The Bissell CleanView 9595A is our overall winner.
It sells for around $90 online and in stores. Our tests showed that the CleanView offered the perfect balance of performance and price. While this Bissell didn't excel in any one test, it did well across the board. Other vacuums on our list are better suited for a certain type of household—say, pet owners—but the CleanView is a great generalist.
In our tests, we create a special dirt mixture that's representative of the dust and debris that gets tracked through most households. Then, we embed it into a normal carpet—the same way your feet would push dirt into your carpets at home. The CleanView picked up 43.5 percent of that dirt—which is about average. By comparison, the best vacuum we've ever tested only cleaned about 75 percent in a single pass.
We also felt that the included crevice, dusting, and turbo brush accessories are also going to satisfy the needs of most households. At 77 dBa, it was louder than more expensive models, but one of the quietest vacuums we tested at its price.
The overall best does have a few flaws: The Bissell CleanView does not have a retractable cord, nor can it carry most of its attachments on board. It also struggled with pet hair and deep pile carpet.
However, it cleaned well across every other flooring type, had no problem with picking up debris, gets good user reviews for reliability and robustness, and costs ten percent less than its closest competitor. That's exactly how it got to be our number one choice.