Best Upright Vacuums

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 13, 2018
If you’ve got bare floors and carpets, removing grit and dust can turn into a daily routine. And if that’s the case, more likely than not, you need a good upright vacuum cleaner. Our review will help you choose the best model for your needs! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2018
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
MOTOR POWER
BRUSH SYSTEM CONTROL
FILTRATION
CONTROLS
USABILITY
DIMENSIONS
ATTACHMENTS
WARRANTY
 
PROS

This vacuum cleaner uses the Anti-allergen complete seal technology that, in combination with the HEPA filter, will help you remove up to 99.9% allergens from the air in your rooms.

CONS

The crevice tool sits not very tightly.

OUR VERDICT

If you suffer from allergy or own pets, the Shark Navigator upright vacuum is your choice. It can not only clean floors and carpets but also trap almost all dust inside.

detailed parameters
MOTOR POWER

10 Amps

BRUSH SYSTEM CONTROL

On/Off brush roll, 1 brush height position

FILTRATION

Anti-allergen complete seal technology, Pre-motor foam filter, Felt filter, Post motor HEPA filter

CONTROLS

On/Off button on the body, 2 power settings - "bare floor" and "brushroll"

USABILITY

Lift-away mode, Swivel steering, Easy-to-empty dust cup

DIMENSIONS

Weight: 12.5 lbs, Power cord: 25 feet, Bagless

ATTACHMENTS

Under-appliance wand, Pet power brush, Dusting brush, 5.5" crevice tool

WARRANTY

5 years limited

PROS
WindTunnel patented technology is great for effective capturing fine debris including even the smallest dust particles. Furthermore, a turbo brush features the lightbulb for illuminating the area to be cleaned.
CONS

It's rather heavy. 

OUR VERDICT
This vacuum boasts high-quality performance and a wide range of extra functions. Every consumer will enjoy cleaning with this appliance.
detailed parameters
MOTOR POWER
12 Amps
BRUSH SYSTEM CONTROL
5 position of carpet height adjustment, On/Off brush roll
FILTRATION
HEPA washable filter, Carbon filter, Washable dust filter
CONTROLS
On/Off handle button, Brush mode button, Brush roll off pedal
USABILITY
8-foot cleaning hose, Convenient hose and nozzle storage, Adjustable handle position, System check indicator, Auto rewind cord system
DIMENSIONS

Weight: 17.8 pounds, Power cord: 27 feet, Bagless

ATTACHMENTS

Telescopic tube, Crevice tool, Pet upholstery tool, Rotating pet power brush

WARRANTY
2 years
PROS

Thanks to the patented AIRSWIVEL ™ technology, the vacuum cleaner has only one motor and can be rotated up to 170° for the maximum cleaning flexibility.

CONS

The dirt bin capacity could be higher.

OUR VERDICT

Lightweight and powerful, this upright vacuum is ideal for basic cleaning jobs around the house. It's extremely maneuverable and suitable for both hard floors and carpets.

detailed parameters
MOTOR POWER

75 AW

BRUSH SYSTEM CONTROL

1 brush height position

FILTRATION

Washable foam filters

CONTROLS

On/Off button on the body

USABILITY

Hose is 6.5 ft long, Cleaning path width is 12 inches, Swivel steering, Easy-to-empty dust cup

DIMENSIONS

Weight: 8.8 lbs, Power cord: 20 feet, Bagless

ATTACHMENTS

2-in-1 crevice tool, Small brush

WARRANTY

1 year limited

PROS
Whereas the filter is removable, it's easy to retrieve it from the construction and wash in the running water. Besides, the device won't scratch your furniture during a cleanup.
CONS
The tube of the vacuum may get soiled with dirt and lint during a cleanup.
OUR VERDICT

This vacuum cleaner was designed for performing thorough cleanups in small dwellings.

detailed parameters
MOTOR POWER
12 Amps
BRUSH SYSTEM CONTROL
5 position height adjustment for various surfaces
FILTRATION
Washable foam filter, Non-washable dust filter
CONTROLS
On/Off body button, Brush mode button
USABILITY
6-foot cleaning hose, Nozzles and hose are convenient to store, Adjustable recline angle
DIMENSIONS

Weight: 15.1 pounds, Power cord: 25 feet, Bagless

ATTACHMENTS

Telescopic tube, Crevice tool, Upholstery tool, Turbo brush

WARRANTY
2 years
PROS

The rubberized wheels will not damage the floors in your house. Turbo nozzle can remove even stuck-in dirt from upholstery. 

CONS

It's a bit noisy.

OUR VERDICT

The Eureka Airspeed upright is super powerful and super handy. It has an auto rewind cord system and onboard storage for additional tools. All for your convenience!

detailed parameters
MOTOR POWER

12 Amps

BRUSH SYSTEM CONTROL

5 position height adjustment for various surfaces, On/Off brush roll

FILTRATION

Washable exhaust filter, Washable cup filter

CONTROLS

On/Off button on the body, On/Off brushroll, Airpath selector knob

USABILITY

6-foot hose, Automatic cord rewind, On-board crevice tool & dusting brush, Easy-to-empty dust cup

DIMENSIONS

Weight: 15.5 lbs, Power cord: 27 feet, Bagless

ATTACHMENTS

Extension wand, Crevice tool, Dusting brush, Turbo nozzle, Extension wand

WARRANTY

3 years

Shark NV360

Never Loses Suction

The Shark Navigator Professional upright vacuum is a versatile model that can keep your home clean. This is not a simple upright but a lightweight 2-in-1 device with a lift-away feature. With a single push of a button, you can easily detach its canister from the roller base and lift it away for portable cleaning of stairs and other awkward places. And a generous 25-foot cord won't hinder your movement while cleaning. It's worth mentioning that the extra-long cord is not retractable, which might cause some inconveniences during storage or transportation. Yet, it's not a deal-breaker at all.

For a more flexible cleaning, the vacuum has a "Brushroll shutoff" button that allows you to switch between carpet and bare floor cleaning. And swivel steering ensures complete control over the vacuuming process - you can easily maneuver under and around obstacles. Plus, the vac has a narrow profile and comes with a thin telescoping attachment, meaning it's a great option for cleaning under couches, armchairs, cabinets, and other low-profile furniture. Also, the vac comes with an upholstery attachment, crevice tool, and a special Air-Driven pet brush for thorough cleaning of any surface.

The best part about this cleaner is that it uses Never-Lose Suction Technology and can maintain a stable suction power no matter how full the dust canister is. Also, despite the powerful motor, the vac is not annoyingly loud and, for sure, won't bust an eardrum. It produces low, tolerable decibels. So, if you need a quiet, versatile vac, here you are.

Review of Shark NV360 Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe Upright Vacuum

Excellent Filtration

The vacuum really shines in its filtration capabilities. It's equipped with a large-capacity dust container and fully sealed system with a premium HEPA filter. Therefore, it effectively traps more than 99.9% of allergy-causing agents inside the bin. This dust containment system really prevents dust and allergens from escaping. And since the dust cup has an easy-to-clean system, you can open either its top or bottom to empty it with the minimum dirt penetrating into the air. The canister, as well as filters, is washable. So, if you have pets or some of your family members suffer from allergy, it's one of the best options on the market.

Shark NV360 Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe Upright Vacuum in the use

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What customers say about this product

Features

It's not very loud at all. We previously had a cheap Dirt Devil. Yikes, that thing could bust an eardrum. It was so annoying to use. This Shark is at a much lower, tolerable decibel.

Key Specs

As far as vacuuming goes, it is awesome. The Dyson wouldn't pick up kibble from the floor without lifting a corner because it was too flat to the floor. On bare floors the Shark picked up everything nicely.

Size & Weight

Love the size and way it looks. For my longer rug I just have to adjust the suction to lessen it a little bit. Would definitely recommend this vacuum.

Power

The cord isn't as long as the impression I got from their video ad, and the cord can be managed (kept out of your way) reasonably IF YOU'RE LEFT HANDED, but a little tricky if you're a righty.
 

Hoover UH70210

Perfect Technology for Perfect Cleanliness

Have you ever thought why people clean their houses? Someone would say it's important for our house aesthetics while others would call a different reason, relating to health benefits. As a matter of fact, both answers are relevant and valid to exist. For those who lead a healthy lifestyle and at the same time, want to keep their place well-groomed, Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Pet Rewind would be the right choice. This upright vacuum is one of the most powerful in its class. Thanks to Wind Tunnel technology, it traps dirt and dust preventing it from scattering. The adjustable brush suitable for cleaning different surfaces permits you to keep every corner of your accommodation spotless. The filtration system consists of three levels: a standard filter, a carbon filter, and HEPA filter. This feature eliminates all unpleasant odors from the air and helps suck in even the finest dust particles, creating ideal conditions for your well-being.

Review of Hoover UH70210 WindTunnel Pet Rewind Bagless Upright Vacuum

Conveniences

Besides being an effective cleaning tool, Hoover T-Series WindTunnel offers stunning usability. The option to adjust handle’s position makes this vac comfy for each customer regardless of their build and height. The handle is also foldable, which makes it pretty convenient for storage. Among the other little things designed for enhanced user's comfort are a small torch at the bottom and a retractable cord. With the torch on, you'll be able to illuminate in the corners. 25-feet power cord automatically rewinds back into the unit the moment you're done with a cleaning and press the button. Hoover T-Series WindTunnel can become your faithful assistant in all dirty jobs, helping you in keeping your house clean and fresh at all times.

Hoover UH70210 WindTunnel Pet Rewind Bagless Upright Vacuum in the use

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Black & Decker BDASL202

Light in Your Hands, Light on Your Budget

The BLACK+DECKER BDASL202 cleaner is light both in your hands and on your budget. For less than $60, you can get a perfect upright vacuum for basic cleaning tasks around the house. However, if you want a bit more sophisticated appliance, you can get a Pet or a Versatile edition. All these models are ultra lightweight and powerful. The difference lies in the number of attachments they're supplied with. This Lite version comes with a 2-in-1 crevice tool/small brush only. It's perfect for cleaning all those nooks and crannies around the house.

The main selling point of this model is its ultra-maneuverability. It boasts patented 170° swivel steering allowing you to clean around furniture, in tight corners, and other hard-to-reach areas. And at only 8.8 lbs, this BLACK+DECKER vacuum is extremely easy to carry. From now on, going up and down the stairs will become a hassle-free process. Plus, the vac is fairly compact, which makes it easy to transport and store. Still, it doesn't compromise on the suction power - it's always strong and stable.

As for the debris canister capacity, it makes just 2 liters, and you might have to empty it a few times per one vacuuming session, if you have a big house. Though this isn't a bother since the bin has the release button that unclips the lock on the bottom in a jiffy. Functional and simple in use, this lightweight upright vacuum is ideal for frequent cleanups.

Review of Black & Decker BDASL202 AirSwivel Ultra Lightweight Upright Vacuum

Innovative!

BLACK+DECKER has been setting the standard for innovation for more than a hundred years already. All its products are packed with advanced features to perform the cleaning tasks efficiently and reliably, and this upright is no exception. It boasts the patented AIRSWIVEL technology that really makes a difference. Unlike conventional vacuums that use two separate motors to accept swivel functionality, it requires only one motor ensuring the maximum maneuverability. As you see, the BLACK+DECKER BDASL202 Airswivel cleaner offers top functionality and efficient cleaning at a very competitive price.

Black & Decker BDASL202 AirSwivel Ultra Lightweight Upright Vacuum in the use

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Bissell 9595A

From the Word Go

It’s no secret that a decent vacuum cleaner should be able to clean floors thoroughly and do it quickly, not taking up your whole day. With this in mind, the Bissel company has introduced its new product - the 9595A vacuum which while being small in size boasts a powerful enough 12-A motor. It also has a wide innovative cleaning brush that grasps more dust and debris in one pass, making cleanups a hassle-free job. The Bissel 9595A vacuum is not only small but also very light in weight meaning you can carry it in hands without any fatigue in wrists or arms. However, the discomfort isn't going to be an issue. Along with the vac, the package contains a whole bunch of accessories and cleaning brushes to simplify your household chores. If compared to competitors that have the same price tag, the BISSELL 9595A outstands most of them by its powerful cleaning characteristics and usability features. We're more than sure that once you try cleaning with it, you will not want to switch to any other appliance. The vac works at the word go and does the cleaning in the twinkling of an eye.

Review of Bissell 9595A Vacuum with OnePass

Did You Know?

The history of Bissel company struck its roots deep back in a small family business of the Bissells. Melville and Anna Bissell owned a private crockery shop. To keep it clean, Melville had designed a special brush which became popular some time later. As soon as the Bissells understood that the new tool was in great demand among people, they started a new business. After Melville’s death, Anna became a CEO of the company (by the way, she was the first woman in the USA to hold such position). In the 1890s, the company’s products became so popular that even Queen Victoria purchased several vacuum cleaners from them to keep her mansion in order. A new milestone in the company’s development was influenced by the necessity to clean pets’ hair. Such demand forced Bissell company to produce SpotBot vacuum for these very needs. In 2011, the corporation founded BISSELL® Pet Foundation to support abandoned animals. Since that time, the foundation has significantly developed – and nowadays, there are approximately 2000 animal shelters in 50 states of America.

Bissell 9595A Vacuum with OnePass in the use

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

The filters are easy to clean and change, but don't need it often - though probably more often than I get around to doing so.

Features

The small brush attachment does a good job on upholstered furniture. It doesn't quite get all of the hair off of a cheap black office chair, but it gets really close.

Size & Weight

Lightweight and not difficult to maneuver.

Power

Awesome suction power, often only need to swipe once.
 

Eureka AS3030A

Ultra Powerful, Ultra Adaptable

Meet another excellent cleaner from Eureka. What is notable about this vacuum is that it can perform a deep cleaning of almost any surface in your house. The trick is that it uses a carpet height adjuster and can be set to one of the 5 available height positions. This way, you'll be able to clean both low-pile and high-pile rugs or carpets equally well. And if you need to vacuum bare floors, you can switch off the brushroll for the best cleaning results.

Another impressive feature of this upright is the AirSpeed technology that directs suction straight to the nozzle without running through the hose, thus minimizing power loss significantly and maintaining powerful suction. The unit is a bit loud (89 dB), although the noise isn't overwhelming.

The vacuum is supplied with an extension wand, crevice tool, dusting brush, and a turbo nozzle tool. The hose, along with an extension wand, provides 12 feet of cleaning reach. Also, the vacuum has two filters - a foam filter and an allergen filter. They are not true HEPA but filtrate the air pretty well. Both filters are washable, however, you will need to replace them twice a year for the best results. The vacuum does a perfect job of cleaning floor surfaces and purifying the air at the same time. It's a stellar option for those who own pets and have many carpets at home!

Review of Eureka AS3030A Airspeed Unlimited Rewind Upright Vacuum

So Handy

This mighty one isn't only extremely powerful but also convenient to use. To begin with, it has an auto cord rewind that quickly retracts 27-foot power cord for neat storage. No longer will you need to rewind it by yourself - with a single push of a button, the cord will go back inside automatically. Made with a user's convenience in mind, the vacuum also features an on-board storage for a crevice tool and a dusting brush, meaning they'll be always at hand and you'll never lose them.

One more benefit of this vacuum is that it has an overload protection. So if you accidentally pick up something that clogs the appliance, it will shut down automatically, preventing motor damage. By the way, the vacuum is very well-built and carries a generous 3-year warranty.

Eureka AS3030A Airspeed Unlimited Rewind Upright Vacuum in the use

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What Is an Upright Vacuum?

We all face the need to clean up the house and for this purpose, most of us use conventional vacuum cleaners. However, their bulky size often makes it a chore to pull the appliance out of a drawer to pick some small debris. To solve this issue, now we’ve got a different type of vac which is smaller in size, lighter in weight and more compact in storage - upright vacuum. You can drag it around the room, reach for confined spaces and corners and collect dust and pet hair with ease. The variety of nozzles and brushes ensure enhanced efficiency, gathering all those tiny bits one can’t spot by eye. For this review, we have selected the top upright vacuum cleaners to make your choice less tricky.

For smaller jobs, when you only need to gather some fine particles from carpets and woollen mats, we'd suggest you look in the direction of handheld vacuums or electric brooms.

What Features to Compare

Effectiveness

The first thing to consider when choosing an upright vacuum is its effectiveness. Note that the suction power of the appliance depends on its motor performance. As to the tools, a turbo brush nozzle is appropriate for removing stubborn pet dander and small particles of dust from the floor in your apartment. Having adjusted a brush roll, you will be able to perform a thorough cleanup of various surfaces. Consideration of vacuum's effectiveness would not be full without paying attention to its filtration system. Although vacuums can be equipped with various filters, removable units stand out from their counterparts. Since they can be washed in the running water, they are much more hygienic in use.

Conveniences

The next aspect you should take into consideration is the convenience of use. Aside from stylish appearance, an upright vacuum delivers a perfect performance and keeps dust at bay. Since the device is pretty lightweight, you can operate it easily and move around with no physical effort. You should also pay attention to the controls. Some models can be controlled with a pedal switch so as to save users from bending over all the time when they need to change the mode. Others may have buttons right on a handle. Consider what type of dust cup has been used. Basically, there are only two types on the market - bagless and bagged. Bagged upright vacuum cleaners trap bacteria and dust pretty well, but you would need to regularly buy new bags. In this sense, bagless vacs may seem a more beneficial option, yet, their suction power, as a rule, isn’t as strong. With that said, it’s worth making a point that both types of vacs tend to lose suction power when they get filled and need emptying.

Extras

Another aspect that is definitely worth paying attention to is how many extras come along with the vac you choose. Keep note that many vacuum cleaners that are produced today often include an addition hose allowing you to clean hard-to-reach areas as well as along the walls and corners. With the help of this hose, you will be able to thoroughly clean stairs and all gaps between furniture. A number of additional nozzles (attachments) usually varies so you should decide in advance what attachments you'll need. Also, it won't hurt to check if the vac you choose has an automatic cord rewinding feature. This feature will save you time and rid you of the need to wind the cable manually. 

How to:

Sources:

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