We all have different vacuuming needs. Maybe you’re looking for a stick vac that can do double duty while squeezing into a dorm room. Or are you someone leaning toward a pumped-up model with some serious oomph? I know. You’re finally ready for your first apartment vacuum, yes? Not to worry, I’ve picked the perfect trio for you to check out. One’s cordless, one is small but with a powerhouse motor, and all three are bagless. Oh, and one I can’t live without. They’re listed by order of price — least expensive first.
Eureka AirSpeed Zuum All Floors (Model AS5210A)
Designed with a tool cleaning feature, and an 8-foot easy-to-access stretch hose and telescopic wand, this upright vacuum also includes the PET Power Paw Turbo Nozzle to remove pet hair from furniture. Eureka Zuum all-surface cleaning vacuum comes with an on/off switch that controls the brushroll. Turn it off on hard flooring to keep debris from scattering about, and switch it on for rugs and carpets. An odor absorbing, high-efficiency allergen filter keeps unwanted odors at bay while vacuuming. AirSpeed Zuum weighs in at just under 15 pounds and is equipped with a 30-foot cord which, in a perfect world, would be the minimum for all corded vacuums.
Sold exclusively at Target stores and Target.com.
Priced at $129.99.
Electrolux Ergorapido Brushroll Clean Cordless Vacuum (Model EL1061A)
I know. That moniker makes it sound more like a matador than a stick vac, but don’t underestimate this little guy. Ergorapido comes with a wall-mount charger, power cord and two indispensable accessories that are oh-so-cleverly stashed in the charging stand. Ergorapido has 12 volts of power, weighs in at just over 5 pounds, with a dust cup that holds about 1.4 quart of debris. But where this cordless stick vac really shines is in its versatility. It comes with an easy-to-remove hand vacuum that slurps up small jobs; and snap on the small triangular brush to lap up dust and pet hair on furniture. You can see my detailed review here. Oh, and this is the vacuum I can’t live without. With two German shepherds, I need to spot vac several times a day.
Priced at $149.99.
Dyson DC47 Animal Canister Vacuum
If you want a canister that doesn’t take up much space, then you might consider taking the DC47 for a spin. A hair under 14 pounds, the diminutive Dyson is designed for those who are following the down-sizing trend. It has a smooth ball that easily glides over various surfaces. And the ball on the DC47 isn’t just for show; it houses the brains of the operations, including polycarbonate air ducts and the 16.4-foot power cord. DC47 Animal includes a combination tool, stair tool and the amazing tangle-free turbine tool that keeps hair from gumming up the works in the brush.
Do you have a favorite — or least favorite — vacuum? Let us know.