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What is the Best Home Vacuum Cleaner of 2014?

Updated on July 22, 2014
Dyson DC35 Multi floor Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Dyson DC35 Multi floor Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

What to Look for in a Vacuum Cleaner

Until you start looking to purchase a new vacuum, you might not be aware of just how many are really out there on the market.


Upright vacuums are usually thin and long vacuums that are good for small spaces. They are not meant to handle tons of square footage however. For instance, I keep one in my bathroom to quickly get rid of all the hair.

Handheld vacuums are typically made to work in small places, that can be easily stored since they are so small themselves. These are great for sudden spills, cars, stairs, and cordless ones are nice to have in the kitchen for counters and floors.

Canister vacuums are small like many handhelds, but are just a bit bigger and feature longer hoses, as well as attachments to do the floor while standing up.

For an entire home system, consider a central vacuum. These are usually located in the basement of a home; inlets throughout the rooms, attach to power hoses and other central vacuum attachments to get rid of dust.

I like cordless vacuums because of the obvious benefit. However, do be aware of battery life and charging systems to ensure they are convenient. A cordless vacuum is great if it can last long enough to get the job done.

For more functionality, wet/dry vacuums are convenient to own with many sizes to choose from. We've used them in my home for a water heater that flooded, a window left open in the rain, and even from babies pouring water out of their bathtub.

Bagless vacuums are a great way to save a bit of money since you don't need to buy bags obviously, and cleaning out the canisters and filters is quite simple.

Those with dust, dander, and other airborne allergies will want to pay close attention to vacuums that feature HEPA filtering. There are many HEPA vacuums available on the market because they are popular just for general health anyway.

Robotic vacuums are fun and a budding new design as technology makes its leaps and bounds. You can now find ones that remember the layout of your home, dump their own dirt, and go back home to the charging system for more power. They save you a lot of time and they are becoming more popular.

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Neato XV-21 Pet & Allergy Automatic Vacuum CleanerBISSELL CleanView with OnePassShark Navigator Professional Lift-Away Vacuum CleanerHoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner with Clean SurgeDyson DC35 Multi floor Cordless Vacuum CleanerHoneywell 4B-H703 Central Vacuum Power UnitEureka 3670G Mighty Mite Canister VacuumEureka EasyClean Hand-Held VacuumHoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Upright Vacuum
Neato XV-21 Pet & Allergy Automatic Vacuum Cleaner
Neato XV-21 Pet & Allergy Automatic Vacuum Cleaner
BISSELL CleanView with OnePass
BISSELL CleanView with OnePass
Shark Navigator Professional Lift-Away Vacuum Cleaner
Shark Navigator Professional Lift-Away Vacuum Cleaner
Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner with Clean Surge
Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner with Clean Surge
Dyson DC35 Multi floor Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Dyson DC35 Multi floor Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Honeywell 4B-H703 Central Vacuum Power Unit
Honeywell 4B-H703 Central Vacuum Power Unit
Eureka 3670G Mighty Mite Canister Vacuum
Eureka 3670G Mighty Mite Canister Vacuum
Eureka EasyClean Hand-Held Vacuum
Eureka EasyClean Hand-Held Vacuum
Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Upright Vacuum
Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Upright Vacuum
5 stars for Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Bagless Upright Vacuum

Vacuum Cleaner Review 2013

Best Upright Vacuum Cleaner

One of the highest rated uprights, the Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Bagless Upright Vacuum. My favorite features are the long, 27 foot retractable cord, and the option for height adjustment at 5 different levels. This vacuum is also fairly priced for the features it offers. Inside, you get a filter that can be rinsed clean and a permanent HEPA filter. Accessories include an extension want, a powered hand tool, a crevice tool and an upholstery dusting brush. The hose itself will stretch up to 8 feet for hard to reach places. At 16.5 pounds, it is also lightweight.

Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

A really good little machine is the Eureka EasyClean Hand Held Vacuum. It gives you 5.5 amp suction that is great for cars, furniture and stairs. I especially like the riser it has for carpeted stairs; it does a much better job than many I've tried. There is a crevice tool attached to the stretch hose, and it cleans up easily with a bagless filter and dust cup. At most, it weighs 5 pounds and includes a 20 foot cord. I have found this vacuum to be the best in sucking power than many others I've wasted my money on; it does my heavily trafficked stairs so well.

Best Canister Vacuum Cleaner

I like the Eureka 3670 Mighty Mike Canister Vacuum. The entire thing only weighs 9 pounds so it is easy to carry around my large home. It features a 12 amp vacuum and a compact size. It is an adequate vacuum for carpets, but it was designed specifically for bare flooring.The handle contains all the controls for the deluxe floor brush and the bare floor nozzle. It features a 20 foot cord and an auto shutoff that will keep your machine from overheating. The tools included are a dusting brush, crevice tool and an upholstery nozzle.

Central Vacuum Cleaner Review

Take a look at this vacuum. The body of the canister on this vacuum is made from steel so it is quite sturdy. It has a self-cleaning filter which saves you the time to wash it, and the money to replace it. With no venting required, it is also convenient to set up. This has a lot of power and is worth the extra money.

Top Rated Cordless Vacuum Cleaner 2013

I think I love this cordless vacuum the most because ot the very user ergonomic handle; it really cuts down on hand fatigue while vacuuming. Plus this one vacuum can be used for all different surfaces and in many different positions. It features carbon fiber brushes for hard floors, then the nylon brushes work on carpets.

Best Wet / Dry Vacuum Cleaner

One very popular vacuum is this carpet cleaner. It features a 12 amp motor that cleans quite well with hot tap water and your choice of carpet solution. With the Clean Surge feature, you get a burst of cleaning for those stubborn stains. There are 2 water tanks to hold your clean water and your dirty water. It has an 8 foot hose to use when cleaning furniture, or hard to reach places on the floor.

HEPA Vacuum Cleaner Review

This vacuum cleaner seems to be a popular choice. It features washable microfiber pads that help keep dust inside the vacuum instead of back into the air. Accessories include a bare floor tool that is washable, microfiber pads, stretch hose, crevice tool and pet hair power brush. I love that this vacuum comes apart to be a handheld when needed.

Bagless Vacuum Cleaners

Take a look at this vacuum. This machine was designed with technology that allows more cleaning to be done with just one pass over your surface. It features a cyclonic system for good sucking power. Accessories include a brush for stairs, furniture, and upholstery, a crevice tool, dusting brush, and extension wand. I will say that at only 6 feet, the extension could be a bit longer. Overall, it's a pretty good vacuum to own.

Top Rated Robot Vacuum Cleaner 2013

A good choice in this category is the Neato vacuum cleaner. This device has boundary marking technology to know the path in your home. It comes with the charging base and will clean floors of all surfaces quite well. When it is done it goes back to charge all by itself. The best feature is how you can schedule automatic cleanings when you're away from home.

© 2013 Bob Miller

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