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The Best Vacuum Cleaners for Your College Dorm Room

When heading to your new dorm room, buying a vacuum cleaner specifically for it might not seem like the most exciting of purchases to make. It’s a necessary thing to buy though, so we’ve looked at the best vacuum cleaners for your dorm, so you don’t have to put too much thought into your purchase.

We’ve focused on bagless vacuum cleaners because they’re far easier to maintain than vacuum cleaners that need new bags at regular points. We’ve also only looked at relatively inexpensive options because who wants to spend hundreds of dollars on keeping their dorm room clean? Exactly. On top of that, you won’t find any full-size upright vacuums here. With the average dorm room barely over a hundred square feet and typically without an actual closet, there’s not a lot of

Whatever your requirements, here’s the best vacuum cleaner for your dorm room.

Best For Unidentifiable Stains: BLACK+DECKER HNV215BW52 Compact Cordless Lithium Wet/Dry Hand Vacuum ($40)

Black and Decker HNV215BW52 Compact Cordless Lithium Wet/Dry Hand Vacuum
Black + Decker

We’re not going to ask questions about what happened but sometimes you’ve got an unidentifiable stain on your dorm floor or furniture and you know it’s a bit wet, a bit dry, or a lot of both. That’s where you need a vacuum cleaner like the BLACK+DECKER HNV215BW52 Compact Cordless Lithium Wet/Dry Hand Vacuum. It’s a small handheld vacuum cleaner that’s designed for quick cleanups and spills.

It deals with anything you throw its way without too much fuss. A washable bowl and filter mean you can clean up any stinks thoroughly, and it’s always easy to see what the dirt level is like as you go along. Its 12AW suction power isn’t strong enough to do the whole room, but if you just need to clean up some bits and pieces, it’s ideal. The charger is wall mountable too if you happen to have a room where it’s ok to mount stuff.

Best Budget Option: Eureka Blaze 3-in-1 Swivel Lightweight Stick Vacuum Black ($30)

Eureka Blaze Stick Vacuum Cleaner

A good stick vacuum cleaner doesn’t have to cost a fortune, as the Eureka Blaze 3-in-1 Swivel Lightweight Stick Vacuum demonstrates. It utilizes a swivel steering action so you can easily move around your dorm room without missing any crevices or awkward corners. That’s made even better by its designated crevice tool.

You can easily transform it to a hand vacuum, stair vacuum or stick vacuum through a few tweaks to the cleaner’s build, with the Eureka Blaze keen to pick up large or small particles just as easily.

The stick only weighs 4lbs so it’s super easy to maneuver, whether you’re using it on hard floors or low pile carpets. Its 18-foot power cord means it covers a wide area in no time too.

Best 2 in 1 Option: Bissell Adapt Ion Pet 2 in 1 Cordless Stick Vacuum ($100)

Bissell Adapt Ion Pet 2 in 1 Cordless Stick Vacuum

The Bissell Adapt Ion Pet 2 in 1 Cordless Stick Vacuum is pricier than the others here, as it’s $100, but it’s worth the price. Like the Eureka, it’s more than one vacuum cleaner. It’s actually two with a removable hand vacuum for furniture, tables, and other non-floor surfaces. Unlike the Eureka, it’s cordless at all times which makes it so much easier if you don’t want to get tied up in cables as you go around the room.

It also has a special Brush Roll that tackles hard surfaces and low pile carpets extra efficiently, as well as designated pet tools for cleaning up after your beloved furry friends. You might not have a pet in the dorm room but if you have a roommate that makes messes like one the extra power is worth it. If you can stretch your budget to $100, this is going to be useful for far longer than simply the time you live in dorms.

Best For Sweeping: Shark V2930 Cordless Rechargeable Floor and Carpet Sweeper ($48)

Shark V2930 Cordless Rechargable Floor and Carpet Sweeper

If you mainly have bare floors to clean up then a sweeper is a better option for you than a conventional vacuum cleaner. The Shark V2930 Cordless Rechargable Floor and Carpet Sweeper is a great option for that. It has a motorized brush for sweeping up debris of any size from your bare floors as well as low pile carpets.

It has a dust cup rather than bag, so it’s easily emptied. There’s also a folding backsaver handle (the big hinge piece in the middle of the handle above is the secret sauce) that does exactly what it says—saves your back from strain while still allowing you to reach hard to clean areas like way under your bed or couch. A 10″ cleaning path width helps here too.

Best Canister Vacuum Cleaner For Larger Dorm Rooms: Bissell Zing 2156A ($50)

Bissell Zing 2156A Canister Vacuum Cleaner

Canister vacuum cleaners are best for covering larger areas. If you have a larger than average dorm room then buy the Bissell Zing 2156A. It’s far more powerful than the other options here but still reasonably easy to drag around your room. It’s not quite as great at getting to the tricky areas as a stick vacuum, but its powerful suction means you’ll suck up stuff you hardly noticed beforehand.

Its 15-foot cable is retractable at the touch of a button too, so it’s relatively low effort to pull out and use. It also only weighs just under 8lbs so it’s easy enough to carry around. This is overkill if you have a small dorm room, but if you’re the lucky owner of a large living space, it’s worthy of your consideration. And yes, it’s bagless too.

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