Hoover Impulse Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Last updated date: March 21, 2019

Review Melt Score
8.0

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We looked at the top 1 Stick Vacuums and dug through the reviews from 4 of the most popular review sites including Vacuum Cleaner Advisor, CNET, Mommy's Weird and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Stick Vacuum you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 68 expert reviews, the Hoover Hoover Impulse Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 9, 2019:
Checkout The Best Stick Vacuum for a detailed review of all the top stick vacuums.

Expert Summarized Score
7.7
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.4
493 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Easy to operate, good build quality and Strong Cleaning performance on medium pile carpet and hardwood.
- Will's Best Vacuums
The Hoover Impulse BH53020 is no exception and it is lightweight, has plenty of suction, and can be used as a stick vac as well as a handheld vacuum.
- Vacuum Cleaner Advisor
The $300 Hoover Air Cordless combines the mobility of a stick vacuum with the cleaning power of an upright.
- CNET
June 27, 2014 | Full review
It is totally grab and go, as long as you have it charged, you are good to go. It has modes to go from carpet to hard floor and works like a charm on both. It’s pretty much exactly what I have wanted forever, no joke. I like things that are easy. The Hoover Impulse does that for me. I honestly have no idea how I lived without this. This is life-changing for a person like me who really is not interested or good at keeping a clean house.
- Mommy's Weird
November 19, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
It is a little on the loud side and some owners report that it feels a bit top heavy.
- Vacuum Cleaner Advisor
While it was competitive with other upright brands we've reviewed, it didn't outperform Hoover's own $180 Platinum Collection Linx Cordless stick vacuum.
- CNET
June 27, 2014 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Hoover Impulse Cordless Vacuum provides a fast and convenient clean for families on the go. It’s easy to store and is perfect for small areas. This versatile vacuum is everything you need in one compact design. Weighing in under 6lbs., IMPULSE features enhanced swivel steering that helps quickly tackle unexpected messes on any surface. Plus, a removable handheld vacuum and an assortment of tools, makes this vacuum ideal for quick pick ups and access into hard to reach areas like corners and crevices. Driven by a powerful, fade-free lithium ion battery, the Hoover IMPULSE offers fast, powerful cleaning with cordless versatility.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Shark IONFlex DuoClean Ultra-Light Cordless Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 6
2. Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 9
3. Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 8
4. Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 9
5. Bissell Featherweight Stick Bagless Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
6. Hoover Impulse Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
7. Eureka Blaze Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 5
8. Dyson V10 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 8
9. Bissell PowerEdge Stick Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 5
10. VonHaus Corded Lightweight Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Stick Vacuums

As hardwood floors become increasingly sought after in American homes, the stick vacuum has emerged as the cleaning solution of choice for many. A slimmed-down sister of the old upright vacuum, it does the hard work of tidying up floors without that bulky bag or the bulky profile. The first stick vacuums could store easily in even the smallest closet, and while they couldn’t boast the pickup power of the big uprights, they worked just fine for tile or hardwood. They could also handle tiny crevices and corners with greater agility.

Vacuum technology has come a long way in the last couple of decades, to the point where the best stick vacuums are perfectly capable of picking up dirt from just about any surface — rugs, carpets or upholstery.  Most models now can toggle between modes for cleaning carpets or bare floors. The main difference is typically a stiff-bristled rotating brush, which helps loosen deep-seated carpet dirt. On wood floors, it not only scatters that same dirt but can sometimes harm sensitive surfaces, so choose your setting accordingly.

The initial draw of the stick vacuum — portability — has likewise improved. Even budget models like the Hoover Linx are now cordless, allowing you to the freedom to clean floors, ceilings or patios without worrying where the plug is. Battery life is always a concern, but just mount it for a recharge and you’re ready to go again.

Many modern stick vacuums don’t even need to be confined to the house, thanks to their modular sensibility. Vacuums like the Shark IONFlex DuoClean are light enough in their normal configuration, but you can also detach the vacuum from the floor cleaner. Snap on one of a series of attachments, and you’ve got an effective handheld cleaner that can tackle car interiors or other tough-to-reach areas.

Finally, one of the same things that make stick vacuums so sleek also makes it more sanitary. Instead of the bag container of the classic upright vacuum, stick vacuums trap the dirt they capture in a cup – typically near the handle at the top. This container isn’t as roomy as that of an upright vacuum, meaning you’ll need to empty it more often. But when you do, it will generally mean less mess. Some vacuums double down on that cleanliness with a HEPA filter that traps tiny particles and allergens, but the thickness of that filter can reduce suction power in budget models.

Review Melt Fun Fact

The concept of vacuum cleaners has been around since the late 1800s, but the efforts of early inventors were more trouble than they were worth. Daniel Hess’ initial patent for a “carpet-sweeper” involved the use of a manually-operated bellows to create suction, so it’s no surprise that one may never have been created.

The advent of gasoline power didn’t do much to improve the concept. In 1898, John S. Thurman created a “pneumatic carpet renovator” that used a gas engine to blow (not suck) dirt into a large receptacle. The drawback? It had to be carted around in a horse-drawn carriage, with tubes that snaked into a house through the windows or doors. Believe it or not, Thurman actually did have some takers for his offer of house cleaning calls at $4 a pop.

The world’s smallest vacuum cleaner? As of December 2018, that honor goes to Talabathula Sai of India. He created a working 2.13-inch vacuum cleaner using a pen cap, 12-volt battery and a DC motor. We’re not sure what it cleans, but it sounds like it would be perfect for Barbie’s dream house.

The Stick Vacuum Buying Guide

  • The number one concern for anyone buying a vacuum, stick or otherwise, is going to be suction. It’s a difficult thing to quantify, as there’s still no generally accepted measurement of vacuum effectiveness. Not to mention, the fact that suction isn’t consistent even on the best vacuums. It can vary with the type of surface being cleaned, how full the dirt container is or how often the filter has been cleaned. That said, Dyson’s cyclonic filtration innovation has improved vacuum efficiency dramatically by eliminating the filter, and models using that system can be counted on for quality suction. Horsepower is also a good ballpark measurement, and user reviews can be helpful in determining how well a vacuum works and what type of surfaces it handles best.
  • Portability can also be a big concern. Stick vacuums are a favorite in many households primarily because they can maneuver under couches and coffee tables or even into ceiling corners — areas that upright units can’t easily reach. Cordless vacuums can be especially helpful for this, but you’ll want to bear the weight in mind, especially for older users.
  • If you’re choosing a cordless vacuum, research the battery life. The batteries on these vacuums are typically rechargeable, but larger houses may need more than one charge to get the job done. Models like the Shark IONFlex DuoClean have a removable battery, and you can even upgrade to a spare one that can be recharged while you run the original.
  • Depending on what you plan to use it for, attachments can make all the difference. Stick vacuums are versatile to begin with, but many have the added bonus of detaching from the floor cleaner and transforming into a handheld device. From there, you can pop on attachments like brushes or crevice tools to tackle upholstery, car seats or fan blades — if those extras are available for your vacuum.
  • Allergy sufferers are going to want effective suction (and maybe a HEPA filter for severe cases), but they will also want to make sure all those particles and dirt can be emptied out without getting it all over their hands. In that case, look for a detachable cup that can be easily cleaned, or a container like the Dyson V7’s that can be emptied without even touching the lid. Container capacity can be another big plus, ensuring that it won’t need to be emptied as often.
  • You and your floors may love a vacuum with a lot of horsepower, but your sleeping child may not. Some vacuums are definitely louder than others, so if you have sensitive roommates or children, do your research.