July 2021

Vacuum Cleaners: Aggregated Ranking Report

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

At a glance - July 2021 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Vacuum Cleaner
Consumer Reports
Wirecutter
Tom's Guide
Rtings.com
The Spruce
Good Housekeeping
HGTV
The Strategist
This Old House
TechRadar
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+3 $499 Miele Triflex HX1
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4
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4
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11
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3
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+13 $1099 iRobot Roomba s9+
7
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8
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7
6
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3
New * $935 Dyson V15 Detect
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3
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9
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1
4
-3 $164 Shark Lift Away NV352
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1
1
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5
+4 $120 Shark WandVac WV201
8
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3
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12
6
-4 $30 Eureka Blaze
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2
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1
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7
New * $230 Bissell Turbo Plus
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3
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1
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8
-2 $200 Shark NV356E
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1
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4
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9
-2 $247 Kenmore Elite 31150
1
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4
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10
-2 $699 Miele Complete C3 Calima
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2
3
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11
New * $547 Dyson Ball Animal 2
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3
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2
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12
-2 $348 Dyson V7 Motorhead
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3
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9
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13
New * $119 Bissell Pet Hair Eraser 1782
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2
15
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14
-9 $390 Shark Apex DuoClean
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2
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5
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15
-2 $59 Black+Decker CHV1410L
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9
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5
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16
-2 $537 Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal
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4
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8
17
New * $756 Dyson V11 Torque Drive
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5
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9
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18
New * $400 Bissell AirRam 1984
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6
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8
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19
New * $417 LG Cordzero A9
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14
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5
20
New * Check price Bissell FeatherWeight 3106P
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10
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16
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We ranked Miele Triflex HX1 #1 in July 2021 because:

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

A Durable,Comfortable,Strong Stick Vac

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Rtings.com

Alternative with More Configurations

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The Strategist

Most powerful stick vacuum

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TechRadar

The best vacuum cleaner for pets

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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We ranked iRobot Roomba s9+ #2 in July 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
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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The Spruce

Best for Pet Hair

Pros
Does a great job in corners
Self-emptying dust bin
Expertly handles pet hair

Cons
Occasionally has trouble docking itself
Expensive

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Good Housekeeping

Best Robot Vacuum Cleaner

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We ranked Dyson V15 Detect #3 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 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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The Strategist

Best high-tech stick vacuum

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TechRadar

The Absolute best vacuum cleaner you can buy

Pros
Powerful Suction
Laser highlights hidden dust
Informative LCD Screen

Cons
Expensive
Average-sized dust canister

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We ranked Shark Lift Away NV352 #4 in July 2021 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:
Wirecutter

Well Rounded,Great Value

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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 WandVac WV201 #5 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 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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TechRadar

The best stick vacuum for small spills

Pros
Lightweight
Strong suction
Easy to empty

Cons
Noisy
Short battery life
Small dust cup

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We ranked Eureka Blaze #6 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 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 Budget

Pros
Lightweight
Works as a handheld vacuum or crevice tool
Great for quick cleaning tasks

Cons
Not a deep cleaning device

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HGTV

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We ranked Bissell Turbo Plus #7 in July 2021 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

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The Strategist

Best upright vacuum for pet hair

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We ranked Shark NV356E #8 in July 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

Pros
Lightweight
Works on hard floors and carpet
Large dust cup

Cons
Can't go under low furniture

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This Old House

Pros
Ha a brush-roll shutoff button for an easy switch between carpet and bare floors
Contains a HEPA filter to keep dust and allergens inside

Cons
The spinning brush is prone to clogging

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We ranked Kenmore Elite 31150 #9 in July 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 Miele Complete C3 Calima #10 in July 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 Dyson Ball Animal 2 #11 in July 2021 because:

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

Best Design

Pros
Specialized attachments
Ergonomic design makes it easy to maneuver
Powerful suction on carpet and hard floors

Cons
Heavy

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The Strategist

Best deep-cleaning upright vacuum

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We ranked Dyson V7 Motorhead #12 in July 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 Pet Hair Eraser 1782 #13 in July 2021 because:

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

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The Strategist

Best handheld vacuum for pets and kids

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We ranked Shark Apex DuoClean #14 in July 2021 because:

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

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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We ranked Black+Decker CHV1410L #15 in July 2021 because:

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

For Quick Cleanups

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The Spruce

Best Handheld

Pros
Perfect for small jobs
Easy to clean
Includes a handy crevice tool and brush

Cons
Limited run time

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We ranked Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal #16 in July 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

The best affordable vacuum cleaner for pet hair

Pros
Unrivaled design
Powerful suction

Cons
Battery drains fast on highest setting
Expensive

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We ranked Dyson V11 Torque Drive #17 in July 2021 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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The Spruce

Best Stick

Pros
Lightweight and cordless
Long battery life
Whole-machine filtration system
Includes several accessories

Cons
Expensive

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We ranked Bissell AirRam 1984 #18 in July 2021 because:

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

Wallet-friendly Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Pros
Affordable
Great for people with pets
Collapsible handle

Cons
No attachments

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Good Housekeeping

Best Value Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

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We ranked LG Cordzero A9 #19 in July 2021 because:

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

Best stick vacuum with a mop function

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TechRadar

The best vacuum cleaner and mop in one

Pros
Vacuums and mops very well
Comes with two swappable battery packs
Free-standing charging base

Cons
Large debris can be an issue
Heavy and unbalanced

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We ranked Bissell FeatherWeight 3106P #20 in July 2021 because:

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

Best Lightweight

Pros
Extremely light
3-in-1 design
Affordable

Cons
Short power cord
Small dust bin

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The Strategist

Best-rated (and least-expensive) vacuum

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