It’s been a great few years in Consumer Reports’ vacuum labs. Cordless stick vacuums are much better than ever and are usually now crowding out corded stick vacs at major retailers. And robotic vacuums have finally transcended from being a novelty item in YouTube cat videos to a significant cleaning tool.

But although the new kids on the block are turning heads, if you want deep cleaning, you’ll still need to count on your trusty upright or canister vacuum. That said, we’ve also found loads of good small vacuums for smaller messes.

The Way We Test Vacuums

To discover how well a vacuum picks up dirt, just how much debris it retains, how easy it really is to maneuver, and how noisy it really is, Consumer Reports puts vacuum cleaners through a hardcore pair of tests. We embed talc, sand, and pet hair into carpet before vacuuming. We utilize the same kind of litter on bare floors and observe whether the vacuum picks it up or scatters it about. And we maneuver the vacuum around, just like you would, to ensure it’s very easy to operate.

Here, reviews on the best vacuums you should buy at this time, from each kind we test. Drumroll—er, brush roll, please.

1 Bagged Upright

2 Bagless Upright

3 Bagged Canister

4 Bagless Canister

5 Stick Vacuum (Lower Than 6 Pounds)

6 Stick Vacuum (Significantly More Than 6 Pounds)

7 Robotic Vacuum

8 Hand Vacuum