Tineco A11 Hero Powerful Suction & Multi-Surface Cordless Stick Vacuum

Last updated date: May 21, 2020

DWYM Score
8.6


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Overall Take

Equipped with a lithium battery, this cordless stick vacuum can run for 40 minutes after being fully charged. Thanks to a variety of attachments, you won't have any trouble using this model to reach corners or vacuum up a flight of stairs. There's even an extra large dust bin, which means less interruptions to empty the bin. In our analysis of 79 expert reviews, the Tineco Tineco A11 Hero Cordless Stick Vacuum placed 2nd when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 21, 2020:
Checkout The Best Stick Vacuum for a detailed review of all the top stick vacuums.

Expert Summarized Score
0.0
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
3,789 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Lightweight, easy to use, powerful, well-designed, relatively inexpensive, good battery life.
- Business Insider
The Tineco A11 Master stands as the best of what the company has to offer. It’s like an affordable Dyson V8—like the V8, it has two different brush heads, one for carpet and one for hardwood. So if you ever find dust sticking to the floor, its specialized brush head may be just the ticket. Beyond the floor, the A11 has tools for cleaning under and around furniture, which we appreciated. Aside from having more tools, the A11 also comes with two batteries. During testing, the two batteries gave us about 14 minutes of cleaning power on the highest setting.
- USA Today
The Tineco A11 is a relatively unknown “new kid on the block”. However, when you look at the features you can quickly see that it is every bit as good as the V10.
- Best Vacuum For
What experts didn't like
Base is a bit bulky and doesn't house all the accessories.
- Business Insider
The downside is that while the A11 apes many of Dyson’s features, it can’t match its power. It required four passes to get our testing area clean while the Dyson V10, for example, needed only two.
- USA Today

From The Manufacturer

High performance digital motors provide ultra-quiet yet powerful suction, up to 120W in Max mode - 5X the suction power of an ordinary cordless vacuum with a DC motor. Single 2500mAH Lithium Battery provides up to 40 minutes of uninterrupted runtime, great for whole-home cleaning. Additional batteries are available to order separately to further increase runtime. The suitable power modes to choose from when you need it. Three modes suit any task on any floor type. Daily cleaning tasks in Suction Mode I & II, and cleaning stubborn dirt in Max mode.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Bissell Featherweight Stick Bagless Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 4
3. Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 9
6. Eureka Blaze Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 6
7. Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Shark IONFlex DuoClean Ultra-Light Cordless Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 6
10. Hoover Impulse Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
11. Dyson V10 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 8
12. Bissell PowerEdge Stick Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 5
13. VonHaus Corded Lightweight Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 7.0
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 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 Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum 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.

DWYM 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 No. 1 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. 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. Some models 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 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.