The Best Stick Vacuums of 2017

Searching for floors that sparkle without a ton of hassle? After researching over 55 different stick vacuums, we bought the top 10 on the market today and tested them side-by-side in our quest to find the best. It can be exceedingly difficult to find the perfect stick vacuum, so we are here to help. We ranked and scored each product on how convenient and easy to use it was, as well as its cleaning performance on both flat carpet, fluffy carpet, and hard floors. Check out the complete review below to see which model sucked up the competition and which one is the best bargain when shopping on a budget.

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Test Results and Ratings

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Shark Rocket DuoClean
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Pros Fantastic cleaning power, versatile, easy to useCompact, great at cleaning carpet, convenientSuper easy to use, convenientVery easy to use, solid performance on hard floorsGreat value, good at cleaning hard floors
Cons Heavy, loudShort battery life, expensiveMediocre at cleaning hard surface, priceyA little pricey, heavyNot terribly convenient, more difficult to use
Ratings by Category Shark Rocket DuoClean Dyson V8 Absolute Dyson V6 Bissell AirRam Shark Navigator Freestyle
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Specs Shark Rocket DuoClean Dyson V8 Absolute Dyson V6 Bissell AirRam Shark Navigator Freestyle
Weight 10 lbs 5.6 lbs 4.7 lbs 8.1 lbs 7.1 lbs
Cordless Battery Life N/A 8:19 min:sec 6:45 min:sec 34:52 min:sec 13:53 min:sec
Maximum Corded Reach 33.5 ft. N/A N/A N/A N/A

Analysis and Award Winners


Review by:
David Wise and Austin Palmer

Last Updated:
Thursday
September 21, 2017

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Updated September 2017
As Fall rapidly approaches, we have been keeping an eye out for new products that might outperform our award winners. We thought we may have found one in the Bissel AirRam, but it couldn't quite cut it, falling just short of snagging an award. Check out the full review below for our top recommendations when it comes to stick vacuums and for the full details of the AirRam's performance.

Best Overall Stick Vacuum


Shark Rocket DuoClean


Editors' Choice Award

$199.99
at Amazon
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Fantastic at cleaning hard surfaces
Easy to use
Good at cleaning carpet
Heavy

Earning the highest score of the overall group and claiming the title of Best Overall Stick Vacuum, the Shark Rocket DuoClean is the best of the best and our top recommendation for most people. 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 at collecting debris and cleaning up messes from hard floors and a great one on carpet. It's agile and easy to maneuver, with tons of versatility to clean all of the hard to reach places around your home. Our only slight issue with this product is that it is a little on the heavy side. However, we would readily recommend this product as one of our favorites.

Read review: Shark Rocket DuoClean

Best Cordless Stick Vacuum


Dyson V8 Absolute


Editors' Choice Award

$600
List Price
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Great at carpet cleaning
Super convenient
Easy to use
Short battery life
Expensive

Just narrowly being beat out of the top spot overall, the Dyson V8 was the top scoring cordless stick vacuum in our review, earning it an Editors' Choice award. This model does an exceptionally good job at cleaning debris from carpet and a solid job at keeping your hard floors nice and clean. In addition, this model is extremely convenient and easy to use, with the versatility to clean everything from your kitchen floor to cobwebs off your ceiling. However, this model doesn't have the longest battery life (<10 minutes) when running on its maximum power and it is substantially more expensive than the rest of the products in the review. This product is a great pick for someone searching for a supplemental cleaning product that is easy to use and no hassle at all — and is willing to pay top dollar for this premium product.

Read review: Dyson V8 Absolute

Best Bang for the Buck


Shark Navigator Freestyle


Best Buy Award

$89.99
at Amazon
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Good for cleaning hard surfaces
Solid at cleaning soft floors
Not terribly convenient
Less versatile

Searching for a stick vacuum that isn't going to suck your bank account dry? The Shark Navigator Freestyle is the best value dollar for dollar of all the products we looked at. This handy cordless stick vacuum has great floor cleaning performance and is a fantastic option for someone looking to clean up a small mess without hassle. It has a decent battery life, doesn't weigh a ton, and will handle most messes without a struggle. It is restricted to floor cleaning only, lacking the versatility of other models, but it's a solid little vacuum at a decent price that won't disappoint.

Read review: Shark Navigator Freestyle

Best Dyson on a Budget


Dyson V6



$300
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Easy to Use
Convenient
Less powerful than the V8
More prone to clogging than the V8

The V6 by Dyson is a solid stick vacuum that took home the third-highest score overall in the entire test. This cordless model does a great job at cleaning both hard and soft floors, though it lacks the phenomenal cleaning powers of the Dyson V8. However, this model retains all of the convenient and ease of use features and is a fantastic bet for someone that wants all of the benefits of our Editors' Choice award winner at half the cost and can deal with a small reduction in cleaning power.

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Good for a Tight Budget


VonHaus 600W 2-in-1



$34.95
at Amazon
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Decent for cleaning hard surfaces
Average at cleaning soft floors
Not terribly convenient
Loud

The VonHaus 600W 2-in-1 definitely isn't the best stick vacuum that we looked at, but it does have its place. This model would be a solid choice for someone shopping on a tight budget and is primarily cleaning a smaller home with hard floors. This model can transform into a handheld vacuum to get all of those hard to reach places, but just lacks the raw cleaning power that the top models have. However, this model is available at a fraction of the price of the top performing models, making it the best bet if you are on a super skinny budget.

Read review: VonHaus 600W 2-in-1

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Editors' Choice Award
The Rocket is the top product that you can get with unmatched cleaning power
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$600
Editors' Choice Award
The V8 by Dyson is an exceptional cordless vacuum that cleans great but might clean out your wallet
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$300
The V6 is supremely convenient and easy to use but substantially less expensive vacuums rivaled its cleaning performance
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This cordless stick vacuum scored quite well in our tests, but doesn't quite have the performance or value to win an award
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Best Buy Award
Doing a solid job at cleaning both hard and soft floors, the Shark Navigator is a fantastic value option
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$150
This prototypical cordless stick vacuum does an acceptable job at cleaning up light messes, but doesn't distinguish itself as a top model or great value
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$130
Finishing squarely in the middle of the pack, the Eufy HomeVac didn't disappoint, but failed to distinguish itself.
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The Hoover Linx cost a bit more than models that outperformed it in every metric
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While it does an acceptable job cleaning at an economical price, there are plenty of other models that are less of a hassle to use
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The Dirt Devil definitely wasn't our favorite vacuum, with its main merit being its exceptionally low price

Some of the top models available on the market today.
Some of the top models available on the market today.

Analysis and Test Results


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 the performance of these products side-by-side. Totaling over 20, these tests were divided among four weighted rating metrics: Convenience, Hard Surface Cleaning, Ease of Use, and Carpet Cleaning. The performance in these metrics resulted in a final score ranging from 0-100 for each vacuum, with the sections below giving more detail about how each vacuum did and how it stacked up against the competition.

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

Convenience


The highest weighted metric in our test — Convenience — accounts for 35% of the total score, surpassing both of our cleaning metrics. While this might surprise you, 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 higher weight on this metric. To determine the score of each product in this set of tests, we compared the maximum reach or runtime of each model, whether the vacuum was corded or cordless, its weight and ease of storage, as well as how adept it was at cleaning things other than floors. The chart below shows how each vacuum scored when it came to convenience.


Tying for the top score of the entire group in this metric, both the Dyson V8 Absolute and the Dyson V6 earned a 7 out of 10 when it came to convenience. These vacuums are both cordless, with a convenient wall mounted storage system to keep the vacuum out of the way when not in use. Both of these models also do well very well at cleaning surfaces other than floors, though the Dyson V8 has a slight edge over the V6 with the myriad of cleaning attachments included.

The included accessories with the Dyson V8.
The included accessories with the Dyson V8.

However, neither of these models have a particularly impressive battery life, lasting less than 10 minutes on max power — significantly less than other cordless models, highlighted by the chart below.


This pair of models were about average in terms of weight, both weighing between 4-6 lbs.

Next, the quartet of the BLACK+DECKER, Eufy HomeVac, Hoover Linx, Bissell AirRam, and the Shark Rocket DuoClean all earned a 6 out of 10 in this metric. The Eufy, Hoover, Bissell, and BLACK+DECKER are all cordless, while the Shark Rocker is corded. The AirRam actually had the longest battery life of the entire group, lasting for 35 minutes at full power, with the Eufy lasting just over 26 minutes, the Hoover lasting for just over 21 minutes, and the BLACK+DECKER calling it quits at just over 16 minutes. The Shark Rocket has the longest reach of the group of cordless models, shown in the following chart.


However, the Shark Rocket is the best of the entire bunch at cleaning non-floor surfaces — on par with the Dyson V8. This model has a ton of different attachments that are very easy to swap out.

The Shark Rocket in handheld mode.
The Shark Rocket in handheld mode.

The BLACK+DECKER can transform into a handheld vacuum, while the Hoover Linx, AirRam, and the Eufy HomeVac are restricted to upright mode only. However, the Hoover and the Eufy are free-standing, with the Eufy having the option for a wall mount. The BLACK+DECKER and the AirRam 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 without support.

The Eufy, BLACK+DECKER, and the Hoover Linx were all about average in terms of weights, while the AirRam and the Rocket was a bit on the heavy side, as shown in the next chart.


Next, the Shark Navigator Freestyle earned a 5 out of 10 for its performance — about average in terms of convenience. This cordless model lasted for just shy of 14 minutes in its highest powered cleaning mode — slightly above average. It's a freestanding model that weighs just over 7 lbs, but lacks any attachments or transformations 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, theDirt Devil Simpli-Stik and the VonHaus earned 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 model are both free-standing, but are quite delicate — prone to tipping or falling over.

The VonHaus in handheld mode.
The VonHaus in handheld mode.

This duo does earn a few points for being on the lighter side, but fall a little short when it comes to cleaning non-floor surfaces, with the Dirt Devil being noticeably more deficient than the VonHaus.

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

Hard Surface Cleaning


Moving on to the first of our cleaning metrics, the performance of each vacuum at cleaning hard floors accounts for 30% of the total score for each product. We used rice, flour, cereal, and oats, as well as pet hair to evaluate the performance of each model, comparing the appearance of the floor before and after, as well as the actual percentage of debris collected to determine the final score in this metric. You can see which vacuums excelled at keeping your hard floors spotless and which ones got blown away by the competition in the chart below.


The Shark Rocket DuoClean took home the top score in this metric, earning a 9 out of 10 for its unparalleled cleaning performance. It only took a single pass for this model to clean up all of the rice using its bare floor mode and was by far the best and the easiest to use of all the stick vacuums to clean up the rice. This model continued its stellar performance in our flour test, cleaning up the vast majority of the debris with only two passes. This vacuum even pulled flour out of the cracks between the boards of the hardwood floor.

The Rocket even extracted flour from the cracks between boards.
The Rocket even extracted flour from the cracks between boards.

The Rocket is also the best of the bunch at cleaning up oatmeal and cereal, only taking a single pass to perform an admirable cleaning job. Finally, the Rocket finished out this test by tying for the top score in our pet hair collection test with a handful of other models.

Next, both the Dyson V8 Absolute and the Shark Navigator Freestyle both earned a 7 out of 10 for their solid performance at cleaning hard flooring. The Navigator outperformed the V8 at collecting rice, collecting almost everything in a single pass, while the V8 did well, but flung inadvertently flung some of the rice grains across the room. However, the Dyson V8 did very well at cleaning flour, almost matching the performance of the Shark Rocket. The Navigator struggled a little, taking 2-4 passes to get the floor suitably clean.

The Navigator Freestyle took a few more passes to clean the flour and couldn't quite get it all out of the cracks.
The Navigator Freestyle took a few more passes to clean the flour and couldn't quite get it all out of the cracks.

Moving on to the cereal test, the V8 once again maintaining a slight edge on the Navigator, though both of these vacuums performed similarly when tasked with cleaning up oatmeal.

The Dyson V8 collected oats with ease.
The Dyson V8 collected oats with ease.

This pair finished out this test with a great performance in our pet hair pickup test, tying with the Shark Rocket.

Following this trio of top performers, the VonHaus and the AirRam merited a 6 out of 10 for their solid performance at cleaning hard floors. The VonHaus did exceptionally well at cleaning up rice — practically on par with the Shark Rocket — but faltered at collecting flour. This vacuum delivered a terrible performance, taking over 20 passes and still leaving plenty of residual flour.

The VonHaus severely struggled at picking up flour.
The VonHaus severely struggled at picking up flour.

The VonHaus did an alright job at collecting cereal and oats, though it would occasionally pile up the debris, rather than collecting it. Finally, it did quite well at collecting pet hair, matching the performance of the top scorers, like the Shark Rocket or Dyson V8.

The AirRam did the exact opposite, doing a great job at collecting the flour but tending to fling rice and oats around, rather than collecting them.

The AirRam excelled at cleaning flour from hard floors.
The AirRam excelled at cleaning flour from hard floors.

It did do well at collecting Cheerios and pet hair, leaving barely any behind.

Next, the BLACK+DECKER, Dirt Devil, Dyson V6, and the Hoover Linx all scored a 5 out of 10 for their overall average performance at cleaning up hard floors. The Dirt Devil did the best of this group of four at collecting rice, getting the vast majority in a single pass.

However, this model can leak rice when its collection bin is filled completely. The BLACK+DECKER did a mediocre job, requiring you to make the decision between missing debris with the brush off or flinging it around with the brush on. Both the Hoover Linx and the V6 did a relatively subpar job, taking multiple passes to clean the area satisfactorily.

The performance of these 4 vacuums changed dramatically when it came to flour, with the Dyson V6 performing the best of this group — even tying for the top score overall with the Dyson V8 and the Shark Rocket. The V6 got all of the flour in two passes, even collecting flour from the cracks between boards.

The V6 by Dyson did an excellent job at collecting flour from the hard floor.
The V6 by Dyson did an excellent job at collecting flour from the hard floor.

The BLACK+DECKER and Linx did an acceptable job at collecting flour, taking about 4 passes to clean the floor and leaving plenty of residual flour in the cracks between boards. The Dirt Devil delivered an abysmal 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.

Moving on to our Cheerios and oat collection challenges, the BLACk+DECKER, Dirt Devil, and Hoover Linx exhibited a relatively unimpressive performance, 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 evened it out by doing slightly worse at picking up oats. The V6 gave a substandard showing in both of these tests, clogging up when tasked with collecting Cheerios and repeatedly piling up the oats. The Dirt Devil and V6 did do very well at collecting pet hair, ending up in the top-tier of performers, while the Hoover was average, and the BLACK+DECKER performed relatively poorly.

Rounding out the back of the pack, the Eufy HomeVac earned a 4 out of 10 for its somewhat substandard performance. The Eufy did alright at collecting rice, but it created a miniature catastrophe by flinging rice all over the place, practically creating a larger mess than we started with.

The Eufy actually did decently well at collecting flour, but failed at collecting Cheerios, barely collecting any. It rebounded slightly with pet hair, though it tended to have lots of hair collect in the brush.

The Eufy only flung some of the oats to the side  collecting the majority of them without incident.
The Eufy only flung some of the oats to the side, collecting the majority of them without incident.

Finally, it did about average at collecting oats, only flinging a few to the side — much, much less than the rice test.

The Dyson V8 was one of the easiest models to use.
The Dyson V8 was one of the easiest models to use.

Ease of Use


Our Ease of Use metric accounted for 20% of the total score, with a wide range of scores between each product. The scores for this metric are based on the different cleaning power levels available, how well each vacuum could clean under furniture and close into edges, as well as their noise levels and handling. The chart below shows how each model fared.


Tying for the top score of 8 out of 10, the Shark Rocket, Dyson V6, and V8 topped the rest of the pack in terms of this metric. All three of these models have a low and high power cleaning mode, with the Rocket having the added benefit of slowing down the speed of the rotating brush for hard floor types.

The Shark Rocket and the Dyson V6 continued their exceptional performance into our edging test, with the Rocket maintaining a slight edge on the V6, collecting all of the rice along the edge in a single pass.

The Rocket cleans right into the tightest of corners and along edges.
The Rocket cleans right into the tightest of corners and along edges.

The V8 did slightly worse than the V6, leaving behind a slightly larger amount of rice. This trio all did excellent at cleaning under furniture, reaching the complete distance of about 37" under our simulated sofa.

The Dyson V8 easily cleans under most furniture.
The Dyson V8 easily cleans under most furniture.

All three of these top-tier vacuums are nimble and agile, with the swivel steering making handling a breeze. However, the V8 had the slight edge when it came to noise levels, as shown in the chart below.


Following this trio of top performers, the Bissel AirRam earned a 7 out of 10 for its efforts. This model is relatively quiet and has swivel steering, though it isn't quite as nimble as the Shark or Dyson V8.

The swivel steering on this product is quite good  but it is definitely inferior to the Shark Rocket or Dyson V8.
The swivel steering on this product is quite good, but it is definitely inferior to the Shark Rocket or Dyson V8.

This vacuum did reach completely under our simulated sofa and only left a little debris when cleaning in tight corners. It does lack different cleaning modes, so the AirRam lost a few points there.

Next, the BLACK+DECKER and the Eufy HomeVac both earned a 6 out of 10 for their above average performance in our Ease of Use metric. These models both have a high and low power cleaning mode, but the BLACK+DECKER also has the option to turn off the rotating brush — a slight 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 Eufy delivered a markedly better performance, matching the V8.

The Eufy did quite well in our edge test.
The Eufy did quite well in our edge test.

Roles swapped again when it came to cleaning under furniture, with the Eufy only reaching a measly 9.75" under our test sofa, just over half of the 18" reach of the BLACK+DECKER.

The BLACK+DECKER reached about half the distance of the top models when cleaning under our simulated sofa.
The BLACK+DECKER reached about half the distance of the top models when cleaning under our simulated sofa.

These stick vacuums both have swivel steering, though it is much more limited on the Eufy. However, both of these vacuums are decently quiet.

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

The Shark Navigator Freestyle didn't reach very far under furniture at all.
The Shark Navigator Freestyle didn't reach very far under furniture at all.

The Freestyle was in the middle of the pack in terms of noise and does have some swivel steering, though it was quite limited.

Finishing out the back of the group for this test, the Dirt Devil, Hoover Linx, and the VonHaus all scored 4 out of 10 for their somewhat below average performances. None of these three models have varying 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.

Both the Hoover and the Dirt Devil did a relatively poor job at cleaning in 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.

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

The Hoover had an excessively short reach.
The Hoover had an excessively short reach.

Neither the VonHaus nor the Dirt Devil has swivel steering, so handling was a little limited, while the swivel steering on the Hoover was so bad that it might as well not have even been there in the first place. There were wildly varying noise levels between these vacuums, with the Dirt Devil being one of the quietest models of the group, 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.

Carpet Cleaning


Accounting for the remaining 15% of the total score for each vacuum, our final metric is composed of all of our carpet cleaning tests. We again used rice, cereal, oats, flour, and pet hair as our sample debris, ranking each vacuum on how many passes it took to clean the sample of low-pile and high-pile carpet, as well as how much residual debris had been left behind. The chart below shows how each stick vacuum stood when it came to cleaning a carpet.


The Dyson V8 earned the top score of the group when it came to cleaning carpets, earning an unmatched 8 out of 10. The V8 did very well when it came to our rice collection challenge, collecting all of the debris from the flat carpet with only two passes. It did even better on the fluffy carpet, with the cleanup vacuum collecting hardly any rice after the V8 had cleaned. This model also did very well in our flour test — the best of the entire group.

The Dyson V8 did a great job at cleaning flour from the low-pile carpet.
The Dyson V8 did a great job at cleaning flour from the low-pile carpet.

The V8 continued its stellar performance in the cereal test, breaking the trend of clogging up from Cheerios, like many other Dyson models that we have tested have done.

The Dyson V8 even collected Cheerios without becoming clogged  like other vacuums did.
The Dyson V8 even collected Cheerios without becoming clogged, like other vacuums did.

This model also did very well at collecting pet hair and oatmeal, cementing its spot as the top stick vacuum when it comes to cleaning a carpet.

The Shark Rocket took home the second highest score of 7 out of 10 in this metric with its solid performance. The Rocket did a fantastic job at cleaning up the rice from low-pile carpet, only taking two passes to get everything collected. It did even better on the medium-pile carpet, only tossing a few grains of rice to the side and matching the performance of an upright vacuum. However, its performance definitely 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 this test on the flat carpet, not on the fluffy carpet.

The Shark Rocket also excels at keeping carpet clean.
The Shark Rocket also excels at keeping carpet clean.

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 and the Eufy.

Following the stellar performance of the Dyson V8 and the Shark Rocket, the Dyson V6, Shark Navigator Freestyle, and Eufy HomeVac all earned a 6 out of 10. These models all did a decent job at collecting rice from flat carpet, though the Eufy took an additional two passes to get the floor as clean. However, the Eufy did an excellent job at cleaning the rice from the fluffier carpet — on par with the V8. The Navigator Freestyle did a little better than the V6, but couldn't match the Eufy.

The Eufy took a few more passes  but did a very nice job at collecting the rice.
The Eufy took a few more passes, but did a very nice job at collecting the rice.

Moving on to the flour test, the Dyson V6 delivered an excellent performance, almost matching that of the V8 and outperforming the Shark Rocket.

The V6 almost matches the performance of the V8 when it comes to cleaning carpeted floors.
The V6 almost matches the performance of the V8 when it comes to cleaning carpeted floors.

The Eufy and the Navigator Freestyle both delivered a somewhat subpar performance, leaving behind plenty of residual flour. However, this flipped when it came to collecting Cheerios, with the Eufy and the Navigator delivering an average performance, where the V6 failed completely, becoming clogged with Cheerios. However, it did redeem itself in the final two tests, oatmeal and pet hair collection, doing a decent job. The Eufy and Navigator performed similarly in these tests, scoring above average.

Next, the Hoover Linx, BLACK+DECKER, Bissel AirRam, and the VonHaus all earned a 5 out of 10 for their exceptionally average performance when it came to cleaning carpets. Three of these models — the Hoover, VonHaus, and the BLACK+DECKER — did quite well at collecting rice, doing a decent job 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 performance of the Dyson V8.

The VonHaus did a slightly above average job at cleaning rice.
The VonHaus did a slightly above average job at cleaning rice.

None of these models really excelled at cleaning flour from carpet, with the Hoover and the AirRam performing slightly below average, the VonHaus slightly above, and the BLACK+DECKER right in the middle. However, the Hoover Linx and the Bissel AirRam did excel in our cereal collection test, leaving only a few residual Cheerios 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 fell a little flat on the fluffy carpet, continually piling them up rather than collecting them.

All of the vacuums, except the AirRam, did a relatively subpar job at collecting oats. The BLACK+DECKER finished out the test with a solid performance in our pet hair collection test, the Hoover did about average, and the VonHaus and the Bissell AirRam left much to be desired.

Rounding out the back of the group, the Dirt Devil did an all-around poor job at cleaning carpets. It did alright at collecting cereal, but poor at everything else.

Some of the top models available on the market today.
Some of the top models available on the market today.

Conclusion


Hopefully, this review has helped alleviate some of the difficulty in selecting the perfect stick vacuum for your needs. If you want some more information on our testing plans and processes, you might want to take a read through our How We Test article, or if you want some more background information about why you would even want one of these products, our Buying Advice guide provides more information.
David Wise and Austin Palmer

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