Vacuuming might be the easier way to get your home cleaned up, rather than going at it with broom and mop, but lugging a rugged tank around the house can be difficult for the elderly, or anyone with joint and back problems. The key lookouts for alternatives are vacuums both lightweight and of the upright or stick variety, but that’s not all. We’re looking for a device that lets us do as much as possible, using as little effort as possible – in other words, a vacuum cleaner that packs all the functionality and effectiveness of a larger, heavy-duty device in a sleeker, portable and lightweight counterpart. So which options out there will let anyone, young or old, zip through the house cleaning, no sweat? Let’s take a look at our best picks.
VonHaus 2-in-1 Corded Upright Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Our top pick clocks in at less than 4 pounds, making it a breeze to move around the house whether you’re using it as a stick vacuum cleaner, or as a hand-held device. The telescopic, adjustable handle is a brilliant addition, not only for those with back and/or joint problems, but for the elderly who might find stooping to vacuum hard to reach corners difficult. The 600-watt motor of this versatile machine delivers powerful suctioning action, making it suitable for most types of floors and capable of chewing up any amount of pet hair, dust and debris.
A bagless model, the VonHaus comes with HEPA filtration, capable of straining out particles as small as 0.3 microns, which includes drywall dust and allergens, making it a great option if you (or anyone else at home) are afflicted with dust allergies or asthma. With a 1.3 liter removable dust chamber, the VonHaus boasts greater capacity than several of its bagless relatives, letting you get through numerous passes and perhaps a full vacuuming session without needing to empty the chamber out.
While this compact device does not come with a brush attachment ideal for deep-cleaning pile carpets and rugs, it works perfectly on bare floors, and comes with crevice and small brush tool attachments and extension tubes to let you clean curtains and furniture while using the device in its handheld mode. Other attachments, should you need them for more specific cleaning purposes, are available for purchase from the manufacturer. An included shoulder strap allows you to carry the device around easily, too. With a 19.5-foot power cord, you get the adequate reach to clean a decent amount of space before having to switch outlets, too.
KEN’S BUDGET PICK
Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Lightweight Corded Bagless Stick Vacuum
Another stick vacuum which can transform to a handheld one, this inexpensive device weighs less than 4 pounds, so you won’t find yourself breaking a sweat sporting this around your home. The 16-foot cord and pair of wheels make maneuverability hassle-free, sliding under low surfaces and around tight corners to get every inch of your home sparkly clean, while popping off the stick handle lets you pick the vacuum up via carry-handle to clean up curtains or furniture. The vacuum also comes with a crevice attachment, to let you get at hard to reach corners and in between upholstery seams, and multi-surface cleaning that picks up dirt and debris off floors, carpet, furniture and so on with ease. A 1.25-amp motor gives this compact device plenty of suction power, leaving your floors spick and span, even pulling out the dirt embedded in between tiles and against baseboards in a decisive pass.
As this is a bagless vacuum, this might be a problematic device if you or anyone at home experience dust-related respiratory problems. Nonetheless, the dust cup is easy to empty out, with a re-usable filter you can wash down without having to constantly stock up on filter bags.
BISSELL 3106-Q Featherweight Vacuum
The Bissell 3106-Q not only works flawlessly on floors, but also on rugs, low-pile carpets, upholstery and other surfaces. Weighing around 5 pounds, this vacuum is ideal for those occasions you need to clean up only a small area or clear out a minor mess – this compact device, which easily doubles as a handheld vacuum once you pop off the floor nozzle and handle, delivers the necessary firepower you’d want without needing to yank out a bigger, bulkier vacuum. The slim design and 16-foot power cord make it ideal for easily cleaning up narrow areas like the steps of your staircase or your couch arms, with a crevice tool included to let you get in between those couch cushions and other hard to access corners needing a good clean.
Hoover SH20030 Cyclonic Stick Vac
Just under 8 pounds, this might be the heaviest out of our picks on this list, but it makes up for it by being a veritable perfectionist at what it does. The extreme recline handle lets you slide it under low furniture and into nooks and crannies without needing to stoop or bend too much, getting in and around appliances, chairs and tables rather than having to do any heavy-lifting to move them around, thanks to the swivel head feature. The Hoover SH20030 also comes with the brand’s patented WindTunnel cyclonic technology, giving your floors and carpets a thorough clean while keeping the filters from getting clogged up and keeping the suction steady and constant.
Though this device does not come with attachments for more versatile use when it comes to cleaning up curtains or furniture, it does come with an 11-inch cleaning path afforded by the wide-mouthed floor nozzle, with a motorized brush roll you can switch on and off and edge cleaning bristles packed in to pick up even the smallest of debris, be it pet hair, crumbs or dust bunnies. It also comes with the longest cord length on this list, giving you great reach not only with its 20-foot plug-in cable, but also with its cordless functionality with an 18-volt lithium battery letting you clean those areas further away from a power outlet, lasting up to 15 minutes per charge cycle. The removable filter is easy to wash down and replace, all making this a great value-for-money pick to consider if you don’t mind chipping in a little more than for other stick vacuums around.
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