12 Best Vacuum Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

12 Best Vacuum Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

Consumer Reports can no longer recommend the majority of upright vacuum cleaners we rate due to reliability issues. According to findings from our survey, seven of 12 brands of uprights have such high problem rates that they earn unfavorable ratings for predicted reliability.

Hoover, a company more than a century old whose name is synonymous with vacuuming, has eight upright vacuums that are losing their CR recommendation and will drop in our vacuum ratings. The other brand hurt by our new reliability ratings is Dyson, for its stick vacuums—five models are losing their recommendation. (Dyson upright and canister vacuums have fewer problems, according to our survey findings.)

Top 12 Vacuum

- $1.81Bestseller No. 1
Bissell Cleanview Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Orange, 1831
2365 Reviews
Bissell Cleanview Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Orange, 1831
  • One Pass Technology With Powerful Suction And Innovative Brush Design To Clean On The Initial Pass...
  • Powerful, Multi-Cyclonic Suction System For Lasting Suction That Captures And Keeps Dirt In The Bin,...
Bestseller No. 2
Eureka NES210 Blaze 3-in-1 Swivel Lightweight Stick Vacuum Cleaner Dark Black
2418 Reviews
Eureka NES210 Blaze 3-in-1 Swivel Lightweight Stick Vacuum Cleaner Dark Black
  • 3-In-1 design with onboard crevice tool allows you to customize your vacuum for your needs. At only 4...
  • Eureka's Signature swivel steering improves maneuverability and cleaning efficiency when compared to...
Bestseller No. 3
Bissell 9595A CleanView Bagless Vacuum with OnePass
13540 Reviews
Bissell 9595A CleanView Bagless Vacuum with OnePass
  • Fast and easy cleaning in a lightweight vacuum with powerful suction and innovative brush design that...
  • Innovative brush design rotates down into the carpet to clean more on the initial pass
Bestseller No. 4
Eureka NEU180B Lightweight Powerful Upright, Pet Hair Vacuum Cleaner for Home, Graphite
1139 Reviews
Eureka NEU180B Lightweight Powerful Upright, Pet Hair Vacuum Cleaner for Home, Graphite
  • 【Lightweight & Portable】This 10-lbs Eureka powerspeed upright vacuum cleaner can be easily carried...
  • 【Powerful Multi-surface Vacuum】With five height adjustment settings, this versatile vacuum is...
- $16.49Bestseller No. 5
BISSELL Cleanview Swivel Pet Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Green, 2252
378 Reviews
BISSELL Cleanview Swivel Pet Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Green, 2252
  • Powerful pet hair pick-up with triple action brush roll + scatter-free technology
  • Swivel steering to easily maneuver around furniture and other obstacles
- $5.00Bestseller No. 6
Bissell Zing Canister, 2156A Bagless Vacuum, Green
4404 Reviews
Bissell Zing Canister, 2156A Bagless Vacuum, Green
  • Cyclonic action and powerful suction provide thorough cleaning. Plus, no more bags to buy or change ever
  • Multi-surface cleaning: Easily go from cleaning carpets to hard floors with the flip of a switch. Power...
Bestseller No. 7
Eureka NEU100 Airspeed Ultra-Lightweight Compact Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Lime Green
22 Reviews
Eureka NEU100 Airspeed Ultra-Lightweight Compact Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Lime Green
  • Quick release handle for effortless above floor cleaning. Attach the crevice tool or dusting brush to...
  • Powerful all floor suction extracts dirt and hair from hard floors and carpets ease. It's 10. 5" wide...
- $83.00Bestseller No. 8
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 Upright Vacuum, Blue
1784 Reviews
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 Upright Vacuum, Blue
  • Lift-Away Press a button to lift the canister away and easily clean hard-to-reach areas
  • Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology + a HEPA filter Traps 999% of dust and allergens inside the vacuum...
Bestseller No. 9
BISSELL Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, 2486, Orange
43 Reviews
BISSELL Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, 2486, Orange
  • OnePass Technology with powerful suction and innovative brush design to clean on the first pass.
  • Scatter-Free Technology reduces scatter on hard floors
- $20.00Bestseller No. 10
Black & Decker Ultra Light Weight BDASP103 AIRSWIVEL Lightweight Upright Cleaner, Pet Vacuum, White
853 Reviews
Black & Decker Ultra Light Weight BDASP103 AIRSWIVEL Lightweight Upright Cleaner, Pet Vacuum, White
  • Only 8.8-Lbs. For easy handling, carrying and storage
  • Swivel steering for ultimate maneuverability
- $50.06Bestseller No. 11
Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning with Swivel Steering and Car Detail Set (HV302), Gray/Orange
3819 Reviews
Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning with Swivel Steering and Car Detail Set (HV302), Gray/Orange
  • Ultra-lightweight At under 8 pounds, it converts into a hand vac for versatile floor-to-ceiling cleaning
  • Home & Car Detail Kit Micro tools that clean the tiniest of spaces
- $126.68Bestseller No. 12
Shark Rotator Professional Upright Corded Bagless Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor with Lift-Away Hand Vacuum and Anti-Allergy Seal (NV501), Red
4649 Reviews
Shark Rotator Professional Upright Corded Bagless Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor with Lift-Away Hand Vacuum and Anti-Allergy Seal (NV501), Red
  • Lift-Away Press a button to lift the canister away and easily clean hard-to-reach areas
  • Premium Pet Power Brush Picks up pet hair and debris, and deep cleans dander from all surfaces

Upright Vacuums

None of the uprights in our ratings earn Excellent ratings for both predicted reliability and owner satisfaction, although Sebo and Shark earn either a Very Good or Excellent in each. (We’ve tested Sebo uprights in the past, but there are models from the brand in our current upright ratings.) There are 15 Shark uprights in our ratings, and you’ll see the best clustered near the top—11 make our recommended list.

Canister Vacuums

Canister vacuums are a good choice if you live in a multilevel home because they’re easier to maneuver on stairs, with the powerhead in one hand and the canister on the floor or the stairs. They’re also better at cleaning hardwood floors, according to our lab tests. But with their long hose connecting the powerhead and the canister, they can be bulky and a bit awkward to store.

Stick Vacuums

Unlike canisters, the market for stick vacuums is growing at a fast clip. They represent a 17 percent share of the market, according to manufacturers, and more than a 25 percent share of our vacuum ratings. Many stick vacuums perform well in our tests, although the tests aren’t as tough as our tests for full-sized vacuums. That’s because we don’t expect them to accomplish the deep cleaning that full-sized machines are designed to handle.

Problem Areas

The four most common problems members report with their vacuums are broken belts on uprights, dead batteries on cordless models, weak or broken suction, and brushes that don’t work properly or at all. Of course, members also complain about issues that don’t have to do with something breaking, such as vacuums that are difficult to maneuver. Here are the most common problems reported by our members, by brand:

  • Belts. Around 16 percent of upright owners report problems with broken belts. Of those, Electrolux and Kirby have the highest rate of broken belts—27 percent each. Shark is the best of the lot: Only 1 percent of belts in its uprights break.
  • Batteries. Among cordless vacuums, Electrolux stick vacuums are the most likely to have battery issues—25 percent of Electrolux stick vacuums had batteries that died, which is significantly more than any other brand. It’s not an uncommon problem, but the median of all the brands in the category is around 12 percent.
  • Suction. Almost one-quarter of Dirt Devil uprights in our survey had problems with weak or no suction. Bissell uprights and Dirt Devil stick vacs are also more likely than other brands to have suction problems—16 percent each.
  • Brushes. At 12 percent, Dirt Devil uprights also have the highest rate of brushes that don’t work properly.

Our survey team reports that 88 percent of the vacuums purchased by our members since 2008 are still in use. Eight percent were replaced because of reliability issues.

What to Consider While Shopping

Modern vacuums come in a range of designs, sleek shapes, and cool colors. What matters most is how well they clean. Remember that one type of vacuum might have features that appeal to you, but it should also fit your cleaning needs.

Check Features
A vacuum cleaner with a motorized brush cleans carpets better than one powered only by suction. A switch that can deactivate the brush will help protect the finish of bare floors and avoid scattering debris. Consider models with a manual carpet pile-height adjustment control, along with suction control for cleaning draperies and other delicate fabrics.

Bagged vs. Bagless
Bagless vacuum cleaners save on the cost of purchasing bags, but they also require more filters that need periodic cleaning or—for HEPA filters—replacing. The dust and mess of emptying the bin of a bagless model can be problematic if you have asthma or allergies.

Try It Out
Even if you order online, go to a store first. Push, pull, turn, and lift the vacuum cleaners you’re considering. Check out the controls and features. If an online price is low, see whether the store will match it.

Keep an Ear out for Noise
No vacuum cleaner in our ratings is so loud that we recommend hearing protection, but any vacuum will seem louder in a room with a lot of echoes, such as a tiled bathroom. Canister vacuums tend to be quieter.

Watch for Sales
Discounts of 20 to 30 percent off are increasingly available, especially during the holiday season. For mass-market brands, you don’t have to wait until Black Friday. Check store circulars or sign up on manufacturer or retailer email lists to receive coupons and news of upcoming promotions.

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