If you hate lifting your vacuum up the stairs and loathe lugging it around the house, we've tested a few models that weigh less than 15 pounds, but are as powerful as models that tip the scales at almost twice as much.
That's largely thanks to advances in motor technology. Modern vacuums can fit an astonishing amount of power in a tiny space, and powerful batteries even make a cord a thing of the past. In fact, after years of testing popular vacuum cleaners, our data shows that a modern vacuum's size has very little to do with how well it cleans.
Yes, there are drawbacks. Vacuums that are both lightweight and powerful tend to cost more than heavier models—and that's especially true for cordless units. But if you don't mind paying a little extra to save your back, check out the best lightweight vacuums you can buy. Our favorite lightweight vacuum is the Dyson V8 Absolute (available at Dyson for $499.99) because of its powerful suction and easy-empty canister.
Here's our list of the best lightweight vacuums, ranked in order:
- Dyson V8 Absolute
- Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed NV682
- Oreck Elevate Conquer UK30300
- Dyson Small Ball
- Hoover Air Cordless Lift
Meet the testers
Senior Lab Technician
Jonathan Chan currently serves as the Senior Lab Technician at Reviewed. If you clean with it, it's likely that Jon oversees its testing. Since joining the Reviewed in 2012, Jon has helped launch the company's efforts in reviewing laptops, vacuums, and outdoor gear. He thinks he's a pretty big deal. In the pursuit of data, he's plunged his hands into freezing cold water, consented to be literally dragged through the mud, and watched paint dry. Jon demands you have a nice day.
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