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Best Stick Vacuum List Released by Vacuum Cleaner Advisor

Vacuum Cleaner Advisor has just released its annual list of the best stick vacuums. This year's list features models from Miele, Hoover, Bissell, Euro-Pro, Electrolux and Eureka.

Best Stick Vacuum List Released by Vacuum Cleaner Advisor
Seattle, WA, July 26, 2012 --( There are countless stick vacuums on the market today but many just aren’t worth the money, so finding a good one can be difficult. To help buyers make the right decision, Vacuum Cleaner Advisor has published its list of the Best Stick Vacuums for 2012. Stick vacuums fill the void between the handheld vacuum and the full size vacuum. For small clean ups where a handheld just won’t do, the stick vac can be a great choice.

The list of best stick vacs for 2012 includes machines from Miele, Euro-Pro, Hoover, Electrolux, Eureka and Bissell. Prices range from about $50 to over $200. Vacuums were chosen based on consumer ratings, length of warranty and features.

At the top end of the price range lies the Miele Quickstep S194. This new stick vacuum replaces the Miele S163 and S168 and manages to garner better ratings from owners than either of those two earlier models. Like most Miele vacuum cleaners the Quickstep is powerful yet quiet. It is also effective at pulling up pet hair and doesn’t clog easily. However, this is a corded stick vacuum, which ensures continuous power, but means it is not as portable as a battery-powered unit. The Quickstep is a great machine, but at about $230 it does not come cheap.

Stick vacs in the median price range include the Shark Freestyle, the Hoover Linx and the Electrolux Ergorapido Ion. The Freestyle is battery powered, light and has strong suction. It also has a motorized brushbar, making it capable on both bare floors and carpets. There are two speeds -- high and low -- and the battery charge lasts for about 17 minutes on high and a full 24 minutes on low. The Hoover Linx gets great reviews from consumers and is powered by an 18-volt Lithium Ion battery that provides maximum power until the battery is completely drained. It carries a 2-year limited warranty on vacuum, battery and charger. The Ergorapido Ion from Electrolux is a 2-in-1 vacuum cleaner and the stick vac easily converts to a handheld for smaller cleanups. The Ion is lighter than the Quickstep, the Linx or the Freestyle, weighing in at just over 5 lbs.

The more affordable end of the list includes the Hoover SH20030, the Eureka Quick-Up 96JZ and the Bissell PowerEdge 81L2-T. The Hoover SH20030 is very popular with owners and can generally be found under $100. This is not a battery-powered vacuum, it is corded. It has a 20-foot power cord and weighs about 9 lbs. However, it is becoming harder to find and many outlets report having limited or no stock. The Quick-Up 96JZ costs about 50 bucks and owner ratings are very good. This is not a machine for large area cleaning, but for smaller cleanups it excels. Its small size and light weight make it easy to get into hard-to-reach areas, and the handle can be removed, converting the stick to a handheld. The PowerEdge 81L2-T has a unique v-shaped nozzle for directing debris into the vacuum’s suction area. It is best on hard surfaces and can be found at about the same price point as the 96JZ.

View the Best Stick Vacuum list and read detailed reviews about each of these top machines at Vacuum Cleaner Advisor also provides lists of the best upright vacuums and the best canister vacuums.
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