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12 Best Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Reviews of 2022 – Battery Powered Vacs from Top UK Brands

Written by James Hall |

A guide to cordless vacuum cleaners

Fed up with bulky vacuums and tripping over power cords? A cordless vacuum cleaner could be the perfect solution. After many hours of research, here are our current recommendations (2022) for the best cordless vacuum cleaner in the UK.

#1 Pick: Dyson V11 Absolute

Dyson V11 Absolute

Rating StarsDyson V11 Absolute
Our top pick for a cordless vacuum cleaner is the excellent Dyson V11 Absolute.

It’s a powerful vac with a 60-minute maximum battery life. It also has a larger bin capacity than the Dyson V8 series and new High Torque floorhead.

Best of all, it’s brilliant at cleaning almost every type of floor, including carpets and hardwood. The V11 is expensive, but we think it’s worth the money.

Struggling to choose which cordless vacuum to buy? You’re not alone!

Brands such as Dyson, Samsung, Hoover, Shark, Bissell, and Gtech are constantly releasing more powerful cordless vacuums with a longer battery life, improved design, and advanced features, so it can be difficult to know which to buy.

Keep reading for our list of the best cordless vacs in the UK (updated for 2022) – plus tips for choosing the right model for your home.

Please note: This section is for upright cordless vacuums. For handheld models, please view the handheld vacuum section.

In a hurry? Here are our top cordless models for different budgets, purposes, and features:

Which are the Best Cordless Vacuum Cleaners?

1. Dyson V11 Absolute

V11 Absolute

If you’re looking for the best cordless vacuum on the market – and don’t mind paying a premium for it – then the Dyson V11 Absolute is our top pick. This ultra-powerful stick vacuum cleaner (with a handheld vacuum mode) takes the company’s cordless range to new heights, with strong suction, advanced features, and up to 60 minutes of cleaning time.

The V11 has the same core design as the V10 Cyclone, with the bin parallel to the stick to maximise suction. There are three cleaning settings, including an auto mode for the upgraded Torque floorhead, along with a powerful digital motor.

Dyson claims that the V11 provides twice the suction of any cordless vac at the cleaner head. It’s hard to argue with this, as the vacuum is highly effective and the Torque floorhead can generate plenty of cleaning power. The V11 also has “smart” technology that adjusts suction based on the type of floor, so the V11 is always easy to push around without sacrificing suction strength.

As you would expect from such a pricey cordless vacuum, the V11 comes with plenty of advanced features. There’s an LCD screen showing the current mode and remaining runtime of the vacuum. The Absolute version of the V11 also comes with Dyson’s excellent soft roller floorhead for hard floors, a HEPA filter, and a pet tool.

Battery life is always a concern with cordless vacs, but the Dyson V11 can last up to 60 minutes on the lowest power setting. You’ll probably want to use the “Auto” mode (middle setting) for most tasks, which reduces battery life – but the vacuum still provides enough run-time to clean an average home.

There’s also a “Boost” mode for when you need extra suction, although this reduces the run-time to just 12 minutes. The good news is that this is still almost double the run-time of the V10 Cyclone on its highest setting, and the Auto power mode provides plenty of suction for most tasks. Dyson claims that the battery takes 4.5 hours to fully charge, although in our experience it takes a bit less than this.

Most importantly, the V11 Absolute provides outstanding cleaning performance. It’s not an exaggeration to say that this model raises the bar for all cordless vacs, as it’s effective on every type of floor and debris.

In particular, the Torque floorhead is brilliant for cleaning pet hair and getting dirt out of carpets. The soft roller is also great for hard floors, while the detachable handheld mode and mini motorised tool are useful for stairs and cars.

There aren’t any real drawbacks to this vacuum’s design and performance, but the price is likely to be a barrier to many. You also need to hold down the trigger when cleaning, which some people find annoying or tiring, so keep this in mind.

We still think the Dyson V11 Absolute is the best cordless vacuum cleaner available at the moment though. It’s incredibly powerful and effective, while also being a pleasure to use. Highly recommended!

Note: There are other versions of the V11, including the V11 Torque Drive and V11 Animal. The included floorheads and tools vary depending on the version. Click here to read our full comparison. Dyson also sells a bigger model called the V11 Outsize, which is brilliant for big homes. We’ve also written a comparison of the V10 and V11.

Full Review: Dyson V11 Absolute

Key Features:
  • The best cordless vacuum on the market
  • Up to 60 minutes run-time
  • Brilliant Torque floorhead
  • Versatile and great on all surfaces
  • Price Range: £££££
  • Weight: 2.68kg
  • Capacity: 0.76 litres
  • Filter Type: Whole Vacuum

2. Tineco Pure One S12

Tineco Pure One S12

Tineco is a newcomer to the UK vacuum market – but it’s made quite an impression. The Pure One S12 is one of the company’s high-end models, and it aims to directly compete with the Dyson V10 and V11.

Let’s start with the advanced features. The Tineco has “Smart Suction” technology, which means suction power is adjusted depending on the amount of dust detected. It also has a ring-light indicator showing when dust is present and when you can move to the next patch of floor. This technology doesn’t just provide a deeper clean, but also improves battery life.

Speaking of batteries, the Tineco comes with a detachable lithium-ion battery. This provides a 50-minute maximum run-time, which is more than enough to clean most homes. Keep in mind that this is the maximum battery life though – it’s reduced when using motorised tools.

The Pure One S12 even comes with an LED display. This shows metrics such as battery level and suction power, along with indicators if the brush roller becomes tangled (amongst other things). You can also manually adjust suction power using a slider if you don’t want to rely on the machine’s automatic detectors.

Other features include a motorised brush bar, LED headlights, strong maximum suction power, and a recharging wall mount. There’s even app integration, allowing you to track the vacuum’s performance. In short, it’s one of the most advanced vacuums we’ve seen.

It’s not just a gimmicky vac though. The One S12 does a great job at cleaning every floor type. It also has a detachable handheld mode for upholstery, cars and stairs. If you’re looking for an alternative to a Dyson cordless, the Tineco is one of the best on the market.

Full Review: Tineco Pure One S12

Key Features:
  • Smart suction technology that varies depending on amount of dust
  • Handheld mode
  • Up to 50 minutes run-time
  • Packed with advanced technology
  • Price Range: ££££

3. Samsung Jet POWERstick VS20R9042S2

Samsung Jet

The Samsung VS20R9042S2 Jet 90 is a powerful high-end vacuum that’s a direct rival to the Dyson V11 and Tineco S12. Like its competitors, it provides outstanding all-round performance due to its strong suction and powered brush bar. It’s also packed with advanced features and has excellent filtration.

While the Samsung is a good choice for all types of cleaning, it’s particularly effective at cleaning carpets. It also makes quick work of pet hair, although it’s not quite as effective on laminate floors.

Aside from its cleaning performance, the Samsung provides a 60 minute battery life when on its minimum power mode. It also has features not found on many other cordless vacuums, such as a telescopic pipe to adjust the stick to your height, multi-layered filtration system, and self-standing charger.

In fact, the only real downside to the Samsung VS20R9042S2 is the price. If it’s within your budget, it’s a cordless vacuum that’s definitely worth considering.

Note: If you want to learn more about this range, read our Samsung Jet 90 Pet review.

Key Features:
  • Powerful suction
  • Great performance on all surfaces
  • Strong allergen retention
  • Price Range: £££££

4. Miele Triflex HX1 Cat and Dog

Miele Triflex HX1

If you’re looking for a premium cordless vacuum, but your budget can’t quite stretch to the Dyson V11 or Tineco S12, then the Miele Triflex HX1 Cat and Dog is a great alternative. It’s a powerful cordless vacuum that excels at cleaning pet hair, plus it has a HEPA filter to retain more allergens.

In terms of cleaning performance, we don’t think the HX1 can quite match the Dyson V11 when it comes to cleaning carpets. It’s brilliant for pet hair, however, and does a great job at cleaning most types of hard floors. It’s also powerful enough to suck up dirt from between floorboards, which is often a struggle for cordless vacuums.

One of the stand-out features of the Triflex HX1 Cat & Dog is the HEPA AirClean lifetime filter. This is great for people who suffer from a dust or pet dander allergy, as it prevents these allergens from escaping into the air when vacuuming. It also comes with a wide floorhead, LED lights to show up more dirt, a mini turbo tool, and a handheld mode.

There are a few drawbacks to this model. It’s built to Miele’s high standards, but we found the filter unnecessarily difficult to remove and clean. It’s also a pricey cordless, though not the most expensive on this list.

Even so, the Miele Triflex HX1 Cat & Dog is an excellent cordless vacuum that’s a great choice for homes with pets. We’ve also reviewed the more expensive Miele Triflex HX1 Pro.

Full Review: Miele Triflex HX1 Cat and Dog

Key Features:
  • Versatile 3-in-1 design
  • Great for cleaning pet hair
  • HEPA Lifetime filter
  • Price Range: ££££

5. Dyson V10 Cyclone Absolute

V10 Cyclone

The V10 Cyclone is model down from the V11 in the Dyson “V” series. It has the same parallel bin design as the V11, a more powerful motor than the V8, 60-minute maximum run-time, and provides outstanding cleaning performance on all surfaces.

To be more specific, the V10 is brilliant for cleaning carpets, hardwood floors, laminate and tiles. Dyson’s V10 motor provides great suction even on “Low” and “Medium” modes, so you won’t need to switch to “High” for most tasks (which greatly reduces battery life). The standard direct-drive cleaner head, which is included with all versions of the V10, is also excellent for digging into carpet fibres and removing more dust and dirt.

Like previous Dyson vacs, the V10 is highly mobile and versatile. The detachable handheld mode is great for car interiors and stairs, while the mini turbo tool is perfect for removing pet hair from upholstery. People with allergies will also be pleased to hear that the V10 provides excellent filtration, due to the combination of 14 cyclones and post-motor filter.

Are there any downsides though?

The biggest drawback is the price. The “High” power mode also reduces run-time to just 5-7 minutes. We would have liked the V10 to come with a replaceable battery, but the excellent suction on “Medium” mode means you’ll rarely need to switch to full power anyway. It also doesn’t include the Dyson Torque floorhead – that’s only available with the V11.

We recommended getting the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute if you have laminate, tile or hardwood floors in your home. This is the mid-range model, and comes with the Soft Roller cleaner head that’s brilliant for tiles and hardwood flooring. With that said, if your home is mainly carpets you can save money by choosing the V10 Animal, which doesn’t include the Soft Roller (we’ve written a full comparison of the various V10 models here and an in-depth comparison with the V8 here).

So, if you’re looking for a high-quality cordless vacuum cleaner that’s a bit cheaper than the V11, the Dyson V10 Cyclone series is a great choice. There are no major drawbacks, aside from the price, and its cleaning performance is a match for most upright vacuums.

Full Review: Dyson V10 Cyclone

Key Features:
  • Up to 60 minutes run time when in low power mode
  • Three power level settings for different tasks
  • Direct-drive cleaner head digs deep into any pile carpet
  • Soft Roller head is great for cleaning floors
  • Price Range: £££££
  • Weight: 2.68kg
  • Capacity: 0.76 litres
  • Filter Type: Whole Vacuum

6. Shark Anti Hair Wrap IZ251UKT Cordless Stick Vac

Shark IZ251UKT

If you’re looking for a cordless vacuum cleaner with a similar design to the Dyson ranges, then the Shark IZ251UKT is definitely an option to consider.

It’s not just a copy-cat vacuum though – this model comes with a range of useful and innovative features. These include dual batteries, Shark’s excellent DuoClean floorhead, and Flexology design for cleaning under furniture. Like the Dyson V series, it also has a detachable handheld mode.

Shark has managed to pack many of their upright vacuum features into the IZ251UKT, which is why it’s such a versatile cordless stick vac. The Flexology system allows you to bend the stick, which is great for cleaning under furniture. The DuoClean floorhead, which has two brush bars for different surfaces, also makes switching between carpets and hard floors easy.

As you would expect from a pet vacuum, the IZ251UKT comes with a pet turbo tool for cleaning stairs and furniture. It also has a relatively large 0.7 litre capacity, combination of washable and HEPA filter, and several additional tools.

The Shark also has dual batteries. This allows for a long run-time of up to 80 minutes, although only in “ION” mode and when you’re not using a motorised tool. While the run-time drops when using motorised tools, the IZ251UKT still provides excellent battery life compared to most cordless vacs. We also love how the batteries can be removed and charged separately from the vacuum.

Most importantly, the IZ251UKT is at effective at cleaning most types of floor, despite being cheaper than models from Miele, Dyson and Samsung. It’s particularly effective at cleaning hard floors and pet hair, making it a good choice for dog or cat owners.

There are a few drawbacks though. The anti hair wrap technology is a useful bonus, but it’s not always effective, especially for long hairs. It’s also not the best cordless vacuum for carpets, although it’s no slouch. Additionally, the Shark is a bit heavier than other cordless vacuums we’ve reviewed, which could be an issue if you want a lightweight model.

Even so, the Shark IZ251UKT is an excellent cordless vacuum cleaner. It’s packed with features, provides strong performance, and has a pet turbo tool for cleaning hair. If you’re looking for an alternative to one of the cheaper Dyson models, then the Shark is a great alternative.

Full Review: Shark IZ251UKT

Key Features:
  • Versatile vac that's great with pet hair
  • Anti hair-wrap technology
  • Up to 80 minutes run-time
  • Price Range: ££££
  • Weight: 4.1kg
  • Capacity: 0.7 litres

7. Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Pet

Vax ONEPWR Blade 4

The Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Pet is a great option for pet owners who don’t want to pay £400+ for a cordless vacuum. It’s not quite as powerful as the top vacuums, but provides great value for money and is good for picking up pet hair of any length.

With its motorised brush bar and reasonably powerful suction, the Vax is highly effective at cleaning carpets. The floorhead also picks up pet hair easily, while the miniature pet tool is just as effective at removing hair from sofas, stairs, and other awkward locations.

We also like that the ONEPWR has a removable battery. This provides up to 45-minutes run-time and can be easily replaced or swapped. A bonus is that the battery can be fully recharged in just three hours, which is considerably shorter than many competing vacuums.

Other features of the Vax include LED headlights, a removable bin, and no loss of suction as the battery gets low. The only real downsides are that it doesn’t have a HEPA filter, which could be an issue for pet owners with allergies, and its battery life is shorter than the top cordless vacuums. It also can’t match the best cordless vacuums for hard floor cleaning performance.

Despite these drawbacks, if you’re looking for a relatively low budget cordless vacuum for pets, then the Vax is an excellent choice – especially if your home is mainly carpeted.

Key Features:
  • Great value for money
  • Motorised pet tool
  • Handheld mode
  • Price Range: ££

8. Dyson V8 Animal

Dyson V8 Animal

The Dyson V8 Absolute was once our top pick for a cordless stick vacuum. Dyson has restructured their models due to the release of the Cyclone V10 series and V11 series though, so the V8 Animal is now the primary V8 currently in production.

In practical terms, there is little difference between the Animal and Absolute, so the V8 Animal is still one of our top recommendations – especially if the V10 is outside your budget. The main difference is the Animal doesn’t include the soft roller cleaner head for hardwood floors – although you can purchase this separately.

So what makes the V8 stand out compared to other vacs?

In terms of performance, this is a brilliant vacuum. 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.

This performance is partly due to the powerful direct-drive head for carpets. The brush roll digs into carpets to remove dust and dirt that’s buried in fibres, while untangling cat or dog hair. The Animal also comes with a mini turbo tool for upholstery and cars.

Allergy sufferers will be pleased with Dyson’s “whole machine filtration,” as it does a good job of keeping allergens trapped. The V8 can also be converted into a handheld mode and uses a total of 15 cyclones to capture dirt and dust.

This is where the specification starts to diverge from the previous V6 range. Inside is the V8 motor, which Dyson claims is the most powerful in any cordless (at least until the V10 came along). The run-time of 40 minutes is significantly longer than the V6 Absolute’s 20 minute lifetime. It also comes with a docking station for charging and space for attachments.

Despite its price, the V8 series has proven to be a popular model due to its versatile and powerful design. It was also awarded the “Which? Best Buy” rating in August 2016.

So, there’s no doubt that the Dyson V8 Animal is an outstanding vacuum. With its powerful new motor and battery combination, along with the excellent direct-drive floor-head, it can give many corded models a run for their money. If you want a Dyson cordless but the Dyson Cyclone V10 or V11 are too expensive, the V8 Animal is an excellent alternative.

Click here for our full review of the Dyson V8 Animal. We’ve also written an in-depth comparison of the V8 Animal and Vax Blade 2.

Note: If you’re looking for a cheaper stick vacuum than the V8, then the Dyson V7 Animal is still a solid choice. It includes many of the same features, such as the no-touch dirty emptying system and detachable handheld mode, but for a lower price. You may also want to read our Dyson V7 vs V8 comparison.

Key Features:
  • Powered by Dyson’s V8 motor
  • New battery (Nickel-Cobalt-Aluminium) doubles the run-time of the V6 Absolute
  • Direct-drive head and mini tool for hair
  • Price Range: ££££
  • Weight: 2.61kg
  • Capacity: 0.54 litres

9. Vax Blade Pro TBT3V1P1

Vax Blade TBT3V1P1

If you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive cordless vacuum that can match the Dyson V8 when cleaning carpets, the Vax Blade Pro 32V TBT3V1P1 could be the ideal choice.

It’s a lightweight vacuum with a 32V Lithium-Ion battery, powerful boost mode and up to 45-minute run-time. Like the Dyson V8 Animal, it also comes with a pet tool for getting rid of hair and a handheld mode for stairs.

How does it perform when cleaning though? Don’t expect the all-round performance of the Dyson V8 or V10 – but it’s an excellent cordless for cleaning carpets. This is due to the powerful suction and great floor head design. It also makes quick work of both animal and human hair.

Aside from its carpet performance, we like how easy the Blade Pro is to use. It has a lightweight design and multi-positioned handle, so it always feels comfortable to hold. The “Smart Control” dial is really just a glorified battery power and mode indicator, but gives the vacuum a modern feel.

There are a few drawbacks of the Blade Pro – although you expect this from a relatively cheap cordless (at least in comparison to Dyson and Bosch models). It’s not terrible on hard flooring, but it’s not as effective as the top models on laminate. It’s also slightly heavier than the V8 and the pet tool isn’t motorised.

Even so, the Vax Blade Pro TBT3V1P1 is a stylish and versatile vacuum. It’s great on carpets, while the handheld mode makes it easy to clean stairs or above furniture. If your home is mainly carpeted and the Dysons are outside of your price range, it’s an option to consider.

Full Review: Vax Blade Pro 32V TBT3V1P1

Note: Looking for a cordless vac with an upright style? The Vax U85-ACLG-BA Life Solo could be an option. This model also replaced the now unavailable Hoover FD22G.

Key Features:
  • Great performance on carpets
  • Balanced and comfortable to hold
  • Powerful boost mode
  • Price Range: ££
  • Weight: 3kg
  • Capacity: 0.6 litres

10. Halo Capsule

Halo Capsule

The Halo Capsule is an interesting cordless vacuum, as it’s one of the few to use bags rather than a bagless design. While this means you need to buy replacement bags, the upside is that the Halo has a larger dust capacity than most competitors (1.6 litres) and doesn’t let dust escape during the emptying process.

It’s also a brilliant vacuum when it comes to cleaning performance – as long as you’re using one of the higher power modes (although this reduces run-time.) The Capsule is great on carpets and pretty good on hard floors, plus the brush head bristles are effective at pulling up pet hair.

Other features include a lightweight design (2.7kg), three power settings, and a dust bag indicator. It’s also well-designed and easy to use. The only real drawback is that the performance in the ECO mode is poor, so you’ll need to use one of the higher power modes at the cost of battery run-time. There’s also no pet turbo tool.

Overall, the Halo Capsule is an excellent bagged cordless vacuum that stands out in a crowd of similar models. If you want to make sure that there’s no contact with dust when emptying your cordless vacuum, then the Capsule is the one to buy.

Full Review: Halo Capsule

Key Features:
  • One of the few cordless vacuums with a bagged design for cleaner emptying
  • Large dust capacity
  • Up to 60 minutes run-time
  • Price Range: £££

11. Gtech AirRam Mk2

The Gtech AirRam Mk2 improves on what was already a great vacuum cleaner

The original AirRam vacuum was way ahead of its competition – and the Mk2 improves on an already successful formula. 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 Mk2 vacuum also collects dirt and dust in small 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 Mk2. The model has been designed from the ground up to compete with mains connected cleaners – at least for floor cleaning. It features a lightweight design at just 3.5kg, excellent clean up performance on both hard floors and carpet, and a low profile for easy mobility.

The Mk2 is similar in many ways to the original vacuum, but has been upgraded in several key areas. The AirLOC system maintains the vacuum’s ability to pick up fine dust, while improving its large debris performance. The dirt system has also been changed to provide extra compression and an easier-to-empty design.

It’s true that these aren’t revolutionary changes. But the Mk2 is certainly an upgrade compared to the original.

Most importantly, the AirRam is great at picking up dirt and dust – and in many cases can almost match a corded vacuum. It’s also a stylish model with excellent build quality.

The biggest downside of this cordless vacuum is that it doesn’t come with any tools or attachments. Unlike cordless vacuum cleaners from brands such as Dyson (such as the Dyson Cyclone V10), there’s no option to use it in a handheld mode. It’s also not the best cordless for hair, as it struggles to remove hair from carpet fibres.

In summary, there’s little doubt this is one of the best cordless upright vacuum cleaners on the market for floor cleaning. Keep in mind that it doesn’t come with any tools or a hose though, so it’s not the right choice for above-floor or car cleaning. It can also struggle with hair.

Can’t decide between the AirRam or Dyson? Read our Gtech AirRam Mk2 Vs. Dyson V8 comparison.

Full Review: Gtech AirRam Mk2

Key Features:
  • 40 minute run-time after a 4 hour charge (Lithium-ion battery)
  • Lightweight vacuum at just 3.5kg
  • Improved large debris pick-up compared to the original
  • Price Range: £££
  • Weight: 3.5kg
  • Capacity: 0.8 litres

12. Dyson V11 Outsize

Dyson V11 Outsize

With an RRP of over £600, the Dyson V11 Outsize is one of the most expensive vacuum cleaners on the market. It also shares many of the same design features as the standard V11 – including the great all-round cleaning performance – so why the extra cost?

Unlike the various V11 models (such as Absolute or Animal), which just come with different sets of accessories, the Outsize has several core design differences.

The first is the larger bin capacity of 1.7 litres. This is huge for a bagless cordless vacuum (it’s even slightly bigger than the bagged Halo Capsule) and means you’ll need to empty it much less frequently. In addition to the bigger capacity, the Outsize also has a larger floorhead, which can save time when cleaning large areas.

Both of these features are great for people with large homes, although they increase the weight of the vacuum. This is particularly noticeable when cleaning above-floor locations. As you would expect, the larger bin size also makes the vacuum bulkier and less manoeuvrable.

For these reasons, we think most people are better off buying one of the standard V11 models. But if you need to clean large areas of floor in less time, or hate the small dust capacities of most cordless vacuums, then the Outsize is a great alternative.

Note: Dyson has also released it’s most advanced vacuum yet – the Dyson V15 Detect. This model isn’t widely available in the UK at the time of writing, but we’ll update this page if that changes.

Full Review: Dyson V11 Outsize

Key Features:
  • Larger capacity than the regular V11
  • Also a bigger floorhead
  • Excellent cleaning performance
  • Price Range: £££££

How to Choose a Cordless Vacuum

There’s no doubt cordless vacuums have a number of advantages over traditional models. They are much more manoeuvrable and convenient than upright vacuum cleaners, for example. Even so, not all are created equal, so it’s important to know the various considerations before you buy.

Along with cleaning performance, here’s a list of factors to look for when choosing a cordless vacuum cleaner.

  • Budget. The top cordless vacuums can cost over £500, so they certainly aren’t cheap! The good news is you can still find excellent models in the £200-£350 range, although these won’t have advanced features like automatic suction adjustment and LED screens. There are also several budget vacuums costing less than £200 that are worth considering, such as the Vax Blade Pro TBT3V1P1, but don’t expect these models to match the performance of more powerful vacs.
  • Battery Life. The run-time of a cordless vacuum is one of the most important considerations when buying. Run-times range from around 20 minutes to more than an hour, depending on the motor strength and battery. Keep in mind that running a vacuum on a high power mode will greatly reduce its battery life.
  • Weight. Most cordless vacuums are relatively lightweight compared to uprights or cylinders. The lightest models weigh 2-2.5kg, while heavier options can weigh around 4kg.
  • Dust Capacity. Cordless vacuums usually have a smaller capacity than corded vacs, with a range of around 0.4-0.8 litres. You’ll always need to empty a cordless vacuum regularly, but a larger capacity means fewer trips to the bin during a cleaning session.
  • Filtration. If you suffer from allergies, look for a cordless vacuum cleaner with a sealed design and a HEPA filter. Nearly all cordless vacuums have a bagless design, however, which can allow allergens to escape when emptying the dust bin.
  • Handheld Mode. Many modern cordless vacuums can be used as a handheld by detaching the stick. This makes them a versatile choice compared to fixed models.
  • Turbo Tool. If you have pets, then you should always look for a vacuum with a turbo tool. These are smaller heads with a powered brush bar, making them effective at removing hair from sofas, car seats, and stairs. Other tools, like a crevice tool or dusting brush, are also useful.

Tip: Need a cordless for hard floors rather than carpets? Check out our guide to the best cordless vacuums for hard floors.


There are an ever-increasing number of cordless vacuums on the market, so it can be hard to know which to choose. The 12 vacuums above are all excellent, but make sure you read each review to find the one that meets your requirements.

Our top pick for a cordless vacuum at the moment is the Dyson V11 Absolute. It’s a brilliant vacuum cleaner that excels at cleaning any type of floor, including carpets and hardwood, and also comes with plenty of advanced features.

Do you have any questions about choosing a cordless vacuum cleaner? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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18 thoughts on “12 Best Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Reviews of 2022 – Battery Powered Vacs from Top UK Brands”

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    OK I’m really confused…

    Is the Dyson V8 REALLY better than the V6? It’s a lot more money!

    • James Hall


      Yes the V8 really is better than the V6. It solves a lot of the problems with the previous model (20 minute run-time being a big one) and is just the better option all-round.

      As you mention though, it’s a lot more expensive. If you’re on a budget the V6 Fluffy is still a good option, but it’s not as far ahead of most of the competition as the V8.

      Hope that helps!

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    Do you think any cord-free hoover is a worthy replacement for my Dyson DC40?

    I want to get a new hoover and I like the idea of a cordless one…I’m worried it will be too weak though.

    • James Hall

      Hi Jim!

      The top vacuums on this page (specifically the Dyson V8 range) get close to matching the suction of models like the DC40. For raw performance corded vacs are still king, but the difference is fairly small and you won’t notice it for most jobs.

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    Do you still recommend the Dyson V8 for people with pets? My two cats shed a lot but I want something less bulky than my Henry.

    • James Hall


      Yes the Dyson V8 Animal is still our top pick for a cordless vacuum for pet hair.

  4. Hi James,

    Don’t you think the V7 is a bit of a better bet than the V8?
    Yes, the V8 is a beast, but IMHO the V7 offers very similar performance, similar battery life and bin size for a much more lucrative price than the V8?
    I’m not arguing or anything, don’t get me wrong, just interested to hear your opinion!

    • James Hall

      Hi Jeff, I can see your point but I still think the V8 is the better option – especially as it’s not that much more expensive. The 10-minutes extra run-time also gives you more leeway when cleaning with the motorised tools (which is most of the time).

      Both are great vacuums though, so I don’t think people would be disappointed with the V7.

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    What happened to the Dyson V6? Is Dyson not making it anymore?

    • James Hall

      Hi Adam. That’s correct – Dyson stopped producing the V6 in March 2018 after they released the V10.

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    Hello, sorry – I have questions!
    can you please explain why the Dyson V10 range are not in the top spot….? Are they no better than the V8 then? I thought they were more powerful?

    Also, why is the V8 Animal better than the Absolute, as it does not have one of the heads?
    Is it more powerful than the Absolute?
    I don’t have pets.

    Also, is there a risk of having hair (fallen from head) caught up in the roller heads, and having to be cut off all the time?

    thanks (-;

    • James Hall

      Hi Wombat. We haven’t reviewed the Dyson V10 range yet. Once we do, we’ll update this page if we think the V10 is a significant enough improvement to warrant the (large!) extra cost. The V10 certainly looks great though.

      The reason the V8 Animal is our #1 pick is because Dyson no longer produces the V8 Absolute. You can still buy the Absolute from some retailers, but only until stocks run out.

      You’re right that the Absolute was “better” than the Animal because it came with the soft roller cleaner head – it was our top pick for this reason until Dyson discontinued it.

      With that said, you can effectively still get an Absolute by buying the V8 Animal and purchasing the soft roller cleaner head separately. Other than that the only differences are superficial. Whether that’s worth it depends on whether your home has lots of hard floors.

      Hope that helps!

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        Thank you James,
        yes it has helped, I didn’t realise they had stopped making the Absolute, I wonder why?
        I mentioned about hair getting blocked in the roller, is this a problem, do you have to keep pulling hair that has stuck in the bristles?

        thanks again

        • James Hall

          Hi Wombat. Hair does get caught in the bristles and floor head, but the V8’s brush bar is easy to remove so you can get rid of hair relatively easily.

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    I’ve been looking around at the cordless vacuums, and so far it’s between the Dyson v10 animal, v8 animal or the bosh athlete pet. The Dysons just seem so expensive over £100 more than the Bosh, are they really worth the extra money?
    I’ve got mixed floor boards and carpet in the house and a dog that is regularly moulting so I’m looking for the best vacuum to do the job.

    • James Hall

      Hi Fran, would you mind telling me the exact model of the Bosch you’re looking at? The Dysons are expensive, but both the V8 and V10 are great for hair and can handle both carpets and hard floors.

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    Thanks for this website! I’ve just bought the V8 Animal – I don’t remember ever being so excited about a new vacuum!

    • James Hall

      Great! Glad we could help. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the V8.


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