Are you sick of tripping over wires when you’re trying to get on with your household chores? Or do you have some awkward spots that you need to clean in your home that old Henry just won’t fit around? If so, you should probably look at investing in a cordless vacuum and we've reviewed the best ones you can buy.
Fueled by battery power, cordless vacuums come in all shapes and sizes to suit your needs. There are plenty available on the market right now, with Dyson opting to get rid of corded products altogether. But what is the best model to go for? We’ve rounded up some of our favourites, as well as a quick guide on things to keep in mind when choosing your vacuum.
If you’re happy to consider all other types of vacuums, then check out our best vacuum cleaner list. Or alternatively if you’re looking for something that will do most of the work for you, then take a look at our list of best robot vacuums.
Cordless vacuum buying advice
When it comes to cordless vacuums, you’ll find that products come in several forms. The most common are 'handsticks', which compromise of a handheld vacuum with a slim cylinder attached for cleaning floors. These are lighter and smaller than the traditional vacuum, but don’t always stand by themselves as many include detachable heads which aren’t fully supported to stay upright.
Alternatively, there are 2-in-1 upright vacuum cleaners, which look more like traditional models. The weight is mostly at the bottom, but there will usually be a section that can be used as a handheld cleaner.
The most important factors to look for in a cordless vacuum are good battery life and suction power, both things that greatly vary between different models. In addition, as they're wireless you may end up carrying the vacuum around, so you’ll want something lightweight.
Other things to take into consideration are the attachments that the vacuum comes with, whether it’s bagless or not, and the versatility of the model - eg if you’re going to need it to perform well on stairs, or in a car. And of course, let’s not forget your budget. Cordless vacuums come in a number of different price brackets, but you may be surprised what you can get for your money.
Here are the best ones, all tested and reviewed by Tech Advisor staff.
- Reviewed on: 16 April 2019
The V11 is an iterative update on the Cyclone V10 in terms of pure power, but a more substantial one when it comes to user experience.
Silly as it may sound, the introduction of an LCD screen on the handle is a genuine innovation, giving live battery updates and troubleshooting advice on the go. The High Torque head’s Auto mode is also ideal for those of us used to ploughing ahead with the same old attachment no matter the surface, with the V11 now capable of making up for our laziness.
The extra suction power is welcome, but with minimal battery improvements and extra weight compared to previous models this might not win over anyone yet to be convinced by cordless.
At the end of the day, this is without a doubt the current best cordless vacuum on the market, but at this price it would have to be, and for most people the company’s cheaper rivals will do the job just as well. And with the Auto mode strictly Absolute-only (in the UK) there's really no reason to go for the cheaper Animal model.
Read our Dyson V11 Absolute review.
- Reviewed on: 26 June 2019
The Tineco Pure One S12 is one of our favourite vacuum cleaners, offering a combination of a sleek design, lightweight body a range of easy-to-swap accessories. The vacuum cleaner also stands out due to the inclusion of trigger activation, allowing you to easily turn the vac off and on mid-clean to save battery life where you can, and there’s also a lock for those that don’t get on with it.
But, of course, it’s the cleaning performance that really matters, and the Pure One S12 generally excels in that department too. The motorised brush head is compatible with both carpet and hardwood floors, helping to get up ingrained dirt and hairs - but that’s not the best part.
The Pure One S12 comes with an iLoop system that intelligently analyses how much dirt and dust is being picked up and automatically adjusts suction power. It saves battery life and allows the vacuum cleaner to operate at relatively low volumes most of the time.
With two removable batteries offering a combined 100 minutes of use during auto mode, it should be more than enough to clean most homes, and the included accessories allow you to tackle just about any environment.
Admittedly it is one of the more premium options on the market, and certainly in our chart, but you really do get what you pay for with the Pure One S12.
Read our Tineco Pure One S12 review.
- Reviewed on: 21 March 2018
The Cyclone V10 is undeniably a phenomenal cordless vacuum, and likely as close as anyone’s gotten yet to killing cords for good. It packs more than enough oomph to justify the steep price, with three power settings, multiple attachments, and a slick design with added options like wall-mounting.
The hour-long battery life (less on higher speeds) isn't quite enough to clean a big house top-to-bottom, and the weight will also be an issue if you're trying to clean for that long anyway, but for most people this will be plenty.
Just stick to the Animal model, and resist paying over the odds for unnecessary add-ons in the Absolute and Total Clean versions.
Read our Dyson Cyclone V10 review.
- Reviewed on: 21 November 2018
The Philips SpeedPro Max is an excellent cordless vacuum, which is at a similarly high level to Dyson's Cyclone V10.
There's little to choose between the two with features like a modular design, powerful suction and three speed settings. We like the LED headlights here and the runtime is slightly longer but not enough to make a difference.
The Dyson narrowly pips it due to being cheaper and actually coming with more attachments.
Read our Philips SpeedPro Max review.
- Reviewed on: 11 October 2019
For a reasonable price, the Hoover H-Fee 500 is a decent little stick vacuum. And we mean little as this thing is really lightweight and packs away in a cleverly compact transformer-like way.
Like others it offers a modular system so you can clean in different ways and access various areas. We find it very versatile and reasonably powerful, too.
However, the turbo mode will only give you eight minutes of cleaning and with an average of 25 minutes it's not very long. This combined with a small dustbin means it's more suited to flats and small homes. You might want to consider an Energy model which comes with an extra battery.
Read our Hoover H-Free 500 review.
6. Gtech HyLite
- Reviewed on: 9 July 2019
If you’ve got pets in the house (or just some seriously shaggy carpets) then the Gtech HyLite won’t have the power to keep up. Similarly, if you’re lucky enough to live in a mansion then it might not make it all the way round thanks to just 20 minutes of battery life.
But for everyone else this is an affordable contender at just £200, combining an astonishingly compact design with a lightweight modular build, and an eco-friendly design ethos that should help ease your guilt next time you sneak some recycling into the regular rubbish.
This is proof that good things come in small packages.
Read our Gtech HyLite review.
7. Roidmi S1
- Reviewed on: 16 January 2019
The Roidmi F8 is one of the best cordless vacuums we've seen to date. It's impressively lightweight at only 1.5kg while still offering great suction and almost an hour of battery life on a single charge, along with a variety of attachments and more novel features like smartphone support.
Our biggest gripe is with the small 0.4l bin, which means you'll have to empty this fairly regularly. But beyond that, this is an easy cordless vacuum to recommend, offering performance close to the best from Dyson and Philips at a significantly lower price.
Read our Roidmi S1 review.
8. Roidmi X20
- Reviewed on: 16 January 2020
The Roidmi X20 cordless vacuum cleaner looks and feels good, hits a nice compromise point between weight (1.5kg) and battery life (60 minutes), and offers respectable suction power - its rating of 140AW is below the premium models in this category, but we never had a problem getting the job done.
Chuck in some bonus features such as wet cleaning, a moderately handy app and a little light that comes on automatically when the cleaning head goes into a dark space, and you're looking at a solid mid-price option.
Read our Roidmi X20 review.
- Reviewed on: 12 June 2019
The VB100 isn't the most versatile cleaner here, but it is great at what it does which is making short work of vacuuming hard floors and carpets.
It's fairly lightweight and can run for up to 80 minutes between charges, though this is without the brushes running.
The sticking point is the price: it's one of the most expensive cordless vacuums around and unlike the VR300 robot version, it won't clean while you're out.
Read our Vorwerk Kobold VB100 review.
10. Hoover H-Free
- Reviewed on: 16 August 2018
The Hoover H-Free is a decent attempt to bring a premium cordless vacuum to a much lower price point - at just £140, it costs much less than even the cheapest Dyson model, despite offering a similar set of features and accessories.
Still, there are downsides. Slightly lower suction is to be expected, but fiddly buttons and stiff connections feel like unnecessary compromises, even at this price. On the plus side, in our testing it breezed past Hoover’s own claim of a 25-minute battery life, one of the most important features of any cordless.
So there’s an element of ‘you get what you pay for’, but if you want a cordless vacuum with good battery life and don’t want to spend £200+ for it, the H-Free offers solid bang for your buck, annoyances aside.
Read our Hoover H-Free review.