15 Best Stick Vacuum Cleaners (Review) In 2021
- The Best Stick Vacuum Cleaner
- 1. Eureka NES210 Blaze 3-in-1 Stick Vacuum Cleaner
- 2. Dyson V7 Animal Pro+ Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
- 3. MOOSOO Cordless Vacuum 4-in-1 Stick Vacuum Cleaner
- 4. LG Cordzero A9 Charge Stick Vacuum Cleaner
- 5. Bissell Featherweight Stick Vacuum Cleaner
- 6. Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum
- 7. MOOSOO 2-in-1 Stick Vacuum Cleaner
- 8. Tineco A10 Hero Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
- 9. ORFELD 4-in-1 Stick Cordless Vacuum
- 10. APOSEN Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
- 11. GeeMo Vacuum Cleaner
- 12. Dirt Devil Vibe 3-in-1 Vacuum Cleaner
- 13. Eureka Flash Lightweight Stick Vacuum Cleaner
- 14. VacLife Stick Vacuum Cleaner
- 15. VonHaus 2-in-1 Stick & Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
Household chores aren't always your favorite way to spend time, but they are a necessity, and finding the best stick vacuums will probably help to make home life a bit easier. You might like to discover more about modern cordless vacuums that suit you, or about corded stick vacuums with good suction, either way, we've put together our review of vacuums while concentrating on things you will need to know in order to make a decision on which stick vac to buy including run time, pet hair removal, with bags or bagless, and performance on hard floors and carpets. Even though there are numerous carpet cleaners specialized for carpet maintenance and a wide selection of shop vacs for thorough cleaning of your home, here we present you with some of the best stick vacuum cleaners because of their multipurpose and ease of use. Take a look at our picks and find the best cleaning option for your home without being overwhelmed by the choices available.
The Best Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Lightweight, less than 4lbs
3 in 1 customizable
18ft power cord
Hand & stick cleaning head
There are loads of positives in our best choice stick vacuum cleaner. Firstly, rather than dragging around a heavy upright when you’re cleaning, a stick cleaner offers a lightweight alternative. The Eureka NES210 Blaze 3-in-1 Stick Vacuum Cleaner is one of the stick vacuums we tested and it came up to be our first choice. It runs well on hard floors and carpet and is light enough to vacuum stairs too. Secondly, you can use it as a stick vacuum or as a hand tool for sucking up pet hair and dust from above floor level. We know cleaning is a chore and sometimes we like to avoid it but dust gets everywhere, even when there’s nobody home, so this offers a quick-fix for those bits of housework that just can’t wait.
Crevice tool for hard to reach places
Feels good due to being lightweight
Hand vac and swivel cleaning head
Effective on hardwood floors
Large dust collection cup
We didn’t find any!
So, our choice of best for pet hair is one of the vacuums that everybody has heard of, the Dyson. TheDyson V7 Animal Pro+ Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner is great for tackling pet hair and comes with endless numbers of tools for getting down and less-dirty! Whether you are dealing with long soft pet hairs or short coarse ones it promises to remove them with a 30 minute run time when fully charged – more than enough to vacuum an average ground floor space.
It’s easy to use, easy to charge and comes with fittings so that it can be hung on a wall with a handy docking station so it’s constantly charging and ready to use. Tools included with the V7 let you vacuum flooring, furnishings, and it’s light enough to convert into a hand vacuum for cleaning the car. As far as cordless vacuums go, we stick with our best choice for pet hair and dust removal.
Well known brand known for good suction power
Good tools for use on open flooring and tight spaces
Docking station means its ready to use
Can’t use while charging
Approximately 3.5 hours of charge time
4-in-1 powerful suction
Wall mounting bracket
Converts to handheld
So, our best choice for powerful suction is the MOOSOO which is fairly quiet and is comparable with European models that are restricted on how powerful they can be. The MOOSOOs’ Cordless Vacuum 4-in-1 Stick Vacuum Cleaner features include a brush tool and the main tool is lightweight at just 3.3lbs. Ideal for carpets, hard floors and for picking up pet hair. We like the led light at the front of the machine which helps light the surface in front for dust finding and you get 30-45 minutes cleaning time.
Li-on batteries included
Multi-use tool for soft furnishings as well as floors
Hand tool good for use in small spaces
1-year warranty includes parts and labor
5 hours full charge
Can’t charge when in use
Two batteries supplied
Portable charging stand
Up to 80 mins cleaning time
The Unclutterer premium pick has to be the LG Cordzero A9 Charge Stick Vacuum Cleaner and we think you will love the fact that you get two batteries so, after 40 minutes cleaning using one battery you can charge it while using the second for a further 40 minutes vacuuming time. You can remove the filters and cyclones to wash them which gives you the option to prolong its life. The one-touch control is easy to use and the vacuum itself looks smart. Available in red, supplied with a stand for charging which is portable and doesn’t have to be wall-mounted – saving you from having to drill holes in your walls. This model comes with a 10-year motor warranty and 1-year parts and labor warranty.
Powerful 400 watts
Two batteries = 80 mins clean time
Converts to a handheld
11o voltage only
Not great for long pet hairs
Small 44 inches height
We adore the look of Bissells’ Featherweight Stick Vacuum Cleaner but does it do exactly what it promises rather than simply looking good? As a ‘featherweight’ model you will be pleased it’s bagless so that it can collect just under 0.7 liters in its dirt cup but we did find that emptying the cup was fairly messy. It only weighs 2.6 pounds so it’s hard to believe that it has powerful suction and the filters are so delicate that they seem like they won’t last too long. It’s ideal for use as a spare for cleaning up small bits and pieces or for those who find larger and heavier vacuum cleaners difficult to use.
Can’t easily obtain some replacement parts
No roller brush
Short power cord
Needs to be plugged in
500 watts power
25ft power cord
Converts to hand vac
Carpet, hard floors, stairs
Our lightweight pick is the Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum which is, as it says in the title, ultra-light but surprisingly it’s pretty powerful for such a small model. This typically is designed to successfully vacuum dust and particles from carpets, hard floors, stairs and hard to reach spaces. The long cord ensures you won’t need to keep unplugging it while you move around your home. It has swivel steering for getting around corners and furniture easily and it’s supplied with plenty of micro tools for floor to ceiling vacuuming.
Ultra-lightweight for cleaning at height
Converts to a hand vac
Good suction power
Limited warranty may not cover some parts
Anti-allergen HEPA filter
23ft power cord
600 watts suction
One-click dust cup emptying
HEPA filters are something that not every vacuum cleaner is fitted with but the benefits have been proven. HEPA filters are designed to help remove pollutants when you clean and therefore can help to bring allergy relief. The filters are intended to collect pet dander, dust, pollen, and dust mites. HEPA air filters are built to a certain standard and will collect 99.97% of particles.
With MOOSOO 2-in-1 Stick Vacuum Cleaner, you get powerful suction ideal for both bare floors and carpet, and the stick itself looks neat and easily converts into a hand vac. At just 2.8 pounds this version is easy to push around and easily stored on its wall mount. With its adjustable extension tube and additional tools available, you will like the fact that as well as protecting your allergy or asthma you are cleaning all around the home with ease.
Lightweight construction in plastic
Runs fairly quietly
HEPA and filter easy to detach for cleaning
Long cord doesn’t retract
Ineffective on thick carpet
Power/suction not adjustable
Compact and lightweight 6lbs
350 watts power
Bagless easy-empty design
Up to 25 minutes run-time
HEPA fully sealed filtration
For a good multi-surface clean from a stick vac, the Tineco A10 Hero Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner is a good choice. It’s fairly powerful for such a lightweight model and you will get up to 25 minutes cleaning time so it’s best for smaller jobs rather than a main cleaner. The powerful motor gives you a chance to clean multiple surfaces including carpets, bare floors, sofas, and other furnishings. It includes a hair cleaning tool and three specialized brushes for effective multi-tasking.
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Plenty of brush attachments
Good for collecting pet hair
Full size rotating brush with led lighting
3.5 hours charging time
Short 25 minutes cleaning
30 minutes run time
HEPA filtration system
Our choice for the best ultra-quiet option is the ORFELD 4-in-1 Stick Cordless Vacuum which comes with lots of handy attachments including a spare HEPA filter so that when one is being cleaned you can use the second while waiting for the first to dry. We found this light enough to carry out above-floor cleaning and promises an exceptional amount of power comparable to a heavier duty upright. The rotating brush bar can be switched on and off depending on which floor type you intend to vacuum. Great for hard floors and carpet and the additional tools can ensure you get into hard to reach crevices and can clean stairs easily. It can charge up using one of its two charging modes and comes with a wall docking station so it can charge even when you’re asleep, yet stops charging up when the battery is full.
Easily stored and charge
Comes with accessories
Poor instruction manual
Build quality could be better
Ergonomic extension wand
30 mins run time
Weighing a mere 3 pounds the APOSEN Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is still pretty sturdy but light enough to clean above floor level. The ergonomic extension wand means that you can adjust the height to suit. All the controls are at your fingertips and because it’s so light it is easy to push around when cleaning your home and you aren’t restricted with a power cord. The dirt cup is fairly easy to empty after each use and the filter is easy to clean. This stick vac will clean bare floors and carpet and you can convert it into a handheld for effective floor to ceiling cleaning.
Washable HEPA filter
Easy to empty
Run time could be better
Takes 4.5 hrs to fully charge
Filters need cleaning preferably after every use
3-in-1 stick vacuum
Cleans low pile carpets and hard flooring
23ft power cord
Large 1.2L dust cup
500 watts power
The GeeMo Vacuum Cleaner has good suction levels and comes with a recommendation that due its power the vacuum is used only on low pile floors, hard floors, but not on deep pile carpets and rugs. It is a cordless model that leaves you free of restricting power leads and with a HEPA 4 level filter, it’s a good model to use if there is someone in your home with asthma or allergies. It comes with some extra tools including a wall-mounted docking station, energy-saving brush head, telescopic handle and you can adjust the suction levels for vacuuming different surfaces.
Collects fine particles of dust and allergens
Adjustable suction modes
Two brush modes for bare, low-pile and deep pile flooring
Filter needs cleaning regularly
Long cord can get in the way
240 watts power
Brush roll-on/off switch
Detachable hand vac
This small and lightweight stick vacuum cleaner is light enough to use to clean above floor level and has a handy detachable nozzle for cleaning quick spills. The Dirt Devil Vibe 3-in-1 Vacuum Cleaner is easy to assemble although you do need to screw just one section. We found that the size makes it easy to store and it does stand on its own. Whether you have hard floors and rugs throughout your home or office or carpets in each room, it’s still quite a handy little piece of equipment.
Rotating brush bar
Looks cheap and feels flimsy
Brush bar needs regular cleaning
Good for small areas
Power cord could be longer
Corded bagless stick vac
30ft power cord
Strong 500 watt motor
3 washable filters
This is the Eureka Flash Lightweight Stick Vacuum Cleaner and it’s got a good amount of power for a smaller stick vac at 500 watts. It stands at a suitable 45 inches and can clean under furniture as it folds nicely down to reach those difficult areas. The vacuum has been created to store tools on it so your accessories are there as needed. It doesn’t lose suction and can be used for deep pile carpets and bare floors. The cord is a whopping 30 feet long so you won’t constantly need to unplug as you move around your home. The swivel steering works well to get around furniture that is too heavy to move every time, and the lights help to see dust and debris. You will like the fact that it converts into a handheld so that you can reach higher levels and dusty corners.
Easy to empty dust cup
Nimble and versatile
Long power cord
Designed as well as more expensive counterparts
No beater brush
4 stage HEPA filtration
0.8-liter dust cup
This is quite a good looking cordless stick vacuum and you will find that the run time is acceptable for the whole house (average 3000sqm). The VacLife Stick Vacuum Cleaner is supplied with three additional tools – a crevice tool, a soft dusting brush, and a powerhead which is ideal for large areas. The nozzle uses swivel steering and the stick itself bends back by 90 degrees. Nowadays most of us like the idea of HEPA filtration and the VacLife contains the 4 stage filter system which is easy to remove for cleaning. This not only picks up dust and dirt, but it was also designed for removing pet hair and allergens such as dust mites and pollen.
Fairly quiet operation
Makes cleaning floor to ceiling easy
Large dust cup
Could be more powerful
Works better on hard floors more so than carpet
1.3 liter dust cup
19.5ft power cord
This corded vacuum has been picked as the best value on our list. At the current price it has an impressive suction, can remove pet hair and small particles of dust and dirt, and can be used as an upright or a handheld. VonHaus 2-in-1 Stick & Handheld Vacuum Cleaner is supplied with an extension tool, a soft dusting brush, and a crevice tool to get rid of dust in hard to reach places. The length of the power cord is generous although not as long as some. The design of this appliance is nice and user friendly and we chose it as best value due to its design, the price, and the ability to clean both hard floors, carpets, and above-floor spaces such as ceilings and stairs.
One of the best corded upright vacuum models
May not pick up well from deep pile carpeting
Features To Consider With Stick Vacuums
Stick vacuums are generally designed to be easy to use and some give you freedom from cords so that you don't constantly be having to plug and unplug your machine. Some are bagless and therefore have dust cups that are easier to empty than bags and give the machine a larger capacity for collecting dust and dirt. Stick vacuums are becoming increasingly popular because they are easier to use than a classic upright and originally, where they were designed for picking up quick spills or use in small spaces, some are powerful enough to go through an entire house. Be prepared to have the battery charging when the appliance is not in use - so look out for a docking station where it can be safely charged up. Also, check out how to store it, it may come with a wall mount that holds the vacuum and its tools, or may have an adjustable 'stick' so it can be made shorter for storing away in a cupboard.
Stick vacs are built in such a way that you don't have to bend down so far to use them, and most have detachable handheld options so that they can be used to focus on the above-floor level areas. The capacity of the dust cup, where the dirt, debris, hair, and other particles collect, depends on what you will use it for. Some with smaller dust collecting capacity will be ideal for small areas or as a second appliance that can be used to pick up spills. Some might choose a small dust cup as generally, the vac will be smaller and lightweight, but it does mean that it has to be emptied frequently. Bear in mind that if the model you choose has a bag you will need to replace them each time you empty so you'll need spare bags on hand. It is useful to know that cordless vacuums will probably have a smaller dust cup than a corded vac.
The weight of your new appliance is vital. Whilst a heavy one of, say, over 3kg may seem more sturdy they can be cumbersome and unsuitable to use in certain areas - and after prolonged use you will certainly feel the pressure. Try and stick to designs where the majority of the weight is focused at the bottom of the floor head. Those that have their weight centered or at the top of the machine can feel heavy and might not stand on there own when not in use. Just remember that a heavier vacuum is not definitely more powerful.
Whilst most vacuum cleaners make themselves known for noise, manufacturers have been creating models that are fairer to our ears and don't disturb sleeping pets or children when switched on. No matter, though, how quiet it is, if you notice it getting much louder or it's making extra noises than what you are used to, there is probably something wrong. We have tested a number of stick vacs and have noted on our list any that promise they are designed to be quieter than the next model. It is worth knowing that cordless vacs are usually noisier.
Lots of us feel comfortable using a corded vacuum but more and more are being designed to be cordless so they aren't going to restrict you with short or faffy power leads. With this in mind, the size and type of the battery is going to mean the difference between both how powerful the machine is, how long it takes to get it fully charged, and how much continuous run time you have before it needs to be recharged. Lots are being supplied with batteries that can be charged overnight but that also have a shut off so they don't overheat when fully charged.
Generally speaking, a cordless stick vacuum will be lighter, can be converted into a handheld vacuum, and easier to store. You are restricted by the battery life when using the vac, and charging time varies - make sure you know what this is before you buy so that you know if it will take 3 hours or 6 hours to fully charge. A handful of stick vacs are supplied with separate batteries where one can be charged while you are making use of the other battery.
Battery Level Indicator
An indication on battery level is a must so that you aren't giving it too short a charge and aren't chancing overcharging or overheating. There will be a light that illuminates various colors showing whether a battery is on low or full charge. Some will simply flash during charging and stop once you can use it to clean with. Some others might go from red to green. Either way, each model is different so make sure you read the manual.
Smart tech sensor technology is a new thing for stick vacs that are constantly being created using improve design to make the appliance easier to use. This type of vacuum will automatically switch suction levels depending on the type of flooring being vacuumed which in turn means you don't have the chance to forget to change the suction level. This allows carpet to hard floor cleaning and saves on battery use when it lowers the suction for you. They will also have an indication to alert you when the battery needs to be charged or when the filter is due to be cleaned or changed. Keeping your home tidy should no longer be a chore. This takes the guesswork out of housework.
LED headlights aren't just there to look pretty (but they do, right?) they are added to some models so that when you clean you might be able to better see dust and debris that you might not see when using a traditional footer head.
A list of accessories to think about is below, we think this is equally important as choosing one with good suction or smart technology because you will want to be able to vacuum not only large spaces but awkward ones:
- Crevice tool for hard to reach parts like the back of the sofa;
- Soft brushing tool for more delicate areas such as curtains or where you don't want to chance scratching walls;
- Spare batteries for cordless models that can be charged while vacuum is in use.
Most come with extra tools but try and choose a model that offers additional accessories that actually help you effectively clean your carpets and other surfaces rather than being just a simple novelty.
Types Of Stick Vacuum Cleaners
There are fundamentally two types of stick vacuum cleaner, bagged or bagless. Both have similar abilities to pick up dust and debris, and both have their own benefits and drawbacks and it's not just how you want to empty your vacuum.
A vacuum cleaner with a bag will not usually need to be emptied as often as one with a dust cup. You will need to remember that the bag is replaced though so you will need to have a store of new bags for when you do replace one. They are generally less messy as you don't need to touch the dust collected, just remove the bag and place in your dustbin. Bagged machines are considered hygienic and whilst not all come with HEPA filtration, many do and this type of filter can help remove allergens. And, because filters are built into the bag, they don't have to be cleaned. Remember that the fuller the bag becomes, the less effective the suction can become.
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Once you have purchased a bagless machine there is less maintenance and cost to attract as you don't need to stock up repeatedly on bags. The dust cup is built into the machine, mostly detachable, and the debris is simply emptied straight into your dustbin. It's easy to tell when the cup needs to be emptied as they are built with transparent plastic so you know when it's full. This is considered the more eco-friendly option as you are not throwing things away in addition to dust.
Stick Vacuum Cleaner FAQ
Q: What is a stick vacuum?
A stick vacuum is similar to an upright but built to be lighter. They work well on hard floors and some are designed to work on deep pile carpets and rugs whereas a traditional style upright can work better on carpet. The argument that uprights are better is perhaps a difficult one because each type of vacuum cleaner is created differently. Stick vacuums come usually with more tools and can get into spaces that are otherwise hard to reach, and may suit smaller spaces or homes and offices with different styles of flooring throughout. Stick vacs are often suited also to those that find it difficult to push around heavier more cumbersome vacuums as they weigh less. Machines that are cordless are becoming more popular but need to be charged up regularly, some only giving 20 minutes of running time but there are some with more powerful batteries that give up to 80 minutes.
Q: What is a stick vacuum good for?
Stick vacuum cleaners are notoriously good for hard floors, low pile carpets, and upholstery and because they can be used as a handheld, they are ideal for picking up spills quickly. They are generally easier to store too - most come with a wall mount, and some are small enough that they can be put into cupboard storage.
Q: Which stick vacuum has the best suction?
In our list we included the MOOSOO cordless stick vac as having powerful suction but that's not to say it has the best suction. It's always best to research new appliances, read reviews on a website that you can trust, and buy a machine that suits your needs. It might be a spare to use in place of your main machine, or might be that you have only a small space. When checking out the different models, look at the wattage and take into account that a trustworthy manufacturer will only mention how good it's suction power is if they are confident of that fact.
Q: What stick vacuum tools and attachments do I need?
Take a look at our reviews above regarding accessories. We always recommend that a crevice tool is a must and different size nozzles, soft brushing tools, and a wide nozzle for larger surface areas. A motorized tool is always useful too as they are handy for getting pet hair and dust from carpeted stairs and upholstery.