Best Upright Vacuums

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 3, 2019
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 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
MOTOR POWER
BRUSH SYSTEM CONTROL
FILTRATION
CONTROLS
USABILITY
DIMENSIONS
ATTACHMENTS
WARRANTY
 
PROS

The combo of HEPA filter and Complete seal technology guarantees the most hygienic way of cleaning possible. The unit traps 99.9% allergens and other tiny pollutants.

CONS

The beater bar cannot be turned off or raised when cleaning hard floors.

OUR VERDICT

Equipped with Anti-Allergen Complete Seal technology and HEPA filter, the Shark Navigator is certainly one of the best upright vacuums for homes with allergy or asthma sufferers.

detailed parameters
MOTOR POWER

6.7 Amps

BRUSH SYSTEM CONTROL

Motorized brush bar,

1 brush head position

FILTRATION

Advanced anti-allergen complete seal technology + HEPA filter

CONTROLS

On/Off button on a device

USABILITY

Lift-Away® mode, The Zero-M self-cleaning brushroll, Integrated extendable hose

DIMENSIONS

Weight: 13.4 lbs, Cord length: 25 feet, Bagless

ATTACHMENTS

2 brushes and a crevice tool

WARRANTY

5 years limited 

PROS

The Turbo Tool with rubberized blades on a roller is able to scrape stubborn pet hair from stairs: it picks up lots of pet hair with no clumps of hair left behind.

CONS

It's quite heavy. 

OUR VERDICT

The Hoover Wind Tunnel 3 Max is a top performer with pet hair. It's extremely powerful to tackle any dirt and debris in every corner of your house. A good fit for busy households with kids and pets.

detailed parameters
MOTOR POWER

~ 15 Amps

BRUSH SYSTEM CONTROL

5-level height adjustable Brushroll

FILTRATION

Washable Carbon and HEPA media filters 

CONTROLS

On/Off button on a device, Dial adjusting the height of the Brushroll

USABILITY

Wind tunnel 3 technology, Multi-Cyclonic system, Convenient bottom-release dirt cup

DIMENSIONS

Weight: 18 lbs, Cord length: 30 ft, Bagless

ATTACHMENTS

Pivoting dusting tool, Pet Turbo tool, Telescoping extension wand, Crevice tool

WARRANTY

5 years limited 
3 years motor warranty

PROS

The vacuum boasts an automatic cord rewind feature, which is rarely found on similar cleaners. The retractable cord easily wraps itself up at a push of the button.

CONS

The suction power isn't very strong.

OUR VERDICT

The BISSELL Cleanview stand-up vac is one of the best models from the low-end segment. It's very simple to use, affordable, and versatile. A good entry-level upright for basic cleaning jobs.

detailed parameters
MOTOR POWER

8 Amps

BRUSH SYSTEM CONTROL

Triple action brush roll,

1 brush head position

FILTRATION

Washable filter

CONTROLS

On/Off handle button, Cord rewind button

USABILITY

Automatic cord rewind, Scatter-free technology, Multi-cyclonic suction system 

DIMENSIONS

Weight: 19.45 lbs, Cord length: 27 feet, Bagless

ATTACHMENTS

Pet hair corner tool, Pet turboeraser tool, Crevice tool, Dusting brush, Extension wand

WARRANTY

4 years limited 

PROS

Thanks to the auto-adjustment feature, the roller height is automatically adjusted to the thickness of your carpet.

CONS

It has no "bare floor" setting that disables the roller brush.

OUR VERDICT

If comfort and reliability are the things you cherish the most, the Panasonic MC-UG471 may be a good fit for you. It delivers strong cleaning performance on berber and shag carpets.

detailed parameters
MOTOR POWER

12 Amps

BRUSH SYSTEM CONTROL

Nozzle with automatic height adjustment 

FILTRATION

Bag chamber filter, HEPA filter

CONTROLS

On/Off button on a device, Cord rewind button

USABILITY

Automatic cord rewind reel, On-board attachment storage, Automatic headlight

DIMENSIONS

Weight: 20 lbs, Cord length: 24 ft, Bagless

ATTACHMENTS

2 standard wands, Crevice tool, Dusting 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. It's a frills-free model with all the functions you'd expect from a basic cleaner. 

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 lbs, Power cord: 25 feet, Bagless

ATTACHMENTS

Telescopic tube, Crevice tool, Upholstery tool, Turbo brush

WARRANTY
2 years

Shark Navigator ZU561

Powerful!

The Shark Navigator is another cleaner which falls into the "budget-friendly" category yet is very competitive in terms of functionality. It seems that its relatively modest price had very little impact on its performance as the vacuum can clean messes as quickly as many top-rated models. With 12 Amps of power under its hood, the Shark Navigator ZU561 can be a decent alternative to big brands for those who do not want to spend a lot on a vacuum cleaner.

The Shark Navigator ZU561 is quite a versatile option with multiple tools for cleaning floors, carpets, furniture, drapes, and other above-ground surfaces. As a nice touch, it has an on-board storage for two most-used attachments.

This Shark gets all the dirt up off the surfaces with ease. Plus, the small size, low weight, and Lift-Away mode make this a super-comfortable vacuum to use.

Another thing that contributes to usability is the Zero-M self-cleaning brushroll, the type usually found on premium Shark vacs. The beauty of this brushroll is that it doesn't need cleaning: due to its self-cleaning capability it removes hair wraps on its own, making the maintenance of the cleaner easy and prolonging its service life.

This vacuum cleaner is also pretty quiet, which is surprising considering its suction power. This makes it a perfect option for people who live in apartment buildings and those who often end up cleaning during late hours.

With regards to its performance, the unit's featured with two cleaning settings, making it suitable for hardwoods and carpets. No matter which setting you choose, the vac will get the job perfectly. The only difference between these two settings is in the speed at which the beater bar spins.

Review of Shark Navigator ZU561 Upright Vacuum

Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology

As you know, vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters are highly recommended for allergy or asthma sufferers, since they are capable of removing even the tiniest dust particles from the air. However, filters alone sometimes are just not enough. Unfortunately, some vacuums with HEPA filters don’t reliably seal them in, thus, allergens can bypass those filters and escape into the air in your home. Understanding this, Shark folks have developed the innovative Anti-Allergen Complete Seal technology. Now, the Shark's high-efficiency HEPA filter, in combination with the completely-sealed vacuum unit, captures 99.9% of dust and allergens. And none of them will escape back into the air your family breathes. So, if you're looking for the most allergen-free way of cleaning, the Shark Navigator Upright Vacuum will cater to your needs. It's certainly one of the best models for homes with allergy or asthma sufferers.

Shark Navigator ZU561 Upright Vacuum in the use

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Hoover WindTunnel 3 (UH72625)

Maximum Performance

Hoover is one of the most trusted brands in America, which has been designing powerful and easy-to-use vacuums for more than 110 years by now. Hoover offers a comprehensive line of special-purpose vacuums, full-size uprights, canisters, deep cleaners, and hard-floor cleaners. The model under review, the WindTunnel 3 Max, is currently the best model in its bagless upright vacuum lineup.

It's a sub-$200 vacuum that brings good results for the price. Created with the latest Wind tunnel 3 technology, it's extremely powerful to take on everyday messes as well as stubborn debris from carpets and hard floors. The powerful automatic suction effectively captures embedded dirt, dust, and pet hair.

Also, the vacuum is packed with Multi-Cyclonic System (13 powerful cyclones) for a no-loss suction on different surfaces, including high-pile carpets. The unit can easily adapt to either carpets or hard floors. On the side of the cleaner, you'll find a dial allowing you to adjust the height of the Brushroll. The said dial gives you a wide range of flooring options, from bare floors to high-pile rugs.

Review of Hoover WindTunnel 3 (UH72625) Max Performance Pet Upright Vacuum Cleaner

With Pets in Mind

Featured with a 40-foot cord, the vacuum provides a generous lead enabling you to clean a large room or even two smaller rooms without switching the plugs. You can also select whether you want to use the whole unit to clean floors or just use the tools with the hose for detailing. If you select the tools, the hose and its nozzle will easily unlock from the body at the touch of a button. The extension hose is 12 feet long, which is a bit more when compared to similar models.

Speaking about extra attachments, the vacuum is fitted with a pivoting dusting tool, Pet Turbo tool, telescoping extension wand, and crevice tool.

The pivoting dusting tool is, perhaps, better suited for delicate upholstery and furniture surfaces, while the turbo tool with rubberized blades is able to scrape stubborn pet hair from stairs. It really picks up lots of pet hair with no clumps of hair left behind.

Another thing that makes this vacuum so attractive for pet owners is the advanced HEPA filtration system. It traps allergens and most of pet smells with its odor-absorbing filters.

To round things up, we can call the Hoover Wind Tunnel 3 Max a top performer with pet hair. It's extremely powerful and customizable to tackle any dirt and debris in every corner of your house. A solid fit for busy households with kids and pets.

Hoover WindTunnel 3 (UH72625) Max Performance Pet Upright Vacuum Cleaner in the use

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Bissell Cleanview Swivel Rewind Pet (22543)

Entry-level Upright

If you’re in the market for your first upright and want something simple and affordable, the BISSELL Cleanview stand-up vac is a good option to start with. The main reason this vacuum is incredibly cheap compared to other reviewed models is because it’s not very powerful. Engineered with 8-Amps motor power, it probably won't be able to suck the most stubborn dirt but for removing basic debris, it will be more than up to the task. This machine is excellent for vacuuming rugs and hard floors, ceiling dusting, wall dusting, removing pet fir, cleaning messes left by kids, curtain rod dusting, window sill dusting, and cleaning under the furniture.

The vacuum generates suction via multi-cyclonic technology and has a nice cleaning path of 12 inches. So, it covers large surface in a relatively short time. But what we like the most is that the brush boasts “edge-to-edge cleaning capability” and maintains a strong cleaning suction all over the surface, up to the edge. Hence, it's adept at cleaning along baseboards. And although the rotating brush cannot be shut off, the unit doesn't cause scattering on bare surfaces like many other machines with continuously-spinning brushrolls do.

Review of Bissell Cleanview Swivel Rewind Pet (22543) Upright Vacuum

Ease of Use

The vac offers the thing that all users will definitely appreciate - ease of use. To begin with, the pre-motor and post-motor filters this vac is furnished with are washable and easy to remove/replace. However, take note that none of them is HEPA grade and is unable to remove tobacco smoke, dust mites, pollen, pet dander, and the likes. But if you have no allergies, this shouldn't be a dealbreaker. By the way, the package includes a specialized pet tool for pet owners. The suction-powered pet hair attachment works extremely well, removing dirt and hair from furniture and tricky spots like stairs or corners.

Speaking about dust collection tank, it's fairly easy to empty and pop back in. Another thing that makes the unit more usable is the long power cord, meaning you won't have to stop and swap electrical outlets. But probably the most-liked aspect of the cord is its automatic retractable feature. The retractable cord quickly wraps itself up with the push of a button, which we consider a very important feature, especially for short cleaning sessions. Not only does it save you time on unwinding and winding the power cord back, but also allows for storing the upright in a neat manner.

All this makes the BISSELL Cleanview vac one of the best models from the low-end segment. It's very simple to use, affordable, and versatile.

Bissell Cleanview Swivel Rewind Pet (22543) Upright Vacuum in the use

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Panasonic MC-UG471

Reliable Motor

The Panasonic MC-UG471 is a fairly basic vacuum cleaner that comes at a fair price and has many features that really count - strong suction, HEPA filtration, and a range of additional tools.

Panasonic motors are considered to be one of the best in the industry, so no wonder that the main strength of this vacuum is its core element - the 12-Amp motor. It's extremely quiet yet powerful enough to deliver strong suction on most surfaces. The motor is built with lifetime lubricated ball bearings and well-balanced parts, so you can expect reliable operation for long years to come. It's also created with a special protection system that ensures no dust can get inside and clog the mechanism.

As we've just mentioned, the power it provides is enough for deep-cleaning carpets as well as all other surfaces. The unit boasts an auto-adjustment feature with the roller automatically adjusting for the thickness of your carpet - the front nozzle of the vacuum moves up or down according to the surface you're vacuuming. Unfortunately, there is no "bare floor" setting that disables the roller brush. Even if you switch over to the hose, the roller will still keep going. But if you have wall-to-wall carpeting throughout your house, that won't be a big deal.

Review of Panasonic MC-UG471 Bagged Upright Vacuum Cleaner

For Your Comfort

The Panasonic vacuum cleaner is designed with a 24-foot power cord that can be automatically retracted for neat storage. A light touch of your foot can activate the automatic cord rewind. This feature is especially useful when days get busy and you need to finish vacuuming as quickly as possible.

Another thing that makes storage easy and convenient is the on-board storage for additional attachments, which sit in a side holster on the vacuum. The cleaner comes with two 13" standard wands, a crevice tool, dusting brush, and an air turbine.

So, if comfort and reliability are the things you cherish the most, the Panasonic MC-UG471 may be a good fit for you. It delivers strong cleaning performance on carpets.

Panasonic MC-UG471 Bagged Upright Vacuum Cleaner 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

It has a rotating brush attachment, which is an amazing help on upholstery or hard to reach places.

Features

The dirt tank is easy to empty. The easy to open design makes it simple to empty and actually get the contents into the trash can and not all over the floor.

Size & Weight

It goes easily from one type of carpet to the next, including Berber, indoor/outdoor and a cheap area rug.

Power

Awesome suction power, often only need to swipe once.
 

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 - an upright vacuum. You can drag it around the room, reach 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:

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