When it comes to high-quality vacuum cleaners, the higher price you pay should be reflected in their performance and their longevity. The lifespan of such a vacuum is an important consideration given that you’ll be spending double or triple the money that a budget vacuum would cost. Moreover, the high-quality vacuum market is a crowded one, so making the right choice takes research.

You should take into consideration the type of flooring you have, the layout of your home (especially important if you are choosing a robot vacuum cleaner) and whether there are any pets in the house whose hairs and dander might need extra suction power to be removed.

In this article we look at 6 vacuum cleaners that will go the distance to give you the complete lowdown so that your choices get easier.

  • 6-stage speed controls
  • Air cleaned sealed system
  • Powerful 1200-Watt motor
  • 36 ft operating radius
  • 1-year warranty + 7-year warranty for casing

  • Lithium battery
  • LCD display screen
  • 3 suction mode settings
  • 20 percent more suction than V10
  • 5-year limited warranty

  • 20 percent more air power
  • Triple HEPA filtration
  • Infrared sensor for microscopic dust
  • LED headlights
  • 1-year limited warranty

  • DuoClean technology
  • HEPA filter with anti-allergen technology
  • Dual brush roll
  • Noise reduction technology
  • 5-year limited warranty

  • Self-adjusting cleaner head
  • Whole-machine HEPA filtration
  • Push-button canister emptying
  • Roller ball maneuverability
  • 5-year limited warranty

  • Smartphone control
  • Laser Smart navigation
  • Auto Return to Base and Recharge feature
  • Includes coverage maps
  • 2-year warranty


Miele is a German manufacturer of high-quality vacuums that have a strong reputation for reliability and longevity, and this new C3 model is no exception. It has 6 speed stages that are controlled via a foot pedal, so it should be easy to adjust the settings while the vacuum is in use. Moreover, because it’s a Miele, it has a powerful 1200-watt motor that delivers exceptionally high suction power.

It has a 36-foot operating reach to clean even larger rooms, and its air cleaned sealed system with an active carbon air clean filter to banish odors. The model featured is a cat and dog version which comes with a tool called a “Parquet Twister” to provide gentle but effective cleaning of smooth surfaces as well as a mini turbo brush to remove hairs from the furniture. Miele also offers a 1-year limited warranty with an additional 7-year warranty on the casing and attachments.

On the downside, this vacuum is eye wateringly expensive, especially when you consider that it doesn’t even come with a HEPA filter, and weighing in at around 20 lbs, it isn’t going to be the lightest thing you’ve dragged around your house.

Pros

  • Sealed filtration with active carbon
  • Reduces pet odors
  • Comes with many attachments
  • 36 ft operating reach
  • 6 speed settings

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • No HEPA filters
  • Weighs almost 20 lbs

Dyson has been a highly rated name in the vacuum cleaner industry for decades now and is a company with a reputation for innovation. This V11 model offers 20 percent more suction power and weighs roughly the same as its predecessor, and the LCD addition in this version means that you get to see the performance and battery life as you work.

This Torque Drive V11 has 3 power settings that range from eco-mode, auto-mode, and booster mode for a thorough clean. If you couple that with this model’s Dynamic Load sensing technology, you won’t lose suction on any floor surface. Dyson offers a 5-year limited warranty as standard, so its longevity is never in question. Should anything go wrong, the company will rectify the issue. On the downside, this model will set you back almost $700, which makes it one of the most expensive stick models out there.

Pros

  • 3 power settings
  • 20 percent more suction than the V10
  • Dynamic load sensors
  • LCD

Cons

  • Expensive


This Kenmore Elite is considerably cheaper than the Dyson V11. It combines the power of 3 motors to give you 20 percent more air power than a conventional upright, and the triple HEPA filtration has earned this model certification from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. It also uses an infrared sensor to detect microscopic dust that triggers an LED headlamp alert.

This model also comes with an array of attachments including a telescopic wand and a pet tool to eliminate dander and pet hair. While it lacks the finesse of the Dyson’s auto-height adjusting technology, this Kenmore does have 5 height settings to cater to all types of flooring. On the downside, this vacuum is noisier than others in its class, and at 20 lbs it isn’t light either, so carting it up and down the stairs is going to be a workout.

Pros

  • 5 height settings
  • 3 motors for added power
  • Triple HEPA filtration
  • Infrared sensor detects microscopic dust
  • LED headlamps
  • Great price compared to others in the list

Cons

  • Heavy at 20 lbs
  • Noisy

This Shark model has a unique “Power-Lift” feature that allows the user to remove the canister away from the stick to give you the flexibility to clean under the tightest spots and then clip back together when done.

The motor delivers 1350 watts of power, so there are no issues with the most stubborn stains, and it also benefits from self-cleaning technology that ensures the brush never tangles. Moreover, because this vacuum is a duo-clean variety, both carpets and solid floors will get a thorough clean.

The unique anti-allergen complete seal technology that ensures that pollutants stays trapped in the HEPA filter, making this a good vacuum for allergy sufferers. Shark also offers a generous 5-year limited warranty, so you can buy with confidence knowing that you’ll have 5 years of hassle-free vacuuming.

On the downside, it feels cheaply made. Some of the accessories don’t fit snugly, and the vacuum is prone to overheating, which causes the machine to shut down. In addition, the customer service department can be difficult when comes to returns and replacements.

Pros

  • Powerful motor
  • Sealed HEPA filtration
  • Great for every type of floor surface
  • Power-lift technology
  • Self-cleaning brush roll technology

Cons

  • Prone to overheating
  • Build quality issues
  • Customer service not great

Dyson invented the ball steering device that gives this vacuum incredible maneuverability that allows it to weave its way into the tightest spots and allows you to save bashing the furniture in the process. Dyson claim that this model has the strongest suction of any vacuum, but we are sure this is contested by the other manufacturers out there.

Regardless, it does have a lot of suction power, so as the name suggests animals and pet hairs should be a breeze to clean up. For allergy sufferers, this employs whole-machine HEPA filtration to ensures debris stays trapped in the vacuum rather than contaminating the atmosphere. It also has a self-adjusting cleaner head that keeps an effective suction seal on all types of flooring. In addition, this machine is less expensive than other Dyson models, making it a bargain when compared to other vacuums in the company’s collection. Dyson also offers a standard 5-year limited warranty, which means the company is super-confident that their products will stand the test of time.

On the downside, some have reported that the suction is too strong and makes the vacuum unmaneuverable, and there are cost-cutting issues with the build quality that will leave you feeling like you just spent a lot of money on something that could break on the first time of using.

Pros

  • Cheaper than other Dyson models
  • Great for allergy sufferers
  • Super-strong suction
  • Ball control steering
  • HEPA filtration

Cons

  • Suction might be too strong
  • Build quality issues
  • Feels cheaply made when compared to others in its class

This Botvac is the first robotic vacuum to feature on the list, but these clever devices are becoming more popular with the buying public, especially as the technology keeps evolving. This model has laser mapping skills that read the layout of your room and give the machine a template with which to work.

As the vacuum moves about, it remembers where its been and so should repeat that process the next time you vacuum. It also has programmable settings that enable you to determine when and where it does its cleaning, meaning that while you are out the vacuuming still gets done. The Botvac is equipped with a feature that allows it to make its way to the charging port when the cleaning is done, and it will even send you a report of where it has vacuumed so you know if it’s done a good job. The best bit is that this vacuum is easily controlled via an app downloaded to your smartphone or with a compatible device like Alexa to add voice control functions.

On the downside, because it has to negotiate around and under furniture, you’ll need to make sure that the floor is free from large items that will block its path and free it whenever it  does get stuck (at which point it will start beeping). In addition, it won’t reach those awkward spots, so you may find that you need a conventional vacuum to compensate for its shortcomings.

Pros

  • Does all the hard work for you
  • Laser maps your room
  • Returns to its port to charge
  • App control on smartphone
  • Links to Alexa for voice control

Cons

  • Gets stuck a lot
  • Constantly beeps at you
  • Can’t reach awkward spots

Comparison Chart

ModelDyson V11 AnimalKenmore Elite Pet FriendlyShark Apex Duo-Clean
Upright | CanisterUprightUpright Upright
Bagged | BaglessBagless Bagged Bagless
Brush RollYes Yes Yes
Corded | BatteryBattery Corded | 35 ftCorded | 30 ft
Retractable CordN/A No No
Hose NoYes | 10 ftYes | 10 ft
Weight13.7 lbs20 lbs25 lbs
HEPA FilterYes Yes Yes
Price $$$$$$$
ModelDyson Ball Animal 2Miele C3 CompleteNeato Botvac D5
Upright | CanisterUpright Canister Robot
Bagged | BaglessBagless Bagged Bagless
Brush RollYes Yes Yes
Corded | BatteryYes | 35 ftCorded | 22 ftBattery
Retractable CordNo Yes No
Hose Yes | 4 ftYes | 10 ftNo
Weight17.35 lbs19.4 lbs7.5 lbs
HEPA FilterYes No No
Price $$$$$$$$$$

Buyer’s Guide:

Long Lasting Vacuums

Most budget vacuum cleaners are generally expected to last for around 2 to 3 years, but remember that they cost a fraction of the price of some of the vacuums on this list. Accordingly, you would rightly expect your high-quality vacuum to last up to 4 times longer if you want to get your money’s worth. You’d probably be pretty unhappy spending $500 on something that only lasts 2 years, so you’d rightfully expect that extra longevity to justify the added cost of buying one.

The best quality vacuum cleaners are usually made by the likes of Dyson, Shark, Miele, and Kenmore, all of which appear in this review. Many report that Miele is the pinnacle of vacuum cleaner design and build, with powerful motors and a high attention to detail. You pay for all that German engineering, however, with some of the newer models retailing at 3 times the price of other vacuum cleaners.

Those who might benefit most are those with a larger home that needs a more robust vacuum or have pets that shed hair. Most of the more expensive models, like the Dyson V11 Torque Drive, have impressive suction power that boasts a 20 percent increase in performance when compared to the V10, a model which was no slouch when it came to suction power.

The type of flooring also dictates your vacuuming frequency, especially if you have deeper pile rugs and flooring, where the debris collects deep into the carpet weave.

PROS:
  • Better reliability – Buying a quality machine ensures that it will give you hassle-free cleaning for many years.
  • Better warranty – Because the quality of the vacuum cleaner is better than a budget model, it typically come with an enhanced warranty that give you peace of mind.
  • Better performance – Many high end vacuums have greater suction power, powerful motors, and greater airflow to enhance their performance.
CONS:
  • The cost – When you consider that some of these products cost a lot of money, many can’t justify that kind of amount to spend on a vacuum.
  • Significant repair costs – Because of the high specifications of these vacuum cleaners, the cost of repair is higher if something goes wrong when you are outside the warranty period.
  • Ongoing maintenance – Investing all that money in a high-quality vacuum is one thing, but you need to make sure that you maintain it to keep it running at its maximum level.

Quality Vacuum Cleaners

Pros

  • Better reliability
  • Better performance
  • Better warranty

Cons

  • The cost
  • High cost of repair outside the warranty period
  • Ongoing maintenance

  • Does a brush roll damage hardwood flooring?
  • Brush rolls are designed for carpets and rugs, so repeated contact with a hardwood floor could lead to surface damage and scratching. It could also remove a layer of lacquer or wood stain from the surface causing the floor to look patchy and worn. It’s best to look for a vacuum without a brush roll or one that has a brush roll that can be turned on and off.
  • Can I vacuum my mattress with a high-quality vacuum cleaner?
  • With better quality models, vacuuming your mattress is an ideal way to show the suction power of these machines. The Dyson Ball Animal 2 claims to have the strongest suction of any vacuum on the market, so employing an attachment hose and running it along the surface of your mattress and bedding will remove much more than just dust. It is recommended that vacuuming your mattress should be a weekly, or at the very least monthly, task.
  • Which is best: washable filters or replacement ones?
  • It comes down to personal preference and cost: washable filters can be used indefinitely while disposable ones have to be replaced every 3 to 6 months depending on the conditions of your flooring and how often you use the vacuum. Washable filters save you money, but lose efficiency over time, while replacement filters add to your ongoing costs and increase the amount of waste you throw in the trash, but they don’t lose effectiveness as they are continually getting replaced.

Final Thoughts

Spending a large sum of money on a long lasting quality vacuum only makes sense if you do your research and ask friends and family what their experiences have been. Shop around, ask questions, and satisfy yourself that the choice you make is the right one. If you take these steps, then when you commit to your model you’ll feel confident that you’ve made the right choice for years of unhindered vacuuming ahead of you.

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