Best Vacuums of 2018

Product Use case Rating
Dyson Animal 2 Best Upright Vacuum N/A
Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Best Canister Vacuum N/A
Neato Botvac Connected Best Robot Vacuum N/A
Shark Navigator NV352 Best Budget Vacuum N/A
Black & Decker Dustbuster HHV1320JR02 Best Handheld Vacuum N/A
Black & Decker Auto Pivot Vac PAV1200W Best Car Vacuum N/A
Shark DuoClean NV800 Best Hardwood Floor Vacuum N/A
Hoover SteamVac Max Extract Pressure Pro 60 Best Carpet Cleaner N/A
Ridgid WD1450 Best Shop Vacuum N/A
Bissell Symphony Bagless 2-in-1 Upright Best Steam Vacuum N/A
Bissell Heavy Duty Professional Best Deep-Cleaning Vacuum N/A



We’ve spent hundreds of hours testing all kinds of vacuums, measuring how well they pick up everything from pebbles to fine dust. While a quality vacuum cleaner can represent a significant investment costing $300 or more, we recommend The Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352. This machine has excellent suction, strong filtration and a full complement of tools, and for around $150 it is a great value.

Before you buy you should be aware there are pluses and minuses to every vacuum type. For example, a good budget vacuum cleaner can be a useful tool but it probably won't last as long as a pricier pick. The right stick vacuum is great for quick clean-ups but generally won't have the strength to maintain the whole house. A robot vacuum can do a lot to save you from daily maintenance, but you’ll still need an upright vacuum (or a canister model) for deeper cleaning. And that is only naming a few vacuum cleaner types.

Below are our best picks for these types and more, including vacuums for hardwood floors, handheld and car vacuums, carpet cleaners and steam cleaners, as well as shop vacs.