Vacuum Cleaners for people with an arthritic hip and knee

Sheelee Member Posts: 152
edited 28. Nov 2023, 14:07 in Living with arthritis

Hi Everyone.

Hope you've not been blown away today.

I have a problem with my current upright vacuum cleaner, as I get less and less able to hold and push it.

Does anyone have any ideas about lightweight, manoeuvrable vacs that can get under beds etc? I have thought of the Shsrk, but some people I know aren't too keen.

Any suggestions welcome.



  • jamieA
    jamieA Member Posts: 605

    I've got a Bosch battery vacuum though they appear to have replaced it already. It looks a bit like this one. It only weighs 2.5kgs. My house has wooden floors with a couple of large rugs. I don't know how well it would handle a fully carpeted house. The dust box is small and there's no way you'd get 44 minutes of runtime.

    The reason I chose it was that the weight is all at the bottom whereas with the stick vacuums you are holding most of the weight.

  • Sheelee
    Sheelee Member Posts: 152

    Thanks for replying Jamie. I'll check that model out. I do have a fully carpeted flat so I'll take your comments into account. I'm hoping I can find a nice shop that will let me try pushing a,vac around as a trial


  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,600

    Mine's a Bosch too but the 'Athlet'.

    Similar to Jamie's but my handle is 'ópen' so makes for an easy grip. It came recommended by a fellow arthritic and it's lasted me about 8 years so far, four in our previous carpeted house and four here where we're fully laminated. I'd never go back to one that's not cordless and lightweight and, i n fact, when / if I need another, I'll buy the same again. Other modern cordless vacs seem to have the 'heavy bit' at the top which must make it harder to handle.

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  • Jona
    Jona Member Posts: 406

    Hi @Sheelee ,

    Hope your still on solid ground with this wind, I have a shark cordless and love it I have osteo in my hands and shoulders plus knees and I find it ok, although I have mostly wooden floors with one very large rug in my living room have you thought about the remote vacuums that are out now that do it for you?

    good luck it took me ages to pick mine but I’m seriously thinking of the one that does it for me I mean it’s got to be easier

    take care Jona 😊💐

  • Fif
    Fif Member Posts: 107

    I have a vax cordless. One of the options is an extra battery which I would recommend. It's quite light, easy to manoeuvre and a lot more convenient than an upright with a flex.

  • Mike1
    Mike1 Member Posts: 1,992

    I gave up trying to vacuum years ago. I now have an attachment which makes life much easier, she is my Home Help and is called Sue. 😁

  • Sheelee
    Sheelee Member Posts: 152

    I understand what you mean. 😌 Mike 1. I'm going to get some with cleaning soon. I can still do things that don't include bending or reaching up. I want to keep going as long as I can because movement helps doesn't it?

  • Sheelee
    Sheelee Member Posts: 152

    Hi Fif. I've actually gone for a cylinder Shark. I found the "stick" type vacs difficult with the motor on the top increasing weight, whereas the cylinder has the bend on the stick without the weight

  • Fif
    Fif Member Posts: 107

    Hi, Sheelee, funnily enough we have a Shark as well, but my husband uses that!

  • Hi Sheelee,

    I'm sorry to hear that you're having difficulty using your current upright vacuum cleaner. If you're looking for a lightweight and maneuverable vacuum that can easily get under beds, I recommend checking out's blog post titled "Best Vacuum Cleaner for Arthritis Sufferers."

    This post provides in-depth reviews of top vacuums designed to be easy on arthritic hands and joints. You'll learn about each vacuum's features and get an idea of which one would be the best fit for you.

    To read the post, click here: I hope this helps!

    Best regards,

    Harold Adkins