10 Best Cordless Vacuums | December 2016

10 Best Cordless Vacuums
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We spent 39 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Some of these cordless vacuums offer the power of a regular cleaner but with a fraction of the size, weight and energy consumption, giving you the ability to clean your home with wireless convenience. They are lightweight enough to be used for quick pickups or for full house cleaning, without causing any fatigue. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best cordless vacuum on Amazon.
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While it isn't the most powerful model, the BISSELL Lift-Off does have more suction that most other vacuums in its price range. It also has a lot of other great features that make it a great buy, like the option to turn the brush roll on or off, and a folding handle.
  • handheld vacuum has a rubberized tip
  • integrated lint strip
  • filter gets clogged quickly
Brand Bissell
Model 53Y81
Weight 8.1 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0
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The Hoover Linx BH50010 offers a nearly ideal combination of performance and efficiency at a price most people can afford. It maneuvers smoothly around any obstacle regardless of floor surface, and has a battery level indicator.
  • edge-cleaning bristles
  • low-profile base
  • heavy for its small size
Brand Hoover
Model BH50010
Weight 11 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0
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The Electrolux ErgoRapido EL2055A includes a variety of cleaning tools, such as a crevice tool that makes it great for vacuuming in-between car seats and couch cushions. It also has a unique design that lets it stand up straight on its own.
  • head pivots 180 degrees
  • easy to assemble in minutes
  • short run time of just 20 minutes
Brand Electrolux
Model EL2055A
Weight 7.5 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0
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The Shark Rocket TruePet Ultra-Light features front-facing LEDs with a wide illumination path, making it easier to see and target crumbs or other dirt. It has a Dust-Away hard floor attachment equipped with a washable microfiber cloth to grab even the smallest particles.
  • doubles as a handheld vacuum
  • motorized brush for pet hair
  • not great for large particle pickup
Brand SharkNinja
Model HV322
Weight 21 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0
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The Bissell 1984 Air Ram only gets 30 minutes of run time per charge, but its powerful suction means you should only have to do one pass and will still be able to vacuum a whole house before needing to recharge. It also has a low-profile design to get under furniture.
  • pushes out dirt when emptying
  • easy to maneuver
  • won't scratch wood floors
Brand Bissell
Model 1984
Weight 14.4 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0
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The Hoover BH50140 has a nifty feature that lets you choose between suction or suction and bristles. This control helps you get down into deeper messes when dual action is needed or conserve battery life when it's not. Plus, the filter is washable and reusable.
  • comes with two batteries
  • auto jam shutoff
  • convenient snap-together design
Brand Hoover
Model BH50140
Weight 18.4 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
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The Pure Clean Handheld has a similar design and many of the same features of the well-known Dyson V6, but at less than half the price. It comes with a variety of cleaning attachments and is just as effective on hard floors as carpet.
  • extendable wand
  • transparent dust bin
  • spinning head floor attachment
Brand Pure Clean
Model PUCVCBAT48
Weight 8.6 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0
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The Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away is an extremely versatile option that can be used as an upright, lift-away pod, or a canister vacuum. It also comes with pet tools and a steam mop, so it should handle every cleaning need with ease.
  • hypoallergenic hepa filter
  • swivel steering navigation
  • dust cup holds over one quart
Brand SharkNinja
Model NV510
Weight 30.2 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0
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Despite its low price, the Eufy HomeVac Duo offers powerful suction and can run for up to 60 minutes on eco mode. This makes it a smart choice for those who live in large homes and are on a tight budget. It also spins dust away from the motor for less chance of clogging.
  • easy-to-wash dust collector
  • folding handle for compact storage
  • illuminates cleaning path
Brand Anker
Model AK-T24001L1
Weight 9.1 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0
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At just 5 pounds, the Dyson V6 Animal is incredibly lightweight and results in less user fatigue. It has 75% more brush power than the standard Dyson V6 to tackle pet hair and other stubborn particles that would usually not be picked up by other vacuums.
  • separates to be used as a handheld
  • good for hard floors and carpet
  • center of gravity is near the handle
Brand Dyson
Model 210692-01
Weight 9.6 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

Buyer's Guide

A Vacuum Is a Vacuum Is a Vacuum

Let me just get this one pun out of the way, because it's been gnawing at me all day long. You've probably heard the joke before; you may have even used it yourself. You're certainly welcome to use it after you read it, but I want to add this important DISCLAIMER: The following joke is a joke:

Vacuum cleaners suck.

Get it?

Okay, now that you've recovered, we can get down to the business of this thing. Which is that it can be massively difficult to figure out what makes one vacuum superior to another.

These cordless models have their portability and safety advantages over their tethered brethren (Tethered Brethren, there's a band name), and the way we talk about which one's the most powerful is much the same.

Now, the electric vacuum as we know it has been around for the better part of the 20th century, with its exact origins muddied by patent disputes and snake oil sales histories. What's important to note is that the mechanisms for suction have been more or less standardized by now, and that makes it a little easier to measure performance.

These suction power measurements are often referred to as air watts, and they represent the actual suction power, not just the electricity consumed. There's an organization dedicated to developing these standards called ASTM International, and they have a nice little mathematical formula you can use to understand air watts, but knowing that won't help you pick a vacuum.

So ask about air watts. If you get a straight answer, and that answer is in the higher double digits, you're in business. If you get a lot of answers to other questions you didn't even ask, like you're dealing more with a slick presidential candidate than a salesperson, it's time to turn away.

Cut the Cord

You might be sitting there thinking, Do I even need a cordless vacuum? What if they aren't as strong as something I just plug in? Well, nowadays, they're more than capable. And remember that incredibly menacing children's film The Brave Little Toaster, in which the Vacuum character chokes on his own cord? I still have nightmares.

As battery power has advanced over the past few decades, the fear that these machines wouldn't be capable of producing enough power seems less justified. What you can expect, however, is that the more powerful vacuums among the lot are bound to have shorter amounts of viable run time than their competitors, though they usually all have enough to get you through a session of cleaning.

How long does it normally take you to vacuum with a corded unit? If the answer is less than 30 minutes (which I hope it is, or your house is big enough that you can afford a cleaning company) then pretty much every cordless vacuum on the market will sustain you through that process.

Is some power still sacrificed in the name of battery life? Probably. Some of these models, if corded, could be unleashed (while leashed, hehe) at slightly higher powers, but the odds are, unless you've purchased a corded vacuum in the last 5 years, that even a middle of the road cordless is going to seem like an upgrade.

Get yourself one of the nicer ones, and it's the only vacuum you should need.

Do's and Dont's: Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Edition

Do make sure your vac has the power to clean up pet hair.

Don't try to vacuum your pets with it; it is not an animal cleaning device.

Do take a good look around your house. How hard is it to clean with your current tools? What are the toughest places to get clean, to get rid of dust? Does the vacuum model you've been drooling over for some inexplicable reason seem capable of alleviating that specific burden?

Don't buy based on looks. There are some strange and fancy looking vacuums out there. Sometimes these designs are truly innovative changes to our previous concept of the vacuum, and they make a great positive difference. Sometimes these are just designers trying to look like the guys that are outselling them.

Do take brand name into consideration. Vacuum cleaners are a scientific technological product. Time in the industry implies both a deep understanding of the products being manufactured and a reliable sense of liability should something go wrong.

Don't be seduced by brand name. I know, I know, I just said the opposite, but some of these companies, though time-tested, have become so successful and so diverse that they've spread themselves pretty thin over the years. Ask yourself this: Does the company make anything other than vacuums? If so, are the other products related in any way? Or are there so many products under this umbrella of a brand that you don't even know if they specialize in anything?

Do go with your gut. You've got the information you need. What's your heart telling you?

Don't be afraid to get it right. Manufacturing issue? Use that warranty. Not the right model? Go exchange it. There are a few benefits to this whole capitalism thing; you might as well take advantage.



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Last updated on December 15, 2016 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.


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