What every best Vacuum Cleaners has:
- An allergen filter.
- Washable, reusable filters.
- A long power cord.
Consumer Reports 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 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. 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.
Michelle Ma and Liam McCabe combine hours of research and testing to narrow down dozens of top-rated vacuum cleaners to the three top choices -- two uprights and a canister vac. Vacuums are tested for performance, durability and maneuverability and the reason for the top choices are explained very thoroughly.
A variety of different vacuum types are included in this roundup; uprights, stick vacuums, robotic vacuums, canister vacuums and handheld vacs. The majority have been tested by the Good Housekeeping Institute, and links within each brief description takes you to longer, more comprehensive reviews. Most popular vacuum brands are represented here.
CNET editors continually update their vacuum cleaner reviews, although they tend to focus on high-tech vacuums, like robotic models. All of the reviews are thorough and include hands on testing, often including photos and videos.
While testing is not quite as well-documented here as elsewhere, it's clear that it's been done to choose these top ten vacuums. Popular vacuums from Dyson, Shark and Miele are included, and each vacuum is rated and ranked against the others. Factors taken into account include performance, convenience and design, design extras and accessories. The top three picks also earn Gold, Silver or Bronze Awards, respectively.
We found the largest selection of upright vacuum cleaners -- as well as the most customer reviews -- at Amazon. The most popular models garner thousands of reviews -- and a few are over the 10,000 mark. Some reviewers come back after months or years to provide updates on their original reviews, giving a helpful insight into long term usage.
Best Buy 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 is a popular home appliance retailer, and a lot of vacuums are available both online and in their brick-and-mortar stores. Reviews tend to be well-detailed with pros and cons, as well as updates for product durability as time goes on.
Bed Bath and Beyond sells a wide variety of vacuums of all types, and they get plenty of reviews. The usual range of brands is seen here -- Shark, Dyson, Hoover and Bissell. Reviews tend to be thorough and helpful.
Sears 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.
Kohl's is a popular destination for home goods, and vacuums are no exception. More than 75 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.