Are you fed up of tangled cords? Are you a lazy cleaner? Or do you feel the compulsive need to clean everyday? Whatever be your case, we have the perfect solution for you – cordless vacuum cleaners. Read on to know more.
Until a few years ago, cordless vacuum cleaners were deemed futile as they were not powerful enough. However, there has been a huge improvement since then. Today, cordless vacuum cleaners are effective enough to be stacked up against high-end corded vacuum cleaners. Dyson, a popular vacuum cleaner making company, has even gone so far as to say that cordless vacuum cleaners are the future. They have in fact stopped making corded cleaners.
Unlike traditional corded vacuum cleaners, cordless vacuum cleaners are much lighter to carry and easier to move around while casting out the plugging/unplugging ritual every time you move to a different room or area. It is also an ideal choice for those suffering from back pains and mobility issues.
The harsh truth is that no matter how careful you are, your house is bound to attract dust and fluff. And you’re going to have to clean it up unless you don’t mind living in a crummy place. So if you shudder at the thought of cleaning your entire house due to the fact that it is laborious, you must definitely consider getting a cordless vacuum cleaner. It will surely make house chores a bit more convenient, if not enjoyable.
Buying Guide – Important Factors to Consider Before Making a Purchase
Shortlisting and selecting a good cordless vacuum cleaner may seem a bit intimidating owing to the massive slew of options. Hence, we have rounded up all the things you must look for in order to help you make an informed decision.
Suction Power –
The suction power of a cordless vacuum cleaner is directly proportional to its effectiveness. Unfortunately, this factor is a bit hard to measure. The wattage does not always tell you about the suction power. Rather, you must check for information such as airflow and water lift capacities. This will tell you how efficiently or quickly air passes through the vacuum.
Some of the best cleaners are those which can attack the grime collected not only on hard floors but also on rugs or carpets. Go for one with a bigger head opening to suck in maximum dust. You can check this for yourself by taking a demo session if possible. Its important to keep in mind that there is no way to upgrade to a higher suction power. Instead, you can maintain it by emptying the canister, replacing brush heads, and changing the filter regularly. Read this article on Ristenbatt to get more information about Suction Power.
Battery life is perhaps one of the most important factors to consider because cordless vacuum cleaners run entirely on battery power instead of electric outlets. Lesser the battery power, lesser the run time, and more the number of times you’ll have to recharge. This becomes a pain, especially if you have a big house. Therefore, you should opt for one with more battery power so that you can use it for much longer, thereby getting more of your house cleaned at once.
These days, cordless vacuum cleaners come with a battery power of anywhere between 15 minutes to 1 hour on a single charge. And it will take you several hours to recharge the battery depending upon the battery size. Note that some of the cleaners come with a built-in battery which require you to hook up the entire appliance to the charging station. This don’t allow you to replace the batteries in case something goes wrong with it. Hence, it is preferable to go for one with removable batteries so that you can recharge them separately and buy new batteries to continue cleaning when the old one runs out of juice.
The most common types of cordless vacuum cleaners are Upright, Stick, and Canister. Upright vacuums usually boast of a lot of suction power, thanks to their huge roller heads and brushes. This type of vacuums features a single unit, comprised of the wand and the suction part. As the name suggests upright vacuums can stand on their own, adding more convenience to your cleaning routines. The only downside is that they tend to be more cumbersome compared to other vacuums.
Stick vacuums are similar to upright vacuums, barring the bulk. They are much lighter and smaller, making it easy to maneuver. That said, this type of vacuums works the best in smaller houses as their suction isn’t as powerful as an upright vacuum.
In canister vacuums, the suction unit and the vacuum wand come separately. They’re compact compared to upright vacuums and the vacuum wand can reach all the nooks and crannies of your house. However, they lack the suction power of an upright vacuum and are best suited for smaller homes with limited storage space. Another problem with this vacuum type is that it requires you to bend a lot and drag the canister wherever you go.
Dust Capacity –
Every vacuum cleaner comes with limited space to store debris. Generally, smaller the vacuum cleaner, lesser the space, and more the number of times you’ll need to empty it into the bin. That said, the size of the vacuum does not always determine the capacity of a canister.
Although majority of the cordless vacuum cleaners nowadays are bagless, there are still a few which are bagged. Bagged vacuums feature a liner bag in the dust-collecting unit which needs to be replaced frequently. For this, you’ll always need to keep these bags handy. Bagless vacuums on the other hand, suck dust into the canister which you can then remove by pressing an eject button. They are definitely more convenient to use but lack the capacity of a bagged vacuum.
Attachments and Accessories –
Cordless vacuums come with various attachments and accessories which aid in cleaning hard-to-reach spots and crevices. They also come with extra filters and brush rolls for hard floors and carpets. In case they do not come with enough extensions, you can always purchase them from the same manufacturer. Needless to say, its best to get a vacuum that comes with more inclusions. Check this guide to know more about usage of these attachments & accessories.
A filter that is jammed with dust can affect the suction power by a great deal. Moreover, filters prevent dust from being picked up by the air. Hence, this factor cannot be overlooked. Many of the vacuums now come with HEPA filters which are inexpensive and easy to replace. However, you can also check out vacuums that come with washable filters since they allow you to clean them as and when required. You can also get cyclonic filtration systems (multi-stage filters) which are even more effective in getting rid of dust. This is especially useful f anyone in your family suffers from dust allergies and breathing troubles. That said, these filters tend to run into mechanical problems.
Our Top Picks:
After a lot of research, we were finally able to boil down to 8 best cordless vacuum cleaners (in no particular order). Take a look:
1. Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute:
The Cyclone V10 Absolute is perhaps the best cordless vacuum cleaner currently available in the market. This model is a stick type vacuum that is both, lightweight (2.6 Kg) and versatile. The best part? It transforms into a handheld vacuum that you can use to clean your car and other tight spots. The Cyclone V10 boasts of an extremely powerful suction that runs at 125,000 rpm at full speed. You can choose from 3 power modes, depending upon the task you want it to perform.
This vacuum offers a run-time of up to 1 hour when using a non-motorized tool, up to 40 minutes when using the soft-roller cleaner head, and up to 20 minutes when using the torque drive cleaner head. In case you’re wondering, the soft-roller cleaner head is meant for cleaning fine dust and large chunks of debris whereas the torque drive cleaner head is ideal for cleaning carpets.
Another useful feature is the drop-in docking which enables customers to simply drop in their vacuum into a wall-mounted dock, making it supremely convenient to store tools or grab them quickly when needed. As far as the bin size is concerned, it provides a capacity of .77 liters, much more than the previous models.
Remember that you’ll have to charge it for at least 3.5 hours before using it for the first time. The Cyclone V10 barely has any flaws. But if we had to point out one, it would be its steep price.
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2. Dyson Cyclone V8 Absolute:
A slightly older version of the V10, the Cyclone V8 Absolute from the house of Dyson is still as good. Much like the newer version, the V8 features a whole-machine washable HEPA filtration system, removing any allergens and releasing purer air. This model also converts into a handheld vacuum cleaner that you can use for a quick clean-up, spot-cleaning, and tough-to-reach areas. The Cyclone V8 offers up to 40 minutes’ run-time when using a non-motorized tool, up to 30 minutes when using a soft-roller cleaner head, and up to 8 minutes when using a direct drive cleaner head. Note that it requires a minimum of 4 hours charging time before first use. Similar to the V10, this vacuum also sports an instant-release trigger, so the battery power is used only while cleaning.
If you’re tight on budget, and have a small home, the Cyclone V6 is also worth giving a try. It comes with a soft roller cleaner and a direct drive cleaner and features a one-click bin emptying button. Moreover, it transforms into a handheld cleaner. That said, it does have much lower suction power and bin capacity, and will last you only up to 20 minutes.
3. SharkNinja IONFlex 2x DuoClean:
A well-rated product, the SharkNinja IONFlex 2x DuoClean cordless vacuum features an attractive design, accompanied by LED headlights to help you clean in low-light situations. It comes with two lithium-ion batteries so you can use one and charge another, allowing you to clean for longer durations. Moreover, you need not dock the entire vacuum into the charging station since the batteries are removable. Our only gripe about the battery is that it doesn’t last more than 10-15 minutes on a single charge.
The IONFlex 2x DuoClean comes with a duster crevice tool, dusting brush, wide upholstery tool, and an anti-allergen dust brush. It is quite versatile in that it offers 3 different modes – Upright Mode to clean bare floors and carpets with ease, Reach Mode to access tight crevices like under your furniture, and Above-Floor Cleaning for grime that is collected in other corners around your house. This model weighs only 1.7 Kgs, much lighter in comparison to the Dyson vacuums mentioned above. All the good stuff aside, this vacuum has lesser suction power compared to the Dyson models. However, it comes at a much cheaper cost and can be maneuvered more easily.
4. Shark Navigator Freestyle:
The Shark Navigator Freestyle is an upright cordless vacuum cleaner that can clean different types of surfaces including bare floor and carpet. It sports an advanced swivel steering system that provides more control while maneuvering around your furniture. While this vacuum can suck up all kinds of debris, it is especially efficient at getting rid of pet fuzz. What’s more? The Shark Navigator Freestyle comes with an XL-capacity dust cup which is quite painless to empty. Furthermore, an XL-capacity dust cup means that you can go on cleaning for longer periods without having to empty it frequently. As far as battery is concerned, you can go on for up to 15 minutes and will need to charge for 4 hours before use.
Though this is good for those with pets, it doesn’t perform very well for those with kids. Kids spill food around the house all the time and this vacuum doesn’t do a very good job at cleaning that stuff. Additionally, people have complained of issues with regards to its durability.
5. Deik ZB1516 2-in-1:
Even though this vacuum doesn’t have the Dyson tag, it is comparable to the Dyson V8 model mentioned above. This cleaner sports an easy-to-maneuver stick that can transform into a handheld vacuum for cleaning out tight crevices. It boasts of a HEPA filtration system and features two suction speed modes depending upon whether you want to clean bare floors or carpets. The Deik 2-in-1 comes with a powerful battery that promises a run-time of about 20-25 minutes. The best part? It weighs only 2.5 Kgs, making it super light and ideal for those who cannot lift heavy appliances. Maintenance is easy too! All you have to do is press a button to remove the dust canister and wash it.
Some users have complained that this vacuum doesn’t clean hard wood floors that well. However, it is still a great choice for a much cheaper price.
6. Hoover Air Lift:
The Hoover Air Lift is a bagless and upright cordless vacuum cleaner that comes with two batteries which provide up to 50 minutes of run-time on carpet and bare floors. It features a detachable canister that can transform into a lift canister for cleaning smaller areas. To boot, its dust cup can hold up to 1.05 liters of debris. This vacuum includes a 2-in-1 dusting and crevice tool to get around tight crevices and spaces under the furniture, a hard-floor brushroll with soft bristles, a pivoting dusting tool to reach corners, and a spare filter. Depending upon the type of surface you want to clean, the brushroll can switch from carpet mode to hard floors on the click of a button. The Hoover Air Lift uses WindTunnel 3 tech in which 3 channels of suction help to lift and get rid of deep-seated grime. This vacuum is great for those who don’t want to spend too much on a vacuum cleaner. The only two drawbacks are that its cleaning efficacy is not on par with Dyson vacuums and it isn’t very lightweight.
7. Tineco A10 Hero:
Yet another great option for penny-pinchers, the Tineco A10 Hero is a stick vacuum that’s available in 3 beautiful color variants namely, space blue, metallic grey, and vibrant orange. It uses a four-stage HEPA filtration system which removes the smallest dust particles without lifting it up in the air, thereby providing non-polluted air for breathing. This model comes with a removable battery that gives you a run-time of up to 25 minutes. Furthermore, it boasts of a powerful suction that offers a Max mode for up to 7 minutes of deep cleaning. You also get LED lights to facilitate cleaning in shadowed places. Some of the accessories included with this vacuum are a mini power brush, storehouse, a crevice tool, and a 2-in-1 dusting brush. What we love about the Tineco A10 Hero is that it is extremely lightweight and therefore, easily portable. A couple of flaws associated with this vacuum are (i) Flimsy build (ii) Super noisy.
Dyson is by far the best cordless vacuum cleaner manufacturer. Although we have only mentioned a couple of their products, there are several other models available out there. The differences between those models lie primarily in their suction power, battery power, attachments, and dust capacity.
The other cleaners mentioned are also not far behind. Though they may not have as big a brand-value as Dyson, they are still pretty good; and cheaper too! A few bonus mentions would be Black+Decker POWERSERIES Pro Cordless Stick Vacuum, Dirt Devil Power Swerve, and iRobot Roomba 490 (with Wi-Fi connectivity).
We’d strongly suggest that you go through our buying guide and purchase a vacuum cleaner depending upon your budget, size of your house, floor-type, and need for additional tools.
Hope that this article helped!