April 2021

Vacuum Cleaner Rankings Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Vacuum Cleaner rankings posted by key online experts, as of April 2021.

Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Vacuum Cleaners.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Vacuum Cleaners, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for April 2021 ranking

We ranked Dyson V11 Absolute #1 in April 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Dyson V11 Absolute as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Good Housekeeping

Best Cordless Vacuum Cleaner for Large Homes

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The Strategist

Best Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

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TechRadar

The Absolute Best Vacuum You Can Buy

Pros
Powerful Suction
Light-weight and maneuverable
Informative LCD Screen

Cons
Expensive

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We ranked Eureka Blaze #2 in April 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Eureka Blaze as #1.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce

Best Lightweight

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HGTV

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The Strategist

Best Stick Vacuum Cleaner With Swivel Head

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We ranked Miele Triflex HX1 #3 in April 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

A Durable,Comfortable,Strong Stick Vac

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TechRadar

Miele’s First Cordless Vacuum is as Powerful as its Corded Models

Pros
Powerful suction
Can be used as a stick vacuum or a handheld cleaner
Swappable battery means fewer interruptions to your cleaning

Cons
Expensive
Heavy to use as a handheld cleaner

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Rtings.com

Alternative with More Configurations

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We ranked Shark Apex DuoClean #4 in April 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Strategist

Best Vacuum Cleaner For People With Long Hair

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This Old House

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Tom's Guide

Best Bagless Vacuum Cleaner

Pros
Excellent pet-hair pickup
Two rollers, one just for bare floors
Relatively quiet

Cons
Main body topples easily in cannister mode
Short hose

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We ranked Shark Navigator Powered Lift-Away NV586 #5 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Shark Navigator Powered Lift-Away NV586 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Consumer Reports

Bagless Upright

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Tom's Guide

The Best Vacuum is Great at Picking Up Everything

Pros
Great performance at an affordable price
Swivel head for multidirectional cleaning
Able to tone down the suction for small rugs and delicate fabrics

Cons
Brush roll isn't removable
A little heavy and clunky to disassemble and reassemble

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We ranked Shark NV356E #6 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Shark NV356E as #1.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce

Best Overall

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This Old House

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We ranked Kenmore Elite 31150 #7 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Kenmore Elite 31150 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Consumer Reports

Bagged Upright

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Tom's Guide

A Heavy But Effective Vacuum Cleaner

Pros
Great performance on carpet
Good edge cleaning
Long cord

Cons
Heavy
Not easily maneuverable

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We ranked Shark Lift Away NV352 #8 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Shark Lift Away NV352 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

Well Rounded,Great Value

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The Strategist

Best Upright Vacuum With HEPA Filter

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We ranked Miele Complete C3 Calima #9 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

Top Notch,Built To Last

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Tom's Guide

Best Canister Vacuum Cleaner

Pros
Excellent for wood floors
Good for people with allergies
Attachments securely stored onboard

Cons
Expensive
Takes up more space than an upright

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We ranked Shark WandVac #10 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Consumer Reports

Handheld Vacuum

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HGTV

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We ranked Dyson V7 Motorhead #11 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

Cordless Convenience,Great On Rugs

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HGTV

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We ranked Bissell Cleanview 1831 #12 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Strategist

Best Vacuum Cleaner With Strong Suction

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This Old House

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We ranked Dyson Ball Animal 2 #13 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce

Best for Pet Hair

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HGTV

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We ranked BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L #14 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce

Best Handheld

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Wirecutter

For Quick Cleanups

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We ranked Hoover Linx Signature #15 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

Good Performance,Great Price

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Tom's Guide

Wallet-friendly Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Pros
Affordable
Good performance on wood floors
Free-standing

Cons
No attachments
Short battery life

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We ranked iRobot Roomba s9+ #16 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Good Housekeeping

Best Robot Vacuum Cleaner

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Tom's Guide

Our Favorite Robot Vacuum if Price is No Object

Pros
Attractive, premium design
Mapping was quick and easy
Easy-to-use mapping controls in app

Cons
Very expensive
Have to buy replacement disposal bags

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We ranked Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal #17 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Good Housekeeping

Best Combination Vacuum Cleaner

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TechRadar

Older But No Less Capable

Pros
Unrivaled design
Powerful suction

Cons
Battery drains fast on highest setting
Expensive

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