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Best vacuum cleaners

What are the best vacuum cleaners for your home? Consumer Reports is your resource for researching best vacuum cleaners. We provide unbiased buying advice and independent, expert reviews you can trust. We’ve lab-tested more than 100 models, including canisters, uprights, small vacuums, and robotic vacuums. Before you go out to shop for a vacuum cleaner, read our reviews to narrow down the optimal vacuum cleaners for your needs.

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Our expert lab technicians evaluated and scored various models for their performance on each of the following measures:

  • Carpet: How much embedded talc and sand the machine lifted from a medium-pile carpet.

  • Bare floors: How well a the model picked up sand without dispersing it on bare floors.

  • Tool airflow: Strength of airflow through the hose.

  • Noise: Measured in decibels.

  • Emissions: Quantity of wood-flour particles that a vacuum released when, 1) only the motor was turned on, and 2) while vacuuming.

  • Handling: How easy it is to push, pull, and carry.

  • Pet hair: How well the model picks up pet hair from medium-pile carpet.

  • Overall score: Out of 100 points, based mainly on cleaning performance and ease of use.

Below is a list of the best vacuum cleaners in each of the tests our experts performed. Take a look at our buying guide to discover all you should know before selecting the best model for your needs. Then go to the store and try them out before making your final selection.

Best vacuum cleaners

  • Best vacuum cleaner for overall score
    Based mainly on cleaning performance and ease of use. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
    This vacuum cleaner which tested best for Overall score has the following features: Add-on cleaning tools, Attachment reach, Bags vs. bagless, Bare-floor options, Brush agitator, Carpet-height adjustment, Dirt sensor, Easy on/off, Filter, Edge cleaner, Full-container indicator, Headlight, Motor protection system, Retractable cord, Self-propelled and Suction control.
  • 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: Add-on cleaning tools, Attachment reach, Bags vs. bagless, Bare-floor options, Brush agitator, Carpet-height adjustment, Dirt sensor, Easy on/off, Filter, Edge cleaner, Full-container indicator, Headlight, Motor protection system, Retractable cord, Self-propelled and Suction control.
  • 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: Add-on cleaning tools, Attachment reach, Bags vs. bagless, Bare-floor options, Brush agitator, Carpet-height adjustment, Dirt sensor, Easy on/off, Filter, Edge cleaner, Full-container indicator, Headlight, Motor protection system, Retractable cord, Self-propelled and Suction control.
  • 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: Add-on cleaning tools, Attachment reach, Bags vs. bagless, Bare-floor options, Brush agitator, Carpet-height adjustment, Dirt sensor, Easy on/off, Filter, Edge cleaner, Full-container indicator, Headlight, Motor protection system, Retractable cord, Self-propelled and Suction control.
  • Best vacuum cleaner for noise
    Based on measurements in decibels.
    This vacuum cleaner which tested best for Noise has the following features: Add-on cleaning tools, Attachment reach, Bags vs. bagless, Bare-floor options, Brush agitator, Carpet-height adjustment, Dirt sensor, Easy on/off, Filter, Edge cleaner, Full-container indicator, Headlight, Motor protection system, Retractable cord, Self-propelled and Suction control.

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