Vacuums Rating Sources
ConsumerReports.org conducts ongoing testing of vacuum cleaners, currently providing ratings for around 80 upright vacuums. Editors evaluate each vacuum for performance on bare floors and carpets, pet-hair pickup, noise, emissions, and maneuverability. Each vacuum is ranked according to test results and given an overall score.
Reviewed.com conducts thorough reviews of a number of upright, canister and robot vacuums. Each is ranked on a scale to 10; some also earn Editors' Choice or Best of Year honors as well. Testing is exceptionally well documented. The site looks to factors such as design, usability, performance, and features to name top choices. This site is continually updated, although older reviews are not removed, which makes it a good resource for those who may be shopping for older models.
CNET editors continually update their vacuum cleaner reviews, and all of the reviews are thorough and include hands on testing. That testing is exceptionally well-documented, and often includes photos and videos. In addition to bagged and bagless upright vacuums, stick vacuums, canister vacuums and robotic vacuums are reviewed and ranked.
The Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI) reviews dozens of vacuum cleaners across a variety of types -- including upright, stick, robotic and canister. Models are rated on their ability to remove ground-in dirt, pick up pet hair and clean bare floors. Editors also have consumers test the vacuums and give their impressions. The vacuum cleaners are all rated on an up to 5-star scale and pros and cons are noted.
Liam McCabe combines hours of research to narrow down dozens of top-rated vacuum cleaners to five, three uprights and two canister vacuums, which he then puts through his own tests. Vacuums are tested for performance, durability and maneuverability. Ultimately the Miele Dynamic U1 Twist is named the best vacuum cleaner. Elsewhere on this site, cheap vacuum cleaners are tested and recommended.
We found the largest volume of owner comments on vacuum cleaners of all types at Amazon.com. The most popular models garner thousands of reviews; others have hundreds. Even expensive vacuums, which have fewer reviews elsewhere, tend to have many reviews here. Some reviewers come back after months or years to provide updates on their original reviews, giving a helpful insight into long term usage.
BestBuy.com sells a full complement of vacuum cleaners and there are hundreds to thousands of user reviews for the most popular models. As could be expected from a retailer that focuses on technology, robotic vacuums are among the most frequently reviewed.
Target sells a few dozen upright vacuum cleaner models, and several models get hundreds of reviews; while others have several dozen. Hoover, Dyson and Shark are the top-rated uprights, and tend to get very good ratings across the board.
BedBathandBeyond.com sells a wide variety of vacuums across all types, but only a few get a significant number of reviews. Pool vacuums and carpet cleaners are also included in the search results, which muddies things a bit. However, reviews tend to be thorough and helpful.
Sears.com is the best destination to find reviews on the Kenmore brand of vacuum cleaner -- which is a Sears' label. However, Sears also sells most of the top brands of vacuums -- more than 500 upright vacuums and related products. The vacuums are grouped under categories such as "lightweight," "asthma and allergy friendly," and "designed for pet," to help focus your search.
Kohls.com is a popular destination for home goods, and vacuums are no exception. More than 50 vacuums are sold here, and quite a few have accumulated a good number of owner-written reviews. Reviewers can also indicate if they would recommend the product.
This retail site, 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. There are fewer vacuums here overall, however.