Lightweight Vacuum Cleaners


Lightweight Vacuum CleanersPeople often visit our site and search for lightweight vacuums.  We have reviewed many lightweight machines but specifications, like weight, are often buried in the articles.  So we recently dug through our reviews to uncover the best rated lightweight vacuums.  We hope the information is helpful.

Lightweight Upright Vacuums

Searches for lightweight vacuums seem to be predominantly focused on uprights.  Perhaps because a heavy upright is more of a burden to use than a heavy canister as you have to move the entire vacuum when cleaning - the bulk of it is not pulled along behind you as it is with a canister.

Following is a list of lightweight uprights that have achieved respectable consumer ratings.  Click on the links to see our detailed reviews.

 Model  Approx. Weight (lbs)
 Shark Speed NV682  13.3
 Oreck 2100 RHS  8.2
 Oreck XL Classic Limited Edition  9
 Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV350  12.8
 Hoover UH30010COM  12
 Oreck Magnesium  7.7
 Dirt Devil Dynamite M084650  8.8
 Oreck-U2000R  9
 Bissell Aeroswift 1009  12
 Hoover Sprint QuickVac  12.8
 Bissell Powerglide 1534  11


Prices in the above list range from about $60 to close to $300.  Also, some of these units are very Plane Jane while others have a host of features and tools/attachments.  We suggest reviewing them carefully before making any purchasing decision.

If you want something even lighter you may want to check out our best stick vacuums list and our best cordless vacuums list. But remember that stick vacs are often not built for large area cleaning.

Lightweight Canister Vacuums

Lightweight canister vacuums with respectable ratings from owners are compiled in the table below (there are a number of other lightweight canister vacuums but their ratings are just not that good).  Please consider that weight for canister vacuums is sometimes quoted as "canister only" and the entire unit may weigh more with hose, wand, nozzle, etc. Click on the links to see our detailed reviews.

 Model  Approx. Weight (lbs)
 Shark Rotator Lift-Away NR96  10.3
 Bissell Zing 10M2/Rewind  10
 Sanitaire SC3683A  10
 Oreck Commercial BB900DGR XL Pro 5  5
 Hoover Commercial Portapower  8.3
 Eureka 3670G Boss  8.2
 Most Miele Canisters  9-13
 Electrolux UltraFlex EL4335A  11.6
 Bissell Zing 4122  8
 Eureka AirExcel 990A  8
 Bissell 1161 Hard Floor Expert  9.1


Prices in the above canister list range from about $50 for the Bissell Zing 4122 to over $1000 for a top-end Miele canister vacuum.

With respect to both uprights and canisters one should consider that some vacuums are lightweight because they are not very large or “heavy duty” (although many of the vacuums listed here are indeed full size).  


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