Vacuums Rating Sources
Total of 17 Sources
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Upright Vacuum Cleaner Ratings and Reliability
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org conducts ongoing testing of vacuum cleaners, currently providing ratings for 25 bagged and 61 bagless upright vacuums. Editors evaluate each upright vacuum for performance on bare floors and carpets, pet-hair pickup, noise, emissions, and maneuverability. Overall, 14 out of 25 bagged upright vacs earn recommendations, along with 11 out of 61 bagless models. Bagged models tend to perform better overall, but they're also more expensive.
by Editors of Which? magazine
Our AssessmentThis U.K. equivalent of ConsumerReports.org tests vacuums regularly. Among 64 upright vacuum cleaners evaluated, Miele and Dyson earn seven of the eight Best Buy ratings awarded. Vacuums are tested on their ability to pick up ground-in sand and real pet hair from carpets and similar tests for hard floors, how quickly they fill up, noise level and particle emissions. Most of the upright vacuums earning a Best Buy status are available in the U.S.
Vacuum Cleaner Reviews
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentThe Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI) conducts very thorough vacuum tests. 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 editors of GHRI provide detailed descriptions of each vacuum, including a summary of pros and cons. Eleven vacuums are awarded an "A" rating from this site, including eight uprights.
by Editors of Wired
Our AssessmentReviewers at Wired evaluate 18 vacuum cleaners of various types in separate reviews; vacuum models range in price from $50 to $700 and are given a numeric rating. Editors describe pros and cons of each model tested, including performance and ease of use. Although it's clear that each vacuum has been tested, models aren't compared in head-to-head testing in all cases. The Dyson DC28 Animal is described as "man's second-best friend."
by Editors of CNET.com
Our AssessmentLike Wired, CNET.com reviews various vacuum cleaners in individual reviews. The Panasonic MC-UL429 JetForce Bagless Upright Vacuum, for instance, is featured in three different articles but earns a middling score of 3 stars out of 5 due to its less-than-stellar performance coupled with a short warranty. The Eureka SuctionSeal Pet AS1104A, Oreck Touch and Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away are the highest-rated uprights, earning an editors' score of 4 stars out of 5.
Road Test: The Best Vacuums
by Stephanie Sisco
Our AssessmentAuthor Stephanie Sisco reveals the best vacuum cleaners in various categories, although it's not clear whether hands-on testing is conducted to determine the winners. Each winner is accompanied by a brief description, although actual testing methods are not described. The Shark Navigator Light Upright is chosen as the "best bargain" thanks to its low price, "stretchable cord and extra-long attachments," and the Miele S 7260 is named "best luxe" and praised for its maneuverability.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentWe found the largest volume of owner comments on vacuum cleaners at Amazon.com. Several models by Hoover have accumulated more than 2,000 owner-written reviews and maintain good average ratings. We also found positive feedback for Shark upright vacuums, which generally have a few hundred reviews but maintain average ratings of 4.2 stars out of 5 or better. Some of the models listed here have been discontinued, which makes it difficult to evaluate the ratings.
Vacuums and Floor Care
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentHoover, Bissell and Shark models dominate the upright vacuums category at Walmart.com. Shark upright vacuums have fewer reviews but higher average ratings. The Shark Rotator Lift Away, for instance, earns an average rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 in nearly 100 owner-written reviews. On the other end of the spectrum is the Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Rewind UH70120, earning a slightly lower rating of 4.2 stars out of 5 in more than 1,350 reviews.
by Contributors to BestBuy.com
Our AssessmentBestBuy.com sells several dozen upright vacuum cleaners. While there's not as much user feedback here as on sites like Amazon.com and Walmart.com, several upright vacs have earned a fair amount of reviews. Dyson models earn positive remarks from owners. The Dyson DC41 Animal, for instance, earns an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 in more than 590 owner-written reviews. A few models by Shark and Hoover also earn high ratings.
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentTarget sells about 50 upright vacuum cleaner models, but most models have fewer than 100 user reviews. The Dyson DC41 Animal Upright Vacuum with Tangle-Free Turbine Tool and the Dyson DC41 Animal Complete Vacuum each maintain average ratings of 4 stars out of 5 or better in 500 owner-written reviews or more. The Dyson DC25 Animal earns the highest rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 in nearly 1,500 reviews.
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentSears.com sells more than 500 upright vacuums and related products, although only about 35 have accumulated a fair amount of reviews. Four models maintain average ratings of 4.5 stars (out of a possible 5) or better in 50 or more reviews, including the Shark Upright Vacuum Cleaner NV22L, the Dyson DC41 Animal Complete Vacuum, the LG Kompressor Plus Upright Vacuum LUV300B and the Hoover Platinum UH30010COM.
by Contributors to Kohls.com
Our AssessmentKohls.com sells about 20 different upright vacuums, but only about a dozen have accumulated any owner-written reviews. The Shark Navigator Bagless Upright Vacuum NV22L is the clear standout, earning a near-perfect average rating in more than 50 owner-written reviews. Owners say it's an excellent value for the price, is lightweight and offers great suction power. A few models by Hoover, Bissell and Eureka earn a fair number of reviews but have slightly lower average ratings.
Upright Vacuums Reviews
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentViewpoints.com is a review site covering everything from universities to vitamin supplements. Of the handful of upright vacuums (among the 75 listed here) earning 10 or more consumer ratings, the Shark Navigator Professional (now discontinued) and Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless are the top-rated, earning scores of 91 and 92 (out of a possible 100), respectively. The Dyson DC40 Multi-Floor and Bissell ProHeat Select have a few dozen reviews each but lower overall scores.
HEPA Upright Vacuum Cleaners
by Editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com
Our AssessmentThis 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. Although this is a good site for health information and articles for allergy sufferers, the recommendations must be taken lightly as their main business is selling vacuums, and it's interesting that the highest ratings go to the most expensive machines.
Upright Vacuum Reviews
by Editors of VacMag.com
Our AssessmentThe blogger behind VacMag.com is a stay-at-home mom who has used many vacuums over the years and shares her personal experiences in vacuum cleaner buying guides and reviews. The reviews are highly detailed and specific, and it appears as though the author has used each model reviewed. The three highest-rated upright vacuums are the Hoover UH30010COM, Miele S 7260 and Hoover U6485900, each earning an editor's rating of 4 stars out of 5 or better.
Vacuum Cleaner Reviews
by Editors of About.com
Our AssessmentAbout.com has several articles related to vacuum cleaners, including a few individual reviews and buying guides. While no head-to-head testing is conducted, this is a useful site for determining the type of vacuum cleaner and features that will best suit your needs. Models by Bissell, Hoover, Dyson, Oreck and Electrolux are reviewed by About.com housekeeping guide Sarah Aguirre, although it's not clear whether these models have been tested or when the reviews were written.
by Editors of SharkVacuums.net
Our AssessmentThis website offers deals on Shark vacuum cleaners and other floor-cleaning products, but it also contains thorough information describing the differences between models in the various Shark series. It's a valuable resource if you're considering purchasing a Shark upright vacuum to differentiate between similar model numbers and determine where to make your purchase to get the most bang for your buck.