For many of us, vacuuming was a weekly chore. But after years of living in dingy dorms and not-so-state-of-the-art apartments, a vacuum may not seem so necessary. However, not only is a good vacuum the key to clean floors—they actually improve air quality.
Vacuum cleaners have the ability to remove many allergens and other irritating particles from the air, which is paramount today with asthma and other breathing health conditions on the rise. With a wide range in quality and type, we did the research for you and created this Best Cordless Vacuum Reviews article and buyer’s guide.
Because priorities can range—from price to size to power, we cover a wide range in our top ten list. We do, however, only include cordless models, as they seem to be the most popular on the market. Take a look at our Cordless Vacuum Comparison Chart to see which may be the best choice for your particular needs. You’ll then find a detailed review of each of the units followed by an in-depth buyer’s guide. We include product links along the way for you to check current pricing and purchase. You’re one step closer to cleaner floors and air.
Best Cordless Vacuum Reviews Comparison Chart
|Name||Style||Dimensions (in)||Weight (lbs)||Rating|
|Dyson V7 Cord Free|
Best of 2017 - Editor's Choice
|Stick/Handheld||8.3 x 8.1 x 46.6||4.5||9.7/10||CHECK PRICE
|Hoover Linx BH50010|
High-Tech Stick Vacuum
|Stick||10.4 x 8 x 24.8||10.0||9.3/10||CHECK PRICE|
|Shark Navigator Freestyle SV1112|
Great for Pet Hair
|Stick||10.5 x 9.6 x 46||7.5||9.2/10||CHECK PRICE|
|Electrolux Ergorapido EL2055B|
Great for Bare Floors
|Stick/Handheld||10.8 x 5.0 x 42.5||5.5||9.3/10||CHECK PRICE|
Most Powerful Stick 2-in-1
|Stick/Handheld||11.4 x 10.5 x 29||9.0||9.1/10||CHECK PRICE|
|RolliBot Puro 100|
Great for Versatility
|Stick/Handheld||8.4 x 8.6 x 45.9||4.5||9.6/10||CHECK PRICE
|Bissell 1984 AirRam|
High Power, Lower Price
|Upright||11.8 x 9.9 x 44||7.8||9.4/10||CHECK PRICE|
|Hoover Air Lift 20 Volt|
Longest Battery Life
|Upright||10.5 x 11.2 x 44||10.4||9.3/10||CHECK PRICE|
|Eufy HomeVac Lightweight|
Best on a Budget
|Upright||10.3 x 8.7 x 43||5.8||9.5/10||CHECK PRICE|
|Dyson V8 Animal Iron/Titanium|
The Ultimate Powerhouse
|Upright/Handheld||9.8 x 8.2 x 49||5.6||9.6/10||CHECK PRICE|
1. Dyson V7 Motor Head Cord Free – Best of 2017 – Editor’s Choice
There are so many great units on our top ten list that it was hard to make our editor’s choice. As mentioned above, people have a wide range of priorities when it comes to vacuums, from price to size (and storability) to power and filtration. We chose the Dyson V7 Motor Head Cord Free Vacuum as our editor’s choice, because it was the most well-rounded, great vacuum for all of these considerations.
If you search any Dyson vacuum, you’ll find amazing reviews. And that’s for good reason: Dyson vacuums are quality machines that are built for performance and durability. Although a relatively newer company—founded in 1978—Dyson has always been on the cutting edge of technology. This makes sense, considering the whole company began because James Dyson (who’s gone on to found the James Dyson Foundation) was frustrated with his own vacuum cleaner’s diminishing performance. He was also an engineer who had recently built a cyclone tower for his factory that separated paint from the air using centrifugal force. Determined to utilize the same technology to make vacuum cleaners more efficient, he set to work. After five years and 5,127 prototypes, he had invented the world’s first bagless vacuum cleaner.
The Dyson V7 Motor Head utilizes this amazing technology and force to be one of the most efficient and powerful cordless vacuums on the market. More specifically, the suction is both powerful and fade-free. Because the battery power is only used during cleaning, each charge provides 30 minutes of uninterrupted, powerful suction. And, as with all of our top ten cordless vacuums, the Dyson V7 Motor Head takes away the hassle of unravelling, plugging in, or dragging around a cord—all of which restrict your reach. Moreover, you can quickly and easily clean whenever a need arises.
Another reason why this Dyson V7 gets our editor’s choice is its compact stature and easy mounting system. At 8.2 x 9.8 x 49 inches and just 5.3 pounds, the vacuum can be stored nearly anywhere. And being so lightweight, it’s super simple to grab it at any moment’s notice. A main reason why I often decide to leave the crumbs instead of vacuuming it up is the hassle of getting a bulky machine out of the closet, plugging it in, and then having to undo it all at the end. Because of this Dyson V7’s compact nature and cord-free design, there’s no reason not to use it for even the smallest spills. And this makes your life a lot easier!
The vacuum is outfitted with a motorized cleaner head the works on all floor surfaces. The stiff nylon bristles work to remove both hair and ground-in dirt from carpets. The bristles cover the vacuum’s full width, which allows for edge-to-edge cleaning. Carbon filaments are able to remove fine dust from hard floors. If your house is completely wood floors, and you want to make your V7 even more efficient, consider purchasing the Dyson Articulating Hard Floor Tool.
As if all of these features weren’t convincing enough, we especially love the wide versatility of this Dyson V7. With just the press of a button, the full-size vacuum becomes a handheld. The handheld wand quickly detaches to clean up smaller spills or get into tiny corners. You can also make the V7 function like a more traditional vacuum cleaner by purchasing the Dyson Genuine Handheld Tool Kit, a group of various attachments that fit directly into the machine. This Dyson V7 also allows for cleaning all the way from the floor to the ceiling. Because it is so lightweight and its center of gravity is located towards the grip, it can be held overhead very easily. While this would require an extra attachment with other vacuums, this Dyson V7 handles it all on its own.
With such great technology and construction (if you don’t believe us, see what the New York Times has to say about Dyson), it is no surprise that Dyson stands behind their products and offers a 2-year limited warranty. There is also the option to purchase a very low-cost 3- or 2- year protection plan that covers your machine above and beyond the scope of the warranty.
2. Hoover Linx (BH50010) – High-Tech Stick Vacuum
Stick vacuums are a great choice for those living in tight apartments or condos without much storage room for appliances. Where they really excel in the space saving qualities, they tend to be less powerful and to have less features than you would get with a traditional upright or canister vacuum. Hoover addresses and resolves all of those concerns with their Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner.
If you’ve ever shopped for or even used a vacuum, chances are you know the name “Hoover”. They are an American vacuum cleaner company that worked to market the first ever upright vacuum. They have been a leading name in the industry for over 100 years due to their high quality and technologically advanced products. They also established a global presence and became so popular in the United Kingdom and Ireland that the “Hoover” brand name actually became synonymous with “vacuum cleaner”. All of that to say, it’s very hard to go wrong with the tried and tested Hoover products. And the Linx is no exception.
The Linx is the first ever stick vacuum with Hoover’s patented WindTunnel Technology. This technology was originally introduced in 1997 and has been implemented in many of Hoover’s very successful upright vacuum lines. It is unique in that it helps trap and channel dirt by lifting and removing surface debris and dirt that is embedded deep down in carpet. More simply, it is a more efficient way of removing dirt from your floors instead of just trapping and rescattering it. The Linx also boasts cyclonic filtration edge cleaning. The filter is washable and provides a deeper clean. And a replacement filter can be repurchased, if necessary: Hoover Linx Washable & Reusable Foam Sponge Filter, Pack of 3. Mainly because of these specific technologies, the Linx is a slender stick vacuum that still provides the performance you can usually only get with upright vacuums.
In conjunction with the WindTunnel and cyclonic filtration technology, other features of the Linx ensure that it gives you a deep and thorough clean. It is designed to have a wider base and therefore a wider cleaning path. This means you cover more surface area in a shorter amount of time. The vacuum has edge-to-edge bristles, which allows you to clean closer access to walls and corners. Hoover really considered everything someone might want out of a vacuum, and gave the Linx a handle that has extreme recline. This allows you to reach far under furniture easily.
The reason that most people purchase stick vacuums is for their compact and lightweight design. The Linx is 10.4 x 8 x 24.8 inches, which is shorter than most of the vacuums on our top ten best cordless vacuums list. This low profile base allows it to fit easily under counter edges and tables. And with the previously mentioned handle recline, there’s really no spot it can’t reach. It’s also a light 10 pounds, which can easily be carried from room to room. Unlike some other sticks on our list, the Linx functions very well on both bare floors and carpet. It is equipped with an on/off brushroll switch to easily make the change between surfaces. Other user-friendly features that Hoover include are power controls located conveniently right at your fingertips, as well as a bottom release dirt cup that allows you to clean up without ever getting your hands dirty.
As with all of our vacuums in this cordless vacuum review, the Linx is conveniently cord free. This means better reach and no hassle of having to unwind, plug and replug from room to room, and navigate around a cord. Hoover takes this to the next level by equipping the Linx with a very powerful 18 Volt lithium-ion battery. The linx comes with this high power battery and charger, but you can also purchase an interchangeable Hoover LiNX 18 Volt Lithium Ion Battery should you need it. The vacuum also has a smart technology battery fuel gauge, so that you instantly know how much battery life you have left.
Hoover backs the Linx with a limited 2-year warranty. Additionally, you can purchase a reasonably priced 3- or 2-year protection plan that covers you above and beyond the scope of the warranty.
3. Shark Navigator Freestyle (SV1112) – Great for Pet Hair
With the lowest price point on our top ten cordless vacuums list, the Shark Navigator Freestyle is your best bet if you’re working with a tight budget. As a stick vacuum, it offers not only a lower cost but also a very space-saving design. At 10.5 x 9.6 x 46 inches and 7.5 inches, the Navigator Freestyle can be easily stored in small closets. It is also a dream to move around easily and transport from room to room.
Shark is a company with their ultimate goal to provide products that are innovative, user friendly and easy to use, and that have very competitive pricing. Their CEO, Mark Rosenzweig, has always been passionate to lead his team in developing both groundbreaking and inventive products at a great value for their customers. Because they have very much met these goals, the company has quickly found a high ranking place in the housewares industry, including vacuums. The Navigator Freestyle definitely lives up to the goals that Shark set forth, and offers consumers an innovative product at an amazingly low price.
While not the powerful option on the market or even in this article, the Navigator Freestyle provides users with a quick and convenient clean-up option that can be used on all types of surfaces. It’s easily stored in the pantry or any closet and can be carried from one room to another with minimal effort. We love that although it is minimal in size, the Navigator Freestyle is equipped with an extra-large dust cup. This cup holds more dirt and debris, allowing you to empty it less frequently and therefore have longer periods of cleaning without interruption. Shark also offers numerous cleaning tips for those who desire to deep clean there habitat. The dust cup is innovatively designed so that it can be emptied from either the top or the bottom, whichever is more convenient for you in any situation so that you don’t have to interact with the dirt.
While we mentioned that this stick vacuum may not be as powerful as some of the uprights reviewed, please hear us when we say that it still offers fantastic cleaning on both bare floors and carpet. Unlike some other stick vacuums on the market, the Navigator Freestyle offers a 2-speed brushroll, which optimizes cleaning efficiency on carpet and bare floors. This powerful motorized brush also results in remarkably strong suction power that lifts embedded debris and pet hair from floors. In fact, the Navigator Freestyle was rated the best stick vacuum for picking up pet hair.
Shark included other consumer-focused conveniences as well. The Navigator Freestyle is equipped with advanced swivel steering, which allows for excellent control and easy maneuvering around furniture. As with all of our cordless vacuums, this stick is conveniently cord free, which increases in maneuverability. It comes with a precision charger that doubles as a storage dock, and charges the battery in 4 hours.
Shark backs the Navigator Freestyle with a 1-year limited warranty. Adding to this, there’s the option to purchase a very reasonably priced 3- or 2-year protection plan that covers your vacuum above and beyond the scope of the warranty.
4. Electrolux Ergorapido (EL2055B) – Great for Bare Floors
As one of the cheapest options on our top ten list as well as the skinniest, the Electrolux Ergorapido is the best choice for those on a tight budget and tight on space. Electrolux has been a global leader in home appliances since 1919. They design their products, based on deep consumer insight and develop them in close collaboration with professional users. Because of that, their products are very focused on what actual user needs are (hence the Ergorapido being budget friendly and a space saver). With their headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, the simple, sleek, and stylish Swedish design elements are apparent in all of their products—the Ergorapido included.
Most people choose stick vacuums—like the Ergorapido—for their compact dimensions and easy storability. The Ergorapido definitely delivers in that regard. At only 5.5 pounds, it can be easily carried from room to room without much effort. And because it is bagless, there is no awkward bulk to negotiate as you try to move the vacuum. Like its style implies, moving the Ergorapido is much like carrying a stick. Its dimensions of 10.8 x 5.0 x 42.5 inches make it the skinniest vacuum on our list, making it the perfect choice for those living in a small apartment, condo, or college dorm.
While the Ergorapido has a low price point and small footprint, it is not short on power. The bagless cyclonic system allows the small stick vacuum to gives you consistent suction power and a motorized brushroll to thoroughly clean your home. Stick vacuums are great for storage, but tend to be weaker when it comes to suction power. The Ergorapido is equipped with a high performance 10.8V lithium turbo power battery that powers the vacuum’s cleaning performance. The battery runs more than 20 minutes per charge, and charges in a short amount of time.
The Swedish designed, compact stick vacuum provides many other conveniences that you wouldn’t think about unless you worked with focus groups of actual users. One of these is its 180° “EasySteer Maneuverability”, which allows you to turn and move easily and smoothly. Another of these features is the fact that it is self-standing. While this may not seem like a big deal, it’s very helpful whenever you may have those unexpected interruptions to your cleaning. Finally, the vacuum comes with both a crevice tool and a dusting brush, both of which store conveniently in the handle. This allows you to clean crevices, stairs, and flat surfaces easily and without needing any other appliances.
But perhaps the most impressive convenience of the Ergorapido is the built-in handheld vacuum. It easily detaches from the main unit and can be used to clean small spills or anything above the floor. So not only is the Ergorapido already one of the most budget friendly options on our top ten best cordless vacuums, but it actually provides you with two separate appliances plus two accessories in one, self-contained and compact unit.
One thing to consider with the Ergorapido is that it does require a genuine Electrolux Ergorapido Filter when replacement is needed. It is also only compatible with Electrolux accessories. But it comes with an impressively long 5-year limited warranty. Furthermore, buyers have the option to purchase a very reasonably priced 3- or 2-year protection plan, which covers the vacuum above and beyond the scope of the warranty.
5. Black+Decker (HSVJ520JMBF27) – Most Powerful Stick 2-in-1
When you hear “Black+Decker”, the first thing that comes to your mind is probably not vacuums. More likely, you’ve seen their products at home improvement stores and may even have a few in your tool kit. The very popular company is an American manufacturer of power tools, accessories, hardware, home improvement products and technology based fastening systems. While they don’t specialize primarily in vacuums, they know a thing or two about technology, harnessing power, and home improvement.
They’ve used that wide range of knowledge to create an inexpensive, durable (thank you background in power tools), and versatile vacuuming machine. Stick vacuums are generally purchased in lieu of the more popular uprights because of their compact design and easy storage. The downside of many stick vacuums is that they generally have much less power than the bulkier uprights. Black+Decker combines the pros of both kinds with this ultra powerful but still slender stick vacuum. The Black+Decker’s suction is strong enough to pick up dirt and debris just one pass. The vacuum was able to pick up 1 cup of Cheerios in just one pass over bare floor. The vacuum is equipped with a powered beater bar, which agitates dust and debris in carpets for a deep-down clean. We especially love that this beater bar is easily removable for quick cleaning and maintenance.
The powerful suction of the Black+Decker is thanks to a strong lithium battery. Not only does it provide a tremendous amount of power, it also provides long vacuuming time per charge. The Black+Decker is able to vacuum a 2500-square-foot house on just one charge. And the best part is that—like all of the vacuums on our cordless vacuums list—the Black+Decker provides all this power without a cord getting in the way. With purchase of the vacuum they also include a jack plug battery charger as well as an extendable crevice tool, brush attachment, pleated Pre-Filter, and the previously mentioned washable filter.
The Black+Decker also boasts more technological features than many of its stick competitors. This particular vacuum is part of their “SmarTech” line that is focused on cleaning smarter, not harder. The vacuum’s “AutoSense” feature allows the carpet to automatically sense and then adjust from bare floor to high pile carpet and back again. The “BatterySense” feature indicates the level of charge. And the “FilterSense” feature illuminates when a new filter is required, you’ll neither use it with a dirty filter nor have to check it every time you vacuum. We also love that the filters are inexpensive and easy to acquire. Black+Decker also provides, with the vacuum, a washable, reusable filter if you’d prefer to use that.
The reason that many people opt for stick vacuums are its storability and transportability. Although the Black+Decker is slightly larger than other sticks—coming in at 11.4 x 10.5 x 29 inches and 9 pounds in weight—the vacuum is still easy to store and to carry from room to room. It also features swivel steering, which allows you to get around furniture easily and without any nicks. And where it really leads the pack in versatility is that it boasts a combined handheld vacuum for smaller and hard-to-get-to messes. No need to lug the whole vacuum up the stairs for a small spill; just detach the handheld Dustbuster.
Lastly, we love Black+Decker’s whimsical choice of eggplant for the vacuum, which is not something you usually see. They clearly believe in the vacuum as much as we do, because they back the product with a 2-year limited warranty. There’s also the option to purchase a very reasonably priced 3- or 2-year protection plan, which will cover you above and beyond the scope of the warranty.
6. RolliBot Puro 100 – Great for Versatility
A newer company to the home appliance scene, Rollibot is focused on designing the next generation of home automation products (think Roomba), so that their customers will have more time to rest and relax while their house cleans itself. While their Puro 100 cordless vacuum cleaner isn’t fully automated, it definitely includes high technology and innovation to make your life easier, at a reasonable price point.
The Puro 100 really excels in terms of power. It features a motorized floor tool that works to agitate dirt and debris so that it can be sucked up by the vacuum instead of staying on your floors. The removable brush head turns a full 180 degrees, allowing you to clean even in those really tough-to-reach spots. In addition to its motorized, dirt-agitating brush head, the Puro 100 utilizes cyclone technology to provide fade-free suction. Regardless of how full the canister becomes, the bagless vacuum will maintain its full suction power. It has been tested to be able to be powerful enough to suck in 42 inches of water, and therefore one of the most powerful vacuums on the market.
In addition to sheer power, Rollibot really considered the customers’ needs by providing everything in this compact vacuum and accompanying attachments that you could possibly need to clean every part of your house. They include 5 attachments (in addition to the motorized brush head) that allow the portable vacuum to clean everything—from your ceilings to your sofa corners to stubborn pet hair. As described above, the main attachment is a motorized brush tool to be used on carpets and floors. They then include a tool for (1) fabric; (2) cars and small crevices; (3) vents; (4) pet hair; and (5) narrow spaces. Each of these attachments is also usable when the Puro 100 is in its handheld state. With just a push of a button, the full-sized vacuum becomes an on-the-go handheld vacuum.
At 45.9 x 8.4 x 8.6 inches and just 4.5 pounds in its full-size, the Puro 100 is very compact and ties our editor’s choice for lightest vacuum on our list. Because of its lightweight nature, it can be easily transported around the house. The vacuum has an easy-to-carry base as well as an adjustable handle, making transport even easier. And its lightweight design allows you to easily clean above your head (walls, vents, and ceilings). Maneuverability is increased by the fact that, like all of our reviewed vacuums, there is no cord or plugs to navigate around. The Puro 100’s battery fully charges in 5.5 hours and offers 25 to 28 minutes of runtime per charge.
Despite its super compact design, the Puro 100 is equipped with a very large 16 ounce dust canister that can be removed and cleaned. After you have finished vacuuming, you are able to rinse the canister and even the filter before its next use. Another conveniences of the vacuum are the multi-level filtration system, allowing for cleaner air. And, finally, the vacuum expels a lower decibel of noise compared to other vacuums on the market. While many high-end vacuums are as loud as 80 dB, the Puro 100 operates at a low 75 dB noise level.
RolliBot offers a 1-year limited warranty on the Puro 100. Also provided is the option of purchasing a very reasonably priced 3- or 2-year protection plan in addition, which would cover the vacuum above and beyond the scope of the warranty.
7. Bissell 1984 AirRam – High Power, Lower Price
A powerful upright, the Bissell 1984 AirRam Cordless Vacuum is a great option for anyone looking for a more traditional vacuum at a reasonable price point. Bissell has a been a leading name in the industry since 1876—over 140 years! With that much staying power in the industry, it’s a safe bet that if you buy a Bissell you will be buying quality. They have done a great job of keeping up with new technologies, always researching and developing their vacuums to be as convenient and consumer-minded as possible.
The AirRam is definitely a product of this consumer focused research and design. We especially love that the vacuum brings some of that commercial strength into the home. It is equipped with a professional-grade, 22V Lithium Ion battery. The strong battery runs for 30 minutes per charge and provides fade-free suction across varying surfaces, including carpets, hard floors, and area rugs. The suctions is sufficiently powerful to rid of aggravating pet hair. And as with all of our cordless vacuums, the AirRam is powered by battery instead of power cord, which increases maneuverability. Power indicator lights located on the battery tell you when it’s running out of juice, and you can remove and charge the battery wherever is most convenient for you.
Although the battery is commercial quality, the AirRam was definitely designed to be user friendly and convenient for use within the home. The large on/off foot pedal makes for very easy functionality. At 11.8 x 9.9 x 44 inches and only 7.8 pounds, this upright provides the compact features that you normally would only get with a stick vacuum. Its handle is fully collapsible, which makes for easy storage. This same handle also lays perfectly flat, allowing you to vacuum under furniture, beds, and other hard-to-reach places easily. And its swivel steering makes navigating around furniture easily without scratching any of it up. We especially love Bissell’s unique feature in its power foot features of bright, wide-range LED lights that illuminate dirt on the floor, making it easy to know where to pass next.
As noted above, the AirRam is great on all surfaces, from carpet to area rugs to bare floors for both vacuuming as well as spot cleaning. It has a multi-surface brush roll that doesn’t need to be turned on or off depending on the floor. It was designed specifically for seamless transitions between flooring types. And you don’t need to worry about those bristles ruining your hardwoods, because they are made from tested scratch-free materials. In addition, the vacuum has “Suction Sweep Technology” that increases the cleaning efficiency at the edges of the vacuum. And when you’re done cleaning, the removable dirt bin has a built-in “Easy Empty Slider” that actually pushes out the dirt and debris, keeping it completely mess-free for you.
Bissell backs the AirRam with a 2-year limited warranty. Also offered is the option to purchase a reasonably priced 3- or 2-year protection plan, that covers the AirRam above and beyond the scope of the warranty.
Unlike our Editor’s choice, the AirRam does not come with a built-in handheld cordless vacuum. If you are a fan of Bissell and would like to get a coordinating hand vacuum, you may want to consider the Bissell 1985 Multi Cordless Hand Vacuum. It’s powerful and lightweight, which is a great combo for any hand vacuum. It was designed specifically for versatile cleaning in even the hardest to reach places. And it is equipped with the same lithium ion battery that the AirRam functions on.
8. Hoover Air Lift 20 Volt – Longest Battery Life
As you may have noticed, this is the second Hoover to make our list. And for good reason, based on both the brand and the product itself. Hoover has been a leading name in the industry for over 100 years due to their high quality and technologically advanced products. American-made, they began by marketing the first ever upright vacuum. They also established a global presence and became so popular in the United Kingdom and Ireland that the “Hoover” brand name actually became synonymous with “vacuum cleaner”. All of that to say, it’s very hard to go wrong with the tried and tested Hoover products. We previously reviewed their stick vacuum, the Linx and now turn to their upright model.
Although on the higher range of price points, The Hoover Air Lift has the power and the features to match its cost. It also has the longest run time per charge of any of the machines in our cordless vacuum reviews list. Powered by Lithium Life Battery Technology—which includes two extended runtime batteries, the Air Lift provides an average of 50 minutes of fade-free suction on both carpets and hard floors per charge. These rechargeable batteries power Hoover’s exclusive “WindTunnel 3” technology. Without getting into the technical specifics, the mechanical brushroll works in such a way to create three channels of suction, which has the power to lift and remove both surface debris and deep down embedded dirt. The vacuum also offers “Boost Mode”, which provides extra power when you might need it for the toughest messes.
The Air Lift functions equally well on varying surfaces, from carpet to area rugs to bare floors. It is equipped with a multi-floor electronic brushroll that instantly switches from carpet to hard floors with the touch of a button. The brushroll has extra soft bristles to ensure that your hard floors aren’t scratched up. And because the Air Lift is bagless, there is no need to worry about replacing bags or diminished efficiency due to a full bag. Simply empty the dustbin after cleaning.
Where the Air Lift really excels is in its ability to provide cleaning in every possible space. With its removable wand and tools, it allows for an impressive 8-foot cleaning reach. The vacuum also comes with a 2-in-1 dusting and crevice tool to clean crevices, vents, and furniture surfaces. At 10.5 x 11.2 x 44 inches and 10.7 pounds, it is the heaviest vacuum on our top ten list (albeit still quite light). But if that still seems too bulky to easily transfer on the stairs or into your car, the Air Lift has the very convenient feature of converting from a full-size, upright vacuum to a lift canister for mobile cleaning. While it doesn’t have a built-in handheld (you may want to consider the Hoover Powered Hand Tool if you need one and like Hoover), you actually are able to bring full-power vacuuming with you anywhere.
Included with purchase of the Air Lift are 2 extended runtime Lithium Life batteries, a Lithium Life charger, a reusable filter, and the previously mentioned 2-in-1 dusting and crevice tool. Hoover provides an impressive 5-year battery and product limited warranty, with the option to purchase a very reasonably priced 3- or 2-year protection plan that covers the vacuum above and beyond the scope of the warranty.
9. Eufy HomeVac Lightweight – Best on a Budget
If you’re committed to a tighter budget, but need more vacuum than a stick model can provide, the Eufy HomeVac Lightweight Cordless Upright is a great option. Eufy is a subsidiary of Anker, which is a brand known for its innovative electronics for life on the go. Eufy combines this hi-tech heritage with their heart for all things home, and create products that make the home happier for everyone who lives there. Their products have smart technology and innovative designs; and the HomeVac is no exception!
When designing and developing the HomeVac, Eufy was focused on one main thing: efficiency. Their goal was for their customers to be able to clean their house in just one pass, which would ultimately save them both time and energy (their own and the environment’s). We found that they accomplished this goal tremendously well with their powerful Cyclonic System and electric rolling brush. The two work together and result in double the suction power, which allows the user to to clean messes in one pass. Not only will you be able to clean your house more quickly, but the HomeVac’s incredible battery lasts longer than any other vacuum on our list. The large 2200 mAh Li-ion battery will run for 50 minutes of vacuuming per charge.
All vacuums help home air quality by reducing the dust and other particles from the environment, which accumulates in carpets and on hard flooring. The HomeVac takes this a step further and actually has double cleaning action—on the surface that you’re vacuuming and the surrounding air. The vacuum comes outfitted with a HEPA-style filter, which traps allergens—dust mites, mold spores, and pet dander, and therefore prevents them from being released into the air. And it does so quite effectively with its three-stage system: first air passes through the dust holder, where more of the dust will get trapped; then the pre-filter; and finally the HEPA style filter. And the result? Clean surfaces and clean air. Double action cleaning with minimal effort and less appliances.
Eufy considered other conveniences that their customers would be interested in. This includes compactness for easy storage and minimal weight for easy transfer. At 10.3 x 8.7 x 43 inches, the HomeVac is effectively a dust buster wrapped in a very slim package. It stands upright on its own and slips easily into small closet spaces. Eufy also includes a wall mount and mounting accessories, in case that’s how you’d prefer to store your vacuum. And at a featherlight 5.8 pounds, the vacuum can be carried effortlessly around the house or up the stairs—wherever the mess may be. With its maneuverable swivel head, the HomeVac pivots around table legs and slides under furniture effortlessly, without nicking up any of your furniture. Finally, although the unit is very compact in nature, it still comes equipped with a large 0.9L dust holder, which detaches quickly and easily for emptying. That means less emptying for you, and being able to do so without any of the debris falling back on your newly cleaned floor.
As with all their products, Eufy believes in the HomeVac and back it with a 15-month “worry-free” warranty. Should you have any issues during that period, they provide friendly, easy-to-reach support. If interested, there’s the option to purchase a very reasonably priced 3- or 2-year protection plan, which covers above and beyond the scope of the warranty.
10. Dyson V8 Animal Iron/Titanium – The Ultimate Powerhouse
As you may have noticed, this is the second Dyson in our list. This is for great reason; Dyson’s were built specifically for high power, efficiency, and durability. Although a relatively newer company—founded in 1978, Dyson has always been on the cutting edge of technology. The company began because James Dyson was frustrated with his own vacuum cleaner’s diminishing performance. He was also an engineer who had recently built a cyclone tower for his factory that separated paint from the air using centrifugal force. Determined to utilize the same technology to make vacuum cleaners more efficient, he set to work. After five years and 5,127 prototypes, he had invented the world’s first bagless vacuum cleaner.
Since their start, Dyson has been a powerhouse in the vacuum industry (and they’re working and spending tirelessly to maintain that reputation). If you’re not worried about budget and less concerned about compactness, you just can’t beat the Dyson V8 Animal. We chose the Dyson V7 Motor Head Cord Free as our editor’s choice because of its all-around greatness. But if you’re not looking to stay within a certain budget, the V8 Animal is definitely worth the splurge. Perhaps the biggest difference is that the V8 Animal, as its name suggests, is an animal powerhouse. Powered by the Dyson V8 motor, this machine has the most powerful suction of any cordless vacuum. This powerful motor is located inside the brush bar and drives stiff nylon bristles deep into carpet pile to remove ground-in dirt and even suck up pet hair. It has 150 percent more brush bar power than the already powerful V7 model. And for especially tough jobs, the V8 Animal offers a very useful “Max Power Mode” with a simple slide switch. This setting provides up to 7 minutes of higher suction, functioning similarly to a shop-vac.
As with all of our top ten cordless vacuums, the V8 Animal takes away the hassle of having to unwind, plug in, and navigate around a cord. And with the higher price tag of the V8 Animal, you also get twice as much time per charge than its V7 younger brother. A full charge of the lithium iron batteries (included) offers an amazing 40 minutes of uninterrupted, fade-free suction. That’s more than enough time to thoroughly clean most homes. Focused reducing as much hassle as possible, the V8 Animal also has the amazing feature of its hygienic dirt ejector. That is a fancy way of saying that you can drive out trapped dust and debris in a single action, without actually ever touching the dirt—and thus keeping the process completely hygienic. The debris bin is larger on the V8 than other cordless vacuums, making vacuum maintenance less frequent.
Our favorite part of the V8 Animal is the vacuum’s whole machine HEPA filtration that captures allergens and actually expels cleaner air than the air you breathe. I’ve heard of a vacuum; and I’ve heard of an air filter. I’ve never heard of two in one! This means that every time you clean, your output will be exponential. Not only are you sucking up dirt and allergens from your carpet and other surfaces, but you are actually cleaning the air while you go. Working in conjunction with the filtration system are 15 radial cyclones, arranged across two tiers. They function in parallel to increase airflow and capture fine dust from wood floors and other hard surfaces. The end result of all of this? An as-close-to-dust-free home as you can possible imagine.
Although bigger than its V7 little brother, the V8 Animal still has rather compact dimensions of 8.2 x 9.8 x 49 inches and just 5.6 pounds. Also like the V7 —and all Dyson cord-free vacuums, the V8 Animal converts to a handheld for quick cleanups, spot cleaning, and cleaning difficult places. This is perfect for cleaning the stairs, sofa, and in the car. Complete with purchase of the vacuum, you also get a convenient docking station for the vacuum itself as well as the other included accessories: combination tool, crevice tool, mini motorized tool, and soft dusting brush. And due to its light weight and low center of gravity, it is very easy to use the V8 to clean not only floors, but also walls and ceilings.
If have strictly hard floor surfaces or just want an extra clean feel, you may want to purchase the very reasonably priced Dyson Articulating Hard Floor Tool. This will ensure that every small piece of debris on your wood floors gets sucked up. If you plan to use the vacuum in its handheld version a lot, it may be helpful to get the Dyson Genuine Handheld Tool Kit, which will increase the functionality of the handheld. And if you’re really not bound by budget, really do consider getting the slightly upgraded Dyson V8 Absolute Cord-Free Vacuum. WIth a slightly bigger price tag than the V8 Animal, the V8 Absolute vacuum also comes equipped with a soft roller cleaner head that removes fine dust and large debris from hard floors, eliminating the need for the Dyson Articulating Hard Floor Tool. You really can’t get any better than the V8 Absolute, and the V8 Animal is very, very close behind.
Dyson backs its vacuum with a limited 2-year warranty, but you can also purchase a reasonably priced 3- or 1-year protection plan that covers your machine above and beyond the scope of the warranty.
Best Cordless Vacuum Buyer’s Guide
Of all the home appliances you may be considering for your home, a vacuum probably seems like the easiest to navigate. And while this might definitely be true, there are still some important things to consider before you purchase, especially since some vacuums will run you multiple hundreds of dollars. Below are the things that we found to be important and considered when researching for and writing our this cordless vacuum reviews article. We hope the information will be helpful to you as your journey on your way to cleaner floors (and air)!
Corded vs. Cordless
If you’ve already perused this article, you’ll notice that all the machines on the top ten list are cordless. For the sake of keeping the review focused, and because cordless vacuums seem to be the technological future for vacuuming, we decided to only include cordless models in our top ten list. The convenience of being cord-free can’t be denied! No unwinding, plugging, replugging in each room, and rewinding the cord. No navigating around a cord when you’re trying to clean. And with battery technology improving—providing sufficient power to have fade-free suction and long-lasting battery life, there are very few downsides to choosing cordless.
Most new models, including all of those on our top ten best cordless vacuums list, use lithium ion batteries that both are powerful and allow for long run times. As you research which cordless vacuum is best for you and your home, consider how long it takes to charge the battery as well as the run time per charge. We include this information in our reviews.
One negative of having a cordless vacuum is that you need to make sure that your battery is charged in between uses. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself with a mess and a vacuum that’s not functional. Some vacuum batteries are charged in the vacuum itself with a cord attachment, some are removeable and charged separately, and some require that the whole vacuum be placed on a charging dock. If you have a preference for how and where the battery is charged, be sure to look for those details.
When choosing which type of vacuum you want, the things to consider are: dimensions/storage and power/functionality.
Upright vacuum cleaners are probably the most popular and purchased version of a vacuum; they’re also probably what comes to mind when you think “vacuum”. The reason that they are so popular is because they are the most powerful and therefore most efficient for cleaning your home. They are generally simple to operate and user-friendly, functional on both carpet and bare floors. They also tend to be a bit bulkier, which makes storage a bit of an issue for those living in tighter quarters.
Canister vacuums are more mid-sized—smaller than the traditional upright but a bit bulkier than stick vacuums (explained below). Why many people elect for a canister vacuum is that they have nearly as much, if not as much power as uprights, but they have a more slender frame making for easier transport and storage. Their general makeup is a separate canister attached to a long wand that works well on both carpets and floors. cleaners are a happy medium between the upright model and the stick model. Canister vacuum cleaners are generally the most expensive type of vacuum due to their newer technology and multi-functionality.
Stick vacuums were very aptly named, as their design is basically that of a stick with a handle and a vacuum head. People choose them for their easily stored, ultra compact design and their ability to clean narrow and hard to reach places. They are, however, generally much weaker than upright and canister vacuums. New technology is combatting that stereotype, and we found a great deal of sufficiently powerful stick vacuums on our top ten cordless vacuum reviews. They are especially effective on hardwood floors, area rugs, and light carpeting.
While not the best option for cleaning your whole, carpeted house (as it would take hours), handheld vacuums are perfect for small, quick messes or hard-to-reach areas. They’re especially valuable in a pinch, on the go, and/or in tight quarters like your car. You will find handheld vacuums on the market ranging in design, functionality, and price point.
Who doesn’t love a twofer? Extreme value comes in purchasing a vacuum that functions in more than one way. One of those ways comes in the form of attachments, which we’ll get into more below. Another is when the vacuum actually converts from one form to another. Half of the vacuums featured in our cordless vacuum reviews list are two-in-one. They function as a stick or upright and convert, with the touch of a button, to a handheld or canister vacuum. We highly recommend purchasing a unit that offers this benefit!
There is an endless list of attachments that might come with various vacuums. Below we include a few of the most popular, that you may want with your vacuum purchase. Or, if you find the vacuum that you absolutely love, there may be an option to purchase one or more of these accessories separately. Just be sure that it is compatible with your particular vacuum.
Called different things by different manufacturers (e.g., Bissel’s TurboBrush, Shark’s Multi-tool), this attachment has an independent motor that powers a smaller brushrool. They suggest that this motorized brush head agitates the dirt more, allowing for a deeper clean. It has a smaller size, which allows it to reach in tighter spots. However, it usually has fewer bristles; and, if so, so it shouldn’t be used as the regular brushroll.
Hard Floor tool
This attachment is designed specifically for use on hard, bare floors. It is wide and flat in shape, with short bristles that aid in sweeping up dirt and debris. What makes it perfectly suited for hard flooring is its wheels that allow it to have easy motion along the floor. This attachment can sometimes be found with a small scalloped edge to be used to clean areas around seams. They’re great for dry messes on any bare floor: tiles, hardwood, laminate, concrete, linoleum, etc.
Designed specifically for fabrics, this attachment is great on the sofa, drapes, and even carpets. It has a wide design with long, thin bristles. The bristles work to loosen any dirt, dust, or even hair that has embedded into the fabric. We love this attachment to dust curtains or to get pet hair off of furniture.
Similar to the vacuum brush, the upholstery brush is even better suited for carpets. It is equipped with longer, more brittle bristles that really work the embedded dirt and debris out of carpet fibers. It is necessary for shampooing surfaces, as it will force the soap and cleaners into the furniture and carpets. The tough bristles will remove dirt, odor, and stains.
The crevice tool is a hose attachment with a narrowed end, allowing it to clean corners, tight areas like between sofa cushions, and along baseboards. This tool is focused on spots that the standard vacuum cleaner would miss on its pass.
This tool is an essential for anyone with pets, hence its name. You can actually groom your dog or cat with this accessory and simultaneously gather all the hair and fur that would have ended up on your floor, furniture, and clothes.
Bagged vs. Bagless
This is truly a preferential question. I have known an equal amount of people with strong opinions towards bagged and towards bagless vacuums. There are pros and cons to each, so consider them and decide which works better for your home and lifestyle.
Bagged-type vacuums tend to hold more dirt and keep it more contained. When you replace the bag, the dirt and debris stays pretty well within the bag, releasing less dust into the air. Generally, an indicator on the vacuum will tell you when the bag. The downside is that you have to purchase new bags and have them on hand, or else your full-bagged vacuum will be rendered useless.
Bagless vacuums are generally more economical in that you won’t have to purchase any replacement bags. However, they do utilize filters that need to be replaced or cleaned periodically. These filters may be a positive, however, in that they actually filter the air as you vacuum. This is the case in one of our top ten best cordless vacuum picks: the Dyson V8 Animal Cord Free Vacuum. The main reason that people choose against bagless models is not wanting to deal with the dust and potential mess of emptying full bins. And this may be a real concern if you have asthma or allergies. However, most newer models have one-button, bottom release canisters that make emptying very hygienic. And because bagless seems to be the way of the future, all of our cordless vacuums have a bagless design.
The minimum warranty you should find with a good vacuum is a 1-year limited warranty. Although we’ve seen the warranty go as high as 5 years as found in both the Electrolux Ergorapido Lithium Ion 2-1 Stick and Handheld Vacuum, EL2055B and the Hoover Air Lift 20 Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Bagless. Also keep in mind that for just a few extra dollars, you can purchase a third-party 3- or 2-year protection plan, which covers your vacuum above and beyond the scope of the warranty coverage.