January 2022

Vacuum Cleaners: Aggregated Ranking Report

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

At a glance - January 2022 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
The Spruce
HGTV
TechRadar
1
- $840
Dyson V15 Detect
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-
-
-
3
9
9
-
-
1
2
+1 $845
iRobot Roomba s9+
The best smart vacuum that takes care of itself
7
8
-
-
-
6
-
-
-
7
3
+1 $348
Shark Apex Self-Cleaning Upright
-
2
5
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
4
+1 $180
Shark Lift Away NV352
-
1
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
+1 $130
Shark WandVac Slate
8
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
3
9
6
-4 $489
Miele Triflex HX1
-
-
-
-
4
-
11
-
-
3
7
New * $598
Dyson Ball Animal 2
-
-
-
-
-
-
2
-
15
8
8
- $247
Bissell Turbo Plus
-
-
-
-
-
3
1
-
-
-
9
- $244
Kenmore Inducer
1
4
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
10
- $378
Shark Vertex IZ462H
-
-
-
-
-
-
12
1
-
-
11
- $799
Miele Complete C3 Calima
-
3
-
2
-
-
-
-
-
-
12
New * $400
Tineco Pure One S11
6
-
-
3
-
-
-
-
-
-
13
New * $800
Dyson V11 Animal
-
5
-
4
-
-
-
-
-
-
14
-7 $380
Dyson V7 Motorhead
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
4
9
-
15
-2 $307
Bissell ICONpet
-
-
-
-
-
-
8
10
-
-
16
New * $299
iRobot Roomba i3
-
-
-
5
-
-
-
-
12
-

We ranked Dyson V15 Detect #1 in January 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 January 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

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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 January 2022 ranking

We ranked Shark Apex Self-Cleaning Upright #3 in January 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 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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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 January 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 Shark WandVac Slate #5 in January 2022 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 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 Miele Triflex HX1 #6 in January 2022 because:

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

Better-built alternative

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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 Dyson Ball Animal 2 #7 in January 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 #8 in January 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 #9 in January 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 #10 in January 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 #11 in January 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 #12 in January 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 Dyson V11 Animal #13 in January 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 Dyson V7 Motorhead #14 in January 2022 because:

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

Best Cordless Stick

Pros
Effective on the lowest setting
Lightweight design
Three pieces easily click together

Cons
Emptying vacuum is a hassle
Instruction manual isn't very clear

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HGTV

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We ranked Bissell ICONpet #15 in January 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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We ranked iRobot Roomba i3 #16 in January 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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