What every best Vacuum Cleaners has:
- An allergen filter.
- Washable, reusable filters.
- A long power cord.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352 is one of the most versatile vacuums you can buy, converting from an upright vacuum to a canister vacuum -- and reviewers say it works equally well either way. Its range of accessories, all of which store onboard, give this Shark model an extra-long reach for cleaning hard-to-access areas. Quiet-yet-powerful, this vacuum cleaner is a strong contender against far more expensive models, but at a price that owners say is a great value. Like all Shark vacuums, the Navigator gets raves for its maneuverability. See our full review »Buy for $149.99
Yes, it's a pricey vacuum, but if you have primarily hardwood floors, especially if you have pets, you'll more than appreciate the Dyson Ball Animal 2. It's unique technology creates a seal on any type of floor, sucking up everything it it's path. In testing, the Animal 2 make short work of even chunky messes like cereal chunks and cat litter -- both areas where other vacuums struggle. However, this Dyson isn't just a one-trick pony, it performed equally well on carpet is highly maneuverable.
A top performer in professional testing, the Hoover WindTunnel UH70120 is also praised by thousands of happy owners who say this Hoover is easy to use and does a great job on bot carpet and hardwood floors, thanks, in part, to its five-position cleaning head adjustment.. It's particularly beloved by pet owners, who are pleased with how well this vacuum picks up pet hair. Many are shocked at how well it works compared to previous vacuums they've owned. It also comes in three colors.Buy for $98.99
The Kenmore Elite 31150 lands at the top of just about every professional roundup we saw, with all agreeing that it's an exceptional value. In testing, it outperforms vacuums costing two or three times more, and does well on both carpet and hardwood. It excels at picking up pet hair as well as debris of all sizes. It also keeps its dust to itself, with an excellent filtration system. Best of all, the built-in LED-lit dirt sensor tells you when you're done. See our full review »
If you're looking for a top-performing vacuum cleaner that's also a great value, look no further than the Hoover T-Series UH30310. Hoover is a well-respected name in vacuums and, in expert testing, the UH30310 earns top marks. Owners love it to, saying this Hoover excels at pet hair pickup and is equally effective on carpet or hardwood. It's pretty light at 15 pounds, and the 30 foot power cord coupled with a long, 12-foot hose gives it an impressive reach. It folds back nearly flat to reach under furniture.Buy for $127.99