Best Budget Vacuum: Hoover UH20040 Sprint QuickVac Bagless Upright

    Hoover UH20040 Sprint QuickVac Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner, 1-Pack
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    This 13-pound, bagless vacuum from Hoover is a great value for anyone who wants a powerful machine for less than $50. It features three levels of height adjustment to match your cleaning surface, whether it be carpet or hardwood, while maintaining good cleaning power for a vacuum this affordable.

    Hoover's multi-cyclonic technology separate dirt particles inside the vacuum so they don't get trapped in the filter and require less maintenance. The vacuum comes with a seven foot removable cleaning wand extension and a 2-in-1 crevice tool and dust brush for hard to reach corners.

    This top-selling model has been well-rated by reviewers, though buyers should note that it still won't match the suction power and reliability of models in the $100+ range.

    Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best budget vacuums

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

    Hoover Vacuum Cleaner WindTunnel 3 High Performance Pet Bagless Corded Upright Vacuum UH72630PC
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    While we love our furry friends, we’re not so wild about their hair covering every surface in our homes. 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.

    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. 

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

    BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L 16V Cordless Lithium Hand Vac
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    Small but mighty, this is a great vacuum for picking up small spills or getting to 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.

    Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best handheld vacuums

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    Best Bagged Vacuum: Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS8

    Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS 8 Pound Commercial Upright Vacuum, Blue
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    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 eight 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: iRobot® Roomba® 690 Wi-Fi® Connected Vacuuming Robot

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    If vacuuming sucks all the fun out of your life all too often, why not hand the job over to a robot? This Roomba 690 robot vac is designed to get up every speck of dust and dirt from your floors with no more than a push of a button from you.

    It runs for about 60 minutes on one charge and is equipped with patented 3-Stage Cleaning System to loosen, lift and suction everything from small specs of dust to larger messes. It works on both carpet and hard floors and can maneuver between the two. Smart sensors send it where it's needed most and keeps it from plummeting off stairs or other drop-offs. You can schedule it from your smartphone with the iRobot Home App. Most reviewers say it does a great job and saves them a ton of time, though some note that it gets stuck under furniture and in other places from time to time.

    Take a look at other product reviews and shop for the best robot vacuums available online. 

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    Best Multi-Tasker: BISSELL Symphony Pet All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop

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    When it comes to keeping your floors spic and span, first comes vacuuming then comes mopping, but this machine lets you do both without the hassle of getting out yet another machine. A switch lets you change easily between the two.

    Specially designed for homes with pets (though great for those without pets too), all you need is water for the mopping, so it’s safe your furry friends and kids too. You can use it with disposable pads or a washable one that you can reuse time and again, and it works for everything from sealed hardwood floors to tile, vinyl, marble and stone. Emptying it is easy too, as a press of a lever sends pet hair and other dirt right into the trash. It comes with a two-year warranty, and the clear majority of customers love it. Some, however, have had problems with it breaking down.​