What is the Best Vacuum Cleaner Brand?
I recently put together a list.ly of all the different vacuum cleaner brands from around the world. The brand of vacuum cleaner you choose is a key decision if you're looking to buy. The best vacuum cleaner brand to choose depends on YOUR circumstances and what type of vacuum you are looking for. It also comes largely down to YOUR preference and opinion as there are many good vacuum brands to choose from!
Our Ultimate Vacuum Buying Guide can help you with assessing your needs. This article provides an overview of our top choices of vacuum cleaner brands across the following categories:
Best Selling Vacuum Cleaner Brands
Bissell is one of the oldest vacuum cleaner brands in the market today, having been founded in 1876! The company is devoted to producing floor care products including vacuums, carpet sweepers, carpet deep cleaners and bare floor vacuums. They also produce a full line of floor cleaning chemicals.
According to Wiki Bissell is the number one manufacturer of floor care products in North America in terms of sales, with 20% of the market share. However, although the Bissell headquarters is in Walker, Michigan their vacuum cleaners are manufactured outside of the US.
The Bissell brand features highly here at Home Vacuum Zone and we've reviewed their cleaners in the following articles:
Black & Decker Corporation is the leading manufacturer of power tools and accessories in the US. They also produce vacuum cleaners, with a focus on handheld, stick, lightweight and cordless types. They are also responsible for the introduction of the first cordless vacuum cleaner, the DustBuster in 1979.
Black & Decker products are sold in more than 100 countries and are manufactured at 36 plants, 18 in the US and 18 abroad, located in Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Mexico and the UK.
Dirt Devil is another vacuum cleaner brand that is over a century old, having been founded in 1905 in Cleveland, Ohio. Techtronic Industries (TTI Floor Care North America) now owns the Dirt Devil brand along with Hoover US, Oreck and Vax.
The Dirt Devil line includes uprights, quick cleaning hand vacs, stick vacuums, canister vacs, and carpet washers. Dirt Devil is an entry-level lower-priced vacuum brand and is increasingly being aimed at a young audience in marketing campaigns.
One of Dirt Devil's best selling vacuums, the Scorpion quick flip is featured in our Best Hand Vacuum Reviews.
Just about everybody has heard of the Dyson vacuum brand. They've featured numerous times in our best vacuum reviews and they are the stand out leader and innovator in the industry. Is there anything more to say that hasn't already been said about this top vacuum cleaner brand?
Electrolux is a Swedish multi-national manufacturer of vacuum cleaners and other home appliances. The company started in Sweden as AB Lux over a century ago in 1901.
This vacuum cleaner brand has an interesting history, which you can read about here. Although their headquarters are in Stockholm, Sweden, the Electrolux branded vacuums are made in Hungary and China. Electrolux sells vacuums under a variety of other brand names:
- Beam (Central Vacuum Cleaner Brand)
- Eureka (See Best Selling Vacuum Cleaner Brands)
- Sanitaire (See American Vacuum Brands)
- AEG (European Vacuum Cleaner Brand)
- Zanussi (European Vacuum Cleaner Brand)
The Eureka Company was founded in 1909 in Detroit, Mich. Today it is part of the Electrolux (see Best Selling Vacuum Brands) family of home appliances. Eureka produces a range of vacuum types, including uprights, canisters, sticks, handhelds, home built-in systems, battery-powered vacuums, steam cleaners and home cleaning systems. Although Eureka are still headquartered in the US, their vacuums are now made in China, Mexico, and Hungary.
The Eureka Boss Smart-Vac Upright has received the top rating of "Best Vacuum" and "Best Buy" from Consumer Reports for several years.
The Eureka vacuum brand is also highly rated here at Home Vacuum Zone - the excellent value Eureka AS ONE Bagless Upright features in our Best Bagless Vacuum Reviews and the Eureka Easyclean corded handheld comes out on top in our Best Hand Vacuum Reviews.
Although Hoover US and Hoover UK/ Europe are now separate companies, they still use the same logo, however the European brand also carries the slogan "Generation Future".
The Hoover brand is synonymous with vacuum cleaners, particularly in the UK and Ireland where Hoover dominated the vacuum industry in the early and mid-20th century. The history of Hoover is intertwined with the invention of the first portable electric vacuum cleaner by James Spangler in June 1908 in Canton, Ohio. William Henry Hoover bought the patent for the design from Spangler, founding the company that in 1922 was renamed the Hoover Company.
The Hoover Company in the US is now owned by Techtronic Industries after their former owner Whirlpool Corporation sold the vacuum brand in 2006. Techtronic Industries are headquartered in Hong Kong and also own Oreck, Dirt Devil and Vax.
The UK/ European division of Hoover split from Hoover US in 1993 and was bought by the Candy Group, a large family owned domestic appliance manufacturer based in Italy.
The Shark vacuum brand is owned by Euro-Pro Operating LLC. Euro-Pro, over a century old company has taken the vacuum cleaner industry by storm in recent times, increasing its market share of US vacuum sales from 1 percent in 2008 to over 20% in 2015 (Forbes). The focus for the Shark brand is on developing innovative, effective products that are also a good value.
Home Vacuum Zone has covered Shark vacuum cleaners extensively in our reviews, the most recent of which is our Shark vs Dyson contest.
American Vacuum Brands
Buying an American made vacuum is a preference for many Americans. There are numerous reasons for this:
1. To support the American economy. By buying locally manufactured vacuums you are supporting the manufacturing industries and the US economy and employment rate as a result.
2. Greater trust in vacuum cleaner quality. America has high standards of product safety and quality that are well regulated and tested. US residents may have a higher confidence in American vacuum brands because of this familiarity in comparison to a vacuum from overseas built to unknown foreign standards.
We have listed in this section our top 10 American made vacuum brands. It should be noted that some of these brands do manufacture some of their vacuum models outside of the US.
The Kirby Company are a division of The Scott Fetzer Company, which in turn is part of Berkshire Hathaway.
Kirby have been manufacturing vacuum cleaners in Cleveland, Ohio since the early 1900’s. They expanded their manufacturing facilities with the opening of a second plant in Andrews, Texas in 1972. Kirby produce all their home care vacuum systems from these two American factories. They are then sold onto authorized, independent distributors for retail sale in the US and the rest of the world.
Every Kirby is provided with a 3 year limited manufacturer's warranty. However in order to qualify you must purchase this brand of vacuum from an authorized Distributor, Distributor Trainee or Dealer through an in-home demonstration. Buyers should be aware that Kirby vacuums purchased via the internet or at a retail store are not covered by their manufactures warranty. Online or store retailers may offer their own warranty and you may also be able to get a significant discount via this route so this needs to be considered against the warranty issues.
The latest Kirby home cleaning system is the Kirby Avalir. Kirby boast that the Avalir system offers 12 separate machines in one easy-to-operate system and is more than just a vacuum cleaner. It is also made of robust materials and is built to last a lifetime. This is however reflected in the price - the Kirby Avalir is one of the most expensive vacuum cleaners that you can buy. This American vacuum is also one of the only brands to receive the CRI Energy Efficient Gold Level certification.
The Kirby Avalir
The Kirby Avalir home care system converts to a:
There are some online retailers of the Kirby Avalir, providing new, nearly new and demo models at significant discounts on Amazon here.
The Rainbow Cleaning System has been around for more than 80 years and is manufactured by Rexair LLC at their factory in Troy, Michigan. The Rainbow is known for its unique water-based filtration system that traps dirt and odors, returning only naturally clean, water-washed air to the environment. This vacuum cleaner brand excels in removing dust from the home environment and also odors - so they are great for allergy & asthma sufferers and smokers. They are also built to last a LONG time.
All of the Rainbow models are canister vacuums with water filtration. Their two latest models are:-
This is the latest model Rainbow for 2016. The key features are:-
- Water filtration system.
- Includes Pet Attachments For Cleaning Dog & Cat Hair.
- Includes Hand Turbo, Area Rug Turbo & Universal Brush.
- Includes 10 Year Motor Warranty. (No warranty from Rainbow Rexair Company. Included 10 year motor warranty is from 3rd party home warranty company).
The E2 model vacuum brand from Rainbow was released in 2013 and has received excellent feedback and reviews. The key features of this vacuum are:-
- Water filtration system.
- Genuine attachment set includes an Electric Hose, Wands, Power Nozzle, Upholstery Tool, Dusting Brush, Floor and Wall Brush, Crevice Tool, Attachment Caddy, Inflator Tool, and Coil Cleaner.
The Oreck Corporation was founded in 1963 and has its principal manufacturing facilities in Cookeville, Tenn. This vacuum cleaner brand specialises in easy-to-use, very lightweight, and durable vacuums. They manufacture upright, canister, sweeper and handheld vacuums. Most of their models are bagged vacuums, however they do make a few bagless types.
In 2013, Oreck Corporation was acquired by the floor cleaning giant Techtronic Industries (TTI) after filing for bankruptcy. TTI has the leading market share in the US floor-care market and also owns Hoover, Vax and Dirt-Devil vacuum brands. Oreck is the higher-priced end of its cleaning line, with brand emphasis on durability with a lightweight design.
Simplicity are a brand of the Tacony Corporation. Every Simplicity upright vacuum model (except the SHD-1T) and premiere canister vacuum model are made in America. The molding, painting, assembling, testing, and packaging happens in St. James, Missouri.
The Simplicity brand of vacuums have a reputation for producing quality, durable cleaners. They build a range of excellent cleaning machines and in doing this they purposefully sacrifice some of the gadgets and gizmos that you might find on other cleaners. As their name suggests, the vacuum brand's focus is to keep it simple and just build the best vacuums.
Simplicity produce upright, canister, stick, handheld and central vacuum cleaners. We recently reviewed some of their latest upright models here.
Like Simplicity, the Riccar vacuum cleaner brand is part of the Tacony Corporation. Similarly they are also quality focussed and all american made in St. James, Missouri (with the exception of the RHD-1T). All Riccar vacuums are sold through independent vacuum retailers where they’ll learn about your home and match you up with the Riccar vacuum that best suits your needs. Riccar manufacture uprights, canisters and central vacuums. You can find a retailer near you via this link.
Sanitaire is the commercial vacuum division of Eureka (see Best Selling Vacuum Brands) and also part of Electrolux. Their focus is primarily on producing commercial and professional vacuum cleaners. The Sanitaire vacuum range includes uprights, canisters, backpacks, floor machines and industrial carpet cleaners.
Sanitaire is a recognized leader and innovator in the commercial vacuum industry. Unlike Eureka who now manufacture their vacuums outside the US, Sanitaire's North American manufacturing facility produces more than 90 percent of their product line. Here are some of their latest models from the popular Quiet Clean line, which all have noise levels less than 70dB:
European Vacuum Brands
When one thinks of European vacuum brands, Miele is the first that comes to mind. Their slogan "Immer Besser" translates to "Forever Better" and this attention to quality holds true with their German vacuum cleaners. Miele was established in 1899 but it wasn't until 1931 that they introduced their first vacuum cleaner.
Although Miele vacuums are made in Germany, the brand is coveted around the world. Miele produce a truly exceptional range of canister vacuum cleaners (known as cylinders in Europe), which we rate very highly at Home Vacuum Zone. All of their canisters are bagged units. People who buy Miele are quality conscious and have style.
SEBO are another German vacuum brand and are manufactured by Stein & Co GmbH. The first SEBO vacuum cleaner was made in 1978 out of their first factory located in Donnenberg.
The brand name SEBO actually stands for SEmigewerbliche BOdenpflege, which in German means semi-commercial floor care but it is also known internationally to stand for quality. Unlike Miele, who manufacture a whole range of home appliances, SEBO concentrate purely on home cleaning appliances including canisters, uprights and power heads. They also make more specialist items such as carpet cleaners and polishers.
BSH Hausgerate GmbH (or BSH Home Appliances) is the largest manufacturer of home appliances in Europe and one of the leading companies in the sector worldwide. The group was established in Germany in 1967 via a joint venture between Robert Bosch GmbH (Bosch Group) and Siemens AG.
In September 2014, Robert Bosch GmbH agreed to purchase Siemens' 50% stake in BSH for 3 billion euros making it a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bosch Group. Under the terms of the agreement, BSH is allowed to produce and market household appliances under the Siemens brand over the long term.
The Siemens and Bosch brands are renowned for quality home appliance products. Their focus is on setting high standards in cleaning performance, efficiency and convenience.
The Siemens and Bosch vacuum cleaner lines comprise compact cordless vacuums and canister (cylinder) vacuums.
Philips was founded in 1891 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands and is currently headquartered in Amsterdam. It is one of the largest electronics companies in the world and manufactures vacuum cleaners under its Philips Consumer Lifestyle division.
The Philips vacuum line consists of canister (cylinder) and cordless vacuums. They produce both bagged and bagless models as well as a complete anti-allergy range.
Vorwerk is yet another German vacuum cleaner brand! Established in 1883 they remain headquartered in Wuppertal, Germany, where they were originally founded. Their products are sold around the world via a direct sales system, in a similar manner to competitor vacuum brands Kirby and Rainbow.
The Vorwerk vacuum cleaner brand is focused on innovation, quality and durability. All of their models are made in Germany. Vorwerk claim that one in every four households in Germany owns a Vorwerk Vacuum Cleaner. Their product range includes their main unit, the VK150, which will set you back over $1,000 and the equally powerful canister vacuum cleaner VT270 that’s available in some markets. They also produce robot and handheld vacuum models.
Robot Vacuum Cleaner Brands
Neato Robotics is a robotics company located in California that specializes in making robot vacuums. They released their first robot vacuum in 2010 and so are a very young company compared to the traditional vacuum cleaner brands.
Their robotic vacuum cleaner line includes the XV series and the Botvac series. We reviewed the Botvac D80 in our Best Robot Vacuum Reviews. Neato also produce the Vorwerk VK100 robot vacuum for the German vacuum cleaner brand. The design work for their robots is done in California, with contract manufacturing done in China.
The iRobot Roomba is a best selling robot vacuum cleaner brand that we reviewed in detail here. The IRobot Corporation was founded in 1990 and also makes other types of robots such as for the military and police. Their corporate headquarters are located in Bedford, Mass. In 2015, iRobot generated $617 million in revenue and employed more than 500 of the robot industry’s top professionals (source).
In this review we've featured less than half of the vacuum cleaner brands that are on this list. We haven't covered Central Vacuum Cleaner brands or Carpet Cleaner brands but may add these in the future. However, the vacuum brands we've included here are all worthy of considering in your search for a vacuum cleaner that is right for you.
Which vacuum brand is the best? Please let me know any experiences that you've had with any of them in the comments below. I'd love to hear your views or any questions that you may have.
Also, if one of your favourite vacuum cleaner brands does not feature here and you think it deserves a place then let me know. We'd be happy to consider adding more to this article.