There are tons of exciting add-ons for your wedding registry, from honeymoon funds to custom photo presents for your favorite snapshots from the big day. But there are some registry must-haves that you’d be remiss not to add to your gift wishlist. Sure, they might err on the side of utilitarian, but they might just be the gift you use the most. Take vacuum cleaners for instance. They aren’t exactly glamorous, but this item is pretty much a wedding registry requirement—and for good reason! You and your partner will find yourselves reaching for it every time a mess arises, and a stellar model should last through several anniversaries. But which vacuum should you select for your gift wishlist?
We’ve rounded up the best vacuum cleaners in various categories, so you can find the one most suited to your home and lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for one that can pull double-duty as a wet and dry cleaner, a handheld model for cleaning on-the-go, or a lightweight or hands-free appliance for no-sweat vacuuming, we’ve got you covered. So which ones make a clean sweep of the competition?
Read on for the best vacuums.
Best Overall: Shark AZ2002 Vertex DuoClean PowerFins Upright Vacuum
Meet the superstar winner of our personal cleaning crew. The Shark AZ2002 Vertex DuoClean PowerFins Upright Vacuum is the brand’s most powerful model at the moment, using hypervelocity-accelerated suction to suck up dirt, grime, dust, crumbs, and hair with ease. Meanwhile, it also features two (!) brushrolls—a finned roller and polishing soft-bristled roller—that work together to dig deep into carpets, glide over floors, and avoid suction-clogging hair wraps. The result? Crumb-free carpets and spotless, high-shine hardwood.
The Shark AZ2002 can also be instantly transformed from an upright model into a canister vacuum of sorts: The motorized portable pod can lift away from the vacuum’s base for go-anywhere cleaning. The attached nozzle also comes in handy when it comes to hard-to-reach spots, and fingertip controls allow you to switch between settings as you go.
No matter how you use it, all that debris will be sucked up into the roomy, one-quart dustbin that totes a sealed HEPA filter to instantly lock away 99.99 percent of dust. Basically, you don’t know clean until you’ve cleaned with this baby!
Best Budget: Eufy by Anker BoostIQ RoboVac 11S
Didn’t think that a robot vacuum could possibly win the budget category of our list? Think again! While most robot vacuums have a pretty hefty price tag attached, that’s not the case with this practically magical model that couples technologically advanced features with a great wallet-friendly price.
The first feature deserving of a call-out is the powerful 1300pa (or pascals) of suction. For vacuum novices, pascals are a measurement of pressure and the level this vacuum boasts should result in a thorough clean. A 0.6-liter dust box will also hold all that dirt and grim it sucks up, lessening the frequency of having to empty it. Plus, with a drop-sensing technology that’ll keep the vacuum from tumbling down the stairs and large wheels that roll over carpets and ledges with ease, you can set it and forget it! The RoboVac can operate for up to 100 minutes on a single charge, and then will automatically return to its charging base when its power is low.
Best Canister: Miele Complete C3 Brilliant Canister
When searching for a vacuum that’s worth the splurge, it all comes down to the details. And, boy, does the Miele Complete C3 Brilliant Canister have a lot of them. Let’s start with the dirt-hungry motor that can move through six-speed settings almost silently (seriously!). Those settings can be controlled manually via convenient buttons on the vacuum’s handle, or you can switch on the automatic motor setting that’ll self-adjust depending on the surface you're cleaning.
It also includes different vacuum heads for different flooring types—including an electrobrush that comes equipped with a wide brush roll, LED light, and five adjustable height levels, and a 180-degree-rotating tool to get in all your home’s nooks and crannies. The strong suction pulls debris into an AirClean sealed system and a velvet bumper strip on the vacuum's body will project your furniture in case of collision.
And the most impressive detail of them all? Miele products are quality tested for up to 20 years of superior performance, so you can enjoy two decades of never having to replace your vacuum!
Best for Pets: BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Rewind Upright Vacuum
While many pet owners will just accept that fur-covered furniture and floors are pretty much unavoidable, we don’t think having pets means that you have to live with fuzzy couches and carpets. The experts over at BISSELL seem to agree with the invention of the BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Rewind Upright Vacuum. This aptly named model is designed to rid your home of all that shedding fur that often comes with your furry friends.
So, how does it work? Powerful suction sucks up pet hair, while the tangle-free brush roll actively prevents hair from wrapping around and clogging the base of the vacuum, resulting in consistently strong hair pick-up. Meanwhile, a quick-release extension wand allows you to reach corners, under furniture, and couch cushions with ease. An optional Febreze filter also eliminates pet odors as you vacuum. And finally, the “Cyclonic Pet Hair Spooling System” makes it easy to empty the tank with just the touch of a button. Three cheers for no longer having to apologize to guests for their hair-covered clothes!
Best Classic: Hoover MAXLife Pro Pet Swivel HEPA Media Vacuum Cleaner
You can’t get more classic than an upright vacuum. In fact, when you picture a vacuum cleaner, it’s most likely an upright one that springs to mind. Designed to be pushed and pulled from their standing position, they make it easy to clean large areas of your home without any bending or squatting.
Which vacuum reigns supreme amongst this quintessential category? That would be the Hoover MAXLife vacuum cleaner. This model totes some serious bells and whistles: First and foremost, the swivel steering allows you to effortlessly maneuver the vacuum to wherever messes hide, while the high-intensity LED lights on the base to allow you to spot those messes with ease.
The super-strong suction traps dirt and hair in an extra-large tank and a sealed HEPA filtration system, while a quick-release wand can reach 13-feet above to clean your home’s hardest-to-reach areas. And possibly best of all, this vacuum is also designed to run like new three times longer without filter maintenance.
Best High Tech: iRobot Roomba s9+ Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum with Automatic Dirt Disposal
There’s a lot to say about robot vacuums. They can basically eliminate manual vacuuming (and all the time-consuming lugging, cord wrapping, pushing, and pulling that go along with it). The many features—including scheduled cleanings and automatic charging—means that a consistently spotless home is well within reach.
The iRobot Roomba s9+ is smart as they come, featuring groundbreaking technology that learns the layout of your home and where and when to clean. As it learns your house and routine, it offers personalized cleaning recommendations based on your lifestyle and you can set “keep-out zones” via the iRobot Home app if you want to prevent the vacuum from entering certain areas and even direct it to immediately clean up a mess in the kitchen via your voice assistant.
Its cleaning capabilities are also first class. Powerful suction and a three-stage cleaning system lifts, loosens, and eliminates debris from floors and carpets, while advanced sensors and a specially designed brush allow it to clear corners. After each cleaning, the vacuum automatically empties itself into the included Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal that can hold up to 60 days of dirt. Basically, you’ll never have to think about vacuuming again. Where do we sign up?
Best Lightweight: Bissell SmartClean Canister Vacuum
More nimble and often lighter than their upright counterparts, canister vacuums are designed to reach hard-to-clean areas of your home (think: entire flights of carpeted stairs) via their long hose that’s attached to a tank containing the motor and debris bin. The Bissell SmartClean Canister Vacuum wins the gold in this category, thanks to its multi-surface floor nozzle that features edge-cleaning bristles for a deep clean across all floor types (it can handle tile, wood, carpet, laminate, area rugs, and more).
We’re also obsessed with its convenient 40-foot operating radius that’ll have you reaching every inch of your home with ease. A smaller dusting brush attachment is also included for both above-floor cleaning and upholstery, while three suction speeds provide customizable cleaning and serious suckage. And when it comes time to empty the vacuum’s tank, simply press the release button while holding the tank over a trash can to release the dirt without having to reach inside for a cleaner cleaning experience.
Best Cordless: Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ Cordless Handheld Vacuum
If you want to leave no corner uncleaned or take your tools on the go, we recommend adding a handheld vacuum to your appliance arsenal. These mini models are portable, making them perfect for cleaning crumbs out of your car, getting into the crevices behind and under furniture, and whisking debris off of counters and tabletops. The handheld you couldn’t pry from our hands is the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+.
This petite vacuum boasts a pair of cyclonic air streams for fierce suction and XL dust cup to cut down on how often you’ll have to empty it. Thankfully, when you do have to ditch the dirt, a push-button ejector allows you to dispose of the mess without having to lay a finger on it. Also included is a crevice tool and scrubbing brush to remove stubborn dirt, a washable filter, and a lithium-ion battery for long-lasting performance—all that and it only weighs 2.8 pounds!
Best for Small Spaces: Tineco Pure One S11 Spartan Cordless Smart Vacuum
If you ask us, the worst part about vacuuming is the lifting and lugging of a heavy appliance. Sure, carrying a traditional vacuum up and down your stairs can serve as your arm workout for the day, but if you’d rather not break a sweat the moment you break out your vacuum, look for a lightweight model that’ll make those unintentional bicep curls a thing of the past. Our favorite? TheTineco Pure One S11 Spartan Cordless Smart Vacuum that’s hefty in brains, but not in weight.
This smart vacuum—that clocks in at under six pounds—features sensor technology that detects hidden dirt and adjusts suction power accordingly to thoroughly clean both hardwood floors and carpeting. A convenient LED display shows suction setting, battery level, and performance in real-time, and the cordless design allows you to move around your home with ease. It can even break down into an even lighter weight tool: a handheld vacuum that’s ideal for cleaning car interiors, curtains, mattresses, and more. The high-performance battery can run for up to 40 minutes on a single charge, and the wall-mounted docking station provides both out-of-the-way charging and storage.
Best for Allergies: Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy Vacuum Cleaner
Dyson vacuums are like the cool kids of the cleaning world, and there’s none more sleek than the brand’s Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy model. Dyson claims that it never loses suction and, thanks to its filterless design, that claim holds weight. Instead of messy filters that need to be washed or replaced, it uses cyclonic construction to powerfully suck up dirt. Dyson’s signature Cinetic tips oscillate to prevent dust from blocking the airflow, so there truly is no loss of suction!
Also worth a shoutout is Dyson’s innovative ball design. Sitting at the base of the vacuum, the sphere allows the vacuum to twist and turn precisely and with ease, so you can navigate around furniture and clean hard-to-reach areas.
Our final favorite design detail? The vacuum also totes a motorized brush head that automatically self-adjusts its height to better its suction across various types of floors and tackle ground-in dirt.
Best for Wet/Dry Cleaning: BISSELL CrossWave Max Wet-Dry Cordless Multi-Surface Cleaner
While all of the top-of-the-line products on this list are designed to make vacuuming easier and more efficient, this particular model is made to both make vacuuming and mopping a total breeze. Yes, your top two most-dreaded chores may just lose that title once you introduce this baby into your cleaning arsenal. The BISSELL CrossWave Max Wet-Dry Cordless Cleaner’s multi-surface design can perform as both a traditional vacuum and as a mop cleaner—and simultaneously, too!
Safe for use on tile, sealed wood floors, laminate, area rugs, and more, it washes floors with BISSEL’s effective and odor-eliminating cleaning solution, while vacuuming up dirt and debris. Completely cordless, you can easily get into all those odd corners and baseboards around your home and the battery offers 30 minutes of use per charge.
After you’re through, just set it on the docking station to charge and start the genius self-cleaning cycle. It’ll automatically clean the brush roll and inner tanks, so you won’t have to. (You gotta love a self-sufficient appliance!)
Whether you’re cleaning carpets or hardwood or prefer upright or canister vacuums, the Shark AZ2002 Vertex DuoClean PowerFins Upright Vacuum will give you the best of both worlds thanks to hypervelocity-accelerated suction, two brushrolls, and a specially designed motorized pod that lifts away from the vacuum’s base. On a budget? Go for the Eufy by Anker BoostIQ RoboVac 11S—the wallet-friendly robot vacuum will end up saving you both time and money.
What to look for when choosing a vacuum
When choosing a vacuum, consider the type of cleaning you do, as well as the size and layout of your home. If you live in a multi-level house with stairs, look for a vacuum that boasts a long hose, or a canister, or a lightweight vacuum that can easily be moved between floors. Have mostly hardwood flooring? Consider a vacuum that has both wet and dry functions.
If you find yourself cleaning every day, you’ll probably benefit from an upright vacuum with powerful suction. Or, if you’re the type of person who tries to go as long as possible without reaching for the rubber gloves, you may want to think about a robot vacuum to make the task not such a chore. Finding a vacuum that fits your specific needs and the layout of your home will make cleaning that much more pleasant!
What is the best vacuum for pet hair?
If your family happens to include members of the four-legged and furry variety, look for a vacuum that features tools to prevent hair and fur from clogging the tank and mechanisms, such as a tangle-free brush roll, as well as the ability to reach all the nooks and crannies and upholstery in your home. Our pick? The BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Rewind Upright Vacuum, which boasts a quick-release extension wand to clean corners and furniture and a hair spooling system that makes cleaning and emptying the tank a breeze.
Why trust Brides?
Brides contributor Jamie Cuccinelli has several years of experience in the wedding and lifestyle industries, first as an editor of Brides.com and then as a writer for home and lifestyle websites like MyDomaine, where she became seasoned in outfitting a killer wedding registry, kitchen cutlery drawer, linen closet, and cleaning arsenal. Plus, with as much as she loathes vacuuming, you better believe she only chooses models that make the process as painless as possible.