Shark CZ351 Pet Canister Vacuum, Corded with Self-Cleaning Brushroll, Navy Silver

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While we recognize that an over $500 price tag definitely places this robot vacuum in a splurge category, we think it’s well worth the investment. For busy families and homes with lots of hard flooring, it can be a time saver and offer peace of mind by removing one chore from your weekly routine. There’s a reason Shark vacuums are a top buy—the brand’s offerings come with powerful suction, fully-sealed HEPA filtration systems, and comprehensive warranties, all at affordable prices. Plus, in recent years, the brand has come toe-to-toe with its more expensive rival, Dyson, to release innovative designs for robot vacuums and handheld models. We’re looking forward to testing the Boost CX1 eventually, to compare it to our upgrade pick as well as to the Shark Vertex CZ2001 bagless canister. We also plan to try out the new Airsign bagged canister vacuum, a design-focused model with a HEPA filter.

That makes them more versatile than even the most prestigious brands in our upright vacuum review that just got bogged down or stuck. The turbine-powered brushroll on the Electrolux – EL4021A didn’t help much, though. It got stuck in longer carpet fibers and was only slightly more effective than the bare-floor tools included in less expensive vacuums. The height control on the Kenmore shark dustbuster heads gave the biggest advantage in long-pile carpet, but Shark’s dual-brush system performed almost just as well. Choosing a canister vacuum without a powered carpet head was tricky, since the bare-floor cleaning that these vacuums are best at isn’t particularly complicated. The Bissell – Zing offers good power at a very affordable price, and it doesn’t skimp on the details.

No matter how we procure products, they all go through the same tests and must meet the same strict criteria to make the best-of cut. Liam McCabe is a former senior staff writer for Wirecutter, and has covered the wild world of appliances since 2011. After testing dozens of robot vacuums, he is shark robotic vacuums neither worried about AI nor holding his breath for self-driving cars. He enjoys visiting factories and learning about regulatory loopholes, and has flooded our testing area only three times. The last big downside to buying a Miele is that you may not have an authorized service center near you.

That’s actually pretty loud compared with the best high-end vacuums, but it’s quieter than other cheap vacs we’ve tested, which regularly exceeded 80 decibels. And it operates at more of a midrange hum than a high-pitched whine, so it’s not as grating to listen to over time. Newer Shark models with the anti-wrap brush roll that we tested sounded like a dirt bike with a card pinned to the wheel.

And compared with a $600 Miele canister vacuum, the Dyson might last half as long (10 years), if you’re lucky. If you have high-pile carpeting, you may prefer a Miele model with an electrified cleaning head, such as the Miele Complete C3 Kona. The vacuums in this line clean similarly, but the filtration isn’t quite as excellent, they run a little louder, and the hoses aren’t crushproof. We’d buy a C3 model, but a C1 isn’t a bad choice if you want to save the money now. The canister is small enough to balance on stairs and by removing the wand and attaching the floorhead or one of the tools directly to the handle, cleaning stairs is a breeze.

You’ll also enjoy the clear dust bin that allows you to see what you’re capturing in real time, and it releases very easily with the help of built-in latches. At this price point, you can’t beat the performance and easy-to-use design that makes this vacuum a favorite among our team. Miele introduced a new bagless canister vacuum, the Boost CX1, in May 2022. A Miele representative told us it’s meant to serve as a compact option for people living in small spaces. It’s 16 inches in diameter and weighs just under 13 pounds—that’s almost two pounds lighter than the Blizzard CX1 vacuums and seven pounds lighter than the Complete C3 Calima. Since the Navigator Lift-Away is predominantly plastic, some of its parts can get brittle and crack over time.

Rather than having a separate head for carpet and bare-floor cleaning, Kenmore gives you a convertible system called the “Crossover” head. The bare-floor tool snaps into the carpet head, and it’s easy to lift out with the press of a foot lever. There are three power levels (low, med, max) and two floor type settings (hard floor, carpet). When the vacuum is turned on the power defaults to low and the floor type to bare floor. The unit defaults to these setting every time the vacuum is turned on. This vacuum’s anti-allergen seal and HEPA filter effectively trap dust—a major win for families with pets and allergies.