These days it’s very hard to find an excellent stick vacuum for hardwood floors which is also usable on other surfaces like carpets. Luckily, I took my time to find and research the best models in 2014 and beyond, and give them to you in this article.
You know, it is very important to realize what makes a good stick hardwood model. First of all, you have to think about the cordless vs corded model. If you like more maneuverability, you’ll definitely go with a cordless vacuum. On the other hand, if you want the suction power to be strong, a corded option might be better for you. Let’s start with the reviews. (NOTE: this page is ONLY about STICK models; if you want to find the best hardwood vacuum in general, you should check this page.)
Top rated choice for hardwood floors and pet hair:
If you are looking for the best overall model, I’d have to say that it is definitely the Hoover Linx Cordless model. Basically, you will get everything you need in this package: an excellent machine for hardwood floors, and a monster when it comes to pet hair.
One of the cool things that I’ve noticed is that the price of this model has been lowered significantly on Amazon in the past few months. If you are tight on budget, but you don’t want to sacrifice quality, you should definitely go with this model.
One thing that impresses me about the Linx cordless model is the fact that the battery is very solid. The momentum does not fade at any time, which means that it will work at full power even though the battery is about to die. This is often an underestimated feature of cordless models, and consumers don’t appreciate it that much.
Now, we come to the cleaning part. We all know that even though bagless models are very attractive (because people just enjoy the feeling of being able to see how much pet hair the vac was able to pull out), they can be a pain to clean. Fortunately for you, this is not the case with the Linx model. I was surprised at how easy it actually is to clean and empty out.
Finally, I’ll stop with the good things by saying that if you want to clean the carpets as well, you can count on this model to do its job quite well. It’s definitely not the best in the category of cleaning carpets (I’m only talking about hardwood floor models), but your experience with the rugs will be satisfying nonetheless.
Finally, as a major con, I would definitely say that you shouldn’t use this models if there are lots of stairs in your home. It’s clunky to operate on the stairs because it doesn’t have the stair-handle. This means that you’ll have to support it from below which is very inconvenient. Overall, you can’t go wrong with this one if you are looking for a powerful hardwood – pet hair model.
Excellent alternatives to Hoover Linx:
These models are really close to the Linx model, so if you want some alternative, you can definitely check them out. All of them have great suction power on hardwood surfaces and they are extremely easy to clean and maintain. You should keep in mind that they do make bigger noise than usual and some of them are not stable so you’ll have to lean them on a wall. I don’t know why they didn’t think of this, but oh well. Overall, all 3 are very good models.
Best cordless stick vacuum for hardwood floors:
To tell you honestly, I was having my doubts between giving this title to the Cordless Linx model by Hoover, but since I’ve already crowned it as the best overall model, I think it would be fair to put Ergorapido Ion here. This is truly an excellent cordless machine for hardwood floors. Why?
Well, first of all, this is the most maneuverable vacuum model that I’ve ever seen on a hard floor surface. If that wasn’t enough, it is also a 2-in-1 stick vacuum. This means that you’ll be able to reach all those irritating corners with ease, and splitting it and putting it back again is easy as pie.
Now, let’s talk a bit about the battery. Since you are searching for a cordless model, this is a pretty important element to you, right? Well, I have to say that the Ergorapido battery is unmatched. It refills so fast it is incredible. The only con that I have to mention here is that the battery is not replicable, and you get a 2 year warranty for it.
I also have to mention that this model is ultra lightweight, it looks fabulous (which is not the case with most of the vacuum cleaners in this category) and the suction is very good.
I do have a few issues with it though. First of all, you can forget about cleaning the carpet floors with it. It’s simply not movable on them. Also, I’m surprised that they continue making models that cannot stand on their own. Finally, the brush mode is always on. Yep, you’ve guessed it; you can’t turn it off.
Not satisfied with Ergorapido Ion? Try these models:
These models work great on bare floors and they are also traditionally bad for the carpets. However, they are still pretty versatile and their price is pretty low. Don’t be fooled, their suction power is still awesome for being cordless.
Top corded stick vacuum model for hardwood floors:
BISSELL models have always been a powerhouse for me, and there’s a good reason behind it. Their engines are so powerful that even the hardwood floor models work extremely well on carpets as well. That’s why the title of the best corded stick model goes to the BISSELL PowerEdge Pet.
I love the technology which eliminates the need for attachments. The debris and other small pieces are actually caught on all sides, which really helps you clean the surface much faster. You won’t have to detach and attach all the time, which also helps your back immensely.
As I’ve already said it, the engine is unparalleled. The suction is so good that even most of the carpet types are going to be a breeze for it. I’ve had one customer tell me that he cleans couches with it all the time – without any problems. Now, don’t think that you can clean entire carpeted surfaces with it (simply because it wasn’t designed to do so), but if you’re looking for a solution that does a fine job on short pile rugs, you can’t miss going with this one.
Now, the biggest con is definitely the cord. I know that this might sound ironic (since this is actually the best corded model), but I have to be honest here by saying that the cord is very short. I don’t know what was the reasoning behind this, but it’s definitely annoying. The second con, which is not that annoying, is that it fills up quickly, so you’ll have to empty it pretty often.
Check out these excellent corded stick models as well:
All of these models are extremely easy to assemble and they will clean your kitchen very well. When it comes to the FloorMate SpinScrub model, I love the fact that they added the washing function as well. This gives you an excellent overall model. Since they are corded, their engines are stronger than cordless models as well. Be careful with overheating though.
A stick hardwood floor vacuum that works wonders on carpets as well:
The Rowenta Delta Force is the only vacuum cleaner that works excellent on carpets as well. This is the only model that flat out defeats the best overall model in my review – The cordless Hoover Linx. It’s also extremely important to note that this model is a cordless one. Energy consumption is also one of it’s stronger points.
Right from the moment you buy it, you’re going to notice that there are actually two power settings: bare floor and carpet mode.
Keep in mind that, even though it is the best carpet model out there, you should still not use it on thick or Berber carpets. Why? Well, simply because the brushes are too short to reach deep.
If you have a carpet in some parts of your kitchen, you’ll be happy to know that this model will clean them perfectly. I’ve tested it with flour and even sugar: it will completely clean the carpet surface.
It’s also worth mentioning that the battery life is incredibly long. It is almost double the amount of the Linx model. While the Linx model works very good for around 20 minutes, Rowenta Delta Force pushes at full capacity for more than 40 minutes.
Now, one con that bothers me is that the brush is quite small. This means that you might have problems with pet hair. Not that it doesn’t pick them up, it’s just that it will take more time to do it.
Other hardwood vacuums which work very well on carpets:
I’ve chosen the models above because they are actually designed to have two modes: floor and carpet. Still, don’t think that they are a good solution for carpet surfaces only; if you have lots of those at your home, you should consider buying models designed for carpet. One category that I can think of are Berber carpet models. These are a solid choice for carpeted surfaces.