Best Vacuum For Small Apartment of 2018 & Buying Guide

Buying a vacuum cleaner is always an exciting time for people, but oftentimes you don’t consider how different the experience is for everyone. People who need a vacuum to clean their 5 storey mansion aren’t going to need the same vacuum that you’re going to need for your small apartment now, are they?

There are a lot of differences in size, function and power that we’re going to look at today. At the end of the article we’re going to list the best vacuums you can buy for a small apartment, but first, we’re going to make sure you know what to look for you so you can make the best decision.







Hoover Air Cordless Series 3.0



Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner BH50010



Shark Rocket Vacuum HV301



Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum


Buying a vacuum for a small apartment

Well, let’s start off with the most basic considerations. First off…

How often do you clean your apartment?

The frequency with which you clean has a huge impact on what sort of vacuum you should buy. This is important in regards to your budget, so don’t be afraid to admit you’re a bi-annual cleaner. (Well, maybe then it’s a good idea to think about vacuuming… at least three times a year.)

Really though, do you plan to clean once a day? If that’s the case, find a hobby, but also get something that’s extremely durable and will last you a long time. Canister vacuums are good for daily cleaners since they’re light and durable.

If you clean once a week or once a month, consider investing in a stand up vacuum or even a wet vacuum,

When it comes to the length of cord, get a cordless vacuum. It might be your first thought to get a vacuum with a long cord – after all, you’re in a small apartment, so you’ll not risk getting tangled. On the contrary, a cordless is better for a couple reasons.

  • Instead of dealing with a cord that, yes, may be able to reach all corners of your rooms, a cordless vacuum eliminates the need for a cord at all. You won’t have to dance and jump around it, and you won’t have to switch plugs when you’re done cleaning one room.
  • If your apartment is really small, you’ll be able to clean the entire thing in one go! If not, you’ll be able to at least clean a couple rooms on a single charge of your vacuum.

What type of vacuum should I get?

This choice usually boils down to personal preference more than actual form and function. Different type of vacuums have different features and require different amounts of care and storage, so it depends on what kind of life you’re living.

Canister vacuums are great for small apartments mostly because they’re easy to store. They’re smaller, they’re lightweight, and they can be easily lifted from room-to-room like a lazy dog. They’re also great at cleaning drapes and furniture because they can tackle sensitive fabrics and upholstery without creating havoc.

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Upright vacuums may seem a bit obnoxious at first, but they carry their own special features. Many upright vacuums come packaged with a lot of different tools for all sorts of cleaning. Some even come equipped with swivel movements which can compensate for the easier mobility of canister vacuums by allowing the user to simply turn the handle to direct the vacuum.

What kind of filtration do you need?

The filter system included in your vacuum is of huge importance, especially if you live with children or people who are prone to allergies. The filtration system ensures that you won’t be circulating dangerous allergens, that can be contained in dust and dirt, into the air for you and your family to breathe.

The best type of filter that you’ll see typically advertised on vacuums these days is a HEPA filter. HEPA stands for high efficiency particulate air, and that description gives a pretty informative insight as to what HEPA filters do. They aren’t the only kind of filters, though, and some vacuums HEPA filters are more effective than others.

  • A HEPA filter is a HEPA filter, but some lower-end manufacturers don’t seal them properly with a gasket. This means that air can escape through the unsealed parts and will be completely unfiltered, leading to problems
  • Other types of filters include cartridge filters, which can be either primary or secondary. These filters are cheap and often disposable but they can be cleaned a couple times before you have to throw them out.
  • Foam filters are a secondary type of filter and can be machine washed or unwashed. These are good to keep around as a backup.

What about suction power?

You don’t always need the most powerful vacuum in the world, especially if you’re cleaning a small house. Performance isn’t just measured in the amount of power that you get when your vacuum’s sucking.

Typically if you’re buying a vacuum with a huge amount of suction, it’s going to need a bigger motor. A bigger motor means you need a bigger case to hold it in, so these vacuums are going to be hard to store. Also, you’d figure you need an intensely strong suction to clean a thick carpet. This isn’t always the case – it’s often better to use a moderate strength vacuum and go over the carpet several times.

If you have multiple types of floor in your little apartment, look into a vacuum that has a suction speed switch so you can bounce between different types of suction when you need to.

So what are the best vacuums for people with small apartments?

If you’ve read the previous information, you’ll know that not every small apartment will be suited for the best vacuum. Some have different types of floors, and these will need different methods of cleaning. Also the age, height and size of the person vacuuming play a huge factor in what sort of model you can buy.

These vacuums take all these factors into account and we’ve selected a lot of different models for different purposes. You’re sure to find something in here that will suit you and your family’s needs.

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1. Hoover Air Cordless Series 3.0 Bagless Upright Vacuum BH50140

This is a great vacuum with a number of useful features. First off, it’s a battery powered vacuum which eliminates the need for using a cord and having to hunt for outlets. The first unique feature: you have two batteries instead of one, and they each last about 25 minutes a pop. You can charge one while you’re using the other one which will save you a lot of time, and each one has a power indicator so you can tell when you’re running out of juice.

Like many stick vacuums, this one’s quite light and comes in at less than ten pounds. These stick vacuums are also more reliable than most of Hoover’s other models and need to be repaired less frequently. That, along with the fact that this vacuum uses the same WindTunnel technology that the brand has become famous for developing, make this an ideal stick vacuum for people with small apartments.

It’s also made to clean different types of floors from carpets to hardwood, and comes with a number of attachable tools for you to clean furniture, crevices, or even things like your air vent, as well as a dusting tool for cleaning the top of tables or walls.

All this comes with a limited five year warranty, so you can’t go wrong.


  • Has two batteries instead of just one
  • Batteries have a power indicator to let you know when they’re dying
  • More durable than the Hoover’s other models
  • Lightweight model coming in at less than ten pounds
  • Very durable
  • Uses Wind Tunnel technology


  • Expensive for a stick vacuum
  • Doesn’t handle pet fur very well

2. Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner BH50010

Another prime entry from Hoover, who are quickly proving that they’re some of the best marketers for vacuums for people living in little apartments. This model is much cheaper – up to a hundred bucks cheaper – than the previous entry. Despite that, it boasts a comparable number of features.

First off, the warranty on both the unit itself and the battery is longer than that of the previous entry. The battery, though – yes, there’s only one battery, which puts this one at a distinct disadvantage in terms of cleaning convenience.

It comes with foam filters that can be easily washed by hand. They have to be replaced after being heavily used but they’re usually only around five bucks for a replacement filter.

There’s a control scheme that’s located on the handle near your hands. There’s no need to lean down toward the vacuum’s bottom to fiddle with controls or even to turn it on. When you do, it’s just because the dirt cup allows you to release it with a simple push on the release lever. This prevents you from getting any dirt on you.

The cleaning path of this vacuum is quite wide so you’ll be able to sweep across your room quite quickly, which is good because of the single battery. It’s also good for use on carpets and tile or hard floors.

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  • Much cheaper than the other Hoover model
  • Very wide cleaning path
  • Easily cleaned foam filters
  • Conveniently located controls
  • No cord


  • Only one battery
  • Can’t handle pet hair
  • Weak handle

3. Shark Rocket Vacuum HV301

This is another fairly cheap entry, coming in at less than two hundred bucks, or two hundred with a detail kit included.

It has a two speed brush roll so you can change the speed depending on the type of floor that you’re cleaning. This can help you to save some of the juice in your battery. It comes with a detachable cleaning wand that lets you get at high shelves or at drapes or hard to reach areas.

It’s tremendously easy to store, since you can hang it on a wall mount. This can save a tremendous amount of space for people who already have crowded closets. It comes with washable filters.

The included tools are a brush for dusting, a tool for cleaning crevices, a upholstery cleaning bit.


  • Affordable
  • Comes with a good number of cleaning tools
  • Adjustable speed for cleaning different kinds of floors
  • Very easy to store, hangs on a wall mount


  • Blows a lot of dirt around on hardwood floors
  • Heavy

4. Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum

Of course we need a Dyson model in this list. And, as usual, of course the Dyson is going to be the best one that we’ve listed.

This vacuum comes with a brush bar, which immediately sets it above many other cordless vacuum cleaners. Brush bars make cleaning easier.

This vacuum also has a very powerful motor for a battery-powered vacuum, and uses two cyclones, which give it strength comparable to most standard upright vacuums. Unfortunately all this power means that the vacuum’s battery isn’t going to last a long time – 24 minutes, when used at the lower settings. Fortunately it can charge in a few hours, which most other cordless vacuums can’t boast.

Dyson vacuums are generally considered reliable and don’t need a lot of maintenance. There are no belts that can break. It’s made to be sturdy and reliable.


  • Very durable cordless vacuum model
  • Boasts almost as much power as a stand up vacuum
  • Battery charges quickly
  • Made to be strong and durable


  • Expensive
  • Uses battery fast

So which one’s the best?

Psyche – it’s not the Dyson!  The best one here is the Hoover Air Cordless 3.0. It’s much cheaper than the Dyson, and while it’s not as powerful, it’s more than enough to clean a small apartment. Plus it’s got two batteries, which make it ideal for people who can’t vacuum their whole house in 20-odd minutes.

It’s a very light vacuum and it’s made to handle all sorts of different types of floor. The easy transportation coupled with good power, ease of use, and a good warranty make this the best vacuum on our list.