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The 6 Best Lightweight Vacuums - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best Lightweight Vacuums

Thanks to innovations in design and build materials, vacuum cleaners have become lighter over time. A lightweight machine can help reduce the strain on your body as you clean, and it can be easier to take with you up and down a flight of stairs. It should have both a low total weight as well as a manageable weight in your hand. However, to improve their portability while lowering their weight, many of these vacuums tend to be very plasticky, and their build quality can suffer as a result.

We've tested over 130 vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations for the best vacuum cleaners with a lightweight design to buy. These picks were selected not only based on their weight but also their performance on different types of surfaces, feature set, battery life, and price. If you're looking for more vacuums, check out our recommendations for the best cordless vacuums, the best cordless stick vacuums, and the best cordless vacuums for pet hair.

  1. Best Lightweight Vacuum

    The best lightweight vacuum we've tested is the Dyson V12 Detect Slim. It can automatically increase its suction power on carpet or whenever it passes over an area with a large concentration of debris and has a built-in particle sensor to inform you of allergen quantities inside your home. In addition to its primary multi-surface floorhead, it also comes with a floorhead with a soft roller and a laser light to help identify fine debris and pet hair on hard floors. It can run for up to an hour on a charge, which is pretty lengthy by the standards of this type of vacuum.

    Performance on bare floors is exceptional, and it does a very good job of handling debris on low and high-pile carpet. Unfortunately, its dirt compartment is very small and consequently needs emptying often. If you don't mind using a slightly larger, heavier vacuum with a bigger dustbin, the Samsung Jet 90 Complete is a good alternative.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Lightweight Vacuum

    If you want to spend a little less and don't mind missing out on the Dyson V12 Detect Slim's built-in particle counter, check out the Tineco PURE ONE S11. It's only marginally heavier than the Dyson and is consequently very easy to pick up and carry wherever you need it. It has a similar dirt-detection system that lets it automatically increase its suction power when running over an area with a large amount of debris. Its dirt compartment is also much larger than that of the Dyson, so you won't have to empty it quite as often.

    This vacuum delivers fantastic performance on bare floors, though it does fall a little bit behind the Dyson when clearing away debris on low-pile carpeting. Its overall battery performance also lags behind that of more expensive alternatives, as its maximum battery life tops out at a little over 40 minutes. Additionally, it takes a lot longer than the Dyson to recharge.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Lightweight Vacuum

    The Samsung Jet 60 is the best mid-range lightweight vacuum we've tested. This cordless stick vacuum doesn't have the Tineco PURE ONE S11's automatic power adjustment feature or the Dyson V12 Detect Slim's dirt sensor. However, it's still a good choice if you're looking for a lightweight vacuum that offers good overall performance. At little over five pounds, it's remarkably easy to pick up and carry from room to room. Despite this lightweight construction, it still feels reasonably sturdy and has a relatively high-capacity dustbin that won't need emptying too often. Its five-stage filtration system is also very effective in sealing in allergens.

    This vacuum's Jet Fit floorhead allows for great overall performance on low and high-pile carpet, but it isn't quite as effective when dealing with larger debris on hard surfaces. It comes with a fairly wide assortment of other attachments, like a crevice tool and a miniature turbo brush for cleaning upholstered surfaces, though the latter is somewhat unwieldy to use in smaller areas.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Lightweight Vacuum

    If you want to spend as little as possible on a cordless lightweight vacuum, check out the JASHEN V16. Compared to the Samsung Jet 60, it has a less powerful suction motor and struggles a lot more with bulky debris, which can clog its suction inlet. However, it does have a few perks aside from its lower purchase price. At just under six pounds, it's a little heavier than the Samsung vacuum but still plenty lightweight, and it's very easy to pick up and carry wherever you may need it. It also comes with a wide variety of attachments for a vacuum at this price point, with a miniature turbo brush, a combination tool, and a crevice tool. There's even a secondary soft roller for cleaning bare surfaces.

    While this vacuum can have a hard time cleaning bulky debris, it excels when tackling pet hair on a wide variety of surface types. It also features an onboard HEPA filter to trap allergens as you clean. Still, if you want a relatively affordable vacuum that can handle larger debris, the Wyze Cordless Vacuum is a good option. Unfortunately, it can be hard to find and doesn't come bundled with a miniature turbo brush tool.

    See our review

  5. Best Lightweight Upright Vacuum

    If you prefer the all-in-one design of an upright vacuum but want something lightweight and easy to maneuver, the Hoover ONEPWR Evolve Pet is a good option. While it's heavier than most other stick vacuums like the Samsung Jet 60, it's still a good compromise if you prioritize the larger debris capacity that comes with an upright model. Besides, it still weighs much less than most other conventionally-designed corded uprights. Its cordless design also ensures you don't have to stay close to an electrical outlet while vacuuming far-away areas. It runs off a 4.0 Ah battery pack that yields up to 40 minutes of runtime on a single charge. While its battery life does drop to a little over 20 minutes in its most powerful mode, that's still longer than most cordless stick vacuums.

    This vacuum performs impressively well on bare floors, though you'll need to turn off its brushroll to prevent it from sending debris scattering around. While you might need to make an extra go-around to clear away fine material, it also does a good job dealing with debris on low and high-pile carpet. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a HEPA filter or an allergen-sealed body, resulting in terrible air filtration performance.

    See our review

  6. Best Lightweight Canister Vacuum

    The Eureka Mighty Mite is a good choice if you're looking for a lightweight corded canister vacuum. While it doesn't have the grab-and-go convenience of a cordless stick vacuum like the JASHEN V16, it's a better fit for longer cleaning sessions since you won't need to worry about running out of charge. It's also considerably lighter and smaller than most other canister vacuums, meaning you can pull it around with minimal effort. Its overall design isn't too complicated either, so you can swap out its filters or put in a new dirtbag once it's been filled up. Its power cord is short, so you'll probably need to swap outlets when cleaning larger areas.

    This vacuum does a fantastic job of cleaning even surfaces and is pretty effective on low and high-pile carpet. While its floorhead doesn't have a motorized or air-driven brushroll for improved surface agitation, it does have bristles that you can retract to help generate a tighter seal on rugs and carpets. If you prefer using a bagless option and don't mind the less hygienic debris disposal endemic to that sort of vacuum, the Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister is a similarly-performing alternative that's very portable.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dyson V8: The Dyson V8 is a great alternative to the Tineco PURE ONE S11 due to its slightly lighter construction and better performance on low-pile carpets. However, it lacks the Tineco vacuum's automatic power adjustment feature. See our review
  • Dyson Omni-glide: The Dyson Omni-glide is a uniquely designed cordless stick vacuum with a vacuum head that can pivot in virtually any direction. However, you can only use it on bare floors, where it struggles with sucking up bulky debris, unlike most similarly-priced cordless stick vacuums like the Dyson V12 Detect Slim. See our review
  • Shark WANDVAC System: The Shark WANDVAC System is a cordless upright/handheld vacuum that's highly portable, but it has a smaller dirt compartment than the Samsung Jet 60 and doesn't last quite as long on a single charge. See our review
  • Samsung Jet 70: The Samsung Jet 70 is effectively a better-equipped version of the Samsung Jet 60 that comes with a more effective floorhead. That said, it can be somewhat hard to find. See our review
  • BISSELL Featherweight Stick: The BISSELL Featherweight Stick is the best lightweight vacuum cleaner for elderly users due to its remarkably portable plastic construction and simple design. However, it doesn't perform nearly as well as a moderately pricier option like the Eureka Mighty Mite. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Dec 13, 2022: Replaced the Wyze Cordless Vacuum with the JASHEN V16 due to current availability.

  2. Oct 14, 2022: Major article restructuring to better align with user needs and expectations. Removed irrelevant Notable Mentions picks and added Samsung Jet 70 Pet and BISSELL Featherweight Stick 2033 to Notable Mentions.

  3. Jul 04, 2022: Substantial article restructuring to better align with user expectations. Recategorized Samsung Jet 70 Pet as 'Best Lightweight Vacuum'. Recategorized BISSELL Featherweight Stick 2033 as the 'Best Budget Lightweight Vacuum Cleaner' pick. Replaced Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ with Wyze Handheld Vacuum as 'Best Lightweight Handheld Vacuum' pick. Added Eureka Mighty Mite as the new 'Best Lightweight Canister Vacuum' pick. Added Hoover ONEPWR Evolve Pet as the new 'Best Lightweight Upright Vacuum' pick. Removed Dyson V7 Animal, eufy HomeVac H11, BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet, Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L, iRobot H1, and Black+Decker dustbuster AdvancedClean+ Pet from Notable Mentions.

  4. May 03, 2022: Replaced Dyson V8 Animal with Samsung Jet 70 Pet as 'Best Lightweight Stick Vacuum' pick. Removed Dyson Micro 1.5 kg due to current availability. Added Dyson V8 Animal to Notable Mentions.

  5. Mar 07, 2022: Ensured all main picks are available and represent the best option for user needs and expectations.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are based on what we think are currently the best lightweight vacuum cleaners. We don't just base our results on overall performance, but also factors like availability, price, and reader feedback.

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all lightweight vacuum reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no vacuum is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.