Best Lightweight Vacuums of 2019

The House Method team tested a variety of lightweight vacuums and rated them on a range of factors including suction power, maneuverability, noise, mobility, and more. Read our full review here.

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Are you tired of lugging that heavy upright out of your closet and carrying it all over your house as you clean? At House Method, we understand the importance of wanting a lightweight vacuum. Not only are lightweight vacuums easier to use, they typically come with better designs for storage and powerful suction for entire-home cleaning. Keep reading to see the best lightweight vacuums that weigh less than 15 pounds.

Best lightweight vacuums

Conclusion
Pros
Cons
Best product

Dyson V7 Motorhead

Conclusion

Due to its sleek design, exceptional suction power, and included accessories, this is the best lightweight vacuum on the market.

Pros

This 2-in-1 vacuum cleaner doubles as a stick and versatile handheld. It comes with up to 30 minutes of fade-free power and features no-touch dirt emptying.

Cons

You have to hold the trigger down while vacuuming to generate suction power.

Shark IONFlex 2X with DuoClean

Conclusion

With a compact design, multiple suction settings, and pet-specific cleaning tools, this vacuum is a great choice for people who desire a lightweight machine for daily cleaning.

Pros

It has MultiFLEX technology, which enables the vacuum to fold over for compact storage. It also comes with LED headlights that allow you to see fine messes while vacuuming.

Cons

It has a smaller dust bin than the Dyson V7 and doesn’t come with HEPA filtration.

Dyson Small Ball Multi Floor

Conclusion

This upright vacuum is light and compact, making it ideal for smaller homes and apartments.

Pros

An ergonomic handle allows you to easily carry this vacuum throughout your house. It also features a 2-Tier Radial cyclone system that delivers full-size upright vacuum performance

Cons

It’s one of the more expensive lightweight vacuums on the market.

Hoover Air Cordless Lift

Conclusion

This is one of the few cordless vacuums that has a hose for reaching tight and narrow spaces around your home.

Pros

This lightweight vacuum cleaner comes with two 20V batteries that last up to 50 minutes each. It also has an 11-inch cleaning path, LED headlights, and a multi-cyclonic system that ensures there’s no loss of suction during a cleaning cycle.

Cons

Because it’s cordless, it doesn’t match a true corded upright in suction power. It also doesn’t come with a pet hair attachment.

Best value

Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Lightweight Corded Bagless Stick Vacuum

Conclusion

Perfect for picking up all types of debris on hard floors, this is by far the lightest (and most affordable) lightweight vacuum we reviewed.

Pros

Weighing less than 4 pounds, this Dirt Devil vacuum still packs a powerful punch. It also comes with a removable hand vac that to clean stairs and other narrow spaces.

Cons

The filter isn’t washable and can get stuck with pet hair and lint.

Dyson V7 Motorhead

This Dyson vacuum can tackle all types of messes on carpets and hard floors. It easily transforms into a handheld vacuum with the click of a button and comes with a combination tool and crevice tool for more precise cleaning.

Design

The cordless design of this vacuum cleaner allows you to weave in between furniture without getting stuck around corners and other obstacles. This fuschia-colored machine also has an updated dust bin with a release tab that sits on top of the main unit, providing you with the ability to pull up on the tab whenever you need to empty out the contents.

Weight: 5.45 pounds

How this vacuum cleans

Unlike heavy upright and canister vacuums, the Dyson V7 seamlessly glides on floors while capturing the finest dirt particles on both of its power modes. This stick vacuum also has 75% more brush bar power than the Dyson V6. During our suction tests, it had no problem picking up coffee grounds, kitty litter, and pet hair, though it did struggle to pick up Cheerios on hard floors (it pushed the debris forward instead of sucking it up on the first pass).

Accessories

This Dyson vacuum comes with a combination tool and a crevice tool. The combination tool is ideal for cleaning sensitive areas like keyboards and drapes while the crevice tool works well to clean narrow areas like between couch cushions or behind bookcases.

Usability

Because of this vacuum’s sleek design, it’s extremely easy to maneuver around and under furniture. We never felt tired holding the light vacuum and it never got stuck on carpets or hard floors.

Our recommendation

With two power settings, high-powered suction, and the ability to transform into a handheld vacuum, the Dyson V

Get a more in-depth look at the Dyson V7 Motorhead

Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean

This cordless vacuum is by far one of the most powerful lightweight vacuums on the market. With a compact design, multiple suction settings, and accessories specifically designed to remove pet hair and other debris, this is one of the best vacuum cleaners available.

Design

This stick vacuum comes in a metallic blue color that gives it a modern edge over other cordless vacuums. It has two LED lights on its cleaning head that allow you to see fine debris and it features MultiFLEX Technology that let the vacuum fold over for compact storage. Like the Dyson V7 Motorhead, this stick vacuum is also a two-in-one vacuum, converting into a portable hand vac whenever necessary.

Weight: 8.7 pounds

How this vacuum cleans

With DuoClean Technology, this vacuum cleaner is able to roll over large debris and deep clean carpets to give your floors a more polished look. It has two surface settings: carpet and floor. On the carpet setting, both brushrolls spin faster to pick up deeply embedded dirt and debris. On the floor setting, the brushroll and Soft Roller brush spin together to gently clean the floor. This Shark also has two suction settings: extended runtime and max power.

Accessories

The Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean comes with two ION Power Pack batteries, a duster crevice tool, and a pet multi-tool. The removable and rechargeable batteries allow you to vacuum with one battery while the other one charges. The duster crevice tool is a two-in-one accessory that gives you extended reach and delicate cleaning capabilities. The pet multi-tool is designed for cleaning tough pet messes (think: spilt kitty litter and deeply embedded pet hair).

Usability

This cordless vacuum is easy to maneuver and use on both carpets and hard floors. During our suction test, it never got stuck on carpet and it was extremely simple to push back and forth. Unlike the Dyson V7, it has a power switch that you hit to activate suction power instead of pushing down on a trigger the entire time you clean.

Our recommendation

If you want the ease of vacuuming without having to hold down a trigger and powerful suction across all floors on all types of debris, the best vacuum for the job is the Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean.

Get a more in-depth look at the Shark IONFlex 2X with DuoClean

Dyson Small Ball Multi Floor

Previously known as the DC50 Animal, the Dyson Small Ball Multi Floor is back with a new design and several updated features. Engineered to clean hard and carpeted surfaces, this Dyson vacuum delivers unmatched suctioning abilities and is easy to transport during a cleaning job.

Design

The Dyson Small Ball Multi Floor is designed to clean any surface you may come across. Built with Dyson ball technology, it’s easy to maneuver around furniture and can be more efficiently stored than its big brother, the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2. In fact, this vacuum takes up to 50% less storage space than a full-size Dyson Ball vacuum.

Weight: 12.15 pounds

How this vacuum cleans

Built with 2 Tier Radial cyclones and carbon fiber filaments, this Dyson vacuum can remove even the finest particles from hard floors and carpets. During our suction tests, it excelled on hard floors, removing Cheerios, coffee grounds, and pet hair in a single pass. It also did well on low- and high-pile carpet, picking up all of the substances with ease.

Accessories

This lightweight vacuum comes with a combination tool and a stair tool. The combination tool has a brush on the end and is excellent for cleaning narrow areas like along wall trim or under a low couch. The stair tool does a great job at reaching crevices and removing pet hair.

Usability

This upright vacuum isn’t as light as the stick vacuums we tested, but it’s still incredibly easy to use and carry. It comes with an ergonomic handle that allows you to pick up the vacuum and move it from room to room. It also has ball technology that makes it easy to maneuver and direct around furniture in your home.

Our recommendation

If you want slightly more suction power than a stick vacuum, go for the Dyson Small Ball Multi Floor. It’s still relatively lightweight compared to the other vacuums we tested and comes with an array of accessories that make it the best vacuum for entire-home cleaning.

Get a more in-depth look at the Dyson Small Ball Multi Floor

Hoover Air Cordless Lift

This lightweight vacuum delivers incredible power and cordless convenience for entire-home cleaning. It has a 2-in-1 design that allows the vacuum to transform into a portable canister and utilizes WindTunnel 3 Technology to powerfully pick up dirt and debris.

Design

As mentioned above, this vacuum has a Lift-Off design that allows you to convert the full-size vacuum into a removable canister for mobile cleaning. This cordless vacuum also has a multi-floor electronic brushroll that instantly switches from carpet to hard floors with the touch of a button and an eight-foot cleaning reach for extended cleaning.

Weight: 12.5 pounds

How this vacuum cleans

The Hoover Air Cordless Lift uses WindTunnel 3 Technology, which cleans with three channels of suction to lift and remove deeply embedded dirt and debris. Powered by LithiumLife Battery Technology, this vacuum provides an average of 50 minutes of fade-free power on carpets and hard floors. Another cleaning feature worth noting: this vacuum features Boost Mode, which provides extra power for tough messes.

Accessories

The Hoover Air Cordless Lift includes a two-in-one dusting and crevice tool to clean narrow gaps, vents, and furniture; a Hard Floor Brushroll with extra soft bristles to clean hard floors; and a pivoting dusting tool to easily clean tight spaces.

Usability

As one of the bulkier lightweight vacuums we tested, it’s not as easy to use around your home as one of the stick vacuums, but it’s still not as hard to maneuver as a bulky upright or canister.

Our recommendation

If you want the deep cleaning power of an upright and the portability of a canister without the hassle of a cord, the Air Lift Cordless Upright is a solid choice.

Buy the Hoover Air Cordless Lift

Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Lightweight Corded Vacuum

A lightweight design allows you to move the vacuum from room to room and up and down stairs. Weighing only 3.8 pounds, this is the lightest (and most affordable) vacuum we reviewed.

Design

This bright red model from Dirt Devil converts to a handheld (the handheld unit detaches easily from the larger unit) for cleaning vehicle interiors and hard-to-reach spaces. It comes equipped with a bagless design, making it easy to empty, a 16-foot cord, and a detachable handle.

Weight: 3.8 pounds

How this vacuum cleans

This vacuum cleaner delivers some of the lowest suction power compared to the other lightweight vacuums we tested. It has poor carpet cleaning ability and performs average on hard floors.

Accessories

An on-board crevice tool allows you to reach tight spaces in corners, around furniture, and along the edges of delicate objects.

Usability

Though this is one of the lightest vacuums we reviewed, it’ a little challenging to use. Some users have complained of how difficult it is to remove and attach the brush head while standing. Additionally, because this stick has a short cord, you’ll have to constantly unplug the vacuum and switch outlets to clean a large room.

Our recommendation

This innovative stick vacuum is perfect for thin rugs and hard floors and is ideal for those who desire a stick vacuum that’s extremely lightweight and portable.

Buy the Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik

Our pick

We believe the Dyson V7 is the best lightweight vacuum on the market because of its incredible suction power, seamless maneuverability, and included cleaning accessories. Its modern design and extended run time are added bonuses.

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Why choose a lightweight vacuum

If you hate carrying your vacuum up the stairs or have difficulty lugging it around the house, a lightweight vacuum may be the best option. Thanks to advances in motor technology, most modern lightweight vacuums can pack a big punch without the hassle of a cord or large canister. The one downside to lightweight vacuums is that they tend to be a bit more expensive than your traditional vacuum cleaner (in general, stick vacuum cleaners cost more than upright or canister vacuums).

However, there are some affordable models on the market that we believe are worth the investment. if you don’t mind paying extra for amazing suction power and simple usability, a lightweight vacuum is your best bet.

Best lightweight vacuum for each type of floor

When trying to find the best lightweight vacuum, weight will be your primary factor. However, you’ll also want a vacuum that’s able to clean messes based on the type of flooring you have in your house. Here are our top picks.

Best lightweight vacuum for hard floors

The best lightweight vacuum for hard floors is the Hoover Air Cordless Lift. It has LED headlights, allowing you to see even the finest debris in your path, and it features a multi-cyclonic system that ensures no suction is lost during a cleaning job.

Best lightweight vacuum for high-pile carpet

We recommend the Shark IONFlex 2X for those with high-pile carpets. On its carpet setting, both brushrolls spin faster to pick up deeply embedded debris. You can also use max power for tackling stubborn messes that get stuck in tall carpet fibers.

Best lightweight vacuum for low-pile carpet

The best lightweight vacuum for low-pile carpet is the Dyson V7 Motorhead. It has 75% more brush power than its wireless predecessor, the Dyson V6, and it’s powered by the Dyson digital motor V7, which can suck up debris without hesitation.

4 factors to consider before buying a lightweight vacuum

The layout of your house

If you have a multi-level house, a stick vacuum may be easier to carry and transport than an upright vacuum. The lightweight uprights we reviewed weighed around 12 pounds while the sticks were less than seven pounds. However, if you want more suction power, an upright may be the better choice.

Accessories

Most of the lightweight vacuums we tested came with some sort of crevice tool, dusting brush, and upholstery tool. If you want a vacuum that comes with an assortment of attachments, opt for the Shark IONFlex 2X with DuoClean. It features a duster crevice tool, pet multi-tool, and two rechargeable batteries.

The duster crevice tool is basically two tools in one: the crevice accessory gives you extended reach to clean narrow spaces while the dusting brush can clean a variety of surfaces by agitating dust and other small particles from carpet fibers. The pet multi-tool is designed to clean pet hair and other debris from furniture and floors.

Maintenance

All of these lightweight vacuums are extremely easy to empty. Simply detach the dust bin from the vacuum’s holster and empty the contents into the trash can. Since these vacuums have hygienic bin emptying, you won’t have to touch any dirt or debris during the emptying process.

HEPA filtration

If you suffer from asthma or allergies, a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter could be a great option. HEPA filters trap 99.97% of microscopic particles and prevent them from entering back into your indoor air. Not only do vacuums with HEPA filtration do a better job at effectively cleaning your floors, they increase indoor air quality and provide you with an overall healthier home.

Frequently asked questions

Which lightweight vacuum has the best battery life?

The Dyson V7 has the best battery life and comes with 30 minutes of fade-free power in Powerful mode and up to 20 minutes of power with its motorized cleaner head.

Which lightweight vacuum has the longest warranty?

The Shark IONFlex 2X with DuoClean has the longest warranty. It has a five-year limited manufacturer’s warranty and a two-year limited battery warranty.

What is the easiest lightweight vacuum to push?

The easiest lightweight vacuum to push is either the Dyson V7 or the Shark IONFlex. They both glide seamlessly across all floor types.

About the author

Kealia is a staff writer and social media coordinator for House Method. She writes for a variety of beats, including home inspiration (her favorite), real estate, and home wellness.

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