10 Best Vacuums Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

Visible vacuum lines on a carpet make a clean house feel cleaner. What if you could have them all the time, plus gleaming, dust-free floors?

Whether you are passionate about the pile, a fanatic for flooring, or perhaps a little bit of both, you’ve come to the right place to find your dream vacuum machine. We tested more than 170 models—motoring across 16 miles of carpet and flooring—all in the quest to help you select the right vacuum.

Top 10 Vacuums

Bestseller No. 5
Shark Navigator Upright Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor with Lift-Away Handheld HEPA Filter, and...
3550 Reviews
Shark Navigator Upright Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor with Lift-Away Handheld HEPA Filter, and...
  • 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
Shark Navigator Freestyle Upright Stick Cordless Bagless Vacuum for Carpet, Hard Floor and Pet with...
5121 Reviews
Shark Navigator Freestyle Upright Stick Cordless Bagless Vacuum for Carpet, Hard Floor and Pet with...
  • Rechargeable cordless convenience. Provides premium pet hair pickup throughout the home. Charges in 4 hours...
  • Powerful and lightweight. Portable and versatile at only 7.5 pounds.
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
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional NV356E
9286 Reviews
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional NV356E
  • 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. 9
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. 10
Shark DuoClean Powered Lift-Away (NV803), Standard Cinnamon
1009 Reviews
Shark DuoClean Powered Lift-Away (NV803), Standard Cinnamon
  • Shark's compact Powered Lift-Away with DuoClean Technology - dual brushroll system, for unbelievable hard...
  • DuoClean Technology features a bristle brush to deep clean carpets, and an additional soft brushroll to pull...

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.

Shopping by Type

Start by determining the best vacuum for the type of cleaning you do. If you have wall-to-wall carpet or lots of rugs, uprights—especially those with a bag—are the best choice. But if you have lots of stairs, canisters can be easier to maneuver, and they tend to do well on floors with hard surfaces, from hardwood to tile. Stick vacs and handheld models are great for lighter tasks, such as spilled cereal, that need quick attention. A robotic may appeal if you want to set it and forget it—though you will need to remember to empty the dust bin periodically.

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.

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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