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Vacuum cleaner reviews

Consumer Reports is the only place to find unbiased, independent vacuum cleaner reviews. What’s the difference between an upright vacuum cleaner and a canister vacuum cleaner? Should you get central vacuum? What about those robotic vacuums? Should you go bagless?

Our vacuum cleaner experts at our National Testing and Research Center have evaluated more than 100 vacuum cleaners on more than 16 miles of flooring in our on-site labs. Our reviews will provide you with recommended vacuum models based on price and performance. You can also subscribe to our vacuum cleaner Ratings, where you will find the exact numerical score our experts assigned to each of the seven tested criteria that make up our vacuum cleaner reviews: carpet, bare floors, tool airflow, noise, emissions, handling, and pet hair.

Our reviews also provide reliability Ratings—based on input from thousands of actual users—for such major brands as Miele, Kenmore, Dyson, Hoover, Electrolux, Kirby, and many more. Our review pages also include a selector tool that allows you to input brand, category, and price to narrow down the right models for your needs.

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Also look at our buying guide, which shows you which features are important and gives you the pros and cons of each type of vacuum cleaner. Prefer a visual explanation? We have that too in our buying guide video. Our vacuum cleaner reviews also list what types of vacuum cleaners are available in all the major brands.

Read the vacuum cleaner reviews below and compare the Ratings of each model before you shop.

Vacuum cleaner reviews

Kenmore 22614

Type: Canister vacuums
Summary: This 23-pound canister from Kenmore is bagless and has suction control, HEPA filtration, a brush on/off switch, and a 24-foot, retractable cord.
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Aerus Lux Legacy

Type: Canister vacuums
Summary: This bagged canister vacuum from Aerus comes with an easy-to-reach power switch and a brush on/off switch. The 21-pound vacuum also has a full-bag indicator, suction control, and HEPA filtration. This model lacks manual carpet pile-height adjustment.
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Dirt Devil Classic M0100

Type: Handheld vacuums
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Kenmore Pop-N-Go 81614

Type: Canister vacuums
Summary: This 23-pound canister from Kenmore is bag-equipped and has suction control, micro-filtration, a brush on/off switch, and a 28-foot, retractable cord.
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Bissell Bolt Ion XRT 1311

Type: Stick vacuums
Summary: The Bissell Bolt Ion XRT 1311 comes with an 25 volt Lithium ion battery and has an edge cleaning mode. It comes with a detachable hand vac.
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What's behind our vacuum cleaner Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 174 models in vacuum cleaners to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Based mainly on cleaning performance and ease of use. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
  • Carpet
    Indicates how much embedded talc and sand a vacuum lifted from a medium-pile carpet.
  • Bare floors
    Shows how well a vacuum picked up sand without dispersing it on bare floors.
  • Tool airflow
    Indicates the strength of airflow through the hose.
  • Noise
    Based on measurements in decibels.
  • Emissions
    Our measurement of the quantity of wood-flour particles a vacuum released under two conditions: first, when only the motor was turned on, and second, while vacuuming.
  • Handling
    Reflects how easy it is to push, pull, and carry a vacuum.
  • Pet hair
    Reflects how well a vacuum picks up pet hair from medium-pile carpet.

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