Small spaces get dusty just as easily as big spaces do. But, unfortunately, tiny apartments can't always house a 40-pound vortex-sucking vacuum that you practically need a commercial vehicles license to operate. That's where the best small vacuums for apartments come in.
For the most part, all apartments and small houses have one thing in common: limited storage. If you're going to invest in a vacuum, you want to make sure it gets the job done, but you also want to make sure your closet door closes when you go to put it away.
The first course of action is to determine exactly what you need, so you don't end up with excess parts and features that just take up space. Do you have hardwood floors or carpets? Do you have pets that shed all over everything? Do you need something that stands upright in a pantry, or do you have an entire square foot of closet room for a small canister vacuum? These are all questions you need to ask yourself before you purchase.
1. A Canister Vacuum That's Actually Easy To Carry Around
Bissell Zing Bagless Canister Vacuum
This small, lightweight canister vacuum cleaner weighs just 7.5 pounds and features powerful cyclonic suction that cleans both hard floors and carpets in one pass. It has a washable filter and no bags to change, ever, and a 15-foot cord that makes it a snap to carry from room to room. Thanks to its handle and compact design, it’s even light enough to use on stairways.
2. If Your Apartment Is Predominantly Hard Floors
Dirt Devil Power Air
The Dirt Devil Power Air has a lightweight, convenient design that makes it easy to move from room to room. The cyclonic filtration is great for tiles, hardwood, and linoleum, and you can just press a button to dump all the collected dirt and debris. "This unit is so much better than sweeping, or even using the 'hard floor' setting on most vacs," says one reviewer. "It is so small it fits upright in my pantry, easily reachable for even small jobs."
3. This Hand Vac That's Specifically Designed For Pet Owners
Shark Cordless Pet Perfect II Hand Vac
Rated the best hand vac on Consumer Reports, the Shark Cordless hand vac is ideal for pet owners because of its motorized pet brush and twister cyclonic technology. It's suited for any length of hair as well as dirt and crumbs, and reviewers say, "Finally!!! A cordless hand vacuum that works well!"
4. A Certified Refurbished, Super Powerful, Lightweight Vacuum For $75 Less Than New
Dyson V6 Origin Cordless Stick Vacuum (Certified Refurbished)
According to Consumer Reports, the Dyson V6 cord free vacuum is 4.75 pounds of amazingness that expertly cleans carpets, bare floors, edges, and pet hair. It's totally rechargeable, lasts for up to 20 minutes on one charge, and because it's so lightweight, can get on stairs, under furniture, and up high. "Compact and works really well!" says one reviewer. "Easy to empty and love the MAX power setting."
5. Switch From Carpet To Hardwood To Hand Vac With The Flip Of A Switch
Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright
If you've got a little bit of everything in your home, this one's for you. Weighing in at under eight pounds, the Shark Rocket ultra-light upright picks up everything from large debris to fine dust, and it's got fingertip controls to easily switch from hard floor to carpet. It also converts into a hand vac for quick clean-up jobs and offers dual storage options for tight spaces. It even comes in your choice of four sleek colors.
6. This Top-Selling Hand Vac That Takes The Place Of Your Upright
BLACK + DECKER Cordless Lithium Hand Vac
A definite Amazon favorite, the BLACK + DECKER hand vac has over 12,000 reviews, and the vast majority of them are glowing. In addition to being cordless, fully rechargeable, and long-lasting, it also uses less energy and has a rotating slim nozzle to get into hard-to-reach places. It's also got a translucent bagless dirt bowl that's easy to empty out and wash. "I use it for almost everything I was using my upright for, which saves me a lot of time not having to drag it out of the closet and plug it in," says one reviewer.
7. This Two-In-One Cleaning Tool That's Easy To Store
VonHaus 2-in-1 Upright Vacuum
The VonHaus 2-in-1 upright vacuum is an affordable and extremely convenient option for an apartment or small space. That's because it's lightweight, stores easily, and has a stick vacuum cleaner and hand vac in one. It also comes with crevice tools, a mini brush, and an extension tube, making it great for any job, whether it's carpet, wood, or furniture.
8. A Smaller Model That Doesn't Compromise On Suction (Especially For Low-Pile Carpets)
Miele Compact Pure Suction Canister Vacuum
Even though the Miele compact canister vacuum is indeed compact, it's also exceptionally powerful. It uses a six stage vortex motor and six setting suction to clean any type of floor, especially low-pile carpets. Reviewers say it "maintains ease of movement" and that "This smaller, lighter model is really powerful! And quiet!"
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