Hand-Held Capabilities & Attachments
While some models function only as stick vacuums, many have attachments or hand-held capabilities or both.
The most common attachments include a crevice tool and an upholstery brush. The crevice tool helps
clean in tight areas like couch cushions, and the upholstery brush cleans fabric surfaces like furniture
Many stick vacuums convert to a hand-held vacuum.
A hand vacuum is convenient for cleaning furniture, stairs or your vehicle. It is important to remember
that not every stick vacuum is also a hand vacuum.
Cleaning & Maintenance
The two main cleaning and maintenance elements to consider are the disposal of collected dirt and
debris and filter maintenance. A few models use bags to collect dirt, but the majority of stick vacuums
use dirt bins or cups. Bagless options are convenient because the cup empties directly into a wastebasket
and you won't need to buy replacements bags.
The filtration system will affect the vacuum’s performance because it protects the motor from all of
the dust and dirt circulating in the vacuum. All models have filters that require maintenance, but
some are reusable while others require regular replacements. Filters also help keep dust and allergens
from going back into the air. Some filters, such as HEPA filters, do a better a job at this than others.
Help & Support
Most stick vacuums will come with some sort of warranty from the manufacturer. The most common
is an one or two years limited warranty on parts and labor. The more expensive brands and models
will sometimes offer longer and more in-depth warranties.
Manufacturer websites are good resources for help or information. Most provide the phone number
of customer support, and many have an email option for help as well. Websites also commonly provide
answer to frequently asked questions, downloadable copies of instruction manuals and tips and advice
for your vacuum and for cleaning.
The best stick vacuum for you will depend on your reason for purchasing it. It may be because it is
lightweight and portable. You may prefer a vacuum that converts to a hand vacuum. You might
buy one because you live in an apartment and only need light cleaning, or you may live in a house
and want an easy option for quick cleanups between full vacuums. No matter the reason, there is
a variety of stick vacuums to choose from, so you’re sure to find one that fits your needs.