10 Best Lightweight Vacuum Cleaner Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

This is a roundup of the best rated Lightweight upright vacuums. These are ideal for the elderly/seniors and those who do not want to carry around a heavy vacuum. Smart-Review limits the selection to only those vacuums with the highest consumer reviews. Oreck makes some of the best lightweights bagged upright vacuums available, many under 10 pounds. Dyson’s new V10 line of cordless vacuums weigh only 5.9 lbs. with no cords.

Lightweight vacuums can lie flat, to fit under beds and furniture. Oreck’s top of the line Magnesium LW1500RS vacuum is ideal on hard to vacuum soft/plush, and high pile carpets, and are recommended by carpet manufacturers. Upright vacuums have traditionally been ideal for carpets, but also have the ability to vacuum hard surface floors (tile, wood, stone). Below is a comparison chart of the top rated lightweight vacuums available, listed with top features, prices, and reviews.

Top 10 Lightweight Vacuum Cleaner

Bestseller No. 1
Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning with Swivel...
3686 Reviews
Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning with Swivel...
  • Ultra-lightweight. At under 8 pounds, it converts into a hand vac for versatile floor-to-ceiling cleaning.
  • Home & Car Detail Kit. Micro tools that clean the tiniest of spaces.
Bestseller No. 2
Eureka NEU182A PowerSpeed Lightweight Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Blue
753 Reviews
Eureka NEU182A PowerSpeed Lightweight Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Blue
  • Powerful multi-surface vacuum: cleaning your home shouldn't require multiple vacuums. The five height...
  • Weighs just 10 lbs.: the Eureka power speed is lightweight and easy to maneuver. Easily carry it up and down...
Bestseller No. 3
Eureka NES210 Blaze 3-in-1 Swivel Lightweight Stick Vacuum Cleaner Dark Black
1779 Reviews
Eureka NES210 Blaze 3-in-1 Swivel Lightweight Stick Vacuum Cleaner Dark Black
  • 3-In-1 design with onboard crevice tool allows you to customize your vacuum for your needs. At only 4...
  • Eureka's Signature swivel steering improves maneuverability and cleaning efficiency when compared to standard...
Bestseller No. 4
Bissell Featherweight Stick Lightweight Bagless Vacuum One Size Fits All Blue
1185 Reviews
Bissell Featherweight Stick Lightweight Bagless Vacuum One Size Fits All Blue
  • Powerful, convenient, and easy to use
  • Powerful suction makes it great for quick pick-ups with multipurpose versatility
Bestseller No. 5
Bissell Cleanview Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Orange, 1831
1861 Reviews
Bissell Cleanview Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Orange, 1831
  • One Pass Technology With Powerful Suction And Innovative Brush Design To Clean On The Initial Pass (Removes...
  • Powerful, Multi-Cyclonic Suction System For Lasting Suction That Captures And Keeps Dirt In The Bin, Where It...
Bestseller No. 6
Black & Decker Ultra Light Weight BDASP103 AIRSWIVEL Lightweight Upright Cleaner, Pet Vacuum, White
848 Reviews
Black & Decker Ultra Light Weight BDASP103 AIRSWIVEL Lightweight Upright Cleaner, Pet Vacuum, White
  • Only 8.8-Lbs. For easy handling, carrying and storage
  • Swivel steering for ultimate maneuverability
Bestseller No. 7
Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Hikeren 12000 PA Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, 2 in 1 Lightweight Rechargeable...
78 Reviews
Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Hikeren 12000 PA Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, 2 in 1 Lightweight Rechargeable...
  • 🎁【12000PA STRONG SUCTION】: Hikeren cordless stick vacuum cleaner utilizes a 120W ultra-high power...
  • 🎁【ALL-ROUND CLEANING & NO DEAD ANGLES】: With flexible 180°rotation swivel design and a folding...
Bestseller No. 8
Shark Upright & Canister Upright Vacuum Blue
653 Reviews
Shark Upright & Canister Upright Vacuum Blue
  • Never Lose Suction Technology
  • Lightweight and maneuverable at only 10.6 pounds
Bestseller No. 9
Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner Quick Lite Plus Bagless Corded Upright Vacuum UD20015
3212 Reviews
Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner Quick Lite Plus Bagless Corded Upright Vacuum UD20015
  • 11 inch wide cleaning path covers more surface area in shorter time
  • Cyclonic Filtration- cuts through any mess with powerful suction
Bestseller No. 10
BISSELL Cleanview Swivel Pet Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Green, 2252
214 Reviews
BISSELL Cleanview Swivel Pet Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Green, 2252
  • Powerful pet hair pick-up with triple action brush roll + scatter-free technology
  • Swivel steering to easily maneuver around furniture and other obstacles

How We Test Vacuum Cleaners

The Good Housekeeping Cleaning Lab tests vacuum cleaners for how well they remove dirt deeply embedded into pile carpet and simulated pet hair evenly spread on a carpet’s surface. We look at how well they remove large and small debris from hard floorings like hardwood, tile, or linoleum, how well they clean along edges and how much suction they draw at the tools.

Our tests are based on the ASTM standard test methods the industry uses and each vacuum model is tested exactly the same way. Ease-of-use testing includes evaluating maneuverability, battery run-time for cordless vacuum cleaners, the controls, how easy the dust cup is to empty and clean or the bag is to change, and weighing how heavy the vacuum is.

What to Consider Before You Buy a New Vacuum

Choose an upright vacuum cleaner if your home is mostly wall-to-wall carpeting and all on one floor. In our Cleaning Lab tests, upright vacuum cleaners do the best job removing ground-in, embedded dirt from carpeting because they are usually heavier than other styles and the weight of the nozzle helps it reach deep into the carpet pile for better cleaning. Uprights can weigh anywhere from 10 to over 20 pounds which can also make some heavy to carry up and down stairs. If your home has more than one level and you prefer an upright, consider keeping one on each floor.

Choose a canister vacuum cleaner if your home has lots of stairs and bare floors and only a few carpets. Many full-size canister vacuums come with a power nozzle that has a rotating brush to mimic that on an upright. We recommend this attachment if you prefer a canister and have deep pile carpets in, say, just the bedrooms. Otherwise, you’ll see a long flat attachment or brush that can be used on bare floors and low, flat rugs.

Canisters can be heavy, too, but are easier to pick up and carry with two hands. All have hoses and attachments for dusting, upholstery, and crevices. Because the motor and canister are behind you, these vacuums are easier to maneuver into tight spaces and to use on stairs than uprights are.

Choose a stick or pole vacuum cleaner if you are looking for a lightweight quick picker upper for bare floors and low pile rugs. Most are slim enough to stash in a corner or closet near the kitchen for speedy after dinner clean-up. They come corded or cordless, though, in our Cleaning Lab tests, we’ve found rechargeable ones usually run anywhere up to one hour, so you’ll need to keep them plugged into an outlet, so they stay fully charged and ready to go.

Choose a robot vacuum cleaner if you want to get your cleaning done while you’re out of the house or doing something else. Robot vacuums use cameras and lasers to map their way around your rooms, so they don’t miss a spot.

Today’s robots are more sophisticated than ever. Most can be controlled with an app on your phone and some are even voice enabled. They can return to the home base for a recharge and then go back to cleaning wherever they left off. Robot vacuums are great maintenance cleaners. Send them out often enough and you may never have to pull out your full-size vacuum. Of course, they go under the bed and behind furniture to clean the spots you likely skip.

Choose a handheld vacuum cleaner if you need a compact tool to quickly pick up dry spills on bare floors and surfaces or nab lint, pet hair, and other surface debris on fabrics or carpeting. Some come with hoses and attachments and others can pick up wet spills, too. Handheld vacuums come corded or cordless and are easy to take outside to clean the car.

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