The Best Vacuums

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

Picking a vacuum isn’t easy. If you’re looking for an overall good vacuum — one that can pick up pet hair, works well on hardwood floors and carpet, and is easy to operate — that’s a tall order to fill. The pool of truly multifunctional, high-performing vacuums is small. But that’s not to say they don’t exist.

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: This score reflects reviewers’ satisfaction with the vacuum’s performance on carpet and hard floors, including hardwood, bare, 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; the process of emptying or cleaning it out; and whether it was considered easy to operate.

Here are our top 10, ranked in order of overall score.

The vacuums

1. Oreck Insight

The lightweight, upright Oreck Insight cleaned carpeting, hard flooring and stairs more efficiently and quietly than some models costing twice its price. Its easy-to-adjust speed settings made switching from high speed (to clean carpets) to low (for hard floors) a breeze.


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Oreck Insight

  • Overall score: 9.60
  • How well it cleans: 9.8
  • Ease of use: 9.6

Buyers Like

  • Performs well on carpet, bare floors and stairs
  • Lightweight
  • Quiet

Buyers Dislike

  • Awkward to use
  • Doesn’t pick up pet hair well

Read our full Oreck Insight review

2. Shark Rotator NV752

The Shark Rotator NV752’s power-lift-away feature means this powerful upright can get into the smallest spaces, while its pet upholstery tool makes short work of any cat or dog shedding.


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Shark Rotator NV752

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

Buyers Like

  • The TruePet mini motorized brush makes pet hair pickup easy
  • Powerful suction
  • Performs well on stairs

Buyers Dislike

  • Relatively heavy (15.7 lbs.)
  • Hard to maneuver

Read our full Shark Rotator NV752 review

3. Miele S6270 Quartz

In addition to its stellar performance on hard flooring and stairs, the Miele S6270 Quartz was our top-rated canister vacuum, winning high marks for its powerful suction, quiet motor, ease of use and one-step cord retraction.


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Miele S6270 Quartz

  • Overall score: 9.46
  • How well it cleans: 8.5
  • Ease of use: 9.5

Buyers Like

  • Performs well on bare floors and stairs
  • Quiet
  • Lightweight and easy to maneuver
  • Strong suction

Buyers Dislike

  • Difficult to use on carpets
  • Doesn’t pick up pet hair well

Read our full Miele S6270 Quartz review

4.Miele S8590 Alize

The Miele S8590 Alize tested well almost across the board; its powerful pet hair and stair-cleaning abilities were just two of the reasons the canister vacuum was a big winner. Users were less enamored by the way it performed on carpeting.


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Miele S8590 Alize

  • Overall score: 9.38
  • How well it cleans: 8.7
  • Ease of use: 9.2

Buyers Like

  • Its ability to pick up pet hair
  • Performs well on stairs

Buyers Dislike

  • Less effective on carpet

5. Dyson V6 Motorhead

If the mighty Dyson V6 Motorhead had a longer battery life, this powerful stick vacuum might’ve stolen the top spot. Users were unanimous in their praise of its ability to clean up carpeting, hard flooring, stairs and pet hair with ease.


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Dyson V6 Motorhead

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

Buyers Like

  • Performs well on bare floors, carpet and stairs
  • Its ability to pick up pet hair

Buyers Dislike

  • Difficult to empty, dirt cup is too small
  • Inadequate battery life

Read our full Dyson V6 Motorhead review

6. Dyson DC65 Animal

There’s a lot to love about the upright Dyson DC 65 Animal: Two tiers of cyclones result in powerful suction; its tangle-free turbine tool works magic on pet fur; and its active base plate adjusts automatically to give you optimal cleaning as you shift through different cleaning surfaces.


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Dyson DC65 Animal

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

Buyers Like

  • Performs well on bare floors
  • Very strong suction
  • Easy to empty

Buyers Dislike

  • Heavy and cumbersome to maneuver
  • Hose and cord are too short to vacuum stairs effectively

Read our full Dyson DC65 Animal review

7. Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS

The lightweight upright Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS has a low-profile head that allows it to squeeze under furniture, while its fierce suction and high-speed deep-cleaning roller brush get rid of dust and dirt more efficiently than many higher-priced models.


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Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS

  • Overall score: 9.15
  • How well it cleans: 9.5
  • Ease of use: 9.3

Buyers Like

  • Performs well on bare floors; leaves hard flooring dust-free
  • Light and effective on stairs
  • Moves seamlessly from carpet to hardwoods

Buyers Dislike

  • Very loud
  • Overly long cord adds unnecessary weight

8. Hoover WindTunnel Air UH72400

While it deep-cleans, sucks up pet hair like a champ, and transitions from hard floors to carpeting seamlessly and efficiently, the Hoover WindTunnel Air UH72400 lost a couple points when it came time to clean the 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

  • Easy-to-clean dust canister
  • Performs well on bare floors
  • Extremely effective on pet hair

Buyers Dislike

  • Needed repairs quickly; insufficient customer service
  • Less effective on carpeted stairs

Read our full Hoover WindTunnel Air UH72400 review

9. Hoover Platinum UH30010COM

The Hoover Platinum may roar like a jet when you turn it on, but its powerful suction works magic on pet hair and stairs, it glides easily over carpet and hard flooring, and it comes with a removable canister for cleaning those off-the-floor jobs.


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Hoover Platinum UH30010COM

  • Overall score: 9.07
  • How well it cleans: 9.5
  • Ease of use: 9.5

Buyers Like

  • Highly efficient on pet-hair pickups
  • Effective and easy to use on stairs
  • Deep sweeps carpeting

Buyers Dislike

  • Less than effective on hard flooring
  • Makes an unpleasant, high-pitched noise when in use

10. Miele S2121 Olympus

The third Miele on this list, the Miele S2121 Olympus canister vacuum also contains the brand’s characteristic quiet motor, but truly excels when it comes to cleaning difficult places like stairs, moldings or the edges of floors.


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Miele S2121 Olympus

  • Overall score: 9.00
  • How well it cleans: 9
  • Ease of use: 8.6

Buyers Like

  • Strong suction for extra-clean hard flooring
  • Easy to maneuver and effective on stairs
  • Quiet

Buyers Dislike

  • Less than ideal for carpets
  • Short power cord

Read our full Miele S2121 Olympus review

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