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Best Vacuum cleaners

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Vacuum cleaners

Best Vacuum cleaners

We tested 133 vacuum cleaners to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Vacuum cleaner based on the following criteria:

  • Noise
  • Handling
  • Emissions
  • Pet hair
  • Carpet
  • Bare floors
  • Tool airflow

Below lists the Vacuum cleaners that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Vacuum cleaner is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Vacuum cleaners

Best Vacuum cleaner for Noise

Based on measurements in decibels.


This Vacuum cleaner which tested best for Noise has the following features: Pattern, Clearance (in.) and Run time (min.).

Best Vacuum cleaner for Handling

Reflects how easy it is to push, pull, and carry a vacuum.


This Vacuum cleaner which tested best for Handling has the following features: Weight (lbs.), Cord length (ft), Brush on/off, Easy on/off, Suction control, Retractable cord, Full-bag/bin indicator and High efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.

Best Vacuum cleaner for Emissions

A measurement of the quantity of wood-flour particles that a vacuum released under two conditions: first, when only the motor was turned on, and second, while vacuuming.


This Vacuum cleaner which tested best for Emissions has the following features: Pattern, Clearance (in.) and Run time (min.).

Best Vacuum cleaner for Pet hair

Reflects how well a vacuum picks up pet hair from medium-pile carpet.


This Vacuum cleaner which tested best for Pet hair has the following features: Pattern, Clearance (in.) and Run time (min.).

Best Vacuum cleaner for Carpet

Indicates how much embedded talc and sand a vacuum lifted from a medium-pile carpet.


This Vacuum cleaner which tested best for Carpet has the following features: Pattern, Clearance (in.) and Run time (min.).

Best Vacuum cleaner for Bare floors

Shows how well a vacuum picked up sand without dispersing it on bare floors.


This Vacuum cleaner which tested best for Bare floors has the following features: Weight (lbs.), Cord length (ft), Brush on/off, Easy on/off, Manual-pile adjust, Suction control, Retractable cord, Full-bag/bin indicator and High efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.

Best Vacuum cleaner for Tool airflow

Indicates the strength of airflow through the hose.


This Vacuum cleaner which tested best for Tool airflow has the following features: Pattern, Clearance (in.) and Run time (min.).