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.


Shark Navigator Elite Professional Lift-Away Rotator NV501 Vacuum

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.

It does not excel at collecting pet hair and there are also cheaper options available if price is a concern.


Bissell CleanView Helix Bagless Upright Vacuum 95P1

The Bissell Helix 95P1 is our choice for the best value because of its cheap price tag of just $80. And while it is cheap, the suction is still really good, but not quite up to par with the other top rated models. It also does not have lossless suction – meaning you will slowly lose suction while you use it until you clean the canister and filter. We also do not recommend this one for pet hair. But even though its performance is not quite as good as some other models it is still an amazing bargain at this price.


LG Kompressor Drive Pet Care Vacuum LuV350P

The $382 LG Kompressor LuV350P received the highest score from the leading consumer magazine. It has superb carpet cleaning performance and also works great on pet hair. The Kompressor feature is a revolving blade that compresses what is in the bin for more capacity and easier emptying.

Besides being more expensive than average, it is also a bit bulky and can be difficult to maneuver with the swivel steering head.


Kenmore Intuition 31040 Bagless Vacuum

The $190 Kenmore Intuition 31040 works great on carpets and pet hair. It also controls dust well with very few dust emissions when in use. However it is very heavy and does not have the best design. The wand also suffers from a poor design and does not work as well as others.


Shark Navigator Lift-Away Vacuum NV352

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.


Shark Navigator Professional Lift-Away Vacuum Cleaner NV356E

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.


Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Bagless UH70120

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.


Hoover Platinum Bagless UH70015

The Hoover Platinum UH70015 is a step up from the UH70120 in performance, but will cost you $135 more, at about $235. There really is no weakness to this version. It handles carpet, bare floors, and pet hair all superbly. The suction for the hose attachments is good, but not great.

We rated this model lower than the UH70120 because we did not feel the increase in performance was worth spending that much more money. It also is quite heavy at 22 pounds.


Dyson DC41 Animal Complete Bagless Vacuum Cleaner

The Dyson Animal DC41 excels in cleaning bare floors and its HEPA filtration is ideal for those of you with allergies. But despite being named Animal, it actual is only average at picking up pet hair.

Does this Dyson model do what it claims to do? Yes, for the most part it works great, but is it worth spending about $620 on? In our minds no, unless price really is of little concern to you.


Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Pet Rewind Plus UH70210 Vacuum

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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