Canister vacuums are arguably better than the typical upright vacuum models. They have way more mobility; their smaller size lets them navigate cramped spaces more easily, and can easily vacuum furniture due to using the hose for all of your vacuumings instead of needing to switch between two modes. In this article, we’re going to explore the factors that go into finding the best possible canister vacuum for carpets, namely: whether it has a bag or not, the attachments, the filtration system, and the price range.

Best Canister Vacuum for Carpets: Buyer's Guide

Vacuum Bags

Most modern vacuums opt to go without a bag. The reasoning is simple; bags usually are made of fabric and degrade over time. After buying a vacuum cleaner for $100-200, the last thing you want to do is to have to go and buy a new bag for it once every two years. Usually, the bags are proprietary as well which means they’re more expensive than is reasonable.

Luckily nearly all canister vacuums are without a bag and instead collect the dust and dirt into a bucket-like container that can be emptied every once in a while. The one benefit of bags, however, is that they were very good at trapping all of the dust inside of the bag without letting any escape. When buying a vacuum, make sure that it doesn’t end up having dust or dirt leak back into your house.

Best Canister Vacuum for Carpets


The attachments are probably one of the most important parts of buying a vacuum, excluding the filtration system. They have a dramatic effect on how easy it is to clean those hard to reach places and also play a big part of how well the vacuum performs on carpets and hard floors.

Luckily, most canister vacuums come with a good set of attachments, and the long hose from the canister makes it easy to maneuver. With carpets specifically in mind, you will want to be sure that the vacuum has enough sucking power to make use of the attachments to properly clean a carpeted area as they need more power than when vacuuming flat surfaces. The best canister vacuum for carpets will have no issue using all of the attachments to clean even the thickest of carpets.

Canister Vacuum for Carpets

HEPA Filtration

The filtration on your vacuum is probably the most important part of the vacuuming experience. The last thing you want when vacuuming is to have any of the dust or dirt you’re sucking up at high power to go back out into the air due to poor filtration. It’s even more important to consider if you or any of your co-inhabitants have allergies, in which case a proper HEPA filtering system becomes a necessity.

For those that aren’t in the know, HEPA simply stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Absorber. A vacuum with a true HEPA system (there are those that will advertise as having HEPA, that just aren’t up to snuff) ensures that none of the dust or particles are recycled back into the air. Although HEPA filters will have to be purchased regularly, it’s well worth the cost!

Carpet Canister Vacuum

Price Range

Although there are vacuums that could be had for less than $80, they really aren’t recommended. It’s true what they say: you get what you pay for. When buying a vacuum consider that you will be using it at least once every two weeks, for hopefully the next decade or two.

Buying a vacuum for the cheapest price available will all but ensure you end up hating this daily experience and being frustrated with how hard it is to clean your house rather than being able to get the chore done quickly and efficiently. For a quality vacuum, the price range you’re generally looking at is around $100 for the lowest cost (make sure you thoroughly vet the vacuum to make sure you’re not sacrificing cost for quality) and all the way up to $1000 for the most luxurious models.

Canister Vacuum

More Info Below

After having digested all of the above information, there should be a clear picture of what you’re looking for in the best canister vacuum for carpets especially. Whether you want it to have a bag. What the attachments are like and how many attachments there are.

The type of filtration the vacuum uses, which is even more important if you have pets. And most importantly what your budget is like and what price range you’re comfortable spending on a vacuum. The higher you go, generally the better and longer lasting the vacuum is. Make sure to check out our canister vacuum reviews designed to help you find the best canister vacuum for carpets.

Recommended Canister Vacuums
Best of the
Most Popular Budget Pick
(< $100)
Miele Electro+ Canister Vacuum Marine Blue (Compact C2) Eureka Mighty Mite 3670G Corded Canister Vacuum Oreck Commercial BB900DGR XL Pro 5 Super Compact Canister Vacuum
Miele Eureka Oreck
Compact C2 3670G BB900DGR
18.7 pounds 11.6 pounds 5 pounds
16.7 x 9.6 x 9.1 in 9 x 17.5 x 11.6 in 13.5 x 5.2 x 8 in

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