Any homeowner who is tired of pushing or carrying a heavy, bulky vacuum can breathe a sigh of relief. The best lightweight vacuum gives you a better alternative.
Lightweight vacuum cleaners are a great option if you don’t like maneuvering a big machine. They’re also more practical if you don’t have a lot of space to cover.
What’s great about these devices is that they’re available in all types, from upright to canisters. As such, you can still get a product that delivers high end suction power even if they weight much less.
We’ve reviewed the different products to come up with the top items available. Here’s the criteria we went with.
- Upright vacuums: maximum weight 14 pounds.
- Canister vacuums: 10 pounds or less. We did have one exception to this rule. But only because it’s performed so well.
- Stick vacuums: less than 8 pounds.
Please note that we didn’t include handheld vacuums because they’re all lightweight to start with.
Our Picks: Top Options for Lightweight Vacuum Cleaners
- Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional (NV356E) – Our Top Lightweight Upright Choice
- Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS – Under 10 pounds
- BISSELL 9595A Vacuum – for the money pick
- Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2
- Eureka Mighty Mite Canister Vacuum, 3670G
- Bissell Zing Rewind – Low cost choice
- Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction – Our Top Canister choice
- Dyson V6 Motor Head – Under 5 pounds; Top Pick for carpets
- Hoover Linx BH50010 – Our choice for stick vacuums
- Shark Navigator Freestyle (SV1106)
- Bissell PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Vacuum, 81L2A – Budget option
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Our top pick for lightweight upright vacuums is the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional. This isn’t the lightest of all. For that, you’ll want to look at the Oreck XL2100RHS, which is only 8 pounds.
This one weighs in at 13.7 pounds. In lift-away mode about 8 pounds. This makes it lighter than majority of the upright vacuums around. We also prefer it over some lighter models because of its performance, durability and versatility.
- The Shark NV356E comes with excellent suction power. It cleans bare floors as well as carpets and pet hair. The unit comes with different attachments for optimal cleaning, depending on what you need. We also like that the brush roll can be turned on and off as needed.
- It converts from upright to canister vacuum. This gives you 2 vacuums in 1 device. When you need to clean floors and carpets, you can use it in upright mode. For stairs and upholstery, just convert it to canister mode. The hose lets you easily clean up dirt and dust anywhere.
- The unit is very easy to use and maneuver. It is reliable and durable. While made from plastic, it isn’t flimsy like some lightweight vacuums.
We like that the device runs quieter than many similar products. It also comes with HEPA filtration and an anti-allergen system. This keeps you home’s air cleaner.
For lightweight canister vacuums, we like the Eureka Mighty Might. If you have a bit more cash to spare and are okay with a few more pounds, try the Miele C1 Olympus. That’s a top of the line canister vacuum that gives you efficient and thorough cleaning.
The Mighty Mite’s name says it all. It is compact and portable. And, weighs under 9 pound. Yet, it offers good performance and suction.
This unit comes with a 12 amp motor. The motor supplies power for both its vacuum and blower ability. Yes, the device is another 2 in 1 product. On the front side, the hose will work to pick up dirt and debris. If you attach the hose on the back side of the vacuum, it does the opposite, blow air. The latter lets you use this vacuum in your workshop or garage as well.
Like many canister vacuums, this uses vacuum dust bags. Together with the motor filter they allow for strong suction and keep all dust that’s collected trapped in the device. These two are important factors, in addition to the motor’s power, for suction. The filter and dust bag help prevent any particles from blocking or clogging the air passage ways.
Overall, this is a lightweight canister vacuum with good suction power. It offers good range with a 7 foot hose, 20 foot cord and extension tool. The addition of a blower and onboard accessories let you clean different areas and floors at home including stairs. Best of all, it is very affordable.
The V6 Motorhead is the lightest among the products in our review. It weighs in at 5 pounds. The best part is, it packs a good amount of power.
In fact, it is rated at 100 air watts. This puts it right at the minimum suction you want for an upright vacuum.
In addition to being a stick vacuum, you can detach the neck and nozzle and use it as a handheld vacuum. When used as such, you get one of the most powerful hand vacs on the market.
The V6 Motorhead requires a 3.5 hour charge time. And, it runs up to 20 minutes. The run time will depend on what setting you put it in.
What makes the Motorhead different from other V6 models is that the vacuum’s head comes with a small engine of its own. This gives the brush 75% more power than other Dyson V6. As a result, you get a deeper clean on carpets. The downside is, it does eat battery power as well.
Besides an excellent motor, this vacuum offers strong suction thanks to its 2 tier Radial Cyclones. In all, there are 15 cyclones arranged in 2 levels inside the device. Together, they improve airflow and let you pick up more dust and dirt.
They do differ in shape and size. This one also weighs 2.5 pounds more at 7.5 pounds. But, it’s much, much cheaper.
The Shark SV1106 doesn’t pack as much power as the Dyson V6 Motorhead. But, very few stick vacuums do. The good news is, this one does a good job in cleaning your home.
We like that it offers good suction that lets you clean bare floors and carpets. It comes with a two speed brush so you can control it for the surface you’re vacuuming.
The device also picks up pet hair very well. This makes it effective for pet owners who are looking for an affordable, lightweight vacuum.
Do note though that the Shark Navigator Freestyle is more suited for cleaning smaller spaces. This has nothing to do with its suction ability or size. Instead, its battery. You get an average of 15 minutes of continuous run-time with a full charge. That’s less than the 20 minutes with the smaller, slimmer Dyson V6 despite the latter producing more suction.
The unit uses a smaller 14.4 volt rechargeable battery. To compare, many higher end handheld vacuums use 16 volt and 18 volt batteries. As a result, you don’t get as long a run-time as you’d want. This limits how long you can clean, and how much space you can cover at that time. The smaller battery does make the vacuum lighter in weight, and take less time to charge.
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