Cordless vacuums have gotten so much better in recent years. They’re more powerful than ever before, lighter weight than ever before, and they have batteries that last longer on a charge than ever before. Of course, there are still downsides to cordless vacuums that can’t be overlooked. For one thing, good models are still quite expensive. And for another, even the best cordless vacuums still can’t offer the kind of suction you get from a high-quality upright vacuum. If you need to clean up a real mess, a corded upright vacuum cleaner is the only way to go. Here, we’ve rounded up the best options out there for anyone in search of a new upright vacuum.

Best Overall

When taking all factors into account, from design and suction to ease of use and value, there is no better upright vacuum available right now than the Bissell Cleanview Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner. It’s lightweight and easily maneuverable, with strong suction that picks up even the toughest dirt on hard flooring as well as on carpets. It’s also far less expensive than comparable models we tested, making it a clear winner.

Best for Pet Hair

The Eureka NEU180B Lightweight Powerful Upright Vacuum is a terrific vacuum cleaner in many regards, but there’s one area in particular where it really shines: pet hair. If you have a pet that sheds and leaves hair all over your hard flooring, carpets, and rugs, this great Eureka vacuum is exactly what you’ve been looking for.

Strongest Suction

There’s no question that the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Upright Vacuum Cleaner would have been our pick for best overall vacuum if not for the steep price tag. Dyson’s suction is completely unmatched, and we can’t recommend this model strongly enough if the hefty price tag doesn’t scare you away. It’s something you’ll use every single week so it’s well worth the expense.

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