Stairs are and will always be a big problem, cleaning-wise. If you want to maintain spotless staircases, using a vacuum cleaner can prove to be of huge help. However, with the scores of options available these days, choosing the right vacuum cleaner for stairs can be an overwhelming and mind-boggling experience. Here are some suggestions and tips you can use to zero in on the perfect tool for your needs. Spend a while here and find out what are the guidelines after which I am able to choose the best vacuum for stairs.
- 1 The type of vacuum cleaner matters
- 2 Shark DuoClean Rocket Complete HV382
- 3 Dyson V10 Absolute
- 4 Shark Apex Lift-Away Vacuum Cleaner
- 5 Eureka Easy Clean Hand Vac 71B
- 6 Miele Compact C2 Electro+
- 7 Final thoughts on choosing the best vacuum cleaner for stairs
The type of vacuum cleaner matters
These are typically used in most of our homes. They are capable of cleaning virtually any place in the house. Due to their upright design, you don’t have to bend or strain your back whilst cleaning, which is a great advantage. They are therefore ideal for cleaning stairs, and especially for people suffering from mobility and back problems. The main con of this type of vacuum cleaner is the weight, so pay attention to it during the buying process.
As the name suggests, these vacuums feature a canister body. Most are less noisy and have a better suction than upright vacuum cleaners. They are perfect for all floor types as well as above-the-floor cleaning, including upholstery, drapes and shelves. However, canister vacuums are generally hard to maneuver. They need to have long hoses and power cords in order to be suitable for cleaning stairs, as well as the right set of attachments.
Again, as their name suggests, they are normally held in one hand while cleaning. Handheld vacuums are commonly used to vacuum cars’ upholstery and hard-to-reach areas inside the house. Unfortunately, handheld vacuum cleaners lack the capacity and power of full-sized canister or upright vacuums and therefore can be used on stairs with some trivial limitations.
This type of vacuum resembles a stick. Stick vacuums are ideal for cleaning stairs, lightweight carpets and the floors, provided that they produce enough suction. They are easy to carry around and very lightweight, which is their greatest asset. Many stick vacuums are battery powered. However, the capacity of their dustbin is quite small and most do not perform as good as full-size vacuums.
Portable vacuum cleaners are bulky, noisy and hard to drag around. For this reason, installing a central vacuum system could be the best decision you can make. The problem is that a central vacuum cleaner is so damn expensive. Not everyone can afford this. I’m going to make a special guide on buying central vacuums, but until then, suffice to say central vacuums are also a great option when it comes to stair cleaning.
Bagged vs Baggless
I’ve debated this in more detail here. Bagless vacuums have bins instead of bags for collecting dust. In the event you dispose of something valuable accidentally, it’s easier to spot and retrieve it back. However, you’ll need a place such as a garden where you can easily dispose the dust. On the other hand, bagged vacuums collect dust into a bag (duh!). They are usually less messy as they tout a sliding shutter to prevent waste from spilling out. They are ideal if you live in an apartment or places where you don’t have room to dispose of trash. When it come to stairs, I would say both work pretty well, or in other words, their difference doesn’t really influence the efficiency of the cleaning per se.
To summarize, if you have a lot of rugs or wall-to-wall carpeted stairs, an upright or a canister vacuum with an electric brushroll would be an ideal option in my opinion. If you have tiles, laminates or hardwoods on your stairs – sticks/cordless vacuums can also do a great job. Handheld vacuums are recommended for smaller cleaning tasks. This means they could work just fine for small staircases. With that said, here are some of the greatest vacuum cleaners for stairs one can find in 2018:
Shark DuoClean Rocket Complete HV382
It’s a corded stick which I’ve presented in detail a while ago. It’s not the latest Shark, so what makes it the smart choice? First of all, it’s corded, so you don’t have to worry about the limited life of the batteries or about charging them. It’s a stick which weighs less than 10 lbs. And it has a powerful brushroll which can take care of any floor surface. It comes with a few ideal accessories which also increase it effectiveness on stairs. Last but not least, because it appeared in 2016, it now costs much less than newer models. IMO this product blends all the right features for the right price. It has that perfect price/quality ratio you should search for when buying anything, not just vacuum cleaners.
Dyson V10 Absolute
The Dyson V10 is one of the best cordless vacuum cleaners money can buy in 2018. Although there are some people who are not satisfied with the fact that in MAX Suction mode the power juice runs dry in 8 mins or with the fact that they can not replace pre-charged batteries as it is in the case of the Shark IonFlex, this product has the lightest weight and the most powerful motor. It can tackle any mess on your stairs, couches, carpets, and hardwood floors. The Dyson V10 is equipped with a larger bin, a more efficient battery and a more powerful motor than the outgoing V8. Because it’s a cordless, it’s ideal for people with mobility or back problems how want to have their stairs spotless. Similar to Microsoft and Apple, Dyson skipped the “nine” and jumped directly to the “ten”. I’m not sure what to make out of this, but I think it’s due to physiological reasons. It may happen that customers feel like the number 9 describes an incomplete 10.
The best part about the Dyson V10 is that it comes with a lot of accessories. This offers you a lot of versatility. It is worth noting that the Dyson V10 comes in three different models. Dyson decided to release different models in the market to meet different consumer needs. The entry-level Motorhead comes with the standard direct drive cleaner head, a combination tool, a crevice tool, a docking station and a charger. The V10 Animal is equipped with an extra mini soft dusting brush and a quick release mini motorized tool. The high-end model Absolute comes with an extra soft roller cleaner head which can be used on hard floors. Unfortunately, the last version is also the most expensive. Nevertheless, don’t despair, Dyson discounts their products every once in a while.
Shark Apex Lift-Away Vacuum Cleaner
Shark is a popular and trusted brand. They are well-known for churning out excellent quality vacuum cleaners. And the Shark Apex DuoClean is one of their most recent and most popular products. The APEX is the most complete upright unit from Shark, and their most expensive product for that matter. However, it’s half the price of a Cinetic Big Ball, it’s main contender from Dyson. The APEX blends the simplicity of an upright vacuum cleaner with the finest features of a canister vacuum system. The Lift-Away makes this possible, and it’s one of the main reasons why I recommend it. The unit is designed as a complete HEPA sealed system. While it lacks the benefits of a cordless vacuum cleaner like the Dyson V10, it does have the flexibility to handle nearly all cleaning tasks – from hairballs under the furniture to carpeted stairs. The unit is equipped with lots of accessories. It comes with a turbo brush tool for stairs, two crevice accessories, a dusting brush, and many more. The suction power hasn’t been revealed by Shark, but note it is around 300 AW. The unit utilizes the cyclonic technology, protecting the motor from grit and keeping the filters free of dirt. The transparent bin fits nicely into the main system and can hold up to 1.5 dry quarts of waste. Other special features include fingertip controls, LED lights, the active glide and the DuoClean technologies. The machine is quieter than previous versions. The Shark Apex touts a whopping 30 ft. power cord, making the vacuum perfect for handling big staircases. Overall, the Shark Apex is a great fit for individuals searching for an all-round vacuum that won’t just clean stairs and floors, but also other places like vents, crevices, and so on. If you’re into this vacuum, keep an eye on seasonal discounts offered by Shark.
Eureka Easy Clean Hand Vac 71B
The Eureka EasyClean is a corded hand-vacuum that works exceptionally well on stairs, car interiors, and other above-the-floor cleaning chores. Measuring only 7 x 15 x 8 inches inches, the Eureka 71B has a versatile design that offers ample options for easy maneuvering. The vacuum boasts a hose which can be enhances with a crevice tool to collect dust, allergens, dirt, fabrics, pet hair and anything else. The vacuum offer one of the strongest suction powers in the handheld world, mainly due to the fact that it’s a corded product. In addition, the filters are removable and washable. And the best part is that it’s less than $50.
Miele Compact C2 Electro+
One of the tinniest Miele vacuum cleaners is also one of the most suitable canisters for cleaning stairs. Ceilings, spaces behind and under furniture, corners and drapes are some of the areas that are hard to clean. These places are not only difficult to reach but are also magnets for pet hair, dust and other light messes. The good news is that the Compact C2 line from Miele is made to fit almost any place of your house. The C2 comes with a plethora of features, including on-board tools such as the dusting brush, the upholstery tool and the crevice nozzle, a state-of-the-art HEPA+ filtration system and one of the most powerful motors ever installed on such a small canister. But what really got my attention and what is well worth the money is the powerful Electro Plus nozzle (SEB 228), which works wonders on carpeted stairs. The SEB 228 brushroll hits the sweet spot, being just as large and as light as it is needed for most types of stairs. Although the price of this C2 is a bit prohibitive, if you’re willing to invest in something that will last more than a couple of years, you’re looking at the right product.
Final thoughts on choosing the best vacuum cleaner for stairs
There are a lot of vacuum cleaners available in the market to choose from. Sadly, many people make a poor choice because they don’t pay attention to the small details. Some vacuum cleaners are just too bulky and heavy to carry up and down the stairs. The cordless models can be a good choice, but the current battery technology is far from perfect. And handhelds, even corded ones, may not deliver the suction power needed to detach debris from the carpet fibers of each stair. Before purchasing a vacuum you will want to compare not only the price, size, and model type, but also the set of accessories, the extra features (e.g. LED lights) and the materials of which it’s made of. Just because a product costs an arm and a leg does not mean it is perfect for your needs. And just because something is inexpensive does not mean it can’t meet your expectations. I would love to read your comments on my thoughts.