Review of the Top-Rated Canister Vacuum Cleaners

Perhaps you have read our general vacuum cleaner article and know the two basic types of vacuum cleaners: upright and canister. By now you may also be aware that canister vacuum cleaners generally cost a little more than uprights, have some good points as well as not-so-good, and that in many ways they are more versatile than upright cleaners. Perhaps you've weighed your vacuuming needs and the available types of vacuum cleaners, and have come to the conclusion that a canister vacuum cleaner is best for you. Now you're ready to learn about the available models, their features and prices. In this article we review the top-rated canister vacuums currently on the market. We also include price information and information on how well the vacuum cleans, their features, and what other consumers think about the particular vacuum cleaner. We'll even refer you to a few web sites where you can get more information. Here's the latest information that you can use to help you decide which one is for you. Read on!

Canister Vacuum Features

Canister vacuum cleaners work best on hardwood floors, stairs, drapes and ceilings. They work well on carpeted floors too, but may not be as effective on large carpeted areas as the upright cleaner. They usually have long hoses and several attachments, including some that are great for getting into tight corners and under sofas and easy chairs--where an upright can't go. You'll find both bagged and bagless versions in canister vacuums. Some will also feature good filtration systems for allergy sufferers. The next section will review the top-rated canister vacuum cleaners.

Canister Vacuum Cleaner Reviews

Here are some of the top-rated canister vacuums as listed on several web sites, including,, and

  • Hoover's S3765040 WindTunnel Electronic Bagless
    The Hoover WindTunnel is a full-sized canister vacuum cleaner. It has powerful suction and good edge-cleaning ability. The Hoover also includes an on-board powered hand tool and a six foot hose with several attachments. As the name implies, it is a bagless capture vacuum, and weighs about 13 pounds. If you have someone in your household with allergies, you will appreciate the Hepa filtration system. Also features a 6-foot hose, 22-foot power cord, and 15-inch wide power nozzle. Prices range from $160-$245.
  • Electrolux EL7020 Oxygen 3 Ultra Vacuum
    Rated number 2 by and number 8 by, this model is a high-end canister type which costs a little more, but may be worth it for its cleaning ability and features. The Microseal technology featured in this model reportedly captures 99.97% of the dust and allergens in your home. It is a bagged vacuum, all controls and tools are accessed in the handle, and also features an optimum sensor system to monitor the effectiveness of the vacuum. Has a Hepa filtration system. Prices range from about $210 to $300.
  • Miele S4580 Luna Galaxy Hepa Vacuum
    More expensive than the previous models, this model carries a 10 year motor warranty, has an ergonomic handle to make vacuuming a breeze and keep the strain off your wrist. Comes with Hepa filtration for those allergy sufferers in your family. Features a 3.7-quart capacity Intensive Clean Plus dustbag which has an impact foil to prevent sharp-edged objects from penetrating the bag. Average price is $550.

  • Hoover S3590 Bagged Canister Vacuum
    If you're on a budget, this one can be bought for $100 to $220. Lightweight design, moves easily throughout the house, canister hose and hand grip swivel at 360 degrees to give you total mobility and flexibility. Powerful suction and 14" wide nozzle cleans deep into the carpets to pull out dirt, dust, and more, including allergens. It's safe for floors, too.
  • Eureka 3684 Bagged Cannister Vacuum
    This one's even easier on your budget, with prices ranging from $90 to $130. Features washable Hepa filters so you can maintain Hepa filtration of dust and allergens without the expense of buying filters.
  • Eureka Mighty Mite 3670 Bagged Canister Vacuum
    This one might be perfect if you are looking for a small canister vacuum for your hardwood floors, stairs, drapes or furniture. Price ranges from $65 to $85. Small and compact, don't expect this to take on major vacuuming, but if works well for those small jobs. And the price is right, too!
  • Dirt Devil M082700 Bagless Canister Vacuum
    Has a powerful 12 amp moter, slender aluminum wand, is bagless, and can clean where a full-sized vacuum can't. Has a turbo brush and bare floor nozzle that will pick up all types of debris. This one's pretty easy on the pocketbook too, with prices ranging from $119 to $145.


As usual, we can't hope to cover every vacuum cleaner made, so we've selected the ones which seem to get the highest user and retailer reviews. You can check these and other vacuums out from such sources as,,,, and If money is no object, you can feel comfortable selecting one of the higher-end models; but if you're on a budget, there are still some pretty good vacuums for less money. We've suggested a few, and there are undoubtedly more than what we could cover.

As you evaluate your vacuuming needs, you should find something to fit them. Hardwood floors, stairs, small areas, drapes, under low furniture, and upholstery are all easily cleaned by a canister vacuum cleaner.

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