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I like to have my cake and eat it too: In other words, I want a clean home, but I don’t want to spend a lot of time cleaning it. So, I’m always looking for tools that make cleaning both easier and quicker. Lugging a heavy vacuum cleaner around and tripping over a cord is certainly not my idea of “easy,” so cordless stick vacuums are an answer to a prayer.
I’ve tested dozens of them, and the best cordless stick vacuums share certain traits. First and foremost, they clean well — with fluffy brush rollers for hardwood floors and strong suction for carpet. They’re always lightweight and easy to maneuver. The right cordless stick vacuum can be picked up, transported, and operated with just one hand — without causing hand fatigue. This makes them ideal for cleaning stairs.
Not only do the best cordless stick vacuums help you vacuum — they also include a variety of attachments to help clean blinds, soft furniture, and car interiors, and can reach into cracks and crevices whether they’re up high or down low.
Battery life is another factor to consider. No one wants to stop in the middle of the cleaning cycle because the battery has run out.
Cordless stick vacuums are also easy to clean. I need to remove the debris without spilling the contents or creating a cloud of dust. Finally, the best cordless stick vacuums are easy to store. They either have a floor-standing docking station or can be mounted on the wall. From the dozens I’ve tested, these are the best cordless stick vacuums on the market right now.
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- Laser cleaner head
- 60-minute run time
- Has to be wall-mounted
Price: $749.99 | Weight: 6.8 pounds
One fun thing about the Dyson V15 Detect is that it has a laser on the front, so you can actually vacuum in the dark. And the LCD screen has a color-coded chart that displays the various types of particulate matter it’s removed from the floors. The vacuum is also smart enough to instinctively increase suction power when on dirtier parts of the floor. (However, instead of using the Auto mode, you can also manually select either Eco mode or Boost mode). When in Auto mode, the vacuum can also adjust power depending on whether you’re on hardwood floors or carpets.
The V15 Detect has a Hyperdymium motor that spins up to 125,000 rpm and uses Root Cyclone technology to force up to 100,000g of debris into the vacuum cleaner, so nothing gets past it. The high-torque cleaner head has a detangling motorbar to ensure hair doesn’t get tangled in the brush bar.
The vacuum only weighs 6.8 pounds, so it’s easy to maneuver. There’s also a boatload of accessories, including the laser slim fluffy cleaner head, high-torque cleaner head with anti-tangle comb, hair screw tool, crevice tool for narrow spaces, combination tool (which includes a wide nozzle and brush), mini soft dusting brush, stubborn dirt brush, low reach adaptor, and mattress tool. The release button makes it easy to remove debris from the bin, and both the Fluffy brush bar and filter can be washed in the sink while the tools and dustbin can be wiped clean. The V15 Detect fits into a wall-mounted charging dock — although the charger can also be used without the dock.
Best smart vacuum
- App integration
- iLoop smart sensor
- No upright stand
Price: $499.00 | Weight: 6.4 pounds
The Tineco Pure One S12 has a 500W motor and 145W of suction power, which makes it easy to quickly clean your floors. The iLoop Smart Sensor automatically adjusts both suction power and the speed of the brush roller based on the level of dirt it senses, and the LED lights make it easy to see in dark areas. There’s also a ring around the LED display that turns red when it senses a lot of dirt, and then turns blue when the floor is clean. The display also shows other information, like the battery level and error messages if, for example, the brush roller gets tangled. In addition, the vacuum can be connected to the Tineco Life App, so you can even get maintenance reminders, cleaning reports, and other data on your smartphone.
The Tineco Pure One S12 uses a fully-sealed HEPA filtration system to remove allergens, and conveniently empties with the touch of a button. The 6.4-pound cordless stick vacuum has a battery life of up to 50 minutes, and it can also easily convert to a handheld vacuum. In addition to the multi-tasker power brush, there’s also two pre-filters, two-in-one dusting brush, an automatic pre-filter cleaning tool, crevice tool, flexible long crevice tool, mini power brush (for bedding and upholstery), and a hair cleaning tool. The cordless stick vacuum also comes with a wall-mounted dock that provides dual charging and can store three accessories.
Best battery life
- 120-minute runtime (two 60-minute batteries included)
- Charging stand keeps vacuum upright
- No display
Price: $699.99 | Weight: 5.95 pounds
Full disclosure: I have the LG CordZero Auto Empty Tower — and I love it; however, you can save over $400 if you get the version without the tower that automatically empties the dust bin. The LG CordZero Kompressor (my first love) takes up less space, and it’s loaded with features. For example, it’s one of the few cordless stick vacuums that comes with a charging stand, so you don’t have to mount it on the wall. It also has a Kompressor, a level that compresses the debris in the bin so you can continue vacuuming without having to stop and empty it. The vacuum cleaner also comes with two batteries, each lasting up to 60 minutes.
The Smart Inverter Motor sucks up debris on both hard floors and carpet, and the suction level can be adjusted to Turbo mode when I need more suction. The five-step filtration system keeps dust and allergens within the bin, which can be released right into the trash with the touch of a button. Also, the filters and cycle are washable for easy maintenance.
The cordless vacuum cleaner weighs 5.95 pounds and the telescoping wand can be adjusted in height, so it’s ideal for tall people like me — and also convenient for cleaning up high or reaching far under furniture. In addition to the universal power nozzle, there’s also a power punch nozzle, crevice tool, power floor nozzle, combination tool, and filter.
- Battery lasts 60 minutes
- Self-standing dual charging station
- Newer model cost twice as much
Price: $649.00 | Weight: 6.17 pounds
The Samsung Jet 90 cordless stick vacuum is another one of the few cordless stick vacuums that doesn’t have to be mounted on the wall. The self-standing dual charging station lets me charge two batteries at the same time (only one is included), and a single battery lasts for up to an hour. The vacuum has a digital inverter motor and 200AW (air watts) of suction power. Moreover, the turbo action brush (which can be used on both carpet and hard floors) rotates over 3,700 times per minute to easily and completely remove debris. The five-layer filtration system traps even microdust, providing a thorough cleaning experience, and the dust bin and filters are washable.
The vacuum only weighs 6.17 pounds and has a four-step telescopic pipe (or wand), so you can easily adjust the height to be longer when needed. It’s easy to convert the Samsung Jet 90 to a handheld model, and it includes a mini motorized tool, long-reach crevice tool, combination tool, and soft brush.
Samsung also makes a new Bespoke Jet cordless stick vacuum that I consider one of the best vacuums. It comes in several color choices (I have the jet blue color) and includes a clean station that empties the vacuum’s dustbin. However, it costs almost twice as much, which is why I chose to include the Jet 90 on this list instead.
Best for pets
- 50-minute run time
- Self-cleaning brushroll
- No upright stand
Price: $349.99 | Weight: 7.7 pounds
I don’t have a pet, but the Shark Anti-Allergen Pet Power cordless stick vacuum is ideal for people who do. It uses hypervelocity suction to clean messes and the flexible silicon fins on the brushroll are designed to clean thoroughly on both hard floors and carpets. Also, the brushroll is self-cleaning, so it keeps hair from being tangled in the vacuum cleaner. And since pets are all over the place, the LED lights help you see hidden debris they may have left in out-of-the way places like under furniture.
The Shark vacuum, which has a 50-minute battery life, uses Anti-Allergen Complete Seal technology to keep allergens, dust, and pet dander in the bin instead of releasing it back into the air. The vacuum weighs 7.17 pounds, so it’s easy to lift into the air when I’m cleaning blinds. In addition to the main brush, there’s also a dusting brush, crevice tool, and pet multi-tool.
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I’ve tested dozens of cordless stick vacuums, ranging from inexpensive to premium models. I also researched vacuums that I have not tested. When compiling this list, I considered quality of build, ease of use and transport, suction power, battery life, ease of cleaning, and individual features.
What to look for in a cordless stick vacuum
When choosing a cordless stick vacuum, you want a quality build. When not in the charging dock, these slim, lightweight appliances have been known to fall over on the floor, and you don’t want a simple drop to render the vacuum unusable. Suction power is another consideration, and ideally, you’ll be able to choose between suction levels. Battery life is also important, since repeatedly stopping to recharge is counterproductive. Some cordless stick vacuums can actually be heavy, so you want a model that is truly lightweight enough to transport without being cumbersome. A cordless stick vacuum should also be easy to clean and easy to store.
Why are cordless stick vacuums expensive?
Cordless stick vacuums range in price from under $200 to over $1,000. These variations in price are often determined by the brand and the type of features included. You often get what you pay for with cordless stick vacuums, and that’s why I didn’t include “cheap” vacuums. However, I omitted some vacuums because they have all of the bells and whistles but are exorbitantly priced.
Keep in mind you’re paying for convenience with a cordless stick vacuum. You’re not tripping over cords, nor are you limited by the number and locations of wall outlets in your home. Cordless stick vacuums are much easier to maneuver.
Cordless stick vacuums are also multi-functional. The best models can easily be turned into handheld vacuums, and include numerous attachments that allow you to clean more than just floors.
How important is battery life?
Battery life is incredibly important depending on the area you plan on cleaning. Some cordless stick vacuums only last 30-35 minutes before the battery needs to be recharged. So, a cordless stick vacuum that lasts 50 to 60 minutes allows you to clean much longer before you need to plug it in. Some models include two batteries, so you can charge one while using the other.
What determines battery life?
Obviously, length of time affects battery life. However, the vacuum mode also makes a difference. So, a battery with a 60-minute run time may not actually last 60 minutes if the vacuum is being used at maximum performance since more intensive power drains the battery faster.
Keep these limitations in mind if you have a large house and need to deep clean your floors.
Why trust Decidedly?
I’ve been testing cordless stick vacuums since 2018. I’ve tested dozens (and dozens and dozens) of cordless stick vacuums, and they’re scattered throughout my home since I use them so regularly. This list is based on my personal experiences using cordless stick vacuums on hardwood and carpet.