HGTV Editors Swear By These Vacuum Cleaners

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February 22, 2021

When it comes to cleaning, we're a passionate group. From pets to kids to everyday dust and grime, these editor-approved vacuums get the job done with ease. Plus, there's an option for every budget and surface. These tools make cleaning, dare I say, fun?

UNDER $150


"I literally haven't stopped talking about this vacuum cleaner since I got it for Christmas. I'm a vacuuming fiend. My floors don't even have to be dirty for me to whip out my trusty dirt sucker just because I can. Human hair, pet hair, dirt clumps, tiny sticks and so much more are no match for this wonder. It's effective on tile, area rugs and wood flooring and comes with a removable (and washable!) filtration system. Although it's not cordless, the price and effectiveness can't be beat. Five-star rating from me!" — Ellie Sanders, Assistant Editor

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"Friends are always so surprised at how clean our house is with three pets. I give all the credit to my Bissell Pet Hair Eraser. We leave this guy docked right next to the cats' litter boxes so we can quickly grab pet hair and stray litter. Triple-level filtration makes it clean like a beast, and the large dirt bin makes it a cinch to dump out between uses. It comes with a motorized brush tool, an upholstery tool and a crevice tool so I can take on everything from the sectional to the baseboards." — Kayla Kitts, Managing Editor

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"When I got white tile flooring in my bathroom, I was in love ... and then I realized every tiny speck of dirt or hair makes me crazy! After getting recommendations from friends and reading several reviews, I bought this little guy to keep in the bathroom closet, and I’m obsessed. So small and sleek, but it seriously does the job. It has a small dust canister (super easy to empty and clean) and only lasts about nine minutes per charge, but I keep it plugged in and use it ALL. THE. TIME. I can’t imagine a better handheld vacuum for the price." — Keri Sanders, Editor

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"After years of living the hardwood floor and broom life, I moved into an apartment with *gasp* carpet last year, and I had to pony up for a new vacuum. My fabulous, long-hair queen cat, Sheba, sheds quite a bit no matter how much I brush her, so I know I needed something pretty powerful — but I wasn't ready to spend more than $150. I also wanted the convenience of a cordless vacuum, and I didn't want to replace bags or filters. My exacting parameters led me to the Shark Rotator Freestyle Cordless Vacuum, which I picked up on super-sale. It handles Sheba situations with ease and keeps every corner of my apartment plush and clean. It has two speeds and works great on the kitchen floor, too. The chamber empties easily, and the filter cleaning is a breeze." — Laura Susong, Social Media Editor

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"Anyone with a cat will understand this one. As much as I love him, I hate, hate, hate the litter box and the litter that is constantly scattered in my laundry room/home office (because that’s where we are now, folks). I first saw this when I was getting my hair done and thought it would be a handy solution to my pet mess problem. I’ve heard of people with vacuums in their baseboard (Can you say, “The dream”?!), but I think this stationary vacuum is the next best thing. I keep it right by his litter box turned to auto and just sweep his mess straight into it. They have a pet version too, but this one works great for me. Plus, for anyone with mobility issues, this would be a great alternative to using a traditional dustpan." — Keri Sanders, Editor

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UNDER $300


"I'm obsessed with this carpet and upholstery spot cleaner. We use it at least weekly. It's gotten raspberries out of a rug, yogurt off a sofa and it brought back a carpeted stairway that we were sure we would have to replace. They should basically hand these out at the hospital when you have kids, though it's awesome for pets, too." — Marianne Canada, Executive Producer

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"We have a MOOSOO stick vacuum and love it, especially with its reasonable price tag. With a toddler at home, we have a lot of food crumbs that land on the floor, and this vacuum has been a lifesaver. It’s great for a quick cleanup and easy to use." — Lauren Fansler, Editor

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"As a long-time Dyson owner, I actually swapped it for this Shark Navigator DLX. I got it specifically for its pet hair pickup functionality, as well as the 11-foot extendable hose. I’ve had it for more than a year and couldn’t be happier! It features multi-level filtration to trap dust and allergens, powerful bare floor and carpet cleaning, and great swivel steering so I can maneuver around all the awkward spots in my home. The upholstery tool keeps my sofa looking brand-new, and the crevice tool cleans baseboards like a pro. This is by far my favorite upright vacuum I've owned." — Kayla Kitts, Managing Editor

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"I was always skeptical about Dyson vacuums. When my sister saw me vacuuming during a recent visit, she asked how I could drag an appliance around the house that weighed more than a small child. She recommended the Dyson V7 as a replacement, and my life has never been the same. If you think you hate vacuuming, I'll bet you're just using the wrong one. Since it doesn't need to be plugged into an outlet and it weighs next-to-nothing, I can zap cobwebs in the high corners of the ceiling, suck up all the Christmas tree needles and keep our dog's hair tumbleweeds at bay. And I enjoy using it." — Mallory Ziglar, Influencer Marketing Manager

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UNDER $500


"I'm obsessed with this robot vacuum because it saves me so much time. It's a great value because it has all the main features you want in a robot vacuum without too many (expensive) bells and whistles. It has strong suction, good battery life and a Wi-Fi-enabled app that allows scheduling and logs vacuuming sessions. Plus, it's really quiet! I can run it while I'm working and still hear myself think, which is not the case with other robot vacuums I've tried." — Laura James, Editor

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"I not-so-secretly love vacuuming. After five years of service, my vacuum lost suction, and I received a Shark for Christmas. It's been doing a great job pulling out dirt and grime buried deep into the carpet left behind by my old vacuum. It also has several attachments and detaches from the base so you can vacuum curtains and hard-to-reach spots." — Jessica Yonker, Editor

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"I always thought a robot vacuum wasn’t for me, but this gadget has changed my life! It may not get every single crumb and dust bunny, but it has decreased the amount of time I have to spend vacuuming each week. Instead of plugging up my corded vacuum every day, I only pull it out to spot clean once or twice a week. Just this morning, my i3 vacuumed the whole house while I went on a walk and drank coffee. Can’t beat that convenience!" — Kayla Kitts, Managing Editor

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"One of my pet peeves is feeling dirt and crumbs stick to my feet. But, thanks to my Neato robot vacuum, stepping on yucky floors is much less of an issue. Dog hair and crumbs are much more manageable, and I don’t spend as much time cleaning the floors." — Molly Miller, Assistant Editor

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"My vacuum was in major need of an upgrade, so I really went for it and decided on the Shark Vertex. It is definitely an investment, but I have yet to find something I don’t like about it. One of my favorite features is the self-cleaning DuoClean PowerFin roller which picks up pet hair and debris with ease, sans the hair wrap. Because what’s grosser than looking at your vacuum’s roller and seeing it’s covered in all sorts of hair and gunk? Nothing." — Ellie Sanders, Assistant Editor

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"I love this vacuum cleaner! I have a dog, and it does a great job getting up the pet hair. My home consists of carpet, hardwood floors and rugs, and this vacuum cleaner works really well on all these surfaces. I usually vacuum every Saturday, and I'm always amazed at how much dust, dirt and pet hair it picks up every week." — Lauren Fansler, Editor

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