Comparison / 80 stick vacuum cleaners tested January 2022

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The stick vacuum cleaner is increasingly adopted by Spanish households. Simple and practical, it seduces above all by its maneuverability and its cordless use. But not all of them are as convenient as they seem. Our comparison helps you sort...





A big box in the household appliance market, the broom vacuum cleaner is gradually threatening the canister vacuum cleaner in homes. And for good reason, the “floor maintenance” category has been pulling the small electrical household appliance (PEM) sector upwards for years according to GIFAM (group of home appliance brands). Indeed, it occupies a quarter of the entire PEM with growth of 6,1% in 2019.

This enthusiasm is not surprising since this device offers maneuverability that is increasingly worked on by manufacturers, suction power sometimes identical to that of canister vacuum cleaners and increasingly long autonomy. In addition, it gets rid of the electric wire and the dust bag.

Long confined to the role of secondary vacuum cleaner in homes, some current models can now claim the title of main device in small spaces. On-board motors are more and more powerful, lithium-ion batteries are more “generous”; the brushes provided (often motorized) allow vacuum cleaners to efficiently and quickly clean all types of floors in the house. The broom vacuum cleaner can now be considered as the only vacuum cleaner in the home, at least for small and medium-sized surfaces.

Rowenta, Kärcher, Miele, Dyson, Bosch, Philips, Xiaomi… all these brands offer cordless vacuum cleaners at varying prices. From entry-level to high-end, prices vary between €80 and €800. In order to help you make the best choice in your act of purchase, we offer you this comparison which lists many models. You can also check out our buying guide for the best devices of the moment.


The stick vacuum cleaner is increasingly adopted by Spanish households. Simple and practical, it seduces above all by its maneuverability and its cordless use. But not all of them are as convenient as they seem. Our comparison helps you sort...


A big box in the household appliance market, the broom vacuum cleaner is gradually threatening the canister vacuum cleaner in homes. And for good reason, the “floor maintenance” category has been pulling the small electrical household appliance (PEM) sector upwards for years according to GIFAM (group of home appliance brands). Indeed, it occupies a quarter of the entire PEM with growth of 6,1% in 2019.

This enthusiasm is not surprising since this device offers maneuverability that is increasingly worked on by manufacturers, suction power sometimes identical to that of canister vacuum cleaners and increasingly long autonomy. In addition, it gets rid of the electric wire and the dust bag.

Long confined to the role of secondary vacuum cleaner in homes, some current models can now claim the title of main device in small spaces. On-board motors are more and more powerful, lithium-ion batteries are more “generous”; the brushes provided (often motorized) allow vacuum cleaners to efficiently and quickly clean all types of floors in the house. The broom vacuum cleaner can now be considered as the only vacuum cleaner in the home, at least for small and medium-sized surfaces.


Rowenta, Kärcher, Miele, Dyson, Bosch, Philips, Xiaomi… all these brands offer cordless vacuum cleaners at varying prices. From entry-level to high-end, prices vary between €80 and €800. In order to help you make the best choice in your act of purchase, we offer you this comparison which lists many models. You can also check out our buying guide for the best devices of the moment.

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  • How to choose the right cordless stick vacuum cleaner?

    Above all, the device must be practical and handy. Whether it is in stick format or not, it must be light enough for use at height and its balance must be optimized. We look at the different power levels available on each model as well as the list of accessories provided (the motorized brush is always a plus). The overall use and quality of materials are also paramount criteria.


  • Can the stick vacuum replace a canister vacuum?

    The stick vacuum cleaner, which is sometimes intended to become the main vacuum cleaner in the home, must suck perfectly, if possible on all the floors of the house. Its motor is expected to be just as powerful as that of a canister vacuum. This must be done effortlessly, without the brush (motorized or not) sticking to the ground.

  • How loud is a stick vacuum?

    A vacuum cleaner necessarily makes noise, and it is not Dyson who will say the opposite. On average, the sound level fluctuates between 60 and 85 dB(A). Even the best models can suffer from too high a noise level. This criterion may have more or less importance depending on the users; it seems important to us that everyone can make an informed choice.

  • How to maintain your stick vacuum?

    A vacuum cleaner that requires very frequent cleaning of the filter creates constraints for the user. The tests carried out in this context allow us to assess the quality of filtration, which is very uneven from one device to another. We also observe how the dust collector is emptied, whether the (motorized) brush is easy to clean, whether hair and hair can be removed easily. Generally speaking, rubber brushes are easier to clean because they accumulate less bristles and hair.

  • What is the autonomy of a stick vacuum cleaner?

    Autonomy can vary greatly depending on the model. It ranges from 20 minutes to more than 60 minutes in normal mode for the best devices. The battery (often lithium-ion) therefore plays a considerable role, especially when it is removable and the first battery can be recharged when the second is in operation. This criterion is more important if it is the main vacuum cleaner of a large household.

  • Does the power of a stick vacuum make the performance?

    The power of a stick vacuum does not necessarily have to do with performance. Indeed, a stick vacuum cleaner can have a powerful motor and yet not offer a good level of suction. The brush has a very important role in cleaning, since it is what allows you to take off the waste from the floor. The battery is also a performance factor since it must be powerful enough to power the motor. In short, the performance of a stick vacuum does not depend on its motor alone, nor on its suction power, nor on the brush (motorized or not); it is the optimization of all these factors that forms the best models.

  • How to clean the filter of your stick vacuum cleaner?

    The stick vacuum cleaner has a filtration system usually consisting of a HEPA filter, a pre-motor filter but also a cyclonic filter. The HEPA filter gets dusty and can sometimes be cleaned with water. You will then have to think about letting it dry for about 24 hours. This is particularly the case on Dyson models.

  • What are bagged stick vacuums worth?

    While the vast majority of stick vacuum cleaners have a dust collector, some have a dust bag, as is the case with some Kobolds (VB100 and VK200) that you will find in our comparison. This vacuum cleaner with bag offers cleaning that is just as interesting, or even better than some vacuum cleaners with a simple collector. However, it is a more expensive system (in the case of the Vorwerk, it costs €4 per 0,8 liter bag) and less ecological.

  • What is the average weight of an upright vacuum?

    When we average the weight of the vacuum cleaners in our comparison, we notice that it is around 3 kg. The lighter the device, the easier it is to use it at height (for cleaning curtains or vacuuming high furniture). It is therefore necessary to separate the motor unit from the stick to place an accessory such as a nozzle or motorized mini-brush in order to suck in the nooks and crannies.

  • What is the difference between cyclonic and multicyclonic technology?

    Cyclonic technology is defined by centrifugal force that separates dust from air. The finest particles will then be retained by the filter. While the multi-cyclonic system, developed by Dyson, separates the dust from the air in two stages of filtration: a first cyclone sends the larger dust into the collector, while a second cyclone which sends the smallest dust to the inside the manifold.

  • What is the charging time of a stick vacuum cleaner?

    Most stick vacuum cleaners carry lithium-ion batteries whose particularity is to recharge quickly – in addition to being light. They are also more expensive. If the autonomy varies between 20 minutes and 60 minutes, the charging time can vary between 2 hours and 5 hours. Some wall mounts allow you to store the device while charging the battery, which is very convenient.

  • Which stick vacuum for pet owners?

    A stick vacuum cleaner is a sine qua none solution for pet owners. Easily accessible and handy, it allows you to vacuum hair on the floor but also on sofas. But to enjoy better suction on different surfaces, it is better for pet owners to choose a model that comes with a classic motorized brush and a turbo-brush.

  • Which upright vacuum cleaner to clean your car?

    To clean your car, it is best to choose a model in stick format, which is lighter. It is also necessary to favor products supplied with many accessories such as long or angled nozzles to suck in complicated nooks. A turbo-brush (motorized) is also welcome for the benches. Follow our buying guide to compare the best models for this use.

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