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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

Samsung VU7000 Motion Sync

Type: Upright vacuum cleaners
Summary: Overall this is a Good upright vacuum cleaner. It does a mediocre job removing embedded dirt from carpets. When cleaning surfaces such as kitchen and hardwood floors this model is an Excellent performer. Its impressive pet-hair pickup is a benefit for dog and cat owners. This model receives A Good for handling and weighs 18 pounds. Do note this model has so-so suction through the wand when cleaning with tools.
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Bissell CleanView Plus with OnePass 9595

Type: Upright vacuum cleaners
Summary: This 16-pound upright from Bissell is bagless and has HEPA filtration and a 25-foot, manual-wind cord.
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Dirt Devil Lift & Go UD70300B

Type: Upright vacuum cleaners
Summary: This 14-pound upright from Dirt Devil is bagless and has HEPA filtration and a 29-foot, manual-wind cord.
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Hoover Platinum S3865

Type: Canister vacuum cleaners
Summary: This 27-pound canister from Hoover is bagless and has suction control, HEPA filtration, a brush on/off switch, and a 25-foot, retractable cord.
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Kenmore 22614

Type: Canister vacuum cleaners
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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What's behind our vacuum cleaner Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 123 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
    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.
  • 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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