Best Black Friday Deals on Vacuums

CR experts have found top-rated canister, handheld, stick, robotic, and upright models

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November begins the entertaining season and all the last-minute home care it entails. You definitely want your place to look spiffy when company arrives, and a vacuum is the right tool for that job. Looking to replace or upgrade yours? You couldn’t have picked a better time to buy one of our top-scoring models at a good price.

To help you pinpoint the best Black Friday deals on vacuums, we’ve been scouring store circulars and websites of major retailers—Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Walmart, and more—for sales on CR’s top-performing vacuum cleaners. You’ll have your pick of full-sized uprights and canisters, stick vacs, robotic vacuums, and handhelds.

Unsure of which type of vacuum you need? Check out our complete vacuum ratings and recommendations, and read our vacuum cleaner buying guide as you shop. We’ll continue to update this article as more deals drop, so check back through Cyber Monday.

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Canister Vacuums

Impressive cleaning, lots of airflow for tools, and fairly quiet running help make this bagless canister a top pick. It’s also a great choice for picking up after cats or dogs. Key features include manual carpet pile-height adjustment, suction control, a brush on/off switch, and a retractable cord. One caveat: Handling this vacuum’s 23 pounds takes some muscle. Make sure you click on the on-page coupon box to get the full savings.

CR’s test results: Kenmore 22614 canister vacuum

The bagged Kenmore 400 Series 81414 earns top marks for cleaning bare floors and removing pet hair and is almost as good at cleaning carpet. It gets only an average score for emissions; if you have allergies, consider another vacuum, so you don’t get debris kicked back into the house. Suction through the hose is impressive, so this is a good choice if you often use attachments. Our tests find this Kenmore is a bit noisy, though.

CR’s test results: Kenmore 400 Series 81414

The bagless Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat & Dog is on the pricey side for vacuums, but it’s one of the best canisters you can buy. It’s very capable at cleaning bare floors and pet hair, but it’s not as great when it comes to carpet. Emissions are low, so it doesn’t release debris back into the room you just cleaned. Miele vacuums have a devoted following; based on data from our member survey, Miele canisters get top-notch ratings for both predicted reliability and owner satisfaction.

CR’s test results: Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat & Dog

Handheld Vacuums

With a hose built into the design, the compact, cord-free Black+Decker Flex makes it easy to suction up debris in hard-to-reach places, like under a car seat or behind your washer. It earns a high score in our emissions test, which means there’s less dust and debris in the air when you vacuum. It also comes with a rubber pet-hair attachment that helps remove more hair because it doesn’t stick to the rubber and goes directly into the suction tube. The dustbin is slightly difficult to remove, and you might have to reach inside to extract all the gunk when emptying this model over a trash can.

CR’s test results: Black+Decker Flex BDH2020FL handheld vacuum

Robotic Vacuums

The Deebot 711 makes a great choice if you have mostly hardwood floors (it excelled in CR’s bare-floor tests) and don’t want to spend too much. But if your home is carpeted, and especially if you have pets, this isn’t the best choice because its test scores in those categories are middling and lackluster. The Deebot 711 can be controlled via a smartphone app, giving you an easier way to start a cleaning cycle.

CR’s test results: Ecovacs Deebot 711 robotic vacuum

You don’t need to shell out a grand for a good robotic vacuum. Typically selling for around $220, the Eufy 11S earns high scores in our carpet cleaning test and does even better on bare floors. Though it’s not the most efficient cleaner (testers noted that it sometimes scatters debris), it does the job, operates quietly (like many robotic vacuums), and has a cliff sensor to keep it from tumbling down stairs. This robotic vacuum isn’t WiFi-enabled, so you can’t control it remotely from a smartphone app, but that also means it can’t be hacked. Eufy robotic vacuums as a whole receive top marks for reliability, meaning this model is unlikely to break down within the next three years. Overall, CR members have been very satisfied with their Eufy models in our recent surveys. Make sure to click the on-page coupon before adding this model to your cart to get the full savings.

CR’s test results: Eufy 11S robotic vacuum

The RoboVac G30 Edge from Eufy isn’t great on carpet, but it boasts top marks for cleaning bare floors. This model was top-notch at navigation—not all robotics are. It’s also WiFi-enabled, meaning you can control it from your smartphone. But if you’re concerned about locking down your data, know that all of Eufy’s robotic vacuums are only so-so at protecting your data privacy and security.

CR’s test results: Eufy RoboVac G30 Edge

The I3+ iRobot Roomba earns top marks in our pet-hair tests, thanks in part to its rubber brush roll. It’s one of the larger robotic vacuums in our tests  and takes on electrical power cords with ease. One downside: You have to purchase replacement vacuum bags for the base but they don’t cost a lot.

CR’s test results: iRobot Roomba i3+

The top-of-the-line Roomba i7+ cleans floors efficiently, moving fast and gathering up a lot of debris on a single pass. When it returns home, it has an automatic process to empty its contents into the dock, meaning it can run more cycles than most robotic vacuums before you need to step in and empty the bins. And because it’s smart, you can start a cleaning cycle from your phone via IFTTT or with voice commands to an Alexa or a Google Assistant speaker. Our testers say pet hair has to be manually removed from the brush. It’s worth noting that this vac was $20 cheaper last week.

CR’s test results: iRobot Roomba i7+ robotic vacuum

Stick Vacuums

The LG A9 Kompressor is one of CR’s top picks for stick vacuums this year. It aces our carpet, bare-floor, and pet-hair tests, and leaves nothing behind when you vacuum along the edges of a room. It’s not quite as quiet as other models we’ve tested, but the sound won’t bother you during short bursts of cleanup. It runs for almost a full half-hour on one battery charge. Better yet, it comes with two batteries.

CR’s test results: LG A9 Kompressor stick vacuum

The cordless, lightweight LG CordZero A9 gets top marks on all CR performance tests, especially when it comes to bare floors. It comes with two brushes—one soft roller for hard surfaces and a brush for carpets. The LG is equipped with two batteries, so you can charge one while vacuuming with the other. The charging stand is self-standing, so there’s no need to hang it on a wall.

CR’s test results: LG CordZero A9 

The “ultralight” moniker for the Shark Vertex Ultralight HZ2002 refers to its light hand vac mode (our testers weighed it at 2.9 pounds). The Shark aced our tests for carpet, bare floors, and pet hair, and has scores for cleaning edges that are almost as impressive. Although not as versatile as a cordless vacuum, this model has a 30-foot cord that’s long enough so that you won’t have to constantly map out your electrical outlets.

CR’s test results: Shark Vertex Ultralight HZ2002 stick vacuum

The feature-packed Tango EX usually costs a bit more than the Tineco Pure One S11, but the performance is similar. This model has all the bells and whistles of its brandmate, including an LED panel that indicates battery life and suction power. In addition to the main power brush, it comes with a soft power brush, a nice extra if you have wood floors. It runs for 17 minutes on one charge. You can use Tineco’s app to monitor battery life, but if you don’t want to be bothered with another app on your phone, you can get all the information you need from the LED panel.

CR’s test results: Tineco Pure One S11 Tango EX

Upright Vacuums

One of the many Sharks in our vacuum ratings, this newly tested Shark upright rises almost to the top of our bagless upright ratings, acing our tests for bare floors and pet hair, and earning nearly as impressive scores in our carpet-cleaning test. The “Lift-Away” in the model name refers to the fact that you can lift the collection bin away from the main handle and use it as a canister. This comes in handy when cleaning stairs and reaching into corners for cobwebs. Airflow is ample, and the Shark comes with several attachments.

CR’s test results: Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV DuoClean LA500

The 17-pound bagless Shark Vertex DuoClean has plenty of bells and whistles. Testers like the Duo brush roll, which is great for carpet and bare floors. The vacuum also picks up pet hair especially well, earning a top score on that test. It has exceptional suction power and does a solid job of containing small dust particles in the dustbin. The lift-away canister makes it easy to clean out-of-the-way places.

CR’s test results: Shark Vertex DuoClean AZ2002 upright vacuum


Mary H.J. Farrell

Knowing that I wanted to be a journalist from a young age, I decided to spiff up my byline by adding the middle initials "H.J." A veteran of online and print journalism, I've worked at People, MSNBC, Ladies’ Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, and an online Consumer Reports wannabe. But the real thing is so much better. Follow me on Twitter.