We’ve been updating our list of Best Upright Vacuums every year since 2008 and the latest list for 2016 has just been released.
Our choice for the Best Upright Vacuum in 2016 is the Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet. Last year’s favorite, the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro, now sits in sixth position. Number two in our list is the Miele Cat & Dog which is also our best vacuum for pet hair. In third position is the SEBO 9559AM Automatic X4 Pet – an extremely well-made vacuum but one that is perhaps not as well known as models from the likes of Shark, Miele, Dyson, etc.
Following is our table of the top 10 uprights on the market today. Prices for these vacuums range from about $90 to $800.
TOP UPRIGHT VACUUM CLEANERS 2016
|Rank||Vacuum Cleaner||Approx. Price (USD)|
|1||Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet||300 - 400|
|2||Miele Cat and Dog||600 - 700|
|3||SEBO 9559AM Automatic X4 Pet||700 - 800|
|4||Dyson DC65 Animal||400 - 500|
|5||Bissell Cleanview 9595||<100|
|6||Shark Rotator NV501||200 - 300|
|7||Oreck XL Insight||200 - 300|
|8||Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro||100 - 200|
|9||Oreck 2100RHS||100 - 200|
|10||Hoover UH30010COM Platinum||200 - 300|
ALL of these vacuums are good but we would urge you to read the reviews carefully before making a purchase because some may excel in one area and not another. Consider your cleaning needs carefully and make an informed decision based on the vacuum features, specifications, price, warranty, etc.
#1) Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet
Why is the Shark Rotator NV752 our top choice?
Consumers Love It: Consistently rated over 90% by most owners and elicits comments such as “highly recommended” & “one of the best vacuums on the market”.
Multiple Cleaning Modes: Operates as an upright vacuum, a canister vacuum, and a handheld.
Includes Many Tools: Provided are a dusting brush, dusting genie, pet upholstery tool, hard floor genie, TruePet motorized brush, and an accessories bag.
No Consumables: This vacuum is bagless, has washable filters and also a belt that lasts the lifetime of the vacuum.
Sealed System & HEPA Filtration: HEPA level filtration and a sealed system are very helpful for those suffering from asthma or allergies.
Powerful Suction: Consumers agree that this machine has exceptional suction.
Cleans Bare Floors & Carpet: Three settings provide the ability to clean bare floor, low pile carpet and high pile carpet.
Effective on Pet Hair: Includes a TruePet Motorized Brush and a Pet Upholstery Tool. Performs very well on pet hair when cleaning both hard surfaces and carpet.
Power Cord Length: The power cord is a full 30 feet in length.
Headlights: LED headlights in the nozzle as well as on the vacuum handle. Lights last the lifetime of the vacuum.
Warranty: The NV752 carries a very lengthy 7-year warranty.
Price: This machine can generally be found online for about $350.
The NV752 is a bagless upright with a motor driven brushbar for deep cleaning of carpets. It is of average weight (15.6 lbs) and despite its powerful suction is not too loud. The suction can also be reduced via suction vents on the side of the vacuum handle. It is fairly maneuverable due to the swivel steering and the low profile nozzle helps it get under low furniture.
#2) Miele Cat & Dog
(May, 2017 Update - we've removed this from our list due to an increasing number of mediocre ratings)
This is not a cheap vacuum cleaner and it can set you back over $600 but it has a lot going for it.
Attractive Vacuum: Beautiful, classy looking machine with great fit and finish.
German Made: Solid, well built vacuum. Designed and manufactured in Germany.
Exceptional on Pet Hair: Great performance on pet hair. Capable on both hard surfaces and carpet.
High Level Filtration: Has a sealed system and a filter that removes 99.95% of particles with a diameter greater than 0.5 microns.
Reduces Pet Odors: Filter contains active charcoal which removes odors from the air.
Suction Controls: Has 4 suction settings from “smooth flooring” to “curtains”.
Low profile Nozzle: Capable of getting under low furniture.
Long Cleaning Reach: 39 foot power cord and 12 foot long hose, providing a cleaning reach not seen in most vacuums.
Warranty: 7-year warranty on the motor, and Miele estimate the lifespan of the vacuum at about 20 years.
The Miele Cat & Dog – more recently referred to as the Miele Dynamic U1 Cat & Dog (same vacuum) - is exceptional at pulling up pet hair and it just so happens it is our #1 choice for Best Pet Hair Vacuum. It is a bagged vacuum that uses large capacity bags. The Cat & Dog comes with many tools, 8 LED headlights along the front of the nozzle, and brushbar on/off controls. The one downside is that it weighs in at 22 lbs which is a little heavy for some folks although owners report that maneuverability is good.
#3) Sebo 9559AM Automatic X4 Pet
What makes the X4 Pet special?
Exceptional Filtration: A sealed system and hospital grade filtration. Approved by the British Allergy Foundation.
Well Made: Reliable, solid, well-built and manufactured in Germany.
Quiet: While the X4 Pet is powerful, it is also fairly quiet.
High Consumer Ratings: Most owners give their Sebo X4 a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 or higher.
Large Bags: The vacuum bags are large and do not need to be replaced frequently.
Automatic Height Adjustment: Electronically adjusts the height of the brush roll in the vacuum nozzle depending on the floor surface.
Long Power Cord: The X4 has a 40 foot power cord.
Warranty: 5-years motor, 3-years parts, 1-year labor.
The 9559AM Automatic X4 Pet is a bagged upright designed and manufactured in Germany. Like the Miele Cat & Dog, the SEBO X4 is not cheap, but it is very well made and is a solid performer. SEBO are not new nor are they some small group – they are the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial upright vacuums. According to Sebo their vacuums last 10-15 years.
This vacuum has powerful suction, is very capable on pet hair, and can recline a full 90 degrees increasing cleaning flexibility.
#4) Dyson DC65 Animal
The Dyson DC65 Animal upright vacuum has made the best upright list for the second year in a row. It made the cut because consumer reviews and ratings are exceptional and when we ran this unit through its paces it performed very well.
Exceptional Consumer Ratings: This is one of the highest consumer rated uprights we've had the opportunity to review in recent years.
Power Cord Length: The power cord on this unit measures a full 35 feet.
Brushbar on/off: The powered brushbar can be turned on and off allowing the vacuum to be used effectively on both bare floors and carpet.
Powerful Suction: The vacuum generates 245 air watts of suction which is quite powerful.
Great Edge Cleaning: Nozzle cleans up tight against baseboards.
Cleaning Reach: With power cord, hose and tools the vacuum has a cleaning reach of 51.7 feet.
Many Tools: Includes a tangle-free turbine tool, a soft dusting brush, a combo brush/crevice tool, and a stair cleaning tool.
Ball Technology: Dyson Ball Technology helps with maneuverability and makes turning easier.
Warranty: The DC65 Animal carries a respectably long 5-year warranty.
Price: It can generally be found online for between $400 and $500.
Like all Dyson machines the DC65 has washable filters and is bagless. It is a little hefty however and it weighs 17.4 lbs. This could be an issue for some, although the unit does pull itself along on carpet nicely.
#5) Bissell CleanView 9595
The Bissell CleanView 9595 – now referred to as the 9595A (same machine) - is an inexpensive bagless upright but it still includes a nice array of tools and it carries a 2-year warranty. The "OnePass" idea seems like marketing noise to us but owners do report that the unit has solid suction and good pickup. This is a bagless machine and it is not too heavy or loud. It comes with a turbo brush and it is reasonably effective on pet hair. The power cord, hose and extension wand are all on the short side however.
Compared to some of the other vacuums in this list the 9595 may not be the top performer but what makes it stand out is what you get for the price of under $100.
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#6) Shark Navigator Lift-Away Rotator
Like the other Shark vacuum in the list this one gets high consumers ratings and we generally see scores of over 90% (or 4.5 stars out of 5 or greater). The NV501 is a 3-in-1 vacuum and operates as an upright vacuum, a canister vacuum, and to some extent a handheld. It is bagless and the filters can be washed. It also has a long power cord, headlights, brushbar controls and is known to be good on pet hair.
In addition, the Rotator has HEPA level filtration which is helpful for those suffering from asthma or allergies. The vacuum also has strong suction and still manages not to be too loud. It weighs in at 15.5 lbs which is neither light nor heavy - it is about average for an upright. The few drawbacks of the machine include no nozzle height adjustment and a hose that is a bit short.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Rotator carries a 5-year warranty and can generally be found online for about $250.
Read the full Shark Navigator Lift-Away Rotator review...
#7) Oreck XL Insight
The Oreck Insight upright vacuum (model U7010ECS) is noted for being exceptionally lightweight and powerful. It also gets solid owner ratings and reviews. It is a bare bones machine however and while it includes HEPA filtration it comes with little else.
The Insight has a 30 foot power cord and it weighs about 9 lbs. It also has a reasonably wide 12 inch cleaning path and a lifetime belt.
Two speeds allow you to turn the suction down if necessary and the low profile nozzle helps when vacuuming under low furniture. The XL Insight is bagged and performs well on low pile carpet and bare floors but can be a bit difficult to push on deep pile carpet.
Read the full Oreck XL Insight review...
#8) Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro
Owners really like this vacuum and give it excellent ratings. In addition, it weighs only 14 lbs and includes a power cord that measures a full 30 feet. Like a number of other Shark machines this one has the lift-away feature which allows one to carry the detachable vacuuming unit in one hand while vacuuming with the other. The vacuum has a powered brushbar which can be turned on and off allowing the vacuum to be used effectively on both bare floors and carpet. The Lift-Away Pro also comes with HEPA filtration and a host of tools and attachments.
However, like any vacuum, there are a few shortcomings and these include a narrow cleaning path width of 9.25 inches (although a few owners feel that this actually provides a maneuverability advantage), and no nozzle height adjustment. Some owners also feel the hose is a little short.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro carries a respectably long 5-year warranty and can generally be found online for about $200.
Read the full Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro review...
#9) Oreck 2100RHS
The Oreck 2100RHS is a very reasonably priced, no nonsense, bagged vacuum. It is dubbed a commercial vacuum but many people love it for residential use.
It is important to point out that this is a no-frills machine. It does not include attachments or tools nor does it come with much in the way of features. When you buy this machine you get the vacuum, a manual, your warranty card and a vacuum bag. That's it.
Consumer ratings are excellent however and the vacuum is extremely lightweight (8.2 lbs), easy to maneuver, and it comes with a very long industrial power cord (35 feet). It also has powerful suction.
Note: Before buying a no-frills Oreck machine make sure that "no-frills" is what you want. If you want tools, hose, attachments, features, etc. it may not be the right choice.
Read the full Oreck 2100RHS review...
#10) Hoover UH30010COM
Still holding a place for several years now in our group of Best Upright Vacuums, the Hoover UH30010COM comes in at tenth place. What makes this such a good upright? Everywhere on the net where quality consumer reviews can be found this particular vacuum ranks very high (Amazon, Walmart, Epinions, Abt Electronics, Sears, etc.). It typically sells for just over 200USD. Not the cheapest machine out there but for the performance and features it is very reasonable and less costly than, for example, a Dyson or Miele.
It also comes with a detachable canister that has its own carrying strap, a lifetime LED headlight, a 35 foot power cord, a HEPA filter, and it carries a 5-year warranty. Weighing a paltry 12 pounds it is easy to move, lift and maneuver. One thing to note however is that the brushbar on the vacuum does not have an on/off switch so the machine is tailored more towards carpet cleaning, although it will work to some extent on bare floors as well.
Read the Hoover UH30010COM Platinum review...