Lightweight vacuum on a wood floor
Stop struggling with your vacuum. Today's lightweight models do a great job cleaning too.Pixabay

Why does vacuuming the house always feel like the worst possible chore? Is it the ritualist fight with the electric cord? The struggle to free the mammoth of a machine from the dusty storage closet? Or maybe it’s because most traditional vacuums seem to weigh as much as a car after an hour of cleaning the floors. That’s where a good lightweight vacuum comes in. Here are four models of lightweight vacuums to consider next time you upgrade your home cleaning gear.

Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Lightweight but versatile, this Dyson model is cord free and has a lifetime washable filter.Dyson

If you own pets, you know what a chore it can be keeping the hair and allergens off the floor. Finally there's another "animal" that can help. Dyson's Animal is designed for homes with pets and features hygienic dust bin emptying so there's no need to touch the vacuumed-up dirt. It can also transform quickly for handheld use - perfect for cleaning sofas, stairs and car seats.

Eureka PowerSpeed Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner
An upright vacuum doesn’t need to be a hassle. This one is only 10 pounds.Eureka

Sure, we get a chuckle from Eureka's tagline: "We want cleaning to suck less for you." Thankfully, this cleaner sucks very well. And unlike many competing handheld models, a slew of accessories come along in the package, including an extra-large dust cup, a washable filter and a wide nozzle.

Bissell Zing Canister, 2156A Vacuum, Green Bagless
This bagless vacuum goes from cleaning carpets to hard floors with the flip of a switch.Bissell

When you think of "cyclonic technology," try not to envision the movie Twister. This type of circulating action creates a powerful suction, which is Bissell's signature feature in this model. It also has 15 feet of cord so you should be able to reach the corner of most rooms without having to change outlets.

APOSEN Cordless Vacuum Cleaner 4 in 1 Extension Wand Detachable Battery
Clean carpet, wood, tile and marble floors for up to 35 minutes per charge.APOSEN

Advanced filtration is what sets this vacuum from APOSEN apart. It has a 12-degree HEPA filter that captures 99.99 percent of the dust and particles that irritate allergy sufferers. The battery is detachable so purchase a spare so you can switch power sources for long cleaning tasks.

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