15 Top-Rank Cordless Vacuum Cleaners – Be Free of Cords in 2019

36 Models Considered
54 Hours of Research
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139 Reviews Analyzed

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 2019

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 Cyclone V10 Absolute (Editor’s Choice)
Type: stick and handheld
Battery runtime: up to 60 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 the Dyson digital motor that never loses suction
Dyson Cyclone V10
2. Tineco A10 Hero (Runner-up)
Type: upright and handheld
Battery runtime: up to 25 min
Brush: multi-purpose power brush
Strong suction, four-stage fully-sealed filtration system, very lightweight
Tineco A10 Hero
3. Eureka NEC222 HyperClean (Most Versatile Cordless Vacuum)
Type: stick and handheld
Battery runtime: up to 30 min
Brush: switchable multi-surface brush
220W Powerful Suction, lightweight, easy-to-empty dust cup
Eureka NEC222 HyperClean
4. 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
SharkIF251
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
iRobot
6. Bissell AirRam 1984 (Best Cordless Upright Vacuum)
Type: upright
Battery runtime: up to 40 min
Brush: multi-surface brush roll
Collapsible lay flat handle, LED lights, multi-surface cleaning
Bissell Air Ram 1984
7. Shark ION P50 (Best Cordless Vacuum for Carpet)
Type: upright lift-away
Battery runtime: up to 50 min
Brush: multi-surface dual brushrolls
Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology and HEPA filter, DuoClean Technology
Shark ION P50
8. Makita XLC02R1B (Best for Cleaning Workshops)
Type: stick and handheld
Battery runtime: up to 15 min
Brush: multi-surface floor nozzle
Rapid Optimum Charger and quick-charge technology, 2-stage cloth filtration system
Makita XLC02R1B
9. 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
10. Deik 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum (Budget Pick)
Type: upright and handheld
Battery runtime: up to 30 min
Brush: detachable roller brush
Two-speed controls, cyclonic suction, LED front lights
Deik Cordless Vacuum
11. Eufy HomeVac
Type: upright
Battery runtime: up to 50 min
Brush: rotating
8V cyclonic filtration system, 180° swivel head, and built-in LEDs
EufyHomeVac
12. 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
HooverBH50010
13. 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
eufyRovoVac
14. 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
BissellHand
15. 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
BlackDecker
Features
  • Vacuum type: stick and handheld
  • Battery type: seven-cell, nickel-cobalt-aluminum
  • Battery runtime: up to 60 min
  • Bin volume: 2 gal
  • Weight: 9 lbs
  • Warranty: 2-year limited

More features: 14 concentric array cyclones, advanced whole machine filtration, 6 cleaner heads and tools in the box

OVERALL RATING: 9.9 out of 10

Dyson Cyclone V10

This update to Dyson’s popular V8 Absolute cordless vacuum features a longer runtime and even more suction power. The vacuum is designed to function either as a stick vacuum or as a handheld dust-buster. When in stick mode, you can attach a motorized brushroll for deeply cleaning carpets and bump the motor up to a turbo-charged suction setting for up to 20 minutes of deep cleaning.

The V10 Absolute also performs well on hardwoods, and you can get up to 60 minutes of continuous runtime if you can clean without a motorized cleaner head. The 0.2-gallon bin is large enough that most people will be able to clean the whole house before needing to stop to empty it. When it’s time to put the vacuum away, it stores upright and hanging in a wall-mounted charging dock. Thanks to its thin stick design, the vacuum takes up almost no space at all in a closet.

The vacuum is relatively pricey, which is unsurprising given that it’s made by Dyson, but it does come with some of the best vacuum technology currently on the market. Suction is generated with 14 concentric array cyclones and filtration is designed to take place at every point in the vacuum so that no dust can escape. In addition to the dual stick and handheld functionality, you also get six different cleaner heads.

It’s also worth noting that Dyson still hasn’t added a lock button to the trigger on this vacuum. While users with larger hands didn’t find this to be a problem, some users felt that their hands began to cramp from holding down the trigger over more than 30 minutes of continuous use.

PROS:
  • Stick or handheld use
  • Up to 60 minutes of runtime
  • Excellent suction on hardwood and carpet
  • Wall-mounted charging dock
  • Two-year warranty

CONS:
  • No trigger lock
  • On a pricier side

Features
  • Vacuum type: stick and handheld
  • Battery type: lithium, detachable
  • Battery runtime: up to 25 min
  • Bin volume: 1 gal
  • Weight: 87 lbs
  • Warranty: 2-year limited

More features: 110 air watts in Max Mode, four-stage fully-sealed filtration system and HEPA filter, 10.4-inch cleaning path with two power modes, LED lights

OVERALL RATING: 9.8 out of 10

Tineco A10 Hero

Users rave about this reasonably priced stick and handheld vacuum from Tineco. The vacuum is limited by it’s battery, which only lasts up to 25 minutes on the low power setting. But, users loved that the lithium-ion battery can be removed so you can switch in a fresh spare battery to continue cleaning.

The vacuum works well on either hardwood or carpet floors thanks to a motorized brusroll with an available Max power setting. The vacuum only lasts a brief seven minutes on this setting, though, so it can be problematic if your whole house is carpeted. Users also liked that the stick design of the vacuum allows it to easily reach under furniture, while a set of front-mounted LED lights allows you to see the debris you’re cleaning. In addition, the vacuum has a power lock switch so you don’t have to grip the trigger the entire time.

Along with a short battery life, this vacuum has a relatively small dust bin. So, if you’re working on low power mode for the entire 25 minutes, you may need to stop and empty the bin. Thankfully, the bin is designed with a button-push trapdoor so it’s easy to prevent dust from escaping your garbage. When you’re vacuuming, a four-stage filtration system with a HEPA filter works very effectively to keep dust from spreading through the air.

Tineco offers a two-year warranty on this vacuum. Thanks to the fact that the battery is removable and replaceable, users found that this vacuum can run for years without breaking down.

PROS:
  • Removable lithium-ion battery
  • Front-mounted LED lights
  • Power lock switch
  • Four-stage filtration with HEPA filter
  • Two-year warranty

CONS:
  • Battery only lasts 25 minutes, or seven minutes on Max mode
  • Small dust bin

Features
  • Vacuum type: stick and handheld
  • Battery type: 6V lithium ion, detachable
  • Battery runtime: up to 30 min
  • Bin volume: not specified
  • Weight: 5 lbs
  • Warranty: 2-year limited

More features: 220W Powerful Suction, easy-to-empty dust cup, LED headlights

OVERALL RATING: 9.6 out of 10

Eureka NEC222 HyperClean

This stick vacuum from Eureka is surprisingly heavy at 6.5 pounds – but that’s because it provides roughly twice the suction power of similar cordless stick and handheld vacuums. The 220-watt suction offers enough performance to thoroughly clean carpets as well as hardwood floors, but you’re not limited by battery life thanks to the massive onboard lithium-ion battery. You get up to 30 minutes of runtime on the standard power setting, plus you can swap in a fresh battery since it’s easily removable.

The brushroll on this vacuum is slightly larger than on competitors, which can be good or bad depending on your needs. On the one hand, you can cover more area thanks to the larger brush and extra suction power. On the other hand, it can make it slightly more difficult to swivel and to reach into tight spaces. However, the head also has a set of LED lights to guide you in shadowy areas. Plus, the vacuum comes with several accessories and the head can be quickly detached with a touch of your foot to improve the vacuum’s versatility.

Users especially loved the washable filter on this, which is extremely effective at keeping dust out of the air while requiring almost no maintenance beyond the occasional rinse. The dust bin, too, is designed to minimize hassle with a one-touch button to dump out debris.

In terms of durability, users reported vastly different experiences with this vacuum. Some people reported the frame breaking after one to two years of use, while others found that the vacuum ran for years with few problems. In any case, Eureka offers a solid two-year warranty and the battery is simple to replace.

PROS:
  • 220-watt suction
  • Head has LED lights and is easily detached
  • Comes with several accessory tools
  • Washable filter
  • Two-year warranty

CONS:
  • Some users had issues with frame breaking
  • Slightly heavier than competitors

Features
  • Vacuum type: Upright and handheld
  • Battery type: removable lithium-ion battery
  • Battery runtime: up to 30 min
  • Bin volume: 0.08 gal
  • Weight: 8.7 lb
  • Warranty: 5-year

More features: DuoClean Technology with bristle brush and soft brushroll; interactive display; MultiFLEX Technology; duster crevice tool, pet multi-tool, anti-allergen dust brush included

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
  • Vacuum type: robot
  • Battery type: lithium ion
  • Battery runtime: up to 60 min
  • Bin volume: not specified
  • Weight: 8 lbs
  • Warranty: 1-year

More features: patented 3-stage cleaning system and dual multi-surface brushes, auto-adjust for carpeted and hard flooring, iAdapt Navigation, compatible with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant for voice-activated control

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
  • Vacuum type: upright
  • Battery type: 22V lithium ion, removable
  • Battery runtime: up to 40 min
  • Bin volume: 0.16 gal
  • Weight: 76 lbs
  • Warranty: 2-year limited

More features: collapsible lay flat handle, LED lights, multi-surface cleaning, easy empty dirt bin

OVERALL RATING: 9.3 out of 10

Bissell Air Ram 1984

This cordless vacuum from Bissell is ideal for users that need more power than a stick vacuum can provide, but still want all the same maneuverability. The vacuum head is able to swivel to more than 50 degrees to either side, making it easy to turn. Plus, with a retractable handle that can fold all the way to the floor, it’s easy to store the vacuum or to reach under furniture for deep cleaning.

The lithium-ion battery is another highlight of this vacuum. On the single available power setting, it lasts for up to 30 minutes and is removable so you can swap in a fresh spare battery.

The brushroll on this vacuum is optimized for multi-surface cleaning and performs admirably on either hard floors or carpeted floors. When you’re cleaning up against walls, the suction and bristles extend all the way to the vacuums edge so you don’t miss anything. Plus, a set of LED lights on the front of the vacuum makes it easy to identify dust and debris. Note, however, that there is no secondary power function for cleaning particularly difficult debris out of carpets.

The main downside to this vacuum is that many users complain of issues with durability. Users found that the handle breaks and falls off the vacuum relatively easily, and while Bissell’s customer service is responsive the part can take several weeks to ship. In addition, some users found that the vacuum’s motor stopped working entirely after just a few months of use – although this was covered by Bissell’s warranty. Still, these issues are problematic if you want a vacuum you can depend on for many years to come.

PROS:
  • 40-minute battery life with a removable battery
  • Highly maneuverable vacuum head
  • Front-mounted LED lights
  • Performs well on all surfaces

CONS:
  • Serious durability and quality issues
  • No secondary power setting for deep cleaning

Features
  • Vacuum type: upright, stick, handheld
  • Battery type: lithium ion, removable
  • Battery runtime: up to 50 min
  • Bin volume: 12 gal.
  • Weight: 03 lbs
  • Warranty: 5-year limited

More features: Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology and HEPA filter, DuoClean Technology

OVERALL RATING: 9.2 out of 10

Shark ION P50

This unique cordless vacuum from Shark performs triple duty. It works like a traditional upright vacuum, as a stick vacuum, or as a canister vacuum. The trick is that Shark put the suction unit in a canister that’s connected to the rest of the vacuum by a suction hose, instead of on the trigger handle as for many cordless stick vacuums.

That design has some advantages for people who prefer the performance of a canister vacuum – this vacuum can easily lift dust and dirt out of any carpet. It also means that the vacuum can accommodate a larger removable battery, which gives it up to 50 minutes of runtime.

However, there are some downsides to this three-pronged design. The first is that the vacuum is one of the heaviest cordless vacuums we’ve reviewed, at over 12 pounds. In addition, the vacuum doesn’t function particularly well as a stick vacuum – your range is limited by where the canister is, so it’s more effective to use it as a true canister vacuum once the canister is removed from the handle.

The other major problem that users ran into with this vacuum is that it can severely scratch wood floors. The brushroll is always on when the vacuum is on, and there’s no way to replace the vacuum head. So, if you’re using the vacuum on hardwood floors, there’s a good chance of creating scratches. That said, for other types of hard flooring, the vacuum has different power modes for carpet and hard floors.

Shark offers a long five-year warranty with this vacuum. That’s important for peace of mind given the somewhat high price tag on this cleaner.

PROS:
  • Upright, stick, or canister vacuum
  • Powerful on carpets and hard floors
  • Up to 50 minutes of battery life with a removable battery
  • Five-year warranty

CONS:
  • Brushroll can scratch hardwood floors
  • Doesn’t work well as a stick vacuum

Features
  • Vacuum type: stick and handheld
  • Battery type: 18V Lithium-Ion
  • Battery runtime: 15 min
  • Bin volume: 16 gal
  • Weight: 7 lbs
  • Warranty: 3-year limited

More features: Rapid Optimum Charger and quick-charge technology, 2-stage cloth filtration system

OVERALL RATING: 9.0 out of 10

Makita XLC02R1B

Users were pleasantly surprised by this compact but powerful vacuum from Makita, which is ideal for cleaning up small shop areas. The vacuum can function in either stick or handheld mode and offers plenty of power to pick up dust from either carpets or hard flooring. Plus, with a two-stage cloth filtration system, you can be certain that no dust will escape from the vacuum into the air.

The downside to this vacuum is that the battery is relatively small. It provides just a 15-minute runtime, even though the vacuum only has one power mode. That said, the Makita charger is designed to work fast, so it only takes several minutes to fully recharge the battery and get back to cleaning. The battery is also removable so you can keep a spare battery for cleaning larger areas.

The vacuum comes with several accessory nozzles, which can make it easier to clean in oddly shaped and tight spaces around your home or shop. The massive 1.16-gallon dust bin is the truly unique feature of this vacuum, and makes it perfect for picking up large volumes of sawdust and other debris without having to constantly empty the bin.

Beware that some users found that the plastic casing of the vacuum is not very durable, and can even start to crack just from the power of the vacuum’s suction. Unfortunately, while Makita offers a three-year warranty on the vacuum’s battery and suction unit, the company won’t offer any coverage for damage to the plastic casing.

PROS:
  • Large 1.16-gallon dust bin
  • Several accessory tools
  • Removable battery recharges quickly
  • Two-stage cloth filtration
  • Three-year warranty

CONS:
  • Plastic casing is flimsy and not covered by warranty
  • Short 15-minute battery life

Features
  • Vacuum type: upright and handheld
  • Battery type: lithium ion
  • Battery runtime: up to 50 min
  • Bin volume: 4 gal.
  • Weight: 4 lbs
  • Warranty: 5-year limited

More features: interchangeable 20V LithiumLife battery system, WindTunnel 3 Technology and Boost Mode, 2-in-1 tool and pivoting dusting tool included

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
  • Vacuum type: upright and handheld
  • Battery type: 18V Lithium-Ion
  • Battery runtime: up to 30 min
  • Bin volume: 1 gal
  • Weight: 7 lbs
  • Warranty: 2-year limited

More features: two-speed controls, cyclonic suction, LED front lights

OVERALL RATING: 8.9 out of 10

Deik Cordless Vacuum

This inexpensive upright and handheld vacuum combination from Deik places the suction unit in the back of the handheld vacuum frame rather than at the top handle. For many users, that’s enough to make a huge difference in the comfort of holding this vacuum. Plus, it weighs under 7 pounds so it’s easy to lift up and down stairs.

The battery lasts up to 30 minutes in the low-power setting, which is enough to give your home a once-over. However, if you need more power, such as for cleaning hair and dust out of carpets, you can expect to get just 15 minutes or less of runtime. In addition, note that the battery cannot be removed and takes 4–5 hours to fully charge.

Another minor inconvenience to this vacuum, which is true for many inexpensive competitors, is that the dust bin is somewhat small at just 0.1 gallons. That means you’ll need to empty it relatively frequently. While the bin releases with a push-button, it also lacks the mess-free trapdoor design of higher-end cordless vacuums.

That said, the vacuum does have some helpful features for the price. There is a set of LED lights on the front of the vacuum head. It also includes a HEPA filter so you can be confident dust won’t escape into the air. The roller brush is detachable so you can clean off tangled hair, and it even comes with a crevice attachment.

Keep in mind that the warranty on this vacuum is limited to two years, and the battery isn’t removable. While some users report years of use out of this vacuum, it’s worth thinking of it as something that will only last for two years when considering the price.

PROS:
  • Inexpensive
  • HEPA filter
  • Detachable roller brush
  • Comfortable handle
  • Two-year warranty

CONS:
  • Battery only lasts 30 minutes and takes 4–5 hours to charge
  • Small dust bin
  • Battery cannot be replaced

Features
  • Vacuum type: upright
  • Battery type: 2200 mAh Li-ion
  • Battery runtime: up to 50 min
  • Bin volume: 24 gal.
  • Weight: 5 lbs
  • Warranty: 15-month

More features: double filter, Eco Mode and Max Mode, 180° maneuverability, 8V cyclonic filtration system

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
  • Vacuum type: upright
  • Battery type: Lithium-Ion
  • Battery runtime: up to 20 min
  • Bin volume: not specified
  • Weight: 3 lbs
  • Warranty: 2-year limited

More features: multi-floor cleaning, WindTunnel technology, extreme recline handle

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
  • Vacuum type: robot
  • Battery type: Lithium-Ion
  • Battery runtime: up to 100 min
  • Bin volume: 6 gal.
  • Weight: 7 lbs
  • Warranty: 1-year

More features: 3-Point Cleaning System, remote control, infrared-sensor for evading obstacles and drop-sensing tech, auto recharging, anti-scratch tempered glass cover

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
  • Vacuum type: handheld
  • Battery type: removable Lithium-Ion
  • Battery runtime: up to 15 min
  • Bin volume: 1 gal.
  • Weight: 6 lbs
  • Warranty: 2-year limited

More features: washable filter; removable dirt bin; extension hose, motorized brush roll, extension wand, crevice tool, and dusting brush included

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 dustbuster 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
  • Vacuum type: upright and handheld
  • Battery type: Lithium-Ion
  • Battery runtime: up to 15 min
  • Bin volume: 15 gal.
  • Weight: 2 lbs
  • Warranty: 2-year limited

More features: 4-foot flexible hose, crevice tool and pet hair brush included, 3-stage filtration system

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

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.

Tips

LIFESTYLE-WOMAN-CLEANING-UNDER-SOFAWhen it comes to buying and using your cordless vacuum, there are several important tips to keep in mind.

First, it’s important to think about the types of floors that you have throughout your house. Vacuums that are designed for deep-cleaning hair and dust out of carpets aren’t necessarily suitable for hard floors, and can even scratch hardwood flooring if there is no way to turn off the brushroll. If you have mostly hard flooring and pets that shed a lot of hair, on the other hand, you may need to prioritize a vacuum that won’t get tangled up with hair and that offers a relatively large dust bin.

The second thing to keep in mind when choosing a vacuum and when vacuuming is that you may need to move furniture around. Even stick vacuums that allow you to get deep under furniture can’t get everything, and debris tends to travel and spread out once you’ve cleaned. So, take the time to move furniture out of the way whenever you’re doing a big cleaning job.

Finally, remember that even the best and most powerful vacuums may not be able to get every bit of dust and debris on the first pass – especially if you’re vacuuming carpeted floors. It’s well worth running your vacuum over the floor twice or more to make sure everything has been suctioned up. Keep in mind that you’ll need extra battery life to do this, or you may run out of battery before you make it through the entire house.

Prices

Vacuum prices, especially for newer cordless vacuum models, can range very widely. For example, the Deik 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum is priced at under $100, but compromises significantly on features and design quality. On the other hand, while the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is a powerful vacuum with incredible performance, it costs more than $500 – more than many people have in their budgets for a new vacuum. Thankfully, there are a wide variety of excellent cordless vacuums in the $100–$300 range, and many of these are less than $200.

FAQ

If your battery is relatively new, it should provide relatively consistent suction for the majority of its charge. You may see some slight performance drop-off in the last few minutes of vacuuming, at which point changing out the battery would help. However, if your vacuum’s battery is one or more years old, replacing the battery altogether can sometimes make a difference. Ultimately, it depends on whether you are seeing a decrease in performance because the battery is no longer properly holding a charge, or because some other part of the vacuum is not working properly.

Almost every cordless vacuum has a dust cup that is transparent, so you can keep an eye on how full it is getting. It’s typically a good idea to empty the dust cup before it fills up completely, since this will hinder your vacuum’s performance and can even allow some dust and debris to escape your vacuum’s filters. If your vacuum has an especially small dust bin, you may need to empty it multiple times when cleaning your entire home.

Almost every manufacturer and vacuum model uses a different set of filters or filtration mechanism to prevent allergy-causing dust from escaping your vacuum. The most effective filters are HEPA-rated filters, which are specifically designed to capture small dust particles that can result in allergies. However, many vacuums use non-HEPA filters or multiple-stage filtration systems that are just as effective. For example, the Makita vacuum uses a two-stage cloth filtration system that is not HEPA-rated, but is extremely effective at trapping dust.

You can typically tell when a vacuum filter needs to be cleaned simply by pulling it out and looking at it. If it’s very dirty, chances are it needs to be washed or replaced – all of the built-up dust and debris on the filter can decrease your vacuum’s performance and allow some allergens to escape. When in doubt, it’s a good idea to play it safe and clean your vacuum’s filter.

Most modern vacuum heads are designed to work on all floor types, whether they are carpeted or hard. However, vacuum heads with a motorized brushroll are typically better suited for carpets because the bristles can get deep into the carpet fibers to pick up dust, hair, and other debris. Vacuum heads with a soft brushroll or no brush at all are ideal for hard floors, and especially hardwood, because they won’t leave scratches and the brushes aren’t needed to pick up surface debris.

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.

9.9 Total Score
Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute – 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 V10 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 V10 Absolute offers plenty of juice to last through your entire cleaning – 60 minutes, plus the ability to change in a fresh battery (sold separately). The only catch to this vacuum was that there is no lock button to the trigger on this vacuum, 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
9.9
PROS
  • Stick or handheld use
  • Up to 60 minutes of runtime
  • Excellent suction on hardwood and carpet
  • Wall-mounted charging dock
  • Two-year warranty
CONS
  • No trigger lock
  • On a pricier side
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  1. Can you tell me why you haven’t reviewed the Gtek stick vacuum which is widely advertised in Britain. Is it sold just in Britain.

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