Dirt Devil Lift & Go
Contrary to its appearance as a real bargain, usability issues and subpar cleaning performance mar this Dirt Devil.
Dyson DC59 Motorhead
Dyson's DC59 competes well enough as a high-end stick vac, but poor battery life and a tendency to clog with large particles hold the DC59 Motorhead back from replacing your full-size upright.
Soniclean VT Plus
With decent performance and a price of just $200, this vacuum might make sense for value-minded minimalists, but you'll need to look elsewhere for something more modern or feature-rich.
Hoover Air Cordless
Hoover's Air Cordless ushers in a welcome new vacuum category, but it still needs some work to match the performance of our most highly rated uprights.
Moneual Rydis H67 Pro
If you want a no-fuss floor cleaner, stay away from the Moneual Rydis H67 Pro.
iRobot Scooba 450
iRobot's Scooba 450 isn't perfect, but it's a solid, albeit pricy, choice for small space cleaning.
Techko Maid Smart Maid RS118
With no real smarts and relatively little actual cleaning power, this sad robot is borderline useless.
iRobot Braava 380t
For $300 (or £260) the Braava might be tempting, but consider holding out for something smarter, more powerful, and with more features.
Yujin Robot iCLEBO Arte
Even with all of its extra features, skip the Yujin Robot iClebo Arte if stellar performance is your top goal.
Neato Botvac 85
Neato improved on its already-impressive robot vacuums with the BotVac line. Roomba 870 fans might find that Neato's BotVac 85 offers similar features and performance, but you get more accessories (like three filters rather than the 870's two) and much shorter run times.
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Dyson DC65 Animal Upright Vacuum
The DC41's design disappointed us, and the DC65's isn't any better. Despite the strong performance scores, this pricey Dyson is still difficult to recommend.
Samsung VU-F7000 Motion Sync Bagless Upright Vacuum with Fully Detachable Handheld
If your cleaning needs are limited to dust and other small stuff, this Samsung is stellar, but plenty of other uprights deliver better performance and usability for less.
Electrolux Ergorapido Power
If you're set on an Electrolux stick vacuum, I recommend the Ergorapido Power over the worse-performing UltraPower Studio, but the Hoover Linx offers superior value and performance.
Electrolux UltraPower Studio
If you're looking for a simple stick vacuum with exceptional performance, save some money and get the $180 Hoover LiNX. The $500 Dyson DC59 is a great high-end option if you want a variety of brush attachments and other special features.
Hoover Platinum Collection LiNX Cordless Stick Vacuum
The Hoover Linx isn't fancy, but it will clean your floors better than most of the other stick models we tested. Combine that with its reasonable price and you have one of our favorite vacuums to date.
The Shark Rocket combines adequate cleaning power with a broad array of cleaning extensions into a recommendable, affordable, lightweight vacuum. Only its cord holds it back.
Dyson DC59 Animal
The DC59 is an elegant, customizable vacuum that performed well on a variety of flooring surfaces and with an array of debris types. If you're not looking for a budget-friendly model, you can count on the DC59 to make vacuuming as enjoyable as possible.
The AirRam doesn't perform well enough or offer enough cleaning options to justify its price.
The XV-21 is a great all-around robot vacuum and a viable Roomba alternative, but among Neatos, we'll stick with the brainier, similarly priced XV Signature Pro.
Infinuvo Hovo 510
If you have hardwood floors (and no pets), you'll likely be more than happy with just how well the Hovo performs. Just don't expect Roomba-level design or smarts.