The Best Bagless Vacuums

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Based on 7,882 analyzed reviews

NerdWallet Shopping’s scoring of the best bagless vacuums is based on our analysis of the opinions of experts and shoppers like you.

Picking a bagless vacuum isn’t easy. We researched some of the most popular models on the market to make your decision less confusing. To narrow the field, we looked at expert opinions from review sites such as The Sweethome, CNET and Good Housekeeping. Next, we analyzed user reviews to see what shoppers were saying about each vacuum’s various attributes.

We recognize that consumers look for different qualities in vacuums, so we scored users’ observations on multiple features of top models, including their performance on carpet and hard surfaces.

Our analysis

Our scores range from a low of 1 to a high of 10. Here’s how we devised them:

Overall score: The overall score reflects reviewers’ satisfaction with each vacuum in 10 categories, including how well it cleans various surfaces, ease of use, durability and noise.

How well it cleans: This score reflects reviewers’ satisfaction with the vacuum’s performance on carpet and hard floors, including hardwood, tile and vinyl. It also considers their satisfaction with the vacuum’s ability to clean up pet hair and debris.

Ease of use: This score reflects reviewers’ satisfaction with the vacuum’s ability to maneuver, including its weight and cord length, how easy it is to empty or clean out, and whether it was considered easy to operate.

Here are our top bagless vacuums, ranked in order of overall score.

The vacuums

1. Shark Rotator NV752

The Shark Rotator NV752 allows users the flexibility to use it as a powerful upright that adjusts seamlessly to different types of flooring or to get into crevices and moldings with the wand. Additionally, users can remove all traces of dog or cat hair with the effective pet upholstery tool.


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Shark Rotator NV752

  • Overall score: 9.50
  • How well it cleans: 9.6
  • Ease of use: 8.8

Buyers Like

  • Performs well on all surfaces — carpet, hard flooring and stairs
  • Easy-to-empty dust chamber
  • Excellent on pet hair

Buyers Dislike

  • Relatively heavy weight

Read our full Shark Rotator NV752 review

2. Dyson V6 Motorhead

NerdWallet’s top-rated stick vacuum, the powerful Dyson V6 Motorhead Cordless, allows users 20 minutes of powerful suction to clean hard flooring and carpets with its direct-drive cleaner head. It converts easily into a hand vacuum to finish up awkward jobs like stairs or car interiors.


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Dyson V6 Motorhead

  • Overall score: 9.27
  • How well it cleans: 10
  • Ease of use: 9

Buyers Like

  • Excellent on carpets and hard floorings
  • Great job on stairs
  • Powerful on pet hair

Buyers Dislike

  • Charge is too short
  • Dust cup can be messy to empty

Read our full Dyson V6 Motorhead review

3. Dyson DC65 Animal

Users loved the attachments and tools that come with the powerful upright Dyson DC65 Animal, allowing it to clean stairs, carpets and hard flooring effectively.


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Dyson DC65 Animal

  • Overall score: 9.19
  • How well it cleans: 9.4
  • Ease of use: 8.7

Read our full Dyson DC65 Animal review

4. Hoover WindTunnel Air UH72400

One of NerdWallet’s best upright vacuums, the Hoover WindTunnel Air UH72400 got high marks for its performance on bare floors and ability to make pet hair disappear, though it left something to be desired when users tried to clean their stairs.


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Hoover WindTunnel Air UH72400

  • Overall score: 9.10
  • How well it cleans: 9.1
  • Ease of use: 8.9

Buyers Like

  • Cleaned hardwoods, tile and linoleum with ease
  • Easy-to-empty dust cup
  • Light weight

Buyers Dislike

  • Not great on stairs
  • Powerful suction made it difficult to push
  • Customer service was lacking

Read our full Hoover WindTunnel Air UH72400 review

5. Dyson V6

Users love that the Dyson V6 is able to do a great job regardless of whether it’s used on carpets, tile or hardwoods.


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Dyson V6

  • Overall score: 8.96
  • How well it cleans: 9.8
  • Ease of use: 9.2

Buyers Like

  • Excellent job on carpets, rugs and hard flooring
  • Good job on pet hair
  • Easy and efficient on stairs

Buyers Dislike

  • Relatively short battery life
  • Some found it loud

6. Dyson Ball Multi Floor

The upright Dyson Ball Multi Floor (a newer version of the Dyson DC65 Multi Floor) easily maneuvers through the home, cleaning everything in its path with its powerful suction, self-adjusting cleaner head and instant-release wand for getting into hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.


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Dyson Ball multifloor

  • Overall score: 8.96
  • How well it cleans: 8.4
  • Ease of use: 8.9

Buyers Like

  • Excellent on stairs
  • Great job on hardwoods, tile and linoleum

Buyers Dislike

  • Lackluster job on plush carpeting
  • Inefficient on pet hair

Read our full Dyson Ball Multi Floor review

7. iRobot Roomba 650

NerdWallet’s top-rated robot vacuum, the iRobot Roomba 650 proved efficient and easy to use on both bare floors and carpets. It easily picks up pet hair, dirt, dust and debris.


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Roomba 650

  • Overall score: 8.75
  • How well it cleans: 9.3
  • Ease of use: 8.3

Buyers Like

  • Good job on pet hair
  • Performed well on both hard and carpeted floors
  • Easy to use and to empty

Buyers Dislike

  • Tendency to get stuck
  • Relatively noisy

8. iRobot Roomba 880

The iRobot Roomba 880’s tangle-free extractors help ensure that this robot vacuum remains clog-free. It uses its iAdapt sensor system to navigate around your home, sucking up all dirt, debris and pet hair in its path.


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Roomba 880

  • Overall score: 8.74
  • How well it cleans: 8.9
  • Ease of use: 8.7

Buyers Like

  • Great job on carpets and hard flooring
  • Remote control makes operation easy
  • Excellent on pet hair
  • Neat and easy to empty

Buyers Dislike

  • Doesn’t do well on rugs
  • Relatively noisy
  • Not always thorough

9. Hoover WindTunnel Pet UH70935

Because of its air-powered, rubber-bladed, pet hand tool, crevice tool and upholstery brush, the colorful upright Hoover WindTunnel Pet UH70935 is one of NerdWallet’s top vacuums for pet owners. Users also loved the way it performs on stairs and hard flooring.


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Hoover WindTunnel Pet UH70935

  • Overall score: 8.74
  • How well it cleans: 9.7
  • Ease of use: 7.7

Buyers Like

  • Several pet-hair removal options
  • Hand vacuum works great on stairs

Buyers Dislike

  • Relatively heavy weight affects maneuverability

Read our full Hoover WindTunnel Pet UH70935 review


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