4 Great Vacuum Cleaners for Arthritis Patients

Using a vacuum cleaner can be difficult when you live with chronic pain from arthritis. Put simply, it hurts. However, there are several ergonomic, lightweight, or self-propelled vacuum cleaners that make the job easier.

Check out all available vacuum cleaners before choosing the best one for you. Compare their features and try them out in the store if you can.

Your carpet will stay cleaner if you choose the right one for you and everyone knows that a clean floor makes you feel better.


Hoover WindTunnel Vacuums

Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewing Vacuum
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The Hoover WindTunnel Vacuums are powerful and lightweight upright vacuums. They are among the best vacuums you can find for an affordable price.

They have the suction power that can clean up any mess. These vacuums weigh between 16 and 19 pounds, so almost anyone can push it around the house with ease.

There are a few models within the series to choose from, including ones designed to pick up pet hair.

Hoover WindTunnel Features:

  • Onboard tool kit
  • Bagless or Bagged
  • Extra long power cord
  • HEPA filtration

iRobot Roomba

iRobot Roomba
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The Roomba is a robot that vacuums by itself. It really does not get easier than that, and this may be the perfect choice for those with the most severe arthritis.

When turned on, the iRobot Roomba moves throughout the house to pick up dirt where you want it to while avoiding off-limit areas. It also adjusts as it moves between carpets and hard floors. It is simply amazing.

A drawback is that the price can be steeper than what you want to pay, although the hands-off features can make it worth the extra expense.

iRobot Roomba Features:

  • Three-stage cleaning system
  • Automatically moves to dirtier areas and spends more time there
  • On-board scheduling
  • Avoids stairs, drop-offs, and other obstacles
  • Completely hands-free vacuuming

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Vacuum

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 vacuum cleaner

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Dyson is one of the best vacuum manufacturers around. Their vacuums are noted for their maneuverability and thorough cleaning.

The best part of this vacuum design is that it rides on a ball. This makes it easier to push around the house and this model is about 15 pounds. When you have osteoarthritis, the ease of moving it around is essential for your comfort.

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Features:

  • Radial Cyclone technology
  • Bagless
  • Lightweight and durable
  • Self-adjusts for various floors
  • Patented ball system for steering

Bissell FeatherWeight Lightweight Stick Vacuum

Bissell FeatherWeight Vacuum Cleaner
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The most affordable and lightest weight vacuum on the list, the Bissell FeatherWeight Lightweight Stick Vacuum is a great choice for people with arthritis who are on a tight budget.

This bagless vacuum weighs right around 4 pounds and can make for quick and easy cleaning throughout the home. It also converts to a hand vacuum.

However, the Bissell FeatherWeight will not have the suction power of the bigger vacuums. If your home is relatively clean (no pets or kids), then this may not make a difference.

You cannot beat the price. They are a real bargain that you can afford even a low budget.

Bissell FeatherWeight Features:

  • Inexpensive and lightweight
  • Bagless
  • Good for multiple surfaces
  • Hand vacuum conversion
  • Ships in frustration-free packaging, which is another perk for ​people with arthritis

By Carol Eustice
Carol Eustice is a writer who covers arthritis and chronic illness. She is the author of "The Everything Health Guide to Arthritis."