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19 Best Upright Vacuums with HEPA Filter of 2019 | Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

Every household deals with two types of pollutants i.e. the one we can see and the one we rather feel. For instance, food leftovers, liquid spills, dirt, and other similar messes are pretty visible to the naked eye. Their presence indicates the untidy and unhygienic state of a household and that’s why homeowners are quick in dealing with them.

On the other hand, there are fine dust, pollen, pet dander, and other micro-particles that remain unnoticeable in most cases. Their presence doesn’t make the house look messy. However, you eventually get to notice them and not in the most pleasant of the ways.

You get to know about these invisible pollutants with asthma aggravations, respiratory complications, runny noses, watery eyes, and different sorts of allergies. On top of that, you can’t get rid of these too small to see yet dangerous pollutants with regular mopping and cleaning.

This is where Vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters come into the equation. Upright vacuums are already quite popular among US households. And now people are also waking up to the upright models with HEPA filters due to their effectiveness against those micro-pollutants.

How long a HEPA filter can last? What is a sealed HEPA vacuum cleaner?  We will answer these and other similar questions in this piece along with a comprehensive buying guide. But first, let’s review 19 of the best upright vacuums with HEPA filters of this year.

It is important to mention here that the reviewed upright HEPA vacuum cleaners are not listed in any particular order. The numbering is done just for easy reading.

Best Upright Vacuums with HEPA Filter

Dyson Cyclone V10 – Most Powerful HEPA Vacuum

  • Powerful V10 motor with 125,000 rpm
  • Cyclone technology: 14 concentric cyclones
  • Requires 3.5-hours charging before first use

We are starting our list with a very powerful yet sleek upright HEPA vacuum. Dyson is a reliable name among vacuum cleaner manufacturers and its Cyclone V10 Absolute is a machine that you want every cordless vacuum to be.

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum...
Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum...
  • The most powerful suction of any cord free vacuum. Tested to...
  • Up to 60 minute's run time when using a non motorized tool....
  • Lightweight and versatile, to clean right through the home....
  • Up to 40 minutes of fade free power with the Soft roller...

It features the most powerful V10 motor designed by Dyson. This motor delivers over 120,000 rpm that let you use it like any powerful corded upright unit. With a single charge, you can use it up to 60 minutes at normal vacuuming mode. You can also run it on fade-free power mode for 40 minutes to get rid of both fine dust particles and debris. Then, there is the third and most powerful suction mode that can run for 20 minutes to capture deeply ingrained dust particles in carpets and upholsteries.

Moreover, the HEPA filtration system covers the entire internal space so no trapped pathogen and micro-pollutant can seep back into the vacuumed area. Apart from offering such powerful vacuuming in Cyclone V10 Absolute, Dyson has succeeded in introducing some of the winning design features as well. To begin with, its sleek construction is fitted with an ergonomic handle that allows you to easily use it on both vertical and horizontal surfaces.

Then, you can collapse its telescoping rod to convert it into a handheld gadget. This configuration comes in really handy when you want to use it in cars or other constricted spaces. Lastly, the drop-in mounting dock of Cyclone V10 Absolute let you easily charge it from any wall-mounted power outlet.

  • Three power modes with exceptional running time of up to 60 minutes
  • Well-thought-out design (can be used both as upright and handheld vacuum)
  • Whole-machine HEPA filtration
  • Easy-to-use charging mechanism
  • Quite expensive
  • The construction is somewhat delicate (not suitable for rough and rigorous use)

Shark DuoClean APEX — Vacuum Cleaner with Advanced Anti-Allergen Seal

  • Features DuoClean technology
  • Can be used in lift-away mode
  • Features anti-allergen seal and a detachable canister

A good vacuum cleaner is one that can pick up both large debris and fine dust particles from both carpets and hard floors. Shark has achieved this feat in its APEX upright vacuum by using state-of-the-art DuoClean technology. This vacuum is another sleek option (not sleekest like Dyson V10) that features whole machine HEPA filtration.

Shark DuoClean APEX Upright Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor...
Shark DuoClean APEX Upright Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor...
  • Shark's most advanced upright vacuum, with full-sized Shark...
  • DuoClean Technology: Dual brushroll system deep cleans...
  • Powered-Lift Away: A canister that detaches to deep clean...
  • Advanced Anti-Allergen Complete Seal: Emits 10x fewer...

Shark DuoClean APEX Upright Vacuum is one versatile vacuum unit. Although its construction suggests you can only use it in an upright position, it works in more than one way. For instance, you can also use it in lift-away mode to vacuum under chairs and furniture where cleaner head can’t reach in the upright position. Moreover, a wand comes with DuoClean APEX that let you reach the tiniest spaces under those hard-to-move appliances (fridge, oven, etc)

What we most like in this Shark upright vacuum is its diligent anti-allergen construction. Even with a HEPA filtration system, the vacuum features an advanced seal that makes sure all the tiniest particles (even above HEPA standards) get trapped.

Many vacuums offer different suction power on different surfaces due to maneuverability differences. You won’t face this issue in Shark DuoClean APEX Upright Vacuum because it features an Active Glide system that maintains its suction power on all sorts of surfaces.

  • An upright vacuum that can be used in more than one position
  • Advanced anti-allergen seal ensures optimal pathogen trapping (even better than HEPA standards)
  • A well-tuned suction motor with soften pitch and reduce noise
  • Active Glide for uncompromised suction power on all different surfaces
  • A bit bulky to use in the handheld mode
  • A bit heavy on the pocket as well

Shark Rotator  NV752 – Easy-to-Maneuver Vacuum Cleaner

  • Fingertip control
  • Big canisters (3.3 dry quarts)
  • Features Anti-Allergen Complete Seal

This Shark upright vacuum cleaner is an improvement to DuoClean APEX in more than one way. To begin with, it features a fingertip control that let you quickly switch between carpet and hard floor mode while moving the powered-on vacuum. Moreover, Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet also has dynamic swivel steering.

Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet (NV752) Upright...
Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet (NV752) Upright...
  • Shark's original full-sized Powered Lift-Away. The canister...
  • Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology and a HEPA filter...
  • XL capacity with full-size performance.
  • Fingertip controls allow you to easily switch from Hard...

When you clean an area decked with obstacles in the form of furniture and appliances, it gets quite hectic to rightly maneuver a bulky vacuum in the right directions. This swiveling steering will come in really handy to move around the vacuum on obstructed floors without straining your hands and arms.

When you use a vacuum in a lift-away mode, you often deal with spaces that are entirely dark or very poorly lit. Shark has eased this difficult vacuuming by adding LEDs to the handle and nozzle of this lift-away and upright vacuum. Now, you can maneuver better and see the dust you are intended to clean. In short, these LEDs will only streamline your vacuuming.

We also like the large canister of Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet. It can hold up to 3.3 dry quarts of dust.  And lastly, the HEPA filtration makes sure that all those allergens and fine particles captured from tight corners and spots of in the house don’t bother you again.

  • Swiveling steering ensures easy maneuverability
  • LED lights on the nozzle streamlines difficult vacuuming
  • Big dust canister enough for multiple vacuuming sessions
  • An assortment of nozzle attachments to take care of stray hairs, dander and other minuscule waste
  • Suction power is not that great (not suitable for deep cleaning of low-pile carpets)
  • Comes without wands

iRobot Roomba 761 Vacuum Cleaning Robot – One-Touch Robot Vacuum

  • Powered by a lithium-ion battery
  • 3-stage cleaning system
  • Auto-adjusting cleaning head

iRobot Roomba 761 Vacuum Cleaning Robot looks like a cleaning gadget straight out of any sci-fi flick, except that it’s a real machine that can help you in cleaning your home with a single touch. This circular disk of vacuum cleaner has all the right ingredients that you seek in any upright HEPA unit. It features a 3-stage cleaning system that makes sure every last particle of dust and dirt can be captured.

iRobot Roomba 761 Vacuum Cleaning Robot
iRobot Roomba 761 Vacuum Cleaning Robot
  • Just press CLEAN on the robot vacuum, no programming...
  • Patented 3-Stage Cleaning System and Dual Multi-Surface...
  • Dirt Detect sensors alert Roomba to work harder on...
  • Full suite of intelligent sensors guide the robot under and...

Moreover, its dual brushes have a multi-surface configuration. This means this robot vacuum is equally good against large debris and fine particle of dust. Now, let’s look into the features that truly make it a robot vacuum. To begin with, you are not required to play with multiple buttons and settings to get Roomba 761 to work. Just press the “Clean” button on its top and it is good to go.

The most impressive feature of this robotic vacuum machine, however, is its dirt detect sensor. It helps the vacuum to exert more power on surfaces with concentrated dirt patches ( e.g. high foot traffic zones). Moreover, the vacuum is fitted with position sensors that let it move around and under furniture without collisions. Lastly, the cleaning head of Roomba is auto-adjustable i.e. it will adjust its position for carpets and hard floors accordingly.

  • Supreme navigation due to precision position sensors
  • Dirt detect sensors ensure uniform cleaning on the entire floor
  • Easy-to-use, one-touch operation
  • Powerful battery for long running time
  • Not programmable
  • Not suitable for extensive vacuuming jobs
  • A bit heavy given its size and construction

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 – Upright Vacuum with Ball Maneuvering Device

  • Radial Root Cyclone suction
  • Self-adjusting cleaner head (installed with a ball)
  • Comes with 31-feet power cord
  • 5-year parts and service warranty

We have to give it to Dyson for making some of the sleekest upright vacuum units on the block. This is yet another slim upright that stands apart among other Dyson vacuum machines for many of its unique features.

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Upright Vacuum, Yellow (Renewed)
Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Upright Vacuum, Yellow (Renewed)
  • Unrivaled Dyson suction*. Light to maneuver. Radial root...
  • Self-adjusting cleaner head seals in suction across carpet,...
  • Instant-release wand allows for cleaning up high or under...
  • Hygienically empty the bin with the push of a button

For starters, Dyson Ball Multi Floor offers the easiest maneuverability that you can find in any upright vacuum. The cleaner head of this Dyson Unit is fitted with a ball. This unique assembly let you move the vacuum around every floor obstacle with a flick of the wrist. Moreover, its self-adjusting head is adaptable to all sorts of floor surfaces (tile, vinyl, carpet, etc) while maintaining the same Radial Root Cyclone suction that captures all the microscopic dust.  

We also like the hygienic way to empty the dust bin of Dyson Ball Multi Floor Vacuum. You don’t need to open any lid and come into contact with the trapped dirt. Just push a button on the canister and it will release all the dirt and dust.

Dyson has also made sure that you can use this vacuum for versatile cleaning work. Whether it’s dusting the window sills or cleaning beneath the low-profile appliances, its long instant-release wands will come in handy. And not to forget the whole machine HEPA filtration that ensures allergen-free vacuuming.

  • Self adjusting cleaner head gives equally good results on all surfaces
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Easy-to-empty dust bin
  • Instant release wand (for floor to ceiling vacuuming)
  • Lags a bit on high-pile carpets
  • Some user may find it expensive

Soniclean Soft Carpet Upright – Best Vacuum Cleaner for Soft-Style Carpets

  • Adjustable vent system
  • Large front wheels
  • Power-efficient suction motor
  • Long 35-feet power cord

It is never easy to vacuum clean soft-style carpets. Their plushy and spaced construction makes for comfortable floor lining but you need to be extra diligent in cleaning them. It has been noticed that using regular vacuums for such carpets eventually raze their finish. Soniclean has understood the predicament of the owners of those carpets and introduced an upright unit particularly for such cleaning.

Soniclean Soft Carpet Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Soniclean Soft Carpet Upright Vacuum Cleaner
  • Adjustable vent system for easy maneuverability on soft...
  • Special soft nylon brush roll bristles - effective, yet...
  • Large front wheels - allows the vacuum to "float" on soft...
  • 200 sonic vibrations per second loosen deep, ground-in dirt...

Soniclean Soft Carpet Upright Vacuum Cleaner features large wheels that and an adjustable vent system, ensuring that the vacuum ‘floats’ over a carpet while cleaning it. Moreover, special soft bristle brush roll is used in the cleaner head so that that the knits and yarn of any soft-style rug remain unharmed while vacuuming.

Apart from making its vacuum a perfect cleaning tool for soft plush carpets, Soniclean has made it certain that it can deliver the optimal vacuuming performance as well— just like any top-quality vacuum cleaner.  For that matter, it features a patented Sonic Cleaning Technology that vibrates a bar (fitted inside the head) at the frequency of 200 Hz to dislodge those severely implanted dust particles in the carpet piles.

The HEPA filtration mechanism of Soniclean Soft Carpet Upright Vacuum Cleaner is also worth mentioning. It features H-13 hospital-grade HEPA filters that capture almost all particles of 0.3 microns and prevent their expelling back in the air.

  • Sonic vibrations ensure deep cleaning
  • Hospital-grade HEPA filter for sterilized vacuuming
  • A lightweight vacuum machine
  • Advanced jam protection extends the service life of motor and belt
  • Not suitable for hard floors
  • The overall design could be better

MieleC3 Calima – Ideal Upright Vacuum for Flat and Soft Surfaces

  • Features six-speed settings
  • Comes with upholstery and crevice nozzle attachments and a dusting brush
  • Stainless steel telescopic wands included

Homeowners with mixed flooring often face a dilemma while choosing a vacuum cleaner for their abode. For instance, a unit giving good results on carpets and rugs may not give equally good results on hard surfaces and other floor types. Similarly, a vacuum delivering optimal cleaning on tiles and vinyl may give subpar results on carpets.

Miele Complete C3 Calima Canister HEPA Vacuum Cleaner + STB...
Miele Complete C3 Calima Canister HEPA Vacuum Cleaner + STB...
  • Bundles Includes - Miele's AH50 GN Performance Pack - Comes...
  • Lightweight, Quiet and Powerful Thanks to Miele's Amazing...
  • Comes with Miele STB 305-3 Turbobrush - Activated by the...
  • Comes with Miele SBB300-3 Parquet Floor Brush - Designed to...

All such people can get around this impasse by getting Miele Complete C3 Calima Canister Vacuum. It is an upright unit that is equally good on both carpets and hard floors. Its air-driven Turbo Comfort rolling brush simultaneously loosens the deep-rooted dust and dirt while collecting it. Moreover, its unique Parquet Twister is designed to give effortless cleaning results on all hard, smooth yet delicate floorings.

All flooring options don’t need similar suction power. For that matter, Miele has featured six-speed settings in its upright unit so you can adjust its suction according to the given surface. We also like the extended telescopic wands of this machine that give vacuuming operations for 36-feet radius without changing power outlets. Moreover, upholstery and crevice nozzle is given to vacuum clean every nook and corner of the house.

  • Equally good for carpets and soft/hard floors
  • Gives impressive 36-foot vacuuming coverage
  • HEPA AirClean filters ensures hygienic cleaning
  • Hard to maneuver
  • A bit too expensive

Oreck Magnesium RS – Best Bagged HEPA Vacuum

  • Features inverted helix roller brush
  • Fitted with Easy Snap Cord
  • An Amazon’s Choice product

Bagged upright vacuum cleaners are not usually considered suitable for homes with people sensitive to dust and other airborne allergens. But not all bagged vacuums are created equal. Case in point: Oreck Magnesium RS Swivel-Steering Bagged Upright Vacuum. It is an upright vacuum unit with inner HEPA-lined filter bag that captures almost 99% of fine dust particles and pathogens.

Oreck Magnesium RS Swivel-Steering Bagged Upright Vacuum,...
Oreck Magnesium RS Swivel-Steering Bagged Upright Vacuum,...
  • Its unique SlimSwivel Design is limber enough to easily...
  • The wireless QuickSwitch in the handle lets you easily...
  • Features a HEPA inner bag - as air passes through this bag,...
  • Versatile and highly effective at cleaning virtually any...

Apart from the state-of-the-art HEPA filtration, this Oreck unit is also good with its other features as well. For instance, it has swiveling steering that makes its maneuverability around sharp corners and baseboards a breeze. Moreover, its helix roller brush is also worth mentioning.

This inverted roller brush is powered by a high-performance motor that rotates it at whopping 7,000 rpm to give optimal cleaning results. But what we like most in Oreck Magnesium RS Swivel-Steering Upright Vacuum is its flexible construction. You can lay it virtually flat to use under furniture and appliances. The LEDs fitted on the front further helps in cleaning those tricky spots.

Even with all this detailed and powerful vacuuming mechanism, Oreck Magnesium RS Swivel-Steering Bagged Upright Vacuum weight just above seven pounds. Such lightweight construction also makes it an easy-to-maneuver upright vacuum unit.

  • Features HEPA inner bag with Saniseal Docking System , sterilize and mess-free vacuuming
  • LEDs ensure superior visibility in dark furniture undersides
  • Wireless QuickSwitch for easy suction adjustment
  • Features Endurolife belt for jam-free operations
  • A bit heavy on the pocket
  • Not that good on low-pile carpets

Kenmore Elite 31150 – Best Vacuum Cleaner Against Pet Dander

  • 3D inducer motor for more air power
  • Comes with exclusive Pet Handimate
  • Crevice tool, dusting brush and second bare floor attachment
  • An Amazon’s Choice product

If your family includes a pet member, then it is inevitable to face the problem of their stray hair and dander. Although they don’t pose any significant harm, their unattended presence in the house can lead to cause allergies and to aggravate asthmatic conditions. While all vacuum manufactures promise to give effective results against pet dander, there are very few models that live up to the claim.

Kenmore Elite 31150 Pet Friendly Bagged Upright Beltless...

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