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The Best Vacuum Cleaners on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

If your vacuum doesn’t suck, get a new one.

Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about our favorite vacuums and brand-new Dysons here before, we dove back in for a more comprehensive look into the best shapes and styles of sucking. Below, you’ll find the best in robotic vacuums, hand vacuums, even table vacuums, and everything else that falls in between. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best Robotic Vacuum for Removing Fur

iRobot Roomba 690
$300 at Amazon

4.1 Stars, 1,321 reviews

“This thing has been a lifesaver. We recently built a decent-size home, and our downstairs is around 2,800 square feet. Keeping up on vacuuming and sweeping was almost impossible with two young kids, a cat, and a dog. My mom talked me into one of these, swearing by it. I was super skeptical of spending the money on a machine that I may need to sweep up after frequently, but I haven’t touched a vacuum in two weeks!!! Our great room, kitchen, dining, and laundry are all hard surfaces (tile and hardwood), and this thing picks up nearly EVERYTHING that falls on the floor! It picks up MORE than sweeping. Every other day when we empty the bin, there is so much more than just the crumbs the kids drop. This thing goes under our couch. Ask yourself, How often do you successfully vacuum under the couch? Well, I do it every day now! The 690 also navigates around multiple chairs very well. It’s not that tall of a lip, but I’m okay with that, since 98 percent of the other surfaces are clean. There’s been one time over the past two weeks he caught up a string from a cat toy and stopped. Other than that, I’ll drop him in our master or master bath and closet and hit clean while we are in the other rooms.”

Best (and Cheapest) Canister Vacuum With an Automatic Cord Rewind

BISSELL Zing Bagged Canister Vacuum, Purple, 4122 - Corded
$50 at Amazon

4.3 stars, 2,077 reviews

“Just received this and tried it out on the carpeted stairs. Worked really well. Super light, and with cord and wand fully extended and the canister halfway up the stairs, I got all the way to the top landing. Then I tried it out on my oak hardwood floors. Again, worked really well. So then I switched out to the mini attachment, and did the cat tree and the windowsills. With the carpeted area, I pushed the brushes down to pick up cat hair, which I did pull off and let get sucked into the house. On the bare floor, I toggled to retract the brush. The suction is great and adjustable. Also, pulling toward you works better, as the brush doesn’t have wheels like larger, more expensive canister vacuums. I am thrilled with this little machine, and can see it helping get all kinds of nooks and crannies clean, because it is lightweight and easy to take around.”

Best German-Made (But Expensive) Canister Vacuum

Miele Complete C2 Limited Edition - Corded
$400 at Amazon

4.7 stars, 233 reviews

“I love it! It is worth the price. It is light enough for me to carry up the stairs. I like the adjustable suction dial, too. It comes with its own filter, but I did purchase a separate HEPA filter. Everything is so easy to change; the attachments store right in the top of the machine; and the cord and telescoping wand are the perfect length. I have hardwood floors and only a few rugs to deal with. The combination floor tool switches back and forth between hardwood and carpets. It has a roller and bristles that pop out for hardwood, and pop back in for rugs. It is okay for touch-ups on my rugs, but the separate carpet-brush attachment works much better for that. I have two dogs that shed a lot. Before I started using this, my allergies were horrible, and it’s so much better now. My kids aren’t getting head colds as much, either. My house is much easier to clean now, and everyone is healthier!”

Best Upright Vacuum That Can Also Separate Into a Canister

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional with Dust-Away & 2 Microfiber Pads
$180 at Amazon

4.5 stars, 7,557 reviews

“The box came, and I opened it and felt a little intimidated, since putting things together is not my strong point. But to my surprise, there were written instructions with step-by-step procedures. I had that vacuum together in no time. It works great!! I have flat rugs and terrazzo in my beach house, where sand finds its way in. It works wonderful with the terrazzo without a brush, and great with the rugs with a brush. The unit is very easy to come off and clean your lampshades, sofas, etc. I love the fact that I can see the dirt coming up in the see-through canister. I have bought vacuums much more expensive than this one, and they haven’t work half as well. By the way, I have two little dogs, and this got up all the dog hair from the floor and rugs. And my last comment — very light in weight, which is great for someone that doesn’t have that strong of an upper body.”

Best Upright Bagless Vacuum for Carpets

BISSELL 9595A Vacuum with OnePass - Corded
$80 at Amazon

4.3 stars, 9,266 reviews

“This is what a vacuum cleaner is supposed to do, and this one does it very well. I received my package tonight, and had it unpacked and assembled in less than ten minutes. All of the attachments mounted nicely on the vacuum, which is a definite plus for me. My bedroom rug (five-by-eight) had suffered for about a month since the brushes on my old vacuum died. A few minutes later, I was amazed at how much stuff there was in the canister. Where did all that stuff come from? I decided to try it on my other rug, which is about a year old and didn’t look at all dirty. Much to my alarm, the canister came away almost full, and the rug now looks amazing. A lot of stuff in the canister is very fine dust that my old vacuum probably never had the strength to get.”

Best Upright Bagless Vacuum for Hardwood Floors

Dirt Devil Power Air Corded Bagless Stick Vacuum for Hard Floors SD20505
$34 at Amazon

4.3 stars, 941 reviews

“We have 2,400 square feet of hardwood floors. And a toddler. Which means we have 2,400 square feet of cereal crumbs to step on as well. Other vacuums I had purchased in the past (for hardwood floors) would either blow the crumbs around the floor, while only picking up a few, or just miss them altogether, since they were too light for the vacuum to pick up. This vacuum is great; it picks up just about anything, heavy or light, that may be lying around. The vacuum itself is also very light, but has a very powerful suction. It’s a bit louder than I had expected, but the trade off over having to sweep is well worth it. My main concern was how well this vacuum would preform around edges, baseboards, and underneath cabinets. The suction is so powerful that this definitely is not a problem. Gets the job done. My husband, who has swept the floors maybe three or four times in the three and a half years we’ve been in this house, was very impressed with it as well — so much so that he decided to vacuum the entire house.”

Best Low-cost Vacuum

Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner Simpli-Stik Lightweight Bagless Corded Stick and Handheld Vacuum SD20000RED
$20 at Amazon

4 stars, 11,575 reviews

“I don’t move anywhere without this vacuum. I’ve used it for three-plus years, and can definitely say that it works as well or better than bigger, more powerful household vacuums — as long as you regularly empty the dirt cup and give the filter inside a good rinsing. I lived with two massive Siberian huskies who were blowing their coats — meaning piles, and piles, and piles of fur littered everywhere. This allowed me to clean up their daily shedding in a pinch, and even vacuum it from the dogs directly. The narrow attachment is great for cleaning up dirt and dust along the baseboards of a room, on windowsills, and corners.”

Best Very Skinny Stick Vacuum

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright (HV302)
$158 at Amazon

4.5 stars, 2,158 reviews

“One of the best investments I have made in some time. I have three birds, four cats, and two dogs. It’s safe to say that we have a mess every day. The seeds from the birds are enough to drive you crazy. Then figure in the other six pets, and I could try to clean every day and still not keep the house clean. So I bought this Shark Rocket. Wow! The Shark does the job, and I only have to vacuum every other day (except for the birds). The only thing I would do differently would have been to spend the extra money and buy the Shark with the bigger cup (collection cup). I don’t mind the long cord. I actually think that is a plus.”

Best Handheld Vacuum

BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L 16V Cordless Lithium Hand Vac
$42 at Amazon

4.3 stars, 11,409 reviews

“This thing is magic. I have a Siberian husky who sheds like mad and tends to own my backseat, and my car has never been cleaner. This little guy can do everything I need it to. It has a charging base that I can tuck inconspicuously out of sight, a reassuring blue light when it’s charging, a really decent battery life, and comes apart for cleaning like a dream. It picks up both heavy items (the food my dog throws across the wood floor) and light items (dog fur, even off carpet). The brush head is especially great for getting fur off of car seats. In a perfect world, the battery would last for 30 minutes going full blast, but let’s be realistic. I have to charge it a couple of times to get my car fully clean, but I expect that because it’s cordless and also has great suction. Other things I like about this: the extendable locking nozzle. The color blue. Its relative lightness. The ease of disassembly. The fact that I no longer drive around in a cloud of fur.”

Best (and Cutest) Table Vacuum

niceeshop(TM) Mini Table Dust Vaccum Cleaner Red Beetles Prints Design
$8 at Amazon

4.2 stars, 138 reviews

“I saw this gadget first at Walmart and laughed at how ridiculous it is: ‘for the person who has everything.’ Then I started thinking about it solely for crumb pick up on my kitchen countertops. I proved myself wrong on the idea, and I love it. No more wiping or sweeping crumbs onto the floor to then step on or have to pick up. It is quick and easy — swipe across the countertops and done! It takes two batteries. It is powerful (but rather quiet), obviously, because when you open up the bin, you will be so surprised how much is in there. No wonder why I had to vacuum my hardwood floors all the time. The only downside is that it is not good at corners or edges — those you are still going to have to pick up the old-fashioned way, but this has saved me time. My husband laughs because I use it constantly, because it is so easy (and don’t tell him I said this, but it’s fun haha).”

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The 10 Best Vacuum Cleaners, According to Amazon Reviewers