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The Best Vacuum Cleaners on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, 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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

While we’ve written about vacuums of all shapes and sizes, from the best handheld models to the top cordless and robotic picks — here, we’ve rounded up the best vacuum cleaners, according to the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated vacuum cleaner

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional NV356E

With over 6,700 five-star reviews, this upright-canister hybrid is praised by users for its versatility and power. From pet owners to vacuum snobs, this model has earned its share of converts. “I had seen the good reviews about this vacuum and finally ordered it when we moved,” one writes. “Our new house had a mix of thick carpet, linoleum, and wood floors, and my old vacuum wasn’t going to cut it. It pulls the dirt out of next week, I swear to you. Almost every use we had to empty the container, which made me feel full of regret for not ordering it sooner, because it was clearly having to do the work of my old vacuum on our area rugs. It transitions between the floor types with a quick click, and the wand and attachments are well stored and quickly accessible to make transitioning from floors to ceilings quick.” Another reviewer says, “Day one I decided to give this a ‘test drive.’ Six hours later, I ended up cleaning the entire place; not just the floor but all the corners — switching attachments was a breeze. This thing goes around corners and turns with your wrist.” The admirer continues, “The weird part is — I ENJOYED it. The canister really made you feel like you were winning, as you watch it fill up.” Another reviewer puts it simply: “Buy it. I can’t imagine you being disappointed.”

Best-rated (less expensive) vacuum cleaner

Bissell Featherweight Stick Vacuum Lightweight Bagless, Blue

“This little vacuum is small, lightweight,” notes one reviewer, “but also MIGHTY!” For just $25, the Bissell Featherweight Stick Lightweight Bagless Vacuum is a crowd-pleaser, not a compromise. True, “it’s not sucking up any gravel or chunks of mud,” acknowledges one reviewer, but it still has “nearly as much power as a machine twice its size…for what I need it for (pulling dust, hair, and other particulates out of the hallway rugs) it’s perfect.” Happy owners praise the “superior build quality,” “powerful” suction, the way the vacuum “gets into corners beautifully,” and the fact that it’s “very easy to change and clean.” As one enthusiastic purchaser notes, “I would absolutely buy this vacuum 100 more times. At this price, why not?”

And now for some micro-picks for every type of vacuum cleaner you might be looking for.

Best canister vacuum cleaner

Bissell Zing Canister, 2156A Bagless Vacuum, Green

Bissell’s Zing Canister vacuum gets top marks from those looking to save money without having to compromise on suction power. “This vacuum is so powerful!” writes one happy customer. “I expected it to work pretty well after reading the reviews, but I wasn’t expecting it to literally suck up everything in its path. You know those TV show scenes where someone takes the vacuum cleaner and sucks everything off the dining room table including the table cloth? That’s literally what I thought was happening.” Another reviewer adds, “There’s so much suction power, you can actually clean your hairbrushes with this vacuum cleaner.” There are fewer attachment tools included than with other pricier vacs, but customers don’t seem to mind. As one reviewer puts it, simply, “Do not hesitate to get this vacuum. It’s way cheaper than the others I’ve bought but outperforms them all!”

Best vacuum cleaner with extra-long cord

Shark Rotator Professional Upright Corded Bagless Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor with Lift-Away Hand Vacuum and Anti-Allergy Seal

The Shark Rotator Professional Corded Bagless Vacuum is a runaway favorite for its maneuverability and versatility, especially in tight spaces like stairs. “I was surprised at how easy it was to maneuver,” writes one exhilarated reviewer, who continues, “The Shark was very easy to push around, and the ball pivot head really makes maneuvering around furniture and corners a breeze. I love the removable tank portion for doing the stairs. That makes the stairs an order of magnitude easier.” A narrow head also wins praise from reviewers: “I love the width of the floor nozzle. It is narrower than what I am used to. I can get into all sorts of corners and spaces that I had to resort to hand attachments before.” And though it’s not cordless, reviewers insist that the extra-long cord more than makes up for the difference, writing, “The Shark cord is seriously incredibly long, allowing us to vacuum the entire house by just using a centrally located outlet.”

Best upright vacuum with HEPA filter

Shark Navigator Upright Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor with Lift-Away Handheld HEPA Filter, and Anti-Allergy Seal

“Allergens? Your days are numbered,” writes one reviewer, setting the tone for hundreds of others who feel the Shark Navigator is the solution to their lifelong struggles with allergies while cleaning. “I have allergies, and when I used to vacuum, I would get itchy eyes and end up with a runny nose the rest of the day. Now that is a problem of the past!” With a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, and anti-allergy one-way seal, this vacuum is designed to keep allergens out of the air while in use. “My allergies have improved, the carpets are softer and they look better. I actually know my carpets are clean now, which is a big deal when you have a 2-year-old rolling around on the floor.”

Best vacuum cleaner for pet hair

Bissell Cleanview Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner 1831

Pet parents rave about this Bissell Cleanview Upright Bagless vacuum. “I am both delighted and horrified by this vacuum. The amount of dog hair (100-pound German shepherd and 65-pound lab/shepherd) this sucked out of the family room carpet is impressive and disgusting.” Writes another, “I have seven cats, a toddler, and I have long hair. In the past few years every vacuum we have bought could not stand up to the hair and dust our house accumulates. This is the ultimate pet and dust vacuum! Brings new life to my carpet! I even feel as though my air in my house is cleaner after vacuuming!” One happy owner adds, “I was amazed as the rug began to appear under all the fur that previous vacuum cleaners couldn’t touch.”

Unlike other models, clogging was not an issue for most reviewers. “Hair doesn’t get stuck in the roller. It picks up hair and fine dust.” The bagless system appeals to many as well. “I liked the way that the canister could be lifted off and taken somewhere to be emptied.” One happy customer sums it up neatly: “It seems like my dog has met his match and not a moment too soon. This is peak shedding season.”

Best upright vacuum with removable canister

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 Upright Vacuum, Blue

Fans of the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 Upright say it makes cleaning a pleasure. According to one reviewer, “I end up vacuuming the whole house anytime it’s out just because it’s actually not an insufferable chore with the Shark. And I’ll usually end up doing something extra like the cobwebs in the corners or dusting a shelf while I’m at it because the attachments are also easy to work with.” Owners love that it’s “easy to clean” and “super easy to use in tight spaces.” Another much-reviewed feature is the removable canister: “I also like that I can take the canister off and use it as a hand held vacuum to reach cobwebs in the corner of ceilings!” In the words of one customer, “Uuugh, this vacuum is the BEST.”

Best lightweight upright vacuum cleaner

Eureka NEU182A PowerSpeed Lightweight Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Blue

This Eureka vacuum cleaner “looks like it might be a little flimsy,” admits one reviewer, “but it really packs a punch.” Another happy owner writes, “When I first picked up this vacuum I was pretty convinced I’d been ripped off. The material felt light and cheap. But then I turned it on, and holy moly. This thing gets the job done.” Even seasoned vacuum-owners are impressed: “I am 74. I have purchased many different vacuum cleaners in my life — one for over $1,000. And none of them can compare to the cleaning power of this one. Lightweight, easy to assemble and run - easily one of the best purchases I have ever made.”

Best upright vacuum for hardwood and carpet

Shark DuoClean Powered Lift-Away

It’s hard to sum this vacuum’s strengths up better than one Shark-obsessed reviewer, who says: “I purchased this model because of the supposed ease of cleaning the roller. Let me tell you, it more than met expectations. Between my cat and long-haired daughter, my previous vacuum roller was a nightmare to clean. This Shark’s roller is visible from above (so you can see when it needs cleaning), pops out easily, and is a snap to clean with the built-in hair cutter. The roller even features a groove, so you can lift and cut the hair away. Well-thought-out design indeed!” Other reviewers rave about this vacuum’s ability to tackle carpeted surfaces, as well as hardwood and even tile. One vacuumed an area rug and wrote, “I swear there is dog hair in there that is from dogs that haven’t been around for a couple years. This thing pulled everything out from in between the tufts and probably all the way down to the hardwood. And amazingly, my area rugs look brand new and like they’ve just been cleaned.” They add, “It also worked great on my bare hardwood, as there is an easy fingertip adjustment for high, medium and low. Absolutely perfect for my needs.”

Best vacuum for people with long hair

Shark APEX Upright Vacuum with DuoClean for Carpet and HardFloor Cleaning, Zero-M Anti-Hair Wrap, & Powered Lift-Away with Hand Vacuum

Advocates for the Shark APEX Upright Vacuum love that it deals handily with the issue of raveling hair that gets spun around a vacuum’s roller. “My daughter has long curly hair and with my old vacuum I would be having to cut off hair with a knife and tweezers after every cleaning,” writes one such reviewer. “It is so easy to get anything stuck in or around the brushes. Just pop the top off and reach in there. It makes my life so much easier.” Other reviewers love that it’s “lightweight but powerful” and “cleans dog hair wonderfully on both the hard floor and the carpet.” It’s easy to change functions, too: “You can change from hard floor to carpet with just a push of the button, which is great since we have a number of throw rugs. You can change the power of the suction, too, with a twist on the handle.”

Best upright vacuum cleaner with retractable cord

Bissell Cleanview Swivel Rewind Pet Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner

“THE SUCTION power on this sucker is GODLY. Perfection. I’m not exaggerating, you guys, I have never been so happy about a vacuum purchase in my damn LIFE,” raves one ecstatic reviewer, who adds, “It’s durable (kids tried using it as a jungle gym and it survived unscathed), it has a crazy good amount of suction, and it’s easier than cake to clean!” This vacuum’s retractable cord is a feature touted by dozens of satisfied customers, as well, like one who writes, “The retractable cord is a miracle. I used to deal with rolling it up myself, now it rolls itself, in addition you don’t have to play jump rope with the cord either.”

Best vacuum cleaner with lights

Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet (NV752) Upright Vacuum, Mini-Motorized Brush, Bordeaux

“I like to vacuum again,” says one delighted owner of the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet. “This baby has suction like a beast and maneuvers so nicely—it actually pulls you along like an eager pup.” Other reviewers concur, noting unique features like lights on the vacuum head: “This vacuum will light up your filth like luminol lights up a crime scene. You will be shocked at what you’ve unknowingly been living with.” They also appreciate the Shark’s relative quietness: “It makes no noise rolling across the floor.” The substantial cord is another selling point, with one writing, “The cord is like 5,000 feet long, so you don’t have to keep moving the plug around the house. I can vacuum my entire apartment plugged into the same outlet.”

Best corded stick vacuum

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning with Swivel Steering and Car Detail Set

“Normally, I wouldn’t write a review when there are 554 others, but this vacuum cleaner has changed my life,” one enthusiastic reviewer shares. “It’s hard to believe how much dirt it gets up every time I vacuum, which means it’s hard to believe how much dirt I was living in before. I’m trying to persuade all my friends, clean-freaks and otherwise, to get one.” Many reviewers who were previously disappointed in lightweight vacuums were impressed that the Shark Rocket feels “EASY to use and lightweight without feeling cheap” have found the included attachments optimize functionality. “At first I was a little overwhelmed by all of the tools and attachments sent with this machine. I don’t like clutter and I was sure I would eventually toss some of these attachments in the trash or recycling bin for being ineffective. But I’ve enjoyed using them all.” Another reviewer says this stick vacuum is “Super easy to attach and detach parts, easy to open and empty the dustbin hatch. I’m in love! Even easy for my kids to use as it’s pretty lightweight.” Five-star reviewers often rave about the ease of the device, with one mentioning that “even our 4-year-old daughter can use it.”

Best lightweight corded stick vacuum

Shark Rocket DuoClean HV382 Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Carpet and Hard Floor with Lift-Away Hand Vacuum

“I have conflicting feelings about the Shark,” admits one reviewer. “One is being very impressed at the amount of dirt that it gets up and two, being embarrassed at the amount of dirt that it gets up.” Owners of the Shark Rocket DuoClean HV382 are near-evangelical about the vacuum, calling it their “best purchase on Amazon,” and claiming that they “actually enjoy vacuuming now!” Reviewers note that it’s “lightweight, yet it cleans like a heavyweight,” “small enough to get under furniture,” and “extremely maneuverable.” Plus, lights on the vacuum head allow you to “see something you would prefer not to pick up” and comes with the same useful hair-removal tool as the other Shark DuoClean models.

Best stick vacuum for pet hair

Bissell PowerEdge Pet Hardwood Floor Bagless Cleaner, 81L2A Stick Vacuum, Gray

“I don’t know what I would do without it,” one four-year owner of this vacuum writes. Another reviewer notes, “This will also work on very low pile carpet or area rugs. I love how it gets into the corners and works along the baseboards.” Its high degree of maneuverability is mentioned in hundreds of reviews: “It’s very light, and the V-shape makes it much easier to maneuver around furniture legs.” Despite its small size, many five-star reviewers mention its superior suction power, like one who writes, “This vac has a ridiculously large amount of suction for its size. The suction power, together with the odd-looking but highly effective V-shape front edge, pulls the hair and dirt into the vac rather than pushing it around. It’s hard to overstate the ‘Wow!’ factor.” That makes it a go-to pick for those looking for a stick vacuum for pet hair. One writes, “I have two Great Danes which shed a ton and this vacuum can handle the hair, grass and dirt my dogs leave behind. I do need another vacuum for carpet, but this one is absolutely unbeatable for bare floors!”

Best cordless stick vacuum

Dyson V6 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Red

From cleaning quick messes to full house cleaning, many reviewers enjoyed the freedom of going cordless. “It was so nice not needing to deal with a cord catching on table legs or the corner of a couch.” says one. “It works great vacuuming the carpeted stairs since it’s lightweight and you’re not fumbling or tripping over a cord.” Many shared that the vacuum can handle various surface types without losing suction power. “I use it on wood laminate, tile, and area rugs. It’s perfect for my dog’s short hair, bits of shredded toys, and even leaves and small sticks. I haven’t touched a broom since we bought it.” Another reviewer affirms this sentiment: “I have to say, I’m impressed to the point I may never use a broom and dustpan again.”

Best lightweight cordless stick vacuum

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Pricier than Dyson’s other cordless models, the Cyclone V10 Absolute Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum has a devoted following. Compared to lower V models, reviewers feel that the Cyclone V10 is “lighter,” that “the attachments are MUCH easier to switch out and the bin empties so much easier and cleaner.” Owners feel that the extra couple hundred dollars gets you “much better” cleaning: “I first used my V6 on max power to clean an area rug, then went back over it with the V10 on low power. The V10 was half-full of dog hair that the V6 hadn’t picked up.” Another customer concurs, saying, “I feel like I can tackle my entire house with this bad boy. AND it’s lightweight. I use it on the lowest setting and it still picks up a ton. I did try it on the highest setting for a few seconds and literally felt like the vacuum was ATTACHED to the floor!”

Best quiet vacuum cleaner

Dyson V7 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Iron

Another cordless stick vacuum from Dyson, the Dyson V7 is a fan favorite. “It has the power of a corded vacuum,” says one reviewer, “but is quieter than any corded vacuum I’ve used, and obviously way more portable.” That it’s quiet is a trait mentioned by dozens of reviewers, including one who writes that it’s “a major perk because my 3.5-year-old is afraid of my old sweeper because it’s so loud.” Users also loved the ability to sprint around their apartment in record time without having to plug and unplug. Says one, “My apartment is much cleaner now just because I can just grab this thing and fly over my floors rather than hauling out the vacuum cleaner and having to plug it in three different places because the cord doesn’t reach.” And, for a cordless vacuum, the battery life isn’t bad: “The battery lasts in normal cleaning mode more than long enough to do our entire downstairs, over 2,000 square feet. Because it only runs when you pull the trigger, you’re not wasting battery life when you move from room to room.” It also gets high marks for maneuverability (“The swivel is just genius”) and versatility (“It works equally well on hardwood floors and carpet.”). As one delighted customer puts it, “I feel like I’m in the future when I’m using it.”

Best (less expensive) cordless stick vacuum

Tineco A10 Hero Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner Lightweight 350W Digital Motor Lithium Battery and LED Brush

For those looking to spend a bit less on a high-quality cordless stick vacuum, the Tineco A10 Hero is a top pick. In the words of one obsessive vacuumer: “I love this vacuum. Ask my friends, they think I’ve lost my mind but I’m that excited…over a vacuum. I have two cats, a longish-haired small dog, a teenage boy, and a husband tracking dirt into a ‘shoes on’ house. It was a constant battle against hair, dirt, and dust and I’m finally winning.” Another satisfied customer describes this as “far and away, the very best stick vacuum I have ever owned. I am an older woman, so weight and ease of use, plus effectiveness, are quite important. It is very light, intuitively easy to use.”

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The Best Vacuum Cleaners on Amazon, According to Reviewers