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Top Rated Stick Vacuum Cleaners - 2017

Model Type Avg Rating / 100
Dyson V8 Absolute Stick Vacuum 94
Shark Rocket Powerhead AH452 Stick Vacuum 94
Shark Rocket HV302 Stick Vacuum 92
Shark Rocket Complete HV382 Stick Vacuum 92
Eureka Quick Up 169J Stick Vacuum 90
Dyson V6 Absolute Stick Vacuum 90

In the above table an effort has been made to highlight machines currently available


Avg. consumer rating = 85/100 

This model, EL2055B, is a cordless 2-in-1 stick and handheld vacuum cleaner.  Consumer ratings are good and the vacuum sports over 20 minutes of run time with a 4 hour recharge time.  The vacuum is lightweight and quite maneuverable.  It also has the ability to stand upright so you don’t have to find a place to lean it (often a bit of an annoyance with stick vacs).  The dust canister on the EL2055B is quite small however and it requires frequent emptying.  A number of owners also lament the fact that this model does not include a charging base.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 94/100 

We just got our hands on the Dyson V8 Absolute cordless stick vacuum and have been running the machine through its paces.  For the most part, we’ve been impressed.  The V8 is a lightweight vacuum that is both a stick vacuum and a handheld.  It is maneuverable, easy to empty and very powerful for a cordless (in High Power Mode).  It includes an assortment of tools in addition to 2 specialized cleaning heads; one for carpet and one for bare floors.  It also sports a HEPA filter and a new hygienic system for removing debris from the dust canister.  Is it better than the still-popular Dyson V6 Absolute?  In our opinion, in many ways it is.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 85/100 

Is the new Cruise cordless vacuum Hoover’s answer to the Dyson V8?  Judging from the design and features it certainly looks like this is what Hoover intends.  But is it a good alternative to the popular Dyson stick vac?  Well, yes and no.  Consumers are very pleased with the vacuum’s light weight, long run time and affordability (it is a fraction of the cost of a Dyson).  It is also a 2-in-1 vacuum and the ability to quickly convert to a handheld unit is an asset.  However there are reports that the suction is not very strong and that the cleaning head isn’t that easy to control.

 

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 90/100 

In this review we take a look at the relatively new Dyson V6 Absolute cordless vacuum.  The Absolute is Dyson’s top-of-the-line cordless vacuum and consumer ratings are excellent.  It differs from the other V6 machines in the tools/attachments that are included and the level of filtration it provides.

While each V6 comes with a different package, what really sets the Absolute apart is the fact that it comes with two cleaner heads – the Direct-drive cleaner head for carpet, and the Soft roller cleaner head for hard floors (soft woven red & blue nylon sections that envelop debris and black anti-static carbon fibre filaments to remove fine dust). It also has a HEPA post motor filter, something none of the other V6’s have.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 94/100 

The Shark Rocket PowerHead model AH452 is something of a hybrid between an upright and a stick vacuum.  It is fairly lightweight (for an upright) and has some unique design features including placing most components in the cleaner head and interchangeable brushrolls. Consumer ratings are excellent and owners like the strong suction, easy operation & maintenance, and also the performance on bare surfaces and carpet.  It does not come with a hose or attachments however and this reduces the machine’s ability to be an all-around vacuum cleaner.

 

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 80/100 

The Hoover Air Cordless Series 3.0 was just released in April of this year.  It is a cordless, lightweight upright that is somewhere between a stick vac and a full size vacuum - perhaps best described as a mid-size, cordless upright.  It comes with 2 long-life batteries so run time is excellent and the machine is very easy to maneuver.  The hose and wand assembly is awkward however and a few owners report that the tools are not particularly high quality.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 77/100 

The Bissell 1534 is a cordless, bagless vacuum that is somewhere between an upright and a stick vac. If you are expecting an upright then you will feel this vacuum is very lightweight. If you are expecting a stick vac then you may feel the 1534 is on the heavy side. As it is not entirely a full size vacuum it isn’t a good fit as the sole machine for a large home (canister fills quickly and narrow cleaning path width). This, like most compact vacuums, is best for quick, smaller cleaning jobs. If you know what you are buying this vacuum can be a good choice.  If you expect something else you may be disappointed.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 92/100 

The Shark Rocket Complete TruePet with DuoClean (HV382) is an interesting vacuum. In many ways it adheres to typical vacuum design but in some ways it does not. First, it is something of a hybrid between a stick vac and an upright. Second, it has 2 brushrolls in the main nozzle, and comes with an odd looking “under-appliance” wand. Differences aside, does it work? In our testing & analysis the vacuum works quite well. It is versatile, has great suction, includes useful tools, and has a long power cord. But it does have a few drawbacks - there's no HEPA filter and it won't stand on its own.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 92/100 

Note: This is now known as the Dyson V6.  In some ways Dyson are the Apple of the vacuum world. They create innovative, exciting products designed to capture your imagination. The DC59 does not disappoint - it is versatile, light weight, portable and able to operate as an upright or handheld. It is bagless, cordless and has a lifetime filter, making consumables a thing of the past. In addition, the vacuum is capable on carpet, bare floors, upholstery and even pet hair. But you pay for such a product and it is one of the more expensive stick vacs on the market today.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 92/100 

The Shark Rocket is a relatively new vacuum cleaner and is somewhere between a stick vac and an upright.  It is similar to the Dyson stick vacs, like the DC44, except the Dysons are smaller, lighter and cordless while the Rocket has a power cord. Dysons are also more expensive.  Consumer ratings are very good for the Rocket.  Owners like that the machine has strong suction, is fairly maneuverable, and is effective at dealing with pet hair.  But it is a bit top heavy and can be hard on the wrist.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 88/100 

This is another Shark Navigator vacuum cleaner that is getting great consumer ratings.  The Shark Freestyle cordless stick vacuum (model SV1100) is capable on both carpet and bare floors and is effective at pulling up the likes of pet hair, dry cat food and kitty litter.  The unit is light, powerful and carries a long charge -– a critical feature in a battery operated machine. It is fairly bare bones however and doesn'’t include any attachments nor does it convert to a handheld like a number of other stick vacuums.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 85/100 

The Dyson DC44 Animal is Dyson'’s latest stick/handheld vacuum cleaner and it is essentially an upgraded Dyson DC35 Digital Slim.  Upgrades include a more powerful floor tool, increased run time and a motorized tool for pulling up pet hair.  Consumers praise the vacuum for its strong suction and versatility but most also feel that it is quite expensive.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 83/100 

The Miele Quickstep S194 is Miele’'s latest stick vacuum and while consumer ratings are few, those that are available indicate a respectable level of satisfaction.  Owners praise the Quickstep'’s power, quiet operation and ability to pull up pet hair.  Some do find the vacuum a bit on the heavy side however.  It should also be noted that this stick vacuum is best for hard floors and low pile carpet.  Like most stick vacs it is not intended for deep pile or plush carpet cleaning.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 75/100 

The Black & Decker PSV1800, sometimes called the Black & Decker Pivot Vac, is a bagless and cordless stick vacuum that is effective on both bare floors and carpets.It lasts a fairly long time on a single charge and comes with a 2-year warranty.  There are some consumer comments that it is awkward emptying the dirt canister however.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 78/100 

The latest Ergorapido has one major improvement over previous models – the Lithium Ion battery.  Lithium Ion batteries recharge must faster than the NiMH batteries used in older Ergorapido models and they also provide fade-free power.  The new 18V battery also ensures strong suction for a stick vac.  Owners Like that the vacuum is lightweight, maneuverable and comes with a built-in handheld vacuum.  It is great on hard surfaces but like many stick vacuums it is only average on carpet.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 90/100 

The Eureka Quick Up group of vacuums appears to have some average vacuums and some winners.  The corded 169H or 169J are getting top notch ratings. The 96 series is also quite popular and are all very light and have good, strong batteries.  All of these stick vacs are inexpensive and double as handheld vacuums.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 88/100 

The Dyson Digital Slim is both a handheld and a stick vacuum.  It is driven by a powerful digital motor and comes with a floor tool capable of cleaning both carpet and bare floors.  A long aluminum wand also helps this unit clean from the floor to the ceiling effectively.  It uses lithium ion batteries for fast recharging and fade-free power.  Owners are pleased with the vacuum’s strong suction and build quality but feel it is quite costly and that it falls short in terms of battery power duration.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 73/100 

Like most Miele vacuum cleaners this one works very well but reviews are fairly average and it is also expensive. Having said that, it was recently rated by Consumers Digest as a Best Buy.  Owner ratings on this unit are limited, but those comments that can be found are good in some cases but poor in others.  The Miele S163 stick vacuum also comes with a Super Air Clean Filter and an optional HEPA filter, a level of air filtration not overly common with stick vacs.  It is recommended for low-pile carpeting and smooth floors.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 84/100 

This is an inexpensive (about $50.00) and fairly simple stick vacuum manufactured by Bissell.  It is somewhat innovative in that it has a “v-shaped” nozzle that is designed to direct larger debris to the unit’s main suction area while the arms of the “v” pick up the finer dust and particles.  The 81L2 is a corded, bagless upright that is light, manueverable and good on hard surfaces but it has limited effectiveness on carpet and some owners feel it is a bit loud.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 86/100 

The Hoover Corded Cyclonic Stick Vacuum (model SH20030) gets strong ratings from consumers with owner comments indicating a very high level of satisfaction with the unit's maneuverability, light weight and quiet operation.  This is a corded stick vacuum so there is no battery life or recharging issues to speak of.  It also comes with a brushbar that makes it effective on both carpets and bare floors.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 78/100 

The EL1012A stick vac got fairly good reviews when it first came out.  Ratings have slipped a little over time however.  The machine's full name is the Electrolux EL1012A Stick Hand Vac 2 N 1 Ergorapido Cordless - we sometimes wish vacuum cleaner manufacturers would find a way to make less complicated names.  Consumer ratings for the vacuum are average.  Suction power is good and the built in handheld is a nice feature but the lengthy recharge time is an issue for some owners.

 

 Avg. consumer rating = 66/100 

The Miele S168 stick vacuum is the latest Miele stick vac and it is slightly more advanced (and more expensive) than the S163.   The suction on the S168 is fully variable and some consumers heap praise on this machine for its power and its ability to run very quietly.  On the downside, even though rather light for an upright, it is considered by many to be too heavy for a stick vacuum.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 61/100 

This is a short and to-the-point review of a popular, no-frills, stick vacuum cleaner.  The vacuum is lightweight and good for simple cleanups.  It is also a sleek, good looking machine that is fairly effective at picking up pet hair.  It is not meant to do heavy-duty work however.

 

 Avg. consumer rating = 85/100 


The Hoover Platinum Collection Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum is sometimes referred to as the Platinum Collection Cordless Stick Vac or sometimes simply the BH50010 (which is the model number).  It is a cordless and bagless stick vacuum cleaner and is the first stick vacuum to come equipped with Hoover’s WindTunnel technology. Also, out of the 13 retail sites we found with consumer ratings, not one had ratings that averaged less than 4 stars out of 5, and most were higher.

 

 

Avg. consumer rating = 78/100 

A lightweight, bagless, inexpensive vacuum cleaner manufactured by Hoover.  Ratings are reasonable but not spectacular.  It is also rather fashionable and has a sleek, smooth design with a painted high gloss finish.

 

Avg. consumer rating = 56/100 

Dirt Devil makes quite a few funky looking vacuum cleaners.  The Dirt Devil MBV2030 Rechargeable Broom Vacuum is no exception.  This device is essentially a combination broom and vacuum cleaner and comes in a myriad of colours from basic black or white to plum, seabreeze or butter yellow (and more).  Is this the best vacuum cleaner?  Let's review the features and consider what consumers report...

 

 

 

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I'm Nigel Russco, a 50 year old professional engineer originally from the west coast of Canada.  I love to review vacuums and I’ve been doing just that since 2008.  

I make every effort to write unbiased, intelligent vacuum cleaner reviews and I provide average consumer ratings for each and every vacuum cleaner I investigate.  My ultimate goal is to ensure you find the best vacuum for your cleaning needs.  

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