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Stick Vacuums: Expert and User Reviews

By: Kelly Burgess on May 23, 2017

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Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

Editors at ConsumerReports.org conduct extensive testing of vacuum cleaners. In its latest roundup, nearly 50 stick vacuums, both corded and cordless, are rated for their performance on carpets, hard floors, edges, noise and pet hair. The stick vacuums are ranked and rated against each other, and each entry in the ratings table includes a link to a more extensive review. Furthermore, the stick vacuums are divided by weight -- greater than 6 pounds and less than 6 pounds.

Megan Wollerton, May 9, 2017

CNET editors continually update their vacuum cleaner reviews, and all of the reviews are thorough and include hands on testing. In addition to bagged and bagless upright vacuums, stick vacuums, canister vacuums and robotic vacuums are included in this section. The Hoover Linx is the highest rated stick vac by editors.

Liam McCabe, March 9, 2017

Liam McCabe conducted more than 100 hours of research to narrow 80 stick vacuums down to models that warranted testing. Dyson is the top choice, as well as a top upgrade pick. More affordable models are also named as runners up. Testing is detailed and well-documented.

Jonathan Chan, July 6, 2016

Jonathan Chan tests, then ranks, the five most popular and well-reviewed stick vacuums for this "Best Right Now" roundup. He rates each vacuum against the others to come to his conclusions. Only cordless stick vacs are included, however. The overall winner is the Dyson V8 Absolute.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2017

There are many stick vacuums that have earned hundreds of owner-written reviews at Amazon.com, and a few have thousands, sometimes tens of thousands, of reviews. Many of these stick vac have better than 4-star ratings. Write-ups tend to be detailed and extremely helpful for determining how the vacuum works in real-world use. Many users come back after a year or more to offer updates on battery life, run time and general durability.

Contributors to Walmart.com, As of May 2017

Like Amazon.com, Walmart.com has an extensive selection of stick vacuums and many have hundreds or thousands of reviews. Cheap stick vacs tend to get the most, and the most positive, reviews. Bissell, Hoover, Dirt Devil and Eureka are the top-sellers here, with Shark also a top rated choice.

Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of May 2017

BestBuy.com lists fewer stick vacuums than either Amazon.com or Walmart.com, and they garner fewer reviews, although, there are still some that get hundreds of reviews. Familiar brands are prominent here, like Bissell, Electrolux and Dyson. Reviewers can indicate if they would recommend the stick vacuum to a friend.

Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of May 2017

Some stick vacs sold at HomeDepot.com have just a few owner-written reviews, others have dozens and even hundreds -- though in some cases that includes reviews written at the manufacturer's web site. Popular brands include Dyson, Eureka, Electrolux, Hoover and Dirt Devil. Owners can assign star ratings in three categories -- quality, value and features -- and can indicate if they would recommend the product to a friend.

Contributors to Lowes.com, As of May 2017

Lowes carries a decent selection of stick vacuums and most get just a decent number of reviews as well. Some of the feedback has been imported from the manufacturer's website, but others are exclusive to Lowes.com.

Contributors to Kohls.com, As of May 2017

Kohls.com carries fewer stick vacuums than other retail sites, just over a dozen, but the ones they have accumulate a good number of owner-written reviews. Reviewers can also indicate if they would recommend the product. Again, some reviews originate elsewhere, such as the manufacturer's web site.

Contributors to Target.com, As of May 2017

Just around 45 stick vacuums are sold at Target.com, and many seem to garner an impressive number of reviews; however, a closer look reveals that many reviews are imported from the manufacturers' websites. Dyson is the main beneficiary of this policy, earning very high scores in thousands of reviews.

Angie Parkinson, May 11, 2017

TopTenReviews.com tests and ranks 10 stick vacuums, with the top choice earning a Gold Award. Stick vacs are tested for performance on a variety of surfaces and their effectiveness at picking up several types of debris. Although testing is said to be done (hundreds of hours are claimed), there are surprisingly few notes that specifically address the tester's impressions, and their top choice gets terrible reviews by owners and other, more credible, expert testing sites.

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