Best Stick & Cordless Vacuum Cleaners

Gone are the days of needing to haul a heavy vacuum cleaner around - now, stick vacuums and cordless vacuum cleaners can take the hard work out of keeping your floors and home clean and dust-free. Knowing what to look for when you shop can help you find a model that’s right for you and your home. Continue reading...

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$32 to $1,649
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Based on 5,364 reviews
Dyson V15 Detect

Dyson V15 Detect 🏆 2024

4.5  (144)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity0.77 L
  • HEPA FilterEither
  • Running Time 60 min
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DavidS
DavidS
  Complete
Great to useVery good machine and very easy to use. Saves me alot of time Show details ·  1
Dyson V8

Dyson V8

4.2  (1,636)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity0.54 L
  • HEPA FilterEither
  • Running Time 40 min
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$499Dyson
Emma Hodges
Emma HodgesVIC
  Absolute
5 star Productamazing product experience must buy this brand for your car and home Show details ·  1
Big W Contempo 2 in 1 Vacuum

Big W Contempo 2 in 1 Vacuum

4.4  (69)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $32
  • HEPA FilterNo
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Cat. M.
Cat. M.8 posts
 
Dyson V7

Dyson V7

3.9  (697)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity0.54 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
  • Running Time 30 to 40 min
Michelle
MichelleQLD9 posts
  V7 Cord-Free
Kmart 2 in 1 Corded Stick Vacuum ST01

Kmart 2 in 1 Corded Stick Vacuum ST01

4.0  (123)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $32
  • HEPA FilterYes
BEJOY V.
BEJOY V.WA
 
Electric vacuum cleaner anko 2 in 1 corded stick Floor brushhow to remove floor brush from electric vacuum cleaner anko 2 in 1 corded stick Show reply
Dyson Cyclone V10

Dyson Cyclone V10

3.6  (573)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity0.76 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
  • Running Time 60 min
Samantha B.
Samantha B.2 posts
  Absolute +
Don’t waste your money on a dyson stick vacuumV10 absolute Rubbish. Don’t waste your money. My daughter tried to warn me that they are [Content Removed].
I have owned 2 Dyson barrel vaccuum for 20+ years they are great.
My Aldi Robovac is 10000 times better. Show details
Bosch Athlet BCH6-AU Series

Bosch Athlet BCH6-AU Series

3.6  (379)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $399 to $449
  • Bin Capacity0.9 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
  • Running Time 50 to 75 min
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luke.grayham
luke.grayhamVIC2 posts
  BCH6-AU Series
Great long lasting vacI've had this for at least 7 years and it's still going strong. The battery is diminished and the bristles are worm down but it still cleans as well as it did when I first bought it. Show details
Dyson V12 Detect Slim

Dyson V12 Detect Slim

4.2  (37)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity0.35 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
  • Running Time 60 min
bee Jay
bee JayNSW23 posts
  Absolute
LG CordZero A9

LG CordZero A9

3.4  (275)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity0.44 L
  • HEPA FilterEither
  • Running Time 40 to 60 min
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jeff
jeff15 posts
  Verified A9K-PRO
Poor qualityProduct is no good the kompressor function don't work wast of money. There's information on the falsely stating that this product base super vacuum all nonsense and warranty is nonsense. Show details
Wertheim Evolution Handstick W7301

Wertheim Evolution Handstick W7301

3.2  (150)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $799
  • Bin Capacity0.6 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
  • Running Time 50 min
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Yvette S.
Yvette S.QLD
 
Not greatWorked great to start with. Less then 12 months in ( and despite having it looked at ) its lost its suction and wont even pick up light dirt or hairs. I only have hard flooring and its gets used 2 times a week if its lucky. Worst $600 i have spent and a complete waste. Show details
Devanti Cordless Handstick Vacuum Cleaner

Devanti Cordless Handstick Vacuum Cleaner

3.2  (70)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity0.5 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
  • Running Time 25 min
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BazFisher
BazFisherVIC5 posts
 
Devanti stick vacuum cleanerFor a cheaper stick vacuum we find it does a good job light & easy to use Show details ·  3
Samsung Jet 90

Samsung Jet 90

3.4  (46)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $899 to $999
  • Bin Capacity0.8 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
  • Running Time 60 min
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Mcm M.
Mcm M.2 posts
  Complete
Samsung
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Makita DCL180Z

Makita DCL180Z

4.1  (20)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $79
  • Bin Capacity0.65 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
Cleaner
CleanerQueensland
 
  • Bin Capacity0.68 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
Leonnie
LeonnieSA6 posts
 
Dyson Omni-Glide

Dyson Omni-Glide

3.6  (28)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $568
  • Bin Capacity0.2 L
  • Running Time 20 min
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May
MayNSW9 posts
 
Not satisfiedOur family were big fans of Dyson. But this one really let us down. The major problem is it doesn't pick up everything (I have changed several heads, and it's too inefficient to rely on the smallest head to pick up the small dirt). I feel the suction power is too weak. Show details
Dyson
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We're disappointed to hear you've had these difficulties with your machine, May. If you wish to discuss your concerns please reach out to our experts for assistance at external link 

Electrolux Ergorapido

Electrolux Ergorapido

3.9  (20)
 Summary
  • HEPA FilterNo
  • Running Time 30 to 35 min
Joy Craggs
Joy Craggs4 posts
  ZB3501EB
Bad design, terrible performance, not even with a new filter - DON’T BUY ONE!!It constantly bungs up in places you can’t get to, the filters do not last and we are an older couple and the dog stays outside so our floors aren’t dirty! It’s just a bad design, shouldn’t be on the market
Tineco Pure One S12 Platinum

Tineco Pure One S12 Platinum

2.9  (86)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,099
  • Bin Capacity0.6 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
  • Running Time 100 min
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Jayne
JayneQLD
  Verified
Samsung Bespoke Jet

Samsung Bespoke Jet

4.6  (12)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,299 to $1,399
  • Bin Capacity0.5 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
  • Running Time 120 min
Janne
JanneLounen49 posts
  Pro
Never knew vacuuming could be so easyBought during the Black Friday sales and it was worth the wait. Absolutely fabulous vacuum and cleaning station. Cannot recommend highly enough. Show details ·  1
Bellini BTBBH19

Bellini BTBBH19

3.7  (21)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $129
  • Bin Capacity0.4 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
  • Running Time 20 min
Peter P.
Peter P.16 posts
 
Kmart Anko Rechargeable Hand-Stick EV-693-S296

Kmart Anko Rechargeable Hand-Stick EV-693-S296

3.5  (24)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $149
  • Bin Capacity1 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
  • Running Time 50 min
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Ana Beatriz
Ana BeatrizNSW3 posts
 
Kmart
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Thanks for your feedback! We will pass this on to our team so we can make improvements.

Electrolux Well Q7

Electrolux Well Q7

3.4  (28)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity0.3 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
$329Bing Lee
GWR
GWRNSW52 posts
  WQ71-P5OIB
Black & Decker Smart Tech

Black & Decker Smart Tech

3.3  (29)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $179
  • Bin Capacity0.5 L
  • Running Time 16 min
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Maggie taouk
Maggie taouk3 posts
  Smart Tech
FantasticOmg i had a konga cordless vacumm it was so [Content Removed] it blew up… i was looking to change the brand and im so glad i bought this vacuum wow so much power and lasts long time even on low it does a fantastic job… only thing is it just little heavy but dont care it does the job wow so happy thanks Show details
Kmart Anko Cordless Stick Cleaner SL593C

Kmart Anko Cordless Stick Cleaner SL593C

3.1  (36)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $99
  • Bin Capacity0.6 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
  • Running Time 25 min
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Sara
SaraVIC20 posts
 
Bissell Featherweight 2024F

Bissell Featherweight 2024F

4.7  (10)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $99
  • Bin Capacity0.5 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
Isabelle
IsabelleQLD4 posts
 
Hoover Zenith Handstick

Hoover Zenith Handstick

3.2  (33)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $399
  • Bin Capacity0.4 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
  • Running Time 25 min
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Tim U.
Tim U.
 
My first stick vacI only have a small house but it works perfectly for me and my cleaner as i live on my own, can’t fault it easy to clean no issues whatsoever, and more important for me it picks up cat hair brilliantly. Show details ·  1
Black & Decker Powerseries Extreme BHFEV182C

Black & Decker Powerseries Extreme BHFEV182C

2.9  (52)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $199
  • Bin Capacity0.65 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
  • Running Time 58 min
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Tina
Tina9 posts
 
Battery life is ridiculously shortThe suction is great for the 10 minutes the fully charged battery lasts. Very frustrating. Show details
Hoover Quickstick Handstick

Hoover Quickstick Handstick

3.7  (18)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $299
  • Bin Capacity0.25 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
  • Running Time 19 min
Wilko
WilkoVIC
 
An environmental disasterA great product. Easy to use - great suction. BUT battery just died after 3 years.... Cannot get a replacement battery.....typical ... now lets dump the whole lot into landfill.... well done Godfrey thanks for encouraging the throw away society.... Oh, don't send me a pathetic 'I'm sorry' reply! Show details
Tineco Floor One S3

Tineco Floor One S3

2.9  (44)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $799
  • Bin Capacity0.6 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
  • Running Time 35 min
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John D
John DSA
  Verified
Wertheim Evolution MAX Stick W8301

Wertheim Evolution MAX Stick W8301

4.5  (10)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $999
  • Bin Capacity0.5 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
  • Running Time 100 min
Chris T
Chris T2 posts
 
Accessory problemThe machine itself is serviceable.
The catch lever on the little brush is poorly designed and there is no way to easily fix it once the retaining pins break. Show details ·  3
Shark IZ102

Shark IZ102

3.9  (14)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity0.4 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
  • Running Time 40 min
Donn R.
Donn R.TAS
 
Jus sayinWhat a time saver.. No hair on rollers...
Iwas skeptical of claim but it's true.
No tripping on cord, hose or the ruddy cleaner... Very efficient and easy to use.
My previous cleaner is/was a Dyson Ball. Show details

A man using a white stick vacuum to clean his bedroom floor.

Should I get a stick vacuum?

Stick vacuums are great for whipping out when you make a small mess, and depending on the person, can make vacuuming seem like less of a chore, but is it the right match for you and your household?

Pros
Simple to manoeuvre around, as they’re generally quite lightweight.
You don’t need to mess around with fiddly cords that get in the way while you vacuum - this also means you don’t always need to be near a power outlet.
Can reach a variety of areas since they’re cordless, such as a car.
Usually not as noisy as other vacuum cleaners.
Easy to empty.
Easy to store.
Cons
These portable vacuums may not be as powerful as barrel vacuums.
Battery vacuum cleaners only run for a limited time per charge, which can make cleaning large spaces time-consuming.
Often have small dustbins that require frequent emptying.

What should I look for when buying a cordless or stick vacuum?

Corded vs. cordless stick vacuums

Cordless stick vacuum cleaners need to charge after use. These vacuums offer convenience and the ability to use your vacuum anywhere you desire to.

Cordless vacuums are lighter than corded ones, so you can use them for cleaning anything from nooks and crannies to cars. They’re also easier to store, making them great for people with limited space.

Corded stick vacuums are electric-powered, which means that they include a cord that connects the vacuum to a power outlet. Corded vacuums are cheaper than cordless, but the dependence on a connection to a power outlet restricts mobility.

A main advantage of a corded model is that they tend to be more effective on heavy carpet than cordless vacuums.

Features

There are a variety of features that can make your vacuum easier to use and more effective at its job.

  • 2-in-1: Some stick vacuum cleaners can convert to a handheld vacuum.
  • Variable suction: This lets you adjust the suction, so that you can clean delicate things that need less suction, such as curtains and cushions.
  • Boost: When activated, a boost function provides extra suction power so that you can clean particularly dusty and dirty spots.
  • Smart technology: As seen on the Tineco Pure One S12 Platinum, smart technology on a vacuum can do anything from connect to your phone so you can keep track of your cleaning, to automatically adjust suction power when it detects dust.
  • LED display: Common in smart vacuums, an LED display can let you see the battery level, suction power, how much dust has been collected, and can even tell you what’s gone wrong if your vacuum is malfunctioning.
  • Wet and dry: Some models can also vacuum liquids and other wet material. However, they can usually only suck up a small amount, and the bin and filter generally need to be cleaned separately.
  • Wall mountable charger: A wall-mounted base can make your vacuum easy to access while keeping it fully charged.

Filter type

There are 2 main types of filters found in vacuum cleaners:

Micro filters

These are washable or disposable filters that are found in many more basic vacuums. They release dust particles back into the air, so they’re generally not very well-suited to households with people that have asthma or allergies.

HEPA filter

Vacuuming stirs up the dust and debris, so if you find that vacuuming triggers any allergies or conditions like asthma, a HEPA filter can help provide some relief.

A HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter traps fine particles, including dust and mould spores, so the exhaust air coming from your vacuum will be much cleaner. Premium vacuum cleaners will have a multi-layer filtration system to ensure that no allergens are left behind.

The Xiaomi Dreame V9 and the Wertheim Evolution Handstick W7301 vacuum cleaner.

The Xiaomi Dreame V9 and the Wertheim Evolution Handstick W7301 both have HEPA filters.

Attachments

Stick vacuums usually come with a standard head that suits both carpeted and hard floors. Many will come with (or separately sell) extra attachments that make it easier to clean different surfaces. A soft head is ideal for hard floors, such as tiles and floorboards.

Some attachments also come with shorter (or no) sticks, so that you can easily clean upholstery and surfaces other than the floor. An angled head is another useful accessory for vacuuming dust on high shelves and furniture.

Pet vacuums

Some vacuum cleaners are marketed as ‘pet’ or ‘animal’ vacuums. These have powerful suction that gets deep into both low and high-pile carpets to pick up pet hairs from around your home and car.

If you have a long-haired furry friend, look for a rotating, motorised brush head that hair won’t get tangled around.

The Dyson V8 Animal stick vacuum.

The Dyson V8 Animal is a pet vacuum that has whole-machine filtration, capturing allergens and expelling cleaner air.

Ease of use

Check how lightweight a vacuum is. If you can handle it in store, then try it out to see how easy it is to manoeuvre across both hard surfaces and carpet (if you expect to be using it on soft surfaces).

Some people use their vacuums to clean ceilings, fans, and upholstery, so if this is the case for you, try to find a model that’s not too tiring to use for these different surfaces.

Bin capacity

The larger the bin capacity, the less often you need to empty it. Consistently stopping to empty the bin can be bothersome, especially with a spacious apartment or house. Bin capacity usually ranges from 0.4L to 1.9L.

The longevity of a bin capacity will depend on the house size and how dirty the area is. A modest-sized room might seem as though it would require a large storage amount, but if the room has been left untouched for a while, a generous amount of bin storage will be required.

Running time

Running out of battery mid-clean is frustrating, so if you have a large home, choose one with a longer run time, such as Xiaomi vacuums, which boast up to 90 minutes of running time. Dyson stick vacuums usually provide a running time of 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the model.

It’s also quite common for vacuums to have shorter run times, usually up to 15 or 20 minutes. This may be more of an issue if you have a large space to vacuum, however you can also find models that let you swap out for a spare battery so you don’t need to stop mid-clean.

Check the charging time

Reading reviews will help determine whether the battery life will be suitable for your home, and to research how long it takes for a vacuum to recharge – you might be surprised. For instance, a vacuum cleaner with only 10 minutes of running time could have an unexpectedly rapid charging time that makes the device worth buying.

Keep in mind that the longer the running time, the longer the charge will probably have to be.

Are stick vacuums worth it?

Stick and cordless vacuum cleaners can cost anywhere from $29 to $1400 and more. A cheap stick vacuum may not come with all the bells and whistles, but that doesn’t mean it can’t do the job. This Kmart stick vacuum has received a plenty of positive reviews, and costs only $29.

When considering price, make sure you also factor in the warranty of a product. Short 1 or 2-year warranties may mean you’ll end up having to fork out for a whole new vacuum cleaner not that long after buying a new one should anything go wrong.

Investing in a stick vacuum can definitely be worthwhile if you want the ease of use and versatility of a cordless cleaner. Just make sure that you think about what you need to clean, and find a model that suits your preferences.

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