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Vacuuming doesn’t just make your home look and feel better, it can help your hardwood floors, rugs, and even upholstery last longer by removing dirt and debris that wear these surfaces down.

We’ve tested over 200 vacuums over the past two years, including every type of vacuum you can think of, including upright, stick, canister, robot, and handheld models. The vacuums we’ve tested have come in a large price range, and we’ve used them on all types of flooring in our lab and at home.

Before wading through all the eye-catching vacuums on the market, you have to consider your specific situation as well. If you tend to tidy your home every day, a lightweight stick vacuum will likely be enough to handle daily debris. But if you prefer to hold off vacuuming until you need a deeper clean, or need a more powerful device to handle pet hair, you may be better off with an upright or canister model.

What We Tested

We evaluated vacuums based on their portability, noise level, and maneuverability, and rated the machines based on factors like their design, weight, battery life, and price. Some have even been tested for months in our homes to determine if they keep providing useful service.

To learn more about how we tested vacuums, check out our testing process below.

Our Top Picks

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Why You Should Get It

  • It’s powerful on all surfaces, and cleaned up everything in its path quickly and effectively.

Keep in Mind

  • It’s the loudest vacuum on our list at 103.9 decibels.

Strong power and a sophisticated design combine to make the Shark NV360 Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe Upright Vacuum the best vacuum on our list. It performed expertly on hard surfaces and carpet, suctioning up everything from pet hair to cereal—usually in just one pass. That’s partially because the rotating brush roll pulls debris up from carpet, but it also can be shut off for more efficient hard surface cleaning.

Its performance didn’t falter while transitioning between flooring types or along edges and corners. In fact, we were impressed with how well the vacuum did at tackling edges and corners in its normal mode, without needing to use the crevice tool. It worked on stairs, too, though we found it a bit heavy and awkward.

Initially, we found the 15.96-pound Shark could be difficult to push on higher pile carpets. After using the model for a while, we learned to use the adjustable suction release collar according to the surface type, making it much more maneuverable. We also noticed hair tangled easily in the roller brush when used on carpet, but switching to the upholstery tool for vacuuming hair made the process much smoother.

The lift-away pod feature allows the canister and nozzle to release from the vacuum body, so you can more conveniently clean non-floor areas, like upholstery. It’s corded so you won’t run out of power, and the generous 0.9-quart dust bin capacity means you won’t be stopping to empty the canister too often, either.

The clear dustbin made it easy to tell when it needed to be emptied or cleaned—and it’s easy to do. Undo the latches on either side of the dust cup to remove it, and just a click of a button will have collected debris smoothly emptying out into a wastecan.

All that performance does come at a slight cost, however. We recorded 103.9 decibel rating on the high setting, and 97.1 on the low setting, making this the loudest vacuum on our list.

Product Details: Vacuum Type: Upright | Weight: 15.96 pounds | Battery Life: Not applicable | Accessories: Upholstery and crevice tools

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Key Terms To Know

  • HEPA Filter: Also known as a “high-efficiency particulate air” filter, a HEPA filter removes a majoirty of small particles and pollutants including pollen and dust in addition to many others from the air.
  • Brush roll: A brush roll is usually located in a vacuum cleaner itself, or comes as an attachment. This piece works to help bring debris up to the surface so it can be more efficiently suctioned.

Why You Should Get It

  • It’s effective at removing pet hair from flooring and upholstery, plus it’s the quietest vacuum on our list.

Keep in Mind

  • It weighs 22.64 pounds, which is about 7 pounds heavier than our best overall pick.

Low, medium, and high suction control settings helped the Kenmore Pet-Friendly Pop-N-Go canister vacuum succeed in pulling kibble, long and short pet hair, and everyday debris from carpets, hard floors, and even furniture.

With a motorized brush and multiple power settings, it effortlessly removed hair from low- and high-pile carpets. Wood and tile floors posed a bit more of a challenge—hair tended to get pushed around with the bare floor attachment, but lifting and setting the vacuum head on top of fur worked to capture it.

Other attachments include a crevice tool, dusting brush, and the motorized pet hair attachment which suctioned pet hair off upholstery without a hitch. Not only are the attachments easy to switch between, they are all conveniently stored on the body of the vacuum.

It registered only 46 decibels, making it the quietest model on our list—an ideal feature for skittish pets or those who are sensitive to noise. It is easy to maneuver despite being the heaviest model on our list at 22.64 pounds.

However, the canister type vacuum took some getting used to for those who were more familiar with an upright or stick vacuum. With this vacuum, you’ll need two hands to operate it: one for the wheeled canister and another to push the vacuum head.

We found this detached design especially convenient for cleaning stairs and getting underneath furniture—and the long cord helped, too. During six months of at-home testing, the flexibility of the vacuum and its telescoping wand helped us get under large, low furniture, like a king-sized bed.

This is a bagged model, and although the price of replacement bags may add up, we were impressed with their capacity and how easily they could be replaced. A bagged model provides secure capture of allergens, dander, and other small particles, and while this isn’t a requirement, it is a valuable trait for vacuums in pet-friendly homes.

Product Details: Vacuum Type: Canister | Weight: 22.64 pounds | Battery Life: Not applicable | Accessories: Dusting brush, powered pet attachment, crevice tool, and bare floor brush

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Why You Should Get It

  • The impressive suction power rivals even the corded models we’ve tested.

Keep in Mind

  • The battery life isn’t as long as we would’ve liked.

The Levoit Vortex IQ 40 Cordless Stick Vacuum is deceptively lightweight considering its incredible suction power. Weighting about 6.6 pounds, it’s easy to maneuver up and down stairs and between flooring types. It worked equally well on all surfaces we tested (hardwood and medium- and high-pile carpet), gathering every trace of debris in less than 60 seconds.

If you want a cordless vacuum that rivals the suction of a corded model, this is the one. We were blown away by how quickly and easily it sucked up all the debris during the testing period. It seamlessly slipped under the overhangs on each stair and into the corners to get every last bit of hair, coffee grounds, and cereal.

Though we were highly impressed by the performance on hardwood, the vacuum worked even better on carpeted areas, picking everything up with very little effort. The suction was so strong we actually needed to switch out of high power mode on the high-pile carpet because it was making it difficult to maneuver. Most of the time, the automatic setting was more than enough to get everything.

The vacuum comes with several attachments, like a telescoping crevice tool and a dust brush, but during testing we found the vacuum head to be adequate on its own. It also converts into a handheld model for upholstery or harder-to-reach areas.

While not self-emptying, it was easy to empty the dust cup, and we found that very little hair was tangled in the brush roller. The vacuum’s suction stayed at full power even as the cup filled with hair and debris over the course of the testing period.

It’s tough to find a downside to the Levoit Vortex IQ 40, but, if there is one, it’s that the battery life isn’t very long—about 39 minutes on low power, just under 8 minutes on high power. But we’d gladly make that trade given how user-friendly and powerful and device is.

Product Details: Vacuum Type: Stick | Weight: 6.66 pounds | Battery Life: 39 minutes | Accessories: Telescoping crevice tool, 2-in-1 dusting brush, charging dock

Why You Should Get It

  • This hands-free option picks up large and small debris on both carpet and hard flooring.

Keep in Mind

  • It lacks advanced modern features that would increase its convenience.

Though it lacks some of the bells and whistles of other robot vacuums we tested, the basics—strong suction and a plentiful run time—make the iRobot Roomba 694 our favorite.

Sand, cereal, and hair were no match for the powerful suction on wood and tile floors, and it performed equally well on carpets and rugs, too. It transitioned smoothly between these flooring types during our test, though we saw it had a little trouble picking up debris along the edge of a rug.

Strong sensors help the model avoid falling down stairs and navigate around large obstacles like furniture—though smaller items, like socks, fell victim to its suction power during testing. We also like how quickly it moved and the agility it showed maneuvering around small chair legs.

The Roomba 694 connects to WiFi, so you can partially control it through an app on your phone (though you don’t have to connect to the app to run the machine). It lacks some of the fancier features found on more expensive models, like object detection, smart mapping, or automatic self-cleaning. However, it still has some fairly modern functions—you can schedule cleanings and start/end a session in the app—even when you’re not home.

This model had extra use outside of our testing lab, and after six months of in-home use, we found it to be an indispensable part of regular housekeeping—an almost effortless supplement to deeper vacuum cleanings. The model itself was easy to clean once we consulted the directions about how to release the dust bin, and with weekly use, we did find ourselves having to cut tangles from the brush roll every few months.

It’s a hands-free option that works reliably on multiple floor types and runs for 90 minutes so you can cover maximum surface area. One of the quietest on our list at 77 decibels, it shouldn’t interrupt your work day, TV watching, or conversations in the house.

Product Details: Vacuum Type: Robot | Weight: 6.8 pounds | Battery Life: 90 minutes | Accessories: None

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Why You Should Get It

  • It can clean an entire car with a single charge.

Keep in Mind

  • The dust bin is small, so you may need to empty it multiple times during one cleaning session.

We deem the Baseus A2 Pro as the best vacuum for cars as it’s cordless, easy to set up, and lightweight. You could get away with never taking this handheld vacuum out of your car—the charging cable is compatible with USB ports, and the device is so compact you can store it under seats or in the glove box until its next use.

While a full charge takes 3.5 hours, we were pleasantly surprised that we were able to clean an entire minivan with a single charge. That said, we cleaned out the dustbin three times while cleaning, so it may be better suited for quick spot cleanings rather than a deep clean. Despite the small bin, we found it effectively picked up small debris and filtered particles out with its HEPA filter.

The vacuum comes with two attachments: a two-in-one brush and crevice nozzle and a smaller blow nozzle. We also liked that it wasn’t overly loud when in use.

Product Details: Vacuum Type: Handheld | Weight: 1.65 pounds pounds | Battery Life: Up to 25 minutes | Accessories: Two-in-one nozzle and blow nozzle

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Why You Should Get It

  • For a handheld vacuum, its bin is large and doesn't require constant emptying.

Keep in Mind

  • It only offers one level of suction.

As far as handheld vacuums go, we loved the Shark UltraCyclone Pro Cordless Handheld Vacuum. From the moment we received the vacuum to when we began using it, we were impressed by how easy and intuitive the setup process was—it took us less than 30 seconds to set up. The devices comes with two attachments (a crevice tool and a scrubbing brush) and a charger.

Although this vacuum only offers one section level, it was functional, especially when it came to suctioning the debris and hair from the carpet. We were pleasantly surprised that it suctioned the hairs that were further into our carpet. When we used it to clean a high chair and a car seat, it was able to reach small spaces. And, it’s equipped with a large bin that didn’t require as much emptying as other handheld models.

Considering we compared its suction power to that of an upright vacuum, we appreciated that it was loud but not to the point where it was distracting. We were able to hold normal conversations while using it.

The downsides we noticed during our initial testing included some of the debris spilling out when we tipped the vacuum forward, and the dustbin containing a fan-like structure in which some food got caught. Besides these small hiccups, we were still impressed with its performance overall.

During our six-month testing session, its battery required six hours of charge for 18 minutes of runtime. It continued to do a thorough job of cleaning up crumbs and debris as it maintained its strong suction power. It remained easy to clean and we continued to like how compact it was and how it did not get in the way when not in use.

Product Details: Vacuum Type: Handheld | Weight: 2 pounds| Battery Life: 18 minutes | Accessories: Crevice tool and scrubbing brush

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Why You Should Get It

  • Its smooth swivel makes navigating around furniture and walls a breeze.

Keep in Mind

  • It’s the most expensive model on our list, and it’s intended solely for hard flooring.

Perhaps the easiest to maneuver model on the list, the Dyson Omni-Glide+ effortlessly glides over flooring, like wood and tile. In fact, the model was designed for hard flooring exclusively.

Just 4.19 pounds, this lightweight model has a swivel floor cleaning head that easily maneuvered around tight turns, like vacuuming around a table leg. It picked up hair, cereal, coffee grounds, and even cotton balls without issue. Larger, heavier debris like popcorn kernels, however, were more of a challenge for the vacuum and its attachments—they occasionally slid across the floor during testing.

Unlike the other vacuums on our list, we found the dustbin on the Omni Glide+ a bit unintuitive to empty—consulting the manual was necessary, because pulling down on the canister was not obvious. The vacuum has a small dustbin, just 0.2 liters, that filled quickly during the testing and required frequent emptying.

However, we did repeatedly fill the canister beyond the max fill line, without losing suction, which prolonged periods between emptying. While emptying the canister, some lighter debris, like hair and cotton ball fibers, stuck to the inside and had to be pulled out by hand.

Because of its thin size and light weight, we found this stick vacuum to be comfortable for vacuuming stairs. Though the normal floor attachment didn’t remove debris from dust-trapping stair crevices, switching to one of the two crevice attachments even got the finer things, like coffee grounds, out from the corners. The light weight also meant this model requires little effort to clean higher surfaces, and we could easily lift it to reach above bookshelves and windows.

We tested the length of the battery on both the high and low settings. On the high setting, the battery lasted for eight and a half minutes, and on the low setting it lasted for 21 minutes. Though we found this vacuum to be highly effective for spot cleaning and refreshing small spaces with hard floors, we do have to point out that the high price tag may not be accessible to everyone.

Product Details: Vacuum Type: Stick | Weight: 4.19 pounds | Battery Life: 21 minutes on low, 8 minutes on high | Accessories: Combination crevice tool, mini motorized tool, light pipe crevice tool, docking station and charger

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Why You Should Get It

  • The vacuum manuevered well on a variety of floors.

Keep in Mind

  • Hair got stuck wrapped around the roller in our tests.

If you’re looking for a canister vacuum, consider the Miele Classic C1 Turbo Team PowerLine SBAN0. When it comes to its noise level, it sounded similarly to a quiet fan when on its low, though it did get significantly louder on its higher settings. That said, we don’t deem the noise level loud enough to be too distracting. We also appreciated that the appliance remained relatively quiet when being moved between rooms.

We were thoroughly impressed by how well this vacuum was able to be maneuvered on a variety of flooring surfaces. We noticed that it performed especially well on rugs and hardwood when we used the correct attachment.

In addition to the floors, we also found this vacuum easy to use on stairs. And when it came to cleaning debris from the upholstery, we were able to do so in 46 seconds.

We can’t forget to mention that this is a corded vacuum, which doesn’t allow for as much portability as others. That said, we didn’t encounter any issues when it came to its length and did not have to constantly alternate outlets when cleaning each room. Its cord was easy to retract via a foot pedal which was convenient and didn’t require much effort. Since this vacuum comes with several attachments, it was helpful that they could be clipped onto the handle for easy retrieval.

It is easy to tell when this vacuum needs to be emptied as its indicator light flashes. When we had to clean the vacuum, some hair did get stuck on the roller, which may be a bigger concern for those long hair or pets.

Product Details: Vacuum Type: Canister | Weight: 17 pounds | Battery Life: Not applicable | Accessories: Turbo brush floorhead, parquet floorhead, dusting brush, upholstery tool, crevice tool

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Why You Should Get It

  • The cord is long enough to reach across rooms.

Keep in Mind

  • You may have to put your hand inside of the dustbin to properly clean it out.

Carpets can be difficult to vacuum, but not when using the Bissell CleanView Rewind Upright Bagless Vacuum. Although we did find this vacuum effective on tile and other kinds of flooring, it shined when used on carpet. Even when placed on top of a thick carpet, it was still successful in picking up a variety of debris including dust, crumbs, lint, and hair.

We also found it easy to maneuver around and practically glided over every kind of flooring that we tested it on. Furthermore, we didn't find a need to empty it very often. We only needed to empty the bin after cleaning our whole house. That said, it is important to note that we did have to stick our hand in the bin to ensure that all the debris were removed.

While this is a corded model, the cord didn't get in our way. We tested it in every room inside our house, and there was only one room large enough that we needed to plug the cord into a new outlet to reach from corner to corner.

Keep in mind, one of the first things we noticed was how loud this vacuum was in use. However, it didn’t disrupt us from engaging in conversations while vacuuming. Considering its modest price tag, we thought that it offered good value overall.

Product Details: Vacuum Type: Upright | Weight: 13.5 pounds | Battery Life: Not applicable | Accessories: Crevice tool, dusting brush, and pet turbo brush tool

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Why You Should Get It

  • This vacuum is compact and won't take up a lot of space, especially in an apartment or smaller home.

Keep in Mind

  • It was better at picking up larger debris rather than fine dust.

If you have a lot of tile flooring in your home, consider the Shark Wandvac Cordless Stick Vacuum. This vacuum’s self-emptying feature made it stand out; it was nice to not have to manually empty the collection bin after each use.

We appreciated how small this vacuum was and we found its lightweight base perfect for day-to-day cleaning. Considering this vacuum doesn't take up a lot of space, it can make a great addition to an apartment. However, when testing the vacuum long-term, we found that its battery life at around 15 minutes wasn’t strong enough for vacuuming an entire large home.

This vacuum wasn't as good as picking up smaller pieces of debris, but it was very successful in picking up things like cat litter. It comes with two attachments, although there's only room for one to hang on to the vacuum at a time.

Product Details: Vacuum Type: Cordless stick | Weight: 13.5 pounds | Battery Life: 15 minutes | Accessories: Duster crevice tool and pet multi-tool

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The Bottom Line

Months of testing proved the Shark NV360 Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe Upright Vacuum is a powerful and versatile vacuum that excels at deep cleaning but is convenient enough for quick fixes, too.

Our Testing Process

Since testing began in 2022, we’ve tried more than 200 vacuums in our home testing lab in Des Moines, Iowa. Additionally, some models had extensive in-home testing to further evaluate durability and performance. Each vacuum type has its own thoughtfully constructed test in order to see how these machines performed on multiple surfaces, including tile, wood, and carpets and rugs of varying thickness.

Stairs and transitions between flooring are also tried out. We tested multiple kinds of dirt and debris, including cereal, popcorn kernels, coffee grounds, and sand, as well as pet food and cotton balls. Throughout the process, we documented how efficiently each model picked up debris and how well it maneuvered.

After testing in our lab, we tested our top picks at home to evaluate how they held up to regular use. We compared the results from our at-home tests and used the entirety of these findings to determine what made the list of our best vacuums.

What to Know About Vacuums Before Shopping

Vacuum Type

Vacuums come in many forms, and what you’ll select depends on your space, the tasks and messes you want to tackle, and the storage space available. These factors—along with comfort and ease of use for you personally—will determine the best vacuum type for you. “For example, if you are in a smaller house with hard surfaces and no pets, a robot vacuum could be a great option for you,” Hawk says.

Through testing, we’ve found upright and canister vacuums are traditional, powerful, and excellent at deeper cleans. But, they are limited by where their cords can reach and their weight can make them more difficult to push around. They are also bulkier and require the most storage space.

Robot vacuums and hand-held vacuums often work as a complement to uprights and canisters. They are ideal for more frequent surface cleanings—and in the case of robot vacuums specifically, they allow you to focus on another task while the vacuum cleans the floors for you. Both are relatively small and require less space when it comes to storage.

Hand-held models and stick vacuums are perfect for quick spot cleanings. Stick vacuums are somewhere between an upright and a handheld: they can be corded or cordless and seem to offer more powerful suction than robots and some handhelds, and they are a more maneuverable form than uprights and canisters.


Weight plays a key role in how easily you’ll be able to use a vacuum. Lighter models are easier to maneuver around furniture and up stairs, and less tiring to push and pull during long cleaning binges. They’re easier to carry over thresholds, to your car, or put back into a closet for storage. The lightest models on our list are all under 6 pounds, with the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Handheld Vacuum being the lightest at just 3 pounds.

Though lightweight mobility is nice, there are benefits to a little heft, too. Consider your own body type and physical abilities when comparing vacuums. “I’m 5 foot 8,” Brown says, “and if I’m using a lightweight canister vacuum on wheels, it’s common for me when giving the vacuum a light tug across the floor for it to come right off the ground, so I like a vacuum at least 10 pounds.”

Our best vacuum picks for the overall, budget, and pet categories are all heavier models—the Kenmore Pet Friendly Pop-N-Go Canister Vacuum is the heaviest at 22.64 pounds—but part of what earned these vacuums the top spots is that they still feel comfortable to use and maneuver despite their weight.

Weight can also make a difference with robot vacuums, according to Brown. Though heavier models may drain a battery a little faster, the weight can also help the self-sufficient models navigate over obstacles.

Battery Life

Vacuums are corded or cordless (battery powered). Corded models are traditional–they can run as long as you need them and generally have excellent suction. But for cordless models, battery life is an important factor to consider when shopping for the best vacuum. You need a cordless model that can run as long as you need it to—without losing suction as the time passes.

“Some users opt to use a corded unit for deeper cleans since they provide more powerful suction and longer run times, and use a cordless machine to spot clean as needed in between deep cleans,” Hawk says. For example, the Dyson Omni-Glide+ has shorter battery life but can be used to meet specific needs. The Roomba robot vacuum, on the other hand, stood out in testing because it has an exceptional run time that allows you to do more cleaning.


The best vacuums offer attachments that increase your vacuum’s baseline versatility. “Vacuum attachments offer convenience. The purpose of vacuum attachments is to allow reach where the vacuum itself cannot go,” Brown says. With the right accessories, you can tackle upholstery as well as hard wood floors, pick up lightweight dog hair alongside errant Cheerios, and clear out hard-to-reach places just as easily as the kitchen floor.Pet hair brushes of all kinds are common now, too.

“The most popular vacuum attachment used by professional cleaners is the crevice tool," Brown says. "This handy tool is used for everything from vacuuming baseboards, under sofa cushions, around plant stands, and chair legs to hard-to-reach areas like the skinny area between the fridge and the cupboards or the washing machine and the walls."

If you’re interested in a particular accessory that your model doesn’t come with, check into the brand and model: many of the best vacuum manufacturers sell additional accessories and attachments compatible with your machine, so you can turn an efficient vacuum into a personalized cleaning tool.

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Other Vacuums We Tested

Shark AV2001WD AI VACMOP 2-in-1 Robot Vacuum and Mop with Self-Cleaning Brushroll

The Shark 2-in-1 Robot Vacuum and Mop has a thorough mopping capability, but the vacuum’s performance didn’t live up to expectations (or the price). It didn’t get close enough to walls or large objects to effectively clean around the edges, nor did it avoid obstacles—we had to remove stuck socks and a USB cable from the machine while testing.

Dyson Ball Animal 3 Upright Vacuum

Though the Dyson Ball Animal 3 Upright Vacuum did clean messes, it took longer and required more effort to get the job done compared to the best vacuums on our list. An impressive number of attachments gives this vacuum some agility that paid off when removing hair from upholstery; however, during testing, both hair and pet food were pushed around the floor more than they were picked up.

ThisWorx Car Vacuum Cleaner

A long cord and lightweight body helps ensure the ThisWorx Car Vacuum Cleaner can get to every seat and floor in the car. Unfortunately, the suction didn’t impress us—sand remained in cracks and hair stayed stuck between seat cushions. Plus, it couldn’t reach into the tight spaces between seats and doors where crumbs and other detritus are commonly collected.

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Your Questions, Answered

Do I need a HEPA filter on my vacuum?

In short, no, you do not need a HEPA filter on your vacuum. A HEPA filter—which stands for high efficiency particulate air filter—is a filter that traps particularly small particles and pollutants, like pollen and dust. Without a HEPA filter, a vacuum will still suck up debris and dirt to keep your floors, stairs, and upholstery looking clean. However, HEPA filters are popular features because of what you can’t see when cleaning.

“While a HEPA filter is not required for the vacuum to perform its core function, it’s a great feature as it can trap 99.97% of pet dander, dust, and allergens while you are cleaning,” Hawk says. The best vacuums will help reduce allergens in your home, and HEPA filters are a big part of that equation.

Cleaning and replacing HEPA filters—or any filter in a vacuum, for that matter—is critical to this functionality. But Hawk also notes that not all HEPA filters are the same.

“When shopping for a vacuum with a HEPA filter, consumers should look for whole systems (i.e. HEPA Sealed System) vs. HEPA Media (just mentioning a HEPA filter), as there is a difference in filtration performance,” Hawk says. A sealed system will trap these particles more thoroughly, and they will stay trapped when the air is pushed back out of the vacuum.

How long should a vacuum last?

“Consumer data tells us that the average life expectancy is around six years,” Hawk says. To ensure your machine lasts as long as possible, Hawk recommends caring for it properly and routinely cleaning your vacuum cleaner.

This includes washing filters and replacing them as needed, routinely removing hair and any obstructions from the brush roll. “A good feature to look for when shopping for your vacuum is the inclusion of a washable filter. This allows you to wash after every use to avoid losing performance,” Hawk says.

How often and what you subject the vacuum to will also play a role in its longevity. A model built for deep cleaning carpets, for example, will do a better job on those surfaces—and last longer overall—than one built for quick cleanups on hard surfaces.

Who We Are

Our best vacuums were selected after hours of testing by a team of professionals. Each model was subjected to rigorous testing designed for the type of vacuum, and we rated their performance in areas including efficiency, portability, maneuverability and value. Kristina McGuirk is a freelance writer with more than a decade of experience writing and researching product and home design stories for Better Homes & Gardens. For industry insights into vacuum features and longevity, she reached out to Liz Hawk, Brand Specialist for vacuums marketing at Bissell. Angela Brown, CEO of Savvy Cleaner Training, shared professional cleaning insights on vacuuming and key characteristics of vacuums.

This article was updated with new insights from our testing lab by Jenna Clark, a freelance writer who specializes in shopping, home, lifestyle, and travel content.

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Next to all of the products on this list, you may have noticed our BHG Recommends seal of approval. Products that earn the seal have been put through rigorous testing to make sure they're worth a spot in your home. We buy most of the products we test ourselves, but occasionally we are provided samples by companies if buying isn't an option. In these cases, we use the same testing criteria we use to test the purchased products.

Looking for more products that have earned our BHG Recommends seal of approval? Check out our picks for everything from picnic blankets to humidifiers.

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