The Best Easy-to-Push (Like Self Propelled) Vacuum Cleaners

Today, we’ve got something slightly different for you.
We get a number of emails asking us to break down the best self-propelled vacuums. Whether you’re getting on in years, have arthritis or generally struggle with moving heavy loads, there are many reasons for seeking a vacuum that’s a breeze to push.
The problem is, pickings are very slim with this type of vacuum so we’ve done one better…
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We’ve hunted down a selection of vacuums that are remarkably easy to move around, lightweight and serve up the ultimate in maneuverability. Along with these, we also tested out several robotic vacuums and we’ve whittled those down to two of the best at varying price points.
So, if you want a vacuum cleaner that feels almost like it’s floating on air, we’ll launch straight into our reviews!

Top 10 Best Self-Propelled Vacuum Cleaners

1. Our Pick:Oreck Magnesium Bagged Upright


Our overall winner is the Oreck Magnesium, a vacuum packing so much power it feels self-propelled.

Classified as the lightest full-powered upright equipped with swivel steering, it weighs a mere 7 pounds without compromising suction power. An ergonomic QuickSwitch placed at your fingertips lets you select how much power you want from the potent motor which can spin the brush roll at up to 7000rpm.

From carpet to hardwood and tiles to lino, the Oreck makes light work of any debris in its wake. The brush roll is a cinch to adjust when you’re moving from surface to surface.

With HEPA-filtration, you’ll make sure all those tiny particles are kept safely wicked inside not spewed back out into the air in your room. The Magnesium works well if you have allergies or asthma.

Build quality is first-rate as evidenced by Oreck’s industry-leading 7-year warranty.

For raw power without weight and maneuverability without the upright feeling flimsy, the Oreck Magnesium delivers top-tier results with practically no effort on your part.

Things We Like

  • Exceptionally all-round maneuverability included innovative lie-flat design
  • HEPA-filtration makes the Oreck ideal for allergy sufferers
  • Remarkable multi-surface cleaning adds to the versatility of this upright

Things We Dislike

  • Headlight is far too weak to be properly effective

2.Budget Pick:Hoover Linx Cordless Stick


If you’re looking for ultra-lightweight maneuverability on a shoestring budget from an industry legend, Hoover’s classic Linx cordless stick is the obvious choice.

Although you obviously won’t get the raw firepower of a corded upright, this cord-free stick gives you a huge degree of freedom and you’ll be able to take it up and down stairs with ease. Cleaning the whole house without straining yourself or switching power outlets constantly is a huge bonus.

With SmartCharge Technology, your battery will be given a boost and your Linx always ready to roll. The manufacturer doesn’t quote run-time but you can expect perhaps 20 minutes of regular cleaning which is enough for most purposes. If this doesn’t quite make the grade, there’s a model available with a second interchangeable battery.

For a powerful and robust yet lightweight stick from an industry legend, you can’t go wrong with the Linx.

Things We Like

  • Clean from edge to edge with an immaculate finish thanks to design of bristles
  • Cordless convenience and lightweight nature without sacrificing power or suction
  • Patented WindTunnel Technology to suck away stubborn, ingrained filth

Things We Dislike

  • Battery can deteriorate in performance over time but you need to expect some drawbacks at this price-point

3.Also Great:Eureka FloorRover


Design of the Eureka FloorRover polarizes opinion but we have to say we’re kind of stricken by it. During testing, this bagless upright performed strongly on any surface we tried, perfect for homeowners with mixed flooring.

If you’re looking for a vacuum that’s almost self-propelled, Eureka come good here. The swivel steering combined with oversized wheels means the vacuum seems to glide over any surface from carpet to bare flooring. The lengthy 30-foot power cable adds further to the maneuverability of this powerful upright.

The multi-stage cyclonic system works to efficiently combat just about any type of debris while HEPA-filtration keeps all those tiny airborne contaminants safely wicked away inside.

Bagless, you’ll have none of the running costs or inconvenience of costly paper replacements and no adverse environmental footprint either.

The FloorRover might not be self-propelled but it’s the next best thing.

Things We Like

  • Swivel steering makes this vacuum a breeze to move around without fatigue setting in
  • Multi-stage cleaning system makes sure this vacuum never loses suction
  • Generous batch of accessories with handy on-board storage to keep everything you need at hand for those finishing touches

Things We Dislike

  • Rugged, utilitarian design is not to everyone’s taste

4. Eufy RoboVac 30C


If you’re looking for the ultimate in lazy cleaning without enduring a dirty house, there’s little substitute for a robotic vacuum.

If you thought all robo-vacs were ruthlessly expensive, this eufy represents superb value in our considered opinion but is it any good?

The battery is capable of yielding over an hour and a half of cleaning scheduled whenever you want even if you’re not at home.

If you have an Amazon Echo or Google Home device, you’ll be able to control this WiFi-enable vacuum hands-free with voice commands from your favorite digital assistant.

BoostIQ Technology in place makes sure cleaning is fully optimized on your behalf. If RoboVac encounters any particularly stubborn stains or ingrained grime, suction power is enhanced to make light work of the mess.

Setting boundary strips is super-simple and you’ll get the ties you need included in the starter bundle.

To get the next best thing to a maid service without the stiff monthly bill, the eufy RoboVac is well worth popping on your shortlist.

Things We Like

  • Outstanding price for a robotic vacuum without being stiffed on the performance front
  • WiFi-enabled and works with voice commands if you’ve got the requisite Amazon or Google device
  • Get up to 100 minutes of whisper-quiet cleaning without lifting a finger

Things We Dislike

  • Tends to crash into obstacles, particular rounded bases

5. Upgrade Pick:iRobot Roomba 980


Stepping things up considerably in terms of pricing, the stellar iRobot Roomba 980 also delivers fully in terms of performance.

Cleaning and scheduling can all be taken care of in the intuitive HOME app and you’ll be able to completely personalize cleaning remotely using nothing but your smart phone. As with the Eufy, if you have an Alexa device you can streamline operation further by incorporating voice commands.

Early versions of robotic vacuums required you to clean up behind them which defeats the very purpose. Super-powerful suction and intelligent mapping means there’s no such nonsense with Roomba.

Although not HEPA-rated, the filtration in place is fantastic and copes with all kind of debris, big and small. You won’t find any irritation if you’re an allergy sufferer.

If you want a vacuum that removes all the effort from cleaning while rendering your house absolutely spotless, the range-topping iRobot Roomba 980 is an absolute must. It would have headed our list were it not for the prohibitive price tag placing it out of the reach of many. If you can afford it, though, we can’t recommend Roomba strongly enough.

Things We Like

  • Intelligent navigation gives you a seamless cleaning experience with no concern about Roomba getting snarled up by obstacles
  • PowerBoost delivers some valuable extra oomph when the robot is cleaning carpets
  • Mapping gives you feedback on where the robot has cleaned

Things We Dislike

  • There’s no escaping the fact this vacuum is extremely expensive but if you’ve got a fluid budget, it’s a great bet

See Also: Top 7 Best Robot Vacuums for Carpet

6. Oreck Commercial Upright XL


Oreck produce pro-grade vacuums at residential prices so what’s not to love?

This upright gives you all the power you’d expect from a beefy, freestanding model while only weighing 8 pounds. The helping hand handle comes fully certified             by the Arthritis Foundation so you’ll find maneuverability a snap.

The low-slung design lets you clean thoroughly under your furniture without getting snarled up. Side-edge brushes are also a powerful ally when you’re putting the finishing touches on clean-up. All bumpers are designed not to mark or damage your baseboards, too.

Although you’ll be encumbered by a cord, this is cut 35 feet long, class-leading and a thoughtful touch. By dealing with the cord, you’ll benefit from extra power.

Filtration is robust and you’ll get all those pathogens trapped safely in the sealed system. A bagged vacuum, you’ll enjoy maximum power through the full cleaning cycle even as the bag fills.

The high velocity roller brush gives you the speed and vigor you need for cleaning carpets without delivering so much power that you damage your hard flooring.

If you’re hunting for a versatile multi-surface cleaner ideal punching above its slender weight, it’s got to be Oreck.

Things We Like

  • Generous, wide cleaning path so get more done in less time
  • Glide from hardwood flooring to carpet without needing to tweak settings manually
  • Helping hand design of handle comes backed by the Arthritis Foundation

Things We Dislike

  • Design with garish branding not to everyone’s taste

7. Bissell Air Ram Cordless Vacuum


While you might sacrifice a little firepower with a cordless vacuum, you gain significantly when it comes to freedom of movement. With nudging an hour of battery life on tap, you should be able to clean a mid-sized to large home in a single session. You only need 4 hours to impart a full burst of charge, too.

Maneuverability is one of the key selling points with the Air Ram. The swivel steering allows you to agilely glide around the room while the lie-flat handle promotes easy access under your furniture.

The dirt bin is large enough you won’t need to empty it mid-cycle. When you ditch the contents, it’s a simple case of ejecting the slider so you can empty it out without getting a face full of dust.

You can blitz carpets and area rugs while also retaining enough delicacy to clean your bare flooring without leaving any scratches behind.

Filtration is robust and keeps all those airborne pathogens safely wicked away.

If you’re looking for a highly flexible cordless vacuum that packs plenty of suction and works well on all types of flooring, roll with the Bissell Air Ram.

Things We Like

  • Cordless convenience with the benefit of 40 minutes of runtime on a single charge
  • Easy to maneuver thanks to lightweight form and swivel steering
  • Clean dim spots with ease thanks to LED headlights

Things We Dislike

  • Only weighs 8 pounds but quite wide so make sure you have a large cupboard to store it in

See Also: Top 15 Best Hepa Filter Vacuum Cleaners

8. Tineco A10 Hero Cordless Stick


At less than 3 pounds, vacuums don’t come much lighter than the Tineco A10 Hero. If you’re looking for a stick that feels as good as self-propelled, this should be near the very top of your list.

We’ll kick off by stating that run-time could certainly use some improvement. At roughly 10 minutes, it’s ideal for a smaller apartment but not quite so capable if you’ve got larger spaces to clean. What compensates for that limitation, though?

Well, if you’re looking for a vacuum to use from floor to ceiling and up and down the stairs even if you have arthritis or struggle with heavy loads, the Hero is tailor-made. The continuous power mode is another touch arthritis sufferers will appreciate since there’s no need to keep your fingers pressed back on the trigger.

For a compact and extraordinarily slimline vacuum that’s flexible in the extreme, the Tineco Hero is well worth your further investigation.

Things We Like

  • Unbelievably lightweight while still packing considerable power
  • Ability to upgrade battery which is a nice touch as these vaccum batteries degenerate over time so you’ll be saved from a costly replacement of the whole unit
  • Completely sealed 4-stage filtration so fight back against airborne contaminants

Things We Dislike

  • Run-time is weak at around 10 minutes so don’t expect to clean a large house in a single sitting

9. Gtech AirRam Mk 2 Cordless


Rounding out our study of lightweight and maneuverable vacuums, we’ve got the hard-hitting Gtech AirRam in its rebooted version.

Make no mistake, this vacuum is not cheap but you get a great deal of value baked in.

Cordless convenience is all well and good but you often get woefully disappointing battery life. The AirRam is the exception giving you 40 minutes of juice on a single charge.

The AirRam acquits itself well on all surfaces. Unlike other vacuums, you won’t need to flip a switch or change any settings when you move from carpeting to bare floors either. This is a user-friendly machine across the board.

The patented AirLOC system helps with mobility while also picking up larger debris with ease.

A sterling example of a cordless vacuum par excellence, road test the Gtech AirRam and you can thank us later.

Things We Like

  • Commanding low-slung design is easy on the eye but it’s not a case of form over function
  • Glides easily across all surfaces with no need to manipulate the settings
  • Takes just 4 hours to charge then delivers an incredible 40 minutes of full-bore cleaning power, class-leading for a cordless

Things We Dislike

  • Certainly not the cheapest option at your disposal but among the very best

10. Hoover Power Drive Pet


Looking very similar to the Eureka, don’t let the 16-pound waistline of the Power Drive put you off. With nimble swivel steering, you’ll push this upright around with ease even if you struggle with heavier loads.

You will be able to clean both carpets and hard flooring but you’ll notice a distinct drop in suction when you deactivate the brush roll. While this ensures you won’t scratch up your bare flooring, you might find you don’t get enough grunt for your needs.

If you’ve got pets in the house, you need no telling how much mess they leave behind. You’ll get a powerful brush roll to suck up all the hair in the Power Drive’s path but it won’t end up tangled around. You’ll also enjoy some dedicated pet tools so you can see off any lingering mess left behind.

While it might not look like the most agile vacuum, once you start pushing the Hoover, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at its impressive agility.

Things We Like

  • Multi-surface cleaning with enough suction to deal with even ingrained messes
  • Works admirably against the menace of pet hair with several extra pet tools included to see off any lingering strays
  • Oversized dirt container lets you clean for longer without needing to break your stride

Things We Dislike

  • Reduced performance when you’re cleaning hard flooring so think again if your home has predominantly wooden or tiled surfaces

See Also: 15 Best Upright Vacuum Cleaners


Well, we very much hope you’ve found some useful pointers in our quest for the best self-propelled vacuum along with other units designed to lighten your load and streamline your cleaning duties.

For pure maneuverability, cordless sticks are arguably the best option. A handheld is great but extremely limited. Some of the models we looked at offer you a detachable handheld. This type of 2-in-1 functionality is hard to beat.

That said, modern uprights have advanced considerably and harness various technologies to increase enhance your freedom of movement.

The other obvious choice if you find pushing heavy vacuum cleaners a strain is a robotic vacuum.

So, whichever one of the fine vacs on our list you choose, you’ve got our vote of confidence. The 10 we outline here today are the result of testing over 30 models. As always, we strive to bring you nothing but the best.

If you’ve got any questions on self-propelled vacuums or anything else at all, don’t hesitate to get in touch. And come back soon, we’ve got plenty more gems for the household lined up as always!

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