Buying a cordless vacuum often means sacrificing runtime for the sake of convenience. That said, few of us have a solid hour to devote to one task before realizing a million other things need attention, so perhaps the tradeoff is worth it. Here’s another bonus: Cordless vacuums don’t weigh a ton, and if you haven’t been to the gym lately (because who has?), hauling a 20-pound canister up the stairs likely isn’t the best thing for your back. If you’re sold on the idea of tossing the cord aside for good, read on for our recommendations on top-rated models.
What to Consider
Since you’ve already decided to go cordless, next up is bag versus no bag. Typically, most cordless vacuums fall into the latter category, though there are bagged models out there for anyone who hates the idea of emptying a dustbin. As for weight, you’re looking at 10 pounds or less—we feature one below that’s 5.5 pounds—and many cordless vacuums convert to a handheld. Battery life is another factor, and, as a general rule, runtime increases with price. Beyond that, it’s all about special features. If you’re an allergy sufferer or have a pet, consider going for a model with a HEPA filter or a whole-machine filtration system that will remove dander and fine dust particles from surfaces. There are also smart vacuums on the market so you can geek out on tracking performance and getting cleaning reports via app.
How We Chose
We’ve tested every major vacuum style, including several cordless models. Our lineup includes everything from wet-dry vacs to lightweight models to uprights, all with ratings of at least four stars. We focused on popular, well-respected brands—think Dyson, Hoover, and Black+Decker—and offered a selection across price points, from budget to high-end. We also highlighted notable features, including attachments, battery life, filtration systems, and LED lights on vacuum heads.
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Our Value Pick
Hoover Linx Stick Cordless Vacuum
If you’re looking for an affordable vacuum, Hoover is a go-to brand that reliably delivers. This cordless upright weighs only 10 pounds and has a low profile that makes it easy to clean under furniture.
Go from cleaning carpet to hardwood with the press of a button and switch between two speeds by turning a dial with your thumb. There’s a battery gauge on the front of the vacuum and it runs for roughly 15-20 minutes on one charge. The 18-volt lithium ion battery is removable and charges in the included dock.
Dyson V11 Torque Drive Cordless Vacuum
$593.00 (15% off)
If you’re in the market for a smart and powerful high-end cordless with all the bells and whistles, it’s tough to beat the Dyson V11 Torque Drive. There are three cleaning modes—Auto, Eco, and Boost—tailored to specific tasks so you can get the job done efficiently without wasting battery life.
An LCD display on the top of the handle keeps you posted on everything from battery life to maintenance. Other highlights among top features include a whole-machine filtration system and a charging dock that holds attachments.
Tineco A11 Hero Cordless Vacuum
$259.99 (18% off)
For a vacuum that’s only 5.5 pounds, this cordless from Tineco cleans like a heavyweight—plus it has a solid lineup of attractive features. It runs quietly and has a four-stage HEPA filtration system for capturing dust, dander, and other small particles, plus three power modes for cleaning everything from hardwood to high-pile carpeting.
Six attachments are part of the package, including a full-size multitask head that has LED lights, along with a power brush and hair-cleaning tool. Expect roughly 40 minutes of runtime, then charge it on the wall-mounted dock, which also stores three accessories.
Best Mop-Vacuum Combo
Shark Pro Cordless Vacuum Mop
Adding a dependable wet-dry vacuum to your arsenal is a must if you have kids and pets that constantly track mud across the house. They’re also incredibly handy for mopping up spilled orange juice and other sticky liquids.
This cordless wonder can tackle those tough tasks and more, with a disposable cleaning pad that has a pocket inside for capturing dirt so it doesn’t get pushed around on the floor. There are LED lights on the vacuum head, with a button on the side to release the pad into the garbage, plus a tiny magnetic charger that customers rave about.
The Smart Cordless
Tineco Pure ONE Smart Cordless Vacuum
This cordless from Tineco is built to impress, with a 500-watt motor, a bright display that gives you updates and info on performance, plus a touchscreen to switch modes and adjust power. In addition to its smart features, controlled via app through Wi-Fi, another major highlight is a tool that deep cleans the filter so the vacuum keeps running strong.
The cordless comes loaded with seven attachments, including a multitask brush with LED lights, a flexible wand to dig into crevices, and a two-in-one dusting brush, and it also converts to a handheld vacuum.
The Pet Hair Cordless
Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal Cordless Vacuum
This Dyson is brilliant for picking up pet hair, with a mini power tool specifically designed for removing it from carpet and upholstery, plus whole-system filtrations so dander and particles don’t escape after they’ve been vacuumed up. There are three power modes, and the cordless converts to a handheld for cleaning fur off the backseat of the car after a trip to the vet.
Other accessories include a crevice tool, dusting brush, and combo tool, which can be stored in the wall-mounted charging dock. The vacuum will run for up to roughly 60 minutes on a charge, but expect less time if you’re using a motorized attachment.
The Bagged Cordless
Hoover ONEPWR HEPA+ Cordless Vacuum
$251.31 (16% off)
Here’s a smart pick for those who would rather skip emptying a dustbin and prefer the convenience of a bagged vacuum. This Hoover cordless upright has large-capacity bags with five-layer HEPA filtration, which makes it an excellent choice for allergy sufferers.
It’s easy to toggle between brush speeds to go from cleaning high-pile carpet to hardwood floors, and to vacuum under furniture, thanks to four bright LED lights on the front. Two HEPA bags are included plus two lithium-ion batteries, so you’ll always have one with a full charge ready to go. It may look heavy to push around, but it weighs only 10 pounds.
Black+Decker Dustbuster Handheld Vacuum
This Black+Decker Dustbuster was our Editors’ Choice when we tested handheld vacuums. It’s great for all-purpose cleaning around the house and yard, with a motor that’s powerful enough to handle most jobs. It weighs less than three pounds and runs on a 20-volt battery, with two speeds, including a boost mode for when you need extra juice.
One of its best features is the extendable nozzle, which adds 7.5 inches to clean corner and hard-to-reach spots. There’s also a battery indicator to give you a heads-up for when it needs to be charged and in between cleanings you can wash the filter.
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