The 10 Best Vacuum Cleaners - June 2017
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 4,150 vacuum cleaners, 30,300 reviews and 6,210 prices. Last updated 20 June 2017.
Vacuum Cleaner Brands
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
The price range of vacuum cleaners is from $39 to $1,499 and in total we found prices for 215 vacuum cleaners. On average, a new vacuum cleaner costs $292 and 80% of vacuums are priced between $55 and $644. The Dirt Devil Vibe 3-in-1 is the cheapest vacuum at only $39, and Miele Complete C3 Brilliant is the most expensive at $1,499.
Vacuum Brands - Price Range
The %8highest average vacuum cleaner price out of all brands is Sebo vacuum cleaners with an average price of $762. Sebo vacuum cleaners start at $389 and the most expensive Sebo vacuum cleaner costs $989.
Nilfisk vacuums start at $440 and the most expensive Nilfisk vacuum costs $852. The second highest average vacuum price out of all brands is Nilfisk vacuums with an average price of $669.
Thomas vacuum cleaners range in price from $644 to $644, and the average price of Thomas vacuum cleaners is $644 which is the third highest average price of all vacuum brands.
Vacuum Cleaner Brands - Average Ratings
We have checked 230 expert reviews and 27,718 user reviews for vacuum cleaners available online and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of vacuum cleaner. The top three vacuum brands are Miele, Sebo and Siemens. Miele has an average rating of 93%, Sebo has an average rating of 91% and Siemens has an average rating of 91%.
Biggest Vacuum Retailers
The biggest vacuum cleaner retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 160 current vacuum cleaner offers from eBay. The second biggest vacuum cleaner retailer is Walmart with 61 offers. That means eBay is more than twice as big as Walmart when it comes to vacuums. Overstock is the third biggest retailer with 44 current offers.
When Are Most New Vacuum Cleaners Released?
The most common period for new vacuums to be released in is between July and September. If you wait until July 2017 then you might be able to get better features on your vacuum cleaner. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current vacuums cheaper in July once the latest models have been released. In 2016 most new vacuum cleaners were released in July, with 92 new vacuum cleaners released that month. August was the biggest month in 2015 for new vacuums, with 133 new vacuums released that month. The biggest month in 2014 for new vacuum releases was September, with 247 new vacuum cleaners released that month.
How Fast Do Vacuum Cleaner Prices Drop After Release?
In the first 6 months after release, vacuums drop in price by 4% on average. On a typical new vacuum cleaner costing $292, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $12.
Maximum Input Powers
Comparing all vacuums, the maximum input powers range from 3.6W to 8,580W. The maximum input powers of most vacuums range from 510W to 770W. The KoblenzWD-12 K has the highest maximum input power. This vacuum cleaner is a 4,101W vacuum cleaner and is available at $152.98. The KoblenzWD-12 K has the lowest maximum input power. This vacuum cleaner is a 7.2W vacuum cleaner and is on sale for $103.70.
The weight of the vacuum cleaner, including all attachments that fit onto the device.
Comparing all vacuums, the weights range from 3.2g to 103kg. The weights of most vacuum cleaners range from 5.3kg to 6.7kg. The vacuum with the heaviest weight is the RowentaSilence Force Multicyclonic, which is a 13kg heavy vacuum and is on sale for $596.31. The vacuum with the lightest weight is the RowentaSilence Force Multicyclonic, which is a 4.9g heavy vacuum and is available at $76.58.
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
A is the most common energy efficiency rating amongst new vacuum cleaners. We found 673 vacuum cleaners that have an energy efficiency rating of A. We found 134 vacuum cleaners that have an energy efficiency rating of B, making this the second most common energy efficiency rating amongst new vacuum cleaners.
Biggest Vacuum Retailers
The biggest vacuum cleaner retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 160 current vacuum cleaner offers from eBay. The second biggest vacuum cleaner retailer is Walmart with 61 offers. That means eBay is more than twice as big as Walmart when it comes to vacuum cleaners. Overstock is the third biggest retailer with 44 current offers.
Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Vacuums?
With the cheapest price on 134 vacuum cleaners, eBay is most frequently the cheapest vacuum cleaner retailer.
Proportion of Vacuums for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?
With the cheapest price on 83.8% of its vacuum cleaners, eBay is most frequently the cheapest vacuum cleaner store.