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The 5 best vacuums for your home
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Whether you’re looking to pick up pet hair from carpeting or keep hardwood floors dust-free, the right vacuum can make the job fly by.
When it comes to selecting the perfect model though, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution — you’ll need to consider your cleaning needs to find the right kind for you.
The most important factor to consider is what type of flooring you have in your home. Spaces with carpeting get the cleanest with upright models, according to Consumer Reports. The most important feature may be a motorized brush that can get deep into fibers, but a manual carpet pile-height adjustment control can also help you make sure you’re getting the deepest possible clean (and is handy for thicker carpeting). Some upright models also come with a switch to deactivate the brush (better for cleaning hardwood floors), but canister vacs are a better option if your floors are mostly bare. Canisters are also easier to haul up and down stairs if your home is multilevel.
If convenience is paramount, cordless stick vacuums are lightweight and great for quick pickup jobs. That said, you can generally measure their battery life in minutes, not hours — enough for apartment dwellers, according to The SweetHome. but not if you’re trying to get through a whole house. That said, they’re easier to maneuver in tight spaces, even if they won’t necessarily have the power for heavy-duty jobs.
Robotic vacuums might be the ultimate luxury, but they won’t replace your regular vac altogether, according to Good Housekeeping .
Last but not least, if anyone in your house is an allergy sufferer, Good Housekeeping says you’ll want to look for a model that is sealed and has a HEPA filter, which promises to trap more than 99% of dust, dander, pollen, and mold spores. Bagged models keep messes contained more than bagless, but the bags can be costly, and a pain to change.
While some of these top picks may seem a bit pricey, you’re investing in quality parts and sturdier construction. You’ll likely have to shell out more than $400 for a premium model, according toThe SweetHome. but you can expect it to last two to three times longer than a model that’s half the price. And rest assured, every model we include here, excelled at getting floors clean, regardless of price.
No matter what type you’re looking for, here are our top picks:
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It’s not the cleaning power that should sell you on the Miele Dynamic U1 Twist. according to The SweetHome — it’s the longevity. This well-built upright promises to keep your home clean for decades, with “one of the longest warranties in the industry” and a broad service network. Reviewed.com also lauds the “undeniable sense of craftsmanship” and compliments the model’s maneuverability, thanks to its special SwivelNeck Technology, which makes it easy to get into hard-to-reach spots.
At 20 pounds, you won’t want to haul this appliance up the stairs, but The SweetHome says that its excellent filtration and minimal maintenance make this upright worth the investment.
Pros: Durable, great filtration, easy to maneuver
Can a vacuum be worth shelling out nearly $1,000 for? Quite possibly, when it crushes the competition like the Miele Complete C3 Kona.
The SweetHome called this pricey appliance the best canister vacuum for bigger homes with its higher-capacity bag and power head that’s ready to tackle messes on everything from thicker carpets to bare floors. Reviewed.com gave this vac a perfect rating, declaring it better than 100% of the other vacuums they’d tested thanks to its impeccable engineering and ease of use.
Pros: Included HEPA filter, handy included accessories, easy to maneuver, quiet
Cons: That price tag
If you find your home is constantly covered in pet hair, the Dyson V6 might be the model for you. This stick vac did a great job sucking up pet hair in Good Housekeeping tests, clearing the mess in half the time of similar models. Even better, you’ll never have to hear to that sad whirr as the charge dies — Good Housekeeping praised it for never losing power even as the battery ran down. The SweetHome also called this vacuum exceptionally powerful and praised its generous 20-minute running time. A nice plus: This versatile model can easily can easily convert into a hand vac.
Pros: Powerful, long battery life and relatively quick charge, light, washable filter
Cons: Expensive, have to hold down power button during operation
Looking for the convenience of a stick vac with the running power of an upright? The Hoover Air Cordless Lift splits the difference effortlessly, with 50 minutes of running time on a charge, according to Reviewed.com. and two batteries that can be swapped out. (Bonus: The battery is interchangeable with other recent Hoover cordless models as well.)
Even better, Reviewed.com says a simple button press can remove the main body of the vacuum, turning it into a lightweight canister. Plus, Digital Trends lauds the ability to turn the brushroll on and off, making this model well suited for cleaning hardwood and other uncarpeted surfaces. too.
Pros: Lightweight, convenient to use, brushroll can be turned off
Cons: Feels flimsy to some, not as light as a stick vac
Hoover Air Cordless Lift, $299, available at Amazon.
If putting a robot vacuum to work cleaning up your place isn’t the dream, we don’t know what is. The iRobot Roomba 880 received accolades across the board for being great at getting floors clean — CNET lauded its new “Aeroforce cleaning system” with “rubbery extractors” for more effective debris pickup than ever, and Good Housekeeping noted that it picked up 95% of test messes — and reviews were unanimous in praising its easy setup, too.
Pros: Simple configuration, fall prevention sensors
Cons: Small dust bin, pricey
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