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The Best Cordless and Rechargeable Vacuum Cleaner

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Cordless vacuums offer incredible convenience but sometimes let you down on the power front.

Luckily, the results of our rigorous testing are in and we’ve whittled it down to 10 of the best rechargeable vacuum cleaners that deliver great suction power in cord-free form.

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If you’re impatient for the main event, here’s a quick glimpse at our overall winners by category…

Our #1 Pick: Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Stick

For a powerful and versatile cordless stick from an industry legend, the V8 is one of the more affordable Dysons with impeccable performance. You’ll get adequate run-time for even a larger home and a lightweight unit packing full HEPA-filtration.


Upgrade Pick: Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Cordless Stick

While ruinously expensive, if you can afford the Dyson V10 it will absolutely not disappoint. An hour of run-time combined with the convenience of a separate handheld gives you an extremely flexible cleaning solution. The V10 works well on all surfaces and it’s built to stay the distance. If you’ve got a fluid budget, this is hands-down the best cordless in a crowded market.


Also Great: Shark ION F80 Cordless Stick

This lesser-known Shark delivers in fine style. You’ll get a lightweight stick along with a detachable handheld in a foldable unit ideal for anyone living in a small apartment. With 2 batteries and a combined run-time of 1 hour 20 minutes, you’ve got all your cleaning needs catered for in one hard-hitting vacuum.


Best Budget: Hoover Linx Lithium Ion Cordless Stick

If you thought you couldn’t get a reliable and cheap cordless stick, think again. The Hoover Linx gives you the fucntionality you’d expect to pay far more for in a lightweight yet rugged form. With all the convenience of a cordless but the power of a corded, you can’t ask for much more in a budget vacuum.

We’ll get straight down to it now with our detailed reviews of a cross-section of cordless vacs selected so there’s something for everyone.


I. Top 10 Best Cordless Rechargeable Vacuum Cleaner

1. Our Pick: Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Stick

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If you’re hunting for a cheap stick vacuum, the V8 Absolute is not for you. If, on the other hand, you want the convenience of a cordless with all the power you’d normally associate with a corded model from an industry legend, read on…

The battery gives you a full 40 minutes of life in regular mode with 115 air watts of power. Pop on the softer motorized cleaning head and you’ll still get a half-hour of run-time. For stubborn messes, activate Max mode and you’ll be good for 8 minutes on blast. These are truly impressive stats for a cordless.

Already generous, battery life is further preserved thanks to the quick release trigger so you won’t end up wasting power unless you’re actually cleaning.

Full machine HEPA filtration keeps all contaminants safely wicked away and leaves the air in your house as clean as the floors.

The V8 is equally comfortable buffing up bare flooring or carpets with the direct-drive Motorhead sucking up ingrained dirt from carpeting while the soft roller cleaner works wonders on wooden floors.

As well as the cord-free convenience in stick form, you can also enjoy further freedom with the detachable handheld.

For a combination of versatility, suction power and first-class filtration in a flexible and lightweight unit, the Dyson V8 is a class-leading cordless from an industry legend.

Things We Like

  • Fantastic 40 minute run-time gives you enough juice to clean a large home
  • Full HEPA-filtration makes this the ideal vacuum for allergy sufferers
  • Great for carpets and hard flooring with enough oomph for pet hair, too

Things We Dislike

  • Not cheap for a stick vacuum but still represents excellent value

See Also: Top 10 Best Handheld Vacuum Cleaners


2. Upgrade Pick: Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Cordless Stick

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If you’ve got deep pockets and heavy cleaning needs, the Cyclone V10 Absolute is arguably the best rechargeable vacuum cleaner in a glutted market.

Battery life is first-class with a full 60 minutes of cleaning if you’re not using the motorized tool. Pop on the softer cleaning head and you’ll still enjoy fully 40 minutes of run-time. For really ingrained messes, you can activate a turbo mode that still serves up 20 minutes of fade-free power.

The power plant is an agile digital motor. Despite such potent suction and all-round multi-surface performance, the stick weighs just 14 pounds.

If you need to clean up and down the stairs or below your furniture, a nifty detachable handheld makes light work of this. The handheld also comes into its own for zapping dust and pet hair from furniture or drapery.

Cyclonic technology and whole-machine filtration combine to make the V10 a perfect weapon in your artillery if you’re an allergy sufferer. All those fine pathogens and contaminants stay safely inside rather than belching back into the atmosphere.

Dyson are not cheap but if you want an uncompromising rechargeable vac that will return years of happy service. When you think of it as an investment rather than an expense, the V10 makes better sense.

Things We Like

  • Exceptional 1-hour run-time with non-motorized tool
  • Breaks down into a handheld for even more maneuverability
  • Enhanced torque drive cleaner delivering even stronger performance than the hard-hitting V8

Things We Dislike

  • Savagely expensive but currently up for grabs at an aggressive discount

See Also: Top 10 Best Bagless Vacuum Cleaners for Pet Hair


3. Also Great: Shark ION F80 Cordless Stick

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The ION F80 is another fantastic cordless stick that’s higher up the cost-effective Shark range with the pricing reflected in the performance.

Design is uppermost with the ION but with a highly functional bent. Vacuums are bulky so this model breaks down neatly streamlining storage. The flexible reach allows you to access awkward spots without contorting yourself and a handheld detaches for even greater freedom of movement in restricted spaces.

With 2 removable, rechargeable batteries, you’ll enjoy well over an hour of run-time placing the Shark upright vacuum in a class of its own. The charging dock is thrown in and you can deliver a full burst of charge in short order.

Although there’s a single powerhead, you get 2 brush rolls. This gives you the raw suction power you need to blitz carpets and the finesse required to buff up hard flooring without causing any damage.

Filtration is robust but it’s not HEPA-rated. That said, fine dust is well-contained and larger debris is sucked up a treat.

If you’re looking for a versatile cordless stick that converts to a handheld while giving you enough juice to clean even a larger home, the Shark ION makes perfect sense.

Things We Like

  • Dual batteries deliver a class-leading 80 minutes of run-time
  • Pair of brush rolls allow you to clean hard flooring and carpets equally effectively
  • Folds down so you can stash this vacuum even in restricted storage spaces

Things We Dislike

  • Reasonably pricey for a Shark but a great deal of bang for your buck

See Also: Top 10 Best Multi-Surface Vacuum Cleaners


4. Best Budget: Hoover Linx Lithium Ion Cordless Stick

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Hoover is synonymous with vacuum cleaner in the UK showing how far this brand has penetrated the consciousness. The Linx is an outstanding cordless stick coming in at a decidedly budget price. The great news, though? You won’t need to compromise on quality.

Mixed flooring is no problem with the Linx. The brush roll button is located just where you need it giving you control at your fingertips without breaking your stride.

Lightweight at just over 7 pounds and extremely low-slung, the Linx is designed to make cleaning under the furniture an absolute cinch.

The bristles work well cleaning hard up against your baseboards so you’ll get an edge-to-edge clean with no stubborn mess left untouched. The WindTunnel Technology creates channels of suction that efficiently lift up ingrained grime while also helping to protect the filters.

Battery life is not quoted but you can expect over 30 minutes of run-time and the onboard gauge will show you when you need to recharge the Hoover.

If you’re looking for a lightweight cordless stick from a brand you can rely on without taking out a bank loan, look no further than the Hoover Linx. This was by some distance our favorite vacuum for anyone operating on a tighter budget.

Things We Like

  • Patented WindTunnel Technology delivers a fantastically deep clean
  • Handy battery meter shows you at a glance when the Linx needs a boost
  • Acquits itself admirably on carpets and hard floors

Things We Dislike

  • Some reported niggles with ongoing build quality but you need to be realistic at this price point

See Also: Top 10 Best Easy-to-Push Vacuum Cleaners


5. Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick

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The V7 is that rare beast: an affordable Dyson.

One area where you take a hit is on run-time. You’ll get a bare 30 minutes in regular cleaning mode with just 6 minutes in Max mode. This is more than enough for a smaller home but if you have a more sprawling property, the V7 might not have enough legs to get your cleaning done in a single sitting.

Many cordless vacuums fail to perform on hard flooring without scratching it up but the Dyson addresses that head-on. You’ll get a gently clean across wood while when you hit the carpets, suction is more than powerful enough to suck up all the debris in its way. Dyson claims the V7 packs fully 75% more power than the V6. This is a great example of how this tech-driven company is always evolving.

Attention to detail permeates this rechargeable vacuum. The bin is designed to be emptied out without needing to come into contact with the dust and it’s large enough to get all your cleaning done in one sitting without needing to hit the trashcan mid-way.

If you’re looking to buy into the Dyson brand without bankrupting yourself, we’d strongly recommend investigating the V7.

Things We Like

  • Quick and easy bin emptying without being exposed to dust and debris
  • Extremely nimble and lightweight form with heavyweight performance
  • Bright fuchsia colorway adds a dose of fun to the tedium of housework

Things We Dislike

  • Battery life is underwhelming although fit for purpose

See Also: Top 15 Best Hepa Filter Vacuum Cleaners


6. ONSON Stick Vacuum

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ONSON might not be the most famous name in the vacuum vertical but we pride ourselves on bringing lesser-known products to your attention when they are worthy. This cordless stick comes in at a very keen price point and packs some significant benefits.

Surprisingly considering the price-point, you’ll get full HEPA-filtration and you’ll even get a spare filter thrown in.

Where many vacuums whine to the extent you disturb others in your house while driving yourself insane, the ONSON kicks out almost no noise in operation.

Tipping the scales at just 5 pounds, you can clean above floor with ease and power through the rest of the house without straining yourself. Maneuverability is first-class but you’ll still get all the suction you need.

Whether you’re cleaning carpets, rugs, hard flooring, furniture or pet hair, the ONSON will suck away debris large and small.

Where most off-brand vacuums wildly disappoint, the ONSON punches dramatically above its weight. We’d highly recommend giving this cordless a chance if you’re looking for something different and you don’t want to spend the earth.

Things We Like

  • Outstanding price/performance ratio
  • Almost whisper-quiet cleaning experience ideal if you live in close proximity to neighbors in an apartment block
  • Super-light at just 5 pounds so work away without fatigue setting in

Things We Dislike

  • A few complaints about lifespan but this is very much a budget cordless

See Also: 15 Best Upright Vacuum Cleaners


7. BLACK + DECKER Flex Vac

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Better know for their precision-engineered power tools, BLACK+DECKER bring that expertise to bear in the vacuum space with the Flex Vac, the first of two models we tested out.

The design of this vacuum is such that it works better as a secondary unit. With this type of canister, cleaning around the whole house can be a little tiresome so think about how you intend to use it. The bonus is that you can neatly shift the Flex out into the car when your vehicle needs cleaning. It also works very well for cleaning up the messes left behind by any pets in your house.

While the suction is flagged by BLACK+DECKER as powerful and fade-free, we’d urge you to keep your expectations pegged. This is rated at 24 air watts but don’t expect a powerhouse cleaner at this price-point and in this configuration.

You’ll get a decent set of attachments thrown in including a pet tool, crevice tool, 2-in-1 nozzle/brush and all the reusable filters you need. Onboard storage means you’ll have everything to hand when you need it, too.

Things We Like

  • Tiny footprint without sacrificing overall performance
  • Efficient triple-filtration system keeps the dust inside and the air in your home free of allergens and contaminants
  • Generous spread of accessories thrown in with onboard storage for your convenience

Things We Dislike

  • Some users have complained about this model lacking in suction power so think about your intended usage

8. Shark DuoClean Ultra-Light Vacuum

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Another Shark is up next as we edge to the close of our rechargeable vacuum cleaner reviews.

During testing, the DuoClean performed more than adequately but we’d draw your attention to a few user reviews claiming issues with the battery can develop over time. We can’t confirm or deny this as we haven’t yet tested the Shark over a lengthy period but we’d caution you to do your due diligence.

You can pick up a second battery if you have a larger house and want to clean for prolonged periods without needing to wait for a recharge.

As with many of the best cordless sticks, you can snap off a separate handheld unit to help cleaning up and down the stairs or to use for impromptu cleaning up of pet messes.

You’ll get a crevice tool, dusting brush, upholstery tool, and anti-allergen brush thrown in which is more than you could expect at this bargain-basement price.

For a capable all-rounder ideal for use on all surfaces, the Shark DuoClean is well worth popping on your shortlist.

Things We Like

  • Outstanding reach so caters for all your above floor cleaning and works well down below furniture
  • Pair of brush rolls dole out the suction and performance you need for both bare flooring and carpets
  • Wide array of attachments included further increasing value

Things We Dislike

  • Battery tends to develop problems over time according to a few disgruntled users

9. Hoover Air Lift Cordless Vacuum

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We’ve got another Hoover in the form of the Air Lift cordless up next.

As with all upright vacuums, you’ll get a slightly more unwieldy unit, but this is offset by cordless convenience married to an impressive run-time nudging an hour. The Air Lift weighs in at over 12 pounds so make sure you’re comfy maneuvering a larger machine.

Hoover’s proprietary WindTunnel Technology allows you to suck up even more ingrained grime and the removable wand gives you an added 8 feet of reach when you’re trying to access awkward areas.

While the main vacuum is bulky, if you want to shoot up and down the stairs or give your car a quick once-over, you can detach a handheld for added flexibility.

Bagless, you’ll get a large dust container which is straightforward to empty out without leaving too much mess behind or inflaming any allergies.

For the benefits of a powerful upright without the restrictions of a cord from an industry legend, the Air Lift might be just what you need for rechargeable convenience at an affordable price.

Things We Like

  • 50 minutes of run-time if you make use of 2 batteries so fit for even larger homes
  • Push-button brush roll optimizes cleaning whatever the surface
  • Bulky dust container which is remarkably simple to empty without getting a face full of dust

Things We Dislike

  • Lightweight for an upright but still bulkier than the sticks we looked at today

10. BLACK + DECKER Hand Vacuum

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Last but by no means least, we’ve got a much smaller handheld vacuum from BLACK+DECKER to round out.

It goes unsaid, this is not designed as a primary cleaning tool. If, however, you need an extra weapon to add to your cleaning artillery or perhaps you live in a very small apartment that needs minimal cleaning, this handheld is a wise bet.

Design is striking and the angled nozzle allows you to clean tight up to the baseboards leaving no dirt in place.

Battery life is a real let-down with just 10 minutes of power at your disposal before it needs a charge. That said, when you think about your intended usage, this might not be a deal-breaker.

For a dinky yet capable handheld, this BLACK+DECKER is one of the strongest options up for grabs. It’s not a vacuum for everyone but we’ve included it for those to whom it will certainly appeal.

Things We Like

  • Scaled-down footprint making this vacuum perfect if you live in a small studio
  • Wall-mounting another clear bonus for anyone living somewhere with limited storage space
  • Washable, reusable filter to slash ongoing running costs

Things We Dislike

  • 10 minutes run-time is significantly less than ideal

So…

With our reviews put to bed, it’s time for an overview of the elements that count when you’re looking to buy the best cordless vacuum cleaner.


II. Things You MUST KNOW Before Buying Cordless Rechargeable Vacuum Cleanerbest-rechargeable-vacuum-cleaner

While brand and pricing are always a factor in any decision, think most closely about the following pointers to get the most effective cordless vac for your specific needs…

Battery and Run-Time

With cordless vacuums, the role of the battery is key.

Lithium-ion batteries are now pretty much standard and by far the strongest option. The older nickel-cadmium batteries are simply no competition.

As a general rule of thumb, 20-volt batteries are ideal for powerful suction. If you end up with a weaker battery, fine dust should be fine but you’ll struggle with larger debris.

Anything less than 20 minutes of run-time will likely leave you needing to charge your vacuum mid-clean, obviously not ideal.

The final element to look out for is how long it takes your battery to charge when it needs a boost.

Do not overlook the importance of the battery on a cordless or you could regret failing to take the time to hunt down a vacuum with performance to meet your needs.

Style

Most cordless vacuums come in stick form. This gives you the perfect combination of a lightweight unit that’s also easy to maneuver without being stiffed on the power fronts.

Occasionally, a cordless upright can be worth considering but the majority of the best models come as sticks.

Depending on the precise nature of your cleaning needs and the layout of your home, you might want to think about a canister or a handheld instead.

There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to style, simply what’s right for you.

Weight

Think about how you handle heavier weights.

Ask yourself if you’ll be going up and down stairs and consider how long you’ll be cleaning for in one session.

These factors will determine the role weight should play in your buying decision.

The models we tested vary from a mere 2 pounds up to double-digits. Normally, the bulkier a vacuum, the more power it delivers but this is not a hard and fast rule.

If you opt for a cordless stick, most will be more than manageable even if you’re advancing in years and need something easy to handle.

Filtration

The most effective filters are HEPA-rated.

In plain English, this means all the tiniest particles of dust and airborne pollutants and contaminants are safely sucked up and trapped inside.

The result is the air in your home remaining fresh and clean rather than being polluted with pathogens.

This type of filter is ideal if you suffer from asthma or any other allergies.

In the absence of HEPA-filtration, keep your eyes peeled for multi-level filters.

Reusable filters will obviously eliminate the ongoing running costs of buying replacements.

Attachments

Rather than shooting for the model offering the most attachments at all costs, take the time to think about what you really need.

From pet hair tools to crevice tools, dusting brushes to anti-allergen brushes, this extras can make all the difference when it comes to the finishing touches of cleaning.

The number of attachments offered generally falls in line with the price tag so don’t expect the earth from a budget vacuum.

Carpet, Hard Flooring or Mixed-Surface Ability?

What kind of flooring do you have in your home?

If you’ve got a mixture of carpets and hard flooring, whether hardwood, laminate or tile, look for a cordless that performs well across all these to avoid the need for multiple vacuums eating up space and money.

You should also look out for a brush roll you can deactivate when you move from carpets to wooden flooring. If not, the suction might be too powerful for your delicate hardwood flooring and end up leaving it scratched.

Handheld Included?

Many of the cordless sticks we reviewed have a detachable handheld.

If you often clean up and down the stairs and struggle carrying a larger vacuum, this feature is invaluable.

These handhelds also come into their own for dealing with the hair and mess left behind by pets.

Maneuverability

Take a long and hard look at the design of the vacuum you have in mind.

Think also about the type of cleaning you’ll be doing and the layout of your home.

If you’re cleaning large, open spaces, maneuverability is not so crucial. If, however, you’ll be darting in and out of tight spaces and working around lots of obstacles, you should place a premium on how easy the vacuum is to maneuver.

The great news?

You’re off to a flying start anyway with a cordless since you won’t have that tiresome power cable to contend with!


III. Conclusion

We trust you’ve now got no more than one or two cordless vacs in your crosshairs and your buying decision just got a whole lot easier.

As with any purchase for your home, you should take the time before committing to a product to think closely about your needs. If you’ve got a tiny apartment, a hulking upright might not be the best fit. Equally, if you have a massive house, opting for a handheld or lightweight stick probably doesn’t make sense.

Once you’ve considered what you need from a vacuum, take the time to scan our buying guide where we break down the key elements worth taking into account.

The final stage in your plan is to road test any of the models that make the cut and then sit back and watch your cleaning get a whole lot easier!

We’ll be moving back out into the kitchen next week with some more of the very best products from the most reputable brands so come back soon!

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