Best Bagless Vacuum


Best Bagless Vacuum Cleaners 2019

Our picks for the best bagless vacuums in 2019.  We’ve found 9 vacuums that we feel are worth highlighting, and we’ve undertaken detailed analysis of each machine.  This year's list is dominated by Shark but it also contains vacuums from Miele, Dyson, and Bissell.  These vacuums have all received very good ratings from consumers (generally from multiple sources)  and many also come with a host of features and have respectably long warranties.  These units all excel at cleaning, but take care – some are better than others on certain floor surfaces.  Prices range from about 60 USD to 600 USD.

We’ve ranked the vacuums from 1 to 9 in the table below.  Please consider that these vacuums have many different features, tools, characteristics and costs. Determining which vacuum is best for you is more a function of your particular needs than the vacuum ranking.

Best Bagless Vacuums

Rank Manufacturer & Model Approx. Cost (USD)
1 Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet 250-300
2 Shark Rotator Lift Away Speed NV801/NV803 250-300
3 Dyson Ball Animal 2 400-500
4 Shark APEX Zero-M 350-400
5 Miele Blizzard CX1 Turbo Team 500-600
6 Shark Rotator Lift-Away Speed NV682 250-300
7 Shark Navigator Lift Away Rotator NV501 200-250
8 Shark Navigator Lift Away Speed Zero-M 200-250
9 Bissell Zing 2156A 60

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Shark Rotator NV752


1) Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet

Our best bagless vacuum for 2017 is the Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet.  Consumers love this machine and consistently give it very 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 most of the other powerful bagless vacuums we have tested.  The NV752 carries a rather lengthy 7-year warranty.

In addition, the Shark NV752 is our top pick for best upright vacuum AND the number two pick for our best pet hair vacuum. You will want to read our detailed review of this machine which also includes a lengthy video in which we run the machine through a host of tests and compare it to several other uprights.

- 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

- 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.

Shark NV801

2) Shark Rotator Lift Away Speed NV801/NV803

The Shark rotator lift Away Speed with Duoclean is more compact and lightweight than the Shark NV752, AND it has 2 brushrolls. We were initially surprised by the dual brushroll approach, however after running the vacuum through its paces and testing its performance on carpet, tile flooring, and on pet hair, we were sold.  Far from being a gimmick, the dual brushrolls (which Shark refers to as DuoClean Technology) really do help the vacuum pick up more dust and debris – especially on bare floors.  The front brushroll is soft and it grabs debris both large and small feeding it to the main brushroll in the center of the nozzle.  We found that this approach really helps when dealing with large debris that may get pushed around by another vacuum.  Also, on bare floors the soft brushroll kind of “polishes” away dust on the flooring and extends cleaning to the very tip of the nozzle head.  

The NV801 also comes with many other great features such as HEPA filtration, Anti-Allergen Complete Seal technology, 4 tools, lifetime LED headlights, easy-to-remove brushrolls (great for maintenance), the popular lift away feature, and washable filters.  In addition, the vacuum carries a lengthy 7-year warranty.  Note that the NV801 and the NV803 are the same vacuum and come with the same tool set.

Check out customer reviews and pricing on Amazon.

You can also see our very comprehensive NV801/NV803 review.

Animal 2 Review

3) Dyson Ball Animal 2

This machine is something of a beast.  It is very powerful, kind of hefty and a bit of a handful.  But it delivers, and as a result is our number 1 pick for best all-around pet vacuum cleaner.  The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is characterised by colossal suction.  The brushroll is powerful and you can actually feel it vibrate the floor.  It has no problem pulling up pet hair on both bare surfaces and carpet.  Consumer ratings to date are also very good.

The Dyson also has something called “Whole Machine HEPA Filtration” which means it has a HEPA filter as well as a completely sealed system.  These features have resulted in the Dyson Ball Animal 2 being certified asthma & allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
The vacuum has a 35 foot power cord (quite long) and also a fairly long hose.  It includes several tools as well as a unique tangle-free turbine tool which works well (2 counter rotating heads drastically reduce tangling).  The vacuum is on the hefty side however, and it does require some level of effort to move it around.

Note: Something to watch out for with the Dyson Ball Animal 2 is its mobility on long/deep carpet.  Several owners report that the machine can be difficult to move on deep pile carpet.  This is likely due, at least in part, to the active base plate which is designed to minimize the distance between the floor surface and the nozzle.

Check out customer reviews and pricing on Amazon.

See our comprehensive Dyson Ball Animal 2 review.

Shark APEX with Zero M

4) Shark APEX Zero-M

The Shark APEX model AZ1002 is the pinnacle of the Shark uprights and it is capable on both bare floors and carpet.  It includes a host of special technologies and features, and is also our #1 best Shark vacuum for pet hair.

Zero-M Technology vacuum cleaners have a self-cleaning brushroll that provides hair removal as you vacuum.  We’ve tested the vacuum and it definitely pulls hair off the brushroll and moves it to the dust canister.  This is a great feature when you are dealing with lots of hair.  Also, brushroll access is very easy as the top of the APEX cleaner head comes off.  This can be very handy if you need to do any brushroll maintenance.
DuoClean Technology uses two brushrolls in the cleaner head – the typical stiff bristled brushroll in the middle of the cleaner head and a soft brushroll at the front.  Both rotate when you vacuum.  This arrangement allows the vacuum to easily pick up large debris and it buffs smooth flooring (removing stuck on dust/debris). We also find that it helps to clean right up to the front of the cleaner head.
Lift Away Technology allows you to carry the dust-canister/motor assembly with one hand while using the hose/tools/wand with the other hand.  It provides portable cleaning which allows you access to areas you cannot get at with an upright.
The vacuum comes with a HEPA filter and a sealed system.  These features are important if you or someone in your household suffers from asthma or allergies.  The HEPA filter captures small particles such as pet dander, dust mites, tobacco smoke, etc. from the air.  The sealed system ensures that the air entering the vacuum does not leak out from cracks or poor seals in the vacuum body.  The air is forced through all the vacuum filters before being exhausted from the machine.
The APEX also includes a motor-driven pet tool with its own brushroll.  Motorized tools are typically more effective than suction driven tools.  They also do not bog down as easily.  The tool provided with the APEX can be stored on-board the vacuum.
Check out APEX owner reviews and pricing on Amazon

See our detailed Shark APEX Zero-M review

Miele Turbo Team

5) Miele Blizzard CX1 Turbo Team

Miele is best known for its bagged canister vacuums but they recently started producing bagless vacuums.  One of the more popular units is the Blizzard CX1 Turbo Team.
Even though the Turbo Team is one of the more affordable Miele bagless vacuums, it will still set you back almost $600 – which is a fair bit. The vacuum is manufactured in Germany and it feels solid and well-built.  It is also both powerful and quiet.  It is so quiet that many owners comment how surprised they are – especially if they are used to uprights from the likes of Dyson, Bissell, Hoover, etc.
The vacuum has adjustable suction.  This is very handy when you want to clean delicate drapery or other materials.  Also, when you crank the suction up it is very capable on heavily soiled areas.  Suction is set using a dial on the vacuum body and there are 4 settings.
The Turbo Team uses a HEPA filter and is therefore capable of removing allergens and other small particles from the air.  It has been awarded the “Seal of Approval” from the British Allergy Foundation.  Another filter also captures fine dust and the vacuum has a special system that cleans this fine dust filter for you.
This vacuum is a great choice for bare floors and some low pile carpet.  But it will struggle on deeper pile carpet.

Shark Lift-Away Speed

6) Shark Lift Away Speed NV682

This vacuum is like a lightweight and more compact version of the Shark NV752.  Also, like the NV752, the NV682 gets very good ratings from owners and we found almost 2000 consumer ratings averaging an extremely healthy 92 out of 100.  In short, owners really like their Shark NV682.

This vacuum only weighs 13.3 lbs so it is quite lightweight.  It also has a 30 foot power cord, HEPA level filtration, a sealed system and it comes with several tools.  It is designed with Shark’s ever popular “Lift Away” feature which allows you to carry the dust canister/motor assembly in one hand while using the hose/want/tools in the other hand.  

The NV682 is bagless and all filters are washable, keeping consumables to a minimum (and thus lowering operating costs).  It is also not too loud and it has LED headlights that are designed to last the lifetime of the vacuum.  The NV682 carries a 7 year warranty.  A few things to watch out for are the smallish dust canister and the short hose.

This vacuum is getting hard to find but if the features fit your needs its a great machine.

Check out pricing and reviews on Amazon.

See our detailed Shark NV682 Review.

Shark Rotator Vacuum

7) Shark Navigator Lift Away Rotator NV501

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.

In addition, it includes several tools that work well and the cleaning reach is respectable.  The unit is not too noisy and, best of all, it is not particularly expensive

Some consumers feel that the vacuum is a little on the large side however, and a few others have reported that they wish the headlights were brighter.  The vacuum has a 5-year warranty.

Check out customer reviews & pricing on Amazon.

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

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Shark Navigator Lift Away Speed Zero M

8) Shark Navigator Zero-M

The Shark Navigator Zero-M Lift Away Speed is a lightweight upright that has Shark’s popular Zero-M Technology.  Zero-M is designed to remove hair from the brushroll as you vacuum.  We’ve tested it and it works.  The Navigator Zero-M also has the Lift Away feature which allows you to carry the motor/canister assembly with one hand while using the hose/wand/tools with the other hand.  The Lift Away feature provides a level of handheld vacuum capability (although you are still tethered by the power cord).
This vacuum has both a HEPA filter and a sealed system so it is a good fit for a household with folks who might suffer from asthma or allergies.  It is also a good machine for homes with pets.  In addition, the filters are all washable so you don’t need to replace them when they get dirty.
Movement is quite good on both carpet and smooth flooring.  The light weight helps with maneuverability as does the swivel steering which allows you to turn the cleaner head with a twist of the wrist.
We also like the suction release slider which allows you to bleed off suction at the end of the handle or at the cleaner head.  This is a handy feature if you need to reduce suction in order to vacuum delicate fabrics or to help the vacuum move on some carpeting. 
The Shark Navigator Zero-M is a reasonably priced vacuum – typically in the neighborhood of $200 - $250.

Bissell Zing 2156A

9) Bissell Zing 2156A

This is a very affordable bagless canister vacuum and you should be able to find it for about 60 bucks.  It provides very good bang for your buck but of course isn’t a match for some of the more costly machines in the list.
The Bissell Zing is best for bare floors (and a small amount of low pile carpet).  It is not a great fit for a home with lots of carpet, especially medium or deep pile carpet.  Consider the 2156A if you have a small home with mostly bare floors and some area rugs.
The 2156A is very lightweight (canister body is about 7.5 lbs) and compact.  As a result it is easy to move and to carry.  It is also quite powerful for such a compact vacuum and owners praise the unit for its strong suction.
Folks also like the automatic power cord rewind and the large dust canister (so you don’t have to empty it too frequently).

See our detailed Bissell Zing 2156A review.


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0 # Benoit 2017-12-23 19:42
Wow - Shark and Dyson seem to be the bagless vacuums to get. I am a little confused as to which ones to get. Could you write some Shark vs Dyson articles? That would really help.
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0 # Salcedo 2017-12-05 20:11
Love my Shark! I started buying Shark vacuums about 5 years ago and have never looked back. They are light and easy to use and not too expensive. Much better than the older vacuums I had. Olderis supposed to be better but not always I guess.
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0 # Kosmo 2017-11-29 06:14
The Dyson is too expensive for what you get. Had one and it broke. Used to always get Hoover but they aren't what they used to be. Maybe a 50 year old hoover is a good idea!
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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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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 # 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 # 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 # 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 # 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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+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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I'm Nigel Russco, a 50 year old professional engineer originally from the west coast of Canada.  I love to review vacuums and I’ve been doing just that since 2008.  

I make every effort to write unbiased, intelligent vacuum cleaner reviews and I provide average consumer ratings for each and every vacuum cleaner I investigate.  My ultimate goal is to ensure you find the best vacuum for your cleaning needs.