Most people think the best suction vacuum cleaner would have to be a Dyson. That’s what they are most known for – so it makes sense. More often than not, this generalization is true. I’ve actually found three different best suction vacuum cleaners, each in it’s own sub-category (upright, canister and handheld).
The Dyson DC25 All Floors is the vacuum with the best suction in the upright category. For Dyson to sell so many vacuums at a premium price there has to be some reason, right? Well, in this case it’s the suction. It’s also very easy to maneuver around.
The Eureka 71AV has the best suction in the handheld category. What’s great about this little model is that it is portable and lightweight, besides having great pick-up power. It’s nice for stairs and other hard to reach areas.
The Electrolux EL6985A canister also has superb suction. One thing that’s really attractive about this model is that it is so quiet. It’s also fairly lightweight, so you shouldn’t have a problem dragging it up and down stairs. A lot of people prefer canister models, but it really just depends on your taste.
Overall, I would probably rate the Dyson highest of these 3 models. Other than price, the DC25 has just about everything going for it – including being the vacuum with the best suction.
My Dyson DC31 Animal vacuum review: So, you may be thinking the Dyson DC31 Animal vacuum is priced a bit high for a hand-held model (retails for $270). Is the price justified? Well, the answer is yes and no – in my opinion. For a hand-held, this vacuum cleaner absolutely demolishes the competition. It has superb suction, a great motorized roller brush for picking up pet hair and it just looks cool. It’s also great for couches, cars and other hard to reach areas.
I think the Dyson DC31 Animal vacuum cleaner is best suited for pet owners who have a major pet hair problem. I must say, you won’t find a better small vacuum for sucking fur off couches, etc. However, if your pet’s don’t shed too much (or at all), you’d do better with other cheaper models. You also have to remember that this is a cordless model, and will only give 15 minutes of hard work before it needs recharged.
So, the DC31 Animal could be a life-saver for some pet owners, but it’s definitely not for everyone. I give this vacuum an overall score of 4/5 stars.
Choosing theÂ best vacuum for carpet isn’t a real easy task. There are a lot of great vacuum cleaners out there which do a good job on carpet. I think two brands really stand out from the crowd though: Dyson and Kenmore. Both of these companies are well known for both suction and quality. Below are my top two choices.
The Dyson DC25 Animal is one of my choices in the best vacuum for carpet category. As always, Dyson proves its suction is top notch. This model is especially well suited for pet owners. The beater bar on the DC25 Animal works great at picking up wall the loose pet hair on the carpet. Even if you don’t have pets, you’ll still benefit from the powerful suction on your carpets. I also have to mention – it does great on bare floors as well.
The Kenmore Progressive 36932 is my second choice for the best carpet vacuum. This model is available only at Sears. The Progressive line of vacuums have always been known for their suction, and this model is no exception. The rotating roller brush on the Kenmore Progressive 36932 is what makes this vacuum cleaner so good on carpets. Some owners say it works even better than their Dyson and other top models.
Dyson vs Oreck, which is the better vacuum? In this case we’ll take a look at the Dyson DC14 and the Oreck XL, two of the respective companies’ best selling vacuum cleaners. Both are excellent machines and are priced fairly similarly.
Lets look at the Dyson DC14 first: it weighs 18.5 lbs, has a 35.4 ft cord, it’s bagless, 2 quart dirt canister and has a 5 year warranty. Next lets look at the Oreck XL: it weighs 8 lbs, 25 ft cord, it’s a bagged vacuum, 8 quart bag and a 10 year housing warranty.
So who wins this Dyson vs Oreck competition? Out of these two models, I would have to go with the Dyson for a few reasons. The Oreck’s suction is amazing, however I think the Dyson has a slight edge because it is so close to the floor and you can raise the head up and down. Both vacuums do great on bare floors and carpet, however the Dyson has some extra tools on board which gives it the advantage again. Both machines are made of plastic, however the Dyson DC14 seems to be built a little better. Also, it just looks cooler than the Oreck XL.
Now, don’t think I’m just hammering on the Oreck. I think it does have some great qualities not available on the Dyson. I’ll just point out a few: you don’t have to change the bag as often as you have to empty the canister, it’s much lighter, it’s more energy efficient and it’s built in the USA (if that matters to you). Again, I would still choose the Dyson DC14 over the Oreck XL for the reasons mentioned above.
A Dyson DC24 vacuum review states: “The Dyson DC24 vacuum cleaner is one of those gadgets you just can’t wait to play with, even though it’s used for menial work. It just looks really cool. But good looks aren’t everything. Luckily, it has the best suction of any machine I’ve ever owned. The spinner works great on carpets, and you can turn it off for hard floors. I also love how light this vacuum is, I think around 11 lbs. I can carry it around with no problems.
Probably my biggest complaint is that it’s so loud. It’s almost ear plug worthy. Also, the containter gets full pretty fast if you have a bigger home. It works just fine for smaller houses though. However, these are minor issues for how well the Dyson DC24 vacuum performs. You’ll be amazed when you try it out yourself.”
A user’s Dyson DC21 Stowaway canister vacuum cleaner review says: “The Dyson DC21 Stowaway canister vacuum cleaner didn’t get top ratings from the experts, so I wasn’t quite about getting this machine at first. Long story short, I did end up getting it and was very happy with it from the first time I used it. There are a few things I love about this vacuum – it’s got a great 5 year warranty, the suction is great, the extras it comes with are very useful, it’s very quiet, the canister is easy to drag around, no bags/filters/belts to buy & as the name suggests, it is stores easily in a small area.
Of course, there are some negatives to this vacuum as well. First off, it’s pretty expensive – like most Dyson’s tend to be. Also, there is no headlight to see where you are cleaning. Some parts of the house are pretty dark, and my other vacuum was better for those areas. Lastly, the dirt bin is pretty small. It needs emptied out pretty often if you run through your whole house. These negatives still aren’t a deal breaker in my opinion. In fact, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy another Dyson DC21 Stowaway canister vacuum cleaner after this one has it’s run.”
A user’s Dyson DC07 All-Floors upright vacuum cleaner review says: “The Dyson DC07 All-Floors upright vacuum cleaner sucks up everything in sight. It’s the best suction I’ve had on any vacuum I’ve owned. Of course, the design is very sleek and sexy. It works great on all types of flooring, from carpeting to wood and tile. Also worth mentioning is how easy to clean the dirt canister is. I love not having bags to deal with.
There are a few things that this vacuum could use improving on though. The first thing is it’s tendency to suck up area rugs. You’d be best off just shaking these off outside instead of trying to vacuum them clean. Also, all the accessories should be included with the Dyson DC07 All-Floors upright vacuum cleaner, not sold off separately. I recommend it highly anyway.”
A user reviews the Dyson DC16 Root 6 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner: “The Dyson DC16 Root 6 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner is a great vacuum. It fills the niche that I was hoping it would fill perfectly: I want to vacuum something small or far away from an outlet, and I don’t feel like fetching and plugging in the upright. Suction is great, the tools are great, the canister is great, etc. 5 out of 5 stars for the vacuum.
The battery life is ridiculous. I got 5 minutes of hard vacuuming. The way the charger is designed, it wouldn’t even be that easy to keep a spare battery, because the actual charging contacts are on the handheld itself. Come on, Dyson, lithium batteries aren’t even that heavy! You could have doubled the power of the Dyson DC16 Root 6 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner with no problem. You could have designed a backup charger like all the cordless power tools have. 0 out of 5 stars for battery/charger design.”
A user reviews the Dyson DC18 Slim All-Floors Cyclone Upright Vacuum Cleaner: “The Dyson DC18 Slim All-Floors Cyclone Upright Vacuum Cleaner container does fill up after 2 rooms. Yet, the biggest drawback that I experienced is that it feels heavy to push. You can’t set the height and the wheels in the brush head are very small and low to the ground. Thus, the vacuum brush head must produces a lot of drag/friction on the carpet surface. Th result is that on average height carpet, I had to put a lot of effort to push and pull the vacuum. My 2 older vacuums are much easier on my back and muscles to push despite being 3-5 lbs heavier. Another issue to be aware is that the brush head housing is made of thin lightweight plastic that is easy to damage. During my first use I accidentally got too close to the blind cord and the little plastic pull cord stopper was sucked up. It was easy to remove but that small plastic part put a major cut/dent in the bottom of the brush plate/cover. Overall, the Dyson DC18 Slim All-Floors Cyclone Upright Vacuum Cleaner cleans very well as per the other reviews.”
A user reviews the Dyson DC24 Ball All-Floors Upright Vacuum Cleaner: “The Dyson DC24 Ball All-Floors Upright Vacuum Cleaner works great, suction is fantastic. It’s perfect for an apartment or someone who wishes a lightweight easy-to-use vacuum. The hose system leaves something to be desired. It is cumbersome and somewhat difficult to utilize. One has to pull out the handle, reverse it, and attach the short hose to it. It’s not as simple as the other models. Also, the cord is short and it the only accessory that comes with it is the brush. The Dyson DC24 Ball All-Floors Upright Vacuum Cleaner has no extension or crevice tool. As I said earlier, this is a great vacuum for an apartment or for someone that wants something lighweight.”
A user reviews the Dyson DC15 Animal Cyclone Upright Vacuum Cleaner: “The Dyson DC15 Animal Cyclone Upright Vacuum Cleaner is awesome. I vacuumed the same carpet that I had just done with the brand new Hoover Wind Tunnel and was amazed at the amount of dirt that the Dyson was able to extract. It has great manueverability and does turn at the twist of the wrist. It does take a little effort, so I imaging it would be fatiguing if you had to make a lot of repetitive turns. I was very concerrned about how much effort the vacuum would take to push because we are used to a self propelled vacuum. No worries there, the Dyson helps “pull” itself forward and is not difficult on the return. The major drawback that I found with the Dyson DC15 Animal Cyclone Upright Vacuum Cleaner is that it really has limited reach using the attachements. Most of the pricer uprights come with an extended reach hose, but the dyson does not. Not only that, a longer hose is not even available as an accessory. If not for that, I would have given it a five. I definitely recommend it.”
A user reviews the Dyson DC25 Ball All-Floors Upright Vacuum Cleaner: “The Dyson DC25 Ball All-Floors Upright Vacuum Cleaner works spectacular, and just snapped together out of the box. The first time you use it you’ll see that so much thought went into the design specifcially for functionality. It’s pretty and modern, but more importantly, it’s functional. I love that it can move along flush with a wall, so I rarely need to use the attachments (except to get behind stuff). And it’s relatively small. I expected the Dyson DC25 Ball All-Floors Upright Vacuum Cleaner to be much larger, but it’s small and so very, very light. You’ll really notice the difference between it’s 16lb and the normal 25-30lb for other 11 amp vacs. And it’s relatively quiet.
Another thing I really like is that the Dyson DC25 Ball All-Floors Upright Vacuum Cleaner doesn’t seem to be a dust magnet. My last vacuum cleaner seemed to attract most of the dirt to itself, rather than sucking it into the canister. I stored it outside in our laundry room because it was a stinky mess (and I’m talking about a high end Dirt Devil model that was less than a year old). The Dyson DC25 Ball All-Floors Upright Vacuum Cleaner is clean enough to stay in the house after several months.”
CS reviews the Dyson DC17 AnimalÂ vacuum: “The Dyson DC17 AnimalÂ vacuum cleanerÂ is an improvement over earlier Dyson upright vacuums, with better power and suction and a new powered hand tool for agitating pet hair out of upholstery. Dyson vacuums have won multiple design awards and have a five-year warranty.
The Bad: Owners and experts have mixed feelings about the Dyson DC17 Animal vacuum’s pet-hair accessory, with some suggesting that it doesn’t make this vacuum any better or worse at picking up pet hair than other models. Also, although it’s said to be more maneuverable than its predecessors, the DysonÂ DC17 Animal vacuum cleanerÂ is still fairly heavy (20 pounds). ”
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