With the holidays right around the corner, you know you’re going to need a reliable vacuum cleaner to pick up after guests who make a mess!
Consumer Reports has a new tally that covers many popular canister vacuums (both bagged and bagless). The real lesson from their findings is you’ll have to shell out at least in the mid $200 range to get quality. No sub-$100 vacuum for you!
Before we get into the best and worst, here are the seven criteria the magazine looked at to determine these rankings: How the vacuum performs on carpet, bare floors, tool airflow, noise, emissions, handling and pet hair.
Who makes the best and worst vacuum for your dollar?
Consumer Reports tested vacuums in a wide range of prices, everywhere from $150 for a Hoover Multi-Cyclonic SH40060 to $1,500 for an Aerus Lux Guardian Ultra. What they found is that their recommended models were all clustered from the mid $200 range to the mid the $300 range.
Among bagged canister vacuums, the magazine like two brands in particular: Panasonic and Kenmore. Here are the individual models they called recommended buys:
- Panasonic MC-CG937 ($330)
- Kenmore Progressive 21614 ($300)
- Kenmore Progressive 21514 ($250)
- Panasonic MC-CG902 ($250)
When it comes to bagless models, the same two brands dominated, with an honorable third place mention to Hoover. Again, all of these models are recommended buys:
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