It’s hard to overstate the value of a good vacuum when it comes to keeping your house clean. Unless you have a small space with all hardwood (and are diligent about sweeping), a vacuum is one of the few “must-haves” when it comes to an at-home cleaning arsenal. But an ineffective vacuum is almost as bad as not having one at all: cheap models with poor suction won’t make much of a difference and just create busywork (and, okay, give you an arm workout!).
Thankfully, in recent years, the options for affordable and highly effective vacuums have increased steadily. You no longer have to spend hundreds on high-end, high-powered models. And if you’re only going to get one vacuum , it’s hard to go wrong with a corded upright vacuum cleaner. Stick vacuums, which offer amazing convenience, generally can’t provide the same level of deep clean that an upright vacuum cleaner can. And while many upright vacuums do focus on being more lightweight and maneuverable, they don’t have to have batteries or be as light as a stick model — meaning they have larger motors and additional features like roller brushes for carpets and rugs. Here are five models that won’t steer you wrong — and will keep your floors sparkling clean.
This article was originally published on April 7, 2020.
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1. Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional
Sharks’ Navigator Lift-Away Pro has been a long-time favorite of the very clean. This relatively lightweight upright model is small enough to easily carry and push from room to room, but is substantial enough to handle bigger messes. A brush roll gets deep into rugs and carpets, and a hardwood floor setting gently sucks up dirt and debris. Multiple attachments also allow you to tackle jobs like cleaning crevices and floorboards, upholstery, and blinds. The canister also lifts away from the base of the vacuum to allow you to move it with you as you clean stairs and reach for high spots.
2. Hoover WindTunnel 3 Max Performance Upright Vacuum Cleaner
This bagless vac can tackle dust, crumbs, debris, Fluffy the cat’s hair and Fido’s odor with its wide nozzle and smell-absorbing filters. You’ll go through less candles and air fresheners this way. It’s tailor-made for deep cleaning every inch of your home. This vacuum has two different and powerful modes for carpets and hardwood floors. It comes with a pet turbo tool, a crevice tool and a dusting tool.
3. Bissell CleanView Vacuum
Bissell’s CleanView Vacuum isn’t as maneuverable or lightweight as some other models, but what this lacks in those departments it makes up for in power. It digs deep into rugs and carpets to get even the dirt and debris you didn’t know was there, all at an amazing value. Attachments include a turbo brush tool that uses the same brush roll technology the vacuum uses for carpets to deep clean upholstery and stairs. Dusting and crevice tools also help reach and clean other tricky areas.
4. Eureka PowerSpeed Bagless Upright Vacuum
Eureka’s PowerSpeed vacuum has a surprising number of bells and whistles. Height adjustment allows you to manually adjust the nozzle to the optimal height for different floors and even low- and high-pile carpet. Accessories like a crevice tool are stored on the vacuum itself for easy access. And, most importantly, the powerful motor does a great job of cleaning floors of all kinds.
5. Shark Rotator TruePet Vacuum
Shark’s TruePet vacuum has many of the same features as the Navigator Pro: it maneuvers easily with a pivoting head and can be lifted away for cleaning hard-to-reach places. But it also has extras for the pet owner, especially one battling pet hair. A HEPA filter also helps seal in allergens once it’s cleaned. Not only can the canister be removed, but once it’s taken off, the motorized head can still be used as a stick vacuum/upright hybrid, allowing you to get the same brush roll deep clean under couches as you do on open rugs. Attachments also feature motorized heads designed to lift away pet hair from upholstery.
6. Bissell Cleanview Swivel Pet Vacuum
Another vacuum with attachments designed for pets, Bissell’s Cleanview pet vacuum has a “turbo eraser” head that can be used to really dig into carpet and upholstery to suck up pet hair. The powerful suction is also designed to keep going even as it tackles hairy messes. Swivel steering also helps with maneuverability.
7. Dirt Devil Endura Max Upright Bagless Vacuum
If you need a vacuum that gets the job done, that’s this vac. You can choose between three different floor heights and swap out different vacuum tools easily. It comes with a 2-in-1 dusting brush, a crevice tool and an exclusive turbo tool. The vacuum has an extra large dirt cup, which you can empty straight into the garbage can, rather than fussing with a filter. This vacuum also comes in a compact size, if your home is short on space.
8. Vacmaster Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Weighing in at 11.5 lbs., this lightweight vacuum is easy to carry up the stairs in your home. Plus, you can adjust its height with the five different height settings. The electric roller brush will help you actually clean your short- to medium-length rugs. This vacuum can go deep, thanks to its cyclonic technology. It has a washable foam filter, so you can be sure that your vacuum is catching all of the debris.