Best Stick Vacuums & Electric Brooms to Clean Your House

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 3, 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
PROS
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 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

During the first few initial uses, you might hear a slight plastic smell. 

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 wide Wind Tunnel head of the vacuum sucks everything from dust to larger debris. What is more, the special multi-floor cleaning brush allows using this model on virtually material effectively.

CONS

The user manual is not among the most informative ones out there.

OUR VERDICT

The powerful cyclone-powered vacuum with a vertical handle from Hoover boasts not only a powerful engine but also great ergonomics. While the low profile base makes it easier to vacuum under the furniture, the recline handle will save the user any additional hassle.

detailed parameters
BEST FOR

Hard floors, Stairs, Area rugs, Low pile carpets

CLEANING PATH WIDTH

11 inches

POWER SOURCE

Corded / 20-foot cord

BATTERY / MOTOR

120 V / 2 A

OPERATION TIME

Unlimited

CHARGING TIME

No recharging required

HANDLE HEIGHT

45 inches

WEIGHT

8 lbs

DIRT CUP CAPACITY

32 oz

ATTACHMENTS

Multi-floor сleaning rolling brush. Edge-cleaning bristles

FILTER

Washable foam filters

BAGLESS

Yes / Removable container

WARRANTY

2 years limited 

PROS

Thanks to the extra-large dust cup you will forget about emptying it after every vacuuming. With a 35 oz capacity, it is possible to clean the whole house in one go.

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

120 V / 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

This particular model is easy to operate and requires little to no maintenance from the user's end. This is achieved thanks to an ergonomic handle, small weight, and simple design.

CONS

The cup filter is a bit small for the price.

OUR VERDICT

The Bissel Featherweight 2033 is a universal model for the whole house. With this little fellow, you will be capable of vacuuming even the hardest to reach spots without breaking a sweat.  To add more, the vacuum works equally great on hard floors, rugs, and carpets.

detailed parameters
BEST FOR

Low pile carpets, Area rugs, Bare floors, Stairs, Upholstery, Countertops

CLEANING PATH WIDTH

9.5 inches

POWER SOURCE

Corded / 15-foot cord

BATTERY / MOTOR

120 V / 2 A

OPERATION TIME

Unlimited

CHARGING TIME

No recharging required

HANDLE HEIGHT

44 inches

WEIGHT

3 lbs

DIRT CUP CAPACITY

13 oz

ATTACHMENTS

Floor nozzle, Crevice tool 

FILTER

Washable dust cup filter

BAGLESS

Yes / Removable container

WARRANTY

1 year limited 

PROS

Universal design allows converting an upright vacuum cleaner into a manual vac for cleaning furniture or car interior. On top of that, the construction allows storing the vac attachments right on the handle, which makes its profile significantly lower.

CONS

Poorer performance on carpeted flooring.

OUR VERDICT

A combination of low price and compact design makes this vacuum one of the best options for the majority of common families. An ideal appliance for cleaning dormitories or motels.

detailed parameters
BEST FOR
Hard floors, Rugs, Furniture, Counters, Shelves, Upholstery, Drapes
CLEANING PATH WIDTH
9 inches
POWER SOURCE
Corded / 16-foot cord
BATTERY / MOTOR

1.3 A

OPERATION TIME
Unlimited
CHARGING TIME
No recharging required
HANDLE HEIGHT
40 inches
WEIGHT

3.8 lbs

DIRT CUP CAPACITY

27 oz

ATTACHMENTS
Standard brush, Crevice attachment
FILTER
Removable washable filter (F25)
BAGLESS
Yes / Push-button emptying
WARRANTY

1 year

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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Hoover SH20030

Remove Dirt and Dust on the Go

Corded vacuums have a lot of advantages over battery-powered ones but, most of the time, they need to be truly special in terms of design to stand out from the crowd. Fortunately, this affordable vacuum from Hoover is able to do just that.

The Hoover SH20030 is equipped with a 20-foot cord, which should be more than enough for cleaning larger areas without having to switch from one power outlet to another. This adds a lot to the versatility of the kit since, with a cord that long, you can vacuum the house much faster.

Further down the list of features is a foam filter. This particular filter variant can be easily removed and washed with regular tap water or a light soap cleaning liquid if it becomes very dirty after vacuuming. In order to eject the filter, you will have to detach the plastic casing on the back of the stick, just like with any other upright vacuum. Simple in operation and maintenance, this vacuum model is a great all-purpose vac device.

Filter specifications aside, let’s take a closer look at the main element of the vacuum. The cleaning mouth of this model is quite wide, which allows cleaning a wider area in one single go. As an extra feature, the brush of the so-called Wind Tunnel features edge-cleaning bristles that help remove the dirt even from the most difficult to clean spots. What is more, the bristles allow effectively removing all possible dry spills fast without the need for additional runs.

Review of Hoover SH20030 Lightweight Corded Stick Vacuum

Power of a Cyclon Inside a Small Stick

Even though the kit features a multi-floor cleaning rolling brush designed for cleaning various surfaces and materials, it struggles with wooden and natural stone floors at times. However, if used without side bristles, it will be great for vacuuming every room in your house.

This particular Hoover model is best used for hard floors, carpets, and upholstery. The transition between hard floors to rugs and carpets is almost seamless, thanks to the combination of the Brushroll and special Cyclonic technology that makes it easier for the vac to pick up both small and big debris simultaneously.

As for the weight, the stick only weighs 8 pounds, meaning that this model is easy to wield even with one hand. Additionally, the long handle makes the whole vacuuming process almost completely hassle-free.

All in all, if you are looking for an effective bagless stick vacuum, then Hoover SH20030 will be one of the prime picks for you. Light, easy to use, and affordable, it will make all the difference when it comes to fast, hassle-free vacuuming.

Hoover SH20030 Lightweight Corded 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.

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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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Bissell Featherweight 2033

One Step Closer to Perfection

The Bissell Featherweight 2033 might not look like something special at first glance, nevertheless, this small stick model is more than just a regular corded vacuum. So, what makes this model so different from heavier devices? To answer this question, let’s take a quick look at what features make it so special in the first place.

First things first, an extra-powerful suction technology implemented in this vacuum allows picking up any type of dirt or debris. On top of that, the suction power allows picking up pet hair, making this model a good pick over speciality devices such as handheld pet hair vacuums and that is a big plus for such a light device.

Moving on, the design of the brush allows cleaning sealed floors, pile carpets, rugs, as well as various furniture pieces and countertops. Even though it is not as wide as they usually are in fully-fledged vacuum cleaners, it has high-quality wheels that make it easy to move on top of various materials increasing the overall versatility of the tool.

Review of Bissell Featherweight 2033 Stick Lightweight Vacuum

Small yet Powerful

Contrary to other models on this list, this vacuum is relatively small and that surely makes it easier to wield and use with one hand. The total length of the handle is 44 inches, which should be more than enough to reach spots under and between the furniture. Additionally, though not the widest out there, the cleaning path width of 9.5 inches will be sufficient for

The only thing that seems insufficient is a dust tank with a 13 oz capacity. A capacity like that simply will not be enough to clean more than just a couple rooms without emptying it. That being said, it was to be expected considering the small weight of the vac of just 3 pounds. Plus, it really delivers, featuring great suction power allowing you to vacuum without the need to the roll the brush directly over the debris and capable of sucking tiny pieces of dirt several inches away from the unit.

One other feature that adds to the ease of use is an ergonomic handle that makes holding the vacuum very comfortable and reduces the risks of muscle strain throughout prolonged vacuuming. Topped with a 15-foot cord, it provides the user with sufficient length to clean one room at a time without having to switch between power sockets too often.

While other products heavily rely on heavyweight solutions to increase suction power, Bissell does the same thing while maintaining small dimensions and low weight. Easy to use and clean, this vacuum model will be a good pick for anyone who lives in a relatively small house or just about any apartment.

Bissell Featherweight 2033 Stick Lightweight Vacuum in the use

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Dirt Devil SD20000RED

Performance

Unlike its competitors, this vacuum has a power cord that ensures sufficient maneuverability. However, you need to have enough power outlets in your house since the cord is not very long (just 16 feet). In addition, the main attachment allows cleaning the surface of 9 inches wide at a single pass. Due to the fact that the vac has a single speed setting, cleaning carpeted surfaces might be somewhat awkward.

Review of Dirt Devil SD20000RED Simpli-Stik Lightweight Bagless Stick Vacuum

Convenience

The first thing you notice when you see the Dirt Devil SD20000RED stick vacuum is its flexible design and size, which make this appliance extremely portable. The maximum height of this vacuum is 40 inches, which isn’t very convenient for tall people. Nevertheless, it also has a lot of advantages, for example, it’s very lightweight (only 3.8 pounds). The vacuum has a quite big dirt cup (0.8-liter) that makes this vac just more convenient in use.

Dirt Devil SD20000RED Simpli-Stik Lightweight Bagless Stick Vacuum in the use

Additional Features

Considering all features of this vacuum, we can highlight its capacity for converting the stick vac into a handheld vacuum. In addition, it’s fitted with a crevice attachment, which is sufficiently profound to clean the corners or other hard-to-reach areas in your house. Like rival models, this vac is also equipped with a washable dirt cup that has a removable, washable filter inside. The Dirt Devil SD20000RED stick vacuum cleaner is a perfect gift for any homemaker for whom coziness of their environment is a priority.

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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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