Buying a stick vacuum to help clean your home or office is a wonderful addition that will serve you well. Inevitably, one of the first questions you’ll ask yourself is whether you should purchase a corded cleaner or cut the cord and go cordless.
Both options have their merits, but 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 recommendations for the best corded stick vacuums on the market.
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 stick cleaners with a cord 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 stick vacuums with a cord on the market. Not necessarily because it is an amazing vacuuum... 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.
On-board Crevice tool
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 vacuum cleaner won’t clean your carpet as well as a vacuum with a brush roller. As mentioned, this stick vacuum can also 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 a 1.25amp motor, 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 a lightweight stick vacuum with a cord, 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.
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? This Bissell stick vacuum is another great option in our cheap corded stick vacuum recommendations.
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 Lightweight 3-in-1 Corded Lightweight Stick Vacuum is extremely light, weighing 4.2lbs, and includes a 16ft cord. While this is heavier than the Dirt Devil, it is only by a few ounces. You'll be hard pressed to notice the difference in weight between the two vacuum cleaners.
Like the Dirt Devil, his 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 3 in 1 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 5lbs, 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 3 in 1 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 a stick vacuum with cord, we recommend this Bissell 3 in 1.
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.
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.
Power brush roll, bottom release dirt cup with cyclonic technology, extreme recline handle, edge cleaning bristles
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 a 2amp motor, 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 vacuum with cord.
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 Rocket Ultra–Light Upright Vacuum is Shark's entry level corded stick cleaning option, and it packs a lot of features into an entry level model. 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 this corded stick vacuum. 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.
Dusting Brush, 5" Crevice Tool, Upholstery Tool, Accessory Bag, Hard Floor Hero & Car Detail Kit
This Shark Ultra-Light comes with it a small 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.
The Shark Rocket Ultra–Light Upright Vacuum includes an easily adjusted two-speed brush roll for carpet to bare floor cleaning. This way, you will be able to treat your floors gently, while at the same time, not having to worry that your vacuum is leaving behind any dirt or debris.
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 Rocket Ultra-Light 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 Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum is lightweight, under 8lbs, for easy cleaning in hard to reach spaces. We were surprised to see so much suction power in such a lightweight vacuum. The 30ft cord makes it possible to clean several rooms without having to move your plug to a new outlet.
It's worth nothing that sometimes Amazon lists the cord length at 25ft - this is not accurate. We've verified the 30ft length on Shark's website.
This Shark provides a major upgrade in suction power. The Shark Rocket Ultra-Light has a powerful 4.2amp motor, which results in suction power more than 2X of the Hoover Linx, and more than 3X of the Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik!
This Shark vacuum is a bit a more expensive option than some of the others previously mentioned, but one that combines high power with lightweight. The Shark vacuum line is a highly recommended group of products, and the Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum is one of their cheaper options.
This heavy-duty vacuum is perfect for homeowners, or those who need a vacuum that will last. The Shark Rocket Ultra-Lights works well on carpet and hardwood flooring, and is one of the more economical of the Shark corded stick vacuums.
This Shark is lightweight, powerful, and works wonderfully on all surfaces.
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 the best corded stick vacuum for pet hair and one of the best stick vacuums for bare floors. More than just that, this powerful stick vacuum could be the last vacuum you ever need to buy.
Pet Multi-Tool, Duster Crevice Tool, Wall Mount Storage Hook
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 cleaner and you won’t need another 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 5.5amp motor. 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.
What makes this model our vote for the best corded stick vacuum for 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
The Shark DuoClean Rocket Corded Ultralight Upright Vacuum is 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 stick vacuum for hardwood floors and pet hair.
Similar to the Shark Ultra-Light, but with additional specialization on pet hair.
So Which Shark Vacuum Should I Buy?
So you're read our corded vacuum reviews of both the Shark Rocket Ultra Light and the Shark DuoClean Rocket... and you're wondering which is best for you? Here's our side by side comparison of the two powerful vacuums made by Shark:
Which Shark Vacuum?
I only have hardwood floor and/or low pile carpet
Opt for the Rocket Ultra-Light and save a few bucks - you'll get great results for an even greater price.
I have pets
You'll prefer the DuoClean Rocket - it does a dramatic number on pet hair.
I have a difficult time vacuuming
The Rocket Ultra-Light is almost 25% lighter than the DuoClean Rocket, so we recommend it.
I have odd angles and tricky corners to navigate
Both vacuums come with Shark's amazing swivel steering, so either option will suit you fine.
I want to use this vacuum for floors, carpets, furniture, & upholstery
The DuoClean Rocket is your best bet, as it is truly an all-in-one vacuum cleaner.
You won't go wrong with any of the five corded vacuum options we've highlighted above. All are recommended, but for different reasons. Each satisfies different unique needs, depending on your budget, home size, pets vs no pets, and hardwood floors vs carpet. However, we wanted to give you our overall summary of our "best of" votes for several key categories:
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 vacuum 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.
For starters, 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 vacuum cleaners with a cord have.
The cord, 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 vacuum 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. A more expensive cordless stick vacuum 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.
Next, cordless options can be rough if you are prone to forgetting things once in awhile. You have to remember to plug in and charge your cordless battery after each use. Forget to do that, and you'll go to grab your vacuum out of the closet to clean up and find that it won't turn on.
This might not be the end of the world on a Saturday morning, when there are plenty of other chores to get started on. But, if you've got 10 minutes before your guests show up, this could be a real problem.
On the other hand, a corded cleaner never has to be charged. Granted, you have to plug it into the wall outlet before using, but you don't have the downside risk of forgetting to charge it... leaving you stranded.
Even the cheapest corded vacuums on the market have around 15ft of cord length. The more expensive options with a cord come with 30+ft.
Along with never having to charge the vacuum comes the fact that corded sticks are better for cleaning a larger amount of floor space. If you own a home or larger apartment, a corded version is most likely the best option for you, especially if you want to vacuum the entire area in one session.
A corded stick vacuum is typically more powerful than a cordless one since it’s running off of a steady stream of power instead of a low ion or nickel battery. Its 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 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
Above all, you want a vacuum that will keep your home clean and free of allergens. All of the stick vacuums in this article have a filter that can be washed, or replaced when needed, to ensure that your home stays clean.
The best cheap powerful stick vacuum 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.
As with so many things, there is a wide range of pricing for stick vacuums that are corded. On the low cost side of things, the power that you can find in a cheap stick vacuum with a cord is amazing. Technology has improved dramatically over the decade or so, allowing for the cost of a cheap vacuum that has decent suction to be ridiculously affordable.
And, in the same vein, the highest quality, top rated 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.
The best corded stick vacuum for hardwood floors does not have to be the most expensive. These vacuums are low on features but still do an adequate job .
Because there are no carpet fibers for the dirt and debris to get lodged in, hardwood floor vacuums don't need to have nearly as strong of suction power. They also don't need to have brush rollers, which are used to agitate dirt out of being trapped in carpet fibers.
As such, if all you have are hardwood floors, you're in luck - you can opt for a cheaper model. Or, if you're purchasing a corded stick cleaner to put in closet for use only in a high traffic area, you might be able to opt for a cheaper version.
One thing to note - cheap stick vacuums are lightweight and easy to use, small and simple to store, and come with a shorter cord. Take note if you want a longer cord for a larger home or added convenience.
Low pile carpet consists of both area rugs, and thinner carpet, such as berber. Both don't have much height to them, meaning that that suction does not have to travel far to reach the dirt and debris. They also have tightly woven carpet fibers, which aren't as soft and comfortable but repel debris much better.
Low pile carpet is more substantial for a vacuum to clean, even with its low height and tight fibers. You might or might not want to opt for a vacuum with a brush roller, although you will certainly benefit if you get one.
Some of the additional attachments that vacuum manufacturers include will also be a help. Attachments such as a dusting brush and crevice tool will help you get into areas that are dirtier than your standard vacuum can handle.
You will need to buy a more expensive corded vacuum to get dirt out of thick, pile carpet, or handle picking up pet hair.
A more expensive corded vacuum with have added suction power to handle thick carpet. The highest rated corded option for pet hair will also tend to be more expensive, as certain manufacturers focus on this.
For example, the best corded stick vacuum for dog hair will have a HEPA filter that is specifically designed to filter our allergens. These will be more expensive, but well worth it if you have pets (especially dogs or cats with long hair).
These vacuums will come with advanced brush rolls designed to handle a variety of situations. The best corded stick vacuum for hardwood floors have specially designed brush rolls that will pick up dirt and debris while not damaging your floor.
More expensive corded options will come with a longer cord, and a larger dirt bin so you can vacuum for an extended period without needing to empty.
Dyson is an amazing brand, and they make an amazing range of vacuum cleaners. However, all of their options are cordless, so we don't include any of their models in our top corded vacuum reviews.
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 out of a corded stick vacuum.
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.