Choosing The Best Vacuum Cleaners For The Stairs

When we decide a new vacuum cleaner is a go, we compile a list of requirements starting with the usual suspects; how big our space is, what types of flooring we have, will the vacuum cleaner do polished hardwood floors, can it cope with tiles or how thick are our carpets? Rarely do we stop to consider the challenge of Vacuuming your Stairs.

This as we inevitably discover later on, as we sweat and curse at our recalcitrant and totally inappropriate vacuum cleaner as we struggle to get at the odd angles and hard-to-get-at spots on our stairs, was a mistake!


Whether your stairs are carpeted or not there are some options on the market, which fit a broad, range of needs and can be used effectively for other parts of the home. The current star performers in the stair cleaning stakes are:

  1. Eureka RapidClean Step Handheld Corded 41A
  2. Shark Rocket Truepet
  3. Hoover Platinum Collection LiNX Cordless Pet Handheld BH50030
  4. Dyson V6
  5. Shark Rotator TruePet Powered Lift-Away NV652

As we will discover, they each have their benefits.

Heavy vacuum

kklklklklklklStairs are all in tight, compact spaces with limited room to lug heavy vacuums. Your ideal vacuum cleaner will be lightweight and one you can maneuver quickly. You don’t want to be swinging a dead weight around that’s hanging off your arms or shoulders. Handhelds prove very useful in these situations. Newer ones come with attachments to make your cleaning even easier.

Cleaning stairs

So, desirable options for cleaning stairs include either a cordless unit or one with a long cord, highly portable, upright or compact canister models with attachments that make cleaning grit and dirt and fluff from crevices and tight spaces a walk in the park. The more useful accessories you have, the easier your cleaning job will be. Also look for a pivoting head, preferably one that can rotate 180 degrees and a 3-foot hose minimum.


klppmbxzIf your home has stairs and you are on the hunt for a vacuum cleaner, remember, those stairs come with their unique challenges. The five models listed above are proven, strong market leaders, which excel at cleaning stairs. They combine power, durability and a range of helpful accessories to do the job whether your stairs are polished timber or carpeted. Most can pull double duty and will work in other areas of your home.