Upright Vacuum Cleaner Review

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Why Buy Upright Vacuum Cleaners?

Your floors collect dirt that gets pressed deep into carpet fibers, causing visible deterioration in high-traffic areas. Unseen bacteria, dust mites and other microbes also build up, which can produce odors and aggravate allergies. Upright vacuum cleaners are an efficient and practical tool for keeping your floors clean and your air fresh. A good vacuum cleaner will have a sealed system and high-quality filtration system that retains dust particles instead of blowing them back into your home. Some vacuums also let you turn off the roller brush so you can clean hardwood floors without scratching them. What matters most is how much dirt and dust a vacuum can pick up. We compared the best upright vacuum cleaners and evaluated their performance. Our top three picks are the Miele S 7580 Premium Class, Riccar Deluxe Brilliance and the Sebo Automatic X. To learn more about keeping your floors clean, you can read our articles on upright vacuum cleaners.

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Upright Vacuum Cleaners: What to Look For

When choosing an upright vacuum cleaner for your home, you need one that will fit your home and lifestyle. If you have pets, look for a cleaner with hair removing tools. If you suffer from allergies or respiratory illness, then choose a machine with True HEPA filtration. Other factors, such as the size or weight of a vacuum, may also sway your decision, which is why we based our rankings on multiple criteria.

Cleaning Performance
Power, agitation, filtration and sealed compartments are all necessary components of an effective upright cleaner. Imagine a vacuum with powerful suction that does not have a rubber lining to seal each compartment. The vacuum will remove dirt initially, but dust will seep through its seams, exposing you and your family to allergens.

A sealed system with a quality HEPA filter can prevent this. Be aware that there are different kinds of HEPA filters, and some provide better filtration than others. Certified HEPA filters are called True or Absolute HEPA filters and these will trap all but the most microscopic particles. Unfortunately, some manufacturers claim to use True HEPA filters but do not disclose the particle limitations. Watch out for false advertising claims, and look for both filter types and particle size specifications.

Bagged cleaners provide better filtration and capture more particulate matter than bagless cleaners can. If you suffer from allergies, bags work better because of the extra layers of filtration, and you are not exposed to the dirt when you empty the container. You might still prefer a bagless vacuum since you do not need replacement bags, but just be aware of the potential drawbacks.

Look for a vacuum cleaner with suction control settings and a roller brush on-off switch. These are important features when you clean flat surfaces like tile or hardwood. If you have powerful suction and a fast-spinning roller brush, the machine scatters debris instead of capturing it. A low suction setting also comes in handy for removing dust from curtains. In addition, if you have expensive or delicate rugs, you will not want roller brushes thrashing your favorite silk frieze carpeting.

Design
Consider the weight of the machine if you have to carry it up and down stairs. If you have a large home, be sure to factor in the length of the power cord if you do not want to make frequent stops to change electrical outlets. The best vacuum cleaners have flat-to-floor profiles with reclining handles that allow you to reach under low furniture such and beds and coffee tables.

When choosing a machine, look for a vacuum cleaner with an automatic shut-off. This will turn the cleaner off if you run over an object such as a toy or a shoelace. Make sure it is also equipped with a thermal protection shut-off. This means if there is a clog or if the bag is full, the machine will turn off. This will ensure the long life of your vacuum cleaner's motor.

Accessories
The best vacuum cleaners have built-in holders for cleaning tools so you can access them easily while you are cleaning. If you have stairs, look for a cleaner with an extra-long hose and wand. Pet owners should look for a machine with specific hair removing attachments for separating clingy pet hair from furniture.

Help & Support
Warranties are critical when you're choosing a vacuum cleaner. You will find a direct correlation between warranty coverage and the quality of your machine. Be aware that many warranties only cover the motor but not parts and labor. Make sure the company has service centers near your home, so you do not have to ship your cleaner for repair. Shipping costs on a vacuum cleaner are expensive.

Upright vacuum cleaners are easy to use, and if you choose the right one, it will keep your floors clean for years to come. Everyone has different cleaning needs, and we will help you find a machine that matches yours. With today's upright vacuum cleaners, there is something for everyone. 

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10-9  Excellent
8-6    Good
5-4    Average
3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
Miele S 7580 Premium Class Riccar Deluxe Brilliance Sebo Automatic X Oreck Touch Sebo Felix 2 Premium Hoover Air Pro Bagless Upright Hoover Anniversary WindTunnel Hoover Platinum Collection Sebo Felix 4 Kombi Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away Vacuum
Miele S 7580 Premium Class Riccar Deluxe Brilliance Sebo Automatic  X Oreck Touch Sebo Felix 2 Premium Hoover Air Pro Bagless Upright Hoover Anniversary WindTunnel Hoover Platinum Collection Sebo Felix 4 Kombi Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away Vacuum
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Cleaning Performance
Motor Power (Amps) 12 11 12 7.4 12 11 12 11 10 12
Suction Control Settings 6 Variable 1 1 Variable 3 6 2 Variable Variable
Filter Type True HEPA True HEPA S-Class HEPA S-Class True HEPA True HEPA True HEPA S-Class True HEPA
Sealed System
   
Bagged
 
 
Height Adjustment
 
Roller Brush On/Off Switch
 
Quick Release Roller Brush   
 
   
 
Design
Low Profile
 
 
Auto Shut Off
Onboard Attachment Housing
  
Headlight
 
  
 
Carry Handle
  
Weight (pounds) 21 20 16.9 16.8 15.4 15.6 23.5 11 15.4 15.5
Power Cord (feet) 39 32 40 30 40 30 29 35 35 25
Cleaning Path (inches) 12 13 14 9.5 15 14.4 15 14 14 13
Accessories
Hose Length (feet) 12 8 6 11 9 12 7 7 6 11
Upholstery Tool
 
 
 
Dusting Brush
 
Crevice Tool
Wand
 
 
Help & Support
Warranty (years) 7 5 5 5 5 5 3 6 5 5
Email
 
Phone
 
Service Centers
 
Video Tutorials