Upright vacuums are the workhorses of the world of housecleaning. They clean carpets and floors quickly and powerfully, helping to eliminate allergy-causing dust, dander, and more. If you're in need of a new upright vacuum to assist with your cleaning needs, you're in luck. We've put together this expert-picked list of the best upright vacuums of 2021.
First up on our list of the best upright vacuums of 2021 is this cordless stick vacuum from LG, which is a great choice for anyone looking for compact design and powerful suction. A removable, rechargeable quick-release battery provides up to 40 minutes of performance without the hassle of dealing with cords.
Also making vacuuming easier is this unit's telescopic wand style, which allows you to extend it as needed to reach more surface area and then retract it for easy storage. With the LG CordZero™ vacuum's portable charging stand, you can easily store this vacuum and allow it to charge almost anywhere.
And speaking of ease, you can control this unit's features with a simple touch of your thumb. Select from three different power levels to get the most out of its Smart Inverter Motor™, or turn the unit on and off without straining yourself with hard-to-press, out-of-the way levers or buttons.
Maintenance is also simple with this vacuum cleaner. It's possible to wash not just the filter, but the pre-filter, fine dust filter, and cyclone system as well, keeping your unit running smoothly for years. And this vacuum's five-step filtration system removes 99.99% of dust and dirt, helping you breathe easy.
This German-made Triflex HX1 Cat and Dog cordless stick vacuum from Miele is ideal for pet owners. With its Electro Compact handheld brush, you can remove pet fur from surfaces quickly and effortlessly.
Similarly, this vacuum's XXL Electrobrush is ideal for removing all sorts of debris and works particularly well on low to medium pile carpeting and smooth flooring. Thanks to its Varta removable battery, you can run this unit for up to one hour and cover up to 1,345 sq. ft.
One standout feature on this Miele vacuum is its 3in1 innovation, which provides maximum flexibility for reaching your dirtiest areas. The PowerUnit can be attached to the top or bottom of the vacuum, allowing you to reach under flat furniture or across large spaces. The PowerUnit also functions on its own to clean seats and sofas. You can even charge the unit in either configuration, with the PowerUnit on the top or bottom.
Also making this unit especially easy to use is its Twist2Open dust container, which can be emptied after one quick turn of the lid. And its HEPA AirClean lifetime filter removes 99.99% of particles from the air you breathe for increased health and safety.
This Samsung Jet™ 70 Pet Cordless Stick Vacuum features a lightweight design and a removable, rechargeable battery that allows you to vacuum for up to 40 minutes at a time. Featuring a 180-degree swivel head and weighing only 6 lbs., this vacuum is especially easy to maneuver around stairs, under sofas, and in other out-of-the-way spaces. This vacuum can clean all types of surfaces, from hardwood to tile to carpet.
With a five-layer filtration system, this stick vacuum is able to remove pet dander, dust, pollen, and other allergens from the air you breathe. Indeed, it captures up to 99.99% of microdust and deposits particles in a large, 0.8L dustbin, whose size keeps you from having to empty it too often.
A handy digital display on this unit allows you to check its status and get alerts quickly and easily, so you'll know about airflow issues, clogs, and similar problems before it's too late.
Is a stick or upright vacuum better?
Upright vacuums are best for quickly cleaning large surface areas. Stick vacuums, however, generally provide greater maneuverability.
How often should you buy a new vacuum?
Vacuums last a median of eight years. You will probably want to buy a vacuum at least this often, or possibly before it reaches that point if you find that your current vacuum is failing to pick up debris and you're not able to repair it to your satisfaction.