If you haven't already, it's time to cut cords with your plug-in vacuum cleaner. Especially if you live in a small apartment or have minimal closet space, it's important to choose a compact cleaner that won't end up (ironically) contributing to the clutter. All of our top picks promise not to take up more than their fair share of square footage, and will make quick clean-ups much easier. Whether you prefer a handheld option (try it, it might just change your life) or are searching for a self-standing model, there's a reliable option for every budget.
This powerful cleaner is also one of the tiniest on our list, thanks in part to a pivoting nozzle that allows it to fold up. If you're trying to figure out how to fit a functional vacuum into a teeny-tiny apartment, this is your best bet at a reasonable price.
Two speed settings let you choose between bare floor and carpet cleaning, while a low profile helps this vacuum slide under furniture.
The hand vac portion of this cleaner comes with three accessories, including the absolutely indispensable crevice tool for catching crumbs in corners and along grout lines.
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A self-standing design and charging dock means you can set this vacuum down anywhere and it will refuel in time for your next cleaning session.
This option's interchangeable lithium battery can be used with multiple Hoover cleaners, letting you swap the battery between appliances.
The best feature of this cordless vacuum may just be the "extreme recline" handle that lets you capture all those dust bunnies hiding under the bed. The second best: A fuel gauge, so you can see exactly how much cleaning time you have left.
This handheld vacuum may make you rethink what a "dust buster" is capable of. A couple high-tech features include a 6-minute boost mode of increased suction and a dirt-release button that saves you from ever touching the grime collected.
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If you've ever spent time untangling hair from your vacuum's bristles, it's worth investing in this brilliant Electrolux option; its self-cleaning brush roll detaches hair with the touch of a button.
One of the most popular robotic vacuums on the market, this option is not only cord-free, but also completely hands-free. In fact, it's so low-maintenance, you can even pre-schedule up to seven cleaning sessions a week. For about $200 more, you can upgrade to the Roomba 870, which comes with tangle-free extractors to tackle all that pet fur.
The most expensive vacuum on our roundup, this Dyson model is a game-changer. A 40-minute runtime is one of the longest we've seen. It's also 50% quieter than the V6 model, making it perfect for apartment dwellers who enjoy 3 AM cleaning sprees.