Canister Vacuum Cleaners - Reviews, Ratings, and Top Recommendations

Canister Vacuum Cleaners are excellent for cleaning solid flooring, stairs, drapes, blinds, and ceilings. While canister vacuums also vacuum carpets, generally upright vacuum cleaners work better on large areas of wall-to-wall carpeting.

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Which canister vacuum cleaners are best?

Well that, of course, all depends on what your needs are. Here are a few things to consider when choosing any vacuum and specific features to look for in a canister vacuum cleaner:

What types of flooring will you be vacuuming? Lots of carpeting? Mostly solid flooring? Or a combination of both?

Do you have allergies?

What about pets?

Do you have stairs?

Need to vacuum under beds and other low furnishings?

How about high ceilings and hard to reach areas?

Read our Top Canister Vacuum Recommendations

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What to look for in a canister vacuum cleaner:

  • If you will be vacuuming a lot of solid flooring, especially hardwood, make sure your canister vacuum comes with a good quality floor brush that works well on bare floors.
  • For homes with pets and/or large amounts of carpeting, you’ll need a good power brush, or consider purchasing an upright vacuum.
  • Most canister vacuum cleaners are fairly lightweight and similar in size. If you have a multi-level home and will be carrying the vacuum up and down stairs, get the lightest weight vacuum you can find.
  • Bags vs. bagless. We are big fans of bagless vacuums, however, if allergies and dealing with potential dust when emptying your vacuum are issues, you should consider purchasing a vacuum with a bag. Be sure to factor in the cost of replacement bags and filters as well.
  • Filtration is extremely important, especially if you are dealing with allergies, in which case a HEPA filter is an absolute must. Most manufacturers offer HEPA filters as options on many of their models. They are usually standard equipment on the more expensive vacuums.
  • If you have vaulted ceilings or other high places you need to reach, look for a vacuum with a longer hose and telescoping wand.
  • If you need to vacuum a large area without having to unplug the vacuum, or your electrical outlets are few and far between, look for a vacuum with a longer cord.
  • Most canister vacuums come with an assortment of tools. Be sure to compare the variety, and quality, of the attachments and accessories that come with each vacuum. They are not all created equal.
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Canister Vacuum Cleaners
Top Recommendations





Miele S5 Ariel Vacuum Cleaner (S5211)

Miele Ariel S5211 Vacuum

  • The Sealed System™ construction of the canister keeps all the dust inside for optimum filtration.
  • Ultra-quiet operation.
  • On-board tools include a Crevice Tool, Dust Brush, and Upholstery Brush.
  • Impressive 33 ft. (10M) operating radius with a convenient, automatic cord reel rewind switch.

8″ H x 9″ W x 19″ L

13.5 lbs.

140 CFM

Super Air Clean Filter

7 years on motor and 1 year on parts and labor

The Miele S5 Ariel vacuum cleaner, like all Miele vacuums, is built to exacting standards and includes a host of features designed to make it durable, efficient, and easy to use.




Electrolux Canister Vacuum Cleaner Reviews

Electrolux Oxygen3 EL7024 Vacuum

Oxygen3 EL7024

The EL7024 comes with fingertip controls, a multi-surface power nozzle, a motorized @hand™ powerbrush that’s perfect for pet hair, and a telescopic wand that gives you ultimate multi-surface convenience.

Electrolux Oxygen3 EL7025 Vacuum

Oxygen3 Ultra Combination Vacuum EL7025

This vacuum provides the best all-around cleaning for all surfaces. The EL7025 comes with two power nozzles – one for bare floors and one for carpets and the optimum sensor system automatically monitors the cleaner’s performance to ensure peak efficiency.

Electrolux Versatility EL8505 Vacuum

Electrolux Versatility

The Versatility Series has a unique Quick-Release Wand that brings everything easily within reach. Within seconds the wand and hose system are released from the vacuum for cleaning up high and down low.

Models in the Versatility Series include: EL8500, EL8501, EL8501A, EL8501AZ, EL8502, EL8502A, EL8502B, EL8505, EL8505A

Electrolux UltraSilencer EL6986 Vacuum

UltraSilencer™ EL6986

The EL6986 has what Electrolux calls, "whisper-quiet cleaning" that makes for extremely quiet operation. So quiet that a baby can sleep right through it.


Miele Canister Vacuum Cleaner Reviews

Miele Ariel S5211

Miele S5 Ariel Vacuum Cleaner (S5211) – Features, Reviews, and Ratings

Recommended for low pile carpeting, area rugs, and all smooth flooring, the Polar Ice colored S5211 Ariel comes standard with an SBD 550-3 floor tool, a durable non-electric hose, and a lightweight telescopic stainless steel wand.

Miele Jubilee S5281 Vacuum

Miele Jubilee (S5281) Vacuum Cleaner – Features, Reviews, and Ratings

The Miele Jubilee S5281 comes with two floor heads, an SEB217-3 Electro Comfort floor tool, and an SBB300-3 Parquet Twister floor tool. The Jubilee is recommended for deep cleaning and restoring of crushed carpet nap on low- to medium-pile carpets with moderate densities.

Miele Olympus S2121 Compact Canister

Miele Olympus S2 Series (S2121) Canister Vacuum Cleaner Review

The Miele Olympus S2121 is an affordable, no frills canister vacuum that does a great job on all bare floor types, throw rugs, and low pile carpet, as well as all your above floor needs.




Oreck Canister Vacuum Cleaner Reviews

Oreck XL Little Hero Canister Vac

Oreck XL Little Hero

This small, ultra-portable canister vacuum is perfect for quick cleanups. From problem pet hair on upholstery to hard-to-reach corners and crevices, the Little Hero can handle it with ease.

Oreck Quest Canister Vac

Oreck Quest Canister Vac

This compact canister vacuum is perfect for smaller homes or apartments. Weighing in at 10 lbs., it comes with variable speed control, 5 foot extension wand, a multi-tool, floor tool, and 3 year limited warranty.

Oreck Quest Pro Canister Vacuum

Oreck Quest Pro Canister Vacuum Cleaner Review

The Oreck Quest Pro Canister Vacuum is a first class machine, with top quality performance and features. It is lightweight, maneuverable, and easy to use and maintain. You can’t ask for more in a canister vacuum.



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