Cordless vacuum cleaners are a great idea. While most aren’t as powerful as corded vacuum cleaners, cutting the wire is hugely useful and convenient. They let you clean in a completely different way. Instead of doing a big clean every week or so, it’s easy to get a cordless machine out to do quick spot cleans whenever you need.
Improvements in efficiency also mean that cordless vacuum cleaners are also getting better all the time. In fact, Dyson is so confident that cordless is the future that the company is no longer developing new corded cleaners, focusing on battery models, entirely.
In many cases, the quality of a cordless cleaner comes down to is accessories, with motorised heads, for example, helping lift up dirt and keep your home clean.
Not being tethered to a socket means cleaning takes less time, too. That means less back bending, plus cordless vacuums are lighter too, so they’re a good option if you have a bad back. They’re typically easier to use on stairs, and most are great to use in cars, making them even more versatile.
most powerful cordless vacuum
1. Samsung Powerstick Jet With Spinning Sweeper
An excellent all-rounder that can also mop your floors (Trusted score: 4.5/5)
|Samsung VS20R9042S2 POWERstick Jet™ Cordless Vacuum Cleaner||£509|
After a few years where Samsung vacuum cleaners were hard to find and not particularly good, comes the brand-new Samsung Powerstick Jet With Spinning Sweeper. This model isn’t just a cordless vacuum cleaner, it’s also (as you can tell from the name) a hard-floor cleaner, using two spinning microfibre cloths to wash floors as well as vacuum.
Results from the mopping are excellent, picking up stubborn stains and leaving floors free of ground-in marks and stains that a vacuum cleaner can’t pick up.
Don’t worry about vacuuming performance, as the Samsung Powerstick Jet With Spinning Sweeper is also an excellent vacuum, complete with all of the accessories that you could need. It picked up all of our test dirt with ease, showing that this is a very powerful vacuum cleaner.
It comes with a huge variety of accessories, too, letting you clean into pretty much every area of your home.
There’s a removable battery, too, and you can buy a second battery if you want to extend runtime for the cleaner. Cleverly, the stand can charge one battery inside the cleaner, and there’s a spare charging slot for charging the second battery, too.
If you want one device to vacuum and clean your floors, there’s nothing else quite like this versatile vacuum. With the Powerstick Jet With Spinning Sweeper, Samsung has one of the most practical vacuum cleaners that money can buy.
Vacuum cleaner type: Cordless vacuum and mop, Size: 250 x 1136 x 215mm, 2.8kg, Provided heads: Motorised floor head, small motorised brush, crevice tool, upholstery brush, angle tool, mop, Bin capacity: 0.5-litres, Bagless: Yes, Run time: 60-minutes
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2. Dyson V11 Absolute
The best vacuum cleaner, full stop (Trusted score: 5/5)
|BRAND NEW Dyson V11 Absolute Main Body with Battery, Bin & Filter||£300|
Last year’s Dyson Cyclone V10 was a pivotal moment: it marked Dyson’s shift away from developing new corded models, with only new cordless models to come. This year, we’ve got the second product to come out, the Dyson V11. Although it looks very similar to the V10, the V11 has several improvements.
First is the screen on the back. This may seem like an odd thing to include, but it shows you the battery time remaining in minutes, which is far more useful than the V10’s set of LEDs that only show rough charge remaining. This display also shows you which power mode you’re in (Eco, Medium or Burst), and can show you what to do if your vacuum develops a problem.
Dyson has boosted the power of the V11, making it a step up from the V10. There’s a larger battery, too, which now delivers up to an hour of cleaning using the motorised floor head; the V10 had up to an hour of battery life but only with non-powered heads. And, there’s now the High Torque brush head, which sends feedback to the main unit to adjust power on the fly to suit the surface: you get more suction on the carpet and a gentler suction on hard floors.
Most importantly, the V11 is an excellent performer, cleaning up everything that we could throw at it. With this model, you can safely throw away your corded model and go battery powered. This is not only the best cordless vacuum cleaner but the best vacuum cleaner.
Vacuum cleaner type: Cordless vacuum cleaner, Size: 1286 x 250 x 261, 3kg, Provided heads: Motorised floor head, soft roller, mini roller, crevice tool, dusting brush, combination tool, Bin capacity: 0.76-litres, Bagless: Yes, Run time: 60 minutes Eco, 12 minutes Max
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Also available at Currys (£599), Dyson Cleaners (£599.99), and Argos (£599.99)
3. Shark ICZ160UKT
|Shark DuoClean Anti Hair Wrap ICZ160UKT Cordless Vacuum Cleaner with Powered Lift-Away and TruePet – Red, Red||£429|
A supremely flexible vacuum cleaner that can replace a traditional upright
Shark has done some incredible things with vacuum cleaners, coming up with new designs. With the Shark ICZ160UKT, the company is bringing one of its most-loved features from its corded range: lift-away mode. This cordless vacuum cleaner operates like a standard upright vacuum cleaner, but with lift-away mode, you can pull out the main cylinder and carry just this around.
The benefit of this system is that once you have the lift-away section where you want it, you can get spot and detail cleaning without having to support the entire weight of the cleaner. Not only does this mean that you can get into hard-to-reach areas with the long hose, but there’s less fatigue from cleaning. If you struggle to continuously lift a handheld vacuum cleaner, the Shark ICZ160UKT is a great alternative; even if you find handheld models easy to use, the ICZ160UKT is still a brilliant option and very flexible.
As well as being flexible, the Shark ICZ160UKT is powerful, too, easily sucking up all of our test dirt on carpet and hard floors, and making short work of pet hair. It’s nice to see the anti hair wrap tech on the main roller, too, which stops hair clogging on the floor head. You can buy this model with one or two batteries, with the latter doubling run time to give you powerful whole-home cleaning. If you want a flexible cordless vacuum to replace a plug-in one, this upright replacement is an excellent choice.
Vacuum cleaner type: Cordless, Size: 1080 x 250 x 260mm, Provided heads: DuoClean floor head, upholstery tool, crevice tool, brush, mini motorised tool, Bin capacity: 0.6-litres, Bagless: Yes, Run time: 50-minutes
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4. Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute
Better value than the Dyson V11 (Trusted score: 5/5)
|Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute vacuum||£449|
The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is the pinnacle of cordless technology. In fact, Dyson is so sure of the capabilities of this cordless vacuum that it is no longer developing new corded models. Fortunately, the Cyclone V10 Absolute lifts up to its claims, and isn’t just one of the best cordless vacuum cleaners that we’ve tested; it’s one of the best vacuums full stop.
The new digital motor is 20% lighter and 20% more powerful than the one fitted to the Dyson V8. At full speed it runs at 125,000rpm, generating the kind of suction that you’d expect from a plug-in cleaner. With the battery lasting at up to 60 minutes, the Cyclone V10 Absolute will last long enough on a single charge to tackle most homes.
The Absolute ships with all of the tools that you need, but the motorised heads for carpets and hard floors particular impress. In our tests, the Cyclone V10 Absolute managed to pick up all of the mess from our carpet, hard floor and pet hair tests. And, the handheld body makes tackling everything from cars to sofas simple, too. With the cleaning power to outdo plug-in vacuum cleaners, the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is the future of vacuums.
Vacuum cleaner type: Cordless vacuum cleaner, Size: 1286 x 250 x 261, 2.6kg, Provided heads: Motorised floor head, soft roller, mini roller, crevice tool, dusting brush, combination tool, Bin capacity: 0.76-litres, Bagless: Yes, Run time: 60 minutes Eco, 12 minutes Max
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5. Shark IZ251UKT
A dual-battery powerful vacuum cleaner for whole-house cleaning (Trusted score 4.5/5)
|Shark Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner [IZ251UK] Anti Hair Wrap , Twin Battery, Purple||£443.99|
Shark has taken everything that we love about its corded vacuum cleaners and put them into this powerful cordless model. One of the best features on the Shark IZ251UKT is the DuoClean head, which is designed to work on both hard floors with the soft roller and carpets with the brush. It works brilliantly and gives you full cleaning performance on all surfaces, without having to change heads.
This floorhead also uses Shark’s Anti Hair Wrap tech, which means that long hair and pet hair doesn’t get wrapped around the roller, so there’s no messy cleaning job to do here.
Shark has its Flexology tech here, too. With this, the handle can be flipped over for storage, with the vacuum cleaner standing upright by itself (it can’t stand upright with the handle extended, sadly); the flippy handle can also be used to get the floor head under furniture without having to bend down.
Shark includes two batteries in the box, both of which can be charged at the same time in the dual battery charger, giving up to 80 minutes of runtime on the lowest power setting. This should give enough power for even a large house. Cleverly, the vacuum turns on in low power mode with a switch, but there’s a trigger to quickly engage Boost mode when you need a bit more oomph. This setup helps save battery life, as you only ever engage Boost mode for a short period.
If you’re looking for a powerful all-rounder to replace a corded vacuum cleaner, this is an excellent choice.
Vacuum cleaner type: Cordless, Size: 1180 x 260 x 245mm, 4.1kg, Provided heads: DuoClean motorised floor head, upholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush, anti-allergen dusting brush, motorised pet brush, Bin capacity: 0.4-litres, Bagless: Yes, Run time: 80-minutes (two batteries)
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6. Vax ONEPWR Blade 4
Great value option suitable for whole-home cleaning (Trusted score: 4.5/5)
|Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Upright Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, Graphite/Blue||£219|
Last year’s Vax Blade 2 Max was a surprisingly powerful cordless vacuum cleaner pretty much capable of managing your entire home. This year, the company is back with a refined, better model, the Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Max. Effectively the same cleaner as last year, with the same powerful cleaning option, this year’s model now has a removable battery and is part of the ONEPWR family.
Not only does this mean that you can add extra batteries into the mix to extend battery life, letting you go beyond the maximum 45 minutes that the included battery provides, but you can swap batteries between other products in the range. This not only gives you more flexibility but means that the ONEPWR Blade 4 is now capable of handling even large homes if you buy extra batteries.
The main stick comes with a motorised brush head that’s great for multiple surfaces and has a handy light to highlight any dirt. You also get a crevice tool and brush in the box, but that’s it: you have to pay more for the additional tools accessory, although Vax offers a free accessory kit if you buy direct.
Operation of the vacuum is easy, with a button to turn the cleaner on – there’s no pistol grip that requires continuous pressure here. Although the wall mount doesn’t charge, that’s not an issue here, as you can remove the battery and drop it onto the charging dock.
Well-priced and with powerful cleaning, you have to spend a chunk more to get more powerful suction and a greater range of tools.
Vacuum cleaner type: Cordless, Size: 1140 x 240 x 185mm, 3kg, Provided heads: Motorised floor head, crevice tool, brush (optional toolkit include upholstery tool with a clip-on stiff brush, extendible crevice tool and a flexible extension hose), Bin capacity: 0.6-litres, Bagless: Yes, Run time: 45-minutes standard, 12-minutes turbo
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Also available at Amazon (£219.00), Argos (£219.99), and Littlewoods (£279.99)
7. Hoover H-Free 500
An incredibly small vacuum cleaner that’s easy to store (Trusted score: 4.5/5)
|Hoover H-FREE 500 Home HF522BH Cordless Vacuum Cleaner – Red & Black, Red||£149|
To some degree all cordless vacuum cleaners are small and lightweight when compared to plug-in models, as they’re all designed to be portable. However, there are variations and we’ve seen some rather chunky cordless models that aren’t well balanced. If you want something really light that’s easy to wield, the Hoover H-Free 500 could be for you.
This tiny model weighs just 2.2kg, so it’s easy to pick up and move around, whether you’re cleaning the floor or need to get up high around your ceilings. It’s also one of the easiest models to store, with the bin section clipping onto the wand to make the vacuum half-height to fit in a cupboard. It’s quite an impressive storage method and means that you can pretty much place the vacuum where you want it.
This model ships with a single battery promising up to 45 minutes of life, although you can buy additional models if you’d like to extend run time. Depending on the size of your house, you may need to do this, as we found that the H-Free 500 needed frequent bursts of its max power mode to really clean up. Cleaning was impressive, though, across all of our usual tests: carpet, hard floor and pet hair.
Our one minor complaint about this model is that the floor head has fiddly slide-in strips to convert it from carpet to hard floor mode. That aside, the quality cleaning and small body make this vacuum a winner, particularly for those struggling to use a larger model.
Vacuum cleaner type: Cordless, Size: 1179 x 252 x 195mm, 2.2kg, Provided heads: Motorised floor head, crevice tool, combination dusting tool and furniture brush, Bin capacity: 0.45-litres, Bagless: Yes, Run time: 45-minutes
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8. Vax ONEPWR Cordless Hand Vac
A superb and powerful handheld vacuum cleaner that’s brilliant for those small jobs
Sometimes, it even feels like too much hassle to walk to the hall cupboard to grab the cordless vacuum cleaner, which is where the Vax ONEPWR Cordless Hand Vac comes in. A throwback to the Dustbuster days of vacuum cleaners, this vacuum is small and easy to store where you need it, ready to go for those smaller jobs, such as cleaning up in the kitchen after cooking.
Using the same battery system as Vax’s other ONEPWR range, you can swap battery packs in and out between the other tools. Using the same batteries tells you something else important about this product: it’s extremely powerful. In fact, in our tests, this cordless vacuum cleaner was just about as powerful as a regular vacuum cleaner, sucking up all of our test dirt with ease.
Vax doesn’t sell this model with a battery, so it’s comparatively cheap. However, this does mean that it’s best paired with another product in the Vax range so that you’re getting the best value and have devices to swap batteries between. That’s not a problem, as the ONEPWR range is excellent, with everything from traditional stick cordless vacuums, to a carpet cleaner and a hard floor cleaner.
If you need a vacuum cleaner that’s ready to go when you need it, then the Vax ONEPWR Cordless Hand Vac is an excellent choice and comes highly recommended.
Vacuum cleaner type: Cordless hand vacuum, Size: 420 x 120 x 155mm, 1.1kg, Provided heads: Crevice tool, Bin capacity: 0.3-litres, Bagless: Yes, Run time: 25-minutes
Buy now from Vax for (£49.99)