Vacuum Cleaners:

Best vacuum cleaners of 2014

Updated

Whether you’re looking for a traditional upright vacuum, a nimble stick vacuum, or a low maintenance robot vacuum, this list has an option that’s right for you. We’ve selected 9 different vacuums that offer something extraordinary – from a fantastically sturdy upright to a low-key bot with Roomba-level performance.

Unique design

Dyson DC59 Animal

The $499.99 Dyson DC59 Animal stick vacuum probably doesn't look like most vacuums you've seen before (what Dyson does, really). But the DC59 is a particularly intriguing Dyson model. It performed at the top of the stick vacuums with the Hoover Linx and its interesting layout allows for a bunch of different cleaning attachments and configurations.

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High-end luxury

Neato Botvac 85

Neato's new high-end robot vac is an expensive automated cleaning indulgence at $600, but it edges out the Roomba-equivalent with more features in the box and better overall performance, especially with pet hair.

4 stars Excellent

Remote-controlled floor cleaning

iRobot Roomba 880

Yep, $699.99 is a lot to pay for a robot vacuum, but iRobot's Roomba 880 is an excellent machine. While its navigation pattern may seem random, there's some advanced functionality happening behind the scenes (debris sensors search for heavy spills and spend extra time in those areas). It even comes with a remote and Virtual Wall Barriers that act as "invisible fences" for your Roomba.

4 stars Excellent

Awesomely durable

Electrolux Precision Brushroll Clean

Not only did the $299.99 Electrolux Precision Brushroll Clean ace its performance tests, it's also one sturdy upright vacuum. While it doesn't have the maneuverability of some uprights, it offers a solid, traditional upright vacuum feel -- no need to worry about flimsiness here.

4 stars Excellent

Classic appeal

Oreck Touch Bagless Vacuum Cleaner

While the $399.99 Oreck Touch Bagless upright vacuum is on the pricy side, it outperformed the significantly more expensive Dyson DC41 in our tests. It's truly a classic vac with modern-day appeal.

4 stars Excellent

Impressive performance for less

Neato Robotics XV Signature Pro

Neato's $449.99 XV Signature Pro may cost $250 less than the Roomba 880, but it performed about the same. No, the Signature Pro's navigation isn't as sophisticated and it doesn't have extras like a remote control, but that isn't necessarily a deal-breaker. For a simple, straight-forward bot with excellent performance, this Neato is worth a look.

4 stars Excellent

Top performer

Hoover Platinum Collection LiNX Cordless Stick Vacuum

The understated $179.99 Hoover Linx stick vacuum may not look exceptional, but it performed even better than the Dyson DC59 during our testing. Pet hair, fruity Cheerios, and sand and sawdust were no match for this surprising debris-collecting machine. Combine that with its affordable price and it's hard not to appreciate this simple, yet powerful stick vacuum.

4 stars Excellent

Maximum versatility

Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away

The $199.80 Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away isn't your typical upright. It can transition seamlessly from upright to canister vac. It also comes with a wand and multiple brush attachments so you won't ever lack the appropriate accessory for the job at hand. Like to customize your cleaning? This highly versatile vacuum could be for you.

4 stars Excellent

Unrivaled maneuverability

Electrolux Ergorapido Power

While the $229.99 Electrolux Ergorapido Power didn't lead in performance, it offers something special: amazing maneuverability. Accordion-style tubing helps this vacuum get around obstacles with ease.

3.5 stars Very good