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10 Compact Vacuum Cleaners You Can Count On

May 11th, 2018

A good vacuum cleaner can save you time, keep your apartment looking and feeling fresh, and improve air quality. It may also inspire you to vacuum more regularly. If your current vacuum cleaner leaves more than a little to be desired, an upgrade will do you good. Here are ten highly-rated vacuum cleaners that apartment dwellers love.

Bissell Lightweight 3-in-1 Stick Vac

This ultra-compact stick vacuum cleaner transforms into a hand vac with the pull of a quick-release handle. The vacuum’s third function comes in the form of an attached floor nozzle. Bissell packs all of this into a four-pound machine with a base measuring 9.5″ x 5″. This shouldn’t be an issue for most apartment dwellers, but do note before buying that the power cord is only 15 feet long.

~0 from manufacturer

Black + Decker 20V Max Cordless Pivot Vac

This vacuum’s sleek design looks straight out of The Jetsons. As functional as it is attractive, the 20V Max Cordless’ suction is strong enough to suck pet hair off carpet and upholstery. Masterfully designed, this model is adept at vacuuming under low-seated furniture and in other hard-to-reach spaces.

9.99 at Target

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Upright Vacuum

Vacuum your hardwood floors at least once each week with a Dyson Ball, and you’ll hardly ever have to mop them. This powerful, relatively compact upright vac is larger and heavier than many of these models. But if you have the space, you’ll appreciate its capabilities. The Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 may be the easiest upright vac to pivot and swivel this way and that, thanks to its namesake ball.

99.99 from manufacturer

Dyson V6 Animal Cordless

Weighing less than five pounds, the Dyson V6 Animal vac is enviably easy to maneuver and stow. The V6 may be compact, but this cordless, bagless vacuum delivers the powerful suction strength consumers expect from the Dyson brand. Designed specifically with pet hair in mind, the V6 effectively cleans carpet and hardwood flooring. The 20 minutes of high-powered suction this vac delivers on a fully charged battery should be enough to vacuum most apartments.

~80 on Amazon

Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless

Another exceptional cordless vac from Dyson, the V8 Absolute’s performance is virtually unparalleled. In addition to delivering the power and functionality of Dyson’s other premium models, the V8 Absolute seamlessly converts into a cordless hand vacuum. A full charge gives you up to 40 minutes of uninterrupted vacuuming time.

49.99 from manufacturer

Eureka Mighty Mite 3670G

For a budget canister vacuum cleaner, the Eureka Mighty Mite packs a serious punch. It weights less than nine pounds and can easily reach corners in apartments with lofted ceilings, thanks to its extra-long extension wand attachment. If you’re after a high-powered canister vac that’s much, much cheaper than a Dyson or Miele, the Mighty Mite is worthy of consideration.

~6 on Amazon

iRobot Roomba 960

Robotic vacuums are not yet a perfect substitute for manual vacuuming. But certainly reduce the frequency and thoroughness with which you must vacuum and deep clean your floors and baseboards. One of the best-reviewed models for apartment residents is the iRobot Roomba 960, a smart and powerful robovac adept at cleaning the space between your four walls.

99.99 from manufacturer


Miele Compact C2 Electro+ PowerLine

The only thing preventing more apartment dwellers from owning this Miele dream machine is its price. The C2 Electro’s powerful suction, portability and relatively silent motor give it a reputation as one of the best canister vacs on the market. Another reason to consider the splurge: The C2 Electro’s HEPA filter can noticeably impact the air quality in your apartment.

99.95 at Williams-Sonoma

Miele Swing H1 Quick Step Broom

This nine-pound Miele may have more recent wedding registry appearances than any other vacuum cleaner. The Swing H1 is convenient to store, easy to lug from room to room, and most importantly gets the job done. The H1 has separate settings for cleaning hardwood and carpet. It also easily converts into a hand vac to assist in cleaning those hard-to-reach places. And thanks to its sound-insulated motor, you can run the vac early morning or late night without risking your reputation as a good neighbor. The Swing H1 is worthy of the Miele name, but it won’t set you back 00.

99 on Amazon

Shark Rocket TruePet UltraLight Upright

Although designed particularly with heavy-shedding pets in mind, Shark Rocket’s TruePet UltraLight should suit almost anyone looking for a compact, lightweight vacuum on a midrange budget. This Shark Rocket model handles well on both carpet and hardwood flooring. It also converts into a handvac.

~85 on Amazon

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