When choosing the best vacuum cleaner for your home, first consider the living space itself. Do you have wall-to-wall carpet or mostly hardwood floors? Is it a four-bedroom house or a studio apartment? The size and style of any residence should be primary factors when deciding whether to invest in an upright vacuum cleaner, a canister model, or a state-of-the-art robot vac. In most cases, it is hard to go wrong with an upright. They handle everything from hardwoods to carpet and offer some of the best dust-filtration technology on the market. Keep these tips in mind before buying this essential household appliance.

This one comes with a hand tool, a crevice tool, an upholstery tool, an extension wand and an eight-foot hose. Hoover

Canister vacs are best suited to wood floors rather than carpet. But an upright with height adjustments will handle both. On low settings, the beater brush pulls dirt from thick carpeting. For wood or tile, raise the intake port and quickly transition to hard surfaces that don’t need brush action.

Heavy-Duty Filter

The dirt bin is easy to detach and empty. Kenmore

Uprights are either bagged or bagless. Bagged machines trap debris as air moves through a disposable paper or cloth membrane. Bagless models use centrifugal force to spin dirt into a permanent receptacle you’ll need to empty from time to time. Because they do not require a bag, they are less expensive to maintain, but a lot messier to clean. If you are susceptible to allergies or highly sensitive to dust, look for a bagged model with a HEPA-rated filter.

For All Surfaces

You can use this model on carpet or hardwood floors. Oreck

Uprights can be bulky, so it is important to consider how well a given model allows you to reach overhead or under furniture. Some lightweight uprights do not even have a hose, while others offer attachments that can reach 15 feet or more. Hose accessories may include pet-hair brushes, extension wands, crevice tools, curtain vacs, vent brushes, and more. Choose a vacuum based on what you want it to do, as well as how much machine you are willing to push around.

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Great Value

This model can hold up to 1.5 liters of filth before it needs to be emptied. Dirt Devil

Lightweight Design

The 30-foot long cord on this model makes it easier to clean distant rooms. Sanitaire