Lightweight, powerful vacuums that will leave your floors sparkling

They’ll help make cleaning less onerous.

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Suck it up.The Creative Exchange via Unsplash

A vacuum cleaner that's easy to haul out and move around your house will make cleaning way more enjoyable. A top-notch vacuum will last years and cost a pretty penny, so it’s worth putting in the research to make sure you’re buying something that’ll fit your needs. Here are three we recommend.

Dyson V11 Torque Drive Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Probably the most fun to use.Amazon

Dyson’s vacuum cleaners are known for their elegant and compact design, maneuverability, and ease of use. It’s not a stretch to say that they make cleaning fun, or at least as fun as sucking up all your own hair can be. What’s unique about the V11 Torque Drive is that it comes with an “auto mode” that will adjust the suction strength depending on the surface you’re cleaning. That’s particularly helpful if you’re moving between wood floors and a carpet. There’s also a timer that will let you know when the battery is running low, and a docking station to store the machine that will charge the device and also help you save space.

Hoover Air Cordless 20 Volt Lithium Ion Bagless Steerable Upright Vacuum Cleaner
A basic, affordable pick. Amazon

The Hoover Linx Signature Stick Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is a solid option if you want a cordless, affordable machine. It’s lightweight, easy to charge, and has a suction strong enough for most everyday use. It’s not as elegant as the Dyson, but it’s lightweight, compact, and relatively inexpensive.

Miele Swing H1 Tactical, Obsidian Black
Make sure no dirt gets left behind.Amazon

If you live in a very small apartment and don’t particularly need a cordless vacuum cleaner, the Miele Swing H1 is a good choice. It’s compact and easy to maneuver and has particularly strong suction. You won’t have to worry about going over the same floor section multiple times wondering if the machine is actually working. It’s ideal for both hardwood floors and carpets. It also can transform into a handheld vacuum cleaner.