UPDATED OCTOBER 2018 - Cordless vacuum cleaners have only really been coming into their own recently. Yes they've been around for some time but they have historically been plagued by weak suction and short run times. However, current cordless machines have much more power and we are starting to see run times of 25 minutes or more on a single charge. Also, some of the outliers are reaching run times as high as 40–45 minutes (while still generating effective suction levels), and we believe this will be the norm in the coming months/years. This is being driven not only by new battery technologies but also by the relentless demand for cordless vacuums. Homeowners like the light weight, maneuverability and portability of these machines. Expect to find more and more of these appearing on the market.
Following is our list of the top 5 cordless vacuums on the market today.
Top 5 Cordless Vacuum Cleaners
|Rank||Manufacturer & Model||Approx. Cost (USD)|
|1||Dyson V8 Absolute||400|
|2||Dyson V7 Motorhead||250|
|3||Tineco A10 Hero||200|
|4||Bissell Air Ram||200|
|5||Hoover Platinum Linx||120|
1) Dyson V8 Absolute
This stick vacuum has been making waves in the market since it was released in 2016. Many other manufacturers are making similarly designed machines to capture some of the market for this popular unit. What makes the V8 so good?
Lightweight and easy to maneuver: This is one of the first things you notice about this vacuum. It is very light (5.75 lbs) and it moves/turns with a twist of the wrist.
Compact: The vacuum is small and thin. You can just lean it against a wall or place it in the provided wall hanger. It stores very easily.
Designed for bare floors and carpet: Many stick vacuums don’t work well on carpet. The V8 Absolute comes with 2 cleaner heads - one specifically for bare floors and one specifically for carpet.
A 2-in-1 vacuum: The V8 is both a stick vacuum and a handheld vacuum.
Minimal consumables: This is a bagless vacuum and all the filters are washable.
Low noise level: Some machines are annoying loud. Not the V8.
Easy to empty: Dyson have designed the V8 with a hygienic dust canister emptying system. This helps remove dust and debris from the canister without having to pull it out with your hands.
Includes several tools: Dusting brush, combo tool, crevice tool, motorized hand tool.
Quality filtration: It has both a HEPA filter and a sealed system to ensure only highly filtered air is expelled.
2 power modes: Can be set to Low power or Max power (for tackling tougher cleaning jobs).
Reasonable run time: It has longer run times than the V6 or the V7. On Low power mode it will do 25-30 minutes with the powered cleaner heads and up to 40 minutes with the non-powered tools.
2) Dyson V7 Motorhead
Low noise level: The V7 (like the V8) is less noisy than the V6. We have done noise tests on all three machines.
A 2-in-1 vacuum: This is both a stick vacuum and a handheld vacuum.
Hygienic dirt emptying system: Both the V7 and the V8 have Dyson’s hygienic dirt emptying system which makes emptying the dust canister easier and more effective. This feature is not on the V6.
Great on carpet: We’ve run the V7 through a host of tests on carpet and pickup is very good.
Fast recharge time: The V7 battery can be fully charged in about 3.5 hours. This is faster than the V8 which takes closer to 5 hours.
Washable filter: The V7 only has 1 filter and it is rinsable in water and can be reused. A rinsable filter and a bagless design reduce operating costs.
Two power modes: Like the V6 and the V8, the V7 has two power modes – Low and Max (only the V10 has three power modes).
Lots of people are asking "why isn't the V10 here"? Yes, the V10 is a great vacuum (see our V10 review) however it is very expensive and we are not yet convinced that it is that much better than the V7 or V8 in terms of performance per dollar. Prices will be dropping however (they already are) and this will make the V10 more attractive.
3) Tineco A10 Hero
4) Bissell Air Ram
This is a bagless, cordless stick vacuum that isn’t too heavy at 7.75 lbs. People really like the unit’s maneuverability and report that the swivel steering and light weight allow it to glide around furniture easily.
Most owners praise the Air Ram’s performance on bare floors, pet hair and low pile carpet. It has a motor driven brushroll which helps with vacuuming carpet - however the brushroll cannot be turned off. In some cases this can be troublesome as bare floor vacuuming is often done with the brushroll off. In the case of the Air Ram it is designed so the entire brushroll can be removed for bare floor cleaning – it is an odd solution but it does work.
The vacuum has a 30 minute run time on a single charge which is quite good. It also sport LED headlights and a washable filter (non-HEPA). Unlike the Dyson stick vacs this is not a 2 in 1 machine so there is no handheld component, and it does not come with any tools or attachments. However consumers report that it has strong suction – a key component for a good stick vac. You can read much more in our Bissell Air Ram review.
5) Hoover Platinum Linx
The Linx gets very good consumer ratings and isn’t too heavy at 7.3lbs (almost the same as the Shark Navigator Freestyle). In addition, it has good suction.
This is a great cordless machine for smaller area vacuuming and it is capable of picking up dust and debris from both carpet and bare floors fairly well. It is not a full size vacuum however and it also lasts about 15 minutes on a charge. Like many cordless vacuums the Linx receives some criticism regarding length of battery charge, but 15+ minutes is actually not too bad. While it may cause consumer grumbling, it is not always easy to find a battery powered stick vacuum that provides more than 20 minutes of strong suction on a single charge (although we are starting to see this barrier more commonly broken recently – see the Bissell Powerglide 1534 and the Hoover Air).
You may wish to read our Hoover Linx review.
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