Best Upright Vacuum Cleaners.
Every home should have a dependable vacuum.
Yes, I know that robotic vacuums are the latest hit since DiCaprio in Titanic, but upright vacuums have been around for decades and therefore have better technology.
The newest models have twice as strong suction power, can be maneuvered into tight areas, and are detachable for vacuuming upholstery.
To help you find the best upright vacuum cleaner for your home, here is our list.
Prices on my list are, $119 to $399.
- Shark Rotator NV752 Vacuum
- Shark Rotator NV501 Vacuum
- Oreck Commercial Vacuum Cleaner
- Hoover WindTunnel Upright Vacuum
- Shark Navigator Vacuum Cleaner
The Best Upright Vacuum Reviews
Shark Rotator NV501 is the best upright vacuum cleaner for dog hair.
Includes two surface settings for carpet or hard floors. Hardwood floors require a gentle vacuum – the Shark Rotator a good option.
Weight: 16.7 lb
Capacity: 1.5 qt.
Powerful suction for carpets, and gentle glide wheels are ideal for delicate flooring (i.e. oak or mahogany).
Buyers say the Shark Rotator motorized brush makes it the best upright vacuum cleaner for hair or carpets.
Finger-tip controls and swivel steering make it super user-friendly.
LED lights, power-suction mode, detachable 1.5 qt canister
Expensive, but lots of positive buyer reviews.
Shark Rotator NV501 is the most affordable upright vacuum cleaners on my list..
Includes a filter system and seal which is designed to trap 99.9% of particles in the vacuum.
Weight: 15.5 lb
Reach: 30 ft. cord
It is also reasonably priced and will appeal to those who want a 2-in-1 vacuum:
upright and handheld vacuum (w/ lift-away pod).
One of Shark’s Lift-Away upright vacuums, it comes with an easy attach/detach canister for difficult areas.
Also includes LED lights for maneuvering in corners.
Very good buyer reviews!
For power suction, you can’t beat the price of the Oreck Commercial XL Upright vacuum cleaner.
Even though it is considered a “commercial” vacuum, buyers say it is one of the best upright vacuum cleaners for home.
Weight: 8.2 lb
Reach: 35 ft. cord
Designed for power, the Oreck Commercial XL comes with helix brushes that spin at a rate of 6500 RPM.
Super powerful suction is good for pet hair and can pull-in particles in tiny crevices.
high speed roller brush, fingertip controls, bumpers for protecting furniture
Good vacuum for residential or commercial use.
Affordable price w/ good buyer reviews!
The Hoover WindTunnel is heavy-duty, affordable vacuum.
Designed with a 40 ft. cord it is a good option for older homes or vacuuming staircases.
Weight: 18 pounds
Reach: 40 ft. cord
Quick-Pass brush roll provides 2x quicker cleaning (since you won’t need to go over the same area multiple times)
Detachable for handheld vacuuming w/ four attachments. Good vacuum for upholstery and furniture!
Hoover WindTunnel has one of the best ratings online.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional vacuum is one of the more affordable bagless vacuums on my list.
What I like most is the easy-button controls:
- brush-roll ON/OFF
- increase/decrease suction (min/max dial)
- 1-button to detach canister
Like the Shark Rotator TruePet, you can detach the canister – easily transforms into a handheld vacuum:
furniture, cleaning your car, vacuuming walls, ledges and shelves, etc.
Users find this model to be very quiet when running, which is great! If you have toddlers napping upstairs you can still vacuum without waking the whole house.
Moderate weight of 13.7 pounds, but still powerful for it’s size/weight.
Bissell may be best known for their carpet shampooers but they also make high quality, affordable vacuums.
The Bissell Cleanview Vertical vacuum cleaner is specially designed for picking up pet hair.
It features a triple-action brush roller technology that lifts and pulls hair in one shot.
New Swivel Steering makes it easy to get around obstacles or awkward areas. If there is a smaller area vacuum can’t be reached – no problem! Easily disconnect the nozzle and it can be used as a dry vac.
The downside is the cord is a little shorter at only 27 ft. and little heavier at 19.75 pounds
Still, it is one of the best upright vacuum cleaners and an excellent option for mid-size homes.
The Dyson Ball Animal 2 vacuum is specifically designed to tackle pet hair (and pet dander).
Very strong suction of 306 AW (air watts) it’s able to lift tangled hair right off the carpet — shouldn’t need to run it over multiple times.
This is a model that works great on multiple floor surfaces:
vinyl, tile, hardwood and carpet
It also comes w/ a detachable wand to help you clean harder to reach areas. Simply press the button to detach it from its holster and use as a lightweight carry-vacuum.
Includes special HEPA filter system trap 99.9% of dust and allergens inside the dustbin. (Older vacuums often kick up dust which is sometime unnoticeable)
Downside – it’s pretty expensive.
Hoover Air Lift Bagless Vacuum is one of my personal favorites:
- Cordless = rechargeable battery
- Large dirt bin (1.05 liters)
- Detachable = best handheld vacuum
- Boost mode for extra power
- Very lightweight
In terms of battery power, it comes with two rechargeable batteries giving you 50 mins of cordless vacuuming power. Large dust cup means you can vacuum uninterrupted (without needing to empty the bin).
What I love the most about this Hoover is the detachable canister. You can easily disconnect and use as a handheld vacuum for your car, furniture, or stairs.
Super lightweight at 12.4 pounds, it weighs about 4-6 pounds detached.
Tons of positive buyer reviews confirm how very quiet it is – upright and handheld vacuum.
Charge time is 3-hours for full 50 min battery.
Shark Navigator vacuum is built with an upgraded bin sealer and HEPA filter — traps 99.9% of allergens inside once you’ve vacuumed them up.
An extendable wand lets you reach the upper corners of your rooms and clean things like blinds and drapes. You’ll also find the vacuum works well on hardwood floors and carpet.
Canister is removable transforming it into a handheld vacuum — easily clean stairs and other parts of the house that are narrow or hard to reach.
What I really love is how big the dust cup is — holds up to 1.2 dry quarts (which is a lot).
You won’t need to constantly empty the bin which is great for homes that require 2-3x week vacuuming.
Shark Navigator has medium weight of 13 pounds, but easy to assemble w/ excellent maneuvering capabilities.
The Dyson Ball Multi Floor vacuum comes with a 40 ft cord and uses new ball swivel technology.
Best of all, the Dyson Ball allows you can reach tight spaces throughout your home. It’s also designed for both carpet and hardwood floors.
What makes the Dyson Ball Upright Vacuum unique is its fantastic durability. It is been tested to last 10 years totalling 12,800 hours of usage.
HEPA filter helps trap 99% of dirt and allergens inside the bin once they’ve been scooped. And 1-button bin release makes it very easy to empty when you’re finished.
Comes with the new instant-release wand — clean under furniture or up-high.
Downside is that it’s one of the heavier upright vacuums at 17.3 pounds.
Best Upright Vacuum Reviews 2020:
When it’s time to replace your vacuum cleaner you’ll want a new machine that can remove dirt quickly and efficiently and keep that dirt locked away inside.
You should also consider things like which models will work on your flooring surfaces and what attachments are included, since attachments can be used to reach high areas and remove specific types of dirt, like pet hair.