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The Best Stick Vacuums for Your Home

Get on the stick with your cleaning routine using one of these vacuums.  

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Vacuuming the house from top to bottom is an essential part of spring cleaning, not to mention keeping up with the usual everyday messes. But lugging a large canister or a heavy upright can make the task more challenging when it comes to vacuuming the stairs or cleaning cobwebs from the corner of your ceiling, not to mention taking care of a little spill from time to time. Fortunately, the new generation of stick vacuums pack the power to be a primary home vac and excel at touch-up cleaning. Here are the best stick vacuums we’ve found. Find one that works for you and you may find yourself tossing your old vacuum to the curb.

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Hart Vacuumvia Hart Tools

Hart 20V Cordless Stick Vacuum

The Family Handyman team recently tested the new 20-volt Cordless Stick Vacuum from Hart Tools. With a powerful motor, a long-lasting lithium-ion battery, and a reasonable price tag, it’s perfect for a new homeowner or anyone looking to get replace an upright vacuum for something lighter without sacrificing the ability to tackle the toughest messes.

It’s cleaning power comes from a more powerful brushless motor—the central component to Hart’s new line of power tools the company launched in May 2021. In our tests, it did a nice job of pulling pet hair out of carpet, no easy task for smaller vacuums. It works well on any surface like wood, laminate, rugs, tile, and more. A wide head covers more surface area and picks up larger debris. LED lights on the front let you see what you’re cleaning up and help make sure you’re not missing anything. It also converts to a handheld to get behind the cushions, in the car or any nook and cranny where you might need it.

The 20-volt battery ran 45 minutes on a single charge in our testing, more than enough time to sweep the entire house for most people. There’s also a low-power mode designed to use less battery power for smaller jobs. The battery takes two hours to reach a full charge, and it’s interchangeable with Hart’s other 20-volt cordless tools and other products. It comes with a battery as well as five tools, including a pet/upholstery tool that dog and cat owners will appreciate.

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Shark Rocket Duo Clean

If you’re looking for the limitless run time and power of a corded vac with the compact convenience of a stick vac, this Shark Rocket is the best choice. It has the feel and features of a high-end canister vac without the hose or dust bag.

It boasts different brush-rolls for carpet and floors, along with easy access to the brush-roll for maintenance. There’s also a handheld option and a pet multi-tool to capture embedded pet hair. LED lights on the floor nozzle and handheld help spot debris in vacuum path.

The brush design on this Shark not only excels with carpet but also sucks up large debris with ease. With its 30-foot cord and large dust bin, you can tackle any large area in one pass. The motorized floor nozzle also attaches to the handheld option, making easy work of vacuuming the stairs. This Shark is definitely a killer when it comes to cleaning!

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Eureka Blaze Stick Vacuum

Most vacuums under $50 are not worth considering, but the Eureka Blaze consistently earned high marks for its formidable cleaning power. If you live in a smaller space and are on a budget, this the perfect stick vacuum.

The hand-held vacuum detaches and works by itself or with floor nozzle, part of the model’s three-in-one design. It’s got a unique swivel steering design improves cleaning efficiency and maneuverability, helping get into the hard to reach spots. The nozzle head picks up larger debris with ease, and a washable filtration system captures fine dust particles.

The versatility of this vacuum makes it great. The handheld with the crevice tool gets under those couch cushions, and the floor nozzle attachment adapts perfectly for stairs. Put it together as a stick vacuum and it handles hard floors and carpet remarkably well. So if you’re on a shoestring budget and have high standards for a clean abode, this is the best vacuum cleaner for you.

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Dyson Outsizevia

Dyson Outsize

Dyson is still the top of the line when it comes to cordless stick vacuums, and if you’re a clean freak who will spare no expense in keeping your house spotless, then you’ll want to consider the newest version of Dyson’s Outsize. It’s also a great choice if you want a stick vacuum to clean a large house.

A full-size dustbin means longer cleans between emptying, and two batteries give you a lengthy 120 minutes of cleaning time. And you can keep track of battery life with the LCD screen built into the top of the vacuum, which also displays performance and maintenance alerts. Dyson DLS™ technology adapts motor speed and torque to changes in floor type, extending runtime, and the motor spins at up to 125,000 rpm to give it more than enough suction power for the toughest jobs.

It’s also been engineered to be a little quieter, which was one of the few quibbles with the still excellent v11 Outsize model. The internal whole-machine filtration traps most particles, dust and allergens;

It comes with six Dyson-engineered tools including a mini-motorized upholstery tool and a hair screw tool that gets rid of pet hair. It also converts to a handheld for cleaning cars, stairs and upholstery.

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Makita 18-Volt LXT

Tool fanatics will appreciate the Makita LXT vac. It’s great for the garage, job sites or as a touch-up vacuum at home.

Its fully-charged 18-Volt 5.0Ah LXT battery gives you 30 minutes of run time, and it’s light, just a bit over three pounds with the battery attached. A bagless two-stage cloth filtration system allows for easier cleaning and quicker debris disposal, a the large dust bin lets you to get more cleaning done before having to empty it out.

This is a powerful, reliable vacuum that gets the job done with the same batteries found in your favorite cordless drill.

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Hoover ONEPWR Blade

Robot vacuums are amazing, but limited. If you need a secondary vacuum to complement your robovac, or another mainstay vacuum, this new Hoover ONEPWR Blade will handle all those tough-to-get places as well as the occasional touch up. A removable lithium-ion battery gives you 35 minutes of run time. It’s got a multi-surface floor nozzle, an LED floor light, and a detachable head that you can use as handheld vacuum.

Hoover’s DustVault technology is what makes this stick vacuum so efficient. It captures the majority of dust and fine particles with no loss of suction. This means quality cleaning on demand so you can tidy up those spots that got missed and the occasional mishap messes.

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Black & Decker Power Series Pet

If you have fuzzy friends in the house you know the added challenge of keeping a clean house. The Black & Decker Power Series Pro Pet vacuum is designed specifically for managing pet hair and messes.

It features anti-tangle rubber bristles that lift hair out of carpet fiber and other surfaces for deep cleaning, and it comes with multiple accessories for pet hair, like an upholstery brush. An auto sensor adjusts suction from bare floor to thick carpet. A run time of up to 60 minutes provides efficient eradication of pet hair. And the dust bin compactor means fewer trips to the trash can, and Filtersense alerts you when it’s time to clean the filter.

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Dyson V8 Absolute

If you suffer from allergies, be sure that your vacuum isn’t aggravating your condition. The Dyson V8 has one of the most efficient contained filter systems available on a stick vacuum. It’s lightweight and versatile, but still packs plenty of cleaning power. A direct drive cleaner head drives stiff nylon bristles into carpets to capture deep-down dirt, and the lifetime filter is easily washable.

Not only is the HEPA filtration of this Dyson the best, but it also has unparalleled power for this type of vacuum. It’s bold of Dyson to call this vacuum the Absolute, but its smart design and quality features make it worthy of that title.

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Ryan Van Bibber
Ryan Van Bibber is a deputy editor at Family Handyman. He's been DIY'ing since he was a kid. A resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico, he is especially proud of his aptitude with a swamp cooler, repairing stucco and engineering makeshift shade. As a career journalist, Ryan covered the NFL for more than a decade, worked as a senior editor at Outside as well as writing and editing buying guides and product reviews for several national publications. When he’s not working, you can find him on the trails with his family and two very good dogs.