Bust the dust with these handy cordless vacs
It may be a nightmare dragging a bulky vacuum around, always looking for a power outlet. We all know it needs doing, but it feels like such a burden.
A cordless stick vacuum is a painless way to clean your home. They’re lightweight, easy to use, and have rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Say goodbye to your power cable! Plus, their compact size makes them easy to store when you’ve finished.
If you want to learn more, then this list of the best cordless models will help you to choose the best cord-free cleaner for you.
|Best Cordless Stick Vacuums of 2021|
Dyson V11 Outsize
BLACK+DECKER PowerSeries Extreme
Tineco A11 Hero EX
|Best for Hardwood Floors|
Eureka Rapid Clean Pro Cordless Vacuum
|Best for Pet Hair|
Shark Cordless Anti-Allergen Pet Power
Miele Triflex HX1
Yes, we think so. Cordless vacuums have many benefits they bring to hard floors and carpets alike
Plus, they’re small and agile enough to get into tricky areas that bulky corded cleaners can’t reach.
They’re a lot less hassle than a traditional upright, so you may even find yourself cleaning more than you used to!
They can often be converted into a handheld vacuum, making it a lightweight option for multi-surface cleaning.
And even if you choose one without many accessories, the main wand gives easier access to tight corners and high-up places. They can be used in various setups to cover all your cleaning bases.
Some models have a wall mount included, saving valuable floor space. And it’s possible to charge the batteries on some wall mounts, too.
You may even prefer to store your stick cleaner on display instead of cramming it into the closet.
They’re easy to hold with one hand and whizz around your home. It makes vacuuming a quick and painless job.
In contrast, corded cylinder cleaners are heavy to move around and have a power cord to think about. You also need one hand on the canister’s handle and the other holding the wand. This cumbersome design makes vacuuming a trickier task than a modern cordless vac does.
If you’ve got a busy family home, you can sort out the mess without any fuss or disruption to the daily routine.
The dust canister can often be taken apart and emptied straight into a bin. And then it’s easy to access the filters, plus any other parts that need washing.
The stick style also comes apart in key places in case you need to clear any clogs. If you carry out some basic upkeep, the removable parts should have the same lifespan as the rest of the vacuum cleaner.
This is because they don’t have a cord, which can be a trip hazard. It’s surprisingly easy to stumble over a tangled power line in a crowded area.
Let’s take a look at the features to consider when choosing a new cordless stick vacuum cleaner.
But keep in mind that the higher the air watts, the more energy it will use.
If you’ve got large areas to clean, you’ll want a battery with a long run time. For example, this Shark model lasts up to 40 minutes, which is fairly generous.
Some stick vacuum models come with removable batteries so you can swap them over for an extended run time. This Dyson V8 Motorhead has batteries that can be changed over for longer cleaning sessions.
The charging time also plays a part and this varies a lot. Some can be as quick as 60 minutes but others can take several hours. And seeing as high power settings can reduce battery life to a few minutes, you want to work out how long you can afford to spend charging a battery.
A lightweight stick vacuum could be the best option if you struggle to drag a heavy corded cleaner around. But you could still have to carry the weight of your stick vac for dust-busting higher surfaces.
It comes in handy for accessing car seats and pet beds if you’re a pet owner. Plus it enables you to cover a range of surfaces around the home. You can use it with the wand for carpets and hard floors, then take it off for stairs, pet hair, and furniture.
This Eureka RapidClean model has the option of converting to a handheld vacuum.
You tend to find bagged models have a larger capacity, so won’t need emptying as often. It’s also a safer bet if you have dust allergies. A bagged system traps the tiny particles inside so it doesn’t leak out into the air you breathe.
But as we say, they are harder to find.
Assess the level of power you need in your home. Some stick vacuums will have more power settings to choose from than others. How many power settings you need will depend on what surfaces are in your home and the amount of dirt.
For example, low pile carpets and hard floors will manage on a lower setting than a medium pile carpet. And small debris, like flour, is easier to suck up than big bits of kitty litter.
The Dyson V8 Animal has three power modes you can use.
The types of flooring in your home should determine if this is a worthwhile feature. Some of the premium stick vacuums can tell if you’re on hard floors or carpets. So they adjust the suction power to suit the surface.
It’s a handy feature if you have a mix of carpets and bare floors. Or if you don’t want to keep swapping settings around.
The Dyson V11 Animal is an example of a stick cleaner with this feature.
An LCD screen could be something to consider if you want to keep an eye on your stick vac’s performance. Some models have a digital display showing battery life and how much run time is left. More advanced ones could also show the cleaning mode you’re using, or even troubleshooting alerts.
The Dyson V11 Torque Drive has an LCD screen as standard.
Check to see if your chosen cordless vacuum has any headlights. These are mounted on the floorhead to make it easier to see dirt in your cleaning path.
A HEPA filter is a feature to keep in mind if you suffer from allergies. You’ll find them on quite a few cordless vacs, like the Miele Triflex HX1 Cat and Dog stick vacuum.
These handy bits of kit filter at least 99.97% of microparticles, like mold and allergens from the air (1). It stops them circulating back into the air you breathe, which is great if dust sets your sneezing off! They’re more effective than a standard washable filter.
The type of power switch you prefer will help decide which cordless vacuum cleaner to buy. Some models use a trigger switch that you need to hold down the whole time you use it.
All the Dyson cleaners use this style.
But if you want to pop it on and not have to hold it down, a standard on/off push button is more suited. Like this Black+Decker vacuum where you press it once to switch the cleaner on, and again to switch it off.
Some models, like the Dyson V7 Motorhead, have the motor and dust cup up by the handle. It’s a lot of weight to carry around and it can feel heavy after you’ve cleaned a few rooms.
In contrast, this Dirt Devil model has the weight of the dust cup at the bottom. The thin handle is easy to hold, and the vacuum feels lighter to use.
The shape of your stick vacuum cleaner will also affect the areas you can reach. If the floorhead is bulky, it’s harder to get under furniture than one with a flat floorhead. And keep an eye out for foldable models. They’re easier to store if you’re tight on space.
This LG Cordzero A9 vacuum cleaner is an example of a folding model.
Different surfaces need different brush types:
These mini motorized pet hair tools can also be used to clean car interiors and stairs, so they’re a useful gadget to have. And a crevice nozzle is often included as standard for cleaning small areas, like room edges.
Freestanding Storage and Charging Stand
It’s possible to find freestanding storage docks to save you drilling a mount into the wall. A lot of stick cleaners don’t stand on their own, so this is a good solution.
It’s even better when you can also use it to charge the batteries, like this LG Cordzero model.
Anything around 57-62dB is considered low, but most cordless vacuums are around 84-89dB. They’re still a quieter option than most other cleaners, though. If noise is a worry for you, look for machines with a lower decibel output.
For example, this ORFELD cordless cleaner has a quiet 65dB output. To put it into context, normal conversation is around 55-65dB (2). And the Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum is another option, at a respectable 75dB.
Despite the differences in the models, these brands are known for producing high-quality stick vacuum cleaners.
Now you know what to consider before buying a cordless stick vacuum, let’s get to the list. We’ve put the effort into researching the best cordless stick vacuums on the market, so you don’t have to. We’ve looked at expert advice, real user reviews, and our own experience from years of vacuuming!
The high torque cleaner head is wider than most other cordless cleaners, so it’s fast at covering large areas. And it picks up dust with ease thanks to its powerful suction from the jet cyclone technology.
The large dustbin won’t need frequent emptying, so it will save you even more time.
It has a decent battery to power it, too. You could get a whole hour of run time from one battery charge, which is one of the best for a cordless vacuum. And the digital display is handy to show you how much run time you have left.
This cleaner is a great choice for some speedy dust busting. It’s one to consider if you’d rather go about enjoying the rest of your day.
|Battery life||Up to 120 minutes (with 2 batteries)|
|Accessories included||5 attachments including mini motorized tool|
|Extra features||LCD screen, auto floor detection, 2 batteries, handheld vacuum mode|
|Bin capacity||0.5 gallons|
|Best for||Long battery life|
It has V-shaped bristles to tackle debris on a range of floor types. And the anti-tangle brush stops hair from wrapping around, so the suction power stays strong.
The LED headlights are a bonus, too. They make it easy to see the dirt you’re clearing up, even in those dark corners. And for really hard-to-reach areas, the vacuum converts to a handheld cleaner.
When you’ve finished vacuuming, the freestanding design makes this simple to store away. So you can enjoy a nice clean home again!
|Battery life||Up to 55 minutes|
|Accessories included||Removable battery|
|Extra features||Flip up brush, handheld mode, LED lights|
|Bin capacity||0.65 liters|
|Best for||Cleaning on a budget|
The three suction modes cover all sorts of dust busting, whether it’s your daily whizz round or a deep clean. The max mode has powerful suction to pull out stubborn dirt that often gets left behind.
And when all that dust gets into the filter, you can use the suction power of the vac to clean it! This handy feature saves you from making more mess trying to clean it out.
Best of all, the trigger switch on this stick vacuum can be locked into place. It’s a big complaint with Dyson models, so this adaptation is something many people will be pleased to see.
|Battery life||Up to 80 minutes (with 2 batteries)|
|Accessories included||Power brush, mini power brush, 2-in-1 soft dusting brush, and crevice tool|
|Extra features||Handheld vacuum mode, LED lights, HEPA filter|
|Bin capacity||0.6 Liters|
The Eureka Rapid Clean excels on hard flooring. There’s a setting to make the brush rolls spin slower to stop you from sending debris scattering across the bare floors.
And the dust cup is on the front, so you can lay the vacuum flat for easy cleaning under furniture. The design of the narrow nozzle with a swivel head makes it a breeze to get in hard to reach places.
We love the easy rest feature, too. It allows you to prop it up on the kitchen countertop, so it’s perfect for when guests pop by and you need to pause for a moment.
|Battery life||Up to 40 minutes|
|Accessories included||Crevice tool and dusting brush|
|Extra features||Handheld vacuum mode, LED headlights|
|Bin capacity||0.7 liters|
|Best for||Hard floor and low pile carpet|
The Shark Cordless Anti-Allergen Pet Power comes with a self cleaning brushroll to prevent this. The powerful suction whips it straight off the silicone fins and into the dust bin. The fins disturb the carpet fibers more than bristles, so it picks up more pet hair as well.
In our opinion, this makes it better than the Shark Rocket Pet Pro, which uses a traditional brush roll. The Pet Power also has a longer run time and more accessories.
This is one to consider if you want to enjoy having your furry friends and keeping a clean home at the same time.
|Battery life||Up to 50 mins|
|Accessories included||8” crevice tool, dusting brush, pet multi-tool, and anti-allergen brush|
|Extra features||Handheld vacuum mode, LED interface|
|Bin capacity||0.4 liters|
|Best for||Pet hair|
You can swap where the weight sits by moving the power unit around. This makes it more comfortable to use for longer cleaning sessions.
It can be set up like a standard stick vacuum with the power unit at the top, or like an upright with the weight at the bottom. You can even use it on its own as a handheld vacuum.
The wide brush head allows for faster cleaning and you don’t need to strain your hand holding the power button down, either. If you want a more comfortable cleaning experience, this is one to think about.
|Battery life||Up to 60 minutes|
|Accessories included||Upholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush, and docking station|
|Extra features||Automatic floor detection, handheld vacuum mode|
|Bin capacity||0.5 liters|
|Best for||Long cleaning sessions|
|Product||Weight||Bin capacity||Battery life||Best for||Accessories included|
|Dyson V11 Outsize||4.4 pounds||0.5 gallons||Up to 120 minutes (with 2 batteries)||Long battery life||5 attachments including mini motorized tool|
|BLACK+DECKER PowerSeries Extreme||10.38 pounds||0.65 liters||Up to 55 minutes||Cleaning on a budget||Removable battery|
|Tineco A11 Hero EX||5.51 pounds||0.6 Liters||Up to 80 minutes (with 2 batteries)||Carpets||Power brush, mini power brush, 2-in-1 soft dusting brush, and crevice tool|
|Eureka RapidClean Pro Lightweight||5.3 pounds||0.7 Liters||Up to 40 minutes||Hard floor and low pile carpet||Crevice tool and dusting brush|
|Shark Cordless Anti-Allergen Pet Power||7.17 pounds||0.4 liters||Up to 50 minutes||Pet hair||8” crevice tool, dusting brush, pet multi-tool, and anti-allergen brush|
|Miele Triflex HX1||7.9 pounds||0.5 liters||Up to 60 minutes||Long cleaning sessions||Upholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush, and docking station|
There are a few downsides of cordless stick vacuums, so let’s run through them.
Most offer between 20-45 minutes, but the higher the power setting, the shorter the run time. For example, the Dyson V11 offers 60 minutes of cleaning time, but only 12 minutes on its turbo setting.
An average battery lasts around 30 minutes. Some models have swappable batteries to extend this run time, or you can pay more for a battery with longer life.
Even so, a cordless vacuum isn’t always the best option for large areas.
Reduced battery life is one of the main issues people have with their cordless vacuums. Or the battery can die altogether, which happens to 15% of stick cleaners by the fifth year.
But in general, suction power is weaker with cordless models. They may not be the best option if you have lots of thick carpets or if you suffer from dust allergies.
And as most of them are bagless, it could be a struggle if you have allergies. Even the cleanest vac will require regular contact with the dust and dander. You can get bagged models, but they’re not as common to come by.
If you don’t keep on top of it, the suction power will reduce and your cleaner won’t be as effective at picking up the dirt.
And you’ll need a plug nearby to charge the battery. If your closet doesn’t have an outlet, you’ll have to think about where you’re going to keep it.
Do you really want your stick vacuum on display in the living room or cluttering up the corridor?
There are a few core things you need to do to keep your cordless stick vacuum running smoothly. These basic bits of maintenance will help to extend the lifespan of your cleaner and prevent problems from developing.
These are general guidelines, so always check your manufacturer’s instructions first.
We all want to make chores easier, and battery-powered cordless stick vacuums do exactly that. With so many cordless stick models to choose from, you’re bound to find the right one for you.
Whichever one you go for, there won’t be any power cords to get tangled in. It’s simple to grab and go for painless cleaning.
Remember to think about the battery life and if you’re using it on hard floors or carpets. If you struggle with hard to reach areas, choosing one that converts to a handheld vacuum will help.
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