Laminate, wood, ceramic tile, carpet…
All these are popular flooring choices for homes today with their own merits and drawbacks.
No matter what type of flooring you have in your house though, you can’t escape cleaning it. The easiest cleaning method by far is vacuuming whatever the surface.
There’s an incredible array of choices when it comes to vacuum cleaners. While variety is the spice of life, all these choices can make it completely overwhelming to know which vacuum would work best for you and your specific needs.
In today’s lightweight vacuum reviews, we’ll be discussing one of the most versatile vacuum types available on the market.
We will serve up some key information about this specific type of vacuum and talk about the benefits and drawbacks, to make your buying decision super-simple.
Without further ado, we’ll get down to the main event…
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Lightweight Vacuum Reviews
1 Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Lightweight Corded Bagless Stick
First up in our lightweight vacuum reviews is an ultra-cheap corded model from the industry legend Dirt Devil. Their familiar bright red cleaning appliances brighten up homes the world round and with just cause. If the gleaming red is not to your taste, you can also pick up a Simpli-Stick in a dark blue colorway.
At just 3.8 pounds, vacuums don’t get much lighter than this awesome Dirt Devil. Whether you struggle with mobility and carrying heavy loads or you want to hump your vac up and down the stairs without straining yourself, people want compact vacuums for different reasons. This stick/handheld combo is light as a feather and glides around almost effortlessly.
The Dirt Devil is great for homes with mixed flooring and it works well on pretty much any surface from carpet to hardwood and laminate.
The Simpli-Stick is bagless and ditching the contents of the container is straightforward and hygienic. This saves you money on costly replacement bags and you can do your bit for the environment into the bargain.
You won’t need to keep replacing the filter either as you can simple rinse it, dry it off and pop it back on. Filtration is surprisingly effective for a cheap vac.
It must be stressed that the price of the Simpli-Stick is one of its key selling points. It’s so cheap you’ll be amazed at the build quality and overall cleaning results when you consider it costs about the same as hiring a cleaner for an hour!
While you obviously can’t expect a wealth of attachments, the provided crevice tool can be stored on-board and comes into its own for putting the finishing touches on any hard-to-reach spots that might otherwise escape buffing up.
On the downside, you’ll not only encounter all the usual restrictions that come with a corded vacuum but the cord itself is a measly 16 feet. There’s simply no excuse for manufacturers cutting corners on something like this so make sure that cable length offers you sufficient room for maneuver or you’ll end up disappointed.
Overall, the Dirt Devil Simpli-Stick is a multi-tasking workhorse that gives you the versatility of a stick vacuum, the total freedom of a handheld and all in a package that weighs under 4 pounds. When you also take its laughably low price into account, it’s easy to see why the Simpli-Stick regularly tops lists of the best lightweight vacuums.
- Weighs under 4 pounds so absolutely ideal for anyone who struggles with a bulkier vacuum but doesn’t want to compromise cleaning power
- Incredibly cheap costing less than a round of drinks
- Potent 1 ¼-amp motor serves up constant suction man enough for even stubborn messes
- Converts easily to a handheld vacuum for even greater flexibility
- Wheels around like a dream and cleans all surfaces effectively so a one-stop solution
- Washable filter is almost zero maintenance and saves you money over time.
- 16-foot power cord is far too short for our liking
- 1-year warranty could be better but it’s all you can expect at this price point.
2 Bissell Featherweight Stick Vacuum Lightweight Bagless
Bissell consistently produce top-notch vacuums at extremely cost-effective prices and the Featherweight is cheap even by their standards weighing in at just a fraction more than the Dirt Devil.
The first thing to make clear is that you need to keep your expectations reasonable if you’re planning to purchase a cheap, lightweight vacuum. The gains you make in terms of price and portability come at the cost of lesser suction power and other limitations. Only you can decide if that trade-off is worthwhile and if you’re reading this article, we imagine the answer is “Yes!”
Tipping the scales at just 5 pounds, the Bissell easily qualifies as a lightweight vacuum. In its stick form, it’s very nimble. The detachable wand gives you added reach and the 2-in-1 stick and handheld functionality is impressive at this price point.
There’s no motorized brush roll so the Bissell works best on hard flooring. Take note that the plastic wheels can scuff up hardwood so exercise extreme caution. The Bissell will serve a turn cleaning low-pile carpets but won’t cut the ice with anything thick or plush. It does work on area rugs so you get a pretty competent performer across the board.
As you’d expect from a lesser-powered vacuum, picking up pet hair with the Bissell is a stretch. That said, the handheld nozzle will be of at least some assistance on this score so it’s not a complete write-off for pet owners but it won’t clear up all the mess your furry friends leave behind.
We must concede that the Bissell’s motor is fairly limp so don’t expect it to kick out too much by the way of suction.
The other significant drawbacks include a restrictively short power cord and a less than generous dirt container.
It also bears pointing out that the Bissell does not swivel. This means that when you want to switch directions, you’ll have to physically lift the vacuum. Given its slimline dimensions, this is hardly taxing work, though.
Although the Bissell Featherweight is by no means perfect, very few vacuums come without their downsides. Overall, we’d strongly recommend popping this stick on your shortlist if your driving factor is weight and portability and you don’t mind sacrificing a little grunt to achieve that.
- Convert your Featherweight from a stick to handheld for the complete cleaning package in one nifty unit
- Lengthy detachable wand makes the Bissell ideal for cleaning above floor and up the stairway
- Exceptionally cheap considering such brand heritage and commendable overall performance
- Weighs just 5 pounds so uber-portable and highly maneuverable
- Bagless vacuum so no niggling running costs
- Works extremely well on hardwood floors.
- Relatively underpowered motor but you can’t expect Dyson-caliber suction in the form of a budget stick
- Lacks a motorized brush so slightly limited cleaning ingrained dirt for carpets
- Dirt cup doesn’t hold too much debris so expect to empty it pretty frequently.
3 Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum, Orange (HV302)
Although the Rocket comes in a little heavier than some of the ultra-light vacuums on our list, at a mere 8 pounds it still fits the bill as a lightweight vac and it delivers in fine style.
The suction power of the Shark is one area in which it stands above the other lightweights on our list today. In most situations, you’ll only need a single pass of the generous 10-inch cleaning path to get the job done.
The majority of homes these days boast mixed flooring and you’ll be able to move from carpets to hardwood or laminate by using the ergonomic fingertip controls. Just doctor the brushroll speed and cleaning will be optimized for the surface of your choosing without any risk of damaging your floor.
Attachments are generous which is no more than you’d hope for with a vacuum at the more expensive end of the pricing spectrum for a lightweight model. You’ll get a dusting brush for those finishing touches and a crevice tool slots neatly into any awkward spots. The upholstery tool is ideal for your furniture and the hard floor attachments are highly effective. To ice the cake, there’s a car detailing kit so you can even keep your vehicles immaculate. A bag is included for stashing away these accessories.
You can pop the Rocket away in conventional fashion or store it mounted on the wall. If you’re struggling for storage space, this is a winning feature.
Although you’ll be limited by being tethered to a power outlet, the cable on the Rocket is 25 feet long which is more than adequate for even larger rooms.
The size of the dust container leaves something to be desired but you should still find enough room to clean up 2 or 3 rooms before needing to empty it out so it’s not a deal-breaker.
Shark’s legendary 5-year warranty should show you just how much faith the manufacturer puts in this superb lightweight vacuum. Check out the Rocket today and enjoy a spotless home tomorrow.
- Get all the benefits of an upright combined with the adaptability of a handheld for the double win
- Neat micro tools included to help you blitz your car
- Use fingertip controls to flit between carpet and hard flooring with absolute ease
- Wall mountable storage is a great bonus for anyone living in a small apartment or lacking space to stash cleaning appliances
- Dust-away attachment and microfiber pad tailor-made for scouring hard flooring without causing any damage
- Wide 10-inch path and generous dust cup mean you can spend more time cleaning and less time messing around
- Certainly not the cheapest lightweight vacuum but you’ll enjoy superb build quality and great performance as compensation for the price tag.
4 Hoover UH70400 WindTunnel Air Bagless Corded Lightweight Upright
Hoover is such a household name in the UK that the name is used to refer to any vacuum of any brand. With the UH70400, you’ll get a vacuum that skirts the edges of lightweight territory while serving up suction power and performance to rival the heaviest upright.
At 12 pounds, the Hoover is certainly not anorexic but it’s no beached whale either. Compared to uprights weighing in at twice its size, we can still comfortably call the Hoover a lightweight vacuum.
Boasting Hoover’s innovative WindTunnel technology, you’ll be able to confidently dispatch all surface dust without worrying about larger shards of debris clogging up the filter. The multi-cyclonic filtration works wonders for anyone with an allergy or sensitivity as all allergens and pathogens are kept safely tucked away inside not belched back into your living space.
You can enjoy all the performance you’d associate with a corded vacuum without the attendant limitations of movement. Hoover understand the need for a lengthy power cable and have cut the cord at a substantial 30 feet allowing you to clean large spaces without endlessly plugging and unplugging your vac.
The handle is designed to recline at the perfect angle to enable you to work your way underneath your furniture ensuring no spot remains untouched. If you need to clean above floor or get your way up and down the stairs, the wand detaches for your convenience.
Rather than being confronted by a batch of alien cleaning attachments, you’ll get a 3-in-1 tool so you can perform the finishing touches on your cleaning duties with a single multi-purpose accessory.
A bagless vacuum, you’ll sidestep the need to constantly run out to the store for expensive replacement bags. Emptying the dust container couldn’t simpler or more hygienic. Just hit a button and the waste ejects straight into the garbage can without spraying all over you or the floor.
If you’re on the hunt for a pretty agile and compact vacuum but you’re not prepared to compromise on cleaning power and functionality, the Hoover WindTunnel, especially if you take advantage of the current sale price, is the connoisseur’s choice for a lightweight vacuum. Road test one today!
- Reap the benefits of a potent upright along with reasonably lightweight size of just 12 pounds
- Equally suitable for hard floors or carpets so a winner if you have mixed flooring in your home
- Extremely generous 30-foot power cable so you’ll be able to scour even larger rooms without needing to constantly find a new power outlet
- WindTunnel technology helps you kiss goodbye to embedded dirt and surface dust with total ease
- Multi-purpose combination tool replaces the fiddly series of attachments provided with many vacuums
- Currently available at a steep discount so enjoy plenty of cleaning power from a brand you can trust at a pocket-friendly price.
- Complaints about pet hair working its way around the beater bar so think twice if you have animals at home
Exhaust can give off an unpleasant smell.
5 BESTEK Upright and Handheld 2-in-1 Corded Stick
We’ve tried to include something for all tastes and budgets with these lightweight vacuum reviews and while BESTEK might not be a name that trips off the tongue, this budget brand offering affordable but highly effective vacuums is not to be sneezed at. A growing band of loyal fans appreciate the sleek design married to impressive functionality that characterizes this lesser-known but dependable manufacturer.
If you have predominantly hardwood or laminate floors, the BESTEK will make a great addition to your cleaning arsenal. You’ll be able to press it into commission on low-pile carpet or rugs but, as with the bulk of stick vacuums, it’s going to struggle with deeper carpets to some degree.
One of the issues with many vacuum filters is the way they fail to properly deal with the finer particles of dust and dander. These tend to be spewed back out into the atmosphere and if you have any allergies, this can inflame them terribly. Thanks to the HEPA filtration married to a washable sponge filter, 99.97% of all these irritants will be kept safely out of harm’s way.
Coming in at less than 4 pounds, you can’t get much lighter than the BESTEK. If that wasn’t enough, the handle comes off so you can also benefit from a handheld and really maximize your cleaning potential without needing to invest in a pair of devices.
Maneuverability is impressive thanks to the head swiveling through a full 170 degrees. The BESTEK is not just light but agile too so you can bolt about the room without fatigue setting in.
You’ll get no add-ons except for a crevice tool which will help you to work your way into any nooks and crannies the handheld won’t reach.
As if this functionality and performance wasn’t enough for a lightweight vacuum in this price range, you’ll get a comprehensive 18-month limited warranty to cover any serious breakdown. You can also avail yourself of a very responsive and friendly customer service throughout the lifetime of your vacuum.
For a highly effective and truly lightweight vacuum that won’t leave you wishing you’d gone for something more rugged and capable, the BESTEK 2-in-1 is a dark horse well worth your further investigation.
- First class suction that works well on all surfaces and even sucks up pet hair, unusual for a lightweight stick
- Combination of sponge and HEPA filters for the best of both worlds
- Weighs just 3.7 pounds so makes a super-lightweight cleaning solution
- Ditch the handle and enjoy all the freedom of a handheld vacuum when you need to clean where your stick won’t comfortably go
- Head swivels through 170 degrees for unparalleled maneuverability
- Excellent 18-month limited warranty alongside lifetime customer service so buy with complete confidence.
- A few users complain about suction lacking power on carpeted surfaces.
Now you’ve got a handle on the best lightweight vacs on the market, we’ll explore these compact cleaners in a little more depth…
Lightweight Vacuum Buying Guide
We’ll move on now to some handy pointers which will simplify your purchasing decision no end…
Lightweight Vacuum Cleaner Types
You might be surprised to find that there are lightweight options across nearly every type of vacuum.
You can find lightweight vacuum options in each of the following categories:
Canisters are by definition more heavyweight and, with the exception of the Shark Rocket, most uprights are not really all that light so with today’s selection of products we focused more on sticks and handhelds in the quest for the ultimate compact vacuum.
Each of these vacuums offers different amounts of suction power, different features and be useful for a variety of tasks.
Be sure to closely consider all your options when making your selection so that you can be sure you get the vacuum cleaner that is right for your needs.
- Stick Vacuum – A stick vacuum is a type of lightweight vacuum that resembles an electric broom. It has a long stick-like handle with a cleaning machine at the end
- Handheld Vacuum – Handheld vacuums are just that, small vacuums that can be held in your hand. These vacuums aren’t intended to be your sole cleaning machine, but they are a fantastic choice when you’ve got a small impromptu spill to clean up and don’t have time to drag out the bigger vacuum
- Canister Vacuum – A canister vacuum has a cleaning machine attached to a long suction hose that is connected to a canister where the debris is held
- Upright Vacuum – This is the type of vacuum most people are accustomed to seeing and using. This cleaner has a sweeper brush on the floor and debris is sucked up into a bag or canister
Now that you know a little about the types of vacuums in this category, let’s take a look at some of the things you can expect from a vacuum of this caliber.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Using a Lightweight Vacuum
When you are looking to purchase a lightweight vacuum, you should be aware of the chief advantages of the machine you are buying.
One of the main benefits to using a lightweight vacuum is right in the name itself – they are incredibly lightweight.
So, what specifications must a vacuum have to be considered lightweight? Well, any vacuum that is under around 11 pounds (or 5kg) can be justifiably classified as a lightweight vacuum. These lightweight machines can weigh as little as 5 pounds (or 2kg), though the average lightweight vacuum will fall in the 5-pound range. To put this into clear perspective, most traditional upright vacuum cleaners weigh around 17 pounds.
The lower weight of these vacuums makes them incredibly portable. You should easily be able to vacuum up the entry and living areas downstairs and then haul a lightweight vacuum up the stairs to clean the floors in the bedrooms as well.
Depending on the type of lightweight vacuum you opt to purchase, you’ll enjoy complete versatility. A lot of small lightweight vacuums can convert between different types, such as a stick vacuum transforming into a handheld at the flick of a switch.
These lightweight vacuums are also much easier to maneuver than their heavier upright counterparts. Because they are so much smaller, you have the ability to get them into tighter corners and under lower furniture.
Are you strapped for time and tired of needing a dozen different tools just to clean your floors? Most of these lightweight vacuums can also be used on multiple flooring surfaces as well. Usually you need a broom and dustpan to sweep the hard flooring in your home and a separate vacuum to clean the carpets. With some of the lightweight vacuums, there’s no beater brush so you can transition right from the carpet to the hardwoods with no concern of damaging the floors or adjusting the height of the brush.
Due to their multi-purpose nature, their ability to convert between types, their small size and real flexibility, you will find a lightweight vacuum is easier to store into the bargain.
The good news doesn’t stop there, though…
Lightweight vacuums can also save you money. Because they aren’t as feature-rich or as large as a traditional vacuum, they don’t cost as much to purchase.
Lightweight vacuums bring a great deal to the table in the way of benefits but you still need to have reasonable expectations.
Because they cost less, you cannot expect a plethora of attachments and features. All of those extra moving parts cost more to manufacture meaning the customer pays more in the end. A lightweight vacuum is a great choice for the budget conscious.
A lightweight vacuum will clean and do a good job of it but you simply can’t expect it to have the same engineering and suction power of a larger, more expensive vacuum.
If you have a smaller home and peg your expectations, getting a lightweight vacuum is a smart move.
What should you take into account in order to get the best one for the job?
Things to Think About When Purchasing a Lightweight Vacuum
If you fancy the idea of a lightweight vacuum, there are several things you should take into consideration before clicking that “Buy Now” button.
The last thing you need is to be disappointed in the vacuum you purchase because you failed to do your due diligence and it doesn’t meet your needs.
Let us now take a glance at some of the factors you need to think about carefully before finalizing your purchase. These considerations can help you to determine which type of vacuum is best for your home and your needs.
Corded or Cordless
Most vacuums are corded and the length of the cord will greatly affect how useful the vacuum is to you.
Some cords are relatively short, creating an annoying situation in which you have to repeatedly unplug the vacuum and plug it back in as you work. Longer cords allow for more maneuverability but they can be a tripping hazard.
Cordless vacs can be a wise move as long as you remember to charge the vacuum between each use. Be sure to look for something that tells you how much battery life is left. It can be frustrating to be halfway through cleaning only to find you need to recharge your vacuum before you can continue. Some vacuums have LED indicators that tell you how much longer they can be used before needing to be recharged.
There’s no right or wrong answer here simply a case of choosing what works best for you.
The size of the canister that holds the vacuumed debris is another important thing you should think about.
These smaller lightweight vacuums won’t have anywhere near the holding capacity of larger vacuums meaning you’ll be emptying them more than you might be used to.
Different vacuums will have different sized canisters, too. To save yourself time, look for a model that has a substantial canister which is easy to remove and empty.
Generally, larger vacuums have more power but you might be surprised at the amount of power these smaller vacuums can pack.
Usually, the more powerful the motor, the more suction power the vacuum will have.
You need to be careful that you don’t purchase a vacuum with more power than you need, though. If your vacuum is using more power than necessary, the motor can burn out much quicker than anticipated.
The amount of power will also determine how loud the vacuum is. If you have small children or pets that are easily startled by noise, this might be an issue for you to consider as well. It’s also worth considering the neighbors. Only you know how relevant the noise issue is.
Whether you have allergies or not, HEPA filters are by far the most effective system of filtration.
These filters will all but eliminate the vacuumed-up dust and debris from being blown back out into the room. To qualify as a HEPA-rated unit, 99.97% of all pathogens down to a size of 0.3microns must be sucked away.
Most lightweight vacuums are bagless. This can be highly convenient as you won’t have to worry about purchasing bags. However, if the vacuum you purchase is bagless, be mindful of the fact that when you are emptying the canister you are likely to get a little dirty and release some of the vacuumed dust back out into the air. Bags can be annoying, but at least they contain the dust.
The type of flooring you will be cleaning should also be something you think about.
If you are dealing solely with carpets, you want to make sure your lightweight vacuum has some sort of brush to help loosen the dirt and debris from the carpet fibers.
If you are cleaning only wooden floors, you need to make certain your vacuum does not have a brush roll or at least allows you to deactivate it. The bristles on the brush can scratch your hard flooring causing unsightly and potentially costly damage. Vacuums with a retractable brush work well for homes with mixed flooring.
As we stated earlier, most of these lightweight vacuums will be much more affordable than larger upright style vacuums.
That said, you really do get what you pay for. If you buy a lower-end machine, you really shouldn’t be surprised when the warranty or customer service is lacking.
There are more expensive lightweight vacuums, options that come with more features and power.
Be sure to consider your budget when looking to purchase a lightweight vacuum. Price should always be a factor but never the determining factor.
There are a few other things you should think about as well…
Will you need to clean up pet hair and spills? Be sure the vacuum you select can handle these types of tasks.
Pay attention to the extra pieces that come with the vacuum. Lightweight vacuums won’t tend to have much in the way of attachments, but most will have something like a crevice tool or dusting brush.
Also, take into consideration the amount of space you have to store your new vacuum. The ones on our list take up precious little room but unless you like the aesthetic of a vacuum in the middle of the living room, you need a suitable place to stash it away.
If you pay attention to these handy hints, there’s no reason not to get a great lightweight vacuum without undue trouble.
One of the reasons there are so many varieties is because everyone has different needs. Vacuum manufacturing companies work hard to please their customers by creating a wealth of options catering to these diverse requirements.
We know it can be difficult to wade through all the available choices in search of the best lightweight vac but hopefully the information we have provided here will make this task far, far easier!