Whether it be dog fur, pollen or even dust, there are millions of triggers for allergy sufferers. Using a vacuum on dust and dirt doesn’t always help the cause, it can actually stir up more dust and aggravate allergies.
If you are suffering from allergies, you should look at the best filters and bagged instead of canister vacuums.
We will look at the best vacuums for allergy sufferers, and why they help reduce allergy flare-ups. Using a vacuum doesn’t always have to mean a dust cloud throughout your house or apartment.
A Little Vacuum History
Vacuums have been around since the 1860s, invented by Daniel Hess in Iowa. It was basically a rotating brush and bellows to generate suction. By the late 1900s, powered vacuums came about. The powered vacuums used some sort of variations of blowing air as opposed to suction.
Hoover and Electrolux both started in the early 1900s and started making portable vacuums so they were more accessible.
Today, there are many different manufacturers to choose from but they are not all built the same. The machines that filter air better are equipped with HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Absorber) filters which can filter out 99.9% of allergens. HEPA filters are comprised of randomly arranged fibers, usually fiberglass.
The fibers act almost like a sieve and are meant to filter out even the smallest allergens. When vacuums are equipped with HEPA filters fewer allergens escape into the air during the cleaning process.
The American HEPA standard is .03 of a micron, but the European standard is three times better at .01 of a micron.
There is only one company designing many vacuums to that European standard.
Miele is a family-owned German company founded in 1899 by Carl Miele and Reinhard Zinkann. They started out making cream separators in Herzbrock, Germany and have always believed in their company motto " Immer Besser" which means forever better.
It is their commitment to quality and craftsmanship that goes into their products. Miele produced their first vacuum cleaner in 1927.
They are now one of the pioneers of the appliance business and manufacture everything from vacuums, laundry products, dishwashers, and professional ranges. Their vacuums filter particles to .01 microns.
The air is exhausted through the top of a Miele vacuum rather than the sides, so it does not blow the dust around like other vacuums.
Bagged vs. Bagless
Miele also uses bags so dust will not reenter your home once opened. With a bagless vacuum, you will be exposed to the dust just vacuumed. Most people go outside to empty their bagless vacuums.
Best Vacuums for Allergy Sufferers
Any vacuum with a HEPA filter is going to be better for allergy sufferers, here are the 3 best.
Miele Compact C2 Electro - $599
- Low noise 1,200 watt motor
- HEPA filter
- 33' cleaning radius
- Telescoping stainless steel wand
- Airteq combination tool
- Rotary dial switch
- Electric head
The Electro from Miele is very lightweight and easy to carry from floor to floor. It has a 2 part shell semi- sealed system. This Electro comes with a HEPA filter which will filter out 99.9 % of allergens.
A dust bag that is just under a gallon (3.7 gallons) will last a good amount of time. The Airtel combination tool makes it easy to clean hardwood floors and also low pile carpets. The electric powerhead gives a better cleaning performance.
The Electro is designed for most surfaces except for high ply carpets.
- 1,200 watt low noise motor
- HEPA filter
- Fully sealed system
- 36' cleaning radius
- On handle controls
- Electric powerhead
- Lights on the powerhead
- Cushioned bumper sides
- Swivel handle
- Parque twister
- Hidden tool storage
The Brilliant is Miele's best HEPA unit with a 4.75-quart bag for dust and largest cleaning radius at 36 feet. You have the best tools with the Brilliant from crevice to a high ply carpet tool.
Also included is the parquet tool for hardwood, cushioned bumpers, and lights on the head to protect your furniture.
This is the best vacuum currently on the market.
Miele Dynamic U1 Jazz - $499
- 1,200 low noise motor
- 54' cleaning radius
- Upright design for easy storage
- HEPA filter
- 6 stage power setting
- LED Headlight
- Upholstery tool
- Sealed system
Upright vacuums are easier to store and are great for 1-level ranch style homes. This model has a huge cleaning radius that would allow you to plug in at one end of the house and just keep cleaning to the other end of the house! The HEPA filter will assure a virtual allergen free cleaning experience. The power settings allow you versatility when cleaning different surfaces with numerous soil levels.
As I said in the beginning, if you truly suffer from allergies you should be concerned with filtration, bagged systems, and the overall design of the vacuum.
Miele has the best design for all three. First, the vacuum is designed to not blow the dust around because the air is released at the top versus the sides.
With the dust entering a bag, you will not have to handle the dust like a Dyson or any other bagless vacuums.
Most importantly, Miele can actually vacuum three times better than the average vacuum at .03 versus .01 of a micron.
Want to find the right vacuum for your home? Read our Vacuum Guide with a full description of the models, tools, and filters.
Todd Rourke is a Sales Consultant for Yale Appliance + Lighting. He has worked in sales for over 17 years. He loves putting dream kitchens together for his customers. In his free time, Todd is a musician and an avid bass fisherman and prefers the Lakes Region in NH. Mainly, he is a Dadda to his 2 beautiful daughters and a housekeeper to his beautiful wife. They take up most of his free time nowadays, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. HelloFresh and Blue Apron have saved his nights! Todd loves the outdoors and anything lighthearted and silly.
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