Don’t let expense fool you when you are shopping for a vacuum cleaner. Just because Dyson, for example, costs much more than other brands, doesn’t necessarily mean it is any better than other brand’s top models. In fact many of the cheaper bagless vacuums performed as good, if not better than Dyson versions for hundreds of dollars less. Don’t get us wrong the Dyson models are very innovative, stylish, and perform quite well, but they also have the best marketing hype behind them which is why many people believe they must be the best.
In this review we primarily factored in carpet cleaning performance, bare floor cleaning ability, tool attachments, pet hair pickup, and price to come up with the top 10 best bagless vacuum cleaners.
#1) The most common comment from reviewers on the $250 Shark Rotator NV501 is ‘pleasantly surprised.’ Shark does not have the best name recognition, but this bagless vacuum scores high marks from seemingly everyone with a 4.6 rating on Amazon and only three 1 or 2-star reviews. It features 3 uses in one which makes it very convenient to use in any situation by switching from an upright to a canister or hand vacuum. It also has impressive suction and never loses suction even when full of dust.
The only slight negative is that it does not excel at collecting pet hair and there are also cheaper options available if price is a concern.
#2) Retailing for $650 the Dyson DC65 Animal is the most expensive bagless vacuum on our list. Although you can often find it available for about $550 from secondary sellers on Amazon Marketplace, be aware that the manufacturer warranty will not apply from non-authorized resellers. Performance wise, nothing is lacking on this model. It handles carpet, bare floors, and pet hair well. It also transitions between floor types like hardwood, tile, and carpet automatically with no adjustments by the user.
Overall this thing performs almost flawlessly, but you have to consider if the price is worth it to you since there are many cheaper options available.
#3) The lightweight and easy to handle Shark NV352 will cost about $172. It has impressive carpet cleaning, but using the tool attachments are just average and pet hair pickup is quite poor.
We recommend this model if lighter weight and ease of use is a priority to you and you do not have pets.
#4) The Shark NV356E is similar to the NV352 and it is one of the best selling bagless vacuums on Amazon for $200. It is two pounds heavier than the NV352, but still light and maneuverable. It works great on carpet and excels at capturing the dust it collects. The pet hair pickup is not very good on this model either, but the hose attachments work a bit better. #5) The Eureka AS3030A is a newer version of the AS1001A which was rated as a Best Buy from the leading consumer magazine. With a price of $99.99 this is our first choice for a bagless model under $100. The suction is quite good, and we really liked the automatic cord rewind which rewinds the power cord quickly and stores it conveniently. #6) The Bissell 9595 CleanView is the best selling upright vacuum on Amazon and ranks as the best value with a price-tag of just $79. While not outstanding in any one area, it has pretty good suction and works well on bare floors and above average on pet hair. However the carpet cleaning performance is only mediocre.
While not up to par with the top performing models on this list, it is still an incredible bargain at this price.
#7) At about $100 the Hoover WindTunnel UH70120 is another great value and was rated as a Best Buy by the leading consumer magazine. For its price it has great cleaning and pet hair pickup. Another neat feature is that its power cord retracts automatically.
User reviews were not quite as positive, however, with an average rating of 3.8 on Amazon. Some complaints included short power cord and hose, dust escaping out the back on smooth floors, cheaply made, and noisy.
#8) If you are looking for a slightly more affordable Dyson then look no further that the $400 DC40. Even though it is cheaper than the DC65, it is still the second most expensive model on of our top 10. With Dyson’s ball technology and weighing 14.6 pounds it is super easy to steer around objects. It also transitions from different floor types very nicely with its self adjusting cleaner head.
However, on the downside it was not designed for pet hair and struggles picking it up. Carpet cleaning is also just average.
#9) The $150 Hoover Air Steerable UH72400 is designed to be more maneuverable by swiveling and turning around objects with ease and due to its lightweight design of just under 14 pounds. It works great for pet hair and bare floors, but carpet cleaning is only average.
The main drawback to the UH72400, and what prevented us from rating it higher, is that the tool airflow is really lacking. The hose just doesn’t suck like other top performers, but if you need a lightweight, solid bagless vacuum then this Hoover model is still quite good.
#10) The Hoover WindTunnel UH70210 is another rewind model that will cost about $130. The HEPA filtration is great on dust emissions and it was designed for pet owners. It has good airflow for tools and works great on bare floors. It also folds for more compact storage. However, surprisingly, the carpet cleaning is only so-so on this slightly noisy model or we would have ranked it higher.
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