Last updated on January 10th, 2019 by Garrick Dee
If you live in a small home let’s say less than 500 square feet, a full sized upright is out of the question.
Your best bet would be a versatile machine without any cord. This would be the idea tool if you don’t have any carpet whatsoever because deep cleaning is not needed.
There are a lot of options in the market such as the Dyson V8 and V6, Shark IONFlex, Shark ION Rocket, Hoover Cruise and the likes. The first two on the list will cost easily over $200 for an entry level variant.
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If you’re not willing to spend that much cash on a stick vacuum then why not opt for the next tier.
Brands such as Dibea occupy this space.
Of the three variants, the ST1601 is the cheapest and will provide the same functionality as the C17.
It’s more top heavy than the C17 with a larger body but if you don’t mind the extra weight this can be a good alternative.
A quick look at the features
- Versatile 2-in-1 handheld and stick vacuum with interchangeable tools and extension wand
- Swivel head that can lay down flat to clean underneath furniture
- Detachable aluminum extension wand
- Two speed control with fingertip switches
- Cordless convenience
- Run time of up to 40 minutes (20 minutes in max mode)
- Cyclonic filtration system with two filters
- Motorized brush with anti-friction protector
- 1 year warranty
- Versatile machine that can clean floors, upholstery, vents, etc.
- Decent power capable of picking up surface dirt on bare floor or carpet
- Swivel head make this easy to move around and under furniture
- Removable bin is easy to empty
- Interchangeable tools
- 40 minute run time is plenty
- Cheaper than the Dibea F6 or C17
- Will not deep clean carpet – only cleans surface dirt
- Top heavy design could make it difficult to use cleaning areas high above your head
- Brush tool is tool is too short make it useless cleaning below car seats
What to expect from the Dibea ST1601?
The Dibea ST1601 is a similar product to the F6 and C17 in that it has the same 2-in-1 functionality of a handheld and stick vacuum. But the difference would be how the vacuum housing is designed.
Before anything else please watch this video where I unbox, explain the different features and test it on bare floor and rug…
Instead of using a trigger mechanism, Dibea opted for buttons, two to be exact. One for power and another to select between two suction modes – normal and max.
At normal mode, power would be at around 4,000pa and at the max that is bumped up to 7,000pa. I don’t know how it translates to air watts but it’s not too far from a Dyson V6 in normal mode.
Main Cleaning Head
The main cleaning tool of this product has a motorized brush but only has soft bristles. It is virtually the same tool found in the C17 but only in a different color.
Surprisingly it works pretty well at picking up surface dirt on low pile rugs or carpet but don’t expect it to deep clean anything.
One downside would be the width of the brush. It does not extend all the way to the edges so edge cleaning would be suspect.
This vacuum is easy to move around thanks to the swivel steering mechanism that Dibea put in. And it rotates up to 220 degrees. Not as flexible as a Dyson but pretty close.
The steering can also turn on a dime 130 degrees right to left which make it easy to move around furniture. And it has the ability to go deep under furniture because it goes down flat.
Like the Dibea F6 and C17, the ST1601 also has interchangeable tools and a detachable aluminum wand.
This allows it to clean the floors and above it. There are two tools included – a stiff brush tool and crevice tool. The brush tool is nice because the head rotates but it’s a bit too short for me.
Combine it with the bulky vacuum and it won’t reach under car seats should you decide to use this in a vehicle.
Crevice tool has good length and will work well picking up surface dirt on upholstery.
Both tools will lock in place so no need to worry about it cracking.
Battery and Run Time
Powering this 2-in-1 vacuum is a 22.2 volt lithium ion battery which is similar to the one found in the Dyson. After charging this fully, you’ll get up to 40 minutes of run time in normal mode and 20 minutes in max mode.
The plug is auto volt that will work on 110 – 240 volt outlets but make sure to get something that will work in your country.
Bare Floor Cleaning
Please check out these before and after photos of my cleaning test on linoleum…
During the initial back and forth pass, this vacuum snowplowed through the large pile of mess because of the low profile cleaning head. But after attacking dirt from several different angles, it was able to eventually pick up almost everything on the floor.
Take note that this type of mess isn’t the norm so if it’s able to handle this type of mess, cleaning everyday messes will not be an issue.
But if you find yourself constantly cleaning these huge piles of messes then something like a Shark IONFlex or Dyson V8 will be up to the task.
Some before and after photos…
Even with the initial snowplow, the ST1601 was able to picking the large pile of dirt faster than on bare floor because the rug strands provide some friction underneath.
I used a very low pile rug so expect the same type of performance on anything similar.
Again, do not expect it to deep clean but it does prevent dirt from piling up.
Dibea only backs this product up with a 12 month warranty.
|Attachments||Main motorized brush|
|Brush roll on/off|
4 to 5 hrs.
20 mins (max mode)
40 mins (normal mode)
2.99 lbs. (vacuum only)
7000 Pa (max mode)
4000 Pa (normal mode)
Where can I buy this?
You can buy this at GearBest for less than $125 and if you use the coupon code “smarthome” you can get more savings.
To Wrap It Up
The Dibea ST1601 is cheaper than the F6 and C17 but comes with basically the same functionality and performance. One big downside would be the design of the vacuum which makes it very top heavy.
So cleaning above the floor areas with only one hand can be a struggle if you’re weak or have some sort of debilitating joint ailment like arthritis. But for cleaning floors or upholstery, this product should be just fine.
Overall for less than $130, you get a versatile vacuum that works great in cleaning floors and upholstery inside a small home. Other options in this price range would include the Dibea F6, C17, Proscenic P8 and Hoover React.