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Vacuum vs stick vacuum

Vacuuming is an important part of the household. Now there are the traditional sled vacuum cleaners, but more and more people use a stick vacuum cleaner. What is the difference between these 2 types of vacuum cleaners? In this article I tell the differences and I indicate the advantages and disadvantages per type of vacuum cleaner.

Canister or stick?

Power grid or battery

The biggest difference between a canister and stick vacuum is that a stick vacuum works with a battery and a canister vacuum with the power grid. For this reason, the stick vacuum has a limited battery life. The bigger the battery life of the stick vacuum, the longer you can use it. That's why we recommend a minimum battery life of 40 minutes for large households. Do think you need more time? Consider a stick vacuum with a longer battery life, an extra battery, or choose a canister vacuum.

Vacuum vs stick vacuum: the differences

Vacuum Stick vacuum
Large vacuum cleaning jobs Yes Sometimes
Small vacuum cleaning jobs Yes Yes
For there No Yes
Coarse dirt Yes Sometimes
Viable No Yes
Get started quickly No Yes
High suction power Yes Sometimes

Pros and cons

A traditional canister vacuum


A canister vacuum cleaner is the most traditional vacuum cleaner. The vacuum has a cord and only works if it's plugged in. Dust ends up in a dust bag or dust collector. This depends on whether you buy a vacuum with a bag or without a bag.

  • Large collection capacity
  • No time limit
  • Larger surfaces
  • Fixed to power outlet
  • Higher energy consumption
  • Heavier weight
A stick vacuum

Stick vacuum

A stick vacuum is a vacuum without cord. This means that the vacuum cleaner works on a battery, which you recharge regularly. The battery life is different for each stick vacuum. Dust ends up in a dust collector that you empty regularly.

  • Cordless
  • Easy to use
  • Possibility for handheld vacuum
  • Limited battery life
  • Smaller dust collector
  • Lower suction power

For there

Stick vacuum as an extra vacuum

A stick vacuum can function as the replacement for your canister vacuum. Do you already have a vacuum, but don't you feel like grabbing the thing for only a few crumbs? In that case, a stick vacuum comes in handy. You can keep it on the upper floor, for example. This way, you don't have to carry your other vacuum up the stairs, and you can remove more dust from the upper floor. You can also quickly go over the closet or desk if your stick vacuum has a built-in handheld vacuum.

In short

A vacuum and stick vacuum are too different from each other to make a good comparison. It mainly depends on your wishes and home situation which suits you best. Generally, you use a regular vacuum for the larger vacuum jobs and a stick vacuum is useful for small rooms, or as a supplement. I've put the most important similarities and differences in an overview.

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