Life is too short to have a messy house. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of high-tech vacuum cleaners these days to keep every nook and cranny of your home spotless. That said, we wanted to find the best vacuums that will help keep your house clean, according to the pros.
If there’s one thing that we’ve learned over the past few years, it’s that mental health is a priority. Quite simply, a clean house can help improve your mood and your happiness. That’s not just our opinion, 78% of homeowners agree that their well-being hinges on how clean their house is. Moreover, one survey reports that people who enjoy cleaning their house are happier and more relaxed.
Dishes, laundry, mopping, sweeping, disinfecting, there’s a lot to do and it seems like we’re always cleaning. In fact, the average person cleans their house seven times a month. You may not always love to clean your house, but almost one-third of people agree that vacuuming is the best chore to do.
We agree as well, but sometimes it can feel overwhelming trying to decipher the best vacuum with so many options. Have no fear! StudyFinds has done the research for you. No matter the floor — from hardwood to high carpet — we have you covered for the best options to keep your entire house tidy. For our report, we visited 10 expert websites to find the best overall vacuums for your home based on which ones were the most frequently recommended.
One thing of note: all of the vacuums in our list below are “traditional” vacuums. Don’t have the time to clean your house and looking for a robot vacuum solution? Check out our previous study of best robot vacuums.
The List: Best Vacuums, According to the Experts
1. Dyson v15 Detect
Consistently rated as a top vacuum, the Dyson v15 Detect is a workhorse, and what makes it so impressive is that it’s a cordless vacuum with the power of a traditional plug-in vacuum. Modern Castle dubbed the Dyson v15 Detect as the “most powerful cordless vacuum on the market.” Tech Radar agrees, saying “it’s the most powerful cordless vacuum the brand has ever produced, and the New York Times echoes this sentiment, “If you want a cordless vacuum that fully replaces a plug-in, a high-end Dyson is as close as it gets.”
Capable of up to 230 AW in suction power, boasting two cleaning heads, and 60-minute run time, it’s an all-in-one solution.
The v15 Detect combines that incredible performance with ease of use…allowing it to be able to handle anything from bare floors to high carpet. According to RTings, The Detect is “remarkably easy to deploy and maneuver” no matter the challenge.
2. Bissell CleanView Bagless
Coming up next in the best vacuums is the Bissel CleanView Bagless vacuum. Another multi-purpose vacuum, with specialized tools to handle any task (including the TurboBrush, Dust Brush and extension wand), the CleanView is able to vacuum any spot, including hard floors and all carpet, writes Gadget Review.
A more affordable option than most of the competition, the Bissell CleanView delivers effective cleaning at an exceptionally reasonable price point,” notes Forbes.
Don’t let the low price point fool you — the CleanView still offers features that won’t break the bank. The CleanView “doesn’t have some of the bells and whistles more modern vacuums have..it does have five height options ranging from bare floors to high pile carpets, a 6-foot hose for cleaning stairs and high places and an easy to empty, bottom-opening, large dust cup,” says Good Housekeeping.
3. Dyson Ball Animal 2
The Dyson Ball Animal 2 not only is a great option for those with pets, but features a wide design, powerful suction, and a larger dustbin. New York magazine notes that “This heavy-duty cleaner catches everything from food scraps to tufts of cat fur with a single pass.”
The Dyson Ball is highlighted by, unsurprisingly, the signature ball design in the middle of the vacuum. This ball offers unsurpassed maneuverability, meaning you can “maneuver around obstacles with ease and the generous cord (at 35ft) speeds up the process as you do not need to keep moving the plug to different sockets.” reports Real Homes.
The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is the perhaps the highest rated vacuum for those with pets, The Dyson Ball 2 is certified by the Asthma and Allergy foundation for being asthma and allergy friendly, and features a “whole-machine filtration system captures allergens and dust into the machine instead of expelling them into the home,” US News observes.
4. Miele Classic C1 Pure Suction
The Miele Classic C1 Pure Suction is a powerful vacuum, especially for those with pet hair. However, it may not be well suited those with dense carpeting in their home. RTings notes that the Pure Suction C1 “only comes with a straight-suction floorhead and is best suited for bare floors and low-pile carpets, so you’ll want to upgrade to a pricier variant with a powerhead if you have dense carpeting in your home.”
Make no mistake, the Miele Classic C1 is a powerhouse when it comes to suction power and reliability when vacuuming. The C1 excels at destroying messes, with Forbes noting that the C1 features a “high-suction 1,200-watt motor (that) swoops up debris while the nimble cleaning head maneuvers easily around chairs and table legs.”
Modern Castle agrees, saying that the Miele Classic C1 had the “best cleaning performance we have tested in any vacuum to date.”
5. Shark Navigator Lift-Away Series (NV151, NV352 or NV356)
Rounding out the list is the Shark Navigator Lift-Away series. The only reason you find the reliable Shark Navigator series at #5 is because no one can agree on which one is the best! We’d put these higher, but we found the Shark Navigator series (the NV151, NV352, and also the NV356) showing up in different lists.
The NV352 is a low cost, highly effective bagless upright vacuum that will “work well with just about any type of vacuumable debris (including pet hair) and floor type (including most carpets, wood, tiles, or anything else), noted the New York Times, which had rated the Shark Navigator its top pick for six straight years.
The NV356E is another budget friendly option from the Shark Navigator series, that still offers the traditional upright mode for carpets and hardwood floors, utilizes an “anti-allergen seal to reduce chances of infectious debris from entering your home” as mentioned by Forbes while also offering a detachable canister for those hard to reach places. However, the NV356E was neither bagless nor cordless.
Finally, the NV 151 was another highly rated vacuum from the Navigator series, with People (among others) singing its praises as a great option for those who do not need cordless vacuums. “No matter what surface they ran the vacuum over — including hardwood floors and low-, medium-, and high-pile carpets — it was a breeze to maneuver, effortlessly gliding across even the thickest of rugs. The vacuum has multiple settings for carpets and hardwood floors, which made it seamless to switch between the two surfaces.”
- Consumer Reports
- New York Times
- US News
- Good Housekeeping
- New York Magazine
- Real Homes
Note: This article was not paid for nor sponsored. StudyFinds is not connected to nor partnered with any of the brands mentioned and receives no compensation for its recommendations.