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The Best Vacuum Cleaners on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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

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Best-rated (and least-expensive) vacuum cleaner

“I’ve owned this vacuum a little under a year now, and it’s got to be one of the best investments of my life,” one reviewer writes, and nearly 70 percent of reviewers also give this vacuum five stars. “It’s lightweight and powerful, I use it on both carpet and hardwood, and it will pick up anything, even liquids,” the same reviewer adds. Another says, “It picks up really well and is so light it’s easy to move around, push, and swivel.” And it’s so lightweight, one reviewer says,
“I even let my toddler vacuum at times.” One common complaint is that the cord is a little short, but “the short(ish) cord is super-manageable, so I find myself happily grabbing this very frequently to help keep the hardwood clean.”

Best vacuum for hard-to-reach places

“Yippee, hooray, and hallelujah, I found vacuum Wonder,” says one reviewer, and this wondrous vacuum can pretty much catch it all. “This new Bissell is great because it is lightweight, easy to use, and gets into hard-to-get places,” one person writes. Reviewers are particularly impressed with how well it even gets into the corners. “The suction on this is POWERFUL,” one says. “It literally sucks up everything, even if it’s not close to it. I really like the little brushes on the sides because they help me get that dust and hair that accumulates in the corners and around the base of the wall.” Another reports, “It did a great job vacuuming right up to the baseboards.” Not only does it get into all the hard-to-reach places, but it works on all surfaces, and you can adjust the settings depending on what surface you are vacuuming. “Our floors are a mixture of laminate, tile, carpet, and large area rugs,” one user says. “This vacuum performed perfectly on all surfaces.”

Best canister vacuum cleaner

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 large canister vacuum

Eureka Mighty Mite Corded Canister Vacuum Cleaner
$70

While the Bissell vacuum can hold two liters, this Eureka model can hold 2.5 liters, and reviewers say that extra bit of room is helpful for those with larger homes or people who don’t want to change the bag as much. One customer used to clean homes professionally and keeps this vacuum in her house. She hates having to constantly change the bag after cleaning her house almost daily: “I have three short-haired dogs in a one bedroom house and I replace my bag two times a month and I use vacuum two times a week so you can see how long a bag will last.” She thinks that you can get three cleanings from one bag if you have multiple dogs and a large home, though. And another customer even replaced her Dyson with this vacuum. She personally “hated the bagless design, because it meant she always needed to touch and handle the dirt. This vacuum is smaller, lighter, and just as powerful as the Dyson but cost $50.” And the best part for her is that “the bags are really large and super cheap.”

Best bagged vacuum

$169

“I love this ugly thing so much,” writes a satisfied reviewer, who’s one of hundreds who appreciates that this vacuum has a bag. “I like having a bagged vacuum because I hate emptying the bagless canisters because no matter what, dust gets everywhere — especially in the air. The bags for this vacuum are huge and last a long time.” Another says, “No matter what you do, the bagless vacs retain dirt and odor with all the nooks and crannies of their cyclone technology and hidden filters,” but with this, they explain, “The bag fills up, you toss it out along with all the odor and dust.” More than 200 reviewers also reference how powerful this Oreck is. “The aforementioned beefy motor sucks up everything just fine, from stale cereal my 1-year-old hid behind the couch for later to my wife’s forgotten hair ties to every single cord I forget to get out of the way before I start vacuuming,” one writes. It does all this while still remaining lightweight. The same user compares its weight to “about as much as a gallon of milk.”

Best vacuum cleaner with extra-long cord

Shark Rotator Professional Upright Corded Bagless Vacuum
$220
$220

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

“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 cleaners for pet hair

Hoover WindTunnel 3 Max Performance Upright Vacuum Cleaner,
$172
$172

“The amount of fur that this vacuum can pick up in one use is astonishing,” writes one reviewer, and of the more than 5,000 reviewers who give this vacuum cleaner five stars, about 15 percent say how great it works for pet hair. “I have huskies and my floor gets covered with hair,” one user says. “I have not seen my carpets this clean in a long time.” Another reviewer, with four cats that “shed like they’re getting paid for it,” says, “This vacuum can keep up with that and then some. The suction power on this thing is amazing and works on the tile, laminate, and high pile carpet that I have.” This vacuum also has floor-recognition technology, so it changes the level of suction based on the surface. However, one user says. “I prefer to have the high-suction carpet mode on at all times, just to make sure I get everything.” Whether it’s for pet hair or not, reviewers are generally impressed with how well the suction works. “The suction power of this vacuum is pretty darn amazing,” one says. “After using the old vacuum for quite a while, I was pretty impressed with how nice my carpet looked after a quick run-over from the Hoover.” This vacuum is 18 pounds, so some reviewers say it’s heavy, but, “despite its weight, it pushes easily on carpet and hard floors.”

This vacuum is cheaper and lighter than the Hoover, and it still does a great job of picking up pet hair. “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 lightweight upright vacuum cleaner

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 vacuum for people with long hair

Shark APEX Upright Vacuum with DuoClean
$375

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

$140

More than 15 percent of reviewers reference this vacuum’s retractable cord as a selling point. One calls it “so handy,” while another says it “worked flawlessly.” But that’s not the only convenience of this vacuum. “I really like that there are no hand controls — incline, power, and cord retraction are all pedals you can operate with one foot,” one writes. Another says, “I really love and appreciate that it’s designed to hold all the attachments right on the vacuum itself,” and they add, “It’s convenient and saves me the never ending cycle of immediately losing them all.” As for its overall functionality, one user says it can pretty much pick up anything: “Dirt, small rocks, bits of branches and wood and cardboard, dog food, egg shells, coffee grounds, fluff from stuffed animals, strips of cloth (sometimes they get stuck in the roller, but they’re easy to pull right back off), paper, yarn… yeah, basically anything that’s on your floor it can suck up.”

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