October 2021

Vacuum Cleaners: Aggregated Ranking Report

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

At a glance - October 2021 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Vacuum Cleaner
Consumer Reports
Tom's Guide
This Old House
Wirecutter
Rtings.com
Good Housekeeping
The Strategist
TechRadar
The Spruce
HGTV
1
- $1080
iRobot Roomba s9+
The best smart vacuum that takes care of itself
7
8
-
-
-
7
-
7
7
-
2
- $499
Miele Triflex HX1
-
-
-
4
4
-
11
3
-
-
3
- $1000
Dyson V15 Detect
-
-
-
-
3
-
9
1
-
-
4
- $200
Shark Lift Away NV352
-
1
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
- $120
Shark WandVac Slate
8
-
-
-
-
-
-
8
-
3
6
- $34
Eureka Blaze
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
2
1
7
- $247
Bissell Turbo Plus
-
-
-
-
-
2
1
-
-
-
8
- $249
Kenmore Inducer
1
4
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
9
- $180
Shark Navigator NV356E
-
-
4
-
-
-
-
-
1
-
10
- $795
Miele Complete C3 Calima
-
3
-
2
-
-
-
-
-
-
11
- $499
Dyson Ball Animal 2
-
-
-
-
-
-
2
-
3
-
12
+1 $330
Shark Apex Self-Cleaning
-
2
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
13
-1 $345
Dyson V7 Motorhead
-
-
-
3
-
-
-
-
-
9
14
+1 $629
Dyson V11 Animal
-
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
9
-
15
-1 $34
Bissell Featherweight Stick
-
-
-
11
-
-
16
-
-
-
16
- $795
Dyson V11 Outsize
-
-
-
-
-
5
-
5
-
-

We ranked iRobot Roomba s9+ #1 in October 2021 because:

  • 5 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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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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We ranked Miele Triflex HX1 #2 in October 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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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 October 2021 ranking

We ranked Dyson V15 Detect #3 in October 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 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 Shark Lift Away NV352 #4 in October 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:
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 Shark WandVac Slate #5 in October 2021 because:

  • 3 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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HGTV

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We ranked Eureka Blaze #6 in October 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 October 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

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 #8 in October 2021 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 Navigator NV356E #9 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Shark Navigator NV356E as #1.
Critic endorsements:
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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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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We ranked Miele Complete C3 Calima #10 in October 2021 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 Dyson Ball Animal 2 #11 in October 2021 because:

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

Best deep-cleaning upright vacuum

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The Spruce

Best for Carpet

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

Cons
Heavy

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We ranked Shark Apex Self-Cleaning #12 in October 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 Dyson V7 Motorhead #13 in October 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 Dyson V11 Animal #14 in October 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 Featherweight Stick #15 in October 2021 because:

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

Super-Cheap Vac For Bare Floors

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The Strategist

Best-rated (and least-expensive) vacuum

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We ranked Dyson V11 Outsize #16 in October 2021 because:

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

Best Cordless Vacuum Cleaner For Large Homes

Pros
Extra large brush head and dust cup
Automatically adjusts speed and suction

Cons
Can be too large for some users to handle
Trigger must be continually pressed to operate
Wand is not adjustable

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TechRadar

The best vacuum cleaner for big homes

Pros
Covers more ground
Much larger bin
Helpful LCD screen

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