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Best Vacuum Cleaners: 7 Models That Will Make Cleaning Easier in 2018

If you are in need of a new vacuum cleaner, you will have a number of questions that need to be answered, such as:

Do I need a corded or cordless vacuum? Am I cleaning hardwood flooring, tile, or carpet? Do I have stairs in my house, or do I need a vacuum cleaner designed for pet hair?

Here’s the issue:

There is no one vacuum cleaner that will excel at every job.

You need the correct vacuum for the job at hand. Luckily, I have researched and reviewed vacuum cleaners for all situations, so all you need to do is choose the vacuum that best fits your needs.

Read on as I go through the list of the best vacuum cleaners of 2018.

Best Vacuum Of 2018: Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional 

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional offers a lightweight vacuum with a feature many others in its class don’t have; a powerful machine that never loses suction!

The suction is incredibly powerful, rivaling many other available models on the market, and it even includes a HEPA filter so that you are cleaning the air as well while you suck up the dust, dirt, mold, etc.

Lift-Away Functionality

One of the best features this vacuum offers is its lift-away function that allows for easier access to those hard-to-reach places like corners and under the couch. Not only that, but it is a 2-in-1 vacuum which makes it super easy to be mobile while cleaning, so you would not feel confined to one area.

If an entire room needs to be vacuumed, the Navigator will have no issues with that as it has a 30-foot cord which more than makes up the space of other vacuums.

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away is by far one of the best vacuums I have ever used. Aside from its impressive range of area, it also contains swivel steering which puts it far above the rest. This vacuum is the real deal and the mobility it offers seals the deal for me.

The flexibility of the Navigator is by far its best-selling feature and the ergonomics behind the design are well done. Typically, I expect bigger name brand vacuums to have a more flashy design, and even though the Navigator may not look as sleek, putting it together is relatively simple. This is an extremely compact system which makes it a rather snug, but secure machine.

Anti-Allergen Technology

One of the bigger and perhaps less talked about features of the Navigator is its anti-allergen technology. Normally when I vacuum or do any sort of cleaning around the house, I sometimes still sneeze here and there.

With the Navigator, it absorbs nearly all of the dust and allergens and contains them inside of the vacuum itself. That way, I don’t have to worry about fighting off a cold while I clean.

Living in an environment with pets can cause some mayhem, especially if the pet or pets do not pay attention to their surroundings. Well, I can say from personal experience that when my cat knocks down a vacuum I get concerned, but not with this one. This vacuum has a solid build and despite that, still is very lightweight.

Many people, including myself, have switched from other bigger name brands to Shark’s latest and greatest. The vacuum is great for getting even the tiniest hairs and dust out of the carpet and making it feel like new again.

If you’re looking for a lightweight vacuum that never loses suction, for a price that is honestly much cheaper than other companies that promise the same thing, the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional is definitely a product that I recommend. The Navigator is not only the best Shark vacuum but the best overall vacuum cleaner of 2018. 

Tips for Choosing the Best Vacuum Cleaner

Trying to find the best vacuum cleaner is not always easy to do.

There are many considerations that go into such a purchase such as brand reliability, cost, and overall effectiveness. Many people turn to reviews either on websites or from people they may know.

But to truly know what kind of vacuum you need, assess why it is you are in the market for one. Some find that using a vacuum to get into tighter spaces is more to their liking whereas others feel that vacuums that can pick up the entirety of a room or even multiple rooms are more to their suiting.

Many people think that it is simply time to upgrade their vacuum while others look for a long-term investment. Either way, buying your next vacuum should not be a hassle, but instead, it should be something you can find the value in.


bagless vacuum model

When looking at the vacuums on the market, it is expanding as technology increases. Many people feel that bagless is the way to go and it really is one of the more cost-effective options out there.

Bagless works for users in a lot of ways and typically they can cover more ground than others. They are certainly less expensive than many name brands, but sometimes cheaper does not always necessarily mean better.

The one advantage that bagless offer is saving money by not buying bags.

However, because of their bagless feature, the one downside is continually buying filters. Not to mention cleaning out a filter can activate or trigger unwarranted allergens. Asthma can also arise as an issue when continually cleaning out dirty filters.

Bagless can also struggle with picking up pet hair which may leave many owners skeptical, but not all bagless vacuums have that same problem.


robotic vacuum model

Technology is on the rise and cleaning equipment has become no exception to that.

The Roomba series is perhaps one of the more popular robotic cleaning pieces of technology out there.

One of the selling points in regards to robotic vacuums is that they do all the work for you. It sounds easy enough, but many complaints still stem from charging times and limited navigation.

The Roomba’s challenger series is Neato, which has received high praise from a lot of users. The biggest flaw in the Roomba technology is its inability to effectively clean corners, if at all.

Still, the market is thriving with robotic vacuums all trying to be the best. The downside to purchasing robotic vacuums, however, is the better models are usually more expensive, which ends up outrunning a lot of potential consumers’ budgets.

In the end though, as technology advances, so will the Roomba and Neato. These two types, while not necessarily in the prototype stage, are more or less the guinea pigs of how the technology will end up evolving.


upright vacuum model

When you think of a vacuum, the first thought is probably the stereotypical looking vacuum which happens to be the upright vacuum.

The upright vacuum is one of the cheaper vacuums on the market and even some are bagless which makes for a nice one-two combination for some buyers.

Typically these vacuums perform well and have a rather powerful sucking motion that cleans carpets with little to no effort.

What can be seen as a negative is how the upright vacuums function, which is with a pushing and pulling motion. This type of motion can make it difficult to navigate easily in a room and can get tangled up in the cord.

Trying to get under tables and other pieces of furniture is not easy, but there is usually a hose attachment that will work better for those spots.


canister vacuum model

The canister type vacuums certainly are a one of kind vacuum that finds uses in many areas.

These vacuums are known for their mobility and have a nice transition between carpeted areas of a room and hardwood and even tile floors. Unlike most vacuums, upright vacuums work well on stairs given their longer hose range.

The unfortunate thing about canister vacuums is not only their more expensive price range but that they are one of the heavier vacuums on the market.

Most typically have a set of wheels and can usually follow a user as they sweep, but if they have to be carried around, this can make for an inefficient use of time.

The size of canister vacuums far outweighs many others and that sometimes, depending on the available space, is not a good thing. They can be harder to squeeze into tighter spaces for storage and are just bulkier than most.

Hand Held

handheld vacuum model

While handheld vacuums are not usually used as much as other types, they still find usage in smaller areas. If a part of the living room has a highly concentrated area of traffic, then typically a handheld vacuum would be used rather than a bigger model.

Handheld vacuums work the best not only in small areas of a house but even in automobiles or sheds. These smaller areas can typically end up rather dirty as they are overlooked from bigger models, but that is the one advantage of a smaller type of vacuum.

Even though the handheld is a convenient model for its size, the major downside is that its suction power is not nearly as strong as an upright or canister. They can clean an area of carpet or hardwood floor, but for an overall clean, this type of vacuum would not be recommended.

This list just shows a few of the types of vacuums that are out there along with some pros and cons. When selecting your next vacuum, be sure that what you are looking for adequately meets your needs.

If you are looking for a vacuum that gets all the hard to reach places, perhaps a canister is what is best for you. But, if you want to have the cleaning take care of itself, then the robotic route is one way to go.

Either way, these vacuums are only improving and there is no wrong answer on what to pick, it is ultimately up to what suits your needs the best.

This post was last updated on January 18th, 2021 at 07:01 pm