There's no use doing a chore if all your hard work is for nothing. Yep, you'd be surprised at how much dirt, debris, and pet hair a low-quality vacuum can leave behind. Choosing a good vacuum is a must if you want to have a clean home.
Perhaps most importantly, a vacuum must be versatile enough to use on all of the surfaces in your home—including upholstery and hardwood or tile floors.
Whether you have kids, pets, high-pile carpet, or all three—these are the best vacuums you can buy.
Best Upright Vacuum: Miele Dynamic U1 Cat and Dog
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With attention to detail and superior suction, Miele makes some of the best vacuums on the market. The Dynamic U1 Cat & Dog is a unique upright with an automatic height adjuster and enough heft to keep it from tipping over when its flexible hose is in use. Read our review.
Best Vacuum for Carpet: Kenmore Elite 31150
It's hard to get dirt out of high-pile carpet. But for under $300, the Kenmore Elite 31150 gets the job done. Thanks to powerful suction and a motorized brushroll, it beats out pricier competitors from Dyson and Miele when it comes to cleaning carpets. Read our review.
Best Canister Vacuum: Miele Complete C3 Kona
If you have a variety of surfaces to clean, you should be cleaning with a canister vacuum—and the Miele Complete C3 Kona is the best canister you can buy. Not only does it have tools to fit inside every nook and cranny, but it's easy to use and picks up dirt and debris exceptionally well. Read our review.
Best Vacuum for Pet Owners: Kenmore Progressive 21614
The Kenmore 21614 is heavier than pricier vacuums—but at $250 on sale, it's also a great value. A thick-bristled brush and a Pet Powermate attachment makes it easy to get cat and dog fur off upholstery as well as carpet. Read our review.
Best Cordless Vacuum: Hoover Cordless 2-in-1 Stick and Handheld Vacuum
Cordless vacuums aren't powerful enough to clean your whole home, but they're great for quick cleanups in the kitchen and near entryways. Hoover's cordless vacuum can either be used as a stick or handheld, and a removable battery means you'll always have a charge on tap. Read our review.
Best Robot Vacuum: Neato Botvac 80
Robot vacuums are great for maintaining your carpets and floors between cleanings, but a robot that can't climb up on area rugs or that get lost on the way to its charger is no good. That's why the Neato Botvac 80 is such a good choice: Not only is it affordable, but it's as good a robot as it is a vacuum. Read our review.