High pile carpet might look and feel great, but when it’s time to clean it can be a struggle. The average vacuum that excels on low or medium plush carpets can get stuck on high pile carpet. The long fibers can easily get stuck in the brush roll, leading to tangles and damage. Even worse, it can really wreak havoc on your floors. So if you’ve already got high pile carpet, or you’re planning on, you’ll want to get a vacuum cleaner that can handle it.
Top Vacuums for High Pile Carpet
The good news is, there are some great vacuums for high pile carpet out there, and we’ve found and reviewed the top ten. So if your plush carpet is over half an inch long, any of these vacuum cleaners can handle it. The first on our list has a special recommendation from an expert in the field: a major carpet manufacturer.
Soniclean Soft Carpet Upright Vacuum Cleaner
According to Mohawk carpet manufacturers, this Soniclean vacuum is the best model to use to clean their super plush carpets. Here’s why they prefer this model:
This vacuum gets deep down into thick, high carpet by using sonic vibrations that help release ground in debris from the carpet. It’s also equipped with a brush that won’t damage your carpets, since it’s so gentle (that’s for natural and synthetic fibers). You can control the amount of suction, and it’ll automatically shut down if there’s a tangle. The adjustable vent system helps you keep the right amount of suction.
The 35 foot cord is a nice bonus, because you won’t have to stop and unplug often. The oversized wheels make it even easier to move the vacuum over shag rugs and plush carpets. Even better, it comes with a lifetime warranty on the belt and a 5 year warranty for the motor.
Miele Complete C3 for Soft Carpet
This is a great canister vacuum for high pile carpets, especially because it includes the Electrobrush head that so many people love. The Electrobrush that comes with this vacuum is designed to work with soft carpets, no matter how difficult they are for other vacuums.
The other great thing about it that it works equally well with other surface heights, since you can adjust it to meet 5 different levels, even to the bare floor. Or, use the Parquet Twister to get cleaner wood floors, tile, and laminate.
Sebo 90640AM Airbelt D4 Premium Canister Vacuum With ET-1 Powerhead
This is a great pick for larger homes and spaces, especially since this canister vacuum has an impressive 50 foot cleaning radius. It’s surprisingly quiet too, and has rubber wheels that won’t mess with your floor. The 1.5G filter bag also means less emptying it for you.
A big bonus for this vacuum is the powerhead (aka floor cleaning attachment) that it comes with. You can adjust both suction and height (there are four different levels), or even choose to shut off the beater bar. With this combination, it’s a vacuum for plush carpet you can’t beat.
Kenmore Elite 81714 Pet-Friendly Ultra Plush Bagged Canister Vacuum
This canister vacuum has a head attachment that excels where others fail: on high pile carpet. It doesn’t drag or get stuck on carpet, making it even easier to use. It even comes with a motorized attachment and special tool to pick up pet hair.
This Kenmore vacuum also used a sealed HEPA filter system, making it an ideal choice for households with allergy sufferers. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation found the filter quality to be so high, that they even certified it.
Oreck LW100 Magnesium SP Bagged Upright Vacuum
This Oreck vacuum is another that contains a HEPA filter, which helps contain allergens. Because it’s such a lightweight vacuum, it’s very easy to move over thick, tall carpets, while being gentle enough to avoid damaging soft carpeting.
The side brushes help keep flooring edges clean, which you’ll love. The larger wheels also help make it easier to maneuver on thick carpet. As is the Oreck policy for their vacuums, it comes with a 7 year warranty and 3 yearly maintenance checks.
Miele 41HAE032USA Dynamic U1 Maverick Obsidian
Miele is a company known for producing high quality vacuums, and this model is the ideal choice for cleaning soft, thick carpets. You can adjust the height to clean surfaces from hardwood floors to shag rugs. If you do use this on ‘ultra plush’ carpeting, be gentle since the included Electrobrush packs a lot of power.
There’s a lot to love about this vacuum, not least of all the swivel neck and ability to flatten to reach tough, low areas. The HEPA filter is another bonus, since you know it’ll get 99.99% of those allergens up and contained. The 39 foot cord is the (very convenient) cherry on top.
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Kenmore Elite 31230 Pet-Friendly Crossover Ultra Upright Bagless Vacuum
Not only is this a great choice for pet owners, it works really well on high pile, super plush carpet floors. The amount of suction is well balanced; strong enough to clean effectively, while still allowing movement over the carpet. Most people that use this for the first time are pleasantly surprised about how much more debris it picks up compared to their last vacuum.
Since it’s also meant for homes with pets, it comes with plenty of accessories, including a pet hair tool and led lighting. Added to the super long 35 cord and fill sensors, it’s a solid choice.
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Electrolux EL4335B Corded Ultra Flex Canister Vacuum
The Electrolux is easy to get around; it has a 33 foot cord, and it’s lightweight. It also has a HEPA filter, and a self cleaning system for the brush roll, which means less work for you. It’s so easy to use, it’s even bagless
You can turn off the roller if you need to clean hard surfaces, and choose between three different height adjustments. One of the best parts? It comes with a 5 year warranty.
Kenmore Elite 31150 Pet & Allergy Friendly Upright Vacuum
There are three main reasons this Kenmore vacuum gets spot on our list. First, you can adjust it to 5 different cleaning heights. Next, you can turn off the roller brush, which is great when you just need suction, although it doesn’t excel with super plush carpets, although it handles most well. Third, the adjustable suction is great.
While it may not tackle super plush carpeting, it is really useful if you have a lot of different surfaces to clean. Add to that a HEPA filter, and plenty of attachments for pet hair and more, and you have a solid vacuum.
Maytag M1200 Upright Vacuum Cleaner
This is a great choice for people with high pile carpet, and it’s a reliable choice too. The metal parts are reinforced to make it extra durable, and give it a longer lifetime. That said, the belt does come with a lifetime warranty in case you ever need it.
The M1200 allows you to choose between six different height adjustments, so you can go right from vacuuming a shag rug to the hardwood floors in your kitchen. Or, if you don’t want to figure out the right height level for yourself, just slip it into automatic, and it’ll adjust to the appropriate height for you.
There are canister and upright vacuums (with plenty of different attachments) that work well for high pile carpet. The most important things to consider are venting, adjustable heights, and a brush you can shut off.