The One Feature Every Vacuum Should Have

And once you realize what it is, you’ll never be able to go back.

We all expect powerful suction and the capability to tackle both hard and plush surfaces from this workhorse appliance. But there is one component every vacuum should have that makes it infinitely more functional—and that’s headlights. It may sound strange, but wait until you experience the illuminated floor in your vacuum’s path first hand. There’s an all-seeing power that comes with this feature, albeit a little troubling. LED bulbs shed light (literally) on the debris you may not even realize existed under foot and ensure that you suck up every stray bit.

If your vacuum doesn’t boast this feature, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites that do.

Hoover Air Cordless 2-in-1 Vacuum

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Effortless to drive with a switch on the handle for hard floors or carpets (like the big boys). The battery pack detaches for charging, so you can tuck away the bulk of the unit.

To buy: $129;

Electrolux Pro Swivel

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The 180-degree swiveling head and high-reach wand allow this vacuum to maneuver into nearly every corner imaginable.

To buy: $270;

Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet Bagless Vacuum

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A lightweight, bagless option with serious maneuverability. The detachable canister and extra-long attachments allow you to tackle stairs and even the ceiling fan.

To buy: $350;

Miele AirClean Dynamic U1 Upright Vacuum

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This vac has the power of an army with the agility of a Porsche, and it navigates corners effortlessly. The handle reclines to lay completely flat, allowing you to reach way under the bed (and capture all those dust bunnies).

To buy: $550;