11 Best Vacuum Cleaners to Buy in 2020, According to Cleaning Experts

Whether you need an upright vac, a canister, or something in between.

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Two important questions to ask when buying a vacuum cleaner are: Is it easy to handle and maneuver and can it really remove dust and dirt from all areas of my home? Choosing the best vacuum cleaner for you and your home means thinking about more than just that. Consider what surfaces you’ll be vacuuming, how your home is laid out and how much time you have for cleaning up. Below are our picks for the best vacuums in key categories.

Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping Institute
Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping Institute

Carolyn Forte, a consumer products expert, is the director of the Home Appliances & Cleaning Products Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family and Consumer Science from Queens College, CUNY, Carolyn began her career almost 40 years ago as a textiles analyst for the Montgomery Ward Company. Today she oversees all GH Institute testing, research, and editorial production involving cleaning appliances and products, like vacuum cleaners, dishwashers, detergents, and more. She writes Good Housekeeping's monthly cleaning advice column, "Ask the GH Cleaning Lab", is the author of several Good Housekeeping books and special interest publications, including Simple Cleaning Wisdom and Get Organized in 30 Days or Less!, and is the stain-removal guru behind the genius advice on Good Housekeeping’s Amazon Alexa skill. Even in her personal life, Carolyn makes cleaning a priority: She hates dirty windows so much that she’s been known to take a vacation day to stay home and clean hers.