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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

Rainbow e-series E2

Type: Canister vacuums
Summary: This 33-pound Rainbow bagless canister vacuum has suction control, manual carpet pile-height adjustment, and HEPA filtration. It also has a brush on/off switch.
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Eureka SuctionSeal 2.0 Pet AS3104A

Type: Upright vacuums
Summary: This 16-pound upright from Eureka is bagless and has a brush on/off switch and a 27-foot, retractable cord.
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Eureka Brushroll Clean AS3401A

Type: Upright vacuums
Summary: This 16-pound upright from Eureka is bagless and has a brush on/off switch and a 27-foot, retractable cord.
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Dyson Small Ball Multi Floor

Type: Upright vacuums
Summary: This 13-pound upright from Dyson is bagless and has micro-filtration, a brush on/off switch, and a 32-foot, manual-wind cord.
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Dirt Devil Total Power Cyclonic UD70212

Type: Upright vacuums
Summary: This 12-pound upright from Dirt Devil is bagless and has HEPA filtration and a 23-foot, manual-wind cord.
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What's behind our vacuum cleaner Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 184 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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