Eureka Brushroll Clean Upright Vacuum with SuctionSeal AS3401A
Though not as maneuverable or as well-rounded as the competition, the Eureka Brushroll Clean with SuctionSeal is a great carpet cleaner with a couple of nice extras at a budget-friendly $200 price.
Shark Rotator Powered Lift Away NV652
With a remarkable amount of flexibility afforded by its well-implemented features, the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away is as easy to use as any full-size upright we've tested. To top it off, it cleans almost as well as vacuums that cost twice as much.
Samsung Powerbot VR9000
Top-of-the-line models from Roomba and Neato each clean better than the PowerBot while costing hundreds less. We're sticking with those.
Dyson v6 Absolute
As usual, Dyson produced a competent product that costs too much. At $600, the Absolute isn't worth the upgrade over the Linx or even over other Dyson sticks.
Bissell Bolt Ion Cordless Vacuum
The Bissell Bolt Ion is a bad vacuum. It costs a reasonable $180, but it's such an ineffective pain that I wouldn't recommend it at any price point.
Black & Decker 36V Max Lithium Stick Vacuum with ORA Technology
The Black & Decker Lithium Vacuum is mediocre and tedious to use. It needs to be better than that to be worth its $300 price point.
Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Allergy
Dyson reinvents the wheel with the Cinetic series, and though the filterless approach works, it doesn't add enough practical convenience to justify the price jump over similarly capable competition.
Dirt Devil Lift & Go
Contrary to its appearance as a real bargain, usability issues and subpar cleaning performance mar this Dirt Devil.
Dyson v6 Motorhead
Dyson's v6 Motorhead competes well enough as a high-end stick vac, but poor battery life and a tendency to clog with large particles hold the v6 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.
Dyson Ball Allergy
The DC41's design disappointed us, and the Ball Allergy'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.