What is one of the most tedious things about vacuuming? One way to sidestep this constant niggle is to narrow down your search to target cordless vacuums only. We will look today at what you should think about if you want to buy a cordless vacuum cleaner.
There are many different varieties of vacuum available today.
As with any buying decision, you should think about your precise needs rather than looking for hard-and-fast rules.
Uprights are powerful and perfect as a main vacuum cleaner. They can be used throughout the home on a variety of surfaces. Cordless models give added convenience.
Sticks are lightweight and not particularly powerful but serve their purpose. Like handhelds, they are affordable and great as a supplementary vacuum.
Canisters fall somewhere in between. Cordless versions are ultra-portable and highly flexible choices.
Robotic vacuums, of course, are all cordless!
Consider the following before lasering in on specific models.
- The size of your home
- The kind of areas you will clean
- Floor surfaces
- Weight and maneuverability of the vacuum
- Budget, overall value for money
There is no neat answer to which vacuum is the best. Assorted styles simply cater to different needs. Some of these tips apply to buying most vacuums but there are a number targeted solely at cordless variants.
The importance of battery life in a cordless vacuum is key.
Really, it boils down to a very simple equation…
Does the battery on the vacuum you are looking at last long enough for you to clean the entire area you have in mind? If not, you will run into limitations from the onset so choose carefully.
A good test is to time your vacuuming over the next few weeks and work out the average duration of your cleaning. Bear this in mind when looking for a cordless.
Check for a runtime which meshes with your needs and the cordless vacuum will serve you will. Fail to research this element and you could end up needing to recharge mid-flow which is frustrating and need not occur if you take your time before buying.
The vast bulk of vacuums today, whether corded or cordless, have outstanding suction power.
There is no need to compromise on power if you don’t want a cord. Plenty of cordless cleaners will deal with any mess, even confidently swallowing up pet hair.
If you suffer from asthma or allergies, buying a powerful cordless will eliminate more dust particles. This will be highly beneficial and prevent you from being irritated by the residue a weaker vacuum would leave behind.
Think about the primary user of the vacuum cleaner as well as anyone else who might reasonably press it into action.
Will they be able to carry the vacuum without straining themselves?
Does it run well when in use?
A lighter vacuum presents few disadvantages so check carefully on the weights of the models on your shortlist.
In the ideal scenario, you’ll be able to handle and empty the vacuum with ease. It’s useful if you can comfortably flip it upside down, too. You occasionally need to check the bottom so the more compact the unit, the better.
The Emptying Mechanism
The way in which your vacuum empties is also crucial for anyone with an allergy.
Bagless vacuums trap all the dirt inside. This means that there’s no need to keep buying expensive bags. Running costs over time are substantially reduced.
Emptying these cleaners, though, is not ideal if you are sensitive to dust or any other allergens. When you remove the dust canister, you must be wary not to spill anything at all as you transfer it to the trash. One good tip is to empty it into an outside bin to minimize any backdraft into your home.
Bagged vacuums can hold more dust than their bag-free counterparts, as much as 4 liters in some cases. They are also much better for anyone with an allergy to empty.
Weigh up which factors are most important to you.
A mess-free emptying experience is a must.
We can start by dividing the types of filters broadly into two:
This serves to collect the majority of dirt and dust before sending it back out into the atmosphere.
Once air has passed through the primary filter, it gets further attention and filtration. If you are worried about allergens, pet dander or airborne microbes, place high stock on a powerful secondary filter.
There are 4 main varieties of filter available: cloth, cartridge, disk and foam.
- Cloth: Cloth filters are usually used for bigger, commercial vacuums. Washable and durable, they will cope well with large particles
- Cartridge: These disposable filters need to be replaced from time to time. They can also be tapped off and partially cleaned between filters. Most of them have rubber casings and are very easy to slide on and off. Cartridges work as both primary and secondary filters
- Disk: Resembling coffee filters, these normally act as primary units. They are made from paper or cloth. Disk filters are more expensive and commonly found on cordless vacs
- Foam: The nature of foam means it’s most suitable as a secondary filter. Once the air has been separated from the dust and dirt particles, it can be further purified by a foam filter
High efficiency particular air (HEPA) is not a filter per se but is actually functionality present in the filters listed above.
These HEPA filters can remove 99.99% of all particles from the air. They are incredibly efficient.
They only work well with airtight vacuums. They make use of an electrostatic field and special sized fibers. All pathogens, allergens and particles that can aggravate asthma are zapped away by HEPA filters.
If you have eczema, asthma or any other allergy, keep an eye out for HEPA filtration technology on the cordless vacuum you have in mind.
Do Any Parts Detach?
Some cordless models have a part of the unit that you can detach and operate as a handheld.
Portability is one of the main selling points for cordless cleaners. A detachable pod gives you even more flexibility.
Watch for how much power is generated by the portion that you remove. Sometimes, this section is simply too weak to be properly functional. Do your research. Read plenty of user reviews. These tend to be brutally honest. People have already made their purchase and will generally offer sound advice.
If you are frequently cleaning hard-to-reach spots, detachability is a valuable commodity.
Vacuums come with a broad range of accessories and attachments.
When you think of a vacuum, you instinctively imagine cleaning the floors. Don’t forget, though, some of the other areas where these cordless cleaners can come in handy:
Manufacturers are clearly aware of the diverse needs people have when cleaning. Dedicated attachments make your life easier.
Most vacuums will come with a crevice tool, upholstery and brush attachments.
- Crevice Tool: This narrow little tool helps you to access awkward areas. Whether it’s down between couch cushions or in any confined space, the crevice tool is a real labor-saver
- Upholstery Nozzle: Soft furnishings accumulate dust and debris. With a handy upholstery nozzle you can suck up the offending dirt without damaging your furniture
- Brushes: From wall moldings to light shades, there are delicate areas in every house. Soft brushes help you to safely clean these fragile spots
In addition to these basics, some vacuums come equipped with turbo brushes for enhanced performance, telescopic attachments to reach high ceilings or parquet brushes for dealing with hard floors.
For those with pets, look closely for attachments that will help you deal with the mess left behind by your beloved animals.
Analyze your cleaning requirements and consider the attachments you will have at your disposal.
Life Expectancy of Your Vacuum
A cheap vacuum is no use if it is lacking in build quality. It will let you down and you’ll be faced with expensive repairs or the need for a new appliance.
The length of the manufacturer’s warranty is usually indicative of likely life span. Industry standard is a 1-year warranty but many companies will now guarantee your vacuum for 5 years or more.
Warranty set aside, most solid vacuum cleaners should easily last 20 years. This presupposes that you maintain it well and empty it frequently.
Do you have different surfaces on your floors? If so, you need a versatile cordless that will work equally well on carpet or wooden flooring. If you have only one style throughout the house, double down on the best vacuum for this particular surface.
As with all aspects of your research, make sure that you focus on what is personally relevant.
Top Cordless Vacuum
Bissell 1984 AirRam
Bissell has a hard-won reputation for making superb vacuums at very reasonable prices.
The 1984 AirRam is one of a growing number of cordless vacs that doesn’t compromise on power.
With a 22-volt lithium-ion battery, you’ll get a full 30 minutes of powerful cleaning before needing to recharge. This is pretty impressive for a cordless. Often they run for as little as 10 minutes before needing a boost. Charging takes 4 hours which is reasonably rapid for a cordless. The run time will be slightly reduced if you activate the motorized brush roll.
This multi-surface brush roll lets you clean carpets, rugs or wooden floors with equal ease.
The dirt bin is incredibly easy to empty. This is key with a bagless vacuum. Simply press down on the lever and the debris will empty out into the trashcan. The capacity could be better. With bagless vacuums, though, it’s ideal to empty them each time you clean.
If you have any pets at home, sucking up the mess they leave behind is no problem with the 1984. The only thing to watch is how quickly the dust bin will fill up.
The filter has an unusual design but is highly effective. It makes use of a felt material and has a second filter it wraps around. This is washable and re-usable. It does take a while to dry so factor this in.
Moving around with the Bissell is painless. Swivel steering is precise and allows you to maneuver around any furniture or obstacles with ease.
If you need to clean in any gloomy areas, the LED headlights will guide you nicely.
As well as being extremely compact and lightweight, the handle collapses so mean storage is a breeze. With fold flat functionality, you can also make light work of cleaning under furniture.
There’s a 2-year limited warranty offered by Bissell. Buy with total confidence.
If you’re in the market for a capable cordless that outperforms much of the competition, take a long hard look at Bissell’s 1984. It will not disappoint.
Hoover Cruise BH52210PC
Hoover is a true heavyweight in the vacuum cleaning industry. Their products are not too expensive while delivering top-notch results.
The Cruise looks very much like the Dyson but doesn’t come with the eye-watering price tag.
The 22-volt lithium ion battery will give you approximately 30 minutes of use before it needs a boost. This battery is removable. Hoover do not specify a charging time but give it about 4 hours to be on the safe side.
Weighing in at less than 5 pounds, the Cruise is super-lightweight even by the standards of cordless sticks. Coupled with swivel steering, this makes moving around with the Hoover incredibly simple.
You can enjoy 2-in-1 functionality with a removable hand vac.
If you are cleaning up larger areas, you can use the nifty trigger lock. This stops you needing to apply continual pressure.
The dust bin is easy to empty but has a small capacity at only 0.4 liters. Simply press the lever and the dust spills neatly out.
There are 2 filters, both of which are washable and re-usable. There’s one in the center of the dirt bin and another tucked behind the motor.
You won’t get too much by the way of attachments. All bases are covered with the usual trio, though: crevice tool, dusting brush and upholstery tool. From awkward spots through to your furniture, you can get anything sparkling with the Cruise.
The brush roll works wonderfully on carpet and can be deactivated if you need to work on any hard floors. Be careful of the main floor tool, though. This can cause scratches to wooden flooring.
One thing to be aware of is the noise. Most vacuums kick out a bit of sound but the Cruise has a very high-pitched volume that can sound intrusive.
The 2-year warranty means you can buy this vacuum without worrying about it letting you down.
If you need a truly lightweight cordless vacuum that’s reliable, powerful and versatile, think seriously about the Hoover Cruise.
Black + Decker CHV1410L
Everyone has different cleaning needs so something a little different next with a cordless handheld from the highly reputable Black + Decker. They have been making this style of mini-dustbuster for over 20 years now.
While this will not suffice as a stand-alone vacuum, it makes a superb addition to your cleaning arsenal if you are looking for a small secondary vac.
The lithium-ion battery will give you a combination of exceptional performance along with real durability. With patented Smart Technology inbuilt, you’ll use much less energy. This means the charge will last longer and you’ll save on your electricity bills.
Charging takes around 4 hours. Depending on the way you use it, you’ll get from 20 or 30 minutes before needing to recharge. Unlike many cordless vacs, this model is claimed to hold a charge for up to 18 months if left unused.
The Black + Decker is bagless. You can see when the dust bin needs to be emptied out through the transparent container.
Cyclonic action makes sure that the filter stays clean and efficient leading to maximized power. Any dirt and debris that enters the vacuum is kept away from the filter itself for best cleaning results.
Kicking out a superb 23 air watts, the suction power from this Black + Decker deals with small and large debris with absolute ease. The mouth is very wide to suck up those bigger pieces fuss-free.
There’s an extendable crevice tool built in. It comes out and locks fully into place enabling you to clean under furniture or blitz rogue cobwebs without straining yourself. There is also a brush tool but it’s not particularly effective. With these accessories both being on-board, there’s no chance of losing them.
As with most vacs, you’ll enjoy a limited 2-year warranty that takes away the stress of buying any appliance.
If you want a secondary vacuum that comes into its own for cleaning up unexpected messes or reaching into difficult spaces, the Black + Decker cordless is well worth further investigation.
We’ll take a look at the first of a pair of Dyson vacs, the super-popular V6.
There are actually 5 different versions of the V6:
- Total Clean
We’ll look here at the original version which is also the cheapest. The only difference between them is in the nature of the attachments provided and the intended purpose of the vacuum.
The V6 has the same suction power as the Animal but comes in it half the price. 28 air watts can actually be increased to a whopping 100 air watts if you make use of the nifty boost mode.
Run times could be better. You’ll only get 20 minutes if you use the normal mode. Hit that boost and it’s reduced to a very disappointing 6 minutes. Charging takes 3.5 hours which is not too bad for a cordless.
The motorized head lets you clean any surface effectively. With carpets, stiff bristles help you to get rid of even the most ingrained dirt. Switch to hard floors and the carbon fiber strands will suck up the dust like a dream.
As with most cordless vacs of this size, the dust container will hold 0.4 liters. Emptying it is as simple as releasing the hatch at the bottom.
You’ll get a conical filter that slots in the top but no post-motor filter. This is available on the line-topping Absolute.
Aside from the motorized head, you’ll get no further floor tool with this model. In terms of attachments, you’ll get a low-profile head, a wand, a multi-purpose brush tool and the docking station. Other models have more attachments so think about your cleaning needs and see what suits you best.
If you want to buy into the Dyson brand without breaking the bank, the V6 Original is definitely worth checking out.
Dyson V8 Absolute
This is not a vacuum for everyone nor is it cheap so if price is your main concern or you are operating on a tight budget, this is not for you.
If, on the other hand, you have a little cash to spare and you want an incredibly capable cordless vacuum from a brand you can rely on, this V8 is hard to beat.
A supremely powerful lithium-ion battery delivers upright corded power in the form of a convenient cordless. You’ll be able to clean for up to 40 minutes without running out of juice. This should be enough for even larger homes. It takes 5 hours to perform a full charge.
The dirt container will eject all dust at the push of a button. Not only do you save on the ongoing expense of replacement bags, you won’t get irritated emptying the unit either.
15 cyclones work together to enhance airflow and suck up even the finest of dust to leave your floors spotless.
You can revel in the freedom of a cordless upright but also switch to a handheld when the situation calls for it.
You’ll get 6 great attachments with this top-of-the-range model. A soft roller cleaner head is perfect for all smooth, hard floors. The direct drive head works wonders on carpets. You’ll also get a mini motorized tool, crevice tool, combination tool and a nice dusting brush. You really are spoiled for choice.
As well as a filter like the V6, you’ll also have the benefit of a post-motor HEPA filter. You can wash and re-use this.
If you want an exceptionally potent cordless vacuum giving you freedom, the ability to clean all surfaces and truly remarkable suction power, the Dyson V8 Absolute ticks all the boxes.
Buying a cordless vacuum can be confusing but it’s not really that complicated when you look at things slowly and methodically.
Take your time when conducting your research, think about price in relation to other key areas and read plenty of impartial reviews.
If you bear the above 9 tips in mind, buying the best cordless vacuum need not be too time-consuming nor cost too much money.