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Stick Vacuums: Expert and User Reviews

By: Kelly Burgess on April 10, 2018

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Stick Vacuums: Ratings of Sources

Editors of Consumer Reports, Not Dated

In Consumer Reports latest roundup, more than 55 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.

Liam McCabe and Michelle Ma, March 16, 2018

Liam McCabe and Michelle Ma conduct more than 125 hours of research to narrow dozens of stick vacuums down to models that warrant 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.

David Wise and Austin Palmer, Feb. 21, 2018

David Wise and Austin Palmer test and rank 13 vacuums in a variety of categories, awarding the top three Editors' Choice awards; there is also a Best Buy. What's interesting about this roundup is that several vacuums are tested from brands that are not very well-known. Testing is extremely thorough.

Jonathan Chan, Jan. 11, 2018

Jonathan Chan tests, then ranks, seven popular, 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.

Sarah Bogdan, March 6, 2018

After testing at the Good Housekeeping Institute, 10 stick vacuums are recommended, but with scant details. In addition to testing on a variety of messes on hard floors and carpet, noise levels are tested and ranked as well.

Editors of Digital Trends,

Digital Trends does not rate vacuums against each other, rather they focus on individual vacuums. As would be expected from a site that focuses on technology, more robot vacuums are tested than other types. Still, the reviews are based upon testing and are helpful in determining the pluses and minuses of specific vacuums.

Editors of Wired,

While Wired's reviews are great -- testing is done and the results of that testing are explained both thoroughly and entertainingly -- it's tough to find their reviews. The best use of Wired is to search for individual reviews after you've already found a product that receives recommendations elsewhere and see if they test it.

Megan Wollerton, May 9, 2017

CNET is a great review site because all of their reviews are thorough and include photos and video. However, vacuum cleaners hasn't been updated with new models in a while, making us think they're backing off on this category. Older reviews of vacuums that have been around for a while are still very helpful, though.

Contributors to Amazon, As of April 2018

There are many stick vacuums that have earned hundreds of owner-written reviews at Amazon, and a few have thousands, or even tens of thousands. 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, As of April 2018

Like Amazon, Walmart 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.

Erik Sofge, Not Dated

Although testing notes are very brief, it's clear that testing was done on these vacuums. Helpful information includes weight, ease of use and run time. It's clear which are the top choices and which the writer thinks aren't worth your time or money.

Contributors to Best Buy, As of April 2018

Best Buy, like Amazon, has a lot of value in evaluating vacuum reviews because, unlike many other sites, their reviews are unique to Best Buy and not culled from the manufacturers' websites. Reviewers can also indicate if they would recommend the stick vacuum to a friend.

Contributors to Home Depot, As of April 2018

Some stick vacs sold at Home Depot 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 Lowe's, As of April 2018

Lowe's 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 Lowe's.

Contributors to Kohl's, As of April 2018

Kohl's carries many fewer stick vacuums than other retail sites, 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, As of April 2018

Just around 40 stick vacuums are sold at Target, 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.

Linda Thomson, Feb. 5, 2018

Top Ten Reviews say they performed "40 hours of testing" to find these 10 stick vacuums, but we're skeptical. There are surprisingly few notes that specifically address the tester's impressions, and most of their top choices gets terrible reviews by owners and other, more credible, expert testing sites. In addition, the Dyson V6 is the only Dyson in the roundup -- that vacuum is so two years ago.

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