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Upright Vacuum Cleaners

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The following upright vacuum cleaners guide recommends the best models, explains the pros and cons and provides you with links to all upright vacuum reviews we've completed so far on VacuumWizard.com.

Upright vacuums are primarily designed for cleaning carpeted flooring although the top of the line uprights from Miele and Dyson also perform excellently on hardwood floors.

Many uprights have on-board attachments that connect to the machines hose for various jobs.

Features like a detachable canister or long, stretchy hose can make using the machine for jobs like vacuuming stairs, upholstery or dusting much easier than having to carry around a full sized vacuum.

Although experts claim that canister vacuum cleaners are superior to upright models, many people prefer the upright because it is so easy to use. It's easy on the back, easy to care for and takes up less storage space because there are very few, if any, attachments to be stowed away.

Best Upright Vacuum Cleaners

The following list of upright vacuum reviews includes top of the line Miele and Dyson models as well as the very affordable and popular Shark Navigator vacuum cleaner.

All these uprights are easy to maneuver, have very strong suction (a must for cleaning carpets) and are relatively easy to use on stairs. The Miele S7 and Dyson DC25 also have the HEPA filtration system which results in zero particle emissions (greater than 0.3 microns) as per our measurements.

Recommended Models

Miele S7 (Salsa) Review

Price Range: over $500
All Miele S7 upright vacuum cleaners excel on carpets, rugs and also hardwood floors because of their adjustable suction power and the ability to turn the brush bar on and off. The Miele S7 series are easy to maneuver although heavy to carry. All models can be equipped with the HEPA filter.

Best for: Small and large size homes, any type of flooring, asthma and allergy sufferers. Not suitable for seniors if you have stairs and other places that require the vacuum cleaner to be lifted.

Dyson DC24 Ball

Price Range: $300-$400
This upright vacuum cleaner performs much like its big brother, the Dyson DC25 Ball, but it is much lighter, and therefore, easier to maneuver and handle. This feature alone is a major attraction for users with back, shoulder or wrist problems.

Best for: medium sized homes with mostly carpets and rugs, can deal with stairs well and has excellent filtration capabilities.

Shark Navigator NV22L Review

Price Range: $100-$200
What makes the Shark Navigator so special is that it combines many of the features normally found in a canister with the convenience and ease of an upright. The reasonable price tag makes the Shark NV22L affordable for nearly every household.

Best for: smaller homes with mostly carpeted flooring. Does a good job with pet hair too but is not suitable for allergy sufferers because the filtration system is not air-tight.

Pros And Cons of Upright Vacuums

With the latest advancements in technology, the difference between upright and canister vacuum cleaners is not that big.

The decision to purchase an upright versus a canister vacuum cleaner is typically made based on which type of vacuum you're used to using in your home.

Having said that, there are still some pros and cons of upright vacuums that may help you decide if the upright model fits your needs.

The Good

    Brushbar on an upright vacuum
  • Excellent for vacuuming carpets as all uprights have a rotating brush bar to beat out the dust from a carpet and then suck up the dust.
  • Often very versatile. Many come equipped with different height settings for short or long pile carpeting. Also, many have the option of turning off the brush bar for cleaning up hard flooring.
  • The on board tools can be stored right on the vacuum. If you need to get upholstery clean, or a table-top dusted off, you can use the hose and on board tools without even having to turn the machine off.

The Bad

    Upright vacuums don't fit under furniture
  • Can be heavy, and some of them are quite bulky. They don't get underneath furniture easily, or the corners under a kitchen cabinet, as you have to push the whole machine into the tight spaces.
  • Not very good for vacuuming staircases. Uprights don't sit well on a stair, so you often have to hold onto the upright and use the on board tools to clean stairs.
  • Not really suitable for vacuuming other areas such as the interior of a car. The hose usually isn't as long as the hose on a canister, and you don't have as many options for attachments compared to a canister.

Upright Vs. Canister Vacuum Cleaners

If you want to know even more about an upright versus a canister vacuum cleaner, here are some final thoughts:

Upright vacuum cleaners are easy to move

1. Ready in an instant. Upright vacuum cleaners do not require assembly or the attachment of hoses and brushes or cleaning heads before they can be used. Canister vacuums require set up time as well as time to change cleaning heads and brushes with each task.

2. Ergonomic design. Upright vacuums are easier for people with physical challenges to operate. Canister vacuums require a certain amount of bending and/or stooping in order to attach hoses and brushes.

3. Easy to store. Upright vacuum cleaners require very little space for storage when not in use. Typically, a space no larger than the base is all that is needed.

Below you'll find all the upright vacuum reviews we have completed so far. The list is updated as soon as we review a new upright model.

Upright Vacuum Reviews

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.

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.

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.

Hoover Windtunnel T-Series Rewind UH70120

Price Range: Under $100
The Hoover Windtunnel T-Series Rewind UH70120 is the most affordable vacuum we've tested that has a true HEPA filtration. The Hoover Rewind releases no dust particles back in the air but we recommend it only for cleaning carpeted flooring.

Dyson DC24 Ball

Price Range: $300-$400
The Dyson DC24 upright vacuum is a serious challenge to the bigger DC25 as it cleans almost as well for a much lower price. Ideal for smaller apartments with lots of carpeting.

Hoover Platinum UH30010COM

Price Range: $200-$300
Hoover Platinum UH30010COM is a unique upright vacuum cleaner that has a canister vacuum for cleaning stairs and other hard to reach areas. Although the upright model proved excellent in our tests, we weren't so impressed with the canister.

Dyson DC28 Animal Airmuscle

Price Range: over $500
If pet hair is your main challenge when vacuuming your home, then Dyson DC28 Animal vacuum cleaner is a great choice, especially if most of your floors are carpeted.

Dyson DC33 Multi Floor

Price Range: $300-$400
The Dyson DC33 Multi Floor vacuum is ideally suited for large homes with lots of open areas. The DC33 has a wide cleaning path and performs best on carpets.

Hoover Tempo Widepath U5140-900

Price Range: under $100
There are no bells or whistles associated with the Hoover U5140-900 Tempo vacuum, but it receives excellent consumer ratings and is one of the top vacuums at this price level.

Dirt Devil Total Vision

Price Range: under $100
The Dirt Devil Total Vision is a very affordable upright vacuum cleaner that works best on carpeted flooring. It does not have great filtration but at this price range no vacuum does.