Best vacuum cleaners for your money

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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.

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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:

  • Kenmore 22614 ($350)
  • Panasonic MC-CL935 ($330)
  • Hoover Platinum S3865 ($400)

One big surprise in the findings: Dyson. The ultra-chic vacuum maker’s Cinetic Animal ($550) and Ball Compact Animal ($450) models got the two lowest scores in the entire tally!

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