Spring has officially sprung, which means dust, dirt, and pollen are in the air. The editors at Real Simple tested nine vacuum makes and models to help you discover the best device for your cleaning needs.
Eureka Brushroll Clean with Suction Seal
“The vacuum felt light for its size so I was initially skeptical of its quality, but it turned out to be a big powerhouse. With just one pass, its super strong suction fully cleaned my shag rug. While the suction was a bit too strong for lighter-weight floor coverings, it glided smoothly without much effort. The canister is super-easy to pull off to empty out the dust, which makes me dread vacuuming a lot less.”
Stats: Bagless upright, 39-foot reach, 15.8 pounds
To buy: $198, walmart.com.
Miele Compact C2 Topaz
“I’ve had the same vacuum for over 20 years and have been reluctant to pull the trigger on a newer model. But, after using this version for the past few weeks, I don’t know how I ever lived without it. The silent motor and powerful suction make vacuuming quick and less disruptive. The long handle allows me to access hard-to-reach spots like under the sofa and, without the floor attachment, cobwebs in high corners. I look forward to spending the next 20 years cleaning with this upgrade.”
Stats: Compact canister, 33-foot cleaning radius, retractable cord.
To buy: $745, amazon.com.
Hoover Air Cordless 2-in-1 Stick & Handheld
“While no match for my high-pile rug, it’s performed wonders on my hardwood floors. A headlight on the stick portion illuminates the path ahead and highlights the (massive amounts of) pet fur soon to be sucked away. For smaller spills, the motor detaches into a handheld vacuum. It’s two for the price of one!”
Stats: 2-in-1 stick and handheld, cordless, 6.9 pounds.
To buy: $100, amazon.com.
iRobot Roomba 980
“I can’t believe all the wasted hours I’ve spent vacuuming up after my Great Dane when I could have been playing outside with him and letting the Roomba get to work instead. And if we invite guests over at the last minute, I can be at the grocery store and use my phone to initiate a cleaning at the same time.”
Stats: Cordless robot, 8.7 pounds, smartphone compatible.
To buy: $900, store.irobot.com.
Dirt Devil Flipout Lithium Powered Cordless Hand Vac
“This powerful handheld comes with two attachments that make it really versatile for such a small gadget. The rotating handle allows me to get the best angle for whatever area I’m cleaning. And the crevice tool easily tackled the space underneath the appliances in my kitchen (that I don’t think have ever seen a vacuum… ever). Between its long-lasting charge and compact size, it was perfect for my small apartment. Actually, I wish I had this unit back in college—it would have done wonders in my dorm room.”
Stats: Hand vacuum, cordless, 6.6 pounds.
To buy: $50, dirtdevil.com.
Oreck Elevate Conquer
“For such a lightweight vacuum, I was surprised at how well it picked up debris and how strong the suction felt. The long cord allowed me to move from room to room without unplugging and moving to a new outlet every few minutes. For a clean-freak like me, the fact that the bag seals in all the dust and allergens upon removal from the unit is a dream come true.”
Stats: Upright filtration bag, 35-foot cord, less than 10 pounds
To buy: $600, oreck.com.
Electrolux Ergorapido Lithium Ion Brushroll Clean Xtra
“Having never used a cordless vacuum before, I was impressed with how lightweight and easy to maneuver the Ergorapido was. The swivel head is easy to turn and the strong light on the stick portion made fur and dust easy to spot. The detachable handheld unit worked well to pick up crumbs and clean higher surfaces, like my window ledges. I had to recharge before finishing the entire house, but for quick cleanups, this slim unit is handy to have around.”
Stats: 2-in-1 stick and handheld, cordless, 5.5 pounds.
To buy: $149, amazon.com.
“Since receiving this vacuum, I have found myself looking forward to going home each day after work and putting it to use. While the charge lasts for just six minutes on full power (longer in the standard mode), this vacuum is so lightweight that I have found myself being able to maneuver around my apartment in no time. And with just one-click, I can empty the canister into the trash without ever touching the mess.”
Stats: Converts from stick to handheld, cordless, 4.5 pounds.
To buy: $300, dyson.com.
LG Hom-Bot Square Robotic
“To be able to lie in bed and have my home vacuumed as I do so is the ultimate luxury. As a pet owner and neat freak, I was in awe at how much dust and fur the machine picked up when I emptied the dustbin after about a week of use. It automatically adjusts to the floor type it is on and finds its way back to the charging station when the job is complete.”
Stats: Cordless robot, 6.6 pounds, smartphone compatible.
To buy: $750, amazon.com.