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The Best Vacuums, According to Cleaning-Service Experts

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It’s now spring, which means it’s nearly the season of cleaning and organization. There’s something particularly alarming about emerging from the winter doldrums to find that your home is a dusty, cluttered mess. To help you (and us) with sprucing up and restoring order, we’re talking to professionals and experts this week all about the best tricks and tools.

As I figured out firsthand this week, there’s a lot of competition out there when it comes to vacuums, but only a select few that are up to snuff. We’ve heard from robot-vacuum experts and yours truly on the best “smart” cleaning vacuums, but we thought we’d ask for a third opinion on the best vacuums overall, from the people we trust to make our homes squeaky-clean. Here, three New York City cleaning-service experts give their recommendations (many that are on the cheaper end) on the best vacuums for a range of needs, whether you’re looking for something compact to fit in your tiny apartment, want a robot that can clean up spills, or own pets.

“One vacuum cleaner I like is the Bissell Pet Hair: The 1650A, the upright one, is really good for everyone who has pets. It’s great quality and it’s fairly priced. The Bissells aren’t really known for their suction, but the overall performance is really good. It’s the way the filtration system works that makes the vacuum work so well. The pet-hair brush works on various different types of floors, and you get a lot of extra attachments with this, too.” —Antonio Sheman, owner of Klean Freaks NYC

“Eureka canisters are an option if you need a cheap and compact vacuum. It’s a simple vacuum that is also very affordable and does a good job. The shortcoming is that it will not last you ten years like a Miele would. It’s not quiet and it does not have a special floor attachment that automatically adjusts to the type of your floor. It doesn’t have a fancy filter that cleans your air. But in my opinion, it’s the best budget-friendly vacuum out there.” —Kadi Dulude, owner of Wizard of Homes NYC