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The Best Vacuums for Carpet

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Based on 7,882 analyzed reviews

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

Picking a vacuum isn’t easy. We researched some of the most popular models on the market to make your decision less confusing. To narrow down 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 the various attributes of each vacuum.

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 across various surfaces, ease of use, durability and noise.

How well it cleans carpet: This score reflects reviewers’ satisfaction with the vacuum’s performance on carpet. 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; the process of emptying or cleaning it out; and whether it was considered easy to operate.

These vacuums are our top picks, ranked in order of overall score.

The vacuums

1. Dyson V6 Motorhead

The powerful, lightweight Dyson V6 Motorhead stick vacuum is a user favorite. It features a direct-drive cleaner head that reaches deep into carpet, giving users 20 minutes of fade-free suction per 3.5-hour charge, and it easily converts into a hand vac to clean hard-to-reach places.


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Dyson V6 Motorhead

  • Overall score: 9.93
  • How well it cleans carpet: 10.0
  • Ease of use: 9.0

Buyers Like

  • Performance on carpeting and hard floors
  • Ability to clean stairs
  • Ability to clean pet hair

Buyers Dislike

  • Length of charge
  • Difficult-to-empty dust cup

Read our full Dyson V6 Motorhead review

2. Miele Jazz S7280

The upright Miele Jazz S7280 was named one of our best vacuums for hardwood flooring, but it’s also an overachiever when it comes to carpeting. Its electrobrush digs deep into carpets and rugs, removing all dirt and debris in its path.


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Miele Jazz S7280

  • Overall score: 9.71
  • How well it cleans carpet: 9.8
  • Ease of use: 7.7

Buyers Like

  • Performance on both carpet and hard floors
  • Ability to clean pet hair
  • Automatic adjustment to different surfaces

Buyers Dislike

  • Ability to clean stairs, especially carpeted ones
  • Weight

Read our full Miele Jazz s7280 review

3. Hoover Linx BH50010

The Hoover Linx BH50010 stick vacuum features a powered brush roll that transitions seamlessly from hard floors to carpeting. Its low-profile head maneuvers under furniture with ease.


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Hoover LiNX BH50010

  • Overall score: 9.65
  • How well it cleans carpet: 9.8
  • Ease of use: 9.2

Buyers Like

  • Performance on carpeting and hard floors
  • Ability to clean stairs
  • Weight and maneuverability

Buyers Dislike

  • Ability to hold a charge
  • Not very durable
  • Less-than-helpful customer service

Read our full Hoover Linx review

4. Panasonic MC-CG917 Optiflow

Named one of NerdWallet’s best canister vacuums, the compact Panasonic MC-CG917 Optiflow earned high scores for its stellar performance on carpets and rugs and the ease with which users were able to empty the machine.


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Panasonic MC-CG917 Optiflow

  • Overall score: 9.63
  • How well it cleans carpet: 9.7
  • Ease of use: 8.6

Buyers Like

  • Easy-to-change dust bag

Buyers Dislike

  • Weight
  • Ability to clean stairs
  • Less-than-helpful customer service

5. Shark Rotator NV752

This user favorite came in second in NerdWallet’s roundup of best vacuum cleaners and grabbed a top spot in our roundup of best vacuums for pet hair pick-up. It cleans carpeting, hard flooring, stairs and pet hair better than models that cost hundreds of dollars more.


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Shark Rotator NV752

  • Overall score: 9.61
  • How well it cleans carpet: 9.6
  • Ease of use: 8.8

Buyers Like

  • Performance on carpet and hard floors
  • Ability to clean stairs
  • Easy-to-clean dust container
  • Ability to clean pet hair

Buyers Dislike

  • Weight
  • Maneuverability

Read our full Shark Rotator nv752 review

6. Hoover Platinum UH30010COM

The ultralight Hoover Platinum UH30010COM is an upright vacuum with a removable canister that helps with off-the-floor jobs. It also has illuminated fingertip controls, two speed settings, a self-sealing HEPA bag, and the ability to extract pet hair from the deepest carpets.


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Hoover Platinum UH30010COM

  • Overall score: 9.59
  • How well it cleans carpet: 9.6
  • Ease of use: 9.5

Buyers Like

  • Ability to clean stairs
  • Ability to clean pet hair

Buyers Dislike

  • Performance on hard flooring
  • Noise

7. Bissell CleanView Onepass 9595a

It was designed to clean carpet and upholstery, but users love how the upright Bissell CleanView Onepass 9595a sweeps their stairs clean of dirt and debris. It also weighs in at a relatively light 15 pounds.


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Bissell CleanView Onepass 9595a

  • Overall score: 9.59
  • How well it cleans carpet: 9.7
  • Ease of use: 8.2

Buyers Like

  • Ability to clean stairs
  • Ability to clean pet hair

Buyers Dislike

  • Performance on hard flooring
  • Too-short cord and hose that hinder maneuverability

8. Hoover Anniversary U6485-900

The self-propelled Hoover Anniversary U6485-900 is a bagged upright, featuring an embedded DirtFinder System, an extension wand with a stretchable hose, and a pet-hair tool with rotating brushes.


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Hoover Anniversary U6485-900

  • Overall score: 9.59
  • How well it cleans carpet: 9.8
  • Ease of use: 7.6

Buyers Like

  • Ability to clean stairs
  • Easy-to-empty debris bag

Buyers Dislike

  • Noise
  • Performance on hard flooring
  • Weight

9. Oreck Insight

The Oreck Insight is NerdWallet’s top-rated vacuum overall, as well as our top-rated upright vacuum and the best for hardwood flooring.


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Oreck Insight

  • Overall score: 9.58
  • How well it cleans carpet: 9.6
  • Ease of use: 9.6

Buyers Like

  • Performance on carpets and hard flooring
  • Ability to clean stairs
  • Weight and maneuverability
  • Noise

Buyers Dislike

  • Ability to clean pet hair

Read our full Oreck Insight review

10. Shark NV356

The Shark NV356’s Turbo Brush attachment earned it a place in our list of best vacuums for picking up animal fur. And people without pets found this lightweight upright’s powerful suction and lift-away technology an effective way to clean hard floors, carpeting, and stairs.


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Shark NV356

  • Overall score: 9.56
  • How well it cleans carpet: 9.7
  • Ease of use: 8.7

Buyers Like

  • Ability to clean pet hair
  • Weight

Buyers Dislike

  • Difficult-to-empty dust container
  • Maneuverability


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