Long pile shag carpets can present a variety of cleaning challenges for the average homeowner, especially when it comes to using a vacuum cleaner to try to get the carpet clean. Vacuums that have powerful suction can bog down into the carpet and become useless. If the wheels on your vacuum cleaner are too small, they are no match for the thick tangle of long pile shag carpet and you will have great difficulty moving the vacuum around on the carpet. It is important to select a vacuum cleaner that has larger wheels, enabling it to move over the thick carpet more easily.
Easy To Push Top Vacuums For Shag Carpet
The thickness of the high pile plush carpets can make it difficult to push a vacuum cleaner along the surface. Light weight vacuum cleaners are much easier to use and can make the job of cleaning a lot less challenging. Many vacuum salesmen try to convince people that the more expensive vacuums are the only solution for any carpet, but some top models have proven to be unsuitable for long pile carpets. Due to super suction they just get stuck into the long pile carpet fibers and won’t move. After reviewing many vacuums we have finally selected 6 of the top performing vacuum cleaners that will effectively take care of the cleaning needs of your Frieze, Berber and other shag carpets.
1. Electrolux UltraFlex Canister Vacuum
Canister vacuums may be expensive, but they can be easier to move around when they have adequate suction for a plush carpet, and their design doesn’t scatter dirt. When you’re using high suction, this design isn’t as noisy as an upright vacuum cleaner.
This canister vacuum cleaner costs around $500 at full price but can be found for less than $400 on sale.
The Electrolux Ultra Flex offers three different height levels so you can set the vacuum height to the level you need. You can turn the brush roll on and off. The brush roll self-cleans so you don’t have to pull the tangled fibers and pet hair manually with your hands or use a scissor.
This vacuum has a relatively small turn radius due to its large rear wheels.
One of the biggest attractions of the model is the ability to adjust suction so you can use the same vacuum on curtains and upholstery as well as plush carpets. The eight foot long wand makes it a great choice for cleaning up high like on stairs or cleaning the drapes.
This unit can be stored horizontally or vertically, making it a good choice if you have limited closet space.
There are no bags with this canister vacuum, and the filters are washable.
Electrolux canister vacuum cleaners on average have a repair rate of 14%, comparable to the repair rate for Hoover, though Dyson vacuums break down far more often.
2. Miele Complete C3 Soft Carpet Vacuum
The model C3 vacuum by Miele is designed specifically for soft carpets. It has five different head levels so you can set it for the right level for the surface you are cleaning. The motorized head means it deep cleans carpets without relying on the extremely high suction that can rip up some delicate soft carpets. One of the benefits of this vacuum cleaner.
The canister vacuum has an easy to carry handle. Combined with its long hoses and telescoping wand, it is a good choice for those who would have problems pushing a heavy upright vacuum cleaner that can clean as well as the C3 Miele vacuum. It comes with a basic tool set, a crevice nozzle, upholstery tool and dusting brush. One of its strengths is the convenient on board tool storage.
The hardest thing about this vacuum for soft carpeting is the price tag – $800 at full price, and it is rarely on sale. Consumables like replacement bags and filters are reasonably priced.
The Miele C3 is the best vacuum for soft carpets and shag rugs for those who don’t want to have more than one vacuum for the household; it is not only safe for soft carpets but does a good job on hard floors and dirty durable carpeting.
3. Kenmore Elite Canister Vacuum Cleaner with Ultra Plush Nozzle
This vacuum weighs almost thirty pounds, so it is the heaviest in this list. It is also the least suitable for someone with limited upper body strength or poor mobility.
The hose can turn in any direction and can extend to up to seven feet. You can use this vacuum for dusting and cleaning drapes like the Electrolux UltraFlex, though it doesn’t have quite as good a reach.
The Kenmore vacuum is certified asthma and allergy friendly, so it is a great choice if you’re prone to either condition.
Kenmore canister vacuum cleaners on average have an 11% repair rate, while only Panasonic and Miele break down less often.
This vacuum’s ultra plush carpet head makes it a great choice for the thickets carpets. Or take off the head and clean your bare floors.
4. Soniclean Soft Carpet Combo Vacuum
The Soniclean soft carpet combo vacuum is a unique vacuum cleaner, because it is made to handle the soft and thick carpets that many other vacuum cleaners can’t clean well. What are the pros and cons of this vacuum cleaner?
Pros of the Soniclean Soft Carpet Combo Vacuum :
The Sonicclean soft carpet combo vacuum cleaner is one of the few on the market that can deep clean thick shag carpets. It is able to reach the roots of the carpet, where dirt, fleas, ground in mud and crumbs tend to hide.
Other vacuum cleaners get the top inch or two clean but leave the very bottom of the carpet untouched.
CRI approved vacuum.
Its soft nylon brush rolls not only cleans the carpet but do so in a manner that doesn’t shred them. This vacuum cleaner won’t turn your shag carpet into a thin layer of nubs, pulling off the thick piles or wearing them out as it runs. But if the piles of your carpet are long and can get entangled in the brush roll, it would be better to turn off the brush roll and vacuum with suction only
This vacuum can be moved over shag carpets without a lot of effort, due to its large front wheels.
The vacuum comes with a handheld vacuum cleaner that lets you clean upholstery and stairs with ease. And its hand held steamer can be used to steam clean upholstery or sterilize where a pet had an accident on the carpet.
The Soniclean soft carpet combo vacuum possesses an extra long 35’ cord that lets you clean large sections of the house without having to unplug it.
The handle is ergonomic and easy to use.
The sonic cleaning head can be turned off when you move from carpet to hard floors so you don’t damage wood floors.
The vacuum can lay flat to clean under furniture.
The vacuum comes with a fragrance dispensing system, should you choose to use it.
At only ten pounds, this vacuum has a good combination of weight with power. You won’t wear yourself out trying to move the vacuum as you clean your thick carpets.
Cons of the Soniclean Vacuum :
The only downside of this vacuum cleaner is the price tag. However, it is a small price to pay for actually getting shag carpets clean.
You get standard tools like a stretchy hose, upholstery tool, crevice tool and dusting tool with this vacuum cleaner. They are contained in a tote bag which can be a hassle to carry around while cleaning.
This is one of the best vacuum cleaners for shag carpets, since it is one of the few that can deep clean the thick carpet without ruining the soft mass.
5. Panasonic Plush Pro Bagless Canister Vacuum Cleaner, Model MC-CL945
This canister vacuum cleaner costs around $350 and is rarely marked down. It comes with a crevice tool and brush tool. The only downside is that the beater head can’t get under most furniture. Some people complain that the attachments are not conveniently stored.
This unit has a HEPA grade filter by default and washable filter. You save money on consumables with this canister vacuum cleaner. And it is easy to remove the filter and empty the canister, while some rivals make that process a mess. Removing the canister itself for cleaning is also convenient.
This canister vacuum has a powerful twelve amp motor that can pull debris out of the root of plush carpets, including pet fur.
It has a short turning radius. The Panasonic Plush Pro is easy to use due to its retractable power cord and conveniently located controls so you can turn off the beater bar from the handle. The unit is relatively quiet.
The only cons of this unit are the fact that it does a bad job on hard floors and that it can be hard to find authorized service for this vacuum cleaner if you want to go through Panasonic’s warranty. For some tall users, the attachments are only comfortable if you use them on full extension. On the plus side, this unit had the best performance with pet hair in plush carpets of any vacuum cleaners in this list.
Panasonic canister vacuums on average have a 7% repair rate per year according to Consumer Reports, the lowest repair rate of any canister vacuum cleaner. That makes this brand on average a good choice for those who don’t want a vacuum that will break down regularly.
6. Miele S7210 Twist Upright Vacuum Cleaner
The Miele S7 series offers users the ability to steer the unit by simply turning your wrist. The breakthrough SwivelNeck technology provides a householder the ability to move under furniture as easily as you move around it. The S7 series is extremely versatile with a series of on board tools that make cleaning a snap. There is a spring loaded roller brush that can lift dirt, debris and dust from long pile shag carpets and frieze carpet easily with just one pass. The level of suction can be adjusted with four settings for the suction power which can adjust to the type of surface that you are cleaning.
Works well on SmartStand silk carpet. You have use the vacuum on a lower speed setting for these type of soft plush carpets. Some users have reported that the ‘curtain’ setting works well for SmartStrand Silk carpets
Transition to smooth floors is easy, even after working on high pile carpets. There is a 12 foot hose that is flexible and cleans upholstery, drapes and ceilings quickly and easily. Due to the extraordinary length of the hose and the electrical cord combined, the cleaning radius is an incredible 54 feet which means you won’t be constantly searching for a nearby plug.
The S7210 Twist has an electrobrush which follows the contours of the floor, making automatic adjustments for floor covering height. The Twist also has an AirClean sealed system which features an Air Clean Filter and FilterBag which capture over 99% of allergens and dust and prevent them from re-entering the air in your home. Although this vacuum cleaner is heavier that the other two units we reviewed, it is very easy to push over thick carpet surfaces when you use the proper suction setting.
Plush carpets have unique demands that not all vacuum cleaners can meet. The thicker carpets aren’t going to get cleaned by carpets that can’t adjust their height to get to the root of the carpet, and most vacuums don’t have the suction to do more than clean the surface layer while leaving crumbs, dirt, fleas and dander in the base of the carpet.
If you need a durable, canister vacuum cleaner that can handle soft plush carpets, the Kenmore Elite is a good choice. If you want to vacuum a bare floor, the Electrolux model comes with a cleaning head especially for that purpose, so the Electrolux UltraFlex is the better choice if you have to alternate between plush carpets and wood or tile floors. If you’re looking for the most affordable vacuum cleaner capable of getting dirt, grime and pet hairs out of your carpets, the Panasonic Plush Pro is the best choice for you.
7. Oreck Magnesium Upright LW100 Vacuum Cleaner
The Oreck Magnesium Upright LW100 is a CRI approved vacuum (Carpet & Rug Institute) and is one of the lightest vacuum cleaners available that still delivers full power. One of the favorites in the price range of $300 that can clean sensitive thick plush carpets easily. When it comes to vacuuming a shag or a frieze carpet, you have to set the carpet at the lower setting enabling it to clean and move on your dense carpets effortlessly. With its low profile it can easily get under furniture that have a clearance as low as 4 inches. The unit is constructed with a strong and durable magnesium frame which is stronger than most types of steel. The high performance motor provides the power that you would expect from an Oreck machine.
Oreck Magnesium features a proprietary Quickswitch that allows you to move across any type of floor with a couple of power level settings to choose from. This machine weighs just 7.7 pounds which may surprise you when you see how powerful it is on the job. The unit has larger wheels, making it a suitable choice for shag carpet cleaning. The vacuum is not self-propelled but feels as it is and moves easily across thick carpets, allowing you to get your vacuuming job done without too much effort.