Some vacuum cleaners that work well on stairs are Eureka RapidClean Step Handheld Corded Vacuum, Shark Rocket Truepet, Shark Rocket Corded Hand Vac, Hoover Cordless Bagless Handheld and Dyson DC59 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner. They also double as regular machines to clean the whole house.
The Eureka RapidClean powerfully reaches dust, cat hair and dog hair, and has a canister for easy emptying. The Shark Rocket Truepet is a lightweight upright. Both vacuums clean carpet and bare floors. On the other hand, the Corded Hand Vac contains a canister, a hose attachment for ultimate flexibility and a 15-foot power cord to clean the entire room.
Another handheld is the Hoover Cordless Bagless. It is lightweight, reaches hair on stairs and furniture, and has a reusable, easy-rinse filter. The upright Dyson DC59 Animal Cordless is lightweight, contains a Dyson digital motor V6 and the same power as a full-sized machine.
A majority of the reviews for all vacuum brands tend to be positive. Eureka is the least expensive, while Dyson costs the most, as of 2016.
Most vacuums for stairs are lightweight, bagless and cordless. They feature specific attachments for cleaning stairs, upholstery and hard-to-reach places. Some uprights include a lift-away portable canister and long attachments for cleaning stairs.