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Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Review

This lightweight vacuum may be super cheap, but don't expect much in terms of performance
Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik
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Price:   $32 List
Pros:  Inexpensive
Cons:  Poor carpet cleaning ability, harder to use, less convenient
Manufacturer:   Dirt Devil
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jul 26, 2021
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#14 of 14
  • Convenience - 35% 4
  • Hard Surface Cleaning - 30% 5
  • Ease of Use - 20% 4
  • Carpet Cleaning - 15% 3

Our Verdict

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.

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Pros InexpensiveConvenient to use, great at cleaningFantastic cleaning power, versatile, easy to useGreat value, convenient, does well with hard floorsDecent at cleaning hard surfaces, inexpensive
Cons Poor carpet cleaning ability, harder to use, less convenientA bit loudHeavy, loudCould be better at carpetHarder to use, loud
Bottom Line This lightweight vacuum may be super cheap, but don't expect much in terms of performanceIf you are looking for the absolute best of the best when it comes to stick vacuums, this is one of our all-time favoritesThis corded model has excellent cleaning power and is great for those that need to clean heavier messesIf you are shopping for a stick vacuum and don't want to break the bank, then we think this is a great optionThis inexpensive model cleans decently, especially when it comes to hard surfaces
Rating Categories Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Shark Rocket Pet Pro Shark Rocket DuoClean Moosoo XL-618A VonHaus 600W 2-in-1
Convenience (35%)
4.0
8.0
6.0
7.0
4.0
Hard Surface Cleaning (30%)
5.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
Ease Of Use (20%)
4.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
4.0
Carpet Cleaning (15%)
3.0
8.0
7.0
5.0
5.0
Specs Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Shark Rocket Pet Pro Shark Rocket DuoClean Moosoo XL-618A VonHaus 600W 2-in-1
Weight 3.4 lbs 7.8 lbs 10 lbs 5.1 lbs 4.5 lbs
Cordless Battery Life n/a 20:37
min:sec
n/a 22:40 min:sec n/a
Maximum Corded Reach 17.5 ft n/a 33.5 ft n/a 21 ft
Measured Charge Time n/a 150 min n/a 340 min n/a
Noise Level 73.5 dBa 73 dBa 77.5 dBa 67 dBa 77 dBa
Model Number SD20000RED IZ163H HV380W XL-618A EPT2
Battery Type n/a Lithium-ion n/a Lithium-ion n/a
Measured Cleaning Path Width 9" 10.25" 8" 7.75" 8.75"
Variable Suction Control No Yes No Yes No
Brush On/Off Switch? n/a Slows the brush for hard floor Slows the brush for hard floor No n/a
Storage Stands up; falls over easily Freestanding in MultiFLEX storage mode Wall Mount; or can detatch the top and hang on the bottom to stand upright Wall mount only Stands up; falls over easily
Bag Type Bagless Bagless Bagless Bagless Bagless
Swivel Head? No Yes Yes Yes No
Soft Bumper? No No Yes Yes No
Cordless? No Yes No Yes No

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.

Performance Comparison


The Dirt Devil SimpliStik failed to impress us.
The Dirt Devil SimpliStik failed to impress us.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Convenience


Ranking at the top in terms of significance, convenience comprised 35% of the overall score for each stick vacuum. We compared the ability of each model to clean parts of the home other than the floor, how much each product weighed, how long the battery lasted or how far the cord could reach, whether it was corded or cordless, as well as how the vacuum could 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 to clean non-floor parts of your home. We found that it was a little difficult to remove or attach the brush head while standing, requiring you to pick up the vacuum and fiddle 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 own 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 quite unstable and prone to being knocked over inadvertently.

While this model could clean non-floor areas, it still wasn't the...
While this model could clean non-floor areas, it still wasn't the most convenient.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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 performance of the Dirt Devil was mediocre on hard floors.
The performance of the Dirt Devil was mediocre on hard floors.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The SimpliStick started off 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 delivered 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.

The Dirt Devil left behind plenty of residual flour.
The Dirt Devil left behind plenty of residual flour.
Credit: Austin Palmer

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, as well as the level of noise emitted by each vacuum. The SimpliStick wasn't the easiest to use and had a below-average performance.

We didn't find the Dirt Devil to be that easy to use.
We didn't find the Dirt Devil to be that easy to use.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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 Dirt Devil left behind plenty of residual rice.
The Dirt Devil left behind plenty of residual rice.
Credit: Austin Palmer

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 difficult to maneuver.

This model reached about half the distance of the top models.
This model reached about half the distance of the top models.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Carpet Cleaning


Accounting 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 performed poorly on carpets.
This vacuum performed poorly on carpets.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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.

The Dirt Devil didn't do particularly well at collecting flour.
The Dirt Devil didn't do particularly well at collecting flour.
Credit: Austin Palmer

This model did about average at collecting Cheerios on both flat and fluffy carpet. However, it took some maneuvering to get the vacuum to actually 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.

Value


While the SimpliStick is a very inexpensive product, it also doesn't perform that well, making it a poor value pick.

Conclusion


The Dirt Devil SimpliStick is mega-cheap with, unfortunately, a performance to match. It didn't score particularly well in any test and didn't distinguish itself to us as something that most people would benefit from. It might be alright for a tiny apartment with light messes if you are shopping on a tight budget, but that's about it.

David Wise and Austin Palmer