Vacuuming is a tough enough chore, but vacuuming staircases has to rank among the toughest job. There is moving the vacuum to the appropriate place, attaching the tools to the extension pole, changing tools to reach into the crevices and then moving everything to reach the other end of the staircase.
Balancing yourself and the vacuum on a stair is a feat unto itself and then you find out that the cord just isn’t long enough. What should have been a five minute job is now an exercise worthy of an Olympian.
Of course, you could try the age old ways of cleaning stairs; dust pan and brush or a whisk broom. Neither does a very good job, takes a long time and you still have dirty stairs. Manufacturers have begun making this job a much easier process.
Best Hand-Held Vacuum for Carpeted Stairs
This Eureka model – Eureka Easy Clean Corded Hand Held Vacuum has the newer technology of a riser visor. This allows the cover to stay down when used in the horizontal mode but rises up to expose the brushes when you use in the vertical mode.
With a powerful 5.5 amp suction ability, this vacuum can clean stairs, spots on area rugs and car upholstery. This machine has 2 motors, one for powering the brush and the other for operating the suction mechanism.
The cord is 20 feet long so you may need to change outlets for long staircases. The dust cup is washable but does not have a filter. The one major complaint was that the vacuum was too heavy. It weights approximately 5 pounds, so being buying, lift something that weighs that amount and judge if it is too heavy for you to carry.
This model automatically shuts off after too much use and the motor becomes too hot. This is a great safety feature. Other customers complained that it was too noisy. This vacuum is not meant to replace a full-sized vacuum, it is meant for small areas and stairs. Other attachments can be purchased to clean harder to reach places such as your computer keyboard, ceiling fans and window blinds.
Best Versatile Lightweight Multifloor Vacuum
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright is a lightweight, extra large capacity upright canister. It has advanced cyclonic technology that keeps fine air from clogging the filters. The canister lifts away from the upright to give you a powerful hand-held vacuum.
It has an anti-allergen sealed system technology keeps even the tiniest bit of dust and dirt from escaping back into your home. This has a 30 foot cord, much longer than any other vacuum cleaner. This longer cord takes the plugging and unplugging or the use of an extension cord almost useless. The large dust cup empties easily. It the Lift-Away mode, the weight is 8 pounds while in the upright mode is weighs about 15 pounds.
Some complains are that the wand leaving the canister is far too short and that it tips over easily even in the Lift-Away mode. Customers raved that the customer service department has greatly improved making it much easier in dealing with the company. It was easy to assemble.
Best Small Cordless Vacuum for Stairs
The lithium technology provides fade free power to this 20 volt vacuum. The Black and Decker BDH200PL Max Lithium Pivot Vacuum has a 2 stage filtration system with a wide mouth which allows it to pick up large debris.
Since this is a cordless vacuum, a charging base that houses the vacuum and its attachments is included. The cyclonic technology allows the vacuum to spin dirt away from the filter and keeping the suction action strong. The charging base can be placed on the floor or wall mounted. Customers commented on the fact that the rubber flap that prevents dirt from falling into the nozzle.
This model handles stairs, reaching into the crevices and corners, but also can deal with the dirt and debris from cars, ceiling fans and the tops of cabinets. The pivot brush pushes up when it is not needed and cannot get lost. Some customers felt that the suction ability was greater on other brands and models of the Black and Decker. The switches were easy to toggle but did not turn on and off by your hand brushing by them.
Most Powerful Handheld Vacuum
The Dyson V6 Trigger is powered by the same motor that is found in Dyson models. It has 15 cyclones which are arranged in two tiers. These tiers work in parallel to provide increased air flow and the ability to capture fine dust.
The center of gravity is located in the rear of the vacuum that makes it ergonomically fits into the shape of your hand. The manufacturer states that this has twice the power of any other hand-held vacuum on the market.
The battery last for about 20 minutes on regular and about 6 minutes on max power mode. Customers loved how it cleaned stairs in one vacuuming without the back and forth motion required from other machines. It also cleaned small electronics and other woodwork. The one complaint that some had was that they had to hold the button in for the vacuum to work properly.
Top Cheap Handheld Vacuum for Steps
This model – Dirt Devil Ultra Corded Bagged Handheld Vacuum has a 4 amp motor and a two speed switch. The Dirt Devil has been built for cleaning stairs, cars and upholstery.
It has a 20 foot cord which may mean that you will either have to change plugs or use an extension cord. The higher speed is noisy according to the manufacturer. It has a crevice tool for the stretch hose.
The main complaint is that it is quite difficult to remove the cloth bag. Bags need to be bought to replace them. Customers thought that this machine was too heavy to be used. This is a compact unit that works well on stairs and RV’s. It only takes one swipe to pick up most dirt and debris.
Small messes still need a powerful vacuum especially on stairs. One swipe=job done.