10 Best Stick Vacuums | March 2017

We spent 33 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. In most homes, there are many times when you want to pick up a mess quickly without dragging out a heavy, full-size vacuum cleaner. These compact and lightweight stick vacuums enable you to do just that, with some boasting suction and cleaning power to rival your main model. Skip to the best stick vacuum on Amazon.
10 Best Stick Vacuums | March 2017


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Best High-End
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The Prolux Ion is designed to do one thing: make cleaning easy. It has front facing LED lights, so you can illuminate the cleaning area, powerful 24-volt suction to get every last particle and, best of all, the body detaches into a hand-held vacuum.
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The Hoover LiNX BH50010 utilizes an 18-volt lithium ion battery for reliable, lasting power. It's bag-free, lightweight, and features edge cleaning bristles, so you get right up to the wall without scuffing it, while its low profile lets it glide under furniture.
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One of the best cordless options for the money is the Black and Decker HSV520J01 which moves easier than most sticks and works very well with pets even though it has not been designed as a special pet vacuum. The body also converts into a hand-vac that works great in cars.
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The Hoover Cyclonic Stick easily transitions from hard surfaces to low-profile carpeting without you having to make manual adjustments. It has also been designed to grab dirt from edges, so there is no need to detail with a hand attachment.
  • non-marring wheels
  • easy to dump dirt cup
  • canister needs frequent emptying
Brand Hoover
Model SH20030
Weight 9.7 pounds
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The Bissell PowerEdge Pet features a smart, V-shaped head ideal for reaching those tight and awkward spots where pets love to play. It sucks up hair that other vacuums leave behind using its rubber wipers that naturally attract pet fur and dander.
  • easily sucks up kitty litter
  • safe to use on hard floors
  • works well with larger kibble
Brand Bissell
Model 81L2A
Weight 46.3 pounds
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The VonHaus 600W 2-in-1 is a good budget choice with an impressively large 1.2-liter dirt container. The telescoping handle can be extended with one hand while the vacuum stands on its own, so you can really clean and do something with your free hand at the same time.
  • easily glides over most surfaces
  • hepa and sponge filtration
  • has multiple head attachments
Brand VonHaus
Model EPT2
Weight 6.2 pounds
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If you are looking for the high-quality, but cheap as dirt option, you've found it with the Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik. It will remove nearly as much hair, dirt, and debris as the high-end models for a tiny fraction of the cost.
  • converts into a handheld
  • works well on most surfaces
  • weighs less than 4 pounds
Brand Dirt Devil
Model SD20000RED
Weight 4 pounds
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For quick clean-up try the Dyson V6 Cord Free, which has about 20 minutes of usage time before the battery needs a recharge. It features Dyson's legendary cleaning capability and aesthetic, and it is incredibly light, for easy one-handed operation.
  • wall mountable for easy storage
  • suction as strong as corded models
  • extremely expensive
Brand Dyson
Model 209472-01
Weight 8.4 pounds
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The incredible Eufy HomeVac Duo is the ideal solution for those with back pain or disability. It is super lightweight, at just 9 pounds, has a low-profile head that glides under furniture with absolute ease, and comes in your choice of white or black.
  • very long battery life
  • premium cyclonic motor
  • eco-mode for long jobs
Brand Anker
Model AK-T24001L1
Weight 9.1 pounds
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The Shark Rocket Ultralight has suction that is so strong, you may confuse it with a traditional upright vacuum. Contrary to its name, it weighs more than the average model but, for most, that is acceptable given its superior cleaning ability.
  • comfortable rubber handles
  • deep cleans carpet
  • longer than average cord
Brand SharkNinja
Model HV302
Weight 14.3 pounds

Suction Without The Stress

A vacuum cleaner can be a peaceful thing. As a baby, I needed noise to fall asleep, the more droning and consistent the better. Car rides with the windows down, televisions set to static, ocean waves, crickets, and vacuum cleaners running in the next room made up the soundtrack of my early slumbers.

Those were the behemoth vacuums of the 1980s, which sometimes seemed bigger than the rooms they were meant to clean. One of the most advantageous aspects of the stick vacuums we are reviewing here is that they are extraordinarily slight. They take up extremely little space in storage, and they run much more quietly than the vacuums of yore.

Most of these vacs work on the same principles as any other vacuum cleaner. They create suction by the movements of a small pump system connected to a belt that’s run by a very fast motor. As the motor turns, the belt rotates and moves the pump through its cylinder. The suction this creates also creates an opposite force that you can feel as an air current coming out of the upper parts of the motor.

To help pick up hairs, dust, and debris, each vacuum has a series of stiff nylon bristles clustered at the end of its mouth, where the suction hits the floor. Additional filters trap much smaller dust particles, preventing the projection of allergenic material out of the vacuum’s vents.

The difference between a stick vacuum and any other vacuum, however, lies in the ergonomics of its design. The long, thin shape used by these models allows you to gain access to tighter areas for a more thorough cleaning. The vacuums are also lighter as a result of their streamlined design, so raising them up to clean tough-to-reach areas is much easier, as is their transportation, storage, and cleaning.

The Clean, Clear Choice

I’ll always remember the commercials for the Oreck vacuum cleaner that aired when I was a kid. In them, the inventor of the unit, into his old age, stood before the cameras holding his vacuum aloft with just his pinky finger. The point was that his vacuum was so significantly lighter than its competition that you’d be that much more blown away by its suction power.

Compared the powerful stick vacuums on our list, the original Oreck seems a bit like a dinosaur in the age of man. The units on the market today boast just as much power, however, and most weigh less than that old Oreck.

Weight is the easy measure to understand here, but how exactly does the vacuum industry evaluate the suction force of a cleaner? Than answer is air watts.

Air watts are measured by the amount of suction a vacuum cleaner imposes on a certain amount of water moving through a specific diameter tube. The larger that amount, the better, as it means the vacuum cleaner moves more water through the tube more consistently, which will result in a faster, more thorough cleanup in your home.

Still, weight and air watts aren’t the totality of the picture. You also want to see how a given stick vacuum feels in your hand if you get the chance. Models with their motors and chambers mounted down toward the vacuum head (the more standard configuration) will be easier to push and pull along a carpet, as they have that bottom-heavy stature aiding in their inertia.

Models with motors situated toward the handles, however, might need a little more elbow grease when moving them along a thick, tough carpet. The advantage of such a vacuum is that it’s much easier to pick up if you want to use it on a bed, on some drapes, or anywhere else up high that’s hard to reach with a normal vacuum.

Take a close look at the space you intend to clean before making your choice, and you ought to do just fine.

An Evolution Back Towards Simplicity

While the first vacuum cleaners that actually produced suction by mechanical means came out in the middle of the 19th century, they were manually operated, and motorized vacs wouldn't hit the scene until 1901. That's when an inventor named Hubert Cecil Booth improved upon the motorized cleaner he'd seen at a demonstration a few years earlier at Empire Music Hall in London.

That earlier design blew dust into a receptacle instead of sucking it up into a bag for later disposal, and it was Booth that turned the process around. Those early vacs operated by the power of combustion engines, and a lone hose ran from the engine–which was usually located outside the house–to a wand for directional cleaning.

By 1905, smaller, albeit weaker, models made their way into the wealthier homes of England. What they sacrificed in power they made up for in portability, as these proved to be the first domestically convenient vacuums available. Still, it wasn't until 1907 that anyone successfully ran a portable vacuum with electricity instead of gas.

The elongated wands used in the design of old, domestic vacuums more closely resembles the stick vacuums that are so popular today than the bigger bulkier vacs of the late 20th century. Advances in vacuum power are the primary drivers of this trend toward a slighter, thinner style, and there's no reason to believe we won't soon see the larger vacuums of the 80s and 90s disappear from the market altogether.



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