6 Top-Rated Vacuums for the Home

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When shopping for a new vacuum cleaner, you can improve your satisfaction with the end result if you know what to look for. Good vacuum cleaner brands spend a bit more attention on refining the essential features that matter for the quality of the vacuum cleaner. These include:

  • High suction power - It costs more to create a high-powered vacuum cleaner, but the cleaning results will be better. If you need to clean up dropped peas or other small dirt in places where kids play, you will appreciate a more powerful vacuum.
  • Quietness level - Quality vacuum brands invest more resources in making their models run quietly. This enhances your family's comfort when you have to run the vacuum cleaner on Saturday mornings while everyone is still in bed.

There are many other considerations for buying a quality vacuum. Here are some top-rated options for a new vacuum cleaner.

Hoover - Windtunnel 3 Pro Bagless Pet Upright Vacuum

This vacuum cleaner from Hoover is available starting around $169. This is considered a lower price to pay for a premium vacuum brand. For this price, you get a high-powered vacuum with the ability to suck up hard to reach dirt. It comes with a pet tool accessory pack. This lets you easily clean up after your dogs and cats. The vacuum comes with an easy to clean bagless container, self-retracting cord, and hairbrush. You can seamlessly move between surfaces by the click of a button and getting on with the job.

Shark - Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed Bagless Upright Vacuum

This model of vacuum cleaner comes from Shark. Shark is a highly reputed brand in the bagless, handheld vacuum category. It compares well to other top-rated vacuum brands like Hoover. The Shark Lift-Away Upright Vacuum performs very well on hardwood floors and also does well on carpets. It costs $255 and up, depending on the retailer. This model pays extra attention to the details of the cleaner's experience. Anti-Allergen seal technology, for example, helps protect you from allergens in the dust and ensure a worry-free cleaning experience.

Dyson - Cinetic Big Ball Animal Bagless Upright Vacuum

Dyson is one of the famous vacuum brands, noted for their designs that rethink the concept of vacuum cleaning from the ground up. Their Cinetic Big Ball Animal Bagless Upright Vacuum sticks closely to the Dyson philosophy. It features an adjustable ball head that makes it easy to clean under furniture and other hard to reach places. This model has been specially created for cleaning homes with pets, making it ideal for the unique demand of homes with dogs and other animals.

Shark - APEX DuoClean Powered Lift-Away AX951

This heavy-duty vacuum cleaner from Shark will get the job done where others have failed. It uses special Powered Lift-Away to extend its cleaning reach. It features Shark's anti-allergen technology to protect the cleaner from allergens and DuoClean technology for a more effective cleaning effect. This vacuum operates quietly and can glide smoothly over different surface types while retaining good suction for any cleaning job. You can purchase the Shark APEX DuoClean Lift-Away for around $400.

Samsung - POWERbot R7040 App-Controlled Robot Vacuum

A new class of robotic vacuum from manufacturers like Samsung and others promises to eliminate grunt work from vacuuming entirely. This robot vacuum can drive itself around your house, efficiently cleaning floors and avoiding obstacles at the same time. At a price of around $500, it's a bit more pricey than a typical vacuum but its extra convenience can save you hours from your cleaning chores. The robot vacuum uses edge-cleaning and mapping technology, and powerful suction for a thorough floor cleaning.

iRobot - Roomba 980 App-Controlled Self-Charging Robot Vacuum

For a time-saving vacuum that achieves superior cleaning results, look no further than iRobot's Roomba 980. This is another robotic vacuum that requires no human intervention while it works. Its use of Carpet Boost and AeroForce technology means that it is effective even on very dirty surfaces. This robotic vacuum responds to voice commands as well as commands entered via mobile app. Its Visual Localization technology enables it to clean an entire level of your home with no labor on your part.