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Canister Vacuums: Ratings of Sources

Total of 16 Sources
1. ConsumerReports.org
Updated September 2012
Canister Vacuum Cleaner Ratings & Reliability
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org conducts ongoing vacuum cleaner testing. In this latest update, 27 bagged canister vacuums and 12 bagless canister vacuums are rated for performance on bare floors, carpet and pet hair. Total airflow, noise, emissions and ease of use are also considered. Seven bagged canister vacuums and one bagless model are recommended.
2. J.D. Power & Associates
March 16, 2013
2013 Vacuum Customer Experience Benchmark Study Results
by Editors of J.D. Power and Associates
Our AssessmentJ.D. Power and Associates evaluates consumer satisfaction for vacuum cleaner brands in this second annual report. Canister vacuums are included for the first time in this update and are examined for six factors: performance, ease of use, features, styling, price and warranty. The study evaluates 10 brands of canister vacuums, with satisfaction scores calculated for overall brands rather than individual models. Miele, Dyson and Shark are top scorers.
3. Good Housekeeping
Updated September 2010
Vacuum Cleaner Reviews
by Editors of Choice magazine
Our AssessmentThe Good Housekeeping Research Institute evaluates vacuum cleaners based on their ability to remove ground-in dirt, pick up pet hair and clean bare floors. Consumers are asked to test specific models and offer feedback, and editors provide detailed descriptions of each tested vacuum cleaner, including both pros and cons. Eighteen canister vacuums earn a grade of A-minus or better, including models by Electrolux, Miele, Hoover and Kenmore.
4. Which? magazine
As of December 2013
Vacuum Cleaner Reviews
by Editors of Which?
Our AssessmentBritish magazine Which? is as thorough and competent in its reviews as ConsumerReports.org. Editors test vacuum cleaner performance on different floor types, as well as with pet hair. Miele produces many of their "best buy" picks, although most of the vacuums sold by other brands aren't available in the U.S. There is some useful general information on this site, including buyer's guides and reliability information that U.S. consumers might find helpful.
5. Allergy Buyers Club.com
As of December 2013
Canister Vacuum Cleaners
by Editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com
Our AssessmentThis website, which includes many comparison charts and articles, focuses on the needs of allergy sufferers. Vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters are recommended for people who need maximum removal of allergens. While this is mainly a retail site, editors do report testing and owner satisfaction for most models. However, the ratings tightly correspond with price and are not detailed enough to convince us of their objectivity.
6. AchooAllergy.com
As of December 2013
Canister Vacuum Cleaners
by Editors of AchooAllergy.com
Our AssessmentAchooAllergy.com sells products geared specifically to allergy sufferers. Most of the vacuum cleaners sold here come from Miele and Sebo, and most haven't yet earned any user feedback. Editors provide detailed written and video reviews of each model but don't formally rate or rank canister vacuums. However, the commentary and video feedback is valuable if you're considering a Miele or Sebo canister vacuum.
7. Amazon.com
As of December 2013
Canister Vacuums
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com sells a variety of canister vacuums, including several compact models and a few designed to perform better at pet-hair pickup. A number of models accumulate a few hundred consumer reviews. The Eureka 3670G Mighty Mite, for example, earns 4.2 stars out of 5 in more than 750 user posts. Other models by Miele, Hoover, Bissell, Electrolux, Sanitaire and Panasonic also earn high average ratings after 100 owner comments or more.
8. Walmart.com
As of December 2013
Vacuums and Floor Care
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentA search for canister vacuums at this site turns up nearly 60 models, including a few with more than 100 user reviews. Compared to Amazon.com, vacuums generally receive higher overall ratings here and owner comments are more positive, albeit shorter and less detailed. Consumers seem especially satisfied with the Eureka Mighty Mite 3670G, which receives 4.5 stars out of 5 after more than 700 posts.
9. Real Simple
Not dated
Road Test: The Best Vacuums
by Stephanie Sisco
Our AssessmentReal Simple magazine conducts a "road test" review, identifying the best vacuum cleaners in various categories such as best canister vacuum and best bargain. The LG Kompressor Pet Care Plus Canister is named the best canister vacuum thanks to its convenient controls, self-cleaning functionality and easy-to-empty dirt container.
10. Lowes.com
As of December 2013
Canister Vacuums
by Contributors to Lowes.com
Our AssessmentAmong approximately 30 canister vacuums listed at Lowes.com, a few attract more than 50 user reviews. The Dyson DC39 Multi Floor Bagless Canister Vacuum is the top-rated model, earning an average rating of 4.6 stars out of 5. The Electrolux UltraActive Bagless Canister Vacuum Cleaner gets 4.1 stars out of 5, but in just more than 20 owner posts. The Electrolux 9-Amp UltraSilencer and Eureka 9-Amp Readyforce get mixed feedback from consumers.
11. BestBuy.com
As of December 2013
Canister Vacuums
by Contributors to BestBuy.com
Our AssessmentBestBuy.com sells more than 50 models of canister vacuum cleaners, including some designed for heavy-duty commercial use. However, most receive just a handful of comments from users. Dyson models earn higher ratings than other canister vacuum brands, including the DC39 Animal, DC39 Multi Floor and DC26. The Dyson DC47 Animal also earns a high average rating, but doesn't accumulate as many reviews as the other Dyson models.
12. HomeDepot.com
As of December 2013
Canister Vacuums
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentHomeDepot.com sells a few dozen canister vacuums, several of which attract feedback from 20 or more owners. Although some of the models that pop up in this category are designed for commercial use, we found the most positive reviews for three Dyson models, including the DC39 Animal, the DC39 Multi Floor and the DC47 Animal. The LG Kompressor Pet Care Plus also earns a near-perfect score after more than 75 posts.
13. Sears.com
As of December 2013
Canister Vacuum Cleaner
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentAmong the dozens of vacuum cleaners sold at Sears.com, a few models get a fair number of reviews. Sears' Kenmore-brand canister vacuums earn more feedback than other brands sold here. The Kenmore Canister Vacuum 29229 and Kenmore Bagless Canister Vacuum 24194 each get 4 stars out of 5 or better from 50 or more owners. The Dyson DC26 Multi Floor also earns a high average rating after about 75 posts.
14. Viewpoints.com
As of December 2013
The Best Canister Vacuums: Canister Vacuum Reviews & Ratings
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentMore than 90 canister vacuums are reviewed at Viewpoints.com, but most receive only a handful of comments. One of their top-rated models is more than $1000. Still,there are some useful posts for more mainstream vacuums.
15. Kohls.com
As of December 2013
Canister Vacuums
by Contributors to Kohls.com
Our AssessmentKohls.com sells about 15 canister vacuums, but most are reviewed by just a handful of users. The Eureka 3684F Mighty Mite Pet Lover Canister Vacuum is the top-rated model here, earning 4 stars out of 5 after about 35 owner posts. Several models by Bissell earn mixed feedback here, so it's a useful site for identifying potential problems for select models.
16. Epinions.com
As of December 2013
Canister Vacuums
by Contributors to Epinions.com
Our AssessmentMore than 900 different models of canister vacuums are listed at Epinions.com, but the vast majority receives only a handful of comments or none at all. Many of the models reviewed here get much more mixed feedback than at other sites.
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