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Best Vacuum Cleaners Of 2011

Based on VacuumWizard.com Tests And Consumer Reviews

Our "best vacuum cleaners of 2011" list is a genuine attempt to provide you with unbiased information on these vacuum cleaners. From uprights to canisters to stick vacuum cleaners, we've covered all the bases.

Date: 30 Oct 2011

The "Super 8" list is a combination of:

  • in-house tests our vacuum cleaner experts carried out on these vacuums
  • and the information we dug up based on consumer reviews written by customers at some of the top consumer websites like Amazon.com and Epinions.com among others.

This means that our list of winners is totally genuine and unbiased.

Only those dirt monsters that shone through cleanly in our tests as well as had lots of sparkling reviews and ratings managed to find a place on our exclusive list.

Our "Super 8" list comprises of 2 vacuum cleaner models, each spread over four different price categories to help make your choice and daily life easy.

Shark Navigator NV22L Upright Vacuum

This pretty, lavender colored Shark is an excellent cleaner for any home, especially if you have pet(s). It's a lightweight, bagless upright vac that manages to clean better than some of the heavier models.

With two dust eating monster motors, a premium pet power brush, an easily stretchable hose for cleaning above-the-floor surfaces, and washable dust filters, this Euro Pro sweeper is the winner of our under $150 category because it 'doesn't lose suction' even with age.

When we tested the Shark, we were impressed by the fact that despite its small size, it had excellent suction ability that left a really clean home.

Equally effective on hard wood as it is on carpet, it'll be difficult to find a better vacuum cleaner that simply 'does it all' in this price range and with these features.

Top 3 Winning Reasons

  • The Shark is like a 'cleaning genie' and manages to do pretty much everything that a $300 or higher priced vac can accomplish.
  • Narrow cleaning head width allows accessing hard to reach places easy and lightweight offers excellent maneuverability.
  • One of the highest rated vacuum cleaners that cost less than $150! Everywhere we went (Amazon, Epinions, Buzzillions, Sears etc) quality conscious customers have praised Shark's cleaning abilities.

Hoover WindTunnel T-Series UH70120

The runner up in the under $150 category is the Hoover WindTunnel, a lightweight sweeper that can be moved around without any trouble.

For those of you who are plagued with back problems, the Hoover is an excellent choice as it doesn't strain your back while you vacuum your home.

Hoover's WindTunnel technology allows for effective vacuuming without blowing the dirt about.

While it's powerful suction pulls out even the most adamant debris and pet dander.

Also the fact that the Hoover has a long power cord with automated rewind function (not a common feature in this price range) makes it a worthy runner up to the Shark Navigator.


Top 3 Winning Reasons

  • This feature packed upright is no pushover and its dirt eating capability makes it a strong contender for smallish homes.
  • For die-hard pet lovers, the Hoover's upholstery tool is fantastically adept at sucking out all pet hair leaving you with a really clean sofa and home.
  • Easy to clean HEPA filter that doesn't require frequent replacement (truly heaven sent!)

Conclusion

There are several decent vacuum cleaners in the under $150 category. However, like our winner Shark Navigator and runner up Hoover WinTunnel T-Series that offer amazing suction ability and incorporate advanced technology to do the cleaning, the other contenders such as the Bissell or the Dirt Devil, simply don't match up.

Either they have a short vacuum hose, badly designed dirt cup, noisy function, or suction that becomes poorer with age.

Since what you pay for is what you get in terms of quality, we recommend either the Shark Navigator or the Hoover WindTunnel UH70120 as the best vacuum cleaner in the Under $150 price category.

Electrolux UltraSilencer Green Canister Vacuum Cleaner, EL6984A

The Electrolux UltraSilencer Green Canister EL6984A is a lightweight, eco-friendly, and very quiet canister vacuum cleaner. The bagged Electrolux is loved by consumers for its effective and efficient cleaning of hard flooring surfaces like wood, linoleum, tiles, stone etc as well as its impressively low noise operation and as the name appropriately suggests.

Though, several consumers aren't happy with this vac's capability to clean deep pile carpets, but the adjustable suction power feature gives you the flexibility to choose the suction ability based on the cleaning area. Use less suction to clean lightweight rugs, and more suction to clean the carpets.

Since the hallmark feature of a good vacuum cleaner is to really clean dirt, dust, lint, pet dander, hair, big and small food crumbs etc, as per the reviews the Electrolux UltraSilencer turned out to be a voracious eater that feeds to clean, irrespective of the surface used upon.

The use of HEPA filters further enhances the UltraSilencer's ease of use. Add to that that almost 80% of its parts are made from recycled plastic, and you have a vacuum cleaner that is eco-friendly, easy to move around, carry up the stairs, and store.

Top 3 Winning Reasons

  • We love the fact that it is energy efficient and uses 33% less energy than regular vacs in the same category, also with 55% recycled plastic parts and 100% recyclable packing, this vac is green.
  • Ranked #3 on the Best Selling Canister Vacuum Cleaners list on Amazon.com in the $150 to $250 price category.
  • Its powerful and adjustable suction ability coupled with its $220 price tag, make the Electrolux UltraSilencer Green Canister EL6984A a worthy winner in under $250 category.

Hoover Platinum Lightweight UH30010COM

The Hoover Platinum Lightweight Upright Vacuum with Canister is a well-chosen runner up as it scored just shy of the Electrolux UltraSilencer, both on our tests and consumer reviews. But, that being said it is a vacuum cleaner that does all that you'd expect from a under $250 cleaning machine.

You get two vacs for the price of one – the Upright and the Canister. While the upright model is quite impressive, we aren't too happy with the performance of the canister model, which is more like a handheld really.

That being said, the Hoover definitely makes up for its high price and the lacking canister with a 6-years warranty. Not bad at all! Finding vacs priced under $250 with such a lengthy warranty are difficult to find.

And weighing only 12 pounds, you can carry this lightweight sweeper up and down the stairs with ease.

While the upright picks up dirt easily on all types of rugs and carpets and leaves them looking like new, which we can vouch for because we tested it on different surfaces, we find the lack of a hose attachment for the upright unit a miss.

Top 3 Winning Reasons

  • The upright Hoover Platinum eats up anything your carpet/rug throws at it. It leaves not just the surface but also the edges clean and debris free. The Hoover WindTunnel technology ensures that the sides of the machine are able to benefit from its excellent suction ability as well.
  • The Hoover Platinum Canister's crevice tool does an excellent job of cleaning tight corners and dirty edges and cleans up spider webs without being scared!
  • Though it may sound like a small thing to consider, but the length of the power cord can make a huge difference to your cleaning experience. Fortunately, the Hoover Platinum comes with a 35 feet long cord allowing you to clean continuously from one room to the other.

Conclusion

Well, a vacuum cleaner with a price tag of around $250 isn't cheap. That's why it's important to make the right choice; one that doesn't translate into regret a day later.

If you have hard flooring throughout your house with patches of carpets here and there, the Electrolux UltraSilencer is the one you should buy. But if you have carpeting opt for the Hoover Platinum with WindTunnel technology.

Both the Electrolux and the Hoover have some remarkable features like very quiet operation, excellent cleaning ability on different surfaces, lightweight, easy maneuverability, and adjustable suction power.

While vacuum cleaners such as the Electrolux Nimble Upright, the Oreck XL 2000 Upright Commercial, the Panasonic MC-V5210 among others were poorly rated by consumers due to their loud operation, low suction power, lack of common features like hose attachment, automated rewind cord etc, the Electrolux and the Hoover not just scored high on our tests but also received a very high number of positive reviews to become the best vacuum cleaners in the under $250 price category.

Miele S7210 Twist Upright Vacuum

Famous for their high quality vacs, Miele's S7210 Twist Upright Vacuum has made its mark in the lives of many happy world consumers and is part of their new S7 series of Premium and Comfort cleaner range.

Features such as automatic height adjustment, a 39 foot long power cord, adjustable suction control, and the powerful vortex motor, make the Twist a good vacuum cleaner. However, it doesn't have the special features available in the more expensive S7 series models like HEPA filters, LED headlight, new filter indicator, etc.

A problem that several consumers face with their vacuum cleaner is its inability to get under low lying furniture or furnishings. Fortunately, consumers who purchased the Miele S7210 Twist Upright Vacuum loved the amazing maneuverability that is a result of a combination of 360 degrees front castors and the patented "SwivelNeck" technology.

The Miele Twist can be adjusted to work on different surfaces and you can clean hard and delicate surfaces and upholstery as per your requirements. For example you can clean lamp shades and chandeliers with the Twist, without damaging them. The Twist, Salsa, Jazz and Cat & Dog belong to the Miele S7 Comfort class range.

The main difference between the Twist and the Salsa, which we have reviewed, is that the Salsa has the LED light and it includes the HEPA filter which is optional with the Twist.

Top 3 Winning Reasons

  • It's easy to maneuver and can be moved around on both, hard and carpeted surfaces with equal ease due to its non-damaging rubber wheels that are designed to protect tiled and wooden flooring from scratches.
  • The "Super Clean Air" filter that has established capability to remove 94% of dust particles that are 0.3 microns or larger in diameter {while a HEPA filter can remove more than 99% of the same sized particles}.
  • Has a really long cord - 39-foot! Add to that a stretchable suction hose, and telescopic wand, you get a significant 54-foot radius for vacuuming!

Dyson DC24 Ball All-Floors Upright Vacuum Cleaner

The Dyson DC24 Ball All-Floors Upright Vac is a one of its kind upright in the market. We have reviewed the Dyson DC24 and suggest that you visit your nearest store to test it, even if you already have a vacuum cleaner at home.

Seeing how the Dyson DC24 cleans even the smallest of visible particles and how easy it is to maneuver may compel you to buy one as a Christmas gift to yourself!

The Dyson DC24 has a lot going for it like its lightweight structure, exceptional powerful suction and unique ball design that allows for the head to "turn on a dime". So whether you want to push, pull, tug, or turn the DC24, you can do so with a smile on your face!

When we were subjecting the Dyson to various tests to determine its strength of character, we found that the Root Cyclone technology ensures full-on suction without any blowout. Also, the filtration system is near perfect, making it the vacuum cleaner to buy if you have an asthmatic or allergy prone person in the family.

So is everything great with the Dyson? Not quite. We found it to be quite expensive compared to others with similar features and were disappointed by the average length of the power cord. Also, clipping the reversible wand on/off is a struggle.

Top 3 Winning Reasons

  • Known as the 'All floors' vacuum cleaner, the Dyson DC24 has a brush bar that can be turned on/off to give it the super capability to, well, clean any type of floor such as wood, tile, or carpet.
  • With its root cyclone technology the Dyson DC24 sweeps up all the dust and dirt and also makes sure that none of it can escape the dust cup. This vacuum is the best for allergy prone individuals.
  • The DC24's diminutive size and excellent ease of operation are the two main reasons why people who stay in small apartments or homes should buy it.

Conclusion

While both, the Miele Twist and Dyson DC24 are designed to move and operate with ease, they have their own individual features that make choosing either tricky. Also, the hefty price tags on both needs to be taken into account, for you may get cheaper vacuum cleaners though without such world-class features.

You can consider the Eureka Commercial Upright, Royal Upright Vac, or the Oreck Pilot Vacuum Cleaner that are all no-frills sweepers at a cheaper price, but with limited features.

Miele S5281 Callisto Canister HEPA Vacuum Cleaner

The lightweight Miele S5231 Callisto Canister HEPA Vacuum Cleaner can be lugged up and the down, to and forth, with convenience and comfort.

Technological additions like the ‘noise optimized' fan and ‘integrated silence' ensure that the Callisto gives a noiseless performance, and we can vouch for that as we tested it and were majorly impressed by its silent operation.

Miele vacuum cleaners are the BMWs in the vac market and though they come with hefty price tags, they also have some excellent standard features that make it impossible to resist one if you have the means!

Vortex motors, HEPA filters, automatic cord rewind buttons, crevice & upholstery tools, dusting brushes, and the onboard tool boxes are some well-thought off and designed features that keep Miele vacuums ahead of the competition.

Designed ergonomically and featuring five varying height adjustments for different types of pile carpeting, this Miele will not strain your wrist, hand, or back.

If cleaning deeply embedded pet hair, precious hardwood, or laminate floor have been giving you nightmares, worry not... the Miele Callisto deals with all your cleaning worries with cool and classy sophistication, solid build, and fantastic vacuuming technology!

Read an in depth review of the Miele Callisto on our website to know why it's chosen as a winner in this category!

Top 3 Winning Reasons

  • Has scored "Excellent" (highest rating) on our tests on every surface, including cleaning pet hair, has perfect filtration and is quiet. When it comes to features and performance it is the best vacuum cleaner we have tested so far.
  • Been rated very highly by consumers across the board. With hardly any disparaging remarks about its performance, the consumer ratings have been consistently above 95%!
  • Equipped with Miele's latest SEB 228 Heavy-Duty ‘PowerHead' the Miele S5281 is perfect for removing pet hair and cleaning high to low pile carpeting and combined with ‘easy-to-push' operation we have a winner in our above $500 category!

Miele S7580 Bolero Upright Vacuum Cleaner

The latest offering from the Miele stable, the S7580 Bolero Upright Vacuum Cleaner belongs to the S7 series of vacuum cleaners that include 3 Premium class dirt eaters namely, Swing, Tango and Bolero and 4 Comfort class machines namely, Salsa, Jazz, Cat & Dog, and Twist.

Fast gaining reputation as THE vacuum for those with allergies, the Bolero has an Active HEPA filter and auto-sealing dust bags that ensure very limited exposure to pet hair, dander, dust, and other allergy causing particles.

Everything about the Miele Bolero spells classic design and elegance, whether it's the deep black body color or the beautiful swivel-neck, or the amazing 58 foot wide cleaning radius.

If you love the convenience of a canister, but the lightweight of an upright, the Miele Bolero is just the vacuum for you as it combines both flexibility and deep cleaning capability.

So what's the difference between the Premium range of Miele S7 vacs and Comfort Class range?

Well, the Comfort Class range lacks HEPA filter, Filter change indicator, Thermal cut-off indicator, and Automatic suction and therefore, has a lower price tag.

You can also check out our review of the Miele Salsa to figure out whether the lack of these features is well worth the extra dollars you will end up paying, or is it simply easier to just buy a HEPA filter and replace the existing on a Twist or Salsa.

Anyways, look no further than the Bolero if you need a durable and contemporary vacuum cleaner and suffer from allergies as it is beautifully equipped to handle all your cleaning requirements. The lack of a self-winding cord is just a small inconvenience.

Top 3 Winning Reasons

  • The Shark is like a 'cleaning genie' and manages to do pretty much everything that a $300 or higher priced vac can accomplish.
  • Narrow cleaning head width allows accessing hard to reach places easy and lightweight offers excellent maneuverability.
  • One of the highest rated vacuum cleaners that cost less than $150! Everywhere we went (Amazon, Epinions, Buzzillions, Sears etc) quality conscious customers have praised Shark's cleaning abilities.

Conclusion

The pros of buying Miele vacuum cleaners are that they are made in Germany. They have a sturdy build, 7 year warranty, and spell functionality and elegance in bold! However, if you are willing to forgo some features like perfect HEPA filtration, great maneuverability and quiet operation, you can buy a good quality upright like a Dyson or a Eureka for a considerably lesser price.

But if you are fussy like us, and won't settle for anything less than the best, then look no further than the Miele S7 range of vacuum cleaners.

We hope our Best Vacuum Cleaners of 2011 list will help you find a suitable vacuum cleaner for your home. These Super 8 vacuums are all winners in their own rights and we can confidently say this based on our own tests and the consumer reviews and ratings for each of these dirt devils.

Top Rated Vacuum Cleaners On VacuumWizard.com

Miele Callisto S5281

Price Range: over $500
The Miele Callisto's black design combined with the sleek European look makes this a very nice looking vacuum and its suction power will definitely do wonders on carpet and hard flooring.

Dyson DC35 Digital Slim

Price Range: $200-$300
The Dyson DC35 Digital Slim handheld cordless vacuum would be a welcome addition to any size home because of all of its unique, and quite frankly amazing cleaning capabilities.

Shark Navigator NV22L Review

Price Range: $100-$200
At just $149, the Shark Navigator is hundreds less than the Dyson or other high-end brands, but it has succeeded in proving itself with consumers.

Dyson DC25 Ball All Floors

Price Range: $400-$500
The Dyson DC25 All Floors upright vacuum uses the latest improvements of the Dyson ball patent and consumers keep rating it very high even after years of being on the market.

Miele S7 Review

Price Range: over $500
The Miele S7 upright vacuum sets new levels of performance and ergonomics and we can't see any model that would challenge it at the moment.