Best Stick Vacuums & Electric Brooms to Clean Your House

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 19, 2019
Hate rolling a canister vacuum around? It's high time to think of getting a stick vacuum! This compact appliance will help you get rid of dust and debris without you bend in shape. Look through our shortlist of 5 top stick vacuum models and take your pick! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
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CONS
OUR VERDICT
BEST FOR
CLEANING PATH WIDTH
POWER SOURCE
BATTERY / MOTOR
OPERATION TIME
CHARGING TIME
HANDLE HEIGHT
WEIGHT
DIRT CUP CAPACITY
ATTACHMENTS
FILTER
BAGLESS
WARRANTY
 
PROS

The capacious dust cup of this model is equipped with a washable filter that prolongs the service life of the vacuum. On top of that, the connection of the filter prevents dust from getting into the air as you vacuum. 

CONS

The battery is non-removable, which may cause problems in the long run.

OUR VERDICT

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute provides you with powerful suction that will help you clean various surfaces, from regular hard floors to the interior of your car. What is more, the vacuum operation time can reach 60 minutes, thanks to a capacious battery.

detailed parameters
BEST FOR

Hard floors, Carpets, Walls, Corners, Under furniture

CLEANING PATH WIDTH

10.1 inches

POWER SOURCE

Rechargeable battery

BATTERY / MOTOR

10 V (li-ion)

OPERATION TIME

Up to 60 minutes

CHARGING TIME

3.5 hours

HANDLE HEIGHT

49.2 inches

WEIGHT

5.9 lbs

DIRT CUP CAPACITY

26 oz

ATTACHMENTS

Combination tool, Crevice tool, Mini soft dusting brush, Mini-motorized tool

FILTER

Advanced whole machine filtration

BAGLESS

Yes / Removable container

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

An array of additional cleaning tools and brushes makes vacuuming various surfaces much easier. Additionally, two detachable batteries allow using the brush vacuum while charging the other one.

CONS

The dust cup is rather small for a premium model.

OUR VERDICT

A universal MultiFLEX model allows vacuuming virtually any surface, all while being extremely easy to use. This is achieved thanks to a special handle that can be rotated 180°. This way, you can clean areas under and above the furniture without putting in a ton of effort. 

detailed parameters
BEST FOR

Hard floors, Carpets, Walls, Corners, Under furniture, Car cleaning

CLEANING PATH WIDTH

10.4 inches

POWER SOURCE

Rechargeable battery

BATTERY / MOTOR

25.2 V li-ion

OPERATION TIME

Up to 30 minutes

CHARGING TIME

3.5 hours

HANDLE HEIGHT

45.9 inches

WEIGHT

3.8 lbs

DIRT CUP CAPACITY

9.6 oz

ATTACHMENTS

Duster crevice tool, Dusting brush, Wide upholstery tool, Anti-allergen dust brush

FILTER

Washable Pre-motor filters and Post-motor filter 

BAGLESS

Yes / Removable container

WARRANTY

5 years limited

2 years limited (on battery)

PROS

This model can be quickly transformed into a hand vacuum for cleaning furniture and hard-to-reach places.

CONS

The swivel head might get stuck on sharp turns.

OUR VERDICT

A lightweight vacuum that can reach any spot in your home and clean it up efficiently. It doesn't need to be recharged, takes little energy, and works on all flooring types. Great fit for larger homes.

detailed parameters
BEST FOR

Hard floors, laminate, vinyl or tile floors, area rugs, stairs, and low pile carpets

CLEANING PATH WIDTH

9.8 inches

POWER SOURCE

Corded / 18-foot cord

BATTERY / MOTOR

2 A

OPERATION TIME

Unlimited

CHARGING TIME

No recharging required

HANDLE HEIGHT

44 inches

WEIGHT

4 lbs

DIRT CUP CAPACITY

34 oz

ATTACHMENTS

Rotating motorized brush, crevice tool

FILTER

Washable dust cup filter

BAGLESS

Yes / Removable container

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The swivel steering allows cleaning areas under and around the furniture. What is more, the Hard Floor Hero™ attachment will pick up any embedded dirt from floors and carpets.

CONS

The swivel connection is not the most durable. 

OUR VERDICT

The Shark Rocket will make vacuuming your house a pleasant process. Furthermore, the Car Detail kit will also help with cleaning the interior of your car while the wall mount that comes in the package will solve the problem of storing the vacuum.

detailed parameters
BEST FOR

Hard floors, Carpets, Walls, Corners, Under furniture, Car cleaning

CLEANING PATH WIDTH

10.5 inches

POWER SOURCE

Corded / 30-foot cord

BATTERY / MOTOR

120 V / 4.2 A

OPERATION TIME

Unlimited

CHARGING TIME

No recharging required

HANDLE HEIGHT

46 inches

WEIGHT

8 lbs

DIRT CUP CAPACITY

13.5 oz

ATTACHMENTS

Hard Floor Hero™ attachment, Pet multi-tool, 5" crevice tool, Home & Car detail Kit

FILTER

Washable foam filters

BAGLESS

Yes / Removable container

WARRANTY

5 years limited

PROS

The main cleaning tool of this model is equipped with a powerful LED light that will make cleaning the furniture a breeze. Furthermore, a special lock button allows using the vacuum without holding the power button.

CONS

The storehouse isn't particularly comfortable. 

OUR VERDICT

A light, cordless, upright vacuum from Tineco makes the whole vacuuming process an easy task. The four-stage filtering system not only captures dust but also filters the air inside the room. Small and efficient, the A10 Hero will definitely become your best cleaning assistant. 

detailed parameters
BEST FOR

Hard floors, Carpets, Walls, Corners, Under furniture

CLEANING PATH WIDTH

10.4 inches

POWER SOURCE

Rechargeable battery

BATTERY / MOTOR

4.2 V / 350 W

OPERATION TIME

Up to 25 minutes

CHARGING TIME

3.5 hours

HANDLE HEIGHT

43.3 inches

WEIGHT

2.87 lbs

DIRT CUP CAPACITY

13.5 oz

ATTACHMENTS

Full-size LED multi-tasker power brush, Mini power brush, 2 in 1 dusting brush, Crevice tool

FILTER

4-stage fully-sealed filtration system

BAGLESS

Yes / Removable container

WARRANTY

2 years

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

Extremely Long Operation

Unlike many other models that can only operate for 30 minutes or less, the Dyson Cyclone is capable of cleaning up to 60 minutes straight without recharging when put in the most powerful sucking mode. That said, in order to keep the vacuum running, you will need to hold the power button pressed at all times. Even though this feature doesn’t require tremendous effort, some may still find it a little inconvenient.

This design choice is understandable, however, since it is a cordless model, you have to use every opportunity to save the battery charge. The only thing we would like to see in the future model upgrades is the lock-on power button that would allow the user to choose between power saving mode and constant vacuuming when they like.

One little downside to the battery of this vacuum is that it is not removable, so in case its capacity deteriorates over time, your only option to change it would be sending it back to the manufacturer under warranty or purchasing a new one, which is a bummer, to say the least.

The charging process takes around 3.5 hours, which is fairly quick for such a powerful model and, considering the average running time of the vacuum and its effectiveness, you won’t be charging it too often.

Review of Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum

Not That Simple

As for the heart of the device, the 10 V motor delivers enough power to effectively clean hard floors, walls, corners, carpets, and many other surfaces. Additionally, a special crevice tool makes it possible to clean the areas under the furniture, which is a nice addition to an already good product.

The 26 oz dirt cup capacity allows cleaning fairly sizeable areas without having to constantly empty it. The only real issue that comes up when you lift the vacuum up is that it is relatively heavy for a model that is supposed to be a portable one. The weight of almost 6 pounds (when the garbage collector is empty) makes this appliance a rather bulky one, especially when compared to other cordless products. However, the good ergonomics makes the cleaning process almost seamless, which will be a pleasant surprise for the first few times you use it.

Now, let’s take a closer look at the filtration system of this cordless model. Contrary to similar vacuum sticks, the Cyclone features a whole-system filtration system that works even if you use it in a handheld mode.

In closing, this cordless vacuum stick from Dyson is perhaps one of the best devices in its class, thanks to its enormous sucking power, a large number of different cleaning tools, and overall effectiveness.

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum in the use

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Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean (IF251)

Effortless Cleaning

Although the IONFlex from Shark may look like any other stick vacuum out there, that first impression can be misleading. What we have here is a truly remarkable vacuuming unit that can be used to clean any room of your house and much more. The fully transformable stick vacuum can be applied in a multitude of different ways, thanks to its versatile and transformable design.

On top of the stick itself, the brush comes equipped with a duster crevice tool, dusting brush, and an upholstery tool. While the first two tools are pretty straightforward, let’s take a closer look at the latter. The upholstery tool is unusually wide, which allows cleaning furniture more effectively, including big sofas and double beds. Aside from the regular brushes and cleaning tools, the stick also comes together with an anti-allergen dust brush which will make the vacuuming process cleaner and dust-free.

Review of Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean (IF251) Cordless Stick Vacuum

Unique Capabilities

What makes this particular vacuuming stick unique though is the option to convert the regular vacuum into a fully-fledged ceiling cleaner. This is achieved thanks to a clever design choice that allows rotating the MultiFLEX handle 180° as well as detaching the motorized part of the vacuum to use it with only one hand. This way, you can vacuum spots that are hard to reach such as corners, areas above the windows, and under the furniture.

By detaching the main part of the vacuuming stick, you make it more portable and easier to use in cramped spaces like the interior of your car. The regular mode, on the other hand, allows for a deep and effective cleaning using a special bristle brush that features a brushroll that makes the transition between surfaces smooth and seamless.

Since the device is battery-powered, it has to be charged from time to time. And there are at least 3 ways to charge the battery of this model. First of all, you can use the docking station when you are not using the vacuum. Additionally, you can charge it while vacuuming. This also leaves room for charging the vacuum in a fully assembled condition, ready to clean at any given time. What is more, since the battery of this vacuum is removable, you can detach it and charge directly from the outlet using the charger that comes with the brush.

To wrap things up, this convenient and highly versatile stick vacuum model will be an ideal pick for cleaning surfaces, from hardwood floors to carpets and furniture, as well as for people with pets.

Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean (IF251) Cordless Stick Vacuum in the use

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Eureka NES210

Extend Your Reach

Want an efficient and quick way to clean up spills and dirty prints left behind by kids and pets? You could be scrubbing the spots manually or turn to the Eureka NES210 instead. Unlike many similar models, this electric broom with a cord has no limit on the operation time and thus can take care of bigger messes than most. Don’t worry about the cable being restrictive either, it’s a whopping 18 feet, enough to move around the room comfortably.

Speaking of comfort, the Eureka NES210 can be transformed into a hand vacuum if you need to get some dust or dirt off of bookshelves, sofas, and other furniture. Moreover, a special tool turns the appliance into a stair vacuum so you can keep those steps tidy.

Also, don’t forget to use the crevice tool to get into nooks that might have piles of dust because most vacuums can’t even reach inside. These spots are a breeding ground for allergens and microbes. You could even roll into some of them without using the tool as the cleaning width of the regular brush is just 9.8 inches, not exactly huge. A blessing in disguise, at least we think so.

Review of Eureka NES210 Blaze 3-in-1 Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Corded

All-Terrain Cleaner

We also like the low weight of this vacuum stick, close to broom levels. Sure, 4 pounds isn’t exactly “light as a feather” but you can control the device with one hand without getting tired. Movement is made even easier since the wheels on this model don’t get stuck on carpets or when you turn the vacuum around.

You can use the Eureka NES210 on pretty much any type of flooring, even laminate. Its brush won’t scratch even delicate materials so don’t worry about leaving a mess while you’re trying to clean one up.

We do have to admit that the swivel head on the vacuum tends to get stuck sometimes so make sure you’re not running around too fast. It’s especially finicky on sharp turns so maneuver the vacuum carefully. However, it’s not that much of a problem and not a dealbreaker, especially since all other elements of this vacuum are highly convenient.

Eureka NES210 Blaze 3-in-1 Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Corded in the use

Dirt Stands No Chance

In the end, while there are a few faults to be found in the Eureka NES210, you’d have to look past numerous handy features first. This model reaches any spot where dust may hide, cleans it all up efficiently, and doesn’t need to be recharged, thus saving you money on the energy bill. It’s pretty tall at 44 inches and comfortable to use, especially since you can quickly turn it into a handheld appliance. We definitely recommend using the Eureka NES210 regardless of the flooring type in your home or the size of your rooms.

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Shark Rocket (HV302)

2-in-1

The Rocket HV302 is a corded stick vacuum from Shark that is quite convenient for both home and garage use. But is there anything that makes this model special? Let’s take a closer look at its main selling points to find out.

First things first, the biggest thing that makes this model stand out is its weight. With the weight of under 8 pounds (with an empty dust cup), the unit is considered one of the lightest corded stick vacuums out there.

Speaking of dust cups, the dust container of this model has a capacity of 13.5 oz, which is rather small compared to similar products. Nevertheless, the cup can be removed and cleaned almost instantly and that eases the cleaning process quite a bit.

Other advantages include the option to transform the vacuum. With removable parts, a regular stick turns into a model that can be converted from an upright vacuum to a small handheld one that can be used to reach spots otherwise inaccessible.

Review of Shark Rocket (HV302) Ultralight Stick Vacum

An Essential Corded Model

The main advantage of the cordless vacuum models is they don’t need to be recharged. So, the Rocket from Shark will be always ready for vacuuming whenever you need it. The motor that powers this little beast can be powered by a regular 120 V outlet, while the 30-foot cable will be more than enough even for the most demanding customers.

Further down the list is the assembly. The construction of the Shark Rocket is fairly simple and straightforward and the initial setup will only take a couple of minutes right out of the box. Additionally, the kit comes supplied with a special docking station that can be mounted on the wall and used to store the vacuum when you don’t need it.

As for additional cleaning tools, this product comes with a home and car detail kit that includes various brushes and motorized tools designed for sucking dirt and dust from virtually any surface. On top of that, the kit also contains a set of micro tools, which will be useful for cleaning small cramped areas.

The only significant issue with this vacuum model is the swivel connection that is rather weak and prone to breaking if too much force is applied to it. Nevertheless, if used and handled with care, you won’t experience this issue, just keep in mind that it is not recommended to lift weights with the vacuum wand.

The Shark Rocket HV302 is a great solution to all cleaning problems that you may encounter in a big house or an apartment. This electric broom with cord is quite effective and can be used to clean various surfaces and types of debris both large and fine, which makes it a go-to solution for pet owners.

Shark Rocket (HV302) Ultralight Stick Vacum in the use

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Tineco A10 Hero

Your Tiny Cleaning Assistant

The tiny yet highly powerful handheld A10 Hero Vacuum definitely gives an impression of a high-tech product. And it is true, to some extent. The unusual hand grip allows rotating the base of the device in any direction and makes it easier to clean spots that are hard to reach - areas behind, under, and in-between the furniture, ceilings, high walls etc.

What makes this vacuum model from Tineco distinct from other models, though, is the upgraded suction power of the motor. The tiny electric engine of this cleaning stick is capable of delivering up to 110 W of pure air suction power. This characteristic, combined with a power brush, makes cleaning various floor types an absolute breeze. With this convenient vacuum at your disposal, you will be able to handle even the most difficult tasks, including cleaning dusty carpets and embedded dirt.

Moving down the list, let's talk about arguably the most attractive and impressive aspect of this product - its weight. More specifically, the weight of only 2.87 pounds, which makes the model ultra-light, especially when compared to similar products in the same price range and class.

Review of Tineco A10 Hero Cordless Stick Vacuum

A Real Hero

The thing that makes this model's service life impressive is the fact that it comes equipped with a detachable battery. This alone makes it a great contender to be one of the top vacuuming sticks in this price range simply because it will outlast any other vacuum with a non-removable battery.

The running time of the battery is around 25 minutes when vacuum operates in a regular mode and 15 minutes when it is used at maximum capacity. Optionally, there is a 2-battery package available, that will make the charging process nearly seamless. Considering that you can replace the battery that will eventually lose its capacity over time, this vacuum can be refreshed at any given time.

Furthermore, this bagless vacuum is equipped with a 4-stage filter system that is completely sealed. Though highly effective while it lasts, the fully sealed design makes it almost impossible to clean. Thus, in case you need your filter cleaned, you will have to bring the vacuum to a certified service center. Aside from this issue, however, there's practically nothing worth complaining about here.

All things considered, with 50 million models produced, the A10 Hero from Tineco is one of the most technologically advanced and popular models out there. It provides an excellent cleaning quality regardless of the surface it is being used on.

Tineco A10 Hero Cordless Stick Vacuum in the use

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What Is a Stick Vacuum & an Electric Broom?

Cleaning small areas and food debris is rather exhausting especially when done on a daily basis. Very few people find moving bulky canister vacuum cleaners around convenient. Instead of yanking out a heavy vacuum cleaner to pick up pet dander, dust, and crumbs off the furniture, you can use a handy stick vac (also called an electric broom). It might do a rather poor job of cleaning large areas and heavy debris, but it's, probably, the best solution for everyday use. Compared with conventional vacuums, stick vacuums are all primarily cordless and battery-operated, so they are suitable for cleaning car interiors, hard floors, collecting food debris, etc.

A stick vacuum looks more like a vertical axis to which a brush, a motor (and a battery), a dust cup, and a filter are attached. Battery-operated stick vacuums aren’t intended for a long-term cleaning. They’re used mainly for minor cleaning. Most of them are also quite lightweight so that any customer can pick a model that suits him or her best.

However, if cleaning your place yourself is just not what you want to do, you can always pass this chore to a robotic vacuum. Alternatively, we recommend taking a closer look at wet-dry vacuum models for deep and effective cleaning.

What Features to Compare

Performance

You’ll never be able to compare the power of a stick vacuum or stick vacuum with a conventional vacuum cleaner. And this is hardly surprising since these devices have been designed for a different reason. The distinguishing features of stick vacuums are lightweight, ergonomic design and maneuverability. You can pick it up literally at any moment and run across the room to collect small debris. What you should be interested in, though, is the width of the cleaning path and the power source that the chosen appliance uses. Since most stick vacuums and electric brooms are battery-powered, the cleaning cannot last long. Therefore, it’s important that it covers a bigger area and consumes less energy. There are also corded models that provide non-stop operation, but they also restrict the cleaning area by the length of the cord. This is where you need to decide what works better for your personal needs.

Convenience

Among the important things that make an appliance truly convenient in use is the weight of the appliance. Since a stick vac is designed for everyday use, it’s got to be lightweight and easy to handle. The handle matters too. It’d be better if the handle had the adjustable length so that everyone could customize its height for his or her maximum comfort. Such handles also allow for easy access to confined places and under furniture. Additionally, some models can be transformed into simple handheld models that can be used to clean areas that are usually out of reach. The dirt cup capacity should be another on the list. The average capacity of most stick vacuums ranges between just a couple of ounces to half a gallon. There are models with bigger dust cups. Although they would run longer, on the other hand, they would weigh more. If you don’t mind a bigger size of the vacuum, they’ll better suit for long cleaning. We recommend you to consider the cleaning area and then decide on the capacity you need.

Additional Features

Almost every appliance has its own additional features which affect the cleaning quality of different kinds of surfaces. If you have carpeted floors and need to clean them from crisps or pet hair with minimal effort, the Brushroll function will help you with that. The stick vacuum is designed to avoid overloading, so the motor always yields the optimal power. For example, if you need to carry out a deep-down cleaning, you should use a vacuum with the Turbo boost function or a power regulator which provides efficient cleaning and saves battery life for further use.

Usually, such models are equipped with plastic dirt cups for convenient cleaning of the device. You just have to detach the cup and easily clean the dust. Also, we highly recommend you to consider models with built-in filters which help the vacuum cleaner catch even the finest dust. Most devices come with removable filters, so you can easily remove them, wash, and then put them back. If you are allergic to dust - consider models equipped with highly efficient HEPA filters.

Common Issues with Bagless Vacuums and How to Fix Them

Regardless of how technologically advanced your vacuum is, you will face issues with it sooner or later. So, the ability to detect and fix them will definitely come in handy, especially if you don’t want to buy a new product every time a problem with the appliance occurs. We have listed the most common issues and some easy tricks you can use in order to fix them.

Clogs

The obstructions in the vacuum airflow can become an annoying issue, especially when you perform whole-house cleaning. Although this issue is more common with conventional upright models, it can occur in bagless vacuums as well.

First of all, you need to inspect the device and find out where a clog or multiple clogs are located. To do so, you will have to disassemble all of the detachable parts that are adjacent to the airflow and the body of the vacuum. Since the majority of bagless vacuuming products don’t feature a hose, these parts may include telescopic tubes or various attachments such as motorized or regular brushes. When you have successfully detected a clog in your device, there are multiple ways you can remove it from the vacuum. Depending on the location of the clog, there are a few things you can do to make it go away. For one, you can do so using a broom. Just stretch out the telescopic tube and insert the broom handle through it. This way, you will push any obstructions through the tube.

You can also use the rotating and regular brushes that are connected to the tube of your bagless vacuum. These things are designed for sweeping the debris and dirt into the vacuuming system. And there is no wonder that it is the common source of clogs, especially if you don’t clean the brush after each vacuuming (honestly, who does?). You can either clean the brush by hand (just make sure to wear protective gloves) or using a wire if the clog is buried too deep between the fabric. Just remember to turn off the device before you start cleaning it.

Filters

Your vacuum can have up to 4 filters that prevent dust particles from getting into the air during the cleaning process. And, surprisingly enough, filters can also get dirty over time. This can cause some issues that lead to the vacuum losing its suction. Depending on the vacuum configuration, you can either clean the filters by disassembling and washing them from the inside (if the filter model is washable) or by purchasing a new one. Although the latter can be expensive, the manufacturers make sure that non-washable filters can withstand up to several thousand vacuuming sessions before completely losing their effectiveness. If you are not sure what kind of filter your vacuum has, we recommend taking a closer look at the user manual.

Suction Loss

When your vacuum doesn’t suck the dust properly, this can indicate a couple of things. Firstly, if the motor of your device doesn’t sound right or if it starts and immediately stops, your outlet or battery had malfunctioned. The first scenario requires the involvement of a skilled technician. However, with battery-powered devices, we recommend checking if the battery charges or not. If the battery went completely flat and it is not charging, you will know that the time for replacement has come. Secondly, if the blade of the vacuum fan is attached directly to its motor axle, it will require some cleaning after you turn off the device.

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Sources:

1. Kelly Burgess Stick Vacuum Buying Guide, ConsumerSearch. May 10, 2016.

2. Matthew Knight How to buy the best cordless vacuum cleaner, Which?

3. How to Choose a Cordless Vacuum, wikiHow.

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