Best Lightweight Vacuum (for Elderly)

In short: a lightweight vacuum cleaner makes vacuuming a lot easier and more flexible. In addition, you can easily store the vacuum cleaner. A light vacuum cleaner is interesting for the elderly, but also for homes with many floors.

Best Lightweight Vacuum Cleaners:
Best Lightweight Vacuum Cleaner: Philips FC8784/09
Best Lightweight Stick Vacuum Cleaner: Dyson Micro 1.5kg
Best Lightweight Dustpan: TurboTronic Lux400

The weight of a vacuum cleaner is very important. A vacuum cleaner is often lifted to, for example, vacuum another floor or room. The weight can also be very important for storing a vacuum cleaner.

If you buy a vacuum cleaner that is too heavy, it can be annoying to lift it. Very difficult if you live in a house with several floors or many rooms. A lightweight vacuum cleaner can also be a godsend for the elderly who have difficulty lifting.

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Best lightweight vacuum cleaners

At Vacuumtester.com we test many different vacuum cleaners. From canister vacuums on wheels to cordless lightweight stick vacuums. In every review we also look at the weight. We do this in the same way in every review, so that we can honestly compare the vacuum cleaners in terms of weight.

Best Lightweight Vacuum Cleaner with a Bag

The Philips Performer Silent Cat & Dog, also known as the Philips FC8784/09, is the best lightweight bagged vacuum cleaner. At 11.9 lbs, this vacuum cleaner is a lot lighter than other canister vacuum cleaners.

Philips FC8784/09

The low weight ensures that you can easily lift and move this canister vacuum.
🇺🇸 Available in the United States at Amazon.com and Ebay
best lightweight vacuum cleaner
The Philips FC8784/09 weighs only 11,9 lbs, which is light for a canister vacuum cleaner © Vacuumtester

This vacuum cleaner scores well not only on weight: it comes with many different suction brushes. One of these is a motorized pet hair brush, which makes it also suitable for vacuuming pet hair. Check out a few other great pluses below:




  • The vacuum cleaner is also very quiet
  • It is equipped with an anti-allergy filter
  • There is a large dust container

What you should keep in mind is the following. In order to make the vacuum cleaner weigh little, it has been decided not to offer storage options for the suction brushes in the vacuum cleaner itself. It is certainly not a cheap choice.

In the video below I discuss this Philips Performer Silent Cat & Dog in detail.

Best lightweight stick vacuum cleaner

The Dyson Micro 1.5kg is the best lightweight stick vacuum. As the name suggests, this stick vacuum only weighs 3.3 lbs. I have never tested such a light stick vacuum. There are even handheld vacuums that are heavier.

Dyson Micro 1.5kg

Thanks to the low weight level, you can vacuum very flexibly and quickly grab it.
🇺🇸 Available in the United States at Dyson.com
dyson micro 1.5kg review
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The Dyson Micro 1.5kg is a very manoeuvrable and flexible vacuum cleaner. In my review I also discovered the following pluses:




  • The vacuum cleaner is not only light, but also very compact
  • The dust container is easy to empty
  • Comes with mini motorized pet hair brush

What you should keep in mind is that this vacuum cleaner is only suitable for wooden floors. The soft floor brush is not suitable for carpets and rugs.

Best lightweight handheld vacuum cleaner

If you don’t want to lift heavy at all, a compact handheld vacuum cleaner may be the best choice. Keep in mind that this should be seen as an ‘extra vacuum cleaner’. The best lightweight handheld vacuum at the moment is the Turbotronic Lux400. This hand vacuum cleaner weighs only 1.1 lbs.

Turbotronic Lux400

A lightweight handheld vacuum that you can also use to vacuum wet dirt.
🇺🇸 Available in the United States at Amazon.com and Ebay
turbotronic lux400 review
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The Turbotronic Lux400 scores well in my review: it comes with many different extras. In addition, you also enjoy the following benefits:

  • You can vacuum wet and dry dirt
  • Comes with a flexible vacuum cleaner hose
  • It’s not very expensive

This vacuum cleaner scores less well in terms of noise level and is a bit difficult to empty.

How I research the weight of a vacuum cleaner in my reviews

Weight is an important research factor in my vacuum cleaner reviews. Although the weight is already mentioned with a vacuum cleaner in many cases, I have decided to check this anyway.

It is often unclear how the weight of a vacuum cleaner is measured: is this with or without a vacuum cleaner rod? And with or without a suction brush? Reason enough for me to pick up the scale myself.

It is often unclear how the weight of a vacuum cleaner is measured: is this with or without a vacuum cleaner rod? And with or without a suction brush?

I always use the following rules for weighing a vacuum cleaner:

  • The vacuum cleaner is completely emptied beforehand
  • The vacuum cleaner hose and vacuum cleaner rod are connected to the vacuum cleaner
  • It is equipped with the floor suction brush

By always adhering to the above rules, I can compare vacuum cleaners on weight, in a fair way. In addition, it is also simply more interesting to know how much it weighs with the above rules, than, for example, the weight of the packaging.

The weight of other vacuum cleaners

To get a good idea of the average weight of specific types of vacuum cleaners, I have listed the weight of vacuum cleaners that I have tested below.

Vacuum cleanerTypeWeightReviews
Philips FC8784/09Canister vacuum11.9 lbsRead my review
Dyson Micro 1.5kgStick vacuum3.3 lbsRead my review
TurboTronic LUX400Handheld vacuum1.1 lbsRead my review

Why an investigation into a light vacuum cleaner?

As I mentioned in the introduction, the weight of a vacuum cleaner is very important. For people who can lift poorly or the elderly, a light vacuum cleaner can be a godsend. But a lightweight vacuum cleaner is not only a good choice for the elderly. A light vacuum cleaner is also interesting in the following situations:

  • If you store the vacuum cleaner in a difficult place
  • When you have many floors in your house
  • If you quickly struggle with physical complaints (think of neck and back complaints)*
  • When you have to transport the vacuum cleaner often

* In addition to the weight of the vacuum cleaner, it is also important for people with neck and back problems to pay attention to the ergonomics of a vacuum cleaner. For example, is there a telescopically adjustable vacuum cleaner rod? And can you operate the vacuum cleaner with your feet, instead of constantly having to bend over?

Various lightweight vacuum cleaners

At Vacuumtester.com we review different types of vacuum cleaners. From large canister vacuums to small compact handheld vacuums. Every type of vacuum cleaner has its advantages: also in terms of weight.

A vacuum cleaner on wheels is very interesting in terms of weight. You don’t have to constantly hold the vacuum cleaner in your hand: something that is the case with a stick vacuum that you have to carry in its entirety.

The hand vacuum cleaner often weighs the least, but this is more of a vacuum cleaner on the side. With this type of vacuum cleaner you can often vacuum for less time, because you are dealing with a battery with a short battery life. In addition, the dust container is much smaller than with normal-sized vacuum cleaners.

You don’t have to constantly hold a vacuum cleaner on wheels in your hand: something that is the case with a stick vacuum that you have to carry in its entirety.

What you give up on with a light vacuum cleaner

With a lightweight vacuum cleaner, there are now and then savings on comfortable extras to keep the vacuum cleaner light. In some cases, there are also the following drawbacks:

  • You often cannot store accessories in the vacuum cleaner itself
  • Light cordless vacuum cleaners often have a smaller battery
  • The dust capacity is often a lot smaller
In summary: you can quickly grab a lightweight vacuum cleaner and you can vacuum much more flexibly. Pay close attention to the weight if you have some difficulty lifting or if you have a house with many floors.

Best Lightweight Vacuum Cleaners:
Best Lightweight Vacuum Cleaner: Philips FC8784/09
Best Lightweight Stick Vacuum Cleaner: Dyson Micro 1.5kg
Best Lightweight Dustpan: TurboTronic Lux400
Robbert Tigchelaar

Robbert Tigchelaar

Robbert Tigchelaar is the founder of Vacuumtester.com and is a true vacuum cleaner guru. With more than 10 years of experience in the world of electronic devices, he knows better than anyone what is important in a vacuum cleaner. When a new vacuum cleaner appears, he is eager to test it extensively.

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