It's time to throw your old vacuum away and never look back - we're going wireless. Just like vacuum cleaners.
Although some of the best vacuums still have power cables, let's be honest, vacuum cleaning is hard enough without the constant struggle of plugging and unplugging when moving between rooms, not to mention the strain on our backs every single time we do so.
The good news is that cordless vacuum cleaners, as well as other modern examples including bagless, upright and the affordable options, have advanced dramatically over the last few years, both in terms of performance, and battery power. Many are even more powerful and durable than their wired counterparts.
Having said that, buying a vacuum cleaner is no walk in the park. If you've decided to hop on the cord-free bandwagon, then there are a few things you'll need to think about before making the leap.
To make life easy, What's the Best has created a list of the very best cordless vacuum cleaners available. We've considered many things, including power, runtime and efficiency.
Looking for something smaller? We've also picked a crop of our favourite handheld vacuums, too.
Are cordless vacuum cleaners as good as corded ones?
While you might think of cordless vacuums as less powerful than plug-in vacuum cleaners, it's important to know that this depends on the type of battery and motor inside the vacuum.
Cordless vacuums with high voltage lithium batteries can give you equally, if not better, suction than a corded vacuum with the same motor. Cordless vacuum cleaners are also much lighter, allow for greater flexibility and most can be converted into a handheld vacuum for ceiling and furniture cleaning.
What to look out for when buying a cordless vacuum?
Purchasing a cordless vacuum can be pricey, so it's important to know what features are beneficial and worth looking out for.
Runtime: Cordless vacuum cleaners rely on batteries to stay powered, therefore the longer the runtime, the better. The average runtime is about 45 minutes, but opting for vacuums that have a battery life of over an hour might be advantageous if you are cleaning a larger space.
Power: Measured in volts, you should generally watch out for a high voltage vacuum for better, more efficient performance.
Capacity: Constantly emptying your dirt bin can become tedious, so make sure to opt for a vacuum with a large litre capacity.
Weight: Varying from around 2kg for a very lightweight option, to 4.5kg on the heavier side, a lighter vacuum will result in less tiredness and better manoeuvrability.
Sensory technology: Newer models are equipped with savvy technology, whereby the floorhead can sense and adapt its suction to your floor type automatically.
Digital display: Monitor your battery life and other important metrics with a handy LCD.
Anti-hair tangling: Especially important if you have pets, some cordless vacuums are less prone to tangling around the brush when picking up hair.
Headlights: Lights attached to the floorhead can help you see better under furniture or when it gets dark.
If you're looking for something a little heavier in power for garden purposes, click to see our favourites here.
The best cordless vacuum cleaners UK
A great, heavy-duty cordless vacuum that is equally effective on the carpet as it is on hard
Pros: Lightweight, easy-empty bin, compact storage, long runtime
Cons: Not great with edges or on stairs, only one power mode
Size: 112cm x 28cm x 112cm
Runtime: 40 minutes
**Review: "**Absolutely love this Gtech. I was wary about which cordless vacuum to buy as mixed reviews of all on the market... But after today I am absolutely over the moon with my purchase. I've gone straight ahead to purchase the Gtech. It handled the rather heavy duty it had to contend with in my house of four boys and a dog. The headlights are genius as you can see under beds and behind tables etc exactly, under the boys' beds particularly. It empties easily and it's so satisfying to see what it's picked up. Can't recommend it highly enough. No Issue with the battery, it lasted the whole house, 4 double bedrooms and the whole of downstairs hardwood floors... and still had battery left at the end. Brilliant. Thank you, Gtech!"
Say goodbye to tangled wires and say hello to agile and mobile cleaning. The smart 3-in-1 design
Pros: Lightweight, easy to manoeuvre, affordable
Cons: Suction not as powerful as that of pricier alternatives
Size: 110cm x 235cm x 22cm
Runtime: 45 minutes
**Review: "**So impressed! Delivery only took 2 days and it was so easy to put together. Can't believe how lightweight is it. You don't have to hold down the button like a Dyson which is nice, really easy to manoeuvre about and really does have excellent suction. Had an expensive Shark hoover that only lasted a year so just wanted a cheap one to get me by, but it's really nice to use and is a lot more than just a cheapy! Was sceptical about the price but honestly, it's brilliant. Even on the eco mode, the suction is fab and the attachments are easy to swap on and off. This could easily be a £200 hoover! I've tried my friend's £500 Dyson and honestly, this isn't far off. Worth every penny! Also has a year warranty you can register so 100% worth every penny of the £64 I paid!"
Pros: Great for vacuuming hair, double battery for extra-long runtime, very effective carpet cleaning
Size: 118cm x 26cm x 24.5cm
Runtime: 80 minutes
Review: "Who knew a vacuum cleaner could be so much fun?! I love it! Great range of attachments, is easy to use and if you are a bit of a kid it feels like a Nerf gun! I spent ages looking at different models and had been a bit worried it might not be powerful enough but was amazed how much it got out of our carpets (we have just moved into our self-catering flat that allowed pets and it got loads of hair out that was not even visible). The two batteries mean there is plenty of run time even on boost, and the range of attachments makes it really versatile. The adaptation to allow vacuuming under low furniture is fantastic! Look no further!"
The cru00e8me de la cru00e8me of cordless vacuum cleaners, Dyson's offering is more than
Pros: Super powerful suction, high efficiency, long runtime, the high-tech sensor system
Cons: On the heavier side, pricey
Size: 128cm x 25xm x 26cm
Runtime: 60 minutes
Review: "I was doubtful about buying this due to the high price, but I can honestly say that it has totally changed the way I clean the house. It is so easy to use, being both light and powerful. It's way better than the corded Dyson I had before and so easy that I tend to run it around the carpets every day. Also, I have found taking it apart to clean or unblock is so simple. When the filter needed cleaning not only did it tell me but then played a video of how to do it! Best purchase ever."
Best lightweight option
With a high-performance digital motor, the Tineco cordless vacuum is powerful yet ultra-quiet -
Pros: Easy to manoeuvre, quiet, no hair tangling, great suction on carpet
Cons: Filters need to be regularly cleaned to maintain suction power
Size: 111cm x 26.4cm x 28.4cm
Runtime: 40 minutes
Review: "Well so far this vacuum cleaner is brilliant, have only had this for a day but it's excellent. Have used two Dysons but neither have the power Tineco A11 has, not to mention it comes with two batteries and lasts for up to 60 minutes. The filter cleaning tool that comes with the package is also brilliant. Overall the vacuum did the job well and I would recommend this to my family and friends."
If you're searching for a serious rival to Dyson's offering, this is it. A relatively new brand,
Pros: Universal pick-up head, high power brush bar, 2m reach for cleaning up high, three power modes, HEPA filter, detachable battery pack.
Cons: On the heavier side
Size: 114.5cm x 17.5cm x 26cm
Runtime: 60 minutes
Tried and tested, Jade Moscrop, Deputy Commercial Content Editor:
"Wow. That's the only way I can describe how it felt using this vacuum cleaner for the first time, and every time since. It's a little futuristic in design, with its white and turquoise colour scheme, but I find it quite charming. It's straightforward to put together (I didn't even need to look at the instructions) and comes with plenty of accessories to reach all the nooks and crannies of your home.
"The suction is second to none. I honestly couldn't believe there was that much dirt hiding in my carpet, having just hoovered the day before with my Dyson. It was embarrassing, to say the least. It powerfully pulled all of the dust and grime from my cream carpet and honestly, left it looking like I'd cleaned it with a carpet cleaner. The head is a little bulky so it does struggle to fit underneath my low sofa, but it manoeuvres well.
"Intuitive to empty and charge, I love the fact that you can purchase spare batteries, or buy it with two so that you never have to worry about running out of battery mid-cleaning spree. The brand's ethos is also attractive - knowing you'll always be able to buy spare parts if you need to repair it certainly offsets the high price tag.
"The only drawback is that it is quite heavy to use compared to my Dyson, especially when it's on full power, due to the brilliant suction. It's fine for carrying around the house, but it's a real arm workout once you get going. It's much easier to use on the Eco setting, so if you're lacking in arm strength, stick to that. This machine is epic."
Best for cleaning carpets
Powered by VAX core technology, this cordless vacuum provides maximum cleaning efficiency and
Pros: Great suction, easy to set up
Cons: Needs emptying often, does not stand up on its own
Size: 18.5cm x 28.5cm x 72.5cm
Runtime: 45 minutes
Review: "It’s brilliant. Quick and convenient. I use it daily as I have two dogs and two children and it gets into small spaces and the battery life lasts longer than I thought. I hate vacuuming the stairs but it’s so easy with this that I don’t feel like I’m going to fall now. Easy to empty and it’s hung up under my stairs. Takes up hardly any room."
Miele's 3-in-1 TriFlex vacuum is the brand's first cordless vacuum - and it doesn't disappoint.
Pros: Lightweight, powerful, efficient, long-lasting
Cons: Brush prone to hair tangling
Size: 129cm x 28cm x 26cm
Runtime: 120 minutes
Review: "This is the first cordless vacuum I've owned... absolute game changer... no more tripping over the cord or having to find a socket to plug it in. I love the light feature which allows me to spot any dust I've missed. It's also really easy to assemble which is great if you have limited storage space. Expensive, but worth the investment!!"
Another excellent offering by Dyson, the V11 outside has a runtime of 60 minutes, captures
Pros: Very powerful, cleans well, easy to handle
Cons: Pricey, slightly heavy
Size: 127cm x 32cm x 29cm
Runtime: 60 minutes
Review: "As usual, Dyson excels at your expectations. It does exactly what you would expect a vacuum cleaner to do but what differentiates this one from other products in the market is the experience. It’s so convenient to use and it does the job so effectively. The engine noise is considerably less than other vacuum cleaners in the market which means I can clean the floor at any time of the day without worrying about disturbing neighbours."
"I have two toddlers and accidents happen at any time of the day and I hate to leave the stains until the next morning. You can tell Dyson thought it through about all aspects of this vacuum cleaner including the design, engine, charging station (so minimalistic, visually pleasing) and the way to empty the bin which is much more hygienic. Yes, it’s got a price tag which is one of the tops in the market but given all the benefits, it’s 100% worth splurging. Love it!"
Marina Avraam is a Commercial Content Writer for WhatsTheBest, and also writes for Mother&Baby, Heat and Closer. She has a passion for psychology, reading and fashion writing.
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