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 which we review below.
The only slight negative is that it does not excel at collecting pet hair. While priced well below Dyson’s, there are also cheaper options available if price is a concern. Therefore we would recommend the Shark Navigator Elite Professional Lift-Away Rotator NV501 to everyone except pet owners or those of you want a cheaper model.
Another aspect we like of this Dyson model is all the special attachments that come with it (9 in all), especially the tangle-free turbine tool designed to remove pet hair from carpets and upholstery.
The Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy tips the scales at 19.4 pounds which is designed to give it more stability. It does feel lighter than that when using it, although the ball can prevent you from getting under some furniture like low tables.
The biggest drawback is the price – it would be our highest ranked bagless upright if it was cheaper. Do you really want to spend that much money on a vacuum? The performance really won’t let you down, but ultimately it is your choice if it is worth $549 to you.
The whole-machine HEPA filtration, a washable lifetime filter, and three specialized cleaning attachments all combine to make it certified asthma and allergy friendly. It also has a self-adjusting cleaner head that works great going from carpet to hard floors.
Overall we recommend the Dyson Ball Allegy for buyers who want a Dyson vacuum, but don’t want to spend over $400 to get one.
The hose attachments work OK, but not great. However, the main negative is the pet hair pickup capabilities which are not very good on this model. Overall we would recommend this vacuum for anyone except pet owners.
We recommend the Shark NV353 if lighter weight and ease of use is a priority to you and you do not have pets.
If you are considering the Dyson Multi Floor, we highly recommend just buying the Dyson Ball Allergy instead since it is cheaper and they are virtually identical in performance. The only thing that would make us reconsider is price – so if you can find the Multi Floor cheaper or on sale for about $350 or less then it would be worth getting.
User reviews were not quite as positive, however, with an average rating of 4.1 on Amazon. Some complaints included short power cord and hose, dust escaping out the back on smooth floors, cheaply made, and noisy.
The Hoover WindTunnel T-Series UH70120 is probably the best value in a bagless vacuum cleaner for pet hair, therefore we highly recommend it for pet owners who are looking for an affordable vacuum.
While not up to par with the top performing models on this list, the Bissell 9595 Clean View is still an incredible bargain at this price. Although if you have a lot of carpeted areas of your home, you might want to look for a different model that works better on carpets.
If you are looking for a budget bagless unit, then this one should be considered. However, we prefer the Hoover UH70120 much more than this Eureka.
We only recommend the Dirt Devil UD20015 to those of you who are more concerned with price than actual deep-cleaning. It is a good choice for anyone who needs a cheap vacuum for places like dorms or apartments.