Best Upright Vacuum Cleaner for Deep Cleaning All Surfaces

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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You spend more than half your years in your house. If you extend that to your family, kids, and pets, you realize that you share one space in common; the floor. Despite your differences in health, age, height for pets and activities, the floor is what holds the family together in literal terms. The best way to regularly clean dust, fur, and dirt is by using a vacuum cleaner. Different carpets and floor materials mean that you need to get the best cleaner that gets the job done. Let us look at the best upright vacuum cleaner available for you in the market.

Best Upright Vacuum Cleaner

1. BISSELL Upright Vacuum Cleaner

BISSELL 2252 CleanView Swivel Upright Bagless Vacuum...
  • TRIPLE ACTION BRUSH ROLL. Loosens, lifts and removes embedded pet...
  • EDGE-TO-EDGE CLEANING. Tackle pet hair, dirt, and debris along...

BISSELL have incredible upright vacuums that not only tackle fur from pets but also have a BISSELL pet foundation that donates 10 dollars every time a product sells. This action makes the company stand out from the rest while delivering top of the range products t the same time. The upright vacuum cleaners can lift away any dirt and dust from any surface, including a high pile carpet. The vacuum cleaner is a great option for pet owners because it features a triple action brush roll and a scatter free technology that picks up all pet hair from carpets or bare floors.

Moving the vacuum cleaner is seamless across the floor and around corners because of the swivel head that knows no obstacle. The vacuum cleaners will deliver edge to edge cleaning to many types of floor surfaces. The cleaner has a cleaning path of 13.5 inches, which is large enough to get the job done after only a few trips. Emptying the cleaner is quick and mess-free with a 1 liter dust cup to hold in the dirt until you empty the vacuum cleaner.


  • The upright vacuum cleaner has a 6-foot hose that makes cleaning fast and efficient.
  • The vacuum cleaners have swivelling heads to lean tight spaces without having to worry about any obstacles.
  • The vacuum features a triple action brush roll with a scatter free technology, which is great for removing pet hair from any surfaces, including bared floors and a high pile carpet.
  • The upright vacuum cleaner has a cleaning path of 13.5 inches which reduces the total amount of time you will spend when cleaning the floor.
  • BISSELL upright vacuum cleaner is a bagless model that has a dirt cup capacity of 1 liter.
  • The cleaner is easy to empty and is mess-free, making cleaning the house an enjoyable experience.
  • BISSELL company donates 10 dollars for every product that sells to save pets and run their pet foundation that takes care of animals.


  • Unlike robot vacuums, you have to push the cleaner around in the house physically.

2. Shark Vacuum Lift-Away Cleaner

Shark NV356E Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright...
  • LIFT-AWAY FUNCTIONALITY: lift away the detachable pod and easily...
  • ANTI-ALLERGEN COMPLETE SEAL: Works with a HEPA filter to trap...
  • BRUSHROLL SHUTOFF: Instantly switch from more maneuverability on...
  • PERFECT FOR PET OWNERS: Picks up pet hair and loose debris....
  • SWIVEL STEERING: Easily maneuver your vacuum in and out of tight...

Cleaning the floor should be a safe activity for anyone in the house. For this reason, Shark Navigator upright vacuum cleaners have an anti-allergen complete seal technology and a HEPA filter that traps 99% of dust and allergens that might escape into the air. The vacuum cleaner is powerful yet lightweight, weighing only 13.7 pounds. The cleaner can clean any surface, from wood floors to deep floor carpets.

The upright vacuums have 2.2 quartz. The lift-away feature works only by pressing a button to lift the canister vacuum away and clean the hard to reach places. The lift-away pod is detachable and is attached when needed. You can use the pod for above ground cleaning and is not limited only to floor cleaning. The vacuum cleaner features powerful suction that is great for any surfaces and materials.


  • The canister vacuum cleaner can wipe off the dust from above-ground surfaces.
  • The upright vacuum cleaner has a 2.2 quartz capacity dust cup to hold dirt and dust.
  • The vacuum cleaner is lightweight and easy to move around, making it easier to operate when cleaning.
  • The upright vacuum cleaner can clean different surfaces, including hardwood floors.
  • The vacuum cleaner features an anti-allergen complete seal technology and HEPA filters to trap dust that can escape into the air.


  • The vacuum cleaner has a cord that tethers you to the power connection.
  • The hard floor hero attachment for Shark canister vacuums need to be bought separately.

3. Dirt Devil Endura Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Dirt Devil Endura Reach Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner,...
  • NO LOSS OF SUCTION: Consistently powerful performance on carpets...
  • HASSLE-FREE MAINTENANCE: Easily access the rinsable filter for...
  • EASY-EMPTY DIRT CUP: Take fewer, quicker, and easier trips to the...
  • LIGHT WITH A BITE: This compact upright packs some serious...
  • QUICK & EASY REACH: Clean higher surfaces with the flexability...

Endura Devil is a powerful upright vacuum cleaner that packs enough suction to give your floor and carpets an angelic look. The vacuum cleaner weighs only 9 pounds and is small and lightweight. The small size should not fool you because it delivers in a big way. The Endura Vacuum cleaners will power through pet hair and dust across the room without you having to lift the cleaner every time you move around. The cleaner has an extra 10-feet of extension wand to give you the ability to reach remote places in the room. The extension stores on the vacuum head after you are done using it. Endura is the best small-sized bagless vacuums to bring life back to your house. The cleaner is easy to clean and maintain as it can rinse off after use. With just the touch of a button, the 1.5 liter empties easily. The dust cup is large enough to save you trips to the trash can.

Dirt devil has a 2-in-1 dusting brush and a crevice tool that stores on board and can tackle most types of flooring.


  • The upright vacuum cleaner has enough suction power to give your floor or carpet a renewed clean look.
  • Unlike a bagged vacuum cleaner, Endura has a 1.5 liter dust cup that is easy to clean and does not add any extra bulk to the machine.
  • The cleaner has an extra 10 feet of extension wand that makes it easier to reach remote places without the hassle of carrying the machine around. The wand stores on the cleaner when you are done.
  • Endura is the best vacuum cleaner for small storage space because it has a small size, which delivers in a big way.
  • Endura has a patented filter that gives for deep cleaning, with little maintenance.


  • Endura Devil is not cordless and will have you tethered to the power source all the time.
  • Upright vacuums, unlike their robot counterparts, need you to be physically available to push them around.

4. Dyson Ball Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Ball Animal 2,...
  • Strongest suction of any vacuum; Even more power for tough tasks
  • Self-adjusting cleaner head seals in suction across carpet, wood,...
  • Tangle free turbine tool, stair tool, combination tool included
  • Whole-machine filtration ensures that allergens are trapped...
  • Hygienically empty the bin with the push of a button

Dyson upright vacuums have the strongest suction of any other cleaners in the market. The bagless vacuum cleaner is the best option you can find for notorious dirt and dust in your house or flat surfaces. The machine features a self-adjusting cleaner head with an active base plate that automatically raises and lowers to seal in the suction when cleaning any surface. This feature makes the vacuum cleaner appropriate for different floor surfaces.

The Dyson ball cleaner has a dust cup that eliminates the need to install vacuum bags to the machine. The dust cup empties very easily with only a push of the button, saving you the risk of having to touch the dirt when emptying. Unlike other vacuum cleaners, Dyson ball animal has a whole machine filtration system that eliminates any allergens and dirt that can escape into the air whenever you are cleaning. The upright vacuum cleaner delivers a cleaning performance that is unmatched because of the features that have been tailored to clean delicate surfaces and other hard to clean parts of the house. The cleaner has a tangle-free turbine tool, a stair tool, and a combination tool that makes cleaning easier and fun.


  • The vacuum cleaner has a cleaner head that automatically adjusts the base plate to lower and raise to seal in the suction for maximum cleaning.
  • The cleaner is tangle-free and can tackle long hair strands from pets and humans.
  • Dyson is a great vacuum cleaner for cleaning bare floors, carpets, stairs, and hard-to-reach surfaces because of the machine features' deep cleaning capabilities.
  • The vacuum cleaner does a great job of eliminating allergens because of the inbuilt filtration system that removes all the allergens and dust that could escape into the air.
  • Dyson has passed all the cleaning tests because it has been engineered to power through every surface.


  • Dyson, unlike any cordless vacuum cleaner, machine will tether you to a power source.

5. Shark Navigator Upright Cordless Vacuums

Shark SV1106 Navigator Freestyle Upright Bagless...
  • LIGHTWEIGHT CORDLESS CONVENIENCE: Portable, powerful and...
  • 2-SPEED BRUSHROLL: Optimized for both carpet and hard floors, and...
  • XL DUST CUP CAPACITY: Easy-to-empty .64 quart dust cup for...
  • PRECISION CHARGING: Charger doubles as storage block, and can...
  • WHAT'S INCLUDED: Shark Freestyle Cordless Vacuum & Precision...

The shark will give you the freedom you deserve when cleaning. Carrying the entire vacuum around the house with you gives you the chance to clean every corner in the room. The cordless vacuums have swivel steering heads that make them flexible for manoeuvring corners and hard to reach parts. Shark have the best upright vacuums for large houses, offering a large, easy to empty dust cup. The cleaning power of the machine is unmatched. Lithium-ion batteries ensure the efficient running of the vacuum cleaner, providing a quick clean up on all surfaces, including a bare floor.

The Shark Navigator, unlike bagged vacuums, is easy to handle and less bulky. The machine has all the cumulative advantages of a stick vacuum cleaner while keeping the performance of an upright cleaner. Shark offers two-speed settings for carpet and hard floor, making it the best vacuum cleaner for different parts of the house. The upright vacuum cleaner has a powerful pet hair attachment to efficiently and neatly remove any animal fur on the floor or carpets.


  • The vacuum cleaner has motorized rotating brushes to pick up any pet hair from carpets, making it the best uptight cordless vacuum in the market.
  • Shark products can be used all over the room without the limitation of a power cord, making them the best vacuum cleaners for large spaces that do not have a power source that is close by.
  • Unlike most upright vacuums, the cordless piece has the body of a cordless stick vacuum and the performance of a normal upright vacuum cleaner.
  • The vacuum can clean different types of surfaces, including hardwood floors and carpets.
  • The dust cup is easy to clean with just the press of a button and without interacting with dust or dirt. The dust cups get rid of the hassle of replacing vacuum bags every time.


  • The vacuum cleaner runs on batteries which might need frequent replacement depending on how often you use the cleaner.

Factors to Consider when Buying Upright Vacuum Cleaner

a) Pet Hair Remover

Unlike dust and dirt, pet hairs are notorious for sticking on carpet surfaces. If you are a pet owner, look for cleaners with rotating brush hair removers to grip the hair and fur while cleaning.

b) Versatility

The machine you are acquiring needs to clean multiple surfaces, including carpets and bare floors. The best upright vacuums have replaceable heads that can clean off the ground surfaces like walls and windows. Features like these make a machine very useful in different situations.

c) HEPA Filter

A high-efficiency particulate air filter prevents any allergens and dirt particles from getting into the air while you clean. The filters should be very efficient. Otherwise, you will release the dirt you collected back into the house. Dog hair tends to come off of older dogs, and some pets shed so much fur when they are in different cycles of their hormones.

d) Accessories

The vacuum cleaner needs extra parts to be versatile in functionality. The floor nozzle in some cleaners has LED lights attached to them to make the cleaning process more efficient. A brush attachment will make it possible to remove furs and loosen notorious dust particles. The best upright cleaners will have upholstery tool and crevice tool featured in their designs.

e) Extensions

A good vacuum cleaner should have extensions for the dusting brush to access areas far from the power source or high up above the floor. Extensions are particularly useful for corded cleaners that have to be attached to a power source when in use. A long cord makes upright cleaners more practical and useful than a short power cord.

f) Weight

Upright vacuum cleaners are heavier compared to stick or canister models. Look for lightweight machines that are easier to push around when cleaning the floor or other surfaces. The best upright vacuum will weigh between 9 and 15 pounds.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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