10 Best Commercial Vacuum Consumer Reports 2019

Commercial vacuum cleaners sit in a class by themselves. They have to run longer both in terms of time and distance, and they tend to face more use and abuse than residential vacuum cleaners. What should I look for in a commercial vacuum cleaner? Let’s look at your general options.

Top 10 Commercial Vacuum

Bestseller No. 1
Sanitaire SC679J Commercial Shake Out Bag Upright Vacuum Cleaner with 5 Amp Motor, 12' Cleaning Path
351 Reviews
Sanitaire SC679J Commercial Shake Out Bag Upright Vacuum Cleaner with 5 Amp Motor, 12" Cleaning Path
  • Lightweight (12 lb.) upright vacuum for easier maneuverability than heavier upright vacuums
  • 18 dry qt. capacity Tietex fabric shake-out bag can be emptied and reused to save costs associated with...
Bestseller No. 2
Shark Rotator Professional Upright Corded Bagless Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor with Lift-Away...
4451 Reviews
Shark Rotator Professional Upright Corded Bagless Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor with Lift-Away...
  • Lift-Away. Press a button to lift the canister away and easily clean hard-to-reach areas.
  • Premium Pet Power Brush. Picks up pet hair and debris, and deep cleans dander from all surfaces.
Bestseller No. 3
Oreck Commercial Upright Vacuum with 40ft Power Cord, U2000R1
571 Reviews
Oreck Commercial Upright Vacuum with 40ft Power Cord, U2000R1
  • Helping Hand handle has received Ease-of-Use Commendation from Arthritis Foundation; on/off switch is located...
  • Vacuum has 12" cleaning path; cogged V-belt resists slippage; circuit breaker helps protect against clogs and...
Bestseller No. 4
Oreck Commercial U2000RB-1 Commercial 8 Pound Upright Vacuum with EnduroLife with 6 Oreck Bags
101 Reviews
Oreck Commercial U2000RB-1 Commercial 8 Pound Upright Vacuum with EnduroLife with 6 Oreck Bags
  • Endurolife Permanent Belt
  • Multi-Floor Cleaning with Microsweep technology
Bestseller No. 5
Oreck Commercial XL Commercial Upright Vacuum Cleaner, XL2100RHS
2576 Reviews
Oreck Commercial XL Commercial Upright Vacuum Cleaner, XL2100RHS
  • Upright vacuum cleaner with 12-inch-wide cleaning path is better suited for cleaning low pile carpets than...
  • Helping Hand handle has received Ease-of-Use Commendation from Arthritis Foundation; on/off switch is located...
Bestseller No. 6
Hoover Commercial WindTunnel 13' Bagged Upright Vacuum C1703900
147 Reviews
Hoover Commercial WindTunnel 13" Bagged Upright Vacuum C1703900
  • WindTunnel Technology - Three air channels lift and remove embedded dirt and debris
  • 5 Position Height Adjust - Manually adjusts to multiple carpet heights
Bestseller No. 7
Bissell Cleanview Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Orange, 1831
1861 Reviews
Bissell Cleanview Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Orange, 1831
  • One Pass Technology With Powerful Suction And Innovative Brush Design To Clean On The Initial Pass (Removes...
  • Powerful, Multi-Cyclonic Suction System For Lasting Suction That Captures And Keeps Dirt In The Bin, Where It...
Bestseller No. 8
Hoover Commercial Lightweight Backpack Vacuum, C2401
470 Reviews
Hoover Commercial Lightweight Backpack Vacuum, C2401
  • Lightweight design weighs less than 10 pounds allows for superior mobility
  • Chiropractor designed harness reduces user strain
Bestseller No. 9
Hoover Commercial CH32008 Hush Tone Canister Vacuum, 9 L
121 Reviews
Hoover Commercial CH32008 Hush Tone Canister Vacuum, 9 L
  • Clean without disturbing the surrounding environment with Hush Mode, 62 dBA
  • Lightweight - only 10.75 lbs
Bestseller No. 10
SharkNinja Canister Upright Vacuum, Gold/Silver - NV70
828 Reviews
SharkNinja Canister Upright Vacuum, Gold/Silver - NV70
  • Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology + a HEPA filter. Traps 99.9% of dust and allergens inside the vacuum.
  • Extra-large-capacity, easy-to-empty dust cup. Extended cleaning without interruption.

Should I Get a Bagged or Bagless Commercial Vacuum Cleaner?

Bagless vacuum cleaners avoid the hassle of emptying bags as well as the cost. They maintain their suction far longer as the dirt cup is filled. Bagged vacuums tend to minimize asthma and allergy sufferer’s risk of an attack as you empty the dust cup because many bags can seal in what you just tried to remove from the carpets. This becomes a true problem when you’re working in commercial operation since you’ll need to empty the unit more often. And bagged vacuums won’t accidentally spill everything you’ve just sucked up unless you rip the bag.

Now that you have an overview of the pros and cons of different types of commercial vacuum cleaners, let’s look at the pros and cons of specific commercial vacuum cleaner models.

How We Test Vacuums
To determine how well a vacuum cleans, we conduct a different set of tests on each type based on what and how it was designed to clean. For example, you wouldn’t expect a stick, handheld, or robotic vacuum to have the same cleaning power as a full-sized canister or upright, but they all have their pluses and minuses.

To find out how well a vacuum picks up dirt, how much debris it retains, how easy it is to maneuver, and how noisy it is, Consumer Reports puts vacuum cleaners through a battery of tests. We embed talc, sand, and pet hair into the carpet before vacuuming. We use the same recipe of litter on bare floors and observe whether the vacuum picks it up or scatters it about. And we maneuver the vacuum around, just like you would, to make sure it’s easy to handle.

Vacuums that perform well but don’t hold up over time aren’t winners, so we’ve made some changes to how we calculate a product’s Overall Score. To make it easier for you to choose a great vacuum that will last, we now incorporate predicted reliability and owner satisfaction ratings from our exclusive member survey with performance results from our lab tests to produce one comprehensive Overall Score. The change in scoring elevates some vacuums in our ratings while driving others down—for example, CR can no longer recommend stick vacuums made by Dyson because of their poor reliability ratings.

You’ll see the new Overall Score in our ratings for the upright, canister, and stick vacuums, along with individual ratings for reliability, satisfaction, and each of the lab tests. We don’t yet have enough data to calculate reliability and satisfaction scores for robotic vacuums, and we don’t collect data on handheld vacuums because they’re relatively inexpensive. That means the Overall Scores for robotics and handhelds are based solely on their performance in our lab tests—the same way it used to be done for all vacuums.

What to Look for in a Vacuum Cleaner

Type

Upright and canister vacuums are the most popular and powerful vacuums, though canister vacuums are two-part machines and offer more flexibility. A stick vacuum is a lighter, more portable version of an upright. Handheld and robot vacuums are the most convenient but have obvious drawbacks like smaller bins.

Bagless vs. bagged

Bagless vacuums are more convenient and cost efficient but not ideal for those with allergies. Since bags keep dust, dander, and other allergens sealed, they are better for pet owners and allergy sufferers.

Power

For the most efficient clean, look for a multi-surface vacuum that has a 12-amp motor and at least 200 air watts (which indicates suction power).

 

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