Best Stick Vacuum for Carpet

In short: a good stick vacuum for carpet is equipped with a motorized floor brush and has good suction power on both high-pile and low-pile carpet. In addition, it should slide easily over the carpet.

Best Stick Vacuum Cleaner for Carpet: Miele Triflex HX1

One of the most popular vacuum cleaners at the moment is the stick vacuum. It is wireless and – in many cases – very light, so you can quickly grab it. Unlike wheeled vacuum cleaners, you don’t have to pull a stick vacuum behind you, making it easier to vacuum the carpet.

Whenever I research a stick vacuum, I always do a suction performance test on soft floor types. I speak of a good choice if the vacuum cleaner has no problem with large and small dirt on both long-pile and short-pile carpets. On this page I discuss my findings and you will discover how I have conducted research.

Index

Best stick vacuum for carpet

The Miele Triflex HX1 currently ranks as the best stick vacuum on carpet. The vacuum cleaner comes with a motorized brush that has no problem with small and large dirt on soft floor types.

Miele Triflex HX1

The motorized floor brush is very suitable for low- and long-pile carpet.
🇺🇸 Available in the United States at Walmart and Amazon.com
best stick vacuum for carpet
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The Miele Triflex HX1 has a motorized brush that is particularly interesting for soft floor types. This type of brush is also called a ‘knock brush’, because the dirt is knocked out of the carpet, as it were. In addition to this plus for carpet, you also enjoy the following benefits with this stick vacuum:

  • Comes with an extra battery, so you can vacuum for a long time
  • You can move the dust container down for more flexible vacuuming and a parking position
  • Also interesting for other floor types

What you should keep in mind is that this is a relatively heavy vacuum cleaner. However, you can move the dust container downwards, after which it feels a lot less heavy while vacuuming.

3-in-1 miele triflex hx1 power
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Alternative stick vacuums for carpet

If you have a lot to do with pet hair in the house, a stick vacuum with a motorized mini brush is very interesting. With the Dyson V15 Detect you not only get a motorized floor brush for soft floor types, but also a small mini brush for fabric furniture.

Dyson V15 Detect

Supplied with a floor brush and mini brush for small soft surfaces.
🇺🇸 Available in the United States at Amazon.com and Dyson

When you quickly develop an allergic reaction, emptying a bagless stick vacuum can be a problem. With the new Samsung Bespoke Jet, which also scores very well on carpet, that problem has been solved. This is because there is an automatic emptying system.

Samsung Bespoke Jet

The motorized floor brush is very suitable for low- and long-pile carpet.
🇺🇸 Available in the United States at Samsung.com and Ebay

How I research the best stick vacuum for carpet

In all my vacuum cleaner reviews I do research on how good the suction performance is on soft floor types. Whether it concerns canister vacuums or stick vacuums in this case.

Suction performance on soft floor types

I do this with the help of special floor trays, which are fitted with a high-pile and low-pile carpet. Using small (grains of rice) and large (macaroni) dirt I test how well the stick vacuum performs.

dyson v8 floor test
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Stick vacuum cleaner airflow

In addition to the suction performance on soft floor types, it is also very important to pay attention to the airflow of the stick vacuum with carpet. I measure the airflow in meters per second using an anemometer. This allows me to compare vacuum cleaners for carpet and select the best one.

philips speedpro max aqua airflow
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In this case I look less at the suction power of a vacuum cleaner. A suction power is measured in vacuum (with a vacuum meter in kilopascals). This is less interesting for carpets, since the vacuum cleaner could no longer be pushed forward when a vacuum is created on the floor. In fact, with many vacuum cleaners you can use a slide on the handle to ensure an air leak, so that no vacuum can form on the carpet.

With many vacuum cleaners you can use a slide on the handle to ensure an air leak, so that no vacuum can form on the carpet.

Research methodology

To make sure I do the same on every survey, I adhere to the following rules when testing a stick vacuum on carpets:

  • The stick vacuum cleaner must be completely emptied and fully charged
  • I always do the floor test with the multi-surface brush, unless a special carpet brush is included
  • The research takes place in our own floor bins with two types of dirt

By following the above rules, my research is reliable and valuable. Feedback on my methodology? Feel free to message me.

Suction performance of the best stick vacuums on carpet

Each stick vacuum is ultimately rated for its suction performance on carpet. View the performance of the featured stick vacuums in this survey in the overview below.

Vacuum cleanerTypePerformance on carpetReviews
Miele Triflex HX1Stick vacuum7/10Read my review
Dyson V15 DetectStick vacuum6.5/10Read my review
Samsung Bespoke JetStick vacuum7.5/10Read my review

Why I’m researching stick vacuums for carpet

Cleaning carpets can be very difficult: pet hair and pollen in particular are often nestled deep into the fibres. With the right vacuum cleaner, removing pet hair from carpet is child’s play. Since there is a carpet in almost every home, I think it is necessary to look carefully at the suction performance on soft floor types with every review.

In my opinion, a stick vacuum is an interesting choice for homes with a lot of carpet for the following reasons:

  • You don’t have to pull a heavy vacuum cleaner on wheels over the carpet behind you
  • Almost every stick vacuum comes with a motorized (combination) brush
  • You can often also use a stick vacuum cleaner as a hand vacuum cleaner for vacuuming fabric furniture

Are you considering a different type of vacuum cleaner rugs? Be sure to take a look at my research into the best vacuum cleaner for carpets, where I also highlight a bagless vacuum cleaner on wheels and a handheld vacuum cleaner.

In summary: when buying a stick vacuum for carpet it is very important to pay attention to the presence of a motorized floor brush for soft floors. In addition, the floor brush should glide smoothly over the carpet.

Best Stick Vacuum Cleaner for Carpet: Miele Triflex HX1
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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