The Best Lightweight Vacuums of 2016

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Based on 7,882 analyzed user reviews

NerdWallet Shopping’s scoring of the best lightweight vacuums is based on our analysis of the opinions of experts and shoppers like you.

We recognize that consumers look for different qualities in vacuums, so we scored users’ observations on multiple features of top models, including their performance on carpet and hard surfaces.

Picking a lightweight vacuum isn’t easy. We researched some of the most popular models on the market to make your decision less confusing. To narrow the field, we looked at expert opinions from review sites such as The Sweethome, CNET and Good Housekeeping. Next, we analyzed user reviews to see what shoppers were saying about each vacuum’s attributes.

Here are our top 10 ranked by overall score.

The vacuums

1. Oreck Insight

Weighing just 9 pounds, the lightweight upright Oreck Insight is a heavyweight when it comes to cleaning, earning high scores when compared with all the vacuums we analyzed. Reviewers also noted it performed especially well on hardwood floors.


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Oreck Insight

  • Overall score: 9.60
  • How well it cleans: 9.8
  • Ease of use: 9.6

Buyers Like

  • Performs well on hard flooring, carpeting and stairs
  • Lightweight and easy to push

Buyers Dislike

  • Wasn’t as thorough with pet hair
  • Can be tricky to maneuver into small spaces

Read our full Oreck Insight review

2. Dyson V6 Motorhead


The Dyson V6 Motorhead Cordless may weigh only 5 pounds, but this powerful stick vacuum features a direct-drive motor in the brush bar that cleaned stairs, carpeting and hardwood floors better than some machines four times its price.


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Dyson V6 Motorhead

  • Overall score: 9.27
  • How well it cleans: 10
  • Ease of use: 9

Buyers Like

  • Worked brilliantly on hard floors, carpeting, rugs and stairs
  • Made pet hair disappear

Buyers Dislike

  • Short battery life
  • Hand-mounted motor is awkward for some
  • Too-small dust cup that’s messy to empty

Read our full Dyson V6 Motorhead review

3. Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS

With a low-profile head that slides under furniture with ease, the 8 pound upright Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS features powerful suction and a deep-cleaning MicroSweep brush that makes dust and debris disappear.


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Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS

  • Overall score: 9.15
  • How well it cleans: 9.5
  • Ease of use: 9.3

Buyers Like

  • Fantastic on hard flooring and stairs
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Transitions between surfaces seamlessly

Buyers Dislike

  • Relatively noisy
  • Extra-long power cord adds unnecessary weight

4. Dyson V6

With a detachable wand that makes cleaning awkward spaces a breeze, the 4.5 pound Dyson V6 stick vacuum also features mess-free, push-button bin emptying and a max power mode that will quickly clear everything in its path.


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Dyson V6

  • Overall score: 8.96
  • How well it cleans: 9.8
  • Ease of use: 9.2

Buyers Like

  • Great on hard flooring and stairs
  • Powerful on pet hair
  • Durable

Buyers Dislike

  • Short battery life
  • Loud motor

5. Shark Navigator Freestyle SV1106 Cordless

The third stick vacuum in our roundup, the 10 pound Shark Navigator Freestyle SV1106 Cordless, impressed reviewers with its quiet yet powerful suction and its ability to get rid of any evidence of pet hair.


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Shark Navigator FreestyleSV1106

  • Overall score: 8.66
  • How well it cleans: 9.3
  • Ease of use: 9.2

Buyers Like

  • Cleaned both hard flooring and carpeting well
  • Powerful suction
  • Great job on pet hair

Buyers Dislike

  • Needed to be recharged often
  • Not very durable

Read our full Shark Navigator Freestyle review

6. Dirt Devil BD20035 Red Cordless

The 6 pound energy-efficient Dirt Devil BD20035 Red Cordless rechargeable stick vacuum excels at lifting dirt, debris and pet hair off hard flooring and stairs and empties easily when you’re done.


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Dirt Devil BD20035Red

  • Overall score: 8.64
  • How well it cleans: 9.2
  • Ease of use: 9.2

Buyers Like

  • Stellar performance on stairs
  • Easy to empty

Buyers Dislike

  • Can’t get into corners for cleaning
  • Relatively loud

7. Bissell Zing 6489

The least expensive machine ($49.99) on our list, the Bissell Zing 6489 is a compact, 10 pound canister vacuum featuring adjustable suction control and an easy to empty, bagless dirt-collection system.


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Bissell Zing 6489

  • Overall score: 8.56
  • How well it cleans: 8.6
  • Ease of use: 8.8

Buyers Like

  • Its light weight makes cleaning stairs easy
  • Great on hard flooring and pet hair

Buyers Dislike

  • Short power cord
  • Noisy

8. Shark Rocket HV301

The 7 pound Shark Rocket HV301 can be used as a powerful corded stick vacuum on floors or transformed into a compact hand vac, with the push of a button, to maneuver into tough spots like stairs or car interiors.


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Shark Rocket HV301

  • Overall score: 8.55
  • How well it cleans: 8.7
  • Ease of use: 8

Buyers Like

  • Great on stairs and with pet hair
  • Highly effective microfiber dust pad

Buyers Dislike

  • Some users found the handle-mounted motor unwieldy
  • Awkward to empty

Read our full Shark Rocket HV301 review

9. Eureka Mighty Mite 3670G

The compact, 9 pound canister Eureka Mighty Mite 3670G may be a little on the noisy side, but it cleans stairs like a champ.


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Eureka Mighty Mite 3670G

  • Overall score: 8.53
  • How well it cleans: 7.6
  • Ease of use: 9.1

Buyers Like

  • Does a great job on stairs
  • Lightweight and easy to use

Buyers Dislike

  • Not great on carpet or rugs
  • Noisy motor

10. Electrolux Ergorapido Ion EL1030A Cordless

The 5 pound bagless Electrolux Ergorapido Ion EL1030A cordless stick vacuum runs 30 minutes on one charge and features an environmentally friendly washable filter, along with a dusting brush and crevice nozzle.


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Eureka Mighty Mite 3670G

  • Overall score: 8.53
  • How well it cleans: 7.6
  • Ease of use: 9.1

Buyers Like

  • Powerhouse on pet hair
  • Great on hard floors and stairs
  • Quiet motor

Buyers Dislike

  • Didn’t hold a charge long enough
  • Not very durable
  • Inefficient on carpets and rugs

Our analysis

Our scores range from a low of 1 to a high of 10. Here’s how we devised them:

Overall score: The overall score reflects reviewers’ satisfaction with each vacuum in 10 categories, including how well it cleans various surfaces, ease of use, durability and noise.

How well it cleans: This score reflects reviewers’ satisfaction with the vacuum’s performance on carpet and hard floors, including hardwood, tile and vinyl. It also considers their satisfaction with the vacuum’s ability to clean up pet hair and debris.

Ease of use: This score reflects reviewers’ satisfaction with the vacuum’s ability to maneuver, including its weight and cord length, the process of emptying it or cleaning it out and whether it was considered easy to operate.

The Best Lightweight Vacuums

ProductOverall Score
(1-10)
Buyers Like
Oreck Insight
See review above
9.60-Performs well on hard flooring, carpeting and stairs
-Lightweight and easy to push
Dyson V6 Motorhead
See review above
9.27-Worked brilliantly on hard floors, carpeting, rugs and stairs
-Made pet hair disappear
Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS
See review above
9.15Fantastic on hard flooring and stairs
-Easy to maneuver
-Transitions between surfaces seamlessly
Dyson V6
See review above
8.96-Great on hard flooring and stairs
-Powerful on pet hair
-Durable
Shark Navigator Freestyle SV1106 Cordless
See review above
8.66-Cleaned both hard flooring and carpeting well
-Powerful suction
-Great job on pet hair
Dirt Devil BD20035 Red Cordless
See review above
8.64-Stellar performance on stairs
-Easy to empty
Bissell Zing 6489
See review above
8.56-Its light weight makes cleaning stairs easy
-Great on hard flooring and pet hair
Shark Rocket HV301
See review above
8.55-Great on stairs and with pet hair
-Highly effective microfiber dust pad
Eureka Mighty Mite 3670G
See review above
8.53-Does a great job on stairs
-Lightweight and easy to use
Electrolux Ergorapido Ion EL1030A Cordless
See review above
8.53-Powerhouse on pet hair
-Great on hard floors and stairs
-Quiet motor

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