Cordless Vacuum Reviews


Top 5 Cordless Vacuum Cleaners - 2018

Model Type Avg Rating / 100
Dyson V8 Absolute Stick Vacuum 94
Dyson V6 Mattress Handheld Vacuum 92
Dyson V7 Motorhead Stick Vacuum 92
Dyson V6 Absolute Stick Vacuum 90
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum 89

In the above table an effort has been made to highlight machines currently available

Avg. consumer rating = 80/100 

The Dyson Cyclone V10 is the latest in futuristic-looking stick vacuums from Dyson.  The cordless V10 looks slightly different than its predecessors the V6/V7/V8 due to a more air-flow efficient design, however it is still an attractive machine and many folks will proudly display this on the wall in their home. It has a Maximum Mode that generates 51% more power than the V6/V7 and 31% more than the V8.  Build quality is solid and it is a great fit for a smaller home or apartment.  However for deep cleaning and a larger home you may still want to have a full size vacuum available.  Despite the research and upgrades, like all stick vacs you cannot get a long enough run time with “deep cleaning” power to do a large area.  This is also a rather expensive vacuum.


Avg. consumer rating = 92/100 

The Dyson V7 Motorhead, with its futuristic cyclonic cylinders and deep pink color, is a very striking stick vacuum. This machine cannot be mistaken for any other vacuum - but does it perform? If consumer ratings are any indicator then the answer is yes. Ratings for the V7 are very good and owners praise the unit for its light weight, power and convenience. Owners are also pleased that the vacuum is quiet, great for doing stairs, and able to clean carpet, rugs and bare floors. However, like many cordless vacuums, there are folks who feel the run time is inadequate for their cleaning needs. In addition, the V7 Motorhead, while great for quick cleanups, is not a full size vacuum and will struggle with larger more extensive cleaning jobs.


Avg. consumer rating = 78/100 

The Shark IONFlex 2X IF252 is another interesting vacuum from Shark.  It is a bagless, cordless, stick vacuum that sports 2 brushrolls, 2 batteries, and a flexible wand that can bend a full 180 degrees.  Consumers like some aspects of this vacuum but are not too crazy about others.  In our testing we found the IF252 suction to be strong, especially for a cordless machine, and the unit’s cleaning performance on carpet, bare floors and pet hair is quite good.  It is a little on the hefty side for a stick vacuum and some folks feel the handheld component itself is bulky.  The MultiFLEX Technology (bendable wand) is something of a hit and miss.  It’s useful for storage and while it works for vacuuming under low furniture it can be a little awkward.


Avg. consumer rating = 87/100 

The Dyson V7 Trigger handheld vacuum is designed for quick pickups around the home and is also handy for cleaning vehicle interiors.  It is light weight, easy to operate, and it did an admirable job of picking up all manner of debris from our tile floors and carpet.  The mini motorized tool also proved capable at pulling up pet hair.  Run time (in low power mode) is quite long for a cordless vacuum and our tests showed that actual run times were even longer than the figures provided by Dyson.  Recharge time is also reasonable at only 3.5 hours.  However, the run time in Max mode is still rather short and we would have like to see a wall mount included in the package.


Avg. consumer rating = 86/100 

The Bissell 1984 Air Ram vacuum is a cordless, bagless upright.  Its extreme light weight and swivel steering make it very maneuverable and easy to lift.  It is designed for carpet and bare floors and most owners are pleased with the suction power.  The dust canister is easy to empty and also has a feature to push dust/debris out.  It has a respectable run time of about 30 minutes on a charge.  It is not great on deep pile carpet however and it does not come with a HEPA filter.  Also, the Air Ram is compact and it may be better suited for a small home, dormitory or apartment.


Avg. consumer rating = 85/100 

Is the new Cruise cordless vacuum Hoover’s answer to the Dyson V8?  Judging from the design and features it certainly looks like this is what Hoover intends.  But is it a good alternative to the popular Dyson stick vac?  Well, yes and no.  Consumers are very pleased with the vacuum’s light weight, long run time and affordability (it is a fraction of the cost of a Dyson).  It is also a 2-in-1 vacuum and the ability to quickly convert to a handheld unit is an asset.  However there are reports that the suction is not very strong and that the cleaning head isn’t that easy to control.


Avg. consumer rating = 94/100 

We just got our hands on the Dyson V8 Absolute cordless stick vacuum and have been running the machine through its paces.  For the most part, we’ve been impressed.  The V8 is a lightweight vacuum that is both a stick vacuum and a handheld.  It is maneuverable, easy to empty and very powerful for a cordless (in High Power Mode).  It includes an assortment of tools in addition to 2 specialized cleaning heads; one for carpet and one for bare floors.  It also sports a HEPA filter and a new hygienic system for removing debris from the dust canister.  Is it better than the still-popular Dyson V6 Absolute?  In our opinion, in many ways it is.


Avg. consumer rating = 80/100 

The Hoover React cordless vacuum cleaner is another in a long line of lightweight stick vacuums brought to market in the wake of the very popular Dyson V6/V7/V8 models.  Many of the big manufacturers are trying their hand at similar machines.  The react cordless gets average consumer ratings but it is a very attractive 2-in-1 vacuum (stick vac and handheld).  It’s also great for doing stairs and is quite maneuverable.  Battery run time is fairly good and recharge time is fast.  However, suction by many accounts, is mediocre and the vacuum has no high power mode for dealing with tougher cleaning jobs.


Avg. consumer rating = 89/100 

The Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Hand Vacuum is designed for households with pets.  It comes with several tools one of which is a motorized brush tool that excels at pulling up pet hair from carpet and upholstery.  The vacuum is not too loud and is also quite lightweight.  However, it doesn`t come with a stand and it takes about five hours to fully charge the battery when it is out of juice.


Avg. consumer rating = 85/100 

This model, EL2055B, is a cordless 2-in-1 stick and handheld vacuum cleaner.  Consumer ratings are good and the vacuum sports over 20 minutes of run time with a 4 hour recharge time.  The vacuum is lightweight and quite maneuverable.  It also has the ability to stand upright so you don’t have to find a place to lean it (often a bit of an annoyance with stick vacs).  The dust canister on the EL2055B is quite small however and it requires frequent emptying.  A number of owners also lament the fact that this model does not include a charging base.



Avg. consumer rating = 92/100 

The Dyson V6 Mattress is much more than a handheld vacuum for mattresses.  This powerful unit is really an all-round handheld which happens to include, amongst its tools, a mattress tool as well as a HEPA filter and whole machine filtration.  In addition, it’s powerful motor makes it capable of pulling up all manner of debris from sofas, mats, pillows, blankets, car seats, and yes, mattresses.  The V6 mattress gets very good reviews and ratings from owners and it has a solid, durable feel to it.  It is a little on the expensive side however, and it also doesn’t come with a wall mounting unit.



Avg. consumer rating = 77/100 

The Bissell 1534 is a cordless, bagless vacuum that is somewhere between an upright and a stick vac. If you are expecting an upright then you will feel this vacuum is very lightweight. If you are expecting a stick vac then you may feel the 1534 is on the heavy side. As it is not entirely a full size vacuum it isn’t a good fit as the sole machine for a large home (canister fills quickly and narrow cleaning path width). This, like most compact vacuums, is best for quick, smaller cleaning jobs. If you know what you are buying this vacuum can be a good choice.  If you expect something else you may be disappointed.




Avg. consumer rating = 90/100 

In this review we take a look at the relatively new Dyson V6 Absolute cordless vacuum.  The Absolute is Dyson’s top-of-the-line cordless vacuum and consumer ratings are excellent.  It differs from the other V6 machines in the tools/attachments that are included and the level of filtration it provides.

While each V6 comes with a different package, what really sets the Absolute apart is the fact that it comes with two cleaner heads – the Direct-drive cleaner head for carpet, and the Soft roller cleaner head for hard floors (soft woven red & blue nylon sections that envelop debris and black anti-static carbon fibre filaments to remove fine dust). It also has a HEPA post motor filter, something none of the other V6’s have.


Avg. consumer rating = 92/100 

Note: This is now known as the Dyson V6.  In some ways Dyson are the Apple of the vacuum world. They create innovative, exciting products designed to capture your imagination. The DC59 does not disappoint - it is versatile, light weight, portable and able to operate as an upright or handheld. It is bagless, cordless and has a lifetime filter, making consumables a thing of the past. In addition, the vacuum is capable on carpet, bare floors, upholstery and even pet hair. But you pay for such a product and it is one of the more expensive stick vacs on the market today.



Avg. consumer rating = 80/100 

The Hoover Air Cordless Series 3.0 was just released in April of this year.  It is a cordless, lightweight upright that is somewhere between a stick vac and a full size vacuum - perhaps best described as a mid-size, cordless upright.  It comes with 2 long-life batteries so run time is excellent and the machine is very easy to maneuver.  The hose and wand assembly is awkward however and a few owners report that the tools are not particularly high quality.



Avg. consumer rating = 79/100 

Dyson touts the new Hard DC56 as the first machine that uses a wet-wipe and vacuums at the same time. There may be a reason for this - it is hard to get this configuration to be effective. Overall we'd have to say that this machine has been something of a disappointment to consumers, and even to some die-hard Dyson fans. It is expensive, leaves streaks and the vacuum component, when used with the wipe plate, is a bit weak. All is not lost however as the machine is useful for light cleaning of smaller areas, and the handheld component works well.



Avg. consumer rating = 85/100 

The Dyson DC44 Animal is Dyson'’s latest stick/handheld vacuum cleaner and it is essentially an upgraded Dyson DC35 Digital Slim.  Upgrades include a more powerful floor tool, increased run time and a motorized tool for pulling up pet hair.  Consumers praise the vacuum for its strong suction and versatility but most also feel that it is quite expensive.


Avg. consumer rating = 88/100 

When the Dyson DC34 was first released consumers were not that impressed and ratings were not particularly good.  However over the past several years ratings have continued to climb, perhaps as consumers have gotten used to the futuristic design and features. Consumer ratings for this machine are now quite good.  The DC34 is lightweight and has a reasonable amount of power but owners often complain of the short run time - a common complaint with the Dyson handheld and stick vacs.



Avg. consumer rating = 88/100 

The Dyson Digital Slim is both a handheld and a stick vacuum.  It is driven by a powerful digital motor and comes with a floor tool capable of cleaning both carpet and bare floors.  A long aluminum wand also helps this unit clean from the floor to the ceiling effectively.  It uses lithium ion batteries for fast recharging and fade-free power.  Owners are pleased with the vacuum’s strong suction and build quality but feel it is quite costly and that it falls short in terms of battery power duration.




Avg. consumer rating = 65/100 

Many Dyson aficionados who have had great experiences with Dyson uprights have jumped at the opportunity to own a Dyson handheld - but consumer reviews and ratings for the Dyson DC16 Root 6 Handheld have been mixed.   It has strong suction, is low maintenance and comes with good attachments, but many consumers are unhappy with the limited battery life.



Avg. consumer rating = 80/100 

The Dyson DC31 Handheld vacuum is widely available but consumer reviews and ratings at this time are sparse.  Having said that, those that can be found are not too bad.  It seems the DC31 is an improvement over the DC16, Dyson's first handheld attempt.


 Avg. consumer rating = 77/100 

The Hoover Presto is a combination stick vacuum and handheld vacuum.  The handheld unit detaches from the stick vac and includes several attachments (crevice tool, upholstery tool and dusting brush).  Owners give the Presto reasonable ratings citing its light weight, solid construction and quiet operation.  Folks also like that it is compact and easy to store.  In addition, a motorized brushbar makes this stick vac capable on both carpet and bare floors.  However some consumers report that the unit is difficult to push on carpet and that the dust canister is quite small and in need of frequent emptying.



Avg. consumer rating = 87/100 

This is a similar handheld vacuum to the Hoover BH50015 but it is geared towards households with pets.  It comes with a specialized pet hair tool and is getting very solid consumer reviews and ratings.  It is a cordless and bagless unit that comes with “fade-free” power - the result of using a lithium-ion battery.  Many owners also feel the battery charge lasts a reasonable amount of time.



Avg. consumer rating = 83/100 

The Hoover Linx Cordless Hand Vac is part of the Hoover Platinum Collection.  It uses an 18 volt lithium ion battery that provides fade-free power.  This is a powerful and stylish handheld vacuum with a very long battery life and a 2-year warranty, but it is not cheap.


 Avg. consumer rating = 85/100 

The Hoover Platinum Collection Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum is sometimes referred to as the Platinum Collection Cordless Stick Vac or sometimes simply the BH50010 (which is the model number).  It is a cordless and bagless stick vacuum cleaner and is the first stick vacuum to come equipped with Hoover’s WindTunnel technology. Also, out of the 13 retail sites we found with consumer ratings, not one had ratings that averaged less than 4 stars out of 5, and most were higher.



Avg. consumer rating = 78/100 

A lightweight, bagless, inexpensive vacuum cleaner manufactured by Hoover.  Ratings are reasonable but not spectacular.  It is also rather fashionable and has a sleek, smooth design with a painted high gloss finish.



Avg. consumer rating = 90/100 

The Eureka Quick Up group of vacuums appears to have some average vacuums and some winners.  The corded 169H or 169J are getting top notch ratings. The 96 series is also quite popular and are all very light and have good, strong batteries.  All of these stick vacs are inexpensive and double as handheld vacuums.



Avg. consumer rating = 78/100 

The latest Ergorapido has one major improvement over previous models – the Lithium Ion battery.  Lithium Ion batteries recharge must faster than the NiMH batteries used in older Ergorapido models and they also provide fade-free power.  The new 18V battery also ensures strong suction for a stick vac.  Owners Like that the vacuum is lightweight, maneuverable and comes with a built-in handheld vacuum.  It is great on hard surfaces but like many stick vacuums it is only average on carpet.



Avg. consumer rating = 78/100 

The EL1012A stick vac got fairly good reviews when it first came out.  Ratings have slipped a little over time however.  The machine's full name is the Electrolux EL1012A Stick Hand Vac 2 N 1 Ergorapido Cordless - we sometimes wish vacuum cleaner manufacturers would find a way to make less complicated names.  Consumer ratings for the vacuum are average.  Suction power is good and the built in handheld is a nice feature but the lengthy recharge time is an issue for some owners.



Avg. consumer rating = 61/100 

This is a short and to-the-point review of a popular, no-frills, stick vacuum cleaner.  The vacuum is lightweight and good for simple cleanups.  It is also a sleek, good looking machine that is fairly effective at picking up pet hair.  It is not meant to do heavy-duty work however.


Avg. consumer rating = 56/100 

Dirt Devil makes quite a few funky looking vacuum cleaners.  The Dirt Devil MBV2030 Rechargeable Broom Vacuum is no exception.  This device is essentially a combination broom and vacuum cleaner and comes in a myriad of colours from basic black or white to plum, seabreeze or butter yellow (and more).  Is this the best vacuum cleaner?  Let's review the features and consider what consumers report...



Avg. consumer rating = 88/100 

This is another Shark Navigator vacuum cleaner that is getting great consumer ratings.  The Shark Freestyle cordless stick vacuum (model SV1100) is capable on both carpet and bare floors and is effective at pulling up the likes of pet hair, dry cat food and kitty litter.  The unit is light, powerful and carries a long charge -– a critical feature in a battery operated machine. It is fairly bare bones however and doesn'’t include any attachments nor does it convert to a handheld like a number of other stick vacuums.


Avg. consumer rating = 88/100 

Black & Decker manufacture a host of Dust Buster handheld vacuums and the CHV1410L is the top model (at the time of this writing).  The CHV1410L is a highly rated Dust Buster on Amazon and owners like the machine’'s built in nozzle extension, quick recharge capability and long battery life.  However some folks report that the charger light is distractingly bright and others lament that the unit doesn’t come with a wall mount.


Avg. consumer rating = 75/100 

The Black & Decker PSV1800, sometimes called the Black & Decker Pivot Vac, is a bagless and cordless stick vacuum that is effective on both bare floors and carpets.It lasts a fairly long time on a single charge and comes with a 2-year warranty.  There are some consumer comments that it is awkward emptying the dirt canister however.



Avg. consumer rating = 85/100 

This handheld vacuum gets very good consumer ratings and reviews, averaging about 8.5 out of 10.  It has powerful suction and a long lasting battery charge. Many people find it particularly useful on stairs and cleaning the inside of vehicles.  It is also a best-seller on Amazon.


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