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Upright Vacuum Cleaners

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Ratings of the top upright vacuums compiled from the raw data available makes it easy to pick the best. Below we've provided total ratings for all upright vacuum cleaners in our database.

Top 10 Rated Upright Vacuum Cleaners

1
Rating
95.8
Excellent
Shark Vertex AZ2002 Upright Vacuum

Shark Vertex AZ2002

Upright Vacuum w/Powered Lift-Away, DuoClean & Self-Cleaning Brushroll

2
Rating
93.8
Excellent
Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy Upright Vacuum
3
Rating
93.5
Excellent
Lupe Pure Cordless Upright Vacuum

Lupe Pure Cordless

High-suction, cordless upright vacuum cleaner

4
Rating
93.4
Excellent
Shark Rotator LA502 Upright Vacuum

Shark Rotator LA502

Lift-Away ADV Upright Vacuum with DuoClean PowerFins and Self-Cleaning Brushroll

5
Rating
93.4
Excellent
Shark Rotator ZU782 Upright Vacuum

Shark Rotator ZU782

Lift-Away DuoClean Pro with Self-Cleaning Brushroll

6
Rating
93.2
Excellent
Hoover MAXLife Pro Pet Swivel Upright Vacuum
7
Rating
92.9
Excellent
BISSELL SurfaceSense Pet Upright Vacuum

BISSELL SurfaceSense Pet

Multi-Surface Vacuum with Tangle Free Brush Roll

8
Rating
92.8
Excellent
BISSELL 2316 CleanView Swivel Pet Upright Vacuum
9
Rating
92.8
Excellent
BISSELL 27909 Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Rewind Upright Vacuum
10
Rating
92.4
Excellent
BISSELL 2490 CleanView Rewind Pet Deluxe Upright Vacuum

Hands-on, upright vacuum reviews are indicated when available. Ratings are reviews are compiled from customer reviews, real-world testing and performance reviews. You can also view all upright vacuums in our database and compare them with other brands and models.

What to Look for in an Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Upright vacuums have been around for decades. Today, there are thousands of models available. Below are some things to consider when shopping for an upright for your home.

Bagged or bagless?

There are both high-performing bagged and bagless upright vacuums on the market. When deciding between the two, it comes down to the ongoing cost of vacuum bags and preference. Some prefer the bagless option for on the grounds of cost-savings or protecting the environment.

Others, especially those highly sensitive to allergens and fine dust prefer vacuums which use bags as premium models' bags contain airborne particles.

Suction and performance

Suction is always a factor when choosing a vacuum. As important if not more important is how well a vacuum puts that suction to work. Better performing uprights are well sealed, made from durable, high-quality materials and engineered to deliver maximum suction at the brush roll or accessory attachment.

Detachable handheld or canister

For convenience when cleaning on stairs or hard to reach areas, many uprights have a detachable canister or handheld. Usually with the press of a single button, the upright's dirt bin, motor and flexible hose become a standalone vacuum.

Left behind are the main brush roll. The only other step is to add an accessory. 

Can you turn off the vacuum's brush roll?

Homes with hard wood flooring or other soft flooring should be sure that the upright they choose either has a soft brush roll or even better, the ability to completely stop the brush roll from spinning.

What accessories are included?

Accessories are often the only differentiation within a model family. Looking across brands and upright models, some ship with as few as two attachments while others have close to a dozen. At the very least, we recommend an upright that has a powered upholstery brush, crevice tool and soft dusting accessory.

Total reach

As all but one upright manufactured today have cords, it is important to know what the total reach of a vacuum is. To know how far you can reach from a wall outlet, calculate the length of a vacuum's cord plus the maximum length of it's flexible hose and any extension tube in use.

Anti-tangle brush roll

Any vacuum with a brush roll is faced with handling hair the becomes tangled on the brush roll. Over time, the hair provides a safe haven for other debris and can ultimately impact performance. At the most extreme, tangled hair can stop the brush roll from spinning altogether.

Several manufacturers have developed ways of cutting, combing or channeling hair so it ends up in the dirt bin, not on the brushroll.

Do you have pets in your home?

Pets, especially those with long hair, require an upright designed to handle pet hair. Many models specifically indicate if they are designed for homes with pets.

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