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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Soniclean
$384.23

The Soniclean VT Plus upright vacuum cleaner introduces new sonic cleaning technology. The Soniclean VT Plus features a patented s...onic bar located behind the brush roll that produces 200 vibrations per second of sonic cleaning power to help dislodge... read more

Sunpentown
$92.76

Easily vacuum your home without the need to replace dirty bags with the Sunpentown V-8506.

Panasonic
$179.99

Designed for use on all floor types the Panasonic Bagged Upright Vacuum delivers intense suction power while you vacuum The ergono...mic handle enables easy navigation and you can quickly direct the Panasonic vacuum with a simple turn of the wrist A qui... read more

Soniclean
$213.90

Experience a new level of clean with the Soniclean VTplus upright vacuum cleaner, the first and only vacuum cleaner to use sonic c...leaning technology. The Soniclean VTplus features a patented sonic bar located behind the brush roll that produces 200... 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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Bissell
$70.94 $70.93

Bagless Convenience: Cyclonic action and powerful suction provides thorough cleaning. Plus, no more bags to buy or change EVER Mul...ti-Surface Cleaning: Easily go from cleaning carpets to hard floors with the flip of a switch Three-Stage Filtration: Dirt cup filters and post-motor filter help to capture more fine dust and particles. Filters are washable and re-usable Fits Zing Bagless Canister series 1665, 1664, 1669 Replacement Kit includes 1 Pre Motor and 1 Post Motor Filter Easy Replacement read more

Metropolitan Vacuum
$765.00

This Metro Vacuum ADM-4PNHSF Professionals canister vacuum with electric power nozzle cleans any area quickly and efficiently.

Miele
$699.00 $599.99

The Miele Compact C2 electro+ is a powerful vacuum in a space Saving design. Packaged with the Seb228 electro+ nozzle and the sbb ...parquett-3 it is designed to clean all the different carpeting and hard floor surfaces in your home. read more

Bissell
$99.99

The Bissell revolution cyclonic bag less canister vacuum gives you incredible suction power in a compact, easy to use design that ...makes life just a little bit simpler. 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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Black+decker
$7.99

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BLACK+DECKER
$99.99 $79.99

The black+decker HSV420J42 cordless 14.4V lithium 2-N-1 stick + hand vacuum is great for picking up dirt and debris. This 2-N-1 ha...nd/stick vacuum design provides two vacuums in one stylish design for cleaning on and above your floors. Lithium technology provides strong suction, with an led indicator that provides a constant update on the battery charge level. The on/off powered brush bar allows you to thoroughly clean your carpets and area rugs with a motorized brushroll, and the detachable brush bar is easy to clean in between pick up Jobs. The smooth pivot steering provides plenty of maneuverability to get around furniture, with a low profile design that allows you to easily reach under furniture while cleaning. It has a self-standing design which lets you stand this vacuum upright where you need it, so it's always ready when messes arise. A translucent, bag less dirt bowl makes it easy to see dirt and easy to empty. Includes: Jack plug charger, crevice tool, brush attachment, pleated prefilter, washable filter. read more

BLACK+DECKER
$129.99

BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FLFH 20v MAX* Lithium Flex VacView larger A Cordless Vacuum That Does it All Finally a cordless vacuum that do...es it all; from floor to ceiling and everything in between, the 20V MAX* Lithium Flex Vacs with Floor Head offers limitless versatility. Choose between the four foot extendable hose, the new stick vac attachment with pivoting floor head, or the Pet Brush attachment. Having an optional stick vac attachment makes this the ultimate in portable and multi-functional vacuuming. No longer just a simple hand-carried vacuum, the Flex Vacs provide easy clean-up; high or low, in the house or car, and on any floor surface – wood, tile, carpet, rugs, etc. The compact design and lightweight yet powerful 20V MAX* lithium ion battery, makes it easy to take the Flex straight to the mess. Easy to Use and Easy to Clean This Flex Vac features a removable, washable bowl and filter for thorough cleaning. Included with the Flex is a charging base with tool storage, a flip-up dusting brush, a crevice tool, and the stick vac attachment with pivoting floor head. It also features a Pet Brush that makes cleaning pet hair a breeze. Each of these attachments and extensions helps get in to hard-to-reach areas like under the table, in between car seats, stairs, ceiling fans, etc. BLACK + DECKER With a heritage of more than 100 years as one of the most trusted brands in the world, the new BLACK+DECKER identity builds on that trust by providing innovative and reliable products. Along with a meaningful, emotional, and empowering experience for the home, the new BLACK+DECKER products will be Honest. Intuitive. Involved. Thoughtful. View larger 20v MAX* Lithium Hand Vac The always -ready and convenient 20V MAX* Lithium Hand Vac is perfect for handy cleaning anywhere and anytime. The cyclonic action and strong suction of the 20V MAX* Lithium Hand Vac make cleanup easy and fast. This unit also includes a Pet Brush that's ideal for cleaning up after the family pet as well. The 20V MAX* Lithium Hand Vac has a charging station that keeps it at the ready and also provides a base for storage. View larger Cordless, Portable and Ultra-Compact This vac is cordless, portable and ultra-compact so you can tackle chores without lugging out your vacuum. Cyclonic action spins dirt away from the filter to help maintain performance, and the 3-Stage filtration system prevents dust and debris from escaping for clean air exhaust. View larger Stick Vac Floor Extension and Pet Brush The 20V MAX* Flex comes with a rubberized pet hair brush attachment that makes cleaning up after Fido a cinch. It also features a removable, washable bowl and filter for thorough cleaning. Included with the Flex is a charging base with tool storage, a flip-up dusting brush, a crevice tool, and the stick vac attachment with pivoting floor head. Each of these attachments and extensions helps get in to hard-to-reach areas like under the table, in between car seats, stairs, ceiling fans, etc. View larger Lithium vs NiCad Other types of batteries fade and lose suction, making it difficult for users to complete their cleaning task before running out of power. Instead, Lithium Ion batteries offer strong suction and fade-free power throughout their use. Users will now have confidence that they can complete tasks quickly, efficiently, and conveniently with this new collection of handheld vacuums. View larger Charging Station and Base The 20v MAX* Lithium Hand Vac has a quick charging base that keeps the unit charged and accessories organized. Simply place the Flex Vac in its stand to charge. View larger What's in the Box: (1) Vacuum with 4 ft. flexible hose, (1) Stick Vac floor head, (1) Pet Hair Brush, (1) 2-in-1 nozzle/brush tool, (1) long crevice tool, (1) charging base, (1) Washable filter (model PVF110). read more

BLACK+DECKER
$80.74 $70.24

BLACK+DECKER 16v MAX* Lithium Flex VacView larger A Cordless Vacuum That Does It All Finally a cordless vacuum that does it all; f...rom floor to ceiling and everything in between, the 16V MAX* Lithium Flex Vac with Floor Head offers limitless versatility. Choose between the four foot extendable hose or the new stick vac attachment with pivoting floor head. Having an optional stick vac attachment makes this the ultimate in portable and multi-functional vacuuming. No longer just a simple hand-carried vacuum, the Flex Vac provides easy clean-up; high or low, in the house or car, and on any floor surface – wood, tile, carpet, rugs, etc. The compact design and lightweight yet powerful 16V MAX* lithium ion battery, makes it easy to take the Flex straight to the mess. Easy to Use and Easy to Clean This Flex Vac features a removable, washable bowl and filter for thorough cleaning. Included with the Flex is a charging base with tool storage, a flip-up dusting brush, a crevice tool, and the stick vac attachment with pivoting floor head. Each of these attachments and extensions helps get in to hard-to-reach areas like under the table, in between car seats, stairs, ceiling fans, etc. BLACK+DECKER With a heritage of more than 100 years as one of the most trusted brands in the world, the new BLACK+DECKER identity builds on that trust by providing innovative and reliable products. Along with a meaningful, emotional, and empowering experience for the home, the new BLACK+DECKER products will be Honest. Intuitive. Involved. Thoughtful. View larger 16V MAX* Lithium Hand Vac The always -ready and convenient 16V MAX* Lithium Hand Vac is perfect for handy cleaning anywhere and anytime. The high-performance motor delivers strong suction for messes big and small, and the cyclonic action and strong suction of the 16V MAX* Lithium Hand Vac make cleanup easy and fast. View larger Cordless, Portable and Ultra-Compact This vac is cordless, portable and ultra-compact so you can tackle chores without lugging out your vacuum. Cyclonic action spins dirt away from the filter to help maintain performance, and the 3-Stage filtration system prevents dust and debris from escaping for clean air exhaust. View larger Stick Vac Floor Extension The stick vac floor extension converts Flex vac for larger cleaning jobs, along with a 4ft flexible hose and attachments for convenient, cordless cleaning that reaches everywhere. This Hand Vac also comes with a rotating slim nozzle, an on-board upholstery brush, and a crevice tool. View larger Lithium vs NiCad Other types of batteries fade and lose suction, making it difficult for users to complete their cleaning task before running out of power. Instead, Lithium Ion batteries offer strong suction and fade-free power throughout their use. Users will now have the confidence that they can complete tasks quickly, efficiently, and conveniently with this new Flex Vac. View larger Charging Station and Base The 16V MAX* Lithium Hand Vac has a quick charging base that keeps the unit charged and accessories organized. Additional features of the 16V MAX* Lithium Hand Vac include a charge indicator light and a removable and washable bowl. View larger What's in the Box: (1) Vacuum with 4 ft. flexible hose, (1) Stick Vac floor head, (1) 2-in-1 nozzle/brush tool, (1) long crevice tool, (1) charging base, (1) washable filter (model PVF110). *Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a work load) is 16 volts. Nominal voltage is 14.4. 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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Soniclean
$289.99

Experience a new level of clean with the Soniclean VTplus upright vacuum cleaner, the first and only vacuum cleaner to use sonic c...leaning technology. The Soniclean VTplus features a patented sonic bar located behind the brush roll that produces 200... read more

Soniclean
$384.23

The Soniclean VT Plus upright vacuum cleaner introduces new sonic cleaning technology. The Soniclean VT Plus features a patented s...onic bar located behind the brush roll that produces 200 vibrations per second of sonic cleaning power to help dislodge... read more

Dyson
$246.72

Powered by Dyson digital motor V6: small and light. The most powerful handheld vacuum 2 Tier Radial cyclones: 15 cyclones, arrange...d across two tiers, work in parallel to increase airflow and capture more fine dust in the bin Mini-motorized tool for tough tasks: the mini-motorized tool picks up pet hair and stubborn debris from upholstery, the trunk and other surfaces This is an O.Stylem. Authorized part Fits various Dyson models OEM part Number 965876-01 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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Hoover
$877.42 $876.02

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

Prolux
$483.49

Make your home as clean as possible with this Prolux CV12000 central vacuum power unit in red. This bagless vacuum uses three leve...ls of filtration. The dirt chamber comes with a clear view, so you can see when it's full. The washable micron pre-filter... 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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BLACK+DECKER
$399.99 $364.99

The BLACK+DECKER HRV425BLP SMARTECH Lithium Robotic Pet Vacuum, with LED and Bluetooth - Keeping Up Just Got Easier! Conveniently ...control and schedule your vacuum with BLACK+DECKER smartphone app. This vacuum features an XL dustbin that holds 2X more pet hair and dirt than the competition, so you can clean more between empties. The extra wide brush bar cleans more area per pass than the leading robot vacuum in the market, and an anti-tangle bristles capture stubborn pet hair. This unit reduces allergens and irritants and captures 99.96% of pet dander and dust (>0.3 or greater) with a high-performance HEPA filter. AUTOSENSE automatically adjusts suction power from hard floors to carpet, so you get more power when you need it and the lithium Ion battery optimizes performance with up to 90 minutes of runtime. Sensors detect stairs and other drop-offs, and then it automatically docks and recharges so it's ready for the next cleaning. The LED top cover flashed troubleshooting alerts to display the source of errors or maintenance needs, eliminating guesswork - personalize the illuminated LED cover to match your color style! Includes: 1) Robotic Vacuum, 1) Charging base, 1) Charger, 4) Side sweepers, 2) Filters, 1) Pet anti-tangle brush bar, 1) Multi-surface purpose brush bar, 1) Brush cleaning tool, 1) Screwdriver. read more

BLACK+DECKER
$379.99 $344.99

The black decker HRV425BL smartech lithium robotic vacuum, with LED and Bluetooth - keeping up just got easier! conveniently contr...ol and schedule your vacuum with black decker smartphone app. This vacuum features an XL dustbin that holds 2x more pet hair and dirt than the competition, so you can clean more between empties. The extra wide brush bar cleans more area per pass than the leading Robot vacuum in the market. You can select from three cleaning modes to fit your needs: spot clean, quick and auto or choose manual Drive for full control of the cleaning area. Autosense automatically adjusts suction power from hard floors to carpet, so you get more power when you need it and the lithium ion battery optimizes performance with up to 90 minutes of runtime. Sensors detect stairs and other drop-offs, and then it automatically docks and recharges so it's ready for the next cleaning. The LED top cover flashed troubleshooting alerts to display the source of Errors or maintenance needs, eliminating guesswork - personalize the illuminated LED cover to match your color style! includes: 1) robotic vacuum, 1) charging base, 1) charger, 4) side Sweepers, 2) filters, 1) Multi-Surface purpose brush bar, 1) brush cleaning tool, 1) screwdriver. read more

Chimptron
$379.12

Robotic vacuum cleaner 3000plus Series with water tank mopping. Water tank brings an auto damp mopping for hard floor only (wood t...ile marble laminate). read more

Chimptron
$366.12

Robotic vacuum cleaner 2005plus Series with water tank mopping. Water tank brings an auto damp mopping for hard floor only (wood t...ile marble laminate). 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
$399.99 $249.99

Radial root cyclone technology maintain a spiraling airflow, so the vacuum maintains enough suction to pick up dust, allergens, an...d pet hair Size: Large. Color: Purple. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. read more

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