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The best stick vacuum cleaners for 2022

We compared customer ratings to find the 8 stick vacuums in Australia that are consistently getting glowing reviews.

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The best stick vacuum cleaners in Australia

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.

Read more detail on our methodology below.


Dyson V15 Detect

Best overall stick vacuum

Dyson V15 Detect
Image: Angharad Yeo/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Exceptional suction and great battery life
  • Large bagless bin and washable filter
  • Low-maintenance powered heads with a laser

Cons

  • A bit heavy with poor weight distribution
  • Accessories not sold separately
  • Expensive

Why we chose it

The Dyson V15 Detect is the company's latest entry into the vacuum hall of fame. If you didn't think vacuums could be exciting, this bad boy will change your mind.

With Dyson, you can buy an older model and it's still going to be great. And that's a good option when these vacuums cost an arm and a leg.

But if you have the budget and inclination, the Dyson V15 Detect gets you best-in-class battery and suction across multiple floor types... and it has a damn laser too. Yes, really. It helps otherwise difficult-to-see debris on hard floors, which is excellent.

It's worth noting that in addition to being pricey, it's also on the heavier side. But if you're good with that, this is a fantastic buy that will last you years.

You can read or full review of the Dyson V15 Detect here.


Samsung Jet 70 Complete

Best all-rounder

Samsung Jet 70 Complete
Image: Angharad Yeo/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Inclusion of Turbo Action and Soft Action brushes
  • Good balance of price and features
  • Fairly lightweight and balanced

Cons

  • Mediocre suction
  • Dustbin system is fiddly and messy
  • No storage for extra accessories

Why we chose it

If you're looking for a great all-rounder that doesn't cost as much as the latest Dyson, it's worth taking a look at the Samsung Jet 70 Complete.

In addition to multiple brush heads and decent suction, it has a good range of features and is a relatively lightweight machine. While the battery is just okay (better for apartments or smaller spaces) it can swap out batteries as a solution.

Sitting firmly between the Samsung Jet 60 and Jet 90, the Samsung Jet 70 hits the sweet spot.


Dyson V11 Outsize

Best stick vacuum for carpet

Dyson V11 Outsize
Image: Lauren Chaplin/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Automatically adapts between carpet and hard flooring
  • Extra large cleaner head and bin

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Heavier than other Dyson models

Why we chose it

We considered 2 factors for our top pick in this category. 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. Some batteries reduce suction as power dwindles while lithium-ion batteries offer fade-free power.

Dyson's V11 Outsize stick vacuum cleaner has some of the strongest suction power of any stick vacuum currently on the market. While it is beaten by its older V15 sibling, there is something to be said for opting for something a little older and more cost-effective – especially when it's still this good.

It also 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 the power mode you are using (auto, boost or eco), along with the remaining battery time.

The Outsize is also fitted with a large 1.9-litre bin and has an extra-wide 32cm cleaner head to vacuum more floor space in 1 go, plus a range of accessories to clean other areas of your home.


Bissell Featherweight Stick Vacuum 2024F

Best budget stick vacuum

Bissell Featherweight Stick Vacuum 2024F
Image: Supplied/Finder

Not yet rated

Pros

  • Budget-friendly
  • Light
  • Can be used cordless

Cons

  • Not as heavy-duty as more expensive brands
  • Not as much suction as more premium vacuums

Why we chose it

With stick vacuums ranging in price from around $100 to $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 3 sites, the vacuum averaged a score of 4.5 stars, with customers consistently commenting on the great suction power and ease of use.

The Bissell Featherweight can be used with or without a power cord and is designed to quickly clean hard flooring. It also easily converts to a handheld device to vacuum furniture, countertops and cars.

Weighing in at under 2kgs, it is also incredibly lightweight. It's a great choice for those who struggle to manoeuvre heavier vacuum cleaners.


LG CordZero A9

Best stick vacuum for mopping

LG CordZero A9
Image: Chris Jager/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Lots of included accessories
  • 2 removable batteries
  • Telescopic pipe

Cons

  • No OLED display
  • Expensive
  • Fiddly dustbin mechanism

Why we chose it

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 8 heads and nozzles, including a motorised mop that automatically dispenses water during operation. It can clean almost any household surface with 3 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, eliminating the need to stoop uncomfortably no matter how tall you are. The 2 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.


Dyson V15 Detect

Best stick vacuum for hardwood and tiled floors

Dyson V15 Detect
Image: Angharad Yeo/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Exceptional suction and great battery life
  • Large bagless bin and washable filter
  • Low-maintenance powered heads with a laser

Cons

  • A bit heavy with poor weight distribution
  • Accessories not sold separately
  • Expensive

Why we chose it

Dyson is hard to beat thanks to its innovative technology on stick vacuum cleaners.

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 in our product review. The unique design senses the flooring type as you vacuum and automatically adjusts its suction. Powered by the V15 motor, the model also offers more suction than its predecessors, making it one of the most powerful stick vacuums around.

But what makes this particularly great for harder floors is the laser in the V15. It helps highlight dirt, debris and gunk that are otherwise missed.

The vacuum also comes with an LCD screen that displays the remaining cleaning time. It is also easily converted into a handheld vacuum for 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.


Dyson V11 Outsize

Best for large areas

Dyson V11 Outsize
Image: Lauren Chaplin/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Automatically adapts between carpet and hard flooring
  • Extra large cleaner head and bin

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Heavier than other Dyson models

Why we chose it

Having reviewed the Dyson V11 Outsize Vacuum for ourselves, we already know how great it is when cleaning larger spaces. 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.

It has the same handy LCD screen and smart cleaner head as its original V11 counterpart. The Outsize also 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. It's perfect for those with more floor space to cover. An additional clip-in battery can be purchased separately if you are unable to clean your entire house on the 1 battery.

The Outsize is also much quieter than previous Dyson models, making it a great choice for those with children or pets.


Samsung Clean Station

Best stick vacuum accessory

Samsung Clean Station
Image: Angharad Yeo/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Fun to use
  • Sleek and modern design
  • Greatly reduces the mess of emptying dustbin

Cons

  • Ongoing cost of disposable bags
  • Sometimes leaves debris behind
  • Expensive

Why we chose it

Okay, so this isn't exactly a vacuum. Samsung sells it as an accessory specifically for its stick vacuum range. The Samsung Clean Station is extremely extra, but great if you get your hands on 1.

It allows you to hygienically empty your vacuum dust without it covering your hands or floor. Sure, it's an overkill solution to a minor problem, but it's also great for ensuring you don't have to vacuum for a second time. Plus, it's super fun to use.


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How did we pick this list?

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  • We compared 30 stick vacuum brands and based our picks on real customer reviews sourced from popular appliance stores and product review sites as well as first-hand testing by the Finder reviews team.
  • We excluded some brands that aren't widely available across Australia.
  • The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.

Why you can trust our picks

We considered the following stick vacuum brands:

  • Black+Decker
  • Dyson
  • iVac
  • Electrolux
  • Nilfisk
  • BISSELL
  • Ezymount
  • Vax
  • Devanti
  • AUCMA
  • Dirt Devil
  • Kmart
  • Big W
  • Hoover
  • Kogan
  • Text
  • Target
  • Bellini
  • Karcher
  • Airflo
  • Maxkon
  • MIC
  • INSE
  • Bosch
  • Shark
  • Xiaomi
  • LG
  • Samsung
  • Sauber
  • Roborock

We then eliminated products from these brands that are difficult to find in Australian stores.

We defined parameters for each category and compared customer ratings sourced from popular appliance sites and product review sites to determine the products that were consistently highly rated. We also took into account our own experience with some products, based on reviews that we have written. However, we still used consumer scores to determine what we believe to be the best stick vacuum for each category.

We value our editorial independence, basing our comparison results, content and reviews on objective analysis without bias. However, Finder may receive compensation when you click some links on our site. Learn more about how we make money from our partners and why you can trust our guides.

How to compare stick vacuums

Some stick vacuums have now progressed to the point of being as powerful as their plug-in counterparts. Add ease of use and a handstick is a solid investment. However, there are now a number of options available on the market and not all of them have been created equal. Here are a few points to consider when comparing stick vacuums:

Battery life

Stick vacuums are battery-operated. You'll only have a certain amount of time to clean before the unit needs recharging. The run time of handsticks varies, so take a look at the size of your home and consider how long a proper vacuum will take. Find a model with a suitable run time.

Surface type

Though many stick vacuums claim to work on all flooring, some work better than others. A model that doesn't have a powerful battery ultimately has less suction. It will not be as efficient at cleaning surfaces like carpets that require a lot more suction to properly clean out dirt and debris.

Price

While some stick vacuums on the market are worth the $1,000+ price tag, you don't 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 features you like on your vacuum. From there, you can compare reputable brands to find a unit that suits your budget.

What is a stick vacuum?

A stick vacuum is 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 buying and replacing vacuum bags but may require more maintenance. Bagless models have filters that require regular 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:

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to manoeuvre
  • Compact and easy to store
  • Often convertible into handheld vacuums
  • Suitable for those with back problems as there is no need to bend down
  • Generally not designed for heavy-duty cleaning
  • Not tailored for high-pile carpets or large cleaning spaces
  • Smaller with less dust storage capacity than upright models

If you want to compare the different types of vacuums, check out our guide to the best vacuum cleaners.

Cordless vs corded stick vacuums

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. These are better suited to bigger spaces. Corded models also hold more dust than cordless versions, so you won't have to empty them as often.

Additional factors

Here are other factors to keep in mind:


Frequently asked questions

Compare stick vacuums

Name Product Price (RRP) Finder score More info
Dyson V15 Detect
$1,399
Samsung Jet 70 Complete
$699
LG CordZero A9
$1,349
Dyson V11 Outsize
$1,299
Roborock H6
$699
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