Top Rated Upright Vacuum Cleaners Based on Customer Ratings

Updated 2016

We took a thorough look at customer ratings and reviews for upright vacuum cleaners. Upright models are more popular than their canister counterparts, and are generally less expensive.  Some of the upright vacuums we researched are considered stick models, meaning they are lighter and thinner than a typical upright unit. We found the top ten highest rated models from multiple sources to make it easy to compare and contrast from one page.

Top Rated Vacuum Cleaners on Amazon

amz-allThe most popular vacuum cleaner brand on Amazon is Shark. A Shark model and an Oreck unit claim the highest rated spots on our top ten list. Following close behind is a Dyson machine in two slightly different styles. Bissell and Hoover provide a single model each in the top ten list.

Shark Navigator Deluxe (NV42) 4.7
Oreck Magnesium RS Swivel-Steering Bagged Upright Vacuum, LW1500RS 4.6
Dyson DC65 Multi Floor Upright Vacuum Cleaner 4.5
Dyson DC65 Animal Complete Upright Vacuum Cleaner 4.5
Shark Rotator Pro Complete Lift-Away Vacuum (NV552) 4.5
BISSELL CleanView Upright Vacuum with OnePass, 9595 4.4
Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, BH50010 4.4
Shark Rocket Ultralight Upright (HV302) 4.4
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright (NV356E) 4.4
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Vacuum (NV352) 4.4

 Top Rated Vacuum Cleaners at Best Buy

bestbuy-allBest Buy customers chose models by Shark and Oreck as the top choices, making up the three highest rated models on their top ten list. The remainder of the list is comprised mostly by Dyson machines, with a single model by Hoover and another Shark model rounding out the top 10 with the best ratings.

Shark – Rotator Pro Complete Lift-Away Bagless Upright Vacuum – Champagne 4.9
Oreck – XL Upright Vacuum – Red 4.9
Shark – Rotator Professional Lift-Away HEPA Bagless 3-in-1 Upright Vacuum – Red 4.8
Dyson – DC65 Animal Bagless Upright Vacuum – Gray/Purple 4.8
Dyson – DC65 Animal Complete Bagless Upright Vacuum – Gray/Fuchsia 4.8
Dyson – DC40 Origin Bagless Upright Vacuum – Iron/Yellow 4.7
Hoover – Platinum Collection Lightweight Bagged Upright Vacuum Cleaner with Canister – Platinum 4.7
Dyson – DC65 Multifloor Bagless Upright Vacuum – Silver/Gray 4.7
Shark – Navigator Lift-Away Bagless Upright Vacuum – Lavender 4.6
Dyson – DC50 Animal Bagless Upright Vacuum – Iron/Satin Purple 4.6

Best Rated Vacuum Cleaners at Wal-Mart

walmart-allSurprisingly, Wal-Mart customers have rated three upright vacuum cleaners a full five out of five stars, each one from a different manufacturer. Bissell, Shark and Koblenz take the 5 star ratings, with another model by Shark following closely behind.  Rounding out the top ten are units by Dyson, Hoover and Bissell.

Bissell Powerlifter Pet Vacuum, 1309 5
Shark Rocket Slim Vacuum Cleaner 5
Koblenz Endurance Upright Vacuum Cleaner, U-40 5
Shark Navigator Swivel Plus, NV46 4.9
Hoover Presto 2-in-1 Cordless Stick Vacuum, BH20105 4.8
Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum, DC59MH 4.8
Bissell Powerlifter Rewind Vacuum, 1413 4.8
Dyson DC65 Animal Complete Bagless Upright Vacuum, 205473-01 4.8
Dyson DC65 Animal Bagless Upright Vacuum, 205472-01 4.7
Dyson DC65 Multi-Floor Bagless Upright Vacuum, 205497-01 4.7


The manufacturer we see most often taking the top spot in ratings is Shark.  The models vary from store to store, depending on what is available. Customers from all three sources consistently rated Dyson models fairly well, with the DC65 being a popular unit.