Verilux CleanWave Portable Vacuum
If you only have a few area rugs, “a hand vac may be all you need.” This one is powerful, and features a UV light that’s said to kill bacteria and bedbug eggs.
Dyson DC41 Animal
Dyson’s cyclone tanks reset the bar for vacuum suction power, and this model “represents the best of Dyson’s evolving technology.” It can “move nimbly in any direction.”
iRobot Roomba 780
There’s “still no substitute” for manual vacuuming. But this smart robot vac uses sensors to detect debris and won’t leave a room until it’s decided that the floor is spotless.
Hoover LiNX Stick Vacuum
This cordless, bagless vac is “easy to grab when you’re running up the stairs.” Though trim overall, it “has an extra-wide mouth for big messes, like pet food or cereal.”
Electrolux UltraSilencer Green
This canister vac is “super-quiet” and uses a third less energy than standard machines. Some 55 percent of its parts are made of recycled plastic.