Some vacuum cleaners are amazing for cleaning bare floors. Others have magical carpet cleaning powers that can loosen embedded stains and dig up stubborn pet hair from the deepest fibers in rugs. But only a select few best vacuums for stairs are designed in such a way that they can tackle dirt, debris, dust, and hair from narrow staircases and tight corners and crevices.
All of the handheld vacuums on this list boast features that make them especially equipped to handle staircases. Whether you prefer a corded or cordless vacuum model, these are all lightweight enough to prove extremely portable — you won't cause major cramping in your arms just lugging them up and down a flight of stairs. Most go above and beyond the vacuum cleaner call of duty with unique characteristics that range from a flip-up nozzle that makes vacuuming stairs easier to specialized pet hair brushes that are compact enough to dig up fur embedded within stair carpeting.
It always helps to choose a vacuum that comes with accessories like a crevice tool for stair corners or a variety of nozzles that suit various flooring. These vacuums are amazing, powerful tools that will clean stairs and upholstery like the champs they are — without ever losing suction power.
1. A Lightweight Handheld Vacuum With A Flip-Up Nozzle For Stairs
This powerful handheld vacuum cleaner is so lightweight you can lug it around the house — and up and down stairs — without any effort. At the same time, it boasts 5.5 amp power that gets deep within stair rugs to dig up dirt and has a 20-foot cord that makes it one of the most portable, convenient options. A Rizer Visor nozzle flips up to clean stair and upholstery vertically and horizontally, and its crevice tool attachment is perfect for cleaning stair corners and other tight spots.
2. A Cordless Vacuum With A Special Pet Brush
Banish pet hair from stairs with this cordless hand vacuum, which features a special pet brush to remove embedded pet fur from any surface. Its accessories include a dusting brush and crevice tool and the powerful suction power lifts up debris from carpets, rugs, and bare floors. If you're a stickler for organization, you'll love the wall mount option that keeps kitchen counters as free and unburned as possible.
3. A Vacuum With A Rubber Nozzle For Pet Hair On The Stairs
With two different nozzles, this handheld vacuum addresses a variety of cleaning issues on stairs with ease. A specialized, contoured rubber nozzle attracts and sucks up hair and dirt from stairs and upholstery and its hard nozzle is excellent for picking up solid messes like crumbs and pet food or litter. It weighs just five pounds and has a 16-foot cord for more convenient portability.
4. A Spot Cleaner With 6 Tools Especially Made For Stairs
If you have the money to invest, this is the ultimate portable vacuum for staircases, thanks to its six special stair tools and five flex hoses that give you access to stains and spots in hard-to-reach areas. It has a super-long 22-foot power cord, three tools for tough stains, and can be used to remove tough, dirty spots from upholstery and carpets, as well.
5. One Of The Lightest Vacuums Around With A Motorized Brush For Pet Hair
Weighing less than 4 pounds, this corded handheld vacuum cleaner has a TruePet motorized brush for better hair removal from stairs and an extended reach hose that allows you to get debris out of corners. For such a compact device, it has a powerful, 400W motor and never loses suction. A simple touch of a button empties dust and dirt from an internal cup that's a breeze to wash and dry.
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