Buying a vacuum cleaner is more complicated than it used to be. Today, you must choose between many options, such as an upright or canister, bagged or bagless, and a large array of options. Many of today’s vacuums filter the air with HEPA filters, best for those with allergies. SmartReview.com covers only vacuums that have received the highest consumer and professional reviews. This guide will provide you with the options available today in vacuum cleaners. See our top 2018-2019 picks in both upright and canister vacuums.
Top 7 Bagless Vacuum Cleaner
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- Powerful, Multi-Cyclonic Suction System For Lasting Suction That Captures And Keeps Dirt...
- Cyclonic action and powerful suction provide thorough cleaning. Plus, no more bags to buy...
- Multi-surface cleaning: Easily go from cleaning carpets to hard floors with the flip of a...
- Powerful pet hair pick-up with triple action brush roll + scatter-free technology
- Swivel steering to easily maneuver around furniture and other obstacles
- Fast and easy cleaning in a lightweight vacuum with powerful suction and innovative brush...
- Innovative brush design rotates down into the carpet to clean more on the initial pass
- Quick release handle for effortless above floor cleaning. Attach the crevice tool or...
- Powerful all floor suction extracts dirt and hair from hard floors and carpets ease. It's...
- 3-In-1 design with onboard crevice tool allows you to customize your vacuum for your...
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- Innovative Multi-Surface vacuum: Deep clean with the whirlwind canister vacuum. This...
- Lightweight and easy to maneuver: vacuum anywhere around your home with ease with this...
Features To Consider
I know most of you guys consider this as the main indicator. No matter how much money you have, you most likely want to buy the best product for your budget. As people tend to categorize, so will I: you can either buy a cheap product that will get you through the next couple of years, or you could invest in a vacuum cleaner that can last the next 25 years.
Suction and power
The suction power refers to the pressure difference created by the pump of the vacuum. A common vacuum cleaner has a suction power of 20kPa. The pump actually lowers the pressure inside the vacuum from 100kPa (the normal atmospheric pressure) to 80kPa. As you can expect, higher suction equals more power. Usually, producers only state the input power in watts or amps which refers to how much electricity is consumed by the product (and has little to do with the actual suction power, which depends on the product design, filtration system and so on).
One of the biggest issues that appear when using vacuum cleaners is dust circulation. The air exhausted by the pump contains small dust particles that are sent directly to the lungs of the user. No matter how good the filtration system, ultra-fine dust particles and potentially harmful microorganisms such as mites still pass along into the air.
- Disposable filters. These need to be replaced every few months. The main con is the high upkeep.
- Washable filters. Lately, producers are featuring filters made out of foam-like materials, which can last for years. You can use your dishwasher or your washing machine to get these cleaned, wait for them to dry (very important!!!) and them place them back into the vacuum.
- Cyclonic separation. The air sucked into the vacuum is cycled so fast that the dust particles are forced by the centrifugal force to fall into the dirt recipient.
- Water filtration. The air sucked in passes through a water layer, wetting the dust particles which become heavy and cannot fly anymore. The main disadvantage is that you have to clean the water compartment after each use, for sanitary reasons.
- HEPA filtration. Designed especially for sensible allergic people, HEPA filtering traps most of the ultra-fine particles and releases virtually no amount of dust. HEPA filters 99.97% of dust particles – all particles with 0.3 microns in diameter and higher are filtered.
- Odor filters. Made out of active coils, these try to eliminate dust along with any funny smell.
I’m the type of person that likes things to be as simple and neat as possible. Applying my lifestyle to vacuums, I enjoy products under 10 pounds. However, you can definitely find very good vacs that weight around 20 pounds. The trick is to buy one that has the self-propelled feature, which will come handy especially if you have to vacuum large surfaces.
Cordless vs. Corded
One of the latest trends in the vacuum cleaning industry is to produce cordless devices. However, if you own a large to the average home, cordless vacuums may not be the solution for you, as even the top-rated models last around 30 minutes before they need to be recharged. There’s also a suction power decrease that is trivial for cordless appliances.
With/without a bag
Bagged vacs need a new bag every couple of months, depending on your cleaning frequency. If you don’t like the idea of buying bags and replacing them every once in a while, you can opt for a bagless model, an eco-friendly approach some people embrace with pleasure. The downside is that you have to clean the dust container and remove the stuck hair. Some popular vacuum cleaners enhance this process by using better structural designs that allow easier access to the dust cup.
Most vacuum cleaners come with a warranty that lasts anywhere between 1 to 5 years. Just like any other appliance, most common vacuum cleaners have a 1-year warranty, which includes both parts and labor costs. Almost all retail stores require you to register the product for warranty. As a side note, a 5-year warranty (offered by i.e. by Dyson) is a great indicator of the quality of the product.