Among these, we saw the most positive comments for the , which is why it's our top pick among cheap canister vacuums. This incredibly lightweight (less than 9 pounds) bag-equipped vacuum manages to pack a surprising amount of power in a small package, according to reviewers.
Many canister vacuums, even those with the word "Animal" in them get poor reviews for pet hair pickup, arguably one of the biggest challenges for any vacuum. However, one that gets better scores for pet-hair pickup in professional tests than most is the . It earns Excellent scores in one test for pet hair and bare floors performance, and Very Good scores for carpet cleaning and airflow -- comparable to those of the much pricier Miele. Allergy sufferers may appreciate that it is also one of the top-scorers in that same professional test when it comes to emissions, earning an Excellent rating. That's bolstered by the vacuum's two levels of filtration, including HEPA media technology for removing more allergens from the exhaust. On the down side, it gets lower scores for both noise and handling.
The best canister vacuum cleaners are just as adept at cleaning carpet as they are at cleaning hard floors. As for pet hair removal, any canister will do the trick.