Top 8 Best Stick Vacuums
Upright stick vacuums offer a lighter, smaller and easier-to-use alternative to canister and full sized upright vacuums. With their lightweight design, they make cleaning around the house effortless, and are easy to carry up and down the stairs. Here are our 8 best stick vacuums of Canada.
|Brush Head||Motorized Brush Roll||Dual Brush Roll||2 Speed Brush Roll||Motorized Brush Roll||Brush Roll||Brush Roll||Motorized Brush Roll||Basic||Brush Head|
|Battery||10.8V Lithium Ion||N/A||Lithium Ion||18V Lithium Ion||10.8V Lithium Ion||20V Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion||Battery|
|Charge Time||4 hrs||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Charge Time|
|Run Time||20 mins||N/A||N/A||15 mins||N/A||20-25 mins||N/A||N/A||Run Time|
|Capacity||N/A||1 Litre||0.5 Litre||N/A||0.7 Litres||N/A||N/A||N/A||Capacity|
|Filter||Easy Clean Allergen||Foam||Foam||Foam||Foam||Foam||Foam||Foam||Filter|
|Pet Hair||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||No||Pet Hair|
|Detachable Handheld||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Detachable Handheld|
|Power Cord||N/A||30 ft.||27 ft.||N/A||N/A||N/A||20 ft.||N/A||Power Cord|
|Accessories||Charging Station||None||Crevice Tool||None||Crevice Tool||Accessories|
|Weight||2.5 kg||9.9 lbs||3.4 kg||4.5 kg||2.4 kg / 5.8 lbs||7 lbs||4.4 kg||1.7 kg||Weight|
|Dimensions||12.7 x 27.3 x 108 cm||26 x 25 x 118 cm||26.7 x 24.9 x 116.8 cm||26.5 x 20.4 x 62.9 cm||25.4 x 12.7 x 114.3 cm||24.4 x 30.5 x 81.5 cm||27 x 20.3 x 63.5 cm||17.8 x 22.9 x 101.6 cm||Dimensions|
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Upright stick vacuums are simple to operate, so the most that you’ll have to do to glide between carpets and hard floors, is press a single button; and their small size makes them convenient to store, too.
Many stick vacuums come with a variety of attachments and some also have the versatility of being used as a handheld vacuum for above the floor cleaning.
Important Features |Best Stick Vacuums
Power – Given in watts (W), the motor power rating of a stick vacuum relates to how much electrical power is used, and is not always an indication of how well it will pick up dirt and debris.
Air Watts – Air watts is an accurate indicator of the effectiveness of the vacuum, taking both suction power and air flow into account. The best stick vacuums have a high air watts value.
Cordless – Cordless stick vacuums are powered by rechargeable batteries. Although you’ll need a mains supply for the purposes of recharging, cleaning can be done free of power cords and sockets.
Brush Head – Like the bigger upright vacuum cleaners, most brush heads on stick vacuums are motorized. These are designed to agitate carpet and rug fibres, loosening dirt and debris. Many models allow the motor to be switched off for vacuuming hard floors.
Battery Type (cordless) – Most cordless stick vacuums run on a lithium ion battery – a better option than NiCd or NiMH batteries which take longer to charge and fade during use. Lithium ion batteries range from 10.8 V to 22 V. A higher voltage battery will provide more powerful suction and have a longer run time.
Charge Time (cordless) – Rechargeable lithium ion batteries, used in cordless stick vacuums, will take between 3 and 4 hours to charge. Some models feature a removable battery, allowing you to keep a spare battery fully charged.
Run Time (cordless) – For cordless models, the run time tells you how long you can expect your fully charged vacuum to function continuously. Run times range from 10–40 minutes. If you intend to use the stick vacuum to clean a whole house or apartment, opt for a model with a longer run time.
Dirt Cup Capacity – Most stick vacuum reviews don’t see this as a big issue—the dirt cups are so easy to remove, empty and replace. However, you can expect dirt cups to hold around 0.5 litres of dirt and debris.
Bagless – Dirt cups provide a much more convenient alternative to traditional bags, for collecting dirt and debris. Unlike bags, dirt cups are reusable, and quick to remove and replace, saving money and time.
Type of Filter – All vacuums have a standard filter, to help contain dirt inside the appliance. These are usually rinseable, to enable you to keep your vacuum working efficiently. For individuals with allergies or asthma, consider a vacuum with a HEPA filter (which contains a finer mesh), for trapping common allergens.
What Surfaces Can It Vacuum? – Typically, a stick vacuum can be used on all the same surfaces that a full sized upright vacuum can including carpets, rugs and hard floors.
Is it Designed to Vacuum Pet Hair? – Pet hair tends to be clingy, so more powerful appliances with good motorized brush rolls are needed for effective removal. Getting rid of pet hair is a common problem, so read different stick vacuum reviews to find out other peoples’ experiences.
Removable Handheld Vacuum – Great for multi-tasking, some stick vacuums incorporate a handheld vacuum. By detaching the handheld vacuum from the main body, you can take the cleaning above the floor – ideal for furniture, work surfaces, drapes, or even cleaning the interior of your car.
Power Cord Length – There is a great deal of difference in cord length between models (ranging from 16–30 ft!), so be sure to find a stick vacuum that doesn’t require you to keep switching plug points.
Attachment and Accessories
- Crevice Tool – A crevice tool is slim with an angled tip. When attached to a handheld vacuum, it will allow you to reach into tight spots.
- Upholstery Tool – The upholstery tool has a wide nozzle and often has lint fabric strips at its mouth. Use this tool to remove dust from furniture, mattresses and cushions.
- Pet Hair Tool – Pet hair tools are usually powerful motorized brushes that attach to a handheld vacuum – great for getting rid of clingy pet hair.
- Dusting Brush – A long attachment with a round of soft bristles at the opening, the dusting brush is useful for lampshades, shelves and blinds.
- Wall Mount Bracket – A wall bracket allows you to store your vacuum off the ground – ideal where space is limited.
Weight and Dimensions – Stick vacuums can weigh from just over 2 kg up to 5 kg and vary in height from 63–114 cm. Some stick vacuums have swivel heads for easy maneuvering and lay-flat handles for getting under furniture. To get the best stick vacuum for your home, consider your physical attributes and environment.