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The 7 Best Cordless Vacuums - Fall 2022 Reviews

Best Cordless Vacuums

A good cordless vacuum is a helpful addition to any household cleaning arsenal. When you don't need to worry about staying in range of an outlet, it's easy to clean small, out-of-the-way areas not only inside your home but also in tighter spaces like car interiors. You also don't have to worry about a power cord getting snagged on a piece of furniture and bringing a frustrating pause to your cleaning session. However, despite recent strides in extending overall battery life, a cordless vacuum still can't offer the worry-free indefinite runtime of a corded vacuum. For many, however, this trade-off is worth the near-infinite range that these appliances have.

We've tested over 120 vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations for the best cordless vacuums to buy. We selected these picks based on their performance on different surface types and their feature set, battery life, and price. For more options, look at our lists of the best vacuums, our best cordless stick vacuums, and the best vacuums for high-pile carpet.

  1. Best Cordless Vacuum

    The Dyson V15 Detect is the best cordless vacuum cleaner we've tested. This cordless stick vacuum can easily handle pet hair as well as fine and large debris on both low- and high-pile carpets, though its strong suction force can cause it to drag around some lighter rugs and carpets. It can automatically adjust its suction power depending on the surfaces you're currently cleaning, which is handy if your home has a wide mix of floor types. There's also an onboard dirt sensor that counts and measures debris being sucked into the vacuum. It's helpful if you suffer from allergies and want to know about the presence of fine allergens in your home. It has many attachments, like a miniature turbo brush for cleaning fabric surfaces, a combination upholstery tool/soft bristle brush, and even a secondary floorhead with a laser light to help you see fine debris on bare floors.

    If you're looking for a more maneuverable cordless vacuum, the Miele Triflex HX1 is worth a look. It has an automatic brushroll off switch that helps reduce the risk of it getting tangled on rug tassels or shag-pile carpeting. It also feels better built than the Dyson vacuum but has a much shorter battery life and a smaller dustbin.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Cordless Vacuum

    The Samsung Jet 90 Complete is the best cordless vacuum at an upper mid-range price point we've tested. Performance on flat surfaces with this vacuum's fluffy brushroll is fantastic. The vacuum also does a very good job of dealing with debris on carpeted surfaces with its bristled Turbo Action floorhead. The vacuum's relatively lightweight construction makes it easy to maneuver in cluttered areas, and its five-stage filtration system is very effective when sealing fine debris. You can expect a maximum battery life of almost an hour in its more energy-efficient mode, but its high-power 'MAX' mode can drain its battery in as little as 10 minutes. It also only comes with a single battery, even though its rack station has enough room to charge two batteries at once.

    If you want a vacuum with two batteries, the LG CordZero A9 Ultimate is a suitable option, though you can charge only one battery at a time. The LG does an outstanding job cleaning bare floors and delivers good performance on low-pile carpets, but it isn't as effective as the Samsung on high-pile carpets.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Cordless Vacuum

    The Samsung Jet 70 Pet is a great option if you're looking on the affordable end of things but aren't willing to sacrifice versatility. This vacuum is similar in design to the pricier Samsung Jet 90 Complete but uses a less powerful 150W motor and a smaller-capacity battery. While this does result in a shorter battery life, especially in its most potent 'MAX' mode, it still delivers similarly strong performance across a wide range of surfaces. It delivers superb performance on bare floors and is also remarkably effective when dealing with messes on low and high-pile carpets. However, there's also no brushroll height adjustment or off switch, so you should be careful when cleaning around loose obstructions like rug tassels.

    While this vacuum feels reasonably well-built overall, it does have a few weak points, like the clear plastic dustbin and the top cover of its floorhead. Thankfully, it's very lightweight, and you can easily carry it from room to room. It features a five-stage filtration system and is very effective at capturing fine particles like pet dander.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Cordless Vacuum

    The best budget cordless vacuum we've tested is the Wyze Cordless Vacuum. Despite its relatively affordable price, this vacuum produces a strong real-world suction force, letting it do a good job clearing debris from cracks and crevices. It performs impressively well on low- and high-pile carpets and cleans up pet hair very well. It does a good job on bare floors, though bulky material can get stuck at the entry to its dustbin. Unlike many other budget-friendly vacuums, it has a HEPA filter to trap fine particles as you clean, great if you suffer from allergies. Its lightweight construction makes it easy to maneuver. It supplies a maximum of one hour of runtime in its most energy-efficient 'ECO' mode, though its runtime drops to a little over 10 minutes if you run it in its high-power 'TURBO' mode.

    If you're looking for a budget-friendly cordless vacuum that struggles less with bulky debris, you could consider the Tineco PURE ONE X Tango, which has a longer battery life and charges much faster. However, it doesn't perform as well on carpeted floors and has a smaller dustbin.

    See our review

  5. Best Cordless Upright Vacuum

    If you value the dirt compartment capacity that comes with an upright vacuum but still want to stay cordless, the Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away is a very good option. This vacuum is bigger and heavier than most conventional cordless stick vacuums but still more maneuverable and easier to store than the average corded upright. Like most of Shark's upright vacuums, the Vertex's 'Lift-Away' design enables you to pick up and carry its canister body separately from its floorhead, making it easier to clean on top of furniture or in any other hard-to-reach areas. It comes with some attachments, including an upholstery tool that's remarkably well-suited for dealing with pet hair on fabric surfaces. This vacuum performs exceptionally well on bare surfaces and does a great job of sucking up debris on low and high-pile carpet, with no significant loss in suction performance as its dustbin fills up.

    Unfortunately, while it does offer two different levels of surface adjustment, these settings only affect the speed of its brushrolls, not their height, so the vacuum can sometimes get stuck on dense shag-pile carpeting. If you need to go even lighter, the Hoover ONEPWR Evolve Pet is another cordless upright worth considering. However, it feels considerably less robust and offers terrible air filtration performance.

    See our review

  6. Best Cordless Shop Vacuum

    The RYOBI 18V One+ 3 Gal. Project Wet/Dry is a fantastic option if you're looking for a cordless vacuum to tidy up your workshop. This handheld model is part of RYOBI's ONE+ lineup of tools and appliances that use compatible battery packs, so if you have any other RYOBI ONE+ tools in your home, like a drill or a reciprocating saw, you can easily swap in a new battery unit. It's significantly smaller than most full-size shop vacuums, allowing you to store it on a shelf or under a workbench without too much difficulty. It easily sucks up debris on concrete floors or lifts away material embedded deeply within rug fibers or cracks and crevices. It's remarkably effective when dealing with liquid spills; however, remove its filter first. Suction performance remains consistent as the dirt compartment fills up too. However, its handheld-only form factor can make it hard to carry around as it fills up.

    If you're looking for a shop-oriented vacuum better suited to cleaning larger areas, you could consider the Milwaukee M18 FUEL 3-in-1 Backpack Vacuum Kit. It can be carried around on your back, making it more comfortable to use for extended periods, and it has longer overall battery life. However, unlike the RYOBI, you can't use it to suck up liquid spills.

    See our review

  7. Best Cordless Handheld Vacuum

    If you're looking for a handheld vacuum to spot-clean different surfaces, the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is a fantastic option. This vacuum is small enough to be stored in most cupboards or closets, and its lightweight construction makes it easy to carry wherever you need it. It does a fantastic job of dealing with debris on bare surfaces like countertops or shelves, and it's remarkably well-suited to cleaning pet hair and solid material on low and high-pile rugs. It also feels well-built, is fairly easy to maintain, and incurs low recurring costs. However, its short battery life limits its usage to shorter cleaning sessions. While it does come with a turbo brush for cleaning fabric surfaces, it isn't especially effective in dealing with pet hair on upholstery.

    If a longer battery life and HEPA filtration are must-have features for you when considering a handheld vacuum, the Wyze Handheld Vacuum is worth a look. However, it has a hard time with bulkier debris than the Shark and has a tiny dustbin that needs frequent emptying.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dyson V12 Detect Slim: The Dyson V12 Detect Slim is a viable alternative to the Dyson V15 Detect if you're looking for something smaller and lighter, though it has a much smaller dustbin that needs emptying pretty often. See our review
  • Dyson Humdinger: The Dyson Humdinger is a cordless handheld vacuum with superb air filtration performance. However, it's very expensive for a handheld vacuum and performs worse than the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ on carpets. See our review
  • Shark Vertex Pro: The Shark Vertex Pro is a cordless stick vacuum that represents a good alternative to the Samsung Jet 90 Complete, thanks to its longer battery life and flexible wand. However, it's notably heavier and doesn't perform as well on carpets. See our review
  • JASHEN V16: The JASHEN V16 is a relatively affordable cordless stick vacuum with two swappable brushrolls: one for bare floors and one for carpets. Unfortunately, it struggles with bulky debris like cereal, which can clog the entry to its dirt compartment. See our review
  • Samsung Bespoke Jet: The Samsung Bespoke Jet is a high-end cordless stick vacuum with a self-emptying base station, so you don't have to deal with the hassle of emptying a dustbin manually. However, its bulky twin-brushroll floorhead makes it harder to maneuver than the Dyson V15 Detect. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jul 21, 2022: Recategorized Samsung Jet 90 Complete as 'Best Upper Mid-Range Cordless Vacuum'. Added Samsung Jet 70 Pet as 'Best Mid-Range Cordless Vacuum' pick. Added Dyson V12 Detect Slim to Notable Mentions. Removed some Notable Mentions that are no longer relevant.

  2. Jul 04, 2022: Added Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away as the new 'Best Cordless Upright Vacuum' category pick. Removed Dyson V11 Animal, Dyson V7 Animal, Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L, Black+Decker dustbuster AdvancedClean+ Pet, Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute, Dyson Micro 1.5kg, Shark ION W1 WANDVAC, Shark Wandvac System WS620, Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H, Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away, Milwaukee M18 FUEL 3-in-1 Backpack Vacuum Kit, and Miele Triflex HX1 from Notable Mentions. Added Samsung Bespoke Jet to Notable Mentions.

  3. May 26, 2022: Article rewrite to better align with user needs and expectations. Recategorized Dyson V15 Detect as 'Best Cordless Vacuum'. Recategorized Samsung Jet 90 Complete as 'Best Mid-Range Cordless Vacuum'. Moved Samsung Jet 70 Pet and Miele Triflex HX1 to Notable Mentions.

  4. Apr 26, 2022: Substantial article restructuring to align with test bench update. Replaced Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H with Samsung Jet 90 Complete as 'Best Cordless Vacuum For Bare Floors' pick. Replaced Simplicity S65S with Samsung Jet 70 Pet as 'Cheaper Alternative'. Removed 'Best Cordless Robot Vacuum' category. Added RYOBI 18V One+ 3 Gal. Project Wet/Dry as new 'Best Cordless Shop Vacuum' pick. Added Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H, Milwaukee M18 FUEL 3-in-1 Backpack Vacuum Kit, and Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away to Notable Mentions.

  5. Mar 23, 2022: Ensured all main picks are still in stock and represent the best fit for user needs and expectations.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are currently the best cordless vacuum cleaners. We don't just base our results on overall performance, but also factors like availability, price, and reader feedback.

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our cordless vacuum reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no vacuum is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.