03 Jul Best Stick Vacuum Cleaner
The best stick vacuum cleaners are light, versatile and powerful enough to give your home a deep clean. Although cordless stick hoovers are the most popular, best value for money lies in corded stick vacuum cleaners and with those you never need to worry about the battery running out.
In times gone by there was only one type of vacuum and that was an upright hoover that had a cord and a plug that you had to plug into a socket on the wall.
Before Dyson came on the scene, there were a few different brands to choose from but before that Hoover dominated the vacuum cleaner market and that’s how all vacuum cleaners ended up being called a “hoover”.
Dyson changed everything and created the stick vacuum cleaner in the 1990s and they have grown in popularity ever since but the biggest problem with them is how much they cost.
The best stick vacuum cleaners from Dyson and Shark are brilliant and achieve cleaning performance like we have never seen before but not everyone can afford to pay the kind of money they charge for a corded stick vacuum cleaner.
The other really important thing is that not every home needs the power, features and functionality that Dyson vacuum cleaners are capable of.
If you live on your own or there are just the two of you living in a flat or smaller home then the last thing you need is an all singing all dancing Dyson cordless hoover sat in the cupboard.
Those types of vacuum cleaner are best for large busy homes that have lots of messy feet treading through the house on a regular basis and perhaps a cat and a dog leaving their hair everywhere they go.
If you don’t have any of that and you generally keep your home tidy but you still need to vacuum your home on a weekly basis there are some really good low-cost options that will do a perfectly good job of keeping your home clean that are a fraction of the price of the premium brands.
These are the best stick vacuum cleaners in the UK:
Shark IZ201 & IZ251 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Shark is so much better than Dyson at giving you a vacuum cleaner that is tailored to your needs and therefore you get better value for money with them.
This model is available with or without a pet tool because the suction is so good that if you don’t have lots of pet hair clogging up the carpet then you don’t need to spend the extra on the motorised accessory tool for stairs and sofas that makes sure no hair is left behind even for cats and dogs that are super molters.
Depending on how large or small your home is there is the option of buying it with a twin battery to make sure you never run out of charge. The batteries are interchangeable and can be removed and replaced with one click. On a full charge you’ll get 20 minutes on full power out of one battery so 40 minutes with 2 batteries should be more than enough even for the busiest and largest homes.
It has “flexology” that allows the stick to bend down to get under sofas and tables and it also comes with Sharks anti-har wrap technology ensuring that you’ll never have to cut hair out of the brush roller ever again.
With the soft roller and a brush roller incorporated into the floorhead, it performs brilliantly on both hard floor and carpet and it converts to a handheld with just a few clicks.
Because of the different options with or without pet tool and single or twin battery, this is suitable for small or large homes alike.
Budget Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
If you don’t want to spend big money on a premium cordless hoover but you still want the convenience of no cords then this is about as low as you can go in price before you start to affect cleaning and suction performance.
Well suited for flats and smaller homes it has surprising good suction for a cordless vacuum at this price and if you don’t have pets then you really don’t need to spend more to keep your home clean.
You can easily pay more for a standalone handheld on its own so this works out great value for money as a 2 in 1 full size and handheld hoover and its really light at just 2.9kg.
It’s not as good as a Dyson or Shark but lots of homes just don’t need that kind of power and the battery will last for a good 20 minutes on turbo mode. Really good value for money.
Tineco Pure One S12 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Founded in the United States over 20 years Tineco has quietly gone about their business of producing a vacuum cleaner to content with the likes of Shark and Dyson and with the S12 they have come up with a hoover that matches or beats their performance but at a lower price.
Exceptional suction power combined with 2 batteries as standard that last for up to 50 minutes each so you can hoover for as long as you want without fear fo the battery dying mid clean.
The vacuum automatically changes the suction level whenever it senses a high level of dirt and then back down again for normal conditions so you don’t ever have to do it yourself and there is a digital display on top so you can monitor exactly how much battery life you have left.
It will also tell you when the brush head is getting tangled with hair so you can manage it before it becomes a big problem and it comes with many accessories for every possible job in your home and car.
Not cheap but worth it for busy homes with pets.
Budget Corded Stick Upright Vacuum Cleaner
If you want to spend even less money but still want good suction power then this budget corded hoover is amazing for the money. Yes you have to plug it into the wall and it has a cord but you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything better for the money.
It does come with a huge 10-metre cord so you won’t need to change the socket that often and because there is no battery the power generated from plugging it into the mains is much more powerful than anything cordless at this price.
It converts into a handheld and comes with a HEPA filter as well so it retains almost all of the dust and dirt it picks up unlike other hoovers at this price level.
Shark HZ400UKT Corded Stick Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Cheaper than Sharks cordless stick cleaners, this has great suction power at a low cost for a premium brand. You get a duo clean floorhead that incorporates both a roller for hard floors and a brush for carpets so it seamlessly switches between the two.
The included anti-hair wrap technology ensures you’ll never get hair tangled up in the brush again and it has “lift away” so you can remove the top from the main unit to easily get to stairs and above-floor surfaces like sofas.
Dyson V10 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
This is one of the best vacuum cleaners out there and in our view better than the V11 which came after it because the V11 doesn’t clean that much better but costs an awful lot more.
I used this for several years and I wouldn’t want anything better because it leaves nothing behind. It has everything in terms of ease of use and performance with suction the best I’ve ever seen or experienced.
The only downside is that you need to manage the battery and not keep it on full power the whole time or it will run out within 10 minutes.
A premium-priced vacuum cleaner that really does deliver on performance.
Gtech AirRam MK2 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
This is not officially a stick hoover but its so light and the central wand is as thin as a stick so we are including it as a well priced cordless hoover with great suction.
this is for people that don’t want to mess about with cords or accessories or features or digital displays. You turn it on and you hoover your home and it does a good job.
You get 40 minutes out of the battery ensuring you’ll be able to clean your whole home on one charge.
Vytronix Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
If you want cordless and you want cheap this is a great choice. Best suited for flats and smaller homes without pets you’ll get 20 minutes of cleaning time on one battery charge.
It also converts into a handheld as well making it extremely versatile for the money.
Shark HV390 Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Another well-priced option from Shark that offers yet more choice with this hoover that comes with or without a pet tool depending on your requirements.
The floor head works well on both hard floor and carpets due to the built-in brush and soft roller and it bends as well for easy access to under tables and sofas without bending down and it has exceptional suction power for as long as you want.
Shark HZ500 Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner
One of Sharks biggest strengths is offering a large selection of vacuum cleaners so that you can handpick the one that works perfectly for your needs.
This corded stick HZ500 is very easy to move around, is lightweight and folds in half for easy storage.
It also comes fully featured with the best of what Shark has to offer including Duo Clean, anti hair wrap , flexology and because it comes with a cord it is surprisingly good value for money compared to cordless alternatives.
The standard version comes without a pet accessory tool but if you have pets its worth the small upgrade price.
What are the different types of stick vacuum cleaner?
Most people think that a stick vacuum cleaner has to be cordless because Dyson stick hoovers are cordless and they were the first brand to introduce them to the market.
But you actually have two main options when it comes to a stick hoover, cordless and corded.
With a cordless stick vacuum the main benefit is the convenience that comes without having to worry about making sure the cord is long enough for the room you want to clean and then having to change the plug socket when you go into different rooms.
The flip side of the convenience is the premium you have to pay with a cordless cleaner compared to a corded one.
A lot of the price you pay for a cordless vacuum cleaner is for the battery that powers it. In order to get good suction, you need a good battery and they are expensive and because of the amount of power they use they tend not to last a very long time before they have to be recharged.
There are a number of things to consider when deciding to go for a cordless stick hoover or a corded one:
Suction Power. Technology has advanced in the last few years to the point where suction power is as good on the best cordless vacuums as it is on a corded hoover.
The best cordless are as good as a corded equivalent but once you go down the price ladder that’s when cordless will start to disappoint you.
The key thing to take into account is price. An expensive cordless will do exactly the same job as a mid-price corded hoover so you just need to decide if you are willing to pay the extra to not bother with plugging it into the wall.
It’s important to not fall into the trap of thinking that a cheap cordless hoover will do a good job.
Once you go below £200 suction starts to be affected significantly and will make it only suitable for hard floors or light use on short pile carpets.
If you are on a budget then you are much better off going for a corded over a cordless because you are going to get much better performance for your money.
It’s not worth the convenience you get from a cheap cordless because it won’t be able to deliver the suction you need and at the end of the day that’s the most important thing.
Battery Life. Even the most expensive cordless hoovers have a limited battery life so that needs to be taken into account when choosing what’s right for your needs.
If you normally whizz round in 10-15 minutes then a cordless should be fine but if you normally take 30 minutes or more to do the main clean then you have to start thinking about preserving battery life by way of not using it on full power the whole time or you risk running out of charge before you are finished.
Some brands like Shark are well aware of this and offer some of their cordless hoovers with a twin battery option so you swop over for a new one if you run out of charge mid clean.
That in itself can become an inconvenience as you have to stop and swop the batteries over which isn’t that much of an issue but just something to be aware of.
In addition to that, it costs more to start with when you buy the hoover because cordless costs more and then you have to pay more on top of that for the extra battery.
Weight. One of the benefits of stick vacuum cleaners is that they tend to be very light because the long central wand (the “stick”) can be made out of material that makes it light.
The difference in weight between corded stick and cordless stick isn’t very much because the weight you save on a cord with corded gets added back with the weight of the battery on cordless.