Top Five Best Vacuum Cleaners for 2014

Updated on April 5, 2016

When selecting a vacuum cleaner, find the best fit for your household.

  • Do the features meet your needs?
  • If you have allergies, select a sealed system with a HEPA filter. HEPA filters trap small particles in the air, preventing the allergens from circulating back into the home.
  • Bagged vacuum systems are better for allergy sufferers because they keep the dirt inside the bag.
  • If you have a mix of carpeting and solid surface floors, you will want a machine that automatically adjusts its height.
  • If your kids will use the vacuum, select a model with an auto shut off feature in case they run over something.
  • Consider the weight of the vacuum and the length of the power cord. This is very important if you will be carrying the machine up and down stairs.
  • Choose a cleaner that has a low profile that will lie down flat. This design makes it easy to clean under beds and furniture.

What matters most is how well the vacuum picks up dirt – and pet fur, if your home is pet-friendly. One size of motor powers most vacuums. The design makes the difference between vacuum systems. Sealed systems give the best suction, so they tend to suck up the most dirt.

Select a model with at least a three-year warranty. Studies have found a direct relationship between vacuum cleaner quality and the warranty coverage. Choose a vacuum that has the accessories you will use, including extension wands, upholstery brushes, and crevice tools.

The Best Vacuums for 2014

My personal opinion from over 30 years of experience in the vacuum trade.


Dyson DC28 Animal

Dyson continues their domination of the top five with the DC28 Animal. It even outperforms the DC25 on cleaning pet hair from carpet. The Animal has automatic height adjustment, which lets it handle different surfaces easily. The HEPA filter is washable for the life of the machine, and the Animal is excellent at getting embedded dirt out of carpet. It has a telescoping wand attachment for cleaning high up or along stairs. The powered mini-turbine head attachment cleans stair treads and upholstery like a champ.

The Dyson DC28 Animal is heftier than the DC25, tipping the scales at 21 pounds. This makes it a bit more awkward to push and pull. Its superior cleaning power makes up for this deficit handily. Most consumers rave about their DC28 animal, especially the suction power. They also love the dust cup, which empties from the bottom and minimizes users’ exposure to dust and dirt.


The Hoover Wind Tunnel T-Series Rewind Plus Bagless UH70120

The Hoover Wind Tunnel T-Series offers a less expensive bagless vacuum with decent performance. It gets good reviews from owners and professionals alike. It weighs 16.5 pounds, about the same as the Dyson DC25. It has a washable main filter and an exhaust HEPA filter. The 27-foot cord retracts into the machine, which is a handy feature to prevent tangles.

Other popular features on the Hoover Wind Tunnel T-Series include fingertip controls, and an indicator light for when it is time to clean the filter. It struggles on hard surface floors because the brush roll cannot be turned off. This causes the Hoover to scatter dirt when used on bare floors. It is stable and does not tip easily, and reviewers note it is very good at picking up pet hair.


Dyson DC25

The Dyson DC25 is a cleaning monster. It features the Dyson unique root-suction design, ensuring virtually no loss of strength or suction. The DC25s highly manoeuvrable ball design lets it clean where other vacuums cannot reach. It works equally well on carpet and hard surfaces. The DC25 has a complete HEPA filtration system, tons of attachments onboard, and a fantastic 5-year warranty.

Dyson is the top player among bagless vacuums because their design and technology simply overshadows other brands. They are pricey, but most owners say the performance is well worth the cost. The Dyson DC25 stands out thanks to thousands of positive reviews from consumers on multiple websites. They rave about the Dyson’s manoeuvrability, 25-foot long cord, and very lightweight.

You can read Dyson DC25 review at many online websites. The DC25 weighs in at a skinny 16 pounds. Assembly is easy and fast, and the machine looks stylishly modern. The nozzle design lets users clean flush along floor edges without having to use any attachment. The dustbin releases with the press of a button.


Miele’s Callisto S5281

The Miele line of vacuums is high quality across all the products. The Callisto earns special mention thanks to a 1200-watt German-made vortex motor paired with an extremely lightweight frame. A reviewer described the cleaner as “a nearly perfect balance of power and lightweight manoeuvrability.” This is a very quiet vacuum cleaner in spite of its incredible suction power. It has a proven 20-year average life span.

The Callisto features a brush attachment that swivels 90 degrees for wand cleaning. The electric power head is also adjustable. Dirt is contained within the canister, and the HEPA system is sealed. This makes the Callisto ideal for allergy and asthma patients.


Sebo Automatic X5

Sebo is a lesser-known vacuum brand that performs well for consumers and tests. The high-performance X5 Upright model features an extra-wide 15-inch cleaning deck and double brush rolls. The Sebo has great suction and hospital grade HEPA filtration, making it an overall excellent choice. The Sebo has a 15 to 20 year lifespan, even under strenuous use conditions. The cleaning deck is adjustable, and the X5 has plenty of attachments for cleaning.

The Sebo Automatic X5 has an amazingly long 40-foot power cord. It adjusts its height automatically when users move from hard floors to carpets. It also has a warning system that alerts users to problems like clogs, worn brushes, a full dust bag, or obstructions in the brush rollers. When necessary, the vacuum automatically shuts down to protect the motor and belts from damage.

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      • Edward Morrison profile image

        Edward Morrison 

        2 months ago from Califonia

        I have a Dyson. It's a great vacuum, and emptying it is no bother. I wash the filter once every six months (I don't think it's actually dirty though - but the instructions say to do it).

        Since I also have several Miele's, I can compare bag to bagless. Bagless allows me to get rid of the dirt after each use. Bag cleaners do not. I don't like 'storing' my dirt in the closet - so bagless is the way to go for pet hair problems.

        I understand the differences between Dyson cleaners and other bagless vacs. The way it works is different. Apparently, spinning the air at high speeds throws the dust out of the air stream through the cleaner. Other bagless vacs have a filter in the middle of the dirt bucket, like my Shop Vac, that clogs immediately with dust, and is a filthy mess to empty. If you get a bagless, get a Dyson.

        That said, the Miele is very quiet. But the bag does start to stink after holding dirt for a while, the dirt itself just deteriorates inside there. And there's food particles and God knows what else in there, all sitting in the warm, dark closet until we take out the machine next week and blow air through the bag. That's why bag vacs smell so bad. If you changed the bag every time that you vacuum, no smell. Hence the reason I like my Dyson so very much.

        By the way, Dyson makes canister vacs too. With an excellent bare floor tool and a power brush for your carpets, and a turbo brush for your stairs. Easy to empty. DC23 is the model number.

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      • Melinda Longoria profile image

        Melinda Longoria, MSM 

        4 years ago from Garland, Texas

        The Eureka AirSpeed vacuum cleaner is proven to work better than Dyson and it's a lot cheaper too.

      • executivecatering profile imageAUTHOR

        philip lee hewitson 

        5 years ago from Detroit, Michigan, USA

        Hey Beezkneez I agree the Dyson models can be quite heavy but you can get the hand held models now and they do work very effectively, I guess it comes down to how big your house is and your own needs.

        If you are looking for a lightweight hover the sebo is a good option and from my initial testing it doesn't lack in power.

      • BEEZKNEEZ profile image


        5 years ago

        I have a Dyson and it weighs so much. Going up and down the stairs takes some effort. I really do like my vacuum. At my old place we had old carpet and I was able to get lines the Dyson but with no other vacuum. Voted up!


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