What are the best vacuum cleaners for apartment living? We’ve lined up five major contenders as the best vacuums for apartment dwellers.
Hoover Air Cordless Series 3.0 Bagless Upright Vacuum BH50140
The Hoover Air cordless vacuum, model BH50140, is highly rated. This model has a number of pros and cons.
Pros of The Hoover Air 3.0
The vacuum’s batteries last up to 25 minutes apiece, and you get two batteries with this vacuum. You can charge one battery while the other is in use. And the batteries have a charge level indicator so you know when it is powering down.
This vacuum weighs less than ten pounds.
Hoover’s canister vacuums are below average on reliability, with 13% of its vacuums needing repair in an average year according to Consumer Reports. Hoover’s upright vacuums like this model do better on reliability, with around 8% needing repair in a given year.
Despite being a cordless vacuum, the Hoover Air 3.0 has the same Wind Tunnel technology as other Hoover vacuums, so it cleans almost as well when nearly full as when it is empty.
It has a crevice tool for cleaning in between the cushions, your air vents, your car and other areas. It also has a dusting tool.
This vacuum can clean hardwood floors, tile and carpet.
This vacuum has a five year limited warranty.
Cons of the Hoover Air 3.0
This is a mid-priced vacuum. It costs around $300 at list price, but you can regularly find it on sale for $250 and even as little as $200, depending on various coupons and discounts. That’s pricy for a stick vacuum if it isn’t going to be the only vacuum you need.
This vacuum doesn’t do well with pet fur.
This is a good, powerful cordless vacuum cleaner for a very small apartment or one that has only a few rugs and other spots that need to be vacuumed, and it is only a practical choice for those who don’t have furry critters.
Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner BH50010
The Hoover Linx is one of the top five best selling vacuum cleaners on sites like Amazon.com, in part due to its performance and partially due to its price.
Pros of the Hoover Linx BH50010
This vacuum has a longer warranty on both the vacuum and the battery.
The foam filters are washable by hand, and you can get replacement filters for around five dollars apiece.
The controls are up on the handle where you are used to seeing them, and you never have to lean over to turn on the vacuum cleaner.
The bottom release dirt cup lets you pick up the vacuum cleaner and empty out its contents without getting any of the mess on you.
This vacuum has a wider cleaning path than many other cordless vacuum cleaners.
This vacuum can be used on carpet and hardwood floors, though you should turn off the brush-roll before using it on wood floors.
Cons of the Hoover Linx BH50010
Pet hair can clog the vacuum at the intake to the dirt cup. This is a mess to clean up, so don’t use this vacuum when you have a heavily shedding pet in the household.
The handle is prone to breaking.
This is a decent cordless vacuum, best for spot cleaning heavily trafficked areas like hallways and stairs. It can be used to clean a whole apartment if it is a small one.
Shark Rocket Vacuum HV301
This Shark vacuum is $165 without its detail kit, just under $200 with the detail kit. You can find even cheaper deals if you’re willing to buy a refurbished one.
Pros of the Shark Rocket HV301
It has a cleaning wand for cleaning high shelves, drapes and ceiling corners.
This vacuum can be stored on a wall mount, freeing up storage space and giving you a place to put it if there is no room in the closet.
The filters are washable.
This vacuum actually picks up the heavier debris like broken plastic and clumps of mud in addition to fine lint.
The tools include a dusting brush, crevice tool, upholstery tool, tools for cleaning out the little crevices in your keyboard and an accessory bag to hold it all in. If you want an all in one stick vacuum, your could go for the HV302 model that comes with the car detail kit. The Shark rocket with or without the detail kit is one of the best vacuums for apartment living.
Cons of the Shark Rocket HV301
It blows more fine dirt than it picks up. On hardwood floors with a fine mess of spilled flour, it is better to break out a broom than this vacuum.
If you don’t have the upper body strength and endurance to carry around a 7.5 pound vacuum for almost an hour, then the Bissell Bolt 13121 stick vacuum (read details below) weighing 6 pounds would be a better choice than this model.
It can’t do deep rugs.
If you need a cordless vacuum to clean apartment carpets and can do so before the charge runs out, this is a decent cordless vacuum for an apartment dweller.
Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum
This is an expensive cordless vacuum.
Pros of the DC59 Motorhead
The DC59 motorhead has a powerful digital motor and two cyclones, making it almost as powerful as the standard upright vacuum cleaners.
Dyson’s vacuums have an above average reputation on reliability. Dyson had the second best canister vacuums and above-average vacuums on reliability for upright vacuums according to the 2014 Consumer Reports buying guide.
There’s no belt that could break on this design.
It does better with fine dust than competitors like the Shark Rocket cordless vacuum.
Cons of the DC59 Motorhead
The list price is $550, and on sale it is still $500 for a new one.
The battery lasts 24 minutes if fully charged and less if the vacuum is on high power. The battery takes three hours to charge, which is less time than average.
This is the best cordless vacuum cleaner on the list if you need to clean deep, thick rugs.
BISSELL BOLT ION PLUS 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum 13121
This cordless vacuum is priced middle-of-the-pack at $200.
Pros of the Bissell Bolt Cordless 13121
It has a removable hand vacuum so you can seamlessly transition from cleaning the floor to cleaning the couch.
You can turn off both the brush roll and edge bristles.
At six pounds, this is the best lightweight vacuum on the list for someone who has limited upper body strength.
This vacuum has great maneuverability.
Cons of the Bissell Bolt Cordless 13121
It does require some assembly.
The dust cup is small, and you may need to empty it more than once over the course of a cleaning session.
This isn’t a good choice if you have pets, it doesn’t do well with pet hair. It clogs badly with thick pet hair.
This is a good, affordable stick vacuum if you don’t need to deep clean and do like switching between a stick vacuum and handheld vacuum as you work.