Top Pick for
Budget stick vacuum
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Our editorial team selected the vacuums on this list based on actual customer reviews and our own testing and expertise. For each category, we carefully selected parameters based on our research and identified the products with the highest review score within those parameters. Where applicable, we also weighted our own reviews into the scoring (tested products required a minimum Finder Score of 4 stars to be considered.)
LG has pipped Dyson at the post to win the best stick vacuum brand. It received the top rating for value for money, battery life and cleaning performance.
Having already chosen Dyson as the top stick vacuum brand in our Finder Retail Awards, we determined our best overall pick by comparing Dyson models to find the one that is the best value for money.
Priced at $799, the Dyson V8 Animal Extra Cordless Vacuum is on the lower end of Dyson's price spectrum and even beat out some of the brand's newer models when it came to customer ratings. The vacuum received an average rating of 4.7 stars from more than 15,500 reviews taken from The Good Guys, Harvey Norman and Google Reviews.
Many online reviews mention how great the suction power of the vacuum is and how efficient it is at picking up pet hair. The whole-machine filtration system and hygienic dirt ejector also made it a hit with asthma and allergy sufferers.
While the V8 Animal Extra doesn't come with all the bells and whistles of some of the newer models, the vacuum does have five attachments, including the mini motorised tool that can be used to clean other areas of the home.
Overall, the V8 Animal Extra delivers most of the benefits of Dyson's newer models but at a much lower price point.
To choose our top pick for this category, we took two factors into consideration. The first was the suction power of the vacuum, as carpets require higher suction for a thorough deep clean. The second was the type of battery that the vacuum cleaner uses as some batteries cause the suction to reduce as power dwindles, while those with lithium-ion batteries offer fade-free power.
Dyson's V11 Outsize stick vacuum cleaner has the strongest suction power of any stick vacuum currently on the market, contains a lithium-ion battery and was the highest rated product we considered. The vacuum scored a 4.7-star rating across more than 800 reviews sourced from Google Reviews, Harvey Norman and The Good Guys. We also reviewed the product ourselves and awarded it a 4.5-star rating.
Fitted with a smart cleaner head, the Outsize is incredibly user-friendly as it automatically detects the type of flooring you are cleaning and adjusts the suction accordingly. It also features a handy LCD screen on the top of the vacuum that shows you the power mode that you are using (Auto, Boost or Eco), along with the battery time remaining.
The Outsize also comes with a range of accessories to clean other areas of your home, is fitted with a large 1.9-litre bin and has an extra-wide 32cm cleaner head to vacuum more floor space in the one go.
With stick vacuums ranging in price from around $100-$1,100, we looked at the highest rated vacuums under $200 to determine our best budget pick.
The Bissell Featherweight 2024F was the top choice of consumers based on over 140 customer reviews left on Product Review, Harvey Norman and Google Reviews. Across all three sites, the vacuum averaged a score of 4.5 stars, with customers consistently commenting on the great suction power and ease of use.
Able to be used with or without a power cord, the Bissell Featherweight has been designed to quickly clean hard flooring. It also easily converts to a handheld device that can be used to vacuum furniture, countertops and cars.
Weighing in at under 2kgs, it is also incredibly lightweight, which makes it a great choice for those who struggle to manoeuvre heavier vacuum cleaners.
The LG CordZero A9 Ultimate is one of the most expensive stick vacuums on the market, but it's also the most versatile. The package comes with no fewer than eight heads and nozzles, including a motorised mop that automatically dispenses water during operation. It is capable of cleaning almost any household surface with three different power modes to choose from.
The patented motor creates artificial whirlwinds of air to help separate and suck up dust particles while cleaning. When using a motorised head, suction is assisted by rotating rollers specifically designed for carpets, hard floors and bedding.
The adjustable vacuum pipe extends to a maximum of 1.12 metres which eliminates the need to stoop uncomfortably, no matter how tall you are. The inclusion of two removable batteries is a huge bonus as it effectively doubles the unit's battery life, allowing you to swap batteries mid-clean.
The A9 Ultimate has a bin capacity of 0.44 litres, which is around half the size of the Dyson V11 Absolute. Nevertheless, it remains large enough to do a full house clean without any issues.
When it comes to stick vacuum cleaners, Dyson is hard to beat thanks to its innovative technology. One of its more recent models, the V11 Absolute Extra, currently has a 4.8-star rating from over 440 customer reviews across The Good Guys, Harvey Norman and Google Reviews, making it one of the highest rated vacuums we considered.
We have chosen this as the best for hardwood and tile flooring as the vacuum's smart motorhead is highly efficient on all flooring types, as noted both by users and by us in our product review. The unique design senses the flooring type as you vacuum and automatically adjusts its suction accordingly. Powered by the V11 motor, the model also offers 20% more suction than its predecessor, making it one of the most powerful stick vacuums around.
The vacuum also comes with an LCD screen that displays the remaining cleaning time and is easily converted into a handheld vacuum that can tackle furniture and hard-to-reach areas of your home.
While firmly in the more luxurious price range, this model does everything you could possibly ask from a stick vacuum and then some, making it worth the investment.
To determine our best pick, we looked at the highest rated vacuums that came with features or attachments designed to tackle pet hair. The Electrolux Ergorapido Animal Stick Vacuum beat out the competition, scoring a 4.6-star rating across 136 reviews sourced from The Good Guys, Appliances Online and JB Hi-Fi.
Fitted with a Pet Power nozzle, the Ergorapido Animal has been designed to easily pick up hair, dust and dirt from upholstery, furnishings and more. It also features the brand's unique BrushRollClean technology, which has an internal blade to remove entangled hairs to save you from having to pull them out yourself.
Additional features include an allergy filter to capture micro dust particles and LED lights on the front of the vacuum to light up dark corners as you clean.
Having reviewed the Dyson V11 Outsize Vacuum for ourselves, we already know just how great it is when it comes to cleaning larger spaces. However, customers also gave it a glowing 4.7-star rating, based on more than 830 reviews sourced from Google Reviews, Harvey Norman and The Good Guys.
As well as offering the same handy LCD screen and smart cleaner head as its original V11 counterpart, the Outsize features a whopping 1.9-litre bin and a 32cm-wide cleaner head to make things easier for those with larger homes.
It also has 20% more power than the V11, giving the user up to 60 minutes of fade-free run time, making it perfect for those with more floor space to cover. An additional clip-in battery can also be purchased separately if you are unable to clean your entire house on the one battery.
The Outsize is also much quieter than previous Dyson models, making it a great choice for those with children or pets.
On average, stick vacuums weigh anywhere between 2.1 and 4.1 kilograms, which is why we looked at stick vacuums under 3kgs to choose our best lightweight pick. Electrolux's Ergorapido Allergy 18V Vacuum was the highest rated vacuum as chosen by customers across Harvey Norman, The Good Guys and Google Reviews, with an average rating of 4.6 stars over more than 440 reviews.
Weighing in at just 2.5kgs, many users noted how light and easy the vacuum is to use. The 180-degree swivel nozzle was also said to help make cleaning simple as you can manoeuvre the motorhead with ease to get into hard-to-reach places.
Despite being incredibly lightweight, many users commented on how powerful the vacuum cleaner is and how efficiently it cleans both hard flooring and carpeted areas. Powered by a Lithium HD TurboPower battery, the Ergorapido offers up to 48 minutes of run time, making it suitable for most home sizes.
It also features an allergy filter that Electrolux claims captures up to 99.99% of micro dust particles and has an innovative BrushRollClean function that sees an internal blade remove tangled hairs and suck them into the dust cup for you.
Some stick vacuums have now progressed to the point of being every bit as powerful as their plug-in counterparts. Add to that the ease of use and a handstick is a pretty solid investment. However, there are now quite a number available on the market and not all of them have been created equal. Here are a few points to consider when comparing stick vacuums:
Stick vacuums are battery-operated, which means that you'll only have a certain amount of time to clean before the unit needs recharging. The run time of handsticks tends to vary, so make sure to take a look at the size of your home and consider how long a proper vacuum will take and find a model with a run time to suit.
Though many stick vacuums will claim to work on all flooring, some will work better than others. For instance, a model that doesn't have a powerful battery will ultimately have less suction. Therefore, it will not be as efficient at cleaning surfaces like carpets that require a lot more suction to properly clean out dirt and debris.
While there are some stick vacuums on the market worth the $1,000+ price tag, you don't necessarily have to spend a fortune to get your hands on a good model. Take the time to research stick vacuums and come up with a list of the features that you would like your vacuum to have. From there, you can compare reputable brands to find a unit that suits your budget.
A stick vacuum is essentially a lightweight version of an upright vacuum. While most models are not as powerful as upright vacuums and don't come with as many accessories and tools, they can be ideal for small homes with limited storage space.
Stick vacuums are bagless and use canisters to collect dust that can be directly emptied into your bin. This will save you the trouble and cost of having to buy and replace vacuum bags, but may require more maintenance. Generally, bagless models have filters that require regular checking and cleaning to maintain suction power. Also, dust can leak out into the air when emptying the canister or removing the filter for cleaning. Look for an easy-to-open canister that can be removed and cleaned easily.
Compared to upright vacuums, stick vacuums are:
Most stick vacuums are cordless. Cordless vacuums run on rechargeable batteries and can be easily moved around without getting caught on furniture or having to switch sockets. However, they have a limited run time and need to be charged regularly. If you're considering a cordless vacuum, check out our review of the Dyson V10 cordless stick vacuum.
Corded vacuums tether you to a wall socket, but can run for an unlimited amount of cleaning time, making them better-suited to bigger spaces. Corded models typically hold more dust than cordless versions, so you won't have to empty them as often.
Additional factors to keep in mind:
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