Vacuuming is on your to-do list at least once a week – sometimes even more, especially around the holidays. In fact, according to the research conducted by Electrolux Small Appliances, we’ll spend about 30 minutes to an hour each week just vacuuming. For the rest of our lives. Added up, that amounts to more than a full day each year just spent on cleaning dirt, dust, and debris. But could the best vacuum cleaners out there help you spend less time?
What Makes the Best Vacuum Cleaner?
Using the wrong vacuum – whether it’s too heavy, too loud, or simply doesn’t work – will turn this simple task into a dreaded chore. But it can be better, and we’re here to present you with the best upright and robot vacuum cleaners that you could invest into. Some of the leading brands have made it their mission to create machines with powerful suction and easy maneuverability.
The best vacuum cleaners are supposed to be lightweight, easy to grab and use, and preferably cordless. Above all, you should to purchase one that features seriously impressive cleaning power – which is no easy task. A quick Amazon search will reveal more than 13,000 vacuums to choose from. So you’re left with the bewildering task of deciphering what’s a genuine feature and what’s a marketing gimmick.
This article wishes to help you find your way in the world of vacuums so the shopping doesn’t ep feeling as much a chore as vacuuming itself. Finding the best might be a down-and-dirty mission, but you could soon be the proud owner of the best machine at sucking up gunk.
Luxury vs. Moderate Prices
If you have already done a bit of research, you might have been surprised by the shocking prices. In truth, the price range of vacuum cleaners guys is ridiculous. It starts from $50 and it goes as high as $1,000, but the basic performance of these machines doesn’t vary much between mid-range and high-quality models. For the bad boys in the latter category, you’re mostly paying for bells and whistles – from automatic suction control to various floor tools.
On the other hand, the budget model sector is a mixed and confusing bag. Some of them really suck (and not in the good way), while other are actually better at cleaning up than their four-figure counterparts. Which means it’s up to you what you value more.
Did You Know?
The cleaning power of a vacuum cleaner is a tad more complicated than the manufacturer would like you to know. Retailers have said for a long time that a vacuum’s cleaning power is the amperage of its motor. But according to Energy Star, that’s not right. Instead, it seems that the cleaning performance – brush mechanisms, cleaning head design, and other design aspects – are sometimes even more important.
Power is also independent from dust removal and filtration, so it doesn’t say much when a vacuum touts 12 amps of cleaning power. In the end, it all comes down to airflow and suction. Strong suction in vacuums is given by the air passing unrestricted and quickly through the intake port.
Best Vacuum Cleaners: Reviews
When all is said and done, searching for the best vacuum cleaners comes down to two aspects: the sucking factor and how easy it is to haul it around. If your vacuum cleaner can’t do its job properly without you getting exhausted, then why even bother? Let’s see how the following machines compare to each other based on the aforementioned criteria.
1. Hoover Air Cordless Lift
Hoover’s Air Cordless Lift is one of the best models you’ll find on the market. It’s excellent not just because of its impressive cleaning power, but also because of maneuverability. This cordless Hoover deserves to be at the top of your list, even though most agree that cordless models have some way to go before they match the others in terms of power. However, this little and easy-to-handle Hoover defies the trend – it offers anything you’d need in a vacuum and it has no cord to trip you up. It comes with two settings: carpet or no carpet (and a “boost” button for extra cleaning power), but both work excellent even without boosting.
2. Oreck XL Classic
The Oreck is a winner in the “carpet-heavy home” category. Its impressive cleaning power can clean any messes, but it comes at a price. The 85-decibel roar backs up the power, but it might deter some customers who look for a more silent machine. Just like the Hoover, it features edge-cleaning bristles, which pick up any debris close to the wall. In terms of design, the Oreck is rather commercial; it’s the kind of minimalist model you would see in a hotel. It comes with zero attachments and just one setting: on. The underside location of the back wheels is somewhat tiresome because you can’t tip the vacuum to transport it to the next room.
3. Dyson Ball Multi-Floor Upright Vacuum
This Dyson won Amazon’s Best-Selling Vacuum of the Year (2016) and it has the best ratings. It’s perfect for sealing in suction across a wide range of hardwood flooring and carpets. This vacuum is also ideal for pet owners who struggle with the hair that always covers every surface. The easily released suction wand allows you to quickly clean under furniture, on high up in places and other tricky-to-reach places. Plus, the modern design is worth the money!
4. iRobot Roomba 880 Vacuum Cleaning Robot
Upright vacuums are alright, but what about the vacuum cleaning robots? This innovative technology allows the self-service robot to provide a different cleaning experience. Not only is the air power quite increased, but the robot is super simple to use. There’s a button to turn it on and a way to schedule its next cleaning session. It can remember to clean up to seven times a week! In addition, it deals with no trouble with any kind of floor. The robot’s small size allows it to fit and clean under most beds and furniture.
Not to mention you can do this with them….
5. Dyson 360 Eye Robot Vacuum
Another winning Dyson – this time, for “Best for Vacuuming While You’re at Work.” As the latest vacuum launched by the company, this is undoubtedly their best yet. The 360 Eye features a camera (or, a vision system) that scans the room and maps out a cleaning plan. Thanks to the Radial Root cyclone technology, the robot can easily separate dirt and dust to neatly store them in the bin. Plus, this futuristic cleaning robot is Wi-Fi connected, which means you can use its companion app to schedule a cleaning while you’re out of the house. It even sends you a report post-cleaning!
6. Electrolux Precision Brushroll Clean
You will hardly find another vacuum that packs more bells and whistles than this Electrolux. You’re paying for a liftaway wand with long stretch hose, a self-cleaning brushroll, and various attachments that enhance above-floor cleaning. In other words, this machine is highly customizable, which comes with a learning curve. It might take you a bit to get used to the different pedals. But wait until you get the hang of it – you will love its cleaning power and the Olympic performance of going through an obstacle course.
7. Panasonic MC-CL945 Plush Pro Vacuum Cleaner
The powerful Panasonic is a customer favorite of the year. Due to the JETFORCE technology it packs, this bagless cleaner pushes the dirt to the bottom of the dust cup. In turn, the filter is always clean and there’s no loss of suction. Additionally, you can’t help but love the air turbine pet tool that gets rid of pet hair from any surface, not just carpets. Finally!
8. Shark Rotator NV752 Upright Vacuum
Another upright vacuum on our list, this machine is not just lightweight, but also features a powered brush roller with strong suction for carpets and floors. And the cleaner head was upgraded with some extra oomph with the new handheld TruePet turbo brush. Instead of using air pressure from the vacuum, it relies on motors for power. And that makes quite a difference when it comes to the difficult task of getting rid of the accumulated pet hair in upholstery cracks and stair crevices.
Thanks to swivel steering and the easy-glide wheels, the Shark TruePet is really easy to move from one room to another. It also features a lifetime HEPA filter that promises to capture 99.9% of pollen and other allergens, as well as a detachable canister that’s easy to empty when full.
What’s left to say? Our picks might not look a lot different from the traditional vacuum cleaners, but they sure bring in a lot more power and better features. We already have cleaning robots that do the job for us, so we have it pretty good.