Whether you’re doing a spring clean, getting ready for visitors or you just want to live in a clean house, you’re going to need a vacuum cleaner.
There’s no real way around it. Thankfully, superb strides have been made in the cordless vacuuming market, meaning that your days of trailing an awkward wire around are over.
We’ve rounded up some of the best cordless vacuums on the market, many of which we’ve tried and tested in our own homes here at Pocket-lint.
Here are a few of our favourites, all of which should make those boring chores that little bit easier to handle.
Dyson’s V11 is its headliner for now, the latest and greatest in its cordless vacuum range, and it’s fair to say that in use it feels like a bit of a Rolls-Royce. This is a cordless vacuum that feels as powerful as you could want, and won’t die on you.
It’s got better battery life and superior performance to the already tremendous V10, which is on the list below, and takes its place as a whole-house solution. You don’t need another device when what you’ve got is as well-crafted and reliable as the V11. It’s our top pick for the best cordless vacuum on the market right now.
Dyson Cyclone V10
The Dyson Cyclone V10 is one of its main cordless vacuum cleaners, and comes in three different models: the Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal, the V10 Absolute and the V10 Total Clean, ascending in price as they go.
Sporting a motor that can spin at over 2000 rotations a second, it has three cleaning powers and a battery life that can last for up to 60 minutes of cleaning. There is also now a quick release bin mechanism that makes emptying it easier. The improved battery makes this much more than just a “spot” cleaner and we’ve found it can easily replace your old vacuum cleaner completely too.
Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean Cordless
We won’t pretend that this DuoClean model from Shark doesn’t have a bit of mouthful of a name. But it also happens to be a great vacuum, which is what counts. The DuoClean is flexible and can also fold down impressively for storage.
It’s significantly less pricey than Dyson’s high-end cleaners, but will still get the job done with great suction. Detachable batteries mean that you don’t even have to stop if one runs out, a feature we’re always fans of.
Samsung Powerstick Jet
Samsung has been eyeing up Dyson’s spot at the top of the cordless vacuum pile for some time, and at IFA 2019 it showed off its big play to take on the British inventor.
The Powerstick Jet is a cordless vacuum cleaner of real sophistication, and it throws in mopping prowess as a bonus. New internals give it powerful suction and its dust clearance abilities are stellar. It’s powerful enough to tackle pretty much any mess, and is a real show of intent from Samsung. Does this mark the start of the great vacuum wars?
Gtech AirRam MK2 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Gtech has given this cleaner perhaps our favourite name of the list – the AirRam is a pretty utilitarian beast, but that happens to be a good thing when it comes to a vacuum cleaner. With a really extendable arm to control the vacuum with, you can reach all sorts of nooks and crannies with it.
It’s also got powerful suction and specialises in pet hair, which any animal lover will know can quickly take over even the cleanest of flats. A battery life of 40 minutes should see you through most cleans, too.
Dyson gets an unthinkable third slot on our list – but, then, it is just an absolute master when it comes to vacuums, cordless or otherwise. The V8 isn’t the newest in its roster, but still packs a wallop and can be picked up a good chunk cheaper than the newer V10 or V11.
It’s got that iconic Dyson raygun-like handle, and can double up as a handheld cleaner if you don’t need the full pipe and reach of its larger mode. 40 minutes of clean-time, as most models manage, is a good amount, and the cleaning performance is as good as you’d expect from an industry leader.
Vax Blade 2 Max
The Vax Blade 2 Max comes with a detachable handheld so you can switch between a full-sized cordless cleaner and a handheld nice and quickly. A wall-mount charging dock will recharge the Blade 2 Max in three hours, but the battery should last around 45 minutes on a full charge.
There is a removable bin and there should be no loss of suction even when the battery is running low, a useful feature.
Vax Air Lift
For those of us in the UK, Hoover is still a brand so recognisable that its name basically means “vacuum cleaner”. It’s still alive and kicking, too, and the Air Lift provides a great option for those of us who might not actually want a diminutive handheld number when we consider cordless vacuum options.
It’s a hybrid that can operate as a wireless version of the typical vacuum cleaner, but also has a detachable core that can be carried around for more portable cleaning. That’s a smart bit of design, and the Air Lift is a solid choice at a very reasonable price.