Lightweight vacuums are easy to maneuver but still effective. The catch is that lightweight vacuums are generally so light because they don’t have as many extra features or tools as other vacuums and can’t take on such heavy-duty jobs. For the best lightweight vacuum you need to consider how much weight you can handle and also be sure you aren’t sacrificing any useful vacuum features. Lightweight vacuums can still have incredible cleaning power along with convenience. We’ll share a few of our faves with you as well as how they weigh in with our reviewers.
Viewpoints score 91/100 based on 213 reviews
There’s no question that our reviewers are big fans of this lightweight vacuum. The Shark Navigator Vacuum is a bagless vacuum known for its expertise at picking up pet hair. Just press a button to release the canister, and it empties out in your garbage can – no hassle or extra cost with vacuum bags. Users find it easy to navigate around the house and use the crevice tool to get hard to reach places. This vacuum cleaner even includes a 30-foot power cord and 12-foot stretch hose especially for cleaning stairs.
“If you want a vacuum that really, REALLY works, and costs less than half the price of the Dyson, then pick up a Shark Navigator today.” –DominoDiva, Reviewer since 2009
The Weigh In: Less than 15 pounds
Viewpoints score of 93/100 based on 542 reviews
Speaking of Dyson, this Dyson DC14 Animal Vacuum is one popular model, especially if you’re in the market for a lightweight vacuum. While it was named for its skill at picking up pet hair, this Dyson vacuum also attacks heavy carpet dirt with its carpet care kit.
“In my new one level house I can vacuum 90% of the house from just one outlet!” –cinnamon13, Reviewer since 2008
This Dyson has more attachments than other lightweight vacuums for different surfaces, from a brush attachment for blinds to a beater attachment for sofas and stairs.
The Weigh In: 18 pounds
Viewpoints score of 78/100 based on 209 reviews
The battery powered Swiffer Sweeper Vac Vacuum is a cordless lightweight vacuum in a category of its own. Reviewers claim this vacuum cleaner is great for daily floor cleaning. It specializes in fine dirt and dust and eliminates the need for a broom and dustpan.
“The Swiffer Sweeper Vac Vacuum is a quick one-step process. It’s the best cleaning tool I own!” –kaolinmommy, Reviewer since 2010
For a large kitchen, especially one with tile or wood floors, the Swiffer Sweeper Vac Vacuumreally covers a lot of ground.
The Weigh In: Pretty much nothing – our guess is somewhere under ten pounds
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on The Goods and written by Viewpoints reviewer ms1708.