(Consumer Reports) -- Have you ever thought about how many miles you’ve vacuumed in your life? Probably not, but Consumer Reports has. In its latest tests, testers vacuumed 16 miles of carpets and floors.
Vacuums these days are stylish and sleek. Consumer Reports tested 73 upright vacuums.
"The ones we tested cost anywhere from $80 to more than a thousand," said Consumer Reports’ Bob Markovich.
The most important test - how well a vacuum cleans carpets. Consumer Reports puts a hard-to-clean mix of sand and powder onto a carpet. Then testers use a weighted roller to press the dirt in - like what happens when you walk on it. And then it was time to vacuum!
Some vacuums make big claims, like the Eureka SuctionSeal Pet, which claims you’ll get “a sharper clean from the vacuum that beats the Dyson DC41 on the carpets in your home - at half the price."
The Eureka costs $160 compared to the $600 Dyson, but Markovich says, "Our tests found that both are mediocre at cleaning carpets, and neither one made our recommended list."
Testers also measured how much force you need to push and pull a vacuum.
Consumer Reports also sized up how easy vacuums are to use by evaluating how difficult they are to carry and empty.
For bagged uprights, consider the Kenmore Progressive, a Best Buy at $170.
For a bagless upright, try another Eureka – the AirSpeed. At $120, it's another Best Buy. Both do a very good job cleaning carpets
Consumer Reports says canister vacuums are easier to use on stairs and cleaning under furniture. It named a $300 Kenmore Progressive Canister a best buy.