The Dirt Devil SimpliStik is impressively cheap, but it was also the lowest-performing vacuum in our lineup. It scored average or below in all of our rating metrics, failing to earn any accolades from our testing team. This performance wasn't enough to really justify its cost, no matter how appealingly low. If you need the cheapest option and only have hard surfaces to clean, this might be fine, but there are much better options in our review for a relatively small increase in price.
Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Review
Cons: Poor carpet cleaning ability, harder to use, less convenient
Manufacturer: Dirt Devil
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|Pros||Inexpensive||Convenient to use, great at cleaning||Great value, convenient, does well with hard floors||Inexpensive, convenient||Decent at cleaning hard surfaces, inexpensive|
|Cons||Poor carpet cleaning ability, harder to use, less convenient||A bit loud||Could be better at carpet||Lackluster carpet cleaning, struggles with edges||Harder to use, loud|
|Bottom Line||This lightweight vacuum may be super cheap, but don't expect much in terms of performance||If you are looking for the absolute best of the best when it comes to stick vacuums, this is one of our all-time favorites||If you are shopping for a stick vacuum and don't want to break the bank, then we think this is a great option||This vacuum delivered a middle-of-the-road performance that failed to make much of an impression||This inexpensive model cleans decently, especially when it comes to hard surfaces|
|Rating Categories||Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik||Shark Rocket Pet Pro||Moosoo XL-618A||Eureka RapidClean Pro||VonHaus 600W 2-in-1|
|Hard Surface Cleaning (30%)|
|Ease of Use (20%)|
|Carpet Cleaning (15%)|
|Specs||Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik||Shark Rocket Pet Pro||Moosoo XL-618A||Eureka RapidClean Pro||VonHaus 600W 2-in-1|
|Weight||3.4 lbs||7.8 lbs||5.1 lbs||5.1 lbs||4.5 lbs|
|Cordless Battery Life||n/a||20:37 min:sec||22:40 min:sec||23:12 min:sec||n/a|
|Maximum Corded Reach||17.5 ft||n/a||n/a||n/a||21 ft|
|Measured Charge Time||n/a||150 min||340 min||270 min||n/a|
|Noise Level||73.5 dBa||73 dBa||67 dBa||64.5 dBa||77 dBa|
|Measured Cleaning Path Width||9"||10.25"||7.75"||9.75"||8.75"|
|Variable Suction Control||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Brush On/Off Switch?||n/a||Slows the brush for hard floor||No||No||n/a|
|Storage||Stands up; falls over easily||Freestanding in MultiFLEX storage mode||Wall mount only||Wall mount only||Stands up; falls over easily|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The SimpliStick did a decent job cleaning hard floors, earning an average score in that metric. However, this was the only component of our test where this model gave an acceptable showing. This vacuum earned the lowest score of the entire group in the rest of our metrics, as it was the hardest to use, the least convenient to clean with, and the worst in our tests when it came to collecting debris from the carpet.
Ranking at the top in significance, convenience comprised 35% of the overall score for each stick vacuum. We compared the ability of each model to clean areas other than the floor, how much each weighed, battery life, or how far the cord reached, whether it was corded or cordless, as well as how the vacuum can be stored — whether it was stable enough to be freestanding or if it needed a wall mount. The SimpliStick delivered a below-average performance.
This vacuum transforms into a handheld vacuum with an edging tool for the non-floor parts of your home. We found it a little challenging to remove or attach the brush head while standing, requiring picking up the vacuum and fiddling with it to transform the setup. This model did earn some points back for being one of the lightest models of the group, weighing in at a paltry 3.4 pounds. However, this model has a cord, and it's one of the shortest of all our tested models, only able to clean about 16 feet from where it is plugged in. And, while the SimpliSitck can be freestanding, it is relatively unstable and prone to being knocked over inadvertently.
Hard Surface Cleaning
Next up in our testing process was evaluating the ability of the SimpliStick to clean up debris from hard surfaces. We used flour, rice, oats, pet hair, and Cheerios as our sample messes on a section of hardwood floor, rating each model on how much debris it collected and how long it took. This vacuum didn't do particularly well.
The SimpliStick started the test with an alright performance in our rice collection test, doing a decent job and collecting all the rice in a single pass. It also did a solid job picking up pet hair. However, it leaks when the collection bin is full and delivers an abysmal performance in the flour test, taking over 20 passes in each section to clean up the flour satisfactorily. It did better when tasked with picking up Cheerios but still became clogged after a while, and with oats, it tended to pile them up before sucking them up.
Ease of Use
Our next set of tests surrounding ease of use made up 20% of the total score. We based this on how many cleaning modes and options each model had, how well it cleaned in close to edges and under furniture, and the level of noise emitted by each vacuum. The SimpliStick wasn't the easiest to use and had a below-average performance.
This model doesn't have any different cleaning modes available and lacks a rotating brush. It also doesn't do well at cleaning close to edges and left a decently sized strip of rice behind during edge-testing.
The SimpliStick was average when cleaning under furniture, reaching about 15 inches under our simulated sofa. Other models in our lineup can reach much farther. And while this is one of the quietest stick vacuums we tested, it lacks swivel steering, making it a bit more challenging to maneuver.
For the remaining 15% of the total score, carpet cleaning was our final evaluation metric for rating these products. We used the same sample messes from our hard floor evaluation — oats, flour, cereal, pet hair, and rice — conducting tests on both flat, low-pile carpet and fluffy, medium-pile carpet. The SimpliStick delivered a poor performance.
This vacuum did an okay job picking up rice from flat carpet, though it took multiple passes and left behind plenty of residual rice dust. It did much, much worse on fluffy carpet, barely picking anything up and leaving a fair amount of residual debris behind. It didn't do any better at picking up flour, leaving plenty of leftover mess behind.
This model did about average at collecting Cheerios on both flat and fluffy carpet. However, it took some maneuvering to get the vacuum actually to collect them, rather than just push them around. From there, the SimpliStick did an absolutely awful job at collecting pet hair and oats. It took a multitude of passes to collect the oats, with tons of debris left behind, and it barely picked up any of the pet hair.
Should You Buy the Dirt Devil SimpliStick?
As one of the lowest scoring products in the review, it is hard to recommend this Dirt Devil, no matter your goals. It struggled in metrics like convenience and the ability to clean surfaces, making it somewhat useless compared to the compatition. We can see why some folks on a budget would be drawn to this vacuum, but we think the frustration wouldn't be worth the savings.
What Other Stick Vacuum Should You Consider?
If budget is a concern, we prefer the VonHaus 600W 2-in-1, which has a higher overall score and a similar price. It offers average hard surface and carpet cleaning ability, so it can help keep things cleaner if your expectations are reasonable. If your budget can be increased, or you hope to add a product to a registry, we think the Moosoo XL-618A will bring less frustration and higher cleaning ability for the price. However, it is about three times more than the Dirt Devil.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer
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