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Best Cordless Vacuum 2018

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 out 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

 

Dyson V8 Absolute

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.

We have the V8 Absolute and it is our go-to machine around the house for quick cleanups and for stairs.  Read more in our comprehensive Dyson V8 review and watch our Dyson V8 Pros & Cons videos.


Dyson V7 Motorhead

2) Dyson V7 Motorhead

The Dyson V7 Motorhead is fantastic stick vacuum and it can usually be had for much less than the Dyson V8 Absolute.   The “Motorhead” is the least expensive V7 model but it still has most of the things that make these stick vacuums so great to work with.  You definitely get “bang for your buck” with this machine.
 
Lightweight:  The V7 weighs 5.45 lbs which is less than the V8 at 5.75 lbs.  The V7 is easy to lift, and easy to turn and maneuver.
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).
 
The V7 Motorhead is kind of a stripped down V8 Absolute.  It has slightly lower suction (see our Dyson Stick Vacuum Battery Life video), a smaller battery, no HEPA filter, no mini motorized tool, no dusting brush and no soft roller cleaner head.  If you need these things then get the V8.  If you don’t need these things the V7 is great. 
 
One thing to consider is whether or not you will be doing lots of bare floor cleaning.  The soft roller cleaner head is better on bare floors than the direct drive cleaner head and only the “Absolute” models come with the soft roller cleaner head. 
 
You can read much more about this vacuum in our detailed Dyson V7 Motorhead review.  You may also want to check our quick list of Dyson V7 Pros & Cons complete with videos.

Aside:
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.

Tineco A10 Hero

3) Tineco A10 Hero

This is an interesting vacuum.  It is clearly designed after the Dyson stick vacuums and they have paid attention to Dyson customer comments.  It has a trigger lock so you do not have to keep the trigger depressed for the vacuum to run and it has a swappable battery.  There is even a version called the Tineco A10 Master that comes with 2 batteries so you can have one on charge while you are working with the other.
 
We like that the battery lasts for a reasonable amount of time (20 min or so on Low Power Mode with the powered cleaner head) and that the machine does a good job on cleaning low pile carpet.  It also has 2 washable filters, one of which is HEPA grade.  Tineco has also added a row of LED lights on the front of the cleaner head which is a nice touch.
 
The A10 is very lightweight and the dust canister is very easy to remove, empty and to clean.  All of this is provided for a price less than that of any of the Dyson stick vacuums. 
 
However, we don’t like that the tools are compression fit instead of the “click-fit” you get with the Dyson, and it does not come with a wall mount (which is a nice feature for handy storage).   Also, we have not had ours for a long time yet so longevity is something of an unknown at this time. 
 
You can read many A10 reviews on Amazon

Bissell Air Ram

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.


Hoover Linx Cordless

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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Comments  

0 # Anthony 2017-04-14 13:10
What do you think of the hoover air lift bh51120/bh51120pc ? It seems very similar to the #2 Bissell you mentioned on this page.
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0 # Nigel 2017-04-14 20:43
Hi Anthony,

You may have noticed the Hoover Air BH50140 in #5 position on this page. As far as we can tell the BH50140 and the BH51120 are essentially the same machine with different tools sets. So it has made our Best Cordless Vacuum list.
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I'm Nigel Russco, a 50 year old professional engineer originally from the west coast of Canada.  I love to review vacuums and I’ve been doing just that since 2008.  

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