When you have a small mess but don't want to pull out your full size vacuum cleaner a stick vacuum is perfect for the job. Sometimes called lightweight uprights, stick vacs don't offer the same power and filtration that most full size vacuum cleaners have. They are the best type of vacuum for quick pick-ups in between your regular cleaning schedule.
Stick vacuums come in all shapes and sizes. Some have tools which can be a little heavier than models that don't have on board attachments. Some models plug in the wall and some are battery powered. The cordless stick vacs typically have less power than models with cords but you have to remember to keep it charged. Batteries can't produce as much power while remaining light and compact. However, cordless stick vacuums are much more convenient than corded models and for quick spills like crumbs and light pet hair a cordless model will do fine.