LG CordZero A9 A916BM Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Nov 05, 2021 at 09:59 am
LG CordZero A9 A916BM Picture
8.2
Bare Floor
7.3
Low-Pile Carpet
8.2
High-Pile Carpet
9.0
Pets
9.0
Stairs
8.4
Cars
Vacuum Type
Stick/Handheld
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes

The LG CordZero A9 A916 is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum very similarly designed to the LG CordZero A9 Ultimate. It delivers superb performance on bare floors and high-pile carpet and does a good job of cleaning low-pile carpets. It's also lightweight, easy to maneuver, and comes with a second battery that effectively doubles your overall runtime, which is great for vacuuming larger areas. That said, it has quite a few components that need regular cleaning and has a somewhat small dustbin.

Our Verdict

8.2 Bare Floor

The LG CordZero A916 is great for bare floors. It does a fantastic job sucking up pet hair and various kinds of debris on this surface type. It's also quite maneuverable and comes with a second battery that increases its maximum runtime. Recurring costs are also decently low. However, its dustbin is a little small, so it needs frequent emptying.

Pros
  • Superb performance on bare floors.
  • Exceptional pet hair cleaning performance.
  • Maneuverable design.
  • Very good battery performance.
Cons
  • Fairly small dustbin.
  • Many parts that require regular cleaning.
7.3 Low-Pile Carpet

The LG CordZero A916 is decent for low-pile carpet. It clears pet hair and finer debris without much of an issue, though you may need to make another pass to fully clean larger debris. It's easy to maneuver and has a long maximum runtime thanks to the included second battery. However, it can get caught on rug tassels and has a small dustbin.

Pros
  • Exceptional pet hair cleaning performance.
  • Maneuverable design.
  • Very good battery performance.
Cons
  • Fairly small dustbin.
  • Can get caught on rug tassels.
  • Many parts that require regular cleaning.
8.2 High-Pile Carpet

The LG CordZero A916 is a great option for high-pile carpet. It sucks up pet hair without issue and clears an excellent amount of fine and large debris on this surface type. It feels well-built for the most part, though its small clear plastic dustbin does feel as though it could break if you were to drop it.

Pros
  • Fantastic performance on high-pile carpet.
  • Exceptional pet hair cleaning performance.
  • Maneuverable design.
  • Very good battery performance.
Cons
  • Fairly small dustbin.
  • Many parts that require regular cleaning.
9.0 Pets

The LG CordZero A916 is a superb option for pet owners. It deals with pet hair very effectively on various surface types, from bare floors to low-pile carpet. Its floorhead's brushroll is removable if you want to clear any tangled hair wraps, and the vacuum itself is equipped with a HEPA filter to trap allergens as you clean.

Pros
  • On-board HEPA filter.
  • Exceptional pet hair cleaning performance.
  • Removable brushroll.
  • Maneuverable design.
Cons
  • Many parts that require regular cleaning.
9.0 Stairs

The LG CordZero A916 is fantastic for cleaning staircases. Its lightweight construction makes it easy to pick up and carry, and you can quickly reconfigure it into a handheld vacuum for spot-cleaning tight spots. It also delivers superb performance on bare floors and high-pile carpet and clears a good amount of debris on low-pile carpet.

Pros
  • Superb performance on bare floors.
  • Fantastic performance on high-pile carpet.
  • Maneuverable design.
Cons
  • Many parts that require regular cleaning.
8.4 Cars

The LG CordZero A916 is great for vacuuming the inside of your car. Its cordless design allows you to clean all the parts of your car's interior even if you're parked far from any electrical outlets. It can be easily reconfigured into a handheld vacuum and comes with a turbo brush for removing debris from upholstered surfaces. That said, it does have quite a few parts that need regular cleaning.

Pros
  • Maneuverable design.
  • Very good battery performance.
Cons
  • Many parts that require regular cleaning.
  • 8.2 Bare Floor
  • 7.3 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 8.2 High-Pile Carpet
  • 9.0 Pets
  • 9.0 Stairs
  • 8.4 Cars
  1. Updated Nov 05, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Nov 02, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
6.5
Design
Build Quality

The LG CordZero A916 has passable build quality. It's very similar to the LG CordZero A9 Ultimate, with a mainly plastic body and a metal telescopic wand. The plastic used in its construction looks and feels premium for the most part, though the clear plastic used for its dustbin and top plate of its primary floorhead is a little fragile. You can adjust its suction power via controls on the handle, which you can see here. Assembling and disassembling the LG A916 for regular maintenance or reconfiguring it into a handheld vacuum is easy, but putting together its docking station isn't quite as intuitive and may require a look at the instruction manual.

6.0
Design
User Maintenance

The LG CordZero A916 has some parts that need regular cleaning, but each part is easy to access.

  • Dirt compartment: To remove this part, you first need to remove the battery before pressing the release button at the bottom of the bin, which you can see here. Since the dustbin is small, it needs regular emptying. Use the combination tool to clear any stuck-on dust or debris since you can't wash it under water.
  • Cyclone filter: The cyclone filter is found inside the dustbin. You can remove it from its housing by rotating it counter-clockwise inside its housing. It should be cleaned under water, then allowed to dry.
  • Exhaust filter: You can remove this part by turning it counter-clockwise. It should be cleaned with a brush or running water at least once a month before being left to dry out of direct sunlight.
  • Pre-filter: Once you've removed the exhaust filter, you can pull out the pre-filter. You can clean it by using a brush or running it under water at least once a month, but make sure to let it dry out of direct sunlight.
  • Universal Power Nozzle: To remove the floorhead's brushroll, you need to use a flat-blade screwdriver or coin to open the single cover lock, which allows you to flip up the brush cover and pull the brushroll out. It should be checked before each use and cleaned if needed. You can use the crevice tool on the vacuum to clean it. You can also wipe the remaining debris off of it with a wet cloth.

You must fully air dry any part that's washed with water before using it again.

7.0
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
No bag
Filter Part Number
ADQ75393701
HEPA Filter Part Number
ADQ74773921

The LG CordZero A916 has decently-low recurring costs.

  • Exhaust filter: While the filter shouldn't need to be replaced if well-maintained, you can purchase the HEPA exhaust filter from the manufacturer's website, if necessary.
  • Pre-filter: Even though the pre-filter is washable, it's still needs to be replaced periodically. However, the manufacturer doesn't specify an exact service life.

Note: LG doesn't currently list any replacement parts for this particular vacuum. However, the design of the filters is very similar to those used in the LG CordZero A9 Ultimate. You can see a side-by-side comparison here.

6.9
Design
Storing
Height
36.42" (92.5 cm)
Width
9.84" (25.0 cm)
Depth
12.60" (32.0 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
No
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

The LG CordZero A916 is fairly easy to store. Its rack station holds the vacuum upright and has room for two additional tools, as well as a charging slot for its extra battery.

6.6
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.09 gal (0.35 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The LG CordZero A916 has an alright dirt compartment. It isn't very big and consequently needs frequent emptying, but since it's made of clear plastic, you can tell how full it is at a glance.

Design
In The Box

  • LG CordZero A16BM Vacuum
    • Vacuum body
    • Dirt compartment
    • 2x Pre-filter
    • Cyclone
    • HEPA filter
    • 2x Battery
    • Vacuum User Guide
  • Various tools and brushes
    • 2-in-1 brush/crevice attachment
    • Power Carpet Nozzle
    • Power Mini Tool (turbo brush with rubber brushroll)
    • Crevice tool
    • Telescopic wand
  • Charging station
    • Stand
    • Base
    • 2x Wall mount plate with screws

10
Design
Range
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
N/A

The LG A916 is a cordless vacuum, so its range is limited only by the room left in its dustbin and remaining battery life.

8.1
Design
Portability
Total Weight
5.97 lbs (2.71 kg)
Weight In Hand
3.68 lbs (1.67 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

The LG CordZero A916 is very portable. It doesn't weigh very much, and its rubber-lined handle makes it easy to pick up and carry.

7.9
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
15 min
Maximum Battery Life
112 min
Recharge Time
372 min
Recharge Dock
Yes
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
Yes

The LG CordZero A916 has very good battery performance. It comes with two batteries, allowing you to put one in the vacuum while the other charges on the vacuum's rack station. Each battery yields a maximum of one hour of continuous runtime if this vacuum is run in its default power mode without any power-draining attachments. Using it in its max-suction "Turbo" mode with its floorhead attached drains a single battery in just under eight minutes. This marginally exceeds the manufacturer's claims, which state a total runtime of 12 to 100 minutes when using two fully-charged batteries.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
Yes
Power Adjustment
Yes
Self-Propelled
No
Headlights
No
Easy On/Off
Yes
Surface Type Adjustment
No

The LG A916 has a few quality of life features. The "-" and "+" buttons on its handle allow you to change its suction power level depending on your needs. There's the default "Standard/Normal" mode, the higher-output "Power" mode, and the max-suction "Turbo" mode. Activating the latter requires a three-second press on the "+" button, though this delay can sometimes extend to as long as approximately five seconds.

Design
Tools And Brushes
Brushroll
Yes
Brushroll On/Off
No
Removable Brushroll
Yes
Turbo Brush
Yes
Crevice Tool
Yes
Upholstery Tool
Yes
Soft Bristle Brush
Yes
Hard Bristle Brush
No
Extension Wand
Yes
Ceiling Fan Tool
No
Pet Grooming Tool
No

The LG CordZero A916 has a few tools and brushes. It comes with a crevice tool for clearing messes in tight corners, a combination upholstery tool/soft-bristle brush, and a turbo brush. Unlike the LG CordZero A9 Ultimate, it doesn't come with a Power Punch Nozzle, which is a hand-sized tool that features a vibrating interior component instead of a brushroll to agitate surfaces and release any hidden dust.

Design
Alternative Configuration

You can use the LG A916 as a handheld vacuum by removing its telescopic wand.

Performance
9.6
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
99%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
98%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
98%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
99%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
99%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "TURBO"

The LG CordZero A916 performs superbly on bare floors. It sucks up pet hair without issue and easily cleans small and bulky debris like rice or cereal, even as its dustbin fills up.

7.9
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
100%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
65%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
63%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
81%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
81%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "TURBO"

The LG CordZero A916 has very good performance on low-pile carpet. It clears pet hair without difficulty and can suck up an excellent amount of finer debris like baking soda. However, you may need to make another pass to deal with larger debris like sand, which can get stuck under the lint strip at the back end of the floorhead.

9.1
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
99%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
80%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
78%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
86%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
85%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "TURBO"

The LG CordZero A916 delivers fantastic performance on high-pile carpet. It easily cleans pet hair, fine debris like baking soda, and larger material like sand on this surface type, with no significant loss of suction performance as its dustbin fills up.

7.5
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Ok
Under Low Table
Ok
On Furniture
Excellent
Rug With Tassel
Bad
Electric Cord
Excellent

The LG CordZero A916 has good maneuverability. It's lightweight and has an articulating head, making it easy to clean around furniture. It's also easy to adjust the telescopic wand's height and attach or remove different tools. However, the wand isn't flexible, like it is on the Shark Vertex Pro, so you need to crouch pretty deeply to clean under sofas and low-lying tables. The floorhead's brushroll can get caught in rug tassels or especially dense carpets, requiring you to turn the vacuum off and remove the obstruction. Also, while its storage rack has room for two accessories, accessing whichever tool is mounted at the back can be a little tricky.

Automation
0
Automation
Automation (Robot Vacuum)
Remote Controller
No
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Automatic Recharging
No
Schedule Programming
No
Boundary Markers
No
Random Pathing
No
Smart Pathing
No
App Name
No App

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

There are several variants of the LG Cordzero A9. We tested the A916BM variant, and you can see its label here.

Model Name Product Code Parts Included  Color Notes

LG CordZero A9 Cordless Stick Vacuum

A916BM Universal Power Nozzle, Power Mini Tool, 2-in-1 Combination Tool, Crevice Tool, 2x batteries  Matte Black Comes with an additional filter
LG CordZero A9 Cordless Stick Vacuum A913BM  Universal Power Nozzle, 2-in-1 Combination Tool, Crevice Tool, 1x battery  Matte Black/Silver  
LG CordZero A9 Cordless Stick Vacuum A900BM Universal Power Nozzle, Crevice Tool, 1x battery  Matte Black/Silver  
LG CordZero™ A9 Cordless Stick Vacuum A912PM Universal Power Nozzle, Crevice Tool, 1x battery  Blossom Pink   
LG CordZero A9 Charge Cordless Stick Vacuum A905RM Universal Power Nozzle, 2-in-1 Combination Tool, Crevice Tool, 2x batteries Matte Red  
LG CordZero A9 Charge Plus Cordless Stick Vacuum A906SM Universal Power Nozzle, Power Floor Nozzle, 2-in-1 Combination Tool, Crevice Tool, 2x batteries Matte Silver  
LG CordZero A9 Ultimate Cordless Stick Vacuum A907GMS Universal Power Nozzle, Power Floor Nozzle, Power Punch Nozzle, 2-in-1 Combination Tool, Crevice Tool, 2x batteries Iron Grey  Comes with an additional filter
LG CordZero A9 Limited Cordless Stick Vacuum A908VMR Universal Power Nozzle, Power Floor Nozzle, Power Punch Nozzle, 2-in-1 Combination Tool, Crevice Tool, 2x batteries Vintage Wine Comes with an additional washable cyclone and filter.
LG CordZero A9 Kompressor Stick Vacuum

A927KVMS, A927KGMS

Universal Power Nozzle, Power Punch Nozzle, 2-in-1 Combination Tool, Crevice Tool, 2x batteries Vintage Wine, Iron Grey Uses Kompressor technology, which compresses debris within the dirt compartment.
LG CordZero A9 Kompressor Stick Vacuum A926KSM Universal Power Nozzle, Slim Power Floor Nozzle, 2-in-1 Combination Tool, Crevice Tool, 2x batteries Matte Silver Uses Kompressor technology, which compresses debris within the dirt compartment.
LG CordZero A9 Kompressor Stick Vacuum With Power Mop A929KVM Universal Power Nozzle, Power Mop Nozzle, 2-in-1 Combination Tool, Crevice Tool, 2x batteries Vintage Wine Uses Kompressor technology, which compresses debris within the dirt compartment. Also has a mopping head for clearing messes on bare floors.

Let us know in the discussions if you come across another variant of this vacuum.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The LG CordZero A916 is a versatile overall cordless stick vacuum. It performs very well on bare floors and clears more debris on high-pile carpet than the very similarly-designed LG CordZero A9 Ultimate. It also comes with a second battery that gives it a long maximum runtime, as long as it's kept charged. However, the LG A916's dustbin is small, and it has many parts that need regular cleaning.

If you're looking for alternatives, take a look at our list of recommendations of the best cordless vacuums, the best cordless stick vacuums, and the best cordless vacuums for pet hair.

Dyson V11 Animal

The Dyson V11 Animal and LG CordZero A9 A916BM each have their advantages, so one may suit you better than the other, depending on your needs. The Dyson has fewer parts that require regular maintenance, incurs virtually no recurring costs, has a larger dustbin, and has a surface-type adjustment feature. Conversely, the LG clears more debris on bare floors and high-pile carpet, weighs less, and comes with a second battery that effectively doubles its runtime.

Dyson V8 Animal

The Dyson V8 Animal is slightly better than the LG CordZero A9 A916BM. The Dyson incurs virtually no recurring costs, has fewer parts that require regular maintenance, weighs a little less, and performs better on low-pile carpet. Meanwhile, the LG comes with a second battery that gives it a much longer total runtime and clears more debris on high-pile carpet.

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

The LG CordZero A9 A916BM is a little better than the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute. The LG comes with a second battery that gives it a longer maximum runtime if you keep it charged and performs better on bare floors and high-pile carpet, especially in regards to fine debris. However, the Dyson incurs virtually no recurring costs, comes with more attachments, and is more effective on low-pile carpet.

Samsung Jet 90 Complete

The Samsung Jet 90 Complete and LG CordZero A9 A916BM are somewhat evenly-matched vacuums, though each has slight advantages in different areas. The LG has fewer parts that require regular maintenance, comes with a second battery that extends its overall runtime, and clears slightly more debris on high-pile carpet. Meanwhile, the Samsung incurs lower recurring costs, has a larger dustbin, and comes with different brushrolls for bare floors and carpets.

Dyson V15 Detect

The Dyson V15 Detect is slightly better than the LG CordZero A9 A916BM. The Dyson incurs virtually no recurring costs, has a larger dustbin, and features an automatic suction power adjustment feature. It also comes with a few more tools and performs notably better on low-pile carpet. Conversely, the LG comes with a second battery that gives it a longer overall runtime.

LG CordZero A9 Ultimate

The LG CordZero A9 A916BM is slightly better than the LG CordZero A9 Ultimate, though overall differences are slight, and the vacuums are almost identical in design. The A916BM uses different batteries that yield a longer maximum runtime and performs notably better on high-pile carpet. Unlike the Ultimate, it only comes with one floorhead, so user maintenance requirements are slightly less demanding.

Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H and LG CordZero A9 A916BM each have advantages, and one may suit you better than the other depending on your needs. The Shark incurs lower recurring costs, has fewer parts requiring regular maintenance, has a bigger dustbin, and is easier to maneuver. It also performs better on low-pile carpet. Conversely, the LG is more effective on high-pile carpet, weighs a little less, and comes with a second battery that yields a longer maximum runtime.

Miele Triflex HX1

The Miele Triflex HX1 and LG CordZero A9 A916BM each have advantages, meaning one might be a better fit for you, depending on your own needs. The Miele is better-built, easier to maintain, incurs lower recurring costs, and performs slightly better on bare floors and low-pile carpet. It also has an automatic surface-type adjustment feature. Conversely, the LG has a larger dustbin, a second battery that gives it a longer maximum runtime, and better performance on high-pile carpet.

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