Let’s all agree that *every* season is cleaning season, not just spring. And in honor of this bold (and super adulty) acknowledgment, we did a bit of rooting around in search of the suckiest vacuum for all your needs. We covered every situation: when you’re cleaning up after furry Fido, maintaining that spendy (and oh-so-soft) shag rug, and tapping into your lazy side. Read on for the best vacuum buys for pet hair removal, small spaces, and more.
The Dyson Ball Animal 2 ($400) will keep your home looking pristine even if there are a couple of mutts running around.
Why We Love It: no messy filters, super high suction, lots of accessories, time-tested
The Downside: no way to adjust suction
Love the way that shag feels between your toes but are constantly worried about keeping it clean? Try the BISSELL 9595A Corded Vacuum Cleaner ($80) for all your shagadelic needs.
Why We Love It: powerful suction, lightweight build, innovative brush design, affordable
The Downside: not great on solid flooring
Use the Miele Classic C1 Olympus Canister Vacuum ($329) to clean *even* when the baby is asleep. Or late at night.
Why We Love It: low noise level, long cord, ideal for cleaning low-pile carpeting, rugs, and smooth flooring
The Downside: not great for pet hair
Love playing air guitar and hate tripping over cords? Liberate yourself and invest in the Dyson V8 Absolute ($600). Clean a rug, cut a rug, repeat.
Why We Love It: no cord, powerful suction, special hardwood cleaner head included
The Downside: spendy, spendy, spendy
If a broom isn’t exactly cutting it on the hardwood, try seamlessly moving between carpet and flooring with the Shark Navigator Lift Away ($160).
Why We Love It: easy lift-away canister, HEPA filter, brush roll shutoff
The Downside: shorter cord, top heavy
The future is here with your own personal iRobot Roomba 690 ($375) that cleans your floors for you!
Why We Love It: WiFi connected, cleaning presets, relatively affordable (for a bot)
The Downside: navigation issues tracking on dark flooring
Great for cleaning up isolated spills and all-around car detailing, the Dyson DC34 Handheld ($157) is compact, functional, and v cute.
Why We Love It: two-year warranty, super fast digital motor, the most power-efficient handheld vacuum on the market.
The Downside: battery doesn’t last very long, recharge can take up to three hours
We know it’s hard to pick one vac to rule them all, but the Black+Decker BDH2020FLFH MAX Lithium Flex ($71) comes *pretty* close.
Why We Love It: lightweight, versatile, quiet
The Downside: attachments not universally adaptable, suction weaker than others
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