The Best Vacuum Cleaner

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The Best Vacuum Cleaner

“Finding the best vacuum cleaners came down to just two things: which ones sucked up the most, and which ones were easiest to haul around. If they can’t hack that, why even bother? We got our hands on 19 flagship vacuums ranging from $80 to $600, dumped a bunch of junk on the floor, and compared the results.

Vacuuming. It’s on all of our to-do lists — a lot. In fact, you’ll spend an average of 30 minutes to an hour each week vacuuming for the rest of your life, according to Craig Amick, director of commercial development at Electrolux Small Appliances. That’s more than a full day every year just spent on dust, dirt, and debris.

The wrong vacuum (heavy, loud, flat-out doesn’t work) turns a simple task into a serious chore, but after testing 19 models, we’re happy to say that it doesn’t have to be so bad. We looked at the top upright vacuums from the leading brands to find which ones had powerful suction (100 percent pickup within two passes) and effortless maneuverability (so agile you could take it salsa dancing). Our pick for the best vacuum, the Hoover Air Cordless Lift, is easy to grab and go — it’s lightweight and zippy, with no cord to slow you down — and has seriously impressive cleaning power.

One thing that was shocking in our search (but not shocking to anyone who’s ever shopped for a vacuum): The price range on these guys is ridiculous. You can find a vacuum for $50 or for $1,000, even though basic performance and quality don’t vary much between mid-range and top-tier models. With those guys, you’re paying more for a lot of bells and whistles — from floor tools that light up to automatic suction control. With budget models, it’s a total mixed bag. Some truly suck (in the bad way) and others work better than their four-figure counterparts. Case in point: While you sacrifice some oomph and get lower-quality plastic construction, the Bissell CleanView 9595A ($80) outperformed much more expensive models like the SEBO 9807AM Felix 1 ($600) in both cleaning power and ease of use in our hands-on testing.

How We Found the Best Vacuums
Do a quick Amazon search, and suddenly you have over 13,000 vacuums to choose from. With no clear hierarchy of models or brands (coupled with the bewildering task of deciphering what’s a marketing gimmick and what’s a legitimate feature), shopping for a vacuum ends up as much a chore as vacuuming itself.

We knew finding the best was going to be a down-and-dirty mission. We wanted to get our hands on lots of vacuums and see how they stacked up doing their most fundamental task: sucking up gunk. Before we did that, though, we had to whittle down the list of thousands of machines to 19 of the highest-rated models from the best-known brands in the industry.

We only looked at uprights.
Vacuums come in all shapes and sizes — canister, stick, robotic, hand-held, upright — and comparing all of them would be like comparing an SUV with a coupe with a scooter to find the best car. To narrow the field, we looked at the most popular: uprights.

Compared to other models that are designed for specific purposes, upright vacuums are great at quickly removing dust and dirt from large areas of carpet, while also working well on hardwoods and area rugs. They are the most things to most people.

We looked at vacuums in two price categories: cheap and mid-range.
Our two benchmarks were under $250 and $250-$600. Any model over $600 we nixed. Why? Determining what bells and whistles were a priority really comes down to a matter of preference. Like shopping for a car, we wouldn’t presume that heated leather seats and satellite radio are must-have features for you.

And we picked the flagship models of top vacuum brands per price point.
Within each of the price points, we then dug deeper to see which models stood out. Some vacuums, like the Oreck XL Classic, have an avid fan base. (Really! Check out its reviews and you’ll find tons of loyal customers touting this lightweight model as the only vacuum they’ll ever own.) If a model was hands-down the most talked about, it made our list; if a brand didn’t have such a following, we defaulted to its highest-priced model within our two pricing categories — we wanted to put each brand’s top vacuums to the test.

Then we started vacuuming.
On medium-pile carpet, then on hardwood, we measured how many passes each vacuum took to thoroughly suck up the mess we made. To test each model’s ability with large particles, we evenly spread sand (a few cups) and Cheerios (generous handfuls), and then, sprinkled cinnamon and talcum powder to test fine-grain mayhem. The best vacuums sucked everything up in two passes — one forward, one back. The worst could never quite get the floor clean.

Riccar, which regularly garners ecstatic comments, had the least cleaning power of all 19 vacuums we tested. It took so many tries to pick up any sand and Cheerios, we took it apart to make sure we’d assembled it correctly. (We had.)

It may have a loyal following, but the Riccar’s performance didn’t impress us during testing. Note the large trail of debris left behind after the Riccar’s initial pass on hardwood.

The Kenmore Elite, by comparison, had great cleaning power, which at first we thought was the result of its “dirt sensor” — it sounded fancy, but turns out it’s just another way to raise or lower the brush depending on carpet height. Gimmicky marketing, but overall a great vacuum.

We also put each model through an obstacle course: multiple tables and chairs that mimicked the layout of a small room. We took each vacuum for a spin, requiring them to make at least two sharp, 90-degree turns in both directions, and to squeeze through the narrow slots between furniture. If it cornered like it was on rails and wasn’t too heavy to turn on a dime before bumping into something, we were impressed.

One of the key features for increased maneuverability is some form of swiveling joint between the body and the cleaning head; some vacuums do this better than others. Looks were deceiving with the Miele Dynamic U1 Twist: It seemed much bulkier than some of the more slender swivelers, but its patented SwivelNeck was something to behold — it handled each corner like a dream. The Shark Professional Rotator, on the other hand, looked sleek, but lacked control. (It also came with dangling accessories — so many that there is a special rolling caddy! — that dropped tools all over.)

Compared to the Miele Dynamic U1 Twist (top), the Shark Professional Rotator (bottom) felt wobbly and out of control.

Our Picks for Best Vacuum Cleaner
Our unanimous top pick was Hoover’s Air Cordless Lift for its excellent cleaning power and maneuverability. We were stunned that our only cordless model went straight to the top of the list. Most agree that cordless models aren’t quite there yet in terms of power (Sir James Dyson bought a battery company in 2015, but even he said not to expect battery-operated Dysons “for a few years”), yet this little Hoover defies the trend. It’s everything you want in an upright, and there’s no cord to trip you up.

It offers only two settings: carpet or no carpet, plus a “boost” button for more cleaning power, though both settings worked well without boosting. On carpeted floor, the Air Cordless Lift picked up both large and small particles, and never needed more than two passes. On hardwoods, it took another pass or two, but still sucked up every Cheerio and plowed through every pile of sand we put in its path. Then we turned on the boost and bingo: hardwood performance was just as good as carpet.

The Hoover Air Cordless Lift made quick work of our messes on both carpet and hardwood, and its maneuverability made navigating around furniture a breeze.

It maneuvered around our test furniture without a single collision in a way that can only be described as “zippy.” Granted, this pep did cause some weird handling in large expanses of carpet — it kept trying to maneuver even when we wanted it to keep pointing straight ahead. If you need it to run circles around Grandma’s curio cabinet or your 12-piece dining set, this vacuum’s maneuverability has you covered. Wide-open rooms might be frustrating — if that sounds like your home, we recommend the Oreck XL Classic, our best carpet pick, or the Samsung VU7000 Motion Sync, our pick for hardwood……….”

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Best Vacuum Cleaners: Summed Up
Vacuum Cleaners                                                          Best For…
Hoover Air Cordless Lift                                                  Cleaning Power
Oreck XL Classic                                                            Carpet
Samsung VU7000 Motion Sync                                        Bare Floors
Bissell CleanView 9595A                                                 Budget
Miele Dynamic U1 Twist                                                 Luxury
Dyson Ball Animal                                                          Maneuverability
Kenmore Elite                                                                Kenmore Brand
Electrolux Precision Brushroll Clean                                  Accessories

Did You Know?
Cleaning power is more complicated than your vacuum manufacturer tells you.
Historically, manufacturers and their marketers say a vacuum’s cleaning power is the amperage of its motor. Not so, according to Energy Star. It found a minimal correlation between power and cleaning performance — cleaning head design, brush mechanisms, and other design elements are more important; filtration and dust removal are independent of power, too. While a vacuum might tout 12 amps of cleaning power, that doesn’t really tell you much.

It really comes down to suction and airflow (measured in cubic feet per minute, or CFMs). In vacuums, strong suction is created by air passing quickly and unrestricted through an intake port. Now, for a bit of physics: Since the speed of the fan is constant, so is the amount of air passing through the vacuum. No matter the size of the intake port, the same number of air particles need to pass through — the smaller the port, the more quickly air particles will move. This increase in airspeed decreases pressure, which results in greater suction. (This is why narrow vacuum attachments can pick up heavier dirt particles than wider ones.)

The tricky thing with airflow ratings is that most upright makers don’t actually list them — they only list amps — so you have to look at how the vacuums are made. There are two basic designs of upright vacuums: direct air and bypass.

We didn’t weigh in on the bagged vs. bagless debate.
Both designs have been proven to clean well, so one isn’t necessarily better than the other. It’s a matter of preference. Bagless vacuums offer less waste (and save you money since you aren’t buying replacements), but some say you have to empty them more than bagged vacuums. Folks with severe allergies will want to go for a bagged model though: The bags seal, trapping dust and allergens.

But if you have asthma or allergies, you’ll want to take more precaution.
The best thing to do if you have asthma or allergies is to live without carpet — carpets are notorious for capturing dust, pollen, and other irritating particles. If that’s not a possibility, regular vacuuming becomes even more important.

Second, while everything we found pointed to bagged vacuums as being the better option for allergies, Dr. Rivera-Mariani warns that standard bags easily get tiny tears that allow leakage. If you have a model with bags, replacements with electrostatic properties (these are available for most major vacuums) help keep pesky particles contained. (The electrostatic causes the dust particles to stick together, so they’re less likely to escape.)

And last, Dr. Rivera-Mariani strongly recommends a sealed HEPA filter. There are less stringent forms of filtration, like the basic sort all vacuums have (including our Hoover top pick), which absorb dust, but don’t capture pollen or pet dander. These are generally fine for most people, but if you’re sensitive to irritants, HEPA is the way to go. Dr. Rivera-Mariana goes as far to recommend HEPA filtration even if you have no respiratory issues. Allergies can build up over time, and symptoms may show up suddenly in previously non-allergic individuals.”

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