If you want a value-priced stick vac for removing pet hair and dust from hard floors and low-pile rugs, the Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik SD20000 receives plenty of positive reviews. It doesn't have a brushroll, so expect it to have limited effectiveness on carpet. Its 16-foot power cord is adequate for reaching the top of most stairways, but could be longer, and this simple stick vac doubles as a hand vac or utility vac.
Best for simple tasks. The Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik is a simple stick vacuum, designed primarily for light cleaning jobs on bare floors. Because it doesn't have a powered brushroll, it's not ideal for carpets. Some owners posting feedback to Amazon.com and Walmart.com say it does a decent job on low-pile area rugs. Several owners have also used the Swiffer SweeperVac (Est. $35) and say the Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik is far more effective. In one professional test of 10 stick vacuums, the Simpli-Stik lands at the bottom of the pack, earning fair ratings for bare floors, carpet, edge cleaning and pet hair removal.
Lightweight, compact and simple. Owners like that it's light weight (just under 4 pounds), easy to maneuver and compact for storage. It converts to a handheld vacuum and has a crevice tool that conveniently clips on to the handle for storage. The main drawback is the small dirt cup, which requires more frequent emptying than larger cups on pricier models. The 16-foot power cord is shorter than some, but one owner posting a review to Walmart.com says he can reach the top of the stairs with it easily. Others say the cord is beneficial because there's no limit to run-time as with battery-powered stick vacs.
Average noise level for a stick vac. Owners posting feedback to Walmart.com say the Simpli-Stik isn't loud, but it's not necessarily quiet. Others say noise is expected of any vacuum and the Simpli-Stik is no exception. In one professional roundup, the Simpli-Stik earns a very good rating for noise, comparable to nine other stick vacuums included in the test.
No emissions. The Dirt Devil Simpli-Stick uses a power cord, so there are no batteries to charge. It has a standard filter that's replaceable, but it doesn't offer HEPA or allergen filtration. Editors at one professional testing organization report that the Simpli-Stik doesn't have emissions, so it's easier on the environment than some vacuums. Otherwise, there are no specific eco-friendly or energy-efficient features to the Simpli-Stik.
Affordable replacement filters; no bags. The Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik is bagless, so there is no ongoing cost of using this vacuum. The filters can be cleaned periodically (or after each use) to extend their life span, but replacements are affordable at about $8 each.
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The Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Lightweight Corded Stick Vac SD20000RED is tested by editors of ConsumerReports.org, which conducts ongoing testing of vacuum cleaners in multiple categories. Stick vacuums are rated based on eight attributes.
Review: Small Vacuum Ratings and Reliability, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, May 2010
Nearly 930 owners have reviewed the Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik at Amazon.com, where it earns an average rating of 4 stars out of 5. Owners say the Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik is great for small spaces, such as dorm rooms and small apartments. One reviewer calls it a "dust buster on a stick."
Review: Dirt Devil SD20000RED Simpli-Stik All-in-One Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2013
More than 300 owners have reviewed the Dirt Devil SD20000 at Walmart.com, and 86 percent recommend it. They say it's an unbeatable value compared to other vacuums or using a Swiffer that requires buying replacement pads. The main disappointment is it doesn't work well on carpet.
Review: Dirt Devil SimpliStik Stick Vacuum Cleaner, SD20000RED, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of November 2013
At Target.com, nearly 100 owners have posted opinions about the Dirt Devil Versa Power Stick SD20000. It receives a high average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Owners agree it's a great value for cleaning hard floors but has limited effectiveness on carpet.
Review: Dirt Devil Red Versa Power Stick Vac Vacuum, Contributors to Target.com, As of November 2013
Author Brittany Rowland names the Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik one of the best stick vacs of 2013, awarding it a rating of 9.5 out of 10. "For homes with rugs, hardwoods, or tile, the Dirt Devil Versa Power stick vacuum picks up an astounding amount of dirt and hair," she says.
Review: Dirt Devil SD20000RED Review, Brittany Rowland, 2013
About 30 owners have written recent reviews for the Dirt Devil Versa Power Stick SD20000, which earns an average rating of 88 out of a possible 100, above the overall vacuum average score of 83. Owners like its lightweight size, which is great for cleaning a car's interior and for people with disabilities. The hand vac option makes it versatile.
Review: Dirt Devil Versa Power All-in-One Stick Vacuum SD20000 Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of November 2013