12 Best Commercial Vacuums in 2017

When you hear the term “commercial,” it can lead you to believe something is not geared towards consumer use. That is certainly the case at times, but not all commercial products are meant to be used in their respective environments. Such is the case with commercial vacuum cleaners, which can make cleaning your carpet and floor at home a breeze.

While the best commercial vacuum cleaners are used in various environments, most can still be used easily in your home. The moniker doesn’t mean they are going to be bulky pieces of metal and plastic either as we think you will be quite surprised at how sleek some of these are. That said, all of the vacuum cleaners on our list are certainly tougher than your typical household vacuum.

Our picks can be used both commercially or in our home although the mileage will vary depending on the types of surfaces and square footage you need to clean. Most of these will have a commercial grade cord to ensure proper amperage and are to code at businesses as well. Codes aside, nobody wants to kick a breaker running a vacuum as that tends to halt your progress.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at our Top 12…

Top 12 Commercial Vacuums Comparison Table

Design Name Canister or Bag HEPA Rating (1-5)
   1. Bissell Heavy-Duty Professional Vacuum, 93Z6W  Canister  No  4.7
   2. ProTeam Backpack Vacuums Super CoachVac HEPA Commercial Backpack Vacuum Cleaner  Canister  Yes  4.6
   3. Commercial Vacuum Cleaner, 7 Amps  Bag  No  4.5
   4. Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS 8 Pound Commercial Upright Vacuum  Bag  No  4.3
   5. Hoover CH30000 PortaPower Lightweight Commercial Canister Vacuum  Bag  No  4.3
6. Oreck Commercial BB900DGR XL Pro 5 Super Compact Canister Vacuum  Bag  No  4.2
7. Hoover Commercial C1703-900 13″ Windtunnel Bagged Upright Vacuum  Bag  No  4.1
8. Carpet Pro Commercial CPU 2 Upright Vacuum Cleaner  Bag  No  4.1
   9. Hoover Commercial C2401 Shoulder Vac Pro Backpack Vacuum  Canister  Yes  4.1
   10. Sanitaire SC679J Commercial Shake Out Bag Upright Vacuum Cleaner  Bag  No  4.1
   11. Hoover Commercial CH32008 Hush Tone Canister Vacuum  Bag  Yes  4.1
   12. ProTeam ProForce 1500XP HEPA Bagged Upright Vacuum Cleaner  Bag  Yes  3.9

Initial Shopping Tips: Does It Have a HEPA Filter?

Allergies are a real pain regardless of where you rest your head. Seasonal allergies can drop you quicker than a knockout punch although they don’t have to if you roll with HEPA. If you are unfamiliar with the term, HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. This particular type of filter blocks fine particles that a normal filter will miss. That includes dander, pollen and dust mites along with any other airborne nasties that can send you into a sneezing fit.

In a nutshell, these filters have thinner fibers which trap more particles due to their design and the materials used. In HVAC units, they can vary in size and strength with a rating letting you know how much particulates it can block. For vacuums, it’s far simpler as most HEPA vacuum cleaners have pre-cut custom filters that can be purchased in packs or cleaned out in the sink. The best commercial vacuum cleaners will allow for HEPA filtration although you are out of luck more often than not with upright bagged models.

Always Consider the Extras

Do you have a bad wrist or bum leg? Is your home the size of a small mansion and full of dogs and cats? If you answered yes to either of these questions, here are a few more things you will want to consider when it comes to the extras.

  • Comfort Grips – Some vacuums are built to make things easy on your back and wrists with adjustable poles and specialized grips built to be easy on arthritis and other maladies.
  • Cord Length – We will make this one simple. There is absolutely nothing worse than vacuuming 90% of your house only to have to unplug just to finish a room. You won’t always be able to get around that, but making sure the vacuum has a long cord is your first step towards freedom.
  • Attachments – Have a lot of nooks to vacuum? If so, you will want a vacuum with poles to extend your reach. That’s a feature that can be hit or miss on commercial uprights although backpack models tend to have more accessories than most. Brushes, rollers, and various other implements can be included as well, so always keep your cleaning needs in mind.

Pet-Friendly?

We know that all dogs and cats tend to hate the sound of a vacuum cleaner, but some are far more pet-friendly than others when it comes to noise along with the hair and dander. You can’t throw a stone without hitting vacuum that claims it can handle pet hair with ease. Unless you are purchasing your first vac, you know that is not the case at all.

Many of the beset commercial vacuum cleaners will not have any trouble with pet hair whether it’s long or short. Some have special attachments or heads that can help pull it in, while others rely on sheer horsepower to pull dander and dust from corners and nooks. That said, if you have a dog or cat that sheds, your best bet is to look for that “pet-friendly” tag and then pick through the buzz words to see what it can actually do.

Top 5 Best Commercial Vacuum Reviews

1. Bissell Professional Vacuum

Bissel has been cranking out vacuums for longer than most consumers realize as the company has been around since the late 1800s. That means they know how to produce a solid vacuum like the Bissell Heavy-Duty Professional 93Z6W. It may not carry the “commercial” moniker, but believe us when we say it can handle almost anything you put in its path.

This vacuum lives up to its namesake with an extra-wide 15” cleaning path and a 30-foot cord. While the latter is not quite as long as we would like, the head is larger than most. You also get a slew of attachments with this model including a telescoping wand, upholstery brush, and crevice tool. This multi-cyclonic system is powerful with nine chambers and will be easy to dump with its quick release button.

2. ProTeam Super CoachVac

Make no mistake; upright vacuum cleaners are a great way to go and can be used by anyone with a set of legs. If you need something that can handle more and be handled in various ways, look no further than the Super CoachVac Commercial Backpack Vacuum. It isn’t wheeled but has some features that more than make up for its lack of mobility.

The ProTeam Super is a canister vacuum with a HEPA filter to assist in getting rid of those hard to see particles. The build and its overall power make it ideal for consumers with a lot of property to deal with along with small businesses, schools and, well, almost anything. The cleaning wand is light at around 3lbs and comes with several attachments including brushes and a crevice tool.

If you have back issues, this one may not be the best fit at 11lbs although it will be quite comfortable due to the shoulder straps and a waist belt which will accommodate both men and women in a variety of sizes. It is also available in several configurations with a 7pc commercial kit, an 8pc small business kit and a setup geared for a residential cleaning service.

3. Sanitaire 7 Amp Commercial Vacuum

Sometimes less is more, and you don’t need a fancy commercial vacuum or a slew of attachments. You just need an army of vacuums that can get the job done quickly and efficiently without breaking the bank. If that’s you, you will appreciate the simplicity behind the Commercial Vacuum Cleaner from Sanitaire.

This bright Red vacuum is bagged and can hold up to 10 gallons of debris before you need to find a can. The specs are average however with 12” cleaning path and 20 1/2” feet of cord. It is also heavy at around 20lbs but will suck up anything in its path with 7 AMPS of power. You won’t get HEPA or any attachments, but this particular piece of equipment can do wonders on carpets and is built to last… not to be replaced in a few years.

4. Oreck Commercial U2000RB-1

Oreck’s first entry onto our list of the best commercial vacuum cleaners is the XL2100RHS. This commercial vacuum is of the upright variety and weight in at 8 pounds so it’s lighter than most uprights in the commercial class. It will also be very easy on your wrists and shoulders as it has a “Helping Hand” handle that’s recommended by the Arthritis foundation.

This vacuum is built for carpets but will work well on hardwoods and other slick surfaces thanks to an automatic floor adjustment. It is quite powerful as well with a double helix brush setup that whirls around at a whopping 6,500 RPM. Between the power, the 35-foot cord and 12” cleaning path rest assured you won’t have to hit the same two areas twice.

As mentioned, this one is easy on your body but also built to be furniture friendly as it really drops down. The non-marring bumpers lend a hand in this area as well while brushes on the side can assist with baseboards and other hard to reach areas.

5. Hoover CH30000 PortaPower

Despite its design, the Hoover CH30000 is actually a bagged canister vacuum. The bag is rated for commercial use so it can withstand more than most, but you cannot run this model without one. That said, you can use paper bags as well if you are just doing some regular cleaning and don’t need something tough. That isn’t the only trick up its metal and plastic sleeve either.

The PortaPower CH30000 can be carried with a handle or slung around your shoulder with a single strap. It’s fairly light at 13lbs and sports a “blower” function as well. As for the attachments, you will receive a straight pole and extension, a crevice tool, several brush heads and an edge cleaner. It will not hold as much as some of the other commercial vacuums to make the grade but is tough, light and affordable.