Stick vacuums are the best when it comes storage if you don’t have much space. Another advantage of stick vacuums is that they are lightweight and very maneuverable – getting into places where bigger vacuums won’t.
In this article, we’ll be reviewing the best stick vacuums for 2018. We’ve chosen a good selection of both corded and cordless options in various price ranges. When choosing between a corded or cordless stick vacuum, there are advantages and disadvantages to both, so we’ll discuss this too and help you decide which is best for you.
The main reason why people would choose a corded stick vacuum as their best option is the price. Corded appliances are always much cheaper than battery-powered equivalents. You’re also not limited in terms of working time. If you’re using a battery-powered stick vacuum, you can only work for as long the battery has enough power. Corded stick vacuums are, therefore, the best if you’re going to be cleaning for a long time and don’t want the interruption of charging a battery.
Where a corded vacuum isn’t the best, is that you’re hampered by the cord. This means that you can only work in a range that’s close enough to an electrical socket, you’ll have to stop and unplug it periodically so that you use another power outlet. Having an electric cord trailing behind you can become an irritation, it will easily hook on obstacles and is cumbersome to move around furniture.
For good suction and unlimited working time, a corded stick vacuum is the best. So for those who prefer this, here are the best corded stick vacuums that you can get. They all offer excellent quality and value for money.
1. Shark Rocket HV382 Vacuum
Shark appliances feature highly on the wish lists of many homeowners, they really are amongst the best that you can get. So, it goes without saying that the Shark Hv382 is not only going to offer you outstanding quality, but also include some of the best technology and features that you’ll get in a stick vacuum.
Super light and ultra-convenient are the first words that come to mind. The Shark Hv382 weighs only 9.9LBS and has a really long (30 Ft) power cord. The handle design and weight balance make a very comfortable and easy stick vacuum to use. What makes the Shark even more convenient is that it converts to an, even lighter, 4.6-LB handheld vacuum in seconds.
The suction power and versatility of the Shark Hv382 stick vacuum also make it one of the best in its class. It has a hard bristle brush roll for cleaning stubborn dirt and deep cleaning carpets. It also has a soft brush roll for sucking up large debris and gently polishing hard floors. It also includes a cleaning tool for removing hair from the brush roll.
Pet owners will love the Shark Hv382 and it could easily be the best in this regard, too. The accessories for the Shark Hv382 include a multi-Pet tool that’s excellent for removing pet hair from any surface. You also get a regular crevice nozzle, dusting brush and upholstery tool – these items clip directly onto the vacuum for easy and instant access. A wall mount storage hook is a nice extra and the compact little Shark stick vacuum will store away neatly in the smallest of places.
Dust cup capacity is very good for such a compact stick vacuum – 0.91 dry quarts. The inclusion of powerful LED lights on the cleaning head is another great feature and makes cleaning under furniture and other dark areas much easier.
If you’re looking for an all-in-one powerful stick vacuum with a motorized roller brush that will handle carpets with ease and still be gentle enough for hardwood floors, the Shark Hv382 is definitely one of the best. As a brand, Shark has a stellar reputation (worth paying extra for) and their VIP lifetime warranty displays their commitment to providing the highest level of customer care.
2. Hoover Vacuum Cleaner Linx SH20030
For consistently good quality at very affordable prices, Hoover vacuums have always been close to the best. In this regard, the Hoover SH20030 lives up to the brand’s reputation. You shouldn’t expect the same level of features and technology as you get with the Shark Hv382 but, then again, you’re paying a lot less for the Hoover. So it may not be the best for pet owners and lacks some of the high-end features of more expensive stick vacuums. When it comes to outstanding value for money, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better option.
For a stick vacuum that’s this cheap, the Hoover SH20030 is quite remarkable. You get great suction power and a motorized roller brush, the inclusion of side brushes is a great bonus feature. The Hoover SH20030 cleans up against your walls and runner boards as you work. It transitions effortlessly from hard floors to carpeted surfaces, though it’s not really the best for plush carpets – it will do a great job on short pile carpets and rugs.
The 20 FT power cord is not the longest, but still, gives you a good working distance and it’s easy to use – thanks to swivel steering. The wheels are designed not to scratch sensitive floors, which is great news if you have hardwood floors.
The cyclonic action of the Hoover’s suction is one of the best at removing fine dust and this means that you won’t get be cleaning the filters too often. The weight isn’t too bad either at 10.6 LBS.
Although fairly basic, the Hoover SH20030 is a high-quality vacuum and the Hoover name means a lot when it comes guaranteed service and spares. The 2-year warranty is up there with the best of them and is better than most stick vacuums in this low price bracket.
3. Fuller Brush Spiffy Maid Bagless Broom Vacuum Cleaner
If you need a stick vacuum that’s one of the best when it comes to pure allergen-free air, the HEPA filters on the Fuller is bound to impress you. Using a powerful 9A motor also means that get the suction that compares well to much larger (and more expensive) machines.
Like the Hoover, this stick vacuum is great for hard floors, area rugs, and low pile carpets, though not the best for plush carpets and it also doesn’t include any accessories for pet hair. The great suction can compensate for this in many ways, though.
The Fuller Spiffy Maid is great for versatile use. It has a 30 FT power cord and by detaching the cleaner head and replacing it with the crevice nozzle, it will get into tight spaces easily. The crevice tool stores on the wand, making it very easy to access.
As one of the few stick vacuums in the lower price range to include HEPA filtration, the Fuller Spiffy Maid has its advantages. This makes it a very attractive option for people who don’t have too much to spend but still want a quality stick vacuum that rates among the best.
4. BISSELL PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Corded Vacuum, 81L2A
The Bissell PowerEdge is designed to be one of the best for hard floors. This means that it won’t be too good for carpets. It doesn’t have a roller brush or the heavy suction to handle carpets, other than area rugs and, perhaps, very low pile carpets. If you have pets and your home has hard floors, this could be one of your best options and it’s also very affordable.
The most notable feature of the Bissell PowerEdge is its V-shaped cleaning head. This innovative design makes it one of the best for cleaning up large debris and pet hairs. It will channel heavier large debris along the central groove and the brushes on the edges of the head will pick up fine debris and pet hairs perfectly. This shape is also really great for cleaning around furniture and the swivel action of the head also helps with this.
Other than its unique cleaning head, the Bissell PowerEdge doesn’t really stand out from the crowd. You’ll be getting a very similar stick vacuum to others in this price category. Though the weight does deserve some mention. At 7.1 LBS, it’s one of the best if you need to carry the vacuum around a lot and this also makes it very easy to use when cleaning stairs.
Bissell quality is not to be disputed, they are well-loved vacuums and have proven themselves over the years. A 1-year warranty is nothing remarkable but is pretty standard for vacuums in this price range.
5. Dirt Devil Power Air Corded Bagless Stick Vacuum SD20505
Among the cheap stick vacuums, the Dirt Devil has some features that stand out and, in my opinion, it may be the best cheap stick vacuum. Like the others in this price range, it’s not recommended for high-pile carpets.
The power of the Dirt Devil is up there with the best of them. A 10A electric motor and cyclonic filtration make it a worthy contender. It will give you constant powerful suction, even as the dust cup reaches its maximum capacity.
Exceptionally light (only 6.6 LBS), the mighty little Dirt Devil is an absolute pleasure to use. In addition to this, the very low profile design of the cleaning head makes it the best for getting in under low furniture. If you’re looking for the best pet hair vacuum, give this one a miss. Despite its great suction power, pet owners have commented on the fact that it doesn’t do a great job of cleaning up pet hair.
For an extremely powerful, yet very lightweight little vacuum, the Dirt Devil Power Air gets a big thumbs up and it certainly defies its low price tag. As a testament to the great quality of this machine, it comes with a 2-year warranty.
6. Bissell Lightweight 3-in-1 Corded Lightweight Stick Vacuum
Really cheap, lightweight and versatile, the Bissell 3-in-1 stick vacuum has a place among the best. The most impressive aspect to this vacuum is its price and versatility. Though, when it comes to power, it’s far from the best.
The Bissell 3-in-1 has a small 2A electric motor, this does make it very compact and light, but it’s not going to give you the suction that compares to any of the others in this review. It’s fantastic for quick and convenient cleaning jobs and performs quite well on hard floors.
Where the Bissell 3-in-1 comes into its own is the options that it provides when cleaning every corner of your home or car. For starters, it’s as light as a vacuum can possibly be – weighing only 4.2 LBS. It also converts into a handheld vacuum with several cleaning options. You can use it as a handheld vacuum with the regular wide floor-cleaning head to clean your stairs, or by removing the cleaning head it’s a handy little tool for cleaning your upholstery, around the car – basically anywhere.
The Bissell 3-in-1 is a winner for its versatility and really low weight. It’s not the best for heavy cleaning, though. If you look it’s very low price tag, it’s worth considering the little Bissell 3-in-1 as a second vacuum cleaner to have around the home. It’s more versatile than just a regular handheld vacuum and for this, it deserves a lot of credit.
7. BESTEK Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner
HEPA filtration is a big plus factor, the washable filter removes up to 99.97% of dust and allergens from the air. It has good suction, though, like the other cheap stick vacuums, it’s best suited for hard floors and low pile carpets.
It has the advantage of being one of the lightest (3.7 LBS) and it converts into a handheld vacuum with a crevice tool. It lays down into an almost flat position, making it good for cleaning under furniture.
The cleaning head rotates 170 degrees which also makes a great vacuum for cleaning around furniture and other obstacles. You’re slightly limited by the 16.5 FT power cord but in all other respects, it compares with best, particularly other low-priced stick vacuums.
A good level of quality, the versatility of handheld operation and HEPA filtration are several good reasons why anyone would consider this one of the best stick vacuums for its price.
You’ll be paying more for the convenience of cordless power, but for many, it’s worth paying extra for this. One of the less attractive aspects to cordless stick vacuums is that they’ll always be a bit heavier than corded models, you have the extra weight of the battery. Lithium-ion batteries (used on most cordless vacuums) aren’t too heavy, though – so this isn’t a big issue.
Battery charge time is always a consideration with cordless vacuums. You can only work for a limited period before the battery runs flat. Battery technology has come a long way in recent times and this means that cordless vacuums can now give you much more
time from a single battery charge. If you want to extend your working time, it’s always a good idea to buy an extra battery.
Despite their limitations, battery vacuums are very popular. That’s probably because the convenience that you get from working without an electric cord, outweighs the factors that aren’t so great.
1. Dyson V8
No review of the best stick vacuums will be complete without including a Dyson model. If you’re looking for the best cordless stick vacuum, the Dyson V8 covers all the bases. Certainly not cheap – but, considered by many to be the best, the Dyson V8 cordless stick vacuum is a force to be reckoned with.
When it comes to the best quality and innovative engineering, few can compete with Dyson and the powerful Dyson V8 has it all. The motorized brush roll is excellent at cleaning all floor surfaces and is one of the best for removing pet hair. A smaller motorized brush head gives the same incredible cleaning on upholstery and in your car. You get an additional soft roller for large debris and it it’s also the best for hardwood floors.
The two-tier radial cyclonic suction system is something that makes Dyson vacuums far superior to most others. Not only does this system give you the best suction, but it also removes fine dust as it cleans. This reduces clogging and you don’t need to clean the filters as often.
It goes without saying, that the Dyson V8 has just about the best HEPA filters of any vacuum. It converts, effortlessly into a lightweight cordless handheld vacuum that offers the cleaning power to match any large machine. The easy to empty dust cup is another area where the Dyson V8 offers great convenience.
You get up to 40-minutes from a single battery charge, probably the best working time from any cordless stick vacuum. If you’re using the motorized roller brush, this time is reduced quite considerably, though – in this case, you can only expect about 25-minutes. It also has a max power button that will increase the power for a few minutes when you need to remove seriously stubborn dirt. This means that have extraordinary power when you need it, without using up too much battery charge.
The Dyson V8 weighs only 5.6 LBS. This is incredible for a cordless stick vacuum with one of the best running times. It also has a very comfortable handle with a trigger switch. This switch helps to improve your working time, it switches off instantly when you release the trigger. The bin volume of 0.14-gallons is also remarkable for such a small and light stick vacuum.
With so many features and fantastic engineering, it’s little wonder that so many people are prepared to pay more for the Dyson V8. As is to be expected, you get a very good 2-year warranty with your purchase.
2. Shark IONFlex 2x DuoClean Cordless Vacuum IF251
When discussing the best cordless stick vacuums, we have to include the Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean (IF251). Its price defies the innovative design features and superb functionality of this cordless stick vacuum cleaner. The Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean is compact, light and does much more than one would expect from such an easy to use stick vacuum.
If you’ve read reviews on other Shark vacuums, or you’ve ever owned one, you probably know a little about the DuoClean system. It’s a common feature on most Shark vacuum cleaners. The two brush rolls offer the best cleaning abilities on any floor types. To deep clean carpets, the bristle brush does a fantastic job. When you need clean and shine hard floors or remove large debris, you can change to the soft brush in a jiffy. This is the ultimate cleaning solution for the entire home.
Cordless technology has become increasingly popular, it makes moving around the home and cleaning the car so much quicker and easier. The only limitation to cordless vacuums is the battery time, you don’t always have enough battery charge to complete the job. The best way to get around this is by using another battery. While you’re using one battery, the other can be placed on charge. Shark has taken care of this by supplying an extra lithium-ion battery with the IONFlex 2X DuoClean, as well as a battery charging dock. So for an already great price, you have the bonus of the extra battery. The Smart Response Technology also helps to maximize the battery whilst giving you optimum cleaning power for every situation. It will adjust the power to the job at hand.
One of my favorite features of this stick vacuum is the MultiFlex design. The upright pipe is flexible. This makes it incredibly easy and effortless to clean under furniture. Because the pipe can bend over completely, the height of the machine can be reduced by half when storing the vacuum. A simple idea that really makes a big difference.
At 3.8-pounds, anyone can use this stick vacuum without a hint of strain. Adding to this, it converts to hand vacuum very easily, giving you excellent reach for high areas, cleaning stairs, and it’s perfect for cleaning your car’s interior. The inclusion of LED headlights is another great feature as are the washable foam filters and Anti-Allergen Complete Seal design. It has some really useful accessories too, like an Anti-Allergen dust brush and Pet Multi-Tool for removing pet hair from your upholstery and other areas. Of course, you’ll also get the standard duster crevice tool as well.
If I were to find one complaint (if one can call it that) about the Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean, it would be the small dust cup that only holds 0.3 dry quarts. I suppose this is one of the sacrifices one has to make if you’re going to use such a compact, lightweight stick vacuum. The dust cup is really easy to empty. So, even though you’ll be doing this quite often, it doesn’t take much effort.
There are so many reasons why the Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean can hold its head high among the best cordless stick vacuums. It has all the features that one would want from a high-end cordless stick vacuum and then some. It’s one of the most versatile vacuum cleaners ever made. Along with this, you get the excellent after sales service for which Shark is renowned and a fantastic 5-year warranty.
3. Prolux Ion Battery Powered Bagless Cordless Stick Vac
The Prolux Ion cordless vacuum gives you the full package at a very reasonable price. With most of the features that you find on top of the range cordless stick vacuums, at a much more competitive price, this must be one of the best value cordless vacuums that you can get.
Perhaps not the most powerful, but still offering good suction, the 80W 24V battery-powered motor gives you a reasonable working time – around 24-minutes. It has a motorized roller brush that adapts to any floor surface with ease. This makes it good for pet hair but again, not quite the best. LED lights on the cleaning head are a nice addition to an already great little vacuum.
The Prolux Ion weighs only 6 LBS and converts into a handheld vacuum for convenient cleaning anywhere in the home or car. The versatile cleaning head has 180-degree rotation, so it moves around furniture effortlessly. You get a crevice tool and combination duster/upholstery tool with your purchase,
This is a delightfully lightweight and compact stick vacuum with cordless convenience. Because of the rotating brush, it does a really good job on most carpet types and is versatile enough to perform exceptionally well on hard floors too. Quality is of a very high standard and you get a 2-year warranty on the handy little Prolux Ion battery-powered stick vacuum.
4. Eufy HomeVac Lightweight Cordless Upright-Style Vacuum Cleaner
The Eufy HomeVac is a very impressive piece of work. It has a fantastic battery and heaps of power, at a price that defies its multitude of features. One of the best cordless stick vacuums, yet priced to make it very affordable.
What will blow many people away is the incredible 50-minute working time that you’ll get from this cordless stick vacuum. This battery time does not compromise on the performance of the little Eufy. It uses cyclonic suction and a motorized roller brush to provide superior cleaning that compares closely to the really expensive cordless stick vacuums. It will gobble up large debris from carpets and hard floors and still offer a gentle polishing action for hardwood floors.
They call the filtration system “HEPA-style”, I think this means that it resembles an HEPA filter, but isn’t actually one. I don’t like this misleading ambiguous advertising. It offers great air filtration and they should just leave it that. Vacuums that use genuine HEPA filters are better for people who want allergen-free air.
A relatively large dust cup (0.9L), swivel steering and LED lights on the cleaning head are some of the great features that make this a very easy stick vacuum to use. It weighs only 5.8 LBS, so it’s super easy to carry around the home. The dust cup is also designed for quick emptying with a one-touch release clip.
The Eufy HomeVac is a powerful and energy efficient cordless stick vacuum and this, in itself, makes it one the best in its price range. With a few extra bonus features like LED lights, it becomes even more attractive and you get a 15-month warranty on the Eufy.
5. Electrolux EL2095A Ergorapido Cordless Vacuum
The Electrolux brand needs no introduction, this a vacuum cleaner manufacturer that’s been around forever and their reputation is cast in stone. If you look at the quality, ease of use and remarkable features of the Electrolux Ergorapido, most will agree that it is probably the best cordless stick vacuum in terms of value for money.
Recommended as the best for hard floors, the Electrolux Ergorapido will also do a decent job of area rugs and low pile carpets. The design of this cordless stick vacuum is really elegant and is perfectly practical. With one easy touch, you can convert it into a handheld vacuum, definitely the best design that I’ve seen from all the cordless stick vacuums in this review. Another innovation that makes the Ergorapido unique is their brush roll cleaner, with the touch of a button it will detangle any hair that’s been caught in the brush roll and suck it into the dust cup – great news for pet owners who are forever cleaning up pet hair. It also has a motorized pet hair upholstery cleaning attachment.
LED lights on the cleaning head and 180-degree swivel steering add to the easy operation of the Electrolux Ergorapido. Add to this, an impressive weight of only 5.7 LBS and equally impressive 35-minute working time from the lithium-ion battery and you have a real winner. A super convenient, easy to empty and hygienic dust cup is yet another great feature on the Electrolux.
If you compare the Electrolux Ergorapido to any similarly priced cordless stick vacuum, this one definitely emerges as the best. This is a truly magnificent stick vacuum, though not as impressive as the Dyson V8, the Electrolux Ergorapido can be considered a close second and this makes its price look all the more impressive. Along with the Electrolux promise of quality and great after sales service, you get a 2-year warranty on the Ergorapido.
6. Oreck Commercial CK93010 Vacuum Cleaner TaskVac Cordless
When you look at the price of the Oreck TaskVac, you’ll want to know how it compares to the Dyson V8 as this is also quite an expensive machine. The Dyson model that we reviewed first, will probably be the best in the eyes of many homeowners – mostly because of its versatility. The Oreck TaskVac does not convert into a handheld vacuum, nor does it have the pet brush tool and other goodies that you get with the Dyson V8. Where the Oreck emerges as the best is in its commercial-grade robust engineering. If you’re looking for a powerful cordless stick vacuum that’s going to work as hard as the best commercial machines can be expected to, the Oreck TaskVac is the one for you.
Technically, the Oreck Commercial TaskVac is an upright vacuum cleaner and not a stick vacuum. Though the design is so slim, lightweight and ergonomic that it resembles the stick design very closely. It’s not a bulky appliance and is as easy to use as any of the best stick vacuums.
Made from durable plastic and aluminum, this is a machine that’s designed and built to stand the test of time. The guys at Oreck are very proud of their Endurolife belt. Once we cut through all the technical jargon, one can say that the belt that drives the powerful roller brush is built for life and the vacuum will shut down the moment it jams, making sure that it’s protected.
It’s, arguably, one of the most powerful cordless stick vacuums that you can get and still has a good battery time of 25-minutes. The heavy-duty roller brush will make light work of pet hair on even really thick carpets and it has a reasonably sized dust cup that’s easy and hygienic to empty.
So you’re not getting a lot of extras with the Oreck TaskVac. Instead, it’s a machine of undisputed quality and is probably the best when it comes to durable engineering. I can’t find a warranty agreement anywhere on their website, but I’d imagine that as a company with more than 60-years behind them and a commitment to the best quality, you should get excellent backup and service from them.
7. Deik 2 in 1 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
This is another expensive, top end stick vacuum and is certainly one of the best. At the time of writing this article, the Deik Vacuum was available online at an incredibly low, discounted price – placing it among the more affordable stick vacuums. Though the regular selling price is one of the highest.
It does offer incredible quality and convenience. A very low weight of 4.7 LBS and the ability to convert to one of the best cordless handheld vacuums are among its many great features. It has all the power you’ll ever want and you should get around 25-minutes from the battery.
Along with excellent suction, it also has a motorized brush roll that performs as well on carpets as it does on hard floors. It is great for cleaning up pet hair and you get the standard accessories – an upholstery tool and crevice nozzle. It also has HEPA filtration for the cleanest air quality.
If you’re paying the normal selling price for the Deik 2-in-1, it doesn’t make much sense – the Dyson V8 offers you many extra features. If you’re lucky enough to get it at the reduced, highly discounted price, you’ll be getting a fantastic bargain. It’s a good quality stick vacuum and comes with a 1-year warranty.
8. Bissell Air Ram 1984 Cordless Vacuum
Bissell vacuums offer incredible value for money and in this regard, the Bissell Air Ram 1984 is (in my opinion) the best. It offers excellent quality as well as great features and a really great battery – all at a very competitive price.
The lithium-ion battery on this vacuum cleaner is certainly among the best, it delivers superb power for up to 30 minutes. This is with really great suction, a motorized brush roll, and powerful LED lights.
The sleek design of the cleaning head and the fact that it can lay completely flat makes it one of the best at getting into tight spaces and under the lowest furniture. It’s excellent for pet hair but doesn’t have an additional pet hair attachment for upholstery.
For affordable quality and superior cleaning power on any type of the floor, the Bissell Air Ram is a truly great stick vacuum. As with all of the top end Bissell products you’re getting just about the best value for your money and a 2-year warranty.
9. Shark SV1106 Cordless Vacuum
You’d expect a Shark cordless vacuum to be priced about the same as the Dyson – they’re both considered to be just about the best vacuums on the market. At first, it seems surprising that the Shark SV1106 is about a quarter of the price of the Dyson V8. This is until you look at the specs. The Shark SV1106 is certainly one of the best when it comes to quality, but it’s nowhere nearly as advanced as the Dyson V8 – I doubt any cordless stick vacuum will be.
The Shark SV1106 also has a motorized roller brush, so it’s pretty good on all floor surfaces and is also a great vacuum for removing pet hair. It doesn’t have the pet hair tool or soft roller like you get with the Dyson. The brush roll has two speed settings, so this does mean that you can adjust the speed when transitioning from carpet to hard floors – the lower brush roll speed will also improve battery time.
Suction is good, but I can’t get battery specs for this model, so I can’t tell you how much time you’ll get from the battery. I strongly doubt it will be nearly as long as what you’ll get from the Dyson V8, but should compare well with most others. It is made by Shark and, therefore, will have a battery that can hold its own amongst the best.
It weighs 7.5 LBS which is very reasonable for a cordless stick vacuum. The dust cup is larger than most – but again, I don’t have the exact specs for this. By the looks of it, it will hold at least as much, if not more than the Dyson V8.
Many will choose the Shark SV1106 based purely on their respect for the brand. When looking at the price that you’ll be paying for this little wonder, it becomes all the more attractive – it’s exceptionally cheap for a vacuum that is backed by one of the best brands in the industry.
Though, this cheaper model doesn’t have the great warranty that you get from the premium Shark products. The 1-year warranty seems to suggest that even Shark doesn’t rate this as highly as some of their other vacuums. That’s not to say that this is a piece of junk. The company has a reputation to uphold and you can bet that this is probably the best cordless stick vacuum for its price.