The 9 Best Vacuum Cleaners 2022

Depending on what kind of floors you have and the debris you encounter, having the right vacuum for the job is crucial to keeping your space clean. If you have staircases or bare floors, you may want to consider canister vacuums for their portability and range. If you live in a carpeted home, an upright vacuum can help pick up debris and hair on high-pile textiles. Lightweight stick/handheld vacuums are also a good choice if you need your vacuum to be highly maneuverable. If you're looking for as hands-off of an experience as you can get, robot vacuums can easily clean a room without little interaction on your part.

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9. Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV

The Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV is the best vacuum cleaner with an upright design that we've tested. This bagless upright can easily handle pet hair as well as small and bulky debris on bare floors, like linoleum or hardwood. It also does a very good job clearing debris from low and high-pile carpet, though you might need to make an extra pass to fully clean finer material. You can swap between two different floorhead heights and two suction power modes to quickly adapt to different surface types.

This vacuum's 'Lift-Away' design lets you pick up its canister body separately from its upright chassis, making it easier to clean on top of furniture or in tight spots. Its plastic construction is advertised as being allergen-sealed and, combined with its onboard HEPA filter, you shouldn't need to worry too much about the spread of fine particulates while cleaning. Its floorhead uses Shark's 'DuoClean' design, with combines a soft roller for better debris pickup on bare floors with a bristled brushroll that has angled plastic fins to reduce the incidence of hair wraps.

However, it's worth noting that this vacuum isn't the easiest to maneuver in tight spaces due to the bulky front-mounted canister compartment. Unlike the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away, there's no brushroll on/off switch either, so you need to be careful when cleaning around loose obstructions like rug tassels, which can get caught in its floorhead. Still, if you're looking for a versatile upright vacuum that can handle most kinds of debris on most kinds of surfaces, it's a good option.

8. Kenmore Intuition Bagged

If you want a vacuum that's a little easier to maintain, consider the Kenmore Intuition Bagged. It doesn't perform as well as the Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV on bare floors and incurs higher recurring costs, but its bagged design results in fewer parts that need regular cleaning. Its use of a dirtbag also results in a cleaner means of debris disposal, as you can take out and throw away the dirtbag without releasing a plume of dust and debris. It uses a similar design in that you can carry its canister around separately, allowing you to clean tight areas with less difficulty. It also comes with a turbo brush for cleaning fabric surfaces, a stiff-bristle brush, a three-in-one combination tool that serves as a crevice tool, an upholstery tool, and a dusting brush. Unfortunately, this vacuum isn't very maneuverable, as it lacks any sort of surface type adjustment to climb over obstructions like electrical cords. Its top-mounted dirtbag compartment is also quite large and gets in the way when navigating under tables and couches.

Get the Shark if you want a vacuum that incurs lower recurring costs and performs a little better on bare floors, but consider the Kenmore if you want a vacuum with less demanding maintenance requirements.

7. Dyson V15 Detect

If you don't want to deal with the hassle of a power cord and prefer the more portable design of a stick/handheld vacuum, the Dyson V15 Detect is a great option. It offers fantastic overall performance on a wide variety of surface types, ranging from bare floors to low and high-pile carpet. Using it in its 'Auto' suction power mode allows it to automatically adjust its suction power depending on the floor type that you're on.

This vacuum has an onboard HEPA filter and a built-in dust sensor that counts and measures the size of debris being sucked into the dirt compartment, information that's then displayed on the LED touchscreen display at the back of its body. This could be especially useful if you suffer from serious allergies and want to know about the presence of fine particulates in your home. It comes with a lot of attachments, like a secondary floorhead designed for soft floors, as well as a miniature turbo brush for cleaning upholstered surfaces.

However, this vacuum feels cheaply built, especially its clear plastic dirt compartment. In addition, while you can expect upwards of 75 minutes of runtime if you use it in its most energy-efficient suction power mode, its battery life drops to little over 10 minutes when using it in its more powerful 'Boost' mode.

6. Miele Triflex HX1

If you're looking for a vacuum that feels better built, consider the Miele Triflex HX1. This cordless vacuum has a smaller dustbin than the Dyson V15 Detect and struggles more with sucking up fine debris on carpets. Its high-grade plastic construction does feel notably sturdier, and there are fewer parts that require regular cleaning. Its three-in-one design also allows you to configure it as an upright, stick, or handheld vacuum, depending on your needs. It has a surface detection feature that lets it adjust its suction power depending on the floor type that it's on, and it's capable of stopping the brushroll if it detects that something has gotten stuck in it. It's also lightweight and delivers exceptional cleaning performance on bare floors. Unfortunately, its maximum battery life of just over 30 minutes is substantially shorter. It doesn't come with nearly as many attachments either, with only a crevice tool, a dusting brush, and an upholstery tool.

Get the Dyson if you want a vacuum with longer battery life and more attachments, but consider the Miele if build quality and ease of maintenance are bigger priorities for you.

5. Dyson V8 Animal

The best vacuum for pet hair we've tested is the Dyson V8 Animal. This lightweight cordless stick vacuum has an onboard HEPA filter to trap allergens as you clean. It also delivers exceptional pet hair cleaning performance on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpets. The floorhead's brushroll is easily removable, which allows you clear any tangled hair wraps with minimal effort.

This vacuum's bagless design and washable filter keep recurring costs to a minimum. Its lightweight plastic construction makes it very easy to maneuver, even in cluttered areas. You can quickly reconfigure it into a handheld vacuum to help clean tight spots, and it comes with quite a few tools and accessories. These include a miniature turbo brush, a combination upholstery tool/soft-bristle brush, and even a 180-degree folding extension adapter that makes it easier to clean hard-to-reach shelves.

However, this vacuum has quite a few parts that need regular cleaning and doesn't feel especially sturdy. Its maximum battery life of roughly 40 minutes is shorter than newer Dyson vacuums like the Dyson V15 Detect, which is a fantastic choice for dealing with pet hair, though it's significantly pricier. Overall, if you're looking for a vacuum that's exceptionally well-suited to dealing with pet hair, this is a superb option.

4. Wyze Cordless Vacuum

If you're looking for a budget-friendly vacuum that delivers exceptional pet hair cleaning performance, consider the Wyze Cordless Vacuum. This stick vacuum doesn't come with as many tools and accessories as the Dyson V8 Animal, but it's significantly cheaper. It's fitted with an allergen-trapping HEPA filter and delivers fantastic pet hair cleaning performance across a wide variety of surfaces. Its lightweight construction makes it very easy to maneuver, and you can quickly reconfigure it into a handheld vacuum to clear debris in tight corners or on top of countertops and shelves. It has a longer battery life, as you can expect roughly anywhere between 10 minutes to an hour of runtime on a single charge depending on your choice of settings and attachments. However, very bulky debris can clog the entry to its dustbin. It has quite a few parts that need regular cleaning, while parts of its mainly plastic construction feel a little fragile.

Get the Dyson if you want a cordless vacuum that can better handle bulky debris in addition to pet hair, but consider the Wyze if you're looking to save some money without sacrificing much in the way of overall performance.

3. Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine

The best canister vacuum we've tested is the Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine. This premium vacuum delivers exceptional performance on bare floors, easily cleaning pet hair as well as small and bulky debris. While this variant of the C3 is quite basic and doesn't have a floorhead with a motorized brushroll or even an air-driven turbo brush, it's impressively effective in clearing debris on carpets too. That said, you might want to consider a pricier model with a motorized brushroll, like the C3 HomeCare+ or C3 Cat & Dog, if you have very dense carpeting in your home.

This vacuum has a seven-level suction power adjustment feature, allowing you to quickly adapt to different surface types on the fly. It also features an onboard storage compartment for its three included attachments and a power cord that can retract with the press of a button. Its sealed construction, combined with its onboard HEPA filter and AirClean 3D Filter Bag, keeps the spread of fine allergens to an absolute minimum. The vacuum feels well-built and is very easy to maintain, as you can access the few parts that need regular cleaning quite quickly.

Unfortunately, this vacuum does incur somewhat high recurring costs since you need to replace its HEPA filter and pre-motor filter periodically as well as its dirtbag once it's been filled. Its power cord is on the shorter side compared to some alternatives like the NaceCare HVR 200 Henry. Otherwise, it's a fantastic choice if you're looking for a well-rounded canister vacuum.

2. Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+

If you need a vacuum for spot cleaning floors or dealing with debris in tight corners, a handheld vacuum is a must, and the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is among the best that we've tested. Its cordless design and lightweight plastic design allow you to carry it wherever you might need, and it's small enough to fit in most cupboards or closets. Its plastic construction feels quite sturdy, and it's easy to maintain.

This vacuum delivers superb performance on flat, even surfaces like shelves, countertops, or tile floors and does a fantastic job of cleaning pet hair as well as solid debris on low and high-pile carpets. Its dirt compartment is somewhat large for a handheld vacuum, so it shouldn't need emptying after every spot-cleaning session. It comes with a crevice tool for cleaning up messes in small corners and a turbo brush with a brushroll that's advertised as being self-cleaning thanks to the angled plastic fins running its length.

Unfortunately, it has a very short battery life of a little over 10 minutes, so you need to work quickly when dealing with stuck-on dirt and stubborn debris. Unlike some other handheld vacuums, like the Wyze Handheld Vacuum, there's no onboard HEPA filter either, so it isn't the best option if you happen to suffer from serious allergies or are just sensitive to fine particulates. Still, if you're looking for a handheld vacuum that can handle various kinds of debris on many different surfaces, it's a great option.

1. iRobot Roomba S9

The best robot vacuum we've tested is the iRobot Roomba S9. This robot vacuum delivers excellent performance on bare floors and does a very good job dealing with debris on low and high-pile carpet, but it might need to make an extra pass to fully clean finer material on carpeted surfaces. Its built-in dirt sensor allows it to focus cleaning on areas with high concentrations of debris, and its vacuum head can automatically change its height depending on the floor type that it's on.

This vacuum has a wide range of other automation features like its vSLAM navigation system, which builds a permanent map of its coverage area, enabling it to plot increasingly efficient routes through your home as it learns the placement of various obstacles. You can use its companion app to set up virtual boundary lines that the vacuum won't enter or direct the vacuum to clean specific rooms at specific times. It can also remember where it left off in a cleaning session if it needed to return to its dock to recharge.

Unfortunately, unlike newer robot vacuums like the Roborock S6 MaxV or iRobot Roomba j7+, it can't identify and maneuver around hazards like pet waste in real-time, so it's best to remove any potential obstacles from the cleaning area before letting it run. In addition, it has many parts that need to be cleaned or replaced regularly, so recurring costs are high, though this is common for robot vacuums. 

Our recommendations above are what we think are the best options for most people looking for a vacuum. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our vacuum reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no vacuum is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.