Best Wi-Fi robot vac
Neato's new high-end robot vac is an expensive automated cleaning indulgence at $700, but it edges out the Roomba-equivalent with better performance and smarter app control.
Best non-smart robot vac
iRobot's $700 Roomba 880 is an excellent machine. While its navigation pattern may seem random, there's some advanced functionality happening behind the scenes. It even comes with Virtual Wall Barriers that act as "invisible fences" for your Roomba.
Not only did the $300 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.
Best classic appeal
While the $400 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.
Best affordable robot vacuum
Neato's $450 XV Signature Pro may cost less than the Roomba 880, but it performed about the same. For a straightforward bot with excellent performance, this Neato is worth a look.
Top performing stick vacuum
The understated $180 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.
Best upright versatility
The $200 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.
Unrivaled upright maneuverability
While the $230 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.