The 8 Best Canister Vacuums

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The 8 Best Canister Vacuums

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Canister vacuums are those vacuums that are slowly being phased out by fancier vacuums such as the Dyson ball and other silent and upright vacuum models.

However, canister vacuums have their own uses and unique features as well. Though newer and more unique kinds of vacuums keep entering the market, the canister vacuum likely isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

Here are the eight best canister vacuums that are currently available on the market. Each vacuum has its own unique perks and features, and all would work well in different cleaning situations.

Kenmore – 81414 400 Series Pet Friendly Lightweight Bagged Canister Vacuum

Kenmore – 81414 400 Series Pet Friendly Lightweight Bagged Canister Vacuum with Extended Telescoping Wand, HEPA, Retractable Cord, and 4 Cleaning Tools, Red

This vacuum is made by the classic brand Kenmore. The vacuum comes with a number of nice features such as a retractable cord and a telescoping wand. The vacuum is also lightweight and easy to use, and its triple HEPA filter system means that it collects 97% of debris. This means that less allergens and dust are left in a room, making the air and environment cleaner and safer for children, older people and those suffering from allergies.

Because the cord is retractable, that also means that it’s easy to store and put away once you’re done using it. Along with that, the vacuum comes with three attachments: a dusting brush, crevice tool and bare floor tool. This makes it a solid vacuum for larger homes and/or homes with multiple rooms with hardwood floors.


Miele – Classic C1 Limited Edition Canister Vacuum Cleaner

Miele - Classic C1 Limited Edition Canister Vacuum Cleaner, Graphite Grey

This sleek, aesthetically pleasing vacuum is a unique unit in the sense that it aims to be a good vacuum as well as be pleasing to the eye. The design is meant to resemble older vacuums, and the color helps the tool blend in with the environment.

Yet just because it looks good doesn’t mean that it doesn’t work well, too. The vacuum has a variable speed feature, lightweight “skeleton” design and works just as well on hardwood as it does on carpet. However, the vacuum explicitly states that it does work best on hardwood and non-carpeted surfaces. This is perfect for a home with few carpeted rooms and homes that have few or no pets.


Miele – Complete C2 Hard Floor Canister Vacuum Cleaner

Miele - Complete C2 Hard Floor Canister Vacuum Cleaner with SBD285-3 Combination Rug and Floor Tool + SBB400-3 Parquet Twister XL Floor Brush - Tech Blue

Another Miele vacuum, this one is just as pleasing to look at as the aforementioned C1. Just like the C1 the C2 is also a solid vacuum that can get the job done.

This is an especially strong vacuum, with features such as having six suction control settings, which can easily be navigated with the simple rotary dial, as well as a strong 1,200-watt motor. The motor will work well on both hardwood and carpet, and has a parquet brush that prevents scrapes and damage to your floors.

The vacuum also has an ergonomically designed handle for maximum comfort and ease of control.


Severin – Germany Nonstop Corded Bagless Canister Vacuum Cleaner

Severin - Germany Nonstop Corded Bagless Canister Vacuum Cleaner, Polar Silver

This small canister vacuum is ideal for apartments, ranch/one-floor homes and other smaller living spaces. It has a small canister that won’t accommodate larger living spaces, but as a result takes up less space than other canister vacuums.

As the name implies, this vacuum doesn’t have a bag, which is a somewhat unusual design. It has a filter and a container that can be emptied with the push of a single button. This makes it an easy-to-use vacuum that will work well for the easily grossed-out.

The vacuum also comes with an array of accessories, such as a parquet nozzle, a three-part accessory set, and an extra-large premium sucking hose. In addition, the vacuum works well on both carpet and hardwood floors.


Miele – Pure Suction Canister Vacuum

Miele - Pure Suction Canister Vacuum, Lotus White

Another Miele, this vacuum is another nice model. The vacuum has an air clean sealed system as well as a turbo brush that easily removes hair and lint from all kinds of surfaces.

Like some other vacuums on the list, this vacuum has a variable speed feature that allows the vacuum to reach up to six different speeds. The vacuum also has a telescoping wand and telescoping tube that makes it easy to reach all kinds of nooks and crannies.

The height of the vacuum is also adjustable, which is a nice feature, especially for shoppers who are exceptionally tall or on the shorter side. The ability to adjust the height will also make the vacuum easier to handle and more easy to get into different spaces in your home.


Hoover – CH30000 PortaPower Lightweight Commercial Canister Vacuum

Hoover - CH30000 PortaPower Lightweight Commercial Canister Vacuum

A familiar and trusted name, this Hoover model lives up to the brand. With an extremely portable, lightweight design, customers of all sizes and levels of strength will be able to use the vacuum with ease.

In addition, the Hoover comes with all sorts of extra features and add-ons such as a reusable cloth bag, stretchable, extendable hose and a built-in blower. The built-in blower is a feature that you don’t see in every canister vacuum. It’s nice when a vacuum comes with that feature because it allows for you to easily get back anything you might have accidentally sucked up.

The reusable cloth bag is an extra perk that not all canister vacuums have. It’s a nice feature that ensures that the customer will save a bit of money because they won’t have to buy new bags once they’ve emptied out the old one. It also saves them from the hassle and headache of potentially buying the wrong size bag and having to exchange for the correct ones. Or – even worse – having the type of bag you use be discontinued because you’re using an older model vacuum.


Oreck – Commercial BB900DGR XL Pro 5 Super Compact Canister Vacuum, 30′ Power Cord

Oreck - Commercial BB900DGR XL Pro 5 Super Compact Canister Vacuum, 30' Power Cord

This powerful vacuum is ideal for homes that will be seeing lots of messes. Homes with big families, lots of pets or both will appreciate this vacuum. It’s an incredibly strong model with a 4-amp, two-stage bypass motor that makes it easy to suck up all kinds of messes.

The tool also comes with a number of different features such as an adjustable extension wand and a four-foot hose. This makes it easy to clean up hard-to-reach areas such as ceiling fans, vents, the tops of windowsills and other areas you might not normally be able to clean up.

The unit also has an extremely long, 30-foot power cord that allows you to clean up multiple rooms or a large room without having to change outlets. This makes the vacuum even easier and simpler to use.


Electrolux – EL4021A Silent Performer Bagless Canister Vacuum with 3-in-1 Crevice Tool and HEPA Filter

Electrolux - EL4021A Silent Performer Bagless Canister Vacuum with 3-in-1 Crevice Tool and HEPA Filter, Black

Unlike the other vacuums on the list, the Electrolux EL4021A advertises itself as a silent vacuum. This is an especially useful feature; nothing breaks up the day like a loud vacuum, so the fact that this vacuum is dead quiet is great for others in the household. This is especially true for homes that have babies or small children who would otherwise wake up from a loud vacuum.

It’s also a bagless vacuum like a couple of others on the list. This means that it’s easier to clean out, and you don’t have the hassle that comes with buying and replacing the bag. It’s also especially helpful for those who are easily grossed out.

In addition to these features, the vacuum also has a powerful motor and a wand designed to provide maximum suction on both hardwood and carpeted surfaces. It is also a 3-in-1 tool with a dusting brush, crevice tool and upholstery nozzle. That makes this vacuum especially useful for cleaning out corners, hard-to-reach spaces and other surfaces that aren’t strictly carpet or hardwood.


What are the benefits to a canister vacuum?

One main benefit to a canister vacuum is that they simply hold more. Canister vacuums have a large tank with a bag inside that allows for large amounts of debris, dirt and dust to be sucked up before the bag needs to be changed. This obviously provides a wide range of benefits; first and foremost, owners of large homes don’t have to worry about their vacuum not having enough space to accommodate their large living space.

Not only that, but having a vacuum with a canister means that the bag for the vacuum doesn’t need to be changed so frequently. Typically upright vacuums need to be cleaned out fairly often, simply because they don’t have a large canister to hold the debris that’s sucked up while vacuuming. However, unless a you suck up something wet with the canister vacuum, you likely won’t need to change the back after every couple of uses.

What sets a canister vacuum apart from an upright vacuum?

There are many things that set the two vacuums apart. While upright vacuums are great for cleaning up spills and wet messes, canister vacuums in most other cleaning situations are better for a multitude of reasons.

Because the bag doesn’t need to be changed so frequently, this makes life a bit easier, especially if you’re a stay-at-home parent or spouse. Although changing the bag of a vacuum is a quick and easy task, it’s one less task that you have to worry about all the time. Anything to make your life easier, right?

In addition, the heads – or wands – of canister vacuums can reach places that upright vacuums can’t. A canister vacuum is typically the canister itself along with a tube that allows the wand to reach countless different areas. Reaching behind beds, around furniture and under chairs is significantly easier with a canister vacuum.

The ability to take the head off and use the pole of the want to clean hard-to-reach spaces is also a nice perk.

Not to mention that canister vacuums are, for some, just easier and more familiar. Many have spent their whole lives using a canister vacuums, and saw their own parents using canister vacuums to clean the home. Learning how to use an upright vacuum may be too much of a hassle for some.

Buyer’s Guide

This brief buyer’s guide will help you figure out what your needs are as a customer. Identifying these needs will make shopping easier and ensure that you don’t buy a vacuum that’s all wrong for you. It’s important to take a hard look at who you live with as well as your living situation to determine what kind of vacuum is best for your household.

I have a small home or live with no one else/few others in the home…

If it’s just you and your partner, or a single roommate/relative, or have just one pet in the home, you can get away with a vacuum with a small canister and one that doesn’t have complete flexibility or telescoping features.

I have a larger home/child(ren)/multiple pets…

If you have a partner, a school-age child and/or more than one animal in the house, then you’ll need a flexible vacuum that can reach all sorts of nooks and spaces with ease. Because you have multiple people and pets in the home, you need something that can also work on both hardwood floors and carpets as well as one that

I have a family member with allergies…

If you have a member of your home that has allergies to dry allergens such as pet dander and pollen, you’ll want a vacuum with a high HEPA filtration percentage. A percentage of 97% or higher is ideal, as that means that your vacuum will easily be able to clear out allergens from the air and surfaces without releasing them back out into the room. This is especially useful in those with harsher allergies that prevent the affected from going on about their day.

I have many pets/kids/people in the home…

If you have a large family, made up of both of two-legged and four-legged members, you’ll need a strong vacuum. A vacuum with a high-amp motor and lots of features that make it easy to reach all sections of your house is an absolute necessity. You probably want to get a vacuum that has a high HEPA filtration percentage so that pet dander is filtered out of the air and removed from surfaces. Even if no one has a pet allergy, this will improve the overall air quality and cleanliness of the room.

I have a baby/toddler…

If you have an especially young member of your family, you’ll need a silent vacuum. Most vacuums are loud enough to rouse babies from naps, making it hard to keep up with household chores including vacuuming. In addition, the loud sound vacuums make can be upsetting to toddlers and those on the spectrum. A silent vacuum will solve all those problems


As said before, it’s important to know what you’re looking for in a vacuum. A vacuum isn’t cheap, and to have buyer’s remorse after making such a pricey purchase can leave you with a bit of frustration and tool that you can’t or refuse to use. Identifying your needs as a buyer will help you figure out exactly what you need for your home and family, and make sure that you don’t end up blowing money.

It’s also important to remember that although there are several trusted vacuum brands out there, that brand name isn’t everything. Relying on brand name alone could also leave you with a lemon or a vacuum that doesn’t suit your needs specifically. It’s a much better idea to rely on reviews as well as see what specs and features each vacuum comes with.

Good luck and happy shopping!