12 Best Lightweight Vacuums in 2017
Vacuum cleaners are a big business, and even if you detest cleaning, we promise there is a vacuum cleaner out there for you. We decided to go on a hunt to find the best lightweight vacuum money can buy, and you may be surprised by a few of the ones we have included.
While vacuum cleaners can come in many different forms, no vacuum cleaner on our list weighs over 10 pounds. That means a few styles did not make the cut this time around as they were a little too hefty although we have included cleaners to suit almost everyone’s needs.
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Portability and Power
Lightweight vacuum cleaners have come a long way as you can now buy stick vacs that can handle an entire home. There are several areas to consider, however, including a few which we have outlined below.
There are a half-dozen styles of vacuum, but our list will focus on just three types. That means there will be no rolling canisters vacs or true upright vacuums as nothing weighs over 10 pounds. Before settling on the best lightweight vacuum, you first have to consider its style.
Stick – Traditional upright vacuums are well over 10 pounds, so when you go lightweight, you usually have to go stick. Stick vacuum cleaners can be cordless and also be 2-in-1’s but are always thin uprights at heart. They also have smaller dust bins than other models.
Convertible – Otherwise known as 2-in-1 vacuums, these will transform with the flip of a switch or push of a button. The top half will detach to give you a handheld unit, which allows you to reach spots you could not normally reach with a stick vac.
Cordless – Cordless vacuum cleaners can be in stick form or convertible as well, although the latter is rare at our weight limit. Lithium batteries give these vacs as much sucking power as corded ones although you will need to consider charging times.
Now that you know what types of vacuums there are in the featherweight class let’s take a minute to talk about your flooring. Do you have mainly hardwood and tile with a few areas rugs? Well, you’ll want to go for something geared more towards hard surfaces than carpet. Most hardwood vacuums can handle “some” carpet as well but are usually limited to area rugs or low-pile in this class.
If you have plenty of carpets to clean, your options are vast although you need to pay close attention the type of cleaning head used. Some styles have better brush rollers than others or additional attachments you won’t find on a skinny stick vac. Once you factor in your type of flooring, there is just one more simple area we’ll need to discuss.
No matter how great the suction is or how many attachments you get, it’s all for nothing if you have to unplug your vacuum more than once. Unless you have an old-school central vac, you may be used to unplugging at least once during your cleaning routine. It’s almost unavoidable at times, but if you pay attention the cord length beforehand, you’ll save yourself some time. Another key feature to look for is retractable cables.
If you decide to go cordless, there’s only one thing to consider going forward – battery life. People with larger homes will want to make sure they have enough juice in a charge to finish up as nobody wants to wait an hour to begin cleaning again. Charging times are important as well, but not an issue if you have enough power to get through your routine the first time around.
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Initially, Shark became famous for producing high-tech and sometimes funky looking vacuums that didn’t break the bank. Over time, their products jumped to the high-end as their technology and construction techniques became better. The Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright is arguably their finest vacuum cleaner to date and our top choice.
This vacuum cleaner lives up to its namesake by keeping things slim and simple. It works like a stick vacuum and can take care of your floors even if you have thick carpeting or just low-pile. If you have hardwood and tile, it can handle those surfaces as well, providing you switch over to the proper attachment. When the time comes to go high, you can just detach the base and use the top half as a handheld vacuum. Needless to say, you won’t miss any nooks with the Rocket as the cord is the only thing that will hold you back. Despite it not being cordless, you will get 30 feet of cable to work with which should be sufficient for most.
The Shark Rocket Ultra-Light comes with a slew of attachments including a unique pet upholstery tool, a crevice tool, dusting brush, and dust-away attachment for hardwood flooring. The only negative to the Rocket in our eyes is the fact the company did not go with HEPA filtration which could be a deal breaker if you have allergies. Aside from that, it is a great option and certainly one of the best lightweight vacuums around.
It would not have been fair, but we could have easily comprised a “best of” list consisting of Bissells. The company has produced some excellent cleaners over the decades and did not miss a beat when they stepped into the lightweight game. The Bissell Featherweight Stick Vacuum certainly fits that bill as it’s the lightest vacuum on our list.
Whenever you choose to go with an ultra-lightweight vacuum, you are going to have to make a few sacrifices. This time around it will be the capacity as the Featherweight isn’t built to hold a large amount of debris in its bin. The trade-off is the weight at less than 3 pounds, which is even more impressive when you take its convertible nature into account. The middle portion disconnects if you need to hit some tight spots; a nice combo when combined with its total weight. You will lose some suction power due to its size and may be less than impressed by the cord length.
This vacuum is short-corded with only a 15-foot cable, so your cleaning range will be limited. It will not do well on thick carpeting either, so the Bissell Featherweight is best suited for light duty cleaning or homes with mainly hardwood and tile flooring.
Our first two options vary wildly when it comes to their cord length, an important factor when choosing your next vacuum cleaner. If the length is an issue in your cleaning routine, you will not have to worry about that with the Eufy HomeVac Vacuum as it’s a cordless stick vac with plenty of power.
This stylish vacuum cleaner is thin and lightweight at around 6 pounds. The dust cup isn’t what we would call huge, but acceptable at 0.9 Liters and can pop off in an instant when it’s full. It sports a 2,200mAh battery that’s rated for 50 minutes of cleaning time depending on how tough you’re going at it. That said, you will want to take that number with a dose of salt. The Eufy HomeVac may be a little underwhelming on thick carpet, but it will work wonders on hardwood, laminate, and tile. The roller brush is safe on all three, so scratches will not be a concern.
Eufy’s vacuum is another lightweight vacuum in stick form although this one has more suction power than others its size. The fact it works on carpeting of most heights is a huge bonus as well along with reasonable battery life. A HEPA style filter, lights, and a smooth swiveling head are other features to note on this model.
Dirt Devil may be one of the more recognizable names on our list, but they have come a long way since the days of the dust buster. The Dirt Devil Power Air Vacuum slid into our Top 5 due to the fact it weighs less than 7 pounds. It also doesn’t hurt that is has cyclonic sucking power that can make your carpets look like new.
The Power Air is in the middle of the pack with cord length thanks to a 20-foot cord. You will probably need to re-plug although we don’t think anyone will complain about the powerful 10 Amp motor. When combined with the aforementioned cyclonic filtration system, dirt and dust bunnies will be a think of the past. It has an 11” cleaning path, and the dirt cup opens up with a one-touch button. Like most vacuums in this class, it will not be able to deal with high-pile carpeting that well.
As much as we like the Dirt Devil Power Air, it is not the vacuum to have in your home if you have an ample amount of carpeting. If your flooring is mainly hard, you should consider it as it does have plenty of suction power and won’t break the bank.
The second Bissell vacuum to catch our eye is a 3-in-1 stick vac. That means you can use it as a traditional upright or break the bottom loose to go handheld. The other trick comes into play when you remove the stick giving you a mini upright vacuum of sorts.
That is a feature you won’t see on other models, and perfect for areas with light carpeting where you need a rolling head and plenty of suction. The vacuum weighs only 4 pounds and has a 15-foot cord which is a little short for our tastes and puts it in the light duty class. The dust bin may be a little small for some consumers, but the suction is strong, and the style makes it easy on your wrists and back which is perfect for extended cleaning sessions. You won’t get HEPA or a bag full of accessories this time around – just a reliable, lightweight vacuum cleaner.
The Bissell 3-in-1 is a little plain Jane when it comes to extras. It makes up for that when it comes to colors however as you can choose from five different shades with gray, green, blue, pink and silver. It’s also hard to beat the price tag considering you are getting an upright, handheld and mini-vacuum all in one.