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The Best Vacuum Cleaners for 2024, According to Our Editors

2023 Best Vacuums According to Editors

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Cleaning your house is one task that never quite feels complete. Just when you think everything is perfect, someone spills milk on the counter, or your dog chews up a new toy. All the pet hair removers or decluttering tips in the world can’t change that! But one thing you can arm yourself with to make the ongoing process easier is having the best vacuum cleaners on hand.

But even finding the right vacuum can be a chore. Do you need a handheld vacuum made for pets? Are the cordless options really worth it? Can you find an affordable vacuum that actually works? How do you know if it’s going to hold up over time? Here’s the good news: Our staff has those very same issues! So, we polled our DrewandJonathan.com editors to see which vacuum cleaners have earned a spot in our homes. Below you’ll find options that we use in our own homes to tackle a variety of problems, whether it’s pet dander or kids’ crumbs. We’ve found a handful we love, including cordless, handheld, upright options, and more in hopes that your cleaning routine gets just a little better.


Best Vacuum for Pets

BISSELL Little Green Portable Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner



“I have seen this thing all over the internet and everyone claims it’s worth the hype, especially if you have pets. (I have two!) I’m here to report—it lives up to the chatter. You don’t even want to know what kind of dirt and grime I emptied out of it after using this for the first time on my sofa. It has several formula options (I chose the pet-specific one) and it does require some drying time, but my couch has never been cleaner. Here’s my full review, if you’re interested.” —Megan, Editorial Director


Best Cordless Vacuum

Shark IX141 Pet Cordless Stick Vacuum



“This vacuum is absolutely a must living in an apartment with a furry dog! It’s quiet, lightweight, and easy to charge and dump. Plus, it doesn’t freak out my pup, Parker, when I use it. I also love that it has different settings and ends to reach all the nooks and crannies where dog hair and dust settle!” —Aly, Community Manager


Best Vacuum Mop

Tineco iFLOOR 3 Breeze Cordless Wet Dry Vacuum



“I tested out several vacuum mops, but the Tineco stole my heart (and cleaned my floors like a dream). It’s a little pricier than others on the market, but it really sucked up all the dirt and grime on my floors. Totally worth it.” —Bree, Digital Editor


Best Upright Vacuum

Shark NV352 Navigator Lift Away Upright Vacuum



“I’ve been using the Shark Navigator vacuum cleaner for over ten years, and it is still as wonderful as the first day I got it! It’s so satisfying to empty the canister after vacuuming rugs, mattresses, and bare floors. It seems to pick up every bit of dust, dirt, and debris in my home. I’ve never had any issues with this vacuum and hope to use it for another ten years.” —Kelly, Digital Marketing Manager


Best Affordable Vacuum

Bissell Featherweight Stick Vacuum With Crevice Tool



“When it comes to affordability, a slim profile, and actually working pretty dang well, this vacuum can’t be beat. It can convert to a stick, hand, or stair vacuum and has a crevice tool for those little spaces that drive you nuts. I’ve been using it as my primary vacuum for about a month, and I’ve been seriously impressed with how it tackles all the dirt in my house. Plus, it’s under $40 and comes in a ton of cute colors. I mean…” —Megan


Best Overall

Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean Upright Vacuum Cleaner



“I’ve had version 2 of the Dyson Ball Animal for years and it’s far and away the best vacuum I’ve ever owned. Its suction power is still strong (unlike others that seem to grow weaker over time), the unique ball design helps it maneuver around various household obstacles, and the hose attachment allows you to reach any tight (or high) spots. I haven’t yet tried version 3, but it’s definitely also worth a consideration as the newest model in the line.” —Barb, Director, Digital Strategy and Operations


Best Handheld Vacuum

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Lithium Ion Cordless Hand Vacuum



“I am (admittedly) a clean freak, and while my adorable dog Nashie is the love of my life, she sheds…everywhere! It drives me nuts. Thankfully, this vacuum has been such a game-changer. I use it on a daily basis. From the sofa to the carpet, it quickly takes care of all the irritating hair. (Which also leaves more time for important doggy snuggles!) Plus it’s quiet, which means it’s Nashie-approved too. Do all dogs hate vacuums as much as mine?” —Erica, Social Media Senior Director



Titan T9200 Bagged Canister Vacuum Cleaner



“Call me old-fashioned, but I am at the point in my life where no vacuum other than a canister-style vacuum will do. I finally gave up on Dyson and went back to this tried-and-true method of cleaning.” —Jimmy, Art Director


Best Robot Vacuum

iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuum



“The Roomba is a classic for a reason. What’s better than taking the chore out of the actual chore? This is an easy way to maintain your floors in-between deep cleans, and bonus points that you can control it with your phone. I’ve had one and I’ve also purchased one as a gift.” —Megan

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