In the realm of household appliances, finding the perfect vacuum cleaner can feel overwhelming. Whether you’re searching for a vacuum that’s suited to tackle everyday dust and dirt or one that attends to more particular cleaning needs, the hunt for a quality vacuum cleaner requires mindful consideration.

In this article, we will explore vacuum features, technologies, and user experiences that differentiate certain models. Whether you are searching for a vacuum with the newest technological advancements or a busy mom in need of a quick and efficient solution, the purpose of this guide is to educate you on which vacuum will work best for your cleaning preferences and lifestyle.

Qualities of an exemplary vacuum

It all depends on individual habits and preferences, but a good vacuum cleaner should have a disposable dust bag or dirt bin with some sort of easy dirt disposable system, one replaceable ‘classic’ mechanical filter, a HEPA filter, and a scent container. I would also add a UV lamp if possible, but it is not necessary.

Choosing ‘the best’ vacuum cleaner requires explaining a few things about vacuums – for example, what is the difference between disposable dirt bags and reusable dirt bags, why some models don’t have dirt bags at all, why is HEPA filter so important, vacuum cleaner types, etc.

Disposable dust bag

When the dust bag is full (your vacuum cleaner has a ‘dust bag full’ sensor, right?), you simply replace it with a new one. Have you ever tried to clean or just empty a reusable dust bag? Did you make a mess? I did several times and never again … Since disposable dust bags are very cheap, why bother? If you prefer bagless vacuum cleaners, be sure that the vacuum cleaner of your choice has an easy dirt eject system (with or without a compressor). Otherwise, you could make a mess when emptying your dirt bin.

Replaceable mechanical filter

Air filters can be cleaned with much less mess than reusable bags. Clean filters only according to directions provided with a vacuum cleaner. Change them from time to time as recommended. Such mechanical filters are usually positioned in front of the HEPA filter.

HEPA filter

removes at least 99.97% of particles 0.3 micrometers in size. It is usually positioned after the dirt bag or dirt bin and after the first mechanical filter (if such a filter is present at all). It must be cleaned and/or replaced from time to time. Good HEPA filters are not cheap, but they get their job done. Air quality is much better when there is a HEPA filter in the vacuum cleaner, and if you are prone to allergies or have any respiratory problems, a HEPA filter is a MUST.

UV lamps are not necessary, but for people prone to allergies and respiratory problems, HEPA filters, in combination with UV lamps, can make a real change in air quality.

Also, there are high-end vacuum cleaners that use activated carbon as part of the air filtration system. Such systems provide practically clean and sterile exhaust air. But they can be really costly…

Scent container 

After the exhaust air is filtered, before being released, a scent can be added to the airflow. The pleasant scent of a cleaned area enhances the feeling of cleanness and freshness, but too strong a scent can cause issues for people who have respiratory problems or who simply don’t like that particular scent. Fortunately, most vacuums having scent containers have a means for dosing the amount of released scent into the air.

shark nv352 3Easy-to-change attachments are important for adjusting vacuums to various cleaning surfaces and situations.

Cylinder vs. Upright Vacuums

Cylinder vacuum cleaners with long hoses and different attachments can reach places where upright vacuum cleaners can’t. Also, with different attachments, it can clean different surfaces as well as or even better than uprights. Although upright vacuum cleaners are more energy efficient, the difference in the electric bills will not be significant since this is a home vacuum cleaner that will not work 24/7, right? :o)

On the other hand, upright vacuum cleaners often come with a cleaning hose as an optional attachment, so when needed, it is simply plugged in. When not in use, it is stored either on-board or away from the upright vacuum cleaner itself.

Also, when compared with cylinder vacuums with long(er) hoses, upright vacuum cleaners are easier to maneuver around. However, they can’t even be compared with stick vacuums, especially cordless stick vacuum cleaners, in terms of maneuverability and reaching hard-to-get places. Furthermore, cordless stick vacuums are heavier and larger than handheld vacuums, which are great for small surfaces, such as emergency vacuums and similar, but such vacuums have relatively weak suction and short operating time.

Vacuum Cleaner Recommendations

As one can see, deciding what is the best vacuum cleaner to buy is very individual and depends on many things, but mainly on your personal preferences and needs. For example:

Shampoo Vacuum: Hoover PowerDash Pet Compact Carpet Cleaner

If you have a pet like a dog, more dogs or other pets, and plenty of carpets, I would consider buying a shampoo vacuum cleaner with a rotating brush inside a powered cleaning head or a classic carpet shampooer. Shampoo vacuums clean more thoroughly than other devices that rely only on mechanical force from air suction and mechanical attachments. Also, such high-end vacuums often combine shampoo cleaning with hot steam. Be very careful when cleaning surfaces with shampoo and especially with hot steam – such cleaning methods can damage the cleaning surface. However, if your surfaces tolerate such cleaning methods, combining shampoo and steam with mechanical brushes will make your surfaces brand-new and clean. If you have pets with long hair or you have issues with pets’ hair in general, vacuum cleaners with specialized pet hair attachments are required to clean hair from carpets and other surfaces.

Also, HEPA filter is highly recommended for pet hair vacuums.

Upright Vacuum- Shark NV360 Navigator Lift

The upright vacuum is ideal for homes with a majority of carpeted surfaces. Their makeup is made of a vertical orientation and a motorized brush roll, making this type of vacuum highly successful in deep cleaning carpets and extracting embedded dirt and debris. These vacuums work well for homes that have larger, open floor plans because they give quick and seamless movement across expansive carpeted areas. Upright Vacuums are perfect for individuals who are searching for an ergonomic handle and single-unit design. These functions simplify the cleaning process, making upright vacuums suitable for customers who prioritize ease of use and minimal setup. 

Stick Vacuum- BISSELL Featherweight Stick

Stick Vacuums are the best for individuals who live fast-paced and busy lifestyles, where cleaning tends to be quickly and efficiently completed. They are lightweight, making them perfect for smaller areas such as apartments or for individuals who are often moving between rooms. Distinctly, the cordless models offer unmatched convenience allowing consumers to move freely regardless of where the nearest power outlet is. Their sleek and slim construction makes them easier to store in tight and narrow spaces, particularly reaching individuals with limited storage space. Although these vacuums don’t offer the same deep-cleaning abilities as bigger vacuums, stick vacuums are well-known for providing a quick and practical solution for maintaining cleanliness in modern-day lifestyles.  

Canister Vacuum- BISSELL Zing Lightweight 

Canister Vacuums are perfect for individuals who are very meticulous about their cleaning. Their design features a canister and a wand, equipping this type of vacuum with remarkable flexibility and maneuverability. The Canister style vacuum is ideal for individuals who clean a variety of surfaces such as carpets and hardwood floors to delicate upholstery. The range of attachments provided caters to precise cleaning needs, such as crevice tools for compact spaces or upholstery brushes for furniture. Individuals who have larger homes find this particular vacuum style appealing because of the hose and wand’s extended reach. The canister design is beneficial for many individuals due to its compact design, which makes it easy to store. The canister vacuum would be a good option for individuals with allergies or respiratory sensitivities due to its high-powered suction and filtration systems. 

Robot Vacuum- iRobot Roomba 692 Robot Vacuum

Robot Vacuums are perfect for individuals who have very busy schedules because they are programmed to clean floors without direct human intervention. Individuals who find themselves often multitasking and are looking for extra free time within their lives find robot vacuums to be particularly beneficial. Due to modern technology, they are able to navigate around furniture and obstacles making them suitable for all homes. They will not provide the same level of cleaning as a traditional vacuum, but they are ideal for individuals who are looking for a time-saving and hassle-free nature vacuum. 

Cordless Vacuum: Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

The cordless vacuum is well-suited for individuals who have busy lifestyles and highly value flexibility in their cleaning routines. The cordless aspect of these vacuums makes them portable and thus ideal for individuals who don’t want the hassle of unwinding and managing a cord. Individuals living in smaller homes or apartments will appreciate the compact and space-saving design of this type of vacuum. These vacuums are also particularly fitting for individuals who prefer frequent and quick cleanups. This vacuum can handle spills and maintain a tidy environment. The battery advancements have provided customers with ample cleaning time before a necessary recharge. 

Car Vacuum: ThisWorx Car Vacuum Cleaner

Car Vacuums are designed for individuals who take pride in the cleanliness and upkeep of their vehicles. Created for the on-the-go lifestyle car vacuums are compact, portable, and equipped with gear to clean the interior spaces of vehicles. They cater to individuals who spend a considerable amount of time in their cars. Car vacuums are perfect for individuals seeking to quickly pick up crumbs, dirt, and debris that accumulate inside the car. Their compact size and ability to operate while utilizing the car’s power outlet make them a practical accessory for individuals who value cleanliness, but don’t have the time in their schedules to frequently visit a car wash. 

Long story short 

It is very hard to determine the best vacuum cleaner for everybody in every situation. Most homes these days usually have two or even three vacuums – one big vacuum cleaner for regularly cleaning large surfaces and one handheld, battery-operated small vacuum cleaner for various emergencies. If you have a small home or if you need to clean smaller rooms more often, but big cylinder and/or upright vacuums are overkill, then consider cordless stick vacuums.

Price of good vacuums

What you pay is ‘usually’ what you get. Regardless of vacuum cleaner type, good vacuums cost between 100 and 200 dollars/euros. Some high-end vacuums cost much more, and usually, they are worth every cent IF you actually need them. Cheap vacuums are good for occasional cleaning in certain situations and are usually small and weak, but they will do the job they are designed to do – just don’t expect that a 30$ handheld vacuum can be compared with a 600$ cylinder/upright vacuum cleaner …


In conclusion, the decision of what vacuum is best for you ultimately comes down to your needs, preferences, and lifestyle considerations. Each type of vacuum we have discussed has its advantages as well as its disadvantages. There is a diverse range of vacuums available on the market today, ensuring that there is an ideal vacuum for every lifestyle. Consider your needs and take the time to weigh the features that matter most to you. The best vacuum for you is the one that aligns with your lifestyle ensuring a healthy and clean home with maximum efficiency and convenience.