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Vacuums and Floor Care Buying Guide

Vacuums not only help keep your home clean, they also help ensure your floors look their best. Use this buying guide to learn more about the various types of vacuums available and the features that best suit your home and lifestyle.

Types of Vacuums

Types of Vacuums

Some vacuums are better at cleaning carpet, while some are ideal for bare floors. Some models are best for quick pickups, while others provide a deeper cleaning. The type of vacuum that's best for you will depend largely on what type of floors you have in your home, whether you have stairs or want to vacuum upholstery or draperies, and how much money you want to spend. Here is a look at the types of vacuums commonly available.

Upright Vacuums

This traditional design is still the most popular type of vacuum. Everything is housed together—the motor, power brush, hose, and bag or dirt cup—and you move the whole unit across the floor when cleaning. These vacuums can clean both carpet and hard floors, and they usually come with attachments to help you clean upholstery and stairs. They often do a better job of deep-cleaning carpets than canister models and tend to cost less.

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Panasonic

Jet Turn features a unique swivel nozzle that makes steering the vacuum around furniture and other objects a breeze. You'll experi...ence faster, more efficient vacuuming with less wrist and arm fatigue. Oh, and did we say it's light. Jet Turn tips the... read more

Eureka

The Eureka 'The Boss' 1934B vacuum cleaner is an ideal lightweight model for covering wall-to-wall carpeted areas. It is powered b...y a 5 Amp motor which ensures deep cleaning and powerful suction. It has an adjustable height feature makes it ideal for... read more

Hoover

Get professional results with a lightweight, compact, easy maneuverable vacuum that is designed for your home. The Hoover Air Pro ...Bagless Upright is your answer to whole-home cleaning so much so your kids will ask to help you clean. And it comes with a... read more

Hoover

We silenced the competition with the Carpet and Rug Institute Certified Hoover Commercial Hush Bagless upright. Perfect for librar...ies, retail and hospitality, Hush powers through day-time cleaning with 2 speed quiet convenience. Cover hard-to-reach... read more

Canister Vacuums

This type of vacuum includes a canister with the motor and bag or dirt receptacle, which is connected to the power brush via a hose. Although these units are often heavier than upright models, you mostly only need to move the hose and power brush around when cleaning. Canister vacuums tend to be quieter than upright models and often do a better job of cleaning bare floors.

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Panasonic

Home cleaning and floor care are easier and more comfortable when you use the Panasonic MC-CG917 OptiFlow Canister Vacuum Cleaner.... OptiFlow Technology - A revolutionary concept in vacuum airflow technology, OptiFlow technology helps maintain a... read more

Hoover

This combination of the lightweight bagged upright and easy-to-carry canister is the perfect cleaning solution for your home. The ...upright vacuum weighs less than 12 lbs. and comes with an extra long 35 ft. cord, a long life, high-intensity LED... read more

Electrolux
$299.99
at Amazon

The Electrolux JetMaxx Green has powerful suction with motorized nozzle for deep cleaning all types of carpets. Large capacity S-...bag® and HEPA filter for superior dust containment. The Power@Hand Stair and Upholstery tool, accessories on board, auto cordwinder, fingertip and foot controls minimize bending. This model is 55% post consumer recycled plastics. Packaging from 100% recycled paper, totally recyclable. Washable HEPA filter, bag made from corn starch. read more

Stick Vacuums

This type of vacuum, which features a long body attached to a power brush, works well for cleaning up messes but doesn't provide as deep of a cleaning as an upright model. They are lightweight and easy to maneuver in small spaces, but they are often noisy and have small dirt bins that need to be emptied often. Many stick vacuums are battery-powered.

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Eureka

The Eureka AirSpeed 2-in-1 is the first stick vacuum with AirSpeed Technology. The AirSpeed 2-in-1 is engineered to move more air ...and remove more dirt for a deeper clean on bare floors. AirSpeed 2-in-1 is engineered with an efficient air path. This... read more

Dyson

Sealing in the suction to effectively remove more dust, pet hair, and dirt, the lightweight Dyson V6 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacu...um is great for all types of floors and deeper carpet cleaning. Includes several attachments read more

Dyson

Sealing in the suction to effectively remove more dust, pet hair, and dirt, the Dyson V6 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum is great for... all types of floors and deeper carpet cleaning. Includes several attachments. read more

Electrolux
$99.99
at Target

Find Vacuums And Power Floor Sweepers at Target.com! The Ergorapido® Lithium Ion Plus 2-in-1 cordless offers two vacuums in one st...ylish design for cleaning on and above your bare floors. The 10.8V Lithium TurboPower Battery gives you high performance for optimal cleaning performance, a long run time and fast charge. Thoroughly clean the bare floors in your home with the motorized brushroll and cordless convenience. Clean above the floor with the detachable handheld vacuum. The crevice tool and dusting brush store conveniently in the handle so you can clean crevices, stairs and flat surfaces in one easy step. 180° EasySteer? Maneuverability offers smooth turning and movement, helping you... read more

Handheld Vacuums

These small vacuums are most convenient when you need to clean up a quick mess. Available with or without a power cord, they work well on low carpets and bare floors, but they don't offer as much power and capacity as a full-size vacuum.

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Shark

The Shark Rocket is now available in a handheld design for all your quick cleaning needs. Comes with TruePet motorized brush, dust...ing brush, stretch hose and crevice tool for those hard-to-reach spaces. From upholstery to carpets, the Rocket Hand vac... read more

Eureka

The Eureka AirSpeed 2-in-1 is the first stick vacuum with AirSpeed Technology. The AirSpeed 2-in-1 is engineered to move more air ...and remove more dirt for a deeper clean on bare floors. AirSpeed 2-in-1 is engineered with an efficient air path. This... read more

Dyson

Engineered with all of your small tasks in mind, this Dyson DC56 handheld vacuum is perfect for your home, work or car. The powerf...ul suction, lightweight and ergonomic shape, and lithium-ion battery ensure easy operation. Materials: Plastic, metal... read more

Dyson
$395.71
at Amazon

Patented Root CycloneTM technology that doesn't lose suction power as you vacuum Up to 3 times faster than conventional motors - c...reates the most power efficient handheld read more

Central Vacuums

This type of vacuum is built into the structure of your home, so it's pricey and may be difficult to add unless you are building a new home or planning an extensive remodel. This system features a main unit installed in a central location paired with suction ports installed throughout the house. You then attach a long hose to these suction ports when you want to vacuum. Central vacuums are very quiet and feature large capacities, so you don't have to empty the dirt receptacle as often as other types of vacuums. You also don't need to carry a heavy machine around your house, but you will need to find a place to store a hose that's often at least 30 feet long.

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Frigidaire
$299.99
at Amazon

A vacuum designed to work in harmony with the way you live. A Frigidaire Central Vacuum is a complete cleaning system that allows ...you to clean almost every surface in your home, while carrying dirt, dust and allergens away from the living area. read more

GV

GV Central Vacuum kit loaded with electric hose and tools. This also come with the air powered turbo nozzle head for carpet. This ...is a specially designed head by GV that allows you to easily vacuum low pile carpet, plush thick carpet, hardwood, tile... read more

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Hoover
$816.81
at Amazon

The Hoover ® Central vacuum System provides a cleaner home and environment by removing dirt, dust, germs, mites and pollen to a re...mote location outside the living area. Installing a Hoover® system will increase the value of any home. Prospective buyers recognize the value that a built-in central vacuum system adds to any property. read more

Electrolux
$299.95
at Amazon

Take advantage of the Electrolux Oxygen?s suction power. The ultimate cleaning set for homes with hard floors and area rugs. Desig...ned to effortlessly clean dirt, dust and allergens wherever they may hide. read more

Robotic Vacuums

In theory, these vacuums can do the cleaning while you relax. They work best on hard floors and low carpets in uncluttered rooms. They clean well enough to at least delay regular vacuuming sessions, but they may miss edges and corners and can be time-consuming to set up.

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Neato Robotics
$371.99
at Target

Find Vacuums And Power Floor Sweepers at Target.com! The Neato Robotics XV Signature Vacuum lets you get your housework done witho...ut any effort at all. This delightful robot vacuum just needs to be set to go and it?ll take care of your carpet cleaning woes. With a blade brush you get a clean you?ll be proud of, the Smart Sensor technology detects stairs and furniture so it avoids spills and slamming into legs and when it?s all done this robot returns to its charging base. Neato Robotics has taken technology to the next level to relieve your workload. Color: Black. read more

Neato Robotics
$399.99
at Target

Find Vacuums And Power Floor Sweepers at Target.com! Designed especially for pet owners and allergy sufferers! The XV-21 features ...a special bristled brush that enables the pick-up of tough pet hair, dander and fibers, and the Pet and Allergy Filter... read more

Neato Robotics
$399.99
at Target

Find Vacuums And Power Floor Sweepers at Target.com! Designed especially for pet owners and allergy sufferers! The XV-21 features ...a special bristled brush that enables the pick-up of tough pet hair, dander and fibers, and the Pet and Allergy Filter boosts airflow and suction power and picks up and retains more than three times the amount of fine dust particles of standard filters. Automatically adjusts between carpets and hard floors and will return to base to recharge. The Neato XV-21 is equipped with onboard Room Positioning System (RPS) technology, a revolutionary system developed by Neato Robotics that combines laser vision with mapping. read more

Roomba
$374.99
at Target

Find Vacuums And Power Floor Sweepers at Target.com! Feeling overwhelmed by household tasks? Need a helping hand? How about a robo...t that does the vacuuming for you? Meet the iRobot Roomba 650 Vacuum Cleaning Robot, a state-of-the-art home appliance that might just change your life. Roomba?s patented three-stage cleaning system removes dirt, dust and other debris, automatically adjusting to carpets, hardwood, tile and linoleum as it moves through your home. AeroVac technology maximizes air flow through the cleaning head, pulling hair and dust off the brushes and into the bin. A larger-than-ever bin means less frequent emptying, and longer-lasting brushes mean easier maintenance. Impressed... read more

Product Features

Product Features

Once you decide on the type of vacuum you want, look for features that will suit the floors in your house and streamline vacuuming tasks. Some features make it easier to clean bare floors, while others help improve cleaning ability. Also look for features that enhance convenience, such as a self-propelled motor or retractable cord. Features will vary depending on vacuum type, but here is a look at some of the common features available.

Brush-Roll Shutoff

Upright vacuums often feature a roller with bristles that dislodges dirt and dust from carpet so it can be vacuumed up more easily. However, this feature doesn't work as well on bare floors—the revolving brush can move dirt and debris around the bare floor before it can be sucked up. A brush-roll shutoff feature will improve performance on bare floors and make it less likely that a small rug will get tangled up in the roller.

Carpet-Height Adjustment

This feature adjusts the height of the vacuum to match the carpet height, improving cleaning performance and ensuring the vacuum is easy to move. Both automatic and manual adjustments are available.

Dirt Sensors

These sensors detect when the vacuum is no longer picking up dirt. This feature is designed to tell you when an area is clean, but the sensors have met mixed reviews.

Full-Container Indicator

This feature lets you know when it's time to change the bag or empty the dirt cup.

HEPA Filter

High-efficiency particulate-air (HEPA) filters provide the highest level of filtration, making them a good option for allergy or asthma sufferers. They are sealed-airflow systems that greatly reduce the dirt that's recycled back into the air by the vacuum. HEPA-type filters also help remove allergens, but they don't remove as fine of particles from the air.

Retractable Cord

Most common in canister vacuums, this feature allows you to quickly rewind the cord by pushing a button or tugging on the cord.

Self-Propelled Motor

This system helps propel the vacuum across the floor, doing some of the work for you. Keep in mind, however, that this feature usually makes the vacuum heavier, which can make it more difficult to carry up and down stairs.

Suction Control

This feature lets you reduce the airflow through the hose—useful when you are cleaning upholstery or curtains.

Telescoping Wands

These attachments make it easier to reach tall ceilings or vacuum under cabinets and furniture.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

As you're shopping for a vacuum, think about what surfaces you typically clean. Do you have mostly carpet in your house, or more bare floors? Do you often use your vacuum to clean furniture and draperies? Also consider the maintenance that each type of vacuum needs—some require you to buy replacement bags, while other models feature a dirt bin that must be regularly emptied—and think about how important convenience is to you. And as you are looking at the stylish designs and bold colors, don't forget to consider how heavy the vacuum is. After all, you want to make cleaning as effortless as possible.

Bags vs. Bagless

Some upright vacuums come with bags to collect the dirt and debris, while other models feature a bin. Which you choose is largely a matter of personal preference, although there are advantages and disadvantages to each type. Bag vacuums hold more dirt, but they require you to purchase replacement bags. Bagless models save you the expense of replacement bags, but they release more dirt into the air when the bins are emptied—a concern for those with allergies or asthma. You also will likely need to clean or replace filters every so often, and replacement filters can be considerably more expensive than bags. If you opt for a model with bags, be sure to write down the style number of the bag and keep it in a safe place to make purchasing replacements easier.

Weight

Ideally, you should test out a vacuum before you buy it so you can be sure it's easy for you to maneuver. The weight can vary considerably by model. Lightweight vacuums may be better if you will need to carry the vacuum up and down stairs, but keep in mind that these models often come with fewer accessories.

Floor Settings

If you have bare floors, such as hardwood, vinyl, or laminate, a model with bare-floor options will likely be your best bet. Look for a model that allows you to turn off the brush agitator and includes a low-height setting for bare floors.

Convenience

A number of features can add convenience and help streamline cleaning tasks. When comparing models, keep in mind that an on/off switch on the handle or near your foot will likely be easier to use than one on the body of the vacuum. A headlight, standard on most upright models, makes it easier to see under furniture or in dark corners. Many vacuums include an electrical cord that's 20 feet long, but some cords are even longer and reduce the need to plug the vacuum into different outlets as you work. A longer hose makes it easier to reach high places and less likely that the vacuum will accidentally tip over. Most vacuums come with a narrow tool for crevices, an upholstery brush, and a round brush for dusting; although these attachments will likely be all you need, you can also buy attachments for cleaning upholstery or bare floors, as well as wands that allow you a wider reach. If you have pets, consider motorized pet brushes that remove pet hair and dander from carpet and furniture.

Noise

As you're shopping, keep noise level in mind. In general, central vacuums are the quietest, but canister vacuums are often quieter than upright models. Stick vacuums are fairly noisy.

Airflow

Be sure to compare the airflow of the vacuums you are considering. This is the force exerted by the moving air that picks up the debris from the floor. Airflow is usually measured in CFM (cubic feet per minute); the better the vacuum, the higher the CFM rating—and likely the higher the price.

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Dyson
$278.00 $489.00
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Dyson
$699.99 $1,000.00
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Engineered to remove fine dust and allergens from hard-to-reach places, this vacuum cleaner is perfect for homes with pets. Radi...al Root Cycloneâ„¢ technology captures dirt and microscopic dust self-adjusting cleaner head seals in suction across carpets and hard floors rides on a ball and steers easily into difficult places whole-machine HEPA filtration expels cleaner air tangle-free Turbine tool removes hair from carpets and upholstery includes combination/stair tool, crevice tool, carbon fiber soft dusting brush, mattress tool and tool bag AC current. Plastic/metal. Measures 17.2x13.4x43.3"H. Assembly required. Imported. read more

Dyson Cinetic" Big Ball Animal and Allergy Vacuum Cleaner
Dyson
$249.99 $399.99
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Find Vacuums And Power Floor Sweepers at Target.com! Make housework easier and your house cleaner with the Dyson Ball Compact Anim...al Upright Vacuum Cleaner. The Dyson DC50 is a powerful bagless vacuum that features everything you love about Dyson in a compact, lightweight design. Crafted specially to remove dust and pet hair for allergy sufferers, the vacuum features intense suction and radial root cyclone technology that picks up even the finest particles of dust. A self-adjusting head ensures that you?re actually getting everything up no matter what sort of floor you?re vacuuming, while a central ball allows you to maneuver into hard-to-reach spaces. Features an easy built-in extension... Color: Cobalt. read more

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BLACK+DECKER
$33.49 $49.99
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Find Vacuums And Power Floor Sweepers at Target.com! The convenient Black & Decker 15.6V Dustbuster Handheld Vacuum Cleaner is bag...less and cordless for ultimate cleaning convenience. There?s simply nothing quite like the Dustbuster when you need to clean small and hard to reach spaces. The long reach nose puts this handheld vacuum cleaning in places you normally can?t reach and too often let dirt build up. Clean everything in your house, car, boat and anywhere else that needs your meticulous touch. Size: 14x5x8. Color: White. read more

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Dyson
$374.00 $499.99
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Find Vacuums And Power Floor Sweepers at Target.com! Take care of allergies and asthma before they start and clean your home in th...e process with the Dyson Ball Allergy Upright Vacuum. This powerful bagless vacuum cleaner features intense suction and radial root cyclone technology that picks up even the finest dust. A self-adjusting head ensures that you?re actually getting everything up no matter what sort of floor you?re vacuuming, while a central ball allows the vacuum to maneuver into even the most difficult places. Features an easy built-in extension wand, dusting brush, crevice tool, reusable filter and whole-machine HEPA filtration. Color: Blue. read more

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Hoover
$99.99 $129.99
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Find Vacuums And Power Floor Sweepers at Target.com! Get ready for a brand new level of clean with the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Rewind ...Bagless Upright Vacuum, UH70820, known for its deep-down cleaning ability with 2 channels of suction. The reusable filter can be rinsed and cleaned at home; bagless vacuum with its retractable cord also saves you the hassle and expense of vacuum bags. Multiple wands and brushes make quick work of everything from spider webs to dust bunnies. Color: Red/Black. read more

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Samsung
$799.99 $999.99
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Eureka
$30.99 $46.99
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Find Vacuums And Power Floor Sweepers at Target.com! Get rid of mini messes like magic with the Eureka Quick Up® Cordless 2-in-1 V...acuum. Ideal for quick cleanups and small areas, this space-saving cordless vacuum weighs a lightweight 4 pounds and works on bare floors as well as carpets. With an easy adjustable handle, this bagless vacuum converts to a hand-held vacuum in seconds. It features a micro filtration system and a 10? cleaning path. Battery run time is approximately 15 minutes. Size: Small. Color: Sunshine. read more

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Fuller Brush
$99.95 $129.99
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Fuller Brush FB-SPFM A telescopic handle, HEPA media filter, and compact size make this Fuller Brush Spiffy Maid Bagless Broom Va...cuum a perfect choice for every home. This vacuum cleaner is made using high-quality materials that keep it stable and sturdy for long years. The vacuum comes with a slider for variable suction control. Featuring non-marking rubber wheels, this amazing broom vacuum cleaner ensures that the surface stays safe from damage or discoloration. The Spiffy Maid Bagless Broom Vacuum from Fuller Brush can be used to clean cushions or trick spots like cobwebs in corners and the interiors of a car. Features: -Metal and Plastic construction.-Washable.-Metallic red color.-Leak proof.-Product Type: Stick vacuum.-Color: Metallic Red.-Distressed: No.-Washable: Yes.-Gloss Finish: Yes.-Material: Metal; Plastic -Material Details: ..-Number of Items Included: 2.-Pieces Included: Vacuum, Crevice tool.-Water Resistant: No -Water Resistant Details: ..-Fire Resistant: No.-Leakproof: Yes.-Ash Safe: Yes.-Waste Compartment Capacity: 0.38.-Clear Waste Compartment: Yes.-Detachable Waste Compartment: No.-Cordless: No -Charger Included: ..-Bags Needed: No -Bag Type: ..-Wet and Dry: No.-For Pet Owners: No.-For Automobile Interiors: No.-Wall Mountable: No.-Lightweight: Yes.-Surface Type: Hard floors; Upholstery.-Cord Storage: Yes -Auto Cord Retract: No..-Exhaust Filter: Yes -Filter Type: HEPA.-Reusable Filter: Yes..-Amps: 9.-Reversible: No.-Convertible: No.-Light Included: No.-Wheels: Yes.-Swivel Head: No.-Belt Vacuum: No.-Clog Indicator: No.-Steam: No.-Mop Pads Included: No -Number of Mop Pads Included: ..-Cleaning Solution: No -Cleaning Solution Included: ..-Commercial Use: No.Specifications: -OSHA Compliant: Yes.-ETL Certified: Yes.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 40.5.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 10.75.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 8.-Cord Length: 360.-Hose: No -Hose Length: ..-Cleaning Path Width: 10.5.-Overall Product Weight: 6.7.Assembly: -Assembly Required: Yes. read more

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Dyson
$374.00 $499.99
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