May 2022

Vacuum Cleaners: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Vacuum Cleaner rankings posted by key online experts, as of May 2022.

At a glance - May 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Vacuum Cleaner
Consumer Reports
Tom's Guide
Wirecutter
This Old House
Rtings.com
Good Housekeeping
The Strategist
The Spruce
HGTV
TechRadar
1
- $844
Dyson V15 Detect
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-
-
-
3
9
9
-
-
1
2
- $999
iRobot Roomba s9+
The best smart vacuum that takes care of itself
7
8
-
-
-
6
-
-
-
7
3
- $370
Shark Apex Self-Cleaning Upright
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2
-
5
-
1
-
-
-
-
4
- $177
Shark Lift Away NV352
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1
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
+1 $550
Dyson Ball Animal 2
-
-
-
-
-
-
2
-
8
8
6
+1 $222
Bissell Turbo Plus
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-
-
-
-
3
1
-
-
-
7
+1 $244
Kenmore Inducer
1
4
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
8
+1 $343
Shark Vertex IZ462H
-
-
-
-
-
-
12
1
-
-
9
+1 $799
Miele Complete C3 Calima
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3
2
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
10
+1 Check price
Tineco Pure One S11
6
-
3
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
11
-6 $590
Miele Triflex HX1
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-
-
-
-
-
11
-
-
3
12
- $129
Shark WandVac Slate
8
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
9
13
- $699
Dyson V11 Animal
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5
4
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
14
- $54
Black+Decker Dustbuster
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7
-
-
-
-
-
-
7
-
15
- $299
iRobot Roomba i3
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-
5
-
-
-
-
-
11
-
16
- $189
Shark Navigator NV360
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-
9
-
-
-
7
-
-
-
17
New * $454
Samsung Jet 90
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-
-
-
-
5
-
8
-
-
18
-1 Check price
Bissell ICONpet
-
-
-
-
-
-
8
10
-
-

We ranked Dyson V15 Detect #1 in May 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Dyson V15 Detect as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Rtings.com

Best Stick Vacuum

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Good Housekeeping

MOST INNOVATIVE VACUUM CLEANER

Pros
Automatically adjusts speed and suction
Laser spotter makes it easier to see dust on bare floors
Converts to a handheld vacuum
Battery can be removed and charged separately

Cons
Doesn't include a second battery

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The Strategist

Best high-tech stick vacuum

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TechRadar

The best vacuum cleaner you can buy

Pros
Powerful Suction
Laser highlights hidden dust
Informative LCD Screen

Cons
Average-sized dust canister
Noisy on full power

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We ranked iRobot Roomba s9+ #2 in May 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 Sep 2021)
The best smart vacuum that takes care of itself
Experts Praise For:
  • Good performance on wooden floors
  • Autonomous dirt disposal
  • Advanced navigation capability
Experts Criticise For:
  • Loud operation
  • Expensive
A more detailed summary:

Experts are impressed with the iRobot Roomba s9+, which passed every performance test with flying colors. The suction is powerful enough to collect human/pet hair, small particles, larger debris, and it has no problem picking up dirt from wooden floors. Performance on carpeted areas was almost just as good. Its unique D-shaped design allows it to tackle corners with no difficulty. It uses a smart mapping system so it can remember the layout of various rooms. Most experts also praise its ability to empty the collected dirt into a dustbin without any human intervention. The device intuitively returns to its charging base when it’s time to repower. Once fully-charged, it returns to its previous position to keep cleaning. One negative point some reviewers noted is that it tends to be loud while operating. It may be noisy, but the iRobot Roomba s9+ certainly gets the job done.

Critic endorsements:
Consumer Reports

Robotic Vacuum

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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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Good Housekeeping

Best Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Pros
Fully-featured robot vacuum
Automatically empties dirt into the bin
Doesn't clog with pet hair

Cons
Pricey

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TechRadar

The best robot vacuum cleaner

Pros
Good suction on hard floors
Cleans corners efficiently
Self-emptying

Cons
Expensive but worth every penny
Dust bags have an ongoing cost

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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 May 2022 ranking

We ranked Shark Apex Self-Cleaning Upright #3 in May 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Shark Apex Self-Cleaning Upright as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

Best vacuum cleaner for pet hair

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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This Old House

Best for pet owners

Pros
Contains an anti-allergens HEPA filter
Has a detachable vacuum pod for extended reach
Has LED lights on the handle and floor nozzle to provide visibility in dark spaces

Cons
Some users experienced consistent tangling and twisting of the power cord

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Good Housekeeping

Best Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Pros
Comes with a washable HEPA filter
Converts from an upright to a canister
Brush roll minimizes hair hair clogging

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We ranked Shark Lift Away NV352 #4 in May 2022 because:

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

Well Rounded,Great Value

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We ranked Dyson Ball Animal 2 #5 in May 2022 because:

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

Best deep-cleaning upright vacuum

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HGTV

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TechRadar

The best upright vacuum cleaner

Pros
Powerful suction
Large dust canister
Glides well on carpet and hard floor

Cons
No LEDs on the floor cleaning head
Heavy and bulky

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We ranked Bissell Turbo Plus #6 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Bissell Turbo Plus as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Good Housekeeping

Best Vacuum Cleaner For Pet Hair

Pros
Brush roll and dust cup help eliminate pet hair messes
Sealed to trap allergens
Well-priced

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The Strategist

Best upright vacuum for pet hair

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We ranked Kenmore Inducer #7 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Kenmore Inducer 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 Vertex IZ462H #8 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Shark Vertex IZ462H as #1.
Critic endorsements:
The Strategist

Best stick vacuum for tight corners — and ceilings

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The Spruce

Best Overall

Pros
Powerful suction on all surfaces
Vacuum basically moves itself
Very long battery life
Folds in half for easy storage

Cons
Collection canister could be bigger
Pieces are individually wrapped
Noisy when picking up larger items

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We ranked Miele Complete C3 Calima #9 in May 2022 because:

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

Top Notch,Built To Last

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We ranked Tineco Pure One S11 #10 in May 2022 because:

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

Cordless Stick Vacuum

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Wirecutter

Comfy, well-rounded cleaner

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We ranked Miele Triflex HX1 #11 in May 2022 because:

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

Most powerful stick vacuum

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TechRadar

The best vacuum cleaner for pets

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

Cons
Expensive compared to the rest of the market
Heavy to use as a handheld cleaner

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We ranked Shark WandVac Slate #12 in May 2022 because:

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

Handheld Vacuum

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TechRadar

The best vacuum for small spills

Pros
Lightweight
Strong suction
Easy to empty

Cons
Noisy
Much shorter battery life
Small that usual dust canister

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We ranked Dyson V11 Animal #13 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

Splurge-worthy Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Pros
Dynamic Load Sensor adjusts suction automatically
Brushroll automatically adjusts between carpet and bare floors
Informative LCD screen

Cons
Expensive
Dock only stores two attachments

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Wirecutter

Exceptional cleaning, clever features

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We ranked Black+Decker Dustbuster #14 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

A Handy Hand Vacuum for Small Messes

Pros
Affordable
Great for quick cleanups
Narrow crevice tool is useful in small spaces

Cons
Lackluster pet-hair removal from upholstery
Battery isn't user replaceable

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HGTV

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We ranked iRobot Roomba i3 #15 in May 2022 because:

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

Excellent cleaner, smart enough

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HGTV

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We ranked Shark Navigator NV360 #16 in May 2022 because:

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

Best budget vacuum

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The Strategist

Best upright vacuum with a handheld option

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We ranked Samsung Jet 90 #17 in May 2022 because:

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

Best Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Pros
Charges in a convenient stand
Includes a fluffy roller attachment for wood floors
Easy to use and empty

Cons
Doesn't come with a second battery

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The Spruce

Best for Carpet

Pros
Leaves freshly-vacuumed carpet lines
Powerful suction
Telescopic pipe

Cons
Challenging set-up
Emptying the canister is a hassle

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We ranked Bissell ICONpet #18 in May 2022 because:

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

Best stick vacuum for quiet cleaning

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The Spruce

Best for Pet Hair

Pros
Three suction settings
Effective at picking up hair
Has a light on the floor head

Cons
Can't stand up on its own
Attachments are a bit confusing

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