Best Stick Vacuum for Carpet

Having mostly carpeting in your home but still want to use a stick vacuum? Check out the best options equipped with a carpet brush here.

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Top Picks

Best tested stick vacuum for high-pile and low-pile carpets.

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One of the most powerful stick vacuum cleaners I have tested, with a well-functioning laser that allows you to see dirt better.
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Suction Performance
8
Cleaning Result
8
Usability
9
Design
7.5
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Cordless vacuum with a bottom-moved dustbin, making it a good lightweight choice.
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Suction Performance
7.5
Cleaning Result
7
Usability
8.5
Design
8
Lots of Dyson for relatively little money, but there are cheaper alternatives.
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Suction Performance
6.5
Cleaning Result
7.5
Usability
7
Design
7.5
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The Shark Pet Cordless Stick Vacuum is an affordable stick vacuum suitable for all floor types but, despite the name suggesting otherwise, less effective for pet hair removal.
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Suction Performance
7
Cleaning Result
7.5
Usability
6.5
Design
6.5

A stick vacuum cleaner can be highly beneficial for homes with predominantly carpeted floors. You don't need to drag this type of vacuum cleaner behind you, which can be particularly challenging on high-pile rugs. Additionally, the risk of damaging your carpet is reduced with lightweight stick vacuum cleaners.

But what makes a stick vacuum cleaner suitable for carpets? It should have at least a motorized brush, which effectively cleans the carpet fibers deep down. Additionally, the vacuum cleaner needs to have substantial suction power and airflow, allowing it to effectively pull dirt from the carpet.

Philips Performer Silent FC8784/09 suction power

The best stick vacuum cleaner for carpets is the Samsung Bespoke Jet. This stick vacuum cleaner comes with a special carpet brush and a mini turbo brush for upholstered furniture. If you're a fan of Dyson vacuum cleaners, consider the Dyson V15 Detect, which automatically adjusts its suction power when it detects a significant amount of dirt in the carpet.

Key considerations

About stick vacuums for carpet

A stick vacuum for carpets is a specialized type of vacuum cleaner designed to tackle the challenge of cleaning carpets effectively. Known for their slim, lightweight design, these vacuums offer maneuverability and easy storage. A key feature of these models is their carpet-friendly brushes, which are often motorized to provide thorough cleaning of carpet fibers.

 

Stick vacuums for carpets are ideal for homes with substantial carpeting. The carpet-friendly brush is designed to delve deep into the carpet fibers, effectively lifting and removing dirt, dust, and debris. This ensures your carpets not only look clean, but also enjoy a longer lifespan.

 

Many of these vacuums boast versatility, being able to convert into handheld units for other cleaning tasks, such as upholstery, stairs, or hard-to-reach corners. This 2-in-1 functionality enhances their utility, providing a comprehensive cleaning solution for your home.

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.

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Floor test on different kind of carpets © Vacuumtester

 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 the carpet. I measure the airflow in meters per second using an anemometer. This allows me to compare vacuum cleaners for carpets 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:

By following the above rules, my research is reliable and valuable. Watch how I work in the video below!

How was the ranking determined?

When we check out stick vacuums for cleaning carpets, we focus on a few important things. The first is whether you can change the suction power. Carpets can be all sorts of different styles and thicknesses, so having a stick vacuum where you can change how strong the suction is can really help clean your carpets better.

 

Next, we think about how heavy the vacuum is. Stick vacuums are great for quick clean-ups and you might need to carry it around a lot. So, if it's lightweight, it makes it a lot easier, especially if you have a big carpeted area or stairs in your home.

 

We also look at the vacuum's filter. The filter is super important because it catches the dust and stuff that can make you sneeze or have allergies, making sure it doesn't get back into the air in your home.

 

Last, but definitely not least, we check out the vacuum's brushes. The best kind are the ones that are motorized because they can really get into the carpet and pull out hard-to-get dirt and pet hair. So, when we're comparing stick vacuums, we're looking for the one that can really handle carpets, and handle them well.

What I would like to point out

Cleaning carpets can be very difficult: pet hair and pollen in particular are often nestled deep into the fibers. 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:

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.

Why you can trust my research?

At Vacuumtester, we pride ourselves on providing research you can trust. We examine each vacuum ourselves, looking closely at the most important features. We don't accept any sponsorships from vacuum brands, ensuring our reviews are always genuine and impartial. In addition, every vacuum featured here has been bought and tested by us.

 

If you're interested in knowing more about how we test, check out our vacuum cleaner research methodology.

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