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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 cleaner 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!”

[Editor’s note: This canister vacuum is still in stock, but it’ll take three to five days to ship.]

Best large canister vacuum cleaner

$80

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 costs less.” And the best part for her is that “the bags are really large and super cheap.”

Best bagged vacuum cleaner

Oreck Commercial Upright Vacuum Cleaner XL
$133

“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.” Over 300 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