For days I’ve been going back and forth concerning what is the best vacuum cleaner in 2021 for my needs. And I can’t decide.

I’ve read articles concerning those of us with bad arthritis in our hands. And which vacuum cleaners are best for seniors.

What I Need In A Vacuum Cleaner:

I want an upright, bagless, and hopefully HEPA filter vacuum cleaner that isn’t too heavy. Also, that isn’t hard to push and maneuver.

I don’t need a lot of attachments because I have a fairly recent purchase of a handheld Dyson Humdinger. I’ve always loved Dyson handheld vacuum cleaners for their suction.

The Humdinger, which I ordered straight from Dyson, has a smaller opening to suck debris up. It doesn’t seem quite as powerful as the Dyson I have that I can’t keep charged for more than a minute or so.

When it will stay charged, it is unbeatable as a handheld vacuum cleaner.

I’m not really looking for one that is attached to a handheld. To me that looks a little heavy for my needs. And also seems like it would be hard on my hands.

I’ve looked up upright vacuum cleaners like I’ve had in the past. I’ve had the Dyson Animal, but those are really expensive.

I ordered a cheap and cordless vacuum cleaner from Amazon some months ago. I thought it would serve my needs.

But it takes a lot of strength to screw the parts back together after it’s been cleaned. So I wouldn’t suggest it.

Kendra can’t even put it back together. So I’ve rarely used it. What good does a fairly lightweight vacuum cleaner do me if I can’t put it back together to use it?

So I’ve been moving along my vinyl floors a bit at a time with the Dyson handheld. But all the bending over is hard on my back.

If I ever move to one of those 55+ apartments, they’re all carpeted. So I don’t want to have to buy another one if I move.

I don’t want to have as much trouble as I currently have cleaning my apartment.

I would like you all to help me with this. What vacuum cleaner do you have and what are your thoughts and suggestions?

I’ve read ratings and reviews all weekend. There are pros and cons to every single one.

So how do I choose?

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  1. I have the Shark Navigator with the pet hair attachment. It’s works really well on areas where my cats sleep. The vacuum itself is very easy to move while running. It propels itself. The bin that collects everything is very easy to snap out to empty and also very easy to snap back in. It’s kind of a vacuum in a vacuum as part of it can be lifted away for small jobs. The filter is super easy to access and can be washed out and then put back. I always say that I’ll replace it with the same thing when I need to.

  2. Brenda, I forgot to mention ( Jenny L reminded me) I also have a Bissell 3-in-1 stick vac and I love it and it is only around $24.00 at Walmart. It is corded, and as Jenny said the cord is not very long, but my house is very small so I can vacuum the living room, kitchen and hallway but then I have to plug it into the bathroom to do it! My bedrooms have thick carpet in them so I use the Shark for them! I have vinyl floors and a very low pile rug in the living room and the Bissell works great on it!

  3. You said you loved your Dyson but the battery isn’t lasting. I had the same trouble. I purchased a replacement battery on Amazon – and it is amazing! I can clean the whole house again without running out of battery!

      1. Yes you can! I bought an off brand for my cordless Dyson . Much cheaper. Just do a search for the number on your battery. You should have any that are off brand come up. pam

  4. I use a Shark Duo Clean. It is has a long cord, has the best suction I have ever had in a vacuum, does carpet and hardwoods, bagless, lightweight, easy to use and maneuver and folds in half for storage. No Hepa filter that I am aware of, but is easy to clean cup and filter. I have eureka canister vac from back when we had more carpet, and the little shark sucks up more than the big vac with the beater bar head for carpets! Mine is several years old now, so they have come out with several new models I am sure. It is hard to make a decision when there are so many of them. I think they are probably close to being the same (Shark stick vacs), just made with slight variations and colors. Still,
    It is mind boggling trying to sort them all out. I hope you find one That suits your needs. Oh, I have bad hand arthritis too.

  5. You are going to think I’m crazy but this little cheap vacuum is the best I have ever used. My sisters love it too. I can’t get the link to come up. But it’s at Walmart and is the 3 in 1 Bissell corded stick vacuum and it is only $23.44. The only thing I find wrong is that the cord is kind of short so you have to add an extension cord. It is so powerful yet lightweight. The woman who told me about has 10 staircases in her house and this is what she uses. Worth a try for $23.44.

      1. We have 2 vacuum cleaners. A Shark Navigator which is great … picks up tons of cat hair from our carpet. It’s easy to maneuver and light weight. And an inexpensive Bissell which has a very high pile level for one room in my house … also picks up cat fur well. Check out these two. Both are available at Walmart I think.

    1. I bought this for my son’s dorm and he loves it. One step up, though (about $35) and I ran into trouble with the rotating head for carpets……it worked three times, then quit turning. Walmart was great about the return.

  6. https://www.amazon.com/Shark-Ultra-Light-Cleaning-Steering-HV302/dp/B00EUKHACW/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2GIAEA4XYL7UK&keywords=shark+rocket+vacuum&qid=1636390909&s=home-garden&sprefix=shark+rocket%2Caps%2C214&sr=1-2

    I feel your pain trying to find a vacuum with good reviews. I’ve had this one for several years and would buy it again tomorrow. It is incredibly light and picks up more dirt than any other vacuum I’ve had. Has a very easy way to empty the dirt into a trash can after the satisfying experience of seeing how much dirt you’ve gotten up. Great on both carpet and floor (I have mostly carpet and have a small dog). It is also kind of self propelled and swivels at the drop of a hat. Only maintenance is washing out the two filters, I do it about once a month.
    Good luck and happy vacuuming!
    Becky

  7. I love Shark vacuums. I have the Shark Navigator and I love it. I have arthritis in my hands and hip and I have no trouble using the Shark vacuum!

  8. I can’t help. I had a Kirby for 25 years until too much fell apart. I loved that it had “drive” which made it a breeze to use. But I bought a Dyson Animal and I despise it every day. Not because it doesn’t work well. It does, and being in AZ I have a HUGE dust/dirt/dog hair load. But it hurts my back – the swivel nature of it I think, and the long attachment hose is a BEAR to use. It requires two hands – one to make sure the hose stays elongated, another to use. Also, IMO tries to do too many things being all attached. I miss my Kirby, but at the Kirby price, I wasn’t sure I needed another 25-yr vaccum. So…. obviously, the Dyson is out. LOL.

    1. Okay, will not look any longer at the Dyson. My hands are in pretty rough shape so that’s important. I don’t want a bunch of attachments. Never use them as I have the handheld and I’m too lazy to clean things like window blinds and floorboards. (Hate to admit that)

  9. Look for a “self-propelled” vacuum. I had an upright Hoover self propelled years ago and it was great. No pushing forward — just guide it with your hand — especially great on carpets. I just looked online and Hoover still makes one as do several other brands. Maybe this will work great for you as it did for me.

  10. I have a Shark..it is lightweight..picks up everything..and does not hurt my back..flies over the floor..no bags…love the kitties..

  11. I purchased the Kenmore DS4020 cordless vac very very light weight and does a great job, You might want to look this up and see if you would like this You have a great day

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