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Cleaning

Cleaning doesn't have to be a time-consuming chore. With the right supplies, tools, and accessories, cleaning can be easier and more efficient. From dish soap to your laundry detergent and everything in between, we've researched and tested hundreds of items that claim to help you clean your home. We dish the dirt on which cleaning products work best and which claims are hype, and we dig deep into what's in the bottle.

The Best Vacuums Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352
After our look at more than 330 vacuums over hundreds of hours, our favorite vacuum for most people is still the Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352.   Read More >
The Best Steam Mop Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop 1940
Steam mops can ruin your floors, so read this before buying: After putting in 38 hours of research and testing, we know the Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop 1940 is the best tool to clean (only) glazed tile or sealed stone floors.   Read More >
The Best Air Purifier Coway AP-1512HH Mighty
The Coway AP-1512HH Mighty is the best air purifier we found in 180 hours of research, due to its excellent performance, affordable price, and low maintenance.   Read More >
The Best Portable Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner Bissell SpotClean Pro
After 25 hours of research and testing five portable steam cleaners and carpet cleaners, we think the Bissell SpotClean Pro is the best tool for spot treating rugs and upholstery. It was the best at lifting chocolate, wine, and coffee stains from couch cushions and a white shag carpet.   Read More >
The Best Robot Vacuum iRobot Roomba 650
After running more than 30 cleaning cycles over two months with four top-rated robot vacuums, we've determined that the iRobot Roomba 650 is the best bot for most people. It cleans up more debris than other bots because it gets stuck less and covers more ground. It's also quieter and more affordable than the competition, and it has the best user reviews of any robot vacuum.   Read More >
The Best Dish Soap Seventh Generation Dish Liquid
After more than 65 hours of research and testing 28 detergents, we found the Seventh Generation Dish Liquid is the best for most people. You can’t beat the cleaning power of Seventh Generation. Plus, the company doesn’t use dyes or synthetic fragrances in its product, and it doesn’t test on animals.   Read More >
The Best Handheld Vacuum Black+Decker MAX Lithium Flex Vacuum BDH2020FL
After 65 hours of research and 22 hours testing handheld vacuums over the past few years, we found the Black+Decker MAX Lithium Flex Vacuum BDH2020FLFH is the best option for most people. It’s the most versatile vacuum we tested and, thanks to its flexible 4-foot hose and clip-on attachments, it can reach and clean surfaces others can’t. Its battery also lasts 16 minutes per charge—longer than most of the competition.   Read More >
Which Vacuum Should I Get?
The complete set of questions to ask, factors to consider, and options available to find the best vacuum to suit your needs.    Read More >
The Best Laundry Detergent Tide Plus Bleach Alternative HE Liquid
After performing 65 hours of research, examining 390 stain swatches, doing 208 pounds of laundry, testing 29 different detergents, consulting with a surfactant specialist, and analyzing laundered fabric with a UV/Vis spectrometer, our top pick is Tide Plus Bleach Alternative HE Liquid. In our tests, it was simply the best at getting out nine different stains in both cold and warm water. Its price, roughly 36 cents per load, is in the middle among the detergents we tested, but if clean is queen for you, that’s not too much to pay.   Read More >
The Best Cordless Stick Vacuum Hoover Air Cordless 2-in-1
We spent 55 hours of research and testing, plus more than 100 hours using various vacuums in the past year, and we found the Hoover Air Cordless 2-in-1 BH52120 is the best cordless vacuum for most people. The $180 BH52120 is easy to maneuver, more powerful than any cordless vacuum under $200, and converts into an equally powerful handheld vacuum.   Read More >
The Best Broom, Dustpan, and Dust Mop Casabella Wayclean Wide Angle Broom
Over the past six months, we spent 125 hours researching 215 brooms, dustpans, and dust mops before testing 36 of them firsthand. The $10 Casabella Wayclean Wide Angle Broom is the best and least expensive broom we tested. The $6 OXO Good Grips Clip-On Dustpan outperformed every other dustpan when paired with the Casabella broom. The $19 O-Cedar Dual-Action Microfiber Flip Mop held more dirt than any other dust mop we tested.   Read More >
The Best Toilet Brush Lysol Bowl Brush
We spent more than 30 hours on research, scrubbed three toilets 48 different times, and compared notes with professional housekeepers to find the $6 Lysol Bowl Brush is the best toilet brush for most bathrooms. The caddy is the simplest to use, clean, and disinfect of any we tested, as well as the only caddy that allowed the brush bristles to dry out completely. Of course, it can also clean a toilet well.    Read More >
The Best Outdoor Brooms O-Cedar Professional 24" Multi-Surface Push Broom
We tested 14 outdoor brooms with a troop of Boy Scouts to find that the O’Cedar 24” Multi-Surface Push Broom is the best option for your driveway, decking, patio, or garage floor. Its blend of stiff and soft bristles can handle fine particles and heavier debris, wet or dry. A unique fastener you won’t find on any of the competition means the head won’t detach from the handle while you’re sweeping.    Read More >
The Best Kitchen Trash Bag Glad Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags, 13 Gallon, 90 Count
The best trash bag for hauling garbage that is heavy or sharp or simply kitchen detritus is the Glad Tall Kitchen drawstring bag. 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 >