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It’s been an enjoyable few years in Consumer Reports’ vacuum labs. Cordless stick vacuums are better than ever and generally are now crowding out corded stick vacs at major retailers. And robotic vacuums have finally transcended from being a novelty item in YouTube cat videos to a significant cleaning tool.

But while the new kids in your area are turning heads, if you need deep cleaning, you’ll still have to rely on your trusty upright or canister vacuum. That said, we’ve also found plenty of good small vacuums for smaller messes.

How We Test Vacuums

To learn how good a vacuum picks up dirt, just how much debris it retains, how easy it is to go, and how noisy it really is, Consumer Reports puts vacuum cleaners through a hardcore pair of tests. We embed talc, sand, and pet hair into carpet before vacuuming. We make use of the same style of litter on bare floors and observe whether the vacuum picks it up or scatters it about. And we maneuver the vacuum around, like everyone else would, to ensure it is an easy task to operate.

Here, reviews regarding the best vacuums you can purchase at this time, from each kind we test. Drumroll—er, brush roll, please.

1 Bagged Upright

2 Bagless Upright

3 Bagged Canister

4 Bagless Canister

5 Stick Vacuum (Significantly Less Than 6 Pounds)

6 Stick Vacuum (A Lot More Than 6 Pounds)

7 Robotic Vacuum

8 Hand Vacuum

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