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The 7 Best Cordless Vacuums - Winter 2022 Reviews

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Best Cordless Vacuums
109 Vacuums Tested
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A good cordless vacuum is a helpful addition to any household cleaning arsenal. If 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 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 105 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 For Bare Floors: Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H

    8.7
    Bare Floor
    8.1
    Low-Pile Carpet
    7.7
    High-Pile Carpet
    8.6
    Pets
    8.8
    Stairs
    8.1
    Cars
    Vacuum Type
    Stick/Handheld
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H is the best cordless vacuum for bare floors that we've tested. This cordless stick vacuum is highly maneuverable thanks to its lightweight construction and rotating floorhead. Since its pre-motor and allergen-trapping HEPA filters are washable, recurring costs shouldn't be a major concern either. It has separate surface settings for bare floors and high-pile carpets, and you can pull the trigger on its handle to activate its 'MAX' suction power mode.

    This vacuum delivers fantastic performance on bare floors, easily clearing pet hair as well as small and bulky debris, and you shouldn't notice a significant loss in suction performance as its dustbin fills up. Its floorhead has a brushroll with angled plastic fins meant to reduce the incidence of hair wraps building up over time. Depending on your choice of attachments and settings, you can expect roughly anywhere between 10 to 40 minutes of runtime on a single charge, which should be enough for most rooms.

    Unfortunately, while this vacuum does feel decently well-built overall, some parts of its mainly plastic construction feel a little flimsy, especially its dirt compartment. Many components need periodic cleaning. Otherwise, its maneuverable design and strong performance make it an excellent option for dealing with debris on hardwood or tile floors.

    See our review

  2. Alternative With Better Build Quality: Miele Triflex HX1

    Vacuum Type
    Stick/Handheld
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    No

    If you prefer a vacuum that feels more sturdy, consider the Miele Triflex HX1. This cordless upright/handheld model incurs more recurring costs than the Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H, but it has a better build quality, as it's mostly plastic that looks and feels premium. It delivers similarly outstanding performance on bare floors, where it easily picks up pet hair as well as small and bulky debris. You can use it in a handheld mode to clean awkward areas like stairs or shelves, and you can reconfigure it into a stick vacuum by moving the main body above the wand. It's easier to maintain, but its dirt compartment is smaller and needs emptying more often.

    Go for the Shark if you prefer something with a bigger dirt compartment and virtually no recurring costs. Try the Miele instead if you want to do less regular maintenance and prefer a better-built vacuum.

    See our review

  3. Best Cordless Vacuum For Carpets: Dyson V15 Detect

    8.6
    Bare Floor
    8.1
    Low-Pile Carpet
    8.3
    High-Pile Carpet
    9.1
    Pets
    9.0
    Stairs
    8.6
    Cars
    Vacuum Type
    Stick/Handheld
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    The Dyson V15 Detect is the best cordless vacuum cleaner for carpets that we've tested. This cordless stick vacuum delivers incredible performance on low-pile carpet and does a fantastic job sucking up pet hair as well as fine and large debris from high-pile carpet. You can rotate a gate on its motorized head to accommodate different surface types, and the vacuum's 'Auto' mode allows it to self-adjust its suction power based on the surface that it's cleaning.

    It also comes with tools and accessories to help make cleaning tasks a little easier, including a dusting brush, a dedicated upholstery tool, and even a secondary vacuum head with a soft brushroll and a laser light to help illuminate hard-to-see debris. Depending on your choice of suction power mode, attachments, and usage patterns, it supplies roughly anywhere between under 10 and over 70 minutes of runtime on a single charge, which is generally sufficient for most spaces.

    Unfortunately, while this vacuum's lightweight construction makes it easy to pick up and carry, its strong suction force can sometimes cause it to drag around some rugs. Many parts require regular cleaning, but thankfully its allergen-trapping HEPA filter is washable, so recurring costs are virtually nonexistent. Overall, this vacuum's versatile performance and rich feature set make it one of the best multi-surface vacuum cleaners we've tested.

    See our review

  4. Cheaper Alternative: Simplicity S65S

    Vacuum Type
    Stick/Handheld
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    If you don't want to spend as much on a stick vacuum, consider the Simplicity S65S. Compared to the Dyson V15 Detect, it comes with far fewer tools and accessories and lacks a surface-type adjustment feature, but it is substantially less expensive. It's also easier to maintain, as it doesn't have as many parts that require regular cleaning. It's fitted with a marginally larger dirt compartment that shouldn't need emptying quite as often. Performance on high-pile carpet is excellent, and it does a good job of cleaning debris on low-pile carpets, but it struggles notably more when it comes to clearing fine debris from the latter surface type. Its allergen-trapping HEPA filter is the only component that needs periodic replacing, so recurring costs are low. However, while this vacuum can charge faster, its maximum battery life of over 30 minutes is considerably shorter. That said, this can vary somewhat in the real world.

    Get the Dyson if you want a better-performing vacuum with a wider range of tools and accessories, but take a look at the Simplicity if you're looking for a slightly more value-conscious option.

    See our review

  5. Best Cordless Robot Vacuum: iRobot Roomba S9

    7.8
    Bare Floor
    7.6
    Low-Pile Carpet
    7.3
    High-Pile Carpet
    8.8
    Pets
    5.8
    Stairs
    5.6
    Cars
    Vacuum Type
    Robot
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    The best cordless vacuum we've tested in the robot vacuum category is the iRobot Roomba S9. This robot vacuum does an excellent job of sucking up debris on bare floors and delivers impressive overall performance on low and high-pile carpet, though it may need to make an extra pass to fully clean finer debris. Its surface detection feature enables it to automatically adjust its suction power depending on the floor type that it's on.

    This vacuum feels amazingly well-built, with a high-grade plastic body and dense rubber wheels that enable it to roll over obstructions like high-pile rugs and electrical cords. Its iAdapt 3.0 navigation system generates fairly efficient cleaning routes and allows it to maneuver around obstructions without difficulty. You can use its companion app to set up no-go zones or schedule cleaning sessions for specific areas. Battery performance is also exceptional since you can expect roughly anywhere between 50 to 150 minutes of continuous runtime.

    Unfortunately, like many robot vacuums, it incurs high recurring costs since many parts need periodic replacing, and it has fairly demanding maintenance requirements. It's a little heavy and lacks a carrying handle to make it easier to bring up and down flights of stairs. Still, its wide range of advanced automation features, excellent maneuverability, and strong performance make it one of the best robot vacuums for pet hair we've tested.

    See our review

  6. Best Cordless Handheld Vacuum: Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+

    8.5
    Bare Floor
    8.2
    Low-Pile Carpet
    8.4
    High-Pile Carpet
    8.9
    Pets
    9.4
    Stairs
    9.0
    Cars
    Vacuum Type
    Handheld
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    No

    The best cordless handheld vacuum we've tested is the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+. This cordless vacuum has a lightweight, compact design that makes it easy to carry around and clean messes in tight corners. It feels well-built and isn't particularly difficult to maintain. Recurring costs are also low since the only component that needs regular replacing is its dust cup filter.

    This vacuum delivers outstanding performance on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet, as it easily cleans pet hair and small and large debris. It comes with a turbo brush with a self-cleaning brushroll, a hard-bristle brush for dislodging stuck-on dirt from surfaces, and a crevice tool for clearing debris in tight corners.

    Unfortunately, this vacuum's battery life is short, as you can only expect a little over 10 minutes of runtime on a single charge. You can't change its suction power mode either. It also lacks a HEPA filter to trap allergens as you clean, which could be an issue if you have a pet that sheds heavily. Otherwise, its portable design and strong performance make it one of the best vacuums for carpets that we've tested.

    See our review

  7. Best Budget Cordless Vacuum: Wyze Cordless Vacuum

    7.6
    Bare Floor
    7.8
    Low-Pile Carpet
    8.4
    High-Pile Carpet
    8.9
    Pets
    8.8
    Stairs
    8.2
    Cars
    Vacuum Type
    Stick/Handheld
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    The best budget cordless vacuum we've tested is the Wyze Cordless Vacuum. This budget-friendly cordless stick vacuum delivers superb performance on high-pile carpet and clears an impressive amount of debris on low-pile carpets. It also performs relatively well on bare floors, though bulky debris can get stuck at the entry to its dustbin. You can toggle between its different suction power modes by tapping on its touchscreen display at the back of the vacuum.

    This vacuum's bagless design and washable HEPA filter keep recurring costs to a minimum. Its mainly plastic construction is also very lightweight, making it easy to pick up and carry from room to room or maneuver in tight spaces. It can be easily reconfigured into a handheld vacuum to tackle messes in tight spots, and it comes with a crevice tool and a combination dusting brush/upholstery tool. Depending on your choice of suction power mode and attachments, it supplies roughly 10 minutes to an hour of total runtime, though this can vary slightly in the real world.

    Unfortunately, some parts of this vacuum feel a little fragile, like its clear plastic dustbin or primary floorhead, which can scratch very easily. It also doesn't have a brushroll on/off switch, meaning that it occasionally gets caught on very shaggy carpets or rug tassels. Otherwise, its affordable price, strong performance, and maneuverable design make it one of the best vacuums for apartments that we've tested.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dyson V11 Animal: The Dyson V11 Animal offers very good performance across a range of surface types and comes with a broad assortment of cleaning tools, but it can run out of charge in less than 10 minutes if left in its high-power mode and takes a very long time to recharge. See our review
  • Dyson V7 Animal: The Dyson V7 Animal is a very good performer on low and high-pile carpet. It also comes with a good array of brushes and tools, but its battery life is lacking compared to some of our top stick/handheld picks. See our review
  • Dyson V8 Animal: The Dyson V8 Animal is a viable alternative to the Dyson V11 Animal or Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute, as it performs very similarly overall. However, it takes roughly four hours to charge while providing just over 40 minutes of maximum runtime. See our review
  • Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L: The Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L is a handheld vacuum that performs well on bare floors. It struggles with larger debris since it lacks a brushroll. It's also good for spot cleaning. See our review
  • Shark ION W1 WANDVAC: The Shark ION W1 WANDVAC is a fairly versatile handheld vacuum with virtually no recurring costs, but it doesn't perform as well as the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ on any surface. See our review
  • Black+Decker dustbuster AdvancedClean+ Pet: The Black+Decker dustbuster AdvancedClean+ Pet is a budget-friendly cordless handheld vacuum that offers outstanding performance on bare floors but has more recurring costs and maintenance needs than the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+. See our review
  • Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute: The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute comes with many tools and brushes and offers a fantastic performance on bare floors. The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex is better built and much more maneuverable. See our review
  • Shark Wandvac System WS620: The Shark Wandvac System WS620 is an upright/handheld vacuum with an amazing performance on carpets. It's not as suitable as the Shark ION P50 Upright for big clean-ups because of its smaller dirt compartment and shorter battery life. However, it could be a good alternative if you're looking for a very lightweight, portable vacuum. See our review
  • Dyson Micro 1.5kg: The Dyson Micro 1.5kg is a lightweight cordless stick vacuum that delivers exceptional performance on bare floors. Its primary vacuum head's soft rollers make it unsuitable for use on carpets. It also has a very small dirt compartment. See our review
  • Shark Vertex Pro: The Shark Vertex Pro is a cordless stick vacuum that represents a good alternative to the Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H, thanks to its longer battery life, larger dustbin, and superior performance on high-pile carpet. However, it doesn't do as well on bare floors or low-pile carpet. 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

Recent Updates

  1. Dec 23, 2021: Ensured that all main picks are still in stock and represent the best option for their given category.

  2. Nov 23, 2021: Replaced Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ with Wyze Cordless Vacuum as 'Best Budget Cordless Vacuum' category pick. Re-categorized Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ as new 'Best Cordless Handheld Vacuum' pick. Removed BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet from recommendations.

  3. Oct 28, 2021: Ensured all main picks are still available and represent the best option for their given category. Added Wyze Cordless Vacuum to Notable Mentions. Removed HoLife HM036E from Notable Mentions due to current availability.

  4. Oct 01, 2021: Ensured that all main picks are still in stock. Removed Neato Botvac D7, Shark ION F80, and HoLife HM036E from Notable Mentions due to current availability. Added Dyson Micro 1.5kg, JASHEN V16, and Shark Vertex Pro to Notable Mentions.

  5. Sep 01, 2021: Checked accuracy and availability of picks; no change to recommendations.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are currently the best cordless vacuums. 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.

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