10 Best Bagless Vacuum Cleaners

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.


Shark Navigator Elite Professional Lift-Away Rotator NV501 Vacuum

The $229 Shark Rotator NV501 tops our list as the best bagless vacuum cleaner. The most common comment from reviewers on the 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. 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. 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.


Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy

The most expensive bagless vacuum on our list is the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy which sells for $549. This Dyson model was designed with pet owners who suffer from allergy’s in mind. It uses what Dyson calls Cinetic science to prevent dust from clogging the machine and reducing suction. Amazingly this also means there is no filter to wash, just whole machine HEPA filtration for those allergy sufferers. The suction is great overall.

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.


Dyson Ball Allergy

The cheapest Dyson machine on our list is the Dyson Ball Allergy which currently sells for $374, although it typically does cost more. It gets rave review from users online – it is the highest rated bagless vacuum on Amazon with a 4.7 star average. It does not have Cinetic technology on it, but Dyson claims it has the strongest suction of any vacuum.

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.


Shark Navigator Professional Lift-Away Vacuum Cleaner NV356E

The Shark NV356E is the best selling upright bagless vacuum on Amazon for about $144. This 16 pound machine is relatively light and maneuverable with excellent carpet cleaning and bare floor performance. It excels at capturing the dust it collects with its HEPA filtration, however emptying the bin can be messy.

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.


Shark Navigator Lift-Away Vacuum NV353

The lightweight and easy to handle Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV353 will cost about $135. Overall its capabilities are very similar to the NV356E including impressive carpet cleaning and very poor pet hair pickup. The main feature is its weight at 14 pounds and maneuverability which makes it easier to work with.

We recommend the Shark NV353 if lighter weight and ease of use is a priority to you and you do not have pets.


Dyson Ball Multi Floor

The $399 Dyson Ball Multi Floor is essentially the same as the Dyson Ball Allergy. The main difference is that this unit does not come with the three additional cleaning attachments for reducing allergens. The Dyson Ball Multi Floor shares the same technology that makes it have the most powerful suction of any vacuum cleaner. It also has the self-adjusting cleaner head to transition easily from carpet to hard floors.

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.


Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Bagless UH70120

The best bagless upright vacuum under $100 is the Hoover WindTunnel UH70120 which sells for about $98. The UH70120 received the highest score and was rated as a Best Buy by the leading consumer magazine. For its price it has great overall cleaning and excellent pet hair pickup. The airflow through the tool hose is really good as well. Another neat feature is that its power cord retracts automatically.

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.


Bissell 9595 CleanView Upright Vacuum with OnePass

The Bissell 9595 CleanView is one of the best selling bagless vacuums on Amazon and is a really good value with a pricetag of around $90. 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, 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.


Eureka AS3030A Airspeed Unlimited Rewind Bagless Upright Vacuum

The Eureka AS3030A is a newer version of the AS1001A which at one time was rated as a Best Buy from the leading consumer magazine. With a price near $100 it is another good option for a vacuum in the $100 range. The suction is quite good, and we really liked the automatic cord rewind which rewinds the power cord quickly and stores it conveniently.

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.


Dirt Devil UD20015 Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Our selection for the best cheap bagless vacuum goes to the Dirt Devil UD20015 Upright. Available at times for as little as $33 this thing does not compare all that well to the more expensive models. However, the suction is still decent enough plus it is very lightweight at just 9 pounds and compact enough to fit into small closets or spaces.

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.

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