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iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot
We tested the latest vacuums to find the right tools for your home's carpet, tile, and wood.
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Courtesy of Bissell Homecare Inc.

Best Multitasker

Bissell Symphony All in One Vacuum and Steam Mop, bissell.com. This combination tool lets you suck and steam separately or simultaneously. It works on nearly all your floor surfaces.

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Courtesy of Soniclean

Most Allergy-Friendly

Soniclean VT Plus, mysoniclean.com. Get deep cleaning without the bulk -- this sucker weighs in at a mere 101/2 pounds -- and maneuvers with ease. Its HEPA filtration system traps bacteria, dust, dirt, and other allergens.

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Courtesy of Shark Cleaning

Best Compact

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright, sharkclean.com. Just as powerful as its full-size counterparts, this mini model converts from a handheld to an upright vac in seconds.

Best "Green" Clean

Steamboy Pro T3, reliablecorporation.com. Clean and sanitize both hard surfaces and carpets using only water with this efficient steam mop. The chemical-free germ-buster is perfect for a home with a crawler.

Master of Daily Maintenance

iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot, irobot.com. This floor-cleaning robot is like a superpowered Swiffer, offering both dry and damp mopping features to maintain hard floors.

Originally published in the April 2014 issue of Parents Magazine

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