Updated July 16, 2020 by Karen Bennett

The 10 Best Cordless Stick Vacuums

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This wiki has been updated 8 times since it was first published in October of 2018. Whether it's for cleaning up pet hair, removing debris from hardwood floors, or spiffing up the upholstery before company drops in, one of these versatile cordless stick vacuums will be well equipped to handle the job. Many of our options are also capable of converting to convenient handheld devices for accessing hard-to-reach places, like car interiors or high corners in ceilings. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. Dyson V11

2. Shark Ion

3. Dyson Cyclone V10

Editor's Notes

July 14, 2020:

These cordless stick models are convenient vacuums for apartment dwellers, since they take up very little storage space, and they’re also well suited for anyone who wants to clean their home without having to keep stopping to change outlets. Today we replace the Dyson V8 Absolute with the latest and greatest Dyson V11. Although it’s quite an investment, it provides stronger cleaning than even many corded models. It’s a force to be reckoned with for getting all your home’s flooring cleaned within one charge, without the need to keep finding new outlets as you go. Thanks to its intelligent design, it will automatically adjust its suction based on the surface it’s on, so you won’t need to bother making any manual changes. All of this takes a lot of the hassle out of vacuuming, which is especially valuable for anyone who dreads this chore. It’s equipped with a colored LCD that shows the current settings and the remaining runtime, and provides maintenance reminders. Like most other Dyson models, it comes with a convenient wall-mounted docking station. It joins the Dyson Cyclone V10 on our list, a similarly priced alternative with a ceramic digital motor that also matches the suction strength of many corded models. This one provides an instant-release trigger that helps to conserve the battery life.

We also added in the Shark Rocket Pet Pro, which picks up human and pet hair efficiently from both carpets and hard floors. It’s got bright LED headlights and a removable battery that allows it to run for 40 minutes per charge. It joins the Shark Ion, which offers a convenient, flexible build that allows it to reach underneath sofas and tables with ease, and which stands upright independently, so you won’t need to keep bending down to pick it up as you go about cleaning each of your rooms. In this update, the Tineco Hero, which suffers from a relatively weak suction and short runtime, with the Tineco Pure One S11 Tango, which provides a considerably stronger suction and around 40% more runtime per charge. It’s a budget-friendly alternative to some Dyson models, which is great for anyone who doesn’t have the means or desire to make such a large investment in a vacuum cleaner. Another newly added, affordable model is the Deik Rechargeable, which excels at maneuvering around furniture and into tight corners. Just know you’re not going to get the same suction power as you would with a cordless Dyson or a Shark model. For another choice that’s light on the wallet, we added in the Black & Decker 2 in 1, which features smart sensors that keep you apprised of how much charge is left, and it also provides a handheld component. These new additions replace the Hoover Impulse and the Puppyoo 2-in-1, both of which suffer issues with suction power and the longevity of their charge. We also removed the Kenmore Elite QuickClean, which was acquired by Panasonic but discontinued at the end of 2016.

October 26, 2018:

Added both the Dyson Cyclone and V8 models due to their powerful motors and dedicated torque-driven and motor-driven cleaning heads for tackling carpets and hard floors. Also added Kenmore Elite QuickClean due to its ease of charging and portability. Bissell Adapt was added, as it's geared for cleaning pet-related messes.

Special Honors

Polti Forzaspira Orchid + Magico AG100 This cordless, bagless stick vacuum transforms into a convenient handheld component with just one click. Its light weight makes it a breeze to maneuver and to carry, and the brush’s LED headlights help you see the dirt in dark areas under furniture and in corners. It offers around an hour of runtime per charge, during which you can likely cover more than 250 square feet. It also can double as a window cleaner for sparkling, streak-free glass, showers, tiles, and lacquered tables. It features a transparent removable tank, and is quick and easy to empty. polti-usa.com

4. Tineco Pure One S11 Tango

5. Shark Rocket Pet Pro

6. Deik Rechargeable

7. Black & Decker 2 in 1

8. Bissell Adapt

9. Hoover Linx Signature

10. ReadiVac Eaze


Karen Bennett
Last updated on July 16, 2020 by Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.


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