The Best Vacuums for Carpet Floors

Buying a vacuum cleaner is more complicated than it used to be. The possibilities are endless—there are upright vacuums, canister vacuums, robot vacuums…bagged or bag less models and cord or cordless in any number of colors and price points. Variety has its benefits, but the process can seem a bit daunting for most. A vacuum is more than just an appliance, it’s the tool that keeps your carpets clean and hair free, and finding the right one for your home can be stressful!

Types of Vacuums on the Market

Carpet poses the toughest challenge for most vacuums; therefore it is beneficial to focus your search to vacuums that excel on carpeted areas (if you have any in your home). When looking for a vacuum specifically for carpet, upright models are the most popular and typically yield the best results as they are designed primarily for carpets and rugs, (but can be used on tile and hardwood as well). The best carpet vacuum brands to consider in the industry are Dyson, Hoover and iRobot.

During your search, keep an eye out for vacuums with HEPA filters, as they are the best type of dirt filtration one can find in a vacuum. HEPA filters remove even the smallest particles of dirt, dust and pet hair from your carpet. This feature is especially important for those with allergies or asthma, as vacuums with non-HEPA filters tend to push dirt, dust and pet hair particles into the air.

Best Vacuum Brands

Dyson DC65 Animal Complete: For years Dyson has been synonymous with technological advancements and reliability. Dyson is known for their upscale design, strong suction, innovation and amazing cyclonic technology. Dyson vacuums’ notoriously strong suction allows removal of dirt and pet hair with ease. It therefore comes as no surprise that a Dyson vacuum its ranked across the board the top upright vacuum in the industry.

The Dyson DC65 Animal Complete Upright Vacuum encompasses everything a vacuum should be—lightweight, bag less and powerful. This vacuum is ideal for those looking for a powerful vacuum without investing in a heavy-floor cleaning machine, as it has double the suction power of any other vacuum currently on the market.

The new streamlined design of the latest DC65 has fewer parts on the outside of the vacuum. Not only is this design more appealing it is also more efficient, as the previously-external parts no longer get in the user’s way while in use. This Dyson model features a lifetime HEPA filter and shorter stiffer bristles than ever before, allowing the vacuum to clean carpet—especially deep pile and shag better than ever before.

All in all, if you are looking for a cutting edge, powerful vacuum the Dyson DC65 Animal Complete Upright Vacuum is for you. But top performance comes at a price–$649.99 to be exact.

Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Pet Rewind Plus: Hoover has been a trusted, dependable household name for vacuums and a leader in the home appliance sector for generations. They offer vacuum models in all shapes and sizes—from upright, to stick, canister and handheld. Hoover differentiates their vacuums from the competition by offering select models at a lower price point than others of comparable ability and features.

Hoover vacuums offer high value vacuums at lower prices, a key benefit of Hoover’s current chart topper—the Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Pet Rewind Plus. This Hoover model has excellent suction and overall quality for a vacuum priced around $100.  It features Wind Tunnel Technology, a Hoover-patented feature that allows for maximum dust and dirt-gathering ability with minimal scatter and blowback. The Hoover WindTunnel T-Series also features an indicator to tell you when the filter is dirty and needs to be replaced, and a retractable cord—both features typically only found in higher-end vacuums.

This Hoover model highlights where the brand’s true strength lies—its ability to adapt to technological advances and incorporate consumer preferences into their product. If you are looking for a rather inexpensive alternative to Dyson’s DC65, the Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Pet Rewind Plus is the vacuum for you.

Robot Roomba Series: Robotic vacuum cleaners are another modern option for carpet cleaning. Though they are pricey, whether you are at home, work or on vacation—a robotic vacuum is able to keep your floors clean 24/7.

iRobot’s Roomba Series of robotic vacuums are top contenders in the vacuum industry, as they offer an automated alternative to floor cleaning. The sheer convenience of a robotic vacuum alone has won iRobot’s Roomba significant praise in recent years. Though the Roomba does not deep clean, it picks up 98% of dirt, dust and pet hair as it self-adjusts between floor types for optimum floor cleaning.

There are a number of Roomba models at varying features including one, in some cases two HEPA filters, and priced $400-$700. Though robotic vacuums are pricy, for some the convenience of automation outweighs the purchase price.

For more information on vacuum styles and features, contact your local flooring professional!

SOURCE: Consumer Reports, Smart Review, Good Housekeeping, Comparaboo, iRobot,,

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