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Oreck vs Dyson vs Hoover vs Bissel vs Shark vs Miele - The Best Vacuums On The Market

Updated on September 12, 2014

What Is the Best Vacuum?

The best vacuum on the market are compared side by side, to help you choose the vacuum that is best suited for your needs. The featured vacuums are definitely the best, and the present page doesn't propose to show you which is the best, but it will try to guide you into buying the one that is best for your needs. The perfect vacuum doesn't exist, because it cannot have all the features needed, for instance it cannot be powerful and weightless, but that is your task, to choose the features that make most sense for your house.

What Features Do I need for a Vacuum? - What Is the Best Vacuum for You?

  • Vacuum style - upright style vs canister style
  • Weight - easy to carry upstairs and around, or not important to carry around
  • The noisiness is it important or not?
  • Powerful enough to suck any dirt.
  • Maneuverability, the hose swivels properly, and the vacuum doesn't get stuck at every turn.
  • Bagged versus bagless, the convenience of not having to get dusty when you empty the vacuum, vs saving some money on the bags, or simply running out of bags. If you are allergic to dust, just go with the bagged ones.
  • Design, look
  • Air filtering method, is it efficient? Does the vacuum leak dust? These are very important for people with dust allergies.
  • Easy access accessories and attachments.
  • Cord length - for large spaces moving the cord often could be annoying.
  • Storage space taken
  • Good for pet owners
  • Suction power is important, but in order to clean properly deep carpets, the dirt needs to be brought to the surface, this is achieved through a process of agitation, feature that we don't find with all vacuums.

The Best Selling Vacuum Cleaner on Amazon

Hoover Carpet Cleaner SteamVac with Clean Surge Carpet Cleaner Machine F5914900
Hoover Carpet Cleaner SteamVac with Clean Surge Carpet Cleaner Machine F5914900

The absolute winner this vacuum is a great choice for any household because of its features, and the price.

Despite the misleading name - SteamVac, there is no steam coming out of this vacuum cleaner, but that doesn't make it any less of "The Best Selling Vacuum".

It does a great job at drying the carpet, so that when you are done the carpet is almost ready. You know that the more a carpet is wet, and people walk on it the more dirt will accumulate, so yeah, this is a great feature.

As a piece of advice, clean properly the carpet before wet cleaning, make sure the water is hot when you put it in, and clean slowly, so that the vacuum has enough time to clean properly.


More Great Selling Vacuum Cleaners on Amazon

The "best sellers" list is my favorite way to rate any product. The reason is simple, this category represents the people's choice, and not someone else's opinion. If many people buy a certain product, is for a reason, and every time the best sellers are the best ratio between features, price and reliability. Here is the list with the most sold vacuums on Amazon.

The best seller category is dominated by Hoover, with an impressive number of models in the top 15. Basically, 80% of the best sellers are Hoover vacuums. While Hoover vacuums might not have the same features, and the same great look as a Dyson, they are very reliable, they work great, and the price is fair.

Hoover Flair Bagless Upright Stick Vacuum with Power Nozzle, S2220
Hoover Flair Bagless Upright Stick Vacuum with Power Nozzle, S2220

Why is this a top seller? It is very lightweight, easy to maneuver, with a decently sized motor.

The multi-stage filtration system makes it a good choice for people sensitive to dust.

Despite its size and manoeuvrability, this little vac cleans perfectly.

The fact that is bagless is not really a problem with this little wonder, because there is not much dust when you have to empty. I don't fully understand why, it must be the special design. Anyway, a great acquisition if you are on the market for something easy to work with.

Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, BH50010
Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, BH50010

This is probably one of the greatest surprises among vacuums. It is very easy to move around the house, it is cordless and bagless, with a low profile base. Probably one of the most versatile products on the market.

You get 2 years warranty, and the unit has some of the best reviews on Amazon.

Don't think that if it operates on battery it doesn't clean properly. It actually beats many vacuums with a cord.

Hoover Vacuum Cleaner Tempo WidePath Bagged Corded Upright Vacuum U5140900
Hoover Vacuum Cleaner Tempo WidePath Bagged Corded Upright Vacuum U5140900

OK, this Hoover vacuum is made with people who are allergic to dust in mind. If dust is a problem for you, this is one of the great solutions to cleaning your house. It is a bagged vacuum, with a great filtration system, and all the air coming out of the bag is properly filtered, so you don't breathe it.

Also the bags are specially designed with special filers, to catch most of the allergens.

It is an upright unit, that does a great job at cleaning your house. It work great on both carpet and floor, and it is sturdy, and reliable.

It is a great value for the price.


Dyson versus Miele

Which One Is The Best Vacuum, Dyson or Miele?

I usually am reluctant to straightly recommend one product over another. I lay down the facts and let the reader to weigh them in and take their decision. This time I am going to go right away and give my verdict: Miele is the clear winner.

The two major factors for me are the cleaning ability, and the weight.

Miele has a feature which allows it to agitate the dust to bring it to the surface of the carpet, then pull it inside. This results in better and faster cleaning of carpets.

Dyson has a lot of suction, and its motors are a bit more powerful than the competition, but this doesn't improve its ability to clean as the dust, sand, hair, is stuck in the carpet.

The Miele vacuums are the lightest on the market, for anyone who uses a vacuum on a regular basis, this is a major plus.

Both of the vacuums are very durable, it feels like they are indestructible.

The Miele is using bags, Dyson is bag-less; this is a choice you need to make, and the choice is simple, for people allergic to dust, emptying the dirt container will expose them to more dust. On the other hand the operating costs are going to be higher for the Miele because you need to buy bags.

The only place where Dyson impresses me more is the design. Dyson are the coolest looking vacuum ever, and there is a bit of marketing hype about how the design improve functionality, but who cares, they just look great. But in the end, when you chose between the two, it really hard to make that choice, especially if you love beautiful designed things.

OK, let's make this right, the two vacuums are great, there is no doubt about it, regardless of my preference over one of the two. So in the end, no matter which one you choose, you can't go wrong.

Dyson DC39 Animal Review Video

Best Vacuum for Pet Owners - Best Vacuum for Pet Hair

This category is one of the most important because pet owners need special vacuums that can remove the shedding from carpets. Some pets shed so much that it takes special designed vacuums to remove the shedding. Some do not shed too much but the hair is long and particularly adherent to floors and carpets that only a specialized vacuum could remove it properly.

Since the dust is not our primary concern, we can go either way, choosing a canister vacuum or a bag one. The bagless one will save you money, and will give you more freedom, since you don’t have to plan restocking your bags reserve.

Dyson DC28 Animal
Dyson DC28 Animal

Dyson is a marvel of technology, with many innovations in their units, and Dyson Animal is one of their best machines. Dyson Animal looks very elegant and modern, and it has a powerful motor, and equipped with Root Cyclone technology, to ensure an efficient suction.

It is a bagless unit, which will save you a lot of money in time, and the precise adjusting cleaner head makes a great job on any floor type.

The Dyson DC28 Animal is designed with the pet owner in mind, so it will remove pet hair from anywhere on the carpet or floor.

Miele S7210 Twist Upright Vacuum Cleaner (Old Model)
Miele S7210 Twist Upright Vacuum Cleaner (Old Model)

Miele S7210 is a technology wonder. You might be deceived by the look of the unit, but trust me, this is one of the greatest vacuums on the market. It is designed and made in Germany, and Miele are so confident in their vacuums, that they offer 7 years warranty. That says something about the reliability of their products. As a matter of fact. if you own a Miele, you would probably buy a new vacuum just because you will get bored by the old one, which will continue to work forever.

Now going into its design is the real delight, all the details of this unit are designed and worked with much attention to detail, so it is a real delight, (I know I'm repeating myself, but I can't stop it), the bottom of the vac is made of metal, the cord is from a special material that is slippery, that works well around the corners, and it is 35 foot long, very quiet, did I say reliable yet? It turns corners very easily, it is a pleasure to work with.

It is so powerful, and it designed to have a great suction with a less powerful motor, so that when you compare it to other vacuums with more powerful motors it picks up dirt more efficiently. The bag, and the filtration system are so good, that there will be virtually no dust when you are cleaning. You know the heated dust smell that comes out of most of the vacs? That's not the case with Miele.

It removes hair from the carpet like nothing else, if you are a pet owner, this is your dream vacuum.

The only place where is cumbersome to use is on the stairs, but so are all the vacuums in its class.

It is more expensive than most of the vacuums on the market, but it is worth every penny.

Hoover WindTunnel Anniversary Upright Vacuum, Bagged, U5491900
Hoover WindTunnel Anniversary Upright Vacuum, Bagged, U5491900

Hoover WindTunnel Anniversary is probably a little behind the Miele and Dyson in terms of features, but the price is so good that it is hard to disregard, no matter how good the other ones are. So if your budget is limited, the Hoover is the logical choice, and it has so many great reviews on Amazon, that you won't regret a second that you can't afford the more expensive ones.


Miele vs Dyson vs Panasonic - The Best Vacuum Cleaners

These vacuums are the ones with the most features, the most reliable, and with a lot of sales. The competition is basically between Miele and Dyson, but Panasonic has some products in there as well. These are more expensive than the average, but for a reason, they are powerful have more features and they never die.

Dyson DC33 Multi-Floor Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner
Dyson DC33 Multi-Floor Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner

One of the best vacuums with a modern design and a lot of innovations.

5 years warranty

Root Cyclone technology

maximum reach 51.1 feet

bag-less, (has a canister)

lightweight (17.6 pounds)

Lifetime Hepa filter

Low maintenance cost (no belts to replace, no bags needed, the filter is washable)

Panasonic MC-CG917 "OptiFlow" Bag Canister Vacuum Cleaner - Corded
Panasonic MC-CG917 "OptiFlow" Bag Canister Vacuum Cleaner - Corded

Very solidly built and it picks the dirt very well.

1 year warranty

1300 Watt motor

cord lenght 24 feet

works with bags

Hepa filter

Dyson DC39 Animal canister vacuum cleaner
Dyson DC39 Animal canister vacuum cleaner

A modern look, ball technology for great maneuverability, and great suction ensured by the Radial Root Cyclone technology.

5 Years warranty

maximum reach 32.8 feet (cord lenght 21.3 feet)

weight 22.9 lbs

Lifetime Hepa filter

Low maintenance cost (no belts to replace, no bags needed, the filter is washable)

Dyson DC41 Animal Bagless Vacuum Cleaner
Dyson DC41 Animal Bagless Vacuum Cleaner

Great suction through Radial Root Cyclone technology.

the ball technology ensures a great maneuverability

5 Years warranty

maximum reach 51.7 feet (cord lenght 35 feet)

weight 17.1 lbs

bagless (canister vacuum)

Lifetime washable post filter

Low maintenance cost (no belts to replace, no bags needed, the filter is washable)


Hoover Platinum Lightweight Upright Vacuum with Canister, Bagged

Hoover Platinum Collection Bagged Corded Upright Vacuum with Canister Vacuum Cleaner UH3001COM
Hoover Platinum Collection Bagged Corded Upright Vacuum with Canister Vacuum Cleaner UH3001COM

Lightweight upright vacuum cleaner

powerful 12 amp motor (1300 Watts)

wind-tunnel technology and direct air-flow technology and for efficient and fast vacuuming

check-bag indicator, illuminated fingertip controls, 2 speeds, self-sealing HEPA bag,

Includes canister vacuum, bare-floor brush, dusting brush, crevice tool, and telescoping wand

5-year limited warranty


Hoover Platinum Bagged Upright Vacuum Cleaner Video

Dyson vs Miele Comparison Video

Guestbook Comments - What Is Your Absolute Favorite Vacuum Cleaner?

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      3 years ago

      trying to pick out a vacuum. Your best all around vacuum isn't a vacuum it's a shampooer. And where's he comparison to oreck or did I miss that. Thanks

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      Dhookraj Singh 

      4 years ago

      The lighter the better. As age catches up with me I prefer something really light.

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      Donna Cook 

      4 years ago

      Great lens! I'm going to get a Dyson Animal because of cat hair. Hoovers just can't handle the fluff.

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      4 years ago

      I dream of a Dyson. :) You've tempted me a bit with the German engineering of the Miele, but going bagless is a priority so it's just a matter of deciding which Dyson model to pick.

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      5 years ago

      Like Dyson.

    • mariacarbonara profile image


      5 years ago

      Personally I like a vacuum that's light so I can move it around anywhere.

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      Shelly Sellers 

      5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I am going to check out the Hoover Platinum Bagged Upright vacuum! I really want a vacuum with a bag :)

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      5 years ago

      My ancient upright Hoover. It has really powerful suction to pick pet hair up.


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