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Best vacuum 2024: tested & reviewed for every home

The very best vacuum cleaners from our expert tests, all in one place.

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Testing flour and sugar on linoleum with the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute. It has removed a clear path of flour and sugar

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The list in brief ↴
1. Best vacuum overall: Dyson Gen5detect
2. Best cordless vacuum: Shark Vertex Pro
3. Best upright vacuum: Shark Stratos Upright
4. Best value Dyson: Dyson Cyclone V10
5. Best vacuum for pet hair: Dyson V15 Detect
6. Best robot vacuum: iRobot Roomba j9+
7. Best vacuum for allergies: Samsung Bespoke Jet
8. Best budget cordless: Ultenic U12 Vesla
9. Best budget upright: Shark Rotator Pet Lift-Away
10. How we test
11. Meet our testers
12. How to choose
13. FAQs

Finding the best vacuum cleaner for your home is essential. Effective vacuums will remove dust, dirt, debris and dander from your floors, but they're not all made equal. Making sure you find the right one for your home's needs will keep you cleaning as efficiently as possible.

We've tested countless vacuum cleaners at Homes & Gardens and, from our many hours of testing, we've found the absolute bests out there. Across the best cordless vacuums, best robot vacuums, and best upright vacuums, each of the ones in this list have excelled in their own way.

Our guide covers the best vacuums you can buy, whether you're looking for a cordless model that can tackle pet hair, or a reliable HEPA filter to help with allergies at home. Our expert testers assessed suction power, noise levels, dust bin capacity, run time and even how these vacuums impact your allergies. 

Whether you're here to splash out on one of the most premium vacuums available, or to find out the best you can get on a budget, these are the very best vacuums for the home.

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Here's a quick overview of the tried-and-tested best vacuum cleaners. You can scroll down or click the navigation links for more in-depth info.

Best vacuum 2024

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The best vacuum cleaner

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The best vacuum cleaner

Specifications

Dust bin capacity: 0.2gal
Weight: 7.72lbs
Max dB: ~70-83dB
Battery life: Up to 70 minutes
Warranty: 2 years

Reasons to buy

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Excellent suction
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Washable lifetime HEPA filter
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Dysons most advanced cordless vacuum technology to date
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Suitable for all floor types
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On/off switch

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Weighty
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Particle feedback might be overkill

The Gen5detect is Dyson's top-of-the-line vacuum cleaner. Dyson is at the forefront of vacuum cleaning tech, and the Gen5detect is the best Dyson vacuum we've ever tested, hands down (and we've tested a lot).

Our expert reviewer has tested more than 100 vacuum cleaners and found that the Gen5detect surpassed all of them in terms of power and performance. It certainly aligns with Dyson's claim that it's the most powerful HEPA vacuum in the world. This is thanks to the motor that spins at up to 125,000 RPM - pulling more embedded dirt from deep within the carpets than our tester thought was possible.

The Gen5detect's HEPA filter can capture 99.99% of particles down to 0.1 microns, and has a screen to display just how much it's picked up. It has a 'Fluffy Optic' cleaner head that is able to illuminate dust and dirt that's invisible to the naked eye, and our tester was genuinely surprised by how much exists on our floors without us knowing.

While it detects how many particles it's captured, the Gen5detect also detects how dirt-heavy particular sections of the floor are. This means that, as you're going over your floors, the vacuum will automatically adjust suction power for the most thorough clean possible, while preserving power when it isn't needed. This automatic adjustment can happen in under a second.

On test, the Gen5detect excelled on all floor types. The selection of tools allow you to easily and quickly switch between carpets and hard floors, and the crevice tool was able to tackle any corners and out-of-reach spaces with ease.

It's the best vacuum cleaner you could buy for the home, but it's also one of the most expensive. If you can afford it, you won't find anything better.

There's more in-depth info in our Dyson Gen5detect review.

Best cordless vacuum

Best cordless vacuum cleaner

Specifications

Corded or battery powered?: Cordless
Dust bin capacity: 1 qt.
Weight: 8.82lb.
Dimensions: 10.24" L X 14.7" W X 46.5" H
Battery life: Up to 60 minutes
Warranty: 5 years
RRP: $479.99

Reasons to buy

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Easy to fold down for storage
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Super lightweight
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Easy to remove dust cup
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Does not require a charging hub
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Charges through a removable battery
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Anti-allergen seal traps dust and allergens

Reasons to avoid

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Cumbersome to unfurl back up from storage mode
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Top-heavy

On test, we found superior pick-up, anti-hair wrap, excellent battery runtime, and an easy-to-use design. The DuoClean Powerfins glide across both carpets and hard floors, and the self-cleaning brush roll is a must-have feature for pet owners to prevent clogs from hair. It's not just a bunch of marketing jargon; it genuinely stops hair from wrapping around the brush roll. 

Better than that, it does a fantastic job on all floor surfaces and picks up a lot of dirt. We found that the soft head brush roller is perfect for hard floors but it still excels at pulling pet fur and dander out of carpets and rugs.  

The Shark Vertex Pro is great value versus other vacuums, as it's usually half as expensive as the Dyson V15 Detect. It's often on sale, too, saving you even more money. Personally, I go for the Shark over the Dyson just for the sake of money, but if you have the money, the Dyson is simply better.

The Multi-Flex technology makes it super easy to fold down the vacuum for easy storage. However, we didn't find it as useful for actual cleaning, as the design made the vacuum a little bit more difficult to handle, and the slim profile still made it very easy to reach low-profile spaces. You'll also need both hands to unfurl the vacuum back up to full height. Over the years, I've found that this vacuum has a pretty small capacity, so while it's very effective, that means lots of trips to the trash can in the middle of cleaning. 

Our Shark Vertex Pro Lightweight Cordless Vacuum review goes into more details.

Shark Vertex Pro Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum

Shark Vertex Pro Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum | was $449.99, now $399.99 at Amazon This is the best alternative vacuum to a Dyson cordless. It's reasonably priced and performs excellently. Reduced by $50, it's a great Prime Day deal.

Best upright vacuum

Best upright vacuum cleaner

Specifications

Type: Upright
Power: 1344W
Dust bin: 1.48 quart
Weight: 17.2lb
Max dB : Not disclosed

Reasons to buy

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Powerful suction
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Versatile design
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Easy to maneuver
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Odor-neutralizing cartridge
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Self-cleaning brushroll

Reasons to avoid

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Quite bulky
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Small Dust bin

The best upright around, with an odor neutralizer that banishes pet smells. Our expert tester Camryn Rabideau tested this vacuum in a house with two long-haired dogs, and found that it was more than a match for their fur. Like many Shark vacuums, it stops hair wrapping around the floor brush and saves you the gross job of detangling your vacuum. 

The standout feature here is Odor Neutralizer Technology. This unique innovation a releases a 'light, fresh scent that makes the room feel cleaner', getting rid of the usual hot pet smell that results after vacuuming pet hair.

Another genius update on the standard upright vacuums is the Powered Lift-Away mode. This means you can pop our the cylinder and bin while you use the vacuum, leaving just the stick. This makes the vacuum far nimbler and lets you get into tight spaces where other upright vacuums can't reach. 

While Power Lift-Away makes it a little lighter to hold, this vacuum weighs in a hefty 17lbs. My biggest warning is to keep an eye out for the two different versions. The AZ3000 model only includes the vacuum, but the AZ3002 listing comes with an effective motorized HairPro Pet Power Brush, a duster-crevice combination tool, a multi-angle dust brush, an anti-allergen dust brush, an accessory bag, and two extra odor cartridges.

Camryn's Shark Stratos upright vacuum review has more details. 

Best value Dyson vacuum

Best value Dyson vacuum

Specifications

Type: Cordless
Power: 151 air watts
Dust bin: 0.2 gallon
Weight: 5.71 lb
Max dB : Not disclosed

Reasons to buy

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Best value Dyson 
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Great on all floor types 
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Excels with all debris types 
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Point-and-shoot emptying
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Agile

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Poor runtime on max power
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Have to hold down trigger

It might be half a decade old by now, but when we revisited this vacuum it was still incredibly good on test. It was so good that we found ourselves reaching for it to clean up after poorer-quality vacuums before we even noticed we were doing it. It excelled on every floor type we test. 

Whether linoleum, carpet, or wood, this vacuum removed all debris in a single pass. It was great on flour, sugar, cereal and hair. It's lightweight and agile, sliding across every surface with no resistance or difficulty. While it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the other cordless Dysons on this list, its pick-up is almost as good. If you're prepared to compromise on a particle sensor and a laser - which are nice to have but not essential - you can save hundreds of dollars on a Dyson. 

While we think this is the best value Dyson you can get, maintaining excellent performance at a fair price, it's still much more expensive than the competition. We also aren't fans of the fact that you have to keep your finger on the trigger to keep the vacuum running, as well as the remarkably short 6 minute runtime on maximum power. 

There's more detail in our full Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute review.

Best vacuum for pet hair

Best vacuum for pet hair

Specifications

Dust bin capacity: 0.2gal
Weight: 6.8lb
Max dB: Not disclosed
Battery life: Up to 70 minutes
Warranty: 2 years

Reasons to buy

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Green Laser dust detection on Fluffy brush roll illuminates dust particles invisible to the eye 
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Piezo sensor and LCD screen shows the size and number of dust particles collected in real-time
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New anti-tangle hair screw keeps pet hair from getting stuck
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Incredible suction
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Versatile attachments

Reasons to avoid

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Green laser only shows dust on hard floors, harder to see in bright daylight
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Must hold trigger for continual operation

Before the Gen5detect came out, the Dyson V15 Detect lead the line up of best vacuums for its unique dust-hunting feature; a green diode laser that reveals what the human eye can't see. This couples with a Piezo sensor which measures microscopic dust particles in real time, giving clear proof of a deep and effective clean. It sounds like a gimmick, but our tests found that  it's incredibly effective, as the vacuum automatically adjusts its suction according to how much dust is detected.  

It has an an effective anti-tangle brushbar that will save you the horrible job of picking hair out of the vacuum to clean it, and a bright LCD screen that makes it easy to use, demonstrating runtime and if the bin is too full. This is what puts it at the top of our list of the best vacuums for pet hair.

Like most Dyson products, this quality comes at a cost. This is one of the best vacuums you can possibly buy, but it will set you back more than $700. We also aren't fans of the fact that dust occasionally gets stuck in the dust bin, and that you have to hold down the trigger to keep it running, which might become uncomfortable if you have mobility issues with your hands. 

Our Dyson V15 Detect cordless vacuum review goes into more detail. 

Best robot vacuum

Best robot vacuum

Specifications

Navigation: PrecisionVision
Dust bin size: .26 gallons
Dimensions: 13.7 x 13.7 x 3.4
Noise level: 50 dBa

Reasons to buy

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Excellent mop function
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Tough on fine dirt on hard floor 
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Good hair pick-up

Reasons to avoid

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Struggles to clean circular objects 
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Very loud self-emptying process 
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Imperfect clean

Right out of the box, we loved the iRobot Roomba j9+. Once you've cleared a space for your clean base to stand, all that's left to do is attach the mop, fill up the water tank, and set the robot in its base to charge. After an hour or so, your robot should be ready to map your rooms and get to work. 

The j9+ Combo is a smart vacuum that keeps learning while it cleans. It detects which areas in your home tend to pick up the most dirt, and that's where it spends the most energy and time. Once it's got the lay of the land, the j9+ Combo should start making straight, simple strokes across your floors. 

The app is accurate and easy to use, but the star of the show is the automatic mop feature. There's no need to detach the dustbin and screw in a water tank: the mop sits on the back of the robot while it vacuums, and flips straight into place. The j9+ Combo can scrub and shine, though it struggles to navigate corners and awkward spaces. 

This robot vacuum isn't perfect. The self-emptying dustbin gets up to 80dB, which is too loud to even hold a conversation, and however smart it is, it isn't as good for spot-cleaning as a quick stripe with an upright. With that said, if you're set on a robot vacuum, this is the best of the best. 

You can find more detail in our iRobot Roomba j9+ Combo Robot Vacuum and Mop review.

Best vacuum for allergies

Best vacuum cleaner for allergies

Specifications

Dust bin capacity: .5 liter
Weight: 6.28lb
Power: 200W
Noise : N/A
Battery life: Up to 60 minutes
Warranty: 1 years