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Best Vacuum Cleaners for Your Buck

BY: jolene | Jun 10, 2019

According to the domestic diviners at Good Housekeeping, floors should be vacuumed at least once a week—and even more frequently if there are pets or crawling children in the household. Let's just say, my floor care is not going to earn the coveted Good Housekeeping seal any time soon. But I'm trying to be better, which means I'm about to spend a lot more time with my vacuum cleaner.

I've had the same vacuum since my first apartment out of college. It's small, cheap, and doesn't do a particularly good job of picking up much of anything. So I'm in the market for the best vacuum cleaner. There are an overwhelming number of models (and price points), so I'm breaking down the best vacuum cleaners for your house's specific needs. Want a vacuum that does the work for you? I'll find the robot vacuum with the best reviews. Need to get a handle on pet hair? We'll find the best vacuum for pets at the best price. That's kind of what we do here at Groupon Coupons.

Best Upright Vacuum Cleaner & Best Overall Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Upright — $349.99 at The Home Depot (Save $50)

Dyson upright vacuum

This vacuum has it all: powerful Dyson Cyclone suction technology, a lightweight design, plus attachments that expands its cleaning prowess beyond floors. This is our overall pick for best vacuum cleaner because it gives users the best bang for their buck. It's powerful enough to pick up allergens and pet hair, but also smartly engineered with Ball technology to be small, lightweight, and maneuverable. That, plus the combination and stair attachments that come included with your purchase make this the best overall value for vacuums.

Best Cordless Vacuum

Shark Rocket Ulta-Light Stick Vacuum — $149.99 At The Home Depot (Save $35)

Shark Rocket Ultra-light vacuum

Stick vacuums are the newest trend in home cleaning for good reason: they are so easy to use! They are so lightweight that users can move seamlessly around the house and bulky furniture and reach high or low. This Shark version has one drawback: a cord. That doesn't make it as easy to maneuver as some cordless models, but we think it's more than worth the trade-off. The vacuum has stronger suction than cordless models and you don't have to worry about the battery life.

The Home Depot users give it a 4.5 out of 5 with comments like "I love this vacuum" and "I never realized vacuming could be so entertaining. I am singing while I vac now, instead of moaning while dragging a heavy sweeper around the house."

Best Robot Vacuum

Shark ION Robot 720 — $295.46 at The Home Depot

The Shark ION Robot is not the most expensive robotic vacuum on the market by a long shot. And that's a huge part of why I think it's the best robotic vacuum around. For about a third of the cost of an iRobot model, users get a reliable cleaning machine with many of the same features. You can program the ION to run when you aren't home, it learns to navigate around furniture and obstacles, it has a self-cleaning brush that captures short and long hairs without losing cleaning power, and it can reach into nooks and corners.

Best Handheld Vacuum & Best Car Vacuum

Makita 18-Volt Compact Lithium Ion Cordless — $153.99 at The Home Depot

In all my vacuum research, this seems to be the one place where users think it's worth it to spend a little extra. This handheld vacuum is about double the other top-rated models, but The Home Depot's customers seriously love this vacuum. With praise like "this Makita works like a CHAMP!" and "Not only great for in the house … my husband loves that it is powerful enough to vacuum out the cars!", it was kind of a slam-dunk in both the handheld and car vacuum categories. Users are especially impressed with the vacuum's suction power and its versatility—it comes with an extension to use as a cordless floor vacuum as well.

Best Vacuum for Pet Hair

Dyson Ball Animal 2 — $499 at The Home Depot

Dyson claims that the Animal 2 has the strongest suction of all vacuums EVER. That's a pretty bold statement to make, and the reviews seem to back it up. ("I also have two Beardie Collie’s and children. This vacuum gets everything!") The vacuum also comes with Dyson's new Turbine Tool, a two-wheeled spinning mechanism that pulls hair and fur up from carpet and upholstery fibers and into the machine without tangling! One


This post was sponsored by The Home Depot, but all opinions are my own.