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Last updated: 02 October 2018

Stick vacuums are becoming a regular fixture in the home thanks to their handy features and ease of use. Our industry experts comprehensively lab test and review leading stick vacuum brands like Dyson, Hoover and Bosch to help you find the best performers on the market. 

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New stick vacuum designs and technologies mean improved dirt pick-up and running times, so they're also a much better buy than past models. Our tests show you which stick vacuums are:

  • best on hard floors
  • best on carpets
  • the quietest
  • the easiest to use.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which brands pick up dirt best; and where available we also rate the performance of any handheld tools. Our Recommended list will help you quickly see which models come out on top.


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We embed sand evenly into a section of carpet, then vacuum. The sand is weighed and recorded; this is done twice for each model and the results averaged. A thorough test is 10 passes.

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We embed sand evenly into a section of carpet, then vacuum. The sand is weighed and recorded; this is done twice for each model and the results averaged. A quick test is 4 passes.

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For those models that separate from the stick into a handheld vacuum, we disperse pebbles and sand throughout the front and rear floor of a car and evaluate how well they pick up these materials. This is not counted towards the final score, as not all vacs are 2-in-1 products.

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To test pet hair removal, we embed cat hair in the carpet and, as with the dirt pick-up test, vacuum it to a set pattern and speed. We rate the results based on how much cat hair is left behind after the test. Where supplied, the turbo brush or power head is used for this test; otherwise, we use the standard cleaning head. Pet hair for testing supplied by Woof Cat & Dog Grooming, Bondi, NSW.

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