The Best Vacuums, According to Cleaning-Service Experts

New York Magazine article by Lori Keong

 

 

It’s now spring, which means it’s nearly the season of cleaning and organization. There’s something particularly alarming about emerging from the winter doldrums to find that your home is a dusty, cluttered mess. To help you (and us) with sprucing up and restoring order, we’re talking to professionals and experts this week all about the best tricks and tools.

As I figured out firsthand this week, there’s a lot of competition out there when it comes to vacuums, but only a select few that are up to snuff. We’ve heard from robot-vacuum experts and yours truly on the best “smart” cleaning vacuums, but we thought we’d ask for a third opinion on the best vacuums overall, from the people we trust to make our homes squeaky-clean. Here, three New York City cleaning-service experts give their recommendations (many that are on the cheaper end) on the best vacuums for a range of needs, whether you’re looking for something compact to fit in your tiny apartment, want a robot that can clean up spills, or own pets.

The Best Canister Vacuum Under $100

Eureka Mighty Mite Canister Vacuum

“Eureka canisters are an option if you need a cheap and compact vacuum. It’s a simple vacuum that is also very affordable and does a good job. The shortcoming is that it will not last you ten years like a Miele would. It’s not quiet and it does not have a special floor attachment that automatically adjusts to the type of your floor. It doesn’t have a fancy filter that cleans your air. But in my opinion, it’s the best budget-friendly vacuum out there.” —Kadi Dulude, owner of Wizard of Homes NYC

The Best Canister Vacuum Under $300

Kenmore 81614 Bagged Canister Vac

“I also recommend the canister Kenmore. That vacuum cleaner also has a few models, so it depends which one you choose. What’s good about this canister type is that you can reach behind the couches, the corners, and the bags are not too expensive. All of the attachments are stored in the vacuum cleaner, so you don’t have to run to the closet to pick up another attachment.” —Anna 

The Best Canister Vacuum Cleaner Under $400

Miele Complete C2 Hard Floor Canister Vacuum Cleaner

“We would recommend any Miele canister vacuum. Wizards prefer canister styles because most of the upright vacuums are no good and too bulky. Canister vacuums are much smaller, so they save space, but they’re also lighter to carry and easier to use on surfaces like couches or stairs. Miele does a great job at vacuuming and is also very quiet. It’s expensive, but it lasts a long time, doing the same great job year after year. Although I’ve never liked vacuums that require the use of dust bags, Miele’s new 3-D efficiency dust bags are great at keeping dust in the vacuum instead of filtering it back into the air, and changing out the bag is easy and mess-free. Miele also has a very efficient filtering system that tells you when it’s time to change the filter again. They promise that the air that blows out of the vacuum is cleaner than the air in the room. So you’re basically not only cleaning your home, but also purifying the air.” —Dulude

Editor’s note: We’ve written about this, too.

The Best Lightweight Vacuum Cleaner

Shark Rocket HV302 Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum

“My first choice for vacuum cleaners is the Shark Rocket, the newest models. These are really handy, and they’re bagless, so you don’t have to spend money on bags. They have a lot of attachments. It’s so good to use if you have pets at home, and bagless vacuums in general are better for pets. The Shark Rockets have attachments to vacuum the couches and furniture. And the price is quite good, though it depends what model you choose. Most New York apartments are small, and with the Shark Rocket, in my experience, it’s the easiest to store in the closet or under the bed.” —Harasim

The Best Mini-Vacuum for Mopping

Ecovacs Deebot Pro Robot Vacuum Cleaner

“I also use this Ecovacs Deebot robot in my own home, and I don’t know how I was ever able to live without it before. It vacuums and ‘wet sweeps’ — they call it mopping, but I wouldn’t go that far — at the same time. I run it about every other day, and when I empty the (surprisingly big) dust collector, I’m always amazed how much dust and hair it picks up.” —Dulude

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