It’s been a fun few years in Consumer Reports’ vacuum labs. Cordless stick vacuums are a lot better than ever as they are now crowding out corded stick vacs at major retailers. And robotic vacuums have finally transcended from being a novelty item in YouTube cat videos to a critical cleaning tool.

But whilst the new kids in your area are turning heads, if you like deep cleaning, you’ll still have to depend on your trusty upright or canister vacuum. That said, we’ve also found an abundance of good small vacuums for smaller messes.

The Way We Test Vacuums

To discover how well a vacuum picks up dirt, simply how much debris it retains, how easy it is to maneuver, and how noisy it is, Consumer Reports puts vacuum cleaners through a tough pair of tests. We embed talc, sand, and pet hair into carpet before vacuuming. We use the same type of litter on bare floors and observe whether or not the vacuum picks it up or scatters it about. And we maneuver the vacuum around, exactly like you would, to make sure it’s very easy to operate.

Here, reviews on the best vacuums you can buy at this time, from every type we test. Drumroll—er, brush roll, please.

1 Bagged Upright

2 Bagless Upright

3 Bagged Canister

4 Bagless Canister

5 Stick Vacuum (Lower Than 6 Pounds)

6 Stick Vacuum (A Lot More Than 6 Pounds)

7 Robotic Vacuum

8 Hand Vacuum