Full-sized upright vacuums can be heavy, inconvenient and awkward to move around the house. While nothing can replace the cleaning power of a fullsized vacuum, stick vacuums can help ease some of the cleaning burden. These smaller vacuums are lightweight.
Most even weigh less than 10 pounds. A stick vacuum's compact design also makes it easy to move around the house and to
store in areas with limited space, like a pantry or linen closet. An attractive feature many stick vacuums offer is conversion into
a hand vacuum. This option is great for cleaning stairs, upholstery and vehicles.
The convenient size and additional options
make stick vacuums a great addition to any household. Although you likely won’t entirely replace your upright vacuum,
stick vacuums can make for quick cleanups of everyday messes and offer a convenient way to vacuum more than just floors.
Stick Vacuums: What to Look For
Stick vacuums vary in size, weight and suction power. Some are corded, while others use battery power. Some use
bags, but some use bins that can be emptied. Some come with attachments, and some convert into hand-held vacuums. Some require replacement filters or bags, while some can be maintained without regularly buying replacement parts.
The following are a few things to consider when deciding which stick vacuum best fits your needs:
Weight & Dimensions
The weight and dimensions of a stick vacuum vary from model to model. Although most stick vacuums are lightweight,
under 10 pounds, some weigh less than 4 pounds. The overall weight depends to some extent on the motor,
cleaning head and attachments.
The dimensions of your vacuum should be a factor in your purchase. The size can affect where you can store
your vacuum. Some models have telescopic or folding handles, so you can store them in closets with shelves,
but others' height is not adjustable. Some cleaning heads are wider, providing a larger cleaning path, and others
are smaller, making them easier to store but requiring more passes of the vacuum when you’re cleaning.