7 Best Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Reviews of 2017 – Battery Models from Top UK Brands

Fed up with cords? Or just sick of moving socket every time you change room? A cordless vacuum cleaner could be the perfect solution. After hours of research, here’s what we think are the best cordless vacuum cleaners. We’ve provided specifications and reviews for each pick to help you make the right choice for your home.

Budget
Morphy Richards 732000 Morphy Richards 732000
  • Run-time: 20 minutes
  • Dust Capacity: 0.3 litres
  • Filter: Standard
  • Price: ££
  • With handheld & upright modes, a great choice on a budget.
Gtech AirRam Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Gtech AirRam Cordless Vacuum
  • Run-time: 40 minutes
  • Dust Capacity: 0.8 litres
  • Filter: Washable
  • Price: £££
  • Long battery life and excellent suction - this is our #1 cordless vacuum.
Dyson V6 Fluffy Dyson V6 Fluffy Cordless Vacuum
  • Run-time: 20 minutes
  • Dust Capacity: 0.4 litres
  • Filter: Whole vacuum
  • Price: £££
  • Powerful with carpet & hardfloor heads. Mini tool great for pet hair.
Dyson V8 Absolute (Small) Dyson V8 Absolute
  • Run-time: 40 minutes
  • Dust Capacity: 0.54 litres
  • Filter: Whole Vacuum
  • Price: ££££
  • Expensive but probably the most powerful cordless.
Bosch BCH625KTGB Athlet Bosch BCH625KTGB Athlet
  • Run-time: 60 minutes
  • Dust Capacity: 0.9 litres
  • Filter: Standard
  • Price: £££
  • Outstanding 60 minute battery life and strong suction.

 

Please note: this section is for upright or cylinder models. For handhelds, please view the handheld section.

Cordless vacs, also known as battery vacuum cleaners, don’t need to be plugged into a power socket when in use. Instead, they run on battery power. This page contains everything you need to know about this relatively recent innovation, along with in-depth cordless vacuum cleaner reviews.

Powering appliances with batteries is nothing new. But the amount of suction required by vacs meant that, until recently, they couldn’t be powered by battery alone. That’s all changed now, however, and you can buy a number of cordless models from major brands such as Dyson, Vax and Morphy Richards. You can also purchase both handheld and upright machines, and the best cordless vacuums have a relatively long run-time.

But aside from eliminating the risk of tripping over a cord, what are the advantages of running on battery power? We’ll discuss this in more detail later in the article, but some of the primary advantages include that they are perfect for quick and easy cleaning and can be used conveniently in a car.

Of course, there are some downsides too. They tend to be more expensive, and the suction power is often reduced compared to similar priced models powered by mains electricity. Even so, we think the convenience makes them worth the extra money.

So if you want to find the best cordless vacuum cleaner – keep reading. We’ve listed our top models below along with links to specific vacuum cleaner reviews. Each is manufactured by a top brand, and has received excellent reviews from buyers. Let’s get started!

Keep in mind that some people call these machines battery vacuums, while others refer to them as a wireless vacuum cleaner. We’ve even seen them called rechargeable vacuum cleaners. All these terms usually mean the same thing, so don’t get confused.

Which are the Top 7 Cordless Vacuums?

Gtech AirRam Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

1. Gtech AirRam

When it comes to innovation, the Gtech AirRam is ahead of the competition. It’s a sleek and stylish model that comes with a number of useful features, including a 40-minute run time – which is significantly longer than many other models. The AirRam also collects dirt and dust in small two bundles, rather than spinning it through a cyclonic canister, which makes emptying easier and less messy.

But that’s not all you get with the Gtech AirRam. The model has been designed from the ground up to compete directly with mains connected cleaners. It features a lightweight design at just 3.5kg, excellent performance on both hard floors and carpet, and a low profile for easy mobility. The AirRam is also great at vacuuming pet hair.

On shopping sites, the GTech AirRam has a high average rating with many positive reviews. One reviewer writes that the model is as “light as a feather” and picks up dirt, hair and dust as efficiently as her previous corded model. Another reviewer goes as far to say that this it’s one of the best inventions ever.

With those recommendations, how can you NOT at least consider the GTech AirRam? There’s little doubt that the AirRam is one of the best cordless upright vacuum cleaners on the market – and you can read our full review here.

Overview:

  • Price Range: £££
  • Power: 100W
  • Weight: 3.5kg
  • Dust Capacity: 0.8 Litres
  • Filter Type: Washable

Key Features:

  • 40 minute run-time after a 4 hour charge (Lithium-ion battery)
  • Lightweight model at just 3.5kg
  • Low energy consumption of just 100W, yet still provides significant suction power

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Dyson V6 Fluffy2. Dyson V6 Fluffy

The Dyson V6 range, with its stick design and detachable handheld mode, has proven to be one of the most popular cordless models – and for good reason. This is a powerful machine that’s versatile and lightweight. The only downside is its price, although it’s significantly cheaper than the newer V8 Absolute.

While we’re a fan of the V6 in general, we think the Fluffy model provides the greatest value for money – although the right choice depends on your personal requirements. The Fluffy comes with a soft roller cleaner head that’s great for hard floors, mini-tool for pet hair along with a motorised head for carpets. It doesn’t include the direct-drive head for extra carpet cleaning depth though – for that you’ll need the Total Clean (which has a 35W direct-drive head) or the Absolute (with a 50W direct-drive head but no soft head for hard floors).

Reviews of the V6 range have been very positive with many buyers praising its ease of use, low noise level and powerful suction. The relatively short 20 minute run-time may be an issue if you want to use it for full-house cleans though.

Overall, the V6 Fluffy is an excellent machine. While the different V6 models can be confusing, the Fluffy is probably the best choice if you’re on a budget and have both hard floors and carpets. For maximum cleaning power, the Absolute is the obvious choice, while the Total Clean is the only model to provide both the direct-drive cleaner head and soft head for hard floors.

Overview:

  • Price Range: £££
  • Power: 100AW (max mode)
  • Weight: 2.3kg
  • Dust Capacity: 0.4 Litres

Key Features:

  • Powerful suction from the V6 motor
  • Motorised cleaner head and soft head for hard floors
  • Converts to handheld cleaning and has a mini-motorised tool for pet hair

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Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Vacuum3. Dyson V8 Absolute

If money was no issue, the Dyson V8 Absolute is probably the best cordless vacuum available at the time of writing. However, money is an issue, at least for most people, so it’s debatable whether the V8 Absolute provides the greatest value for money compared to the other models in this list.

In terms of performance though, this is an incredible model. With powerful suction, a longer run-time and a new motor, it’s probably as close to a corded cleaner replacement as you’re likely to get.

So what makes the V8 Absolute stand out? Firstly, it comes with both a soft cleaner head for hard floors (this was not included with the V6 Absolute) and powerful direct-drive head for carpets, like the previous V6 Absolute. It’s also built with Dyson’s “whole machine filtration,” can be converted into a handheld mode and uses a total of 15 cyclones to capture dirt and dust.

But this is where the specification starts to diverge from the previous V6 range. Inside is the new V8 motor, which Dyson claims is the most powerful in any cordless. This is powered by a new battery, made from Nickel-Cobalt-Aluminium, providing a run-time of 40 minutes (significantly longer than the V6 Absolute’s 20 minute lifetime). It also comes with a docking station for charging and with space for attachments.

The V8 Absolute has been well received by reviewers, and was awarded the “Which? Best Buy” rating in August 2016. Buyers on shopping sites have also largely praised the machine, especially its powerful suction which is described by several as equal to their previous corded model.

There’s no doubt that the Dyson V8 Absolute is an outstanding cordless. With its powerful new motor and battery combination, along with the excellent floor-heads (especially the direct-drive for carpets), it can give many corded models a run for their money. Even so, the price will unfortunately be a barrier to many.

Overview:

  • Price Range: ££££
  • Weight: 2.61kg
  • Dust Capacity: 0.54 Litres

Key Features:

  • Powered by the new V8 motor for Dyson’s strongest suction yet
  • New battery (Nickel-Cobalt-Aluminium) doubles the run-time of the previous V6 Absolute
  • Direct-drive head for carpets and soft roller head for hard floors

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Morphy Richards 732000 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner4. Morphy Richards 732000 2 in 1

The Morphy Richards 732000 is significantly cheaper than the GTech AirRam, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking features. This popular model comes with two modes – upright and hand-held – making it suitable for cleaning even those difficult to reach places. It’s also capable of handling almost any surface, including carpets and hard floors, and the canister is easy to empty.

Other features include a 20 minute run-time, which is admittedly on the low end for a battery powered vacuum cleaner, easy-to-store design and swivel head for excellent manoeuvrability. It’s also lightweight enough, at just 3.9kg, to be used as an everyday cleaning tool instead of just for big jobs.

Reviewers have rated the 732000 very highly, with hundreds of positive reviews on shopping sites. One reviewer writes that the 732000 provides extremely impressive practicality and performance. Other reviews also like the relatively fast charging time and compact design.

If you’re looking for a cheap model with both upright and cordless handheld vacuum functions, the Morphy Richards 732000 2 in 1 is an option to consider. It might not have the suction power of more expensive corded models, and has a relatively small capacity of just 0.3L, but makes up for this in versatility and ease of use. You can read our full review here.

Overview:

  • Price Range: ££
  • Power: 900W
  • Weight: 3.9kg
  • Dust Capacity: 0.3 Litres
  • Filter Type: Standard

Key Features:

  • Handheld and upright modes
  • Capable of cleaning any surface
  • Collapsible handle for easy storage in cupboards or other small spaces
  • 20 minute run time with a 14V battery

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Dyson DC44 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner5. Dyson DC44 Animal

Update 28/11/16: We no longer recommend the DC44 Animal, as the V6 Fluffy is the superior model for pet hair (see above). We’ve left this section as a reference though.

The Dyson DC44 Animal is one of the top rated models on the market (as of early 2016), and it’s easy to see why! Dyson are known for their quality, and the DC44 is no exception. It comes with “Root Cyclone” technology that prevents loss of suction, an ability to handle any type of floor and a motorised head to remove fine dust. And, to top it all off, you get Dyson’s 2 year parts and labour guarantee with this excellent cordless stick vacuum.

The star of the show, when it comes to the DC44, is the motor. Dyson claims it is the most powerful cordless on the market (when first released), and the motor is designed to handle pet hair and dust from awkward locations including upholstery. The trade-off is the relatively short battery run-time – 20 minutes in “high suction” mode, and only 8 minutes in “Boost mode.” This is probably long enough for most cleaning tasks, however, and provides a significant power advantage over other cordlessmodels.

As you would expect from an Animal model, the model excels at pet hair. In fact, we think it’s probably the best cordless vacuum for pet hair on the market at the time of writing, although others (such as the AirRam) run it close.

Like the others on this list, the Dyson DC44 has been highly rated by reviewers. Several reviewers mention the power of the DC44. Others praise the mobility and how easy it is to empty.

The Dyson DC44 isn’t a cheap cordless vacuum, nor is it perfect. But if you need extra power for pet hair and don’t mind the relatively short battery life, it’s definitely an option to consider. If you want more information, you can read our full DC44 Animal review here.

Overview:

  • Price Range: £££
  • Power: 65W
  • Weight: 2.3kg
  • Dust Capacity: 0.35 Litres
  • Filter Type: Washable

Key Features:

  • The most powerful cordless model on the market
  • Even battery discharge so you don’t lose suction towards the end of its run-time
  • One of the lightest models on this list, with a weight of just 2.3kg
  • Highly efficient motor
  • 2 year warranty

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Bosch BCH625KTGB Athlet Vacuum Cleaner6. Bosch BCH625KTGB Athlet

If you’re looking for an upright cordless vacuum cleaner with an ultra-long battery run-time, the Bosch BCH625KTGB could be the best choice. It’s a highly rated model with up to 60 minutes run time when using the lowest energy power level – but it also comes with a turbo setting when you need more suction. This is achieved with a 25V Lithium-Ion battery.

Other features of the Bosch BCH625KTGB include a bagless design that promotes high airflow, an “all-floor” brush that can clean any surface and a flexible nozzle for cleaning under and around furniture. You also get an accessory kit with the BCH625KTGB, containing several different tools.

Reviewers have been very positive about the BCH625KTGB, with hundreds of four or five star reviews on shopping sites. One reviewer writes that the model is easy to assemble and nearly filled an entire container the first time she used it – despite vacuuming with her old model the day before! Another reviewer writes that the BCH625KTGB is exceptionally lightweight and easy to empty. She also likes the three different strength settings.

The Bosch BCH625KTGB, like the Dyson DC44, isn’t a cheap machine. It’s also heavier than the other models on this list. However, it justifies its relatively high price tag with exceptional performance and ease of use. So if your budget can stretch to it, the BCH625KTGB is an option to look closely at – especially as Bosch cordless vacuum cleaners are often highly rated. Click here to read our full review.

Overview:

  • Price Range: £££
  • Power: 1800W
  • Weight: 5kg
  • Dust Capacity: 0.9 Litres
  • Filter Type: Standard

Key Features:

  • Up to 60 minutes run time when in low power mode due to a 25V Lithium-ion battery
  • Three power level settings for different tasks
  • Power brush that’s suitable for all floors
  • Several tools

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Vax U85-ACLG-BA7. Vax U85-ACLG-BA Lift Solo

The Vax U85-ACLG-BA Life Solo has the most “upright” appearance of any of the models on this list, which suggests it’s meant for real cleaning rather than just spot jobs. This is backed up by Vax calling it a “full size” cleaner.

One of the best features of the Vax U85-ACLG-BA is the lift-out cylinder. This makes carrying it up stairs or using it on sofas much easier. The cylinder is also quick to detach using just a single button.

The one litre capacity is the largest on this list, although it’s smaller than most corded cylinders or uprights.  The downside to this larger size is the 5kg weight, which is relatively heavy. This isn’t the light and manoeuvrable V8 by any stretch.

Other features of the Vax U85-ACLG-BA include an easy-to-steer design, 30 minute run-time (due to the lithium-ion battery) and modes for both hard floors and carpets. The filter is also washable and the model includes a boost mode when you need additional suction.

Reviews of the Vax U85-ACLG-BA have been very positive, with most reviewers writing that the model provides great value for money. Positive comments include that the detachable frame makes it easy to take up stairs or into cars, it’s easy to clean and the battery run-time is relatively long. Reviewers also praised the suction considering that this is mid-range cleaner.

The Vax U85-ACLG-BA is a great vacuum if you want to replicate your corded model but with the added convenience of no cord. It has strong suction, a relatively large capacity, and provides strong suction power. It’s not as manoeuvrable or nimble as some of the stick cordless vacuums on this list, but provides excellent value for money.

Overview:

  • Price Range: ££
  • Weight: 5kg
  • Dust Capacity: 1 Litre
  • Filter Type: Washable

Key Features:

  • Lift-out canister
  • Boost mode for tricky spots
  • Lithium-ion battery

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What to Look for in a Battery Vacuum

There’s no doubt that cordless models have a number of advantages over traditional models. Even so, not all are created equal, so it’s important to know the various considerations before you buy. Here’s a list of factors to look for when choosing a cordless vacuum cleaner.

Budget

Your budget is probably the most important factor. The cordless cleaner reviews listed above give you a good idea of the top models available in different price ranges, but without knowing how much you’re willing to spend it’s difficult to make the right decision.

As with all new technologies, cordless cleaners have begun to come down in price. However, if you’re looking for a high-quality cleaner, we recommended spending at least £100 – if not more. Fortunately, you can often find deals on cordless cleaners that push the price below this lower limit. We don’t recommend choosing a cheap cordless vacuum just because of the price though, as you may be disappointed by its performance.

Suction Power

One of the key considerations when choosing any vacuum is the suction power. This is especially important for battery models, as the fact that they run on battery rather than mains power means suction power is often reduced.

As a general rule, the higher the battery voltage the more power it’ll have. And the more power it has, the more efficiently it can remove dirt from a carpet or other flooring. Voltage doesn’t always mean more suction power though, which is why it’s important to read cordless vacuum cleaner reviews from previous buyers.

Battery Life

Cordless vacuum cleaners are powered by batteries, so they have a limited run time. This run time varies depending on the brand and type of battery used. Lithium batteries, in particular, usually last longer than other types and also charge faster.

As you might expect, battery vacuums have a relatively short life. Most high-quality cleaners last anywhere between 20-30 minutes on a single charge, which makes them suitable for most cleaning jobs – as long as you remember to charge them! This also means cordless vacs aren’t just for quick jobs or cleaning up a patch you missed with an upright – they are true replacements.

Be aware that there are some models with very short battery life – sometimes as little as ten minutes or less. This may not be an issue if you only plan on using it for small jobs, but can be frustrating if you want it for a proper clean.

As technology improves, the run-time of battery operated cleaners will increase. But until then, make sure you know how long a model lasts on a single charge before you buy.

Weight

One of the great things about cordless cleaners is that they can be taken around the house without needing to change plug socket. However, this isn’t as useful if the model is too heavy for you to comfortably carry. Heavy appliances are also tiring to push around for even short periods of time – which is why lightweight cordless vacuum cleaners are popular.

As a general rule, cheaper models are heavier while more expensive models tend to be lighter. There are exceptions, however, so it’s important to check the weight before you buy. The good news is that the majority of models in this category are lightweight, as manufacturers tend to place an emphasis on convenience and manoeuvrability.

Linked closely to weight is the size of the model. A small cordless can be highly convenient when it comes to storage, especially as it has a docking station attached to the wall. The downside is that the capacity will be smaller.

Canister or Bag Capacity

In general, cordless cleaners have a bagless design. While most people prefer a bagless vacuum anyway, as this means you don’t need to pay for bags or struggle with fiddly replacement mechanisms, there are also some advantages to bagged. Bagged vacuums tend to be cheaper, and in some cases can be more hygienic – so a bagless cleaner may not be the best choice if you suffer from allergies.

The capacity of the model is also a vital consideration. Due to their lightweight design, machines in this category usually have small capacities. This means they need to be emptied regularly and suction power may decrease over time. As a general rule, larger capacities are more convenient.

Filtration System

You can view a short overview of the different types of filtration system on our homepage, but the main things you need to know is HEPA filters are considered the best at stopping fine particles being pumped back into the surrounding air. This is important for health – especially if you or anyone in your family suffers from asthma or dust allergies.

Other Considerations

  • 2-in-1 vacuums. Some models, such as the Morphy Richards 732000 listed below, can be used in both upright and handheld modes. This makes them highly versatile and perfect for cleaning almost any area of your home. Most handheld models are also cordless (click here to view our top handhelds).
  • Pet hair attachments. If you have a pet, you’re probably already aware of how much hair they can shed! Some cordless cleaners come with special tools for picking up pet hair, which can be very useful. The extra mobility also makes them a better option for many pet owners.
  • Tools. We’ve already mentioned pet hair accessories, but there are many more tools that might be useful. These include dusting brushes, crevice tools and tough-bristle brushes for getting rid of stubborn dirt. Make sure you know which attachments a model comes with before you buy.
  • Brand. It’s usually a good idea to buy based on the quality of the model, rather than the reputation of a brand. Even so, there are certain brands that have a reputation for quality. A Vax cordless vacuum cleaner, for example, is more likely to be reliable than a generic brand.
  • Your requirements. We’ve mentioned it before, but it’s vital to choose a cleaner that meets your personal requirements. The best cordless vacuum for stairs, for example, may not be the same as the best model for pet hair, which may differ from the best cordless car vacuum (for this see our car page) – even if they all have excellent reviews.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I need a cordless if I already have a corded vacuum?

While some manufacturers claim their cordless cleaners can replace corded vacuums, for most people this isn’t the case. Until there are further developments in battery design, the majority won’t provide the same suction power as corded (although there are some powerful models that get surprisingly close). The limited run-time, even if some models can last the better part of an hour, is also a barrier to full replacement.

The only possible exception is if your home has no carpets, as there are cordless cleaners that excel on hard floors (see below).

For this reason, we recommend every home with carpets has a corded upright or cylinder with the power to clean more deeply. Even so, we highly recommend cordless vacs for dry spillages, top-up cleaning and for when you don’t want to lug a large vacuum around the house.

Q. How do I care for/maintain my vacuum?

All vacuums require ongoing maintenance to perform their best. Here are some tips for keeping yours in top condition:

  • When the bin is full, air can’t flow properly. This reduces suction considerably. Cordless vacuums often have small dust capacities, which means it’s important to empty them more regularly than a larger model.
  • The brush rollers can often become tangled. This is especially likely if you have long hair or pets. Every few weeks, check the brushes and cut any hair that’s preventing it rotating.
  • Cleaning your filter is also vital for proper suction. If a filter is clogged, less air passes through which greatly reduces performance. How often you clean your filter depends on the make and model, but I recommend cleaning at least every 4-6 uses. Make sure the filter is completely dry before using it.

Q. What does the future hold?

I fully expect cordless vacuum cleaners to entirely replace corded models in the future. The slow progress of battery technology is the only thing holding them back. Once we have batteries capable of powering motors with the same strength as corded for more than 60 minutes on a single charge, there really won’t be a reason for most people not to use them.

But how long will this take? Honestly, I’m not sure. While battery life has been improving, we are still a way off the power and run-time required.

Even so, there are some exciting developments. LG, for example, recently revealed their new CordZero canister model. This has an impressive 80V battery to provide powerful suction, along with a 40 minute run-time. LG claims that the “cleaning performance” of the new model is 10% better than their regular 2000W corded model – which is exciting if true.

Make sure you regularly check Spotless Vacuum for the latest developments – whatever they may be!

Best Models for Specific Tasks

The models listed above are our top all-round cordless vacuums, but what if you want one mainly for a specific task? Here’s a table of common cleaning surfaces and features, along with our current top model for each (these are updated regularly).

Hard Floors

Dyson V6 Fluffy Hard Floor Vacuum

The V6 Fluffy excels at cleaning hardfloors due to strong suction and its “Fluffy” head.

Hard floors provide a different challenge to carpets – and not always an easy one. There are no fibres for dirt and dust to get stuck in, but many vacuums do a better job of pushing dirt around hard floors than actually picking it up. This is because the vacuum is entirely dependent on suction power to remove dirt – it can’t rely on a powerful brush bar.

It’s also important that the brush doesn’t scratch the floor. The best cordless vacuums for hard floors either use a softer brush design or allow you to turn off rolling brushes. While these are important for carpets, as they agitate the fibres to remove more dirt, they are unnecessary for hard floors and can even cause scratches.

That’s why our top recommendation in this category is the Dyson V6 Fluffy. This is more expensive than the standard V6, but has incredible suction power and a cleaner head designed specifically for hard floors.

The key feature of the cleaning head is that it’s “fluffy.” This helps trap larger particles of dirt and other substances, while the carbon bristles use static electricity to attract dust and other smaller particles. This design is much gentler than a regular brush bar, so it’s safe to use on hard floors and hardwood without worrying about scratches. It also comes with a powered head for carpets and turbobrush for pet hair. So if you’re looking for a hard floor cordless, click to view the latest price for the V6 Fluffy on Amazon.

Carpets

Carpets provide an inviting and warm feeling underfoot, especially compared to hard floors. The downside is that they pick up dirt and dust very quickly.

The best cordless cleaners can almost match corded models on hard floors, but aren’t able to provide the same level of suction and cleaning on carpets. Even so, they can be great for maintaining your carpet between proper cleaning sessions.

Unlike hard floors, a strong rotating brush bar is essential for carpet vacuuming. This lifts dirt from the carpet fibres, allowing the vacuum to remove as much as possible. It’s also important to buy a cleaner with strong suction power to clean deeply into carpets.

For this reason, we think the best cordless vacuum for carpets at the moment is the GTech AirRam. It’s true that there are more powerful options (such as the Dyson V6) and many models with more features. Yet if you need a lightweight vacuum with a strong brush roll that’s perfect for spot cleaning on carpets, it’s one of the best options. Click here to view the latest AirRam price on Amazon.

Pet Hair

The Dyson V8 Animal is our top recommendation for a cordless pet vacuum.

The Dyson V8 Animal is our top recommendation for a cordless pet vacuum.

When it comes to pet hair, suction power is the name of the game. This is something many cordless models struggle with, and until recently there were few vacuums in this category that were up to the job. Fortunately, this has begun to change.

Aside from suction, a pet vacuum should also have an efficient filter. This prevents allergens, such as dust, pet dander and bacteria, from escaping back into the air when vacuuming. While a good filter is important for anyone, it is essential for anyone with a pet allergy.

That’s why we recommend the powerful Dyson V8 Animal as the best cordless vacuum for pet hair. The V8 is Dyson’s latest range, and the Animal comes with a mini motorised tool for sucking up pet hair on a variety of surfaces, along with the company’s “Whole Machine Filtration.” It’s not cheap, but if you have a dog or cat it’s one of the best options. Click here to view its latest price on Amazon.

Cars

The pivot system makes it easier to clean under car seats.

The pivot system makes it easier to clean under car seats.

If you’re looking for a cleaner to use in your car, you’re probably better served by visiting our handheld section. This is because you probably don’t need a full upright or stick vacuum, as the extra size is likely to get in the way.

To make things easy though, we’ll summarise that page here. Cars pick up a lot of dirt and rubbish on the floors and under the seats, so it’s important to choose a model with strong suction power. It should also be lightweight and make it as easy as possible to clean in all the awkward places in your car.

While the best options for this are all corded, due to their stronger suction, if you’re set on getting a cordless model we recommend the Black + Decker Lithium Compact Pivot. It’s a powerful model with an 18V battery, ECO charging technology (so it charges 4x faster) and a nozzle that pivots for getting into awkward nooks and crannies. We think it’s one of the best cordless vacuums for cars available at the moment, and it provides excellent value for money. Click here to view the latest price for this model on Amazon.

Stairs

We think the best cordless for stairs should be three things: lightweight, portable and powerful. A lightweight vacuum is essential, as you don’t want to carry a bulky, heavy appliance up and down stairs. Portability is similarly important, and the model should make it easy to clean both the horizontal and vertical parts of steps. Finally, it should have enough power to remove dirt and dust embedded in carpet, whilst ideally cleaning right to the edge of steps.

One of the best models that satisfies these requirements is the Dyson V6 Absolute. It’s highly versatile and has been well received by buyers on shopping sites. This is largely because of its power, which Dyson claims is twice as much as any other stick model. It also comes with a direct-drive cleaner head. This, as the names suggests, drives bristles into the carpet with more force than other brush bars, allowing it to remove more dirt and dust.

But the Absolute isn’t just about power – it also comes with a range of features and accessories to make stair cleaning easier. The stand-out feature is that you can swap between stick mode and handheld without sacrificing suction power. The motorized floor head (or soft head for hard floors) can be directly attached to the handheld, allowing for deep cleaning without carrying an unwieldy stick or upright vacuum. This is great for cleaning the entire step – not just the horizontal section. Click here to view the latest price for the V6 Absolute on Amazon.

Caravans

What makes a good caravan vacuum? Our criteria is that it must be small and easy to store, versatile (to get into all the tight areas) yet still powerful enough to give a deep clean on carpets and handle hard floors.

For this reason, we’ve chosen a handheld model – the Black + Decker Lithium Flexi. It is built with a lithium battery, providing strong suction that doesn’t decrease while in use. The Lithium Flexi also uses Black + Decker’s ECO technology to charge up to four times quicker than other models.

But the feature that makes this a good choice for caravans is the integrated hose. While this is only 1.5 metres long, it provides much greater versatility than other handheld cordless models. And, when it’s not needed, the hose wraps around the body so it can be used like a traditional handheld. The Lithium Flexi also comes with a variety of accessories, such as a long crevice tool and upholstery brush. Click here to view the latest price on Amazon.

With Hose Attachment

Vax U86-AL-B Cordless Vacuum with HoseMost cordless cleaners don’t come with a traditional hose attachment. Their increased manoeuvrability and lightweight design often means a hose is unnecessary. Even so, there are some jobs that require a hose attachment – especially if you want to clean high areas or right into corners.

In our opinion, the best cordless with hose attachment at the moment is the Vax U86-AL-B. It comes equipped with double Lithium batteries, which provides an impressive run-time of around 50 minutes, and uses WindTunnel Three technology for greater suction. The model also comes with Vax’s 6 year guarantee for extra peace of mind.

Most importantly, at least for this section, it includes a detachable wand with hose. Reviewers claim that the hose extends to significantly longer than it appears in the photos, which is important for cleaning around furniture and higher places. Click here to view the Vax U86-AL-B’s latest price on Amazon.

With Lithium Battery

Lithium-ion batteries have become increasingly popular for cordless cleaners, mainly because they provide longer run-times compared to other types. But which is the best?

That’s a difficult question to answer, as there are many other factors that affect the right vacuum for your home. But if we had to pick just one model, our favourite at the time of writing is the Gtech AirRam. This model is listed as one of our top all-round models, and we gave it a high rating in our review.

As we’ve already mentioned, the AirRam doesn’t come with any accessories or advanced features, but for cleaning floors it excels. It’s a lightweight model with relatively powerful suction (although probably not as much as the Dyson V6 or V8 range), yet its lithium-ion battery allows for a 40 minute-run time after a four hour charge. This should be enough for cleaning most of the house, which is important if you need a cordless for more than just an occasional spot clean. Click here for the latest AirRam price on Amazon.

With Handheld Attachment

The lightweight nature of cordless models provides greater freedom when cleaning. But sometimes anything larger than a handheld just gets in the way. That’s why some models have both an upright (or stick) mode and a detachable handheld function.

If you’re on a tight budget, the Morphy Richards 732000 2-in-1 is a great choice for this. As the entry-level model in the SuperVac range, it’s not powerful enough to be a corded replacement and only has a run-time of 20 minutes. But its lightweight design, easily detachable handheld and low price tag (it has an RRP of £100 but is often available for considerably less than this) make it a popular model. If you’re looking for a cheap model with a handheld mode, click for the latest 732000 price on Amazon.

If suction power is more important to you than price though, the Dyson V6 Absolute is one of the most powerful models with a handheld mode. It comes with a direct-drive cleaner head for cleaning deep into carpet fibres, along with a hard floor head that’s strong enough to remove dust from cracks and crevices. The handheld mode is perfect for spot cleaning, quick jobs and awkward areas. Click here to view the latest prices for the V6 Absolute on Amazon.

Note: Every model in the Dyson V6 and V8 range can be quickly converted to handheld modes. The Absolute is the most powerful in the V6 range due to its powerful brush bar, with the Total Clean in second place and Standard least powerful. The Fluffy and Animal have the same brush bar as the Standard but come with additional attachments for hard floors and pets respectively.

Both the Absolute and Total Clean have a direct-drive cleaner head which has a more powerful brush bar. The V6 Absolute does not come with the soft roll cleaner head for hard floors though, so for this choose either the Fluffy or Total Clean.

Conclusion

There you have it! A list of our top cordless vacuum cleaners and a complete guide to choosing the right model.

Before we sign-off for this post, it’s probably a good idea to talk a bit more about the advantages and disadvantages of cordless models.

The main benefit is obvious – just imagine how much easier your last cleaning session would have been without having to worry about cords and plug sockets. It really can reduce the stress and frustration of vacuuming.

The downsides are that cordless models tend to be more expensive compared to mains-powered models with similar power and features, and they often don’t have the same suction power. Even so, cord-free vacuums are steadily growing in popularity and have improved immensely.

If you have any questions or would like to add something to this page, just leave a comment below. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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