The Best Handheld Vacuum Cleaner models – Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik

Recently we’ve been almost exclusively focusing upon canister vacuum cleaners. And Dirt Devil Simpli Stikeven though they are pretty popular because of their multifunctionality, they still are the most expensive vacuum type out there. With our next few articles we will be going over various models of different types and price ranges. In this article, we will cover one of the most popular DirtDevil models – the Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Lightweight Corded Bagless Stick Vacuum or SD20000RED as it’s also known. DirtDevil are famous for creating very low priced, yet solid and reliable products. The model in question has been dubbed many times one of the best handheld vacuum cleaners made by DirtDevil, and we figured it is about time we featured it as well.

Technological Details

The Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Lightweight Corded can be used in two ways – like a handheld and like a stick vacuum, which makes it good at various tasks it would otherwise be impractical for. Regardless of what you choose to use it for, however, it will always have its 16 ft long power cord, which can easily be seen both as an upside and a downside (but more about that later). It’s a quite powerful model for its low price range, capable of handling pretty much any domestic task that you’d throw at a handheld model. It excels at dealing with furniture, counters, shelves and all kinds of upholstery. The Simpli-Stik doesn’t require bags, which goes to further reinforce its cheap and efficient design – all that you need to do between cleaning sessions is empty the dust cup.

Cleaning Accessories

Even though this isn’t a canister vacuum, it still ends up being useful for a wide variety of tasks. However, this is mostly due to its design. The mere fact that the model can be used both in stick and a handheld form makes it good at twice as many things as it would otherwise be useful for. The model has no problems picking up dust, dirt and pet hair from a hardwood floor or an area rug and as long as you aren’t trying to make it cover a huge area, it’ll do just fine. In the end of the day, the only accessory the Simpli-Stik comes with is a crevice tool, but it’s more than enough for what it’s meant to be used for.


Just like with all other models featured in our best vacuum cleaner series, there are multiple upsides to the Simpli-Stik that greatly outweigh the downsides. In this case, we have a very lightweight multifunctional model with enough suction power to take care of almost any handheld or stick task that is also one of the cheapest products in its category.

Powerful – Even though it obviously can’t compete with canister and upright models, the Simpli-Stick can most certainly hold its own against the other handhelds and sticks in the price range. As long as you know what to expect from a model of its size, you will not be disappointed by its suction ability.

Multifunctional – The model can deal with your flooring, furniture, all kinds of upholstery, area rugs, shelves ceilings and every other task that you’d use a handheld or a stick model for. On top of that, it comes equipped with a crevice tool that will allow you to deal with weird angles and difficult to reach places around big pieces of furniture.

Can be used as stick or handheld vacuum

Good for pet hair – The Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Lightweight is more than capable of dealing with most light kinds of pet hair on hard surfaces, small area rugs and most types of upholstery. A great model for pet owners.

Accessible – This is one of the main factors that make this model so desirable and allow it to rank so high in so many different top lists. It comes at a very low price tag that blows its competitors out of the water. And it performs like it costs three times as much!

Lightweight – Just like its name suggests, the Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik is very easy to carry around and use, with its 3.8 pounds of weight, making it a viable choice for pretty much anyone.


The biggest disadvantage here comes from the limitation of the model type. Sadly you won’t find a huge variety of attachments and add-ons made for this vacuum cleaner like you would for a canister or (to a lesser extent) for an upright model. It’s also not really good at dealing with large spaces – this is once again a task better suited for bigger models. To further reinforce this, its cable is 16 feet long. However, none of these things should be an issue for anyone who knows what handheld vacuums are meant for and doesn’t expect miracles.

Impractical for large areas – Like any other handheld or stick model, theDirt Devil Simpli-Stik Lightweight isn’t meant to deal with very large areas – it’s more of a quick clean-up solution. Its cable is also not very long, which somewhat limits its operational range if you live in a big house.

Very light and versatile


The Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Lightweight Corded Bagless Stick Vacuum gets a good, solid 9.2 out of 10. All of its downsides aren’t really a problem unless you are trying to use it for something that it’s not meant to do. As it stands right now, it’s the one of the best handheld vacuums for people who already have a canister or an upright model and are looking for a quick cleanup. It’s also great for those of you who live in smaller houses or flats and don’t feel the need to drag around a heavy vacuum cleaner.

However, if you live in a big home and don’t own any other vacuum cleaner, than you might want to look into some of our other suggested models – a canister vacuum cleaner would most likely be better for you.
For everyone else, the Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik remains one of the best handheld vacuum cleaner models of the low price ranges on the market.


  • Powerful Suction
  • Multifunctional
  • Lightweight and Affordable


  • Corded
  • Doesn’t offer a wide variety of attachments

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