1. Shark Navigator Professional: Slightly lower in price than the very popular and highly rated Shark Rotator, the Navigator has only a few less features. Both have the same powerful 1200 watt motor and both have a lift-away canister vacuum. Swivel steering makes going around corners easy, and the Navigator has an extra large dirt canister so you won’t need to empty it so often. This is especially helpful if you have pets, as their hair can fill up the space quickly!
2. Hoover Windtunnel 3 Pro Pet: While this one is specialized for pet hair, you’ll find it does a great job on every day dirt and other messes even if you don’t have dogs and cats in the house. It also has some fancy features we wouldn’t expect to see for under $200 like a 5-level height adjustment and an automatic cord rewind. It also has a HEPA filter to help keep the air in your home clean.
3. Shark Rocket Ultralight: Talk about a handy vacuum. The Rocket weighs in at under 8 pounds and doubles as an upright and a handheld vac. It also has swivel steering to make going around furniture easy, and it incorporates a 2-speed brush roll so you can use it on all types of flooring and carpet. For storage, it comes with a wall mount so you can hang it out of the way when not in use.
4. Oreck XL Commercial: This is the perfect vacuum cleaner if you want something simple and easy to use. It doesn’t come with tools that many people don’t really need or ever use but it does have a good 12” cleaning path width and a self-adjusting head so you don’t need to turn dials or fuss with it when going from hardwood floors to carpeting. It does have non-marking bumpers so it won’t leave scuffs on your baseboards, and it has edge cleaning to get close to the walls.
5. Bissell Rewind Pet: Another vac specialized for pet hair pickup; this Bissell is also good even if you don’t have pets in the house. It has 5 height settings and an extremely wide 15” cleaning path. Combined with the large dirt container and automatic cord rewind, you’ll find this a very handy machine to help clean all types of floors.