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 115 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.
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 comes with 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. If you're looking for a high-end cordless vacuum and don't want to deal with the hassle of emptying gout a dustbin manually, you could also consider the Samsung Bespoke Jet. However, its bulky twin-brushroll floorhead makes it harder to maneuver.
The Samsung Jet 90 Complete is the best cordless vacuum at a mid-range price point that we've tested. Performance on flat surfaces with this vacuum's fluffy brushroll is fantastic, and the vacuum 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 that comes with two batteries, the LG CordZero A9 Ultimate is a suitable option, though you can only 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. Alternatively, if you'd like to spend less on a cordless stick vacuum, the Samsung Jet 70 Pet is worth a look, though it lacks a telescopic wand and has shorter battery life.
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 it has a smaller dustbin. If you'd prefer a budget-friendly cordless vacuum with a significantly larger dustbin, the Hoover ONEPWR Evolve Pet is a compelling option. However, its upright design makes it harder to maneuver, while its lack of a HEPA filter contributes to its terrible air filtration performance.
The best cordless shop vacuum we've tested is the RYOBI 18V One+ 3 Gal. Project Wet/Dry. This handheld shop vacuum is part of RYOBI's ONE+ lineup of tools and appliances that use detachable 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 pack. It easily sucks up debris on concrete floors or lifts away material embedded deeply within rug fibers. It's remarkably effective when dealing with liquid spills, but make sure to remove its filter first. It's also significantly smaller than most full-size shop vacuums, allowing you to store it on a shelf or under a workbench without too much difficulty. 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 and has longer overall battery life. However, unlike the RYOBI, you can't use it to suck up liquid spills.
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 might 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 as well as 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. It has a hard time with bulkier debris than the Shark and has a tiny dustbin that needs frequent emptying. The Dyson Humdinger is another handheld vacuum with HEPA filtration and longer battery life, but it's also very pricey for a handheld vacuum and has a small dustbin.
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.
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.
Mar 23, 2022: Ensured all main picks are still in stock and represent the best fit for user needs and expectations.
Feb 21, 2022: Verified that all main picks are still available and represent the best fit for user needs and expectations.
Jan 21, 2022: Ensured that all main picks are still available and represent the best option for their category.
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.