Even if you don’t have any pets and you keep a tidy home, you’re still going to find dust in corners and under furniture. That’s why it’s essential to have a reliable vacuum cleaner. Whether you have hardwood or carpeting, a vacuum is a worthwhile investment. Vacuums tend to be more effective than brooms at cleaning floors. In fact, sweeping and dusting can push dust into the air, where it either lingers or falls back to the floor.
There are many types of vacuums, including canister, upright, handheld and stick. The kind you choose largely comes down to need. Upright and canister vacuums are unbeatable in terms of power, but they’re bulky and can be challenging to clean. Handheld vacuums are great for your desk, car and furniture, but you wouldn’t use them to clean your floor. In some ways, stick vacuums hit the sweet spot.
These lightweight vacuums are similar to upright vacuums, but they have long, narrow bodies, hence their name. The maneuverability and compact size of upright vacuums make them easy to use and store, while still allowing you to clean the floor without kneeling. A stick vacuum won’t be able to compete with an upright vacuum in terms of power, so if you have high-pile carpets or pets, you’re better off sticking with the latter. But for hardwood floors and low-pile rugs, a stick vacuum is an easy and convenient way to clean your floors. We’ve rounded up the best stick vacuums to buy right now. Most of these options also convert into handheld vacuums, too, for even greater convenience.
1. Dyson V7 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Iron
Dyson combines robust power, convenience and design to make vacuums by which all others are compared. If you want unparalleled portability, then the lightweight V7 is hard to beat. It’s cordless, so you can easily vacuum every corner of your house without scrambling to find an outlet. The collapsible design means you can also use it as a handheld vacuum for furniture. Its sub-six-pound weight means you can reach high surfaces to grab spiderwebs with one-hand. It also includes a docking station to mount the vacuum and accessories.
Pros: Powerful and compact, weighs less than six pounds. Collapsible to work as a handheld vacuum for furniture. Includes three attachments, plus a docking station.
Cons: Battery life could be better. Expensive.
2. Bissell Featherweight Stick Lightweight Bagless Vacuum
Bissell’s stick vacuum is an affordable option that’s packed with versatile features. It functions as a stand-up vacuum for cleaning the floors, but you can convert it into a handheld vacuum for furniture or a stair vacuum. It’s also a breezy 2.3 pounds, so it’s easy to move around. The bagless canister is easy to clean, too — simply remove the filter and dump the contents into the trash. The vacuum comes in blue, black, purple and lime.
Pros: Very lightweight. Has three different modes, including a handheld mode, a low-profile stair mode and regular upright mode. Easy-to-empty canister.
Cons: Not ideal for carpets. The 15-foot cord is not as long as some that have a 20-foot cord.
3. Shark ION F80 Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum
If you take cleanliness and convenience seriously, then Shark’s Ion F80 is a worthwhile investment. Not only is it cordless, but the entire body flexes, making getting hard-to-reach areas even easier. It can also easily convert into a handheld mode to tackle furniture or to be used as a car vacuum. What really sets this cordless vacuum apart is the dual-battery. Two removable, rechargeable batteries are included with a docking charge station. That means you can charge one while using the other, and swap it out once the battery drains.
Pros: Two rechargeable batteries included, allowing you to swap them out once one drains. Flexible body for better reach.
Cons: Heavier than some other options on this list. Not as effective with hair.
4. Dirt Devil Power Express Lite Stick Vacuum
Cordless vacuums are great, but they’re not without their drawbacks, namely: the steep cost and the need to recharge. If you want a convenient and lightweight corded vacuum, the Power Express Lite from Dirt Devil is a solid option. It’s super lightweight, and it has an easy-to-clean canister and washable filter. Plus, by detaching the head and the handle, you can convert this vacuum into a handheld unit for furniture, bookshelves, and hard to reach areas.
Pros: Affordable, easily converts into a handheld unit. Washable filter and easy to empty canister. One of the lightest options on this list. Dog hair attachment.
Cons: Loud, considering its size and power.
5. Hoover Linx Signature Stick Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Hoover is almost synonymous with vacuum cleaners, and the brand hasn’t lost a step in its over 100-year history. The Linx signature is cordless, and the low-profile design allows it to be used to get under furniture and into hard to reach spaces. The lithium-ion battery is removable, and it comes with a charging dock. This means that if you have two batteries, you can recharge one battery while vacuuming. The roll-button at the handle allows you to turn the vacuum on and off easily, and you can also toggle between suction only and suction and brush roll modes.
Pros: Cordless. Dual modes for hardwood and carpet. Detachable battery. Low-profile.
Cons: Only one battery included. 10-pound size isn’t heavy, but it’s more substantial than other options on this list.