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Whether you live with easily-disturbed roommates or, like me, and own a sweet cat that’s absolutely frightened by the roaring noise of a vacuum cleaner, finding a model with a quieter motor is essential if you want to keep the peace. Sure, vacuum cleaners are inherently going to be somewhat on the loud end of the spectrum, but that doesn’t mean they have to be disruptive or defeating. I mean, we’ve all had a less-than-courteous neighbor who just loves to get their cleaning done in the middle of the night or at the crack of dawn.
On top of that consideration, if you live in an apartment, studio or just smaller space, investing in a big and bulky vacuum cleaner isn’t exactly ideal. They’re not exactly the chicest of household appliances, so when storage is scant, opting for a smaller and more compact device is your best bet. Fortunately, you don’t have to compromise cleaning power to find a vacuum cleaner that’s both relatively quiet and compact enough to stow in small spaces. Ahead, check out some of our favorite models to try for yourself.
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1. Shark Navigator Upright Vacuum
This ultra-quiet upright vacuum cleaner exudes a soft hum when in use, as opposed to a loud and jarring sound. It’s also designed with an anti-allergy shield, as well as a HEPA filter to effectively remove pet dander, dust, pollen and other common allergens that linger in the home. Finally, it’s equipped with swivel steering, allowing you to access hard to reach spots.
2. Amarey A800 Robot Vacuum
Robot vacuums may be more expensive than conventional vacuum cleaners, but when it comes to a space-saving and quiet model that is equally (if not more) effective, they’re really your best bet. This tiny but mighty vacuum cleaner features four different cleaning modes: automatic, spot, max and edge cleaning to adjust to your space and cleaning needs.
3. Eureka Blaze Swivel Handheld & Stick Vacuum Cleaner
This slim and sleek stick vacuum cleans and lifts away debris, allergens, and dust without relying on a bag or emitting bombarding sounds. It only weighs about four pounds, so it’s easy to transport and steer—even in the tough to reach spots of your home. The three in one design also features a washable filtration system to improve air quality.
4. eufy Anker, BoostIQ RoboVac
Put your feet up and watch this little robot vac get to work on your dusty floors. When this vacuum is turned on and roaming your home, it’ll sound like the low hum of your microwave. This little buddy vacuums for 100 minutes before going back to its charging port—all on its own. It can detect particularly dusty parts of your floors, and to handle it, it’ll increase suction in 1.5 seconds. With this robot vacuum, you get a remote control (2 AAA batteries included), charging base, AC power adapter, cleaning tool, extra set of high-performance filters, four side brushes and five cable ties.
5. ORFELD Cordless Vacuum
Thanks to its digital motor, this vac is so quiet that it won’t wake you up. The cordless vacuum gives you 40 minutes of cleaning time before you need to charge it. It has an ultra-wide motor brush that picks up dirt from your carpet as well as your hardwood floors. The vacuum only weighs 5 lbs., so it’s easy to carry around the house. It doesn’t come with a special charging port—all you need to do is plug it into an outlet in your home. It’ll stand on its own, you won’t need to lean it against a wall.
6. BISSELL Aeroswift Compact Vacuum Cleaner
Weighing in at 10 lbs., this lightweight vac can fit into a small apartment easily. Plus, it’s height-adjustable, so you can make it shorter or taller as needed. It comes with a crevice tool, extension wand, dusting brush and a TurboBrush, so you can reach all of those dusty corners of your home. The vacuum comes with either purple, teal or green accents.
7. INSE Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
If you hate the roar of a vacuum and want something a little less disruptive, you should check out this pick. This powerful suction vacuum captures 99.99 percent of dust, which is great news for people who have allergies. If you’re worried about not being able to see the dust bunnies under your couch, don’t fret. The vac is equipped with LED lights, which will uncover all of the dust. You can go cordless, too, thanks to the detachable lithium-ion battery.
8. ORFELD Cordless Vacuum
This cordless vac, which weighs in at 3.3 lbs., has a four-stage HEPA system that’ll wipe 99.97 percent of dust and allergens out of the air you’re breathing. It has a cyclone system with plenty of suction that’ll scoop up crumbs, pet hair and any other debris lurking around your home. It comes with a spare HEPA filter, a LED motorized brush, a crevice nozzle, a combination nozzle and a charging station.