In sci-fi depictions of the 21st century, everything always seems so clean and dust-free. The reality is something different. Dirt, dust bunnies and debris all conspire to make our homes less than spotless.Fortunately, vacuum cleaners have become better and more versatile cleaning, both in terms of the size and the nature of the mess.
There are cordless vacuum cleaners for quickly picking up small messes and wet-dry vacs for the not-so-small messes. Many of the vacuum cleaners on this list include filters to help keep allergies at bay, too.The future is here. These are our picks for the best vacuum cleaners for all needs and budgets.To come up with our list of the best vacuum cleaners, we spent more than 20 hours looking through online reviews at such sites as CNet, Wirecutter, Consumer Reports and Reviewed, also looking at user comments and reviews at major online retailers.
To pick the best robot vacuum cleaner picks, we spent more than 180 hours testing more than two dozen models, both in our labs and in a home environment.The Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352 isn't the newest upright vacuum cleaner on the market, but its market longevity shows that it is one of the best. Numerous reviews of this budget-friendly vacuum note its excellent suction on both carpets and bare floors. In lab tests, it picked up pet hair and cereal with equal aplomb.
One of the neater features on the Navigator Lift-Away NV352 is the suction-release valve, which reviewers say comes in handy when vacuuming small rugs and shag carpets. Though it looks and functions like an upright, the NV352 comes with several hose attachments, so it can convert to a cannister-like vac for reaching small spaces or drapes. Because its main body lacks wheels, you'll have to carry this vacuum around, but there's a well-placed handle for just this reason.