Many people are looking for a good stick vacuum for a variety of reasons. First, they do not want a large, bulky vacuum that they need to drag around their home. They want something light that is handy on a charger, without a cord, and can used to clean up quick spills or messes without much effort. In this short review we take a look at four of the best cordless stick vacuum cleaners to compare their performance and features. If you have been wondering what kind of vacuum would suit your particular living situation, these vacuums are great for small spaces.
Top Rated Battery Powered Stick Vacuums
Electrolux Ergorapido Lithium Ion Plus 2-in-1 Handheld Vacuum
The Electrolux Ergorapido, a play on the words fast in Spanish and ergonomic, is a low cost stick vacuum. It costs around $140. It comes in red and blue designs. One of the strengths of the Electrolux Ergorapido is its flexible head. Its suction is average for a stick vacuum cleaner. It does a decent job on both wood floors and short carpets.
This stick vacuum has an average performing battery, which lasts ten to fifteen minutes per charge. It lasts even longer when you detach the head and use it as a handheld vacuum. One of the downsides of this model is that if the battery dies too soon or is defective, the unit must go to an Electrolux authorized repair center to be repaired; buying a replacement battery and installing it on your own voids the warranty. What if you don’t want to wait for authorized repair or want a second battery to swap out when the first has run out of power? Replacement batteries cost roughly two thirds of the cost of a new vacuum. For some, this model’s lack of a charging base so you can charge it by plugging the battery into a wall is a plus, since there is no charger to take up a lot of floor space.
Battery run time: 21 minutes
Battery charge time: 4 hours
Dyson V6 Cordless Vacuum
The Dyson V6 cordless vacuum costs around $300. It takes a lot of hunting to find it on sale. The handheld tool kit for car detailing and mini soft-dusting brush cost extra and are sold separately. It is light weight, less than five pounds with an empty dirt cup.
The vacuum head of the Dyson V6 works on everything from tile to thick carpet. This vacuum has excellent suction overall, getting pet hair out of the base of thick carpet and corners of upholstery on max suction. Max mode increases suction but shortens the battery life. On standard suction, it lifts up hair from the surface of the floor but nothing very heavy. The motorized head is better at picking up pet hair and dirt than Dyson’s predecessor cordless vacuum but won’t pick up anything heavy unless you ramp up the suction. Without flipping it in max mode, it lasts only fifteen minutes, though the manufacturer promises it can run for twenty minutes on a single charge. You’ll get ten or less if you max out the suction.
The Dyson V6 has a charging station that acts as a storage hook, so it starts charging once you put it away. Battery charging takes about an hour. It is easy to flip between hard floor and carpeted floor modes.
Battery run time: 20 minutes
Battery charge time: 3.5 hours
Prolux Ion Battery Powered Bagless Cordless Stick Vacuum
The Prolux cordless stick vacuum gets bonus points for affordability, coming it at around $130, a fraction of the cost of a comparable Dyson. At six pounds, it is a pound to a pound and a half heavier than Dyson’s V6 but lighter than some rival stick vacuum cleaners. The Prolux Ion’s strength is its battery. It lasts 24 minutes on low power when fully charged. At full suction, it lasts around fifteen minutes.
This stick vacuum cleaner can clean hard wood floors, short rugs, tile and low carpets. It comes with a crevice tool and upholstery tool. There is a brush roll built into the floor head already. The vacuum uses a cyclone so that it doesn’t need bags. It has mediocre capacity in the dirt cup.
The downsides of this vacuum are the difficulty in getting service and a replacement or alternate battery. Conversely, given its low price, it may be easier to simply buy a replacement vacuum. The Prolux warranty of one year for the motor and two years for everything is somewhat standard, though getting warranty work done without shipping it across country for as much as the price of a new vacuum is a challenge.
Battery run time: 24 minutes
Hoover Air Cordless 2-in-1 Stick and Handheld Vacuum BH52100PC
The Hoover stick/handheld vacuum combo is a great bargain for Hoover fans, costing around $150 at full price and up to 10% off on sale. As a stick vacuum, it can run on hard floors and short carpets with equal ease. You can switch flooring types at the push of a button instead of having to swap out vacuum heads.
The vacuum has a switchable 20 volt battery, so it is easy to have an extra battery on the charger as you work or replace the battery when it goes out. And the Hoover Air model BH52100PC vacuum uses the same batteries as any other battery powered Hoover item, so you can use the batteries from your last stick or handheld vacuum by the same company. Like many lithium batteries for appliances like this, a replacement battery if bought separately is roughly two thirds the cost of a new vacuum cleaner.
Hoover has a better than average five year warranty for the batteries and two year warranty for the vacuum cleaner. However, you may have to pay to send them the product if it needs to be repaired under the warranty, and you will have to pay those fees if it is a repeat problem. The Hoover Air is a little heavier than the lightest of its rivals, weighing around seven pounds. It is easy to detach and use as a dust-buster. Suction in either mode is average for Hoover products. This is the best stick/handheld vacuum cleaner combo to supplement a large, heavy Hoover shop or push around vacuum cleaner.
Battery run time: 15 minutes
Battery charge time: 9 hours
Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
This mighty machine is cordless and bagless and features Hoover’s WindTunnel technology. This stick vac has an interchangeable 18 volt battery (Lithium Ion) and guarantees that the power supply will be fade-free. You can automatically adjust the height so if you want to use it on stairs or under furniture it is easy to adjust the length of the stick.
The power brush is motorized and works well on carpet and can be turned off by flipping a switch to clean bare floors. The nozzle is eleven inches wide and has edge cleaning bristles with a low profile base. It is simple to see how much battery life is left by looking at the battery fuel gauge. Once battery life runs down, the unit can be charged with the Energy Star charger. This machine is suitable for pet hair removal too.
Battery run time: 10 minutes on carpet, 15 minutes on hard surfaces
Battery charge time: 3 hours
Shark Navigator Freestyle Cordless Stick Vacuum (SV1106)
The Shark stick vac is a convenient unit with swivel steering which allows you to move it around with ease. It has two speed settings so that you can optimize it for bare floor or for carpet. There is an extra-large dust cup that is easy to empty. The Shark is lightweight and efficient, features great suction and is completely powerful.
This machine is efficient and easy to use and works well on stairs, carpet or hard surface floors. Pet hair does not stand a chance against the Shark.
Battery run time: 12 – 17 minutes
Battery charge time: 4 hours
Rowenta RH8559 Delta Force 18V
The Rowenta is a bagless stick vac with an Energy Star rating. It has a cyclonic system that circulates the vacuumed air through the machine, filtering it three times. The suction head has a large central shaft and two smaller canals which maximize total suction around the edges of the power head.
The handle is extra-large and ergonomic and features a comfortable loop handle with a soft grip. The motor is efficient and has low energy consumption. The suction of the unit is completely powerful and works well on hard floors, low or medium pile carpets and area rugs. It also removes pet hair very efficiently.
Battery run time: 40 minutes
Battery charge time: 16 hours
Makita BCL180W 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless Vacuum
The Makita stick vac features an 18v compact batter (Lithium Ion) with super strong suction for the fastest and most efficient cleaning in a stick vac. The floor nozzle moves around objects and under furniture quickly and easily to collect debris. There is a 2 stage cloth filtration system which collects all dirt easily into a large removable cup that can be emptied, eliminating the need for bags.
The hand unit without the nozzle or stick extension is only 18 inches long and is less than five pounds, making it easy for all fitness levels to operate. The soft grip handle is comfortable and allows for extra control. The unit works well on any floor surface with interchangeable nozzles and easily removes pet hair from stairs.
Battery run time: 10 minutes
Battery charge time: 15 minutes