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15 Top-Rank Cordless Vacuum Cleaners – Be Free of Cords in 2018

Being a handy alternative to corded vacuum cleaners, cordless vacuums are gaining in popularity these days. And it’s hardly surprising, as they’re much more lightweight, easy to use, and offer the flexibility to vacuum your entire home without worrying about switching your cord to another outlet in every room. Without a cord, these vacuums allow you to more easily get into those hard-to-clean nooks and crannies that otherwise spread their mess to the rest of the house. Besides, they have become extremely affordable. So we decided it’s time to check them out!

To help you choose the best cordless vacuum for your needs, we researched all of the items currently on the market and distilled them down to 15 of the absolute best. We scoured product specifications for every vacuum and compared hundreds of customer reviews to list our top picks and make it easy for you to choose a vacuum without having to learn everything about every cordless vacuum there is.

Top 15 Cordless Vacuums Review 2018

This article begins with a comparison of our 15 favorite cordless vacuums in the table below, then offers a detailed review of each vacuum to help you learn more. The buying guide contains information about the most important features commonly found on cordless vacuums to help you find the right vacuum for your needs. Finally, we highlight our all-around favorite cordless vacuum.

Name and Features Image Rating Price
1. Dyson V8 Absolute (Editor’s Choice)
Type: upright and handheld
Battery runtime: up to 40 min
Brush: fluffy soft roller, direct drive cleaner head
Rated by J.D. Power as the highest in customer satisfaction with stick vacuums and features Dyson digital motor V8 that never loses suction
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2. Deik ZB1516 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner (Runner-up)
Type: upright and handheld
Battery runtime: up to 25 min
Brush: stiff roller brush and crevice tool
Strong suction, washable HEPA and sponge filtration, very lightweight
DeikZB1516-1
3. Shark IF251 IONFlex 2X DuoClean (Most User-Friendly Vacuum)
Type: upright and handheld
Battery runtime: up to 30 min
Brush: bristle brush and soft brushroll
MultiFLEX Technology to reach for under furniture and Smart Response Technology
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4. Shark IR101 ION Rocket (Best Cordless Vacuum for Pet Hair)
Type: upright and handheld
Battery runtime: up to 30 min
Brush: speed-changing brush head
Removable battery, HEPA filter, pet multi-tool and anti-allergen dust brush
SharkIR101-1
5. iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum (Best Robot Vacuum)
Type: robot vacuum cleaner
Battery runtime: up to 60 min
Brush: dual multi-surface brushes
Auto-adjust for different flooring, built-in Wi-Fi, compatible with Alexa and the Google Assistant
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6. Electrolux EL3020A UltraPower Studio (Best for Allergies)
Type: upright
Battery runtime: up to 60 min
Brush: self-cleaning motorized
Cyclonic Action, Washable Easy Clean Allergen filter, LED lights, and 180° maneuverability
ElectroluxEL3020A-1
7. Hoover BH51120PC Cordless Upright Vacuum (Best 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum)
Type: upright and handheld
Battery runtime: up to 50 min
Brush: switches between carpet and hardwood
WindTunnel 3 Technology, two batteries for combined 50-minute run, versatile attachments
HooverBH51120PC
8. Deik 2-in-1 Folding Cordless Vacuum Cleaner (Best Versatility Features)
Type: upright and handheld
Battery runtime: up to 30 min
Brush: optimized for carpet and bare floors
180° maneuverabile head and 270° bend in handle for cleaning under furniture
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9. Eufy HomeVac (Budget Pick)
Type: upright
Battery runtime: up to 50 min
Brush: rotating
8V cyclonic filtration system, 180° swivel head, and built-in LEDs
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10. Hoover BH50010 Linx
Type: upright
Battery runtime: up to 15 min
Brush: motorized with automatic height adjust
Edge brushes, extreme recline handle, and sealed allergen system
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11. Bissell 2001 Hard Floor Expert (Best for Hardwood Floors)
Type: canister
Battery runtime: up to 45 min
Brush: combination carpet/hard floor
Replaceable battery, dual filter system, and 5L bin capacity
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12. Eufy RoboVac 11
Type: robot vacuum cleaner
Battery runtime: up to 1.5 hours
Brush: 1 rolling brush, 2 side brushes
Triple-Filter System, remote control, and infrared sensors
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13. BISSELL Multi Cordless Hand Vac (Best Cordless Hand and Car Vacuum)
Type: handheld
Battery runtime: up to 14 min
Brush: motorized brush roll
Multi-surface capability, washable filter, and useful accessories included
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14. BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FLFH Flex (Best Cordless Handheld Vacuum)
Type:upright and handheld
Battery runtime: up to 15 min
Brush: floor head + pet hair brush
Good suction power in handheld mode and 3-stage filtration system
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15. Electrolux EL2055B Ergorapido
Type:upright and handheld
Battery runtime: up to 21 min
Brush: self-cleaning motorized
Cyclonic Action, 180° maneuverability, and in-handle storage of attachments tools
ElectroluxEL2055B-1
Features
  • 2 in 1: upright and handheld vacuum
  • Bagless
  • Battery type: lithium ion
  • Battery runtime: up to 40 minutes of fade-free suction and 7 minutes of increased suction on max mode
  • Charge type: cord & plug
  • Include fluffy soft roller, direct drive cleaner head, and crevice tool
  • Multi-floor capabilities: hard floor, area rugs, and low carpets
  • HEPA filtration
  • Weight: 5.75 lb
  • Warranty: 24 months

OVERALL RATING: 10 out of 10

Dyson

Dyson is a well-respected brand when it comes to vacuums, and the V8 Absolute backs up their reputation. The modern, sleek design isn’t just for show – Dyson built this vacuum to be modular so that the heads and wand can be easily swapped out or removed to give you the most versatility in your cleaning. The vacuum comes with two heads, one designed with soft brushes for use on hardwood floors without scratching, and the other designed with deep brushes for picking up debris from carpets. In addition, the wand can be popped out with the press of a button and the head or the included crevice tool attached directly to the drive to use as a handheld cleaner.

The vacuum includes a HEPA filtration system and offers an easy push-button canister ejection so that it doesn’t spread dust. Plus, the clear canister makes it easy to see when it is time to empty it.

The battery lasts 40 minutes of normal use, but many users wished that Dyson had included a second battery given the cost of this high-end vacuum. This was particularly the case when switching to the high-suction mode, as the increased power drains the battery in minutes.

The only gripe that users had with this vacuum was that it can be painful to hold, especially if you have large hands. The handgrip is molded within the drive unit and does not leave much space for changing your grip.

PROS:
  • Doubles as a handheld cleaner
  • 40-minute battery life
  • Comes with hardwood and carpet brush heads
  • HEPA filtration
  • Lightweight

CONS:
  • On the pricey side
  • No spare battery included
  • Handgrip is uncomfortable for some people

Features
  • 2-in-1: upright and handheld vacuum
  • Bagless
  • Battery type: lithium ion
  • Battery runtime: 25 minutes
  • Charge type: cord & plug
  • Include a crevice tool and a stiff brush
  • Multi-floor capabilities: hard floor and low carpets
  • HEPA and sponge filtration
  • Weight: 4.7 lb
  • Warranty: 12 months

OVERALL RATING: 9.7 out of 10

DeikZB1516

This vacuum from Deik is reminiscent of the V8 Absolute from Dyson, but at only a fraction of the cost. The primary difference is that instead of having multiple heads with different brushes, the Deik relies on a single primary head to move from carpets to hardwoods. However, it does come with an upholstery attachment specifically designed for lifting hair from carpets, which is perfect for people with pets. Just like on the Dyson, the heads and wand can be switched out and the vacuum converted to a handheld cleaner with only a few button presses to eject the attachments.

This vacuum also uses a HEPA filtration system and push-button cartridge ejection to keep dust out of the air. For those who worry about keeping their filter unclogged, this filter is hand washable in the sink.

The vacuum provides a tremendous amount of suction power – so much so that many users had difficulty cleaning area rugs, since the vacuum would simply latch onto them and cause them to bunch up. At the same time, the vacuum did have difficulty picking up large crumbs from smooth hardwood floors. Overall, most users were pleasantly impressed by the power this vacuum offered and found the 25-minute battery life to be plenty for most household cleanings.

PROS:
  • Strong suction power
  • Easy to switch heads or to handheld cleaner
  • Washable HEPA filtration system
  • Lightweight

CONS:
  • Not great at cleaning hardwood floors or area rugs
  • 25-minute battery life may not be enough for large homes

Features
  • Upright and handheld vacuum
  • Bagless
  • Battery type: removable lithium-ion battery
  • Battery runtime: up to 30 min
  • DuoClean Technology: bristle brush and soft brushroll
  • Include duster crevice tool, pet multi-tool, anti-allergen dust brush
  • Multi-floor capabilities: hard floor, area rugs, and low carpets
  • Interactive display
  • MultiFLEX Technology
  • HEPA filtration
  • Weight: 8.7 lb
  • Warranty: 5 years

OVERALL RATING: 9.5 out of 10

SharkIF251

If you need a vacuum that can reach under couches and beds, this vacuum from Shark has you covered. What sets this vacuum apart is its MultiFLEX technology – effectively, the vacuum has a latch in the middle of the wand that can be unhinged to allow the vacuum to bend. That means that you can have the roller head and lower wand nearly horizontal to reach the back corners under a bed while the upper wand reaches up to your body so you don’t have to bend under the bed yourself.

The other unusual feature of this vacuum is that it comes with two batteries that can easily be switched out for larger jobs. The runtime of the batteries changes depending on what mode you are using the vacuum in, but you can expect about 15-20 minutes of use out of each when using the full vacuum rather than using it as a handheld cleaner. However, given that the batteries take several hours to charge and thus cannot be switched out continuously, this is comparable to other vacuums with a larger single battery.

The Shark uses a single head with brushes designed for both carpet and hardwood flooring, and it adapts between the two using an interactive display on the hand unit. This display allows you to switch between handheld, floor, and carpet modes as well as maximum power settings for all three, which allows you to easily customize the suction power you need as you move throughout your home.

PROS:
  • MultiFLEX technology allows reaching under furniture
  • Interactive display for easily changing suction power
  • Competitive pricing

CONS:
  • Two batteries do not last as long as one large battery on other vacuums
  • On the heavy end for cordless vacuums

Features
  • Upright and handheld vacuum
  • Bagless
  • Battery type: removable lithium-ion battery
  • Battery runtime: up to 30 min
  • Upgradeable runtime: a second battery can be used while you charge the first
  • Include duster crevice tool, pet multi-tool, anti-allergen dust brush
  • Multi-floor capabilities: hard floor, area rugs, and low carpets
  • HEPA filtration
  • Weight: 7.2 lb
  • Warranty: 5 years

OVERALL RATING: 9.5 out of 10

At a price far below Dyson’s top of the line models, this vacuum from Shark is extremely well-loved among its users and offers comparable performance.

The vacuum is able to convert between a cordless vacuum and a handheld cleaner simply by pressing two buttons to pop the wand away from the head and suction unit, so it offers enough versatility to clean anything you might need. It also comes with a pet multi-tool, which is highly appreciated by many users having pets. The single brush head saves you the work of changing between heads and offers smart technology to change speeds depending on whether you’re cleaning up carpeted or hardwood floors. Plus, the vacuum head swivels to help you maneuver through tight spaces. However, the vacuum does have a tendency to catch on area rugs because of its high suction.

An appreciated design feature of this vacuum is that the battery can easily be removed from the vacuum head. This allows you to switch out the battery – after its significant 30-minute lifespan – for a fresh battery. The only downside is that Shark chose not to include a spare battery with the vacuum, so it must be purchased after-market.

The canister is easy to clean thanks to a pop-out design, and even those with severe allergies can rest easy thanks to the included HEPA-rated air filter.

PROS:
  • Converts to handheld cleaner
  • Smart speed changing between carpet and hardwood floors
  • Removable 30-minute lifespan battery
  • HEPA-rated air filter

CONS:
  • Does not come with a spare battery
  • Catches on area rugs

Features
  • Robot vacuum
  • Bagless
  • Battery type: lithium battery
  • Battery runtime: up to 60 min
  • Charged at a charging station
  • Patented 3-Stage Cleaning System and Dual Multi-Surface Brushes
  • Dual multi-surface brushes
  • Auto-adjust for carpeted and hard flooring
  • Dirt detect sensors
  • iAdapt Navigation
  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant for voice-activated control
  • Warranty: 1 year

OVERALL RATING: 9.5 out of 10

The Roomba is technology’s answer for those who want to keep their home clean, but just can’t find the time or spend the effort to vacuum themselves. This self-driving vacuum has Wi-Fi onboard, so it can be controlled from anywhere in the world via a phone app or from an Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant device. This makes it easy to vacuum your home – from work!

While it’s safe to be skeptical of a self-cleaning vacuum, users have been thrilled at the results the Roomba provides. While the vacuum moves slowly enough that it won’t cover your entire house every day, over the course of two or three days the Roomba’s travel patterns will cover your entire floor. The vacuum won’t scratch hardwood floors or cause scratches on chair and table legs, yet it does an excellent job of sucking up dust and hair from hardwood and carpeted floors alike.

The vacuum does a very good job of sucking things up – so much so that this vacuum can actually cause problems for cluttered homes with small things like Legos all over the floor. However, for people with pets, the cleaning power on carpets and being able to keep up with the rate of shedding can make a huge difference in cleanliness.

The battery on the Roomba runs for 60 minutes, and the vacuum is meant to return to its dock when its battery is running low. While it doesn’t always make it back to the dock, it is relatively good at navigating your house once it has a week or so to map out its area.

PROS:
  • Automatic with no need to vacuum yourself
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for scheduling from anywhere
  • Excellent cleaning power and won’t cause scratches

CONS:
  • Not “smart” enough to avoid cluttered areas
  • Can have battery die without returning to dock, leaving you to find it

Features
  • Upright vacuum
  • Bagless
  • Battery type: 25.2 lithium ion battery
  • Battery runtime: up to 60 min
  • Patented self-cleaning motorized power brush
  • Cyclonic Action
  • Multi-floor capabilities: hard floor, area rugs, and low carpets
  • Washable Easy Clean Allergen filter
  • 180° EasySteer maneuverability
  • DustSpotter LED lights
  • Weight: 6.3 lb
  • Warranty: 2-year limited

OVERALL RATING: 9.0 out of 10

ElectroluxEL3020A

For those who don’t need the functionality of a two-in-one vacuum and handheld cleaner, this vacuum from Electrolux packs a punch in the vacuum-only category. First of all, it blows away the competition when it comes to battery life – at 60 minutes on a single charge, this is the longest-lasting vacuum on our list. That makes a huge difference for people with large houses who don’t want to wait for batteries to charge in between floors.

This vacuum makes it easy to clean by incorporating a number of handy features. The most important is the 180° EasySteer head, which allows you to turn the vacuum head on a dime and makes it easy to maneuver in tight spaces. Combined with LED lights on the head, which make it easy to see spots under furniture where you may have missed patches of dust, this vacuum is perfect for getting at those normally difficult to reach places in your house. Another welcome feature is the self-cleaning brush within the vacuum head. This self-cleaning action requires only that you push a button to spin the head backward, making it easy to untangle hair that can otherwise jam the roller. While the head is not interchangeable, users found that the brushes did an excellent job of picking up dust and hair whether on carpeted or hardwood floors. However, the vacuum struggled on edges between different floor types.

The vacuum is also extremely easy to clean thanks to the washable filter in the cartridge. After the cartridge is emptied, the filter itself can be quickly cleaned of lint by pulling back and forth on a mechanical tab – this greatly reduces the frequency with which you need to wash the filter.

The vacuum is able to stand on its own, but also comes with a charging stand.

PROS:
  • 60-minute battery life
  • Self-cleaning brush head
  • Washable Easy Clean filter
  • 180° EasySteer maneuverability in vacuum head

CONS:
  • Has difficulty at interface between different floor types
  • Some units have battery issues and customers have difficulty with Electrolux customer service

Features
  • Upright and handheld vacuum
  • Bagless
  • Battery type: Extended Runtime LithiumLife Batter
  • Interchangeable 20V LithiumLife battery system
  • Battery runtime: up to 50 min
  • WindTunnel 3 Technology
  • Boost mode
  • Include 2 extended runtime LithiumLife batteries, LithiumLife charger, reusable filter, 2-in-1 tool and pivoting dusting tool
  • Multi-floor capabilities: hard floor, area rugs, and low carpets
  • Weight: 10.7 lb
  • Warranty: 5-year limited

OVERALL RATING: 9.0 out of 10

This vacuum from Hoover is a great option for those who like the idea of a cordless vacuum, but sometimes want the mobility and convenience of a canister vacuum. The vacuum wand with head and handle are detachable from the canister with the press of a button, leaving the wand connected to the canister by an extendable and flexible plastic tubing. In this configuration, the canister must be carried by hand, but the wand can be easily maneuvered on stairs, under furniture, or above window and door sills. The downside is that when used as a handheld vacuum, the plastic tubing can seem bulky and in the way while the overall vacuum is extremely heavy compared to other cordless models.

One of the other features that set this vacuum is the batteries. The vacuum comes with two batteries, each with a 25-minute life – the combined 50 minutes of vacuum life is one of the best among cordless vacuums, even if it requires changing out batteries halfway through your cleaning.

The vacuum uses a single brush head but is designed to switch between carpet and hardwood modes with the press of a button on the handle. The canister can also be turned to boost mode for when you need additional suction, although this uses up the batteries significantly faster. Within the canister, two washable filters prevent dust from escaping into the air – however, they are not HEPA-rated for those who are particularly prone to dust allergies.

Although the vacuum comes with a 5-year limited warranty, many customers have reported that Hoover will not honor damages outside the limited scope of the warranty.

PROS:
  • Interchangeable as cordless and canister vacuum
  • Two batteries for combined 50-minute lifespan
  • Switch between carpet and hardwood modes and available boost mode

CONS:
  • Heavy for a cordless vacuum
  • Plastic tubing is bulky when not being used as a canister vacuum
  • Customers have reported issues with limited warranty

Features
  • Upright and handheld vacuum cleaner
  • Bagless
  • Battery type: lithium ion
  • Battery runtime: 30-minute runtime, 4.5-hour charge time
  • 7KPA suction
  • Charge type: cord & plug
  • Optimized for carpet and bare floors
  • Include a crevice nozzle and a dusting brush
  • 5L bin capacity
  • 180-degree maneuverable head with LED indicator headlights
  • Folding handle
  • Weight: 5 lb
  • Warranty: 12 months

OVERALL RATING: 9.0 out of 10

This vacuum from Deik is a versatile vacuum that stands up to far more expensive cordless vacuums. First of all, the vacuum easily pops the suction unit out of the handle to serve as a handheld cleaner. But you likely won’t find yourself needing to turn to handheld mode to clean in normally difficult-to-reach places thanks to the mechanical flexibility of the vacuum itself. The head swivels a full 180°, allowing you to turn on the spot and making it easy to clean stairs and similar small spaces. Meanwhile, the vacuum handle offers a full 270° bend from upright to leaned back so that you can get the vacuum head far under low-clearance couches and beds. While you’re working in those tight spaces, the LED lights on the vacuum head make it easy to see where you still have cleaning to do.

The battery on this vacuum lasts a respectable 30 minutes when using the vacuum at its standard suction power. This leaves plenty of time to clean the average sized house without worrying about running out of juice. Although the battery life drops significantly in high suction mode, most users found that the vacuum supplied plenty of power in standard mode to pick up hair and crumbs from both carpet and hardwood flooring. The vacuum comes with an upright charging stand that takes up closet space but which some people prefer for staying organized.

PROS:
  • 30-minute battery life in standard mode
  • 2-in-1 function as handheld cleaner
  • 270° bend in handle for cleaning under furniture
  • Very lightweight

CONS:
  • Battery is not removable
  • Charging stand increases bulk for storage

Features
  • Upright vacuum
  • Bagless
  • Battery type: Extended Runtime LithiumLife Battery
  • Interchangeable 20V LithiumLife battery system
  • Battery runtime: 22 minutes using high-power or double the runtime to 50 minutes in Eco Mode
  • 180° maneuverability
  • 8V cyclonic filtration system
  • Double filter
  • Built-in LEDs
  • Weight: 5.5 lb
  • Warranty: 15 months

OVERALL RATING: 8.7 out of 10

EufyHomeVac

If you love the versatility of cordless vacuums but don’t want to break the bank, this vacuum from Eufy is a great budget choice. The vacuum offers plenty of suction power and has little issue picking up dust and crumbs from hardwood and carpeted floors alike. Plus, the built-in LED lights on the vacuum head make it easy to see dust-filled spots you may have missed under furniture. The only issue is that the brush head has difficulty with thick pet hair, which can jam the brush roller and even cause damage to the brush head in some cases.

In terms of maneuverability, Eufy was on the right path with a 180° swivel head that allows you to turn the vacuum on a dime. However, the canister is located low on the vacuum, just above the head, making it nearly impossible to clean under low-clearance beds and couches. Unfortunately, the vacuum also does not come with a hose or reach accessory, so it is necessary to move furniture in order to clean under it with this vacuum.

Even though this vacuum is available at a highly affordable price, the battery is very competitive with top-of-the-line vacuums, with a normal runtime of more than 20 minutes and an extended low-power mode runtime of up to 50 minutes. However, there is one major flaw with the battery: it is not replaceable. Eufy offers a 15-month warranty on the vacuum for any early battery issues, but many users have found that the battery lasts two years or less, and without a replacement, they are forced to buy an entirely new vacuum.

PROS:
  • Inexpensive
  • 180° swivel head
  • Battery lasts up to 50 minutes
  • Lightweight

CONS:
  • Difficulty picking up pet hair
  • The canister is just above the head, making it difficult to clean under furniture
  • The battery cannot be replaced, so entire vacuum must be replaced after warranty period ends

Features
  • Upright vacuum
  • Bagless
  • Battery type: removable lithium-ion battery
  • Battery runtime: up to 15 min
  • WindTunnel technology, automatic height adjust, motorized brushroll (can be shut off)
  • Multi-floor capabilities: hard floor, area rugs, and low carpets
  • Fuel Gauge indicates remaining battery life
  • Extreme recline handle
  • Sealed allergen system
  • Rinseable filtration
  • Weight: 10 lb
  • Warranty: 24 months

OVERALL RATING: 8.5 out of 10

HooverBH50010

Hoover is one of the longest-standing names in vacuums, and this cordless offering combines their knowledge of vacuum design with 21st-century technology. Hoover understands what features set a vacuum apart when it comes to cleaning. The vacuum design is extremely streamlined and features a highly reclining wand so that it is easy to fit the head under low-clearance furniture and really reach the back corners under couches and beds. Even better, the vacuum head has brushes designed to loosen hair and crumbs up against cabinetry and walls. This makes a huge difference in getting at these areas without having to switch to a crevice tool or handheld cleaner. Overall, the suction provides plenty of power to pick up hair and large crumbs alike on both hardwood and carpet flooring.

However, while the vacuum does some things well, it likely has a few more tweaks to work out before it can compete with other top-of-the-line cordless vacuums. The major limiting features to this vacuum are the battery and the weight. The battery lasts only 15 minutes, which is barely enough time to clean a few room let alone an entire house. While the battery is removable so that it can be swapped out for a spare, the vacuum comes with only a single battery and a spare costs fully half as much as the vacuum itself. At 10 pounds, this is one of the heaviest cordless vacuums to make our list, and seems even heavier when considering that it does not offer a handheld cleaner option.

PROS:
  • Inexpensive
  • Edge brushes make cleaning against walls easier
  • Extreme recline handle allows for cleaning under furniture

CONS:
  • Heavy
  • Short 15-minute battery life, and spare battery is expensive

Features
  • Canister vacuum cleaner
  • Bagless
  • Battery type: 40V Max lithium ion
  • Battery runtime: 45-minute run time, 2-hour charge time
  • Charge type: removable battery
  • Optimized for carpet and bare floors
  • Include an Air-Driven Hard-Floor Tool, Combination Carpet/Hard Floor Tool, a dusting brush and a crevice tool with on-board storage
  • 5L bin capacity
  • Air-driven scratch-free floor tool
  • Multi-Surface Filtration System and Easy-Empty Tank
  • Weight: 10.8 lb
  • Warranty: 2-year limited

OVERALL RATING: 8.5 out of 10

This is one of the few canister vacuums to make our list of the best cordless vacuums, but it boasts some great features that make it hard to ignore. First, in contrast to most upright cordless vacuums, the battery life on this vacuum is excellent. It provides 45 minutes of life with each charge and takes only two hours to fully charge – less than half the time of other cordless vacuum batteries that last half as long. Plus, the battery is removable, so it’s almost possible to vacuum continuously if you purchase a spare or two.

This vacuum is also a great choice for delicate hardwood floors thanks to the air-driven head. This head tool is surprisingly good at picking up hair and crumbs despite lacking brushes, but without brushes also won’t leave scratches on your floors. The filtration system utilizes two filters, a washable foam filter, and a paper HEPA filter. This system does an excellent job of keeping the vacuum from releasing dust back into the air as well as lengthens the life of the HEPA filter.

The downside to a canister vacuum is that it has to be carried around the house and at over 10 pounds this vacuum can quickly begin to feel heavy. However, the handle itself is extremely lightweight compared to most upright cordless vacuums, so it is easier to clean high up spaces like curtains and wall moldings.

PROS:
  • 45-minute battery life with replaceable battery and two-hour charge time
  • Dual filter system prolongs the life of HEPA filter
  • Lightweight handle for cleaning high places

CONS:
  • Heavy to carry around the house
  • Hose connection is somewhat delicate

Features
  • Robot vacuum
  • Bagless
  • Battery type: lithium battery
  • Battery runtime: up to 1.5 hours
  • Recharges automatically at a charging station
  • 1000Pa powerful suction
  • 3 cleaning modes: Edge, Spot, and Max
  • 1 rolling brush, 2 side brushes
  • Infrared sensors for avoiding obstacles and falls
  • Triple-Filter System
  • Remote control
  • Warranty: 1 year

OVERALL RATING: 8.5 out of 10

This robot vacuum is a serious competitor to the Roomba, but with a totally unique feature set that caters to a different set of needs. Instead of integrated Wi-Fi, this vacuum must be controlled from within the house – either by remote control or by hand. That makes it difficult for busy people who spend the day at work to clean remotely. However, the vacuum makes up for this pitfall by offering advanced features such as infrared avoidance sensing. This prevents it from bumping into chair and table legs, so it won’t scratch your furniture or damage itself in a fall or crash. Plus, the battery lasts 30 minutes longer than the Roomba and users found that its return to home function was more accurate.

The vacuum is excellent at picking up dirt on both carpets and hardwood, although its suction is strong enough to pick up the occasional sock or toy as well. The side brushes funnel crumbs and hair into the vacuum, effectively increasing its footprint without increasing the time it needs to clean the entire house. And best of all, the vacuum is nearly silent – some users report running it while they sleep.

The interior uses a triple filter system to prevent any dust from moving around the house with the vacuum. Two of the filters are washable, while the third is a replaceable HEPA filter.

The biggest design flaw is that the vacuum’s battery is not replaceable when it dies, typically after one to two years of use. Given the significant price tag, this can be a major deterrent to purchasing what is otherwise an excellent cleaning solution.

PROS:
  • Infrared avoidance sensing
  • Side brushes increase effective footprint
  • Triple filter traps dust well
  • Extremely quiet

CONS:
  • Battery is not replaceable after it dies
  • Lacks Wi-Fi found on Roomba

Features
  • Handheld vacuum cleaner
  • Bagless
  • Battery type: removable lithium battery
  • Battery runtime: up to 14 min
  • Removable dirt bin
  • Include on-board extension hose, motorized brush roll, extension wand, onboard crevice tool, onboard dusting brush
  • Multi-surface
  • Washable filter
  • Weight: 3.9 lb
  • Warranty: 2-year limited

OVERALL RATING: 8.5 out of 10

If you need a vacuum not for your floors but for everything else in your home that collects dust, this handheld vacuum from Bissell is a great choice at a price point far below that of a comparable upright vacuum.

The vacuum is designed so that the canister is located close to the handle, with the attachments extending out. This design, plus the sub-four-pound weight, ensures that your arm won’t get tired from holding this vacuum while you clean. Plus, it makes it easy to keep an eye on how full the collection canister is getting and to empty it into the trash while barely skipping a beat in your cleaning.

In terms of cleaning power, this vacuum excels. The canister put out a ton of suction power, and since none of the included attachments are very long, that power is not diluted at the point of contact with surfaces. The vacuum comes with a suite of attachments, including an extension hose, wand, and brush roller, that make it easy to clean everything from car seats to couches and allow you to customize based on your needs. The washable filter is also a nice design feature, since it allows you to easily keep the vacuum’s interior running smoothly and at full suction power.

The downside to this vacuum is the short 14-minute battery life. Although this is on par with other handheld-only vacuums, given the longer battery lives now common on upright cordless vacuums it seems that a larger battery capacity should be possible without adding much weight. Also note that although this is a handheld cleaner, it is as noisy as any upright vacuum when turned on.

PROS:
  • Handheld-first design is perfect for cleaning anything other than floors
  • Easy to carry
  • Comes with suite of useful accessories

CONS:
  • Short 14-minute battery life
  • Loud compared to other cordless vacuums

Features
  • Upright and handheld vacuum cleaner
  • Bagless
  • Battery type: integrated lithium-ion battery
  • Battery runtime: up to 15 min
  • Charger base
  • Include 2-in-1 nozzle/brush tool, long crevice tool, pet hair tool; stick vac floor head
  • Multi-surface
  • 3-stage filtration system
  • Weight: 6.9 lb
  • Warranty: 2-year limited

OVERALL RATING: 8.0 out of 10

BlackDecker

This budget vacuum from Black+Decker is first and foremost a handheld cleaner, but it offers solid functionality as a cordless vacuum when the optional stick vacuum extension accessory is added on (an inexpensive add-on purchase). The unit is designed to be carried by hand – which, at nearly seven pounds, can quickly begin to feel heavy – and the suction is directed using the extendable four-foot hose. This is great for vacuuming areas that are normally difficult to do with a vacuum brush head, such as stairs, window and door sills, couches, and drapes. This design also makes the vacuum extremely compact, which can be ideal if you are limited on storage space, plus allows you to easily vacuum any areas within arm’s reach.

There are three primary downsides to this vacuum. The first is that the battery is limited to 15 minutes of runtime and cannot be switched out for a replacement battery. This drastically limits the amount of cleaning you can do in one session, since most houses will take more than 15 minutes to clean from top to bottom. The second is that while the vacuum’s suction power is plenty when used in handheld mode, the power decreases significantly when the stick attachment is added. This makes it difficult to pick up large crumbs and stuck-on pet hair, especially from carpets. The third is that the vacuum is loud. The handheld unit needs to generate enough suction for the stick attachment and does not have a low power mode, so this vacuum is noticeably louder than other cordless vacuums on the market.

PROS:
  • Inexpensive
  • Works as either handheld cleaner or upright cordless vacuum
  • Good suction power in handheld mode

CONS:
  • Short 15-minute battery lifespan
  • Stick vacuum accessory must be purchased as an add-on and drastically reduces suction power
  • Loud compared to other cordless vacuums

Features
  • Upright and handheld vacuum
  • Bagless
  • Battery type: 10.8 lithium ion battery
  • Battery runtime: up to 21 min
  • Patented self-cleaning motorized power brush
  • Cyclonic Action
  • Include crevice tool and dusting brush
  • Multi-floor capabilities: hard floor, area rugs, and low carpets
  • Washable Easy Clean Allergen filter
  • 180° EasySteer maneuverability
  • Weight: 5.5 lb
  • Warranty: 2-year limited

OVERALL RATING: 8.0 out of 10

This vacuum from Electrolux is a great choice for those looking specifically for a cordless vacuum that functions as both an upright vacuum and a handheld cleaner. The canister easily pops out of the vacuum body, allowing you to seamlessly move between vacuuming floors and vacuuming oddly-shaped things like couch cushions. Even better, the crevice tool attachment stores in the vacuum handle, so it is always on hand when you need it.

The vacuum does an excellent job of cleaning up floors, whether carpeted or hardwood, and seems to have no trouble with pet hair or large crumbs. The 180° swivel head makes it easy to get the vacuum head into difficult-to-reach places and makes cleaning go faster overall. When it comes time to clean out the vacuum, the canister is easy to eject straight into the garbage and the included filter can be washed in the sink. However, people who are particularly prone to dust may want to eject the filter outside, since it pops out of the canister rather than lifts smoothly and can eject dust into the air.

The battery on this vacuum lasts for about 20 minutes, which is not particularly long but is on par with other cordless vacuums. However, users with large houses were frustrated that it was not possible to change out the battery for a fresh one, since the 20-minute battery life can be severely limiting. In addition, the battery life gets dramatically worse after about 18 months to 2 years of use, and replacing the battery requires sending the vacuum in for service and costs almost as much as buying a new vacuum.

PROS:
  • Doubles as handheld cleaner
  • Plenty of suction for all floor types and large crumbs
  • Attachment tools are readily available thanks to in-handle storage

CONS:
  • Short 20-minute battery lifespan
  • The battery cannot be easily replaced after 18 months of use
  • The filter pops out, ejecting dust with it

Buying Guide

Choosing the cordless vacuum that is right for your needs can seem like a daunting task – after all, there are tons of different vacuums on the market and all boast different features that can be difficult to understand for the new vacuum buyer. In this buying guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about what to look for in a cordless vacuums and the features that are most important to getting the ease of use that you need.

Why use cordless vacuum cleaners?

Cordless vacuums differ only from traditional vacuums in that they are powered by batteries rather than by connection to an electrical outlet. However, this can make a huge difference in the time it takes to clean your home since it removes the need to unwind a cord, plug in and unplug the vacuum every time you change rooms, and rewind the cord when you’re finished. Without a cord to navigate around while vacuuming, you can maneuver the vacuum more easily and not worry about tripping over the cord. Plus, without a cord, it is possible to vacuum spots in your home that are far away from an outlet or even to bring your vacuum outside to use on your patio or car interior.

Vacuum type

different-vacuum-cleaner-typesThere are different types of vacuum cleaners in terms of their shape and design. Let’s see how they differ and what pros and cons there are.

Upright

When most people think of a typical vacuum cleaner, they think of what is known as an upright vacuum. These vacuums have the wand and suction unit integrated into a single standing vacuum. Upright vacuums offer a relatively large amount of suction power that is perfect for picking up hair and crumbs from rugs as well as hard flooring since they typically have a large roller head with brushes and many offer a removable suction hose. Although upright vacuums can be bulky, they tend to be the vacuum type of choice because of their versatility and suction power.

Stick

Stick vacuums are similar to upright vacuums but are designed with compactness and light weight in mind. These vacuums can be a great choice for people with very small homes, but stick vacuums are severely limited by suction power even on hardwood flooring.

Canister

Canister vacuums, on the other hand, separate the suction unit from the vacuum wand. Canister vacuums are typically smaller than upright vacuums and the wand is able to penetrate into harder-to-reach places, so they can be preferable to upright vacuums for people with small homes and little storage space. However, they lack the suction power needed to pick up litter from rug floors. Canister vacuums also require you to frequently bend down and pull the canister along with you as you vacuum.

Bagged or bagless?

cordless-vacuum-cleaner-main_2Choosing between bagged and bagless vacuums is another big decision you’ll have to make. All of our top 15 cordless vacuums are bagless because of the convenience and ease of use. Bagless vacuums simply pull the debris into a canister, which can then be cleaned by simply ejecting the canister off the vacuum body and shaking it out into the trash. Some bagless vacuums even offer an easy eject button on the canister to reduce the chance of transferring dust into the air when cleaning out the canister. Although many canisters that have filters that must be replaced on occasion, they typically work without changing out parts every use.

Bagged vacuums, on the other hand, use a liner bag inside the debris collection area of the vacuum. Bagged vacuums tend to offer a larger capacity than bagless vacuums, but this is offset for many people by the need to replace the bag with every use of the vacuum – meaning you have to have a ready supply of spare bags in order to use the vacuum.

Battery

The battery is one of the most important features on a cordless vacuum, since it determines how long you can use your vacuum for and how long you have to wait between uses. Cordless vacuum batteries last anywhere from 20 minutes to nearly an hour on a single charge but can take several hours or more to recharge depending on the size of the battery – so you will likely want to choose a vacuum with a battery that is certain to last for the duration of cleaning your entire house at once. Most batteries currently used on cordless vacuums are lithium-ion batteries, which are relatively durable and safe compared to traditional alkaline batteries.

Another important consideration is how the battery is charged. Many cordless vacuums include an integrated battery, so the entire vacuum must be docked on a charging station that is plugged into a wall outlet. In this case, there is also no possibility of easily swapping out the battery for a fresh battery. Some vacuums are designed for the battery to be removed and charged separately from the vacuum, which enables you to purchase a second battery to keep vacuuming if you have a large cleaning job to finish.

Suction

cordless-vacuum_suctionSuction power is obviously critical to a vacuum’s usefulness, but it can be a tricky performance factor to measure. More wattage does not necessarily mean more suction – instead, look for information about a vacuum’s water lift and airflow capacities, which describe how powerfully and quickly air moves through the vacuum. Suction power also depends in part on the ability of the brush head to loosen debris, particularly on rug floors, and on the size of the head opening.

Unfortunately, there is little that can be done to increase the suction power of a new vacuum. However, you can maintain the maximum suction power over time by cleaning out the canister, filters, and brush heads on occasion.

Capacity

How much canister or bag space a vacuum has to store the collected debris will determine how often you need to stop vacuuming in order to empty it into the trash. Smaller, lighter vacuums will typically have a smaller capacity than larger vacuums, although this is often not a deciding factor in choosing a cordless vacuum.

Filtration

Filtration systems are critical to the functioning of a vacuum both because they keep dust from being lifted into the air and because a clogged filter can greatly reduce suction power. The majority of cordless vacuums use replaceable HEPA filters, which are cheap and easy to swap out when the filter becomes clogged with dust. However, some vacuums have begun appearing with washable filters – although this can require more work on your part, you will always have easy access to a clean filter when you need it. If you are particularly sensitive to airborne dust, some vacuums are designed with multi-stage or cyclonic filtration systems that are extremely effective at removing dust, but may also be more prone to mechanical issues than simple replaceable filters.

Weight

cordless-vacuum-handheldCordless vacuums come in everything from lightweight stick designs to heavy-duty units. If weight is a concern, a stick vacuum that boasts top-of-the-line suction power may be a good option for you. Canister vacuums also offer a very lightweight wand, although the canister itself will weigh significantly more.

Noise

Noise can be an important consideration for many people – after all, your vacuum shouldn’t wake up the neighbors. Thankfully, cordless vacuums tend to employ newer, quieter suctioning technology than their counterparts from previous decades. Vacuum noise tends to increase with suction power, so consider this trade-off when thinking about how much noise you are willing to tolerate from your vacuum.

Accessories and attachments

Most vacuums come with several attachments that can be swapped out for the standard vacuum head in order to clean in tight crevices or on surfaces other than the floor. While these accessories are not essential, consider whether they will fit any of the spaces in your home that you know will need cleaning. Although some vacuums will fit after-market accessories from the same manufacturer, the attachment points are not universal across vacuums, especially those from different manufacturers. In addition, consider whether the vacuum has a mechanism for holding the attachments on the handle so that they are available as you need them – having to dig through the closet to find an attachment can be a major barrier to actually using it, especially when vacuum battery life is at a premium.

Safety precautions

While vacuums aren’t typically associated with injuries, they do involve fast moving parts that can cause damage as well as electricity. Check whether vacuum heads and suction units are fully encased, as well as whether the vacuum will automatically shut off when the canister is opened.

Conclusion

Having a great vacuum can make a huge difference not only in how easy it is to clean your house, but how often you’ll want to. Cordless vacuums offer a ton of versatility and maneuverability over their traditional wired and canister counterparts without giving up on suction power. While battery life remains a limiting factor for cordless vacuums, many of the top-of-the-line models offer plenty of life for the average home. While purchasing a cordless vacuum can seem like a daunting task, with our guide you now have all the information you need to find the vacuum that perfectly matches your cleaning needs.

10 Total Score
Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner – Editor's Choice

Dyson has been pushing the edge in vacuum technology for the past decade, so it may come as little surprise that their cordless V8 Absolute was our overall top-rated vacuum. Users loved the modularity of this vacuum, since the ability to swap out heads to suit carpeted or hardwood floors gave significantly better cleaning results than traditional single head designs. Plus, the ability to swap out the wand and use the vacuum as a handheld cleaner saves you from having to purchase a dust buster separately. Unlike many cordless vacuums, the battery on the V8 Absolute offers plenty of juice to last through your entire cleaning – 40 minutes, plus the ability to change in a fresh battery (sold separately). The only catch to this vacuum was that users with large hands found the grip to be uncomfortable, but that seems like a small price to pay for superior cleaning power and versatility compared to most other cordless vacuums on the market.

Multi-floor capability
10
Battery runtime
10
Versatility
10
PROS
  • Doubles as a handheld cleaner
  • 40-minute battery life
  • Comes with hardwood and carpet brush heads
  • HEPA filtration
  • Lightweight
CONS
  • On the pricey side
  • No spare battery included
  • Handgrip is uncomfortable for some people
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