Cordless stick vacuums have come a long way from their bulky, corded predecessors. They are now lightweight, powerful and come equipped with features that make cleaning job quick and easy. To help potential buyers find a product that suits their needs, professional reviewers and everyday users tested seven highly-rated cordless stick vacuums. Their tests evaluated key features like performance, suction power, ease of use and battery life to find the best vacuums for different types of floors and jobs.
The Dyson V11 Animal is the best cordless stick vacuum for pet hair and deep carpets. It has three modes — Boost, Auto and Eco — that you can easily cycle through with the touch of the button located on the LED screen. The vacuum defaults to Auto, which was plenty powerful for most of our needs, but the Boost mode was helpful for pulling dirt and heavier debris, like cat litter, out of plush carpet. The vacuum has an impressive suction power that even made easy work of challenging tasks like vacuuming up pet hair from rugs and carpets.
The Bissell IconPet is a great affordable cordless stick vacuum. It’s not as powerful or simple to empty as the Dyson, but it is a great performer on multiple surfaces. On the highest setting, it formed a seal on carpets and rugs that helped pull up all types of debris, from lighter-weight pet fur that sat on top of the rugs and upholstery to heavier cat litter that we sprinkled into the plusher carpets. The vacuum also comes with two attachments — a dusting brush combination tool with an LED light and a motorized brush roll tool that’s specifically designed to pull pet fur out of upholstery.
The Shark Wandvac Cordless Stick Vacuum is the best cordless stick vacuum for smaller jobs and smaller spaces. This vacuum made easy work of cleaning up debris from every type of floor, save for on high-pile carpet, where it required multiple passes. With its hidden feature, it incorporates Shark’s highly regarded Shark Handheld Wandvac as its power unit, makes it a contender for anyone who wants a multipurpose cleaning tool for smaller spaces. To access the handheld Wandvac, you just pull down on two release levers — there’s no reconfiguration of attachments required.
While each vacuum had its pros and cons, reviewers noted that all three were impressive in their own right. The Dyson V11 Animal was especially impressive with its power and battery life, while the Bissell IconPet was a great affordable option for quality performance on multiple surfaces. The Shark Wandvac Cordless Stick Vacuum stood out for its convenience and portability. Ultimately, selecting one of the top three will depend on the specific needs of the user.