Best Apartment Vacuum Cleaner

Best Apartment Vacuum CleanerIs there really a vacuum cleaner that’s specifically designed for people living in an apartment? Not really. Though, if you think about it, you don’t need a large expensive vacuum if you’re only cleaning a small to medium sized apartment.

Besides, if you live in an apartment, you probably won’t have the same storage facilities as someone living in a large home.


1.Shark AZ1002

If you prefer bagless vacuums, but still want a model that filters out tiny particles, the Shark APEX is a great option. In our most recent Cleaning Lab test, it exhibited very good cleaning performance on both carpeting and bare floors and was one of the quietest models we tested.

Because it converts from an upright to a canister with the press of a button, tackling stairs and nabbing pesky dust bunnies lurking in corners or hiding behind furniture is easy to do without missing a step.

2.Bissell 1984 Air

This GH Seal–holding cordless stick vacuum ran for a full 37 minutes in our Lab tests and was among the quietest we tried. We also like that the handle lays flat on the ground (by rotating it at the base), which makes it easier to vacuum under furniture and in other tough-to-reach places.

The dust cup is well-placed and easy to empty. Keep in mind that it doesn’t come with any attachments and isn’t able to be converted to a handheld vacuum, but for simplicity and performance, it’s a winner.

3.Miele Complete C3

This vacuum cleaner addresses all of pet owners’ greatest woes, and it comes fully loaded with features that’ll suck up every last bit of unwanted pet hair. A tangle-free brush roll keeps pet hair from clogging the bristles, and a hair spooling system inside the canister contains the mess so emptying is easier and cleaner.

Its sealed allergen system traps fine particles, and the filter uses Febreze technology to eliminate those stale odors that vacuuming up pet hair can generate.

4.TOPPIN Cordless

This choice, on the other hand, was a no-brainer. The Toppin 6-in-1 Cordless Stick Vacuum was our highest performing vacuum under , and it even goes on sale fairly often to well under . Price aside, this vacuum is beloved by Amazon reviewers and Apartment Therapy editors alike for its powerful suction, quiet sound, and compact parts.

It’s a cordless model capable of a power level of more expensive models. The canister is on the smaller side, meaning it needs more frequent emptying, so it may not be best for those with allergies. Its illuminating LED headlight makes dirt visible, even from further away, so you can really see what’s going on in those hard-to-reach spots you may have been missing. “I loved how light it was,” says AT commerce coordinator Emil

5.Dyson 966489-01

When we say small, we mean it, since we’re often testing in NYC apartments. And when choosing the winner for this category, we had to ask the question: Is it worth the storage space? Turning on the Dyson Omni-Glide for the first time, I swear I heard the words: you better believe it. In actuality, it’s what I didn’t hear that struck me. There was no roaring motor, no clunking around every uneven surface, and no more complaints from neighbors.

In fact, my downstairs neighbor worryingly asked if I was even vacuuming anymore. But I’m not the only Omni-Glide fan. Says Kitchn tools editor Riddley, “Because it’s so small, I find that it’s easy to reach for, which means that I do…so my house is always shockingly clean.” The Omni-Glide’s name comes from its omnidirectional soft roller cleaning head, which keeps it quiet, allows it to go forward, backward, and sideways, and give it an effortless 180º swivel.


Handheld vacuums come in all shapes these days. Some seem earnestly ergonomically beneficial, but most are just the same ol’ machine in a new suit. Same goes for price — many models are  or under and some ring in at over . Once we cleared the clutter, as it were, we determined that the good, not-so-old-fashioned Dustbuster really is the best handheld vacuum. (One of our writers wrote a love letter to it back in 2017, and we’ve been raving ever since.)

Unfussy, straightforward, and reliable, it’s a dream if you need something that’ll take care of light cleaning maintenance — particularly if you have a pet or are chasing after a messy little one. It has a rotating nozzle and can be taken apart quite easily for regular filter cleaning. Replacing handheld vacuums is one of my biggest pet peeves — it’s expensive, wasteful, and annoying that they typically live such short lives. Somehow, my Dustbuster perseveres, outlasting any other I’ve tested.

7.FineInno Mini Crumb Vacuum

Say what you’re looking for isn’t quite as big as a traditional handheld but is still strong enough to keep your workspace dust-free. The FineInno Mini Vacuum is ideal to keep on your desk, your kitchen counter, or near your dining table — wherever you find yourself needing to spot-clean a dry spill without the use of paper towels, chemicals, or wipes.

The vacuum is designed to fit neatly in your hand so you can comfortably glide over surfaces — even your laptop — allowing the device to vacuum everything up. “It’s powerful for its size, and was even strong enough to pick up the tiny instruction manual it came with,” says our tester, AT assistant shopping editor Britt. When it’s ready to be cleaned, simply empty from the bottom of the vacuum. It runs on two AA batteries that slide into the compartment just beneath the vacuum’s twist top.


Best Apartment Vacuum CleanerSo you can save money by buying a smaller, compact vacuum and it’s going to be more convenient to store.

Saving money on a vacuum can be a double edged sword.You will usually be paying less for a smaller vacuum cleaner, that should be obvious. But you don’t want to spend money on something that’s of inferior quality or won’t do what you need it to.