Two important questions to ask when buying a vacuum cleaner are: Is it easy to handle and maneuver and can it really remove dust and dirt from all areas of my home? We wouldn’t be trusted if the vacuums on this list didn’t pass that test with flying colors.
But choosing the best vacuum cleaner for you and your home means thinking about more than just that. Consider what surfaces you’ll be vacuuming, how your home is laid out and how much time you have for cleaning up. Immediately below are our picks for the best vacuums in eight key categories. Scroll all the way down to learn more about what to consider before you buy a new vacuum and how to choose the best vacuum cleaner to meet your needs.
The Tineco A11 Hero does everything it is supposed to do and I am very pleased with the function, features and aesthetics of the cordless vacuum cleaner. The A11 Hero has very good suction power and I am able to vacuum approximately 1,300 s.f. of house, carpet and ceramic tile, with one battery on normal power. Also, the A11 Hero is much quieter than my old Dyson and Oreck XL vacuum cleaners.
Initial vacuum setup was fairly quick and both batteries that were included with the set charged within 3-1/2 hours in the charging station/base prior to initial trial run with the cordless vacuum. Before I ever considered purchasing the Tineco A11 Hero vacuum, I was comparing the newer Dyson V10s (Animal, etc.), but I really like the value-priced A11 at about half the cost of the Dyson Cyclone V10; the only real difference, IMO, being the A11 has a smaller dustbin capacity: 0.6 liters vs. 0.77 liters for the Dyson V10–not a deal breaker. The LED lamps attached to the motorized brush and the pre-filter cleaning tool that are included in the set are especially helpful.
I just opened my new Dyson today and despite vacuuming the whole house with my old Bissell vacuum yesterday, I wanted to give it a go. I was SHOCKED to see how much dust and dirt this vacuum picked up – especially considering I thought my house was “clean”. I vacuumed for about 30 minutes and had no trouble with the battery power. I loved that the auto mode switched the suction power when I went from hardwood floors to our area rugs. My ONLY complaint is that my shoulder and arm are now a bit sore because the device is heavier than I expected. (I think that’ll just take some getting used to – as will the switch that you need to hold down the entire time you are using the machine.) As a flip side to that, my 16 month old son thinks vacuuming is awesome and tried using it himself, despite it being pretty heavy. I guess now he’ll be helping me with household chores more often!
Over the past few years I have bought several vacuum cleaners. Some were bagless and some had bags. I’ve had poor success with vacuum cleaners until now. I had a Eureka vacuum cleaner that was supposed to be specially made for people with pets. But before the bag would ever get full, the brush would get full of fur so that I couldn’t use it anymore. I recently got another vacuum cleaner, but I couldn’t make one pass through my living room before it too was clogged full of hair. So when I got this vacuum cleaner out of the box, I didn’t expect it to be better than all the rest. But I had read a lot of comments before purchasing this one and decided to give it a chance. As soon as I began vacuuming the area rug on top of the carpet in my living room, I was amazed as the rug began to appear under all the fur that previous vacuum cleaners couldn’t touch. But as amazing as it looked, I knew not to get my hopes up. Many times I had begun vacuuming this same rug when clumps of fur would finally cough up. But that didn’t happen with the Bissell Cleanview! As long as it kept sucking up the fur, I kept vacuuming. Finally I began seeing little fur balls appear. Looking at the canister, I realized I probably should have stopped and emptied out the canister. I had just been so excited to see one work!
Once my DC65 Animal arrived in the mail, I did what any Dyson lover would do: I compared it to my old one. 😀 This photo will show you what you want to know. I used my old DC14 Animal vacuum on my 15ft x 15ft family room and got the first pile of dirt. I then immediately vacuumed it again with my new DC65 Animal and got a 2nd…much larger…pile of dirt.
For anyone who has a love-affair with cleanliness: make the purchase. You’ll never regret it.
Oh, and even though it weighs 17 pounds – you don’t feel it. It gently pulls itself perfectly. My DC14 weighs 18 pounds, but is not as easy to push or steer as this new DC65.
After having so many different upright vacuum cleaners over my lifetime, I had decided to give up on them and just use a canister style. I found that pushing and pulling the uprights caused back pains. I also never felt as though I had the right setting for the rugs and carpets. The uprights just seemed to be more trouble than they were worth to me, especially when the belts broke or the bag style was discontinued.
However, I was always intrigued by the Oreck ads touting the lightweight uprights. Yet, whenever I thought about getting one, I found that the number of different models made it difficult to choose which might be the most appropriate for my needs.
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