Cleaning

The Best Cordless Stick Vacuum Hoover Linx BH50010
After 35 hours of research and testing with cordless stick vacuums, we found the Hoover Linx BH50010 is the best for small homes with short carpets and bare floors. The Linx's 15-minute running time can handle homes up to 1,000 square feet, is powerful enough to suck up a plethora of small items that its peers struggled with in our tests, and it's cheaper than any other worthwhile competition.   Read More >
The Best Portable Vacuum Black & Decker MAX Flex Vac
Over 75 hours of research and testing led us to the Black & Decker MAX Flex Vac as best for most people. It has powerful suction and the battery can last longer than the competition. Plus, its 4-foot flexible hose can access hard-to-reach places where others cannot, including our previous pick.   Read More >
The Best Cheap Vacuum Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352
If “clean enough” is good enough, the vacuum to get is the $160 Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352 (also at Best Buy). This bagless upright vacuum is a capable cleaner on carpets, bare floors, furniture, stairs, and ceilings alike, and should run well for a few years without too much maintenance. While this Shark won’t clean as deeply or last as long as a high-end vacuum, you get about 85% of the performance for 40% of the price.    Read More >
The Best Dish Soap Seventh Generation Dish Liquid
Dishwashing liquid, the kind you squirt into your sink to do dishes by hand, is something that most of us have in our kitchens. After over 60 hours of research we think Seventh Generation Dish Liquid is the one you want. Out of the 20 different hand dishwashing detergents we lab tested, it has the best combination of cleaning power, safety, price, and social responsibility. It also smells good if that’s your thing and comes unscented if it isn’t.    Read More >
The Best Robot Vacuum iRobot Roomba 650
The best robot vacuum for most people is the $400 iRobot Roomba 650. It’s easy to use, works on bare floors and carpets alike, and leaves out the unnecessary features that drive up the price on most bots. And when something goes wrong (an inevitability over time) a fully modular and easy-to-service design means you can repair rather than replace.    Read More >
The Best Home Vacuum Cleaners Miele S7210 Twist
If you’re serious about keeping your home clear of dust, dirt and other debris, the $450 Miele S7210 Twist bagged upright is the best vacuum for the job. Cleaning is excellent on any surface, steering is smooth and light and you’ll barely have to think about upkeep. If you live in cozier quarters (or just prefer canister vacuums) we like a few kits in the Miele S2 series—the Capri is a good pick for an apartment with mostly bare floors and an area rug or two, while the Delphi is better for digs with more carpeting and hairy pets.    Read More >
The Best Kitchen Trash Bag Glad Tall Kitchen Drawstring Bag Stronger with Less Plastic
The best trash bag for hauling garbage that is heavy or sharp or simply kitchen detritus is the Glad Tall Kitchen drawstring bag (labeled “Stronger with Less Plastic”). It’s the favorite of Consumer Reports and Good Housekeeping and consistently stood up to our testing, holding vastly more weight and demonstrating more resistance to rips and tears than other trash bags.   Read More >
The Best Laundry Detergent Tide HE Plus Bleach Alternative
Everyone needs laundry detergent. Which detergent is the best? Tide powders with bleach alternatives like Tide's HE Plus Bleach Alternative lift stains better than anything else, as product testing from trusted sources like Consumer Reports and Good Housekeeping have confirmed.    Read More >