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.
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. Its 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 and is highly maneuverable.
If your vacuuming needs are pretty basic, you can't go wrong with the Bissell 9595A CleanView OnePass. At 15 pounds it's fairly lightweight, and has a generous, 13.5 inch cleaning path that can save you some time in your clean up chores. It also includes enough accessories to handle just about any job. Professional testing shows the Bissell CleanView to be a great vacuum for general-purpose use. For the price, it's also impressively durable, with some owners saying it's still going strong after several years.
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.
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 too, 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.