Back again for some casual shopping? We knew you couldn’t stay away for long. Now, when you’re buying a new appliance or product for your home, it’s quite normal to carry out some research so you don’t end up with a product that completely sucks. Today, we’re flipping things an entire 180 degrees because if you’re looking for the best canister vacuum on the planet, then you’ll want the one that sucks the most.
So, why a canister vacuum?
Simple, these units have been traditionally ideal for hard surfaces such as stone, tile, and hardwood floors and still manage to remain versatile enough to clean drapes, upholstery, and stairs. Combine that with the fact that canister vacuum cleaners are built with long, adjustable hoses for easier maneuverability, and you’ve got all the reasons you need to get one.
We know you’re a very busy bee, so we’ve already compiled a list of our top 10 most popular models for you to choose from.
Product name Image Power Weight Overall Rating Details BISSELL Zing Rewind Bagless Canister Vacuum 7.5 Amps 8.3 lbs 8 Check price Eureka Mighty Mite Canister Vacuum 7.5 Amps 8.3 lbs 8 Check price Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Canister Vacuum 7.5 Amps 8.3 lbs 8 Check price Miele S2121 Olympus Canister Vacuum Cleaner 7.5 Amps 8.3 lbs 9 Check price Electrolux EL4335A Corded Ultra Flex Canister Vacuum 7.5 Amps 8.3 lbs 9 Check price Bissell 1161 Hard Floor Expert Deluxe Canister Vacuum 7.5 Amps 8.3 lbs 10 Check price Oreck Commercial BB900DGRXL Pro 5 Super Compact Canister Vacuum 7.5 Amps 8 Check price Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner EZ Lite Corded Bagless Canister Vacuum 7.5 Amps 8.3 lbs 7 Check price Kenmore Canister Vacuum Cleaner 7.5 Amps 8.3 lbs 6 Check price Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Canister 7.5 Amps 8.3 lbs 5 Check price
BISSELL Zing Rewind Bagless Canister Vacuum
Your average nerd will describe canister vacuums as units that are low to the ground with long hoses and a wand attached at the tip. The BISSELL Zing Rewind Bagless Canister Vacuum lives up to this description with a highly portable design that allows you to cart the canister behind as you vacuum. Offering all the benefits of an upright, full vacuum but virtually none of the weaknesses, the Zing Rewind will feel right at home cleaning hard to reach places.
Want to know more about the Zing Rewind Vacuum? Here’s a sneak peek at the top features.
- Engineered for multi-surface cleaning at the flip of a switch
- Three stage filtration system
- Cyclonic action for powerful suction
- Bagless convenience for undisturbed vacuuming
- Washable and reusable filters
We wouldn’t want to rip those curtains off the wall now, would we?
You heard it first at the review haven; the Zing Rewind Bagless Canister Vacuum from Bissell is the ultimate home cleaning system. If you’re looking for something lightweight, compact and incredibly flexible, then this bad boy is your new best friend. The unit’s design makes it ideal for cleaning large home and traveling up and down flights of stairs.
Thanks to the carrying handle and wheels, you won’t have to worry about how portable your new unit will be. Some of the fancy features and accessories include crevice and dusting brushes to capture all the dirt as well as variable suction control for lower settings when cleaning curtain and upholstery.
- Super light and portable design
- Superior performance on stairs
- Versatile, multi-surface cleaning function
- Not product related, but Bissell may not have the best customer service
Video BISSELL Zing Rewind Bagless Canister Vacuum
10 Reliable Canister Vacuums Review - Comprehensive 2017 Buyer's Guide
Eureka Mighty Mite Canister Vacuum
Let me take a wild guess here; most of you probably want something that won’t cost them an arm and a leg, am I right? Yeah, we thought as much; that’s why we’ve looked for a cleaner that is as cheap and as affordable as they come. Sleek, compact, packed with intriguing features and excitingly affordable, here’s the Eureka Mighty Mite Canister Vacuum.
Still not convinced by the lower price range? Then have a gander at the unit’s top features.
- Designed for home, garage, and car cleaning
- Power-Touch handle with user-friendly fingertip controls
- Incorporates extra port for shooting leaves and debris
- Ultra light exterior
- Long, 20’ cord for more reach
As the intro said, the Mighty Mite Canister Vacuum a sleek, compact unit that makes bare floor, tile, and wood vacuuming very easy. Equipped with powerful brush rolls for carpet cleaning and an entire set of tools for stair and upholstery, there’s no excuse not to give those blinds and curtains a nice vacuum.
Since the entire setup only weighs less than 9 pounds, you won’t have much problem using the handle to move it around. But just in case you do, the wheels at the canister base will help you roll right where you need it. The icing on the cake is a 20-foot power cord that lets you clean even larger halls without much issue.
- Wide range of tools and accessories for all round cleaning
- Powerful suction thanks to 12-amp motor
- Comes with a full year limited warranty
- Incredibly durable construction
- Careful with the stiff hose or you’ll put kinks, breaks and weak spots on it
Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Canister Vacuum
Hands up if you’ve never had a run in with a product from Dyson?
Don’t worry; there’s no shame in it. While Dyson excels in creating absolutely gorgeous and breathtaking vacuums, the brand is also renowned for prices that are off the chain. The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Canister Vacuum certainly lives up to the name. This sleek, modern vacuum not only stands out in a crowd, but it’s also by far the most expensive bagless canister in our entire top 10 list.
So, what makes the Big Ball so darn popular? Hopefully, the top features will tell us more.
- Constructed for zero suction loss
- No dirty filters to wash or replace thanks to Cinetic science
- Contains self-righting mechanism when toppled
- HYGIENIC dirt ejector that drives out trapped dust as you empty
- Carbo fiber turbine head that picks up fine dust
You’ve probably heard this a million times, but the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Canister Vacuum is basically the best canister vacuum ever invented by man. The unit handles virtually all surfaces well, and the base even turns around easily as you change directions.
The vacuum automatically corrects itself when tipped over with just a slight tug. The larger wheels on the base roll with a reduced level of friction, making movement a breeze. The canister is also super easy to empty, and the bin is large in spite of the vacuum's featherweight design. For all these reasons and more, the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal deserves all the respect it gets.
- Glides along the floor effortlessly
- Optimal performance on literally all surfaces
- Unique, self-righting mechanism allows for no messes
- Non-tangling turbine tool make work easier
- At 81 dB, the Big Ball vacuum is quite noisy when running
Miele S2121 Olympus Canister Vacuum Cleaner
How many of you here haven’t heard of Miele?
Basically, the only thing you need to know about the brand is that they’ve been around since 1899 and have been dedicated to providing us with state of the art and practical appliances. The Miele S2121 Olympus Canister Vacuum Cleaner lives up to the brand’s vision by incorporating high quality, peak performance, and exceptional agility.
Ready for some gentle floor care?
- Covers 29.5 feet cleaning radius
- Six stage suction function
- Combination floor tool for smooth floors
- Auto seal closing filter bag
- Extra-large handle for ergonomic grip
Can I be totally honest with you?
If you haven’t had a look at the price range, we might as well tell you now. The Miele S2121 Olympus Canister Vacuum Cleaner is one of the most expensive units here on our list.
However, the design, features, and performance you get more than makes up for it. Aside from containing some of that renowned quality from Miele, the S2121 delivers incredible power levels all packaged in a light and compact package. Its design makes it ideal for both smooth, solid surfaces such as tiles all the way to plush, deep pile carpets and rugs without much ado.
I especially enjoyed the telescopic, stainless steel wand that lets me reach almost a 30-foot radius effortlessly. That’s what I call the ultimate convenience.
- Incredible performance on stairs and hard surfaces
- Lower noise levels during operation
- Vario clip supports a range of accessories for all surface cleaning
- We were not pleased by the unit’s inability to completely pick up pet hairs
Electrolux EL4335A Corded Ultra Flex Canister Vacuum
Here’s another interesting product with all the typical features of a high-end cleaner. The Electrolux EL4335A Corded Ultra Flex Canister Vacuum is the newest kid on the block designed for excellent performance everywhere. The vacuum is designed with all the accessories you need to get every inch of your house looking spotless.
You’ve heard it all, but I’ll bet you haven’t seen these top features in action.
- Built for superior performance on super plush carpets
- Brush roll clean tech for patented self-cleaning
- Adjustable suction power for safe cleaning
- Larger rear wheels for lower center of gravity
Don’t you just hate it when your ordinary vacuum just ruffles up your carpet without really getting any of the dirt particles? Me too.
That’s why we have to insist once more that the Electrolux EL4335A Corded Ultra Flex Canister Vacuum is engineered for optimum performance on plush carpets. The UltraFlex incorporates an on and off brush roll switch, and a 3 level height adjust to get to all those different surfaces.
The adjustable suction lets you lower the suction so that you can clean an array of surfaces. We were also impressed by the 21 feet of cord as well as an 8-foot hose and telescopic wand that all combine to give users a total of 33 feet of reach.
- Extremely long cleaning reach
- Fingertip controls for seamless vacuuming
- Premium HEPA filter that captures 99.9 percent of allergens and dust
- Unit is a bit on the pricey side
Bissell 1161 Hard Floor Expert Deluxe Canister Vacuum
If you’ve been paying any attention to recent trends in the cleaning industry, you’ll notice that canisters have taken the world by storm. Aside from being far more lighter, agile and maneuverable than upright models, canister vacuums are ideal for cleaning under tables, chairs, and furniture. It may not be the cheapest product in the shop, but the Bissell 1161 Hard Floor Expert Deluxe Canister Vacuum boasts of class and elegance.
Still looking for a reason to buy the 1161? Have a peek at the vacuum's top features.
- Delicate yet extremely powerful surface cleaning
- Super easy to empty dirt tank that opens from the bottom
- Compact and light construction
- Non-marking rubber wheels
- Telescopic extension for more reach
The Bissell 1161 Hard Floor Expert Deluxe Canister Vacuum gives users a lightweight, specialized tool and a way to gently yet powerfully clean an array of floors and surfaces.
This is all made possible by the extra soft bristles that offer peace of mind. Trust me the last thing you want is for your hard floors to get all scratched up. Apart from rubber wheels that don’t mark your floors, the unit incorporates digital fingertip controls that let you reduce suction power for area rugs.
- Non-marking wheels make it safe for all hard floors
- Soft bristles mean no scratches
- Super easy to empty and clean the dirt tank
- The brush rolls have been pointed out as quite fragile
Oreck Commercial BB900DGRXL Pro 5 Super Compact Canister Vacuum
Introducing a neat product from one of America’s most beloved brand, it’s quite evident why Oreck boasts of a fiercely loyal customer base. Their high quality, light, and incredibly powerful premium cleaners have already made a name for themselves in both commercial and residential settings. Today, we’ll be glancing into the Oreck Commercial BB900DGR XL Pro 5 Super Compact Canister Vacuum and all that this mean kid has to offer.
But first, let’s have a quick look at the unit’ top features.
- Shoulder strap and integrated handle on canister for portability
- Powerful two-stage 4-amp motor with more vacuuming capacity
- 4-foot hose with adjustable extension wand
- 30-foot power cord gives users more coverage area without changing outlet
How many of you here remember that ad where a cleaner from Oreck was successfully used to pick up a bowling ball?
If your hand I up, then you’re officially old. The Oreck Commercial BB900DGR XL Pro 5 Super Compact Canister Vacuum is a clever redesign of the older version that is easier to use, incredibly versatile and relatively portable.
In addition to being ideal for commercial settings, the BB900DGR also comes with various cleaning attachments that are optimized for several surfaces. Whether you’re vacuuming ceilings, bookshelves, fans, stairs, furniture, bookshelves, light fixtures, curtains and others.
However, the unit lacks wheels. So you’ll have to either carry it by hand or use the shoulder strap for longer cleaning jobs.
- Extremely long 30-foot power cord
- Comes with filter and disposable bag
- Includes full set of neat detailing tools
- Customers have claimed that it takes several passes to get deeply ground dirt
Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner EZ Lite Corded Bagless Canister Vacuum
Here’s another vacuum cleaner that closely resembles something from Bissell. The only difference is that you won’t have to cough up an arm and a leg to afford this bad boy.
The power cord may not be as long as our previous version, but you’ll still get quite the reach thanks to the 16 feet available. We’ve got, to be honest with you; our reviewers were blown away by the unit’s capability to suck up both human and pet hair. But I this all the EZ Lite can do or can we expect more from Dirt Devil?
Want to find out more about the EZ Lite? Here’s a quick look at the unit’ top features.
- High Powered 12-amp motor to cut through any mess with constant power
- Comes with a premium stretch hose with 32.5“ telescopic handle for extended reach
- Variable control for the perfect amount of suction
- Automatic rewind for 20-foot cord
- Purchase includes a dusting brush, crevice tool, and floor nozzle
It’s time to say goodbye to all those stubborn debris that always seem to hide out in the hardest to reach spots. With the Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner EZ Lite Corded Bagless Canister Vacuum SD40010 in your home, you have the power to clean virtually any surface. The extensive array of attachments let you clean your upholstery, floors, curtains, drapes, carpets and plenty more surfaces.
All the dirt and particles get trapped in the bagless dirt cup that is super easy to empty and clean out. As if that wasn’t enough, Dirt Devil went ahead and incorporated a two-year limited warranty and a washable HEPA filter.
- Ideal for cleaning your rug, carpet, curtain, and upholstery
- Powerful motor with incredible suction
- Adjustable telescopic wand to get to lower and higher areas
- Tends to clog every now and then
Kenmore Canister Vacuum Cleaner
The Kenmore canister vacuum is a blueberry-colored vacuum with quite the unique shape. The unusual shade of the unit may be very eye-catching, but we were also pleased to find the 21614 is highly skilled at gathering dirt and pet hair as well.
The canister’s power is unmistakable, allowing it to pick out debris and clean those high-pile carpets without a hitch. In fact, this bad boy cleans up almost as well as the Miele S7 and only goes for a fraction of the cost.
But is this just another cheap vacuum or do the feature peak for themselves?
- Includes crossover handle with brush and crevice tool at fingertips
- Combines Pet PowerMate and a Pet Upholstery Tool for cleaning pet hair from surfaces
- Telescopic Wand and 7-footer hose for easy above-floor cleaning
- Exclusive Stair Grip that enables unit to rest on staircase
- Has HEPA filtration for cleaner exhaust
Can I let you in on a little secret?
The Kenmore Miele S7 canister vacuum delivers impressive cleaning for all types of floors as well as all the flexibility you need to clean above-floor surfaces such as drapes, furniture, stairs and much more. However, it’s the pet owners who truly benefit from this unit.
The Pet Upholstery Tool and Pet PowerMate are especially expedient for eliminating pet hair from furniture. It also comes with compliant HEPA filtration for effectively cleaner exhaust air. There’s also an exclusive stair grip that lets your vacuum rest on your staircase for easy cleaning. The icing on the cake comes in the form of an electronic performance indicator that tells when the bag is full or clogged.
- Ideal for pet owners
- On-board storage for accessories
- Hook at the bottom allows for more stability while cleaning
- The extension wand may be a bit fragile; handle it with care
- The unit also seems to struggle with hardwood flooring
Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Canister
If you’re looking for the ultimate, versatile way to clean your home, then there just might be a brand ho ha got your back. The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Canister has been getting plenty of hype for all the right reasons. One of the most critical features that have put this unit on the map has to be the Lift-Away feature that allows for simple and versatile cleaning all around the home.
Let’s have a look at the top features of the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Canister.
- Lightweight powered lift-away w/ zero loss of suction
- Come with Anti-allergen complete seal technology
- Powered motor-powered brush in canister and lift-away modes
- Cleans rugs, carpets, and bare floors
- On board convenient storage for dusting brush and crevice tool
The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Canister is Shark’s state of the art vacuum that operates in both hand-held and canister modes. The unit itself is lightweight and upper easy to move thanks to the wheeled caddy. But that’s just the very least of it.
This canister vacuum from Shark has a motorized floor nozzle with extremely powerful LED lights that illuminate those dark, dirty areas. For those of you health nuts, you’ll be glad to hear the Shark Rotator includes Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology as well as HEPA, which effectively traps 99.99 percent of dust, mites, and allergens inside the vacuum.
- Incredibly effective suction
- Longer cord gives you more reach
- LED light allow for better visibility in the dark
- Main brush head is so small that it takes longer to clean
How We Tested
Picking out even one canister vacuum is definitely not an easy job. I’m sure you’re wondering how on earth we managed to get 10 of the best canisters on the planet; and all on one handy list!
Well, I can tell you for a fact that it involved a ton of sleepless nights followed by longer, dusty days. Our review team took time to research some of the most popular models on the markets as well as interview life-long canister vacuum users to make your decision as less confusing as possible.
We recognize that different people look for different qualities in vacuums; that’s why we ranked multiple features of top models, their prices and function too. We even took into consideration their performance on different surfaces such as carpets, curtains, upholstery, cars and hard surfaces.
It’s safe to say that our testing methods took a lot of models through a whole lot of abuse in search of the best canister vacuum on the planet. But in the end, it was all worth it to give everyone products that have been tried and tested through fire, water, and ice and found fit for everyday use.
How to Choose Best Canister Vacuum
Obviously, there are plenty of different factors that come into play when choosing a vacuum. However, going for one with a canister require even more consideration. These factors include:
- Choose According to Floor Type
It’s common knowledge that most canister vacuums excel on bare floors, while uprights are normally better players on plush carpeting and rugs. But if you've got your mind set on a canister vacuum for jobs such as cleaning wall-to-wall carpeting or a ton of area rugs, then you absolutely have to choose a model that either has a dedicated powered attachment for carpets or a powered on/off brush roll. Fortunately, most of the today’s modern canister vacs come with an array of accessories designed to help you clean a wide range of surfaces all with one handy cleaner. That ought to make anyone decision far much easier, am I right?
- Consider Your Home’s Layout
One of the most common mistakes that most people make is to hop according to budget and budget alone. Sure, it’s always nice to save u on a few coins, but then what use is a vacuum that can’t vacuum? If you have an open floor plan, then maneuverability is probably less of a concern. Therefore, you could buy a heavier and less mobile vacuum without an issue. However, homeowners with plenty of tight and tiny spaces, small rooms and linear hallways will have to look for a unit with as much portability as possible. Similarly, you should look for a vacuum that's lighter and pretty well-balanced if you’ll need to haul the unit up and down the stairs often.
- Anyone With Allergies?
Typically, vacuuming tends to kick up quite a fair amount of dust. This is why it is not advisable to vacuum hen there are asthmatic persons or people with allergies in the house. The best canister vacuum for allergy sufferers is one with HEPA allergen filtration. HEPA filtration traps all particles down to 0.3 microns in size and keeps them from exiting through the vacuum's exhaust. That translates to less dust left behind, fewer debris, pet dander and any pollutant that can aggravate allergy symptoms.
Now for the best part; are you ready to get your geek on?
Main Features of Canister Vacuums
- Multiple Filtration Levels
This is without question one of the most crucial features to look out for when shopping for canister vacuums. Typically, vacs with more than a single level of filtration naturally have multiple opportunities to get rid of more particles from the exhaust and trap tinier particles. Not only ill this feature give you better performance, but you can also look forward to a significant boost in indoor air quality.
- Long Hose
Most attachments go right on the far end of your vac hose, so an upholstery tool attached to the end of a long hose means better reach without having to move the canister itself. This also leads to a wider cleaning radius. The wider the cleaning path or sweep, the fewer passes you'll have to make when cleaning.
Ah yes; the age old question of to bag, or not to bag? On the one hand, you’ve got your bagless units where you’ll simply have to rinse out the canister. On the other hand, there are the bagged canister vacuums where you toss the bag in the trash when you’re done vacuuming.
The obvious advantage with bagless vacs is that there’s absolutely no need to buy new bags every time you run out. Not only does this make it much easier to keep your home squeaky clean, but you also save money while you’re at it too. Likewise, anyone who relishes seeing their own progress, will be more than glad to have a canister with a dirt chamber that fills up as you clean.
Of course, the flip-side is that you’ll always have to empty out the dirt chamber without the merits of a neat and tidy bag. Definitely not the most ideal circumstances for those with allergies and dust sensitivity.
The appeal of having a throw-away bag is plenty obvious to anyone who’s emptied an unwieldy vacuum after a major clean. You simply can’t deny the simplicity of tossing an enclosed bag without making a mess. Plus, choosing a bagged cleaner increases your chances of getting one with top rate filters. Many of the top line brands combine HEPA filters with additional filtration systems built into the bags for allergy sufferers.
Care and Maintenance
Unlike full standing vacuum cleaner, canister vacuums do not really require a lot of cleaning or maintenance; especially if you have a bagged unit. The only maintenance practice you have to carry out is removing and replacing the dust bag every once in a while when it gets full. And don’t forget to clean the hose and any attachments after a particularly heavy cleaning job.
However, it’ the bagless unit’s that require more cleaning and maintenance. For starters, emptying the collection area can be quite a hassle and can be often messy. If you have any allergies, make sure you are well covered since dust particles will fly all over the place. But if you have a really massive, bagless canister vacuum, then it could be weeks or months before you have to empty it.
Due to the fact that the range of canister vac cleaners produced changes rapidly, it is not easy foreseeing the quality of fabrication as well as the shelf life of a given model. However, the length of the manufacturer’s warranty is always a good way to determine what to expect.
Frequently Asked Questions on Canister Vacuums
There you have it; the top 10 best canister vacuum of all time and a buyer’s guide to help make shopping that much easier. Our work is all done; it’s now up to you to take the net step.But wait! You didn’t think we’d leave without naming our champion of the day now, did you?
After hours of deliberation, debate and a lot of arguing, our reviewers have finally come to a decision. Our principles are that performance, quality and comfort will always beat low prices any day of the week, especially when it comes to you and your family’s health. That’s why today’s winner has to be The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Canister Vacuum. This sleek, modern vacuum not only stands out in a crowd, but it’s also by far the safest, most compliant and convenient, feature-packed canister vacuum in our entire top 10 list. Its very concept makes it worth its weight in gold.