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Stick Vacuum Standoff: Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Lightweight vs. Bissell FeatherWeight

June 19, 2015
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Expensive upright vacuums aren’t the only home cleaning appliances that can be difficult to purchase; slim stick models can be just as confusing.

In an effort to sift through the confusion, we picked two popular models — the Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Lightweight and the Bissell FeatherWeight — and studied what sets these sticks apart.

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The vacuums: At a glance

Corded stick vacuums provide a lightweight and maneuverable alternative to bulky upright models. But a slimmed-down design can also mean slimmed-down features.

Thankfully for consumers, both the Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik and the Bissell FeatherWeight are sleek multipurpose cleaners that have the ability to function as either a stick or handheld device.

The Simpli-Stik, a red model, can pick up messes on everything from counters to drapes. The FeatherWeight, in light blue, is intended for quick cleanup jobs. Read on for more in-depth details about these devices.

[No matter which vacuum you declare the winner, take a look at our Vacuum Buying Guide for tips on which features you should be paying attention to.]


Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Lightweight Corded Bagless Vacuum Bissell FeatherWeight Vacuum 3106Q
Price $29.99 from Dirt Devil $27.99 from Bissell
Type Stick Stick
Color Red Storm Blue
Cord length 16 feet 16 feet
Weight 3.8 pounds 5 pounds
Power 1.25 amps 1.2 amps
Surface type Rugs, hard floors Hard floors, low pile carpet
Bagless Yes Yes
Accessories Crevice tool Crevice tool

The vacuums: Up close and personal

So which stick should you pick? We took a look at more features of these vacuums and determined which model is best suited for which type of user.

Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Lightweight Corded Bagless Vacuum

Stick Vacuum Standoff: Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Lightweight vs. Bissell FeatherWeightNerdWallet takes you shopping: First up is the Simpli-Stik Lightweight Corded Bagless Stick Vacuum, a $29.99 bright red model from Dirt Devil.

This vacuum purports to be “designed for the way you live.” It’s equipped with a bagless design, 16-foot cord, 1.25 amps of power and an on-board crevice tool. The super transportable device weighs only 3.8 pounds (compare this to Bissell’s stick, which weighs in at 5 pounds).

Additional features include a 9-inch-wide nozzle, detachable handle and replaceable/rinseable filtration. Plus, when it’s time to switch from around-the-house cleaning to hard-to-reach nooks and crannies, the stick can be converted into a smaller hand vacuum.

Good fit for: With nearly all other things being equal, opt for the Simpli-Stik if you desire a stick vacuum that is ultra lightweight (just 3.8 pounds) and super portable.

Bissell FeatherWeight Vacuum 3106Q

Stick Vacuum Standoff: Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Lightweight vs. Bissell FeatherWeightNerdWallet takes you shopping: The second stick we studied is the FeatherWeight Vacuum 3106Q, a $27.99 vacuum from Bissell — just a $2 price difference from the Dirt Devil model.

They’re fairly equal in other aspects as well. Similar to the Dirt Devil, this Bissell is suited for use on hard floors and low pile carpet, is bagless, includes a 16-foot power cord and comes with a crevice tool. However, despite this model’s light-as-a-feather name, it’s actually more than a pound heavier than the above Simpli-Stik.

The FeatherWeight is ideal for cleaning furniture, as its foot can be removed. Users also can convert it to a handheld vacuum for increased portability.

Good fit for: With nearly identical features to the Simpli-Stik, the FeatherWeight is a slightly less expensive option if you’re in the market for a stick vacuum. Choose this device for small cleaning jobs around the house and garage.

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Courtney Jespersen is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: [email protected]. Twitter: @courtneynerd.

Images courtesy of Dirt Devil and Bissell.