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A highly rated corded vacuum will provide you with more power than its cordless counterpart. And, you’ll never have to worry about charging the vacuum. We've outlined the various factors you should consider when purchasing a stick vacuum with a cord, along with our recommendation for the best corded stick vacuum on the market.
Stick vacuums are known for being lightweight and highly versatile.
Cheaper models are perfect to stick in a hall closet for quick cleaning, while more robust and expensive ones can fully replace your bulky and heavy upright or canister vacuums.
While cord free options have their benefits, they are also expensive and continuously need to be charged.
Corded stick vacuums maximize convenience and power.
If you want to save yourself a bunch of reading and see our final vote, the Shark Rocket DuoClean wins for Overall Best Corded Stick Vacuum.
This powerful corded stick cleaner comes with several brush rollers and loads of accessories, able to handle all cleaning situations in your home (including pesky pet hair). Backed by the powerful Shark brand name, you'll get similar features to a Dyson model but save a lot of money.
We’ve found the highest rated corded stick vac cleaners in all of the price ranges. Below, you’ll find a compiled list of the best rated corded stick vacuums out there, along with some of their benefits and features.
If you're considering picking up one of these highly convenient yet powerful vacuums, read below for our recommendations and reviews. We've listed them in order from cheapest to most expensive.
The Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik would have to be one of the best cheap corded stick vacs on the market. Not necessarily because it is an amazing vacuum... but because it is an adequate vacuum for an AMAZING price.
Incredibly lightweight and made with hardwood floors in mind, this stick vacuum gives you a ton of versatility for a very low price. And we're talking VERY low compared to other vacuums.
This is a fantastic stick vacuum for a college dorm room or small apartment. It’s also great as a second vacuum for a larger home that needs help cleaning up small day–to–day messes.
This vacuum doesn’t have a brush roller, so it’s perfect for bare floors. Dirt Devil puts a high emphasis on this feature, which makes sense given the company’s history of quick, portable, hand held vacuums that can be used to pick up spills on bare floors.
The absence of a brush roller means that this Dirt Devil vac won’t clean your carpet as well as a vacuum with a brush roller. Just like many stick vacuums on the market, this one can be converted into a utility hand vacuum for cleaning up big messes. You can also attach a nozzle to your handheld vacuum for cleaning in hard to reach places.
The Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Lightweight Bagless Corded Stick and Handheld Vacuum is very lightweight, weighing in at 3.8lbs. This is the lightest weight corded stick we recommend, which makes it a fantastic option to keep in the hall closet for quick cleaning. It is simple to whip out and use for a quick clean at the end of the night, or when a spill happens in the kitchen or dining room.
If you have children that will be vacuuming, this is a great option to consider. It is light enough for even your toddlers to join in the action, and the vacuum works well from a low angle, meaning that your children will actually be contributing to keeping the house clean as well. Additionally, if you are older or have back problems, make sure to consider the weight of your vacuum cleaner as you consider options.
This Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik has a 16ft cord, which is adequate but not lengthy. This is enough to cover one medium sized room, but you'll need to unplug it to go from room to room. Cheaper stick vacuums suffer from this, but that is because Dirt Devil designed this corded stick to be a quick cleaner for a single room, rather than to be your "whole house" vacuum.
When it comes to power, this is where the vacuum falls a little short. With only 1.25 amps of power, this vacuum has the lowest suction of any of the corded vacuums that we reviewed here. It does pretty well on bare floors, and adequately on the area rugs that might sit on your hardwood floors. However, if you have any thicker carpet, it will have a hard time pulling anything but the very loose dirt out.
If you have pets, we recommend against this option. While it actually does pull up pet hair, it doesn't pull it up very well off of carpet, rugs, or upholstery. For a modest price increase, you can get a vacuum that does a much better job on pet hair.
For lightweight corded stick vacuums, and an emphasis on hard wood and bare floors, the Dirt Devil is a fantastic cheap corded stick vacuum. It comes in at a ridiculously cheap price, and we're ok sacrificing some suction and features given what we're paying.
Why Buy: This Dirt Devil is an incredibly inexpensive option that works wonderfully on hardwood floors.
Interested in a vacuum that picks up lots of dirt, and is dirt cheap? Bissell makes several amazing stick vacuums, and the Featherweight is another great option in our top list of corded stick vacuums.
If ratings alone were the evaluator, this would win far and away. Even still, at its price tag, this vacuum is the best best for those of you looking to spend a small amount of money on an appliance that will do a great job and stand the test of time.
If you liked the Dirt Devil reviewed above, but have a little bit of thin carpet to clean, then the Bissell just might be the right option for you.
The Bissell Featherweight is extremely light, weighing 2.6lbs, and includes a 15ft cord. This is the lightest vacuum clean on the market, and truly does feel "feather" light in your hands.
Like the Dirt Devil, this vacuum is perfect for college dorm rooms or small apartments, but it’s also a great option to have handy for a high traffic area. We found that the Bissel Featherweight did a better job in high traffic areas like the kitchen, living room, and dining room that the Dirt Devil. This makes sense - it has a more powerful motor.
Put this in a hall closet to pull out and quickly clean the kitchen and dining room, and you’ll get great use out of this Bissell corded stick cleaner. At under 3lbs, this is our vote for the best lightweight corded stick vacuum on the market.
Like the Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik, the absence of a brush roller makes this a top pick for corded sticks that can pick up large debris. The upside of no brush roller is that you never have to worry about adjusting the roller for carpet to bare floor cleaning.
There are downsides to this, however. Without a brush roller you risk leaving behind dust and smaller debris. Brush rollers are great for carpet and thus, this Bissell doesn't work very well on thick carpet. This Bissel also does not do wonders on thick pet hair, but will handle shorter pet hair, so make sure to evaluate based on your pet's breed and hair length.
If you are comparing the Bissell Featherweight with the Dirt Devil Simpli-Stick, the Bissell has a 2amp motor, as compared to the Dirt Devil's 1.25 amp motor. That makes this Bissell more powerful, and better suited for carpet. So, if you do have some thinner carpet and are not wanting to spend a fortune on stick vacuums with cord, we recommend this Bissell Featherweight.
It’s worth noting that, for some, a cord that is less than 20ft can be too short. Most of the best cheap stick vacuums on the market have cords that are less than 20ft long, so make sure to note if that is important to you.
This handy stick vacuum is perfect for cleaning everywhere in your home, depending on your needs. It easily converts to a hand vacuum for cleaning everywhere from curtains to couches. The floor nozzle is also removable, leaving you with a smaller nozzle for cleaning in crevices and hard to reach spaces.
This vacuum won’t let you down if your looking for a vacuum that works wonderfully on hardwood and laminate flooring, but also can handle the occasional thin carpet cleaning.
Why Buy: This Bissell is an adequate, inexpensive option suited for both hardwood floors and thinner carpet.
The name of this vacuum may be a mouthful, but Hoover is a name that you can trust, and this vacuum doesn’t disappoint.
The Hoover Vacuum Cleaner Linx Bagless Corded Cyclonic Lightweight Stick Vacuum is the best cleaner for suctioning power in its price point. Hoover packs a powerful brand name into all of it's vacuum cleaners, and this corded option is no exception.
The Hoover brand has been making reputable vacuum cleaners for generations, and the Linx Corded Stick Vacuum is no exception. Hoover makes both a corded and cordless version of the Linx. The corded option is cheaper and, in our opinion, a lot more powerful.
This vacuum uses the Hoover Windtunnel technology, thereby increasing your cleaning power. It also uses the Cyclonic technology that can be found in Dyson vacuums. The dust and larger particles are separated from each other as you vacuum, ensuring that nothing is spit back out. The combination of these two features makes for a very powerful stick vacuum.
This vacuum is a bit heavier than some others that we’ve reviewed, weighing over 10lbs. Apparently all that increased suction power comes at a cost to the weight. For only 2 amps of power, the Hoover Linx is incredibly powerful. For example, the suction on this Hoover Linx is far stronger than that of the previously-reviewed Bissell 3 in 1, which also has a 2amp motor. We attribute this to the cyclonic technology at play, and proves that you can't just evaluate a vacuum by how many amps it's motor is.
The Hoover Corded Cyclonic comes with a 20ft cord. So, you’re starting to see some of the differences with a more expensive vacuum cleaner: increased power, a little heavier, and a little longer of a cord. You’ll also start to see added features, such as the swivel steering that this Hoover comes with.
Speaking of, the Hoover Linx Bagless Corded Cyclonic Lightweight Stick Vacuum includes some excellent features for effortless cleaning. An extreme recline handle and swivel steering makes reaching under and around furniture easy. The edge bristles on this vacuum are perfect for vacuuming along baseboards or in narrow spaces.
The Hoover Linx is the first model on this list that comes with a brush roller. The powered brush roll can easily be shut off for use in cleaning bare floors. As mentioned earlier, a brush roller helps cleaning carpets. When you turn on the brush roll, you’ll find that this Hoover Corded Cyclonic stick vacuum will do an adequate job on carpet, even some of the thicker varieties.
This Hoover Linx was designed to ensure you don't scratch your hardwood floors. The soft, plastic wheels on this vacuum will ensure that your bare floors are not harmed. This is the cheapest corded stick that we can recommend for laminate flooring, as it has the proper wheels and brush roller in place to keep them safe.
This vacuum is not in the same price range like some of the corded stick vacuums we reviewed above, but it comes in at a very affordable price for what you get. For a modest price increase, you get a lot of additional features, making this a highly recommended stick vacuum.
Although this vacuum cannot convert into a handheld vacuum, it’s powerful suction, Hoover technology, and brand name make this one of our recommendations for best stick vacuums with cord.
Why Buy: For a very reasonable and mid-tier price point, this Hoover has
amazing suction power and a fantastic brush roller for great results on carpet.
The Shark Flex DuoClean is the first Shark vacuum to make our list, and this one puts a prime focus on convenience and pet hair suction. Both Shark models we recommend on our review are amazing, and we'll go through the differences.
Shark is a strong brand name in the vacuum cleaner space, and brings a host of features to corded stick vacuums. We've recommended two Shark corded sticks here, each having different features that make them uniquely attractive for those needing a powerful and lightweight cleaner.
You'll notice that the Shark Flex DuoClean for Pet Vacuum comes with it a modest price jump from the Hoover Linx. But, the vacuum comes with significant upgrades, including a much more powerful motor, longer cord, and a lot of additional features. And, it puts a prime focus on tackling pet hair.
The Shark Rocket Flex DuoClean for Pets Upright Vacuum features two brushes that operate at the same time: a bristle brush and soft roller. These two brushes work together to provide you with great cleaning across all surfaces, ranging from carpet to hardwood floors.
The bristle brush works primarily on agitating dirt that lies deep in your carpets, while the soft roller grabs at the bigger dust and debris on your hardwood flooring. The gentler soft roller is perfect for bare flooring, as it does the trick while not damaging this fragile floor surface.
Whereas, some vacuums on this list simply don’t have a brush roll, and others include a brush roll that can be turned off for carpet to bare floor cleaning, the brush roll on this vacuum can be used in every room to ensure that your floor is clean. In addition, this vacuum includes a microfiber pad attachment for gently dusting hardwood floors.
You will still be able to get into all of those hard to reach spaces that exist in your home. With easy flexibility and swivel steering, you can clean along the edges of a room and under furniture with ease. The Shark Flex DuoClean can also be converted into an easy to use hand vacuum that’s perfect for cleaning furniture and chairs. Microtools for detailing and cleaning hard to reach spaces are also included.
The Flex DuoClean is a modest weight, but incorporates Shark's Active Glide technology for easy cleaning in hard to reach spaces. The 30ft cord makes it possible to clean several rooms without having to move your plug to a new outlet.
This Shark provides a major upgrade in suction power. The Shark Flex DuoClean has apowerful 5 amps of power, which results in suction power more than 2X of the Hoover Linx, and more than 3X of the Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik!
Speaking of suction power, that is one of the major influences on picking up pesky pet hair. This is the best corded stick vacuum for pet hair on the market, and Shark backs this power with Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology. They boast that this cleaner traps 99.9% of dust and allergens inside the vacuum – including many pollen, plant spores, pet allergens, and other particles. They also include several accessories to remove pet hair and dander from furniture and upholstery
This Shark vacuum is a bit a more expensive option than some of the others previously mentioned, but one that combines high power with convenience. The Shark vacuum line is a highly recommended group of products, and the Shark Flex DuoClean for Pet Vacuum is highly focused on tackling pet hair.
This heavy-duty vacuum is perfect for homeowners, or those who need a vacuum that will last. The Shark Flex DuoClean works well on carpet and hardwood flooring, and is puts a strong focus on tackling pesk pet hair.
Why Buy: This Shark has powerful suction to work on all surfaces, and is the
best suited option for pet hair.
You may have noticed that there are two Shark vacuums included on this list, and that’s because this company manufactures so many excellent stick vacuums with so many different benefits and features.
The Shark Rocket Vacuum with DuoClean is a great option for all situations, including hardwood and laminate floors along with deep thick carpet. More than just that, this powerful stick vacuum could be the last vacuum you ever need to buy.
This is a very heavy-duty vacuum, more so than any other vacuums on this list. Shark boasts their Triple Particle Cleaning system in this vacuum, and it handles well.
Unlike so many other stick vacuums, the Shark DuoClean Rocket Corded Ultralight Upright Vacuum can clean virtually every surface very effectively. From bare floors and hard wood surfaces to light carpet and area rugs to thick carpet, this vacuum is the best Shark stick vacuum. Buy this corded cleaning machine and you won’t need anything else to handle your cleaning.
It weighs nearly 10lbs, and includes a 30ft cord, perfect for quickly cleaning the whole house. Both of these two Shark's have these 30ft cords, which are a lot longer than other models on the market. It's interesting to note - this Shark is virtually the same weight as the Hoover Linx, but significantly more powerful.
Speaking of power, the Shark DuoClean Rocket boasts an amazing 5.5 amps of power. It's not just how powerful the motor is - Shark is very advanced in how they design their motors, and this one has a tremendous amount of suction. Depending on who you talk to, some say this Shark model is as powerful as the top-line Dyson models.
Like all of the other stick vacuums on this list, it’s important to take into account the brush roll. This vacuum includes an easy to clean duo-brush roll system. Three brush rolls exist in this Shark. First, a bristle brush, perfect for deep cleaning your carpets. Second, a gentle, soft brush roll, perfect for cleaning bare floors. Third, a special True Pet motorized brush.
This vacuum doesn’t have a front wall, allowing for the soft brush roll to pull in large or piled up debris.
Even with this perfect brush roll cleaning system, this Shark Rocket Vacuum includes a few more excellent features. LED lights are positioned on the front of the vacuum for spotting hidden dirt or for cleaning in dark places, like under you bed.
Included are several attachments for detailed cleaning, such as a pet multi tool, duster crevice tool, upholstery tool, and a wall mount storage hook. This appliance also converts into a convenient hand vacuum.
How does this Shark model do with pet hair? For starters, Shark provides a TruePet Motorized Brush, which is designed to pick up pet hair off of upholstery. This handy tool will help to agitate the hair out of the upholstery and furniture. We've found you can double up on this tool by using this brush on stairs and fabric as well
In the end, if sucking up pet hair is your focus, you can't go wrong with either Shark model on our list here.
The Shark DuoClean Rocket Corded Ultralight Upright Vacuum is one of the most expensive corded vacuum option on this list. Well worth the price, this Shark stick vacuum packs a powerful punch.
It is truly the last vacuum cleaner you’ll need to buy, as it handles every scenario extremely well. It comes with a powerful brand name backing this versatility. If you have pets, this is a great option and gets a vote for best corded stick vacuum for hardwood floors, carpet, and pet hair.
Why Buy: The best all around corded stick vac on the market, Shark brings
high suction power, ultra convenience, and loads of accessories.
What are the benefits of the best stick vacuum with a cord? You’ve probably already decided to purchase a stick vacuum because it’s convenient, lightweight, easy to store, and allows you to clean in those hard to reach spaces. Now you must decide between the corded vac option and the cordless stick vacuum.
All things being equal, corded vacuums typically have a longer lifespan than vacuums without cords. Cordless varieties might be all the rage, and really up the convenience factor, but they have a lot of things that can go wrong.
A cordless option has a battery onboard, typically made of lithium ion. As we all know from using batteries throughout our lives, these things lose their charge easier and easier as time goes on. Not to mention, they can break, all of sudden leaving you with a vacuum that won't take a charge.
Corded vacuums don't rely on battery power, which is often the first to go out. Battery technology, while very advanced, is still a lot newer than the good old-fashioned plug and play model that the corded vacuum cleaners have.
Corded options, while seemingly old fashioned at times, provides a clean power supply that will last you for a long time. You won't have to worry about a battery going out on you, and the cost and hassle that comes with replacing it.
Now, this isn't always true, but not relying on a battery means that corded vacuums can utilize better motor and suction technology.
Drawing power from a cord is more stable and consistent. You'll often find that manufacturers are able to put better vacuum motors in corded options. These motors are not only stronger, but they also last longer.
Even though you may sometimes have to stop vacuuming and find a new outlet in order to reach the far end of the room, a corded vacuum vs a cordless vacuum saves time because you’ll never have to wait for your vacuum battery to finish charging.
The average cordless stick vacuums can take hours to charge and only give you 15-30 minutes of use. This is inconvenient on a number of levels.
First, if you have a larger area to vacuum, such as a home over 1,500 square feet, you'll struggle to vacuum the entire area in one charge. Vacuuming is no fun, but its really no fun when you have to split it up over several runs because your cordless cleaner runs out of battery juice.
Cheaper cordless stick vacuums will typically be suitable for a small apartment or dorm, as they'll last just long enough to clean the space. More expensive cordless stick vacuums will have a large enough battery to cover a small home or townhome.
Anything larger than 1,500 square feet would probably be best for a corded version. This is a rough number, but a good rule of thumb to start with. You'll never have to worry about how far you can make it on a single charge.
Even the cheapest corded vacuums on the market have around 15ft of corded length. The more expensive options with a cord come with 30+ft.
As you can see from the reviews, there are a lot of different components to pay attention to when evaluating stick vacuum cleaners. Here are the most important areas to look at.
Along with never having to charge the vacuum comes the fact that corded stick vacuums are better for cleaning a larger amount of floor space. If you own a home or larger apartment, a corded version of the vacuum is most likely the best option for you, especially if you want to vacuum the entire area in one session.
Corded stick vacuums are typically more powerful than cordless ones since they run off of a steady stream of power instead of a low ion or nickel battery. It's tough to compare corded and cordless... corded vacuums rate the motor power in amps, while cordless vacuums rate the motor power in volts.
In the end, you can rely on in-depth reviews to compare the two options.
If you want it boiled down, this is the simple version: it is possible to get a lot of suction power from a cordless vacuum. However, you will pay a lot more. A corded vacuum will cost a lot less for an equivalent amount of suction power.
Per dollar, the extra power on the vacuum will be especially beneficial for thicker rugs or carpets where a lot of power is required to get all of the dirt. And, if you have pets that shed and drop hair, you’ll appreciate the additional suction.
Brush Roller Needed
The best cheap and powerful stick vacuums will have high suction power, adequate to pick up dust and debris off of hardwood floors, bare floors, thin carpet, and area rugs. As you move into thicker carpets and pet hair, you will need a more expensive vacuum. You'll really benefit from the additional power you get from having a corded option.
When you are looking for the best corded stick vacuum to help you with your cleaning routine, one thing you will want to consider is if you want attachments included. A crevice tool and dusting brush are two important attachments we think you need to have.
This usually long narrow nosed tool is used to reach places that vacuums and even brooms can’t easily access. It is usually one to two feet long, giving it the ability to easily fit into smaller areas without the bulk of the vacuum body.
When paired with an extension pole or the long pole of the stick vacuums body, this crevice tool can reach up to the ceiling easily as well as go under low furniture to vacuum up lurking dust bunnies.
Some of the best places you will use the crevice tool are:
These are just some of the most popular places to use a crevice tool due to the easy to get into corners that tend to gather dust and cobwebs.
The crevice tool is also great if you want to skip hurting your back with a dustpan after sweeping. Just attach and vacuum up that pile instead of sweeping and not getting it all up.
The dusting brush is a short and stout attachment that has long bristles lining the opening of the mouth. These bristles are there to agitate, move and scrape away any stubborn dirt, dust and dander that settles on your surfaces.
Using a dusting brush allows you to trade the feather duster for something a little more powerful on your surfaces as well as lets you dust without having to bend over (thanks to some stick vacuums pole design for attachments).
The best ways to utilize your dusting brush are:
Dusting these areas is as easy as putting on the attachment, turning the vacuum on and then running the attachment across the surface one or two times. When the dust and dander comes into contact with the strong bristles on the dusting brush, it loosens then so that the powerful suction can pick up these tiny particles.
Using a dusting brush will make the chore of dusting an easier and quicker routine that you can get finished within a timely manner so that you can get on with your day. Make sure that if you plan on using a dusting brush and other attachments with your vacuum to pick up pet hair and dander, that you check out our next section about filtration.
Stick vacuums without attachments may be a better fit for your cleaning needs. Or, the addition of attachments could be the deciding factor on corded stick vacuums over their cordless counterpart. It really depends on how much you require your vacuum to do and how much easier the attachments can make your cleaning routine easier so that you can get back to enjoying your home instead of cleaning it.
Even though most buy stick vacuums to save on weight, you still want a great filtration system inside of it that can rival full size upright vacuums.
A good filtration system works to pick up and keep in those tiny dust and allergen particles that settle down into your carpet fibers or furniture.
With a low filtration vacuum, those tiny particles are lifted from your surfaces, whipped around inside of the vacuum and then blown forcefully back out into the open air of your home.
This low filtration can agitate allergies and give your home an overall lower air quality for breathing since these tiny particles are never really picked up.
There are a few things to consider when you are looking into a good filtration system for your vacuum, especially if you have pets that leave dander on your floors and furniture. Additionally, if you struggle with allergies then you need a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter in your vacuum.
The only thing that is comparable to a HEPA filter is a bagged vacuum. This is because unlike dust cups that you open and empty after each use, bagged vacuums do not have to be opened. Still, the best corded stick vacuum comes with HEPA filtration.
With a bagged vacuum, to empty it you will remove the vacuum bag, still sealed and place the entire bag into the trash. There is the additional price of purchasing more bags for your vacuum, but you can breathe easier knowing that what you vacuum up stays trapped in the bag and isn’t able to escape back into your home’s air.
On the low cost side of things, the power that you can find in a cheap corded stick vacuum is amazing. The best corded stick vacuums come backed with features and additional attachments. More expensive stick vacuums have come to rival upright and canister cleaners in terms of how well they do a sucking dirt and debris up. And, because they are stick cleaners, they are lightweight and highly mobile.
As you can see, there are many brands and models to choose from when purchasing a corded vacuum. cleaner Take the time to determine your requirements and prioritize what you need from corded stick vacuums.
Above all, when you’re looking for the best corded stick vacuum, you want to be sure to buy the appliance that meets the requirements for you and your home.
Allen Michael is the Founder and Editor of Home Viable, a website that he started to provide readers with tips on home efficiency and automation. He draws on his engineering background combined with his family-of-four experiences for his articles.