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Best Stick Vacuum of 2021

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By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jan 5, 2021
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We have researched dozens of stick vacuums over the past 4 years. For 2021, we looked at the top 13 models on the market and tested them head-to-head to select our award winners. We spent well over a hundred hours vacuuming carpet and hard floors with these products to see how well each one cleans. We also judge how user-friendly and convenient each vacuum is. Read on to see our full review and find out which vacuum swept away the competition, which one is the best cordless option, and which models you should consider when shopping on a tight budget.

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Pros Unmatched cleaning performance, very convenient and easy to useGreat battery life, fantastic at cleaning hard floors, very easy to useCompact, great at cleaning carpet, convenientFantastic cleaning power, versatile, easy to useGood at cleaning carpets, convenient
Cons Exceptionally expensive, on the loud side, doesn't pick up well when going "reverse" over debrisA little priceyShort battery life, expensiveHeavy, loudDidn’t do as well as we hoped with hard floors, expensive
Bottom Line While this product excelled in all of our tests and is undeniably the top performer when it comes to stick vacuums, the V10 is incredibly priceyFor those that want the best of the best when it comes to cordless vacuums, this product is a great choiceThe V8 by Dyson is an exceptional cordless vacuum that cleans great but might clean out your walletThe Rocket is the top product that you can get with unmatched cleaning powerWhile the V11 does have some innovative features, its second-tier hard floor cleaning performance held it back from an award
Rating Categories Dyson V10 Absolute Shark IONFlex Dyson V8 Absolute Shark Rocket... Dyson V11 Animal
Convenience (35%)
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Hard Surface Cleaning (30%)
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Ease Of Use (20%)
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Carpet Cleaning (15%)
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Specs Dyson V10 Absolute Shark IONFlex Dyson V8 Absolute Shark Rocket... Dyson V11 Animal
Weight 5.9 lbs 8.9 lbs 5.6 lbs 10 lbs 6.7 lbs
Cordless Battery Life 8:19 min:sec 11:44 min:sec 8:19 min:sec N/A 12:30 min:sec
Maximum Corded Reach N/A N/A N/A 33.5 ft. N/A
Measured Charge Time 190 min. 210 min. 240 min. N/A 220 min.
Noise Level 78 dBa 74 dBa 77 dBa 77.5 dBa 77 dBa
Model Number V10 IF200W (we tested) V8 HV380W V11
Battery Type NCA or Li-aluminum (a type of Lithium-ion) Lithium-ion Lithium-ion N/A Lithium-ion
Measured Cleaning Path Width 9" 8" 9" 8" 9"
Variable Suction Control Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Brush On/Off Switch: No Slows the brush for hard floor No Slows the brush for hard floor No
Storage 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 Wall Mount only
Bag Type Bagless Bagless Bagless Bagless Bagless
Swivel Head Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Soft Bumper Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cordless Yes Yes Yes No Yes

Best Overall Stick Vacuum


Dyson V10 Absolute


Dyson V10 Absolute
Editors' Choice Award
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  • Convenience 7
  • Hard Surface Cleaning 9
  • Ease of Use 8
  • Carpet Cleaning 8
Weight: 5.9 lbs. | Max Power Runtime: 8:19
Amazing at cleaning soft floors
Excels on hard floors
Extremely easy to use
Expensive

Earning the top all-time score in this category, it's no wonder why the Dyson V10 easily reigns as the Editors' favorite. This product gives some of the best performances we have ever seen when it comes to cleaning messes on the carpet. Also, it easily handles all types of messes on all types of floors, both soft and hard. This model is also straightforward and convenient to use. The V10 is a clear choice if you want unparalleled cleaning ability from a stick vacuum.

This product does come with a higher price tag; in fact, it's one of the most expensive products that we have seen in this category. Its high price makes the V10 out of reach for the occasional consumer. However, there is no denying that it is the best of the best.

Read Full Review: Dyson V10 Absolute

Another Great Option


Shark IONFlex


Shark IONFlex
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  • Convenience 7
  • Hard Surface Cleaning 9
  • Ease of Use 8
  • Carpet Cleaning 7
Weight: 8.9 lbs. | Max Power Runtime: 11:44
Amazing at cleaning hard surfaces
Exceptionally convenient
Extremely easy to use
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The IONFlex is an excellent all-around stick vacuum that is a close second to the V10 in terms of performance but retails for less than half the price. In our hard floor cleaning tests, this cordless vacuum performed extremely well. It easily folds for storage and has swappable batteries, so the runtime can be extended if you have a spare one on hand. The IONFlex includes a handful of attachments, giving it the versatility to clean practically anywhere in your home. It is also easy to operate and highly maneuverable.

On the downside, this vacuum is still quite pricey, though it is much less expensive than the V10. For many, a stick vacuum is meant to be a supplemental cleaning tool to be paired with a full-sized vacuum, as opposed to being a sole cleaning method. This unit can exceed what most people may be willing to spend on one of these products. For a cordless vacuum, it's also a little on the heavy side. However, this is still an excellent product if you want high performance but can't afford the V10.

Read Full Review: Shark IONFlex

Best Corded Option


Shark Rocket DuoClean


Shark Rocket DuoClean
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$219.99
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  • Convenience 6
  • Hard Surface Cleaning 9
  • Ease of Use 8
  • Carpet Cleaning 7
Weight: 10.0 lbs. | Max Power Runtime: N/A (Corded)
Fantastic at cleaning hard surfaces
Easy to use
Good at cleaning carpet
Heavy

The Shark Rocket DuoClean is our top recommendation if you are okay with a corded model and is one of our favorite stick vacuums overall. This premium corded stick vacuum is extraordinarily easy to use, with the cleaning power to rival plenty of upright vacuums. It does an exceptional job of cleaning up messes from hard floors, sucking up debris, and is also great on carpet. It is agile and has tons of versatility to clean all of the hard to reach places around your home.

Our main critique of this product is that it is on the heavy side. While this vacuum's corded component grants you unlimited runtime while cleaning, it is undeniably much more cumbersome than the cordless models. However, we easily recommend this product as it is one of our favorites. It does a solid job of cleaning your home and retails for much less than the top-tier products.

Read Full Review: Shark Rocket DuoClean

Best Bang for the Buck


Moosoo XL-618A


Moosoo XL-618A
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  • Convenience 7
  • Hard Surface Cleaning 7
  • Ease of Use 6
  • Carpet Cleaning 5
Weight: 5.1 lbs. | Max Power Runtime: 22:40
Good value
Convenient to clean with
Solid hard floor cleaning skills
Could do better on carpet

If you are searching for a stick vacuum and can't stomach the thought of spending hundreds of dollars for one of the top-tier products, then we highly recommend checking out the Moosoo XL-618A. This model stacks up quite well compared to the top-tier models, all while costing considerably less. This cordless vacuum is very versatile and convenient to clean with, having both handheld and floor-cleaning modes.

However, this vacuum is far from our favorite when it comes to cleaning messes off of carpet. It did alright with flour but left plenty of rice and oats behind. It also required many more cleaning passes than the premium models to get the carpet equivalently clean. While it might not be the best for soft floors, we still happily recommend this to anyone shopping on a budget looking for a quick and easy way to clean up light messes between more rigorous cleanings.

Read Full Review: Moosoo XL-618A

Best for Tight Budgets


VonHaus 600W 2-in-1


VonHaus 600W 2-in-1
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  • Convenience 4
  • Hard Surface Cleaning 6
  • Ease of Use 4
  • Carpet Cleaning 5
Weight: 4.5 lbs. | Max Power Runtime: N/A (Corded)
Decent for cleaning hard surfaces
Average for cleaning soft floors
Not terribly convenient
Loud

The VonHaus 600W 2-in-1 isn't the best stick vacuum that we looked at, but it does have its place. This model would be a great fit for someone who is shopping on a tight budget with a smaller home with hard floors. It can also conveniently transform into a handheld vacuum to get into all of those hard to reach places.

Regrettably, the VonHaus can't compare to the top-tier models for overall cleaning power. It continuously delivered a mediocre set of results in all of our cleaning tests. As one of the least expensive models out there, we would still recommend it to anyone who has light messes to pick up.

Read Full Review: VonHaus 600W 2-in-1


Some of the top models available on the market today.
Some of the top models available on the market today.
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Why You Should Trust Us


Our lead stick vacuum reviewers, Austin Palmer and David Wise both have extensive experience not only reviewing and testing stick vacuums but also uprights, canister vacuums, robot vacuums, and handhelds. For the past four years, they have been comparing and testing stick vacuums, continuously updating their testing plans and procedures as these products have evolved.

To see which stick vacuum came out on top of the pack and swept the competition under the rug, we devised a challenging series of tests to evaluate their performance side-by-side. We tried out these vacuums in practically every conceivable place in our homes and offices, spending hundreds of hours cleaning up all sorts of messes. We also did side-by-side quantitative tests with these products, measuring their effective runtime, recharge time, and noise levels, as well as maximum reach under furniture.

Related: How We Tested Stick Vacuums

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Analysis and Test Results


Our tests are grouped into four weighted rating metrics: Convenience, Hard Surface Cleaning, Ease of Use, and Carpet Cleaning.

Related: Buying Advice for Stick Vacuums


Value


The top vacuums are the Dyson V8 and the Dyson V10, both notably coming at a premium price. The Shark Rocket gives you the best bang for the buck of the top-tier vacuums, but the fact that it's a corded model may be a dealbreaker for some people. We feel the Moosoo XL-618A is the best bargain option, retailing at a fraction of the cost of the V10 or the Shark IONFlex and performing only marginally worse in our tests. The VonHaus is one of the least expensive products overall of this group but does come with a fairly significant drop in performance.

The Dyson V8 in handheld mode.
The Dyson V8 in handheld mode.
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Convenience


The main advantage of these products over a traditional canister or upright vacuum is their substantially superior convenience factor and ease of use — hence the heavier weighing of this metric. After all, what good is a stick vacuum if it is too cumbersome to use in the first place? Consequently, this metric accounts for 35% of the overall score for each product. We tested how well each vacuum cleaned non-floor areas, the cordless models' battery life, the reach of the corded models, each product's weight, and its storage method.


The Dyson V8 Absolute, the Dyson V10 Absolute, the Dyson V11 Animal, the Shark IONFlex, the Moosoo XL-618A, and the Deik, all earned a 7 out of 10 for their convenience. These vacuums are all cordless, with the trio of Dyson models, the Moosoo XL-618A, and the Deik having a wall-mounted storage system to keep them out of the way when not in use. We would have appreciated it if these vacuums could stand freely on their own, but if they aren't in their wall mounts, all of them need to be propped against something when not in use. The Shark IONFlex folds in half for easy standing storage in an out-of-the-way location.

The IONFlex folds for storage or to help get under those hard to...
The IONFlex folds for storage or to help get under those hard to reach places.
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We didn't find the Dyson models' battery life to be all that impressive, especially when using their highest power setting. The V11 lasted the longest, operating for 12.5 minutes before the battery was depleted in our test, with the V10 and the V8 both lasting for less than 10 minutes.


However, when run on a lower power cleaning setting, the runtime can be significantly extended, which we found to be more than enough time to clean up most messes, especially in the case of the V10. The suction is so powerful that we actually had a hard time pushing the V10 on the low-pile carpet in maximum power mode.

The Dyson models come in between 4-7 lbs, about average in terms of weight.

The Deik weighs about the same but has a much more impressive battery life. When running on its maximum power setting, it gets slightly over double the amount of time. The Moosoo XL-618A is just a bit heavier than the Deik and lasted for around 6 minutes less in our maximum runtime tests.

The XL-618A is a good budget option even if it isn&#039;t the best...
The XL-618A is a good budget option even if it isn't the best overall cleaner.
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The IONFlex, weighing in close to 9 lbs, is on the heavier side and has a battery life of almost 12 minutes. Both the IONFlex and the Deik are quite effective at cleaning non-floor areas as well, though they are not quite as proficient as the Dyson V11, V8, or V10 with their plethora of attachments.

The Deik in handheld mode with the edging attachment.
The Deik in handheld mode with the edging attachment.
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Next, the quartet of the BLACK+DECKER, BISSELL AirRam, Hoover Linx, and the Shark Rocket DuoClean all earn a 6 out of 10 in this metric. The BLACK+DECKER, Hoover, and BISSELL are all cordless, while the Shark Rocket is corded. The AirRam had the longest battery life of the entire group, lasting for 35 minutes at full power, with the Hoover lasting for just over 21 minutes and the BLACK+DECKER calling it quits at just over 16 minutes. Out of the corded models, the Shark Rocket has the longest reach of the group.


However, the Shark Rocket is the best of this bunch at cleaning non-floor surfaces — on par with the Dyson products. The Rocket includes a ton of different attachments that are very easy to swap out.

The Shark Rocket in handheld mode.
The Shark Rocket in handheld mode.
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The BLACK+DECKER can transform into a handheld vacuum, while the AirRam and Hoover Linx are restricted to upright mode only; however, the Hoover doesn't have a wall mount. The AirRam and the BLACK+DECKER are stable enough to be freestanding, while the Rocket is primarily meant to be wall-mounted — though you can detach the top and hang it towards the base, providing enough support for this model to stand on its own.

While the BLACK+DECKER and the Linx are about average in size and weight for this type of vacuum, we found the AirRam and the Rocket to be a bit more cumbersome and heavier than most of the other products.


Next, the Shark Navigator Freestyle earns a 5 out of 10 for its performance — about average in terms of convenience. This cordless model lasted for just shy of 14 minutes on its highest powered cleaning mode — slightly above average. It's a freestanding model that weighs just over 7 lbs. However, it lacks any attachments to clean surfaces other than floors. This simple stick vacuum isn't the most convenient to use, but at least it isn't frustrating.

Rounding out the back of the pack, the Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik and the VonHaus earn a 4 out of 10 for their slightly sub-par performance. Both of these models are corded, with a somewhat shorter reach than the Shark Rocket, measuring in at 16' and 20' respectively. These models are both freestanding, but are quite delicate — prone to tipping or falling over.

The VonHaus in handheld mode.
The VonHaus in handheld mode.
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This duo falls short when it comes to cleaning non-floor surfaces, with the Dirt Devil being noticeably more deficient than the VonHaus. However, they do earn a few points for being lighter.

The Rocket making short work of oats on the hardwood floor.
The Rocket making short work of oats on the hardwood floor.
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Hard Surface Cleaning


The hard floor cleaning performance of each vacuum accounts for 30% of the total score. We used flour, rice, oats, cereal, and pet hair to evaluate each model's performance. We also compared the floor's appearance before and after and the actual percentage of debris collected to determine the final score in this metric.


The Dyson V10, the Shark IONFlex, and the Shark Rocket DuoClean all took home the top score, earning a 9 out of 10 for their phenomenal cleaning performances. All of these vacuums were by far the best and the easiest to use of all the stick vacuums to clean up the rice, taking only a single pass to clean up in bare floor mode.

The IONFlex easily picked up the oats in one pass.
The IONFlex easily picked up the oats in one pass.
Credit: Austin Palmer

This stellar performance continued in our flour test, with all three of these models cleaning up the majority of the flour with a single pass and then taking an additional pass to get any residual flour that had fallen into the cracks between the boards of the laminate floor.

The Rocket even extracted flour from the cracks between boards.
The Rocket even extracted flour from the cracks between boards.
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This trio continued their dominance over the rest when cleaning up oatmeal and cereal, only taking a single pass to swallow all of the debris. Finally, the V10, the Rocket, and the IONFlex finished out their sweep by tying for the top score in our pet hair collection test, along with a handful of other models.

The Dyson V8 Absolute came next, earning an 8 out of 10 for its hard floor cleaning abilities. It did very well at cleaning up flour, taking about two passes to clean up the bulk of the flour, and even pulling flour from the cracks in between the boards.

The V8 delivered an excellent performance in this test.
The V8 delivered an excellent performance in this test.
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The V8 also delivered an essentially perfect performance in our cereal and pet hair passes, collecting all of the mess that we laid out without any issues. It finished out this metric with a strong showing in our oat test, getting almost all of the oats in a single pass, though there was a tiny portion of oats flung to the side.

The Dyson V8 collected oats with ease.
The Dyson V8 collected oats with ease.
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Unfortunately, the V8's performance dropped in our rice test, doing a mediocre job overall. It cleaned up a decent amount of rice but flung a non-trivial number of grains out of the path of the vacuum.

Next, the Shark Navigator Freestyle, the Moosoo XL-618A, and the V11 Animal all earned a 7 out of 10 for their solid performance at cleaning hard flooring. The Navigator and the Moosoo XL-618A both did very well at collecting rice, sucking up almost everything in a single pass. Unfortunately, the V11 overall did a mediocre job, struggling slightly with the rice. It picked up a solid amount but also threw plenty of it around.

The V11 did very well when it came to flour, almost matching the Dyson V8's performance, only leaving behind a tiny bit of residue. The Navigator struggled a little to get the floor suitably clean, needing between 2-4 passes.

The Navigator Freestyle took a few more passes to clean the flour...
The Navigator Freestyle took a few more passes to clean the flour and couldn't quite get it all out of the cracks.
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The Moosoo XL-618A did a little better than the Navigator but couldn't quite match the cleaning power of the Dyson V8 in this test.

Moving on to the cereal test, the V11 Animal outperformed the Navigator. The Freestyle did collect some cereal but didn't pick them up as easily as the V11, which got all of the cereal from the hard floor in a single pass. The Moosoo XL-618A did the worst of this group with the cereal, clogging after crushing up the Cheerios and requiring us to intervene for it to continue cleaning.

This model isn&#039;t as effective as its predecessor at cleaning up hard...
This model isn't as effective as its predecessor at cleaning up hard floor messes.
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These vacuums all performed similarly when tasked with cleaning up oatmeal, each delivering a good performance. The vast majority of the oats were collected in just a couple of passes. The Navigator, the Moosoo XL-618A, and the V11 finished out with a fantastic performance in our pet hair pickup test, tying with the Shark Rocket.

The VonHaus, Deik, and the AirRam all came next, each meriting a 6 out of 10 for their solid performance at cleaning hard floors.

The Deik did a fantastic job of cleaning up flour but fell a little short at collecting cereal, pushing them around rather than sucking them up.

The Diek&#039;s low ground clearance cause it to plow the Cheerios rather...
The Diek's low ground clearance cause it to plow the Cheerios rather than suck them up.
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It also did a good job at collecting rice and pet hair but struggled a little at collecting oatmeal, leaving a decent amount of residual debris behind.

The VonHaus did exceptionally well at cleaning up rice — practically on par with the Shark Rocket — but faltered at collecting flour. The VonHaus delivered an unsatisfactory performance; after over 20 passes, it still left plenty of residual flour behind.

The VonHaus severely struggled at picking up flour.
The VonHaus severely struggled at picking up flour.
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The VonHaus did a decent job at collecting cereal and oats, though rather than collecting the debris, it would occasionally pile it up. Finally, it did quite well at collecting pet hair, matching the top scorers' performance, like the Dyson V10 and Shark Rocket.

The AirRam excelled at cleaning flour from hard floors.
The AirRam excelled at cleaning flour from hard floors.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Conversely, the AirRam excelled at sucking up flour but struggled to collect rice and oats. This vacuum would usually throw them to the side instead of successfully collecting them. However, it did a good job in the pet hair and cereal evaluations, collecting the vast majority of the mess and only leaving trace amounts behind.

Next, the BLACK+DECKER, Dirt Devil, and the Hoover Linx all scored a 5 out of 10 for their overall average performance at cleaning up hard floors. Out of this group, the Dirt Devil did the best at collecting rice, getting the vast majority in a single pass.

However, one drawback of the Dirt Devil is that this model can leak rice when its collection bin is full. The BLACK+DECKER did a mediocre job, requiring you to decide between missing debris with the brush off or flinging it around with the brush on. The Hoover Linx did a relatively subpar job, taking multiple passes to clean the area satisfactorily.

The performance of these three vacuums changed dramatically when it came to flour. The BLACK+DECKER and Linx did an acceptable job at collecting flour, taking about four passes to clean the floor and leaving plenty of residue in the cracks between boards. However, the Dirt Devil delivered a poor performance, taking over 20 passes and still leaving behind more flour than its counterparts.

The Dirt Devil left behind plenty of residual flour.
The Dirt Devil left behind plenty of residual flour.
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Moving on to our cereal and oat collection challenges, the BLACK+DECKER, Dirt Devil, and Hoover Linx gave relatively unimpressive performances, with this trio of vacuums doing a mediocre job at collecting debris. The BLACK+DECKER did do slightly better than the other two at collecting rice but flattened out by doing slightly worse at picking up oats. The Dirt Devil did do very well at sucking up pet hair, ending up in the top-tier of performers, while the Hoover was average, and the BLACK+DECKER performed poorly in comparison.

The Dyson V8 was one of the easiest models to use.
The Dyson V8 was one of the easiest models to use.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ease of Use


Our Ease of Use metric accounts for 20% of the total score, with a wide range of scores between products. This metric's scores are based on the different cleaning power levels available, how well each vacuum cleaned under furniture and close to edges, and their noise levels and maneuverability.


Tying for the top score with an 8 out of 10, the Shark IONFlex, Shark Rocket, Dyson V8, and V10 beat out the rest of the pack in this metric. All of these models have both a low and high power cleaning mode, with the IONFlex and the Rocket having the added benefit of lowering the speed of the rotating brush for hard floor types. Rather than having a different mode for hard floors, the V8 and the V10 accomplish this by using a different brush head.

The V10 does an excellent job of cleaning up messes from hard floors...
The V10 does an excellent job of cleaning up messes from hard floors using the dedicated hard floor brush.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The Dyson V10, Shark Rocket, and the IONFlex, all continued their exceptional performance in our edge test, with the Rocket and the IONFlex beating out the V10, which left a little bit in the corner. The V10 does a better job of picking up debris either head-on into a wall or along the edge.

The Rocket cleans right into the tightest of corners and along edges.
The Rocket cleans right into the tightest of corners and along edges.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The V8, Rocket, and IONFlex all did an excellent job in our test cleaning under furniture, reaching the complete distance of about 37" under our "sofa."

The Dyson V8 easily cleans under most furniture.
The Dyson V8 easily cleans under most furniture.
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The reach on the V10 is shorter by 4" than those of the top vacuums.

The V10 couldn&#039;t quite reach the entire length of our simulated...
The V10 couldn't quite reach the entire length of our simulated sofa, coming up about 4" shy.
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All of these top-tier models are agile and nimble, with swivel steering making handling a breeze. However, when it came to noise levels, the IONFlex and the V8 had a slight edge on the rest of this group.


The V10 is definitely on the louder side, especially when run at its maximum power.

Following this group of top performers, the BISSELL AirRam and the Dyson V11 both earn a 7 out of 10 for their efforts. The AirRam is relatively quiet and has swivel steering, though it isn't quite as nimble as the Sharks or Dyson V8.

The swivel steering on this product is quite good, but it is...
The swivel steering on this product is quite good, but it is definitely inferior to the Shark Rocket or Dyson V8.
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The AirRam did reach completely under our simulated sofa and only left a little debris when cleaning in tight corners. It lost a few points for its lack of different cleaning modes.

The V11 Animal has three cleaning modes: Boost, Eco, and Auto. The Auto mode is a unique innovation for these products, automatically adjusting the suction depending on the amount of mess and floor type, doing its best to balance cleaning performance and battery life. However, the V11 doesn't have the option to turn off the rotating brush.

This model has a simple and elegant user interface.
This model has a simple and elegant user interface.
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This vacuum does fairly well at cleaning along the walls of a room but does tend to miss debris in the corners. It has a low profile, allowing it to reach very far under most pieces of furniture. It cleaned about 33" under our simulated sofa that had 5.5" of clearance between the floor and the bottom of the furniture. The V11 is about average in terms of noise level and is fairly maneuverable with a swivel steering head.

Next, the Deik, the Moosoo XL-618A, and the BLACK+DECKER each merited a 6 out of 10 for their above-average performance in our ease of Use metric. The BLACK+DECKER has both a high and low power cleaning mode and the option to turn off the rotating brush — a rarity for these products. However, the BLACK+DECKER did somewhat poorly in our edge cleaning test, leaving a noticeable strip of rice behind and requiring the use of a special attachment. The Deik was about average at cleaning edges, which was better than the BLACK+DECKER.

The Deik does better at cleaning head on into a wall.
The Deik does better at cleaning head on into a wall.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The Moosoo XL-618A has a high and low power mode but doesn't allow you to disable the rotating brush. It also makes it quite easy to clean under furniture, reaching about 27" under our simulated sofa. However, it doesn't do the best at cleaning along the edges of the room when moving the vacuum parallel to the wall.

The BLACK+DECKER didn't do especially well when it came to reaching under our sofa, only managing an 18" range.

The BLACK+DECKER reached about half the distance of the top models...
The BLACK+DECKER reached about half the distance of the top models when cleaning under our simulated sofa.
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The Deik did much better, reaching almost twice that of the BLACK+DECKER and matching the top performers' 37"+.

The Deik has an excellent reach.
The Deik has an excellent reach.
Credit: Austin Palmer

These vacuums all have swivel steering and are fairly maneuverable. The BLACK+DECKER and the Moosoo XL-618A aren't too loud, but we did find the Deik to be on the loud side and is one of the noisiest vacuums out of those that we have tested.

Next, the Shark Navigator Freestyle earns a 5 out of 10 for its rather unremarkable performance in terms of Ease of Use. This model has both a low and high power cleaning mode, and though you can't stop the rotating brush completely, you do have the option to slow it down. It did fairly well at cleaning in close to edges, but it took a few extra passes to clean as well as some of the others did. In our furniture test, it performed somewhat poorly, only reaching about 11" under the simulated sofa — less than a third of the distance of top performers.

The Shark Navigator Freestyle didn&#039;t reach very far under furniture...
The Shark Navigator Freestyle didn't reach very far under furniture at all.
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The Freestyle was in the middle of the pack in terms of noise, and although it does have some swivel steering, it was quite limited.

Rounding out the bottom of the category for this test, the Dirt Devil, the Hoover Linx, and the VonHaus all score 4 out of 10 for their below-average performances. None of these three models have adjustable power levels for cleaning, though the Hoover Linx does have the option to turn off the rotating brush. However, it was the VonHaus that did the best of this group when it came to our edge cleaning test, performing on par with the Shark Navigator.

The VonHaus did an excellent job at cleaning along edges.
The VonHaus did an excellent job at cleaning along edges.
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Both the Hoover and the Dirt Devil did a relatively poor job at cleaning close to an edge, with the Dirt Devil doing the worst of the entire group, leaving behind a large strip of rice.

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

None of these three vacuums did very well when it came to reaching under furniture; however, the Dirt Devil redeemed itself slightly by reaching about 5" further than the VonHaus or the Hoover.

The Hoover had an excessively short reach.
The Hoover had an excessively short reach.
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Both the VonHaus and the Dirt Devil lacked swivel steering, which limited the handling. The swivel steering on the Hoover was so bad that it is almost pointless to be there in the first place. There were wildly varying noise levels between these vacuums, with the Dirt Devil being one of the group's quietest models, the Hoover being average, and the VonHaus being loud enough to be mistaken with an upright vacuum.

The Dyson V8 is one of the best when it comes to cleaning carpets.
The Dyson V8 is one of the best when it comes to cleaning carpets.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Carpet Cleaning


Accounting for the remaining 15% of each vacuum's total score, this metric is composed of all of our carpet cleaning tests. We again used rice, cereal, oats, flour, and pet hair as our sample debris. We ranked each vacuum on how many passes it took to clean up the messes, as well as how much residual debris they left behind. We tested on both a flat, low-pile carpet and a fluffier, medium-pile carpet.


The Dyson V11, the V10, and the V8 all tied for the group's overall top score when it came to cleaning carpets, each earning an 8 out of 10 for their excellent performances. The V10 and the V8 both did very well when it came to our rice collection challenge, collecting all of the debris from the flat carpet with only two passes, whereas the V11 needed an additional pass or two to achieve the same level of cleanliness. However, all three did much better with the fluffier medium-pile carpet.

The V10 and the V8 main extractors, side-by-side.
The V10 and the V8 main extractors, side-by-side.
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All three of these Dyson vacuums did exceptionally well at cleaning flour from the flatter low-pile carpet, getting the vast majority in a single cleaning pass and tying for the best cleaning performance we have seen to date.

The Dyson V8 did a great job at cleaning flour from the low-pile...
The Dyson V8 did a great job at cleaning flour from the low-pile carpet.
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The V8 and V11 delivered stellar performances when cleaning up cereal, slightly outperforming the V10.

The Dyson V8 even collected Cheerios without becoming clogged, like...
The Dyson V8 even collected Cheerios without becoming clogged, like other vacuums did.
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While we felt that the V10 had far superior suction to the V8, given the distance between the head and the floor, there isn't much space for larger debris items, leading it to push the cereal around for a while before it collects them.

However, the V10 gap was more than enough to collect pet hair and oats with a breeze. The V11, V10, and V8 all delivered top-notch performances in our final carpet cleaning assessments. Although the V8 did leave just a few more strands of pet hair behind, the amount it left was barely noticeable.

The Shark Rocket, Shark IONFlex, and the Deik all tied for the second-highest score of 7 out of 10 in this metric with their solid performance. The Rocket did a fantastic job of cleaning up the rice from the low-pile carpet, only taking two passes to get everything collected. It did even better on the medium-pile carpet, matching the performance of an upright vacuum, only tossing a few grains of rice to the side. However, its performance dropped when it came to collecting flour, leaving plenty of residual dust. Due to the poor performance of all the vacuums across the board, we only attempted to test the flour on the flat carpet and skipped the fluffy carpet.

The Shark Rocket also excels at keeping carpet clean.
The Shark Rocket also excels at keeping carpet clean.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The Rocket resumed its excellent performance in our cereal test, doing the best of the entire group on both flat and fluffy carpet. It also did well at collecting oats — just not quite as well as the pair of Dyson models.

The IONFlex matched the Rocket's performance when collecting rice, similarly taking two passes to collect all of the debris. It also did exceptionally well at collecting flour and oats.

The IONFlex did almost equally well at picking up oats on fluffy...
The IONFlex did almost equally well at picking up oats on fluffy carpet as it did on short-pile carpet.
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This IONFlex finished out with a strong performance in this metric's final two tests — pet hair and cereal. It once again almost matched the Rocket at pet hair's performance and at collecting cereal.

The Deik held its own here, doing a fantastic job — better than the IONFlex — at collecting pet hair and a good job at sucking up cereal.

The Deik had similar Cheerio pick up performance to the VonHaus. It...
The Deik had similar Cheerio pick up performance to the VonHaus. It would pile them up then use the extra friction it created to suck them in.
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It also did very well at collecting oats and flour, though it performed slightly worse than the IONFlex when it came to collecting rice.

Following the top models' stellar performance, the Shark Navigator Freestyle earned a 6 out of 10. This model did a decent job of collecting rice from the flat carpet, but it delivered a somewhat subpar performance when it came to the flour and left behind plenty of residual flour. However, this flipped when it came to collecting cereal, where the Navigator delivered an average performance.

Next, the Hoover Linx, BLACK+DECKER, BISSELL AirRam, the Moosoo XL-618A, and the VonHaus all earned a 5 out of 10 for their exceptionally average performance when it came to cleaning carpets in our test. The Hoover, VonHaus, the Moosoo XL-618A, and the BLACK+DECKER did quite well at collecting rice, performing decently on both low-pile and medium-pile carpets. The AirRam flung rice around a bit on the flat carpet but did an excellent job on the fluffier, medium-pile carpet. In particular, the VonHaus distinguished itself on the medium-pile carpet, almost matching the Dyson V8's performance.

The VonHaus did a slightly above average job at cleaning rice.
The VonHaus did a slightly above average job at cleaning rice.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

None of these models except for the Moosoo XL-618A excelled at cleaning flour from carpet, with the Moosoo XL-618A almost matching the performance of the top models.

This vacuum did well at cleaning up flour from the carpet but fell a...
This vacuum did well at cleaning up flour from the carpet but fell a little short with other types of messes.
Credit: Laura Casner

The Hoover and the AirRam performed slightly below average, the VonHaus slightly above, and the BLACK+DECKER scored right in the middle with the flour cleanup challenge.

However, the Hoover Linx and the BISSELL AirRam did excel in our cereal collection test, leaving only a few lingering cereal pieces behind on flat carpet and requiring minimal effort to collect them from the fluffy carpet.

The VonHaus did a decent job across the board, where the BLACK+DECKER did well on the flat carpet, but its performance fell a little short on the fluffy carpet, continually piling them up rather than collecting them. Unfortunately, we were very unimpressed with the Moosoo XL-618A's performance at cleaning up the Cheerios from the carpet, with lots of partial pieces and crushed up cereal remaining after cleaning.

All of the vacuums except the AirRam did a relatively subpar job at collecting oats. The BLACK+DECKER finished out the test doing a solid job in our pet hair collection test. The Hoover did about average, while the VonHaus, the Moosoo XL-618A, and the BISSELL AirRam left much to be desired.

Rounding out the back of the group, the Dirt Devil earned a 3 out of 10 for its all-around poor job at cleaning carpets. We will say it did an acceptable job at collecting cereal but executed poorly at nearly everything else.

Conclusion


We hope you have found this article informative and helpful while you are shopping for a vacuum, regardless of whether you're seeking a top-tier product that can go toe-to-toe with a traditional upright or a budget option that offers a convenient way to clean up small messes.

David Wise and Austin Palmer