Is using a cordless vacuum cleaner a race to see which finishes first? Who will win? The battery or the dirty carpet?
Well, in the early days of cordless vacuums, you may have needed to keep a high pace when hoovering to avoid being left with a dirty house after the battery died.
Nowadays, cordless vacuums have a long lasting battery and can handle cleaning up an entire home. Take it from the Appliance Hunter, a cordless vacuum is everything you need to keep your house clean.
Before I get into what the best cordless vacuum to buy is, I’ll take a bit to explain what to look for in a cordless vacuum so you can figure out what the best one is for you.
Check out the table below to see my top picks and click the button to buy on Amazon.
Advantages of Cordless Vacuum Cleaners
Anything that makes clean up easier is always a bonus in my book. Cordless vacuums are excellent for cleaning with superb cleaning power and super handy for quick cleanups.
A vacuum that is a chore to set up, take out of storage and then put back after a tiring clean up means you won’t use it for small jobs.
Here are some of the advantages to using a cordless vacuum:
Lack of Sockets
Many older homes have few sockets. With a cordless, you can get to every inch of the room without restrictions. And that makes them portable. Bring it to your weekend, off-grid cabin without any issue. Bring it on the boat or out to the car. This is the most obvious advantage.
Once again, you can keep up a tidy house easier when the vacuum is lightweight so you’re more likely to use it.
Many units are under 4 pounds, so even a big clean up won’t fatigue you in the same way that a big vacuum would.
Elderly are much more able to get the house cleaned up since it won’t put a strain on the back and is easy to manoeuvre around.
We have a seperate article on lightweight vacuums well worth checking out is this is an issue.
A small profile means it can easily fit into any closet. Not only that, but many have wall mounts where they can be stored out of the way and connect to a socket to charge. Taking your vacuum along for the ride is easy as well since they take up little space in your car or boat.
Good on Stairs
Many of the cordless vacuums can also be used as a mini handheld vacuum to tackle stairs. Why risk getting tangled up in a cord on the stairs when you can move freely without even thinking about it?
The next biggest barrier to getting your stairs clean is the cord itself. Many times it won’t reach the top of the stairs.
You can always get a smaller vacuum for stairs if it’s an issue though.
Disadvantages of a Cordless Vacuum
Of course, not everything comes without a con. There are some disadvantages that may be enough of a reason to not buy a cordless vacuum.
Newer cordless vacuums can boast an hour of battery time with normal usage. This is more than enough time for most people, but if you find yourself needing more time, there is no way around it. You need to judge how long your average hoovering time will be before you purchase.
If you do find yourself with a dead battery and more to clean, you will need to wait a few hours before you can use it again. It can take up to four hours for a full charge with most vacuums.
Small Dust Capacity
This isn’t an issue for most people that buy a cordless vacuum since it is either used as a secondary vacuum or it is meant to be used in small spaces. But if you have bigger jobs, chances are you will be emptying the canister often. Most cordless vacuums have small canisters that are typically less than 1 litre, many times around a half litre.
Not everybody wants their vacuum hanging on the wall in plain sight while it charges and would rather put it away when done. Sockets in closets are a luxury for most, so charging has to be done before you can put the vacuum away for the day.
What happens when you need to clean and realize that you had forgotten to charge the vacuum the last time you used it? Hopefully, you’re friendly with your neighbours and they have a good vacuum as you will likely need them to help you out with a loaner hoover. Having one more thing to keep in mind when you need to clean up can be a hassle.
Must Haves When Buying A Cordless Vacuum
This is a subjective list, to be honest. Some of these must-have items might fall under the nice-to-have category for some.
That said, it’s better to have some of these features and not need them than to suddenly find you need some and don’t have them.
Obviously a vacuum that can’t properly clean your carpet is not a tool you want to waste money on. Make sure you pay attention to the power of your cordless vacuum. Take into account, though, that the wattage of a vacuum isn’t always the best indicator of how well a vacuum will suck the debris from your carpet.
Many cordless vacuums are great for cleaning hard floors but not so great when cleaning rugs. Make sure you evaluate your needs before you buy one.
Clearly Advertised Battery Life
As I already mentioned, the battery of most vacuums will last long enough to clean an entire home.
One caveat to that though, is how long they last at high power. If you see that a vacuum can clean for an hour after a full charge, make sure you read on to see if that includes high power.
Many times the advertised length of time is only at low power and high power will kill your battery in less than half the time. The best cordless vacuums will have a long battery life even at high power.
This is a must-have for pet owners. Some cordless vacuums are not good at picking up pet hair because the suction is not as powerful as most corded vacuums. If you have a pet, then usually you’ll need to use the high power which will reduce your cleaning time considerably.
Having a rotating brush will help to beat the pet hair off of your carpet or furniture without needing to use the higher power setting.
This may fall into the nice-to-have category for non-pet owners.
Like any vacuum, accessories can really help you tackle every vacuuming job in the house. Take advantage of the cordless vacuum being lightweight and make sure it has a crevice tool for overhead jobs as well as getting into the nooks of your furniture.
Most cordless vacuum cleaners are the stick variety that can double as a handheld vacuum. Getting the stairs done is much easier when you can detach the stick and use it as a mini vacuum. This also helps for cleaning the car and doing quick spot cleans on the furniture or a dog bed.
Let’s get into the list of the best cordless vacuums. As usual, if you have any questions or comments about any of the vacuums I am reviewing here, please drop a note in the comment section below. If you feel I missed a good vacuum you would like to see reviewed let me know that as well!
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