This is my review of the kind of carpet sweeper you should get in 2020.
Do you have antique rugs or Persian rugs at home or in the office? I have compared for you the best sweepers that you can find on the market today.
If you wish to effectively clean your carpets, area rugs and hardwood floors without having the heavier vacuum set nor the traditional broom and dustpan on carpet fiber, this review is for you.
My Top Picks
- Best Overall - Bissell Natural Sweep Carpet and Floor Sweeper (92N0A) Silver
- Best Budget - Bissell Sweep-Up Cordless Sweeper model (21012)
- Best for Pets - Bissell Perfect Sweep Turbo (28806)
- Best for Low Pile - Yocada Carpet Sweeper
- Best for Shag Rug - Fuller Brush 17032 Electrostatic Carpet & Floor Sweeper-9
- Best for Small Jobs - Dirt Devil Simpli Sweep Manual Push Sweeper (PD10010)
- Best Carpet & Floor Combo - Rechargeable Floor & Carpet Sweeper (V2950)
This Bissell Natural Sweep Carpet and Floor Sweeper (92N0A) cleans excellently any floor surfaces like a vacuum, but minus the weight and the price tag, which makes it the best sweeper to date.
Thanks to its two rotating brushes, this performant carpet cleaning device is incredibly effective on small grit. The rotating brushes work double time on picking up debris like food crumbs, litter, and cat hair on the first sweep simply by pushing it back and forth.
Besides, the small brushes on the corners of its foot are particularly efficient in cleaning edges, and corners. Being a manual sweeper, you don’t need to plug, charge, nor use electricity to use it which saves energy and avoids any excessive chords and noise.
Also, made of 100% of plastic parts (recycled) and weighing 4.2 lb, the Bissell 92N0A is very lightweight making it a great choice over heavier vacuums which had to be dragged all over the floor space. The compact size also makes this sweep extra easy to store and keep.
Due to its versatile design, the sweeper is ideal for bare floors and carpet, so you do not have to switch tools when you want to quickly clean.
However, some reviewers say that they had to hover some parts of their rug twice to get the dirt off the fiber. Others report that the handle is breaking. Indeed, the handle is light and feels fragile at times especially since some parts are just screwed together, and not welded nor made in one full piece.
Overall, this carpet sweeper is the best among other sweepers as it is light yet packed with practical design which saves electricity, time, and a lot of effort.
The Bissell Sweep-Up Cordless Sweeper model (21012) is my favorite inexpensive carpet cleaner because it’s packed with features that clean as great as its competitors but at a low price.
For less than $25, this little device is outfitted with a Dirtlifter brush system that effectively pulls up small dirt particles like food crumbs. This system is incredibly good at dog hair which got stuck on oriental rug with natural fiber for instance. However, it may not pick up larger pieces like fallen peas or Cheerios.
It is also compact and lightweight which makes it easy to clean corners and fit under furniture. As a manually pushed sweeper, you can easily feel how smooth it glides over floors, tiles, and carpeted areas thanks to the brushes on the foot. This Bissell Sweeper 21012 also picks up debris from both low carpet and hard floors to help you clean without having to swap tools for different floor surfaces.
This sweeper is cordless and does not use electricity which saves you from incurring electricity bills and from disturbing babies and pets with a buzzing noise you’d usually get from a vacuum cleaner. You can also adjust the handle to different heights as it comes with a screw-finish which means you can adjust it to lengths that fit your needs and sweep hard-to-reach areas. The pan is also of sizeable dimension which can be emptied by these steps: hold the bottom pans, rotate inward, and take the dust out.
The features deliver great value for money although some reviewers experienced trouble with reconnecting the handle after mistakenly removing them to open the dirt pan.
All in all, this Bissell Sweeper 21012 helps you to clean faster and better without breaking the bank.
The Bissell Perfect Sweep Turbo Rechargeable 28806 Carpet Sweeper is the best for dog and cat parents looking for a powerful sweeper for pet hairs but that will not scare their pets.
This cordless sweeper is designed with a battery that can clean for up to 60 minutes. This makes it ideal for those who wish to cover a greater area when cleaning. The dirt cup capacity is 480 ml so you'll get as much debris and pet hair as possible with the hour-long battery-run.
It's also cordless making it easy to haul all in all corners of the home to make quick work of pet messes. For owners of a drooling dog or those worrying over urine stains, they can use it as a fix. This compact sweeper has a handle and a stick that you can adjust and fold slightly so that you use to hover under tables, furniture, and in far areas. The adjustable handle feature, together with a hanging loop at the handle, makes it fold flat for easy hassle-free storage.
It is also equipped with rubber wheels that make it easy to push and pull around. The rubber wheels and brush mechanism in this sweeper are designed to make it work quietly so as not to disturb your pets and family. These features make the sweeper a must-have tool for pet owners.
Some reviewers share that they would love it if the sweeper can fully turn for corners and wall areas. Others also mention the initial charging taking longer than stated. But based on experience, it is best to check if the socket is not worn out so it will not affect charging.
Finally, this Bissell Perfect Sweep Turbo is the perfect for pet-owners as thoroughly without being too loud for your pets.
The Yocada Carpet Sweeper features a brush that is fine yet strong enough to glide, making it the best for cleaning low-pile carpets.
This Yocada model is the answer to your DIY rag cleaner. It is created with two rotating brush rolls which make it pickups debris more efficiently than sweepers with only one brush.
The bristles in the brush are also made with the right tension and hardness so it is safe to use on shag carpets. This way, you have less to worry about pulling on deep fibers or damaging the fabric on your carpet.
Aside from pet and human hair, this sweeper can also pick up small pieces of garbage, cigarette butts, and wastes like a seed so you won’t need a broom or a vacuum to clean your carpet. This sweeper also works without electricity nor batteries so you’ll be free to push and pull it around your office, home, or smaller living spaces.
This sweeper also comes with a scrubber to easily clean the brushes and the interiors of the sweeper. Another surprising feature of the sweeper is that it does not have a dustpan. Should you wish to empty the sweeper of the debris, you can just press two "push" buttons at the bottom and it will empty the device which makes it lighter than sweepers with a pan.
Many reviewers also commend that the sweeper is easy to assemble. This is a sweeper made especially for carpeted areas and it is not advisable to use them on non-carpeted surfaces such as hardwood, tile, laminated floors, and others. This is because the brushes may be flattened if excessively used on hard, flat surfaces.
This Yocada model has brushes tailored for sweeping through fibers and is indeed the best sweeper for low-pile carpets.
The Fuller Brush 17032 is equipped with a high-performing rotor brush that cleans well yet gentle with all carpets making it the ideal choice for your shag rugs.
The rotor means that the sweeper is packed with a mechanism that allows for the sweeper to produce an electrostatic charge that efficiently picks up event the smallest particles.
Since it has no cord nor electric use, you can clean your favorite shag rug without worrying about ruining the fibers and other soft carpets with the heavyweight and excessive suction of a vacuum.
This sweeper is also cordless and requires no battery nor electricity which saves you money.
Besides, the Fuller Brush 17032 is designed with the signature Fuller Quality bristle rotor brush that works great on pick up dirt and debris. The sweeper is also produced with a metal frame (complete with a metal handle) so you can count on it to be sturdy and long-wearing.
Meanwhile, the soft vinyl bumper also helps protects floor surfaces from scratches. It conveniently folds flat should you need to use it under furniture or store in a small space after use.
This model is versatile enough to use not only on high pile carpets and regular carpets but also on indoor and outdoor carpets.
There are some reviewers who wrote of having to go through the same area several times to pick up dirt it happens quite frequently - especially if you are dealing with carpets where debris usually gets stuck on the fiber.
This sweeper also comes from the Fuller brush that has over a hundred-year legacy so you can count on it to be the best for your most price carpets at your house or office.
This Dirt Devil Simpli Sweep Manual Push Sweeper (PD10010) weighs an astounding 1.5 lb with a compact frame and finish making it the best manual push sweeper for small jobs.
As the name suggests, this sweeper leaves no room for debris on your carpet. Like most of the sweepers in this review, this model is cordless and does not use electricity which means it does not incur an electric cost.
Its main cleaning feature is the big brush at the bottom that picks up small debris like fallen cereal, food crumbs, and animal or human hair. This sweeper is great for quick clean-up where a vacuum is not needed.
It is a practical choice for households with pets or small children who may be prone to making small messes as it is not too pricey. At 1.5 pounds, it is light and compact enough to use all over the house or within limited space. The small size also makes it perfect for reaching under tables, beds, cabinets, and counters.
The Dirt Devil Simpli is also produced with scratch-resistant soft wheels making it extremely quiet while on the job. This is great for homes with pets and babies who may get disturbed loud buzzing from a vacuum.
At the bottom of the sweeper is a double-sided dirt bin that collects dirt and makes it easy to dispose of the content in one go.
Some reviewers found it challenging to empty the lid but all you had to do is open it carefully from the top and empty it. This sweeper works well on carpeted surfaces but may need several backs and forth over hard non-carpeted ones.
This carpet sweeper is best for small jobs as it is super light and can easily be used to quickly clean spills and debris.
The Shark 13" Rechargeable Floor & Carpet Sweeper (V2950) is not a vacuum but it cleans carpet and floors almost well as one.
This rechargeable carpet sweeper has a battery run time of 55 minutes which is enough time for you to cover bare floors and even upholstery when you’re done with your main carpets. The 13-inch brush roll is packed with an extremely powerful 2-level speed option which gives you control on how fast you want the machine to perform.
Low speed is great for bare floors while high speed is ideal for rugs. As the ideal sweeper to use for both carpeted and non-carpeted floors, this sweeper delivers good maneuverability thanks to its Backsaver handle and swivel steering mechanism that allows you to clean hard-to-reach areas under your furniture.
This also makes it ideal on any type of surface and even sharp corners. A closer look at the bottom reveals an edge-cleaning squeegee, good for cleaning all along walls and edges.
The motorized mechanism of this sweeper makes it incredibly effective on the carpet and smooth flooring.
Have low light carpet on a hardwood floor? This sweeper glides effortlessly on the surface. At 2.2 lbs, this is portable and handy to use even on car interiors.
Given the motorized components, this sweeper is also surprisingly not too loud when in use which is a plus for pet owners or parents of babies.
Some reviewers mention of the sweeper not being able to pick up dirt on high pile carpets and having to go through the same area many times. Make sure the device is charged and emptied, without crumbs stuck in the bristles of the brush.
The specialized feature on this Shark 13" Carpet Sweeper V2950A showcases Shark's dedication to giving you an all-around cleaning experience no matter the surface.
What to Look for When Buying A Carpet Sweeper
Carpet sweepers hit the balance between the efficiency of a vacuum and the portable and handy size of brooms and dustpans.
Like any product you use, carpet sweepers are built differently from each other. The best way for you to maximize a carpet sweeper is to get one that fits your needs best.
Below are the elements you can consider when buying a sweeper.
One main feature that helps buyers decide about getting sweepers is if the model is power-operated.
A lot of sweepers are just manual with built-in brushes and rollers to help them glide.
Meanwhile, a great number is also chargeable or battery operated. Manual sweepers are great if you’re looking for a handy tool that can quickly clean up litter or debris from the floor.
But if you have pets that shed fur or hair, a battery-operated or electrostatic one is ideal to pull all the hair and finer particles on your carpet or floor.
Quality of the Materials
Another element to look out for is the quality of materials. Some sweepers are designed with metal frames and handles; this is great if you're looking for a long-wearing device (although this will be a bit heavier).
Another material is plastic or PVC but this may be a bit brittle and has the potential to wear out faster than its metal counterparts.
Choose from brush and blade for the main cleaning part, too. Brushes would likely wear out faster as the bristle may bend out after a period of excessive use.
Blades (usually made from rubber) may not have the tangling issues of a bristle but may be less able in picking up smaller debris.
Weight and Size
Sweepers are a top choice among home or office owners as it is really light and makes little to no sound, unlike vacuum cleaners.
Like most of the sweepers in this guide, a regular sweeper is less than 5 lbs, making them easy to transport and haul around the cleaning station or space that needs to be cleaned.
The size of the roller brush should also be considered if you want to cover as much surface as you can within a specific period. As seen in this review, a brush roller can be as long as 13 inches! But there are sizes shorter than that which can be ideal for those looking for a more compact device.
The size of 5.5 x 17.8 x 13 inches is among the standard ones but modern versions appear to be more compact and slimmer in profile. Many opt to buy a sweeper instead because it can easily be hauled and dragged around the house, unlike a bulky vacuum.
If you're a buyer who prefers add-ons to their purchase, be sure to get sweepers with accessories and other unique elements. An example of an accessory is a squeegee that can help you clean adjacent surfaces like walls (without corner warm water).
Other sweepers also come with a separate (smaller) brush to clean the main rotating brushes so you won’t have to take the bigger brushes out nor use a garden hose to clean them.
In addition, sweepers that come with replacement brushes or tools is a plus. If none is available at the initial purchase, you can always check if the brand offers additional purchase in case you need to replace parts.
Sweepers also have varying sizes of their containers or dust bins. These bins help collect the debris and keep them in one place until the sweeping time is over and you have to empty it in the trash.
A larger bin means you can clean many areas for longer as it can hold as much dust and particles as possible. However, a larger one also means it the sweeper may get bulkier or heavier,
On top of the overall bulk, you must also consider how easy the sweeper is to assemble (and take the lids off from bins or trays).
Some sweepers only require users to push a tab or rotate the rollers or cover inwards to reveal an opening. Meanwhile, other sweepers have trays and bins that can be detached when you need to empty it.
Based on experience, the handiest sweepers are those that lay flat and can be stored in small storage spaces.
Fortunately, most sweepers are designed to be compact and small in size (compared to vacuums) so storing them should not be an issue.
Those that lay flat can even be stored under beds or cabinets. Other owners attach a string on the handle so they can easily hang the sweeper on a wall, too.