Once again the Appliance hunter has gone out in search of the best of the best, this time finding all the Best Vacuum Cleaners For Stairs.
It wasn’t easy but I managed.
I’ve put together a buying guide for all the different things you’ll want to look at then reviewed the best of the best at the end. I’ve grouped them into different categories so you can find exactly what you need.
Or, have a look below and check out the best choices.
What Type Of Vacuum Is Best For Cleaning Stairs
What you definitely don’t want if you have to vacuum the stairs is a big heavy upright vacuum cleaner, they’re just too bulky.
You really want is either a nice lightweight stick vacuum, if you want to do more than just the stairs, or a handheld vacuum.
Handheld Vacuums For Stairs
Handheld vacuums are great for cleaning stairs because you can get right into the corners. Plus, you can use them on the sofa and they’re handy to spot clean with.
Pros of a Handheld vacuum for Stairs
- Easy To Manouveur.
- Can Clean Sofa’s, curtains and other hard to clean surfaces
Cons of a Handheld Vacuum For Stairs
- Can’t vacuum whole house
- Small Canister for Dust Collection
Stick Vacuum For Stairs
Stick vacuums are much lighter than bulky uprights and they tend to have more cleaning power than their handheld counterparts.
Pros Of A Stick Vacuum For Stairs
- More Powerful Suction
- Can Vacuum More of Your House
- Bigger Cannister
Cons Of A Stick Vacuum for Stairs
- Not as manuverable
I think it’s still a toss-up between the two, if you already have a vacuum a wee handheld for cleaning the stairs might be ideal, but if you need a who house vacuum then a stick vacuum would be better.
Corded vs Cordless Vacuum For Stairs
Which one is better is entirely up to you. Cordless vacuums need charging which some people don’t like.
Meanwhile, Corded vacuums, of course, need a plug near the stairs which is a pain for some but to others not so much so it’s what you need.
The other pain is, of course, having to charge your vacuum after every use, charging can take up to 12 hours and if you don’t charge it, it stops working and you have to wait till it’s charged to use it.
Other Things To Consider
Just a couple of other things you might want to consider when you’re buying a vacuum cleaner for your stairs.
This is how much you’re going to need to empty it.
If you just use it for the stairs no big deal but if you’re using it for your whole house and the stairs then you’re going to need a bigger canister.
How Long Is The Power Cord
I touched on this a bit but just wanted to say, I’ll include this where possible further on in the reviews. Most modern vacuums have a nice long cord so this isn’t much of an issue anymore.
Do You have Pets?
If you have pets you’re definitely going to need a more powerful suction. Dog hair and cat hair just get everywhere and can be a real pain to try and vacuum up.
Now it doesn’t necessarily have to be a vacuum specifically designed for pet hair (though that is great) but checking for some sort of description that says “powerful suction”, or just check out the appliance hunters recommendation further down. I’ve hunted hard and only settle for the best.
Does It Have A HEPA Filter
HEPA filters are great additions to any vacuum cleaner, they basically purify the air while you vacuum.
Any air that gets sucked through then has 99.9% of allergens and bacteria removed. Great if you have pets because it will save anyone who visits who might have allergies.
Best UK Vacuums For Stairs Reviewed
I’ve gathered together my top picks and grouped them together here so you can find the best one for you. I’ve linked them through to Amazon where you check out the price, read some reviews and buy yours today.
2 in 1 Cordless Supervac
Brand: Morphy Richards
- Has A Removeable Handheld Vac Attachment
- 35 Minute Run Time
- Collapsible Handle For Storage
- Needs Emptied Often
35 Minutes of run time is great, it as two power settings so that’s on the lower setting, on the more powerful setting it’ll be closer to 25 or 20 minutes. Then charge time is about 5 hours which is quite good.
The handheld vacuum just slots out which you can use for the stairs, though it’s not as practical as the shark above it’ll still get your stairs clean! And the fact its cordless makes it ideal for quick clean-ups.
It’s not geat to keep anything with batteries on charge so best to charge it then turn the charger off and charge it for each use.
If you only used it for a couple minutes no big deal, you can use it a couple of times, but if you have a full vacuum of the house stick it back on charge for about 5 hours and then take it off charge and leave it till you need it next. That’ll keep the battery working properly.
The real problem is that the canister for collecting dust is really small, so you’ll probably need to empty it after every use. It’s nice and small and super easy to empty but if you get a bit lazy or forget to empty it then the suction is going to suffer.
Overall, it’s a really popular vacuum, great for stairs but changing the canister after each use is a pain to be aware of.
Style: Cordless Handheld
- Easy to Use
- Easy To empty
- 12 Hour Charge Time
The biggest design flaw in this is that it takes 12 hours to charge and you get 15 minutes of run time. Not a great return.
But that’s only if you run it flat, if you run it for a couple of minutes a time it’ll last a week and you can charge it on the weekends. Or if you only use it for a couple of minutes you can charge it for a few hours and it’ll be back to full. It has a charge light on it that’ll keep you right.
But if you just need quick spot cleaning it’s ideal, it can tackle the stairs in just a few minutes and you just press a button and the top pops off and you can empty it. It opens like a ‘gators mouth, hence the name.
This one’s good for the diversity, you can use it all over the house to get into little nooks and crannies and you can use it for your car as well.
It’s got a good enough suction so if you have hard floors or thin carpet then it’s ideal but shaggy carpets will cause it more problems.
Overall, a great cordless vacuum for stairs, nice and light and easy to empty.
Style: Corded Handheld
- Powerful Rollerbrush
- Double Motor For Powerful Suction
- Hepa Filter
- Quite Heavy
This is sold as a lightweight handheld vacuum but it’s actually one of the heavier on the list. It’s not super heavy, it’s only 2.9 kg but not ideal for anyone elderly or anyone with weak wrists.
It does come with a shoulder strap though so you can take some of the weight off but it’s quite thin and not the most comfortable.
But, it has a double motor so it has a really powerful suction built into it which is awesome.
The extra suction and the Hepa filter make it ideal for pet hair. Great for getting in and about the sofa or any upholstery as well.
The canister isn’t the biggest but you’ll be able to use it a few times between empties, and it’s really easy to empty.
Overall, a great choice if you have pets and need to clean hair off the stairs, a really powerful motor and roller brush.
V6 Cordless Vac
Style: Stick Vacuum
- Powerful Suction
- Short 3 hour charge Time
- Easy To Empty
- Can Change to Handheld Vacuum
- 20 Minute Run Time
You can’t talk about pet hair without mentioning Dyson! The Dyson V6 has really great suction, the shortest charge time of all the cordless vacuum and it can change into a regular handheld vacuum for stairs.
It has a wall mount where you can charge it and put it away nice and easy. I don’t recommend keeping it on charge for fire safety reasons but a lot of people on Amazon keep theirs on charge without incident.
It’s nice and lightweight so you can do the stairs without hassle and the suction is really powerful so it can deal with pet hair really easily.
It’s a Dyson! You just can’t go wrong.
Overall, Easily the best vacuum cleaner for stairs and pet hair.
F.A.Q on The Best Vacuum Cleaner For Stairs
What about cannister vacuums with a long nozel?
Cannister vacuums are great for cleaning and they can be used for the stairs if they’re split level, so half way up you can put it on the middle landing.
But if you have a straight set of stairs they really struggle to get to the middle and top half of the stairs. I have an article coming soon on the best Cannister Vacuum Cleaners so stand by for that.
Which is the best vacuum for hardfloor stairs?
Any of the ones recommended above are great for hard floor. You don’t need as much suction for wood and tile as you do for carpet so any of the above will be great.
But if it’s hard floor on the stairs just consider sweeping the dust down the stairs then vacuuming it up at the bottom. A lot easier than lugging any vacuum up and down the stairs.
Are these the best hoovers for stairs too?
They are indeed! I always call my vacuum cleaner a hoover but technically hoover is a brand name so I’ve stuck to talking about the best vacuum cleaners rather than the best hoovers for stairs.