August 2022

Vacuum Cleaners: Meta Ranking Report

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

Summary

As of 3 Aug 2022, Dyson V15 Detect takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed vacuum cleaner with 4 expert endorsements. 1 experts out of 4 recommended it as the '#1 vacuum cleaner' this month. It is followed by Shark Apex Self-Cleaning Upright and Shark Lift Away NV352 , with 3 and 2 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - August 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Vacuum Cleaner
The Strategist
The Spruce
Rtings.com
TechRadar
HGTV
Tom's Guide
Wirecutter
Good Housekeeping
This Old House
Consumer Reports
1
- $810
Dyson V15 Detect
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5
1
-
-
4
4
-
-
2
- $321
Shark Apex Self-Cleaning Upright
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-
-
-
-
2
-
1
5
-
3
- $178
Shark Lift Away NV352
-
-
-
-
-
1
1
-
-
-
4
- $999
iRobot Roomba s9+
-
-
-
8
-
8
-
5
-
7
5
- $290
Kenmore Inducer
-
-
-
-
-
4
-
-
-
1
6
- $688
Dyson Ball Animal 2
3
-
-
4
8
-
-
-
-
-
7
- $307
Shark Vertex IZ462H
8
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
8
- $798
Miele Complete C3 Calima
-
-
-
-
-
3
2
-
-
-
13
+1 $247
Bissell Turbo Plus
7
-
-
-
-
-
-
2
-
-
14
-1 $350
Tineco Pure One S11
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-
-
-
-
-
3
-
-
6
15
- $735
Dyson V11
6
-
-
-
-
5
-
-
-
-
16
+2 $300
iRobot Roomba i3
-
-
-
-
11
-
5
-
-
-
17
+2 $100
Shark WandVac Slate
-
-
-
9
-
-
-
-
-
8
18
+2 $169
Shark Navigator NV360
9
-
-
-
-
-
9
-
-
-

We ranked Dyson V15 Detect #1 in August 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 Cordless Vacuum

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TechRadar

This is 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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Wirecutter

Exceptional cleaning, clever features

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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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We ranked Shark Apex Self-Cleaning Upright #2 in August 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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Good Housekeeping

Best Overall 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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This Old House

Best Visibility

Pros
Has fingertip controls to switch between carpeted and hard floor modes
Uses a self-cleaning brush to keep fur or hair from tangling
Has a LED lights on both the handle and head

Cons
Doesn't have a retractable cord
Doesn't mention the dustbin's size

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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 August 2022 ranking

We ranked Shark Lift Away NV352 #3 in August 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 iRobot Roomba s9+ #4 in August 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:
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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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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Consumer Reports

Robotic Vacuum

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We ranked Kenmore Inducer #5 in August 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:
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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Consumer Reports

Bagged Upright

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We ranked Dyson Ball Animal 2 #6 in August 2022 because:

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

Best upright vacuum

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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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HGTV

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We ranked Shark Vertex IZ462H #7 in August 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 vacuum for small apartments

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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 #8 in August 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 Bissell Turbo Plus #9 in August 2022 because:

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

Best (less expensive) vacuum for pet hair

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Good Housekeeping

Best Value Vacuum Cleaner

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

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

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

Comfy, well-rounded cleaner

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Consumer Reports

Cordless Stick Vacuum

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We ranked Dyson V11 #11 in August 2022 because:

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

Best vacuum for pet hair

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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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We ranked iRobot Roomba i3 #12 in August 2022 because:

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

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Wirecutter

Excellent cleaner, smart enough

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We ranked Shark WandVac Slate #13 in August 2022 because:

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

Particular good if you want to clean up small spills

Pros
Lightweight
Strong suction
Easy to empty

Cons
Noisy
Much shorter battery life
Small that usual dust canister

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Consumer Reports

Handheld Vacuum

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We ranked Shark Navigator NV360 #14 in August 2022 because:

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

Best vacuum with detachable handheld option

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Wirecutter

A cheaper canister vacuum

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