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List of brands we tested in this review.
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Price paid at time of testing.
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Running time (min)
Measured with brush head on and full power.
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Quick clean score
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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A lightweight stick vacuum is easy to move around.
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Noise is measured at the user's position at maximum power setting. Some models emit a high-pitched whistle that can be irritating, even though they may not be louder than others.
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Handheld as well
Cordless stick vacs have rechargeable batteries; some are easily removable so you can swap them over with a fully-charged one to extend cleaning time.
Thorough carpet cleaning score (%)
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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Car cleaning score (%)
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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Pet hair removal score (%)
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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A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- Swappable battery
- Overall score
- Brand reliability score (%)
- Brand satisfaction score (%)
- Hard floor dirt pick up performance (%)
- Ease of use score (%)
- Cleaning corners and edges
- Pet hair removal score (%)
- Thorough carpet cleaning score (%)
- Quick carpet clean score (%)
- Car cleaning score (%)
- Noise (dBA)
- Measured dust collector (litres)
- Running time (min)
- Good points
- Bad points
- Buy now
- Hard floor head
- Crevice tool
- Upholstery tool
- Dusting brush
- Accessory storage
- Handheld as well
- Telescopic wand
- Speed settings
- HEPA filter
- Claimed charging time (hours)
- Battery voltage (V)
- Battery type
- Weight (kg)
- Warranty (years)
- Items supplied with vac