Black + Decker’s cordless floor sweeper is convenient, efficient, and lightweight, making it our top choice.
Slim for easy maneuvering and storage. Features LED battery indicator and 50 minutes of run time on a single charge. Swivel head gets around furniture and in tight corners. Fits beneath beds and dressers.
Best for carpets – this product does not work well on hardwood or laminate floors.
In addition to being quiet and efficient, this sweeper is made from 100% recycled plastic and is PVC free.
Picks up dry messes from all floor types. Dual rotating brush heads tease particles and fibers from carpet and trap them. Dust bin is easier to empty than some others. The lightweight design makes it easy to use for long stretches.
It has its limitations, so it's only ideal for light cleaning prior to vacuuming.
Simple and affordable, this carpet sweeper is great for picking up pet hair, according to our cleaning expert.
Made with steel and high-density plastic parts. Capable of picking up messes from most surfaces, including carpet and bare floors. Lightweight, reliable, and easy to maneuver.
Smaller bits, like fine thread or glitter, are more difficult to pick up.
Ideal for both home and professional use; its electrostatic technology earns it our expert's praise.
Electrostatic charge helps pick up more debris than standard carpet sweepers. Small enough for children to use alongside adults. Manufacturer has a strong reputation in the floor cleaning industry.
Sweeping path is too small for anything other than spot cleaning and quick pick-ups.
Our cleaning expert recommends this battery-operated sweeper for its power and large cup capacity.
Battery-powered brush effectively sweeps up dirt. Dirt cup holds more dirt at once before emptying. Easily cleans hard floors, rugs, carpets, and more. Adjustable metal handle. Rechargeable.
Recharging takes 12 hours and can be finicky for some users.
We recommend these products based on an intensive research process that's designed to cut through the noise and find the top products in this space. Guided by experts, we spend hours looking into the factors that matter, to bring you these selections.
Whether you like it or not, keeping your floors clean is a day-to-day chore that must be done. If you don’t clean your floors regularly, you’ll likely see dire results within a week or two.
A carpet sweeper can help you do the job. You can use it either as an alternative to or in addition to a vacuum cleaner. Sweepers can clean bare floors in addition to cleaning carpets. The problem is, you'll find many options on the market. It’s not always clear which products perform well and offer the most for the money.
Perhaps you're still on the fence about buying a carpet sweeper. After all, you probably already own a vacuum cleaner or carpet cleaner of some type. Here are some benefits of owning this affordable cleaning tool.
There are two main types of carpet sweepers to choose from: manual carpet sweepers and electric carpet sweepers. Below, we examine the pros and cons of each.
Manual carpet sweepers don't run on electricity. Rather, they rely on your physical push power.
Though they don’t have suction, electric carpet sweepers have motors that power rotating heads and brushes.
From the lightweight to the hefty, you can find carpet sweepers of varying weights. The lightest models weigh in at under 2 pounds, whereas heavier options weigh up to 6 pounds.
As a rule, manual carpet sweepers are lighter than electric models because they don't have motors weighing them down. However, other factors also affect the weight of a carpet sweeper, including material, brush width, and overall size. If you have trouble lifting heavy objects or want a sweeper that's easy to carry from place to place, opt for the most lightweight sweeper you can find.
Some carpet sweepers have wider brushes, or "sweeping paths," than others. The most compact options have brush widths of less than 8 inches. Large models have brush widths exceeding 12 inches.
While carpet sweepers with smaller sweeping paths are easier to maneuver and get into nooks and crannies, they're not as quick at sweeping large areas of the floor. If you'll mostly be sweeping big, open rooms with few obstacles, a larger brush width is best.
Carpet sweepers clean through the use of rotating brushes, rubber bristles, or blades.
Since these types have pros and cons, some carpet sweepers use a combination to reap the benefits of each. For example, a bristle blade may sit at the front of a sweeper to clean up larger debris and hair while a rubber blade goes behind to pick up fine particles of dust and dirt.
Make note of whether a brand sells replacement brush rolls. If any part of a carpet sweeper needs replacing, it’s usually this one.
Though you will most likely use your carpet sweeper for light jobs, a larger dustbin capacity means you won’t need to empty it after every use. Though most companies don’t disclose the size of the dustbin, look for carpet sweepers with around 16 ounces of capacity.
Bear in mind that higher dustbin capacity often comes at the expense of a compact design.
The cleaning path is the width of the area a carpet sweeper covers on each pass. Most carpet sweepers have a cleaning path between 6 and 12 inches.
A wider path is typically more efficient, but narrower cleaning heads give you more maneuverability and the ability to reach tight spaces. Similarly, a low-profile design and a wide-range joint or swivel allow you to clean underneath furniture.
Both electric and manual carpet sweepers may be electrostatic. This means they generate an electrostatic charge as they clean to attract small particles the brush roll would otherwise miss. This can reduce the need to mop after you vacuum.
If you plan to replace your vacuum with a carpet sweeper, electrostatic bristles are crucial.
In addition to the cleaning path width and size of the cleaner head, handle flexibility is a major factor in determining how well a carpet sweeper can handle tight spaces and reach under furniture.
Carpet sweepers with a simple hinged handle have the flexibility of up to 90 degrees but no side-to-side flexibility. If your carpet sweeper isn’t your primary cleaning tool, this may be okay. Otherwise, you may find the limited flexibility frustrating.
Swivel joints are far more flexible and allow you to clean around corners without totally repositioning. Like hinged handles, make note of the limit of a swivel joint. Up to 90 degrees is ideal.
Bear in mind that the height of the cleaner head and handle joint can limit what furniture you are able to reach under.
If you opt for an electric carpet sweeper, you'll need to decide whether to buy a corded or a cordless model.
Cordless sweepers don't require a power outlet. You're free to roam wherever you please. The downside is that their rechargeable batteries have a limited runtime, so you could end up losing power before you finish sweeping. If you plan to clean larger areas, this could be especially problematic.
Carpet sweepers are generally less expensive than vacuum cleaners and more expensive than brooms, but their cleaning capability and maneuverability puts them in a unique spot.
Budget carpet sweepers start at $20 to $40 and are almost always manual and non-electrostatic. While they may lack additional features like corner brushes and swivel heads, they can supplement a traditional vacuum.
For $40 to $60 are electrostatic and electric carpet sweepers that often have larger capacities and roller brushes that can handle multiple floor types.
High-end carpet sweepers for $60 to $100 are usually electric models with long run times and quiet operation. They can typically clean a variety of surfaces with ease.
A. Homes that belong to dogs and cats usually require a bit of extra cleaning power thanks to muddy paws and shedded fur. While you don't need to have a particular kind of carpet sweeper if you have pets, note that electric models are more powerful than their manual counterparts, and electrostatic units are effective at picking up hair. Rubber bristles are also far easier to clean than vinyl bristles.
A. Unlike brooms, carpet sweepers don't simply push the dirt around the floor, leaving you with a pile to clear up at the end. Instead, they sweep dirt and debris into a dustpan or collection canister as they go along. Once you’re finished (or the container is full), you simply empty the debris into the trash.
A. Carpet sweepers are suitable for use on a wide range of flooring. Despite the name, you can use them on non-carpeted floors such as hardwood, linoleum, and tile. Although they work well on short-pile carpets, most models don't handle thicker piles very well.
A. Yes, almost all carpet sweepers have gears that revolve regardless of the direction you push the sweeper, always rotating the roller brush inward so it picks up debris. This means the motion of using a carpet sweeper feels much the same as using a regular vacuum cleaner.