What every best Stick Vacuums has:
- Good suction power.
- Good performance on edges.
- Hand-vac conversion.
Finally, a lightweight, cordless stick vacuum that can replace your heavier upright or canister vac, as well as your handheld. The Dyson V8 boasts a long, 40-minute run time on its normal power setting, and enough power and suction to clean even thicker carpets. This versatile stick vac is at or near the top of every "best of" list and professional test that we saw. It's pricey, yes, but you can sell your other vacuums to defray the cost.
It's just for floors, there are no other attachments, but the Bissell AirRam 1984 is an excellent performer on both carpet and hard floors. It gets high scores for wrangling pet hair and folds and almost completely flat for cleaning under beds and other low furnishings. The battery in the AirRam 1984 is removable so you can buy a backup to double its 40 minute run time. The handle retracts for storage and the vacuum can stand alone.
If you just want a cordless stick vacuum to quickly touch up your carpet or clear smaller messes on hard floors, the Hoover Linx BH50010 is a good choice. In testing, it works well both on bare floors and low pile carpet, and does a good job keeping pet hair and dander under control. At about 7 pounds and with conveniently located controls, the Hoover Linx is very easy to use. It has a 20-minute run time.
The Shark Rocket Complete HV382 is another vacuum that can probably replace your heavier upright or canister vacuum, as well as your handheld. Compared to the 15 to 25 pound weight of most uprights, this Shark weighs less than 10 pounds and, unlike cordless models, this corded model has an unlimited run time. In testing the HV382 earns excellent scores for cleaning both carpet and hard floors. The HV382 also comes with a couple of great accessories for dealing with pet hair.
It's less versatile than the Shark, but the Bissell PowerEdge 81L2T is also much less expensive and reviewers say it's a great choice as a basic corded stick vacuum for keeping things tidy in between regular cleaning sessions. It sports a unique, V-shaped nozzle that excels in cleaning in corners and crevices without the need to switch out attachments. It's also a superior performer on pet hair and sand, so might be a perfect choice for a vacation home.