There’s something satisfying about sucking up dirt, crumbs and dog hair to reveal clean carpets and pristine hardwood floors. Even so, no one loves adding more chores into their schedule between packing lunches and folding laundry.
A high-performing vacuum cleaner that inhales everything in its wake and requires minimal maintenance is ideal, but within that you have options: Cordless or corded? Lightweight or heavy-duty? Bells and whistles or budget-friendly? That’s why we’ve found the nine best vacuum cleaners for your biggest needs, from the robot vac with the best suction to the top model for dog hair—and, at time of publish, they’re all under $300!
When buying a vacuum, what features should I consider?
- Cord vs Cordless: A cord can be a hassle when you’re trying to maneuver around your home, but cordless models need to be recharged (usually after 20 to 60 minutes of use). Pick your poison.
- Weight: Keep an eye on poundage. Heavier vacuums may have more power, but they can be a pain to lug around.
- Dust-Bin Capacity: Larger, heavier vacuums also tend to have bigger dust bins, while more compact models have smaller dust bins that need to be emptied more frequently.
- Power: Where will you be using your vacuum? Hard floors require the least suction and thick carpets require the most. Reading reviews is the best way to get a sense of a vacuum’s suction levels.
- Tangle-Free Brushroll: If you have pets or long hair, definitely look for a “tangle-free” or “self-cleaning” brushroll. It will save you time and reduce stress.
- Filters: Have allergies or asthma? Look for a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter.
- Attachments: If you like having extra attachments for cleaning next to the fridge (known as a crevice tool) or vacuuming upholstery, make sure they’re included with your chosen model.
What type of vacuum are you looking for?
Best Cordless Stick Vacuum
Assembled Weight: 6.92 pounds | Dust Bin Capacity: 0.32 litres | Battery Life: 40 minutes | Warranty: 5 years
The Shark Rocket Pro is ideal for room-by-room cleanups—especially messes on tile, hardwood floors and rugs. It’s a cinch for kids and the elderly to use and, in standard cleaning mode, has up to 40 minutes of runtime. Consider it the perfect option for daily use if the price of a Dyson stick vac seems extravagant. (If you crave a Dyson but aren’t ready to splurge, you can save with a refurbished option. We love the Dyson V11 Torque Drive Cordless Vacuum.)
|The Shark Rocket Pro is lightweight and cordless.||There isn’t enough suction for deep-cleaning thick carpets.|
|It has a self-cleaning brushroll to prevent wrapping or tangling of hair.||If you use the turbo boost mode (the most powerful suction level), the battery might only last 20 minutes.|
|It lies flat to fit under furniture.||It doesn’t come with a wall bracket for hanging.|
|It comes with a crevice tool and upholstery brush.|
It was fun to use! Instant gratification when it came to seeing all it sucked out of the carpet in the far corners of the house! The cordless vac does a great job on the stairs and tile floor! Time saver!!!!
I wish it had a removable battery with the option to purchase a second battery. Would love longer use time.
Best Upright Vacuum
Assembled Weight: 13.4 pounds | Dust Bin Capacity: 1 litre | Cord length: 25 feet | Warranty: 5 years
If you like the idea of a heavy-duty corded vacuum with a large dust bin, the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Upright Vacuum is your best bet. The 13-pound model provides strong suction on all floor types including plush carpet. Need more portability? Detach the pod to reduce the weight of the vacuum and more easily clean furniture and stairs.
|The Sharp Navigator Lift-Away has a self-cleaning roller so that long strands and pet hair won’t get tangled.||At 13 pounds, it’s heavier than a stick or handheld vacuum.|
|The swivelling vacuum head is easy to maneuver around furniture.||It’s a bit too large to get under couches and armchairs.|
|It has a HEPA filter to trap dust and allergens.|
|The dust bin empties quickly without making a mess.|
Since there are two long-haired people living in our home, I am used to having to cut off a huge softball-sized wad of hair from the vacuum roller brush every week. I am thrilled to not have to do it anymore. Even after two weeks of vacuuming, there’s no hair around the brush!
It is incredibly hard to vacuum plush carpeting. I am an older person and this vacuum just wears me out vacuuming only one room. At times, I have to use two hands just to move it along.
Best Canister Vacuum
Assembled Weight: 11.8 pounds | Dust Bin Capacity: 1.63 litres | Cord Length: 16 feet | Warranty: 3-year limited warranty
A mighty canister vacuum with an advanced cleaning system, the Hoover WindTunnel 3 is a great option for large homes that need deep-cleaning. You can choose your suction level based on the type of floor you’ll be vacuuming and it’s easy to maneuver over all types of flooring, plus under and around furniture and other obstacles.
|The quick-rinse HEPA filter traps dust, dirt and pollen.||At just 16 feet, the cord is pretty short.|
|It comes with an extra 3-in-1 attachment that is perfect for vacuuming blinds, furniture and floor edges.||If the vacuum becomes clogged, it will automatically shut off and you’ll have to clear the clog before continuing.|
|The “bottom release” dust bin empties with the push of a button.|
|It has automatic cord rewind.|
I love Hoover vacuums. I have a cleaning business, so I’ve used a lot of different vacuums and I find the Hoover is the best. When my clients need a new vacuum, I tell them to get a Hoover canister.
It’s heavy (I wouldn’t want to try doing stairs with it, but it does glide around easily on one level), the cord is shorter than I’d like and disconnecting the hose from the vacuum is difficult unless you have very strong hands.
Best Vacuum for Pet Hair
Assembled Weight: 9.25 pounds | Dust Bin Capacity: 0.5 litres | Cord Length: 27 feet | Warranty: 2-year limited warranty
Specifically created for tidying up hair shed by your furriest family members, the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Slim Corded Stick Vacuum combines the lightweight ease of a stick vacuum with the power of a corded model. It also features a tangle-free brushroll—an absolute must for pet-friendly homes.
|The Pet Hair Eraser converts to a handheld vacuum so you can easily clean upholstery and stairs.||It doesn’t stand on its own, so you’ll need to lie it on the ground or hang it on the mount if you pause vacuuming.|
|It includes an extension wand so you can reach high and low spots.||It’s corded (though the cord is a pretty good length at 27 feet).|
|Taking care of the vacuum itself is a no brainer thanks to an easy-empty dirt tank and washable filter.|
|It includes a wall mount and tool station for easy storage.|
I love the wall mount to hang so my dogs don’t get a hold of it lol :) But it is sooo powerful and picks up the hair very well and, it’s true, it really is tangle free. I love my Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Slim Vacuum. If u have pets, this is a must have.
It was a little heavy for me and I had to keep unplugging the cord to clean other rooms in my home.
Best Vacuum for Carpet
Assembled Weight: 13.65 pounds | Dust Bin Capacity: 1 litre | Cord Length: 25 feet | Warranty: 2-year limited warranty
The hefty Bissell PowerGroom has an eight-amp motor that serves up tons of power on low- and high-pile carpets alike. It has a filter that’s washable, so you don’t have to buy new ones constantly, even if you deep-clean on the regular. It can also switch to handheld mode with specialized attachments that are designed to eliminate pesky debris—from crumbs to pet hair.
|This Bissell includes a flexible crevice tool (to catch crumbs stuck next to the fridge) and a mini brush for tidying upholstery.||This heavy-duty device is, you guessed it, heavy.|
|The specialized brushroll sucks up messes with just one pass to help save you time.||Some users say the cord could be longer.|
|Its multi-cyclonic suction ensures dirt stays in the tank and doesn’t get caught in the filters or motor.|
|The automatic cord rewind button means you can pack the vac away in seconds.|
On my first use of this Bissell, the container became nearly full after vacuuming just half of my bedroom alone!! I couldn’t believe how much dirt my other vacuum was leaving behind, even beyond the dog hair!
I wish the cord was longer.
Best Vacuum for Hardwood
Assembled Weight: 11.5 pounds | Dust Bin Capacity: 0.43 litres | Cord Length: 25 feet | Warranty: 2-year limited warranty
Our dream device is something that takes the hassle out of cleaning, and the Bissell CrossWave does just that. The multifunctional tool can wash floors and rugs (without drenching them) and vacuum at the same time, so you don’t need to make a second pass with a mop afterwards. Get ready for shockingly dirty water when you dump out the tank.
|Simply press a button—right at your fingertips for less bending and fussing—to switch between hard floor and rug mode.||It misses the edges of the floor right next to the walls.|
|Its two tanks keep dirty water separate from the cleaning solution, which has a spring breeze scent.||It requires some maintenance between jobs to clean it out and refill the solution.|
|The built-in storage tray for extra parts makes it easy to store everything together.|
|The removable brushroll is a blend of microfibre and nylon to scrub as it picks up dirt and crumbs.|
Amazed at how amazingly time-saving and portable this vacuum and floor cleaner combo is, and so very disgusted (in a good way) in what this machine is cleaning from my floors and area rugs!!!
It does not get right up to the trim so 1x a week I use a duster/mop to get the edges.
Best Handheld Vacuum
Assembled Weight: 1.4 pounds | Dust Bin Capacity: 0.08 litres | Battery Life: 15 minutes | Warranty: 1 year
One of the smallest, lightest vacuums on the market, the Shark WandVac is ideal for tackling small day-to-day messes. It’s also a smart choice for vacuuming the car or other outdoor areas where a full-size vacuum isn’t practical. The ergonomic handle is comfortable to hold and the tapered nozzle and duster crevice tool makes it even easier to reach tight spaces.
|For such a small vacuum, it has exceptional suction.||It has a tiny dust bin.|
|It’s cord-free and highly portable.||The charge will only last for a maximum of 15 minutes.|
|The slim, modern design means leaving out the charging dock for easy access won’t create an eyesore.|
|An LED light indicates remaining battery life and charging status.|
This little gem has made keeping the floors looking nice a snap. It’s small and attractive enough to keep in a handy location. I’ve been using it almost daily since it was delivered.
The charge does not last long, and it is very easy to “accidentally” empty the collection bin.
Best Wet-and-Dry Vacuum
Assembled Weight: 2 pounds | Dust Bin Capacity: 0.5 litres | Battery Life: 15 minutes | Warranty: 2-year limited warranty
If you have little kids or pets and constantly deal with spilled juice, crushed cheerios and other little messes, the Dirt Devil QuickFlip handheld vacuum with wet-dry capabilities will be your new best friend. Switch between the wet setting with squeegee tool for damp spots and puddles and the dry setting with crevice tool for hard-to-reach areas.
|It weighs only two pounds, so your arm won’t get tired mid-clean.||When you suck up liquids, you have to be careful not to dump them out of the vacuum on your way to the sink or garbage.|
|For such a tiny vacuum, it actually has a quite large dust bin (which empties with the touch of a button).||The battery only lasts about 15 minutes.|
|The filter is rinsable, so you don’t have to constantly buy replacements.||There’s no wall mount.|
|An LED charge indicator light will let you know when the vacuum is fully charged.|
I bought this to have something for cleaning up all my toddler’s messes throughout the day. Constant bowls of dry cereal or crackers being tipped over, water or juice spilling or leaking into the carpet. This tackles the little messes with ease, and even helps suck out liquids that have already soaked into the carpet or rugs.
Shorter charge than I expected, and I wish there was a mount for the wall included.
Best Robot Vacuum
Assembled Weight: 5.23 pounds | Dust Bin Capacity: 0.6 litres | Battery Life: 1 hour, 40 minutes | Warranty: 1 year
The Eufy Robovac 25C scores praise from thousands of reviewers—and at a legitimately affordable price, too. While it may not have some of the advanced robot vacuum features like automatic bin emptying and home mapping, it has powerful suction on all types of flooring including hardwood floors and low- to medium-pile carpet.
|You can control the Eufy Robovac 25C’s movement three ways: remote control, voice command or scheduled cleaning.||The 25C isn’t self-emptying. If that’s a must-have feature for you, try the Shark IQ or another model from our top robot vacuums list.|
|It will automatically return to the dock when it needs to recharge.||It isn’t capable of home mapping, so it cleans in a random pattern.|
|The slim design means it can fit under the bed and other hard-to-reach places.|
|With up to 100 minutes of cleaning time and a dust bin of 0.6 litres, it probably won’t need to recharge or be emptied in the middle of a clean.|
My absolute best purchase in years! Definite 10/10 and 5 stars! It does hardwood, tiles, kids play mat, carpets of different textures, you name it. I love it!
It does not tell you when it’s full and needs to be emptied. That is annoying, but I just empty it when it returns to its base.
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