There are so many great vacuum cleaners out there these days that it can be hard to choose the right one for your home. With that in mind, we’ve decided to compile this list of our picks for the top 5 vacuum cleaners for the home in 2017.

Our choices offer a variety of high-end vacuum cleaners with various strong points. Every home is different – and so what might be the best vacuum choice for one house may not be the best choice for another. Our list keeps to the high-end of the market, with units falling  in the $500-$900 range.

Top 5 Vacuum Cleaners

Within these top five, the vacuums aren’t ranked in any particular order. Instead, we’ve listed some features of each, as well as pros and cons, to help you decide which is best for you.

The Versatile Cordless Mini-Vac

Dyson V8 Absolute – Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson’s V8 Absolute is a tough design to beat.

The Dyson V8 Absolute goes absolutely above and beyond expectations. If you’re familiar with the Dyson V6, you may remember its battery life left something to be desired. The Dyson V8 Absolute’s battery life doubles that of its predecessor, at up to 40 minutes, making it an even more appealing option.

As you may have inferred from the battery life issue, this Dyson is cordless, meaning no more tripping over inconvenient cords or wondering whether you’ll be able to reach a certain corner without switching outlets. This also allows it to convert easily into a hand vacuum for those times when the stick is too long.

Its versatility and lack of a power cord hits all the right buttons.

Its other features include:
HEPA filtration, perfect for allergy sufferers.
Max power mode for particularly difficult spots. Unfortunately, this lasts for only around 7 minutes.
Five included attachments to make sure you have the right tool for the job.


  • Easy to empty; its innovative bin emptying system means you won’t need to manually dig out clumps of dust and hair.
  • The Dyson V8 Absolute’s low profile allows you to easily vacuum under beds and other low furniture with minimal hassle.
  • Very quiet compared to other stick vacuums.


  • It takes several hours to charge the vacuum. This isn’t a big deal if you need to do a typical amount of moderate vacuuming. However, it can be frustrating when max power mode runs out quickly and you need to wait several hours before using it again.
  • It’s better for bare floors and short- or medium-pile carpets. This is to be expected from a stick vacuum, but is still worth pointing out.


The Tried and True Flagship

Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum Cleaner

Dog and Cat version comes with a built-in HEPA filter.

Miele has built up THE name in high-end vacuum market for good reason. Not only are they elegantly designed in both looks and function, but they also last a lifetime.

If you have furry pets, you know how impossible it can feel to truly clean up after them. With most vacuums, you can do what you think is a thorough job… and then find out just how wrong you were the next time you wear clothes in a contrasting color.

It is situations like these where the Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Vacuum Cleaner really shines. This vacuum is great overall — not just for pet owners — but if you struggle with fur on your furniture and in your carpets, this vacuum may be a dream come true. It’s suction power is immense and its vacuum bags are large and extremely well sealed, keeping orders and dust collected securely.

It’s assortment of attachments make it perfect for large homes with various floor types.

The Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Vacuum cleaner excels on all floor types, from hard floors all the way up through high pile carpeting.

Its EcoTeQ head is specifically designed for hard floors, while the Turbohead is perfect for carpets — but its suction power is strong enough that if you’re in a rush, you could use either head on either surface successfully.

This canister vacuum rolls effectively on both carpet and hard floors.

Its other features include:
An Active HEPA Air Clean filter that uses charcoal to minimize pet odors.
A parquet twister that rotates a full 180 degrees, making it easy to clean around corners and angles.
Foot-operated suction control.

Cord automatically retracts!


  • The wand can collapse to a profile of under 4” with the bare floor tool, making it ideal for cleaning under low furniture.
  • This vacuum really does manage to get rid of all those pesky pet hairs on hard surfaces and carpets alike.


  • This vacuum may be overkill if you don’t have pets or carpets; other Miele models (such as the Calima) may work just as well for a lower price point.
  • At a little over 20 feet, the cord length leaves something to be desired. Likely a trade off due to it’s retractible mechanism.
The Unknown Foreign Visitor

SEBO Automatic X5 Vacuum

An odd design, with an odd name to match.

If you’re American, it’s likely that that you haven’t heard of SEBO, with other brands (like Dyson and Miele) springing to mind instead. There’s a good reason for this: the German-made SEBO Is famous in Europe, but not well-known in the United States. With that said, the only reason for the brand’s obscurity is its lack of advertising here, not any lack in quality or function.

The SEBO X5 is perfect for those suffering from allergies, thanks to its multiple filters. These catch 100% of particles that are at least one micrometer in size, and very nearly all particles of 0.3 micrometers and above.

Unit will lie down entirely for cleaning under low chairs and benches.

Its other features include:
Automatic height adjustment to best clean whatever surface it’s on with minimal effort on your part.
A 40-foot cord makes it easy to clean large areas without finding new outlets.
Light notifications that tell you when the bin is full and when it’s time to replace the brush.

Hose does detach for tight cleaning.

Bags seal tightly for removal, making it easy to change them without accidentally spewing dust everywhere.
Extremely high quality and built to last. These machines come with a 5-year warranty on the motor, but will generally last for far longer than that.
15” wide brush head, meaning you’ll be able to clean more quickly because each pass is wider.

The SEBO Automatic X5 lacks a cord rewind function.
The unit’s balance isn’t great when you’re using its hose; it takes some care not to tip the whole machine over.

The Innovative Barnstormer

Dyson DC25 Ball All-Floors Upright Vacuum Cleaner 

Dyson’s ball design has become a home cleaning icon.

This is both the second Dyson and the second upright vacuum on our list — but it’s popular enough, and good enough, that it deserves a place here regardless. The “ball” in this vacuum’s title refers to its moving system; it glides on a ball instead of rolling on wheels.

Visually, it has the modern style we’ve come to expect from Dyson vacuum, with the orange ball that it rolls on adding a pop of color. But naturally, looks aren’t the most important thing when it comes to a vacuum. The Dyson DC25 stands out in performance as well, operating smoothly (and strongly) on any type of floor.

Its other features include:
Dyson Root Cyclone technology, which uses centrifugal force instead of a bag. This ensures your vacuum doesn’t lose suction power as the bag gets full.
A telescopic wand that makes it easy to reach places where the vacuum itself isn’t practical, such as stairs and behind furniture.

Now available in various colors.


  • The Dyson DC25’s ball system makes it feel lighter than its 16 pounds. It also makes it easy to maneuver, even around corners.
  • The clear bin lets you see when it’s time to empty out the collected debris.
    Works well on carpets of all lengths, as well as on hard floors (once you’ve turned the brush off).


  • If you have lots of hardwood floors, or need to frequently move between carpet and hard floors, turning off the brush every time can be a hassle.
  • Thanks to its ball-based design, it doesn’t fold down to a low profile adequate for cleaning under low furniture.
    While it’s good at cleaning carpets overall, it struggles with significant quantities of pet hair, especially in carpets.

iRobot Roomba 980 Vacuum Cleaning Robot 

iRobot’s latest iteration of the Roomba is beautifully crafted

Of course, the main benefit of the Roomba is that it takes the “you” out of “vacuum.” (It works better if you say it out loud.) While very few people are genuinely excited about vacuuming, there are a select few of us for whom it’s a chore that rivals scrubbing toilets for the absolute bottom of the list.

And that’s where the Roomba 980 comes into play.

The Roomba 980 can run for up to 2 hours before needing a charge.

This vacuum sweeps away the competition in terms of run time, reaching up to two hours before automatically recharging. If it hasn’t finished cleaning the entire floor by the time it needs to recharge, it will automatically return to the job after it’s fully charged again. In other words, the amount of effort you need to put into it is minimal at best.

The iRobot Roomba 980 is also Wi-Fi enabled. With your iPhone or Android device you can download the iRobot Home App which lets you Clean and Schedule future cleanings — anytime, from anywhere. You can even control how Roomba cleans your house – by choosing from one or two passes, final edge clean, and whether or not to use the Carpet Boost features.

New air suction system improves the carpet cleaning results.

Its other features include:
The ability to schedule the vacuum to run when you want.
Carpet Boost detects carpets and automatically cleans them more forcefully than hard floors.
A new grid-based system that ensure more even cleaning than we’ve seen in previous Roomba models.


  • Twice the air power of other Roomba models in its AeroForce 3-stage cleaning system.
  • Smartphone integration allows you to control the device from your Android or iOS device.
  • Works well on both medium-pile and short-pile carpets.


  • Works better on hardwood floors than on carpeting, which may be a dealbreaker if most of your home is carpeted.
  • Makes more noise than would be ideal and since it runs for quite a while you may need to pause it if you want to watch TV or talk on the phone, for example.
Gretchen Holm

About The Author

Gretchen Holm, a Bay Area native, has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade. When she isn't traveling, she tends to be in the kitchen, which leads to a deep appreciation of great appliances.

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