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Our Top Picks
1. Dyson V8 Absolute - easy to navigate
Despite the release of the Dyson V10 Absolute, the V8 is still the best multi floor vacuum ever made by Dyson. It’s a powerful cordless vacuum with the shortcoming being the battery life. The battery can only last for 40 minutes and takes 5 hours to recharge compared to the V10, which can last for up to 60 minutes and take 3.5 hours to charge. The V8 Absolute is designed for homeowners who want to enjoy power similar to that of the V10 but are not willing to spend $500. For less than $400, you get a versatile vacuum that can work on virtually all types of floors.
Design & Accessories
The Dyson V8 looks to the V8 but with a few subtle upgrades. It has a chunkier battery pack that has a higher capacity than the V6. The V8 also has a bigger bin and rear filter. Of the changes made, the most significant involves emptying the bin. In the V6, the canister is released via the side clip. Occasionally, the debris would require a thump or poking to force them down. The V8 has a more improved canister release mechanism which, when activated, opens the base flap, thus ejecting out all the debris.
Being a multi-floor vacuum cleaner, the V8 absolute offers impressive performance with very little noise disturbance. When cleaning, the V8 absolute muffles the noise of its fast motor; thus, which results in a low pitched whine. However, on max mode, the noise peaks to around 85 dB.
On open carpets the V8 is a beast, it cleans 100% of whatever mess or dirt is on the carpet. It works best with the Direct Drive head. This is a head whose edge-cleaning ability is unmatched, and it doesn’t leave even a single particle on the floor.
On hard floors, the V8 absolute was also impressive by cleaning the dirt and debris from the floors and deep floorboard cracks. It performed just as good on softwood parquet. And since it has a larger bin than the V6 you can clean for an entire day before you have to empty it.
According to the manufacturer, the V8 Absolute can run for 40 minutes on standard mode. Once you add the powered tools, it can only run for 25 minutes. In reality, it can hit up to 45 minutes without the powered tools and an average of 24 minutes on fairly deep-pile carpets. It clocked 26 minutes on hard floors and short-pile carpets.
Stair cleaning & pet hair
Navigating the stairs with a cordless vacuum is easier than with a corded vacuum as they are no cables to hold you back or trip over. It’s quick, efficient, and easy to navigate on the stairs. The mini-motorized tool comes in handy when cleaning the steps as it is compact and maneuverable. It has a tilting base that allows for easy contact with the floor. Alternatively, the direct-drive head is very effective at lifting stubborn hair off your carpets. For those with hard floors, you can use the soft roller head to lift pet hair off your floors.
- Strong suction
- Easy to use
- Quieter than average
- Fairly lightweight
- Compact design that’s easy to store
- Effective at cleaning different floor types
- You have to keep your hand on the trigger throughout
- Smart dirt cup
2. Shark NV356E - multi-purpose
Designed for use on hard floors and carpets, the Shark NV365E vacuum is a multi-purpose vacuum that comes with a swivel steering, HEPA filter, and a large dust cup. It also has the lift-away function which allows you to unlock the canister from the head- a feature that comes in handy when cleaning hard-to-reach places. If you’re in search of the best multi-purpose vacuum, then this is it. There isn’t much to complain, and it’s cleaning performance more than made up for its few shortcomings.
Like most upright vacuums, the Shark NV365E doesn’t require tools to set up. Everything snaps together as they should; it begins with the main power unit snapping into the base unit then the wand and the hoses. With the help of the intuitive instructions, it will take about 6 minutes to put everything together.
Performance & usability
The swivel steer comes in handy when trying to maneuver around the house. It’s designed for cleaning different surfaces ranging from rugs, carpets, glass shelves to hardwood floors. It can also be used to clean delicate surfaces such as curtains, glass tables, lampshades, and cushions.
The Shark NV365E comes with a detachable canister that can be used to clean the house efficiently. It also has a seal technology that traps 99.99% of allergens and dirt which is then stored in the large dirt bin. Besides, the NV365E is equipped with a 30-foot power cord that allows you to clean a wider range. There is also the long crevice tool that is used to clean tight corners.
The Shark NV365E offers serious cleaning power at a reasonable price. It has a motor that generates 1200 watts of power. Attached to the vacuum is a 30-foot hose that gives you a large cleaning radius. Weighing only 14 pounds, the Shark NV365E is lightweight and easy to carry from room to room. It also has floor level LED lighting to light up wherever you are cleaning.
Although the SharkNV365E might be lightweight, it still manages to deliver more cleaning power than much larger and heavier machines. This is attributed to its cyclonic design, which allows it to provide strong suction consistently. It has a 9.5” wide cleaning path and several versatile accessories which makes it ideal for cleaning pet hair off your floors.
The Shark NV365E comes with a HEPA filter that traps up to 99.99% of dirt and dust particles in the air. Combine this filter with the sealant technology, and you have a vacuum that filters not only dirt but also allergens, odors, and irritants from your house.
- The HEPA filter works perfectly
- Long power cord
- Assembling is easy
- Powerful suction
- Large dust cup
- The hose is somewhat stiff
- Edge cleaning is average
3. Bissell Crosswave Floor & Carpet Cleaner - Life Changer
If your house has both hard and carpeted floors, you have to invest in 2-3 vacuum cleaners for each of the floors. Not anymore, with the Bissell multi floor vacuum cleaner, you can clean virtually any type of floor. The idea behind the product is to provide a vacuum that can clean and wash both the floors and carpets. So far, the Bissell CrossWave has managed to deliver on both fronts.
Its design isn’t the most attractive we’ve seen, but what it lacks in design it makes up for in functionality. The Bissell vacuum has a thin profile which not only makes it easy to store but also easy to carry around. It’s relatively tall and has a large handle offers a good grip when cleaning. The main wand feels a bit flimsy, but it worked fine with no issues. At the bottom, you will find a large bin where everything that’s collected is stored. Once the bin is full, or after a cleaning session, you can empty the bin by a push of a button. Although the system is efficient, it tends to drop some of the dirt on the floor when disconnecting the bin.
On top of the dirt, bin is a slot where you place a plastic container. You can add cleaning fluid and hot water in the plastic container to use every time you activate the washing feature.
The cleaning performance of the Bissell CrossWave is good, but the suction isn’t the most powerful we have seen. This means that you will have to go over a few areas several times. Also, it’s cleaning prowess is limited to only the sections where the multi-surface brush can reach. Both the far right and left bottom sections will struggle to pick up dirt compared to the rest of the brush.
The highlight of its cleaning prowess is that it can wash both your floors and carpets as well as vacuuming. You can either use the floor or carpet mode to clean your house. Each of these modes activates the release of a varying amount of liquid depending on the type of floor.
The Bissell Crosswave is not only easy to use but transitions from rugs to hard floors with ease. It has the functionalities of a mop and vacuum integrated into a single device. However, it doesn’t come with a water heating system, nor does it have a filtration system. This is why you are required to warm the water and mix it with a cleaning solution.
Since the Bissell CrossWave is corded, you have to account for the position of the outlets every time you want to vacuum a room. Fortunately, the Bissell Crosswave has a 25-foot cord that should cover the length of a single room with ease. The only downside is that the cord is not retractable; thus, it will get under the machine every once in a while.
The most notable feature is the swivel head, which allows you to clean tight spaces. The swivel head lays down at an angle, which makes it easy to clean dirt under your furniture. The controls are also easy to use and access.
- Easy setup
- Smart touch controls
- Two-tank system
- Affordable price
- Easy storage
- Limited design
- Tethered to the wall
4. Eureka NEU180B Vacuum - Lightweight and powerful
Eureka vacuums have become a household name in the US. They are also popular globally due to their unique cleaning abilities, affordability, lightweight, and usability. Over the years, they have managed to make some of the best multi-surface vacuum cleaners, among which is the Eureka NEU180B. It has a slim body that is easy to maneuver, an extra-long hose and a comfortable grip. It also has a height-adjustable floor head plus a pet-hair-removing attachment.
The Eureka NEU180B features a D shape for its main handle, which allows you to clean the house while maintaining a comfortable grip on the vacuum cleaner. The main handle also detaches quickly any time you want to carry out detailed vacuuming chores. Unlike your typical vacuum cleaners which hardly provide storage for its accessories, the Eureka vacuum cleaner has enough storage space to house all its tools.
The multi-floor vacuum cleaner has an 8-amp motor that’s designed to offer strong suction. In addition to the strong suction, the Eureka vacuum uses cyclonic technology to create powerful airflow. This ensures that the vacuum can clean stubborn dirt and debris. The cyclonic system also comes in handy when cleaning as it prevents the vacuumed dirt from passing through the filter. This helps maintain optimal suction throughout the cleaning session.
It’s also equipped with a large dustbin which does not fill up quickly, thus maintaining suction throughout the cleaning session. The cleaning efficiency is enhanced by the brush roll, which agitates the dirt, making it easy for the cleaning nozzle to suck it in.
The Eureka NEU180B vacuum features a two-stage filtration system that ensures that allergens in your house are trapped in the vacuum without releasing them into the home. The filtration system comprises of a pre-motor filter that is not only efficient but also re-washable. This will save you the cost of replacing filters and could last you several years. The downside of using these replaceable filters is that they are not HEPA filters, thus cannot trap small particles; thus, the vacuum is not suitable for homes that have a lot of allergens.
The Eureka vacuum comes with large wheels that allow you to maneuver in the house with ease. The wheels are large enough to clean high pile carpets and hardwood floors with ease. And since the wheels are larger than those of your typical vacuum cleaner, you don’t get exhausted as you clean the house. Besides, the wheels are soft, thus will not scratch your delicate floors.
- Cleans pet hair
- Good value for money
- Powerful suction
- Easy to clean
- Stores easily
- Height adjustment settings
- 12.6” wide cleaning path
- The 25-foot hose may not cover large spaces
Choosing the Best Multi Floor Vacuum
There are several features to consider, especially if you live in an expansive home with pets. Some of these factors include:
Canister vs Stick vs Upright
Canister vacuum cleaners tend to be bulky and more expensive than upright and stick vacuum cleaners. However, they are easy to operate, quieter, and are some of the best multi floor vacuum cleaners. They are best suited for regular deep cleaning.
Upright vacuum cleaners offer good value for money, especially if you want a multi-floor vacuum cleaner. They are best used for light cleaning. Stick vacuum cleaners are identical to their upright counterparts in many ways except that they’re lighter and convenient to use. They are less expensive than canister vacuums but don’t have the same power and dust bin capacity as upright and canister vacuums. Unlike canister and upright vacuums, stick vacuum cleaners can only clean a small area. If that’s what you want then stick vacuum cleaners is a good choice for you.
Before you choose a multi-surface vacuum, you ought to consider your cleaning requirements. Different surfaces require different cleaning features; therefore, you should consider the different surfaces you intend to clean and the frequency. With this in mind, you can choose a vacuum with all the attachments you need. It will also help you decide whether you want a dry or wet vacuum.
Also, be sure to consider the frequency of cleaning and the size of your home. If your house isn’t too large and doesn’t require regular cleaning, then a cordless multi-floor vacuum will do. Alternatively, if you reside in a bigger house that requires regular cleaning, you’ll need a high-powered vacuum cleaner.
Although robotic vacuums are the most convenient vacuums available today, they don’t offer the same amount of suction power as traditional vacuums. They are ideal for cleaning different surfaces, but they are best suited for vacuuming hard floors and pet hair.
After taking all the features into consideration, you can now make an informed decision. Be sure to choose a vacuum that not only offers impressive performance but has a long service life. For the best performance, opt for the Dyson V8 Absolute or the Shark NV365E vacuum cleaner.