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The Best Stick Vacuum in Australia for 2022

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The Best Stick Vacuum
Updated 
Oct 15, 2021

When we’re not complaining about politics, the weather or how tired we are, guaranteed we’re complaining about how little time we have. Which is why some smart cookies have invented stuff that makes everything quicker and easier. Think pressure cookers and stick vacuums. Because who wants to spend time cleaning when you could be binge-watching Netflix? #priorities

The best stick vacuum is easy to move and store, light to push around, is multi-use (converts to a hand vac for car-and-more cleaning) and makes short work of pesky mess, including pet hair. Here are Australia’s best cordless vacuums, which we’ve chosen from hundreds of hours of research, including real consumer feedback.

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How we picked

We began with CHOICE – Australia’s leading consumer advocacy group – to see which stick vacuums they reviewed. We reckon independent research and backing gives some models the edge. 

Next, we were keen to understand actual Aussie experiences of the vacuums. Enter ProductReview.com.au. Sifting through these reviews gave us an idea of the good, the bad and the ugly bits. Anything scoring less than 3.5 out of 5 was discounted. We looked for vacuums that had hundreds of positive (4 and 5-star) reviews.

We then moved onto looking at each of the vacuum’s features. We were looking for features that justified choosing a stick vacuum over its non-stick siblings: convenient cordless cleaning; effortless steering; and lightweight. 

We were hoping for a long runtime (20 minutes+) with a short charging period (sub 4 hours) but that’s one of the biggest issues with a stick vacuum. Because cordless stick vacuums are battery operated, not mains powered, they can become less effective over time. 

Finally, we considered price. Cordless stick vacuums are traditionally more expensive than other vacuums cleaners, because of the convenience factor and how much they’re cramming into a battery-operated slimline machine. If we felt that a stick vacuum could replace your corded vacuum, we allowed a higher price point. But we also included more affordable ones that would work as quick pick-me-ups.

That left us with Australia’s 7 best cordless vacuums.

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The best stick vacuum for most

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Dyson V8 Animal Extra
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Loved by Aussies, the Dyson V8 Animal Extra is a great stick vacuum. It’s packing powerful suction, which includes 2 power modes. It’s 2-in-1, which means it easily converts into a handheld. It comes with 5 cleaning tools, a 40-minute runtime and a 5-hour charge time. Not bad for RRP $799.

What we love

Runtime

With up to 40 minutes of power, you should be able to whizz around all your floors.

2-in-1

It converts easily into a handheld so you can clean your car / stairs / sofa / whatever.

No-touch emptying

No more dusty, dirty hands. Just pull the button over your bin and watch the dirt fall out.

2 power modes

Need a bit of extra grunt? No problem, use MAX mode.

5 tools included

Crevices, carpets, hard floors, sofas, under the sofa, your keyboard… you can do it all.

Lightweight

At 2.61kg, it’s lightweight and easy to handle.

Wall hung docking station

So you don’t have to shove it behind a door. This might not be a pro if you’d rather not display your vacuum on the wall...

Replaceable battery

As it gets older, like all stick vacuums, you might notice the battery life getting shorter. With this model, you can buy a replacement battery. This means you don’t have to throw the vacuum out and buy a brand new one.

45-day money back guarantee

Buy through Dyson and they offer a 45-day money back guarantee. If you don’t love it, you can send it back for free.

Loved by Aussies

It’s a ProductReview.com.au award winner 3 years in a row.

The not so good bits

The 2-year warranty, although pretty standard for small appliances, seems short for the price. The charging time (5 hours) is ok but not brilliant.

Additional specs

The people have spoken. The most popular stick vacuum in Australia right now is the Dyson V8 Animal Extra. Well, according to ProductReview.com.au anyway where it gets almost 4.5 stars from well over 300 reviews. It’s also an award winner 3 years running. Phew.

Look, this is technically for the Animal not the Animal Extra. But having dug into them, they’re basically the same machine just with a different name.

Still with us? Good. Let’s dive into why Aussies love the Dyson V8 Animal Extra.

For starters, there’s the powerful motor that spins at up to 110,000rpm to create great suction. Loads of reviewers rave about its power. They even talk about it in all caps, so you know it must be good. It also boasts 2 power modes. The MAX mode gives you extra power for cleaning up those stubborn messes.

It has a pretty decent runtime, up to 40 minutes, and converts easily into a handheld. Which means you can use it in the car / on the stairs / sofa, etc. It comes with 5 tools: a combo tool (to switch between surfaces), a crevice tool, a mini motorised brush, a soft dusting brush (finally clean your computer keyboard!) and a low reach adapter. This clever tool changes the wand angle up to 90 degrees so it can bend low but you don’t have to.

When it’s time to empty it, you don’t have to get your hands dirty. Pull the button and it releases the dirt into the bin.

It comes with a docking station that hangs on the wall so you can show the world you own a Dyson. It takes 5 hours to change and weighs just 2.61kg.

It’s been reviewed by CHOICE and comes in around $800. It also has a 2-year warranty and a 45-day money back guarantee (only if you buy direct from Dyson).

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The best for runtime

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Bosch Athlet Rechargeable
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Got a large home or really love vacuuming? A long runtime might help. Enter the Bosch Athlet Rechargeable with its 75-minute runtime. Although it doesn’t convert to a handheld, it does come with a strap so you can wear it on your back like a Ghostbuster.

What we love

Long runtime

At 75 minutes, it has an impressively long runtime.

Smart sensor

Suction dropping? The smart sensor will let you know when it’s time to clean the filter to help boost its performance.

Removable and washable filter

Which helps to extend the life of this vacuum.

Stands up on its own

For easy storage and charging. Also handy if you need to take a break mid-cleaning.

Extra cleaning tools

It comes with a hose and an upholstery and crevice nozzle, so you can easily use it in the car / on the sofa, etc.

Generous dust container

It’s 0.9L so you shouldn’t need to empty it constantly.

3 power levels

If you’ve got a stubborn stain, you’ll like the power levels that give you an extra cleaning boost.

The not so good bits

Charge time

The payoff for the 75-minute runtime is a long charge time - around 6 hours.

Non-replaceable battery

Unlike the Dyson V8 Animal Extra, once this battery stops working you can’t replace it. Instead you need to chuck out the machine and buy a new one. Which isn’t great.

Doesn’t convert

You can’t change this into a handheld. But you can use the strap and wear it on your back for Ghostbusters vibes.

Additional specs

The Bosch Athlet Rechargeable prides itself on a long runtime - up to 75 minutes. This is the second longest runtime of any stick vacuum we reviewed. Although this does normally depend on what tool you’re using. Floor brushes tend to suck more power than nozzles and crevice tools. But we can all agree that 75 minutes is more than enough time to clean your home’s floors. It takes 6 hours to fully charge.

As well as a great runtime, it has a smart sensor which shows you when the cleaning performance is dropping. This is usually when the filter needs a clean. It’s easily removable and washable to help extend its life. It also has 3 cleaning levels, with level 3 giving you a boost of power. This comes with a payoff of a shorter runtime - up to 12 minutes.

Unlike the Dyson V8 Animal Extra, it doesn’t convert into a handheld. But it does come with a strap so you can wear it on your back, Ghostbusters-style. Unlike most stick vacuums, it stands up on its own. Which means if you need to take a break or move something when you’re cleaning, it’ll stand patiently waiting for you. It comes with a hose and an upholstery and crevice nozzle to help get into tight corners, like your car or sofa.

It weighs 3.7kg so over 1kg more than the Dyson V8 Animal Extra but still lightweight. The dust container is a generous 0.9L so you shouldn't be constantly emptying it.

It’s been reviewed by CHOICE and Bosch Athlet gets 4 stars from well over 200 reviews on ProductReview.com.au.

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Others worth considering

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Vax Blade 2 MAX
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Looking for a gutsy stick vacuum that gives you a lot of change from $1,000? Meet the Vax Blade 2 MAX - it’ll set you back around $400. It doesn’t compromise on power and performance though. This is the most powerful vacuum Vax has made, giving 3x more suction than their other models. It’s got a boost mode too, for extra suction where you need it.

The floorhead is designed to be used on all floor types including carpets, rugs, hard floors and tiles, so you don’t need to waste time changing heads. On-board tool storage means no loose bits lying around. Plus, it converts into a handheld. Weighing around 3kg, it’s easy to move around and lift up to reach stairs, shelves and the backseat of the car.

Spot all the dust with the LED headlights that show what’s lurking under the couch. The removable bin makes emptying it quick and simple. You can run it for up to 45 minutes and charge it in 3 hours.

It even gets great reviews on ProductReview.com.au where it clocks up around 4 stars.

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Tineco Pure ONE S12 Platinum
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If you’re all about building a smart home, you might like the Tineco Pure ONE S12 Platinum. It’s all about being smart. Let’s start with the futuristic LED display that shows you everything you need to know about the vacuum. This includes the battery level, power indicator, whether the brush roller is tangled or if anything has gone wrong.

It offers 2 modes of clean - auto or manual. Auto uses the iLoop dust sensor to detect hidden dust and automatically adapts the suction power. Which basically means, it does the hard work for you. It also has a touch screen that allows you to swipe between different power levels.

A 2-in-1, it converts to a handheld and comes with a range of tools to help you clean everything in your home. This includes 2 power brushes (1 for carpets and rugs, 1 for hard floors), a dusting brush, crevice tool and soft dusting brush (for things like keyboards). If you’re an insomniac and like vacuuming in the dark, you’ll appreciate the LED lights on the power brushes.

It has 2 batteries to give you an 80-minute runtime, the joint longest we found. The smartest bit of it is the app connectivity. The app lets you know the status of the vacuum, including the filter health and battery life and any malfunctions.

All this smart tech comes at a price. It’ll set you back over $1,000. It’s been reviewed by CHOICE and racks up an impressive 4.5 stars from a limited number of reviews on ProductReview.com.au.

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Kmart 2-in-1 corded stick vacuum
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The Kmart 2-in-1 corded stick vacuum has an absolute rock bottom price of $29. Which is kind of impressive considering it’s a 2-in-1. It includes a crevice tool and reckons it has a HEPA filter. Given a genuine HEPA filter usually comes with a far higher price point, we’re a bit dubious about this claim.

It’s also corded which means although it transforms into a hand vac, it doesn’t have the convenience of cordless stick vacuums. It does have a 5m long cable though.

But if you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful spot cleaning tool, go nuts with this one. Aussies agree – it’s well-reviewed on ProductReview.com.au.

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Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal+
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The Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal+ is an upgrade to our Dyson V8 Animal Extra pick. You get 20% more suction power than the Dyson V8 (according to Dyson). You also get a larger bin (0.76L, to the V8 Animal Extra’s 0.54L) and up to 60 minutes’ runtime (to the V8 Animal Extra’s 40 minutes). You’re also getting 1 extra tool, the stubborn dirt brush. Oh, and it has 3 power modes, rather than the V8 Animal Extra’s 2.

Its charge time is much quicker (3.5 hours, to V8 Animal Extra’s 5 hours) and it’s slightly heavier (2.67kg to 2.61kg).

Unlike the V8 Animal Extra it’s not been reviewed by CHOICE and it’s not as popular on ProductReview.com.au. It still gets over 4 stars though.

The bottom line

A stick vacuum is a compromise. Choose one over a standard vacuum and you’re compromising suction power and battery performance, especially if you opt for a cordless stick vacuum. With cordless stick vacuums running on battery, runtime can be poor. Some stick vacuums only last 10 minutes before needing a charge. These charge times can be up to 6 hours.

But in return, you’re getting convenience. A stick vacuum is lighter to hold, easier to store and manoeuvre, and far handier to deal with on-the-spot clean ups. A stick vacuum can also convert to a handheld vacuum cleaner, basically giving you 2 vacuum cleaners in 1. This allows you to clean both inside and outside your home, like the car’s footwells and kids’ car seats.

Most of the stick vacuums we reviewed offer you all these features, from a rock bottom price (Kmart 2-in-1 corded stick vacuum) to an eye-wateringly large one (Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal+).

We reckon the Dyson V8 Animal Extra is Australia’s best stick vacuum. Not only do Aussies love it on ProductReview.com.au, it’s got some great features. These include powerful suction, 2 power modes and a 2-in-1 nature which means it easily converts to a handheld. It comes with 5 cleaning tools, a 40-minute runtime and a 5-hour charge time. Not bad for RRP $799.

Pay a little more and you could get the Bosch Athlet Rechargeable. For your extra investment, you’ll get an impressively long runtime - 75 minutes. It does take 6 hours to charge though. Runtime aside, it’s got removable and washable filters to extend its life and it can stand up by itself. Although it doesn’t convert to a handheld, it does come with a strap so you can wear it on your back.

What makes a good stick vacuum

Low profile

Non-stick vacuums tend to be bulky, especially the carpet brush heads. This, combined with the weight of lugging it around on its cord, makes it hard to reach places like under furniture and in tight corners. Choose a low-profile stick vacuum to reach further into these difficult spots. 

Easy steering

Swivel steering makes a stick vacuum easier to manoeuvre around furniture. This helps you get into tight areas and makes a more pleasant user experience – you won’t be exerting much effort to push it around. 

Multi-use

You want your stick vacuum to work just as hard as a traditional vacuum, if not harder. So, look for one that offers more. Perhaps it converts into a hand vacuum which is handy for cars, windowsills, shelves, stairs and more. Or it comes with multiple attachment tools, like crevice or upholstery ones. This will allow you to complete all your cleaning tasks with one machine.

Good for all surfaces

A cordless stick vacuum allows you to move around your home quickly and easily. This probably means you’ll be going through a variety of floor surfaces, from carpet to tiles to floorboards and more. Ensure it’s suitable for all surfaces and won’t scratch more delicate flooring, like lino.

Easy waste removal

Again, it’s all about convenience. Go for a bin that easily releases and empties, without covering you in dust. Bonus points for a washable filter – or no filter at all. Extra bonus points for a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter that reduces dust mite allergens, making them an excellent choice for allergy sufferers.


Sources

  1. "Stick Vacuum Cleaners", Consumer
  2. "How to buy the best stick and cordless vacuum cleaners", Choice
  3. "Stick Vacuum Cleaners", ProductReview.com.au
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