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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every vacuum cleaner on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list. In total we compared over 4,320 vacuum cleaners, 32,700 reviews and 5,600 prices. Last updated 19 September 2017.

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#1 Dyson DC41

DC41
Trusted Reviews - Editor's Choice
An spectacularly economical to run and award winning 1,320W upright vacuum cleaner, with a low price and great features
98
Reviews
1 Award
96
Value for Money
Excellent
84
Features
Fully-Featured
98
Running Costs
$46 / 10 Years
90
Overall Score
Excellent
1,320W
Upright
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
7.7kg
Dec 2012
Weight
Release Date
eBay $97.07
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#2 Dyson V6 Fluffy

V6 Fluffy
gadgetgear.nl - GoldExpert Reviews - Recommended
An award winning and economical to run 100W upright vacuum, with a very low price and an amazingly light 2kg weight
98
Reviews
2 Awards
92
Value for Money
Excellent
80
Features
Fully-Featured
98
Running Costs
$20 / 10 Years
86
Overall Score
Excellent
100W
Upright
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
2kg
Apr 2016
Weight
Release Date
eBay $149.82
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$159.99

#3 Shark Rocket PRO NV480

Rocket PRO NV480
The top scoring vacuum cleaner under $500, with great features and low running costs
96
Reviews
457 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
80
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Running Costs
$140 / 10 Years
85
Overall Score
Excellent
700W
Upright
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
6kg
Dec 2012
Weight
Release Date
Newegg US $159.99
Target $159.99
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$124.39

#4 Dyson V6

V6
An award winning and very popular 350W handheld vacuum cleaner, with good features and one of the lightest weights on the market
96
Reviews
1 Award
95
Value for Money
Excellent
79
Features
Good Features
82
Running Costs
$70 / 10 Years
85
Overall Score
Excellent
350W
Handheld
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
2kg
Feb 2014
Weight
Release Date
eBay $124.39
Target $174.99
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$618.00

#4 Dyson DC58

DC58
A good spec and classic 350W handheld vacuum cleaner, with moderate running costs and a breathtakingly light 1.6kg weight
94
Reviews
313 Reviews
32
Value for Money
Mediocre
62
Features
Good Features
67
Running Costs
$70 / 10 Years
57
Overall Score
Average
350W
Handheld
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
1.6kg
Feb 2014
Weight
Release Date
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#5 Dyson DC59

DC59
mashable.com - Mashable ChoicePC Mag - Editor's ChoiceGood Gear Guide.com.au - Editor's ChoiceTrusted Reviews - Recommended
An astonishingly light weight and impressive value for money 350W handheld vacuum cleaner, with good features and multiple awards
93
Reviews
4 Awards
97
Value for Money
Excellent
79
Features
Good Features
81
Running Costs
$70 / 10 Years
84
Overall Score
Excellent
350W
Handheld
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
2kg
Dec 2012
Weight
Release Date
eBay $67.95
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#6 Dyson DC44

DC44
An affordable and extremely light weight upright dry vacuum cleaner, with marvellous user reviews and good features
96
Reviews
968 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
78
Features
Good Features
83
Overall Score
Excellent
Upright
Dry
2.3kg
Type
Cleaning Type
Weight
Jun 2015
Release Date
eBay $67.16
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#7 Dyson DC40

DC40
A top-value and top-rated 1,400W upright vacuum, with satisfactory running costs and good features
93
Reviews
876 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
78
Features
Good Features
67
Running Costs
$279 / 10 Years
83
Overall Score
Excellent
1,400W
Upright
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
6.6kg
Jun 2016
Weight
Release Date
eBay $44.49
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$99.99

#8 Electrolux Mighty Mite Pet Lover 3684F

Mighty Mite Pet Lover 3684F
The best scoring vacuum under $100, with average running costs and good features
92
Reviews
186 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
77
Features
Good Features
68
Running Costs
$263 / 10 Years
82
Overall Score
Excellent
1,320W
Cylinder
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
3.9kg
Jan 2013
Weight
Release Date
Overstock $99.99
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$85.00

#9 Hoover BH50010

BH50010
A bargain price and very highly rated 1,500W upright vacuum cleaner, with average running costs and good features
92
Reviews
976 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
77
Features
Good Features
66
Running Costs
$299 / 10 Years
82
Overall Score
Excellent
1,500W
Upright
Dry
Maximum Input Power
Type
Cleaning Type
4.5kg
Oct 2014
Weight
Release Date
eBay $85.00
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Vacuum Cleaner Brands

Find out how vacuum cleaner brands compare. The average rating for each brand is based on the rating of all of their vacuum cleaners. Click on a link to compare all vacuum cleaners made by your favourite brand.

Logo Brand Number of Vacuum Cleaners Price Range Average Rating
Dyson logo Dyson Vacuum Cleaners 43 $44 - $1,007 84%
Hoover logo Hoover Vacuum Cleaners 29 $47 - $677 81%
Miele logo Miele Vacuum Cleaners 27 $169 - $1,350 87%
Dirt Devil logo Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaners 20 $40 - $146 57%
Other brands Other Vacuum Cleaner Brands 116 $45 - $2,469

Vacuum Cleaner Buying Guide

There is a huge variety of vacuum cleaners available today. Buyers have a choice between upright and cylinder vacuum cleaners for average cleaning tasks and more specialised hoovers designed to pick up dog hairs or help allergy sufferers.

Finding the right vacuum cleaner may sound daunting but understanding what advantages and disadvantages the different technologies and features provide goes along way in finding the best hoover for your needs.

In this buying guide we will explain everything you need to know when buying a vacuum cleaner so it will keep your home or business dust-free for years to come.

Vax Mach Air U89 Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Upright Vacuum Cleaners

Upright vacuums are ideal for cleaning larger spaces and are particularly suited for cleaning carpeted areas. A rotating brush in the vacuum’s head combs the carpet to loosen dirt and dust. They are also very effective in picking up pet hair. Most models have a carpet height selector to adjust the cleaning head according to the carpet pile.

Uprights allow you to work in a comfortable position without the need to bed over a lot. They are ideal for those with lower back pain. Most models are very easy to manoeuvre and come with a set of tools for corners and stairs.

Most upright vacuums are bagless as the bin is more accessible and easier to remove than in cylinder cleaners.

Rotating brush bar helps to loosen dust & dirt
Less motor power required
Easy to store
Great for large areas
Ideal for carpets
More difficult to use on stairs
Cannot be used on upholstery
Larger & heavier

Samsung cylinder vacuum cleaner

Cylinder Vacuum Cleaners

Cylinder vacuum cleaners are usually smaller and lighter than uprights and therefore easier to move around. They are ideal for smaller spaces and the flexible hose and removable head let you clean corners and hard to reach spaces with ease.

Because the distance between the cleaning head and dust bag is longer compared to upright vacuum cleaners, cylinder cleaners require a higher motor power in order to generate the same amount of suction.

Cylinder cleaners can be bagged or bagless. Bagless cleaners will be slightly more expensive but will save you money in the long run.

Cheaper
Well suited for smaller spaces
Smaller and lighter
Can be used on upholstery & stairs
Ideal for hard floors
Requires higher motor power
Less suitable for carpets
Smaller dust capacity

Wet & Dry Cleaners

Usually aimed for use in workshops, garages and environments that can get dirtier than the average household, wet & dry vacuum cleaners are robust and can handle a variety of cleaning tasks. They can hoover up sawdust, leaves, wet mud and even water.

Wet & dry vacuums are available from a number of manufacturers like Karcher, Vax, deWalt and Bosch. These multi-purpose vacuum cleaners have a robust construction and a large container volume. Filters can usually be washed and tools and accessories are stored within the industrial vacuum cleaners.

Bagged vs Bagless Vacuum Cleaners

Since James Dyson invented the cyclone bagless vanccum cleaner, bagless models have become more and more popular. The dust bin can be emptied easily when full. There is no need to purchase bags, which is also more environmentally friendly and cost effective over time. Most upright vacuums are now bagless.

Filters may be replaced and cleaned after extended periods, but this is easier and cheaper than re-purchasing bags at regular intervals. Bagless vacuums don’t suffer from reduced suction, which can be a problem with bags as they fill up.

Some people prefer vacuum cleaners with bags is because there is less potential for dust accidentally being released into the air when emptying it. More care needs to be taken with bagless cleaners and the dust bin should also be washed regularly.

Filters

A vacuum cleaner’s filtration system makes sure that the potentially harmful particles that get sucked up are removed from the air before it is expelled from the machine.

Due to the large volumes of air a hoover sucks in, all the bacteria, fungal spores and other allergens that are being sucked up will create an indoor health hazard, which is quickly spread around the whole property unless the air is cleaned effectively.

Even if the air expelled from a machine looks clean, it might contain millions of microscopic particles that can transmit disease and cause allergies.

A variety of filtration systems are used in different vacuum cleaners and in this section we will explain the differences and what to look out for.

Stage filters

Vacuum cleaners filter the air in several stages in an attempt to trap dust, hair and other particles.

The number of stages can vary between 3 and 7, although this does not indicate how effective a hoover is a trapping unwanted particles.

Micro filtration usually refers to hoovers with at least 4 levels of filtration. It is important to remember that the number of stages advertised does not indicate the vacuum cleaner’s effectiveness at removing small particles from the air.

HEPA/S-Class Filters

Vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters are specifically designed to reduce the number of microscopic particles emitted when hovering, making them ideal for people suffering from allergies and asthma. Some HEPA vacuum cleaners are approved by the British Allergy Foundation.

A ‘HEPA’ (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter removes at least 99.97% of particles which are 0.3 Micons or bigger from the air. Bacteria are between 1-10 Micons in size, so the exhaust air of a HEPA vacuum cleaner is considered biologically clean.

NASA specified HEPA filters for their clean room environments where satellites and the Apollo moon landers were assembled in the 1960s.

Most HEPA filters can be cleaned with water and need to be replaced after a while to maintain their high level of effectiveness.

S-Class filtration is the German DIN standard for the certification of anti-allergic filter materials that these vacuum cleaners adhere to. HEPA filters are the most common technology used to meet the S-Class standard.

Lifetime filters

Normal stage, HEPA and charcoal filters need to be changed after a certain period of time to ensure they remain effective. Lifetime filters are designed to last as long as the vacuum cleaner, eliminating the need to change filters.

Some more expensive models feature HEPA filter that are also lifetime filters.

Cleaning Efficiency

Motor Power & Performance

In a drive to ensure greater energy efficiency, the EU banned vacuum cleaners with a motor power above 1600W in 2014.

It is important that a vacuum cleaner’s power rating is not the only factor affecting the amount of suction it produces.

Less powerful models regularly outperform those with a higher power rating. Design, how full the bag is and how often filters are cleaned all contribute to how good a vacuum clear is at its job.

Look out for independent reviews that measure a vacuum cleaner’s suction power in relation to how full the dust bag or container is to get a better understanding of the suction power it produces.

Ratings

New EU labelling regulations also mean manufacturers like Dyson, Hoover, Bosch and Samsung now need to display the effectiveness of their products across seven different categories including energy efficiency, dust pick-up performance on hard floors and carpets, and dust re-emission.

The new regulations have been criticised for allowing manufacturers to carry out these tests themselves, which leaves them open to manipulation. They also don’t take the environmental impact of the 126 million dust bags and filters that are thrown away throughout the EU every year into account.

Attachments & Accessories

Most vacuum cleaners come with a number of accessories to clean upholstery and to reach narrow spaces and corners. Some models car store accessories inside the vacuum cleaner while some cylinder models have a holder attached to the telescopic tube.

Pet accessories

Pet hair can be difficult to remove from carpets are upholstery. To make cleaning after your furry friends easier, pet models are specifically designed to make lifting cat and dog hair easier.

Pet vacuum cleaners come with cleaning heads that include rotating brush bars, sometimes called power tools. They also use strong suction power to tackle even the most stubborn hair.

Other Considerations

Capacity

If you have a large home, you might want to choose a vacuum cleaner with a larger capacity. This allows you to clean more of your home before needing to be emptied. But keep in mind that a larger capacity also means the vacuum cleaner is bigger, heavier and more difficult to manoeuvre.

Cable Length

A longer cable makes cleaning easier as you won’t need to switch plugs as often. Check the cable length of a vacuum cleaner before buying, as there can be significant variations between models. If you want to avoid the hassle of having a cable altogether, consider a battery powered vacuum cleaner. They can be a great alternative, especially if your home is relatively small.

Noise Level

Larger vacuum cleaners and particularly uprights can get quite noisy as their motors work extremely hard. It’s worth checking the operating noise level before buying to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

Vacuum Cleaner Retailers, Prices and Features

Vacuum Cleaner Prices

In total we found 246 vacuum cleaners ranging from $39 to $2,470. The average price of a new vacuum is $314 and the 80% of vacuums are priced between $57 and $663. The cheapest vacuum cleaner that we found is the Dirt Devil Easy Steam at only $40, and the most expensive is the Omega Comfort at $2,469.

Vacuum Cleaner Brands - Price Range

Omega vacuum cleaners range in price from $2,469 to $2,469, and the average price of Omega vacuum cleaners is $2,469 which is the highest average price of all vacuum cleaner brands.

The second highest average vacuum price out of all brands is Sebo vacuum cleaners with an average price of $837. Sebo vacuum cleaners range in price from $399 to $1,299.

The %8highest average vacuum price out of all brands is Pifco vacuum cleaners with an average price of $812. Pifco vacuum cleaners start at $812 and the most expensive Pifco vacuum costs $812.

Vacuum Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 284 expert reviews and 32,328 user reviews for vacuums written online and used this information to evaluate the average rating for each brand of vacuum. The top three vacuum cleaner brands are Miele, Shark and Sebo. Miele has an average rating of 93%, Shark has an average rating of 92% and Sebo has an average rating of 92%.

Biggest Vacuum Cleaner Retailers

We found 222 current offers for vacuum cleaners from eBay making it the biggest vacuum retailer. That is over 3 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Walmart for whom we found 58 current offers for vacuum cleaners. The third biggest retailer is Overstock with 37 current vacuum offers.

When Are Most New Vacuums Released?

July to September is the most common period for new vacuum cleaners to be released in. That means that most of the latest vacuum technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. July was the biggest month in 2016 for new vacuum cleaners, with 94 new vacuum cleaners released that month. 127 new vacuums were released in August 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new vacuum releases. The biggest month in 2014 for new vacuum releases was September, with 251 new vacuum cleaners released that month.

How Fast Do Vacuum Cleaner Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, vacuums drop in price by 4%. On a typical new vacuum costing $314, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $11.

Maximum Input Powers

This measures the power level of the vacuum cleaner, rated in watts.

Comparing all vacuums, the maximum input powers range from 100W to 8,580W. The maximum input powers of the majority of vacuum cleaners range from 590W to 830W. The KoblenzWD-12 K has the highest maximum input power. This vacuum cleaner is a 4,101W vacuum and can be purchased for $146.57. The vacuum with the lowest maximum input power is the KoblenzWD-12 K, which is a 100W vacuum and sells for $150.32.

The input power directly links to the suction power of the vacuum - a higher power means more suction, which means more efficient cleaning.

Types

We found 984 vacuums that are cylinder vacuums, which makes cylinder the most frequently found type amongst new vacuums. Upright is the second most popular type amongst new vacuum cleaners. We found 454 vacuum cleaners that are upright vacuums.

Cleaning Types

Way in which device cleans something or itself.

We found 1,796 vacuum cleaners that are dry vacuum cleaners, which makes this the most popular cleaning type amongst new vacuum cleaners. Wet is the second most popular cleaning type amongst new vacuum cleaners. We found 369 vacuum cleaners that are wet vacuum cleaners.

Weights

The weight of the vacuum cleaner, including all attachments that fit onto the device.

The weights of vacuum cleaners range from 300g to 29.3kg. The weights of most vacuums range from 4.2kg to 5.5kg. The KirbyG6 has the heaviest weight. This vacuum is a 13kg heavy vacuum cleaner and is on sale for $595.00. The KirbyG6, which is available at $130.90, has the lightest weight and is a 670g heavy vacuum cleaner.

A lighter weight makes the vacuum easier to push, and makes carrying it up and down stairs less of a chore.

Energy Efficiency of Vacuum Cleaners

The Energy Efficiency Class of a vacuum cleaner shows how well it uses energy, and how much is unnecessarily wasted. Products are ranked from G to A++ in terms of how little energy they use compared to the norm.

We found 696 vacuums that have an energy efficiency rating of A, which makes this the most common energy efficiency rating amongst new vacuums. We found 108 vacuums that have an energy efficiency rating of B, making this the second most common energy efficiency rating amongst new vacuums.

A vacuum with a better energy efficiency rating will consume less energy whenever they are used, saving you money and making them better for the environment.

Biggest Vacuum Retailers

We found 222 current offers for vacuum cleaners from eBay making it the biggest vacuum retailer. That is over 3 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Walmart for whom we found 58 current offers for vacuum cleaners. The third biggest retailer is Overstock with 37 current vacuum offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Vacuums?

The cheapest store by number of vacuum cleaner for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 206 vacuums.

Proportion of Vacuums for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest vacuum prices (found to be cheapest for 92.8% of its vacuum cleaners).

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