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If you’re sick of tripping over cords, having your vacuum come unplugged or constantly having to move from one plug socket to the next in order to finish your cleaning, a cordless hoover might just be the solution to all of your problems.
However, having a one size fits all answer to “what is the best cordless vacuum” is not a straight-forward one as there are many variables to consider. So we have decided to break our review process for cordless vacs into 3 main categories, which is based initially on budget.
- Up to £200
There is no point in reading up on a model we recommend that's priced at £500 if you only have a budget of £150. Much like buying a car, as much as it’s great thinking about owning a new Ferrari if you have the budget for Mini then forget it.
Other key considerations are - The size of your home, the floor type in your house or apartment, including stairs, if you have a pet or any dust allergies, or maybe you are limited to what you can hold, so weight is important. There are many other things to consider which we will highlight as we work through this guide to picking the best cordless hoover
So, while you may not want to throw out that corded upright or canister just yet, there are still a number of outstanding cordless hoovers that are perfect for certain situations and provide much more hassle-free cleaning that their corded counterparts.
Cordless vacs from all the big brands such as Dyson, Shark, Bosch and Vax made it to our final list below along with a few other brands that are not so high profile.
So read on to learn which model best suits your needs, All our choices are based on verified customer experiences as well as our own intensive research & analysis.
Our Top 3 Picks
Shark IF250 UKT
Best Budget Model
Best Mid-Range Model
Gtech Air Ram
How We Choose
78 Cordless vacuums considered –– 122 hours of research –– 16,000 verified customer reviews and 5 industry experts considered.
Budget Cordless Vacuum Cleaners (Under £200)
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Morphy Richards 732007
Low Priced Cord-free Model
Morphy Richards is a popular and leading brand when it comes to vacuum cleaners and home appliances.
Available at a good price, this could be just the thing you were looking for to keep your home beautifully clean.
This cordless features a dual power functionality, giving you a little extra suction in areas that need it the most.
The powerful suction really lets you reach the embedded dirt and hair in the carpet, while also gliding seamlessly across your floors.
It has a runtime of 40-minutes, as well as 24V battery for excellent pick-up. It also features a detachable handheld cleaner so that you can reach trickier areas, such as the carpets and curtains, with ease.
The illuminated floor head also makes it easier for you to see under furniture and other spaces with poor lighting, so you know you are picking everything up. Plus, it collapses easily and folds away, making for excellent storage.
The Not So Good
Some have noted that it can block quite easily, and requires regular emptying to prevent this from happening. They feel it could benefit from a larger canister.
This machine comes at a fantastic price, which is perfect for those who are on a budget but still looking for an excellent quality vacuum cleaner.
While there are a couple of downsides in the form of blockages and regular emptying, it still features powerful suction and a hand handheld model that detaches in order to allow you to clean your entire home.
A good model at an excellent and affordable price.
Mid-Range Cordless Vacuum Cleaners (£200-£300)
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High-End Cordless Vacuum Cleaners (£300-£600)
Best Cord Free Vacuum for Pet Hair
Shark is one of the leading brands when it comes to vacuum cleaners and steam cleaners – and for a good reason. They produce some of the best and most efficient vacuum cleaners on the market, and this model is no different. Take a look and see if it is the right model for you.
This cordless stick features a slim design that is easy to pack away and store when it is not in use.
It also converts to a handheld vacuum cleaner, allowing you to reach the trickiest parts of your home – so the stairs are no longer a difficult place to tackle and get clean.
It comes with a pet package, which features a range of attachments to help remove the fluff left behind by your furry friends.
It has a unique two brush roll design that allows for the removal of large and small pieces of debris from your carpets and hard floors with ease and efficiency.
It has a flexible wand that allows you to reach every corner of your home, including right under low furniture. It has a 44-minute run time and a powerful battery to provide you with excellent suction.
The Not So Good
It can be a little heavy to handle, and the majority of the weight is quite high up – which may not be great for those who have a weak grip. The price is also a little high.
While the Shark IFK250UKT may appear to be expensive, it is definitely one of the best on the market, and the amount of power that it has to offer (especially considering it is a cordless model) is excellent.
Plus, it has a range of accessories that make it perfect for use in a home and our choice as the best cordless model for those with pets, so you know that you are going to get the best cleaning results. Despite being a little heavy, this model has a lot to offer.
Read our detailed review of the Shark IF250UKT here
Q: Does the Shark IF25OUK come with a plug to recharge it - it's not in the photo on Amazon ?
A : It comes with a lead that you plug into an adapter to recharge that you need to purchase yourself. It's best to keep it fully charged in between using it for maximum suction.
Q: Is the Shark IF250UK powerful enough to be used on carpets and replace a regular corded vacuum?
A.Yes absolutely, very good suction and works on all floors, no need to have your corded vacuum as a surplus.
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Dyson V8 Absolute
High Quality - Great for Allergens
When searching for the best cordless vac, Dyson is often your best port of call.
With an outstanding reputation and some of the best machines on the market, the new V8 Absolute is no different, but it is also one of the greatest. Not convinced? Have a read of the reviews below.
This cordless vacuum cleaner has a longer runtime of 40 minutes on the regular setting, which means that you have more than enough time to clean your entire home from top to bottom.
The suction is powerful on both the regular and the turbo setting, so you will be able to reach all of the embedded dirt that has become stuck deep down in your carpet. It can even tackle pet hair with much greater ease than previous Absolute models.
It can be converted into a handheld vacuum cleaner with great ease, so that you can tidy up your stairs, furniture, and the inside of your car – all with the assistance of the superb attachment range that comes with this vacuum cleaner.
Plus, it is lightweight and can be mounted on the wall to charge when not in use, which also keeps it out of the way. This is one of my favourite features, especially as I have very little storage in my home.
The Not So Good
Sadly, the turbo setting only lasts for eight minutes. This can be a little disappointing when you are trying to clean up tough stains.
- Power: 100 watts
- Run Time: 40 mins
- Charge Time: 3.5 hours
- Weight: 2.5kg
- Dust Capacity: 0.6L
- Battery Voltage: 21.6v
- Noise: 72db
This cordless vacuum cleaner from Dyson could just be the best one yet. While the price is higher than most, it is worth the extra expense for the superb running time and the results you get from using it to clean your home.
While the turbo setting only lasts for eight minutes, it still gives you a good amount of time to get those tough areas, and the recharging period is not too long either. Overall, it’s one of the best Dyson has manufactured. Read our detailed review of the Dyson V8 Animal here.
Q: What's the difference between the v8 animal and absolute?
A: The absolute comes with 3x powered heads including the fluffy hard floor head, large brush head and small brush head where the animal omits the fluffy head. Both units have the same motor and battery.
Dyson V11 Absolute
Best High-End Cordless ( And Most Expensive)
Dyson’s latest and most expensive cordless vacuum to date, recently claiming they will no longer be developing corded models. We literally couldn't wait until we could review this beauty.
While many of the features are the same as the V10, it does have some added extras that we do love.
This cordless vacuum cleaner has a slim and stylish design, is simply amazing on all surfaces, and apart from the obvious long run-time (enough to cover most UK households without losing power) it has this really cool digital display that lets you know what mode you are in and how much cleaning time you have left before you need to give it some juice.
The V11 comes with a new Torque floor head which automatically detects the floor type and adjusts the power setting accordingly and saves unnecessary battery use.
If you have pets in the home, it tackles both cat and dog hair with ease, and if you are a sufferer of allergens the filter is simply top notch.
The Not So Good
The price and really nothing else
- Power: 185 AW
- Run Time: 60+ mins
- Charge Time: 3.5 hours
- Weight: 3kg
- Dust Capacity: 0.76L
- Noise: 71-85db( Basic Mode - Boost Mode)
If you have the budget then this model ticks every box apart from price really. Personally I would wait for the price to come down and also keep an eye of for any deals you can get on days such as Black Friday or Amazon Prime day maybe.
Read our full detailed review of the Dyson V11
Other Cordless Models to Consider
In this section we feature have included some older models that used to feature in our Top Rated above. In most cases they have been superseded by newer models, or we other models have been released and we feel are superior to these.
That said they are still good models and in many cases are available at some great prices on Amazon or other marketplaces.
Cordless Vacuum Buyers Guide
When You Shouldn’t Buy a Cordless Vacuum
If you are swapping from a good quality upright or general vacuum cleaner, you will need to spend at least £200 – otherwise you will find that your new cordless machine doesn’t live up to your expectations.
If you live in a very large house and are looking to use as your only machine, you will find that the battery life is not sufficient to clean your entire home in most cases. There are, however, a few exceptions to this rule.
They also won’t provide you with a clean that is as deep as the one provided by a cylinder or upright hoover. This is especially true when it comes to the skirting, an area that will require the use of a crevice tool.
If you have thick carpets with a lot of traffic, you should consider sticking with a corded vacuum cleaner as the cordless models don’t tend to be able to provide the same levels of power and suction – even when it comes to the best cordless vacuums.
How Much Do You Need to Spend?
Most of the time, if you want a cord free cleaner that is going to do a good job, you should expect to pay around £200. However, some of the budget machines can do well, depending on what you need them for. If you just need a quick once around, the cheaper models might do the trick. Despite this, we recommend spending a little more and going for something that’s excellent quality and can deal with any task you give it.
Main Types of Cordless Vacuum
Standard Stick Style
This tends to be very similar to a classic upright that you push along the floor, except that it is cordless and much lighter. This makes it easy to handle and move around the home conveniently. Some standard stick vacuum cleaner come with extendable hoses, or tools and attachments (like crevice tools) so that you can reach those really tricky areas as well as the stairs.
2-in-1 (Stick and Handheld)
These cordless vacuum cleaners allow you to make it more compact and turn it into a handheld vacuum cleaner. They are a more versatile form of vacuum when compared to the classic cordless model, and this is because you can use the handheld form to get your stairs clean, the interior of your car, or any other tricky spaces in your home.
These are the smallest and cheapest type of cordless cleaner that you will find. They have a small capacity, but they are also very lightweight and have a surprisingly good runtime considering their size. They don’t clean the house as well as a standard cordless vac, but they are great for places like the car, furniture, stairs, and worktops. They definitely have some use around the home, and they tend to vacuum delicate areas, like curtains, very gently.
What Key Features to look for
One of the first things you will want to look at is the price range. Once you have determined how much you have to spend, you can start to filter the machines available to you accordingly. Here is how the price thresholds are laid out for cordless vacuums:
Cheap: under £50
- Usually, you will find that the cheap price range contains mostly handheld cordless vacuum cleaner and maybe some standard ones.
Budget: under £150
- Some in this price bracket might be decent for light use around the home, and you should be able to find all three types of cordless vacuum.
Mid-Range: under £150 - £250
- This is a good price bracket to put yourself into as you will find good quality machines here that can serve multiple purposes around the home. You will find 2-in-1 and standard cordless vacuums here.
High-End: over £250
- The best models are in this bracket, and these tend to be nearly as good as a corded type. There should be a good choice of standard and 2-in-1 cordless vacuums in this price bracket.
Battery Life/Run Time
You also need to consider the battery life and running time. It will vary between models (and brands), so you need to make sure that you find one that is going to work well with the size of your home and the number of tasks you need it to complete.
The average running time tends to be around 20 – 30 minutes, but some offer more and others less. The battery life can also depend on whether you use the high-power setting as this tends to drain it faster.
The re-charge period is also important. Usually, they will take around four hours to charge. However, it can vary between models and brands, so make sure you look at the information closely.
You should also check to see if they have a quick charge feature. This allows you to put it on charge for a brief period of time and you get another five or ten minutes of vacuum time.
The power, or suction, is a vital part of any vacuum cleaner. After all, you are buying one to remove the dirt and debris from your carpet. If you want a machine with excellent suction, it is best to look at the models in the higher price brackets as they provide the best results. Powerful suction is a must if you want a thorough clean with excellent results.
Most cordless vacuum cleaners are very lightweight, and it is something that you might want to consider. If you need something that is easy to handle and is going to put less strain on your body, a cordless model could be just what you need. They tend to be convenient, simple to use, and they aren’t heavy to move around at all.
Pet Owner / Allergies
Do you have pets or allergies? If the answer is yes, you need to take the filtration system into account. The HEPA filter is the best one for pet dander, allergies, and asthma, which is great for capturing the allergens and relieving you of symptoms. Other filtration systems can be very effective, but HEPA is certainly the best due to its high standards.
You might want to consider the amount of noise that a vacuum cleaner makes before you buy it. Models can vary in terms of how much noise they make - with some promising near silence, and others being a little loud.
If you have stairs and other difficult areas, looking at a vac that converts into a handheld vacuum cleaner could be very beneficial to you. They are convenient and easy to use, as well as lightweight. Plus, they can reach all the tight areas in your home – including the stairs.
Attachments are another big thing to consider – especially stair tools. This particular tool tends to slide onto the end of the vacuum so that you can reach the area and clean it effectively.
The crevice tool is also very common, which helps you reach skirting and corners. It tends to come coupled with an upholstery tool for furniture and the interior of your car, and also a dusting tool.
The latter attachment is great for tables, bannisters, and also does an amazing job on hard floors. Some may also come with a pet tool, which adds a little power and has a brush head to really bring up all the dirt.
The floor type you have is also an important consideration. The top models of cordless vacuum are able to match a corded one when it comes to hard floors. However, in the case of carpets, even the best can’t keep up with an upright or cylinder corded vacuum.
Cordless models are great for the stairs, caravans, and boats, as they are quite compact. Plus, some of the smaller models can be stored away in tiny locations. For caravans and boats, we would recommend the handheld cordless vacuum.
You should also think about warranties. Many vacuum cleaners come with one, and you should ensure that it is not only extended, but also that it covers parts and labour. This will keep you and your machine protected.
It's a Wrap
Finally we’ve come to the end of this post. We would love to tell you more about cordless vacuums because these are definitely the answer to problems such as tangled cords or cords that are too short and a whole lot more.
Truly, this is a blessing to any household and anyone who is in charge of the cleaning. While there are so many cordless vacuum cleaners in the market today, choosing one that would work best for your needs could be quite challenging as there are so many factors to consider—battery life, vacuuming power, price, durability and more.
As there is a no one size fits all answer, to what is the best cordless vacuum cleaner, the quick summary at the top of this article hopefully puts a model in the right category for you, be it budget specific or features specific.
If you have anything to add or if you want to ask us anything, drop a comment at the bottom of this page and we’ll get back to you the soonest.