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Best Bagless Vacuum Cleaners 2016

Our picks for the best bagless vacuums in 2016.  We have undertaken detailed analysis of each machine and there are links to our reviews in the descriptions.  These vacuums have all received very good ratings from consumers (generally from many sources) and they all excel at cleaning.  Many also come with great features and have respectably long warranties.  Prices range from about 60USD to 500+USD (prices are estimates only).  Additionally, we have included some common pros and cons for each model. The best bagless canister vacuums are at the bottom of the article.

These vacuums have many different features and costs so determining which vacuum is “best” for you is more a function of your particular needs than the vacuum ranking.

Best Bagless Upright Vacuums
Rank Manufacturer & Model Approx. Cost (USD)
1 Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet 300-320
2 Dyson DC65 Animal 500-550
3 Shark Navigator Lift-Away Rotator NV501 250
4 Bissell Powerglide 1534 200
5 Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro NV356E 180
6 Dyson DC25 All Floors/Animal 450-550
7 Bissell Cleanview 1330 80
8 Shark Navigator Deluxe NV42 120-150
9 Dyson DC40 Multi-Floor 400

 

Shark Rotator NV7521) Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet
Warranty: 7 years

Our best bagless vacuum for this year is the Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet.  Consumers love this machine and consistently give it high ratings.  It is also versatile as it operates as an upright, a canister and even a portable unit (the lift-away feature).  The NV752 is powerful, has HEPA filtration, a sealed system and rinsable filters.  It is brilliantly easy to use and everything clicks together and comes apart effortlessly.  It is also quieter than several of the other powerful bagless vacuums we have tested.  

In addition, the Shark NV752 is our top pick for best upright vacuum AND the number two pick for our 2016 best pet hair vacuum. You will want to read our detailed review of this machine.

PROS
- Very good at picking up pet hair
- Easy to empty the dust canister
- Very powerful suction
- Plenty of attachments
- Motorized pet tool works well
- Easy to maneuver
- Not too heavy
- Both an upright and a canister vacuum
- Not too loud
- Lift-away pod is useful - especially for stairs

CONS
- Upright can tip easily
- Hard floor genie is only adequate
- Shorter folks may find the handle too long

Check out customer reviews & pricing on Amazon.

For additional information read our Shark Rotator NV752 review.


Dyson DC65 Animal2) Dyson DC65 Animal
Warranty: 5 years

The Dyson DC65 Animal is a great vacuum for large household vacuuming – although this machine is getting a bit hard to find.  It is a very powerful machine with deep cleaning ability on carpet and solid performance on bare floors as well.  It has a long cleaning reach of about 50 feet, has rinsable filters, and comes with some useful tools.  The brushbar has on/off controls, the nozzle height adjusts automatically, and the machine just looks “cool” – Dyson has a penchant for making futuristic looking vacuums and the DC65 is no exception.

PROS
- Long power cord
- Very powerful suction
- Works very well on both carpet and bare floors
- Cleans up tight against baseboards or furniture
- Ball technology provides great maneuverability
- No need to adjust nozzle height
- Washable filters that are easily accessed
- Turbine tool works well on pet hair

CONS
- Expensive
- Fairly heavy
- Some feel the hose is a bit stiff and unwieldy

Check out customer reviews & pricing on Amazon.

For additional information read our Dyson DC65 Animal review.


Shark Rotator3) Shark Navigator Lift Away Rotator –NV501
Warranty: 5 years

This machine has been on the market for quite a few years and consumer ratings continue to be excellent.  Like the NV752 it is a 3-in-1 vacuum with the ability to be an upright, a canister, and a portable unit.  It has HEPA filtration, headlights that last the lifetime of the vacuum cleaner, and rinsable filters.  It also performs well on both bare floors and carpet, and is effective on pet hair.

PROS
- Works well on pet hair
- Owners like the lift-away feature
- 5 year warranty
- Very strong suction
- Fairly quiet
- Not too heavy
- Works well on both carpet and bare floors
- Dust canister is easy to empty
- Power tool works well and is good for stairs & upholstery
- Respectably long power cord
- Swivel head really does make the vacuum easy to maneuver
- Assembly is quick and easy
- Low profile allows it to get under furniture

CONS
- In upright mode it can tip when using the tools
- Lift-away feature must be carried - no shoulder strap
- Average fit and finish
- Some owners feel it is a big large
- Headlights are not very bright (but some owners still report they are useful)

Check out customer reviews & pricing on Amazon.

For additional information read our Shark Navigator Lift Away Rotator review.


Bissell Powerglide 15344) Bissell Powerglide 1534
Warranty: 2 years

This is a cordless upright vacuum cleaner.  It does not come with HEPA filtration and has a rather short 6 foot hose.  But it has a small footprint, is lightweight and it maneuvers very well.  It has "Lift-off Technology" which allows one to take the motor, dust canister and hose/wand assembly and carry it while vacuuming (this is the 2-in-1 feature).

PROS
- 2-in-1 feature works well
- Very maneuverable
- Easy to assemble
- Has a small footprint
- Fast charge time
- Bagless with washable filters

CONS
- Hose is short
- A bit top heavy
- Hose attachment is friction fit (doesn’t “click” into place)

For additional information read our Bissell Powerglide 1534 review.


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Shark Lift Away Pro#5) Shark Navigator Lift Away Pro -– model NV356E
Warranty: 5 years

Yet another Shark vacuum cleaner.  There are literally thousands of owner ratings from many online sources for this machine and they are mostly very good.  It’s hard to argue with that kind of success.  This vacuum also has the Lift-Away feature (like the NV752 and the NV501 above).  In addition, it is fairly lightweight and is designed for carpet and bare floors.

PROS
- Lightweight
- Strong suction
- Very maneuverable
- Lift-Away feature works well
- Seems durable
- Easy to assemble
- Suction can be lowered for more delicate vacuuming
- Performs well, especially for the cost

CONS
- Lots of plastic used in the vacuum construction
- Small crevice tool sometimes falls off vacuum
- Hose isn'’t very long and can pull vacuum over if you pull on it too hard when using attachments

For additional information read our Shark Navigator Lift Away Pro NV356E.


Dyson DC25 Animal#6) Dyson DC25 All Floors/Animal
Warranty: 5 years

This older machine makes the list of best bagless vacuums almost every year.  It is a classic and has had staying power because it works so well.  It is getting harder to find these days however.  It has been one of the better vacuums for dealing with pet hair for years and it has HEPA filtration and is easy to maneuver and move.  The power cord is a little short however and the dust canister on the small side.

PROS
- Ball technology provides great maneuverability
- Powerful suction
- Good at removing pet hair
- Lengthy 5 year warranty
- Long hose
- Not too heavy
- Lots of attachments that work well

CONS
- Small dust canister
- Expensive
- Hose is a bit stiff

For additional information you may wish to read our Dyson DC25 Animal Review (or the Dyson DC25 All-Floors review –- this review is more detailed and the vacuums are almost the same.)


Bissell Cleanview 13307) Bissell Cleanview 1330
Warranty: 2 years

This machine gets very good ratings from consumers and is inexpensive – a nice combination.  The 1330 has good suction and is designed for both bare floors and carpet.  It also works well on pet hair.  However – there has to be a downside given the price – it has a “shortish” power cord,  no brushbar on/off, and it does not come with HEPA filtration.

PROS
- Very reasonably priced
- Not too heavy
- Easy to assemble
- Dust canister is easy to empty
- Works well on pet hair
- Strong suction
- Attachments work well

CONS
- Power cord is on the short side for an upright
- Brushroll cannot be turned off
- Location of on/off switch is awkward
- Build quality is not great

For additional information read our Bissell Cleanview 1330 review.


Shark Navigator Deluxe NV428) Shark Navigator Deluxe NV42
Warranty: 5 years

This is not a “Lift-away” machine and it does not have HEPA filtration.  But it is reasonably priced and it performs especially well on carpet and pet hair. Filters are rinsable, there are brushroll on/off controls, and it comes with a pet hair power brush.

PROS
- Not too loud
- Strong suction
- Works well on pet hair
- Has brushroll on/off control
- Washable filters
- Easy to maneuver
- Respectably long warranty

CONS
- Not as lightweight as some expect
- No motor-driven attachment included
- Not all attachments store on vacuum

For additional information read our Shark Navigator Deluxe NV42 review.


Dyson DC409) Dyson DC40 Multi-Floor
Warranty: 5 years

This unit is characterized by good consumer ratings, strong suction, washable filters and self-adjusting nozzle height.  At 14.5 lbs it is also a little lighter than many of the full size Dyson uprights.  The power cord is bit short however and it only comes with 2 tools.

PROS
- Easy to assemble
- Lightweight
- Fairly compact and easy to store
- A lot of people like the maneuverability provided by the Ball
- Good suction
- Doesn'’t use bags and filters are washable
- Dust canister is easy to empty
- Cleans up to the edge well
- All tools store on-board
- Long warranty

CONS
- Some folks struggle with getting used to the Ball for movement
- Lengthy wand can be awkward to use
- Expensive
- Initially the hose doesn'’t stretch out easily
- Short power cord

For additional information read our Dyson DC40 Review.

 

Best Bagless Canister Vacuums
Rank Manufacturer & Model Approx. Cost (USD)
1 Electrolux UltraFlex EL4335A 400
2 Dyson DC39 Animal 350
3 Bissell 1161 Hard Floor Expert                125
4 Bissell Zing 10M2 60

 

Electrolux UltraFlex

1) Electrolux UltraFlex EL4335A
Warranty: 5 years

Electrolux has made some good machines in the past but they've also made some substandard models.  Fortunately the UltraFlex EL4335A is one of the keepers. Owners love it and it is powerful, lightweight, and capable on both bare floors and carpet.  It has HEPA filtration and also comes with a sealed system that ensures the air exiting the vacuum is properly filtered and very clean.

PROS
- Rinsable HEPA filter
- Easy to empty dust canister
- Very good on both carpet and bare floors
- Good at pulling up pet hair on carpet
- Height of nozzle is adjustable
- Fairly quiet
- Adjustable suction feature
- Powerful suction
- Retractable power cord
- Includes 2 nozzles
- Easy to assemble
- Very maneuverable

CONS
- Fairly short power cord
- Bare floor nozzle is a bit narrow
- Dust canister is on the small side
- Tools stored on handle sometimes fall off

Check out customer reviews & pricing on Amazon.

For additional information read our Electrolux UltraFlex EL4335A review.


Dyson DC39 Animal2) Dyson 39 Animal
Warranty: 5 years

This is one powerful machine.  It produces a staggering 275 air watts of suction and is more powerful than even the daunting Dyson DC65 upright or the newer Dyson Cinetic Big Ball.

PROS
- Parts all “click-fit” together
- Sleek, attractive looking machine
- Compact
- Not too loud
- 5-year warranty
- Most owners report that it is effective on pet hair
- Most owners feel the suction is strong

CONS
- Expensive
- Brushbar is powered by suction only
- Filter should be washed every month
- Dust canister needs frequent emptying
- Power cord and hose are a bit short

Check out customer reviews & pricing on Amazon.

For additional information read our Dyson DC39 Animal review.


Bissell 1161 Hard Floor Expert3) Bissell 1161 Hard Foor Expert
Warranty: 2 years

This is a small, lightweight vacuum (under 10 lbs) that is best on hard surfaces.  It is short on features but does what it is designed to do – clean bare floors – quite well.

PROS
- Quiet
- Retractable power cord
- Adjustable suction
- Good on hard surfaces
- Lightweight and easy to carry

CONS
- Short power cord
- Not very good on carpet
- Dust canister is a bit small

For additional information read our Bissell 1161 review review


Bissell Zing 10M24) Bissell Zing 10M2
Warranty: 1 year

At $50-60 this is by far the least expensive bagless vacuum cleaner in the list.  It is quite lightweight and, like the 1161 Hard Floor Expert, is best for hard surfaces.

PROS
- Very inexpensive
- Fairly good on bare floors
- Lightweight
- Automatic cord rewind
- Brushbar can be lifted so it does not contact the floor
- Dust canister is easy to empty

CONS
- Cord is very short for a full size vacuum
- Canister is sometimes hard to pull along
- Build quality is not that good
- Not very effective on carpet
- Quite loud

For additional information read our Bissell Zing 10M2 review.



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Comments  

+2 # shannon 2011-02-08 05:12
so confused on what vacuum to buy was leaning towards a dyson but i believe they should come with a lifetime warranty for how much they cost. i just want a good sucking vacuum something thst gets down to the padding anybody have any suggestions
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0 # Suzon 2012-08-26 07:19
Loved my dyson for years until it quit on me, suction just stopped! Not sure I will get another one, but still undecided. I did have a couple problems in the beginning. My hose came apart and had to be taped as did cord. No light & hard to get under things. But was awesome at picking up dirt! Guess that\'s the most important thing??
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0 # Jeanne 2011-03-16 16:07
I have the Hoover Elite Cyclonic Canister. I love it. I got the insurance and glad I did. But I have not found another canister vacuum that is as good and I like the foam filter because I can wash it.
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0 # Terry 2012-06-20 11:21
I love to vacuum and have had hoovers mostly. Even had a kirby. I am not happy with any of them.I am getting ready to try the dyson. I hate to spend that much but I am willing to try it. I am having problems going from carpet to tile floors. I also want a few attachments.
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0 # Katherine 2012-09-02 10:45
Hi. I am a frequent vacuumer, several times weekly. The Dyson did a good job at getting the dirt and fur/hair. However, very heavy to move, and had lots and lots of issues. Several times parts replaced by manufacturer, which was great, but inconvenient to be without a functioning vac for a week. Many times had to \"operate\" on the spin brush. This last time, the motor completely stopped in the middle of vacuuming a bare floor surface. I\'ve had enough and will not buy another Dyson again. Going to try a less expensive brand since they all seem to have issues and need replacing every 2-4 years...might as well not spend a fortune.
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0 # MJ 2013-09-05 10:18
Just bought a Hoover Pet Rewind and I am beyond disappointed. Loud, stiff short hose, weird tools, rotor brushes that spin regardless of setting. Can\'t believe Hoover turned out such a poor piece of equipment---it is almost identical to the cheap Bissell I just sent to Goodwill.
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0 # Sue 2014-06-14 20:07
I was overjoyed when I got my Dyson Animal vacuum. The power head died within two months and during that two months it did work, it was the worst vacuum I ever owned. It went to Goodwill and I went to the Shark Navigator. Shark is okay but I am having issues with the uprights with their inability to get under cabinets and along the edge of the wall. I am more of a canister person and am definitely having an issue finding a bagless canister vacuum that has a decent floor attachment.
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+1 # Felicia 2015-09-11 03:15
We've had our Dyson Animal for about 8 years. It's only been the last year that the belt and some metal rings have gone out. We have three cats, two long haired, and one 9 year old daughter. You HAVE to empty the canister often to keep it running correctly. You also have to wash the filter frequently, at least once a month. I throw it in the washer and let it air dry. You can tell by looking at it if its too dirty. Also you should watch a You Tube video to see how to take it apart and clean out the Cyclones at least once or twice a year. The owners manual is worse than useless. Believe me it's not an easy machine to keep clean....the Cyclones I mean. All that being said its a great vacuum and well worth the price. You will not believe how much dirt it gets out of your carpet or how soft even cheap apartment carpet will feel after using it. We live close to DE which has no sales tax. I did my research, took a 20% off coupon to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and saved about $125.
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