Best Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Reviews
Your Ultimate Guide
Cordless Vacuums are great because there are no cords that get in the way, knotted up or trip if you’re not careful plus these only weigh less than 10 pounds – perfect for spot cleaning.
We’ll feature all types of cordless cleaners and how to choose the right one for your cleaning needs. There is also a review section that explains how each vacuum works, its strengths and weaknesses and how it’ll help in cleaning different parts of the house.
And without further ado here’s the comparison chart of 5 of the best cordless vacuums available today based on the factors laid out below:
Do you need something more specific?
The list above is a bit broad and it includes handhelds and stick vacs, don’t worry, I’ve prepared something more targeted based on category, surface you’ll clean on, type of dirt you want to remove, price point, and much more. Stand by as I work on the pages, I’ll update it as soon as I can.
Keys in Comparing the Top Cordless Vacuums
- Battery – states the type of battery whether it uses an older nicad or a modern lithium ion plus how much voltage it cranks out, take note that battery voltage will not accurately reflect on the power, it merely tells you how much volts the motor needs to function, refer to the air watts for suction power
- Charge time – how long it takes to fully charge – these are based on either manufacturer claims or customer reviews to give you a baseline figure
- Run time – how long the charge will last – these are based on either manufacturer claims or customer reviews to give you a baseline figure
- Power (Air Watts) – It measures the suction power directly from the head not from the motor, think of it this way watts = bhp, air watts = wheel hp, bhp measures power from the crank, wheel horsepower measures power directly from the wheels
- Motorized brush – this is a motor powered brush that helps the vacuum pick up more stubborn dirt like pet hair off hard floor and carpet – a must have if you want to remove hair and dust
- Attachments – lets you know if it has any attachment included in the package like a pet hair, crevice or brush tool, the type of charger included and if it has any extra batteries
- Cleaning Path – this refers to the width of the head where all the dirt gets sucked in
- Weight – how heavy the product is (in pounds)
- Price – Since prices in amazon change frequently because of promotions, availability and various other reasons, we will not list the prices but use this instead – $ = below $50, $$ = $51 – $100, $$$ = $101 to $200, $$$$ = $201 and up
- Rating – Rating in amazon
Do I really need a cordless when I already have a corded one?
Now, a cordless isn’t meant to fully replace a corded vacuum because it isn’t as powerful and it can’t sustain its charge for more than 30 to 45 minutes. You cannot realistically expect this to clean the whole house in one charge.
If your home is fully carpeted then you need at least one full sized upright or a canister that has enough power to thoroughly clean floors. A cordless only becomes a necessity if you need to spot clean an area in your home, or if you want to tidy up the inside of your vehicle.
What is the best cordless vacuum to buy?
There isn’t a one size fits all model that’s the best, you have to look at your needs. What type of floor do you have? Are you primarily using it on floors? Are you using it on carpet, tiled or wooden floor? There are vacuums designed specifically for a type of floor and there are more versatile models that can clean several types of floors.
Do you have pets at home? Then you’ll need something that won’t clog up easily and has enough power to pick up all the pet hair on the sofa or bed.
Are you going to use this in your vehicle? You’ll need a vacuum that’s small and light to fit in the tight areas and something with enough attachments to clean different parts like the dashboard, chairs, floors and the spaces in between.
What to look for?
Look at the list above and compare features such as power, battery life, charging time, weight, etc. – we’ve gathered all these from different sources so you don’t need to go back and forth between sites just to get all these. All you need to do is compare the features and make an informed choice before splurging on your next purchase.
We’ve created a guide to help you understand the features listed and how to use that information to narrow down which one to buy.
Remember to always look at the facts first before believing in all the hype that you see on TV and on Youtube.
Here’s a short review of the top 5 cordless vacs
A glance at the features, strengths, weaknesses and why they rank as such:
Our Pick – Dyson DC44
Probably one of the more popular brand name vacuums of our generation, the Dyson DC44 combines style and functionality albeit at a very high cost – close to 400 bucks. But you get a lot for your money – a total of 5 attachments at your disposal to help you clean every nook and cranny of your home.
You get one full sized floor attachment for your floors and stairs, a mini motorized tool for upholstery, a crevice tool for crevices, a brush tool for cleaning dust and a wand that enables this to be used as a stick vac.
Features at a glance:
- 22.2 volt nickel cobalt manganese battery
- 20 minute run time (8 minutes on max)
- 5-1/2 hour charge time
- Floor attachment can be swiveled
- Carbon fibre brushes remove static filled dust
What makes the DC44 stand out from the rest?
If you look past the style, there is a lot of functionality that comes along with this product. First you have two attachments with motorized brushes – this is the only product in the cordless vac niche that has this while others only have one. The design of the brush roll also in itself unique to Dyson – it has two brushes, one made from soft carbon fibre that picks up statically charged dust and a stiffer nylon that cleans more stubborn debris trapped in carpet.
Are there any potential issues or downfalls?
The biggest issue I see here is the price, 400 bucks is a lot to fork out for a cordless and a lot of people aren’t willing or simply can’t afford it – one solution is getting a refurbished unit from Amazon for a hundred bucks off and it comes with a 6-month warranty. Other issues you may encounter is the rather small dirt bin and a non-locking trigger that you need to press for the unit to function.
The Best HandHeld – Black & Decker Platinum BDH2000FL
At first glance, the BDH2000FL doesn’t look anything like a cordless vacuum but the weird design has a purpose – portable cleaning! It has a 4-foot hose that you can pop out and use to clean up your car’s interior or the creases around your sofa bed. The 20-volt lithium battery gives you roughly 15 to 20 minutes of run time that will take 5 hours to recharge.
Features at a glance:
- 20-volt lithium ion battery
- 5 hour charge time
- 4 foot flexible hose
- Pet hair attachment
Why did this make it to this list?
The unique design of the hose is clever and adds to the versatility – pop it back in if you’re cleaning wide open areas like your floors or tables but if you need to get in tight spots such as your car the flexible hose comes in handy. It also has a pet hair tool that helps you clean off pet hair off upholstery.
Are there any potential issues?
Biggest issue at least for the long term is the built-in battery, as with most battery powered tools – this can be the weak link if it breaks pre-maturely fortunately for this it comes with a 3-year warranty so you’re guaranteed 3 years of service life.
Looking for a Floor Cleaner? – GTech AirRam
The GTech AirRam is just new in the new market so don’t be surprised that it only has 9 reviews so far in Amazon. But in the UK it is one of the bestselling cordless vacuums with rave reviews from different publications like the daily mail – you can also read reviews from UK-based sites like Amazon.co.uk, Argos, Lakeline and John Lewis.
Features at a glance
- 22-volt lithium ion battery
- 40-minute run time
- 3-hour charge time
- 45-degree swivel
- only 7.7 pounds
Why did the AirRam make it here?
Nick Gray of GTech managed to minimize power loss by moving the motor all the way down to the bottom at the base, as close as possible to the suction inlet where all the debris comes in. By doing this air doesn’t have to go through a series of hoses or tubes and this all but eliminate power loss.
Another positive of moving the motor down is that the motor sits directly across the motorized brush and powers it directly through a drive belt. It rotates faster and is able to pick up more dirt in the process. In fact GTech claims that the AirRam will produce power that matches, if not exceeds that of an upright vac while using less electricity.
One other innovation they’ve developed is using air to compress dirt into “bales”. This in theory makes it less-messy to dispose though I’ve read reviews that say otherwise.
Are there any potential issues?
Biggest issue would be the price, hovering around $300 but still cheaper than the Dyson DC44.
This is strictly a floor vacuum since it doesn’t have any attachment that comes along with it and the wide base won’t fit in tighter spaces, so you may need a smaller handheld vacuum for these spots.
Battery is quite expensive at around $80 so if it breaks after the warranty period it’s a big ouch.
Overall this is a very good stick vacuum that will clean your bare floor and carpet all the way to the edges. If you own a small home, apartment or even a mobile home this would be perfect for your needs.
Cleaning Edges and Corners – Rowenta Delta Force
The first thing you’ll notice with the Rowena Delta Force is the shape of the head. It’s shaped more like an arrow rather that a rectangle found in other brands but that’s by design for it to be able to clean corners better. Underneath the pointed shaped head are four wheels that makes it easy to move around.
Features at a glance
- 18 volt nickel cadmium battery
- delta head reaches corners better
- 40 minute run time
- self standing
Why did it make it to #4?
Combine this with the swivel feature and you have a good multi-purpose vacuum that you can use to clean up tough to reach spots like corners and spaces under tables or chairs but you may have some trouble cleaning the deeper spots under a bed because the canister can get in the way. This will work on both bare floor and low pile carpet.
The 18-volt nicad battery has a maximum 40 minute run time on a full charge (it’ll need around 12 to 16 hours to fully charge – you can keep this plugged if you’re not using it) but expect that number to drop when you use it on carpets or rugs. Several reviews have confirmed the 40 minute run time claimed by rowenta.
What are the potential issues?
However because it isn’t powered by a lithium battery, longevity is a question mark and Rowenta recommends that if the batteries are past its service life you’ll need to bring it to a service center to have it replaced.
Though it can stand on its own, it slightly leans forward so if you have kids at home, you may want to keep this away from them so it doesn’t topple over.
At this price range, it would have been nice to have attachments to clean more areas like the sofa and chairs but it doesn’t. A lithium battery would be a great addition too.
The Old Reliable – Hoover Linx Cordless Stick
One great thing about the Hoover Platinum Linx cordless stick vac is its ability to swap batteries with the Platinum Handheld. One of a very few that has this sort of interchange-ability. If you combine the price of the two, it’ll still be over$100 below the Dyson DC44, so if you can’t afford a Dyson this is would be a very good alternative.
Features at a glance
- 18-volt lithium ion battery
- Motorized brush
- Edge cleaning bristles
What did this make it to #5?
This takes the nod over the popular Rowenta Delta Force because it has a li-ion battery than can be removed; the Delta Force’s isn’t removable and is made from an older nickel metal hydride. It is equipped with a brush roll that helps pick up dirt on carpet and edge bristles that work great on corners. Hoover in fact claims upright performance on hard floors and a lot of consumers will agree with this. As with most cordless cleaners, don’t expect deep cleaning power.
Are there any potential issues?
Even with more than 1500 5-star reviews, there are some gaping holes here. First you can’t swivel this which means less maneuverability and you can’t reach deep into areas under furniture. Second there is the issue with the handle breaking as reported by a lot of consumers.
It’s Your Turn
Now, after reading our reviews and top picks about the best cordless vacuums in the market, it’ll be up to you to pick up something that’ll meet your needs and help you keep your home as clean and as dirt free as possible and do so without breaking the budget.
Since this is a consumer product, there will always be new models that’ll be introduced every year by manufacturers so we’ll be updating the chart once that happens. If you think we’ve missed out on any particular model in our list, let us know by posting it in the comments section below – we want to be as objective as possible and appreciate your input.