Best Stick Vacuum Cleaners (Top Picks For 2020)

After a hard day at work, lugging out the heavy plug-in vacuum takes up time and energy you just don't have. If like me, you'd much rather jump in the spa pool!

A stick vacuum, on the other hand, can be a great alternative. With it's compact size and design and cordless system, it is a quick, portable and efficient way to get the vacuuming done without the hassle of a plug-in vacuum. 

It's manoeuvrability is another benefit that adds to the appeal of a stick vacuum, being able to reach under furniture, high places and other nooks and crannies a hefty corded vacuum may not be able to reach.

The stick vacuum ultimately provides a great alternative for cleaning bare floors and low-pile carpets, and comes in a range of styles, makes and models, offering numerous unique features.

Find the top picks of the best stick vacuums for 2020 below, including the distinctive features of each model to help you find a model suited to your home and your lifestyle. 

5 Best Stick Vacuum Cleaners

1. Shark Rocket Duoclean

  • 600W powerhouse suction
  • 2 power settings
  • Illuminated LED lights
  • 9m cord reach

Use the Shark Rocket Duoclean as a handheld or upright vacuum cleaner on all your floor surfaces, carpets, tiles, vinyl or wooden. 


ts triple particle cleaning action makes sure that the Shark removes even the hardest of stuck on dirt and the smallest of dust particles.


The package you receive will contain all you need: the Shark vacuum, dusting brush, crevice tool, upholstery tool, and handy out of the way wall mount.


With illuminating LED headlights to show you even the most difficult to reach places, including underneath your furniture, you’ll love this little battler.


The 9m cord gives you plenty of reach room as well, and the swivel head allows you to easily get around corners and move around underneath and around things.


The 600W powerful motor and suction even clean up pet hair as though it wasn’t an issue!


The ability to shorten it into a handheld to use on upholstery and shelving etc is a real bonus. And the dust compartment is quick and easy to empty. The filters are likewise very easy to remove, wash and replace.


To top it all off, it’s an extremely quiet vacuum to run – being able to listen to music while you’re vacuuming really is a treat.


For a stick vacuum this really does do a perfect job!


2. HOOVER QuickStick

  • Cyclonic suction technology
  • Quick release roller brush
  • Rechargeable 18V battery
  • Affordable price tag

Stick vacuums are a welcome newcomer to the vacuum cleaner world if for no other reason than they relieve backache! Especially for those of us on the tall side.


Featuring a motorised powerhead for thorough cleaning of all floor surfaces, carpeted or hard, the Hoover Quickstick is also lightweight and very easy to use - almost a pleasure. It can also be quickly converted to a handheld vac for above floor cleaning of cobwebs, furniture, shelving etc.


The cyclonic technology used in the vacuum head traps dirt and dust (including pet hair and stuck on particles) in the waste bin, which is quickly and easily emptied.  


The head moves easily between different floor surfaces without the need to change settings or even to lift on to the new surface. That’s a winning feature on its own.


The Vacuum arrives with a crevice tool and dusting brush for versatility, and a roller brush to keep the vacuum head clean.


Being battery powered (rechargeable Lithium-ion) you can go anywhere without the need for extension cords and getting stuck under doors.


Charge time is around 4 hours on an adaptor, and the vacuum will run for around 20 minutes between charges.


3. HOOVER Vortex Pro

  • Air Velocity technology
  • Self-propelling powerhead
  • 4-stage HEPA filtration system
  • 3 use case, hand/stick,handvac
  • Short battery life

The Vortex Pro StickVac from hoover is a high-end vacuum with a high-end price tag.


Straight out of the gates there the fact that it has a 4-stage HEPA filtration system to ensure that dust and debris (including particularly harmful microbes, fungal spores, allergens and bacteria) are not released back into your home after being sucked up by the powerful deep-cleaning Vortex-pro vacuum head.


The HEPA filtration system certainly is technology that vacuums in the much more expensive price brackets use. It is regarded as a sign of quality. And if you have asthma sufferers in the house a vacuum with HEPA filtration is worth thinking about.


The Vortex powerhead uses Air Velocity Technology, deep cleaning in conjunction with its primary and secondary cyclone chambers which maximises the airflow path for powerful suction on all floor types.


The powerhead is also self-propelling for easier use – no pushing required – and it has a trapdoor for releasing debris that may get stuck in the head from time to time.


The Vortex Pro has streamlined controls on the handle and an easy to attach battery-pack which simply slides on and off for easy charging. The battery will run for 28 minutes on Regular power or 9 minutes on High power mode.


The fact that it’s cordless is also a bonus – no extension cords to worry about or tugging the cord out from wherever it’s got itself stuck!


As an upright or ‘stick’ vacuum the Vortex is so much ergonomically preferably for your back than a traditional floor vacuum is. It has a comfortable handle grip which easily sits in the palm of your hand.


The Vortex Pro arrives at your door with many attachments to try and use for a total and complete home cleaning experience. It does offer more than a run of the mill stick vacuum does.


4. WERTHEIM Evolution

  • Digital brushless motor
  • HEPA H10 filter
  • Charging stand to keep charge
  • Up to 50 minutes battery
  • Continuous trigger mode

Wertheim are offering a lot in this stick vacuum they’ve named Evolution if the price tag is something to judge it by, and surely it must be.


The Evolution does have some extremely attractive features. Quite a few of them in fact. It offers cyclonic technology with a boost mode for 3x normal suction for really difficult to lift dirt.


It has a mini-motorised pet brush which, one assumes, could be used with the suction boost mode to finally lift all those hairs that have been impossible to move for oh so long. And it has HEPA H10 filtration for removal of particularly harmful microbes, fungal spores, allergens and bacteria.


Excellent for asthma sufferers, but also just generally.


The trigger (on switch) is continuous, that is, you don’t have to hold it all the time. The Power head has headlights for illuminating where you’re going especially difficult to see spots eg under the furniture.


The motor is powerful and is a digital brushless motor which generally ensures longer life a more powerful output, which equates to a better performance by the vacuum over a longer period.


The Evolution is cordless and is powered by battery, but it has 2 Lithium-ion batteries which can be charged simultaneously and will run for 50 minutes on a full charge of both. The vacuum has a convenient charging stand too.


The point has been proven at least to where it can be said that the Wertheim Evolution has a lot to offer indeed. It can also be said that reviews so far have not been anything but highly favourable.


5. Dyson V8 Animal

  • V8 motor powerful suction
  • Picks up animal hair with ease
  • Up to 40 minutes of fade-free power
  • Wall mounted docking station

It’s difficult to imagine anything but absolute perfection from a Dyson product. Let’s see how their V8 Animal stick vacuum stacks up.


This stick vacuum, the V8 Animal, does have a few great features.


The vacuum is cordless and will give you up to 40 minutes of cleaning depending on the mode you choose to use (see below).


To store and recharge the battery there is a handy docking wall mount which can be placed anywhere which is convenient to you, bearing in mind that it needs to be near a power source.


Its motor is a V8 motor (hence the name) and spins at 107,000rpm. That creates a very strong suction which is the basic function we all want from a vacuum, as long as it’s not so strong that you can’t lift the head from the floor!


Let’s assume that that is not the case with this Dyson. In addition to that powerful motor the vacuum has cyclonic force from 15 tier radial cyclones creating centrifugal forces which then capture more dirt again.


Given that the Animal is capable of picking up so much dirt, debris, dust and so on it will also be picking up other microscopic particles including harmful microbes, fungal spores, allergens and bacteria.


A lot of vacuums have no way to stop these from being released back into the space around the vacuum.


Some however use what’s called a Filtration system to capture these particles.


The V8 Animal has a ‘whole machine filtration system’ (different to other vacuums) to do this job.


The vacuum has 2 power settings. You can choose Max mode which will give you up to 7 minutes of high power, or Powerful mode for a longer cleaning time (up to 40 minutes perhaps).


The vacuum is extremely lightweight so it can easily be held up to reach high places, and it can also be converted into a handheld vacuum.


With all those features and the Dyson reputation it’s almost impossible to imagine that the V8 Animal is not a fantastic vacuum if you can afford the label’s price tag.


Verdict

When it comes to choosing the best stick vacuum cleaners it can be a difficult process, especially with each brand claiming to offer the best features such as battery life, suction power and useability. 


Dyson is definitely the brand to buy if you've got the budget, as they offer the highest powered motors that can pick up the finest of dust from your floors. The Animal we looked at today is great for animal hair hence the name. 


But if you're looking for a cost friendly powerhouse then you can definitely do no wrong buying yourself a Shark Rocket. Being corded, you don't need to worry about opening the closet and realising you've got no charge! It's fast, powerful and picks up anything you can think of. 


Whichever model you decide to use, be sure to check the reviews. While we've linked to most products, as time passes, it's likely newer models may appear in their place which might not have the same features and functionality.