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10 Best Cordless Stick Vacuums of 2022

These stick vacs really perform on carpet, hardwood and more.

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We updated this article in April 2022 to ensure all pricing is accurate and all picks recommended by the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab are in stock.


Stick vacuums are the perfect tool for quickly cleaning bare floors and low pile carpets when you don’t have the time (or the energy) to lug out your heavier, full-size canister or upright vacuum. While we've always considered them great secondary vacuums, the stick vacuums we are testing today in the Good Housekeeping Cleaning Lab clean much better than models we've tested in the past. In fact, some even rival the deep cleaning performance of full-size vacuums. New models have more powerful, longer-lasting batteries and better brush rolls and attachments for deep cleaning. And when it comes to flexibility and convenience, they can't be beat: Because most also convert to handheld vacuums, they can also easily clean upholstery, stairs and even the car.

Our expert Cleaning Lab team is constantly testing and recommending all kinds of vacuums, like robot vacuums, handheld vacuums, vacuums for pet hair, vacuums for hardwood floors and even budget-friendly vacuums under $100. In our last category test of stick vacuums alone, we collected 890 data points from just 12 vacuums. Scroll to the bottom of this article to see more on how we test; in the meantime, here are our picks for the top stick vacuums of 2022:

Our top picks

Best Overall Cordless Stick Vacuum
Jet 90 Complete Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner SAMSUNG Read More
Best Value Cordless Stick Vacuum
Stylus Lightweight Cordless Vacuum Cleaner EUREKA Read More
Best Cordless Stick Vacuum for Pet Hair
V15 Detect Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner Dyson Read More
Most Innovative Stick Vacuum
Triflex HX1 Stick Vacuum Cleaner Miele Read More
Best Stick Vacuum for Hardwood Floors
Omni-glide Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Dyson Read More
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Best Overall Cordless Stick Vacuum
Jet 90 Complete Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Samsung
SAMSUNG

  • Comes with two cleaning heads
  • Stores and charges in its own caddy
  • Large dust bin is easy to empty and clean
  • Converts to a handheld vacuum

  • Additional battery is a separate purchase

This stick vacuum from Samsung offers just about everything we think a stick vacuum should have. It provides great suction on all three settings – minimum, middle and max — and unlike some other models we've tested, can go from cleaning light throw rugs to wall-to-wall carpeting without missing a beat. It comes with both a fluffy roller head for bare floors and a brush for carpeting along with a wide assortment of other attachments. If you're not a fan of wall mounting your vacuums, the Samsung stores and charges in a free-standing caddy.

We applaud the telescoping wand, large, easy-to-clean dust bin, washable filter, fingertip controls and digital feedback. The battery offers up to 60 minutes of run time depending on the attachment, power setting and surfaces you are cleaning and is removable for charging, too. The stand can charge two batteries at once, but the second battery must be purchased separately. The Jet 90 even works with optional accessories, like an automatic station to empty the bin and a wet mopping and buffing head.

Best Value Cordless Stick Vacuum
Stylus Lightweight Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Eureka
EUREKA

  • Flexible neck provides swivel steering
  • 45-minute runtime, per the manufacturer
  • Converts to a handheld vacuum

If you have lots of obstacles, like furniture, organizers and houseplants to clean up around, this Eureka is a great choice at a great price. Its flexible neck provides swivel steering that combined with its big wheels and lightweight — it's just over six pounds — allows you to easily maneuver around objects without missing a step. In our tests, we found it super easy to assemble and use and we like the top-mounted dust cup that helps it get closer to the floor to better reach under low furniture.

Other standout features include headlights, three cleaning modes, fingertip controls and an easy-empty dust cup. Its performance was impressive, especially on bare floors, low pile carpets and pet hair pick-up. In fact, a relative of one in-home tester exclaimed, "It drives like an Audi" and went home to purchase one!

Best Cordless Stick Vacuum for Pet Hair
V15 Detect Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Dyson
Dyson

  • Laser on the bare floor head makes dust easier to see
  • Converts to a handheld vacuum
  • Battery can be removed and charged separately
  • Comes with a unique tool for pet hair

  • Doesn't include a second battery

This newest vacuum from Dyson is also its coolest. Dirt doesn't stand a chance and dust bunnies can't hide from this vacuum with its innovative laser beam on its bare floor fluffy roller attachment. Simply turn it on to shine an angled beam of light directly in front of the vacuum to illuminate and nab the microscopic dust that other vacuums miss.

In our tests, we were amazed. Specks and particles that were invisible in regular light came into clear view when the laser hit them. And just in case you were wondering exactly what it's picking up, the colorful display shows the amounts and sizes of the particles it's grabbing along with run time, power level and maintenance alerts.

Like all Dyson vacs we've tested, it's fully-featured with powerful suction and great filtration and lots of useful attachments, including a unique cone-shaped tool that picks up pet hair and even long hair and spirals it into the bin without tangling. The innovations in this vacuum were so impressive that we selected it as a winner in our Good Housekeeping Best Cleaning Product Awards.

Most Innovative Stick Vacuum
Triflex HX1 Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Miele
Miele
Now 20% off

  • Transforms into three positions for every vacuuming need
  • Lifetime HEPA filter never needs washing or changing
  • Stands upright on its own when the power unit is near the base

  • Heavier than some

Never have we seen a stick vacuum as innovative and adaptable as the Miele Triflex. Most stick vacuums can be used in two configurations — upright and handheld. But the Miele can transform into three designs. With the motor, battery and dust cup (the power unit) placed up top, it works like a traditional pole vacuum, making it easy to reach under low furniture or (without the floor nozzle) up high to clean ceiling moldings and light fixtures. But there's more! Move the power unit — and the weight — down by the nozzle and it's now easier to push and maneuver across bare floors, areas rugs, and carpets. Finally, detach the power unit completely and use it as a handheld for stairs. upholstery and other above-the-floor cleaning needs.

In our Good Housekeeping Seal testing, we noted strong suction and great cleaning performance across all flooring surfaces. It was easy to use with features like fingertip controls, battery indicator lights, a bright headlight on the wide floor nozzle and a lifetime HEPA filter that never needs washing or changing for easy maintenance. The battery offers up to 60 minutes of run time depending on the attachment, power setting and surfaces you are cleaning. And it can be removed for convenient charging out of the vacuum.

Best Stick Vacuum for Hardwood Floors
Omni-glide Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Dyson
Dyson

  • Lightweight and very easy to maneuver
  • Lays flat to clean under low furniture
  • Converts to a handheld vacuum

  • Doesn’t stand on its own
  • Up to 20 minutes runtime is shorter than others
  • Small dust bin

Cleaning the fine dust from hard floors, especially wood, that other vacuums miss is so much easier with this Dyson Omni-glide. The dual soft fuzzy rollers let you pick up dirt whether you push or pull it and the omnidirectional head cleans quickly in any direction, even sideways! It impressed our Lab experts by how easily it maneuvers around obstacles like table legs or a baby’s high chair and how it fits perfectly on a stair tread for speedy side-to-side cleaning. It has powerful suction and whole-machine filtration to trap at least 99.7% of dust and allergens.

Weighing in at less than 4.5 pounds, its super low profile head (just over 3.5 inches tall when laid flat) goes where others can't, beneath low couches and curios to grab difficult-to-reach dust bunnies with ease. We love that it transforms easily into a slim handheld vacuum with just one click and is simple to operate with just two thumb-operated buttons. Other features include a dust bin that opens from the bottom, washable components and an unobtrusive wall-mounted charging dock.

Best Corded Stick Vacuum
Rocket Corded Stick Vacuum
Shark
Shark

  • Corded for continuous power
  • Affordable
  • Consumer favorite with over 7,000 5-star Amazon reviews
  • 25-foot cord

Shark vacuums do well in GH Cleaning Lab tests and have proven to be good performers at a great price. We tested a previous Rocket stick model that was very similar in design to this pick and we found it had good suction, was lightweight and easy to maneuver and thanks to its long cord, offered non-stop cleaning. Like virtually all stick vacuums, this model has a motorized floor nozzle with a rotating brush that cleans both bare floors and carpet and converts to a handheld vacuum.

It includes a crevice tool, a pet multi-tool for removing fur and fuzz from upholstery, stairs and more, and a flexible dusting hose attachment to zap dust in hard-to-reach places, like around appliances and inside your dryer's lint chamber. If you're not a fan of wall-mounting a vacuum, no worries here. Simply pop off the handheld top and clip it to the base of the wand near the nozzle for compact stand-on-its-own storage.

Best Stick Vacuum with Longest Runtime
CordZero Kompressor Stick Vacuum Cleaner
LG
LG

  • Lever compacts dirt and dust for less frequent bin emptying
  • Converts to a handheld vacuum
  • Stores and charges in a freestanding caddy
  • Includes a second battery for longer runtime

  • Doesn't come with a soft, fuzzy roller for wood floors

After testing the original LG CordZero stick vac in our GH Cleaning Lab, we couldn't wait to test the newest Kompressor model and it didn't disappoint. Beautifully designed and fully featured, the new CordZero is maneuverable and easy to use. With three speeds — normal, high power and turbo — this vacuum moves seamlessly from bare floors to area rugs to pile carpeting.

Other convenient features include two batteries for up to 120 minutes of runtime (depending on power level and attachments) so there's always a backup charged and ready, an extra pre-filter, fingertip controls, indicator lights, a telescoping wand, washable HEPA-system filters, app connectivity and free-standing storage and charging stand for those who prefer not to wall mount it, but that's an option, too. Unique to LG is its Kompressor, a lever that compacts the dust, dirt and hair in the cup for less frequent emptying and less mess. When placed in the stand, both batteries — the one in the vacuum and the extra one — charge at the same time.

Best Stick Vacuum for Allergy Sufferers
H7 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Roborock
Roborock
Now 28% off

  • Comes with a bag for the dust cup for cleaner emptying
  • Converts to a handheld vacuum
  • 90-minute runtime on eco mode, per the manufacturer
  • Caddy has magnetic sides for attaching tools

  • Suction was a bit strong for very lightweight rugs

Roborock is a brand we came to know in our last test of robot vacuums and its cordless stick vacuum cleaner is just as impressive. The H7 is lightweight, easy to maneuver and easy to maintain with its removable brush rolls and washable filter. It's no secret that bagless dust cups can be messy to empty and the dust cloud they produce is irritating to allergy sufferers. So Roborock came up with a solution: Included with this model are mini bags that you insert into the cup so all the dust goes into the bag. You simply remove and toss it once it's full. Genius!

Impressive, too, is its run time. In our test, we got 60 minutes after vacuuming both bare floors and carpets in eco and auto power modes. Just on eco, it goes even longer. The fingertip controls are convenient as is the lock on the trigger to keep the vacuum running without having to keep your finger on the button. Nice extras include a HEPA filter, lots of attachments and wall-mounting storage and a charging rack with magnetic sides that the tools stick to so you'll never lose one (Yay!). Its digital display indicates the time and charge remaining on the battery, cleaning mode and lock position.

Best Basic Stick Vacuum
AirRam Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Bissell
Bissell

  • Wide brush roll and large back wheels for easy operation
  • Handle lays flat for ultimate extension under furniture
  • Lab runtime of 37 minutes

  • Doesn't convert to a handheld vacuum
  • No attachments

This vacuum could almost pass for an upright with its wide brush roll and large back wheels. In our tests, it ran for an impressive 37 minutes on a single charge and was one of the quietest vacuums we tested. If you only want to clean floors and are looking for an effective, easy-to-use vacuum without a lot of bells and whistles, the Bissell AirRam is a solid choice.

The handle can lay flat on the ground, making it easier to vacuum under furniture and in tough-to-reach places, and it collapses, too, making storage easier. Headlights in the front let you see fine dirt and debris that needs picking up, and the removable dirt bin makes clean-up a breeze. Our only qualm was the slight drag we felt when we pulled the vacuum backward.

Best Cordless Stick Vacuum for Small Spaces
WANDVAC System Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Shark
Shark

  • Very lightweight
  • Takes up little storage space and converts to a handheld vacuum
  • Charges on a freestanding caddy

  • Small dust cup

Shark is known for its versatility in vacuum design and this WandVac is a perfect example. Easy to assemble and slim in stature, the WandVac is ideal for quick spruce-ups without all the fuss larger vacuums can require. The top section houses the hand vacuum, dust cup and controls and is barely wider than the wand below. It comes with a rotating brush floor nozzle and a charging stand with a small footprint that's easy to tuck out of sight. You can charge it in two pieces side-by-side on the dock or piggyback the handheld section onto the wand. And there's even a spot to hold the combination crevice/duster tool.

In our tests, we found it lightweight and comfortable to hold. The controls are easy to use and the dirt cup, though small, flips open at the press of a button and the dirt drops neatly out. It has impressive pickup on bare floors and rugs and even has a button to boost the power for deeper cleaning when you need it. The WandVac could just put your broom and dustpan out of business! Like the Dyson above, this skinny mini impressed us so much that it also won a Good Housekeeping Best Cleaning Product Award.

How we test cordless stick vacuums
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No one vacuum is the perfect choice for every cleaning need, so we usually recommend keeping several styles in your cleaning arsenal, and a stick vac should certainly be part of the mix. The GH Cleaning Lab is constantly testing vacuums of all makes and models, and because there are new ones coming to market all the time, we continually update our reviews. Add this to the hundreds of hours we've spent testing uprights, canisters, robots and more, and it's safe to say we know our vacuums. Since then, we've added even more models to the list.

When we evaluate a stick or any vacuum, we base our tests on ASTM International standard test methods. As members of this voluntary standards making organization's F11 Vacuum Cleaner Committee, we meet twice yearly with engineers and experts from the industry to discuss, develop, and update the vacuum cleaner testing methods we all use. A major part of Good Housekeeping's role on this committee is to make sure these standards are relevant to how everyday consumers actually use vacuum cleaners and their experiences with them. Our stick vacuum testing includes evaluations for:

Performance: We evaluate how well each vacuum removes "pet hair" by evenly spreading industry-standard rayon fibers that simulate and cling like actual pet hair over the surface of a carpet. Each vacuum is passed over the carpet the same number of times and what's left behind gets scored. In a similar fashion, we assess how well it picks up large and fine particles of debris (like rice, dry oatmeal and gritty sand) from hard flooring like vinyl and how closely it cleans along edges. Because these vacuums are getting better at deep cleaning, we're also using our custom-built automated machine to measure how much embedded dirt they remove from plush carpeting.

Ease of use: Because a vacuum must not only perform well but be also make cleaning less of a chore, we weigh how heavy it is, measure the run time for battery-operated models both with and without the attachments. We assess how comfortable it is to hold, how convenient the controls are to access and use and how easy or difficult the dust cup is to clean and empty.

Sound: We test our models for quietness with the help of Quiet Mark, a global certification organization that aims to reduce noise pollution. They measure the noise output of each model for us.

Features: We note and test any features such as whether or not it has a battery charge indicator, a brush roll control button or extra tools and attachments.

Consumer experience: Finally, we recruit consumer testers to rate the vacuums’ maneuverability on bare floor and carpet, around corners and under furniture, the ease of removing the dust cup or bag, and the ease of operating the vacuums’ controls.

What to look for when shopping for the best cordless stick vacuums
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✔️ Corded vs. cordless: Corded vacuums work nonstop so there’s no downtime and no need to recharge the battery. The downside is that you are tethered to an outlet and can only roam as far as the length of a cord. Cordless vacuums run on batteries and today’s lithium-ion batteries have more power and last longer than the nickel cadmium batteries of older models — some up to as long as 60 minutes or longer — before needing recharging. On some models, the battery pack itself can be removed for charging which allows you to simply plug in only the battery for charging and store the rest of the vacuum in a closet and out of sight. Most of the new, more innovative models are cordless as are all the ones we've recommended here.

✔️ Floor type: Stick vacs work best cleaning bare floors, low pile rugs and surface cleaning carpets, and, for those that convert to a hand vac or have hand vacuums on board, upholstery, stairs and even the car. For bigger jobs, like cleaning a whole house with multiple rooms, deep pile carpets, and a mix of hard and soft surfaces, you may prefer a full-size upright or canister vacuum.

✔️ Brush roll: A rotating brush roll is important to have if you have area rugs and pile carpets to help remove dirt that’s settled down into the tufts. Brush rolls also help collect debris on bare floors, but can sometimes cause scattering and should be soft enough not to scratch them. If you are vacuuming only bare floors, a stick vacuum with a soft, fluffy rotating brush roll is your best bet.

✔️ Convertibility: Having one vacuum that does double duty is always a bonus. For that reason, virtually all stick vacs can either be converted to a handheld vacuum by popping off the motored top or removing the handle, or they come with a separate handheld unit that snaps directly onto the body of the stick vacuum. Both the handheld and stick vacuums operate off the same motor, so they charge (and run down) at the same time. The handheld versions are great for cleaning upholstery, stairs, the car and for quickly picking up dry spills, like rice or cereal, off a bare floor.

✔️ Storage space: Because they are slim, stick vacuums take up less storage space than full-size vacuums, but most don’t stand up on their own, especially those with heavy motors on top. For this reason, most come with and snap into charging brackets that you can mount to a wall. Others may have bases that you set the stick vac onto to keep it upright for storage and charging. The newest models have storage systems that even automatically empty the vacuum's dust cup when you place it inside for less mess. Whichever type you choose, we recommend looking for one with a stand that also holds any attachments so everything’s neatly stored in one place. Some come with retractable or foldable handles to take up even less precious closet space.

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Carolyn Forte brings 40-plus years of experience as a consumer products expert to her role as executive director of Good Housekeeping's Home Care & Cleaning Lab. After earning a B.A. in family and consumer sciences from Queens College, City University of New York, and a brief stint as a textiles analyst in the retail sector, she joined the Good Housekeeping Institute. Carolyn has deep analytical testing and editorial writing expertise in categories like appliances, cleaning, textiles and home and organizational products. She has authored numerous special Good Housekeeping publications and is regularly interviewed and quoted as a leading industry expert. For the past three years, Carolyn has been partnering with the American Cleaning Institute to coproduce the Discover Cleaning Summits.

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