Some highly rated vacuums according to Consumer Reports include the Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Pet UH30310, Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away NV501 and the Miele S 8590 Marin. The Hoover WindTunnel is a high-quality, inexpensive vacuum, that comes with special features, such as an on/off brush switch and manual carpet pile-height adjustment.
The Shark Rotator is a slightly more expensive vacuum than the WindTunnel with a design specifically for tile, hardwood or vinyl flooring. The vacuum is considerably more lightweight then the more expensive models of upright vacuums and is more maneuverable.
The Miele S series model is one of the most expensive models of highly rated vacuum by Consumer Reports and is significantly heavier than the other, less-expensive models. The Miele S comes equipped with hose and power head attachments that increase the vacuum's cleaning versatility.