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Top 10 Stick Vacuums 2016

There are some areas where you need something to suck big time, and cleaning floors is one in every of them. Those compact and lightweight stick vacuums make an unpleasant chore at the least a little quicker and much less fatiguing.

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum (HV302)VonHaus 600W 2-in-1 Corded Upright Stick & Handheld Vacuum Cleaner with HEPA Filtration - Includes Crevice Tool & Brush AccessoriesElectrolux Ergorapido Lithium Ion 2-1 Stick and Handheld Vacuum, EL2055B - CordlessBissell 1683A Trilogy Superlight Hard Floor VacuumVonHaus 2 in 1 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner - 19.2V Li-Ion Upright Stick and Handheld Vacuum with Crevice Nozzle & Turbo Brush HeadHoover Corded Cyclonic Stick Vacuum, SH20030Prolux Ion Battery Powered Bagless Cordless Stick Vac Vacuum Electric BroomHoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, BH50010BISSELL PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Corded Vacuum, 81L2A (Same as 81L2T)Eureka Quick-up Cordless 2-in-1 Stick Vacuum, 96H

Suction Without The Stress

A vacuum cleaner can be a peaceful thing. As a baby, I needed noise to fall asleep, the more droning and consistent the better. Car rides with the windows down, televisions set to static, ocean waves, crickets, and vacuum cleaners running in the next room made up the soundtrack of my early slumbers.

Those were the behemoth vacuums of the 1980s, which sometimes seemed bigger than the rooms they were meant to clean. One of the most advantageous aspects of the stick vacuums we are reviewing here is that they are extraordinarily slight. They take up extremely little space in storage, and they run much more quietly than the vacuums of yore.

Most of these vacs work on the same principles as any other vacuum cleaner. They create suction by the movements of a small pump system connected to a belt that’s run by a very fast motor. As the motor turns, the belt rotates and moves the pump through its cylinder. The suction this creates also creates an opposite force that you can feel as an air current coming out of the upper parts of the motor.

To help pick up hairs, dust, and debris, each vacuum has a series of stiff nylon bristles clustered at the end of its mouth, where the suction hits the floor. Additional filters trap much smaller dust particles, preventing the projection of allergenic material out of the vacuum’s vents.

The difference between a stick vacuum and any other vacuum, however, lies in the ergonomics of its design. The long, thin shape used by these models allows you to gain access to tighter areas for a more thorough cleaning. The vacuums are also lighter as a result of their streamlined design, so raising them up to clean tough-to-reach areas is much easier, as is their transportation, storage, and cleaning.

The Clean, Clear Choice


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I’ll always remember the commercials for the Oreck vacuum cleaner that aired when I was a kid. In them, the inventor of the unit, into his old age, stood before the cameras holding his vacuum aloft with just his pinky finger. The point was that his vacuum was so significantly lighter than its competition that you’d be that much more blown away by its suction power.

Compared the powerful stick vacuums on our list, the original Oreck seems a bit like a dinosaur in the age of man. The units on the market today boast just as much power, however, and most weigh less than that old Oreck.

Weight is the easy measure to understand here, but how exactly does the vacuum industry evaluate the suction force of a cleaner? Than answer is air watts.

Air watts are measured by the amount of suction a vacuum cleaner imposes on a certain amount of water moving through a specific diameter tube. The larger that amount, the better, as it means the vacuum cleaner moves more water through the tube more consistently, which will result in a faster, more thorough cleanup in your home.

Still, weight and air watts aren’t the totality of the picture. You also want to see how a given stick vacuum feels in your hand if you get the chance. Models with their motors and chambers mounted down toward the vacuum head (the more standard configuration) will be easier to push and pull along a carpet, as they have that bottom-heavy stature aiding in their inertia.

Models with motors situated toward the handles, however, might need a little more elbow grease when moving them along a thick, tough carpet. The advantage of such a vacuum is that it’s much easier to pick up if you want to use it on a bed, on some drapes, or anywhere else up high that’s hard to reach with a normal vacuum.

Take a close look at the space you intend to clean before making your choice, and you ought to do just fine.

An Evolution Back Towards Simplicity


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While the first vacuum cleaners that actually produced suction by mechanical means came out in the middle of the 19th century, they were manually operated, and motorized vacs wouldn't hit the scene until 1901. That's when an inventor named Hubert Cecil Booth improved upon the motorized cleaner he'd seen at a demonstration a few years earlier at Empire Music Hall in London.

That earlier design blew dust into a receptacle instead of sucking it up into a bag for later disposal, and it was Booth that turned the process around. Those early vacs operated by the power of combustion engines, and a lone hose ran from the engine–which was usually located outside the house–to a wand for directional cleaning.

By 1905, smaller, albeit weaker, models made their way into the wealthier homes of England. What they sacrificed in power they made up for in portability, as these proved to be the first domestically convenient vacuums available. Still, it wasn't until 1907 that anyone successfully ran a portable vacuum with electricity instead of gas.

The elongated wands used in the design of old, domestic vacuums more closely resembles the stick vacuums that are so popular today than the bigger bulkier vacs of the late 20th century. Advances in vacuum power are the primary drivers of this trend toward a slighter, thinner style, and there's no reason to believe we won't soon see the larger vacuums of the 80s and 90s disappear from the market altogether.


#10.Eureka Quick-up Cordless 2-in-1 Stick Vacuum, 96H


Eureka Quick-Up Cordless Stick Vacuum, 96H 2-in-1 Vacuum

The Quick-Up Cordless is a lightweight stick vacuum. With a removable handle, this vacuum easily converts to a handheld unit for above the floor cleaning. This vacuum features a wall-mountable charging stand for easy storage when not in use. Multi-Surface Cleaning —turn the brush roll on for more efficient cleaning on low pile carpet floors and area rugs. To prevent dirt and debris scattering while cleaning bare floors, turn the brush roll off. Plus, pick up messes on any floor type faster with the 10-inch cleaning path.


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#9.BISSELL PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Corded Vacuum, 81L2A (Same as 81L2T)


Bissell's PowerEdge Pet captures dirt and debris that typically only a broom and dustpan can. The V shape technology directs larger debris into the center suction path, while the ends of the V capture debris along edges and baseboards- no attachments needed


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#8.Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, BH50010


First ever Stick Vacuum with Hoover's Patented WindTunnel Technology and the convenience of cordless Powered by Linx 18 V Interchangeable Lithium-Ion Battery for sustained cleaning power One Touch Brush roll activation and Cyclonic Filtration Edge cleaning bristles allow for closer access to walls and corners Low Profile Base allows for easy access under furniture and Wide Mouth Opening lets the vacuum pick up larger items


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#7.Prolux Ion Battery Powered Bagless Cordless Stick Vac Vacuum Electric Broom


The New Prolux Ion Bagless Battery Powered Stick Vac is the lightweight battery powered alternative for your cleaning needs! This highly compact, powerful, and easy to store vacuum frees you from the limitations of the standard corded vacuums. A bagless design also adds to the ease of cleaning your home. The multi surface Floor Nozzle (with electric brushroll which can be powered off) used in the upright setting to vacuum your hardwood floors, tile and carpet. Also the detachable handheld version is perfect for cleaning your vehicle and other hard to reach areas that other vacuums are just not capable of. This high end vacuum is designed with you in mind and has been built to last for many years to come without breaking the bank or your back! Lightweight.


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#6.Hoover Corded Cyclonic Stick Vacuum, SH20030


This is a great little vacuum. It is the corded version of the Linx cordless vacuum. Light and easy to use, it has great suction, a really easy to empty dust cup, and a brush roll that does the job on low pile carpets. I've had this vac for about a month and so far it is working out great. I love the super easy to empty dust cup, it is hands-free, just touch the button and the bottom of the cup opens and all the dirt falls out, I don't have to use my hands to free the dirt and hair or a brush to clean out the dust cup. The cord is 20', so you can get a lot of areas done before having to change plugs. I originally wanted to get the cordless version of this vacuum, but after reading the reviews of the battery life and comparing costs, I decided on this one, and I'm very happy with my decision. We live on a farm and have five dogs who come in and out of the house regularly, so dirt and hair are a real issue for us. This vacuum really does a great job on the dog hair and dirt, it is so much easier to use than my old upright, so light and easy to get into tight places without having to move heavy furniture. Would highly recommend this to anyone needing hard floor cleaning and low pile area rug cleaning. I don't have heavy pile carpet so I can't comment on its ability to clean that, but on bare floors and low pile area rugs, it is great.


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#5.VonHaus 2 in 1 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner - 19.2V Li-Ion Upright Stick and Handheld Vacuum with Crevice Nozzle & Turbo Brush Head


Designed for quick, effective vacuuming, the VonHaus 2 in 1 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner takes the effort out of vacuuming around the home. Versatile, lightweight design can be used at full length as a stick vacuum, or detach for convenient handheld cleaning. Cordless - no cords to detangle or unwind. Equipped with a powerful motorized electrical turbo brush, which effortlessly picks up dirt and dust. 180° swivel head and low base provide greater maneuverability. The powerful cyclonic system maintains suction power for longer.


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#4.Bissell 1683A Trilogy Superlight Hard Floor Vacuum


With powerful cleaning and clean anywhere convenience, this multi-use vacuum takes cleaning to a whole new level! With a powerful motorized brush roll, it is a multi-surface cleaner seamlessly transitioning from hard floors to carpeted areas. Super-lightweight and swivel steering makes maneuverability a breeze. With a press of a button, go from upright vacuuming mode to handheld cleaning. Connect the power foot to the hand vacuum in order to deep clean stairs, furniture, or anywhere. With the extension wand, clean high to low, corner to corner. This corded vacuum is lightweight and easy to use.


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#3.Electrolux Ergorapido Lithium Ion 2-1 Stick and Handheld Vacuum, EL2055B - Cordless


The Ergorapido lithium ion plus 2-in-1 cordless offers two vacuums in one stylish design for cleaning on and above your bare floors. The 10.8V lithium-ion battery gives you high performance for optimal cleaning performance, a long run time and fast charge. Thoroughly clean the bare floors in your home with the motorized brush roll and cordless convenience. Clean above the floor with the detachable handheld vacuum. The crevice tool and dusting brush store conveniently in the handle so you can clean crevices, stairs and flat surfaces in one easy step. 180-degree easy steer maneuverability offers smooth turning and movement, helping you twist and turn around furniture with ease. The Ergorapido lithium ion plus stands on its own for those unexpected interruptions. Plus, the lightweight, bagless design makes it easy for you to get around get up and down stairs and carry from room to room.


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#2.VonHaus 600W 2-in-1 Corded Upright Stick & Handheld Vacuum Cleaner with HEPA Filtration - Includes Crevice Tool & Brush Accessories


The VonHaus Stick Vacuum Cleaner is capable of performing as a traditional long vacuum cleaner using the supplied extension tube or as a handheld vacuum, allowing a lightweight option for cleaning furniture and drapes. The large 1.2L dust capacity means the container will need to be emptied less frequently than other smaller models. The HEPA and sponge filtration system can lock in small particles that other vacuums would simply recirculate back into the air of your home; this prevents the spread of allergies and bacteria. Crevice tools are provided to get into the hard to reach areas of your home. Key Features: - 600 Watts - 130 Air Watts - HEPA Filtration - 1.2Liter Capacity - Crevice Tool Attachment - Small Brush Attachment for Handheld - Hose Adaptor - Shoulder Strap - Extension Tube - Quick Release Power Cable - 19.5ft Power Cord


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#1.Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum (HV302)


I did a lot of research and reading on this item before purchasing it so I could be well informed about it and the competitor's version. I love the Shark Rocket Slim Vac. It is more powerful than my Dyson Pet Upright Vacuum, easier to get up high without a lot of fuss and I can get under the beds without having to disconnect and connect to other parts. It is lightweight and maneuvers easily around and under everything. I do have to empty the dust cup after each room I clean but then I had to empty the dirt on my Dyson pretty often too, so that does not bother me. I love the long cord, I can reach just about the whole house from on plugin. I highly recommend this product.


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