Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of vacuums — including the best handheld vacuums and the best standing vacuums — here, we’ve rounded up the best cordless stick vacuums, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated cordless stick vacuum
With over 2,000 reviews, the Tineco A10 is the most beloved cordless stick vacuum on Amazon. “After combing through the products on Amazon, I landed on this little gem. It is, far and away, the very best stick vacuum I have ever owned,” writes one woman. “It is very light and intuitively easy to use. Also, my cats and I are noise sensitive, and it is very quiet.” Reviewers also noted that the vacuum comes with several nifty design elements, including two batteries, which are “very handy when doing upstairs and downstairs, as well as LED lights on the front, which are “very helpful because it can show me clearly where the dirt is.” They also praised the power of the suction. “This powerful little vacuum takes all the work out of vacuuming. The regular suction level picks up everything effortlessly and the MAX power level is impressive.” The vacuum also comes with a HEPA filter for better air filtration. One reviewer with allergies and asthma writes, “Filtration was a big deciding factor in choosing this unit, and again, it did not disappoint. There is ZERO dust kickback while in use, and the dust bin empties easily. The HEPA is also easily accessible and rinsable. It’s like having a new vacuum every day.”
Best-rated (less expensive) cordless stick vacuum
“This product is everything it says it is. Easy to clean, charges up quickly, and stays charged for days, with surprisingly good power,” writes one reviewer about this bagless vacuum cleaner. “Well-built, and the best part is you need nothing to purchase after you buy this product. The bagless catch tray works superbly. Another reviewer writes, “Easy to assemble, attachments are well-designed and work well. I love the fact that it works cordless and does not require bags. Best vacuum cleaner I ever had.” A third reviewer sums up the pros simply: “Lightweight, inexpensive, efficient, good selections of attachments, highly maneuverable, good battery life, and powerful enough for light jobs (don’t buy this ‘cuum if you need to vacuum up engine blocks, bowling balls, or the forest floor).”
And now for some micro-picks for every type of cordless stick vacuum you might be looking for.
Best cordless stick vacuum for pet owners
Pet owners couldn’t stop raving about how great this vacuum was at picking up dog hair. “I felt like I did when I changed from the flip phone to my first Apple. I was able to vacuum a 3,000-square-foot single-story house with hard flooring and rugs throughout easily on a single charge. The vacuum handles well, very well balanced, and easy to move,” writes one reviewer that vacuums every other day because of her two dogs that “shed like they have the mange.” Another reviewer with back pain writes, “For anyone with children or pets who are mess-makers, this vac is great. Lightweight and convenient but really gets the job done.” A third pup parent with five long-haired dogs writes, “A vacuum’s job is to suck, and this little guy is the best sucker I’ve ever seen. It suctioned up more dog hair in a five-by-five square than our old vacuum did in half the house.”
Best cordless stick vacuum with attachments
“I just started using this around the house and it’s been fantastic. It also comes with every attachment you would ever need and a spare filter. Very easy to operate and extremely impressed,” writes one reviewer. Dozens of other five-star reviews are in agreement that this “lightweight” vacuum cleaner is also great for the car. “Also works perfect for cleaning your car since it converts from a standard stand-up vacuum length to a small handheld unit.” Another reviewer notes, “I already know because of its low noise, portability, and versatility, I will be reaching for this vacuum way more than my Dyson. I can use it as a handheld mode, perfect for reaching tight places or vacuuming my car. I also use handheld mode to vacuum the fruit flies flying around my house. It’s perfect!”
Best cordless stick vacuum with removable batteries
Reviewers loved the fact that this vacuum comes with two batteries, with one reviewer writing, “Since this comes with two batteries, you can always have one on the charger, so you’re always ready to go. I have pets and this thing works great on pet hair.” Reviewers were also impressed by the longevity of the charge: “The battery holds a good charge, and it comes with a backup so, when it runs out, you can just swap.” Another reviewer, who uses the vacuum to clean her one bedroom apartment, writes, “It’s a good vacuum and comes with two batteries. Each battery lasts a couple of weeks for me. Folding up is convenient for storage and also for easily getting under furniture. I like that there are no waste bags and you can just empty out the solid dustbin with the touch of a button (no need to buy replacement bags).”
Best lightweight cordless stick vacuum
Reviewers were in agreement that the Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner lives up to the hype because it’s “so lightweight you could run a 5K with it” and “swivels on a dime (basically 360 degrees).” One reviewer declares, “This vacuum is the Holy Grail of all cordless vacuums. Honestly, one should not love a piece of cleaning equipment as much as I love this. But alas, I do!” Another reviewer writes, “Fantastic vacuum — powerful, lightweight, so easy to use. Should have bought this years ago. Nothing else we’ve had works as well. As light as an electric broom, but far more versatile.”
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