Searching for a stick vacuum that won't suck up all of your funds? The Deik ZB1516 did very well across the board, supplanting our previous Best Buy award winner with its stellar performance. This Dyson lookalike performs identically to the V6, but costs less than half, handily making it the best bang for the buck. This product has a great battery life and does surprisingly well at cleaning up debris from carpet. It is a little harder to use than the top models, but also retails for significantly less and is our top performing model that sells for less than $150.
Deik ZB1516 Review
Pros: Fantastic value, great at cleaning carpet, exceptional battery life
Cons: Little harder to use, can’t stand unsupported
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|Pros||Fantastic value, great at cleaning carpet, exceptional battery life||Unmatched cleaning performance, very convenient and easy to use||Great battery life, fantastic at cleaning hard floors, very easy to use||Compact, great at cleaning carpet, convenient||Fantastic cleaning power, versatile, easy to use|
|Cons||Little harder to use, can’t stand unsupported||Exceptionally expensive, on the loud side, doesn't pick up well when going "reverse" over debris||A little pricey||Short battery life, expensive||Heavy, loud|
|Bottom Line||The Deik is a fantastic value and the best bet for those shopping for stick vacuum on a slim budget||By far the best of the best when it comes to these products, but your pocketbook is definitely going to take a hit||The Shark IONFlex is an exceptionally easy to use product that cleans well and sweeps away the rest of the competition||This high-end cordless model is one of the best you can get, but comes at a premium price||For those that need a product to handle heavier messes, the Rocket is a great bet|
|Rating Categories||Deik ZB1516||Dyson V10 Absolute||Shark IONFlex||Dyson V8 Absolute||Shark Rocket...|
|Hard Surface Cleaning (30%)|
|Ease Of Use (20%)|
|Carpet Cleaning (15%)|
|Specs||Deik ZB1516||Dyson V10 Absolute||Shark IONFlex||Dyson V8 Absolute||Shark Rocket...|
|Weight||4.9 lbs||5.9 lbs||8.9 lbs||5.6 lbs||10 lbs|
|Cordless Battery Life||28:20 min:sec||8:19 min:sec||11:44 min:sec||8:19 min:sec||N/A|
|Maximum Corded Reach||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||33.5 ft.|
|Measured Charge Time||330 min.||190 min.||210 min.||240 min.||N/A|
|Noise Level||81 dBa||78 dBa||74 dBa||77 dBa||77.5 dBa|
|Model Number||ZB1516||V10||IF200W (we tested)||V8||HV380W|
|Battery Type||Lithium-ion||NCA or Li-aluminum (a type of Lithium-ion)||Lithium-ion||Lithium-ion||N/A|
|Measured Cleaning Path Width||8"||9"||8"||9"||8"|
|Variable Suction Control||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Brush On/Off Switch:||No||No||Slows the brush for hard floor||No||Slows the brush for hard floor|
|Storage||Wall Mount||Wall Mount||Freestanding
in MultiFLEX storage mode
|Wall Mount only||Wall Mount; Or can detatch the top and hang it on the bottom and have it stand upright|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Deik performed the same as Dyson V6, and costs $170 less. The Dyson is quite a bit easier to use, but can't clean hard floors and carpet as well as the Deik, based on our test results. Both of these models did outperform the Bissell AirRam, with both being more convenient to use and better at cleaning carpet.
To see which stick vacuum swept away the competition, we bought all of the best vacuums out there and tested them side-by-side, ranking and scoring their performance. We divided our testing process into four weighted rating metrics — Ease of Use, Carpet Cleaning, Hard Surface Cleaning, and Convenience — with the following metrics describing how the Deik did against its peers.
Our most important metric, Convenience, accounts for 35% of the final score for each stick vacuum. We scored each product on how well it cleaned the other parts of your home beside the floor, how much of a hassle it is to store, and its weight, as well as its battery life. The Deik did very well, meriting a 7 out of 10 for its performance, which you can compare to the other products with the chart below.
You can easily disassemble the Deik to use it as a handheld vacuum to clean other parts of your home, with the majority of the vacuum constructed of a locking button system. This model didn't have as many attachments as some of the others, only having a handheld brush, but we didn't find that to be too much of an inconvenience.
The Deik is also one of the lighter models of stick vacuums that we have tested, earning it some extra points there. You can see how it compares to the rest of the products in the chart below.
This cordless stick vacuum has a surprisingly long battery life, lasting for almost 28.5 minutes before completely failing, though it did start to sound very tired around the 27-minute mark. The chart below shows how this compares to the runtimes of the other cordless vacuums that we reviewed.
This vacuum did take a decently long time to charge, about 5.5 hours. This model also must be stored in its wall mount or propped against something, as it will not stand on its own.
Hard Surface Cleaning
Our next metric, accounting for 30% of the overall score, assessed how well each product did at cleaning up a handful of different types of debris off of hard floors. The Deik didn't disappoint, earning a 6 out of 10 for its solid showing. The following graphic shows how this stacks up against the rest of the vacuums in the bunch.
The Deik started off with a very strong showing in our flour collection challenge, getting the vast majority of the flour with two passes. The spinning brush helped immensely and the only leftover flour was deep in the gap between boards.
The Deik also did decently well at collecting rice, only taking about 1.5 passes to collect all of the grains of rice and collecting over 90% in the first pass alone. Unfortunately, the Deik did not carry over this stellar performance into our Cheerio collection challenge, delivering an abysmal performance. This vacuum only pushed the Cheerios around, rather than collecting them. When we lifted up the vacuum to try and suck up the Cheerios, the spinning brush flung them everywhere, causing more mess than we started with.
This model did a good job at collecting pet hair, matching the performance of the top products. However, the Deik finished out this metric with a subpar performance at collecting oatmeal, tending to spread it out as much as it collected it, performing identically to the Dyson V6.
Ease of Use
Accounting for 20% of the total score, our Ease of Use metric judged each stick vacuum on how easy it is to use while cleaning, looking at things like its maneuverability and its ability to clean up close to walls and under furniture. The Deik did reasonably well, earning a 6 out of 10 for its performance. This compared favorably to the rest of the pack, as shown below.
The Deik doesn't have any cleaning modes, taking a one size fits all approach to cleaning. It also does about average at cleaning close to the wall of a room and into a corner, only leaving a small amount of debris behind.
This vacuum did impress us with its prowess at cleaning under furniture, reaching underneath the entirety of our simulated sofa, or about 37".
This stick vacuum is also a little on the louder side, with the motor being much closer to your ear than some of the other products. We measured the dBa level of each vacuum, with the chart below showing our results.
The Deik does have a swivel joint at the end, making maneuvering a breeze. There isn't any storage for the single included accessory on the vacuum, but there is a spot on its wall mount.
Taking credit for the remaining part of the overall score, our Carpet Cleaning metric fittingly evaluated each product on how well it could keep soft floors clean. Similar to our other cleaning metric, we again used rice, flour, oats, pet hair, and Cheerios as our sample messes, testing on both flat and moderately fluffy carpets. The Deik finished out our test with an awesome performance, earning a 7 out of 10, with the following graphic showing how this compares with the rest of the group.
The Deik again did very well at cleaning up flour, doing one of the best jobs of the entire group. It also did reasonably well at cleaning up rice, though it did perform much better on the flatter carpet than on the fluffier carpet. It would pile up the rice a bit, but usually collects it in the end. It continued its solid performance into our Cheerio collection challenge. It required minimal effort to get all of the cereal from the flat carpet and only a little more effort to successfully clean the fluffier carpet.
This vacuum also did a decent job at collecting pet hair, collecting the bulk of it in our tests and only leaving a small amount behind. However, it can become clogged when tasked with collecting larger amounts of hair — something to consider for those that have long hair pets.
The Deik finished out the test with a good showing at cleaning oats, only leaving behind trace amounts of oats on both types of carpet.
This product is an exceptional value, earning it the Best Buy award and is one of the top options to consider when searching for a stick vacuum on a smaller budget.
All in all, the Deik is a great option for someone who doesn't want to spend a ton on a stick vacuum and still wants a convenient and easy to use solution for cleaning up lighter-duty messes. This model doesn't quite have the cleaning power to match the top models, but it gets the job done decently well and can save you from the hassle of pulling out your full-size vacuum. For those that want the best bang for the buck, definitely take a look at the Deik.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer