When my 60 year old mother nearly dislocated her hip trying to maneuver her enormous, ancient vacuum cleaner, I knew it was time to get her the best lightweight vacuum cleaner that money could buy, aside from the standard cordless vacuum cleaners, since it would literally take ages for her to clean the entire house with one. With the sheer number of products available, I thought it smart to make a list of my top picks and I am now sharing that list with you today.
Eureka Easy Clean 166DX
The 166DX serves a dual purpose, it can be used as both an upright cleaner or it can be converted/adjusted and used as a handheld which is a great feature to have when dealing with tight spaces. The entire unit weighs only 4.4 pounds so it’s safe to say that it is in fact lightweight and it can clean floors, carpets, upholstery and stairs fairly well. Additional features include-
- Detachable floor nozzle.
- Crevice tool.
- Telescopic handle.
- 1 year limited manufacturer’s warranty.
- 15 foot cord.
Another feature which made me consider this device for my mother was that it is easy to empty, it comes with a dust cup as opposed to bags, which only needs to be detached, emptied and rinsed out. At just under $20 I’d also like to add that the Eureka 166DX is very easy on your pocket.
At $340 the DC22, a canister vacuum, is undoubtedly expensive however, it also comes with a host of great features that cannot be ignored. For starters it works like a charm, sucking up even the most minute dust particles, which is why it is recommended for use by allergy sufferers. Furthermore it uses ‘Root Cyclone Technology’ which works to separate dust at super fast speed. This ensures that the suction power of the machine is always consistent. It also comes with the following features-
- On board tools.
- Durability because it is made from tough material.
- Suction power can be adjusted (high or low).
- Bin is easy to empty requiring only the push of a button.
- It moves smoothly across the floor and is very quiet.
While the DC22 clearly has more function that the Eureka I mentioned earlier, at almost 16 pounds it is far heavier while still coming under the lightweight category.
This machine attracted me for two reason. Firstly, it is lightweight vacuum weighing in at a mere 7 pounds, and secondly, because it is cordless. This vacuum cleaner also charges extremely fast and once fully charged it can last up to 6 hours. The DC35 also incorporates Root Technology so it is very powerful, and it also includes-
- A floor tool which is motorized.
- Carbon fiber brushes.
- Detachable wand.
- It also comes with a docking station for easy storage and recharging.
- Crevice tool and bag-free dust bin.
- Rotating cleaner head (180 degrees)
- 2 year limited manufacturer’s warranty on parts and labour.
Having tested all three of these machines, I would classify the Dyson DC35 as the top lightweight vacuum machine. While it is much more expensive than the Eureka at approximately $329 (when purchased from the retailer) and a few pounds heavier, it is cheaper than the DC 22 and much lighter as well.
It has more features than the Eureka and only lacks the HEPA filtration system of the DC22 (allergen removing system). For me personally the weight, features and price of the DC35 as well as its cordless capabilities made me choose it for my mother. Ultimately you too would need to decide which features and price range appeal most to you as well as how much weight you can or can’t handle.
If money is not an issue, it might be a good idea to pick up a top rated handheld vacuum to clean certain hard-to-reach locations, while using your lightweight cleaner for everything else.