Some people love vacuuming while others hate it. However, it has to be done. So why not make your work easier by using a lightweight vacuum. A light appliance can make your load lighter and your life easier. Furthermore, you are spoilt for choice, unlike in the early days when these units were bulky and cumbersome.
Lightweight vacuums are appealing thanks to their mobility. Given the different house designs, most people are on the hunt for a vacuum that they can haul easily up and down stairs and around obstacles.
What Qualifies as a Lightweight Vacuum?
Before we get into the meat of this article, we first have to define what qualifies as a lightweight vacuum. For some, a unit weighing 15 pounds is light, but this is not ideal for senior citizens. As such, I classified lightweight units as any unit below 10 pounds.
Given my parameters, this eliminates most upright vacuums seeing as these units weigh well above 10 pounds. It should also not come as a surprise that most of the appliances on this guide are stick vacuums with maybe one or two canister vacuums.
However, though weight is a crucial factor, there are other features to consider. The best lightweight vacuum should not compromise other features that enhance performance.
Finding a Lightweight Vacuum shop Near You
Other than making your work easier with a guide of the lightest vacuum cleaners, I have decided I do you one better and provide a map of all vacuum shops near you. With this guide, you will not only be in a position to make an informed decision, but now you know where to get your preferred lightweight vacuum.
Best Lightweight Vacuum Cleaners for 2019 Comparison Table
I understand that some of you are in a hurry, heck most of us don’t even like reading long reviews. I too am as quilty as the next person. With that in mind, here is a comparison table of the best lightweight vacuums.
|Name||Weight in pounds||Power||Cord Length/ Runtime||Bagged/Bagless||Warranty||Upright or Stick|
|Dyson V8 Absolute - Best Overall||5.75||Cordless||40 minutes||Bagless||2-yr limited||Stick|
|Oreck Commercial XLR2100RHS - Best Lightweight Upright Vacuums||9.2||Corded||35-ft||Bagged||1-yr limited||Upright|
|Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead - Most Powerful Cordless Vacuum||5.5||Cordless||60 minutes||Bagless||2-yr limited||Stick|
|Dyson V7 Animal - Lightest Dyson Vacuum||5.3||Cordless||30 minutes||Bagless||2-yr limited||Stick|
|Von Haus 2-in-1 - Editors Choice||5.6||Cordless||33 minutes||Bagless||2-yr limited||Stick|
|Hoover Linx Signature - Great for High Traffic Areas||7.3||Cordless||15 minutes||Bagless||2-yr limited||Stick|
|Shark ION F80 - Best lightweight vacuum with the longest runtime||8||Cordless||80 minutes||Bagless||5-yr limited||Stick|
|Shark TruePet Ultralight HV322 - Best lightweight vacuum for pet hair||8.6||Corded||30-ft||Bagless||5-yr limited||Stick|
|Bissell Featherweight Stick Lightweight Bagless Vacuum 2033 - Lightest Vacuum||3.5||Corded||15ft||Bagless||1-yr limited||Stick|
|Bissell AirRam 1984 - Easiest to Maneuver||7.2||Cordless||40 minutes||Bagless||2-yr limited||Stick|
|Shark Rocket Zero-M ZS351 - Best for carpets||9.3||Corded||30-ft||Bagless||5-yr limited||Stick|
|Dyson V11 Torque - Priciest Stick Vacuum||6.68||Cordless||70 minutes||Bagless||2-yr limited||Stick|
|Oreck Magnessium RS Swivel-Steering Vacuum, LW1500RS - Editor’s Pick||7.7||Corded||30-ft||Bagged||7-yr limited||Upright|
|Bissell Zing Canister 2156A - Best Lightweight Canister Vacuum||7.5||Corded||15-ft||Bagless||1-yr limited||Canister|
|Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik 3-in- 1 Vacuum - Most Affordable Lightweight Vacuum||3.8||Corded||16ft||Bagless||1-yr limited||Stick|
Now let’s get into the meat of this piece.
Top 15 Best Lightweight Vacuum Cleaners Reviews 2019
After the comparison table, we move on to the in-depth reviews of the various devices. You will learn more about the different vacuums to make an informed decision.
1. Dyson V8 Absolute
Topping the list of the best lightweight vacuums is the Dyson V8 Absolute. It is a stick vacuum and only weighs 5.75 pounds. It is thus maneuverable, and easy to carry around the house and especially up and down stairs.
However, what caught my eye with this vacuum had to be the performance. The V8 uses a fade-free lithium-ion battery. So it will work at the same suction even when the battery is running low.
Speaking of suction, the unit has a powerful suction at 115 air watts. Thus it makes cleaning hard floors a walk in the park. You will also appreciate the soft roller as again it makes cleaning stuck-on and small debris easy.
The Dyson V8 also has some fancy features that made me rank it as the best unit. First, you can use it as an upright or as a hand vacuum for above floor cleaning. It also happens to be quiet; almost 50% smoother than the V6. Furthermore, it has a higher bin capacity at 0.54 liters that allows you to clean larger spaces without having to empty.
Finally, there is a battery meter and a docking station that acts as a charging port.
- It has a long running time at 40 minutes.
- It has a trigger power button so that the battery is only used when needed.
- It is powerful.
- The weight is on the hand, making it ideal for above floor cleaning.
- Incredibly expensive.
Why is the Dyson V8 the best overall? How does it perform on carpets and hard floors? Get the answer to this and another other questions about the Dyson V8 in the video below.
2. Oreck Commercial XLR2100RHS
(Best Lightweight Upright Vacuums)
The Oreck is the lightest upright and commercial vacuum on this guide. It weighs 8 pounds with a 1.2 handle weight bringing the total weight to 9.2 pounds. This is about half the weight of its competitors, making it a much plausible pick.
Another fascinating feature of this vacuum has to be its low cost. It is a fraction of the cost of its competitors. However, there is nothing cheap about this unit.
What caught my eye first is the helping hand handle. It eliminates squeezing, bending, and twisting, making this an ideal pick for senior citizens. It even received an ease of use commendation from the Arthritis Foundation.
Some other fascinating features that make this unit rank so high are that it has a non-marring bumper protecting the plastic construction and your walls. Furthermore, it has an additional belt which happens to be easy to replace. Finally, there is the long cord at 35ft.
- It has a little plastic squeegee on the bottom, allowing you to clean hard floors without scattering dirt.
- It has a low profile allowing you to reach deep under furniture.
- The filtration is terrible.
- It is not good on hard floors. It takes several passes to pick fine dust.
- It is deafening at about 91 DBS.
3. Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead
(Most Powerful Cordless Vacuum)
Next on our list of lightweight vacuums is the Dyson Cyclone V10 motorhead. It weighs 5.5 pounds and is lighter than our top pick. However, the Dyson V8 happens to have some features that are not on the V10 motorhead.
The appliance is pretty much a pick and go vacuum cleaner. It is powerful to replace most uprights, although you should not owing to the small canister. It uses swivel steering, allowing you to get around furniture with ease, and you can carry it up and down the stairs with ease too.
Other than the weight, the wall mount caught my eye, as well as tools, can click and fit with ease. Furthermore, the tools are click and fit over compression, so you are ever sure when they are in place.
- It converts to a handheld vacuum for above floor cleaning.
- It has a battery meter allowing you to know when it is fully charged or running low.
- It has a shorter charging time compared to the V8.
- It has a long runtime of 60 minutes.
- It is pricey and loud.
Here are some interesting things of the Dyson Vacuum V10. Check out the video to learn what I loved and the things I think you will appreciate.
4. Dyson V7 Animal
(Lightest Dyson Vacuum)
At 5.3 pounds, the Dyson V7 is the lightest Dyson vacuum on this guide. However, it could not rank as the best lightweight as it lacks some features that are on the other units.
This device is an improvement of the V6 in a host of ways but falls short compared to the V8 and V10. First, it has all accessories including a crevice tool, a combination tool, and my best the motorized handheld attachment for cleaning stairs. The motorized attachment is excellent for cleaning upholstery and pet hair.
Something else that caught my eye is that the unit rarely runs out of power thanks to the power trigger. The power trigger ensures you only use energy when needed. Finally, it has a substantial running time of 30 minutes.
- You can mount it on the wall for ease of storage.
- It has a long runtime even when using the motorized head.
- It is 75% quieter than Dyson V6.
- It is a click-fit unit, and you can also store the accessories on the mounting plate reducing the likelihood of misplacing them.
- It has a low suction when in low power mode.
- It is pricey.
5. Von Haus 2-in-1
Following on our list of the best lightweight vacuum is the Von Haus 2-in-1. First, it weighs 5.6 pounds, and this is a competitor of the Dyson and has a substantial bin compared to the Dysons. It is a pick and go unit, and you will appreciate the versatility.
One feature that stood out for me was the telescoping wand. You can adjust the length of the wand depending on the area you are cleaning.
You will also appreciate the HEPA filter and the seal technology. These are features you do not get at this price point, and they ensure that the air in your home is evergreen.
Being a cordless unit, it works with a 2.2V lithium-ion battery, and you can expect it to last for about 33-minutes. That is enough for most quick cleanups. However, charging time is longer at between 4 and 6 hours.
- For a stick vacuum, it has a substantial bin at 0.5 liters.
- It has a powerful suction.
- You can mount it on a wall for simpler storage.
- It has a low profile allowing you to get under furniture and appliances.
- Dirt gets stuck in the suction after a few uses and requires frequent cleaning.
All devices on this list rank as the best lightweight vacuums. They are not only light, but are also remarkable to work with. Here is the Von-Haus 2-in-1 in action. Learn more about it and see if it is worth buying.
6. Hoover Linx Signature
(Great for High Traffic Areas)
Though it is shaped like an upright vacuum, the Hoover Linx Signature happens to be a stick vacuum. It weighs about 7.3 pounds and thus is easy to maneuver. Most of the weight is placed towards the cleaning head, allowing the unit to stand on its own, which is handy than most people anticipate.
After a close inspection, I realized that this is an extreme recline unit, and thus you can clean under furniture with ease. Moreover, it has an 18V fade-free lithium battery. What this means is that the appliance will maintain the same power even when running low. The cells are interchangeable, and you can get at least two so you can use one as the other is charging.
Another exciting feature is that it can clean both hard floors and carpets. It has a brushroll for carpet, but it can be turned off to clean hard floors.
- The dustbin is easy to empty and easy to disassemble for easy cleaning.
- It excels at picking up debris both on hard floors and carpets.
- It has a funnel gate on the cleaner head for picking up larger debris.
- It has edge cleaning bristles.
- Takes a little over 2 hours to charge.
- It is a pretty standard tool and not well built.
7. Shark ION F80
(Best lightweight vacuum with the longest runtime)
The Shark Ion F80 has to be the lightest Shark vacuum available. At slightly above 8 pounds, it happens to be easy to maneuver and carry around the house for those quick cleaning tasks.
However, it has some fascinating features that compliment the lightweight design.
First, there is the DuoClean head. With this cleaner head, to touch it is to clean it, and you do not need two passes to pick up dirt. The gentle brush and brushroll combination makes it easy to clean carpets and hard floors.
The multi-flex handle also makes it easy to clean under furniture without having to bend. It also helps with storage. Finally, it has some convenience features such as accessories, LED lights for cleaning low-lit areas, and it is convertible to a hand vacuum.
- It is powerful, and it makes cleaning feel like a walk in the park.
- It has accessories that increase the versatility.
- The DuoClean head is ideal for all types of debris.
- It has a long battery life at 80-minutes.
- The weight distribution and it is tiring on the hand, especially in handheld mode.
I welcome you to watch this F80 review. It is well done, and in-depth and you can see the vacuum in action.
8. Shark TruePet Ultralight HV322
(Best lightweight vacuum for pet hair)
At 8.6 pounds, the Shark HV322 is the lightest Shark stick vacuum available. Unlike most stick vacuums which happen to be cordless, the HV322 happens to be a corded unit eliminating the battery weight and increasing the size of the bin.
The lightweight design increases portability, and so does the cord. At 30-ft, you don’t have to change outlets when cleaning. It happens to be a 2-in-1 unit in that it is a stick and a handheld.
However, what’s fascinating is how quickly and easily you can change from one mode to the next.
The unit makes use of cyclonic technology and thus will not lose any suction when cleaning. Finally, it is easy to maintain. You can rinse and air-dry the filters reducing the money you spend on consumables.
- It is robust, especially for cleaning pet hair.
- It has a low profile, and thus getting under obstacles will be easy.
- It is ergonomically designed allowing you to work for extended periods with ease.
- It is quite loud.
- The weight is at the top of the stick, and it becomes uncomfortable after a couple of minutes of use.
9. Bissell Featherweight Stick Lightweight Bagless Vacuum 2033
If you are looking for the lightest vacuum, then we recommend you get the Bissell featherweight stick vacuum. The unit happens to weigh about 3.5 pounds and is ideal for senior citizens or people with medical conditions. Carrying it around the house will be a breeze as will using it since most of the weight is on the cleaner head.
The Bissell 2033 happens to be a low-cost unit and is among the cheapest vacuums on this guide. It will save you a ton of money but remember you get what you pay for. It is a corded unit, and thus you will never run out of power, but you have to change the outlets regularly.
It happens to be a 3-in-1 unit, working as a stick vacuum, a stair tool, and a handle vacuum.
- It is light, and you can work for long hours with ease.
- It is versatile considering the low cost.
- It is great for cleaning hard floors.
- Assembling it is a breeze.
- It is easy to assemble.
- You get what you pay for, and thus you should not expect any miracles from this. It also has a snowplowing effect, and it takes several passes to pick dirt.
10. Bissell AirRam 1984
(Easiest to Maneuver)
At 7.2 pounds, the Bissell MK2 should be a consideration for anyone on the hunt for a lightweight vacuum. Yes, it might be bulkier than the Bissell 2033, but you will appreciate that nearly all the weight is on the cleaning head. Thus, your wrist carries very little weight.
The unit does not rely on suction though it does have AirLoc technology. The patented tech ensures that all debris gets picked up. It relies on a flap dropping down to create a seal that results in more suction.
Furthermore, it has an ultra-low profile that ensures you can get under furniture and other obstacles. As for the battery life, you can expect it to last about 40 minutes, and it has four green LED indicators that show you how much juice is left. As for the charging time, you can expect about 4 hours to charge fully.
- It works both on hard floors and carpets.
- It has impressive battery life.
- It is easy to empty the bin and clean the filter.
- It has headlights that help when working in dimly-lit areas.
- It has little to offer in terms of versatility.
- It is flimsy and thus will not last long.
- It has little to offer in terms of edge cleaning.
Here is the Bissel 1984. This should be enough to let you know why I rated it so highly. There are also some cons which you will appreciate knowing. Go ahead and check it out.
11. Shark Rocket Zero-M ZS351
(Best for carpets)
Following on our list of the best lightweight vacuums is the Shark Rocket ZS351. It weighs 9.3 pounds and is a bit on the heavier side comparing to other units on this list.
However, it has some fancy features that set it apart. First, it includes the Zero-M technology that prevents carpet fiber and pet hair from being entangled on the brush. Moreover, its performance is exceptional. Cleaning carpets will be a breeze whether it be deeply embedded dirt, pet hair, or large debris.
It also excels at cleaning hard floors only that picking large debris will be a challenge. However, the air flow seal at the bottom makes picking stuck on dirt and other smaller debris a walk in the park.
It has a long cord at 30-ft, allowing you to clean without having to change outlets often, it has a low profile and LED lights.
- It has LED lights on the handle which come in handy when in handheld mode.
- Has a smooth swivel increasing the maneuverability.
- It can clean under furniture thanks to the low profile.
- It is awkward to store, especially when cleaning.
- It has no HEPA filter which is a standard on Shark vacuums.
- It is tiring to work with.
12. Dyson V11 Torque
(Priciest Stick Vacuum)
The Dyson V11 happens to be one powerful stick vacuum, and at 6.68 pounds, it is exceptionally lightweight. However, it happens to be quite pricey, and thus, I could not rank it higher.
However, it has some excellent features that you will love. First, it can deep clean carpets, something that was a reserve of upright vacuums. Moreover, it has a fade-free battery that runs for about 70 minutes. The fade-free system ensures that there is no power lost, even when it is running low.
What stood out for me though had to be the suction. At 111-inches of water, it is more powerful than most upright vacuums. The airflow is also 32% more compared to the V10. Finally, there are some convenient features such as the LCD battery that will alert you of the amount of juice left in the battery.
- The unit has intelligent reports on the LCD screen. It shows the performance and even the selected mode.
- The battery system is unique. It happens to be lighter but more powerful.
- It includes a docking station for easier storage. The docking station also holds accessories.
- It includes the Dynamic Load System and changes between carpets and hard floors automatically.
- It is pricey.
Check out the numbers of the Dyson V11 in the video below, and why you should use it for places with allergic persons despite the price.
13. Oreck Magnessium RS Swivel-Steering Vacuum, LW1500RS
Okay, I am sure you knew there had to be another upright vacuum on this guide. The Oreck LW1500RS happens to weigh 7.7 pounds, which is quite a feat for upright vacuums. It is, therefore, maneuverable, and you can haul it up and down a flight of stairs.
Some other terrific features include the design which enables you to maneuver around furniture. It also includes edge cleaning brushe, and it happens to be powerful that it propels itself. The Endurolife belt protects the motor from jams. It also incorporates a switch on the handle that allows you to select the correct power level.
The unit is also built to last and has a 7-year limited warranty, which is a testament of the quality. The 30ft long power cord allows you to clean large areas with ease, and the HEPA filter keeps the air in your home clean.
- It is lighter than stick vacuums increasing its portability.
- The direct suction improves suction performance.
- It has a lengthy 7-year warranty.
- The large bag could last forever without replacing reducing the cost of consumables.
- It is pricey.
- It does not work well on rugs and carpets.
14. Bissell Zing Canister 2156A
(Best Lightweight Canister Vacuum)
The Zing 2156A happens to be an entry level canister vacuum. It weighs 7.5 pounds and is easy to carry around the house. It happens to be easier to maneuver than most sticks and uprights, especially when cleaning stairs.
However, it also has some fancy features that anyone looking for a lightweight vacuum will appreciate. First, it has an automatic cord rewind. This saves you the trouble of having to wind the cord.
And though it should be a standard feature on vacuums, only the Zing 2156A has it on this guide. However, it has a short cable at 15-ft, and that is limiting.
The 2156A allows you to clean different surfaces, especially above floor cleaning, and stairs. It has cyclonic action and powerful suction, making quick work of most cleaning tasks. Here are some pros and cons.
- It is affordable. It is a fraction of the price of most units here.
- It has tri-step filtration keeping the air in your house clean.
- Easy to work with especially with the auto-rewind cord.
- It has an easy to empty bin.
- It has a short power cord, and you have to change power outlets often.
15. Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik 3-in- 1 Vacuum
(Most Affordable Lightweight Vacuum)
The Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik happens to be one of the most lightweight units on this guide at 3.8 pounds. It happens to be great for kids, senior citizens, and people with medical conditions. The lightweight design happens to be great for maneuverability and cleaning for extended periods.
However, there is more to this unit. It happens to be a 3-in-1 appliance. You can use it as a stick vacuum, a hand-vac, and an extended hand vacuum. It is the extended hand vacuum design that caught my eye as it allows you to clean above-floor areas such as ceilings with ease.
It is a corded unit and has a 16-foot cord. Yes, it is limiting, but it is still substantial given how affordable this unit is. It will barely dent your bank account.
- Affordable at a fraction of the cost of other high-end units.
- It has a rinsable filter reducing the cost of consumables.
- It is easy to use and is versatile.
- Well, you get what you pay for, and the dirt devil has little to offer in terms of filtration.
Three things to look for in lightweight units
Now that you know which are the best lightweight vacuums, here are the things you should keep an eye out for when going to purchase a vacuum. This also served as my guide when curatin this list.
Best brands to look for
Some companies/brands have carved a niche for themselves in the lightweight vacuum market and are doing a great job. We recommend buying from these companies.
- Oreck – Oreck happens to be one of the few if not the only company which manufactures lightweight upright vacuums. Some of its lightweight appliances include the Oreck XL2100RHS and the Oreck LW1500RS which way less than 10 pounds which is quite a feat for upright vacuums. Therefore, if you are in the market for lightweight upright vacuums, let Oreck be your first pick.
- Dyson – Dyson has carved a niche as a manufacturer of stick vacuums that can rival upright vacuums. Without a doubt, upright vacuums are the most powerful vacuums in the market.
However, some stick vacuums such as the Dyson V10 and the V11 have enough power, and runtime to rival these units. By and large, consider Dyson for lightweight stick vacuums that can match upright vacuums.
- Shark – Finally, consider Shark for both lightweight upright vacuums and stick vacuums. The company has carved a niche as a manufacturer of powerful but affordable lightweight stick vacuums, unlike Dyson. It also manufactures lightweight uprights but not as light as Oreck.
Cleaning power is the true measure of any vacuum cleaner, and lightweight vacuums should never compromise this. However, some lightweight vacuums such as Dyson V10 and V11 provide some terrific cleaning power enough to rival that of upright units.
You also have to ascertain the type of tasks you want the unit to handle. If you are on the hunt for a device for above floor cleaning, then get a hand vacuum or a combination tool with all necessary accessories for above floor cleaning. Moreover, get an appliance designed to hard floors if you are looking for one that precisely does that.
By and large, the idea that a lightweight unit should provide less cleaning might is just an excuse.
Finally, consider the price of the unit. Some of the lightweight vacuums on thus guide cost a small fortune while others will barely have an impact on your bank account.
Though you get what you pay for, expensive is not always better. There are instances where you will be paying for the branding and marketing.
I recommend you get a unit in the mid-range. One that has enough power and versatility, but happens to be affordable.
There are a ton of questions about lightweight vacuums. From whetner HEPA filtration is necessary in these devices to questions about causes of battery damage.
The thing about these questions is that they pinpoint customer pain points and some of the issues you are likely to go through. Here I respond to these questions to make your experience pleasant.
Lightweight vacuums are terrific for the maneuverability and portability. They are easier to carry around the house, and you can whip it out for quick messes, unlike upright vacuums. However, finding a lightweight vacuum, with all the necessary features, and at an affordable rate is the challenge.
In the guide above, I have included lightweight vacuums with all the necessary features. Some are pricey, while others are extremely low cost to ensure there is a little bit of everything for everyone.
I sure hope you find a device that meets your needs.
I also welcome you to leave a comment on what you thought about the article in the comments below.