The Best Stick Vacuum for Your Needs
Rowenta Delta Force 24V
This powerhouse cleans for nearly an hour (most run 20 to 30 minutes). It reclines flat to go under a sofa; the tip conquers corners.
To buy: $200, williams-sonoma.com.
Two Tools in One
Electrolux Ergorapido Ion Cordless
Pop out the hand-held, or take the whole setup for an after-dinner spin. So nimble and graceful, we loved it twice (in an issue last spring, too).
To buy: $150, sears.com.
Bissell PowerEdge Pet
Ideal for the young and broke. Strong suction, with a V-shaped head to corral crushed chips from last night’s party. Not quite as sturdy as others here, but for the money, a winner.
To buy: $50, bissell.com.
Hoover Platinum LiNX
Effortless to drive, with a switch on the handle for hard floors or carpets (like the big boys). The battery pack detaches for charging, so you can tuck away the bulk of the unit.
To buy: $180, hoover.com.