If the back and forth of a heavy vacuum is hard on your back, then the best vacuum for elderly users is quite possibly the Shark Rocket HV301. Not only does it have a long power cord, it has swivel steering that moves the vacuum head with just an incredibly light flick of your wrist.\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Shark Rocket HV301\r\nWhile a bit weightier than its competitors, the Shark Rocket HV301 has swivel steering to make your job of vacuuming that much easier, in addition to a long power cord to reduce looking for nearby AC outlets.\r\n\r\nPower, Speed & Efficiency\r\nYou can do a lot with 500 watts of powerful suction, and that\u2019s exactly what you get from the Shark Rocket HV301. That\u2019s leagues more than what you get from a small vacuum like the iRobot Roomba 675, so picking up pet hair and dirt is a cinch on carpet and bare floors. But power isn\u2019t everything\u2014the swivel steering makes said cleaning that much easier by quickly turning with a slight flick of your wrist, unlike the bulky Oreck Commercial Upright XL2100. Then go above ground with both the crevice tool and dusting brush.\r\nBin Capacity\r\nBin capacity is a bit small at just 0.42 quarts, but that\u2019s to be expected from stick vacuums. For example, the Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum is just 0.56 quarts, and that\u2019s arguably the superior stick vacuum.\r\nMaintenance & Durability\r\nTo maintain the Shark Rocket Ultra Light Corded Stick Vacuum, all you have to do is clean the dirt cup now and again. It doesn\u2019t use a bag, so no worries on disposal. And storage is easy with its bundled wall mounting. Durability is average; it\u2019s made mostly of plastic. It\u2019s still lightweight at 7.6 lbs, but for an elderly individual that\u2019s pushing the boundaries.\r\nValue\r\nThe Shark Rocket HV301 is worth picking up for one main reason: convenience. It hits most of the notes you\u2019d want out of a lightweight vacuum cleaner, such as: slim design and wall mounting for easy storage, top to bottom cleaning, and it\u2019s affordable! Buying one only sets you back $100, and you save forgoing bags.\r\nShark Rocket HV301 Wrap Up\r\nIf you can handle 8 lbs, then the Shark Rocket HV301 is for you. Its swivel steering is so hard to pass on otherwise. It makes vacuuming such a breeze simply because you don\u2019t have to put in a lot of work to get it moving. That\u2019s invaluable to any elderly individual, for sure. And it\u2019s mountable for easy storage.