In these best lightweight vacuum reviews, you should be able to find vacuum cleaners that pack muscle without also packing on bulk.  These vacuums are designed to be ultra-maneuverable but still have enough oomph to clean the hard jobs you want them to take on.  To that end, most pack slim frames, lightweight material construction, and high-wattage/high-HP motors.

The lightweight vacuum reviews that we cover in this article are as follows:

ModelWeight
Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Vacuum HV3238.6lbs (3.9kg)
VonHaus 600W 2-in-1 Corded Upright Stick Vacuum6.2lbs (2.8kg)
Hoover Corded Cyclonic Stick Vacuum SH200307.9lbs (3.6kg)
BISSELL PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Corded Vacuum, 81L2A7.5lbs (3.4kg)
Shark Navigator Freestyle SV1106 vacuum7.5lbs (3.4kg)

Shark Rocket DeluxePro Ultra-Light Upright (HV323)

This superb vacuum is easily our top choice Best Lightweight Vacuum. We love the Shark Rocket here at Home Vacuum Zone and we reviewed another model in the series, the Shark Rocket TruePet HV322 Ultra-Light in our Shark vs Dyson reviews.

The Shark Rocket DeluxePro provides deep cleaning of both carpets and hard floors and never loses suction. This swivel-steering vacuum cleaner also has a 5-year limited warranty and floor-to-ceiling cleaning. Furthermore, its modular design means you can convert it to just about any vacuum type you want, from full-length to handheld.

Features

  • LED Lights
  • Long 30-feet cord
  • 500 watts input power delivering more than 200 air watts of strong suction power
  • 2 x capacity dust cup compared to the original Shark Rocket HV300
  • 2 power speeds for either carpets or hard floors
  • Quick release pedal to easily convert to a handheld for above floor cleaning
  • Accessory bag and wall mounted storage hook
  • Dust-away hard floor attachment and washable microfiber pad
  • TruePet Mini Motorized brush and Pet Multi-Tool specially designed for picking up pet hair

Pros

  • Our top vote for Best Lightweight Vacuum
  • Super strong suction
  • Slimline design doesn’t take up lots of space in your home and easy to store
  • Easy to use and clean
  • Excellent attachments included in the kit

Cons

  • Can’t really stay upright by itself

Although this is the heaviest vac in our top 5, it is definitely a lightweight full vacuum, weighing in at a mere 8.6lbs.  It boasts strong suction power, very nice attachments (the micro ones are good, too), sound and user-friendly modular design, an ultra-long cord for easy movement during operation, an accessory bag, and even a wall mount.  Any complaints about it are really minor in the face of all that, which tells you just how much value this particular vacuum offers.

Here is a video review of the Shark Rocket that shows the performance of this lightweight unit compared to the Dyson V6. You can see for yourself that this unit beats the Dyson V6 cordless model for suction power.

VonHaus 600W 2-in-1 Corded Upright Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Weighing in at only 6.2lbs, this is the lightest of our Best Lightweight Vacuums top 5. Capable of 130 Watts of air power, this 600W cleaner has both HEPA and sponge filters as well as a 1.2-liter dustbin.  It comes with a long (18ft) power cord and a shoulder strap for easy carrying. In addition, it easily converts from a stick vacuum to a handheld vacuum for easy cleaning of above floors, as well as stairs and furniture.

Pros

  • Great at sucking up dirt from edges and corners
  • Can stand on its own
  • Telescoping handle is very easy to manipulate

Cons

  • Intended for mainly hardwood floor cleaning
  • Attachments can get clogged up if particles are too big (popcorn-size, for instance)

This is a nice, cheap stick vacuum with superb value for only $45.  It has good suction power, has a telescoping handle for floor to ceiling cleaning, and takes on hardwood and tile surfaces with aplomb.  It’s not ideal if you want to go over a lot of carpeting or rugs, but for cases where only light cleaning of such surfaces is necessary, it works very well indeed.  It’s also a touch on the loud side, but not unreasonably so—it’s powerful enough that the noise seems merited once you start using it.

Here is a video review of this lightweight VonHaus 600W 2 in 1 stick vacuum in action:

Hoover Corded Cyclonic Stick Vacuum SH20030

Hoover SH20030

Hoover’s SH20030 is a corded stick vacuum with cyclonic suction technology.  It has swivel steering, extreme recline, and a powered brush roll built into its design.

Pros

  • Very easy to set up
  • Cleans edges quite capably
  • See-through dirt cup is easy to check

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with accessories
  • Dirt cup could be larger

This is another great little stick vac, and it’s available for about $80.  That’s reasonable as far as these vacuum cleaners go, and it’s no slouch in performance, either.  Simple to put together, it’s also astonishingly good at cleaning up edges and awkward little nooks—so much so that you almost feel like you’re using a normal upright vac when you first use it.  It could really do with an accessory set bundled into it and the dirt collection cup could be larger so you don’t have to empty it as often, but on the whole, this is a great lightweight vac to have.

BISSELL PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Corded Vacuum, 81L2A

Best Lightweight Vacuum Reviews - Bissell 81L2A

The 81L2A from Bissell sports a V-shaped bar that helps it capture dirt more efficiently than regular vacuums.  It is designed to cope specifically with hard floors and pet fur.

Pros

  • Very good at cleaning up pet fur
  • Can be used and carried one-handed
  • Has no bristles for fur to get stuck in

Cons

  • On the noisy side
  • The foam filter occasionally clogs up, so you have to wash it clean

This is a wonderful little vacuum with an unusual design that works very well in its favor.  It sucks up dirt even from edges and drags in fur very quickly, and the swivel head only adds to its overall maneuverability.  It could be quieter, yes, but that would probably mean sacrificing some of the power that makes it so great.  Its small size does mean you have to clean the filter and empty the dirt cup fairly often if you have a lot of dirt in the house, but that’s par for the course when using stick vacuums.  To add to all of that, it’s also a measly $50, which makes it one of the cheapest options among lightweight uprights at the moment.

Here is a detailed video review of the Bissell 81L2A:

Shark Navigator Freestyle SV1106 vacuum

Best Lightweight Vacuum Reviews - Shark SV1106

This bagless and cordless vacuum from Shark has swivel steering and a motorized brush on the head.  Its battery comes with a precision charger that allows you to charge it in just a few hours. Whilst this vacuum doesn’t have the performance of the Shark Rocket that we reviewed above, it is significantly cheaper at less than half the price. A fantastic option if you want a vac that is both super light and super cheap.

Pros

  • Cordless design makes it easy to move around
  • Excellent at picking up pet hair
  • Works on both carpet and hard floors

Cons

  • Could turn more smoothly
  • Inferior performance compared to the Shark Rocket

This Shark vacuum cleaner is yet another good stick vacuum for people who have to deal with a ton of fur whenever they clean.  It’s easy enough to use and also has sufficiently strong suction to make it a good light cleaner.  It holds a charge fairly well, so you can go over most messes without ever worrying about draining the battery.  It’s relatively reasonably priced at around $99.

Conclusion

The top buys here are the Shark Rocket DeluxePro Ultra-Light Upright (HV323) and the Bissell model.  Both have good vacuuming power for their size, are easy enough to handle that your grandmother wouldn’t struggle in the least with them, and tackle problems like pet fur very capably.

One (the Bissell) is much cheaper than the other, but it’s less powerful and also a bit noisier, so that’s something to consider when comparing the two.

Other than that, the Hoover SH20030 is another great option in this lineup, especially for general-purpose light cleaning.