The best lightweight vacuum of 2015, according to Good Housekeeping, is the Oreck Magnesium RS, which can be purchased at multiple locations including Amazon, Home Depot and Walmart. The vacuum also received 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon and a favorable rating on Vacuum Cleaner Online.
The Oreck Magnesium RS weighs 7.7 pounds due to its magnesium frame. The unique swivel design allows it to maneuver around furniture easily. Its two front LED lights and ability to lay almost flat help clean under furniture. Dirt is suctioned up through a fan and moved immediately to the bag, and the vacuum can clean any floor surface, from thick carpet to bare hardwood. Finally, the Oreck features side brushes that aid in baseboard cleaning.
Good Housekeeping rated this the best lightweight vacuum because of its ability to pick up dirt and pet hair from carpet with just two passes. It also reports that the Oreck cleaned 92 percent of the dirt off bare floors. The Oreck is easy to use, making cleaning hard-to-reach spots on the floor effortless. The only negative generally reported for this vacuum is that it does not come with any attachments to clean on top of furniture or other surfaces.