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Top Rated HEPA Vacuum Cleaners - 2017

Model Type Avg Rating / 100
Miele Complete C3 Soft Carpet Canister Vacuum 95
Dyson DC65 Animal Upright Vacuum 94
Dyson V8 Absolute Stick Vacuum 94
Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet Upright Vacuum 94
Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum 94
Shark Rotator with DuoClean NV801 Upright Vacuum 94

In the above table an effort has been made to highlight machines currently available


Avg. consumer rating = 79/100 

The Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind upright vacuum (model UH71250) is getting fairly average reviews and ratings from owners.  The vacuum is on the heavy side and some folks find it bulky and a bit of a chore to move and maneuver.   Also, the power cord, while auto-retract, is a bit short which can be frustrating when cleaning a large area.  On the plus side it does excel at picking up pet hair and is a relatively affordable vacuum cleaner.  In addition it comes with a HEPA filter that includes a layer of carbon for odor elimination.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 80/100 

The Hoover WindTunnel 3 High Performance Pet (model UH72630PC) is a popular vacuum cleaner that Hoover refers to as "Our Best Cleaning Bagless Upright".  Consumers report that it has tremendous suction and that it cleans bare floors and carpet well.  It also excels at pulling up pet hair from upholstery and carpet.  In addition, it has an exceptionally long cleaning reach due to a lengthy power cord and stretch hose.  However, the vacuum is heavy, hard to maneuver, and can be difficult to push or pull on carpet.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 94/100 

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed with DuoClean Technology (model NV801) uses the latest in upright vacuum technology from Shark. We’ve used this vacuum for a number of weeks and have also run it through several tests - so far we have been impressed. It is great on bare floors, effective on carpet, and capable on pet hair.  DuoClean technology does appear to add to the cleaning ability of the vacuum.  This is also a lift-away machine which really adds to its versatility. All of this has helped the NV801 make our list of the best Shark vacuums for pet hair. In terms of drawbacks, we would have liked a longer hose and the unit does have a rather narrow cleaner head.

 

Shark NV682 Pros ConsThe Shark NV682 is a popular bagless upright vacuum cleaner and it has achieved a very high score on our site, placing it near the top of our Vacuum Cleaner Finder tool.

We have done a very detailed review of this machine which can be found here – Shark NV682 Review – but we thought it would be helpful to put together a short article with 2 quick videos highlighting the vacuum’s pros and cons.  A video is worth a thousand words.

 

 

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 80/100 

The Hoover Air Lift Deluxe is another upright that provides the popular lift away canister feature (similar to those we have seen with the Shark Lift Away and Bissell Lift Off vacuums).  Consumer ratings are average but the unit isn’t too pricey and it does perform well on carpet.  It also includes a host of tools and the swivel nozzle is remarkably maneuverable.  However it is a hefty machine and quite a few owners report having issues with the vacuum weight.  The Air Lift canister itself is also on the heavy side but it is a great feature for cleaning stairs and getting into hard to reach areas.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 95/100 

This mid-range Miele canister vacuum is getting top-notch reviews and ratings from owners.  It is hard to find much in the way of faults with this machine.  It is capable of handling low, medium, deep pile and soft/plush carpet as well as bare floors, and it is even good at pulling up pet hair.  Owners are thrilled with how quiet the unit is and also the variable suction controls.  It is made in Germany – a rarity these days – and it feels sturdy and durable.  Probably the biggest issue with this canister vacuum is the cost - it doesn’t come cheap.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 89/100 

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Canister Vacuum model NR96 is getting very solid reviews and ratings from owners.  This is the first canister vacuum we have seen with the lift away feature - a feature that allows you to carry the motor/dust-canister assembly with one hand and the hose/wand with the other.  Owners like the lift away feature in their uprights and they also like it in this canister.  The vacuum also has HEPA filtration, a retractable power cord and a low profile nozzle.  In addition, it performs well on carpet, bare floors and pet hair.   The unit is on the small side however and this is reflected in the smaller nozzle and the dust canister.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 94/100 

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is one of the latest upright vacuums in the Dyson stable.  The term “Animal” is intended to highlight its capabilities in households with pets, however there may be another reason.  This vacuum cleaner is something of a beast.  It is hugely powerful and also a bit of a handful to wield.  Is this is a good thing?  Well, for the most part it is good but in some cases it isn’t.  The machine’s colossal suction ensures top notch cleaning of pet hair, bare floors, carpet, etc. but the weight of the vacuum makes it a little cumbersome despite the added maneuverabiity of “Ball Technology”.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 75/100 

The Hoover WindTunnel 2 Rewind bagless upright vacuum (model UH70825) is a very affordable machine and can often be found for under $100.  It is fairly basic and comes with HEPA filtration and several tools.  But its claim to fame is the retractable power cord – something not very common in uprights.  This is a feature that consumers are very pleased with.  However the vacuum itself doesn’t get stellar reviews from owners and it is a bit on the heavy side.  It also has no brushroll on/off control and it has an annoying propensity to clog and to shut off.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 94/100 

We just got our hands on the Dyson V8 Absolute cordless stick vacuum and have been running the machine through its paces.  For the most part, we’ve been impressed.  The V8 is a lightweight vacuum that is both a stick vacuum and a handheld.  It is maneuverable, easy to empty and very powerful for a cordless (in High Power Mode).  It includes an assortment of tools in addition to 2 specialized cleaning heads; one for carpet and one for bare floors.  It also sports a HEPA filter and a new hygienic system for removing debris from the dust canister.  Is it better than the still-popular Dyson V6 Absolute?  In our opinion, in many ways it is.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 83/100 

The Electrolux UltraFlex EL4335A has been getting some good consumer ratings. This bagless canister vacuum has a washable HEPA filter and a sealed system which make it ideal for those suffering from allergies or asthma. It is also designed for bare floors and low-to-high pile carpet, and comes with specialized bare floor and carpet nozzles. The pros outweigh the cons with this vacuum, however there are a few issues such as the narrow cleaning path width and smallish dust canister.

 

 Avg. consumer rating = 69/100 

This is a rather futuristic-looking bagged canister vacuum cleaner designed for both bare floors and carpet.  It is fairly quiet and it has strong suction, a retractable power cord, two cleaning heads, and suction controls.  It is also equipped with HEPA-level filtration.  However, consumer comments and ratings to date are not particularly encouraging.  The ergonomics seem lacking and owners often complain of awkward features and tools that do not perform as well as expected.

 

 

 

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 90/100 

In this review we take a look at the relatively new Dyson V6 Absolute cordless vacuum.  The Absolute is Dyson’s top-of-the-line cordless vacuum and consumer ratings are excellent.  It differs from the other V6 machines in the tools/attachments that are included and the level of filtration it provides.

While each V6 comes with a different package, what really sets the Absolute apart is the fact that it comes with two cleaner heads – the Direct-drive cleaner head for carpet, and the Soft roller cleaner head for hard floors (soft woven red & blue nylon sections that envelop debris and black anti-static carbon fibre filaments to remove fine dust). It also has a HEPA post motor filter, something none of the other V6’s have.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 73/100 

The Dirt Devil Vigor model UD70222 is a lightweight, inexpensive, bagless upright vacuum cleaner.  It is fairly plain but it does have a headlight and also HEPA filtration with carbon to help alleviate odors.  It suffers from several issues however.  The power cord is short, it tips easily when using the hose, and it requires frequent filter cleaning and dust canister emptying.  It also carries a 1-year limited warranty.  Consumer ratings are not spectacular.

 

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 92/100 

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed (model NV682) is a 3-in-1 vacuum cleaner. It can be configured to operate as an upright, a canister and a handheld.  It has plenty of great features including HEPA filtration, a sealed system, a 30 foot power cord, 2 floor cleaning nozzles, and a very lengthy 7-year warranty. The NV682 is a good looking vacuum and is easy to use and maintain – it is bagless and all 3 filters are washable. The NV682 is lighter and smaller than its big brother the NV752 and as a result is easier to move but also has a shorter hose and smaller dust canister.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 78/100 

The Electrolux Precision EL8807A is a bagless upright with fairly average consumer ratings.  Highlights of the machine include an easy-to-use hose and wand assembly, and a unique brushroll cleaning system.  The Precision is designed for both carpet and bare floors and it includes a couple of tools that increase cleaning flexibility.  However some owners report being concerned about the extent of plastic used in the unit's construction. Also the limited number of height settings make movement and cleaning on carpet a bit tricky.

 

 Avg. consumer rating = 73/100 

The Hoover WindTunnel 3 Pro Pet model UH70931PC is a bagless upright that comes with several pet related attachments. It also includes a HEPA filter with carbon for odor removal, and an auto retractable power cord.  However it is notorious for overheating and many owners feel it is not that well built.  While the vacuum seems fairly popular, consumer comments and ratings would suggest it is not a great buy.

 

 

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 81/100 

This is a compact, lightweight vacuum that is designed for smaller homes.  It is bagless, has washable filters and is inexpensive.  It also has respectable suction, and this, combined with the aforementioned characteristics, elicits reasonably good ratings from owners.  However, owners who are not aware that this machine is about 2/3 full-size sometimes report being disappointed. They highlight that the unit has less power, a shorter power cord, and a smaller dust canister than expected.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 94/100 

Ranked as our best upright for 2016 and our 2nd best vacuum for dealing with pet hair, the Shark Rotator NV752 Powered Lift-Away TruePet Vacuum delivers solid performance and is popular with consumers.  Owners give it consistently high ratings, and cite its powerful suction, 3-in-1 capabilities, and easy maneuverability as reasons.  It also comes standard with a host of useful attachments and tools.  However, like almost any vacuum the NV752 is not quite perfect and there are some issues.

 

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 91/100 

We recently got our hands on the new Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy upright vacuum cleaner.  Dyson is known for pushing the boundaries of technology and this machine is no exception.  Not only is it bagless, but it also has no filters to clean or replace. All you have to do is empty the dust canister once in a while. 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 85/100 

Designed for 20 years of residential use, the Miele Jazz (recently renamed the Miele Dynamic U1 Jazz) gets very solid ratings from consumers. Like most machines from this German manufacturer the Jazz is expensive, but it does deliver. Powered by a 1200 watt ultra quiet motor, it has very strong suction and does an excellent job cleaning carpet and bare floors. It also includes 3 levels of filtration and the HEPA filter with activated charcoal ensures fresh smelling air free of most allergens. Some consumers find the machine a bit heavy however and consumables like bags and filters are not cheap.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 93/100 

The Alize is a fantastic canister vacuum but it is important to understand what you are buying before you purchase.  Miele makes a wide range of canister vacuums each with a host of different features and attachments.  The Alize is a great machine for cleaning smooth surfaces like hardwood floors, tile or vinyl.  It is also effective on flat weave rugs and low pile carpet.  However – with its existing set of attachments – it may not be the best choice for homes with lots of carpet (especially medium to deep pile carpet). 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 92/100 

Note: This is now known as the Dyson V6.  In some ways Dyson are the Apple of the vacuum world. They create innovative, exciting products designed to capture your imagination. The DC59 does not disappoint - it is versatile, light weight, portable and able to operate as an upright or handheld. It is bagless, cordless and has a lifetime filter, making consumables a thing of the past. In addition, the vacuum is capable on carpet, bare floors, upholstery and even pet hair. But you pay for such a product and it is one of the more expensive stick vacs on the market today.

 

Shark NV652

Avg. consumer rating = 93/100 

The Shark Rotator TruePet NV652 is getting top notch reviews and ratings from owners.  The TruePet is a 3-in-1 vacuum cleaner and it operates as an upright, a canister, and to some extent a handheld.  It has powerful suction and comes with a host of features and accessories including a pet tool with a motor-driven brush.  The hose however, is a bit stiff and can sometimes tip the vacuum when it is stretched, and some owners feel that the dust canister is a bit small.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 83/100 

The Sebo X4 is a bagged upright vacuum cleaner designed and manufactured in Germany.  It has hospital-grade filtration and is approved by the British Allergy Foundation. It is well-built and reliable but expensive.  The X4 is noted for being powerful, capable on both carpet and bare floors and excellent at pulling up pet hair.  It is a tad on the heavy side however and the machine, while highly effective, looks a bit dated.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 75/100 

The Dirt Devil EZ Lite canister vacuum - model SD40010 - gets some good consumer ratings and some bad consumer ratings. But there are enough bad ratings to make one wary. It is well-liked for its light weight, easy maneuverability and bare floor cleaning capabilities, but it does not excel on carpet and many owners find it hard to push. There are also quite a few grumblings regarding poor suction and the difficulty of cleaning the dust canister.  Given the frequent “"I love it"” and “"I hate it"” owner reviews the EZ Lite seems something of a gamble.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 88/100 

The Dyson DC50 Animal is the latest upright in the Dyson stable.  Consumer ratings are quite good to date, but bear in mind the vacuum has only been on the market in the US for a few short months (at the time of this writing).  The DC50 is compact compared with previous Animal uprights and this results in a very lightweight and maneuverable machine.  The vacuum also uses Dyson Ball Technology and includes several tools, such as the new tangle-free turbine tool.  Owners report that the DC50 is effective on pet hair but some feel the dust canister is too small and that it is perhaps a bit too expensive.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 55/100 

Oreck is famous for its simple yet effective bagged vacuum cleaners.  The Oreck Touch, however, deviates from this formula as it is bagless.  This move is somewhat understandable given the recent popularity of bagless machines.  But the move hasn't been particularly successful.  The touch has very powerful suction and its large wheels, swivel neck and weight distribution make it highly maneuverable, but a number of owners report that the unit is heavy and the dust canister a little small.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 89/100 

The Oreck Insight upright vacuum (model U7010ECS) gets very solid ratings from owners and is noted for being exceptionally lightweight and powerful.  It is a bare bones machine however and while it includes HEPA filtration it comes with little else.  It is bagged and performs well on low pile carpet and bare floors but is difficult to push on deep pile carpet.

 

 Avg. consumer rating = 94/100 

The DC65 is Dyson'’s latest upright vacuum and is the replacement for the DC41.  This is a full size upright and consumer ratings to date are fantastic.  The DC65 animal is very powerful and the suction, amplified by an active base plate system in the nozzle, is tremendous on both bare floors and carpet.  The vacuum also performs well on pet hair and it comes with Dyson’s tangle-free turbine tool.  The vacuum is expensive however and the price is often over $500. It is also a little on the heavy side at over 17 lbs.

 

 Avg. consumer rating = 77/100 


The Hoover Presto is a combination stick vacuum and handheld vacuum.  The handheld unit detaches from the stick vac and includes several attachments (crevice tool, upholstery tool and dusting brush).  Owners give the Presto reasonable ratings citing its light weight, solid construction and quiet operation.  Folks also like that it is compact and easy to store.  In addition, a motorized brushbar makes this stick vac capable on both carpet and bare floors.  However some consumers report that the unit is difficult to push on carpet and that the dust canister is quite small and in need of frequent emptying.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 84/100 

This modern looking Hoover upright is very maneuverable and lightweight.  It is also bagless and has cleanable filters.  Owners generally like the UH72400 finding it easy to assemble and to move up and down stairs.   On the downside the unit has a smallish dust canister so emptying is frequent, and it does not come with an air powered hand tool – a popular tool that upright owners often use for cleaning stairs and upholstery.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 73/100 

The Hoover UH72450 generally retails for between $180 and $230 so it is not at a particularly low price point.  Consumer ratings are ok but not stellar.  The vacuum generates powerful suction, has HEPA filtration, is very maneuverable, includes a turbo tool and carries a lengthy 5-year warranty.  But the lack of height adjustment creates some problems for folks with thicker carpet and area rugs.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 83/100 

The Oreck Magnesium gets fair reviews.  On average it does not rank as highly with consumers as some of Oreck'’s XL units however.  The Magnesium is well-liked for its extreme light weight, powerful suction and easy maneuverability.  Detractors point out the need for frequent maintenance, noisy operation, and the unit’s inability to get into tight areas.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 73/100 

The Eureka SuctionSeal - model AS1104A  - is a bagless upright that uses special moving plates under the nozzle to increase suction. Owners generally agree that this approach works and that the vacuum generates powerful suction at the floor surface.  The AS1104A can be found online for about $160, making it a reasonably priced upright.  Consumer ratings are ok,– but not stellar. Owners like the pet power tool, the low profile nozzle and the ability to clean right up to baseboards. However it is somewhat heavy and can be difficult to maneuver and carry.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 89/100 

The Red Velvet (model S6270) is part of Miele'’s latest series of canister vacuum cleaners, the S6 series.  The Red Velvet is rather unique with its soft red velvet finish on the canister surface.  The vacuum is best suited for smooth flooring and low pile carpet as the brushes in the nozzle are air-driven.  It also includes an AirClean filter, several attachments, a stainless steel telescopic wand, suction controls and a 7-year warranty on the motor and vacuum casing.  Consumer ratings, while few, are very good.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 81/100 

If you want an inexpensive lightweight canister vacuum for bare floors then the Eureka AirExcel may fit your needs.  But if you have lots of carpet to clean this machine is probably not the best choice.  Owners like the unit’'s powerful suction, relatively quiet operation and retractable power cord but lament the lack of a brushbar in the nozzle which impairs its performance on carpet..

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 90/100 

In the past few years Euro-Pro has produced a number of vacuum cleaners that have become consumer favorites.  Existing owner feedback suggests that the new Shark Lift-Around may be the next favorite on the list.  This is a portable, canister-like, bagless machine that is designed to make vacuuming of hard-to-clean areas easier.  Owners like its extreme light weight, portability, powerful suction and cleaning flexibility.  On the downside it really isn’t a vacuum designed for large floor area cleaning.

 

 

 Avg. consumer rating = 90/100 

The Dyson DC40 Multi-Floor is one of the more recent Dyson upright vacuum cleaners.  It uses Dyson'’s latest version of radial root cyclone technology which provides better airflow, and it has updated Dyson Ball Technology.  The Ball Technology now has more components inside the Ball and less clutter outside.  The DC40 is one of the more lightweight Dyson uprights yet it still manages to generate a respectable amount of suction. Owner ratings are excellent and most folks feel that the DC40, while expensive, is worth the money.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 84/100 

This is the next generation of the OptiFlow vacuum from Panasonic and most consumers like it.  This unit gets better consumer ratings than the previous model.  Owners report that the new OptiFlow has good suction, attachments that work well, and that it is very easy to switch from bare floors to carpet mode.  Some folks feel that it is a little heavy however and that the edge cleaning ability is limited.

 

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 88/100 

This bagless upright gets pretty good consumer ratings and is not too expensive.  It has most of the usual features and includes HEPA filtration, several nozzle height settings and a turbo tool.  It also carries a 3-year parts and labor warranty which is quite good in this price range.  However the brushbar, while motorized, does not come with an on/off switch and some folks may not like this when cleaning bare floors.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 89/100 

The Bissell CleanView 9595 is a fairly 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. The power cord, hose and extension wand are all on the short side however.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 92/100 

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro (NV356E) is getting top notch reviews.  As a matter of fact, over 5000 consumers on Amazon - at the time of this writing - have so far given this vacuum 4.6 stars out of 5.  This machine is similar to the Shark Navigator Lift Away (NV350) but it comes with a special professional dusting bare floor tool, and there are a few other differences as well.  Most owners praise this unit for its strong suction, light weight, maneuverability, large dirt canister and Lift-Away feature.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 92/100 


The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Rotator is yet another vacuum cleaner from Euro-Pro that is getting great consumer reviews - other popular Euro-Pro vacuums include the Shark Navigator and the Shark Lift-Away.   The Shark Rotator is an upright, a canister and it also has a portable component. In addition, it has powerful suction, a brushbar with on/off controls, several useful tools, and a 5 year warranty. Criticisms of the machine are limited to secondary concerns such as the average fit and finish and headlights that only provide moderate illumination.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 84/100 

The Bissell Rewind Premier Pet (model 67F8) is geared towards households with pets and it gets mostly good reviews from owners.  Consumers like the automatic cord rewind feature, the easy assembly and the ability of the vacuum to pull up pet hair.  Most also highlight that the machine has great suction and is reasonably priced.  The most significant area of discontent however is the unit's weight.  A number of owners note that the vacuum is a little heavy and in some instances can be a chore to push.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 81/100 

The Bissell Healthy Home (model 16N5F) –gets fairly good reviews from owners.  It is a bagless upright machine and can generally be found online for under $200USD.  It has HEPA filtration, a 30 foot power cord and includes several tools that store on board.  It also has 7 nozzle height settings and carries a lengthy 5-year warranty.  Some owners report, however, that it is a bit heavy and that the turbo brush gets bogged down if pressed too hard into the carpet.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 66/100 


On paper the Electrolux Ultra Silencer EL7060A sounds impressive.  It comes with many features including a sealed HEPA system, suction control, automatic cord rewind and a 5-year warranty.  It also has powerful suction, is lightweight and is very quiet.  With all of these qualities one would expect this Electrolux canister vacuum to get great consumer ratings – but ratings are lackluster.  Owners allude to a number of issues and while some do like the machine there are a sufficient number of low ratings to make one take notice.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 87/100 

Never has a vacuum cleaner elicited so many “I love it” and “I hate it” consumer comments at the same time.  There are many 5 star ratings but also quite a few 1 or 2 star reviews.  Owners praise the vacuum for its strong suction, ability to pick up pet hair, easy maintenance, and low profile nozzle, however there are also comments that the dust canister has to be emptied frequently, the hose is short and the nozzle is hard to move on bare floors. 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 72/100 


We previously looked at another Eureka Pet Lover vacuum, the 3684F canister, and it subsequently ended up on our list of Best Vacuum Cleaners Under $100.  In this review we are investigating the more recent Eureka Pet Lover Deluxe upright (model 8811AVZ).  It has been getting reasonable reviews and consumers report that it has strong suction, is reasonably priced, and is very good at removing pet hair.  However a few owners find it rather loud and it also does not have brushbar on/off controls.

 

 Avg. consumer rating = 83/100 

The Miele S7580 Bolero is now known as the Dynamic U1 AutoEco (Miele's new name for this machine).  It is one of the Premium Class vacuums in the S7 upright series.  It is powerful, quiet, maneuverable and loaded with features such as suction control, automatic height adjustment and a special HEPA filter that includes activated carbon for odor removal.  Consumer reviews are few but generally quite good and most owners are pleased with their purchase.  The machine is a little heavy however and, like many Miele vacuum cleaners, it is not cheap.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 83/100 


The Electrolux Ergospace Green gets fairly good reviews and is lightweight, easy to maneuver and very quiet.  It works well on hardwood floors and is environmentally friendly being made in part of recycled plastic.  The vacuum is also packed in unbleached recycled cardboard. The brushbar is air-driven however and while the Ergospace is effective on bare floors some owners report that it does not excel on carpet.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 69/100 

The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser 66T6 gets very average ratings from consumers.  It is something of a “love it” or “hate it” machine with a number of owners giving it 5 stars out of 5 and a similar number rating it 1 or 2 stars out of 5.  Detractors feel that the suction is poor, the power cord is too short and that the vacuum just doesn’t perform on carpet.  Those that like the 66T6 highlight its light weight, pet hair removal capabilities and retractable power cord.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 83/100 


Eureka now has over 10 different AirSpeed models on the market.  Consumer ratings for the Eureka AirSpeed AS1051A are not bad, but not stellar - owners like that the machine is light, powerful, and maneuverable but some find it a bit loud.  The AS1051A is formally known as the AirSpeed ABS (Advanced Bag System) PET AS1051A and it has a few features that make it popular with pet owners.  The vacuum includes a pet hair brush, a pet hair tool (PET Power Paw) and a HEPA filter with charcoal to remove allergens and help eliminate odors.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 74/100 

This is an inexpensive, bagless upright that used to get get good consumer ratings. However updated ratings are rather poor.  It is fairly basic but still comes with a number of nice features like HEPA filtration, a carbon filter for odor removal, several height settings, a headlight, and a number of tools and attachments. Owners almost unanimously feel that this unit has powerful suction but some comment that the hose is short and that the vacuum is a bit loud.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 79/100 


Consumer ratings for the Hoover Windtunnel Air UH70400 run the gamut from 5 stars to 1 star.  For some owners the unit'’s respectable suction, easy-to-empty dust canister, light weight and maneuverability make it a great fit for their cleaning needs.  But others cite problems with removing and reattaching the hose, limited ability on pet hair, and small vacuum size as issues. This is indeed a fairly compact and light vacuum cleaner and this combination often has both pros and cons.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 71/100 

Consumer ratings vary widely for the Hoover C1660-900 Hush Commercial vacuum.  Some owners report that it is powerful, has an easy-to-empty dirt canister, and is a capable vacuum cleaner.  Others, however, feel it is not entirely worthy of the “commercial” designation, citing a short power cord and handle.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 88/100 

The Dyson DC41 is a fairly new product from Dyson (at the time of writing).  It is their latest Ball Upright vacuum cleaner and reviews are quite good to date.  The DC41 has undergone significant redesign to optimize performance and the result is a very powerful machine with automatic nozzle height adjustment (and a few more upgrades).  Consumers like the long power cord and the machine'’s ability to pick up pet hair, but some find that the vacuum profile makes it difficult to get under furniture.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 79/100 

This is a lightweight and maneuverable canister vacuum with a motorized brushbar making it capable on both carpet and bare floors.  Owners like that it is quiet, powerful and even has multiple suction settings.  However some consumers wish the UltraActive Deepclean EL4300A had more on-board storage for attachments.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 73/100 

The LG LuV250C is a compact bagless upright vacuum cleaner.  It is popular with some owners but not with others.  It is well designed and it has strong suction, a motorized brushbar, a long power cord and an easy-to-empty dirt canister.  It also uses LG’s Kompressor technology which allows the canister to hold up to 3 times more debris.  Some owners comment however that the exhaust air can blow dust away from the nozzle.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 84/100 

The Hoover WindTunnel T-Series UH30300 is not fancy but it is light, has powerful suction, is easy to maintain and is also very reasonably priced.  The general owner consensus is that this machine is fairly good value for the money.  There are some comments however that the vacuum is a bit loud and that too much plastic is used in the construction.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 54/100 

Hoover has a number of cyclonic canister vacuums on the market and the Hoover SH40060 is one of the least expensive.  It is not widely available and you won’t see it for sale on too many online retail websites (but it can be found at the likes of Amazon, Walmart and a few others).  It comes with a lot of features and is noted by owners for having strong suction, washable filters and a powered brushbar.  However it does have some issues.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 75/100 

Ratings for the Hoover UH30600 used to be very high but they have dropped in the past few years.  Consumer ratings are now somewhat average. The UH30600 is a bagged upright designed for both carpet and bare floors.  It has HEPA filtration, a long power cord, a range of on-board tools, and seven different height settings.  Owners feel that it has outstanding suction and that it is not too expensive (about $150 at certain outlets).  Some consumers find it a bit heavy however.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 80/100 

The Electrolux Nimble looks great on paper and has good features but some owners struggle with certain aspects of the machine.  As a result, consumer ratings are not as high as one might expect.  The machine does have its proponents and some folks swear it is better than a Dyson but there are a number of detractors who feel that it is too heavy, hard to push on carpet and the plastic used in the construction of the machine isn’t sturdy enough.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 79/100 

The Dyson DC26 Multi-Floor City Vacuum Cleaner is the smallest canister vacuum Dyson manufactures and it is indeed small.  So much so that the body of the vacuum will fit on a letter sized sheet of paper.  It is also powerful (especially for its size) and, as one would expect rather light.  The Dyson DC26 has most of the features of the larger Dyson canisters, however due to its size it is probably best suited for vacuuming smaller areas.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 83/100 

If you want quality and don’t like to compromise then the Miele Capricorn may be the right vacuum cleaner for you (recently replaced by the Complete C3 Brilliant).  It is made in Germany, has a life expectancy of some 20 years, and comes with many, many features.  The Miele S5981 Capricorn is the top end of the Miele Canister vacuum cleaners and, as expected, it also gets very good ratings from owners.  The downside of this machine is that it is expensive.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 78/100 

There isn’'t much consumer input on the LG Kompressor Plus PetCare LcV900B canister vacuum but the input that can be found is generally not too bad.  Owners are pleased with the machine's powerful suction, washable filters and easy-to-empty dirt canister.  It also gets good marks for having controls on the handle and being very effective at pulling up pet hair.  It does tend to be a little on the heavy side however.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 84/100 

The Dirt Devil Dynamite M084650 is very reasonably priced and it receives mostly good grades from owners who are impressed with its strong suction, HEPA filtration, light weight and compact size.  It can be found online for between $50 and$60 (at certain retail outlets) and is great for quick pick-ups and small area cleaning such as apartments. Due to its compact size however, it may not be the best choice for vacuuming large areas.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 81/100 


This machine seems to have all the key vacuum cleaner features as well as very strong suction.  It is also not as expensive as some of the other Dyson uprights, however many consumers love this machine or hate it.  It does not get the very consistent high ratings of the Dyson DC25 Animal for example.   Owners are pleased with the powerful suction, long cord and large dirt canister however there are numerous comments regarding the less-than-stellar wand design and the noise generated when vacuuming on short carpet.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 75/100 

The LG LuV400T is a very interesting vacuum cleaner with a tremendous range of features and tools.  Some of the more atypical features include vacuum RF controls from the wand and a special dust compacting system that allows you to get up to 3 times more dirt in the canister before emptying is necessary. Consumer ratings are not bad and the vacuum is also Certified Asthma and Allergy Friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.  The cost for this machine tends to be similar (or slightly less) than a Dyson.

 

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