Most people enjoy having clean floors in their homes. Unfortunately, finding the right vacuum cleaner that works well and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg can be a bit of a challenge. The folks at Reviews.com decided to master the challenge of finding the best overall vacuum cleaner for you.
Best Overall Winner
The Hoover Air Cordless Lift – This vacuum cleaner took top spot for a multitude of reasons.
- Fantastic suction power! It picked up 100% of the different testing materials in just 2 passes (1 front and 1 back.) The reviewers used a combination of Cheerios, sand, ground cinnamon and talcum powder to represent both large and fine particle debris.
- At a mere 12 pounds, it is easy to move from room to room.
- It is very maneuver in tight spaces.
- It does a good job picking up debris found in corners.
- It is battery-operated so there is no cord to get in your way while cleaning.
Top Three Runners Up
- The Oreck XL Classic – Chosen as the Best Performer for Carpets. It’s the loudest of all vacuums tested but has great cleaning power.
- The Samsung VU7000 Motion Sync – Chosen as the Best Performer for Bare Floors and for allergy sufferers. It is heavy to maneuver but it comes with a top class advanced HEPA Filtration System.
- The Bissell CleanView 9595A – Chosen as the Best Budget Pick. At $79.00 on Amazon, this vacuum was the least expensive model tested that gave good cleaning performance.
Vacuum Cleaner Tips To Keep In Mind
- Most vacuum cleaner filters should be replaced, on average, every 3 to 6 months.
- Stick-style vacuums work best for small spaces and when used for above-the-floor cleaning tasks.
- Canister vacuums work bests when used for furniture and spaces that can be difficult to reach.
- Lithium batteries (like the ones often used in cordless vacuums) generally need to be replaced every 2 to 3 years.
- Vacuum cleaners can range in price anywhere from $50 up to more than $1,000
Little Known Vacuum Cleaner Facts
- The average person will spend up to an hour a week, over the course of a lifetime, using a vacuum cleaner.
- If you attempt to vacuum up damp dirt or mud, it will clog the roller brush and reduce its cleaning effectiveness.
- Using a vacuum cleaner that doesn’t have a “Bare Floor” option on floors, can result in premature wear and tear on floor finishes.
- A vacuum cleaner’s performance has more to do with air flow ability than it does how many amps it has.