The Best Upright and Canister Vacuums

Staff author Sabine Heinlein has been a journalist for over twenty years. She obsesses over find out how to take away cat and rabbit fur from her sofa and hairballs from her heirloom rugs.

For this information, we did the next:

  • We examined 16 corded upright and canister vacuum cleaners in 2023, spending greater than 80 hours scrutinizing them at our check facility in Long Island City, New York, and one other 20 hours testing them in a multi-pet, multi-story, multi-surface house.
  • We spoke to hoover cleaner collectors and repair specialists, engineers, product managers, and CEOs from all main vacuum corporations. We additionally spent greater than 80 hours scouring the web sites of producers and unbiased vacuum professionals.
  • We pored over proprietor critiques, carried out an in-house survey, and talked to dozens of real-life corded vacuum homeowners.
  • We employed the AI device DiscoverOurView to determine essential themes and points in 1000’s of buyer critiques.

If you reside in a small petless condo with simply a few rugs, it’s possible you’ll get away with a cordless stick or a robotic as your sole vacuum cleaner. But when you have a much bigger house, or when you have pets, plenty of rugs, or wall-to-wall carpets, you’ll doubtless need a plug-in upright or canister mannequin.

While a stick or robotic vacuum may be simpler to retailer and extra handy to make use of, plug-in vacuums are extra {powerful} and extra sturdy. They take away pet fur and mud extra completely than cordless or robotic fashions and, with their limitless run time and flexibility, they work for properties of all sizes. The finest ones include one or two spinning brush heads that penetrate carpet fibers to take away deep-seated dust and have a number of attachments for cleansing couches and bookshelves.



Upright vs. canister vacuums: Plug-in vacuums are available in each upright and canister fashions. Choosing one over the opposite usually comes down to non-public choice. “I believe it’s a idiot’s errand to attempt to get somebody who’s used to a canister to change to an upright—or vice versa,” stated John van Leuven, CEO of SEBO America, maker of our high upright vacuum and canister vacuum picks.

Upright vacuums are a single unit, conveniently stand on their very own, and are typically simpler to stow away in a closet or nook than a canister mannequin. Canister vacuums are available in two related elements: a wand with a hose and a pod or canister that accommodates the motor and dustbin or bag.

While it may well really feel bizarre to make use of a canister vacuum at first, we’ve identified many longtime upright customers who made the change as a result of canisters really feel lighter to steer and are simpler to maneuver up and down stairs. They are likely to clog much less usually and are simpler to unclog. Unlike upright machines, most canisters include a handy automated wire rewind.

Bagged vs. bagless vacuums: Bagged vacuum cleaners accumulate mud and particles in a sealed, replaceable bag, whereas bagless fashions collect it instantly in a dustbin, which you empty into the trash.

While bagless machines don’t require you to purchase costly luggage, they want extra upkeep than their bagged counterparts. In addition to emptying and cleansing the dustbin, the filters of bagless machines must be washed and changed recurrently to keep up cleansing energy.

James Brown, service specialist and museum curator at Mr. Vacuum Cleaner, advised us that positive mud, equivalent to talc and plaster mud, tends to construct up inside bagless fashions over time. “Even HEPA filters can fail and get oversaturated,” Brown added. “Even if the mud hasn’t began penetrating the filter, it may well reduce down the airflow. Air strain builds up and goes across the filter and seals.” As a outcome, the vacuum loses suction and also you threat damaging the motor, he defined.

Bags can assist a vacuum last more however must be changed a number of occasions per 12 months. (The non-generic ones can price greater than $6 every.) Bagged fashions are additionally higher for individuals who have allergy symptoms or bronchial asthma as a result of they hold mud and allergens sealed away. Bags are simpler to discard with out unintentionally spilling a pile of mud or particles again into your face.

HEPA vs. S-class filters: Some vacuums include both HEPA or S-class filters, which are perfect for indoor allergy victims. HEPA filters are commonplace within the US and are able to capturing a minimum of 99.97% of 0.3-micron particles (the scale of mud, pollen, and mould, for instance). SEBO’s S-class filters are able to absorbing negligibly fewer particles (99.9% right down to 0.3 microns), based on van Leuven.

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In our most up-to-date spherical of testing, we tried 16 upright and canister vacuums. Here’s how we evaluated them:

Suction and airflow: We measured every vacuum’s airflow with an anemometer and evaluated its suction with a specialised suction gauge. You want excessive airflow as a result of suction alone can’t transfer particles up the wand and into the bin, based on vacuum service specialist James Brown. “If I put a penny on my hand, put the nozzle over the penny, switched the machine on, switched it off and let it wind down, the penny would nonetheless be there as a result of there’s no air shifting down the tube to take it to the place it must go. But you possibly can nonetheless really feel the strain of it pulling your hand to the nozzle.”

Cleaning efficiency: We then tried every vacuum on several types of rugs and on naked flooring strewn with Cheerios, fur, baking soda, chook seed, and glitter.

  • We sprinkled baking soda near partitions and corners to see how nicely every machine picked up mud in tight areas. (Note: We don’t advocate that you simply vacuum giant quantities of baking soda or superfine mud, as it might harm the motor, notably in bagless machines.)
  • We unfold 50 grams of sand on a 2-foot-by-3-foot part of low-to-medium-pile carpet and vacuumed it vigorously for 30 seconds. We then measured how a lot of the sand the vacuum collected. We evenly distributed rabbit and cat fur on the carpet to evaluate how a lot effort it took for every machine to take away it.
  • We ran the highest performers in a multi-person, multi-pet, multi-rug house for a number of weeks to see how they dealt with stairs, in addition to a wide range of surfaces and messes (bunny hay and cat litter included).

Cleaner head design: We paid particular consideration to the design and performance(s) of every cleaner head.

  • We most popular fashions with a motorized brush roll that propels itself, which makes it simpler to push and maneuver the machine. A motorized brush can be essential as a result of suction and airflow alone don’t take away dust as completely. “You want agitation, which is what the brushes do,” defined Brown. “They vibrate and sweep the carpet and dislodge the dust. The airflow takes it away.”
  • We vacuumed up hair extensions and checked whether or not brush rolls might be simply eliminated for detangling and cleansing.
  • We checked every cleaner head’s flexibility, whether or not it was peak adjustable, and if it had headlights and/or indicators that signify clogs, full luggage, and/or the necessity for half alternative.

Comfort, versatility, and ease of use: We examined the consolation and maneuverability of every vacuum with a variety of testers of various heights and sizes, together with people in wheelchairs and with shoulder, hand, and arm points.

  • We famous how straightforward it was to take away every vacuum’s bag or empty the dustbin.
  • We famous whether or not you would modify the peak of the vacuum wand (canisters) or deal with (upright machines). We assessed how the deal with felt, and whether or not the wand and cleaner head may arise on their very own (on canisters). We additionally famous whether or not the mannequin felt gentle, versatile, and straightforward to maneuver or heavy and clunky.
  • We regarded on the placement of its wire storage and controls. We most popular vacuums with a easy auto-rewind perform, with their on/off buttons and suction controls on the deal with versus the physique.
  • We checked out how a lot house every vacuum would take up in storage.
  • We measured every vacuum’s noise stage with the SPLnFFT app.
  • We tried out its above-floor attachments on bookshelves, between seat cushions, and on several types of upholstery.

Warranty, customer support, and reliability: We regarded for fashions with a confirmed monitor document and good buyer care.

  • We favored fashions with a minimum of a three-year guarantee and examined every firm’s guarantee exclusions.
  • We checked whether or not a vacuum’s hose, which is commonly the primary part to crack, appeared robust and versatile, and whether or not a machine’s housing was produced from sturdy plastic. We dominated out vacuums whose elements broke throughout testing.
  • We scoured a whole lot of buyer critiques on Amazon and Best Buy, and analyzed 1000’s of critiques utilizing the AI device DiscoverOurView to determine essential themes and points.
  • We referred to as customer support for every of our high performers to expertise the method and to find out how straightforward it was to order elements.



Photo: Marki Williams

Our choose

SEBO Felix Premium

The finest upright vacuum

This trendy, bagged upright vacuum has formidable cleansing energy and is adjustable, versatile, and agile. It ought to final for a decade or two.

Buying Options

For upright fanatics who need all of it, the SEBO Felix Premium provides wonderful cleansing energy and filtration, comfy dealing with, and an extra-long guarantee. It additionally has a wide range of totally different designs and capabilities which you can select from.

It’s an distinctive cleaner. Whether offered with glitter, positive mud, fur, or cereal, this mannequin hungrily scarfed up extra particles than virtually some other vacuum we examined. It was the highest performer in each the upright and canister classes at selecting up sand (solely the a lot heavier, dearer Riccar Tandem Air Deluxe did higher), and it excelled in our baking soda check. While its electrical cleaner head struggled with baking soda near baseboards, its parquet brush, designed for delicate naked wooden floors, picked up baking soda in a single move (each parallel and head-on, which is uncommon).

It comes with two efficient, well-designed cleaner heads. The SEBO Felix comes with a motorized cleaner head with a self-propelling brush that helps dig up and agitate dust and ferret it up into the vacuum. You can modify the cleaner head to 4 heights, which helps it work successfully on naked flooring and low-pile, medium-pile, and thicker carpets. (Other upright vacuums we examined tended to jam on thicker carpets.)

The Felix additionally has a warning gentle that flashes if the peak must be adjusted or the cleaner head turns into clogged, a handy function that the majority different vacuums we examined lacked. It is especially straightforward to take away the comb roll if it does get tangled: It pops out with the press of a button, whereas different machines require instruments and finagling.

The non-motorized parquet brush has smooth horsehair bristles designed for delicate wooden flooring. Although not fairly as versatile and nimble as that of the Miele Complete C3 Calima PowerLine, in our assessments, the Felix’s parquet brush labored nice at eradicating baking soda from naked flooring and alongside baseboards the place the motorized cleaner head struggled.

It’s comfy, light-weight, and quiet. The SEBO Felix feels gentle and comfy to maneuver. Its self-propelling cleaner head glides easily throughout all kinds of carpets, rugs, and thresholds. Unlike different machines we examined, the Felix didn’t make wheel tracks or streaks, leaving the carpet in pristine situation.

The height-adjustable deal with hugs your hand, making it extra comfy to carry than these of the opposite uprights we examined. Its wire wrap is situated excessive sufficient so that you don’t should bend right down to bundle up the wire. And its hose storage doubles as a handy carrying deal with, so you possibly can tote the machine sideways, which makes it simpler to haul up and down stairs.

It converts to a handheld vacuum, with helpful attachments. By eradicating the hose and attaching one in every of its two instruments, the Felix immediately transforms from an upright flooring vacuum into a transportable handheld. Its pod detaches and has a snug aspect deal with. Our 5-foot-4 tester discovered the prolonged hose with the included extra-long crevice device adequate to achieve her 8-foot ceilings.

In addition to the crevice device, the Felix comes with a triangular mud brush that swivels 360 levels and is nice for each bookshelves and tight corners. While the triangular brush does a terrific job cleansing fur off of upholstery, you may wish to contemplate getting a turbo brush attachment particularly designed for this function. Or you should buy the pet equipment, which additionally features a pet grooming device. (SEBO attachments are inexpensive than equal Miele attachments.)

It’s straightforward to empty and to vary the filters. The Felix’s bag and filters are accessed from the highest of the pod, so that you don’t should squat to trade them (most upright vacuums require you to achieve additional right down to take away clips or press buttons). Its beneficiant 1-gallon luggage are barely bigger than these of our canister choose.

The Felix makes use of S-class filters, which must be exchanged solely each 10 to twenty luggage however filter a tiny bit much less particles than HEPA filters.

It’s trendy and may be dressed up. With its curvy, retro form the Felix seems nicer than most different vacuums we tried. It is available in three colours (purple, blue, and white), every with a coordinating patterned “skirt.” The skirt is definitely an exhaust filter, and you should buy extra patterned skirts (flowers, plaid, cheetah print, and geometric designs, amongst others) to vary up your Felix’s look.

It’s sturdy, with a wonderful guarantee and nice customer support. Service specialists we spoke to usually love the German-made SEBO machines. SEBO is brief for Semigewerkliche Bodenpflege (Semi-commercial Floorcare). “From its DNA, it’s a industrial vacuum cleaner firm,” stated John van Leuven, CEO of SEBO America, explaining that the corporate was based in 1978 however solely began promoting residential machines in 1999.

Based on interviews with vacuum specialists and restore technicians, we’ve proof that SEBO fashions can final for many years with correct care and upkeep. (“Twenty years just isn’t uncommon,” Van Leuven advised us.)

SEBO additionally provides probably the most beneficiant and complete warranties of our picks. Parts and labor are coated for 5 years and the motor for seven years. The guarantee robotically will increase to seven years and 10 years respectively, in the event you register your vacuum with SEBO. (The machine have to be bought from a licensed seller or instantly by way of SEBO.)

SEBO’s customer support is superb. When we referred to as, a cordial and educated agent picked up the telephone inside the minute and helpfully—and accurately—answered our questions. (Unlike Shark, maker of our finances choose, SEBO can be reached by way of e mail.)

Flaws however not dealbreakers

It’s an upright. The Felix shares its greatest flaws with most different upright machines. Compared to a canister vacuum, it may well really feel heavy in your fingers and wrists, and it lacks an automated wire rewind.

It’s dear. We examined upright vacuums starting from $30 to $1,200. At round $750, the Felix is dearer than many of the vacuums we tried, but it surely carried out higher and will final for much longer.

It’s tough to regulate the deal with size. The Felix’s deal with peak may be adjusted by pulling on a plastic lever on the bottom, however a few of our testers struggled to make it work.

It’s a bit noisy. Due to its {powerful} motor, this mannequin was noisier than many of the cheaper uprights we examined. (Only the extra {powerful} Riccar and the Dyson Ball Animal 3 Extra have been louder.) If noise is a matter for you, we advocate you go for one in every of our canister picks, which are typically quieter.

It’s not as broadly accessible as different vacuums. You should order SEBO vacuums from SEBO’s web site or purchase them on-line from a licensed seller. SEBO fashions aren’t accessible at main division or big-box shops, so it might be tough to choose one up in your space (examine SEBO’s seller locator). Note that Amazon and Walmart aren’t approved sellers; machines purchased by way of these websites gained’t include a guaranty.

Though SEBO has greater than 400 approved sellers and repair specialists within the US (rather less than Miele, maker of our runner-up canister choose), it’s possible you’ll not be capable to discover one in your space: There are none in Manhattan and solely a handful in Brooklyn and Queens, for instance. But faulty machines may be despatched on to SEBO’s US headquarters in Colorado. SEBO pays for transport each methods in the course of the guarantee interval.

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Budget choose

Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352

An affordable, well-rounded upright

Though removed from good, this bagless upright is likely one of the finest vacuums you should buy for lower than $200. We’ve been recommending it since 2014.

Buying Options

Though it lacks the ability and further options of our high choose, the Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352 vacuum cleaner is the best and dependable under-$200 vacuum we’ve tried. But it doesn’t do nicely on thicker carpets and rugs, and its guarantee is extraordinarily restricted. If something breaks (other than the motor), you’re out of luck.

It’s a succesful cleaner (for smaller particles). Thanks to its spectacular suction and airflow, the Navigator sucked up greater than two-thirds of the sand we unfold out, whereas its opponents in the identical worth vary solely received about half or much less. It additionally did nice on fur and glitter. Tons of buyer critiques, even some negative ones, agree that the Navigator is an excellent cleaner. (Pet-hair pickup particularly earns large reward.)

But it struggles with bigger particles. Because of its low-riding cleaner head, which isn’t height-adjustable like that of the SEBO Felix, the Navigator snowplowed Cheerios and chook seeds.

And it chokes on thick carpet and rugs. While the Navigator is comfy sufficient to maneuver on dense, low-pile carpet, we struggled to push it on our fluffy, low-pile testing carpet, even after opening the mechanical suction bleed all the best way. Our DiscoverOurView evaluation revealed that many clients have problems pushing the Navigator throughout carpets and rugs. (Other Navigator fashions seem to endure from the identical subject: More than 20% of shoppers complain that they will’t comfortably push the nearly an identical Shark Navigator 360 on carpets and rugs, for instance.) We requested Shark in regards to the subject, and whereas we have been requested to reply an inventory of questions (which we promptly did), we by no means obtained a response.

Several restore specialists have advised us that Shark’s cleaner heads usually break prematurely.

It’s straightforward to maneuver. The Navigator is simply lower than a pound heavier than our high choose—and its swiveling cleaner head, which is narrower than that of our different picks, makes it straightforward to steer in small corners and round obstacles. But due to its weight distribution, this mannequin tends to tip over in the event you yank the hose.

It converts right into a handheld cleaner and has helpful instruments. While not extraordinary anymore, the “lift-away” function makes cleansing up above floor straightforward: You can take off the pod and set it down, so that you’re left with simply hose, deal with, and hand device. Basic crevice and fabric instruments are included with all Navigator fashions. The latter does nicely on stairs and fabric. But in contrast to our high choose, a dusting brush doesn’t come included—it’s important to purchase it individually.

It’s extra sturdy than most finances vacuums. Owners report that they’ve had this machine for a few years, and a few even replaced their outdated one with the same model. Wirecutter staffers who’ve owned the Navigator for seven or eight years advised us that it nonetheless performs prefer it did on day one.

But the guarantee isn’t as beneficiant because it seems. At first look, Shark’s five-year guarantee on the motor seems reassuring. However, no different elements are coated below the guarantee, so if the rest breaks, you’re on the hook. Fortunately, alternative elements, just like the dustbin, hose, nozzle, and deal with, are available and restore specialists are normally aware of the model.

The brush roll is tough to take away. Unlike these of the SEBO Felix and Airbelt K3, the Navigator’s brush roll is difficult to take away. It requires a particular torque-star safety screw bit. (To make issues worse, every Shark cleaner necessitates a different-size device.) If hair tangles across the brush roll, we advocate reducing it out with a razor for a neater repair.

It suffers from different small design flaws. Its three-way change (off/suction/brush curler) is situated on the pod as a substitute of the deal with, forcing you to bend right down to make changes. (On the plus aspect, if the deal with will get broken over time, it gained’t have an effect on the ability provide.) Its mud cup is secured with clips that some users complain now not hold tight after prolonged utilization.

While its measured decibel stage equaled that of our high choose, the Shark Navigator sounds extra grating.

It has a tiny dustbin. Storing lower than one quart of particles earlier than suction drops off, the Shark Navigator needs to be emptied regularly, notably when you have a number of furry pets. (In comparability, our high choose shops virtually a gallon of particles.)



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Our choose

SEBO Airbelt K3 Premium

The finest canister vacuum

This bagged canister vacuum excels on each naked flooring and carpets, and has many adjustment choices and helpful attachments. It ought to final for the lengthy haul.

Buying Options

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7-Year Standard Warranty

10-Year Extended Warranty

Even in the event you’re a diehard devotee of upright vacuums, the {powerful}, versatile, and whisper-quiet SEBO Airbelt K3 might flip you right into a canister convert.

It’s received wonderful cleansing energy. The Sebo Airbelt K3 was a high performer in our cleansing assessments, gobbling up glitter, birdseed, fur, and Cheerios extra completely, and in fewer passes, than virtually all its opponents. In our sand check, it outperformed our runner-up canister choose, the Miele C3 Calima however ran (negligibly) behind its upright cousin, the SEBO Felix. Its electrical cleaner head struggled to take away all the baking soda on naked flooring near the baseboards, however its parquet attachment excelled at this.

Its electrical cleaner head is one of the best we’ve examined. The SEBO Airbelt K3’s 12-inch electrical cleaner head has a motorized brush roll that lifts and agitates dust into the tube. Because it’s self-propelled, it glides simply on several types of flooring and over thresholds and requires much less effort to push than the opposite canister vacuums we examined (actually, typically it’s so speedy you’ll should play catch up).

Like the SEBO Felix, the Airbelt K3’s cleaner head may be adjusted to 4 heights, serving to it run easily on several types of flooring.

Its electrical cleaner head can be simpler to keep up than these of different vacuums. As with the SEBO Felix, the comb roll may be eliminated for cleansing with the push of a button, and a small flap on the cleaner head permits for simple clog elimination. (We haven’t skilled clogs with this mannequin.)

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It’s comfy and versatile. At 21 kilos, the SEBO Airbelt K3 is heavier than our upright picks, however its weight distribution—cut up between its compact wheeled canister, wand, and cleaner head—makes it extra comfy to hold and maneuver.

Its ergonomic deal with was comfier to carry than that of the Miele C3 Calima, and its adjustable wand allowed testers of vastly totally different heights to hoover simply. Fully prolonged, the machine’s hose and wand have a radius of as much as 11 toes, so likelihood is you’ll solely should elevate the wheeled canister when getting it out of storage or when shifting it up and down stairs.

It has helpful attachments. The SEBO Airbelt K3 may be outfitted with three helpful attachments: a skinny, extra-long crevice device (nice for cleansing radiators or alongside baseboards); an upholstery device that works nicely on fur; and a triangular horse-hair dusting brush that swivels 360 levels and is useful on bookshelves and in tight corners.

SEBO sells much more attachments on-line, together with a pet equipment with a mini turbo brush and a grooming device.

It has nifty additional options. The Airbelt K3’s crevice device slots away cleverly at the back of the machine. The canister sports activities a spongy shock absorber (the “Airbelt”) to guard furnishings from nicks and scratches. Its “tug-and-retract” wire rewinder reels the wire in robotically when pulled. (It takes some apply to get the movement proper.)

It’s whisper-quiet. The SEBO Airbelt K3 measured the identical on the decibel scale because the Miele Complete C3 Calima, however its hum felt nicer to our ears.

It’s received wonderful filtration. Like the SEBO Felix, the Airbelt K3 has three filters. Its bag captures nearly all of the particles and mud sucked up by the vacuum. Its S-class pre-motor and exhaust filters make the Airbelt K3 a wonderful alternative for allergy victims.

It’s received an excellent guarantee and wonderful customer support. The SEBO Airbelt K3 provides a five-year guarantee for elements and labor, with seven years of protection for the motor. Registering the vacuum extends these intervals to seven years and 10 years respectively (relevant solely when the vacuum is bought by way of approved sellers).

SEBO has a good community of restore specialists, however you can too ship the vacuum to the producer totally free repairs below guarantee, with transport coated each methods.

SEBO’s customer support is top-notch. Quick and educated telephone help is accessible, and, in contrast to Shark, SEBO can be contacted by way of e mail.

Flaws however not dealbreakers

It’s costly. The Airbelt K3 prices greater than 4 occasions as a lot as our finances choose, the Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352. However, it has a for much longer life expectancy, it’s extra versatile, its elements are simply replaceable, and it’s a lot nicer to make use of.

Its parquet brush is middling. The Airbelt K3’s parquet brush is inferior to that of the Miele Complete C3 Calima PowerLine, missing flexibility and smoothness. Its electrical powerhead, nevertheless, works nicely on all kinds of flooring, making the change to the parquet brush pointless for probably the most half. Just change off the motorized brush when utilizing it on delicate hardwood flooring.

We most popular Miele’s parquet brush (proper) over the Airbelt K3’s. Photo: Sabine Heinlein

It’s much less broadly accessible than different canister vacuums. SEBO solely has about 425 approved sellers and repair specialists within the US, whereas Miele has 550. It’s additionally not offered on Amazon or at big-box shops. So making an attempt out a SEBO in individual is probably not potential in all elements of the nation. On the plus aspect, faulty machines may be despatched on to SEBO’s US headquarters in Colorado, and SEBO pays for transport each methods in the course of the guarantee interval. (Note: Amazon and Walmart usually are not approved sellers, and machines purchased by way of these web sites don’t include a guaranty.)

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Miele Complete C3 Calima PowerLine

Reputable canister, some caveats

This confirmed bagged mannequin has nice suction energy and excels on naked flooring and (most) space rugs. It works on low-pile carpets however balks at thicker ones.

Buying Options

If you have got primarily naked flooring with only a few rugs and also you need a {powerful} vacuum cleaner made by an organization with a wonderful popularity, the Miele Complete C3 Calima PowerLine is a good alternative.

It’s a wonderful vacuum—on the correct surfaces. Boasting the best suction and airflow of all of the machines we examined, the C3 Calima is a robust cleaner, notably relating to positive mud, fur, and sand on arduous flooring and sure kinds of carpet and space rugs. It particularly shines on delicate arduous flooring: Its swiveling, soft-bristled parquet brush was nicer to maneuver and gentler on delicate surfaces than any cleaner head we examined. In our check, it cleaned baking soda alongside baseboards extra easily than some other brush we tried.

Since none of its cleaner heads are peak adjustable, the C3 Calima snowplows Cheerios and different giant particles. (A easy answer: Pick the cleaner head off the bottom for a second or two—it’s lighter than a stick vac.)

This mannequin’s non-electric TurboTeQ cleaner head labored comparatively nicely on our writers’ heirloom rugs but it surely balked at our fluffy, low-pile check carpet, making it arduous to push. (A superb variety of Amazon reviewers additionally complain that it may be onerous to maneuver on carpets.)

George Tjoumakaris, product supervisor at Miele, admitted that the pile of carpet and its really feel affect efficiency. “Density is one issue, and the precise really feel and softness is one other,” he defined. “That’s what’s inflicting the vacuum to typically sink down or get bogged up.” Tjoumakaris really useful customers flip down the machine’s six-tier digital suction setting and open the bleed valve on its energy brush head. (We tried the sand check with these changes, and whereas the cleaner head grew to become simpler to maneuver, the machine picked up considerably much less sand than earlier than.)

It’s handy, comfy (below the correct circumstances), and straightforward to keep up. While we favor controls on the deal with of a vacuum (like on all SEBO machines), Miele’s foot-control pedals are the following neatest thing. Located on high of the canister, its pedals management suction energy, flip the machine on and off, and rewind the wire. Miele’s auto-rewind perform is smoother than that of the SEBO Airbelt K3 and notably handy when put next with the guide wire hooks of most upright fashions.

The Miele Complete C3 Calima’s attachments are conveniently saved contained in the canister. Photo: Marki Williams

Unless you end up on a floor your Miele objects to, this canister mannequin, with its low-riding, swiveling cleaner heads and its height-adjustable tube, is comfy to deal with and navigates easily round and below furnishings. Its three helpful instruments—crevice, upholstery, and a  mud brush that swivels 360 levels—are well saved on board the canister.

Miele canister vacuums are among the many quietest vacuum cleaners accessible. In our assessments, solely the SEBO Airbelt K3 rivaled the three Mieles we tried.

Miele vacuums aren’t identified for clogging usually (which might occur to any kind of vacuum), but when they do they arrive aside in any respect the foremost joints. Unfortunately, you do want a screwdriver to open  its TurboTeQ brush head.

It’s received wonderful filtration. The C3 Calima’s sealed system has three filters: its bag, its motor consumption filter, and its S-class exhaust filter. The luggage are self-sealing, too: When you swap out an outdated one, its rubber flap closes, so mud and allergens don’t escape. Multiple Amazon reviewers write that they’ve seen noticeable enhancements for allergy sufferers after they began utilizing a Miele.

It’s received an exceptional popularity. Technicians, salespeople, fanatics, vacuum collectors, and common individuals all love Miele vacuums. Senior employees author Tim Heffernan’s 15-year-old Miele “nonetheless runs like new and has by no means had a single subject,” even after he mistakenly vacuumed up a whole lot of plaster mud with no bag in place. Deputy editor Christine Cyr Clisset has used hers for almost a decade.

George Tjoumakaris, product supervisor at Miele, advised us that the corporate assessments all its canister vacuums for a service life expectancy of 20 years.

But its guarantee is skimpy. Longevity apart, in 2020, Miele scaled again its guarantee to a few years for its Complete sequence and one 12 months for its Classic sequence. Miele maintains that they haven’t made any adjustments to its C3 line apart from having up to date its turbo brush head and accessible colours.

It has a good authorized-dealer and repair community. Sold on Amazon and at P.C. Richards, Miele vacuums are extra broadly accessible than SEBO fashions. The firm lists 550 approved service suppliers (of these, roughly 400 are additionally approved sellers). As with SEBO vacuums, you’ll must buy your Miele from a licensed seller to acquire guarantee protection. If you’re involved about shopping for from the fallacious supply on-line, purchase your Miele in individual.



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Miele canister vacuums can be found in lots of variations and worth ranges.

If you have got wall-to-wall carpeting you may contemplate upgrading to a mannequin with an electrical cleaner head, just like the Complete C3 Kona PowerLine. You also can purchase the considerably dear electrical cleaner head individually—it suits each the C3 Calima and the Classic C1.

For a inexpensive different to the C3 Calima and the C3 Kona, contemplate the Classic C1 Turbo Team PowerLine (for arduous flooring and low-pile rugs) or the Classic C1 Cat & Dog. The latter consists of an electrical energy brush head particularly for carpets and a mini turbo brush for pet hair on upholstery.

The brush roll on this Miele energy head is pushed by a geared belt, which ought to final for a few years with out dropping rigidity. Photo: Liam McCabe

We examined the Miele Classic C1 Turbo Team PowerLine and located its cleansing energy similar to that of the Miele Complete C3 Calima. It had the identical airflow and suction in our assessments and cleaned up about in addition to its pricier cousin. But it’s a bit louder, and its filtration isn’t fairly pretty much as good. Also, the Classic C1 line’s guarantee is just one 12 months (in comparison with the Complete C3 Calima’s three years).

If you have got primarily naked flooring with a couple of rugs you may additionally wish to contemplate the Miele Classic C1 Pure Suction, probably the most fundamental, lowest-priced vacuum in Miele’s in depth lineup of canister vacuums. Although it doesn’t work nicely on thick rugs, it’s exceptionally efficient and comfy to make use of on naked flooring. Miele Classic C1 Pure Suction has a common floorhead, which options rubberized wheels and bristles which you can lengthen or retract, so it’s wonderful on naked flooring and strong on flat-weave or low-pile rugs, too.

The Miele Boost CX1 is a robust and stylish little machine that will work nicely in a small condo with arduous flooring and some rugs. It has nice cleansing energy (besides relating to fur), but it surely doesn’t have luggage, so subsequently its filtration is inferior. We assume for this worth you’d be higher off shopping for the Miele Classic C1 Pure Suction or the Classic C1 Turbo Team PowerLine.

Photo: Marki Williams

If you need an ultra-powerful vacuum and don’t thoughts some noise: The Riccar Tandem Air Deluxe was fingers down probably the most {powerful} vacuum cleaner we examined. No fleck or speck, nevertheless giant or small, escaped it. It has a seven-year guarantee and it’s fantastically and well designed with an extended, easy hose for above-floor cleansing, a horsehair brush device, and a height-adjustable cleaner head with headlights. But its heft and noisiness damage our shoulders and ears and reminded us of the vacuums you see utilized in accommodations and airports.

If you need a first rate, mid-priced vacuum and are prepared to take some dangers: The Shark Stratos Upright Vacuum may attraction. We thought of making it our new high upright choose for its wonderful cleansing energy and ease of dealing with at a comparatively reasonably priced worth (round $300 for the principle mannequin, or $430 for the pet model). Its {powerful} suction and airflow make it an environment friendly cleaner, and its self-propelling brush roll, which works nicely on all kinds of flooring, makes it straightforward to steer and maneuver.

However, a disproportionate variety of Amazon reviewers reported brush roll issues, and a number of other restore specialists advised us that brush roll issues are widespread in Shark vacuums. The cleaner head, like most of its elements, just isn’t coated below Shark’s restricted five-year guarantee, which signifies that if the comb roll fails, you’ll should buy a brand new one for $90 (it was out of inventory on Shark’s web site for months, however is accessible now). Shark didn’t reply to a number of requests for remark in regards to the reported brush roll points on its vacuums. We’ll proceed long-term testing the Stratos and monitoring whether or not Shark addresses the issues.

The Stratos is definitely one of the best upright vacuum below $500 we’ve examined—no different mannequin in that worth vary got here near its energy and comfort. But the chance of brush roll failure, and the price of changing the half, is unacceptable. That stated, in the event you’re prepared to roll the cube, and if you could find it at a deep low cost, it might be a legitimate alternative.



The Dyson Ball Animal 3 Extra did nice in our cleansing assessments and was the one vacuum we examined whose brush didn’t get entangled irrespective of the size of the hair. But a $400 vacuum cleaner must be simpler to assemble and take aside. Its motor “ball” made it awkward to maneuver in small furnished rooms, and we discovered the Ball Animal 3 Extra arduous to push on our check carpet.

The new Hoover WindTunnel TangleGuard is less complicated to maneuver throughout carpets than the Dyson Ball Animal 3 Extra, but it surely didn’t measure as much as our picks in its sand pickup. It additionally felt excessively noisy, and complaints about breakage and Hoover’s customer service are rampant.

The Kenmore DU5092 was quieter and extra comfy to maneuver than the Hoover WindTunnel, however its cleansing efficiency wasn’t any higher. And regardless of its declare of eliminating hair on its brush roll, it did terribly with 18-inch-long hair.

The Bissell SurfaceSense Allergen Pet Lift-Off Vacuum screeched and screamed, and it underperformed in most of our cleansing assessments.

There’s normally a purpose a vacuum cleaner prices lower than $200: Its elements break simply and/or it might lose motor energy and suction after only a few months. The Bissell Swivel Pet Vacuum Cleaner seems cheaply made and feels big and clunky. The Eureka WhirlWind seems low cost, cleans mediocrely, and takes up a whole lot of house. The Bissell Featherweight Lightweight Stick Vacuum dumped Cheerios again out after shutoff, and its primitive cleaner head feels scratchy on arduous flooring. None of those vacuum cleaners are value your cash.

Regular cleansing and upkeep are key to preserving your vacuum in good working order. Our article on find out how to clear each a part of a vacuum goes in-depth, however listed here are three steps you must take to keep away from dropping suction:

  • Empty the bin or substitute the bag recurrently. This is essential: A stuffed bin prevents airflow, and airflow is crucial in your machine’s cleansing energy. A bagless vacuum requires you to empty the canister after a run or two. On the identical word: Don’t wait to exchange the bag of your Miele or SEBO till it’s fully stuffed.
  • Wash or substitute the filters. When a vacuum’s filters get clogged with mud, it loses suction. Check the guide to see which filters to wash or substitute and the way usually (the recommendation varies broadly by producer). And in the event you’re washing a reusable filter, let it dry completely earlier than placing it again within the vacuum.
  • Clear out clogs and tangles. Over time, hair and different fibers will wrap across the vacuum’s brush roll; use scissors or a blade to chop these off and hold the comb rolling freely. If your vacuum all of a sudden loses suction, disconnect the hose, wand, and cleaner head and search for clogs in every half. Use your fingers, a pipe cleaner, or a skewer to wash out caught particles. Removing the hair with out opening the comb housing requires a razor blade or scissors.

Sarah Bogdan, Liam McCabe, and Michelle Ma wrote earlier variations of this information, which was first printed in 2013. This article was edited by Courtney Schley and Ingrid Skjong. 



  1. James Brown, service specialist and museum curator at Mr. Vacuum Cleaner, Video interview, December 30, 2022, and e mail interview, August 21, 2023

  2. John van Leuven, CEO of SEBO America, Video interview, April 26, 2023

  3. George Tjoumakaris, product supervisor at Miele, Video interview, August 29, 2023

  4. Doug Blocker, senior worth engineering supervisor at Tacony Corporation, Video interview, August 1, 2023

  5. Tom Gasko, vacuum cleaner collector and restore specialist and proprietor of Mid Missouri Vacuum, Video interview, February 1, 2023

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