Best Vacuum Cleaners

Top 10 Rated Vacuum Cleaners 2014

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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
7.Long cords
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
16.5 pounds
12 amps
12″ x 16″ x 44″

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


Hoover BH50010  8.5/10

Cordless
7.2 pounds
11″ x 8″ x 42″

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


Shark NV356  8.5/10

19 pounds
45.4″ x 15″ x 11.4″

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


Shark NV22L  8.5/10

30-foot power cord
15 pounds
12.6″ x 10.2″ x 35.4″

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


Dyson DC33  8/10

35-foot power cord
17.6 pounds
13.4″ x 14″ x 44.9″

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


Bissell 21K3  8/10

27-foot power cord
16 pounds
12 amps
12.5″ x 15″ x 44″

For a moderately priced vacuum cleaner at $99.99, this Bissell gets the job done with 12 amps of suction power. The dirt cup is easy to remove and clean; however, its small size will require you to empty it frequently … read more


Dyson DC25  8/10

24 3/5-inch power cord
16 1/8 pounds
11 amps
11.7″ x 11.4″ x 38.9″

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


25-foot power cord
8 pounds
11″ x 11″ x 43″

With a powerful suction for such a lightweight, compact vacuum, this Dirt Devil model is ideal for small apartments or RV’s. Its handle retracts, making it easy to store in small spaces … read more


Eureka 166DX  7.5/10

15-foot power cord
4.4 pounds
2 amps
5.5″ x 9″ x 27″

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
19.2 pounds
12 amps
15″ x 13″ x 43.5″

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.

HEPA filter

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.

Accessories

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.

Adjustable height

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.

Accessible controls

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.

Edge cleaner

A vacuum head that has a wide opening can reach dirt right up against the wall and in tight corners.

Full-container indicator

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.

Self-propelled

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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