Top 10 Rated Vacuum Cleaners 2014
By Brittany Rowland
As we selected the top 10 vacuum cleaners, we looked for models that possess certain features that enhance the suction performance, including:
1. Adjustable height for carpets of varying thickness
2. A brushroll that turns on and off easily for transitioning from carpet to hardwoods
3. Filters that don’t clog, are easily washed, and trap microscopic allergens
4. Easy-to-clean dirt canisters or bags
5. A light build that makes it easy to maneuver, swivel, and carry
6. Accessories like extendable wands, dusting brushes, and crevice tools that are easy to attach
8. Relatively quiet operation
The best vacuum cleaners are durable but lightweight enough to swivel around and under furniture. They should get up dirt close to walls, on stairs, and in tight spaces. See the vacuum cleaner comparison and ratings below with a link to the full review of each.
27-foot power cord
A vacuum cleaner so powerful it almost feels self-propelled, this Hoover WindTunnel model sucks up even hidden dirt and hair in the carpet and has the tools to reach all the tough places to clean … read more
Vacuuming the house becomes easier when you don’t have to worry about a cord. This cordless, bagless Hoover stick vacuum runs on an efficient lithium ion battery, which doesn’t fade but maintains its full power … read more
With a large, lift-up canister, this Shark upright vacuum cleaner can pull up large quantities of dirt and hair before you have to empty the bin. Highly maneuverable, it moves around and under furniture easily … read more
30-foot power cord
With an assortment of attachments that provide great versatility in cleaning, this Shark upright vacuum cleaner works equally well on carpets and hardwoods. The hose stretches out generously and the extendable wand reaches 12 feet for great access to hard-to-reach areas. The dusting brush and crevice tools… read more
35-foot power cord
An upright vacuum cleaner capable of cleaning any type of floor—wood, tile, carpet—this Dyson model pulls out even microscopic allergens and pollen. The HEPA filter traps these small particles and only needs to be washed occasionally … read more
14.6 x 10.8 x 31.5 inches
For a moderately priced vacuum cleaner at $77.49, this Bissell gets the job done with great suction power. The dirt cup is easy to remove and clean; however, its small size will require you to empty it frequently… read more
24 3/5-inch power cord
A vacuum resting on a ball, this upright Dyson model makes it simple to pivot and steer around furniture. It handles both hardwood and carpet well, pulling up amazing amounts of dirt and dust. We didn’t experience any clogging … read more
With a powerful suction for such a lightweight, compact vacuum, the Dirt Devil UD70105 is ideal for small apartments or homes. It automatically adjusts the height, depending on whether you’re vacuuming carpet… read more
15-foot power cord
An inexpensive vacuum cleaner at just $24.96, this lightweight Eureka model is ideal for small homes or apartments. The cord is short at just 15 feet, and the vacuum head is narrow, but the suction is still more than adequate … read more
24-foot power cord
For a $69 model, this Hoover bagged vacuum cleaner covers floors quickly with its wide suction head and pulls up a great deal of dirt and hair. The bag’s media filters trap most allergens, and the rinsable filters also expel clean, fresh air … read more
Vacuum Cleaners Buying Guide
Features That Make Vacuuming Easier and More Effective
Everyone wants clean, plush carpet and slick hardwood floors. However, vacuuming can be a cumbersome, time-consuming task when it involves tugging around a bulky vacuum, untangling the power cord, and switching outlets multiple times. Luckily, there are new vacuum cleaners that make the task less of a hassle and leave your floors extra clean with some effective and convenient features.
Long power cord
Depending on how large your rooms are, you’ll probably appreciate a long power cord that doesn’t force you to move constantly from outlet to outlet. Of course, you don’t want the cord to get in the way of the vacuum head; some models have a clip that keeps the cord out from underfoot. The Hoover UH70120 even features a foot pedal that automatically retracts the power cord, saving you the trouble of winding it up.
Sealed HEPA filters in vacuum cleaners are especially beneficial if you or a family member suffer from allergies. The filter is capable of trapping the most common allergens, pollens, and dust mites. Everyone will breathe better without those allergens resting in carpets and furniture upholstery. Look for filters that you can wash off periodically instead of replacing it.
Most vacuum cleaners come with an assortment of attachments that provide versatile cleaning functions.
- Extendable wands let you reach ceiling corners to suck up cobwebs and clean all the surfaces of your staircase.
- A power nozzle is most effective for cleaning pile carpets and rugs.
- Dust brushes are useful for cleaning up dust and hair from hard and soft surfaces.
- Crevice tools let you reach every small nook and cranny, such as between the sofa cushions, where you’ll typically find all sorts of food, dirt, and unidentifiable particles.
When you can adjust the vacuum cleaner height for different types of carpet, it will be easier to push back and forth and you’ll get the most dirt up. A low setting is sufficient for low-pile carpet, while thicker, plusher carpet requires a high setting.
You’ll find that it’s easier to turn the vacuum cleaner on and off or adjust the settings when the controls are located on the handle instead of at the base.
A vacuum head that has a wide opening can reach dirt right up against the wall and in tight corners.
A bagged vacuum cleaner should include a full-container indicator so you know when the bag needs to be replaced. You should change out the bag when it’s filled about three-quarters full to get the most thorough suction.
Although this feature typically makes the vacuum cleaner bulkier and heavier to carry, it helps you push it back and forth with the transmission and drive system.
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