Floor stick vacuums are lightweight, convenient and easy to use, and offer many of the same features as traditional vacuums. Factors for performance such as suction power, charge time, maneuverability, noise level and available accessories are important aspects to understand before making a decision. Consider whether you have high-traffic areas to maintain or want to keep indoor air quality at a high level as important.
Like canister vacuums, floor stick vacuums remove dirt and small debris from floor surfaces. Traditional vacuums often contain a bulky front motor, whereas broom vacuums have a thinner, lower front that allows complete access underneath stationary objects. Some models have advanced digital motors that provide fade-free suction power for up to 60 minutes. Other models come with two separate cleaning heads. One cleaning head contains a soft yet durable material to prevent damage to bare floors. The second cleaning head has a built-in direct drive motor that lets you get deep into the carpet to remove trapped dirt. You will also find models with a max mode button that delivers high sustained power, featuring spins of up to 110,000 rpm.
Featuring a cordless design, portable stick vacuum cleaners work effectively as the go-to choice in high-traffic areas for quick cleanups. They are typically more maneuverable than classic upright vacuums, and many have a wide power head that reduces cleaning times. Some models can switch from a floor stick vacuum to a hand-held motorized appliance in seconds. For improved indoor air quality, consider a unit with two-layer HEPA® filtration or whole machine filtration to trap 99% of particles as tiny as 0.3 microns.
Cordless floor vacuums often include one or two rechargeable batteries that add up to a run time of 60 minutes or more. Charging stations can be free-standing or wall-mounted to keep your appliance secure and ready for use. Many models have large storage bins that enable the removal of dirt hands-free, and some have LED panels that keep you aware of the remaining time prior to needing a charge. Dust sensors that alert the machine to adjust the suction and low noise levels that will not disturb others are some additional handy characteristics. Choose from a variety of vacuum accessories to achieve a more detail-oriented cleaning. A mini motorized head can clean cushions, pillows and bedding, while a crevice tool lets you get into tight spaces like corners and ceilings. A dusting brush with softer bristles will provide a deep cleaning to delicate surfaces, such as keyboards, table tops and mini blinds. A mattress tool removes not only dust but other allergens as well. Some floor stick vacuum models include an adapter tool that lets you remove dirt from higher locations, such as the tops of cabinets and tall shelving units.