December 2022

Vacuum Cleaners: Meta Ranking Report

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

Summary

As of 2 Dec 2022, Dyson V15 Detect takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed vacuum cleaner with 4 expert endorsements. 2 experts out of 4 recommended it as the '#1 vacuum cleaner' this month. It is followed by Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352 and iRobot Roomba s9+ , with 2 and 4 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - December 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Vacuum Cleaner
This Old House
Consumer Reports
Good Housekeeping
Wirecutter
The Strategist
Rtings.com
HGTV
TechRadar
The Spruce
Tom's Guide
1
- $645
Dyson V15 Detect
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-
5
5
-
1
-
1
-
-
2
- $180
Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
1
3
- $799
iRobot Roomba s9+
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7
9
-
-
-
-
8
-
8
4
- $295
Kenmore Elite 31150
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
4
5
- $300
Shark Apex Self-Cleaning Upright
5
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
6
+1 $282
Shark Vertex IZ462H
-
-
-
-
8
-
-
-
1
-
7
+1 $795
Miele Complete C3 Calima
-
-
-
2
-
-
-
-
-
3
8
-2 $480
Dyson Ball Animal 2
-
-
-
-
3
-
-
4
-
-
12
- $350
Tineco Pure One S11
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6
-
3
-
-
-
-
-
-
13
- $247
Bissell Turbo Plus
-
-
3
-
7
-
-
-
-
-
14
+1 $559
Dyson V11 Torque
-
-
-
-
6
-
-
-
-
5
15
+3 $110
Shark WandVac Slate
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8
-
-
-
-
-
9
-
-
16
+3 $150
Shark Navigator NV360
-
-
-
12
9
-
-
-
-
-

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

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Dyson V15 Detect as #1.
Critic endorsements:
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
Pricey

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Wirecutter

Exceptional cleaning, clever features

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Rtings.com

Best 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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We ranked Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352 #2 in December 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Vacuum Cleaners” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Shark Navigator 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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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 December 2022 ranking

We ranked iRobot Roomba s9+ #3 in December 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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Good Housekeeping

Best Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Pros
Best spot cleaning robot in our tests
Automatically empties dirt into its 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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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
Great corner cleaning

Cons
Better on hard floors than carpet
Have to buy replacement disposal bags

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We ranked Kenmore Elite 31150 #4 in December 2022 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 Shark Apex Self-Cleaning Upright #5 in December 2022 because:

  • 2 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:
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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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

Cons
A bit bulky

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We ranked Shark Vertex IZ462H #6 in December 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 #7 in December 2022 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 #8 in December 2022 because:

  • 2 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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We ranked Tineco Pure One S11 #9 in December 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 Bissell Turbo Plus #10 in December 2022 because:

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

Best Vacuum for Pet Hair

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

Cons
Some reviewers found it too heavy

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The Strategist

Best (less expensive) vacuum for pet hair

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We ranked Dyson V11 Torque #11 in December 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
Comes with plenty of useful tools

Cons
Heavy in comparison to other models
Dock only stores two attachments
No soft roller head cleaner

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

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

Handheld Vacuum

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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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We ranked Shark Navigator NV360 #13 in December 2022 because:

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

A cheaper canister vacuum

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The Strategist

Best vacuum with detachable handheld option

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