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10 Easy Pieces: Compact Upright Vacuums for Small Spaces

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10 Easy Pieces: Compact Upright Vacuums for Small Spaces

January 11, 2017

In my 400-something-square-foot Brooklyn apartment, there’s no place to store a vacuum; as a result, I hire a monthly cleaning service (mostly because they bring their own vacuum to clean with).

The other day, I needed to do a quick cleanup before a dinner party, so I called a neighbor to borrow her vacuum. As I carted it down the street, hose and attachments included, people stared. I knew I had to find a solution. This led me on a hunt for the perfect small space vacuum: something slender enough to prop in an unused corner or tuck under a bed. Here’s my list of finds (and stay tuned for our post on handheld/canister vacuums—also good for the small space dweller).

A small stick vacuum tucked into a stealth closet in Francesca&#8
Above: A small stick vacuum tucked into a stealth closet in Francesca’s Brooklyn Heights house, photographed by Matthew Williams for Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home.
The Bosch Athlet Cordless Handstick Vacuum Cleaner can sneak under furniture by lying flat, weighs a little over 7 pounds, has an 00 watt motor, and is $649 from Bosch.
Above: The Bosch Athlet Cordless Handstick Vacuum Cleaner can sneak under furniture by lying flat, weighs a little over 7 pounds, has an 1800 watt motor, and is $649 from Bosch.
The Shark Navigator Light Upright Vacuum Cleaner has a loading=
Above: The Shark Navigator Light Upright Vacuum Cleaner has a 1,200 watt motor, a stretchable cord, extra-long attachments, weighs 14.9 pounds, and measures 46 inches high and 14 inches wide; $119.99 on Amazon.
LG is set to soon release the LG CordZero HandStick
Above: LG is set to soon release the LG CordZero HandStick 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum with Water Mopping that allows you to switch from mopping to vacuuming, eliminating the need for both a vacuum and separate mop in the house. It’s cordless and can transition into a handheld vacuum too. Contact LG for information.
The Electrolux Ergorapido Essence (EL0loading=
Above: The Electrolux Ergorapido Essence (EL2001A) is cordless, weighs only 5.5 pounds, and is 42.5 inches tall; $99.99 from Electrolux.
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Above: The Miele S194 Quickstep Vacuum has a 1,000-watt motor, a long cord that allows a 28-foot operating radius, features Miele’s air filtration system, and it weighs only 9 pounds; $199 on Amazon. Read more about the model in our post The Perfect Small Space Vacuum.
The Aerus Lux Guardian Vacuum is an upright vacuum that looks almost vintage. It has a low profile L-shape that can fit into a closet, Tetris-style, and measures 47 inches high and  inches wide. Contact Aerus for pricing and information.
Above: The Aerus Lux Guardian Vacuum is an upright vacuum that looks almost vintage. It has a low profile L-shape that can fit into a closet, Tetris-style, and measures 47 inches high and 15 inches wide. Contact Aerus for pricing and information.
It may look like a prop from the 84 Ghostbusters movie, but the Dyson V6 Cord-Free Vacuum can be used to clean hard to reach spaces high and low, has a 0W motor, and weighs 4.5 pounds; $9.99 from Dyson.
Above: It may look like a prop from the 1984 Ghostbusters movie, but the Dyson V6 Cord-Free Vacuum can be used to clean hard to reach spaces high and low, has a 100W motor, and weighs 4.5 pounds; $299.99 from Dyson.
The Black & Decker (DB00SV) Dust Buster
Above: The Black & Decker (DB1800SV) Dust Buster 2-in-1 Stick Vacuum weighs 7.7 pounds and is just 10.1 inches in width; $85.50 at Amazon.
The Ryobi Rechargeable Cleaner (BHC- 6809A) Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner is a slim and attractive option; $5.35 at Rakuten.
Above: The Ryobi Rechargeable Cleaner (BHC-1010 681609A) Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner is a slim and attractive option; $155.35 at Rakuten.
The Eureka Quick Up
Above: The Eureka Quick Up 2-in-1 Cordless (96JZ) Vacuum is a lightweight (4 lb) stick vacuum that transforms into a hand vacuum; $213.80 at Amazon.

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