With stick vacuums, you will find both corded and cordless models. Both have their advantages and their disadvantages. Corded vacuums
ensure that you will not lose power while cleaning because you don't have to worry about a battery charge. However, the length of
power cord varies from model to model, and some may leave you needing to stop and switch wall outlets more often than you would like.
Battery powered models are limited by the length of time the battery charge lasts and by the amount of time it takes to recharge
the battery. Most models will run between seven and 15 minutes on a charge, but some models can run for as long as 40 minutes.
Some models take a few hours to recharge, while others can take an entire 24 hours. Some batteries are recharged by plugging
a charger into the wall, but some vacuums come with a charging stand. Because batteries vary so greatly, considering the battery's
capability is important when purchasing a cordless stick vacuum.
Motor & Suction Power
Stick vacuums do not have the power of a full-sized, upright vacuum,
but some have more power than others. Pay attention to the amps, volts and watts associated with the vacuum, as these will all affect
the power of the motor. These terms can be tricky to understand, but basically, the more your vacuum has of these, the more power
it will have. Watts are particularly import to pay attention to because they measure how much power is being pushed into the vacuum's
motor. Different batteries will provide different levels of power, and even corded vacuums will vary. Because the power directly
affects suction, more power means a stronger suction.
The types of floors you plan to clean will affect the power and suction you need. Cleaning low-pile carpets and rugs will
require more power and more suction than hard floors in order to remove dirt and debris from the carpet fibers. Many vacuums offer
multiple power settings for just this reason. Other factors also affect the suction power, including the filtration system and the
regularity with which the vacuum is cleaned.