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    Feb 21, 2019

    22 Dirt-Destroying Vacuums That People Actually Swear By

    Powerful machines for every price point.

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    1. A wet/dry vacuum that you can use on both hard floors and area rugs to clean up all kinds of accidents — it basically mops and sweeps at the exact same time.

    Bissell, amazon.com

    Some reviewers do note that if you have a lot of dirt, hair, or cat litter on your floors, you can't avoid sweeping entirely or it will leave streaks, and the first time you use it, you may have to clean it halfway through. But once you get your floors to a base-level clean, upkeep is a breeze.

    Features: Brush roll with 3,500 rotations per minute, 28 oz water tank, 14.5 oz dirt tank, switch between hard floors and area rugs with one button push.

    Promising review: "I had given up finding something that would clean our horrible laminate and area rugs quickly and easily. Life is too short to spend it cleaning the floor! We also have those awesome two-level Waterhog rugs that are impossible to clean even with our monster vacuum. This machine WORKS! Filthy, filthy water comes out. Scary. If you have lots of dog hair, you might want to do a quick vacuum of the rugs and the corners — dog owners know what I mean. You don't have to, but you will empty the water a lot less. My 90-year-old aunt can run it. Buying more rollers so we can clean them easier ($13.99). Wish I could give 10 stars. I HATE ALL CLEANING. So, this is high praise." —Noone

    Get it on Amazon for $239.99.

    2. A lightweight two-in-one stick vacuum with an easy-to-detach hand vac, so you can quickly pick up pet hair, crumbs, and other small messes on the floor, stairs, or pretty much wherever.

    amazon.com

    It's primarily designed for hard floors, though of course it can also work on thinner carpets and rugs. (For thick carpet, you generally need something with a beater brush to pull up all the little bits of miscellaneous crumbs and pet hair.)

    Features: HEPA filtration system, 1.3 liter dust tank, one-button push conversion between stick and hand vac. Comes with a crevice tool, mini brush, and some flexible extension tubing.

    Promising review: "This vacuum is a great little product. My floors look so clean that my mother didn't even criticize. I felt like something was missing because we didn't have an argument about unsolicited feedback. It took me maybe 60 seconds to put together – super easy and intuitive to set up, although directions are included. The floor attachment is clearly for hardwood/tile. Even though I'd been expecting it from the reviews, I still didn't think such a small, light vac would be so powerful. It's like a jet engine on a stick. This vac is LIGHT. I have some major lower-back issues, and this is no problem at all for me to handle. It stands on its own, so you can park it without fear it will tip over. Update (nearly two years later): I still love this vac, and it still works as well as the day I bought it. I'm going to buy another for my husband, who keeps swiping mine to take to his office to vac his very low-nap carpet (the kind that's almost like cement on the floor. This doesn't work so well on other carpets)." –Kindle Customer

    Get it on Amazon for $29.95+ (two colors).

    3. A sturdy upright vacuum featuring an easy-lift canister because your stairs need cleaned too, but you shouldn't have to lug the entire 13-pound machine with you to do it.

    amazon.com

    Features: Lift-away canister (one reviewer puts theirs in a backpack and pretends to be a Ghostbuster), HEPA filter, on/off switch for the beater brush (for a quick switch between carpet and hard floor cleaning), 2.2 quart dust tank.

    Promising review: "Our new house has a mix of thick carpet, linoleum, and wood floors and my old vacuum wasn't going to cut it. This vacuum's awesome. It pulls the dirt out of next week, I swear to you. Almost every use we had to empty the container because it was clearly having to do the work of my old vacuum on our area rugs. It transitions between the floor types with a quick click, and the wand and attachments are well-stored and quickly accessible to make transitioning from floors to ceilings quick (when you find that giant cobweb and go OMG and need the wand like NOW). Best of all — it's really pretty quiet! It seriously feels like a toy since it's such a fun little hard worker." —J.G.

    Get it on Amazon for $199.99.

    4. A compact vacuum so powerful you'll be shocked at just how much dirt, hair, and other grossness it picks up after just one pass over your rugs.

    Target

    Features: Multi-level filtration, washable filter, easy-empty + 2 liter dirt container (you press a button and the bottom flap opens, letting gravity do the work), adjustable height, 13.5-inch cleaning path. Comes with a crevice tool, dusting brush, extension hose, and motorized brush tool.

    Promising review: "This vacuum is awesome, it showed me how much of a pig I am. I was borrowing a high price vacuum, did some vacuuming not too long ago – can't believe what the other vacuum left behind. This vacuum picked up everything. SO glad I bought this. It's also very light, and easy to push." –Leon37

    Get it from Target for $89.99.

    5. A multi-functional Hoover designed to make cleaning every last nook and cranny of your entire house easier than ever.

    amazon.com

    Features: Up to 16 feet of cleaning reach, on/off switch for the beater brush, retractable cord, five-level height adjustment, performance check indicator. Comes with pivoting dusting brush (pictured with the ceiling fan), upholstery turbo tool, crevice tool.

    Promising review: "Our Old Hoover Wind Tunnel died after 12 good years of service. We thought why not try another Hoover Wind Tunnel and we are very happy with our purchase! It is way lighter than our older vacuum and with my bad back that was a very welcome Bonus. We are also very pleased with the retractable cord. It is super powerful and the attachments all work great. Over all I would definitely recommend this as a great work horse of a vacuum that's very reasonably priced. It is lightweight and has a very strong suction on both the main vacuum and when using the attachments on the hose. They really get the dirt out from all crevices!" —John

    Get it on Amazon for $99.

    6. An ultra-lightweight canister vac perfect for anyone with a small space and a small budget but who doesn't want to sacrifice major suction.

    amazon.com

    I had one of these for about five years in my first grown-up apartment, and let me tell ya, I almost never needed to turn the suction all the way up. (IMO it's really best for hard floors and shallow rugs, though).

    Features: Adjustable suction, automatic cord rewind, telescoping wand, change from hard floors to rugs with the press of one switch.

    Promising review: "This little guy has so much more power than I ever imagined! When I got it I actually had to turn the suction down a bit because it was sucking itself onto the floor! It is tiny, and the self-winding cord keeps it simple to keep neat and organized. It's light enough that I just pull it along behind me, and if I need to reach high ceilings it's no problem to lift. The hosing attaches in a very simple way to the canister, so there is no bend or kink to trap dog hair and get clogged. It keeps up with my very furry cattledog, my plumber boyfriend tracking dirt in, and the sand from frequent beach and park trips no problem. The only downside to this little powerhouse is the lack of attachments — easily remedied by borrowing from an old vacuum. Otherwise it's perfect and worth the money." —Victoria

    Get it on Amazon for $47.29.

    7. A mini shop vac that switches from dry to wet mode with a quick filter swap, meaning you can come to the rescue of a small flood in minutes... then later clean up the sawdust from your work bench and the beach sand from your car's trunk.

    amazon.com

    Features: Holds 2.5 gallons (with auto-shutoff if it gets too full), two horsepower motor, six-foot hose, ten-foot cord. Comes with a utility nozzle, crevice tool, car nozzle, blower brush (because it can also blow things like leaves around), and detail brush.

    Promising review: "Holy Cow! What a little suction machine! This little sucker is powerful! I purchased it to keep all the sawdust from getting all over the house (I don't have a workshop or room, just a work corner). My little house vacuum hose barely sucks anything up, but I seriously don't have the space for a large shop vac, so the compact size of this is so great. And it performs as strongly as the large sizes. I was expecting less but got more! ALSO after I posted this I was using a hose to wash down the patio when I heard something running behind me. Turn around and the whole dining area is flooded from a leak in the hose!!! So I promptly turned off the water, changed the filter from the cloth to the water filter and tested this little vac's wet suction. SUPER HAPPY! It worked like a dream. From a huge spreading puddle to dry floors in minutes! " —Olly2014

    Get it on Amazon for $39.99.

    8. An incredibly lightweight Dyson V8 stick vac so effective, simple, and satisfying to use, you'll have no problem pulling it out every single day.

    amazon.com

    Features: Recharges on wall base (cord-free), whole-machine HEPA filtration, washable lifetime filter, hygienic dirt ejector, one-button "Max Mode" for tough spots. Comes with a mini motorized tool (pictured here) designed to extract embedded pet hairs, a mini soft dusting brush, the docking station for charging, and a second soft roller cleaning head for larger debris.

    Promising review: "It's less than two weeks since I received this – and I am now a vacuum nerd. With three shedding dogs who track in dirt, this vacuum is a back saver. My previous vacuum did a great job, but was traditional canister/corded – sometimes 'dragging out' the vacuum felt like a pain – especially since I have to do it so frequently. Needless to say I didn't always keep up the way I should have. Now it's easy peasy! The biggest surprise is the floors feel like they stay cleaner longer, or perhaps the extreme power of this vacuum on the floors (we have all hardwood and a little ceramic tile) picked up what my old vacuum was leaving behind. Either way, this is a dream come true. Expensive, but worth it if you have dogs and/or kids who track stuff into the house." –SandraJ

    Get it on Amazon for $349+.

    9. An iRobot Roomba 960 that you can program to go on an expedition all around your house each and every day, picking up the crumbs, hair, and more while all you do is scroll Instagram (or, you know, adult-y things like go to work).

    Walmart

    Features: Maps out one level of your home so it always knows where it's cleaning, app control so you can direct it wherever you happen to be, compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, advanced sensors detect high-traffic areas and spend extra time there, high-efficiency allergen filter, multi-surface rubber brushes, five times the suction of less expensive versions, rinsable dust bin. This model will also recharge when it's out of batteries and then resume where it left off, and send you daily cleaning reports.

    Promising review: "We have two shedding dogs and three teenaged sons. I never thought a robot vacuum would be able to get the job done as well as I could with the old canister. But hubby surprised me with a 960 and before the day was over I was in love! "Harry" picked up so much dust that first day I was furious with myself for sticking with that old vacuum for so long. I run him at least once a day on the first floor and I always have to empty the bin afterwards, but I don't mind a bit. He handles various levels of carpet and throw rugs easily as well as the hardwood floors in between. He goes under the kitchen and dining room tables and chairs with no problems. The only downside is he can't do the stairs but I can live with that. I carry it upstairs and he charges on the main floor. I've told everyone how life changing the Roomba has been for our household — it has freed up so much time and saved so much aggravation that I can't imagine not having Harry around. I told my kids he's number one on my favorites list now." —Val

    Get one on ~Rollback~ from Walmart for $549 (originally $699).

    10. Or an older, less expensive version of Roomba — it will still work wonders to pick up SO much dirt and pet hair while you go out and live your life.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Features: Picks up both large and small debris, app control so you can direct it wherever you happen to be, compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, sensors detect high-traffic areas and spend extra time there, rinsable dust bin.

    Promising review: "Seriously! This thing has been a lifesaver. We recently built a decent sized home, and our downstairs is around 2800 sq ft. Keeping up on vacuuming/sweeping was almost impossible with two young kids, a cat, and a dog! My mom talked me into one of these, she swore by it. I was super skeptical of spending $330 on a machine that I may need to sweep up after frequently. I haven't touched a vacuum in two weeks! This thing picks up nearly EVERYTHING that falls on the floor! It picks up MORE than sweeping. Every other day when we empty the bin, there is so much more than just the crumbs the kids drop. This thing goes under our couch. Ask yourself – how often do you successfully vacuum under the couch? The 690 also navigates around multiple chairs very well. The 690 isn't perfect. We have a large rug in our great room and it won't go onto the rug. But I'm okay with that because 98% of the other surfaces are clean. This thing is well worth the $330+. I'd buy it again in a heart beat." –T. Smith

    Get it on Amazon for $330.22.

    11. A rechargeable stick vacuum with a head that swivels 180-degrees *plus* a detachable hand vac — you'll be able to effortlessly and quickly reach every last nook and cranny of your home.

    amazon.com

    One reviewer says it even gets that awkward spot behind the toilet!

    Features: Docking base for charging, swiveling head, motorized rotary brush that works on both carpet and wood, easy-empty bin, detachable hand vac, 20-minute run time at full power with brush turned on (30-minute runtime otherwise). Comes with a crevice tool and brush tool for the handheld.

    Promising review: "I must admit my husband and I were a little skeptical, but we have loved it from day one! It moves easily around our small kitchen and under the furniture. It charges easily, empties easily, and happily comes with a dust buster. I also like that the power button is conveniently located on the vacuum handle (with another on the dust buster, as well). The little attachments will be handy, and we like the way that they are parked on the charging stand where we can easily find them. I can't say how long the charge would last as we use it for quick jobs, but there is nothing bad that I can say about it. We love it!" —Judy in the skies

    Get it on Amazon for $144.61.

    12. A multi-surface powerhouse of a vacuum with a super-wide 12.6-inch nozzle to cover more area, faster; a quick-release accessories handle and onboard accessories for easy baseboard + ceiling + drape cleans; and an extra-large capacity dirt cup so you don't have to empty it every time you run it.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Features: Weighs 10 lbs, five height adjustment settings (for multiple floor surfaces), quick release handle and stretch hose, and 4.1 liter dust cup. Comes with an extra-long crevice tool, a dusting brush, and an upholstery tool.

    Promising review: "I can’t imagine rating this vacuum at less than 5 stars, especially considering the $60 price point. Not sure why it is so affordable, but I’m glad it is. At first glance it does not look particularly fancy or high tech, but this thing absolutely works. The suction is impressive, the unit is lightweight and stores the attachments compactly, and the settings are easy to use. I honestly can’t believe how much it picked up from my carpets. It was also effective for the pet hair on my couches. Noise output is average, cord length seems reasonable — perhaps the hose could be longer for cleaning surfaces overhead, but not a huge concern. Overall I could not be more pleased with a product that actually does its job. Seems like a steal at this price. I can’t speak to its durability, but for $60, even if it breaks tomorrow I won’t complain." —goodbatch

    Get it on Amazon for $60+ (four colors).

    13. A mini hand vac that you'll enlist time and again to pickup small messes without having to lug out the broom and dustpan.

    amazon.com

    Features: Weighs under four pounds, 15-foot cord, large dirt cup, and a removable and rinsable filter. Comes with a crevice tool and attachable hose.

    Promising review: "As a college student, I needed a small, compact vacuum to keep my dorm clean. I've had this for a couple weeks, so far no problems. It is surprisingly powerful. When I received the vacuum, I tried it out on my bed, and it picked up a good amount of dust and hair. The extensions are very useful for decreasing the suction force. For example, I wanted to use this on my bed sheets to pick up stray hairs, but using it by itself is too powerful. It will suck up the sheets. However, if you use the extension dusting brush, the suction area is not in direct contact with the bed sheets, so I can easily use this to quickly clean my sheets. The filter is also easy to clean out. If you don't want to get your hands dirty, I recommend wearing gloves." –Amazon Customer

    Get it on Amazon for $29.99.

    14. Or a cordless version — you can keep it plugged in somewhere discreet, then pull it out after a minor spill, like the secret weapon against accumulating mess you never knew you needed.

    amazon.com

    Features: Eight-volt lithium battery, quick-flip crevice tool for getting into small spaces, weighs under two pounds, easy-empty dirt cup.

    Promising reviews: "This thing picks up cat fur, cat litter, and bits of cat food every day. I have messy cats. The filter is easy to clean and hasn't developed a smell. And it hangs nicely on a hook. Very lightweight and not too loud." —Melisa Bosse

    "The best thing I have ever bought. It is definitely not for big jobs or for fine hair, dust, etc... but I got it to clean my rabbit’s area that is a little over six feet and it helps to vacuum up the poop instead of getting out the big vacuum. I specifically bought it for daily poop pick up and I couldn’t be happier." —Caitlynn Mattera

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99.

    15. The small-but-powerful Mighty Mite because you shouldn't have to give up the power of a good vacuum for the sake of your apartment's limited storage space.

    amazon.com

    Features: Quick-release power cord, triple-filtration bag system. Comes with extension wand, crevice tool, upholstery nozzle/dusting brush, and carpet/bare floor nozzle.

    Promising review: "Four years ago I scoured reviews on Amazon, searching for the champion of vacuums. All others I tried failed, dying by strangulation. You see, I have long hair, anywhere from past my shoulders to past my waist. My daughter also has long hair. Not to mention that I have a dog. There is a lot of hair going on! And this is apparently a treacherous terrain for the suckers that came into my home one by one. Upright strong contenders with rolling brushes would be wrapped up, unable to move, with one trip through my house. I was spending more time with a pair of scissors attempting to free the brushes from the snares of tresses than it took me to clean. And it would only delay the inevitable day when it would no longer engage in battle.But then, this vacuum arrived and Eureka! It lasted four years. With no spinning brushes, and perfectly clean floors, I was very happy. But alas, this fine warrior finally lost its strength. It still runs and maybe I'm just not knowledgeable enough to fix it. He is the tired champion. I'm back to buy another one. —White Raven

    Get it on Amazon for $69.99+ (five colors).

    16. A wet vacuum that will make the built-up stains and embedded dirt from years and years vanish, returning your beat-up carpet to a like-new, pristine condition.

    amazon.com

    Features: Three cleaning modes (Quick Clean with Heatforce, which reduces dries in less than 45 minutes; Deep Clean, for stubborn stains; and Rinse), anti-microbial handheld pet tool (that can also work for your car), automatic detergent mixing, 1.25 gallon tank capacity.

    Promising review: "My cats are gross. When they're not barfing up hairballs, they are peeing on things. Running a blacklight through my living room before buying this, it looked like a crime scene. So I decided it was time to invest in a carpet cleaner. I am really glad I did. It's almost as fast and easy to operate as a standard upright vacuum. It stores neatly in our foyer closet, and all I have to do to use it is add warm water to one tank and pet cleaning solution in the other tank. It is an incredibly simple, hassle-free experience. It's both rewarding and disturbing to see how filthy the water tank gets as it sucks up the grunge. And when I did the blacklight test after cleaning, I found a HUGE improvement. Every pass gets it even cleaner. Hands down this is one of the best home appliance investments I've ever made (second maybe to my Instant Pot)." —Happy Sea Slug

    Get it on Amazon for $167.99 (includes sample bottle of pet solution).

    17. A central vacuum accessory kit because parts break or get lost over the years, and sometimes it's nice to start completely fresh.

    amazon.com

    Compatible with: All major brands of central vacuum systems equipped with industry standard pin jack inlet valves, including Beam, Electrolux, Vacuflo, Vacumaid, Nutone, Hayden, MD, Canavac, and Cyclovac.

    Set includes: A lightweight and flexible 35-foot hose, a multi-surface nozzle for carpet and hard floors, a telescoping wand, a hard floor brush, a dusting tool, a vented crevice tool, an upholstery tool with a built-in brush strip, and a mesh carrying bag for all the accessories.

    Promising review: "Very happy with this central vacuum. We have had it for a couple of months now and are still very pleased with it. Did not realize how weak our other system was. We were a bit concerned that this would perhaps weaken the suction, but no, it is great. " —Kim

    Get it on Amazon for $159.99.

    18. A durable and powerful vacuum designed for commercial work that's still lightweight enough to easily push over thick carpets.

    amazon.com

    Features: 18-quart reusable bag, automatic locking handle, 30-foot power cord.

    Promising review: "Don't buy some junkie $200 Hoover, they don't work half as well as this. So much suction it literally sucked up my hall runner. You will not be disappointed." –James

    Get it on Amazon for $109.77.

    19. An ultra-maneuverable Miele canister that features six different levels of suction intensity, letting you optimize the amount of power you need depending on the surface you're cleaning.

    amazon.com

    Features: Sealed system and filter to help leave the air cleaner (HEPA filters available for $30), 360-degree swivel wheels, retractable cord. Comes with a rug/floor combination nozzle.

    Promising review: "I bought this bagged canister vacuum because I was honestly tired of the poor performance and dust associated with upright bag-less vacuums. Although those vacuums are better for higher pile carpeting, they are messy to empty and honestly, the suction is lacking. When I saw this little vacuum, I wasn't expecting miracles, but what I got pleasantly surprised me. The suction coming out of the vacuum was significantly more than I had ever experienced with an upright, and the bag can hold quite a lot of dust and debris without any adverse effect on the suction. I have found the machine to be quiet, even on the highest setting (which really is overkill in terms of suction). There are no powered attachments for this vacuum —no rotating floor brush or anything of that sort. As the product description mentions, this is really a vacuum made for hard floors and low-pile carpet. And for those tasks, this vacuum excels." —DemonPuppy

    Get it on Amazon for $399.

    20. A 14-gallon Rigid wet/dry vac with an included auto detailing kit, so you can cut down on the time you spend keeping your car impeccably clean without sacrificing your standards.

    Home Depot

    Features: Three-layer fine dust filter, can attach hose to exhaust port to blow debris away. Comes with a seven-foot hose, two extension wands, a utility nozzle, a car nozzle, a wet nozzle, a narrower 10-foot detailing hose, a soft bristle brush, a stiff bristle brush, a flexible crevice tool, a claw nozzle, and a hose-to-hose adapter.

    Promising review: "I do a lot of wood and metal projects in my basement and the vac's 4" diameter hose eats not only the dust and chips, but wood scraps that would never pass through the smaller diameter hose of my old 12 gallon Shop-Vac. The suction is incredible. Perhaps appreciated more than anything else is that it is QUIET for a wet/dry vac. It lacks the annoying high frequency whine that a lot of them have. Some manufacturer's offer 'mufflers' for their units at an additional cost, but that would be a waste of money here. The tools that come with the vac are all pretty useful. This comes with a car detailing kit for only $20 above the basic WD1450, that's $40 if bought separately. The kit's longer, smaller diameter, and FLEXIBLE hose gives a longer reach into the back of something like an SUV or van. The smaller nozzles get into much tighter places as well. The kit also comes with two brushes. The soft one is great for dashes and instrument panels, and the stiff one is great on the mats." –Dustyone

    Get it from Home Depot for $99 (originally $139).

    21. A Dyson ball upright vacuum — it automatically adjusts its suction level depending on the type of floor you're on, letting you seamlessly move from wood to carpet to tile and back again.

    amazon.com

    Features: The self-adjusting cleaner head, whole-machine HEPA filtration, a bin that empties with the touch of a button. Comes with a 41-inch wand for cleaning under furniture and high up in corners and a five-year warranty.

    Promising review: "Oh man, beyond happy with this vacuum. Suction is unreal and consistent across all surfaces. I think it's worth the cost, I had my last Dyson for close to 13 years. Maneuverability is great on the ball. I had a bit of an issue with the wand insertion (that sounded bad, but it's accurate), but after a month of use it's been "broken in" to a point that I no longer have any issues.

    Great for a house with pets, even fine fine cat hair is swept up with ease. Highly recommend." —eroars

    Get it on Amazon for $299.

    22. And last but certainly far from least, a tiny mushroom or sleepy cow vacuum who just want to help you quickly pick up crumbs, glitter, and other random stuff from your desk or kitchen table.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review (for the mushroom): "I LOVE IT. It's so adorable no one knows what is is at first. It picks up all the crumbs from dinner. I also use this on my coffee table if my incense ashes spill over, and on the kitchen tops after making coffee or making breakfast." —rafael Hernandez

    Promising review (for the cow): "I have one of these that is several years old. A friend commented that she liked it so I ordered one for her. It’s a great crumb picker-upper, especially with a tablecloth. Also works when my dog gets little leaves and twigs on my bed after she’s been outside. It’s very cute and easy to clean. Mine's named Bessie." —happyladi

    Get them both on Amazon: the mushroom for $8.29 (two colors) and the cow for $10.99.

    The only thing that would make these vacuums better? If they could also magically fold all your laundry!

    Boomerang / giphy.com

    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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