What every best Vacuum Cleaners has:
- An allergen filter.
- Washable, reusable filters.
- A long power cord.
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. While they mostly focus on robotic vacuums, as befitting a technology-centered site, they also review bagged and bagless upright vacuums, stick vacuums and canister vacuums.
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, accessories and warranty and support. The top three picks also earn Gold, Silver or Bronze Awards, respectively.
Liam McCabe combines 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 McCabe's choices are explained very thoroughly. Ultimately two Shark Navigators rise to the top of the upright heap.
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. These reviews were last updated in March of 2015, so some of these vacuums are discontinued, while others are still widely available and remain unchanged from the tested model.
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 -- a few are close to the 10,000 mark -- almost all 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.com 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, 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.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 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.