Most cordless stick vacuums work great on hardwood floors, but they may struggle with carpet. And some do great on carpet, but can’t seem to manage bare floors.
How do you know which ones are great at both?
five (we’re up to six now) that excel on both hardwood and carpeted floors.
Dyson V8 Absolute
A Dyson may cost more than any other cordless stick vacuum, but there are a lot of benefits to owning one other than just extreme suction.
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The V8 Absolute transforms into a handheld with a single click. This does give it an edge if you want a vacuum for the car, furniture, or other small/hard to reach spaces.
It sells for about $350, depending on the retailer. It’s an attractive stick vac, with the futuristic design that most Dyson fans have come to love, and it has a long battery life of 40 minutes. It’s great for homes with pets and has a HEPA filter to capture allergens, but does it work on both hardwood floors and carpet?
Yes, it’s one of the best battery powered options for drawing dirt deep out of carpets and it also handles bare floors with ease. It comes with a cleaning head that has stiff bristles for getting dirt deep out of carpets as well as a soft fiber cleaning head that’s safe to use on hardwood, tile, vinyl, and laminate floors.
Shark IONFlex 2x Duoclean IF251
This stick vac from Shark is kind of weird, but in a good way. The stick part of the vacuum’s body is flexible, giving it an edge for under furniture cleaning. The ‘Duoclean’ in its name refers to the fact that it is specifically designed to clean both hardwood floors and carpets.
The two removable lithium ion batteries mean you can charge one battery while you’re using the other. Having a second battery means you’re never out of power, which I believe is its’ best feature, especially if you have a lot of floor to clean.
You may need to use both batteries if you want to use ‘Max’ mode, since the battery life in that mode is only about 11 minutes, which is pretty standard . Still, the vacuum only weighs 3.8 pounds, so you can take it up the stairs easily, or you can convert it to a handheld in a snap.
Bissell AirRam 1984
Bissell’s Air Ram is a well designed cordless vacuum cleaner. It weighs a little under 8 pounds making it a little heavier than some of its more expensive competitors, but the price won’t lighten up your wallet nearly as much. It costs a paltry $200 and even closer to $120 if you can be patient and wait for a sale. It’s not the newest model on the scene,but sometimes, the old reliable brands are the best.
This particular stick vac transitions from carpets to hardwood floors automatically. It’s designed stricly to be used on the floor, but it does flex and swivel to get under furniture easily.
The 22V Lithium-ion battery lasts up to 40 minutes before it needs to be recharged. The 0.6L dirt collection cup features a sliding lever to help you easily empty the bin, so pet owners might find this feature especially useful. Plus, the filter can be pulled out and washed with warm water to keep air flowing freely and suction from degrading.
One fun feature that the AirRam has is LED lighting on the front. This lets you see the dirt and debris even in low light, which is great for cleaning under furniture. Since it doesn’t convert to a handheld it’s not as versatile as some of the competition, but it’s one of the best battery operated vacuums for cleaning hardwood floors and carpeting, which is really all that most of us need.
Tineco A10 Master
The Tineco A10 Master looks like Dyson’s middle class cousin. In fact, at first glance, it looks a lot like one. It’s not as expensive as the Dyson V8 Animal, but it’s not as cheap as some other brands, either. It’s somewhere in between the Bissell and Dyson in cost, but how does it perform?
While not quite as powerful as the Dyson, whom they are clearly trying to compete with, the A10 does a more than sufficient job on carpeted and bare floors.
It’s light, at just over 5 pounds, and it has a detachable lithium ion battery that goes for up to 50 minutes between charges on ‘regular’ mode, up to 14 minutes on ‘Max’ mode. The charger is also the storage unit, which is useful. It has a soft brush for hardwood floors and a ‘multi-tasker’ brush for carpets, which is exactly what you want if you have both types of flooring in your home. It’s very versatile, lightweight, tackles pet hair pretty well,and does have a HEPA filter.
Like the Bissell, this one has LED lights to help show you where the dirt is. It also has a finger-trigger function and a switch, so you can pull the trigger to power the vacuum sporadically, or slide the switch to keep it on.
Most reviews on this one are super positive, but several do indicate that the battery may require several charge/discharge cycles before it reaches maximum performance capacity. Still, for the price and comparative features to more expensive (We’re looking at you Dyson!) brands, it’s worth checking out.
Black+Decker 20v 2in1
It doesn’t have the strongest motor and in no way will it ever replace your upright vacuum, but at under $100 on sale it’s cheap and a solid option for quick cleanups around the home. It has a suction feature that automatically adjusts for moving from carpet to hardwood floors. As a 2 in 1, the upper vacuum part detaches to become a handheld for smaller messes and hard to reach cleaning.
This one features a swivel head to help navigate around furniture and it comes with on-board tools. These are both great, but the real fun feature that this stick vac has is its SMARTECH sensing technology, which alerts you when the battery gets low and tells you when it’s time to clean the filter. I know I’m guilty of letting filters get clogged so for me this is an exellent feature.
There’s a power beater bar for carpet cleaning. It digs down deep into carpet fibers to stir up debris for a deeper clean. Per reviews, the battery is also strong enough to cover the floor in a 2500 square foot home on a single charge, which is pretty darn good.
At around 9 pounds, this is a heavier stick vac than most, but it’s also a solid performer and comes in the color ‘eggplant’, which is decidedly different in just the right way.
EuFy HomeVac 2 in 1
The brand with a funny name has a lot going for it and it’s super inexpensive at well under a hundred bucks. It has a powerful battery that lasts for up to 50 minutes between charges, and it has a HEPA-style (note the word style there) filter to help remove allergens from your home. It weighs a smidge under six pounds and stores away easily in a closet or corner.
Besides being lightweight, the HomeVac has a rotating design that lets you navigate around furniture fairly easily. It works on both bare floors and carpets and it’s my favorite budget option because it works quite well considering that it literally costs 1/8th of what a Dyson costs. Of course it doesn’t compare in performance to a top of the line Dyson like the V10 Absolute, but for quick clean-ups, which is what most of us want from our stick vacs, the Eufy is going to keep your carpets and hardwood surfaces dirt and dust free.
One important thing to note is that there are no replacement batteries available so if the battery wears out on you the whole unit goes in the trash. It should be a few years before that happens to the lithium-ion battery though, I just wanted you to be aware.
It’s an efficient, inexpensive, practical option if you’re looking for an alternative to dragging out the heavy corded upright, but it’s not designed to replace it all together except for maybe a small apartment dweller without kids or that has just one cat.