Maybe you’re still releasing a cloud of dust on the very section of floor you just cleaned every time you have to change the bag in the canister. Maybe your arms are sore from pushing a ridiculously heavy upright over the same spot over and over and over because its suction barely works.
If either is true, stop. Really. Just stop.
Vacuum technology has come a really long way over the last few years and there are now countless models that can make cleaning up easier, from cordless wonders (no tangles or getting whipped!) to robots (do it for me!) to machines with snazzy attachments expertly designed to get in tight spots or grab pet hair.
Here are a few top picks that get consistently great reviews in five different categories, depending on what you’re looking for.
The new-this-year Dyson V8 Cord-Free ($599) comes with a premium price tag because of its sophisticated, no-cord engineering. A small digital motor delivers powerful suction while allowing the vacuum to stay super light, and a post-motor filter captures fine dust and allergens to clean up your air. Its “direct drive cleaner head” is designed to grab deep-seated dirt and hair and it comes with a soft roller head for bigger debris and wood floors, plus handheld and crevice tools for corners and other hard-to-reach spots. Bonus for small apartments: You mount the dock on the wall for space-sensitive storage and charging.
If you’d rather have a vacuum that literally does the job for you, the robot category is where it’s at (although most people find you’ll still have to do deeper cleans occasionally, since even the best ones rarely get everything). There are fancier models being released every day, but the iRobot Roomba 650 ($324) is still the number one best seller in the category on Amazon, with thousands of positive reviews that attest to the fact that it gets stuck on household obstacles (carpet edges, under couches, etc.) way less often than others. It’s also more affordable than many others, especially considering its high marks.
To see the Neato Botvac Connected in action is truly impressive: It’s brushes and powerful suction mean your floor is deep cleaned, whether you have carpets tile or hardwood; It’s unique shape and CornerCleaver technology means that no nook or cranny is safe; and It’s LaserSmart mapping and navigation means it knows where it is, what still needs to be cleaned, and not to bump into your furniture. Even pet hairballs are no match, and it’s large dustbin means it can collect more dirt with less clean-outs. Thanks to it’s connected app, you can start, stop, pause and schedule the vacuum from on the go— so you floors are spotless when you return home.
Got a big house and kids that get stuff everywhere? The Electrolux Precision Brushroll Clean ($193) is sturdy, reliable, and outfitted with tech features like a “multi-cyclonic” suction system (AKA it picks stuff up really well) and a sealed HEPA filtration system. A very cool self-cleaning brushroll design also allows you to get hair and other things that get stuck out of there with the press of a button. In reviewing many models, CNET wrote that, “The search for vacuum perfection is ongoing, but the Electrolux Precision Brushroll Clean gets pretty darn close.”
The Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away ($260) performs nearly as well as more expensive upright models and comes with an entire collection of attachments for however your clean-up emergency changes day-to-day. That includes an upholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush, and pet power brush. It’s also light and comparatively quiet.
for pet hair
This little handheld vacuum doesn’t look like anything special, but if you have a dog that never seems to stop shedding or just adopted a litter of kittens, it could save your life. The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser ($30) has a specially designed rubber nozzle that grabs hair (and embedded dirt) in an incredibly effective way, making it perfect for cleaning up couches, stairs, pillows, and other places where hair accumulates that are easier to hit by hand.
Do you use a vacuum with high-tech features that really performs? Tell me the model you swear by and why love it in the comments, below!