Stick vacuums are becoming a popular choice for homeowners over the more old-fashioned canister varieties and, as a result, more and more brands are creating what they claim to be the ultimate model. Stick vacuums are appealing for their size and shape as this often means easier storage and portability around the home but designers are adding in other features to make their products stand out – making the choice for consumers even more difficult. This guide will look at some of the best stick vacuums on the market in both the corded and cordless ranges to help you make your choice.
Top Corded Stick Vacuums
There is one clear distinction separating the models in the vast array of stick vacuums on the market – the presence or lack of a cord. Corded stick vacuums provide the former to give users peace of mind about when they can do the housework and how long for; there are no concerns about charging batteries, just a need for a reliable power source and a long, strong cord to move around the house. The following four vacuums are highly-rated corded stick models that each attempt to provide this while offering maneuverability, versatility and other little features to make the job easier.
A Comparison of 4 of the Best Corded Stick Vacuums
Hoover Corded Cyclonic Stick Vacuum, SH20030
There are many different ways that a stick vacuum can be made more appealing to buyers and the designers of the Hoover Corded Cyclonic Stick Vacuum, SH20030 have added many different features – big and small – to this machine to ensure that it is the portable, convenient machine that is desired. Portability does appear to be this model’s number selling point, judging by the user reviews, with people praising the lightweight, skinny shape and the simple use of rubber wheels for gliding along the floor.
Another important feature with this product is the use of the “extreme recline” because it means that not only can it get all around the house with ease, it can reach underneath furniture to get those stubborn dust bunnies. With all this in mind, it is easy to see why this Hoover model is rated so highly but there is one vital flaw that holds it back – that all important cord is just a bit too short.
Fuller Brush Spiffy Maid Bagless Broom Vacuum Cleaner
Cord length really is important because buyers want consistent power to the machine but they also want to be able to travel a decent distance away from the power outlet. The Fuller Brush Spiffy Maid Bagless Broom Vacuum Cleaner appears to have overcome this and succeeded where the Hoover option fell short because it offers users a 30ft cord that is easily long enough for them to get around the house with out changing sockets too many times.
In addition to this, buyers feel that this bagless machine is very easy to use and appreciate the addition of the large capacity dirt receptacle and the telescopic handle. Unfortunately, this design is not for everyone because in addition to being a little loud, it also has a top heavy design that means it cannot stand up by itself. This isn’t a massive hindrance in terms of the performance but it is enough of an annoyance to put some buyers off.
BISSELL PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Corded Vacuum
When it comes to cord length, the BISSELL PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Corded Vacuum finds itself somewhere in the middle of these two highly-rated stick vacuums, with some users stating that the 20ft length is adequate for their needs and others saying it could be a little longer. The cord can be seen as something of an afterthought because it is the unique design of the vacuum and its sales claims that really do the talking here.
This vacuum uses a strange v-shaped head to direct debris for a more effective clean and buyers are impressive with the effectiveness of this little quirk and the way it still performs well on the edges. The only downside with this focused approach and the idea of “no attachments needed” is that none can be fitted and the versatility is limited slightly.
Shark Rocket Stick Vacuum HV301
The final product in this comparison, the Shark Rocket Stick Vacuum HV301, shows that a small stick vacuum with a cord really can be more versatile than Bissell would have you believe – even if the design is less quirky or impressive. This machine is advertised as being a multi-surface, floor to ceiling vacuum, which implies that it can pretty much clean any part of the room at all, and this functionality is aided by the swivel on the head for improved maneuverability and the range of accessories for crevices, upholstery and other areas. Buyers particularly like the fact that it has such an easy operation on so many small jobs and highlight the wall mount and accessory bag as nice extra touches; however, this model has the curse of many small stick vacuums in that it still fills up very fast and needs emptying quite often.
Top Cordless Stick Vacuums
There is a clear divide between consumers that appreciate the consistent power of a corded option and those that much prefer the freedom of battery-powered, cordless models so for many a cordless stick vacuum will be a much more desirable choice for the home. When looking for a cordless vacuum, it is important to look at the method of charging, the battery life and the power but the same effective cleaning tools and convenient features need to be present too. The following four examples have been chosen for their range of features, cleaning potential and battery options but each has its own pros and cons.
A Comparison of 4 of the Best Cordless Stick Vacuums
Shark Navigator Freestyle Cordless Stick Vacuum SV1106
Going back to a brand we have seen in the corded section, the Shark Bagless Navigator Freestyle Cordless Stick Vacuum SV1106 aims to provide a similar level of cleaning power with some helpful features to produce a more convenient, cordless performance. The extra-large dust cup is a nice touch for a stick vacuum, as is the light 1.1lb weight, but it is the fast charging time of just 4 hours and the design of the docking station that capture the interest of many buyers.
The primary feature of a cordless vacuum is the battery power, and this efficiency really does make a difference, but while this does mean that it really is much more convenient and well-designed for quick jobs around the house, there are those that say the cleaning power is merely adequate and the vacuum is best used for light work only.
Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless Slim Vacuum
By comparison, the Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless Slim Vacuum really does try to put its emphasis on the power of the machine in a very deliberate attempt to not only provide an effective alternative to corded vacuums but to really compete with some of the tougher upright, canister machines that are around. This comes across very well in many aspects of the design, with buyers talking about the tough exterior and the impressive automatic motorhead, and it is important to note that this model has a more powerful V6 motor on board.
Users are quick to recommend the product for this effective cleaning operation and do not seem to dispute the idea of “floor to ceiling cleaning”; however, it does appear that all this power means a compromise on the battery life and there are also complaints about the size of the dust cup.
BISSELL BOLT ION PLUS 2-in-1 Cordless 13121 Vacuum
Power and battery life can be make or break issues when choosing a cordless vacuum but there are plenty of other possible features that can be useful in the design of an effective battery-powered model. In the case of the BISSELL BOLT ION PLUS 2-in-1 Lightweight Cordless Vacuum 13121 it can be argued that even though the machine doesn’t score too highly on the power of its suction or the 30 minute lifespan, it is still a highly recommendable option because of its other strengths.
This is a very versatile machine with its ability to turn into a hand vacuum and the inclusion of the extended reach tool, meaning that even if it cannot attack the dust with force it can do so in most places, and it has the added benefits of the light weight and folding handle for easier storage and portability.
Electrolux Ergorapido Cordless Stick Vacuum EL2010A
The final product in this comparison of the best stick vacuums is one that takes many of the important elements of the other top models mentioned and combines them to form a multifunctional and effective machine – even if it does fail to meet their exact standards on all points. The Electrolux Ergorapido Brushroll Clean 2-in-1 Cordless Stick Vacuum EL2010A has the convenience of the Shark model with its easy charging system and storage option for the attachments, although the use of the 10.8 nimh battery over the preferred lithium-ion type is perhaps a disadvantage, and it also has variable speed settings to ramp up the power where needed.
As for the versatility, the 2-in-1 nature of this model means that it has an ability to adapt that is similar to the Bissell Bolt, and it appears to be quite maneuverable with its 180 degree swivel, but buyers feel that the performance seen on hardfloors is not replicated on carpets.