Best cordless vacuum 2020: 7 top vacuums from Shark, Dyson and more

The best cordless vacuum cleaners are easy to use, have a long battery life and offer multi-tasking cleaning

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Ready to go cordless? Good choice. Owning one of the best cordless vacuums will revolutionize how you vacuum your house: no more running out of cord length juuust before you get to that last corner, knocking over an unwitting dining chair caught in the cord cross hairs, or lugging a heavy canister vacuum up and down the stairs.

If you've only ever used corded vacuums, you'll find the cordless life much easier in comparison (something cordless veterans already know). But with no shortage of options on the market, finding the best cordless vacuum isn't quite as simple. Top brands like Dyson, Shark and Hoover all offer their version of the cordless vac, each engineered to near perfection.

To help aid in your search, we did our due diligence and tried, tested, and reviewed the best cordless vacuums on the market and put together a short-list, below. Some of these models even make an appearance in our list of the overall best vacuum cleaners, so you know you've landed on a winner. 

Keep scrolling for the full rankings.

What is the best cordless vacuum?

If you want to buy the best cordless vacuum cleaner, we wouldn't hesitate to buy the Hoover ONEPWR +. Featuring a sleek and lightweight design, the vacuum has a run time of 45 minutes, a capacity of 0.6 liters and it's pretty great at sucking up everything from crumbs to pet hair and even leaves. It's also very easy to empty...

Another cordless vacuum we love is from Shark, which feels like an upright, works like a cordless and converts to a handheld. It's for this reason, and a few others, why we would recommend buying the Shark DuoClean Powered Lift-Away with TruePet 

Keep scrolling to find out more about these two cordless vacuums, and our other top picks, so you can be sure you're getting the best cordless vacuum for you.

The best cordless vacuum cleaners for 2020

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1. Hoover ONEPWR Blade+ Cordless Vacuum

Best cordless vacuum cleaner: a flexible cleaner with powerful suction that rivals the top corded sellers on carpet!

Specifications
Best for: Suction
Type: Stick
Bagless?: Yes
Battery life: 35 minutes
Charging time: 3 hours
Capacity: 0.6ltrs
Noise: 79dB
Weight: 6.8 lbs.
Reasons to buy
+Sleek and lightweight design+Has a light so you can see underneath furniture+Great for pet owners
Reasons to avoid
-Battery life cut short when used on full power

If you're a fan of uprights but want something a little lighter to use, then this is a great option to have around the home.
Buy the Hoover ONEPWR Blade+ Cordless Vacuum 

What's it good at?

The Hoover ONEPWR Blade+ has high-powered suction, which you can tell by the fact that it'll actually try to suck up your flooring while you're cleaning. This model also has a DustTracker with LEDs in the brush head so you can easily see what else needs a clean, or what you've missed. 

The brush head of the Blade+ swivels with ease so it goes where you want it to go. It's also low-profile enough to easily clean under furniture, and light enough to carry up and down the stairs.

Finally, it's well-priced for a cordless vacuum, a category which can command up to $600 for top-of-the-line models (including a couple on this list). The Blade+ typically retails around $200, but we've often seen it on sale for as little as $149.

What we don't like?

The one thing about this vacuum that we don't love is the battery life. While it can run up to 35 minutes per charge (average for the cordless category), that's when it's used on the eco setting. When it's turned on full power, the battery life decreases.

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2. Dyson V11 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum

Best vacuum cleaner upgrade: super powerful suction and transitions well from hard floor to carpet

Specifications
Best for: Lightweight power
Type: Stick
Bagless?: Yes
Battery life: 40 minutes
Charging time: 4.5 hours
Capacity: 0.76ltrs
Noise: 82dB
Weight: 6.5lbs
Reasons to buy
+Incredible power+Easy to maneuver +Long running time+Notifies you when it needs to be emptied
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Takes a while to charge-Not the lightest 

This vacuum gets our vote for the best cordless vacuum cleaner worth a splurge, with its powerful suction and exceptional transitioning between floor surfaces. It will easily work its way around the home on a single charge.
Buy the Dyson V11 Animal Cordless Vacuum

What's it good at?

The high-efficiency filter captures allergens, plus it offers the best one of the best levels of suction around. It also comes with a number of attachments for cleaning crevices and a variety of surfaces. Great for cleaning the car and stairs too, so for people who do lots of spot cleaning, it could be a good replacement to your standard vacuum.

Its most redeeming feature, though, is its weight – or lack of weight for that matter. Although not the lightest Dyson cordless vacuum cleaner, the Dyson V11 is suitably lightweight for carting up and down stairs; even for users with mobility issues. And unlike other super-light cordless vacuums, you don't have to compromise on power or running time.

What else?

A single lever pull over the garbage can cleans this beauty in seconds, but some users found the filter is a little too efficient, meaning it needs cleaning pretty regularly. 

What don't we like?

We love this vacuum, but if we had to nit-pick, here's what we'd call out as cons. First, while it is very good at cleaning, for tougher jobs you need the max power setting which eats into the battery life. And also, it's one of the higher-priced models on our list.

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3. Shark Rocket IX141 Cordless Pet Stick Vacuum

Best cordless vacuum cleaner for small spaces: lightweight, powerful and under $200

Specifications
Best for: Value
Type: Stick
Bagless?: Yes
Battery life: 40 minutes
Charging time: 4 hours
Capacity: 0.37 ltrs
Weight: 6.9 lbs
Reasons to buy
+Great suction+Lightweight+Mid-range price
Reasons to avoid
-Small capacity

If you're in the market for a cordless vacuum for an apartment, or a second model to keep upstairs, for instance, this Shark model is a great fit.
Buy the Shark Rocket IX141

What do we like about it?

One of the best features is that it doubles as a handheld vacuum. Simply remove the handle from the stick and attach the crevice or pet tool directly to the vacuum head for easy maneuverability in the car or while vacuuming furniture.

Also, the Shark Rocket boasts one of the top run time stats on our list with up to 40 minutes of battery life.

It's also lightweight, has a washable filter, and comes with turbo mode, which gives it extra power for tough jobs (but sucks battery life, too).

What don't we like?

The canister capacity is among the lowest on our list, but reviewers note that it's unlikely to fill up before the battery life runs out. 

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4. Shark ION P50 Cordless Powered-Lift Away Vacuum

Best large capacity cordless vacuum: big dust canister and long battery life

Specifications
Best for: Big jobs
Type: Stick
Bagless?: Yes
Battery life: 45 minutes
Charging time: 4 hours
Capacity: 2 ltrs.
Weight: 12 lbs
Reasons to buy
+Great suction+Lightweight+Mid-range price
Reasons to avoid
-Heaviest on our list

If you have a larger home to clean and want to do it in one pass, this model from Shark offers great dust capacity and run time for under $300.
Buy the Shark ION P50 Cordless Powered-Lift Away Vacuum

Why we like it

This vacuum cleaner is a powerful cordless that can be used like an upright, or your can lift away the dust canister for a small, handheld cylinder style. If you want the convenience of a cordless but aren't sure about making the switch to a stick model, this is perfect.

It's surprisingly quiet considering how powerful and effective it is at cleaning. It also has a longer running time than some cordless machines and we love that you can buy a spare battery to charge it separately while it's in use. 

If you plan to use your cordless vacuum to clean furniture or the car, you'll be happy to note that this vacuum comes with a few specialty tools and has a button to adapt from hard flooring to carpet. The Lift-Away function means you can clean stairs with ease. And as the name suggests, it is designed to work well on pet hair, either with the main foot, or the range of attachments.

Using the boost button does shorten battery time, but for keeping on top of dirt and fluff every couple of days, this won't be a problem. Just make sure you have a second battery charged for a deep clean.

It has a light too that is great for illuminating pesky dust particles.

What don't we like?

It is heavier and pricier than some of the models on this list, but this is because Shark has managed to pack as much of the functionality of a corded upright into a cordless as possible. The weight doesn't pose an issue for use as an upright and the canister is light to hold when cleaning the stairs.

Best robot vacuum cleaner for pets: iRobot Roomba 980

5. iRobot Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum

Best cordless vacuum cleaner for hands-free cleaning: for an effortless clean

Specifications
Best for: Hands-free cleaning
Type: Robot
Bagless?: Yes
Battery life: 2 hours
Charging time: 3 hours
Capacity: 0.6ltrs
Noise level: 70dB
Weight: 8.7 lbs.
Reasons to buy
+High-efficiency filter +Multi-surface detection +Smart compatible (Alexa and Google)
Reasons to avoid
-Loud-Small capacity-Pricey for what will be a second vacuum

This is one of the most efficient robot vacuum cleaners on the market – we even call it out as a great option for pet owners in our list of the best vacuum cleaners for pet hair. So if you are looking for a vacuum to give you the easiest clean ever, then this is for you.
Buy the iRobot Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum

What it's good at?

Like all robot vacuum cleaners, this may not be a replacement for your regular vacuum cleaner, but it will keep on top of the annoying little bits of dust and dirt that accumulate through the week. This one is great on hard floors but capable of picking pet hair off carpet too so you can turn it on while you are out or asleep and return to a cleaner home.

What do we like about it?

It has an intelligent sensor that detects different surfaces so it adapts it's suction as it moves from hard to soft flooring. Being super low profile it gets under furniture with more ease than some of the other models on this list. And it has Cliff-Detection so you don't have to worry about it falling down the stairs.

The battery life is the best on this list and it will return to it's dock if it needs more juice so it certainly has the convenience advantage over most stick cordless vacs. Finally it does everything at the push of a button – be that on the machine itself, or programmed via the app on your smartphone. It also works with Alexa or Google Home Assistant via smart speaker.

Anything else?

The iRobot HOME app allows you to plan a cleaning schedule from your phone. You can check the status as it cleans, but you don't need to do anything other than that to keep on top of the little cleans that a cordless vac is so well suited to.

What we don't like?

Since the Roomba doesn't have traditional beater brushes, you can't expect it to be as powerful or effective as some of the other cordless models on our list. And you certainly can't count on it as your only vacuum cleaner because it can't get into corners, crevices or furniture like standard cleaners.

That said, a cordless vacuum is usually used as a second option in larger homes to keep on top of dirt two or three times a week. This takes the effort out of those regular mini cleans and is particularly well suited to people with lots of hard floors which it cleans very well.

Plus, the efficiency filter captures 99 percent of allergens, making it a good choice for allergy sufferers. 

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6. Bissell ICONpet Cordless Stick Vacuum

Best cordless vacuum cleaner for pet hair: an easy to use cordless vacuum cleaner with tangle free brushes

Specifications
Best for: Hair
Type: Stick
Bagless?: Yes
Battery life: 30 minutes
Charging time: 4 hours
Capacity: 0.4 ltrs
Noise: 81 dB
Weight: 7 lbs.
Reasons to buy
+Tangle free brushes+Each reach under furniture
Reasons to avoid
-Heavier to use than some

If you're looking for a cordless vacuum cleaner with an impressive long running time and is not adverse to vacuuming-up pet hair, then this cordless vacuum from Bissell is for you.
Buy the Bissell IconPet Cordless Vacuum

What is it good at?

This cordless vacuum cleaner proved itself a hard worker on all the floors during testing, and the handheld was useful when it came to cleaning stairs. It's pretty intuitive to put together too, as well as when it comes to emptying the dust container, so the actual operation of this cordless vacuum cleaner is pretty seamless.

What else?

The Bissell IconPet promises up to 50 minutes of fade-free cleaning, and it certainly delivered. The removal of the dustbag is also super easy to do; just remove the lid to empty.

The cordless vacuum cleaner also has a Smart Seal allergen system which can be washed under the tap.

What don't we like?

The Bissell Icon 25V is one of the heaviest we have tested and featured on our guide of the best cordless vacuum cleaners, but it's not an issue if it is converted to a handheld.

How to buy the best cordless vacuum

With our busy work and home schedules you'll need a cordless vacuum cleaner which really does the job, and does it well. Here are a few things to consider...

Battery life

This is one of the most important features of a cordless vacuum. All of our cordless vacuums have at least a 20-minute run-time. Less than 20-minutes is not practical, but if you vacuum more regularly than others, this is enough for a quick zip around to spruce up your home.

Weight and maneuverability

To really enjoy the freedoms of cordless, a lighter vacuum cleaner is preferable, but be aware that there is some correlation between weight, power, dirt capacity and battery life. If you intend for this to be your main vacuum cleaner, we recommend choosing something with the best battery life and suction so that you can do a good job without having to recharge mid-clean – if this means a heavier machine, so be it. For quick cleaning, light and easy-to-move is the way to go.

Try and choose one with attachments too for complete versatility, and make sure the foot can easily get under furniture.

Why not try a robot vacuum cleaner?

Most people choose a cordless vacuum for the convenience of quick and easy cleaning. So, if you have a larger budget you could consider a robot vacuum cleaner that will make regular cleans totally hands-free.

Capacity

Dust chamber capacity is usually under a liter which doesn't sound like much but helps ensure the machine is smaller and neater. Also, as cordless vacuums are designed to be quicker and easier to maneuver you might find you use it more regularly and have less dirt to tackle in the first place. 

Storage

All of these machines are much more compact that cylinder and upright machines, making them a great choice for small homes. Some even come with a bracket to hang them in your cleaning closet or utility room.

When it comes to finding the right product, keep a close eye on our spec items below, which will tell you:

  • How long the battery lasts on default mode
  • How long it takes to recharge
  • The dust canister capacity
  • What we think each one is best suited to
  • How much it weighs

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