Depending on what kind of floors you have and the debris you encounter, having the right vacuum for the job is crucial to keeping your space clean. The best option for your needs might vary depending on your specific needs. If you have staircases or bare floors, you may want to consider canister vacuums for their portability and range. If you live in a carpeted home, an upright vacuum can help pick up debris and hair on high-pile textiles. Lightweight stick/handheld vacuums are also a good choice if you need your vacuum to be highly maneuverable.
We've tested over 130 vacuums, and below are our recommendations for the best vacuum cleaners you can buy. If you're looking for more vacuums, check out our recommendations for the best lightweight vacuums, the best cordless vacuums, and the best bagless vacuums.
The best vacuum cleaner we've tested is the Dyson V15 Detect. This high-end stick vacuum is remarkably potent, delivering similar debris pickup performance to many corded models. However, it has the advantage of being remarkably easy to deploy and maneuver. It's capable of automatically modulating its suction power depending on the surface that it's on and features a dirt sensor to count and measure the size of particles being sucked into the vacuum. However, it feels somewhat fragile, which is disappointing for a vacuum at this price point, and it has a relatively basic floorhead with no height adjustment or brushroll off switch, meaning it can get stuck on thicker carpeting pretty often.
The Samsung Jet 75 is a great option if you want a mid-priced vacuum that can handle a variety of messes. While it doesn't have the Dyson V15 Detect's automatic power adjustment capability or piezo dirt sensor, it offers similarly strong debris pickup performance on both bare floors and carpeting at a considerably more affordable price. It's mostly due to its powerful 200AW suction motor, which is remarkably potent for a vacuum at this price point. Unlike the Dyson, the Complete variant of the Jet 75 comes with a self-emptying base station, which sucks debris from the vacuum's dustbin into a disposable dirtbag with the press of a button. That said, this accessory is rather expensive, and buying it with the vacuum does push it into a higher price bracket.
The Complete variant of the Jet 75 also comes with two batteries, doubling its overall runtime and making it a great option for longer cleaning sessions as long as you keep both packs charged. If you're hung up on the Samsung vacuum's lack of an automatic power adjustment feature but aren't willing to spend that much more, the Shark Stratos Cordless is worth a look. That said, it's noticeably bulkier and heavier than the Samsung, and it isn't currently available with two included batteries.
If you're looking to save money on a vacuum cleaner, the Wyze Cordless Vacuum is a good option. Build quality isn't especially robust compared to the pricier Samsung Jet 75, and it struggles more with bulky debris, which can clog its narrow suction inlet. However, even when pitted against more expensive alternatives, it does a fantastic job handling pet hair and lightweight debris on most surfaces. It also has a remarkably lightweight cordless design, making it easy to clean almost any part of your home. It boasts a rare-for-its-price HEPA filter, so it's reasonably effective in trapping allergens like pet dander.
If you aren't convinced by cordless vacuums and value all-out performance, it's hard to go wrong with the Miele Complete C3. This bagged canister vacuum isn't as easy to deploy as a comparably-priced cordless model like the Dyson V15 Detect. However, it delivers even better performance across a range of surfaces and feels much better built. The Brilliant variant sits at the top of the C3 lineup and is loaded with convenience features. It features additional handle-mounted controls, so you won't have to bend over to adjust suction, and an additional 'Auto' setting that allows the vacuum to automatically modulate suction power depending on the surface that it's on. There's even additional sound insulation to further muffle its already quiet motor. This flagship variant also comes with a lightweight parquet floorhead, another straight-suction floorhead with retractable bristles for cleaning hard floors and low-pile carpet, and Miele's top-of-the-line SEB 236 powerhead with five levels of height adjustment and a headlight to illuminate dark corners.
If you don't need as diverse an attachment set and can live without the handle-mounted controls, automatic power setting, and additional sound deadening, the C3 Kona variant will deliver a very similar user experience at a lower price. Alternatively, if you're looking for a different kind of canister vacuum, you could also consider the SEBO Airbelt D4, which incurs lower ownership costs thanks to its use of bigger dirtbags and longer-lasting filters. It also has a longer operating range of nearly fifty feet, enabling you to clean far-away areas with ease. However, its bulkier design makes it less maneuverable than the Miele.
Check out the Miele Classic C1 if you're looking for a mid-range corded vacuum. The entry-level Pure Suction model is much cheaper than even entry-level variants of the Miele Complete C3 but still has the same 1200 W suction motor as all C3s and delivers similarly superb cleaning performance on bare floors. That said, this model doesn't have an electrosocket that would allow you to mount a powered floorhead, so it's ill-suited for cleaning thick carpeting; look at a pricier C1 model like the C1 Cat & Dog if that's a concern.
This vacuum lacks an onboard tool storage compartment and doesn't feel as well-built as the C3, though the build quality is still good overall. User maintenance is also remarkably simple and hygienic, with easily-accessible self-sealing dirtbags. It's also very maneuverable. Still, if you prefer using a stick vacuum, the Shark Stratos UltraLight is another good corded option that takes up less room while not in use, though it's more demanding in terms of maintenance and doesn't feel nearly as sturdy.
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our vacuum reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While there's no single best vacuum for every conceivable use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.
This sleek vacuum is an investment, but it runs like a vacuuming dream thanks to its superb pick-up across all floor types, an innovative docking station that can house up to 2 litres of dust and its quick-charging batteries. It cleans hard-to-reach spaces with aplomb, too.
Designed to make vacuuming easier, this Hoover converts into a portable vac so you can reach every step and cranny in your home. It lifts pet hair in one sweep, and none got stuck in the brush head on test. Dust pick-up was also top notch. A terrific all-round buy.
This vac learns as it goes, mapping out the best way to navigate your home while it cleans. It also returns to the docking station to empty itself mid-clean before continuing vacuuming. It picked up dirt outstandingly and had no trouble with pet hair either. It's expensive but effective.
Hannah is our senior homes writer, specialising in reviewing the latest kitchen appliances, cleaning products, mattresses and bedding, and crafting equipment. Hannah has written about hundreds of products, from air fryers to smoothie makers to pillows, and is committed to finding the most reliable and best value for money buys.
It comes with a stick vacuum cleaner, an extended wand, two filters, a spare screen filter, a LED head brush, a soft roller brush, a hard roller brush, a crevice nozzle, a combination nozzle, a storage and charge station and a user manual.
Most car vacuums are designed specifically for your car's interior, which means even the best car vacuum options are too small to do the bigger jobs outside of the auto, and not powerful enough to clean a house (the Dyson V11 excluded). But even if a handheld vacuum for your vehicle doesn't have the powerful suction needed to clean your living room carpet, car vacuums definitely come in handy. The only difficult part is finding which is the best car vacuum for you. Should you get a wet/dry vacuum cleaner for big messes and deep cleaning? A cordless battery model? A handheld auto detailing vacuum with a killer brush tool? A vacuum with a long, flexible hose for hard-to-reach spaces between the car seats?
We've compiled a list of the best car vacuum options that cut across categories, making it a virtual lock that you'll find something that works for you. Based on customer satisfaction ratings, here are eight of the best car vacuum models on the market.
1. Do you need a wet/dry car vacuum cleaner, or just a dry one? A wet/dry vacuum allows you to pick up both wet mess spills and dry messes, but most vacuums are only approved for the latter.
2. Does your parking setup allow you to use a vacuum cleaner with a power cord, or do you need a portable cordless vac? Cordless vacuums may be more convenient, but they also require charging.
4. Do you have a pet that rides in your car? If so, they likely leave dander and dog hair, making them a major source of car mess. The HoLife corded vacuum cleaner and the Black and Decker 2000 series cordless are regularly ranked among the best vacuums for picking up pet hair.
5. Suction -- the more suction power a vacuum has, the more effectively it cleans, especially on carpeted surfaces. The Dyson V11 has the best car vacuum suction of any cleaner on the list, which is especially impressive given that it's a cordless handheld vac. 59ce067264