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Stick and cordless vacuum reviews

Last updated: 11 February 2020

Stick or cordless vacuum cleaners 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 vacuum brands like Dyson, LG, Hoover and Bosch to help you find the best performers on the market.  

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New cordless vacuum designs and technologies mean improved dirt pick-up and running times, so they're a much better buy than past models. Our stick vacuum review provides the below information;

  • Best at vacuuming hard floors
  • Best at vacuuming carpets
  • The quietest (vacuum noise)
  • The easiest stick vacuums to use
  • Good and bad points for each one
  • Recommended list for quick reference to the best performers

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 data shows there is not a direct correlation between price and the performance, so you don’t need to pay top dollar to find one of the best stick or cordless vacuums.

If you’re still not sure if a stick vacuum or cordless vacuum is right for you or what to look for when comparing them, our stick vacuum buying guide helps you choose.

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    Measured with brush head on and full power.

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    Quick clean score

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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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    A lightweight stick vacuum is easy to move around.

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    Noise (dBA)

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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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    • 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)
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    • Price
    • 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)
    • Origin
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    • Items supplied with vac
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