An integral part of almost every household is, of course, a vacuum cleaner. And there are many different kinds of vacuum cleaners. However, the most used and most popular tare still upright vacuum cleaners. And that is quite understandable – they have wide use, good performance and are easy to use.
There is a huge number of these devices on the market is, but which one should you choose? This is not easy, because, today, most of these vacuum cleaners meet the demanding requirements of the consumer.
Differences are, of course, in price, but also in some comfort – although, on the other hand, the construction of the different types is more or less the same, so there is not much room for different innovations. Manufacturers are, therefore, mainly focused on the easy handling of these vacuum cleaners and, as such, one of the important elements is the weight of the device. In addition, of course, to suction power, power regulation and, more recently, the electronic elements which have been added to these devices, all with the aim of allowing the user to handle them as simply as possible.
And, because pets are also part of our households, manufacturers are increasingly focusing on this area – offering vacuum cleaners that are extremely capable of removing animal hair from carpets and floors.
Let’s look at some of the best products in this category that meet the demanding criteria for superior cleaning and user-friendliness – performance, handling and reliability.
|Brand - Model||Dimensions |
|Bissell Pet Hair Eraser||12 x 13 x 44||17.8|
|Soniclean SFC7000-HH||11.5 x 14 x 43.5||16|
|Miele Dynamic U1 Maverick||10 x 14 x 46||20|
|Shark Rotator Professional||12.2 x 12.2 x 45.7||15.5|
|SEBO 9559AM Automatic X4||12 x 13 x 46||16.7|
|Prolux 7000||13 x 14 x 43||19|
|Dyson DC65||10.7 x 11.5 x 36.4||15.5|
|Electrolux EL8811A||12.8 x 13 x 42.5||16|
|ProForce 1200XP||16 x 17 x 36||18|
|Hoover REACT UH73550PC||12 x 13 x 44||18.6|
Let’s look at the types of upright vacuum cleaners in more detail.
1. Bissell Pet Hair Eraser – Bagless Upright Vacuum
This combination of this vacuum cleaner is very useful because it can, thanks to a portable, detachable canister, clean areas where there is less room for an upright vacuum cleaner to reach. This way, you can clean the couch, the free space under the furniture, stairs, etc.
This vacuum cleaner is designed especially for households with pets and very effectively removes animal hair. This is due to its strong performance and, above all, the unique design of the roller brush, which, in combination with the special “Pet Turbo Eraser” attachment, almost perfectly removes short and long animal hair.
Thanks to the “Cyclonic Pet Hair Spooling System”, you can easily empty the container of animal hair without having to manually manipulate it – simply push the button to empty the container. This is another useful feature and it is obvious that the manufacturer has focused on this type of vacuum cleaner especially for this kind of cleaning.
However, of course, this vacuum cleaner is not only designed to clean animal hair. It is a powerful household cleaning appliance that can easily handle dirt on various types of surfaces, such as linoleum and tile, and its high suction power will make it easy to clean even the most dense of carpets.
The main cleaning attachment is mounted on a joint that allows for a wide maneuverability and disconnecting the removable part is solved in a very simple way, just by pushing one button.
The vacuum cleaner is equipped with two LED lights, which is very useful for working in different corners and dark places – something we value very highly. This vacuum cleaner also uses an allergen system with a Febrez filter that helps capture dust and allergens and eliminate odors.
Compared to some other types of vacuum cleaners in this category, this product also has a more favorable price, and for its performance and versatile use, it certainly deserves a very good rating.
2-in-1, detachable part
Brush roll design
Cyclonic pet hair spooling system
Lighting could be stronger
2. Soniclean SFC7000-HH – Handheld Combo
The Soniclean SFC7000-HH is also called a “soft carpet” cleaner, because, as the name suggests, it has been designed for easy cleaning of soft carpets.
On the front of the vacuum cleaner is a ventilation system where you can control the vacuum, so the suction power adjusts according to the type of carpet, its density and the length of the hair.
The brush is made of ash wood and is fitted with soft nylon bristles. Because the bristles are not too hard, this brush is gentle when cleaning soft carpets, and yet the cleaning is still very effective.
This is aided by another technical adjustment, which is a sound bar that is located on the bottom of the vacuum cleaner. It works on the basis of ultrasound and helps to “smash” and release particles of dirt, which are then vacuumed by the vacuum cleaner. This technical solution is a good idea, because it is well-known that ultrasonic waves are very effective in releasing hard particles.
Included in the delivery is an 800-watt, handheld vacuum canister that is suitable for cleaning less accessible places as well as stairs, sofas, furniture, blinds, etc. It also has a strap available, so you can easily carry it hanging on your shoulder and manipulate it as required. The delivery includes, of course, several accessories and attachments for various uses.
Both an upright vacuum cleaner and a handheld vacuum canister use bags to collect the dirt. Another a useful feature is that, when the bag is filled, a light will tell you that it needs replacing. Also, the bags are of the HEPA type, so they capture even the smallest dust particles, which is also very suitable for allergy sufferers.
Works on very soft carpets and hard floors
The vacuum automatically shuts down when jammed
Adjustable vent system
HEPA type Bags
It comes with only one bag
3. Miele 41HAE032USA – Dynamic U1 Maverick
The power of this model is truly impressive – the 1,200-watt motor ensures excellent suction power and the noise of this vacuum cleaner is not especially loud. At lower revs it is very quiet and while, with higher power, the noise naturally increases, it is still well within tolerable limits.
Under the handle is a rotary knob that provides a 4-levels variable power control, hence, the control of suction power. Also, the length of the cable is very decent for this model – a total of 39 feet. Unfortunately, this cord is not retractable and you must manually wind it around two clips.
However, the vacuum cleaner itself is very flexible; the articulated device allows for relatively good maneuverability, and, thanks to the overall low profile, when fully folded it is also quite easy to reach under the furniture.
It is, of course, designed for all kinds of surfaces and very well manages both hard surfaces, wooden floors and tiles, as well as different types of carpets. For this, it is equipped with a spring-loaded brush roller which automatically adjusts to the height of the surface being cleaned. This brush roller can, of course, be switched off, and for this purpose, this vacuum cleaner has a button conveniently on the handle.
This model has an “Air Clean” sealed system and uses bags for dirt. Unfortunately, it is not equipped with a HEPA filter, but this can be purchased separately.
High suction power
Automatic height adjustment
Variable suction control
Does not have a HEPA filter
4. Shark Rotator Professional – Grape/White
The next is from the 2-in-1 series of upright vacuum cleaners. You can use it in a conventional way as an upright vacuum cleaner or use only the removable part with a hose and tube or other attachment for cleaning stairs, sofas, less accessible areas, or cleaning your car.
In a classic, upright assembly, it is very easy to control and can be easily maneuvered. This will allow you to vacuum even in low profile areas, such as under furniture.
And, as if that’s not enough, you can simply split the vacuum cleaner and use the lift-away canister. The vacuum cleaner itself is not too heavy, so you should have no trouble with manual handling. Plus, the cord is 30 foot long, so you’ll definitely be able to get the vacuum cleaner where you need it.
This vacuum cleaner is bagless and the dust container can be easily emptied at the push of a button. Naturally, it is washable. It uses three filters, one of which is HEPA type. It is recommended to clean the HEPA filter once a year and the other standard filters once every three months. However, if you use a vacuum cleaner frequently or use it on really dirty surfaces, it is better to clean these filters at least once a month. If the filters are too dirty, the power of the vacuum cleaner decreases rapidly. However, filter cleaning is relatively simple – just tap out any dirt, wash with water or wash in the washing machine and let it dry properly (several hours).
Almost the entire vacuum cleaner is made of plastic, yet its performance is relatively good, and it is not even very noisy. It is suitable for all types of floors, both for hard floors and for carpets. There is also LED lighting, which is especially useful when vacuuming dark corners or in places with poor visibility (perhaps under the bed).
The brush roller used with this vacuum cleaner can be simply switched off by pressing one button. However, unfortunately, experience shows that this brush roller has problems with long hair or long animal hair which frequently becomes tangled around the bristles of the brush roller and it is difficult to remove them. So, if you have a long-haired dog, you have to either have a lot of patience or look for another model.
Frequent tangling of long hair around the brush roller
5. SEBO 9559AM Automatic X4 – Pet Upright Vacuum
This vacuum cleaner is not among the cheapest, but that’s due to its excellent quality. The SEBO brand is German vacuum cleaner manufacturer which is among the world’s best, known for their reliability, performance and long service life. This model, the SEBO vacuum cleaner, is no exception.
The high performance of this vacuum cleaner is provided by a powerful 1,300-watt motor that can perfectly suck up dust, dirt and animal hair with its high suction power – and was built specifically for this purpose.
The vacuum cleaner is very lightweight and easy to maneuver. In the down position, thanks its low profile, it is relatively easy to get under the furniture, beds, etc. And this low weight and easy handling makes it very easy to use and carry.
Another advantage of this vacuum cleaner is its low noise level. Despite its high performance, it is relatively quiet, much quieter than most devices in this category.
There is also a very long power cord, with a total of 40 feet. This cord is wrapped around two clips, so it is not retractable.
This model uses dust bags, which is just one of its advantages. The filtration system is perfectly sealed and the air flow is filtered through a HEPA filter that captures up to 99.9% of particles down to 0.3 microns and it further flows through the output filter, which is also intended to eliminate odors.
There is also a turbo brush attachment that is excellent for removing animal hair, cleaning stairs, blinds, furniture, etc.
And, finally, the thing that distinguishes this vacuum cleaner from others the most is the electronics. This vacuum cleaner has an automatically adjustable rotary brush that adjusts exactly to the height of the surface that is being cleaned. This electronic device is completely reliably and the height of the brush is adjusted with the utmost care for the cleaned surface. So, you do not have to worry about whether to use the brush or not, automatic regulation will do it for you. And, if the vacuum cleaner sucks up some unwanted larger object, the electronics will automatically stop the device.
Excellent workshop processing, very good filtration system, high performance, quiet operation – if you have planned on purchasing a vacuum cleaner for a long time, maybe this model is right for you.
Automatic brush height adjustment
6. Prolux 7000 LED – HEPA Allergen Pet Vacuum
The engine is stored in a sealed case and a thermal fuse is also available which stops the engine when overheated. A very useful addition. After the engine is cooled down, you can, of course, continue to work.
It is suitable for all types of floors – hardwood floors, tiles, but also easily and effectively vacuums carpets of all kinds. Therefore, it also fits well for households with domestic animals and is very effective at removing animal hair. This is also aided by a rotating steel brush– but do not worry, the material from which the brush is made only underlines the robustness of this device. The roller brush is, of course, fitted with bristles and its design allows for very good deep cleaning of carpets.
For better visibility in poorly lit places, the vacuum cleaner is also equipped with LED lights on the front, with very good efficiency. You can also regulate the suction power and airflow using the control flap located at the end of the hose – simple, but effective. Also, the hose is made of durable vinyl material, so there should be no problem with its breaking. It is also wide enough to prevent clogging. Another welcome addition is a light that tells you that the bag is full.
This vacuum cleaner uses dust bags for dirt capture and is also equipped with a HEPA filter. Overall, this airflow filtration is very well-designed and is also suitable for use in households where people are allergic to dust.
Accessories for this vacuum cleaner include a crevice tool, duster brush, upholstery tool, hard floor tool, on-board hose, extendable main wand and six bags. And, for the better removal of animal hair, there is also a mini head with a spinning brush roll.
Seven-year warranty on the engine
Engine temperature sensor
Higher profile when fully tilted
7. Dyson DC65 – Animal Complete Vacuum Cleaner
The DYSON brand is well-known among vacuum cleaner manufacturers and their models are very popular. Most models of this brand are based, more or less, on the same design and this model is no different.
The Dyson DC65 excels with its very good maneuverability, good performance and relatively low weight. It is designed to clean all types of floors and works well with both hard surfaces and carpets – a smooth transition when cleaning different types of surfaces is not a problem.
As the name suggests, it is also intended to remove animal hair, and it must be said that it does this very effectively. To do this, it has a set of tools, most especially a tangle-free turbine tool that effectively removes both animal hair and long hair.
This tool is really good – it has two counter-rotating heads with brushes that easily free both animal hair and hair from carpets and upholstered furniture. The heads are positioned so that the brushes reach to the front and sides of the tool – drawing hair and dirt in from all directions.
This is probably one of the most useful enhancements to this model, but there, of course, others – a flat-out tool, soft dusting brush, multi-angle brush, stiff bristle brush, 2-in-1 combination and stair tool.
With these different tools, the vacuum gives a very good clean in such places as blinds, corners, difficult to access places, narrow spaces, spaces behind furniture, etc. So, very useful accessories!
The vacuum cleaner is mostly made of plastic and, therefore, is of low weight. However, the plastic parts are durable and should withstand even the most demanding handling.
This vacuum cleaner is bagless and has a canister to catch dust and dirt, which can be emptied by simply pressing the button. It is also easy to wash. The air flow is solved by the special shape of the canister so that it creates “streams” and passes through the filter. And the good news is that it also uses a HEPA filter, so it is also suitable for households where members have dust allergies.
Yes, it is an expensive device, so its purchase needs to be carefully considered. On the other hand, the manufacturer gives the vacuum cleaner a five-year warranty (if purchased with an authorized dealer), and they wouldn’t do that if they didn’t believe in the quality of their products.
Good performance; accessories
Tangle-free turbine tool
8. Electrolux EL8811A – Precision Bagless Upright Pet
Their vacuum cleaner, model EL8811A, is characterized by excellent suction power, which is particularly noticeable when cleaning carpets. This does not mean, however, that its performance when cleaning hard floors is any less effective – far from it. Indeed, it also handles cleaning wooden floors, paving and other hard surfaces extremely well. It uses a powerful, 12-amp motor that guarantees high suction power.
It is equipped with a 30-foot cord, which isn’t exactly short; however, some other models have even longer cords. On the other hand, this cord length might be sufficient and, since it is not retractable, at least you will have fewer problems when winding it up when you want to store the vacuum cleaner.
This vacuum cleaner is very maneuverable and is not heavy at all – just 16 pounds. And if that sounds too much, it has to be said that there are some models that weigh more than 20 pounds. It is made mostly of plastic, but, what can we say, – that’s the trend today, and most vacuum cleaner manufacturers use mostly these materials for their models.
It’s bagless, and its dirt canister is easy to clean – and easy to handle too. It’s easily removed by simply pressing the button to empty the dirt and then wash it – nothing to difficult. And the good news is that it uses a HEPA filter that is very effective in capturing very small impurities and dust particles as well as various odors.
Brushroll Clean Technology
It does not contain many accessories
9. ProForce 1200XP – Bagged, with HEPA filter
This upright vacuum cleaner is characterized by its sturdy and solid construction. Although intended for home use, thanks to some of its features it can also be used for commercial use, e.g. for office cleaning, hotel premises, business premises, etc.
First of all, it has a 10-amp dual motor system, which is controlled by a switch with two positions – one position is for suction only, the other for suction and roller. With full, intense suction, this, of course, increases cleaning efficiency when using a brush roller.
Another of its assets is its cleaning head. This is L-shaped and has a relatively low profile, so you can comfortably get under furniture. Also, its width is not negligible – a whole 12 inches. The cleaning head is also equipped with a control light to alert you when you need to change the bag. So, with the vacuum cleaner down, thanks to this light, you can immediately see whether the bag needs to be replaced and you do not need to open the top cover unnecessarily and check to see if the bag is full.
The vacuum cleaner is equipped with large rubberized wheels, which facilitate maneuverability and, thanks to this finish, you do not have to worry scratching your wooden floor. It also has, of course, a flexible hose, which, with the attached wand, provides a reach of up to seven feet and lets you clean above-the-floor areas, such as stairs, furniture, vents, etc. However, for some the seven-foot reach may not be long enough.
What, however, is excellent, is its power cord. This measures a total of 50 feet and is, therefore, also suitable for cleaning large areas or several rooms without the need for frequent switching of power. On the other hand, you also have to take into account the more difficult handling with such a long cord.
This model has a relatively well-made filter system. In addition to the bags themselves, it also contains two filters – although one of these is actually “two-in-one” and the other is a HEPA type. This means very good filtration of even the smallest dust particles as well as the elimination of all sorts of odors.
12-inch wide cleaning head
Cannot adjust brush height
10. Hoover REACT UH73550PC – Bagless Vacuum
This model, the UH73550PC, also called the REACT Powered Reach Premier, is sturdy and also has a very successful exterior design. Although that’s naturally important, especially for functionality and reliability, it’s also very aesthetically pleasing. But its nice design is by no means its only advantage.
This vacuum cleaner has excellent suction power, allowing to effectively vacuum both ordinary dirt and dust, as well as animal hairs.
It works well on both carpets and hard floors. It comes equipped with a technology called “FloorSense” , which works on the principle of microchips that detect the type of floor that is being cleaned and accordingly automatically adjusts the brush roller rotation speed.
Here, it has to be said, however, that, unfortunately, the sensors sometimes do not recognize the transition between the carpet with very short pile and the hard floor. However, that is quite understandable. The sensor does not have eyes and can’t see the difference between a hard carpet with low pile and the hard floor. However, by simply shifting the suction control valve, which is placed on the handle, this is enough to reduce the suction power and the speed control is then automatically adjusted. It’s nothing serious and it doesn’t usually happen, but it can.
The canister can, therefore, be removed from the base and can be operated separately as a portable device, for example when cleaning stairs, various less accessible places, elevated locations, etc.
The vacuum cleaner is also equipped with a flexible hose although, unfortunately, it only reaches 6 foot in length. That’s not a lot and it could be longer. There is also a mobile phone application available for this vacuum cleaner, but frankly, it doesn’t seem to be that useful.
It would seem that we’re only criticizing this vacuum cleaner, but that’s not the case – rather the opposite. It is a very well-processed device, which is sturdy, powerful and reliable. Despite its weight , it has quite good maneuverability and also comes with quite a lot of accessories.
Relatively short hose
The current market offers both robotic vacuum cleaners, which clean your floors without you having to be there, as well as high-performance vacuum cleaners for large areas or products with high-quality filters suitable for households with allergy sufferers and furry pets. And, because you’re reading this guide, you probably already know what type of vacuum cleaner is right for you. So…
1. What power: amps or watts?
Perhaps precisely because vacuum cleaners are among those products whose quality you don’t easily know in the store (and often at home), many manufacturers, and especially retailers, talk about their performance (in amps or watts). But, unfortunately, the simple equation, the higher the motor power, the higher the efficiency of vacuuming, lacks one extremely important element, namely the construction of the attachment or a rotary brush (whether electric or turbo) and the body design of the vacuum cleaner. If everything is not completely in line (and you aren’t aware of it either), it will not produce the expected result – cleanliness; regardless of how high the motor power is.
So, what is crucial? Suction power – this is measured and reported for the brush attachment or its nozzle. If the manufacturer does not provide this information, there is nothing else you can do but rely on the experience of users with that particular product.
2. The number of filters does not matter
A similar sales appeal is the number of filters (as they say, the more, the better) and, especially, the presence of the HEPA filter – as proof that the vacuum cleaner can easily hold even the finest dust. Few people know that dust bag layers are included in the number of vacuum cleaner filters, which can be two or three layers – and, as such, the number of filters will automatically increase.
The filter materials used are, without a doubt, the heart of every vacuum cleaner. However, it all depends not only on their efficiency, but also on their placement and on the design of the body of the vacuum cleaner. The air that carries dust must overcome considerable resistance when passing through these filters. If any leakage occurs, even if it is only small, the air will begin to flow through this leak – that is, the path of the least resistance.
The paper dust filter (bag) serves as the first vacuum cleaner filter to retain coarse dirt and fine dust particles. Behind this paper filter are filters before and (usually) behind the motor, which take care of the cleanliness of the air coming out of the vacuum cleaner to the environment. The paper filter layers (usually two or three layers) are included in the total filtration of the vacuum cleaner. The ability of the vacuum cleaner to retain dust not only depends on the number of filters, but it is also positively and negatively affected by the design tightness of the device.
3. Bagged or bagless?
That’s a good question – and both have their advantages and disadvantages.
This is very popular – these vacuum cleaners are characterized by high performance and, as a rule, by better dirt trapping. This is especially important for allergy sufferers and which, among other things, irritates the mites. Combined with the use of a high-quality filter (e.g. HEPA filter – the higher the class, the higher the level of protection when dust particles are captured) the bagged vacuum cleaner is very suitable for vacuuming finer dirt, animal hair and long hair. Handling a bag full of dirt is more hygienic, especially if it has an automatic or manual flap which closes when the vacuum cleaner is opened. This type of vacuum cleaner is more suitable for home use.
Here, a classic paper bag is replaced by a removable canister for the dirt. One of the biggest benefits of these vacuum cleaners is definitely the elimination of investment in new bags. However, after the first vacuuming, a hygienically clean container with a perfect design changes into a gray “something”. There’s dirt clinging to the inside and the canister needs to be cleaned. It is also necessary to treat the rubber seal around the perimeter of the lid. As a result, the impurities that you vacuum, you’ll have to manually remove from the canister. So, in the end, you will have to do more work.
However, if you buy a vacuum cleaner with a so-called cyclone dust separation, which is doubled in some more expensive models, in this case, up to 99% of all dust particles are removed. The output is, therefore, very clean.
4. Noise of the vacuum cleaner
With this parameter, it is all about comfort when using it. And especially comfort for your neighbors, if you have them. For cheaper vacuum cleaners, you can count on an increased noise level. Noise can also be controlled by suction power; a higher suction power generates higher noise. Noise levels around 67 dB – are “silent” vacuum cleaners.
5. Cord length
A seemingly unimportant parameter when choosing a vacuum cleaner, but very necessary for use. It ranges between 20 – 50 feet. Cheaper (and smaller) vacuum cleaners will offer you from 16 to 25 feet, while the multipurpose, and, therefore, more expensive, ones will give you 50 feet. For the radius of action, add the length of the hose and tube. That will give you the actual action range when vacuuming.
6. Weight of the vacuum cleaner
The weight of the vacuum cleaner depends on its design, size and motor power. Higher weight means lower comfort when moving to higher floors, or for older users. Older users should choose smaller, bagged vacuum cleaners (especially for easier maintenance). If you have a house with a staircase, you will certainly appreciate a lightweight vacuum cleaner with a sufficiently long hose, tube and power cord. The standard weight of the upright vacuum is between 15 and 21 pounds, but do not forget that, with the longer use of a higher-weight vacuum cleaner, it’s no longer such a great experience. On the other hand, higher weight vacuum cleaners are (usually) sturdier, have a firmer construction and, therefore, are also a prerequisite for a longer lifetime.