12 Best Bagless Canister Vacuums in 2017

Out of all the different types of vacuums out there, you have finally settled on one: the bagless canister vacuum.

Within this category, there are plenty of different models to choose from, and each one has its pros and its cons: this can make it a bit more difficult to choose one, but with the help of our guide, you’ll be able to navigate your way through all of the choices like a pro.

Today, we will be looking at the top bagless canister vacuums currently on the market and how they compare with their fellow bagless units on their overall performance.

With our experience in the vacuum business, we will be able to confidently tell you which is the best bagless canister vacuum for your needs and budget.

Top 12 Bagless Canister Vacuums Table

DesignNameElectric Powerhead?Includes Additional Tools?Rating (1-5)
  1. Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Canister (NR96) Yes No 4.4
  2. Panasonic MC-CL945 Plush Pro Bagless Canister Vacuum Cleaner Yes Yes 4.3
  3. BISSELL Zing Rewind Bagless Canister Vacuum No Yes 4.1
  4. Bissell PowerForce Pro Lightweight Compact Bagless Canister Vacuum Cleaner No No
(Sold Separately)
 4.1
  5. Bissell Zing Bagless Canister Vacuum No No
(Sold Separately)
 4.0
6. Ovente Featherlite Cyclonic Bagless Canister Vacuum No Yes/No
(Only comes with Pet Brush, additional tools sold separately)
 4.0
7. Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner EZ Lite Corded Bagless Canister Vacuum SD40010 No Yes 3.9
8. Bissell Hard Floor Expert Multi-Cyclonic Bagless Canister Vacuum Yes Yes 3.9
  9. Dirt Devil Featherlite Cyclonic Bagless Canister Vacuum No Yes 3.8
  10. Bissell OptiClean Cyclonic Bagless Canister Vacuum No Yea 3.6
  11. Hoover Vacuum Cleaner WindTunnel Air Bagless Corded Canister Vacuum Yes Yes 3.3
  12. Eureka Complete Clean Bagless Canister Vacuum Cleaner Yes Yes 3.3

How Will I Choose the Perfect Unit for Me?

There are many factors to consider when purchasing a bagless canister vacuum. In fact, some of the most important factors are ones that a person normally would not consider when preparing to make their final purchase.

Here are some of the top things to keep in mind when purchasing a new bagless vacuum cleaner.

#1 – Look Toward The Future!

Like all household appliances, there is going to be some point in its lifespan when it will need some tender loving care to stay running. Usually, this means simply going through the unit and making sure there aren’t any clogs in the hose and that your dirt cup is clean. We urge you to look at the filters, though and see what type of filter it takes. Once you do that, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How long will the filter last? (How often should it be changed)
  • How much does a new filter cost?
  • Is it washable?

If your filters are washable then you will not have to replace them often; only wash them out and make sure they dry completely before the next use. If they are not washable, then you may need to replace them regularly, or simply use an air hose to clear the dirt away.

**CAUTION** It is HIGHLY recommended that you DO NOT wash paper filters: this can affect the suction on your canister.

How Powerful Is the Head?

Each bagless canister will come with a tool to clean your floor, known as a “Floor Tool” or “Power Head.”

If you notice, floor tools only have a flip switch on top that allows a brush strip to pop up or down, while the Power Head will have electric running through it to turn a brush roll.

Floor Tools are recommended more for hardwood floors and quick clean ups because it can be hard to push the tool on carpets. When the brush strip is out it would not give an effective “deep clean” as the Power Head would since it would constantly be beating the dirt up out of the carpet.

Did You Do Your Homework?

Simply look at the reviews. See what others have experienced and what seems to be the most notorious problem(s). Some powerheads, for example, have trouble with the electrical contacts burning out where the hose connect; this causes a bad connection (sometimes an electrical short) that leads to the whole elbow of the powerhead needing to be replaced.

In some cases, this may lead to the repair costing just as much as a new bagless canister.

Where Are the Tools?

Always make sure your bagless canister comes with tools because, with them, you can clean so much more than just the floor. You will also be able to clean couch cushions, window treatments, steps, corners, under large appliances and more.

Each bagless canister should come with a wand, crevice, dusting, and bare floor tool. Those are your essentials. Be sure to also assess the length of your hose. Is it long enough for what you are using it for? Should you get a unit with a longer one?

Top 5 Best Bagless Canister Vacuum Reviews

1. Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Canister

If you’re a Shark fan and you’ve already tried (and fallen in love with) their Rotator Powered Lift-Away, you can also get it in a bagless canister version: this vacuum!

Shark usually specializes in uprights, so we were excited to try their canister version and were pretty impressed: especially on carpeting and on stairs.

Since you can remove the wand and attach the hose head directly to the vacuum head in addition to removing the canister from its base, you have the ideal portable vacuum for tackling those dirty stairs. Other vacuums can’t disassemble like this, which is why Shark want to offer something that did.

The good thing about this feature is that you can remove deep down dirt, dust, and debris from places that you normally wouldn’t; however, the unit was still a bit heavy even after detaching it from the base.

It comes with the standard crevice tool and dusting brush, plus the anti-allergen seal technology is ideal for those of you who have allergies (or pets)!

While this product isn’t as well-established as some of the others, we were pretty impressed by it and feel that it is definitely worth the investment.

2. Panasonic MC-CL945 Plush Pro Bagless

Panasonic’s bagless canister is another great option for carpeting.

The head is equipped with their Plush Pro Air Infusion Technology, which allows it to glide over carpeting rather than drag it across like you do with many other canister heads.

We love that it has a HEPA filter and large dust cup, and if you happen to have pets, you will love the double-roller Gliding Pet Brush.; this is one of the main selling features for this vacuum since not many canisters come with a pet-specific tool for removing pet hair.

If you have carpet only, hardwood only or a mixture of both in your home, this is a pretty versatile vacuum with powerful suction power.

Pet owners, you have just found your new bagless canister!

3. Bissell Zing Rewind Bagless Canister

Bissell, as you can see from our list, is one of the top contenders in the vacuum industry and they have quite a few models available that each cater to their customers’ specific needs.

The Zing Rewind is definitely one of the more entry-level models with a budget-friendly price tag. We can see this being a great choice for college students or families who just need a simple vacuum to get the job done!

We do like that the head is safe for both carpeting and hardwood, but when comparing it to the previous vacuum, there is no comparison: this one is better for hardwood flooring and can only remove so much when it comes to carpeting.

The dusting brush and crevice tool come standard with it, and we did like that it has a three-stage filtration system to help keep the dust bunnies at bay.

Can we claim that this is the best bagless canister vacuum on our list? No, but if you have hard flooring and you don’t want to spend too much, this is a good entry-level option that won’t break the bank.

4. Bissell Powerforce Pro Lightweight

While this vacuum does look quite similar to the previous product (and the next product, for that matter), there are still some differences that we would like to highlight here.

Powerforce has a slightly higher power rating than Zing Rewind (9.5 amps to 9 amps, respectively), and this one comes with the regular crevice tool versus the combination crevice tool that the previous model had.

Things that are the same: cleaning path, three-stage cleaning system, multi-surface cleaning head (better for hard flooring and low-pile carpeting if you ask us), and the same sized dirt cup.

The vacuum only weighs 10 pounds (so did the previous one), and really the only thing different that we can notice is the suction power, which is slightly stronger on this one.

The Zing Rewind may be more popular, but this has better suction.

It’s another affordable option from Bissell for anyone shopping on a budget.

5. Bissell Zing Bagless Canister Vacuum

It may be one of the more basic models, but boy does she have a lot of suction! This little beauty is great for hardwood floors and all the little nooks and crannies in your home. It is lightweight, so anyone can easily carry it with them to clean, or even haul it upstairs for a quick cleanup. Many have hailed in its glory for how much dirt, lint, and gravel this little guy has picked up!

It comes with a floor tool, wand, and crevice/dusting brush combination tool. The filters are washable (which will save us all money later) and it has a suction diverter valve in case you need to vacuum any delicate items or materials. And don’t forget about that handy dandy retractable cord winder! We just love not having an annoying cord to drag around the house!

Who’s Ready to Go Shopping?

Now that you have checked out the 12 best bagless canister vacuum models and read the reviews of the top five models, we are confident that you will be able to make the right decision about which canister will be the best for your home.

Just remember, not all homes are the same, so maybe the most expensive canister will not be right for you. Perhaps your perfect fit is something like the Bissell Zing, or it may even be a Dyson, but just remember to choose what is best for your household!