Don’t let expense fool you when you are shopping for a vacuum cleaner. Just because Dyson, for example, costs 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 perform as good, if not better than Dyson versions in some areas for hundreds of dollars less. Don’t get us wrong the Dyson vacuums 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.
At the bottom of this article we also provide readers with a spec comparison chart so you can easily compare one vacuum versus another.
The DuoClean is a dual brushroll system that deep cleans better and leaves a polished look on hard floors. The Zero-M feature, while not perfect, actively removes hair that tangles around the brush roll. The Powered Lift-Away mode has been a staple of Shark vacuums. It lets you pull the canister off the base and thus becomes a canister or handheld vacuum for easier portability and to get at hard-to-reach spots.
The performance of the AZ1002 is very good on all surfaces and has very powerful suction from the hose. It is also relatively quiet compared to some noisier vacuums, and does not let any dust particles escape into the air. A headlight, swivel steering, and two pet tool attachments round out its impressive list of features.
Overall we highly recommend the Shark APEX DuoClean with Zero-M Powered Lift-Away AZ1002 for all users, especially those where pet or human hair wrapping around the brush roll is an issue.
One real highlight of the NV831 is the Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology and HEPA filter which is great for people with allergies since it traps and reduces the amount of particulates and allergens that are released into the air when vacuuming.
If you have pets and carpet you probably should consider another vacuum, but for all other people that want outstanding suction for carpet, bare floors, and the wand then you should consider buying the Shark DuoClean Powered Lift-Away NV831.
It is also available at HomeDepot.com.
However, while the suction in the attachment hose is good, it is not quite as powerful as most the other vacuums with a price of about $150 and up. It also is louder than most other machines.
Overall the Dyson Ball Animal 2 is a bagless vacuum that we recommend for anyone with pets. If you don’t have pets and still want a Dyson you should get the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2.
While not designed for pet hair, it actually still does a decent job of picking up pet hair from carpet and other floors. However, it does not come with any pet tool attachments for the wand. The Ball Multi Floor 2 is the loudest vacuum on our list as well.
If you need the best carpet cleaning bagless vacuum then the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 is for you.
The ZU561 also has the Lift-Away capability which lets you detach the canister to more easily clean above-floor areas. It is not quite as good as the two Dyson models on carpet, but it is comparable on bare floors and the overall suction is good – especially the hose. Some users have said they actually find it difficult to use on a deep pile rug.
Overall the Shark ZU561 makes a good choice for anyone who wants help dealing with hair or if they just want a solid all-around vacuum cleaner for under $200.
The NV501 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 excels at bare floor cleaning, but is decent on carpets as well. This thing never loses suction even when full of dust. It also is the quietest vacuum of any on our list.
Negatives include hose suction that is not as powerful as most of the newer Shark models or the Dyson’s and it is not very good at collecting pet hair.
Overall we think the Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away NV501 is perfect for anyone without pets who wants a great bagless vacuum at a decent price, especially if you can find it on sale.
User reviews were not quite as positive, however, with an average rating of 3.8 stars on Amazon. Some complaints include 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.
In testing the 31220 scored well across the board – good on carpet, excellent on bare floors, excellent at pet hair removal, and very good suction in the attachment hose.
However, in real world use it does not receive nearly as good of scores from users. On Amazon it has a rating of just 3.4 stars.
Overall we think the Kenmore Pet Friendly CrossOver 31220 is a pretty good bagless vacuum cleaner, but there are some models that are just as good, if not better for a cheaper price.
The overall suction is pretty decent on the UH71255 considering the price. It is also good for pets due to advanced allergen blocking technology, HEPA filter, odor-absorbing carbon, and pet turbo tool. We also really like that the 25 foot long power cord automatically retracts so you don’t have to wrap the cord.
Overall the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind Pet UH71255 is a great choice for anyone with pets who does not want to spend more than $100.
If you are looking for a vacuum cleaner, but can’t spend a lot of money then the Bissell 1831 Cleanview is a great choice. No it won’t perform as well as the more expensive models on this list, but it could be considered a bargain at this price.
Best Bagless Vacuum Cleaner Comparison Chart
|Bagless Vacuum Cleaner||Rating||Best
|For Pet Hair||Bin
(H x W x D)
|Shark APEX DuoClean with Zero-M Powered Lift-Away AZ1002||9.4||$299.99||$399.99||Bagless||All Floors||Yes||.375 gallons||16.1||30||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||12″ Crevice Tool, Pet Multi-Tool, and Deep-Cleaning Motorized Pet Tool||46″ x 12.2″ x 11.2″||5 years|
|Shark DuoClean Powered Lift-Away NV831||9.3||$279.99||$349.99||Bagless||All Floors||Yes (But Not Recommended)||.375 gallons||18||30||No||No||Yes||No||Yes||Crevice tool, Pet hair cleaning tool||47.2″ x 12.2″ x 10.6″||7 years|
|Dyson Ball Animal 2||9.3||$289.99||$499.99||Bagless||All Floors||Yes||.55 gallons||17.4||35||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||Stair tool, Motorized brush, Combination accessory tool, Tangle-free turbine tool||42.4″ x 15.4″ x 13.4″||5 years|
|Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2||9.3||$249.99||$399.99||Bagless||All Floors||No||.55 gallons||15.7||31||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||Stair tool, Combination accessory tool||42.4″ x 15.4″ x 13.4″||5 years|
|Shark Navigator Lift-Away Zero-M Speed Upright Vacuum ZU561||9.2||$178.00||$229.00||Bagless||All Floors||Yes||.55 gallons||18||25||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||Crevice tool, Pet hair cleaning tool, Upholstery brush||45.67″ x 9.45″ x 11.97″||5 years|
|Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away Upright Vacuum NV501||9.2||$135.99||$229.00||Bagless||All Floors||Yes (But Not Recommended)||.4 gallons||15.4||29.5||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Dusting brush; crevice tool; pet upholstery tool; straight nozzle; Power Pet brush||45.7″ x 13.4″ x 12.2″||5 years|
|Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Bagless UH70120||9.0||$114.71||$129.99||Bagless||All Floors||Yes||.65 gallons||18||27||Yes||No||No||No||No||Carpet attachment, Crevice tool, Telescoping wand, Upholstery brush||44″ x 13.5″ x 13″||2 years parts and motor|
|Kenmore Pet Friendly CrossOver 31220||9.0||$169.99||$249.99||Bagless||All Floors||Yes||?||18||29||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||Combo Tool (Crevice / Dusting Brush), Pet Handi-Mate, Bare Floor Brush||43″ x 13″ x 14.2″||1 year|
|Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind Pet Bagless Vacuum Cleaner UH71255||8.8||$98.00||$149.00||Bagless||All Floors||Yes||.34 gallons||16.1||25||Yes||No||No||No||No||Crevice tool, Duster, Pet hair cleaning tool, Telescoping wand||44.5″ x 13.5″ x 13″||3 years|
|Bissell 1831 Cleanview Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner||8.5||$67.51||$79.99||Bagless||All Floors||No||.528 gallons||15.4||25||No||No||No||No||No||TurboBrush Tool, Dusting Brush, Crevice Tool, Extension Wand||44″ x 13.5″ x 13.2″||2 years|