10 Best Upright Vacuum Consumer Reports 2019

It’s been a fascinating few years in Consumer Reports’ vacuum labs. Cordless stick vacuums are better than ever and have crowded out corded stick vacs at major retailers—and in our ratings. And robotic vacuums have finally moved from novelty item in YouTube cat videos to legitimate cleaning tool.

But while these new and convenient contenders deserve a place in your cleaning arsenal, they still can’t replace your trusty upright or canister.

“For some people, it might make sense to have multiple vacuums, for different situations,” says Frank Rizzi, a senior lab technician for CR who tests vacuums. “A robotic vacuum can help with maintaining your pristine floors and a stick can help with quick messes alongside your bigger upright or canister.

Top 10 Upright Vacuum

Bestseller No. 1
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. 2
Eureka NEU182A PowerSpeed Lightweight Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Blue
753 Reviews
Eureka NEU182A PowerSpeed Lightweight Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Blue
  • Powerful multi-surface vacuum: cleaning your home shouldn't require multiple vacuums. The five height...
  • Weighs just 10 lbs.: the Eureka power speed is lightweight and easy to maneuver. Easily carry it up and down...
Bestseller No. 3
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. 4
BISSELL Cleanview Swivel Rewind Pet Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner
178 Reviews
BISSELL Cleanview Swivel Rewind Pet Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner
  • Maximize pet hair removal with triple action brush roll + scatter-free technology
  • Automatic cord rewind with 27' power cord so you never have to wrap a cord again
Bestseller No. 5
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 Upright Vacuum Blue
1641 Reviews
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 Upright Vacuum Blue
  • Lift-Away. Press a button to lift the canister away and easily clean hard-to-reach areas.
  • Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology + a HEPA filter. Traps 99.9% of dust and allergens inside the vacuum.
Bestseller No. 6
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. 7
Shark Upright & Canister Upright Vacuum TruePet Mini-Motorized Brush Bordeaux
2184 Reviews
Shark Upright & Canister Upright Vacuum TruePet Mini-Motorized Brush Bordeaux
  • Shark's original, full-sized Powered Lift-Away. A canister that detaches to deep clean hard-to-reach areas...
  • Hard Floor Hero. Picks up surface litter and stuck-on debris, providing superior bare floor cleaning.
Bestseller No. 8
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.
Bestseller No. 9
Bissell 9595A CleanView Bagless Vacuum with OnePass
12850 Reviews
Bissell 9595A CleanView Bagless Vacuum with OnePass
  • Fast and easy cleaning in a lightweight vacuum with powerful suction and innovative brush design that cleans...
  • Innovative brush design rotates down into the carpet to clean more on the initial pass
Bestseller No. 10
Shark Navigator Deluxe Upright Corded Bagless Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor with Anti-Allergy...
2646 Reviews
Shark Navigator Deluxe Upright Corded Bagless Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor with Anti-Allergy...
  • Powerful and lightweight. Portable and versatile at only 15 pounds.
  • Never Loses Suction. Powerful cleaning from start to finish.

What to Consider While Shopping

Modern vacuums come in a range of designs, sleek shapes, and cool colors. What matters most is how well they clean. Remember that one type of vacuum might have features that appeal to you, but it should also fit your cleaning needs.

Pet owners, take note: Upright and canister vacuum cleaners that excel at regular jobs typically test best in the show for picking up pet hair.

Check Features
A vacuum cleaner with a motorized brush cleans carpets better than one powered only by suction. A switch that can deactivate the brush will help protect the finish of bare floors and avoid scattering debris. Consider models with a manual carpet pile-height adjustment control, along with suction control for cleaning draperies and other delicate fabrics.

Bagged vs. Bagless
Bagless vacuum cleaners save on the cost of purchasing bags, but they also require more filters that need periodic cleaning or—for HEPA filters—replacing. The dust and mess of emptying the bin of a bagless model can be problematic if you have asthma or allergies.

Try It Out
Even if you order online, go to a store first. Push, pull, turn, and lift the vacuum cleaners you’re considering. Check out the controls and features. If an online price is low, see whether the store will match it.

Keep an Ear out for Noise
No vacuum cleaner in our ratings is so loud that we recommend hearing protection, but any vacuum will seem louder in a room with a lot of echoes, such as a tiled bathroom. Canister vacuums tend to be quieter.

Watch for Sales
Discounts of 20 to 30 percent off are increasingly available, especially during the holiday season. For mass-market brands, you don’t have to wait until Black Friday. Check store circulars or sign up on manufacturer or retailer email lists to receive coupons and news of upcoming promotions.

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