Best Vacuum For Carpet

10 Best Vacuum For Carpet in 2018 [Complete Guide]

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If you want to keep your house looking its best, then you have to clean it on a regular basis. One of the most important machines that you can have at your disposal to do this is a vacuum cleaner. Whether you have carpets or hardwood floors, a decent vacuum can make the whole process so much easier by allowing you to clean vast swathes of flooring in a few swoops.

However, with so many vacuum models out there from which to choose, it can be a bit overwhelming to figure out which one is best for your needs. Today we’re going to be focusing on those vacuums that work best for carpeting, rather than hardwood. No matter what kind of carpeting you have, the models that we’ll look at should be more than capable of handling your needs. Also, in addition to looking at the vacuums themselves, we’re going to go over the most important features you should be factoring into your final decision.

Top 10 Best Vacuum For Carpet Reviews

Review of the Dyson V6 Motorhead

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Kicking off our list is this portable handheld vacuum from Dyson. This company has made a name for itself by making high-end cleaners that never lose suction, and this particular model holds up well to that agenda. If you want something quick and easy to spot clean your home, then this could be an excellent addition to your supply closet.

The biggest limitation for this vacuum is that it only lasts for up to 20 minutes on a single charge. So, if you want it to clean your whole house in one pass that won’t be possible.​

However, it’s great for cleaning spills on your carpets or managing the nooks and crannies of your home that are otherwise impossible to reach with your standard vacuum. Overall, this is a great supplemental machine to go with your regular cleaner.

PROS

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    Cordless vacuum design
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    Lasts up to 20 minutes
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    Extra long arm to reach into tough spaces
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    Direct drive cleaning head gets deep into carpet
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    Ideal for spot cleaning or smaller homes
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    Crevice tool included
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    Lightweight and stores easily
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    Detach wand for more portable cleaning options
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    Mini soft detail brush for electronics
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    HEPA filter built in

CONS

  • Limited battery life
  • Not designed for heavy duty cleaning
  • Can get clogged with hair
Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet

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When it comes to the best high-end vacuums, both Dyson and Shark are at the top of the list. However, this model is designed to be an all-in-one cleaning machine that can tackle any room in your house with ease.

The secret to this vacuum is that you can pull the head away from the dust cup. This makes it technically an upright and a canister style machine all in one, which means that you can clean your whole house from top to bottom with this one device.

What we also like about this vacuum is that it is built for performance. It works on almost all flooring types, as well as the ceiling, furniture, and even the drapes.​

Adjust your settings for whichever surface you’re cleaning next, and it will do the job in a snap.

PROS

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    Upright vacuum
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    Detachable canister for more versatility
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    Designed for deeper carpets and pet hair
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    Controls on handle for convenience
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    Anti-allergen complete seal technology
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    HEPA filter built in
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    Hard floor attachment with microfiber pad
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    LED lights to see under furniture
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    Swivel steering for better agility
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    Extra long 30-foot power cord
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    Bagless canister design

CONS

  • Some pet hair can stick to the rollers can get stuck
  • Cleaning the dust canister can be tricky for some users
  • Heavier than other models
Hoover Linx BH50010 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

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If you want to avoid having to worry about cords getting in the way, then this next model might be right up your alley. Using lithium-ion batteries, this stick vacuum cleaner from Hoover can provide some excellent results with a slim and sleek design.

Much like the Dyson above, this vacuum is limited in its battery life, but fortunately, you can charge the batteries separately from the machine. This means that you can get multiple backups and keep on cleaning while the others are charging.

The slim profile makes this vacuum ideal for smaller homes with more nooks and crannies rather than broad swathes of carpeting. It works well on both carpets and hardwoods, and it has a bagless design that is effortless to clean. Overall, if you don’t need something heavy duty, this can be a great choice. Just be sure to get at least one backup battery so you can clean for longer than 20 minutes.

PROS

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    Thin and lightweight stick vacuum
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    Cordless; uses lithium-ion battery
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    Bagless design
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    Easy to empty dust cup
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    Wide and thin vacuum head to reach under furniture
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    Battery is removable and rechargeable
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    Battery indicator light
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    Cyclonic filtration for a deeper clean
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    Works on carpet and hardwood floors
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    Power controls on the handle for convenience
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    Side bristles for better cleaning
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    Weighs only ten pounds
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    20-30 minutes of battery life
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    Two-year warranty

CONS

  • Limited battery life
  • Need backup batteries to continue cleaning
  • Dust cup can create a mess
BISSELL 9595A Vacuum with OnePass

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For those who want a powerful vacuum with a ton of suction, this model from Bissell is a great option. This vacuum has a powerful motor and an innovative brush design that gets deep into carpets. As such, this particular unit is ideal for medium and high-pile carpeting, although it can work for hardwood floors as well.

What we like most about this vacuum is that it comes with a bagless design and a HEPA style washable filter. This means that you can clean much more easily without having to worry about any bags to replace. Best of all, the dust cup empties with a push of a button, making it super easy to manage.

PROS

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    Standard upright vacuum
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    Innovative brush design to get deeper into carpets
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    Turbo brush tool included for stairs and furniture
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    Bagless design
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    Washable filter
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    Large capacity dust bin
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    Adjust suction level for different floor types
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    Three attachments included
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    Onboard storage for accessories
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    Extra long 25-foot power cord
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    Two-year limited warranty

CONS

  • Smaller filter can clog easily
  • Some components can feel flimsy
  • Not ideal for hardwood floors
Miele Complete C3 Marin Canister Vacuum Cleaner

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Next, we have our first canister style vacuum. If you prefer to have this type of cleaner, then we highly recommend this  Miele unit above the rest. It has a six-stage motor that automatically adapts to your flooring type, and it even includes a special attachment for hardwood floors. Overall, you can get a much better clean with this vacuum.

What we also like about this model is that it comes with both fingertip and foot operated controls. Although it already adapts to your floor on its own, if you want to raise or lower the speed you can do so with a press of your foot. That, coupled with a 36-foot cleaning radius means that you can clean your whole house much faster with this machine.

PROS

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    Canister style vacuum
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    Six stage variable speed motor
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    Works on almost all floors
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    On/off buttons in handle for convenience
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    Foot-operated speed controls
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    LED light to see under furniture
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    Automatically adjusts to your floor
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    Onboard storage for accessories
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    Three attachments included
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    Extra large dust cup
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    HEPA filter included
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    Hardwood floor attachment
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    Cleaning radius of 36 feet

CONS

  • Can be hard to move the canister without picking it up
  • In rare cases, the brush roll may get clogged with hair
  • In some instances, air may bypass filter while cleaning
Prolux LED Upright Sealed H-Grade HEPA Allergen Pet Vacuum

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When choosing a vacuum, you have to pay attention if you have pets. Dander and pet hair can clog even the best models, which is why you need something that is designed specifically to handle it. In this case, the Prolux Upright is built to take on most pet hair with ease, so don’t worry about clogs or loss of suction due to your dog or cat.

What we also like about this vacuum is that it has a lot of other bonus features to make the cleaning experience more enjoyable. First of all, it shuts off if it ever overheats, which extends the life of the machine. Secondly, it has a wealth of attachments to make it much more versatile than the competition.​

Finally, it’s insulated so that it runs much quieter than most other cleaners, which can be a welcome change for some users. Overall, if you have pets, this is a fantastic machine.

PROS

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    Standard upright vacuum
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    Powerful 12 amp sealed motor
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    Steel brush roll to get deep into any carpet
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    Four attachments included
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    Onboard storage for all accessories
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    LED lights to see under furniture
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    Wide path for easier cleaning
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    On/off switch on handle for convenience
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    Insulated motor for quiet operation
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    Thermal reset switch if overheated
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    Indicator light when bag is full
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    Extra long 30-foot power cord
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    Soft vinyl wheels won’t scuff floors
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    Mini vacuum head for stairs and other surfaces
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    Seven-year limited warranty

CONS

  • In rare cases, the brush may get stuck and won’t adjust to different floors
  • Not ideal for hardwood cleaning
  • Hose can be tricky to use for some people
Oreck Graphite Bagged Upright Vacuum, U4300H2BS - Corded

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If you’re looking for something simple and lightweight, this next upright vacuum from Oreck is right up your alley. With a frame made of graphite, it is the lightest vacuum we’ve seen (besides the handheld at the beginning), making it an ideal choice for anyone who has to lug their cleaner up and down stairs.

What we also appreciate about this model is that it has a SaniSeal system to trap dust and allergens in the dust bags, and it has a HEPA filter to keep the air clean.​

Finally, it comes with a variable speed adjustment, meaning that you can work on hardwood or carpets with equal ease. Best of all, the controls are all on the handle for your convenience.

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    Extra lightweight upright vacuum
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    Weighs only nine pounds
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    Brush rotates at 5600 rpm
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    Generates up to 102 mph of wind suction
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    Variable speed control for different carpets
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    SaniSeal system prevents allergens and dust from escaping
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    Easy to change bags
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    HEPA filtration system
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    Two LED headlights to see under furniture
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    Ergonomic handle for better comfort
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    Works on hardwood floors
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    Extra long 30-foot power cord
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    Controls on handle for convenience
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    Six-year limited warranty

CONS

  • Can be hard to move for some users
  • Can be loud
  • Bags may fill quickly
Soniclean Soft Carpet Vacuum Cleaner/Handheld Combo

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For most vacuum cleaners, they work by generating a lot of suction to bring all of the dirt and debris out of your carpet. This particular model, however, also uses sonic vibrations to loosen the particles so that they can come up easier. So, if you have medium to high pile carpeting, this vacuum can do wonders for you

The other thing that we really like about this Soniclean model is that it comes with a handheld unit as well.

This is especially useful if you have to clean other surfaces such as the stairs or even your car. The upright vacuum is powerful enough for almost any floor type, and the handheld unit can clean the rest of your house with ease. There are also five attachments to give you even more versatility.

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    Two-in-one vacuum system
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    Upright and portable handheld model
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    Uses vibrations and suction to remove dirt
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    Nylon brush roll to get deeper into carpet
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    Large wheels for better maneuvering
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    JJam sensor technology
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    Five attachments included
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    Carrying case for all accessories
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    Adjustable vent system for various floor types
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    HEPA filtration system
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    Easy to change bags
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    Low profile design to get under furniture
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    Handheld unit is great for stairs and other surfaces
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    Five-year limited warranty

CONS

  • May be hard to push on high pile carpeting
  • Can be loud for some users
  • Handheld unit doesn’t have a swiveling hose
Electrolux EL4335A Corded Ultra Flex Canister Vacuum

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Although we said that the Miele Canister Vacuum was one of the best, we also have to give credit to this model from Electrolux. It has the same kind of powerful performance at a much lower price, so if you’re looking to save some money, then this unit will be a better option for you.

As far as performance goes, this vacuum has some of the best suction. It’s designed for high-pile carpets, but it also has three height levels so that you can work on almost any carpeting and even hardwood floors with ease. Best of all, the front has a swivel head so that you can maneuver around obstacles much more easily. Overall, this is the gold standard for canister vacuums at a remarkable price.

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    Canister style vacuum system
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    Ideal for extra plush carpets
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    Control buttons on handle for convenience
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    Three-level height adjustment for different floors
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    Self-cleaning brush roll doesn’t tangle easily
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    Smooth swivel steering for more agility
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    Adjustable suction for more versatility
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    Bagless design
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    Easy carry handle for the base
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    Washable HEPA filter
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    33 feet of cleaning reach
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    Three attachments included with onboard storage
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    Relatively lightweight design
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    Five-year limited warranty

CONS

  • Can be hard to replace filters
  • In rare cases, the pivot point on the head may not work properly
  • Some components may feel flimsy
Kenmore Elite Intuition Canister Vacuum Cleaner 21814

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Our final stop is this canister vacuum from Kenmore. Compared to the others on this list, this unit is more than capable of cleaning most floors with ease, but it doesn’t have quite as many features as the others that we’ve seen. Nonetheless, this is a workhorse that will deliver consistent results every time.

The primary purpose for this cleaner is to make sure that your air is as clean as possible.​

It has a HEPA filter and bags that eliminate dust and allergens from the air, and it’s highly rated for that fact. It’s also designed to work well with pet hair and dander, making it an ideal choice for households that have a lot of pets.

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    Canister style vacuum system
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    Controls on handle for convenience
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    Ideal for pet hair and dander
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    HEPA filter removes dust and allergens from the air
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    Easy carry handle on the base
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    Adjusts to meet your flooring type
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    Pet hair attachment for better cleaning
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    Dual motor system
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    Variable speed controls
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    Long eight-foot hose
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    Bagless design

CONS

  • More expensive than other models
  • May get stuck on high pile carpet due to suction
  • Some components may be rather flimsy

If you’re looking for the best of the best out of this list, we have to say that our top picks are the Electrolux Canister Vacuum and the Soniclean Upright. Both of these models have what it takes to clean your whole house from top to bottom, and we love that the Soniclean comes with a handheld unit that can work for your stairs or your car. Overall, the features and benefits of these vacuums are second to none.

How to Choose the Best Vacuum For Carpet

Upright vs. Canister

This is one comparison that boils down to personal preference more than anything, but it is still an important distinction to have. To better understand the differences between the two, let’s break them down into their upsides and downsides.

Upright

These vacuums are the most common because they are the easiest to use. Since the vacuum head and dust bag are all in one device, you can move around your house without any issues. The most significant drawback to these kinds of cleaners, however, is that they are not conducive to cleaning multiple surfaces. While some units can work on soft, wool shag and berber carpets and hardwoods, they don’t work well on stairs and furniture. Overall, with an upright vacuum, you are going to be focusing on your floor only.

Canister

If you’re looking for a more versatile machine that can clean practically any surface in your home, then a canister vacuum can be your answer. These work by separating the head from the dust collector so that you can move around much more freely. These vacuums are better for homes where you have a lot of different surfaces to clean; not just floors. The downside to these units is that they can be more cumbersome and harder to move up and down stairs since you have to carry two parts instead of one.

Bagless vs. Bagged

Back in the old days, vacuums collected dust in bags that had to be emptied and disposed of whenever they got full. This system is fine for most households, but the downside is that you have to keep extra bags on hand, which can be an added expense. Also, the bags have a tendency to fill up quickly and result in loss of suction for the vacuum itself.

Bagless models are becoming much more popular because they don’t lose suction as easily, and they can be much easier to clean. In many cases, you can simply dump the dirt out into the garbage with a press of a button. The downside, however, is that you can create a dust cloud and send allergens back into the air. Bags seal everything inside, so if you suffer from intense allergies, then you might need to avoid bagless vacuums.

Size

If you have a large home with a lot of surface area, then you want to get a vacuum that can clean it all in one pass if possible. However, if you live in a smaller house and don’t need to clean so much, then a smaller vacuum is your best bet. When picking out a vacuum, there are three size aspects you should consider first.

Cordless vs. Corded: some models use battery power to create suction, which means that you can maneuver into tighter spaces without having to worry about tripping on a cord. This also limits how long you can clean, however.

Head Width: you want something that will make your job as easy as possible. If you have a lot of flooring, a wider head is better. If you need to get into smaller spaces, a thinner one is best.

Weight: this will matter mostly if you have to lug it up and down stairs, as almost every vacuum has wheels to make it easy to move around.

Attachments

● First, think about what kind of spaces you need to get into, and think about which attachments will work best.

● Second, see if there is storage for all accessories on the device. If not, they could easily get lost in your home.

● Third, make sure that your vacuum will work well with attachments. For example, if the hose is too short to allow you to get where you want to go, no amount of accessories will help.

Floor Type

Finally, when making your final decision for a vacuum cleaner, you want to be sure that it can handle your floors with ease. So, if you have high-pile carpet, thin rugs, or hardwood, you want a vacuum that can do the job without breaking down or leaving a residue. Thus, it’s important that you assess what kind of floors and surfaces that you have first so that you can look to see if the vacuum is rated to handle them. Some models are great on multiple floor types while others are perfectly suited for a single purpose (such as high-pile carpeting).

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About the Author David Perez

I have a passion for clean floors and living areas, so it is no surprise that I know a lot about vacuum cleaners and how to clean different surfaces. Sharing this knowledge gives me a lot of pleasure which is why I started this blog and I hope everyone who needs help will find the help they are looking for here.

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