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Best Inexpensive Lightweight Stick Vacuum for Pet Hair, etc.

Updated on September 5, 2014

Not too long ago we completed an extensive DIY remodel on our island cottage and installed new hardwood flooring in every room except the bathroom. My search began for a vacuum that was lightweight, easy to use, with suction strong enough to pick up lots of pet hair, dirt and sand. Lastly, but very importantly it must fit into our depleted budget. It didn't take me long to settle on the Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik.

This lightweight vacuum has me in awe! I bought it because of the many great reviews I had read about this product on Amazon as I am always interested to read what other consumers have to share about an item. The price was also very enticing, so I placed my order online.

Rave reviews aside, I have to admit I was initially VERY skeptical when upon opening the package, I picked up the vacuum and realized how incredibly lightweight it was. However, the first pass over the floor and any doubts were demolished!

I've been using this vacuum almost DAILY for nearly 6 months now and it continues to clean thoroughly and quickly. Our fur baby, Lana, sheds a LOT and no room in the house is off limits to her which is why I vacuum daily.

Living in Hawaii the custom is to remove your shoes before walking into a home, but with a husband who surfs we still have to contend with sand from bare feet finding its way inside. The suction on this vacuum in unbelievable though and sand, dirt and pet hair are not a problem now.

And the price??? WOW! I'm getting ready to order 3 more as gifts. :) With this product being eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping from Amazon on orders that total over $25, (yep, even free shipping to Hawaii) this product is a win win!

Short clip showing the versatility of the Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik.

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This vacuum does a great job on pet hair! Though it has no roller brushes for carpet it quickly cleaned this low pile kitchen rug. GREAT for pet hair!Easy. Lightweight. Cleaning.   Those three straightforward words tell the story of this super worthy little vacuum.This flexible vacuum works horizontally as well as in a vertical position. Look how low it goes!Works fantastic on tile floors as well.Our fur baby's initial reaction to meeting the new vacuum. Yes, she was skittish but quickly came around to tolerating its presence. :)Bottom close up. No brush rollers for carpeting, though the suction is very strong and cleans low pile scatter rugs very well (AND quickly!)The dirt cup should be emptied after every use. (Filter shown is the F25 which is included with the purchase.) More filters available on Amazon.Look at all the dog hair stuck to the filter (and YES, I do vacuum EVERY DAY!) Filter is easy and quick to clean over the trash can.Easily remove the foot and the handle section of the vac to convert to a hand-held product. Reverts back just as quickly!Features! The enclosed small brochure is very helpful. The instructions to switch over to the hand-held and back are very easy to follow.The cord is a generous 16 feet long and wraps neatly away when not in use. The crevice tool conveniently attaches to the handle.Close up of the body of the stick vac. (I am taller than the average woman (5'10") and this vacuum is very comfortable for me to use.)It's spacious! This handy vacuum fits into a tiny 11" wide cleaning closet. :)
This vacuum does a great job on pet hair! Though it has no roller brushes for carpet it quickly cleaned this low pile kitchen rug. GREAT for pet hair!
This vacuum does a great job on pet hair! Though it has no roller brushes for carpet it quickly cleaned this low pile kitchen rug. GREAT for pet hair!
Easy. Lightweight. Cleaning.   Those three straightforward words tell the story of this super worthy little vacuum.
Easy. Lightweight. Cleaning. Those three straightforward words tell the story of this super worthy little vacuum.
This flexible vacuum works horizontally as well as in a vertical position. Look how low it goes!
This flexible vacuum works horizontally as well as in a vertical position. Look how low it goes!
Works fantastic on tile floors as well.
Works fantastic on tile floors as well.
Our fur baby's initial reaction to meeting the new vacuum. Yes, she was skittish but quickly came around to tolerating its presence. :)
Our fur baby's initial reaction to meeting the new vacuum. Yes, she was skittish but quickly came around to tolerating its presence. :)
Bottom close up. No brush rollers for carpeting, though the suction is very strong and cleans low pile scatter rugs very well (AND quickly!)
Bottom close up. No brush rollers for carpeting, though the suction is very strong and cleans low pile scatter rugs very well (AND quickly!)
The dirt cup should be emptied after every use. (Filter shown is the F25 which is included with the purchase.) More filters available on Amazon.
The dirt cup should be emptied after every use. (Filter shown is the F25 which is included with the purchase.) More filters available on Amazon.
Look at all the dog hair stuck to the filter (and YES, I do vacuum EVERY DAY!) Filter is easy and quick to clean over the trash can.
Look at all the dog hair stuck to the filter (and YES, I do vacuum EVERY DAY!) Filter is easy and quick to clean over the trash can.
Easily remove the foot and the handle section of the vac to convert to a hand-held product. Reverts back just as quickly!
Easily remove the foot and the handle section of the vac to convert to a hand-held product. Reverts back just as quickly!
Features! The enclosed small brochure is very helpful. The instructions to switch over to the hand-held and back are very easy to follow.
Features! The enclosed small brochure is very helpful. The instructions to switch over to the hand-held and back are very easy to follow.
The cord is a generous 16 feet long and wraps neatly away when not in use. The crevice tool conveniently attaches to the handle.
The cord is a generous 16 feet long and wraps neatly away when not in use. The crevice tool conveniently attaches to the handle.
Close up of the body of the stick vac. (I am taller than the average woman (5'10") and this vacuum is very comfortable for me to use.)
Close up of the body of the stick vac. (I am taller than the average woman (5'10") and this vacuum is very comfortable for me to use.)
It's spacious! This handy vacuum fits into a tiny 11" wide cleaning closet. :)
It's spacious! This handy vacuum fits into a tiny 11" wide cleaning closet. :)

Do you have any questions about this product I could answer for you? I would love to hear your thoughts.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      That's a great review. I only have minimal hard floors right now but could have used this in my last condo where I had all laminate floors.

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @gottaloveit2: Lori, I'm in LOVE with this vacuum! :) lol

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      gottaloveit2 3 years ago

      Looks intriguing! With 4 dogs and a cat, I need this vacuum.

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      Jeff Wendland 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      I need to get one like this for the office at work. Perfect size and it looks powerful.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Great review - the pictures speak volumes! Looks like you and I share a couple things in common - hard floors and a dog that sheds a lot!

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