Allergy Ratings

The Allergy Ratings at are based on the filtration specifications of our vacuum cleaners and air purifiers. Steam cleaners, rug shampooers, floor buffers, small appilances, and other non-vacuum non-air purifier products are not rated. Each item is grouped into the following categories.

1 star
No Filtration:

• Filterless hand-held and lightweight vacuums
• Filterless bagless vacuums


Eureka Cordless Quick-Up 96DZ Hand Held Vacuum
Hoover S2200 Flair Bagless Stick Vacuum
2 stars
Standard Bag Filtration and Commercial Filtration:

• Vacuum cleaners with standard bags only.
• Filterless commercial vacuums with shakeout cloth bags
• Filterless commercial vacuums with bagless dust cups
• Shop-Vacs and other wet/dry vacuum cleaners


Oreck XL2000 Series U2000R Commercial Upright Vacuum
Hoover C1320 Signature Commercial Lightweight Vacuum
3 stars
Allergen Filtration:

• Non-HEPA filtered vacuum cleaners
• Most non-HEPA bagless vacuums
• Vacuum cleaners with Microfiltration bags.


Eureka 972B Maxima Canister
Panasonic MC-UG383 Upright Vacuum
4 stars
Basic Small Room Air Purifiers and HEPA Vacuums:

• HEPA filtered vacuum cleaners
• Bagless HEPA filtered vacuums
• Washable HEPA filtered vacuum cleaners
• HEPA-type or equivalent filtered vacuum cleaners
• Water filtered vacuum cleaners
• Air purifiers for rooms less than 500 square feet
• Air purifiers with HEPA filtration, odor removal, and ionizers

Example Vacuums:

Eureka 4870MZ Boss Smart Vac
Fuller Brush FBPT-2 Canister
Hoover WindTunnel U6439-900 Self-Propelled Ultra
Panasonic MC-CG973 Canister Vacuum

Example Purifiers:

Blueair 403 HEPASilent Air Purifier
Whirlpool Whispure AP510 (AP51030) Air Purifier
5 stars
Central Vacs, Premium Air Purifiers and Vacuums:

• Vacuum cleaners designed for high allergy users
• True HEPA sealed vacuums
• Bagless/Cyclonic vacuums with true HEPA filtration
• Central vacs that pull air outside the home
• Air purifiers for rooms larger than 500 square feet
• Air purifiers with anti-chemical and anti-microbial properties
• Industrial or commercial use air purifiers

Example Vacuums:

Bosch Premium BSG 81360 UC Prestige Electro Duo Canister
Dyson DC17 All Floors Bagless Upright NEW
Dyson DC28 AirMuscle Animal Bagless Upright

Example Air Purifiers:

Austin Air HealthMate HM-400 Black
Blueair 503 HEPASilent Air Purifier
IQAir HealthPro Air Cleaner
Sharp KC-C150U Plasmacluster Air Purifier/Humidifier