The Best Bagged Vacuums for Any Home

31 Models Considered
70 Hours of Research
8 Experts Interviewed
218 Reviews Analyzed

Bagged vacuum cleaners have been around for a long time, and they continue to be popular because they have several benefits over other types of vacuums, such as bagless ones. These vacuum cleaners are very hygienic, they often require less maintenance, and are recommended for allergy sufferers. With different types of bagged vacuum cleaners available on the market, you may find it difficult to choose the right model for your home. This is why we gathered together all the information you need to buy the best bagged vacuum out there.

We spent dozens of hours researching the most popular models on the market, testing them and reading reviews from professionals and consumers alike. In the end, we chose the best 10 bagged vacuum cleaners and reviewed them, so you can easily compare their features as well as their pros and cons to make an informed choice.

Top 10 Bagged Vacuum Cleaners Review 2018

Below you will find in-depth reviews of the 10 best vacuum cleaners we selected, together with a comparison table and a buying guide that provides you with all the details you need to make an informed choice. In our reviews, we focused on the most important features to look at when buying a bagged vacuum, including power, cord length, type of vacuum, the filter and more. Let’s have a look at the top ten bagged vacuum cleaners so you can choose the best one for your home.

Name and Features Image Rating Price
1. Hoover Platinum Collection Upright Vacuum (Editor’s Choice)
Fantastic value combo – an upright and canister vacuum set, the most versatile choice
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2. Soniclean Upright Vacuum Cleaner (Best Upright Vacuum)
With its patented Soniclean technology, this vacuum will suck even the most stubborn, hidden dirt!
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3. Dirt Devil Tattoo SD30040BB (Most Stylish Vacuum)
This one’s for all the lovers of cute household appliances out there – a stylish vacuum that’s good for cleaning any surface
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4. Bissell Zing (Budget Pick)
A compact and budget-friendly model, ideal for smaller apartments
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5. Hoover Commercial WindTunnel (Best Commercial-Grade Vacuum)
Great choice for those with multiple carpets at home, with its 5-step height adjustment that adapts to any surface
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6. Oreck Commercial XL (Best for Arthritis)
Lightweight and comfort-oriented, this vacuum makes cleaning up a breeze for anyone. Works well on all surfaces, but best used for carpets
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7. Kenmore 600 Series (Best Long-Cord Vacuum)
A canister vacuum with an extra-long cord, most useful for homes with carpets and pets
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8. Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Pet (Best for Pet Hair)
Easy “contactless” clean-up and pet-hair oriented. With this model, you can be confident that every nook and cranny of your home will be hair-, dust- and dirt-free!
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9. Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction (Most Versatile)
A modern vacuum from a manufacturer who knows his stuff – you can be confident in your purchase with the 7-year warranty and the versatile cleaning abilities of this model
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10. Panasonic MC-UG471 (Best for Shag Rugs)
A neat vacuum, ideal for those who are looking to clean shag rugs and soft surfaces
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The Best Bagged Vacuums for Any Home
Features
  • Type: upright & canister
  • Power: 5.5 A
  • Cord: 35 ft (upright) 25 ft (canister)
  • Weight: 11 lbs
  • Warranty: 5-year limited

Extra features: self-Sealing HEPA bags, easy-to-use controls

OVERALL RATING: 9.9 out of 10

If you’re interested in a lightweight upright bagged vacuum cleaner, the Hoover Platinum Collection may be just the right kind of product for you. We selected it as the best all-around bagged vacuum cleaner on the market, because it combines a sleek design with a powerful 12-amp motor and direct air-flow technology for efficient and fast results. Even though it might not be the lightest unit on our list, lots of reviewers were very pleased with how easy it is to maneuver and transport this vacuum cleaner.

The Hoover Platinum Collection features the WindTunnel® Technology that makes it easy to remove embedded dirt and minimizes scatter on the carpet. Thanks to its intuitive power controls, this vacuum cleaner is very easy to handle. The power button, for example, is located on the handle, so it’s at your fingertips the whole time. Because it is a very portable and relatively lightweight appliance at just 11 lbs., this vacuum is suitable for floor to ceiling cleaning. Besides featuring a canister that you can use to clean above floor, the Hoover Platinum Collection vacuum cleaner also comes with HEPA bags, which trap 99.97 of dust and pollen. The self-sealing bag has received positive reviews for being able to prevent dirt puffs from escaping in the areas you have already cleaned. Finally, the vacuum cleaner comes with a selection of attachments that include a dusting brush, crevice tool, and a telescoping wand so you can clean easily, even in hard-to-reach areas.

PROS:
  • Powerful suction on carpets
  • Auto height adjustment
  • Multiple attachments included for easy cleaning

CONS:
  • Not quite as good on high pile carpet

Features
  • Type: upright
  • Power: 5.2 A
  • Cord: 35 ft
  • Weight: 10.5 lbs
  • Warranty: lifetime for vacuum belt, 5-year motor

Extra features: hospital-grade HEPA filtration, quiet and deep cleaning modes

OVERALL RATING: 9.7 out of 10

The patented Soniclean technology is one of the main reasons we chose the Soniclean Upright vacuum cleaner as the best upright vacuum. Claiming to offer more power and better cleaning than many of the other models available on the market, this appliance has received lots of positive reviews from users who tested it on both carpets and hardwood floors. The vacuum cleaner is one of the best choices out there if you have lots of carpeting in your home because it uses a sonic cleaning bar that vibrates your carpet gently, working in a similar way to an electric toothbrush.

This patented sonic bar delivers up to 200 vibrations per second, so it can knock loose dirt effortlessly from any type of carpet. Couple this with the automatic height adjustment to tackle different carpet heights and you get a perfect tool for cleaning all kinds of carpets in a home. The three-position power switch makes it easy to activate the sonic feature and control its levels.

Featuring a HEPA filter bag, this vacuum cleaner is a good option for those with asthma and allergies. Moreover, the high-efficiency filtering system of the vacuum cleaner captures the finest dust and dirt particles. The filtration system is completely sealed to prevent the fine particles from being released in the air. You can also attach a fragrance pod to the Soniclean vacuum cleaner to send out a light refreshing scent into the air when you vacuum.

PROS:
  • Lightweight
  • Sonic bar to eliminate stubborn dirt
  • Energy-efficient

CONS:
  • Works better on carpets than hardwood floor

Features
  • Type: canister
  • Power: 10 A
  • Cord: 20 ft
  • Weight: 9.3 lbs
  • Warranty: 1-year limited

Extra features: automatic cord rewind, extension wand included

OVERALL RATING: 9.6 out of 10

Sometimes you may want a dash of style in your appliances, besides functionality, and the Dirt Devil Tattoo SD30040BB is the right vacuum cleaner for that situation. Available in a variety of colors such as crimson, purple, black, and bronze, this vacuum is tattooed with fun designs, hence its name. Ideal for small apartments and dorm rooms, the Dirt Devil weighs just 9.3 lbs. and comes with all the functions you would expect from a pricier model, including automatic cord rewind, an extension wand, crevice tool, and dusting brush.

Even though the 10-amps motor of the Dirt Devil may not sound like much, users raved about what a good job the vacuum cleaner does at cleaning both carpets and wooden floors. The vacuum cleaner has a telescopic metal wand that makes it very easy to clean even hard-to-reach areas and comes with a hard-floor straight suction dry nozzle brush for extra versatility.

The 20-foot power cord of the Dirt Devil makes it easy to clean the entire apartment without unplugging, while the automatic cord rewind feature means that you can tap to rewind in just a couple of seconds. Users often mention that this is a great all-around portable vacuum that is easy to pick-up, and does its job well on all types of floors, thanks to its different levels of suction.

PROS:
  • Lightweight yet powerful
  • Cool design
  • Inexpensive

CONS:
  • Attachments may be a bit fiddly

Features
  • Type: canister
  • Power: 10 A
  • Cord: 17 ft
  • Weight: 12.5 lbs
  • Warranty: 1-year limited

Extra features: automatic cord rewind, variable suction control, full bag indicator

OVERALL RATING: 9.4 out of 10

Our budget pick is a small, yet reliable model, the Bissel Zing. This very affordable vacuum is ideal for floor care on a budget and offers a lot of power and a good size dust-bin for the price. Even though the vacuum cleaner doesn’t pack impressive energy label performance ratings, it’s a light and maneuverable model with washable filters and a retracting cable.

The 10-amps motor fires this little vacuum cleaner and makes it a bit loud, but it also allows you to eliminate tough dirt and dust from both carpets and hard floors. The motor gives a fairly high airflow and plenty of suction. The cable is only 17 ft long, which means you may need to unplug it from time to time when cleaning if you have a larger home. The tools supplied with the Bissel Zing are not quite suitable for cleaning stairs or pet hair, but they do an excellent job on plane surfaces.

The full bag indicator lets you know when it is time to clean the bag, and users often mentioned that it is easy to remove or replace the bag. The Bissel Zing is an excellent choice for those who are not keen on an upright model and are also on a budget.

PROS:
  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to clean

CONS:
  • Limited cleaning reach
  • Poor pet hair cleaning

Features
  • Type: upright
  • Power: 12 A
  • Cord: 35 ft
  • Weight: 15.2 lbs
  • Warranty: 1-year commercial, 2-year motor

Extra features: patented WindTunnel technology, non-marking furniture guard

OVERALL RATING: 9.2 out of 10

A suitable choice for those who want commercial-grade cleaning for both carpets and hardwood floors, the Hoover Commercial WindTunnel is a bagged upright vacuum cleaner with advanced dirt removal and suction capabilities. Featuring a five-position carpet height adjustment, this appliance can tackle various carpet heights effortlessly. The baseboard-cleaning bristles make it easy to reach just about everywhere with less strain, while the extreme recline handle means that you can clean up easily under beds, chairs, and tables.

Because this vacuum cleaner is designed with commercial use in mind, it has commercial-quality urethane wheels, which provide a good amount of traction for advanced maneuverability. Moreover, the non-marking furniture guard reduces the possibility of nicks and scratches on walls and baseboards. The Hoover Commercial WindTunnel comes with a self-propelled secondary filter, which means extra quality of air. HEPA filtration is available for allergy and asthma sufferers.

The accessories include a 12-inch wand, an 11-inch long-reach crevice tool, and a brush for dusting and upholstery. Users rave about the reliability of this upright vacuum cleaner, mentioning how easy it is to maneuver, despite its 15.2 lbs weight. They also mention that the appliance does a very good job at handling pet hair, and praise the multi-floor height adjustment that makes the vacuum highly versatile.

PROS:
  • Commercial-grade cleaning
  • Easy to handle
  • Multi-floor height adjustment

CONS:
  • A bit heavy

Features
  • Type: upright
  • Power: not specified
  • Cord: 35 ft
  • Weight: 8.2 lbs
  • Warranty: 1-year limited

Extra features: Helping Hand handle – received Ease of Use Commendation from Arthritis Foundation

OVERALL RATING: 9.0 out of 10

This vacuum cleaner has received Ease of Use Commendation from Arthritis Foundation, which means that it is very easy to use by just about everyone. Suitable for use on all surfaces including carpet, laminate, wood, and tile without any manual height adjustment. On top of that, it’s very lightweight at only 8.2 lbs., which makes it even more suitable for people with arthritis and mobility issues.

Even though it doesn’t have any option to adjust for a hard floor, medium-pile or low-pile carpet, it still does a good job on all these surfaces, according to numerous users. This vacuum cleaner doesn’t have an accessory hose, which may make cleaning stairs rather problematic. It also does a better job at cleaning carpets than bare floors, but overall, you can use it for all kinds of surfaces. Its low profile helps users reach deeper under the furniture, though. The side brushes improve edge cleaning, and the hand controls offer easy access.

Users rave about what good job this vacuum clean does when it comes to removing pet hair, despite not being specifically marketed as a pet vacuum. Another benefit of the Oreck Commercial XL is that there are no filters to clean up, as all you have to do is change the bag once it’s full.

PROS:
  • Lightweight
  • Long cord
  • Suitable for arthritis sufferers

CONS:
  • No auto cord rewind
  • Not suitable for stairs

Features
  • Type: canister
  • Power: 12 A
  • Cord: 28 ft
  • Weight: 22.6 lbs
  • Warranty: 1-year limited

Extra features: 2-motor system, Pet PowerMate attachment for pet hair

OVERALL RATING: 9.0 out of 10

This canister vacuum cleaner has a very convenient onboard tool storage that lets you switch attachments quickly, and received lots of praises from users for the ability to remove pet hair from carpets and upholstery. The Pet PowerMate attachment for pet hair removes both short and long hairs, but the appliance doesn’t do such an extraordinary job on hardwood floors. However, it’s still a great choice for those who are in a never-ending fight with pet hair on their carpets.

The long 28-ft cord of this vacuum cleaner is ideal if you have a large space to clean and don’t want to keep plugging in and unplugging the appliance as you go about your cleaning. The automatic cord rewind means that the cord will automatically recoil for easy storage. Because the power switch is on the wand, you can access it quickly, and the wand is detachable for extended reach when cleaning above the floor.

The vacuum cleaner is compatible with HEPA bags, so you can get rid of common allergens. Users have repeatedly mentioned that the vacuum is lightweight and easy to maneuver, as well as easy to store tidily, thanks to the built-in storage system for the accessories.

PROS:
  • Long cord
  • High reachability
  • Onboard tool storage

CONS:
  • Noisy
  • Not great on hardwood floors

Features
  • Type: upright
  • Power: 12 A
  • Cord: 30 ft
  • Weight: 15 lbs
  • Warranty: 2-year limited

Extra features: P.A.W.S Pet Approved Windtunnel system, Clean-Drop bag system

OVERALL RATING: 8.9 out of 10

Weighing only 15 lbs., the Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Pet is our choice for the best bagged vacuum for pet hair. This lightweight and easy to use bagged vacuum cleaner comes with a five-position carpet height adjustment to clean all types of floors efficiently. The Activated Carbon HEPA media not only limits the allergens in your home, but also helps to reduce pet odors. This vacuum cleaner uses the Clean-Drop bag system, which allows you to dispose of a full bag without having to touch it.

This vacuum cleaner has two dedicated pet tools: the air-powered pet hand tool and a pet upholstery tool. Other accessories include an extension wand and crevice tool, making this appliance a complete machine for cleaning every corner of the house. The illuminating headlight makes it very easy to spot dust and dirt that are easy to miss, as well as pet hair that is hidden in dim-lighted areas.

Many users raved about the abilities of this vacuum cleaner when it came to pet hair, saying that it did a better job than any bagless model. Other users liked the small motorized attachment for the hair on stairs and furniture, whereas others praised how lightweight the appliance feels despite its bulky look.

PROS:
  • HEPA filtration
  • Perfect for households with pets
  • Extended warranty

CONS:
  • No swiveling head

Features
  • Type: canister
  • Power: 10 A
  • Cord: 21 ft
  • Weight: 10.2 lbs
  • Warranty: 1-year main unit, 7-year motor and case

Extra features: 6 stage variable speed/suction, 360-degree swivel heads, Miele AirClean filter system for maximum filtration

OVERALL RATING: 8.8 out of 10

A recognizable name in the world of household appliances, Miele has been testing its vacuum cleaners for up to 20 years of use, and unlike other manufacturers, they offer up to seven years of warranty for the motor and case. The Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction Canister Vacuum is no exception. This vacuum received glorious reviews for its performance on bare floors (not so much on area rugs, but still, you’ll get a decent performance on low-pile carpets). The level of suction has also received good reviews, with users mentioning how good it is for a vacuum of this size.

This compact vacuum cleaner is very easy to store and lightweight, so it can be used by just about anyone. It comes with automatic power cord rewind and suction controls, and many users have mentioned that it’s a quiet model. The accessories included with the Miele vacuum are an AllTeQ Combination Floor Tool, on-board clip for tools, dusting brush, crevice tool, and upholstery tool.

The variable suction settings are easy to control thanks to the rotary dial located on the canister dial, and offer lots of versatility, with options including curtains and lightweight fabrics, thick pile carpets, upholstery and cushions, and hard flooring.

PROS:
  • Good performance on bare floors
  • Good suction for its size
  • Lightweight

CONS:
  • Not great on area rugs
  • Small

Features
  • Type: upright
  • Power: 12 A
  • Cord: 24 ft
  • Weight: 20 lbs
  • Warranty: 1-year limited

Extra features: automatic headlight, air turbine for pet hair removal, automatic carpet height adjustment

OVERALL RATING: 8.6 out of 10

Featuring a powerful 12-amp motor, the Panasonic MC-UG471 performs great on Berber and shag carpets, but is also a suitable choice for hardwood floors. This vacuum cleaner offers all-round cleaning thanks to the variety of quick draw tools on board. Besides doing a great job at removing dust and debris from high-pile rugs thanks to the automatic carpet height adjustment, the Panasonic MC-UG471 also features an air turbine for pet hair removal.

The vacuum cleaner features a side holster for all the accessories, so you have immediate access to them. Accessories include a dusting brush, stretch hose, wand, and crevice tool. Thanks to the 12.5-ft. attachment, you can clean thoroughly around the house, even in spots that would be otherwise hard to reach. Moreover, the 5-inch wide nozzle with automatic height adjustment means that you can clean large surfaces quicker.

The Panasonic MC-UG471 comes with a HEPA filter that captures all types of small particles, including dusts, pollutants, allergens and irritants. Users often mentioned the convenience of having a single-touch cord rewind mechanism that gets the vacuum cleaner ready for storage in seconds.

PROS:
  • Great for pet hair
  • Powerful suction
  • Quiet motor

CONS:
  • Not great on hardwood floors

Buying Guide

Upright, canister, bagged and bagless – vacuum cleaners come in all sizes and shapes, and this can be truly overwhelming when buying one. If you have decided to go for a bagged vacuum cleaner, this guide with help you discover what features to consider when choosing a bagged vacuum together with the advantages of using this kind of appliance.

Advantages of a bagged vacuum cleaner

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Many users choose to go for a bagged vacuum cleaner because they don’t want to deal with the fuss of owning a bagless model that requires lots of maintenance, but there are several other advantages to these appliances as well. First, bagged vacuum cleaners are a more hygienic option than their bagless counterparts, not just because all the dust and dirt is contained securely in a bag, but also because all possible allergens are kept inside, and you’re not exposed to them every time you empty a container. For this reason, bagged vacuum cleaners are the recommended type of vacuum cleaner for allergy sufferers. Many of them come with HEPA filters that help to trap allergens and remove more dust and pollen from the air. Finally, as mentioned above, bagged vacuums require less maintenance as the filter is built directly into the bag, so you don’t have to clean it.

Features to consider when choosing a bagged vacuum

From motor power to cord length and filters, there are multiple features to consider when choosing a bagged vacuum. Below you will find a quick overview of the most important of them so you can make an informed choice.

Motor power

The power of the motor is partially responsible for suction power, but it’s also an essential feature to consider for energy consumption.
However, you should keep in mind that suction power is not always a direct result of motor power, which means that you can get a low-motor power model with strong suction, while enjoying the benefits of lower energy consumption. For example, the Dirt Devil Tattoo SD30040BB only has a 10-amps motor, but users rave about its suction power.

Type of vacuum

The two main types of bagged vacuum cleaners are canister and upright models. Both of them have their advantages, with canister models being easier to store due to their small dimensions, and upright models being easy to handle. The choice depends on your preferences, but keep in mind that canister models may often be more powerful than upright ones offering a better flow-rate and suction, which makes them ideal for bare floors.

Bag

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The type of bags used by bagged vacuum cleaners varies from one model to another, so it’s important to consider how easy it is to find replacement bags and how much they cost. Other things to look into include how often the bag needs to be changed (usually months) and their quality. Not all bags have anti-allergen properties, so if this aspect is important to you, make sure the model you choose uses HEPA bags.

Cord length

Cord length can really make a difference when it comes to the maneuverability of a vacuum cleaner.

Running out of cord when you are vacuuming is truly frustrating, so you should look for a model with a long cord, preferably over 20 feet.
If your home is on the larger side, look for a vacuum with a cord of up to 35 feet, like the Hoover Commercial WindTunnel, for example.

Reach ability

When you clean your house, you may need to reach into more difficult places, so the wand and hose length is essential. A vacuum cleaner with a greater reach means that you don’t have to bend as much, eliminating the risk of getting back pain from cleaning. Assess how flexible the vacuum is so you can determine whether it can reach in small corners and under the furniture.

Anti-allergen filters

These filters prevent allergens and fine dust particles from escaping back into the room when the vacuum cleaner is in use. Most of them retain more than 99 percent of small dust particles.

If you want the best filtration available, opt for a vacuum cleaner with HEPA filtration, as these filters can capture at least 99.97% of particulates 0.3 microns or larger, and can remove more pollen than any other models.
Our best all-around choice, the Hoover Platinum Collection, comes complete with HEPA filters.

Weight

Ranging from as little as 4 lbs. to over 20 lbs., the weight of a vacuum cleaner is important because it determines how easy you can move the appliance around. If you need to carry the vacuum cleaner around a lot, for instance up and down the stairs, a lighter model such as the Bissel Zing could be the perfect choice for you.

What you need it for

From carpets and upholstery to hardwood floors and pet hair, there are numerous reasons for which you may need a vacuum cleaner. Even though everyone uses a vacuum cleaner in more than one way, it’s important to consider any special needs you may have – such as pet hair, a need to clean in hard-to-reach spaces, or high-pile carpets – so you can find a model that is suitable for your needs.

Power cord

Many of the models available on the market have a retractable power cord that rewinds automatically when you’re done cleaning. Consider how easy it is to rewind the cord and what length you need to cover the entire house without unplugging.

Warranty

Most bagged vacuum cleaners have a one or two-year limited warranty, but others such as the Hoover Commercial WindTunnel have a one-year commercial warranty and a two-year warranty for the motor. The Miele Compact C1 has the longest warranty, with 7 years on the motor and case.

FAQ

To change the bag of your vacuum cleaner, you first need to find out what kind of bag your appliance uses. This information is available in the user’s manual, but keep in mind that multiple models may be available for a single vacuum cleaner. To change a disposable bag, open the vacuum chamber, determine how full the bag is, remove it, and dispose of it. If your appliance uses bags that are reusable, follow the same process, but dump the contents of the bag in the bin, and wipe out the chamber of the vacuum cleaner with a cloth before replacing the bag.

If you feel like you’re drowning in pet hair, you may want a vacuum cleaner that can solve this problem for you. However, you should keep in mind that pet vacuums don’t differ much from normal vacuums, but they offer features such as a beater brush that can get fur from upholstery and carpets, and they may also come with better-quality filters.

This would vary from one model to another, but as a rule of thumb, bagless vacuum cleaners are much noisier than bagged types. If noise is an issue for you, find out the noise level expressed in decibels (dB) before deciding on a model.

Replacing the belt of a vacuum cleaner is not that difficult a process, but you need to keep in mind that you need the exact type of belt for your model to replace it successfully. Once you have a new belt, remove the bottom plate of your vacuum, pull the old belt out, install the new one making sure the fit is snug, but not too tight, and reattach the bottom plate before testing to see if the belt starts spinning.

Again, this depends on the model, but generally the power suction should be about the same in upright models and canister vacuums. Besides the motor power, your type of floors and carpets may influence suction power.

Our Verdict

After we tested dozens of bagged vacuum cleaners, we stopped at the ten best models and included them in our comparison table and reviews above. Our top-pick as the best all-around appliance was the Hoover Platinum Collection vacuum because it offers a great mix of power and versatility at a good price, and you get the best of both worlds with the upright and canister combo. However, if you’re more interested in a vacuum cleaner that comes with hospital-grade HEPA filtration to cater to the needs of the allergy-sufferers in your household, the Soniclean Upright vacuum is the vacuum for you. This vacuum cleaner is also one of the best choices around for deep cleaning of carpets of any type. Finally, if a canister vacuum cleaner is more suitable for you instead of an upright model, the Dirt Devil Tattoo SD30040BB is an excellent choice. No matter what type of bagged vacuum cleaner you’re looking for, you should always keep in mind essential specifications such as motor power, length of cord, HEPA filters, and more, to be sure the appliance you buy is the best for your home.

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