Best Stick Vacuums & Electric Brooms for Fast and Effective Cleaning in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 10, 2018
Hate rolling a canister vacuum around? It's high time to think of getting a good stick vacuum cleaner! This compact appliance will help you get rid of dust and debris without bending. Look through our shortlist of the 5 best stick vacuums and take your pick! ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
BEST FOR
CLEANING PATH WIDTH
POWER SOURCE
BATTERY / MOTOR
OPERATION TIME
CHARGING TIME
HEIGHT
WEIGHT
DUST CONTAINER
ATTACHMENTS
FILTER
BAGLESS
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PROS

Thanks to a long foldable wand with a flexible hose, you can adjust an optimal brush recline and access hard-to-reach areas (such as under and behind the furniture) without a hassle.

CONS

The model is pretty heavy.

OUR VERDICT

Fitted with a unique brush consisting of two rolls, the Shark cordless vacuum boasts twice more efficient cleaning performance, meanwhile greatly reducing cleaning time. It will become a perfect household assistant for those who want to keep their house clean yet do not have much time for cleaning.

detailed parameters
BEST FOR

Various types of the floorboard, carpets, furniture, ceiling, walls and hard-to-reach areas, car interior

CLEANING PATH WIDTH

26 cm

POWER SOURCE

Cordless

BATTERY / MOTOR

25.2V

OPERATION TIME

Up to 22 minutes

CHARGING TIME

3.5 hours

HEIGHT

120 cm

WEIGHT

4 kg

DUST CONTAINER

0.33 L

ATTACHMENTS

Multi-floor brush-roll with the DuoClean™ Technology, Crevice tool, Upholstery tool, Dusting brush, Accessory tote bag, AC battery charger

FILTER

Washable filter

BAGLESS

Yes, removable container

WARRANTY

5 years (2 years on battery)

PROS

Packed with the Vax Direct Helix Technology, the vac provides maximum performance for cleaning any surface. And due to the Boost mode, you can instantly increase the power for removing stubborn dirt.

CONS

The handheld's power button is easy to touch accidentally.

OUR VERDICT

It's a quite versatile stick vacuum cleaner that can quickly turn into a handheld model for comfortable cleaning of stairs, upholstery, car interior, and so on. The vacuum cleaner has a lightweight and well-balanced design and boasts excellent manoeuvrability on any surface.

detailed parameters
BEST FOR

For hard floors, carpets, stairs, furniture, corners, shelves, upholstery

CLEANING PATH WIDTH

~ 25 cm

POWER SOURCE

Cordless

BATTERY / MOTOR

32 V

OPERATION TIME

45 minutes

CHARGING TIME

4 hours

HEIGHT

~ 100 cm

WEIGHT

3 kg

DUST CONTAINER

0.6 L

ATTACHMENTS

Motorized brush, crevice tool, dusting brush

FILTER

Washable filter

BAGLESS

Yes, removable container

WARRANTY

2 years (1 year on battery)

PROS

You can activate the Continuous power mode with a single push of a button. The vacuum will run non-stop until the trigger is pressed again. This will prevent your fingers from tiring and aching.

CONS

The charging time is too long.

OUR VERDICT

The Hoover FD22L is light on your budget and light in your hands. At 2.2 kg only, it's extremely convenient to carry from room to room, from floor to floor. If needed, it can be used as a handheld vacuum. Other than that, it has no extra frills. It just does its main job decently.

detailed parameters
BEST FOR

For hard floors, carpets, stairs, furniture, corners, shelves, upholstery

CLEANING PATH WIDTH

23 cm

POWER SOURCE

Cordless

BATTERY / MOTOR

22.2 V

OPERATION TIME

25 minutes

CHARGING TIME

6 hours

HEIGHT

110 cm

WEIGHT

2.2 kg

DUST CONTAINER

0.7 L

ATTACHMENTS

Motorized brush, crevice tool, 2-in-1 dusting and furniture nozzle

FILTER

Washable filter

BAGLESS

Yes, removable container

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The VonHause vac has a telescopic tube adjustable to any height for users' convenience. A space-saving design allows storing this model even in a cupboard. Additionally, the item has a sponge and HEPA filters to make the air cleaner.

CONS

Some users claim the power cord is a bit short.

OUR VERDICT

This model has a very attractive design and a capacious dust container. Therefore, if you have a large house and don't want to empty a dust collector too often, this model is the best pick for you.

detailed parameters
BEST FOR

All floor types

CLEANING PATH WIDTH

~27 cm

POWER SOURCE

Corded ( 6 m )

BATTERY / MOTOR

220 - 240 V

OPERATION TIME

Unlimited

CHARGING TIME

No recharging required

HEIGHT

97 cm

WEIGHT

2.9 kg

DUST CONTAINER

1.3 L

ATTACHMENTS

Standard brush head, Crevice tool, Upholstery brush

FILTER

Sponge and HEPA filters

BAGLESS

Yes, removable container

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

This Russel Hobbs model is well-built and durable. Its assembly is very simple and doesn't take much time. The low profile design allows you to hoover under the furniture and other hard-to-get places.

CONS

This stick vacuum is a little noisy.

OUR VERDICT

If you are looking for a good corded vacuum cleaner with a high suction power, this is the right choice for you. It will help you clean stairs, carpets, and furniture quickly and efficiently.

detailed parameters
BEST FOR

All floor types

CLEANING PATH WIDTH

~24 cm

POWER SOURCE

Corded (7 m)

BATTERY / MOTOR

230 - 240 V

OPERATION TIME

Unlimited

CHARGING TIME

No recharging required

HEIGHT

~100 cm

WEIGHT

2.8 kg

DUST CONTAINER

0.5 L

ATTACHMENTS

2-in-1 crevice and brush tool

FILTER

Sponge and HEPA filters

BAGLESS

Yes, removable container

WARRANTY

1 year

Shark IF200UK

Combo of Technologies for Exceptional Cleaning Performance

When choosing a cordless vacuum cleaner, the main checking points for most customers are the unit design for the convenience of use and operation, the battery capacity, and, of course, the suction power for efficient cleaning. And this is where the Shark cordless vacuum really excels.

Though Shark's IF200UK vacuum is relatively heavier than other models in its class, its weight doesn’t compromise the user comfort and convenience of use thanks to its well-thought construction. An ergonomic handle on the top provides a secure and firm grip and evenly distributes the weight preventing the wrist strain. Meanwhile, a long, foldable wand with a flexible hose allows adjusting an optimal brush recline to access hard-to-reach areas (such as under and behind the furniture) without a hassle.

What really sets this model apart from competitors is a special brush roll with the DuoClean™ Technology. The tool consists of two rolls installed side by side that are working together to tackle and remove different kinds of household messes from all types of floors, be it parquet, floorboard, or carpets. A second soft brush will ensure deep clean and let you easily move between different types of flooring without the need to stop and switch between attachment rolls. By removing small and large, light and stubborn messes at a single pass, the combined brush roll makes cleaning much more efficient and quicker.

The Flexology technology in a combo with a dual brush roll will let you benefit from the unrivalled cleaning performance, while a number of attachments and a convertible construction enable using the vacuum as an upright or handheld unit, making the Shark suitable for all types of household cleanups.

Review of Shark IF200UK DuoClean Cordless Vacuum Cleaner with Flexology

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Vax TBT3V1B1

Turn Cleanups into Breeze

The Vax Blade TBT3V1B1 is the UK’s best-selling cordless vacuum during 2016-2017 for a good reason. It's one of the most powerful cordless stick vacuums on the market. It boats a capacious 32V Lithium battery and the innovative Vax Direct Helix Technology to guarantee the same high performance as corded vacuums. Once the Lithium battery is charged, it delivers an incredible 45-minute runtime with the stable suction power throughout the entire cleaning. This means that you can vacuum either one-storey or multistorey house even without breaks for re-charging. Thanks to the Vax Smart Control dial, you'll always be aware of how much power is left.

As for the Vax Direct Helix Technology, it provides three-dimensional support inside the compact dust bin, ensuring a direct airflow path from the floor right to the cyclone for the maximum efficiency. The cleaner offers you 3 cleaning modes for any surfaces, plus an additional Boost Mode for picking up pet hair and other stubborn dirt.

Speaking of design features, we can say that the vac itself is fairly well-balanced and lightweight. Owing to the durable steering system, the vac effortlessly glides across different floors and easily navigates around furniture. The Vax patented floorhead delivers the optimal pick-up performance on every surface. If needed, you can attach it directly onto the handheld tool for removing spills and messes from stairs, furniture, or car interior. So, if you're looking for a versatile model with supreme performance, the Vax Blade Cordless stick is a solid fit.

Review of Vax TBT3V1B1 Blade Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

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Hoover FD22L

Freedom of Cleaning

The Freedom Lite FD22L Hoover is extremely light not only on your budget but also in your hands. At just 2.2 kg, it's one of the lightest models on the market. And no wonder it's one of the most comfortable and manoeuvrable cordless sweepers as well. Yet, when creating this ultra-lightweight cordless cleaner, the engineers have done their best so as not to sacrifice its power capabilities. They have equipped the vac with a capacious Lithium battery that guarantees strong performance without fading over time. On the shorter side, the vacuum can run only up to 20 minutes continuously. However, many users say that this runtime is quite enough to clean a flat or a small house from top to bottom.

For large vacuuming tasks, you can press a trigger and activate the Continuous power mode. The Freedom Lite FD22L will operate non-stop until the trigger is pressed again, which will prevent your fingers from fatigue. The vacuum is ergonomically designed with a low-profile floor brush that goes under furniture with ease. If you want to clean inside your car or boat, you can detach a wand and use the cleaner as a handheld model. Effortless to use inside and outside your house, the Freedom Lite FD22L cordless stick vacuum cleaner is an excellent option for quick cleanups. The only thing to note is that it comes without a wall mount. However, agree that for such a low price, it's a minor issue.

Review of Hoover FD22L 2 in 1 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

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VonHaus 07/200

Enjoy Your Household Work

We are happy to introduce to you one of the best corded stick vacuum cleaners, the VonHaus 07/200! It comes for a reasonable price yet is stuffed with quite impressive features. At 1000 W, this 2-in-1 stick vacuum will make all hard household work for you. It has a large dustbin (1.3 L) that is much more capacious than the majority of other models offer. At the same time, its ergonomic design and smooth shape can hardly leave someone indifferent. It is available in two colours, foxy and grey, that both look very stylish. 

As for the package, it includes different tools and brushes which make the cleaning more convenient. The floor nozzle has rotatable casters that ensure easy gliding over a surface. The length of the cord makes 6 m, which is enough for cleaning mid-sized rooms. Besides, you can always use the extension cord for vacuuming large spaces. 

Being a stick model, it has a telescopic tube (1.2 m), which is quite easy to detach. This way, you can turn this vac into a handheld model in a matter of minutes. So, if you are looking for the functional vacuum cleaner that will help you enjoy your house work, the VonHaus 07/200 is a perfect choice!

Review of VonHaus 07/200 Upright Stick & Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

A Reliable Filtration System

The VonHause company offers you a more hygienic way of hoovering with sponge and HEPA filters. This type of filtration is a revolutionary innovation. Unlike conventional vacuums, the one with HEPA system traps even microscopic dust particles which may cause allergic reactions, rashes, etc. Therefore, this type of filtration is irreplaceable not only for healthy people but also for those who suffer from different medical issues such as allergy, bronchial asthma, etc.

VonHaus 07/200 Upright Stick & Handheld Vacuum Cleaner in the use

Useful Advice

If you notice the loss of suction power over time, don't worry. The filter might have got cluttered, and you should check that. The disassembly of the VonHause stick cleaner is quite simple and won't take you much time. Just switch off your cleaner, release the dustbin with a press of a single button, and remove a HEPA filter. You will notice a protective mesh filter wrapped around the HEPA filter, it is not washable, so you should unwrap it. The other parts are washable, though. You can rinse them under running water and then leave them to dry out. Next, wrap the mesh filter around the HEPA part, secure it with a velcro strip, and finally install the filters back. If you need to replace filters, you can purchase them additionally.

Detailed review of VonHaus 07/200 Upright Stick & Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

 

Russell Hobbs RHCHS1001

It's Very Popular for a Good Reason

Russel Hobbs is a well-known company that has been producing high-quality and user-friendly appliances since the 1950s. It makes our everyday domestic work much easier and enjoyable. Today, Russel Hobbs is the number one brand not only in the UK but in the whole world. Like all its products, the RHCHS1001 vacuum boasts of a reasonable price and excellent specs. 

This stick vacuum cleaner is ranked among the best products for many reasons. First of all, it runs on a very powerful 240 V motor that ensures excellent suction power. So, it will handle any mess, be it the cereal accidentally spilt on the kitchen floor or dirty footprints left on the threshold. Plus, it has sponge and HEPA filters that can remove 99.9% of allergens from the air, thus making it much cleaner. 

Being a bagless appliance, this powerful cleaner has a detachable dust container that you can empty in a few seconds with a push of a button. The 7-m cord along with a lightweight design allows you to move around your home freely. And when you need to hoover a large area, you can always use an extension cable. This stick vacuum is also equipped with a telescopic tube, therefore, you can always adjust it to your height. The Turbo Lite 3-in-1 Cleaner from Russell Hobbs is truly one of the best vacuums that will make cleaning faster and easier.

Review of Russell Hobbs RHCHS1001 Corded Handheld Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Spend Less Time on Cleaning

With the users' convenience in mind, the manufacturer has fitted this stick vacuum with easy controls. Almost any setting can be set with a press of a single button. The Turbo 3-in-1 vac also has a very simple assembly and low maintenance. You can replace brushes and other tools very quickly when you need to clean different surfaces. With this model, you will be able to hoover not only your carpet and hard floor but also stairs, corners and other places that the standard vacuums just can't reach.

Russell Hobbs RHCHS1001 Corded Handheld Stick Vacuum Cleaner in the use

Safe and Simple Operation

The Turbo 3-in-1 vacuum is a quite user-friendly appliance. It can be used by 8+ children and people with reduced physical capabilities. Although it is very safe, you should give your kids detailed instructions on the stick cleaner operation first. Also, take into account that children should keep away from cleaning a filter and a dust container.

Detailed review of Russell Hobbs RHCHS1001 Corded Handheld Stick Vacuum Cleaner

 

What Is a Stick Vacuum & an Electric Broom?

Cleaning small areas and food debris is rather exhausting especially when done on a daily basis. Very few people find moving bulky canister vacuum cleaners around convenient. Instead of yanking out a heavy vacuum cleaner to pick up pet dander, dust, and crumbs off the furniture, you can use a handy stick vac (also called an electric broom). It might do a rather poor job of cleaning large areas and heavy debris, but it's, probably, the best solution for everyday use. Compared with conventional vacuums, stick vacuums are all primarily cordless and battery-operated, so they are suitable for cleaning car interiors, hard floors, collecting food debris, etc.

A stick vacuum looks more like a vertical axis to which a brush, a motor (and a battery), a dust cup, and a filter are attached. Battery-operated stick vacuums aren’t intended for a long cleaning. They’re used mainly for minor cleaning. Most of them are also quite lightweight. So, keep reading our review and pick a model that suits you best.

However, if cleaning is something that you really dislike and would rather not do at all, you can always disburden this chore upon a robotic vacuum.

What Features to Compare

Performance

You’ll never be able to compare the power of a stick vacuum with a conventional vacuum cleaner. And this is hardly surprising since these devices have been designed for a different reason. The distinguishing features of stick vacuums are lightweight, ergonomic design and manoeuvrability. You can pick it up literally at any moment and run across the room to collect small debris. What you should be interested in though is the width of the cleaning path and the power source that the chosen appliance uses. Since most stick vacuums and electric brooms are battery-powered, the cleaning cannot last long. Therefore, it’s important that the vac covers a big area and consumes low energy. There are also corded models that provide non-stop operation, but they can restrict the cleaning area by the length of the cord. This is where you need to decide what works better for your personal needs.

Convenience

Among the important things that make this appliance truly convenient to use is the weight of the appliance. Since a stick vacuum is designed for everyday use, it’s got to be lightweight and easy to handle. The handle matters too. It’d be better if the handle had an adjustable length so that everyone could customize its height for his or her maximum comfort. Adjustable handles also allow for easy access to confined places and under furniture. The dirt cup capacity should be also considered. The average capacity of most stick vacuums ranges between 0.5-1 litres. There are models with bigger dust containers. On the one hand, they would run longer, but on the other hand, they would weigh more. If you don’t mind a bigger size of the vacuum, they’ll better suit for long cleaning.

Additional Features

Almost every appliance has its own additional features which affect the cleaning quality of different surfaces. If you have carpeted floors and need to clean them from crisps or pet hair with minimal effort, the Brushroll function will help you with that.

A stick vacuum is designed to avoid overloading, so the motor always yields the optimal power. For example, if you need to carry out a deep-down cleaning, you should use a vacuum with the Turbo boost function or a power regulator which provides efficient cleaning and saves battery life for further use.

Usually, stick models are equipped with plastic dirt cups for convenient cleaning of the device. You just have to detach the cup and easily clean the dust. Also, we highly recommend you to consider models with built-in filters which help the vacuum cleaner catch even the finest dust. Most devices come with removable filters, so you can easily remove them, wash, and then put them back. If you are allergic to dust - consider models equipped with highly efficient HEPA filters.

FAQ:

Q: Does my vacuum cleaner need to be serviced?

A: Well, yes, an annual service is recommended for all types of vacuum cleaners. This is an essential procedure that helps not only to maintain your cleaning equipment efficiently and remove dust from the inner parts but also to prevent some potential issues that may be a result of overfilled dustbins, clogged filters, etc. Without a doubt, a good maintenance and timely servicing will prolong a service life of your stick vacuum. 

Q: Can my vacuum cleaner pick up water?

A: If a vacuum cleaner is designed for wet cleaning, yes! The manufacturers usually mark their appliances with notifications (wet or dry cleaning). However, in case you don't see any notification, you shouldn't use your vacuum to collect water, since it might be dangerous. We highly recommend you to contact the maintenance service first and ask them about this option. And if you are selecting a new hoover, look for the model that is designed for both wet and dry cleaning. 

Q: When should I change my vacuum filters?

A: Most vacuum cleaners, especially stick models, are bagless and have washable dust containers. The same goes for filters. Some of them (but not all) can be washed according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you wash them once in a while and maintain them in a proper way, filters will serve you much longer, and you won't need to replace them very often. Otherwise, filters might become cluttered and cause extra stress on the vacuum cleaner motor. Plus, the air that will exit the vacuum will be dusty.

Q: Can I use my vac to pick up plaster/cement dust?

A: If you want your electric broom to serve you longer, you shouldn’t vacuum material debris. In most cases, this is the main reason why vacuums go out of service. When cement or plaster dust gets through the motor filter, its particles settle on the motor parts and lead to the wear of the motor. Moreover, if dust clogs up the electrics, it will cause short circuits which are quite dangerous. 

Q: What is a HEPA filter and do I need it?

A: Well, HEPA filter is an innovative product. It removes 99.9 % of allergens and other microscopic particles from the air, thus making it cleaner and safer. So, in case you or some of your family members have allergies, asthma, or any respiratory ailment, the vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter will be a gem for you.

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Publish Date: 2017-08-23 08:02:48